Are you famous enough to write for Mark Driscoll? 5

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:

  • Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 10.21.21 PMNumber 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.

5 thoughts on “Are you famous enough to write for Mark Driscoll?

  1. James Downing Dec 13, 2013 10:01 am

    I applied.

  2. Tom Chantry Dec 13, 2013 11:22 am

    As disturbing as this is, it really is par for the course for Christian publishing today. The questions asked in advance of manuscript submission are “How wide a market do you have access to?” “What conferences will you be able to promote this book at, and what attendance is expected?” “What denominational or associational resources do you have for promotion?” etc. And that’s the small, doctrinal, respectable publishing houses. The days of beginning by asking what is worth printing are simply gone.

  3. SallyVee Dec 13, 2013 12:13 pm

    This is our brave new world – a social mediacrasy (mediocrisy?). Notice how the political realm operates the same way as the Evangelical industrial complex, or vice versa. It’s all about gathering a mob behind a charismatic mobster who makes people feeeeel good by telling them what they want to hear, then goes out into the land to sell sell sell it to the mob, via the ready-made network of radio, tv and digital cohorts.

    It’s all so sleazy and predictable, among other things. America seems to specialize in dumbing down and mass producing everything – now even the masses are being mass produced.

    But it must also be said: “the masses are asses,” and never seem to tire of being distracted and duped. They are all too often partners in their own fleecing.

    (Quote attributed to FF Alexander Hamilton)

  4. Simeon Duncan Dec 13, 2013 4:43 pm

    James Downing, I look forward to reading your Resurgence published, Driscoll-vetted, social media-friendly book, though I’d probably be unwise to hold my breath waiting for it.

  5. James Downing Dec 14, 2013 10:07 pm

    I’m guessing that my 6 twitter followers will keep me from being published, but we’ll see.

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