Deep POV: Confessions of a Christian Writer

The ramblings of an emergent-realistic-edgy-working-for-God-and-the-pay-isn’t-that-great-sometimes-confused-christian-fiction writer (uh, that would be me).

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

God, Inc.

Yahoo! Finance - All Business - God, Inc.

This is a fascinating article and certainly no surprise. To a large extent, the interest in and growth of the emergent church comes out of a reaction to this attitude. And the same attitude, in my opinion, is reflected in the Christian publishing world (mimicking its larger ABA relative), which creates writers like me who do not want to be a part of such a huge business organization. Yes, yes, I can hear ya clearly: writing is a business. Granted. But does it have to be of such gargantuan proportions that the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing and the writer is nothing except a cog in the whole process? Most writers complain that they get little support from their publisher and the sales department barely knows their name. Perhaps that's just the way business operates nowadays across the board, but that doesn't make it right. And it makes me want to look for a small press.