Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "publishing"

No, All Christian Content Shouldn’t Be Free

A few years ago, when I was a pastor, I had a hard time explaining to a rather cranky member why we, as a church, had to pay for a license to use Christian music in our worship services. "They should give it away freely. Why do I have to pay for it? I thought this was ministry. Why they are out to make money?" What made this man's beef all the more interesting is that I had just concluded, a day earlier, a long conversation with him about what he considered unfair pay at his work. The irony was lost on him, but not me. But alas, this complaint about Christian content costing money is one I've heard in a variety of forms most of my adult life. It goes something like this: Christian publishers should not be so eager to make money. Why not give their books away free? Christian musicians...

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Rewarding the Generious

Today I had the chance to interview Michael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson and one of the most influential bloggers in the blogosphere. Hyatt is a popular speaker on issues of leadership, publishing, and platform. His latest book, Platform is a New York Times bestseller. I asked Hyatt about the idea of platform-building, which has drawn some critics: Critics of the platform approach might say that it leads to a narcissism and self-promotion as opposed to service and substance. How would you respond to that? I think it’s actually just the opposite. Social networks reward those who are generous. With the exception of some celebrities whose antics provide entertainment value for their followers, those who focus too much on themselves don’t build large followings.Those who succeed at the social media game add value, offer assistance, and point to content their followers will find useful. Those who do the best job of serving, grow...

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7 Steps to Get Started Writing

I have a lot of people who are interested in launching a writing career, but don't know how to get started. It seems a bit overwhelming. So I decided to try and write a post with seven sort of first-steps on writing. I hope this helps those who feel this call. 1) Take a Long View. This is less of a practical step and more of a vision thing. But I think it's importnat to not get too caught up, right away, in that big book project or thinking that you're going to make a ton of money so you can retire. You need to think of writing less as a way to make money (which in the future can happen, at least in a side-business kind of way) and more of a calling to communicate and use your gifts to lift people. Don't take an all-or-nothing approach with the idea that...

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In Defense of Christian Bookstores, Christian Publishers, and Southern Baptists

It seems there are three, quick, easy, cheap ways to score points if you're a hip, up-and-coming evangelical. Say something negative about Christian bookstores, Christian publishers, and/or Southern Baptists. If you hit on a criticism of all three, you'll really get a lot of back pats and your blog will probably have a lot of new unique visitors. You might even get a book deal. You'll definitely want to buy those cool, new "Rob Bell" glasses. At the risk of sounding old-fashioned, I'm going to defend this seeming unholy trifecta, the supposed enemies of Christian awesomeness. A few weeks ago there was a big controversy about Lifeway Christian stores. In response to a pastor from Florida, Lifeway pulled the movie, Blindside from their stores because of some objectionable content. (for the record, I highly recommend the movie. It's great). It's apparently an evergreen story, because I keep reading fresh blog posts on...

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