What Led to SIGNING a Book Deal

BookSigning As I’ve said in a previous post, I never intended to even write a book, much less sign a book deal.  So how did I write The Social Media Guide for Ministry and how did I get a publishing contract from Group Publishing?

Well, in a previous post I shared about how I started by simply creating a working Word document about Social Media in Ministry as a resource for churches.  That document quickly turned into much more and something that I personally got very excited about and invested a great amount of time and energy into.

When I completed what in my mind was a simple PDF document or e-book, I hesitantly shared it with a handful of friends and family members curious to how they might respond.  One of those individuals was our Executive Pastor, Chris Emmitt, who thought enough of the book to share it with his wife, Bre’anna.  After reading it, she sent me an email asking if she could share it with a friend who worked for a Publishing company.

I wasn’t going to argue with Bre’anna regarding her request and honestly it just meant so much to me that she thought enough of the book to share it with anyone.  Bre’anna then emailed Sue Brage of Group Publishing introducing the two of us and attaching the PDF document that had originally been forwarded to her.  I thought this might be the end of the conversation, but a week or so later Sue responded by saying that she and a couple of colleagues read the book and would like to propose it to their Executive Team as a possible book to publish.

Sue then shared with me the process of pitching the book to the Executive Team, which would then be followed by a month or so of market research along with a few other action steps before we could move forward.  I was still pessimistic that this would lead anywhere, but even at that point I was so encouraged that a publisher that I respected so much was even having these conversations around this book.  Sue gave me the date of their meeting and all I could do was wait and pray.

Shortly after their meeting I received an email from Sue saying that the team agreed that they should move forward with the book and that a month of market research was not needed as it was a clear felt need for their customer base.  The email included an official offer and the contract was signed shortly after that.

Getting that email was kind of like getting an acceptance letter for college or your first job offer.  It was so meaningful to call my wife and family to share the good news.  One other moment that was also be very meaningful was sharing the news with Chris Emmitt who immediately called Bre’anna and shared the news with her.  I was able to hear the response on the other end of the phone: “Praise God!”  I couldn’t agree more!

I really don’t get excited about the deal because of the possibility of making more money or my name being on a book.  I’m very much a behind the scenes guy and don’t plan on that changing a whole lot.  I get excited because I believe that there is great opportunity for ministries to maximize Social Media in a powerful way to reach more people with the Gospel of Christ and I want to help them do that.

My prayer for this book is the same as it was when I first started writing that Word document months ago:  to create a valuable resource for the Church to maximize Social Media in Ministry.  I’m praising God that Group Publishing agreed to publish this resource and I feel so blessed to work with such a great company!  I’m incredibly thankful for what God has orchestrated, how He continues to work through this project today, and cannot wait to see what God has ahead for this resource in the life of the Church!  I’m honored and humbled to be a part.


Other Posts in this series:

Signing my First Book Deal

Developing the IDEA for a Book

The Process of WRITING a Book