Friday, June 10, 2016
Writing: The Book You Have To Write
I've only produced one book I had to write. After the death of my first wife, I gathered all my journaling in hopes of producing a book that would help others going through a similar loss. Eventually I removed all the sugar-coating and self-justification, and produced a book--The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse--that remains in print a decade later. It wasn't a best-seller, but it was a book I had to write.
If you're an author, you recognize the difference between writing a book that will sell (to your agent, to an editor, to readers) and one that burns so brightly in your heart that you have to write it. If you're fortunate, that book will sell as well. And if not, you still need to get the words down on paper. And that's all right.
Have you ever read a book, either novel or non-fiction, that made you think the author had to write it? I'd like to hear your experiences.
PS--As some of you already know, I've signed a contract with Gilead Publishing. The company is new, but the people there have a great deal of experience in Christian publishing. I look forward not only to writing for Gilead, but reading the work of other authors there. I hope you do, too.
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