I’m selective and I don’t apologize for it.

images[2]Yep, that’s me! There are days when all I want to do is sit and play computer games. It seems I go in cycles of being super busy to doing nothing. I get frustrated at times because of it. “Lord, what do You want me to do today?” I ask. I get no reply so I’m on my own to conjure up things to do.

This is especially true in the winter months.  I can easily be mistaken for a bear in hibernation.  imagesCAOCQE1C

On some days my pen just lays lazily on the desk. No wiggling or squirming to write. Maybe the Lord needs a rest, too. imagesCADFJQC0      I always ask Him to help me write. I want to write things that are informative, encouraging, and glorifies Him hoping others will find what the pen writes to be interesting and hopefully make a difference in their hearts. Some articles will be quite serious where others might be humorous or tongue-in-cheek type of stories. I like to incorporate experiences I’ve had and hope they resonate with others.

At times that is not always easy to do because I know there is such a variety of mind sets, attitudes, interests, and beliefs of those who will be reading what my pen writes.        imagesCAJ69IQA  Of course I don’t want to offend. But my pen has been taught well and knows not to break my number one rule.  I will not compromise the truth of God’s Word nor down play what He wants for us! If that offends then I figure it is up to the offended party to research whatever the pen has written.

I’m selective about what I write. I’m that way with the events involved with my published books, too. I think we have to be selective in many areas of our lives; who we select as our friends, what kind of novels we read, watch on television, where we spend our time, what church we worship in, and where we will appear for book signing events or speaking engagements.

imagesCA3B0FGY  For me, bars is not one of them.

If an establishment sells occult items,

  I guarantee my books will not be welcome. The same goes if I walk into a book store or a gift shop and have chills shoot up my spine. I’m out of there!
My publisher has been great in sending out press releases, contacting various establishments for book signing events, making helpful suggestions of what I might do to enhance my readership. This blog was one of those suggestions. But I have found that not everyone or every venue is conducive to my genre. I write Christian books. There is no “nasty” stuff in my novels and you’ll find no filthy language in any, be it fiction or non-fiction. I’ve written both.
When first starting to do events I grabbed at whatever opportunity I could think of. I talked the manager of a donut shop into allowing me to “sell my wares” in his shop one morning. I thought this was a great idea. I had visions of people relaxing at one of the tables or stretched out on the leather couch sipping their coffee while reading one of my books I had just signed for them. That may work for some authors but after two hours of watching people streak past me to the donut counter I realized books was not on their mind. They immediately focused on the menu above the counter as the door swung closed behind them. Do not look left and do not look right. My wonderful works didn’t seem to exist as they quickly darted back out the door leaving the aroma of hot coffee behind to tantalize me.

Yes, I am selective. At times it may cost me some publicity or some book sales but as a Christian author I am representing my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  For me, to lose a few sales is a small price to pay when I consider the price of losing His favor.

Matt.15:18 states, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.” That which comes forth through our writing can also defile or glorify.

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 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness.” Joshua 24:14

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Blessings to you. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “I’m selective and I don’t apologize for it.

  1. You better say that Mrs. (Ms.?) Sue! I AM clapping in the spirit for this post. So well written. So well representative of what it means to live for God. Amen. I love it. Thanks so much. 🙂

  2. Erica you are such an encouragement. I’m so glad you enjoy my posts. Thank you.

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