Art Helps Us Deal with Suffering

I was having coffee with a friend the other day, and the topic of art and suffering came up. He’s a photographer, struggling with his own need to make a living, while still being true to his calling.

Through the conversation, we both learned that it’s tough to be an artist.

But being an artist, at its core, means to be generous. It means that God has given you a gift that you need to share with the world.

And the world is messed up. It’s hurting and confused. The world is suffering.

Art helps us make sense of suffering — not by spouting off cliches or offering trite platitudes, but by speaking to that inner voice inside each of us that says, “Yes, this sucks, but there is still beauty.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting Your Book Published… Or Not

Phil Cooke HeadshotPublishing books now is hard. It’s even harder to sell them.

Phil Cooke recently posted an article on this topic in his monthly ezine The Change Revolution. He shared some sobering thoughts about book publishing that aspiring writers should consider. Here’s an excerpt:

Many book categories – including business, current affairs, and self-help – have become oversaturated. It is increasingly hard to make any book stand out.

New titles are not just competing with 560,000 other new books, they are competing with more than seven million previously published books available for sale. And other media are claiming more and more of people’s time… Read the rest of this entry »


Tim Tebow, Superbowl Ads, and Dumb Focus Groups

Tim Tebow and His MomI’m going to put my “marketing” hat on for a second.

I watched a news segment on a popular morning show today. Some marketer came on the show and shared how they used a focus group to determine what ads shown during the Superbowl this year were the most successful.

There’s just one problem with that: The focus group voted on the commercials that they liked.

They asked members of the group to use a nifty piece of equipment to indicate which ones were the funniest and most amusing.

And that’s the problem with advertising today: People don’t buy what they laugh at. Read the rest of this entry »