Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to get something professionally published. In fact, one publisher recently told us they don’t even accept unsolicited manuscripts any longer, they simply mail them back unopened. We hear from many people who write their personal stories and inquire about publishing them. Because of Randy’s knowledge of the publishing industry, we don’t want to give people false hopes, but instead a more realistic vision for sharing their story since God has burdened their heart to write it out.
I would encourage you to think about printing up your story in a format that would be easily given to friends and those you come in contact with who you can minister to. If it isn’t too long, you could probably do it as a Word document and have copies made. You could also post it on the internet on your own blog or webpage. There are many opportunities to share it with others that might be different than you originally thought. Your story will have the greatest impact when it’s shared with people you personally come in contact with. And there is great benefit in writing something out, not only to leave behind for future generations to learn from, but there is also a healing element for you personally as you think through your journey and see God’s hand of faithfulness in your life.
I hope these words aren’t of discouragement to you, but rather give you a different vision for how your story could be used. And I do hope you continue to share your story with others and allow God to use you in this strategic ministry.
Kathy Norquist was Randy Alcorn’s Executive Assistant from 1997-2015, then worked in Ministry Development up until September 2018 when she retired. Kathy remains on the EPM Board of Directors.