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For those who have been following my publishing journey, you may have been wondering when, if ever, my book was actually going to get published.  I got an agent back in Fall 2015 and I thought it’d be a pretty quick process from there.  Little did I know what the future held…

After interviewing a lot of authors on my podcast who have struggled with the ups and downs of the publishing industry, I now have firsthand knowledge.  The #1 reason I am indie-publishing (besides the fact that it has taken forever to try to get a big publisher) is because of the damage the process has done to my soul.  The way Christian publishing works nowadays is you need a “platform” in order to get published.  For some authors, their platform exists in the books they published before the “platform” / social media era took over.  For others, being the head of a large organization or pastoring a megachurch is the platform.  For someone trying to get his first book published and who does not pastor a megachurch, my platform lies in how many people read my blog, my podcast listens, follow me on Twitter, etc.  In essence, my statistics prove if I am worthwhile to a publisher or not.  Continue Reading…

I officiated a wedding this weekend and was reminded of John the Baptist.  John the Baptist was essentially the Christian rock star of the 1st century: huge crowds followed him, everyone retweeted him, and he was on the New York Times best seller list every time he wrote a book.  In fact, there were murmurs that maybe John was the Messiah the Jewish people had been waiting so long for.  Not bad for a dude who wore camel’s hair and ate locusts.

A pastor friend who counsels me has often used John the Baptist as an example to follow for those of us who struggle with giving ourselves glory as opposed to giving Jesus glory.  Often our weird Christian subculture subconsciously molds pastors and leaders to want this type of attention.  You see pastors’ mug shots highlighting big time conferences, their names on best selling books and people quoting them left and right.  It’s easy to think, “Well I’m as smart, if not smarter, than them…” or “I’m a better speaker or writer than them…”  Continue Reading…