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It’s my birthday!  34 big ones.

It’s the only day of the year I get to ask for things and not feel guilty about it.  So here I go:

It’s tough sledding aspiring to be a first time author in today’s Christian publishing industry.  Publishers will only take on books they think will sell.  You can have the best content on earth, but if they don’t think enough people will buy it, they aren’t biting.  In the Christian publishing world, you typically have to be a megachurch pastor or the head of a well known organization to get one of these book contracts.  Because if your church has 10,000 people in it, there’s a good chance a few of them will buy your book.  Well I love my church, and it doesn’t have anywhere near 10,000 people, but I’m not planning on leaving anytime soon!  And no, I don’t think my content is the best content on earth, but I do think it’s worth publishing.  My book is about finding identity in Christ in an over-sexualized world.  We all live in an over-sexualized world and many of us are getting chewed up and spit out by it.  I was for a long time and there was nothing in the Christian publishing world that helped me at the level I really needed it.  God led me though an amazing journey centered in the good news of Jesus that has revolutionized how I’m able to live healthy and faithful in a still very sexualized world.  And I’d like other people to know about this and find this path for themselves.  So there’s two ways for me to get published:  one is to go work for a megachurch, the other is for you to give me some birthday presents!

I’m not planning on leaving my church, so I hope you’re feeling generous.  Here’s my wish list:

1. Encouraging words, when applicable – Getting rejections is tough!  No matter how you tell yourself, “I’ll be able to handle the rejection that comes with being a first-time author,” it’s still really hard to handle.  It hurts, it makes you think you stink as a writer, and it makes you want to give up.  If I ever write something that is helpful to you and you think to yourself, “I wonder if I should tell Noah this?”  You should tell me!  Random flattery is no good.  But specific encouragement about a writing that helped you grow is like 10 gas fill ups on a cross-country drive–it goes a long way.

 

2. Share my stuff.  This is the only way I’m going to get published.  I was very close with David C. Cook and Discovery House, at the final stage, and close with Zondervan as well.  Many editors said “let’s do this!” but the final group, the group that predicts if this will sell or not, gave it the thumbs down.  Since he’s not a megachurch pastor, he needs a billion blog hits a second and since he doesn’t have that, we can’t have him.  Or something like that…but the reality is, there are some very practical things you can give me for my birthday that would bring more traffic to my blog, which would show a publisher that someone might actually buy my book.  Here are some of those gifts:

2a. Pick a recent article and share it on your Facebook page.  Or, pick an old article and share it on your Facebook page!  Do this every week or so.  There is a nifty “Topics” button at the top left of this page.  You should click it and find a topic that sounds interesting to you, then find an article that sounds interesting to you, then post it on Facebook or Twitter!

2b. Listen to my podcasts.  I put a lot of work into two podcasts: Choppin it Up and Behind the CurtainChoppin it Up is about race.  If that interests you, click and listen.  In Behind the Curtain, I interview ministry leaders about what it’s really like to be in ministry leadership.  This is to help you if you are in ministry leadership, and also to help you know how to pray for and treat your ministry leaders better.  Check it out!  The best way to listen to podcasts is go to your podcast app on your smart phone, type in “Noah Filipiak” and you’ll find all my podcasts (including my Crossroads Church sermon podcast), click to subscribe, then listen from your phone while you drive your car or workout.  And of course you can listen from your computer too, using the links in this paragraph.  (And yes, you can combine 2a & 2b: you can share my podcast links on Facebook!)

 

3. Join my Author Newsletter This bad boy only goes out 4x a year and relates specifically to my publishing pursuits.  It’s for people who want to help see my book(s) get published.  Publishers like to see big quantities of subscribers here so if you can add one more to it, that’d be a great birthday present!

 

Happy Birthday to me!  Thank you to everyone who have been so helpful and encouraging to me up to this point.  We’ve been soooo close to getting a publishing contract, got a good feeling that 2017 is going to be the year!

 

In Episode 19, the one-year anniversary episode for Behind the Curtain, Noah Filipiak interviews 11-time author Sarah Arthur.  Sarah’s book Walking with Frodo was the #1 bestselling youth resource in Christian publishing for the holiday season 2003, and #13 in all categories and Walking with Bilbo won the Logos Book Award at the Christian Booksellers Convention for Best Youth Book 2005.  Her most recent books include a 3-part devotional series that follow the Church liturgical calendar:  Between Midnight & Dawn, Light Upon Light & At the Still PointNoah and Sarah discuss the roller-coaster ride of succeeding and failing in the publishing world and how to discover spiritually healthy ways of measuring success in anything we do in life.  In a fast-forward world where everything is pressing and urgent, this interview examines how to rest in our identity as God’s kids and not let other voices determine our ultimate value.

You can listen to the interview with Sarah below via the Podbean Player or you can subscribe to all “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast episodes on iTunes

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In the publishing world, there is a very fine line between being obnoxiously pushy and doing the legitimate and needed work of getting people behind your writing project in order to get it published.

There’s a fine line between egotistically promoting yourself and humbly promoting Jesus.

There’s a fine line between wanting to get something published because it will “make your name great,” make people think you are cool, smart or important, make some money and actually wanting to impact lives for Jesus the same way you do in a sermon or in a church plant, believing that the gospel will transform lives and that God has given you a unique angle that will help people who are currently struggling.

In an attempt to walk these fine lines, I ask for your help.  I need your help.

I’m very relieved and happy to report that I was signed by a well-established literary agent.  This is a huge hurdle to cross.  I thank each of you so much for every blog click, podcast listen, and social media share that made this possible.  Thank you to each of you who have been so encouraging to me about my writing and my ministry; your words of encouragement are invaluable to me.

With the huge step of being signed by an agent behind me, I am reaching out to see if you can help get my first book published.  What I mean is, a publisher is going to look to see how “publishable” I am, which they will mostly track in blog hits, Twitter and Facebook followers, podcast listens, newsletter subscribers, etc.  (Sadly getting your first book published has very little to do with the book’s content and mostly with how many people “follow” you as an author)

Zondervan currently seems to like me and my book (they haven’t told us no yet!) and seems to be simply be waiting on my platform (author newsletter email list, blog stats, Facebook and Twitter followers, etc.) to grow larger.

My first book is entitled Beyond the Battle: A man’s guide to his identity in Christ in an over-sexualized world

Digging deeper than the surface-level tricks and tactics men are already familiar with, Beyond the Battle unpacks the heart of the gospel to show every man what he’s been looking for all along.

Books in the pipeline include a companion book for women, a book on homosexuality, books on hermeneutics (understanding hard passages in the Bible), and many more.

All proceeds from my book and related speaking engagements go to Crossroads Church, the inner-city church I planted and pastor.

To help, please consider doing any or all of the following.  Thank you so much:

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  • Listen to my podcast, The “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast
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  • 1.Create a free Podbean.com account, 2. Follow my podcast there
  • Share this post in your social media networks, asking others to help out as well!
  • Subscribe (at top) to my author newsletter email list.

 

at a crossroads behind the curtain ministry podcast noah filipiakEpisode #7 of “Behind the Curtain” Ministry Podcast is here!

In this interview I talk with Zachary Bartels on the balance of being both a pastor and a Christian fiction author.  We talk about the required “self-promotion” of the author world and the safeguards that have to be put in place to make sure this doesn’t become sin.  I share my own insecurities I faced when I began trying to get published, including embarrassing moments due to this insecurity.  We talk about making money as an author and using fiction as a medium for communicating gospel truth like a ninja.

Here’s where you can listen to my interview with Zach:

Please subscribe via iTunes, which you can do here: applepodcasticon https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/atacrossroads.net-behind-curtain/id973462875 –if you like what you hear, it’d be awesome if you could leave a positive rating and review on iTunes.

You can also listen and/or follow on Podbean here: podbeanlogo http://noahfilipiak.podbean.com

 

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I so greatly appreciate the support and encouragement many of you have given me about my writing.  I have really enjoyed blogging, as writing has become more and more a part of my specific calling as a minister of the gospel of Jesus.  I’m prayerfully hoping that the next step of that process will be to have a book published, where all proceeds (along with proceeds from my blog and speaking engagements) will go to Crossroads Church where I pastor.  The book is tentatively titled Worth the Fight: Becoming the Man You Were Meant to Be and is about identity and sexual purity for men.  I’ve recently been signed by a well-established literary agent.  She has told me that one of the things a publisher looks for is that an author have a large following via an email newsletter.  This blog post is to invite those of you would who would like to continue supporting and encouraging me in my writing to subscribe to my newsletter.  I’ve also included other ways you can help make me more “publishable.”  All of this is much more self-promotion that I am comfortable with, and please know that that’s truly not my heart.  I feel like I have a message that will be helpful to many and I’d be humbled and honored to have your help in getting it out there.

 

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