I did a post on Facebook and a post on Twitter the other day. I’d had an epiphany, inspired by a post that a fellow Believer had written on the web. The revelation was something I already knew, but could easily be lost in the hustle and bustle of trying to get noticed: people are important and they are not numbers. Yes, this is great. This is true. But I’m left asking: how does one apply this to marketing? Hold onto your butts. I’m not done.
I want to sell books and be read. I’d be foolish to just write books, publish them, and expect everyone to just run and buy them. A publisher isn’t going to want an author who’s lazy about the marketing aspect of things. I agreed with the statement in the article that good work is like a city on a hill: it can’t help but be noticed. This is kind of true, but a little not.
These statements ring truer to me:
People are important to God. They are not numbers.
God does not reward laziness. The faithful servant is the one who makes a wise investment of his time and provisions and opportunities.
Where does that leave me? I don’t want to use people. But is a plumber using people by putting ads in the paper or his number in the Yellow Pages? Does a baker just shrug when people ask her what she does? How am I being a light on a hill if I’m writing covertly in a corner and not talking to people?
- I am not going to shove my work down your throat
- But I’m also not going to pretend that it’s not out there
There rest I need to figure out. Please be patient with me. I’m frustrated and a little NaNoWriMo’d out
Keep your pen on the page,