Webinars

Writing Personal Experience Stories – February 4, 2023       Click here to register!

In addition to publishing 12 books, I praise God for the over 1,000 sales I've made to Christian periodicals. The bulk of my writing has been from personal experience. In this 90-minute webinar you'll learn the essentials and pitfalls of writing life-changing personal experience stories God can use to change lives.

Click here to print the writer's checklist below to see what will be covered. Cost - only $14.95. After February 1, $17.95. The webinar video will be available afterwards. Click here to register. And tell your friends!


Going Indie – January 14, 2023            Click here to purchase the video and PowerPoint slides.

You CAN get your book in print!

"For such a time as this" God has provided the technology to indie publish. But is this the best option for you? How can you avoid making a costly mistake? Join me Saturday, January 14 (11 am Eastern Time (10 am CT, 9 am MT, 8 am PT) for a 90-minute webinar on Zoom of the need-to-know info below including Q & A. The $14.95 registration fee (click here) includes lifetime access to the video. After January 10 the price increases to $17.95.

 

Going Indie Webinar Outline

Traditional vs Indie?
   Advantages / Disadvantages
   Why go indie?

Cautions
   https://victoriastrauss.com/writer-beware  
   https://justpublishingadvice.com

Cooperative, Subsidy, Hybrid?

 Go Indie – Do it yourself or build a team?
   Christian Indie Publishing Association - https://cipa.podia.com

 How-to & cost – See https://writehisanswer.com/booksforwriters, Indie Publishing

     Study the craft
  
       Books, courses, coaches
         Don’t run ahead of the Lord

     Critiquing
        Christian Writers Market Guide
        Write His Answer Ministries – Thursday morning & evening group meets every other week

     Editing 
         Self-edit - Christian Writers Manual of Style and Editing Secrets of Best-Selling Authors
 
        Create a style sheet / check-off list
         Hiring a professional editor is NOT optional - Christian Writers Market Guide

    Typesetting & layout
         https://www.bookdesigntemplates.com
         Scrivener, Vellum (MAC), InDesign, Quark . . . 
         Books - How to Format Your Book in Word (Important to use Word’s “Styles”)
         Amy Deardon - https://www.ebooklistingservices.com 

    Proofreading - Multiple eyes needed!
        Book - Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors

    Cover design (front and back)
        Do it yourself cautions
        Recommend https://99designs.com and do Google search

    Obtain ISBN & bar code
        Bowker Identifier Services - https://www.myidentifiers.com         

Set price – Factor in cost of above plus
      Printing - https://kdp.amazon.com, https://www.ingrampublisherservices.com
          eBook, POD, offset printing     
          Binding – saddle stitch, perfect bound, wire bound
     Shipping
     Distributor cost / discount
     And critical to include cost of marketing

     Marketing – Important, do NOT wait until publication to build your platform
         See https://writehisanswer.com/booksforwriters, Marketing
         Website, blog, flyers, postcards, trailer, ads . . .
         Courses - Book Launch Blueprint or Obscure No More – Thomas Umstattd Jr.

 Q & A

Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT