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21. Scott Sauls — The Dangers and Pitfalls of Platform

6/18/2018
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Scott Sauls is a pastor and published author. He joins me to talk about how writing impacts a congregation and the pitfalls of success and platform.

Duration:00:43:29

20. Os Guinness — The Pastor and Writer as Subversive

6/11/2018
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Os Guinness is one of the world's foremost Christian thinkers. His books such as The Call, have already become modern Christian classics. Os joins me to talk about the lost art of persuasion and how pastors and writers must learn to be subversive.

Duration:00:38:15

19. Mick Silva — Evaluating Your Book Idea

6/4/2018
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As a long time editor and writing coach, Mick knows how to spot a good idea, and he knows how to help clarify your idea into a book project worth working on. Mick joins me to share his questions for evaluation.

Duration:00:56:58

18. Michelle Ule — The Story Behind The Most Popular Devotional

5/30/2018
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Michelle Ule is the author of Mrs. Oswald Chambers, the story behind the world's most popular devotional My Utmost For His Highest. She joins me to talk about the Chambers' story, writing, and biographies.

Duration:00:42:58

17. Chase Replogle — Your Cliches Are More Dangerous Than You Think

5/21/2018
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Every writer knows to avoid cliches, but we still can't help ourselves. Like garden weeds, we pluck them only to find them growing again the next day. Good writers keep weeding, but why do cliches come so naturally? What do they suggest about our writing? They are more dangerous than you might expect.

Duration:00:22:50

16. Matt Smethurst — Writers Listen and Asking Good Question

5/15/2018
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Matt Smethurst is an author, church elder, and editor at the Gospel Coalition. He joins me to talk about his role in editing and his Bible Study on 1 & 2 Thessalonians.

Duration:00:42:47

15. Drew Dyck — An Acquisitions Editor's Advice for New Authors

5/7/2018
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Drew Dyck is an acquisitions editor for Moody Publishers, a senior editor for Christianity Today Pastors, and the author of Generation Ex-Christian and Yawning at Tigers. He joins me to talk writing and publishing.

Duration:00:40:25

14. Chase Replogle — Why Poor Writing Comes So Naturally

4/23/2018
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Writing is hard. But it's hard for more reasons than the grammar and vocabulary. Revising requires a certain amount of self-awareness and great writers learn to keep themselves off the page.

Duration:00:18:19

13. Doug Newton — Tackling A Three Book Series

4/16/2018
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Doug Newton spent 40 years as a pastor and ministry leader. He knew writing was a part of his call and this year published a three-part book series entitled Fresh Eyes. We discuss his process and organizational techniques.

Duration:00:50:07

12. Mike Loomis — Your Personal Brand Is the Public Expression of Your Calling

4/9/2018
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Mike Loomis is the author of Your Brand is Calling: Build a Personal Brand to Reflect and Connect. He is a strategic partner to bestselling authors, non-profits, and publishers, helping them develop compelling and authentic brands.

Duration:00:29:37

11. Rachelle Gardner — A Literary Agent On The Publishing Process

3/26/2018
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Rachelle Gardner joins me to discuss the traditional publishing process. From finding an agent to the proposal process, Rachelle walks us through the process and landscape of the Christian publishing industry.

Duration:00:38:51

10. Alan Baker — Books, Books, Books: From Biographies to the Spiritual Life

3/19/2018
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Pastor, author, and coach, Alan Baker joins me to discuss books. From pastoral resources to reading for the spiritual life, your Amazon wish-list is about to get a lot longer.

Duration:00:57:27

09. Chase Replogle — Lessons Learned So Far: What I'm Working On

3/12/2018
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I'll be answering the questions as Thien Doan, host of The Prolific Christian Writer podcast, talks with me about lessons learned and my latest project, Discontented: Hour Your Heart's Desires Betray You.

Duration:00:48:46

08. Mary DeMuth — Finding Your Writing Voice: Staying Hopeful

3/5/2018
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Mary DeMuth is one of the best known Christian writers coaching and teaching other writers. She has written over 30 books and mentors hundreds of writers through her site, Book Launch Mentor. Our discussion moves from learning to trust your voice to surrounding yourself with good advice.

Duration:00:36:09

07. Burn the Book: My Obsession With Getting Published

2/25/2018
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Getting published can be an obsession. There is so much to learn, so much to do, so much advice to take. In this episode, I share how I have struggled and come to terms with my own obsession with getting published.

Duration:00:22:56

06. Dick Foth — Friendship: Why Writers and Pastors Need Good Friends

2/19/2018
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Dick has been a missionary, a pastor, a coach and a writer, but one theme permeates his entire life—friendship. Dick lives it and teaches it. We were created for relationships. We lead by it, write by it and live by it.

Duration:00:55:33

05: Dr. Joy Qualls — How We Talk About Things Matters: What the church communicates

2/12/2018
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Dr. Qualls joins me to talk about communication trends in the church. We discuss why pastors should consider how they communicate and how it relates to writing. Without consideration, we run the risk of blindly participating in a form of communication more shaped by consumerism than the gospel.

Duration:01:05:51

04: Blake Atwood — Objective About Your Writing: Why every writer needs an editor

2/5/2018
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Blake Atwood joins me to talk editing and why every writer needs an editor. We spend time discussing the stages of editing and tips you can use to be more objective in editing your own writing. You'll enjoy Blake's honesty and willingness to serve writers with his own blog, podcast, conferences, and advice.

Duration:00:47:31

03: Michelle DeRusha — Writing Your Own Story: Writing as a tool to discover God

1/17/2018
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Michelle Derusha joins me to talk about memoir and the challenge of telling your own story. We discuss how an author decides what to include and what gets cut, we talk about writing as a form of prayer, and we discuss the challenges of focusing your attention on the discipline of writing. You’ll appreciate Michelle’s honesty and vulnerability—hallmarks of good memoir.

Duration:00:45:12

02: Mick Silva —Why Writing Is Hard: Learning to appreciate the process

1/10/2018
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Mick Silva is a freelance editor and writing coach who has spent nearly 20 years in the Christian publishing industry. He has worked for Focus on the Family Books and WaterBrook & Multnomah, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Duration:00:57:14