I’ve just spend the conglomerate hours of Holy Week learning to create a 17-minute video, and then a shorter 3-minute video with some reasons for the hope that lies within me, also, within many of our authors. https://booksforbondinghearts.com/why-hybrid-publishing/
It was kind of fun to sew together the many small pieces so that I could take a good look at the bigger picture, why we do what we do.
Using this phrase, this verse about “the hope that lies within you” may sound a little sacreligious. So, tell me, what is your hope?
If regular spiritual deposits of God’s grace aren’t guiding the hours of your day, or the choices and relationships you make, or your own creativity now, then honestly? I wonder if you are hobbling the fullness of God inside you.
So many creatives swing on the pendulem between “spritual talk” and “pragmatic living.” Occasionally, the two meet up for coffee, and a piece of art is born. Viola!
I was just talking with a friend of mine who mentioned that she surprised herself by writing a piece of poetry once in her history class. It seemed so good to her, and so surprizing, that she memorized it, and then at the age of forty, she quoted it off to me as she sat in the passenger seat of my car.
And golly, it was good. When I told her so, she shrugged and sighed and said that since she had also written a song once, and then this poem, she was convinced that there was some creativity stuffed inside of her somewhere. But she had no idea where to find it again. She had been living between the “spiritual talk” and the “pragmatic living” for a very long time.
Creatives need community. We need to breath there. We need to give each other assignments that bring our brains together with our spirits. We need to touch each other’s lives with our own creative voice, not just spiritual talk, or pragmatism. We need to be filled with soul.
When someone uses his or her unique creative voice, it joins a variety of things together, as two pieces of fabric can be sewn into a shirt, a sleeve added, and buttons. The cloth becomes larger than the sum of the parts when it becomes a shirt. It doubles its value. This is why we are desperate for community and for using our creative juices like threads sewing together the purpose for the random bits of fabric. Like the need for tailoring the raw sheets of material.
We need to find the meaning for the puzzle pieces of our existence.
Welcome to the Shivoo! When we give ourselves this gracious gift of time to rest and dream and process in an community fashioned for accountability, it means that we are able to give a reason for the hope that lies with us on a very personal level in a uniquely styled expression.
Another side of the issue is this. When an author places all of his or her business expectations onto a publicist, a C.P.A., and a traditional publishing house, he or she may be selling short the possibilities of learning to enjoy the creative matrix awaiting them as an author in Christ (personally). An author needs to learn not only how to write and market his or her work, but to be a good steward of this business of authoring.
In the alternative, an author might enter into an author co-op, or a hybrid publishing company, and discover that creative juices in many areas exist, not only do they exist, but they swell and overflow in such company!
This is because when authors see the benefits of applying business to their craft, when they add up the expenses and profits and create line item budgets, then they open up a new brain synapses that triggers sums where places of personal worth and value can land. Understanding the math and the bottom line can trigger a God-given value to a creative goal never before articulated, perhaps never even faced.
Joining a publishing and marketing co-op puts a framework to creative dreams and hobby writing. We need to understand the costs, the additional work to build a goal. We need to be inspired by the possibilities of sales and speaking opportunities.
Joining a publishing and marketing co-op makes you accountable to be your own magnanimous best friend. To invest in yourself for the greater good.
Here is the creative work I did this Holy Week. https://booksforbondinghearts.com/why-hybrid-publishing/
Here’s a blessing. May you rise up this Resurrection Day and unhobble that precious inner soul that God gave to you in hopes that you would use it for His glory.