Faithful friends

My friend, Susan, and her husband, Gary, regularly bicycle with a group of friends. They call themselves the OOFPAs, which may sound like a Greek drinking salute but actually stands for Ornery Old Folks Peddling Along. A biking club of faithful friends sounds like a hoot, but these folks do more than peddle around together. … Continue reading Faithful friends

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Support your author friends

"I saw that book you wrote, and I almost bought it." "I walked past the bookstore and saw a poster for the book you wrote, but I didn't go inside and buy it." True quotes. People have actually said these things to authors. Maybe they genuinely couldn't afford to buy the book. Maybe they view … Continue reading Support your author friends

I get by with a little help from my friends

Although the lyrics of that old Beatles song fail to reflect the comprehensive character of my personal worldview, there's definitely a sense in which I get by with a little help from my friends. Every writer knows the importance of networking. A writer can't construct a platform without building name recognition, which requires networking through … Continue reading I get by with a little help from my friends

Marketing or ministry?

My friend, Yvonne Anderson, reflects today on the tension between marketing and writing. Having two books published this year has shown me how that tension increases exponentially. There seems to be a continual tug of war between these two priorities. But one thing I'm learning is that the lines blur between marketing and ministry. Since … Continue reading Marketing or ministry?