Building an Army of Gadites

Bayleaf NCDavid was banished. 1 Chronicles 12:1

To be kicked off, rejected, turned down … can be a powerful motivator.

I spent most of Little League playing for a county ball team that couldn’t afford uniforms. Some days we couldn’t even afford to field a full team. I played for Bayleaf (a crossroads) because all the sponsored teams (like K-Mart) considered me too small. (By the way, I still won’t shop at K-Mart.)

The coaches put me at catcher. (It helps to be small when the only thing protecting you from a Joey Willett fastball is a baseball mitt the size of a cured ham.) And though I couldn’t hit worth a lick, I could get hit. My batting average stunk, but if I could get plunked – I leaned across the plate, a lot – I could walk to first. From there, I usually stole second and waited for a wild pitch to take third. Sometimes I’d get all the way to home without anyone ever hitting the ball.

I made the league all-star team most years, not because I was good, but because I hustled and refused to quit.

Still do.

I get the impression David hustled and refused to quit, too.
I sense he played with a Louisville Slugger size chip on his shoulder.

As well he should. After all, he secured a victory for Saul over Goliath, played music when the king suffered from a sour spirit, and served as Saul’s army general. His reward?

Saul kicked David off the team.

Most of us have been tossed out or off some club or team. Too often we look at rejection as a setback when, in fact, it may be God trying to turn us towards a new opportunity.

A few months ago Amazon banished my publishing company from their “select” Kindle distribution program. The company’s actions opened my eyes to the dangers of making alliances with “giants” and forced me to seek a new selling model: one based on God’s strategy for victory. Going forward, LPC will advance into the bookselling marketplace with an army of Gadites.

If you are not familiar with Gadites, here is how they are described in 1 Chronicles 12.

Gadites defected to David at his stronghold in the wilderness. They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear. These Gadites were army commanders; the least was a match for a hundred, and the greatest for a thousand. 1 Chronicles 12:14.

A couple of observations:

  • “Gadites defected.” Gadites are warriors disillusioned by the attitude, methods, and bullying of the prevailing “king.”
  • “David [had] his stronghold in the wilderness.”Gadites assemble and train in dangerous and wild territory.
  • “They were brave warriors.”Gadites are not wimps. They expected to fight, bleed, and shed blood.
  • “Ready for battle.” Gadites arrive prepared to fight.
  • “Able to handle the shield and spear.” Gadites play offense and defense equally well. They know how to take territory and protect their own.
  • “Gadites were army commanders.” Gadites are leaders and influencers. For us, Gadites are:
    • Connectors: They know lots of people and enjoy introducing new authors and books.
    • Mavens: Maven are information specialist who solve problems – both their own and others. The word maven comes from Hebrew, meaning “one who understands.”
    • Salesmen: Sales reps are charismatic people with powerful negotiation skills. They are able to persuade others to agree with them.
  • “The least was a match for a hundred, and the greatest for a thousand.” Gadites advance and capture territory.

My business is book publishing and I am assembling an army of Gadites.

 If 100 Gadites each sell 100 copies of a book,  that’s 10,000 copies sold.

Difficult? Perhaps. We won’t know until we advance. But if 100 Gadites only sell 10 copies each, we’ll still reach an audience of around 3000. (One book is normally shared with two others.)

If you would like to help sow God’s truth through story … if you would like to promote Christian Living booksdevotionals, and help authors find new ways to reach readers, visit lpcbooks.com or drop me an email.

With God’s help, we will vanquish the giants that seek to rule (and ruin) the industry and return the glory to Him.

Is There Life After Amazon?

is there life after Amazon?

“Lord, is there life after Amazon?”

That’s the question isn’t it? For authors and publishers? If Amazon conquers Barnes & Noble, LifeWay, Family Bookstores, and Books-A-Million, will there remain the freedom to write, publish, and sell novels and nonfiction outside of Amazon?

In July Amazon banished LPC from its KDP Select program. When I asked to be re-admitted, they replied, “We can’t offer any additional insight or action on this matter.” So while our titles continue to appear on Amazon as Kindle eBooks, they are no longer prominently featured or promoted by Amazon.

Thus my question to God: “Lord, reveal to me what you want me to learn from this. Show me the next step for LPC.”

Here are a few insights God gave me this week, followed by my prayers.

David was banished from the presence of Saul. I Chronicles 12:1

“Lord, may you be with us and bless us during our time of exile.”

Some Gadites defected to David. I Chronicles 12:8. The least was a match for a hundred. I Chronicles 12:14

“May the God of our fathers see what has happened to Christian publishing, and send modern-day Gadites to help change the face of publishing. Individuals who are strong in faith, where the least is a match for a hundred.”

Success, success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you. I Chronicles 12:18

“I do not assume this verse of success is for LPC, but if it is your will, please give us success in the marketplace.”

Day after day men came to help. I Chronicles 12:18

“I ask that you send men and women to help LPC grow and reach new markets and more readers.”

Will not God also graciously give [you] all things? Romans 8:32

“Lord, show us a better way. Create opportunities for us outside of Amazon. If the LPC Ambassador Program is your idea, bless it.”

I do not know what will become of book publishing in the wake of Amazon’s growing influence, but the trends remain discouraging. Here are a few recent headlines from the book publishing industry.

Beacon Hill Press ClosingKansas City-based Nazarene Publishing House, parent company of trade imprint Beacon Hill Press, will shut down on December 1.

Abingdon re-evaluates publishing programs beyond 2015Abingdon Press, an imprint of The United Methodist Publishing House, announced Thursday that it is reassessing and realigning its Christian Living and Abingdon Fiction programs as a result of shifts in the industry.

Last week I received word that another popular romance imprint was shutting its doors. Each time a house or imprint contracts, another group of authors looks at the landscape and considers self-publishing with Amazon – a company that demands total loyalty.

Where are our Gadites of our day? Where are those men and women eager to change the face of book publishing? If you feel called by God to rise up and run at the giant, please email me. Together, I believe we can make a difference.

One percent of anything with God by your side is a recipe for success.

 

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“What’s going on in the book publishing business?”

Below are just a few headlines that reflect the shifting landscape of book publishing.
Beacon Hill Press Closing – Kansas City-based Nazarene Publishing House, parent company of trade imprint Beacon Hill Press, will shut down on December 1.
Abingdon re-evaluates publishing programs beyond 2015 – Abingdon Press, an imprint of The United Methodist Publishing House, announced Thursday that it is reassessing and realigning its Christian Living and Abingdon Fiction programs as a result of shifts in the industry. The new strategy results in the departure of Associate Publisher Pamela Clements.
Yesterday I received word another popular romance imprint was shutting its doors. I cannot divulge the name. I’m sure you’ll hear soon enough.
And this afternoon Jerry Jenkins announced that he’s shutting down his Christian Writers Guild.
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/religion/article/64715-jerry-jenkins-shuts-christian-writers-guild.html
Meanwhile, LPC continues to advance into the great unknown. Coming soon, a major announcement regarding our new book selling model.

Now this from our friend and author Marianne Jordan.

“WHAT IS ONE QUESTION YOU WISH SOMEONE WOULD ASK YOU IN AN INTERVIEW?  Please don’t think about this too long? It can be funny, clever, or serious. Please send me your website info, or anything you want posted. Twitter, FB, whatever. I’ll post it under your answer?” 

Email Marianne with your question. Don’t forget your Amazon links, websites, FB, Twitter