In his book The Well-Fed Self-Publisher, Peter Bowerman gives advice to self-published authors on how to promote their books to make money. His advice is good.
Are you well-fed?
I believe that Christian authors and publishers should be concerned with being well-fed. However, I think being well-fed spiritually is as important as being well-fed physically.
In Matthew 4:4, Jesus says, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Our souls need food. If we only feed our physical bodies, our souls will starve.
This leaves the question: How does one become a spiritually well-fed author or publisher?
In John 4:32-24, Jesus tells his disciples, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about…My food is to do the will of him who sent me.” That is our food also – to do the will of God.
If you are writing and publishing what God has called you to do, then you are doing God’s will and feeding your soul. I know an author who God has called to write on a certain topic. She is stalling out of fear and, instead, is writing other good things. What she has been called to write nags at her like constant hunger pains.
Has God called you to write or publish something, but you are hesitating? I encourage you to boldly move forward with the project. Trust God to take care of you. Nothing satisfies like doing the will of God.