So You Want to Write a Book

Episode 707

There’s so much to book writing that’s unknown and kind of mysterious to those who desire to write a book. Host Clint Clifton talks with Ed Stetzer and Christine Hoover about steps aspiring writers need to take.

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • First steps to discovering the publishing industry
  • The importance of having a well-known agent
  • Ways to actually accomplish the labor of writing
  • The role deadlines play
  • How to evaluate if you’re any good at writing 

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Sharable Quotes (#NewChurches):

Writing a book is not just having the idea, not just having the desire. It’s putting your bottom in a seat and actually spending time doing it. It’s really an act of discipline. @ChristineHoover

Most books should be an article and most articles should be a Tweet. The expansion of ideas across chapters is a stunning amount of effort. If you want to write a book, you better start by writing some articles. @EdStetzer

I don’t read anything until I’m done and then I go back through and I re-read and edit myself pretty extensively. @ChristineHoover

Real writing is editing. Anyone can write something once. It’s your editing and re-editing where the pain comes, but it’s necessary. @EdStetzer

I have to go away for multiple days to get anything substantive done. Both of the major writing projects I’ve done were accomplished in two-, four- or five-day chunks of time. @ClintJClifton

You can self-publish and then be picked up by a publisher. That’s an increasingly common path as well. @EdStetzer

One way, especially for women, is using social media platforms to write and test things. When people resonate with certain topics, you realize, “Oh.” @ChristineHoover

Published October 6, 2022

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