040: Why Publishing is Easier and Cheaper than Ever Before

Everyone has a story to tell. Most desire to publish a book but the reality only 1% will ever publish their story. I want to demystify the world of publishing and the hurdles most have to endure to get their book into print.

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7 Powerful habits of great bloggers!

Have you ever found yourself connected to people on the blogs you read? As bloggers, we are in the relationship business. This is the power of blogging, we have the ability to impact someone’s life. But what does it take to be a great blogger. I’ve been asked by people what it takes to run a blog and I want to give you my advice – now some might disagree with me, and that’s okay.

Photo courtesy flickr / Arkansas ShutterBug
Photo courtesy flickr / Arkansas ShutterBug

When I began blogging in 2009, I really had no idea what I was doing. In-fact, my blog was mainly a devotional blog for the young adult ministry I led. As I began taking my blogging to the next level, I began noticing more and more success. Continue reading

Why Now is the Time to Voice Your Message

When I look through Amazon Kindle’s store, I realize there are a lot of books. The opposite is also true; when I look through a cemetery, I realize there are hundreds of unwritten books. Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has a message to share.

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When I first wrote my book, Divine Providence, I had no idea the blessing it would be. There was one father who emailed me and said, ”Thank you for writing this book. It has helped me be more intentional in my family.” Continue reading

The Importance of a Proven Blogging Template

Blogging is the one thing I look forward to each week. It doesn’t matter if I’m putting together a Podcast episode for CrossTALK, or if I’m writing a post such as this. One thing is consistent, the way I produce and write my content.

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If you’re a beginner blogger, you may not have found your proven workflow. But if you follow this method, you will become faster and more efficient. Continue reading

Testing out a new app

Testing! This is what I love to do. If we don’t activly test new software, we won’t know what works well for us and what doesn’t.
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I recently purchased a new piece of software for my Mac. It’s a little text-edit program called, Desk PM. This is a simple, no frills program where I can focus my energy on writing, not styling my blog posts.

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5 Habits That Create Distraction Free Writing

We live in a society that makes it easy to be distracted from what’s important. But what a lot of people don’t realize is, we find it okay to remain distracted, and procrastinate. It’s our subconscious hard at work, and keeping out the distractions is the hard part.

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flickr.com/yorkd

As a content producer, I find I have to be vigilant to keep distractions at a minimum, otherwise I become the dog watching for squirrels. Continue reading

Gain More Readers: 4 Things You Must Do

When I started this journey of blogging 7 years ago, I didn’t realize how much fun this will be. But, most begin their blogging with no focus or idea of where they want to take their message.

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flickr.com / Kris Olin

I used to think blogging was about writing about what ever I wanted, how often I wanted with no focus and no idea on my audience or the audience I wanted to build.
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How to Write a Book in 30 Days

A lot of people desire to write that perfect book. And the best thing about having written a book is to brag about it. You are an expert on the topic. People will recognize your new status, but the best part, we can help more people draw near to the heart of God through our writing.

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flickr.com / Victoria Nevland

So why write a book? I ask; why not? If you have a 5 or 7 part sermon series, you already have the outline to a book written. Think about it. We spend hours each week pouring over what to teach on a Sunday morning. It’s grueling work, but after we’re done preaching, we put it away and maybe rehash it again a few years later. Continue reading

Why I don’t Capitalize Deity Pronouns!

It may seem like a strange thing to say; I don’t capitalize pronouns referring to God’s deity. An instructor hands back your paper, asking you to make lower-case all pronouns, what do you do? This is something people have struggled with for years. So is it right to capitalize pronouns referencing God?

Getty Images / Carmen Martínez Banús
Getty Images / Carmen Martínez Banús

This topic is one that may cause some to cringe but others praise. I’ve often stumbled as a writer in which direction do I write. In my blog, I’ve gone back and forth on this issue. But I have since landed on the idea that it is improper to capitalize pronouns.

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4 Steps to Crafting an Organized Blog Post

AS A WRITER, I have to be conscious about making sure my thoughts are put down before I begin to write. I have to have a clear idea of what I’m going to write about before I begin. Some writers I’ve talked to think you don’t need to, just write and it will be okay.
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gettyimages/PBNJ Productions

Once I have my post written, and I write using multi-markdown because I can focus on my writing, I must decide where I should categorize it within my blog.
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