200 Pounds of Trash

I have an internet friend that I’ve known since 1997. Never met him face to face, but I’ve been with him as he’s pastored several different churches. He had a wonderful email ministry for most of those years. He has graciously given me his Thought for the Day posts–all 522 of them. This one hits
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What Christian Writers Need

by Sarah Tun Christian writers need income, relationship, and a sense of fulfilment. I suspect all writers need these things, but for Christians, the fulfillment comes through building relationships that bring with them a sense of purpose and usefulness to the Kingdom of GOD, a need that all of us who have Jesus within us
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Should Indie Authors Beware or Rejoice?

by Gina Burgess In the New Yorker, there’s a good article: Publish or Perish. The future of publishing is discussed, and Russ Grandinette of Amazon makes a very good point. “In [my] view, book publishers—like executives in other media—are making the same mistake the railroad companies made more than a century ago: thinking they were
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Do You Answer God When He Calls?

by Jann Martin Have you heard God calling you? Do you always obey His call? We know in our hearts and minds God’s always there for us. However, we don’t always listen when He’s asking us to do something. Or, maybe we think if we don’t respond we won’t have to step out of our
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4 Tips on Catching an Editor’s Attention

By W. Terry Whalin Do you feel like you are pitching your book projects into a black hole with little or no response? As a writer and now an editor in the publishing business, I’m aware of my own responsibility to be communicating with others via email or phone. As an acquisitions editor at Morgan James
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Does Social Media Sell Books?

by DiAnn Mills When I speak to writers about the value of social media, I hear moans, groans, and complaints swirling around the room. Too many writers are not willing to get past the learning curve needed to develop a solid brand. A writer’s life requires flexibility to develop the craft, marketing, publishing, and branding.
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What’s the most terrifying word for authors?

by Gina Burgess Nope it isn’t writer’s block. That’s two words. According to a mountain of studies it’s networking. Of course there isn’t a separate study done just on authors, but studies have included thousands of people in all different walks of life. Networking seems to either instill excitement of discovery in some people or
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Comfort zones squeeze the life out of growth.

By Gina Burgess There are differences between hobby writing and professional writing. This is a crucial question that the author needs to know the answer to before spending the time required to make money writing. It’s a commitment. It’s also risky. What if I fail? What happens if I succeed? How will I handle either
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Weeding Out the Dross

by Sarah Tun  Writing is an art… and a science. Just like in gardening, you want to weed out the bad stuff so the good stuff can shine and breathe and spark a reader’s imagination. It’s obvious that writing is an art, but perhaps not so clear there is a science to the process of
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