Saturday, August 30, 2008

Marketing to introverts

The main reason that publishers turned down my book proposal last year was that they considered my audience to be limited. They didn't think there were enough introverted Christians out there would be interested enough to read it. Even now, I'm getting the sense that people do not expect my book to sell all that well. Personally I do not agree. If my book has good content I think we could generate a lot of interest.

It all comes down to marketing. It occurs to me that marketing to introverts might be aided by creative approaches. Introverts utilize technology and read quite a bit. What do you think? What are your ideas for marketing to our demographic?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sighs of Relief

August 26, 2008

12:15PM Pacific Standard Time

214 pages

Submitted to InterVarsity Press

Booya.

The chapters:

Introduction and personal narrative
The Introverted Difference
Finding Healing
Introverted Spirituality
Introverted Community and Relationships
Introverted Leadership 1: The Right to Lead
Introverted Leadership 2: Leading as Ourselves
Introverted Evangelism
Introverts in Church

Upcoming:
A Title
A Release Date
Study Guide Questions

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Countdown

I'm down to 10 days, friends, before my manuscript is due to IVP, and while I'm not feeling panicked, I'm feeling urgent. I've gone back to the early chapters that I wrote a couple of years ago, to supplement them with all I've learned and thought about subsequently. Right now I'm working on chapter 1 - The Extroverted Church - and I'm looking at the historical, theological, and practical causes behind the extroverted bias in the evangelical church. My original chapter was 10 pages, and I now have 25 additional pages of notes to consider and assimilate! I'm definitely feeling like a scholar today. It fits me.

If anyone out there has some thoughts they want to share on this site, I'm offering opportunities for guest bloggers since I'm a little tied up. If you have something you want to write, or have already written, email it to me and I'll consider posting it!

By the way, I've just joined Facebook. If you want to connect with me, just let me know you're a regular reader of my blog.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Why?!!

Every so often I list paths that visitors took to get to IntrovertedChurch - this one from this week is one of my favorites:

http://aolsearch.aol.com/aol/search?query=whydidGodmakeintrovertedpeople?

It's fun to think about the tone of voice in the question. Was the person genuinely curious or was it more of a "Seriously, WHY in the world would God create introverts?" Kind of like how I sometimes ask why God created mosquitoes.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Getting closer

Thanks to those of you who gave suggestions on my last post and to those of you who emailed me longer suggestions. I used a few of them. I have now finished an entire draft of my manuscript - 180 pages. It's only going to get longer in my rewrite, which I am already hard at work on. Today I added two sections in my community and relationships chapter: 1. Introverts and Conflict and 2. Relationships and Technology.

I feel like I'm swimming in a sea of my own words. I'm so grateful for editors who can help sort this mess out!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Friday, August 1, 2008

All hands on deck

Okay introverts, I'm enlisting your help. I'm on the last chapter of my book, and the very last section involves my suggestions to churches for how to reach out to and connect with introverts. I haven't had the time to do the level of research for this chapter that I did for the other chapters. So I'm entreating you for your suggestions and opinions.

What would you like your church to do to reach out to introverts? What are changes it could make in its teaching, programs, events, worship services, structures, and anything else to affirm the value of introversion?

Please add your comments to this post or else email me if you're more comfortable. I would love to hear from as many of you as possible!

The Final Countdown

August 1st.

31 days until my manuscript is due.

Gulp.