The Next Bestseller

I’ve been writing books consistently now for about ten years. Whenever I speak somewhere as an author, I inevitably have people tell me that they want to write a book or possibly have already begun the process. Have you ever wanted to write a book?

Although a lot of my writing is for the purpose of helping people have a growing, meaningful relationship with Jesus, I’ve written a few to help people fulfill their dreams of becoming writers. My newest book that is coming out on March 10 is for that purpose. It’s entitled, “The Next Bestseller: Book Marketing for Success.” I’ve learned that if you’re going to be a successful author, you have to be an effective marketer.

The first chapter of the book shares my struggle of having to learn how to market when I just really wanted to write books. If you want to become an author, you may find yourself facing the same battle. You can write the greatest book in the world, but if no one knows it exists, then you will never have the opportunity to influence anyone through your writing.

I believe that many people want to write, and you may be one of them. Before you complete your book, or even start it, I’d like to encourage you to think about how you will find the audience to read your book once it’s published.

I have to admit that marketing never crossed my mind until after my first book was published. If I’d thought about it on the front end, I would have started working on enlarging my author platform long before I held my first book in my hand.Over my next few posts, I’ll share a few things from my book you may want to consider as you ponder the possibility of becoming a published author. Maybe these thoughts will help you see ways you can influence people through your writing. Though my book will not be available until March 10, you can preorder the digital version now from Amazon. The paperback version will probably come out on Amazon a little before the 10th. In the meantime, would you like to become a published author? Go for it!

What the World Needs Now

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau

I’ve gone through a gamut of emotions while following the political activities of the last months, and even years. I suppose our national problem was never clearer than during the State of the Union address this past week. Regardless of your political position, the great divide we’re experiencing should be alarming. We now live in a time when political rivalry has turned into political hatred.

Whatever happened to loving your enemies and turning the other cheek? I wonder when we set aside “doing unto others as we’d have them do unto us?” 

We need a good ol’ fashion dose of love. The Bible says that love covers a multitude of sins, and frankly, I think there’s a lot of sins in Washington that need covering right now. It doesn’t stop in Washington, however. This great divide has spanned the country, and the two sides aren’t just political. The fact is that although I can pray for our political and societal leaders, I can’t change them; only God can. I can, however, change myself.

I can’t make Trump love Pelosi or Schumer have lunch with McConnell, but I can reach out to someone who has different opinions from myself and seek to love him or her in “action and in truth.” Jesus did say, after all, that the world will know that we are authentic followers of Christ by the way we love each other. I don’t think there’s a greater way to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit than to love someone that is not like me. Although Washington needs a good dose of love, most of us don’t live there. We need to start a movement right where we are—a love movement. I know from experience that when love and hate get in a competition, love always wins. I’m tired of the politics I’ve been watching displayed on TV. Let’s start something refreshing.