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Recommendations for Marketing Your Book to a Publisher or Agent

  Recommendations for Marketing Your Book I sincerely believe that, for a Christian writer, God should “run” the publishing process Nonetheless, I understand that people want and need direction in getting started. The following recommendations are for royalty-based publishing, not self-publishing (which is another animal altogether.) I know personally how important it is to have someone “steer” you in the right direction so you don’t make stupid (amateurish) mistakes that would hurt your chances at looking professional when you are submitting.  Almost without exception, every genre of writing I do (poetry, nonfiction, and various genres of fiction) was a field I “broke into” because somebody with experience told me what to do (or in most...

Reason #173: More Politically-Correct Book of Mormon Changes

  Recently the LDS Church has changed chapter headings in its online Book of Mormon (a revised print edition isn’t currently scheduled.) But, given the burgeoning number of people who read primarily online, these changes are significant. They reflect the way the LDS Church is distancing itself from its pervasive, foundational, historic racism against people of dark skin and against American Indians in particular. They removed the words “skin of blackness” from the introductory italicized summary in 2 Nephi, Chapter 5, which details the “curse” God put on Lamanites who were unfaithful. Some Mormons might argue that the headings were not part of the text on the golden plates and were not thus inspired and can be revised. However, a church built...

Reason #172: Packham’s Logic about LDS Book of Mormon Apologists

My atheist friend, Richard Packham, has an excellent online article that shows the shallowness of LDS arguments to support the Book of Mormon. Below, mostly in Packham’s words, are some of the arguments he makes in his article: Most Mormon defenses of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon suffer from several severe logical flaws.   The authors of Mormon apologetics are inadequately informed about ancient history and science. Or, perhaps they are informed about it, but dismiss it or ignore it.   Mormon apologists frequently must distort what the Book of Mormon plainly says (disregarding, apparently, that their own scriptures contain God’s assertion that its words are “true” (D&C 17:6)).   They gloss over the wide...

When Your Book Acquires Personality

  Our daughter is a lovely, intelligent, spiritual, healthy, well-rounded young woman. It’s hard to believe that she had some major health problems when she was a child. When she was eight years old, she developed a rare malignant tumor, an eosinophilic granuloma, that made a half-dollar-sized hole in her skull. Three years later, I began writing a book under contract to Zondervan about how to pray in a crisis, based on what I learned through that experience. Just as I was in the midst of writing the book, my daughter fell from a rope that broke, into a brick wall, and had a closed-head concussion on the other side of her skull. Then three weeks later my mother had a debilitating illness. (My son asked me, “Mom, why do you think we’re having so many...