Wednesday, November 21, 2018

What If Only One Person Reads My Books? by Morgan L. Busse

This is a thought that crosses my mind at least once a year. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out if you’re doing what you’re supposed to as a writer. Doubt is always there, lurking in the back of your mind. My rankings are down, should I still be writing? My royalty check makes me blush, should I still be writing? I feel like I’m letting my publisher, agent, etc… down, should I still be writing?

Is anyone even reading my books?

So as I was once again re-evaluating if I should be writing (aka, I’m not feeling like I’m successful and wondering if my life would be better served doing something else), I had this thought: what if only one person ever reads my books? Then I took it a step further. What if what I was writing was meant for just one person? That God wanted me to spend my lifetime writing multiple series for a person who I will never meet, but someday would need to read my books because through those books God would change them? And not just one book, but God would use all of my books to help that one person?

Would it be worth it?

Would it be worth all the hours I pour into writing, the sacrifices I make so I can make time to write each day, the other “good things” I could be doing, but instead I am writing? Honestly? In my flesh that thought makes me cry. Just one person? But as I pondered this thought, I realized that God would do that, because of that one soul.

When we think of God doing above and beyond what we can imagine, we think of grandiose plans and ideas. But what if God’s plans involve a lonely writer, writing her heart out for the rest of her life, then connecting her books to one person who needs to read those books—every single one of them—and by reading them, comes to know God?

That’s exactly how God would do things, because to Him the value of a soul is priceless. He would do anything to reach another person, including using the lifetime of a writer and all of her books to reach that other soul.

This thought plagued me over and over again for a few weeks. What if only one person ever reads my books? And not just one book, but will read everything I will ever write, and by doing so will connect with God? Is that worth it?


That’s not to say sometimes I wish I had more to show for my writing, but when my focus is on God, it’s then I believe that what I’m doing is not in vain, even if it might be for just one person. After all, every soul is precious to God. And that makes writing worth it.

How about you? Are you struggling with what you’re doing? Do you wonder if it’s worth it or do you want to throw in the towel? I can’t tell you yes or no, but I can tell you anything you do with hands held up to God is never fruitless, even if you don’t see the results.


Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of numerous award-winning Christian fantasy and steampunk novels including her latest novel, Mark of the Raven, from Bethany House. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel. You can find out more about Morgan at


  1. This was exactly what I needed to read this morning. For quite a while now, I've been wondering why I "bother" to write when I can't seem to get published. Thank you for pointing me back in the right direction.

  2. How coincidental, Morgan, I've had that same thought and have it expressed it in the dedication of my book which will release in the spring. "If this books saves even one life, physically or spiritually, it will have been worth it." (It's a book to encourage Christians to take an active role in their health with nutrition). I had not intention of writing a book, but God clearly laid it on me, and that's what has kept me going with it. I know He has a purpose for it, just as He has with your work. :)

  3. Morgan, your most encouraging words have filled my eyes with joyous tears. Thank you for writing these words, sharing your heart.

    Have a lovely Thanksgiving.

  4. Thank you! I’m so glad I could encourage you today!

  5. Thank you so much for your encouraging words! I've had to ask myself the same questions after looking at my own sales records.

  6. Beautiful and encouraging, and a question that has troubled me as well. Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Morgan, I can't thank you enough for this post. Many times I've wondered about whether or not I'm a "real" writer. I need to keep my focus on God and not numbers.

  8. I bought your latest book as a Christmas present to myself and I’m looking forward to reading it soon.
    Thanks for the sacrifices you’ve made xx

  9. These questions have been swimming around in my head for days. Thank you for the encouragement.

  10. Morgan, Your words so touched that place in my heart pondering just these thoughts. After all of the years of writing and blogging.after 2 self-published works with seemingly few readers, I often speak with the Lord about this calling. But I feel so strongly that most importantly I have an audience of One and He still calls me to this. Thank you for your words - I am blessed by them!


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