Dream Stealers

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following blog is from Larry D Horton, author of “The Final Journey”. To learn more about this author visit his website or Twitter. To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

Dream Stealers

The call to follow one’s writing dream often takes a path strewn with potholes, detours, delays, spits and sputters. Others may throw road blocks along your path that hinder you from fulfilling your dream. An author (Bear Grylls), that I admire, calls those others dream stealers. Each of us, if we reflect back through our lives, can identify individuals, events, circumstances, and maybe our own fears, that have prevented us from fulfilling our writing dream.

We cannot let those dream stealers determine whether we fulfill our personal dream or a more profound call on our lives from the Lord. As a writer, you will experience rejection from publishing houses, family and friends who will try to protect you from disappointment out of their love for you, or possibly your own self-doubts. All are dream stealers.

So how do we overcome them?

Overcoming those dream stealers is easy to write about. There are certain basic skills and disciplines that, when used, can help you overcome the hindrances that you confront. Discipline, self-belief, surrounding yourself with affirming individuals, are just a few of the secrets to eventual success. But we have to be honest and realistic. Doing all of these is much harder in real life than it is to write them down in this paragraph. Life is hard. There are no guarantees that success will be your experience. At the same time, there are no guarantees that you will fail.

Writing is truly a calling from our Lord. That is the one thing that we, as Christians, have that makes the final difference in whether or not we overcome our writing dream stealers. The strength, common sense, discipline, and wisdom to see our dream fulfilled are all ultimately gifts given to us from our Lord. And when we stand in the center of the Lord’s will as writers we will have the peace that surpasses all comprehension, a peace that guides and strengthens us regardless of what dream stealers we run into on our writing journey.

Believe in Your Dreams

Your dream may be something new. For others, it may have existed for decades. You may have already experienced dream stealers. Others of you may have given up on your dream many years ago because you were unable to overcome a dream stealer. It is my prayer, whether you are dreaming a new dream or one that has been with you all your life, that you will not surrender to the dream stealers. Keep believing in your dream. Never give in to the temptation to abandon that dream. Give your dream back to the Lord who first gave it to you and ask that He show you the path that you should follow to make your dream live.

Follow your heart, your dream, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Then hold on for the ride of your life.

– WBP –

WestBow Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by sending a message through the WestBow Press Facebook page and follow the WestBow Press Twitter account @WestBowPress. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, punctuation, and length


Believe in Your Dream of Writing Your First Book

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following blog is from Pedro Luis Adames Valdez, author of “ Times of Victory.” To learn more about this author visit his website, Facebook page or Twitter. To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

 

Follow Your Dream to Publish

WestBow Press gave me the ability to publish my first book. My initial thought was that it would be almost impossible for me to publish my story. I started communicating with John Limba and he encouraged me to take a leap of faith and embark on my self-publishing journey. I came to learn that there are many obstacles in the road to publishing your book. Not too long ago, only famous writers were able to publish their books. However, thanks to WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson, everyone is able to publish their books. It doesn’t matter where you live or what language you speak, you can follow your publishing dreams.

Embrace Your Story

Times of VictoryI was going through a hard time in life and on top of that I was struggling with the feeling of emptiness that was lingering from not having a father to mentor me while growing up. This resentment and lack of forgiveness made my life a mess. Soon, I started to search for healing inside myself and accepting the new life that Jesus provided me through his death and resurrection.

I began my writing journey and shared some of my thoughts with a few fellow ministry partners from Minnesota. When they read my work, they encouraged me to look into publishing my ideas. They believed somebody would be blessed by reading it. So I wrote Times of Victory to hopefully help others understand that they can live a victorious life. My wish is that they will rise above any hardships and struggles they will encounter.

I have come to realize that people often struggle to forgive and miss the opportunity to live life to the fullest and embrace God’s blessings. There is a story behind every obstacle you face. Once you accept yourself and start gaining the freedom that comes from a life where you forgive, you can begin again.

I Googled book publishers for awhile until I stumbled upon WestBow Press. I was impressed by WestBow Press and it definitely caught my attention that they are a division of Thomas Nelson. Readers know about Thomas Nelson because of the thousands of successful titles that have been published by them. I then asked myself why not to give it a try and see what God can do?

After Publishing with WestBow Press

I have received e-mails from readers all around the United States, some were housewives, bus drivers, bloggers, as well as others who have purchased my book and enjoyed reading it. There is no better feeling than receiving a note from somebody who just read your book. A school teacher from Texas sent me the following note:

Finished your book, Times of Victory. Thank you. God blessed me and challenged me greatly through your words. I am definitely recommending it to others.

 

Publish with WestBow Press

A dream that began while I was attending to bible seminary was then embraced by WestBow Press.  I truly believe WestBow Press is a gift from God. They are there to help aspiring authors to inspire the lives of people everywhere through the art of writing. A dream starts with a profound desire to achieve something. My dream was to write a book and my desire was to motivate people to become better and victorious. I encourage every aspiring author to allow WestBow Press to help you discover your dreams and let us all make an impact in peoples lives.

I hope you to write your story, share your thoughts and words of wisdom because you don’t know who you will bless with your book. It is not about how much money you can make but how many lives you can touch. Do not underestimate the power of your story, there are people waiting for your message. Your dream can become a reality through WestBow Press.

– WBP –

WestBow Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by sending a message through the WestBow Press Facebook page and follow the WestBow Press Twitter account @WestBowPress. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, punctuation, and length


Why Authors Choose WestBow Press

We at WestBow Press are always thrilled to hear feedback from our authors and receive great reviews for our services. Check out some of our author testimonials below!

 

Sandy Hurst, 52 Quick Lessons on the Bible

I look back on my publishing journey and think WOW! I am thankful for this opportunity and proud of the accomplishment God has allowed in my life.

http://blog.westbowpress.com/cant-never-could/

 

Andrew and Stephanie Downing, Marriage and Schizophrenia

I’m so grateful I took the leap of faith and filled out the free publishing guide. Hundreds now know that schizophrenia is not bigger than God, and I have a growing platform to share a Christian point of view in the world of mental health. I highly recommend WestBow Press.

http://blog.westbowpress.com/marriage-and-schizophrenia/

 

Kathleen Beining, The Story of Mrs. Bumbleberry

Publishing with Westbow Press was wonderful. They walked me through the process and always responded when I had questions. I am not the most computer savvy person, but everyone there was patient and friendly.

http://blog.westbowpress.com/story-of-mrs-bumbleberry/

 

Debra Irene, Reflections

Although I did not win the writer’s contest; I did receive a discount on a publishing package with WestBow Press for entering and was able to purchase that package with an unexpected bonus in January. I watched the dream unfold, month by month, just like Brenda encouraged; and in April of 2011, I held my first copy of Reflections.

http://blog.westbowpress.com/a-dream-and-a-miracle-part-ii/

 

Rodney Hunt, Out of Control

I wanted to give up many times during the process of writing and publishing. One of the reasons I invested in the publishing package with WestBow Press was because I knew it would help hold me accountable to finishing my goal of becoming a published author.

http://blog.westbowpress.com/keep-writing-when-you-feel-like-quitting/ 

 

Eva Schmidt, Grace for Tomorrow

My experience with WestBow Press has been nothing short of amazing. I knew nothing about publishing but their friendly staff has guided me each step of the way.

http://blog.westbowpress.com/gods-hand-in-my-publishing-journey/

 

Gary Savage, Fletcher McKenzie

Self-publishing gives me the control I had previously been looking for. I have a major say in the layout of the book, the cover, and the final product. I would absolutely recommend self-publishing to other aspiring authors.

http://blog.westbowpress.com/gary-savage-adventurous-nutrition-book/

 

Jeffrey Donley, The Counterfeit Christmas

I like the fact that my work will be published to the world. I would recommend WestBow Press’s self-publishing to other authors.

http://blog.westbowpress.com/jeffrey-donley-interview/

 

 

Cathy Corley, The Red Stones

I am so appreciative for WestBow Press. They gently guided me from my initial call last January to the final proofs. Each representative was patient, kind and helpful through every stage. I would encourage anyone that has a story on their heart to take the time and write it down. God has blessed me through this journey.

http://blog.westbowpress.com/red-stones-cathy-corley/

 

– WBP –

WestBow Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by sending a message through the WestBow Press Facebook page and follow the WestBow Press Twitter account @WestBowPress. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, punctuation, and length. 


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