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Gary Savage & His Adventurous Nutrition 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 Gary Savage, author of “Fletcher McKenzie and the passage to Whole.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

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The protagonist of my book, Fletcher McKenzie is no ordinary 14-year-old boy. He will inherit his family’s food business in Western Maine in less than four years. Before this happens though, Fletcher has to save not only his family’s food business, but also his mother and comatose father.

Fletcher’s adventure starts when he discovers a mysterious ancient portrait of Mollyockett, a Pequawket Indian who lived in the 1700s. Mollyockett’s painted eyes seem to come to life and stare into Fletcher. After finding a poem on the back of the painting of Mollyockett, Fletcher’s Uncle lets him in on a family secret, warning; “What I tell you, you mustn’t tell a soul.”

When Fletcher discovers a passage that has been a McKenzie Family secret for generations, the fast-paced, page-turning adventure begins in earnest. The passage leads to another world called Whole, where Fletcher unlocks a secret power and battles an ancient enemy of the McKenzie family. The novel is so adventurous, that you’ll never know you’re reading a nutrition book!

Book Inspiration

  1. Tell us a little bit about your book and what inspired you to write it?

I’ve been involved with health, fitness and nutrition my entire life. Young readers and young adults are not likely to sit down and read a nutrition book. Most nutrition books are tiresome9781512754872_p0_v1_s192x300. It was my goal to make nutrition interesting and exciting.

  1. Where do you find inspiration for your characters?

I find inspiration for my characters in people that I’ve associated with most of my life. Many of my characters are based on true life people who were a part of my early childhood. The main characters in the book are actual historical figures from Maine history.

  1. What do you love most about self-publishing and would you recommend it to other authors?

I’m fortunate enough to have been published even before this book. Fletcher McKenzie and The Passage to the Whole is actually my first self publishing endeavor. 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.

Writing and Marketing

4. What are you writing goals for next year?

I’m working on a sequel to this book. That in and of itself is a major task. There aeeabd586-a668-47b5-9bb9-21f60be91846re many colorful characters and unexpected twists and turns in this book. The sequel will build on those. It’s a lot of work!

5. What’s your favorite social media outlet for marketing and promotions?

I would have to say my favorite social media outlets are Facebook and Instagram. They both reach different market segments and are hugely popular.

6. What are some of your favorite reviews you’ve gotten of your work?

My favorite reviews are always from my family and friends. They know me and find laughter in the characters.

7.What advice do you have for aspiring author’s?

My advice to aspiring authors is to just do it. I know hundreds of people who tell me they want to write a book. Most of these people do not. Take the plunge and enjoy it.

 

– WBP –

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Patti Greene, Author of Answer Me: Developing a Heart for Prayer

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 Patti Greene, author of Answer Me: Developing a Heart for Prayer. If you would like to learn more about Patti’s life or work, visit her blog Greene Pastures. To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

Childhood Interests

Growing up my family valued books and reading. The bookshelves in my parents’ home were always overflowing with novels, magazines, and encyclopedias. Newspapers were delivered in abundance to every home we owned. My two brothers and I were raised to believe that bookcases were an essential piece of furniture in every room.Patti Greene

Where I lived in the northeast, there weren’t any brick-and-mortar libraries close by. Despite that,  I found much enjoyment going to the bookmobile that showed up weekly at the local shopping center. While my mother was in the grocery store, I would anxiously and excitedly climb the big bookmobile stairs. I was always in search of the perfect books to check out. Every Christmas I looked forward to receiving good books to read.

By the time I went to high school, I was not as interested in reading anymore. I remember one day my father restricted me to the dining room table until I read an article in a Newsweek magazine. Reading was always valued in my family, and it still is.

As I write this article, my 91-year-old mother is sitting at the kitchen table taking notes from her medical books.

A Call to Writing

As a child when we traveled on our vacations, my parents had my brothers and I write diary entries on our days’ adventures. This was my first recollection of enjoying “collections.” When I was seventeen, I began logging my prayer requests in various types of note-books. Basically, I found myself prayer-journaling before prayer-journaling came into vogue.

For many years I worked as a librarian. One day after retirement, I prayed fervently about what the Lord wanted me to do. In his own way during my quiet time, I was impressed to go into my bedroom closet. My first thought was, “Oh no God, you aren’t going to make me sit in my messy closet and pray, are you?”

As I stood in my closet, I was impressed again to, “Look up.” There stood 42-years of prayer journals on my top shelf. It was then I heard the still, small voice saying, “Patti, I want you to write prayer journals. This is what I have been preparing you for all these years.” While I have tinkered with writing articles and stories most of my adult life, I became serious at that point. My mission was to write prayer journals so others could experience joy, comfort, and security. Blessings which I’d experienced throughout my entire adult life.

Prayer Journals

Answer MeMy devotional prayer-journals combine Bible study and prayer. The two cannot be separated. Each journal includes undated date lines, topics and Scripture verses. As well as a suggested Bible reading, prayer request sections and a section to honor God with your thoughts.

My prayer is for others to become serious about prayer and Bible study. I practice my writing skills on my own Christian blog Greene Pastures. While I believe “practicing” a skill is of utmost importance, I believe continuous daily practice in communicating with God is essential. That is why I am honored to have the following three journals published with WestBow Press.

Awaken Me: Growing Deeper in Bible Study and Prayer – A 365-day devotional incorporating interesting phrases from the Bible.

Anchor Me: Laying a Foundation in Bible Study and Prayer – A 181-day devotional filled with both spiritual and social issues.

Answer Me: Developing a Heart for God – a 90-day devotional prayer journal for those desiring how to have a deeper prayer life. NEW RELEASE.

– WBP –

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The Red Stones by Cathy Corley

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 Cathy Corley, author of The Red Stones. To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

One day in January, I found myself searching the web for “how to publish a Christian book”. My father had passed away in October, and I felt compelled to tell his story. They say grieving comes in all shapes and sizes. I happened to find solace and feel closer to my father when I could tell others about him. I came across the 1-800 number on the WestBow Press website and decided to take the plunge and call. Phil Yeager, a WestBow publishing consultant, answered as if he was a long-lost friend. Phil validated my father’s story and gave me the confidence to write it down. God was in the center of it all!

red-stonesMy father was born an optimist, he found the good in everything! During his last four years, my father battled lung cancer, lost a leg from diabetes, and suffered a heart attack. However, none of his many ailments ever prompted complaints. He would grin and say, “I feel great!”

How I Got The Idea For My Book

There are so many interesting and funny stories about my dad, but the story I wanted to share was how he spread the gospel. The tangible gift of a small red stone was given to those my father met along his way. Once he placed a red stone in the new friend’s hand, he would tell them of God’s love and ultimate sacrifice. My dad shared the news of Jesus, proclaiming how He died on the cross for our sins and miraculously rose from the dead to live forever. Although my dad knew his time on this earth was coming to an end, he clung to the hope and joy of living forever with Jesus. He wanted others to know this hope as well!

I had the privilege of witnessing my father share the red stones with others, and I did not want to keep this memory to myself. My desire to write The Red Stones began with wanting my great-nieces to know about their great-grandfather. Throughout the writing process, God showed me that this was not only my dad’s story. This story was a challenge for all of us to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

Thank You WestBow Press!

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.

– WBP –

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L.L. Martin: Positively Powerless

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Laura Martin (L.L. Martin), author of “Positively Powerless.” For more info about Laura, check out her blog at “Enough Light.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

 

I’ve been an avid informal writer most of my life. I enjoy the old-fashioned hobby of postal letter writing, and I self-published a print newsletter. In recent years, I blog about Christianity. Several individuals encouraged me to write a Christian non-fiction book, but I was uncertain about the topic. Subjects that interested me had already been extensively published on, and SKU-001037112I did not have anything new or unique to add to the conversation.

However, I had long observed a number of weaknesses in modern American Christianity, which seemed connected by an underlying false optimism. I stumbled upon a book about the history of “positive thinking” in America and the idea for my own book was born. It is entitled: Positively Powerless, How a Forgotten Movement Undermined Christianity.

Some aspiring authors are certain about their book’s topic, but if you are uncertain, don’t despair. Pray about it, and keep writing informally. If it is meant to be, the idea will eventually present itself. Meanwhile, just keep writing and find your voice: journal, write letters, start a blog, leave thoughtful comments on the blog posts of others.

It is my opinion that writing a book is something you build up too. If you can’t write brief and informal things, how will you suddenly write something lengthy and formal? My informal writing paved the way. It turned out that I had already blogged about some of the topics that became a part of my book, and the puzzle pieces fit together nicely when I began to write it.

Informal writing will also hone your skills. Be open to critique about your writing ability. I consider writing both a natural talent and a learned skill. If you have been out of school for years, you may need a refresher course on grammar and syntax. IMG_0385Choppy writing can be a problem, and learning to form better sentences can help your ideas flow smoothly and appeal to the reader. Through informal writing, you can practice and perfect your skills before plunging into a book project.

Have you contemplated the idea of success for a distinctly Christian book? While we naturally want to sell books, numbers are not everything. I’d rather have my book get into the “right” hands – that is, those who will be spiritually helped and challenged by its message. As I researched my book, I was intrigued by how a forgotten movement from the late nineteenth century impacts us to this very day. Unfortunately, its influence weakened Christianity, and I hope to help Christians break free from hidden chains and be re-established in a God-centered life.

– WBP –

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Limestone Walls and Telephone Calls   

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Joyce Rachelle, author of “The Language of Angels.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

I knew at the age of 6 that I wanted to become an author. And unlike many other things I knew at the age of 6, this didn’t change.

I was probably not going to put together something good enough for people to read until I was forty or even older, so right after finishing college and just before looking for a job, I decided I’d try to make money writing. I became freelance writer, picking out jobs and writing content online anonymously. One of my assignments was about the difference between traditional publishing and self publishing. A quick Google search led me to download WestBow Press’s publishing guide – which helped a ton – and then I wrote the article, got my paycheck, picked another assignment, and forgot about it.

SKU-001040087Fast forward three years. I’m standing in front of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Taking out the slip of paper I had prepared the night before, I start praying. “Please, God, help me become a published author. I may never write for Zondervan or WestBow or any of those other big publishers and I may even have to wait a decade before I come up with anything noteworthy but please, if I was meant to do something else I wouldn’t still be dreaming of this.” I find a gap between the limestone wall and stick my prayer along with the others that had claimed the spot before me.

A month later something awful happened and it shook my faith and began a spiritual crisis that would go on for years. I avoided my friends and withdrew into myself, and when I couldn’t run to God, I went to the only way I knew to vent my thoughts – I wrote them down.

It’s nine months later and I’m sitting in front of my computer screen with a finished manuscript of a first novel. Not having planned anything beyond this point, I stare blankly into space and wonder how on earth I would get a publisher to notice me. Publishing wasn’t a big business in the Philippines – not Christian fiction anyway. I let weeks pass by without incident until one evening my phone rings – an unknown caller – and I pick it up.

“Good evening ma’am,” says a male voice on the other line, “I’m an agent from WestBow Press. Would you like to avail of our services for publishing your book?”

Words fail me. My head fills with questions that I stammer as they each crowd their way out of my mouth.

“How did you get my number?” I ask.

“You downloaded our publishing guide four years ago and — ”

“But why call now?”

“We’re just doing a follow up on our subscribers.”

“But why didn’t you call me four years ago?”

But deep down I knew why he hadn’t called four years ago. Because four years ago, I would have turned him down. Four years ago, I would have told him to remove me from his list. Four years ago, I didn’t believe I could write anything big. Four years ago, I did not yet have a finished book.

Looking back to my prayer at the Wall, all I did was tell the Lord what I probably could not do. I probably could not put together something worth an ISBN. I probably could not be an author at the age of 26. I probably could not get published by WestBow Press. And all He did, in his amazing glory, was prove me wrong on all counts. And the rest, they say, is history.

– WBP –

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Joseph Chukwujekwu: The Road to “Never Lose the Faith”

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Joseph Chukwujekwu; author of  “Never Lose the Faith.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

The road to “Never Lose the Faith” was everything I never thought of or probably ever did hope for and in my collections of superlative amusing dreams. “Never Lose the Faith” was not there.

Reminiscing about that faithful morning, that was when everything started. The day I lost my mum and everything I never did fathom was now in reality. It was totally a new turn around for everything around me and my life in general. That moment when I saw my mother kicked the bucket; it was as if the clock stood still, tension walked through my abode, terror I saw in every eye, everyone became suspects.Joseph Chu

So in quest to run away from the dark cloud hovering over my home, I made that faithful journey from Lagos to Umuahia to Umudike. It was in those cold nights in school campus, writing under deemed lights that one A4 paper became 2,3,4,5,6,7……… and then the thought of publishing came to heart.

Also, the discouraging words from peers and colleagues did follow. Really glad that I did not give in to their advice that I wasn’t good enough to be an author;  words like: “you are wasting your time.’’, ‘”You’d be better off if you face your studies’’ , ‘’you’re starting what you can’t finish’’ , ‘’you are not as smart as those who have done the same’’, ‘’ you are not Achebe’’, ‘’you are either not Soyinka’’, ‘’you not  Adiiche’’, “you better wake from your slumber.”

It’s safe to say I nearly gave in until I made that call to Westbow Press. On the other end of the line, Jon Lowell Lineback reassured me publishing my book was possible. He totally sold every package that comes with publishing with the way he narrated every steps that I needed to know. He was brilliant.

JosephChuWe just have to keep trying in the circle of life for what we believe in. “Never Lose the Faith” is an example of what you can do if only you try. You just have stand up and beat our chest and don’t let anybody tell you to settle for less, because if I did I wouldn’t be writing on this blog. “Never Lose the Faith” made me realize if you don’t try you won’t get, if you don’t fall you don’t learn to stand and if you don’t jump you can’t fly, that pain is teacher, time is a healer and faith in Christ conquers all.

The staff and publishing team at westbow press really made the publishing of my book an experience I did want to go over again. I simply just want to say they are top notch at what they do and am so glad it was them who made never lose faith all possible.

I warmly invite you to ‘’ you will “Never Lose the Faith”’’ motivational network on whatsapp with +2348162192145. You can also connect with me on social media on twitter; @sommyjoseph, facebook; Chukwujekwu Somtochukwu Joseph, Instagram; THEJOSEPH.S._CHUKWUJEKWU, email;sommyjoseph54@gmail.com.

– WBP –

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Glenn Koster Sr.: My Story of Writing

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Glenn Koster Sr.; author of  “Life is a Long Story Short.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today! 

Where is the best place an author starts when they are telling a story?  The obvious answer is at the beginning, but we each define the beginning differently. Koster mug

I have been writing for decades but lost much of what I had written.  Sometime in the early 1990s, I began to sense a desire to publish my autobiography as I have always felt my story is unique and an inspiration to others.  But who would be interested in the story of an unknown writer, regardless of how unique it is?

Why is my story unique?  Early in my life, I was abused and ultimately abandoned at the age of six.  After just a short stint in the foster care system, I was adopted – but pulled from that home for abuse and neglect.  I was adopted a second time in 1965, an adoption that truly provided a “forever home” for me.  Despite being adopted twice I am adamant that my third adoption – as a child of God – is the one that mattered.

As an adult, I followed the footsteps of my birth father, becoming an expectant father while a sophomore in college, as well as a spousal abuser and an alcoholic.

By 1989, I did not like who I had become and set about to change things.  I have been sober since that March and violence free since that May.  That October, despite permanently sealed records, I was able to trace my first adoptive parents.  Because of that connection, I was able to find my birth father and ultimately the rest of my birth family.

Koster CoverEventually I was able to offer forgiveness to all who had a hand in the disruption and abuse I experience in my childhood.  I was the only of my siblings to ever offer forgiveness, a truly cathartic part of my healing.

But the question hung in the air like a looming Kansas storm.  How would I ever create the market for my story?

Along the way I have been collecting inspirational stories, all with a Christian moral principle, both from my life and the lives of people that I have known.  The light blinked!  Why not publish a book of those short stories first to use as a base to build readers who might be interested in my rather unique autobiography?

An effort more difficult than I imagined.

For starters, my book includes references in both a forward an “About the Author” section that mentioned my birth family.  I had to provide evidence for those deceased and permission from those still living – even of those who were never mentioned by name.  It was a daunting task and I almost gave up several times, but I was able to eventually reach that goal.

I also endured long hours of editing (and re-writing).  Thankfully, I had several people on my side with experience in editing, proofreading, and marketing.  They were a God-send!

Along the way, I lost my adopted Dad much too early.  My work was finally released just a couple of days before what would have been his 85th birthday.  I trust that he would have been happy with my efforts.

It has been a long and winding road, but I’m at the precipice now.  The book is in print and a number have been reserved.  I am excited about the prospects as I have chosen to use this as an experience to benefit local charities:  Project Belong, Big Brothers – Big Sisters of Reno County, First Call for Help – Reno County, Heart-to-Heart (Newton, KS), Kairos (through a special book signing scheduled for April), and Relay for Life (another special book signing event in June).

Luke 12:48 reminds us, “To him whom much has been given, much shall be required.”  I have been blessed.  Now it is time for me to give back.

– WBP –

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Russelyn Williams: Writing a Book Is a Process

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Russelyn Williams; author of  “The Single Christian Woman’s Guide.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

It’s so funny to think about the beginning of the process of me actually writing my first book. I had no idea what it took to get a book published. I just did what I knew to do, and that was to write down my thoughts about what I wanted to write about. I knew I had been on what I felt was a long journey of singleness, and experienced several different things along the way.Russelyn Photo

Some of the things that I had experienced were rejection, not feeling good enough, temptation, pit-falls and such. I thought to myself, although I am still single, I’ve done well for myself to maintain a position of readiness, peace of mind, and faith toward God and in God’s promise. What better way to contribute to other singles than to write a book sharing some of my experiences and what has helped me to prevail?

That’s when I got out my laptop, and began to type up a title for what I wanted to cover in each chapter in its own document. I saved everything to one folder, and wrote the introduction. At that point, I had put away the idea of continuing with writing the book. Until one day, I saw the folder on my desktop with the name of the book and opened it. I read the introduction, and asked myself where is the rest of this book?

That is when, I began writing without stopping. I knew it had gotten serious. Therefore, I began to look into what it would take to publish. A couple of my favorite authors had begun their writing careers with Thomas Nelson Publishing. They were at the top of my list to check out. I quickly learned from a friend that Thomas Nelson had a self-publishing division that allowed exposure as well as professional design work among other perks.

Russelyn CoverThe self-publishing brand of Thomas Nelson is Westbow Press. That is who I signed up with to do my publishing. They took care of everything once I got them my complete manuscript. At the onset, I thought the book would be published a couple of months after writing, but each step in the process takes time.

There was of course the writing process. Next, was the editing process—in which I had two editors to review the book. Finally, there was a process by the publisher whereby certain standards had to be met. After, all of the steps in the process were met, it was smooth sailing on to cover design and finalization of the interior design.

While the process of getting the book together took time, it was all worth it to produce a high quality product. I am confident that “The Single Christian Woman’s Guide” will touch the lives of many.

– WBP –

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Lisa Lynn: I Know God Was Pushing My Pencil

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Lisa Lynn; author of “Unraveled, Time to Tell.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

Growing up my grandmother always told me I would need to write our story one day. The story was about the murder of my mom, my grandmother’s daughter. I put it in the back of my mind.LisaLynnMug

After my last child graduated I tried to start writing it. I had notes I’d written all my life but I couldn’t get them to come together. God wasn’t ready for
me to start this story so I again put it in the back of my mind.

Several years went past with me growing more in faith to God and finally He said it was time to start writing. Some days my hand seemed to go faster
than my mind. I know God was pushing the pencil.

After I laid down my pencil and God helped me see it was finished, I would then let my now grown children read and know for the first time the events that had darkened my life. Talking to His disciples in John 8:12, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” My children already knew God had given me His light.

The publishing process was as new to me as writing the book but God once again lead my way. Isaiah 58:11 tells us “And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” How beautiful and reaffirming to me for my journey! And this verse is for all His obedient people! We can all be reassured because we know our God is faithful, 1 Thessalonians 5:24. The publishing process went smoothly and as fast as when God pushed my pencil writing the book all with the help of some of the best people I’ve ever known.

LisaLynnCoverI now find myself sharing openly what I had held secret for thirty years and it’s a blessing each time with each new person. I also have done a couple of festivals, the kind of events I told WestBow Press Marketing I’d only do if God led me to and I find myself now looking forward to them.

I don’t know what God has planned for all this but I do know I’m glad I’ve been faithful to listen to Him and write our story. It wasn’t written the way Grandma planned but the way God guided. A good friend told me that my grandma would’ve been proud anyway. I’m so touched by the responses I’ve heard from people who have read my book. I know it’s from God and for God and I’m so thankful to Him and WestBow Press!

 

– WBP –

Learn more about Lisa Lynn through her Facebook page www.facebook.com/carole.lisalynn.gilbert and website www.unraveledtimetotell.com.

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Hillary Sigrist: I’m a WestBow Author, and Why That Matters…

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Hillary Sigrist; author of “Warrior Wife.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!  

I’m a WestBow Author!

I’m not just self-published, not just an author, I’m published by WestBow Press!  Why does that matter?

I imagine for most aspiring authors they begin their publishing journey much like I did; with a naïve innocence of the self-publishing world.  They’re full of passion for their story and overwhelming excitement at the precept that writing dreams can come true.  Now, they just have to begin the overwhelming journey of manuscript to book.HillarySigrist WBP

Today’s world is flushed with DIY marketplaces. The continued self-done message exists in every area of life, the publishing world is no different.  In fact, as I did more research into self-publishing I realized that there is an excessive amount of both good and bad press associated with ‘vanity publishers’ as they’re commonly referred too.

Here’s the deal, the ability to so called, publish for free does exist, again we’ve been told we can do it all ourselves right?  Not necessary! Let’s face it, by the time you’ve finished writing your first book, it’s basically become your baby.  You’ve invested in mothering it for hours on end, some days late into the night. Don’t you want your baby to get off on the right steps once you’ve sent it into the world?  Choosing to or to not partner with a company like WestBow Press is only the first decision of many that will affect the end product, and your possible future success.

When I found WestBow Press I knew I had found the home I needed to succeed. Thomas Nelson is a giant in the Christian Publishing Industry and the chance to at all be associated with them is definitely something I would pay for. Because WestBow is a division of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, it carries their name attached to it.  What does that mean for you? Well, simply this, if the giants of Christian Publishing are putting their stamp on the back cover it better contain the Christian Standard they’re associated with. That’s what the WestBow Press Editorial Standards are all about.

However, it goes beyond that. The professional team of experts attached to every aspect you do as your book becomes reality is irreplaceable. I genuinely felt that my book “Warrior Wife” was treated as important to WestBow. In a company that sees many books pass through its doors, mine was still treated as valuable. Because it is self-published I enjoyed the freedom to bring all my ideas to the front and see them executed by the professionals better than if I had chosen to go at it alone. Each member of the team attached to me throughout the process, was patient and helpful. I felt that they wanted to see success for my book right along with me.

sigrist coverBy trusting the WestBow team with my baby, I feel like I’ve made the best decision I could have.  Since my book went live August 2015; my achievements have already surpassed even my highest expectations.  “Warrior Wife” has won an award, received numerous positive reviews by industry professionals and even paved a way for speaking engagements.  I owe much of this success to WestBow Press and the quality they’ve given me in the dream turned reality.

I’m a WestBow Author! And YES that matters! My readers deserve nothing less!

For more information about my book “Warrior Wife: Overcoming the Unique Struggles of a Military Marriage” check out www.hillarysigrist.com or find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/warriorwifebook.

– 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. 


Katie Bergman: Life’s Twists and Turns Lead to Great Books

From time to time in this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Katie Bergman; author of  “When Justice Just Is.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

Writing my own story was never part of the plan. Then again, I wasn’t planning on winding up vocationally derailed and burned out in a remote Cambodian slum, either.

But maybe it’s in those unexpected places that our greatest narratives are born. It’s when life shakes us and breaks us and takes us to the only place weBerman Mug can find healing in our struggle: by telling our story.

I wrote my book, When Justice Just Is, in the painful aftermath of my devastating burnout on the humanitarian field as a twenty-three-year-old anti-trafficking program manager.  Naturally, I was shocked by the depths of poverty, the pervasiveness of human trafficking, and the normalcy of corruption in Cambodia.  But I was equally disconcerted by the ways my justice organization sometimes operated unjustly—especially with the questionable ways it treated our staff.

My organization glorified martyrdom and demonized having personal boundaries.  It rewarded reckless bravado, promoted sixteen-hour work days, and considered self-care to be selfish. It strove to alleviate poverty while its own CEO traveled by private jet and earned up to $1 million in a single year.

All of this was confusing for me as a young, uncompromising idealist with romanticized notions of justice. I needed space to work through my disillusionment and recover from my burnout. And so, I returned to my home in Canada and decided to do something I hadn’t done in years: I wrote.

Writing about my journey to put the “human” back into “humanitarianism” was as vulnerable as it was comforting; as humbling as it was empowering. Gradually, I started sharing bits and pieces of my writing project with close friends and was surprised by how many people reciprocated by opening up about their own struggles to establish boundaries, confront limits, and implement self-care measures.

That’s when I realized that my writing project was more than a form of cheap therapy for myself.  It was an opportunity to connect with others who were feeling isolated in their purpose-driven pursuits, too.

KBergmanCoverMy project culminated not in the form of a memoir, but as a book of confessions about my own experience of brokenness within a humanitarian context.  Striving to open up an honest dialogue about the trials and triumphs of seeking justice meant surrendering to the difficult but important process of reflecting on some of my more painful memories.  Yet I needed to be vulnerable in my writing in order to start this neglected conversation about confessing brokenness, cultivating joy, and creating space for authenticity, particularly for those in the justice movement or in caregiving positions.

When Justice Just Is explores the messages I needed to hear as a young, burned out program manager overseeing twenty Cambodian staff working in over one hundred villages to prevent human trafficking—when I was wondering if my needs mattered, too.  It’s the book I needed to read when I was convinced it was never okay to have boundaries or to be less than perfect. It’s the solidarity I longed for when I thought I was the only one wrestling with the question: what happens when helping hurts the helper.

My hope is that this book will reach the people whose well has run dry in their efforts to pour all their love, energy, and time on others—and that this book will serve as a reminder that being kind to the world also means being kind to ourselves.

– WBP –

Learn more about Katie and her book, and reach out to her through:

Website: www.WhenJusticeJustIs.com
Facebook: When Justice Just Is
Twitter: @KatieLBergman
Youtube Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=91Vioa8Jj1o

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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