Platforms, Publishing and Blog Frustrations

No one gets publishing deals these days without a lot of sweat and tears and a huge platform. When you are a person who wants to publish a book one day the number one thing that potential editor will ask you is, “Could you describe your platform?” Having a platform is social capital. Who do
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Spiritual Book Club

Do you know the website Spiritual Book Club? Check out this site to meet some new bloggers and spiritual thinkers as well as great book recommendations. Several months ago they contacted me for an interview as they are seeking to draw together a diverse collection of people of faith who are actively writing on the web. I
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The Freelance/ Work From Home Kind of Life

As I’ve been blogging about recently, I have come to embrace the fact that this is my life: a mosaic of all sorts of multitasking and different kinds of vocational tasks rolled into one. I have to say that while it has been quite a unique transition (i.e. I don’t go into the church office
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Telling the Feed The Children Story


One of the fun parts of my new volunteer job at Feed The Children is being a part of the writing team. Back in the fall after many months of dreaming and planning, Feed The Children launched it first ever blog. We felt it was a great way to not only keep donors and other
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Not Being Afraid to Start Over


I thought I was done. I really did. I had written a book. The manuscript that I had been working for almost 2 years had finally reached the stage of the game when it was time to really get serious about publication. I learned how to write a book proposal (which is no small collection
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3 Reasons Why Social Media Improves Writing


Over the past couple of years and more specifically this calendar year, a lot of my energy has gone into assisting organizations and individuals (including me) with strengthening social media practices. Hoping to answer the question: “How do you build online community?” And then, actually doing it post by post, tweet by tweet, share by
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What Happened to Old School Blogging?


I’ve been in the blogging game since 2006 back before blogging was cool or everyone and their mother had one. My friend, Amy first told me about hers and I was inspired. (We were both kids back then! Pictured to the right). Like her, maybe I had things to say too? (If you’ve been keeping
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Be Someone


We can’t help it, but in our society we are what we do. When you meet a new person (especially in the circles I run in it seems) the first question that gets asked when you meet someone new is, “What do you do?” And in response free-flowing answers are something like, “I am a
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My Faith is Essential to Who I Am

There seems to be nothing profound about this statement. If you know anything about my background, you know that I graduated from seminary and I served two particular churches as a full-time pastor for 6 years. I blog all the time about religious centric topics. Duh, of course, my faith is essential to who I
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