Month: January 2014

How To Publish a Book: My Ultimate Guide From 40+ Years of Experience

So you’ve finished writing your book—perhaps a lifelong dream—and now you want to get it published. Where do you go from here? You poured your heart and soul into the writing, and I hope you also spent countless hours editing and revising. Any seasoned expert will tell you: All writing is rewriting. Certainly the writing alone took months, maybe years. But you did something few people ever do: You finished…

Writing Groups: How To Find the Right One

When we writers spend hours alone at the keyboard, that isolation can get to even us introverts. The solution is to find a writers group—populated by like-minded fellow strugglers. I belong to three—one that meets in person and two that interact online, and I encourage members to find one or form their own. If you’re serious about your writing dreams, a writers group can help you fulfill them. Why? Writers…

Precious Memories: Billy Graham (1918-2018)

I was always saying the wrong things around Billy Graham. One of his aides even told me I had been selected from a handful of to assist him with his memoirs because I was the one who obviously hadn’t prepared an answer to his team’s most predictable question: What qualifies you to do this? I blurted, “Oh, no one’s qualified! All any writer could do with such a privilege is…

Your Guide to Book Word Counts

As a reader, I’ve never felt a was too long, even more than a thousand pages. And I’ve never found a bad book short enough. One of the most common questions writers ask me: “How long should my manuscript be?” Well, different publishers look for different lengths for different genres. Helpful, eh? There ARE general guidelines, which I’ll list below. But it’s important to know that these are not hard…