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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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

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Mike Lovett: Living in the Waiting Room

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 Mike Lovett; author of “The Country Road Through the Book of Matthew.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today! 

I’ve always known there was an author inside me. lovett mug

There, I said it.

But knowing that fact has never made the ink flow any faster.  I can remember, as a kid, writing short stories.  As a teen, I even managed to win a major writing contest.  In my adult years I became a prolific technical writer for whatever career I was in at the time.  After coming to Christ, I wrote several pamphlets that were used at my church for newcomers to the faith.  But the author in me was never able to write the book that kept stirring inside my soul.

Did I mention that I am also impatient?

I was the kind of kid that couldn’t wait for the next day.  I used to use a razor knife to open my Christmas presents ahead of time to see what I got and then retape them and put them back under the tree.  I would even get in front of my siblings at the dentist’s office because I simply could not stand to wait!

Which brings me back to the problem of writing a book.  Every time I would sit at the keyboard, I expected the book to just start flowing out.  It never did.  I would become frustrated and walk away. But after giving my heart to Christ, I began to understand that things don’t really happen according to our plan.  God’s timing controls this universe, even though we like to play like we have control over what we do.  So even though I thought I was an author, I decided to give my plans up and allow God to show me what it was that He had planned for my life.

Lovett CoverAbout four years ago, I began sharing scriptures on my Facebook page.  Each day, I would post random scriptures to share with my friends.  Soon I began adding a small devotion along with them.  Then I felt that I could reach more people by making a Facebook page that could reach beyond my circle of friends and so I began The Country Road.  About the same time, I was struggling with how to live out Paul’s admonition to Timothy that all of scripture is inspired and useful (2 Tim 3:16) and so I set out to use The Country Road to take those who were following the page sequentially through the New Testament.  After about three years, I paused one day to look back and realized something.  When I wasn’t even trying to, I had written a book!  Not just one, but several.  When I gave up what I wanted and committed to follow God’s plan for my life I received what I had been looking for and so much more!

With The Country Road Through The Book Of Matthew now in print, I look back and see how God worked things through His plan in ways that I never could.  The years that I thought I was spending living in the waiting room, He was spending teaching me and guiding me down a path that lead to this moment.  When I was wondering if I would ever write a book He was clearing the path of obstacles I never knew existed.  And while I was questioning if the paragraph I was writing every day was even worth the effort, He was compiling a series of books that allow the reader to spend time with Him daily as they stroll through the New Testament together.  Even the desire He gave me to use a Christian publisher led me to Westbow, a company that I have come to know holds the same values that I do.

So my advice to new authors is simply this.  If you feel like you have a book inside of you but you can’t manage to put it on paper, try giving it up to God instead.  Follow what He has planned for your life and, if a book is part of it, it will find its way to paper.  If not, He will always have some other way in mind for you to get out the message you have in your heart.  His ways are always better than ours.

I’ve always known there was an author inside me.

There, I said it.

But now I know that the Author inside of me is the Holy Spirit.  And I have discovered that what I once thought of as the waiting room is actually the life that He had planned for me all along.

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John Stahnke & Naomi Jewell: Father & Daughter Bring to Life Story 30 Years in the Making

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 Jonathan Stahnke & Naomi Jewell, a father-daughter team who co-authored, “The Blue Feather Escape.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

Hello, my name is Jonathan Stahnke, and I am one of the authors of The Blue Feather Escape. Like all books, ours has a very interesting story of how
it came to be. As unbelievable as it sounds, the plot for this book has been in the making for nearly thirty years.First Time

When I was very young, my parents used to take my four siblings and myself camping in San Isabel National Forest. On one of those trips, we went walking along a dirt road and begged my dad for a story. As we walked, Dad invented a story about several orphaned children who lived in a forest and became friends with a mysterious bluebird. This was the first telling of what became known as “The Bluebird Story”, and it wasn’t long before the impromptu tale became a staple on all of our camping trips. I loved the story so much that even after I grew up and started my own family, it lived on as I told it to my children.

Blue FeatherWhen I was about thirty, I decided to develop my dad’s short oral story into a novel, which proved to be a bigger task than I anticipated. I had to do a lot of research and write more than ten drafts. After a few years, though, I discovered that while I am a great story-teller, I’m not a good enough writer to be published. And so I was stuck. But, thankfully, Providence intervened and provided me a much needed co-author, Naomi…

Hi! My name is Naomi Jewell, and I am sixteen years old. Now, it probably seems to you that since I published a novel at such a young age, I must have loved writing my whole life. My fingers must have been born holding a pen, I must have spent my whole childhood making up stories, my parents must have been shocked at my amazing abilities…
Ok, you can stop thinking that now. In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth! My poor mom (who has home schooled me my whole life) tried everything she could think of to get me to put ANYTHING on paper. And it worked. Once. In the first grade.authorphoto

But from then until I was about thirteen, I was adamant: writing was pure torture!!! And if it was up to me, that is where the story would have ended. You never would have heard of The Blue Feather Escape. It would have been left on the laptop to live out the rest of its days in silence. But, fortunately, God had a better plan.

It took two years in a homeschool co-op writing class to change my mind. But by the end, I had discovered that God had given me a very unique gift for words. Also right around that time, my dad, Jonathan, was discovering that he didn’t have that gift. As a story teller, he is simply brilliant, more so than I could ever hope to be. But it didn’t take long for us to decide that putting the story – a story I had heard ever since I could remember – into words would be my job.

Fast-forward about ten months and a couple heaps of hard work later, and there we were, opening a box postmarked “Bloomington, IN”. Needless to say, it’s a very unbelievable experience to open a box and find a book inside. Well, not just any book, but a book with your name on it!

Check out Naomi’s blog at http://naomijewell.blogspot.com/ and Like Naomi and John on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JSNaomiJewell/

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Chibuike E. Wogu: Being an Inspiration

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 Chibuike E. Wogu; author of “Treasure: Personal Guide to an Inspired Life.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

In the middle of 2013, I started what I called my weekly WhatsApp inspirational messaging. At the time, I had created a WhatsApp messaging broadcast group, where I sent out weekly inspirational messages to my WhatsApp contacts that included my friends, associates and family.

C. E. WoguI thought to myself, that in a world we live in where the media is known to propagate and promote more bad news than good and which leaves people continually living in despair. I thought I could be the light that broadcasts the messages of hope, upliftment, encouragement, victory and motivation. This was and has been my inspiration. Basically I write to inspire.

I continued my weekly inspirational WhatsApp messaging for a year, owing to the positive feedback I received from all who got the messages and re-broadcast it as well. My friends, associates and family kept telling me that the words of encouragement I sent were having such positive impact on their lives. I was truly inspired by their words.

One evening, after a year of running my WhatsApp inspirational messaging campaigns, I was reflecting on the impact I had had on people so far and a thought came to me that I could reach a larger audience with these words, and it was that evening that my inspirational blog, CE Inspired was born. That was in 2014. I knew by sharing my motivation on my blog, I could reach more people and be a blessing to them than I could through my WhatsApp inspirational messaging campaigns and the result of the positive impact CE Inspired has had on the lives of people all across the world who read from it has been amazingly tremendous. I almost can’t believe it that what started as a little selfless initiative through a commitment to being blessing can have such high and growing positive impact.
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I continued to nurture my writing skills through my work on my inspirational blog, CE Inspired and in 2015, I received a thought to write a book that
will lift people from obscurity and help them realize their dreams, no what it is they had ever dared to dream of becoming.

I’m a believer in turning the seemingly impossible to possible. I didn’t second guess and I obeyed this thought and my book, Treasure: Personal Guide to an Inspired Life, was born. Believe when I say that situations, events and circumstances moved in my favour and the Almighty led me to my publishers at WestBow Press.

It was indeed very beautiful working with my publishing team at WestBow Press. It was a breath of fresh air. They extended such incredible and warm communication, assistance and professionalism to ensure the best outcome of my first real book. I’m super excited!

Writing a book or undertaking any other initiative is truly an act of faith. When you move confidently in total obedience, doors will open up for you where there were only walls.

I warmly invite you to visit my blog, CE Inspired www.ceinspired.com; and connect with me on social media, Twitter: @ce_wogu;  Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChibuikeEWogu; or Email me.

– WBP –

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Karin Neal: God’s Perfect Will

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 Karin Neal; author of “The Power of Love.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

I am sharing with you the wonder and joys of Christ, who found me and made me new, who has lifted my Spirit to a place my heart was longing for. My life didn’t start out charming, though I thought I married prince charming. I was blinded by life. I was merely existing. I had everything I wanted: a husband, five sons, a home, and two cars. What more could I possibly want? Even with all that was before me, I felt empty. I loved my family, but I longed for something more. I could have filled an ocean with the emptiness I felt. I was drowning in it.

Slowly God was working His purpose in me, polishing all the rough edges that surrounded me for many years. My soul was slowly being awakened, Nealand the scales taken off my eyes. I was beginning to see the forest through the trees. What a beautiful site. All these things I had passed by were coming into view. God’s love rose me out of bed to see the morning’s first light. Through the Holy Spirit God had given me a task to empty my soul, and lay my heavy burdens on Him. At first I balked, and the feeling intensified within me. I got up, found a pen and notebook, and proceeded to write. My words started to flow like the rapids on a river. I came to some deep, dark-gray areas with a lot of jagged rocks. I ricocheted off them until finally I came to still waters.
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I thought my task of writing was finish, but God had other plans for me. The Holy Spirit introduced me to poetry. This time my words flowed along like a gentile stream. When I finished each psalm and poem, I was astonished at what I had written. The most beautiful words I had ever read. So today I share these poems and psalms from my heart to yours. To all who love and adore God, who believes in the love and blood of Christ, and trust in the Holy Spirit for His
guidance to eternity!

Saved for eternity, my hope was found through Christ. I cannot express my heart felt gratitude to WestBow Press for the amazing people who lovingly guided me through every step of the publishing process. Each person that I and my husband dealt with had God’s glory in mind. I originally was going to do a self- publish on line, but God had other idea’s He prompted me to use Thomas Nelson.

Thank you WestBow Press I could not have completed this without you or the love of God.

Connect with Karin on Twitter: PetuniaHeidi@Petunia251, Instagram: petunia_251, and on Linkedin.

– 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.


Emily Pittsford: “If I do nothing else in my life…I can at least say, I have authored a book”

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 Emily Pittsford; author of “A Most Incredible Witness.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get your free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

People laugh when they hear my answer to their “Can you help me write a book” question? As many now assume I now know what I am doing. I tell them to Google “how to write a book”. After they laugh, I share that I am not an expert. But my publishers at WestBow Press are experts.
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On September 7th, 2014, the fourth anniversary of our son’s death; something pretty cool always happens. That day I received the green light to write
his story. My friend who was praying over me said that I needed to start today. So I did. I started doing research that day. At first I was just going to write a pamphlet. I looked at “word”…no help. I at least thought I could write his story on a piece of paper, fold it like a pamphlet and hand it out to people. So I started writing. Ha..already too much for a pamphlet. Wasn’t gonna work, so I then went to Google. I searched how to write a book.  At some point I saw a form to fill out on google about writing my story.

I am usually not one to fill out forms as I know what happens. They call you. And in an age where we receive phone calls from two solar and one construction company daily; I just wasn’t up for one more from a publishing company. So I typed my phone# as 999-999-9999. Slick huh? Well on September 22 I received an email from a woman at WestBow. They said my phone number didn’t work. Imagine that? Ok…what the heck. So I called her back. She exceeded my expectations. She loved my story of my son’s death…well, not that he died. But all the incredible things that happened before and after to prove how much God was taking care of him. Before he passed from this earth of course. And she wasn’t reading from a script.

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Emily with her husband, Bill; daughter, Leanne and late son, Tim.

I have this silly rule. If I can picture you as a salesperson in a meeting learning what to say, I end the conversation. Picky? Yes I am. But I’ve learned that thinking the friction I feel will go away, rarely works for me. But she seemed to get me, and felt connected to the company right away.

My husband and I thought it best to at least see if I could write a book before we put money down. Could I have tried to find a mainstream publisher?  I suppose so. I think my story is as good. Just as good as any plot line in a Christian movie. But I wanted to feel taken care of, not shuffled around for years. This was my baby (literally as it’s about my son) and I wanted the best.

I searched WestBow on YouTube and listened to authors rave about their experience with WestBow. It was looking like a company I could trust. I had written the first three chapters, and called them. It was now a young man named Aaron. He was a joy to talk with. I explained my story and he “got it” as well.

So on December 22nd I signed up for the largest package. My dad taught me “come big or stay at home.” If I was going to do this, I might as well get the best possible chance for my book. And we were off. I had no idea what to expect. Though they told me. They sent me forms. And I am no expert, but authors don’t always read, we write. Joking. But they we’re wonderful along the way. Jennifer was so patient with me. Explaining things to me each step of the way. (Even though I am sure somewhere in my email box sat an email with all the steps spelled out–joking, I read it…once).

Tim lives on through Emily's book's cover.

Tim lives on through Emily’s book’s cover.

“It’s not easy or everyone would do it,” applies to writing a book. It is complicated, well maybe for novices anyway. But WestBow made the process doable as everything was one step at a time. Did I have to work at this? Well, yes of course. They don’t write the books for you. But it was nice to know everything was legal and done the right way.

I could’ve just done the ebook craze. But I wanted a real; hold it in your hand, in need of a bookmark book. I wanted it to be amazing, and they didn’t disappoint. I still look at the beautiful cover and am in awe that the image of my beautiful son and I are on the cover of a book. If I do nothing else in my life…I can at least say. I have authored a book. Thanks to God and to the wonderful people at WestBow that made it possible.

As September 7th 2015, the fifth anniversary of his death I held my book in my hands. God again, took care of us. As He always does.

 

Emily L. Pittsford

Author of (Still love saying that) “A Most Incredible Witness”

Join Emily on facebook and on her at www.emilylpittsford.wordpress.com.

Check out Emily’s guest feature in “Woman’s Day,”
http://www.womansday.com/life/inspirational-stories/a53320/my-son-died-6-days-after-witnessing-a-hit-and-run

– 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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