B&H Publishing’s Selma Wilson Gives 3 Things Not to Do If You Want to Get Published

Selma Wilson

As the leader of a publishing house, I get many inquiries about getting published. Here are a few things that will guarantee you won’t get published:

1. Write a book that you (or your closest friends) would like.
If you want to be published, your message must have readers, a significant number of readers, who would benefit from your content. It is critical that a writer with a message has people in mind that their content engages (helps, encourages, challenges, inspires, teaches).

It is great when you can test your content with the people you have in mind through sample writings, preaching, teaching, sharing stories, blogs, Facebook, twitter, etc. For us, your content should be an extension of a ministry God is doing through you that is impacting the lives of many.

2. Don’t take the time to develop your content.
An idea isn’t a book. Developing content requires a great deal of work and discipline. It requires research. What has already been written on this topic and how did it do in the market? What has recently been released in the market that relates to your topic? Your introduction or thesis chapter is the most critical. What is it you want to happen during the reading experience? Nail it at the first of the book or at least get the reader’s interest so they are captured from the start. Most writers need to develop the art and science of writing through training, writer’s conferences, or mentoring with well-established authors. A well-prepared proposal will be seen. One that isn’t, won’t even be reviewed.

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SOURCE: Christianity Today
Selma Wilson

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