I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it a thousand more times–there’s right way to publish book. It all depends on your goals and motivation.
Children’s book author Kimberly Novak is a perfect example of that. By understanding her publishing goals, she found the right path for her book, and she shares her experiences with us today.
What do you write? How/why did you pick your genre?
Creating inspirational gems for God’s glory is my writing focus. My background in spiritual direction fuels my passion for writing in a way that enhances the reader’s relationship with the Lord. Much of my writing comes from life experiences or those God has inspired. Most recently, children’s Christian fiction has become dear to my heart as a creative way of sharing the power of prayer with the younger generation.
What’s your favorite book on writing? What do you like about it?
In my quest to produce authentic faith-based content, I look to the wisdom in The Art of Spiritual Writing by Vinita Hampton Wright. I keep this manual prominent in my writing space and refer to it often. Within its pages, Vinita covers the craft of spiritual writing from its meaning through publishing. Among the detailed and simple-to-follow suggestions are relevant self-care notes for the writer. Also noteworthy is my favorite chapter, “So, Where Is God in All This?” I recommend this book as a must-have tool for the Christian Writer.
What’s your writing day like?
I pray daily and allow God to guide my writing time. I seek my notebook for inspirational notes, words of wisdom, and topic outlines. Often, I will jot notes down by word or phrase, returning later to create something that makes sense. I allow my writing day, as in all days, to be led by God. If He wants words on paper, it will happen.
How do you combat writer’s block?
I am motivated and inspired when listening to Christian Music or soft instrumental music. The practice of having music on in the background stirs creativity while giving me energy as I go. Entering into prayer is also another big way I combat writer’s block. Asking God to guide my mind, allowing me to know the words and topics that benefit His glory.
How do you prepare to write your books: pantser, plotter, both, something completely different? Describe your strategy.
I am very visual and use this method to outline many projects. The best and most creative way I have done that is by using masking tape to mark off three columns on my office wall. The tape lines mark the beginning, middle, and end. My notes are usually written on post-its and in random order. When I am ready to get the outline going, I place the sticky notes in the column I feel they belong. When the notes are all placed, I arrange them in an order that makes sense. This method is fun and an excellent tool for getting creativity flowing.
Are you self-published or traditionally published? Why did you decide to go that route?
Bella’s Beautiful Miracle is self-published. The decision was made when I met a Christian singer, one I consider a mentor. During that conversation, I asked her if she had any insight for an unknown author looking to share the message of God’s Love. Her response was, “If you have a message to share, get it out there.” Using that guide, I knew I wanted to publish the book without painstaking years of manuscript submissions. I sought out predominantly Christian and Catholic Publishing Houses. After much research, manuscript submissions, and a few rejections, I knew Trilogy Christian Publishing was a good fit for Bella and her miracle.
What advice do you have for new authors?
I offer the same advice I received. If God has placed a story on your heart and the ability to share it, go for it! Don’t wait until the perfect time, publisher, or financial situation. Take everything you receive to God through prayer and allow His guidance. If something does not feel right, it probably isn’t but ask God to decipher that for you. Have fun and enjoy producing wonderful works and projects enhancing the lives of others.
If you’ve ever worked with a freelance editor, how did you find that editor? How would you describe the experience?
I have worked with several freelance editors. One for Bella’s Beautiful Miracle and others associated with contributing author articles. It is essential that I work with an editor familiar with spirituality and God’s word. I have been lucky that the freelance editors I worked with were within groups I belong to or referred by my peers. I have also experienced incredible editors in the writing departments at local colleges who were very helpful and accommodating.
Kimberly Novak is a wife, mother, author, and spiritual director. Her passion for inspiring and motivating those on a spiritual journey has bloomed into various ministries. Kimberly’s mission is to enhance each journey by guiding others where the light of strength is…God’s love. Find her blog and A Little God Time at www.kimberlynovak.com. Her debut book, Bella’s Beautiful Miracle, A Caterpillar’s Journey, is available now.
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Book Purchase Link: Bella’s Beautiful Miracle, A Caterpillar’s Journey