Some Thoughts on Writers and Platform

There is a lot of conversation these days (mostly on digital platforms) about writers, publishing, and platform. The conversation has been stimulating and thought-provoking in some ways and unhelpful, I think, in other ways. Mostly, it seems, that some are frustrated about the difficulty of getting published and the demands publishers make and the reality that writers who have bigger audiences are often favored over those with smaller audiences. How should Christian writers think about these things? I have a few observations. These are not "thus saith the Lord", but more "here is Dan's opinion", which, if you add $5 will allow you to purchase a small caffeinated beverage: 1) Let's admit it is ironic to publish complaints about platforms and celebrity evangelicals. Most of the discussion about evangelicals and platform happens . . . on platforms. I've always wondered: someone who tweets these complaints, does he or she hope they are read, are retweeted,...

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Some tips on getting published

I often have young writers ask me how to get published. I've written some of my advice already here and here and here. But I thought I'd offer a few more practical tips on getting editors to appreciate your work and give you a byline: 1) Research publications you intend to write for. It's important to read widely and read deeply at the publications you'd like to see publish your work. That way when you pitch ideas, you will know what is a good fit for a specific publication. Over time, this will develop into an instinct, so when you get an idea you will instinctively know the best market. It also makes editors happy when you pitch them pieces that actually fit their publication. 2) Be flexible, within your abilities. Sometimes you will have burning ideas you just need to see in print. But as you develop relationships with editors (and you should be developing relationships with...

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How to be a prolific writer

One of the questions I often get from emerging writers is this one: How do you create a lot of good content at a regular pace. Over the years, I've been blessed with opportunities to write for a variety of outlets on topics I enjoy. I write regularly for ERLC and am a regular contributor to several other publications. Every writer has their own rhythms, but perhaps there are some things you can learn from what has helped me. Here are six things I do in my life to be a productive and consistent writer: 1) I don't wait for inspiration, for a cabin next to a mountain stream, or a light bulb. I just write. I'm amazed at how many people I know talk about writing, love to discuss blogging, have good thoughts on writing a book. It's a much smaller group of people who actually sit in a chair and write. Don't let the lack of an idyllic setting or...

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The Way Home Episode 31 featuring Max Lucado

Max Lucado needs no introduction. He's the bestselling author of 32 books, a popular speaker, and pastor of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. Max joined me today on the podcast to talk about his writing process, leadership transitions, and why he's bullish about the church, in spite of increasing cultural pressure. Listen to this week's episode [powerpress] Show Notes: Max Lucado on Twitter: @maxlucado Max's website: maxlucado.com Max's new book, Glory Days On the podcast I mentioned the release of my new book, The Original Jesus. It is officially released in September, but is available for pre-order now. ...

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