Are you questioning everything?

At The Company, we’ve been working on a new project, and I want you to be a part of it.

We’ve just launched The Company Questions, a free Q&A board for Christian writers. This is going to be  a massive repository of publicly-maintained, free-to-all answers on writing, publishing, book marketing, and our faith walk as Kingdom creatives. Check it out here.

You’re still welcome to send me questions directly (click here to send me one) and I’ll answer some of them on my website.

However, for quicker, more succinct answers and input from the community, you can now throw them on The Company’s question board as well.

This is a Quora-style Q&A board where everyone can play, but the best answers rise to the top.

Let’s be real, some answers are better than others. A big issue within the writing community is that a lot of advice is untested and circular, just being repeated by people who have never actually applied it in the industry and had an opportunity to compare results. We want to hear everyone’s perspective, but we also want the best industry-tested answers to be right at your fingertips, not lost in a long thread.

The board is there for all of your questions on writing, publishing, marketing, platform building, and our faith walk as Christian writers. There are a lot of great questions there already, and the library of answers is growing every day.

One of the best parts is that it’s easily searchable. As the knowledge base grows, you’ll be able to search our questions on all kinds of topics. Want to get your wheels turning on dialogue? You can look for all of the questions on that subject.

My dream for this is to have a completely free, publicly-available encyclopedia of great information on writing. I want this to be a resource that will serve the greater community of writers, and also be a witness to not-yet-believers.

I’m staunchly committed to the idea that as carriers of the Holy Spirit, everything we do ought to be better than our secular counterparts. Christian publishing hasn’t always represented us very well. I want the world to see that if you want really good information, come to the Christians.

When you ask questions there, you’re helping us to build that encyclopedia. Every answer makes the resource more valuable. But of course answers require questions first.

To make things fun, The Company is giving away three $25 gift certificates to the best questions asked in the month of December. Get all of the details on that here.

Right now, I’m personally answering a lot of the questions, but I’d love others to contribute their knowledge and expertise as well.

Have you succeeded at something? Tell us about it!

Have you tried something and failed? Share your experience. Then we’ll know one more way not to make a light bulb.

Right now:

Michelle wants to know What are some tips to make my dialogue more authentic?

Amy would like someone to tell her Should a historical fiction writer have a pen name consisting of only their first and middle name?

Plamen is wondering What do you think about co-authoring?

And Vannah is desperate to know Do Penguins have Knees?

Help them out already!

You can also help by voting for your favorite questions and your favorite answers. If an answer seems qualified to you and like it answered the question, give it an upvote, even if there aren’t any other answers to that question yet.

I think this has potential to be a really helpful resource for a lot of people. The neat thing is that I can’t do it alone. I need you to be a part of it.

So go ask a question. Even if it’s one you’ve already posted somewhere else or think you know the answer to. Somebody else has the same question, and you’ll be doing them a service by providing the answer (or an even better answer!) to be available in this repository.

If you’d like to hear more from me, just check out the Q&A board as a reader. I’m doing my best to answer as many questions as I can over there. So if you’d like more Brad, that’s a good place to find it, too.

Thanks for being a proactive member of the community of writers.

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