In light of Steven Furtick’s $1.7 million book mansion and the Mark Driscoll plagiarism and ghostwriting story, Andy Crouch and others have been examining the role of celebrity in the Christian publishing world.
Along those lines, a sharp-eyed PP reader noticed the author application form for Driscoll’s new publishing house, Resurgence. If you’re interested in writing for Driscoll (perhaps even under your own name), you need to provide the following data and answers:
- Number of Twitter followers, with a required link to your Twitter feed.
- Number of Facebook friends/likes.
- Do you lead a church? If so, what is the average weekly attendance?
Because these are required answers, if you don’t live at least part of your life on Twitter and Facebook, you need not even apply.
While I think it’s reasonable for a publisher to evaluate the loyal market that a new author might be able to tap into, it would be more reassuring to see them ask these questions after they ask for a book synopsis and statement of faith. How many good ideas will be ignored because Driscoll’s recruiters don’t read past the social media statistics?
Imagine for example, what they might do with an application and bio like the following:
- Brand new law school graduate
- Published a single, though little-read, academic commentary
- No pastoral experience, and no plans to lead a church
- No followers and few friends
There’s certainly not enough celebrity and star power here to warrant a Resurgence book contract, though you’ve just turned down The Institutes of Christian Religion.