Thursday, July 31, 2014

I'm thinking it's finally time...

My novels have been sitting on the shelf for a few years and I feel my old characters yelling for release like the images of your kids stuck in your iphone from 4 Christmases ago. Time to revive them and look into this thing called self-publishing.

So many questions and with all the information available on the web, how in the world can someone filter through the crap to decide?

What's better? Createaspace? Lulu? Something else?

And once that is decided, how do you figure out who can help really get the flavor of your book on the cover of the novel? I decide on books initially by the what the cover says and what it doesn't say. I'm a writer, an accounting, a singer and dancer, but an artist - heck no.

And should the novel's be edited by a professional as I'd really hate for my first book (who most likely 10 people will read) to be filled with grammar errors and things that would turn me off if I were reading a book.

How much do you charge?

Is it really true that you need a platform to get people to recognize you? That you might have to blog all of the time? That sounds exhausting after a ten-eleven hour day at the office, writing a book, starting a church and raising a family. Anyone want to make some cash ghost-blogging for me? *smiles*

Regardless of all of that jazz... it's time.

I love my creations to much not to share them and though I'm a better writer today than I was four years ago (be very afraid), there is still so much room for improvement. So as I TRY to come out of hibernation, tell me my writing friends of old... have you self published and if so, give me the low-down.

Jer - where are you buddy? Love that Book II cover like you wouldn't believe.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Missions in Belize

We're starting out today on our first day of mission work here in Belize, and the team is excited and full of energy. The weather is a bit hot, but the rains are cooling things down to be quite bearable. The food is all fresh and delicious and the hotels are nice and cold!

We had a devo this morning on being the hands of Christ and spend most of the day yesterday in an extended worship service with a small local Methodist church. I'll be part of the VBS team today and will sing praises with the little kiddo's in this area, my best friend Rachel joining me.

I hope to find a renewed sense of simplicity here that I can bring back to my own life and perhaps even gain a bit of clarity as to how sacrificial service blends in with a heart on fire for God.

Pray us up for effectiveness in spreading the gospel.