Advice for Writers
Cross-pollination for Writers
1: the transfer of pollen from one flower to the stigma of another.
My definition of Christian writers promoting Christian writers: CROSS-pollination.
If the flower stays alone, it withers and dies and does not produce seed (fruit.)
If the flower is allowed to CROSS pollinate with other flowers, it provides seed (fruit)
and benefits many.
“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” John 12:24 NIV
Enter the humble bee.
He works tirelessly to provide for his hive. He’s working for himself and his queen, but in the process, he unknowingly creates a bounty of flowers, fruits, and vegetables from every bloom he touches.
Just his touch. He doesn’t spend hours at each flower. He alights, then he’s gone. But he’s left behind fruitfulness.
As writers, if we focus on our own marketing solely, we are cheating ourselves and our friends of the blessing of being connected, and increasing fruitfulness.
If we re-tweet and promote other’s books and blogs on social media, we are benefitting readers by providing them with a generous amount of book choices. We introduce them to new authors, and this creates hungry readers! This helps us all. And it only takes a second to re-tweet an author’s message.
If we are generous in promoting others, God honors that. It’s not the reason we do it, we do it without expecting any return, but God in his kindness gives us a harvest.
The humble bee.
Let’s become more like that beautiful creature in our personal and professional lives.
1 Cor. 3:7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
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Suzy Parish wrote as a Community Columnist for the Huntsville Times and has been published in Splickety Magazine. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).
Suzy discovered her love of books as a child in Richmond, Virginia when she took refuge from the summer heat in the local Bookmobile. She believes strongly in the power of literacy to improve the lives of individuals and stewards a Little Free Library in a local park.
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