From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes brief accounts, written by our authors, about how self-publishing their books has affected their lives. The following are the words of Beverly D. Allen, author “Covenant Dating: The Biblical Path to Marriage.”
I have been a self-published author since 2003. It is still hard to believe when I look at the four books with my name on them. I may be the writer, but the Holy Spirit is the inspiration for what I write. I could imagine how the holy men of God felt as they spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
I teach Scripture, even present the Gospel of Jesus Christ on various platforms, but the time came when there was such an unction in my spirit to write the vision and make it plain. That way, others could read and be encouraged, enlightened, and motivated to follow Christ and know that God’s plan is better than any they could ever design for themselves. He has factored in all our mistakes, failures, and poor choices, using them for His glory, if we will allow Him by obeying His voice.
Well, I obeyed and began to write and was led to self-publish the assignments He gave me. After searching for a self-publisher online, I used a Christian publishing company for the first three, having had a good experience, but was led to find a new publisher for this new assignment, Covenant Dating, The Biblical Path to Marriage. I learned of WestBow Press online, a company that had a great connection to Thomas Nelson Publishing—one of the best endorsements any publisher could have. I, of course, went with them.
That experience is one I have not regretted. I received great encouragement and direction each step of the way.
The steps to self-publish have opened up new doors I never thought of. As one example, I was contacted by a Christian radio station, KTLW and Worship on the Way Radio Network in Van Nuys, California, to do fifteen four-minute segments for a series on DOING DATING RIGHT. This series aired for the entire month of February 2014, and they want to run them again, possibly this summer.
Look at what one step of faith can do when you believe in the vision and self-publish!
Connect with Beverly through her website beverly-allen.com .
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