Journey to Self-Publishing

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journey. The following blog is from Bryan Deavor, author of “A Lamp to My Feet.” For more information on the author visit his Facebook. To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today.

The Journey

After diligently seeking God for four years, in 2016 the Lord laid it upon my heart to write and share His word with others. At first, my response was, “Uhh, are you sure you want me to write?!” Not in a million years would I have ever thought of writing, let alone think of trying to get a book published for others to read. Why would I, a nobody, be one called by God to write Christian books? The Lord has His ways of working in our lives, and I’m glad I heeded my calling. Not only was it revealed to me what to write about, I also received the inclination of future books to write as well.

Growing Closer to Him

While I was in the process of writing my first book, I felt excitement, joy, and peace. I knew that it was only because of God, that I was able to feel such a way for pursuing the journey He called me to walk. This was the way forward for me to step into my role of discipleship. Not only did I find my enjoyment during my journey with God on this project, but I grew much closer to Him. My relationship with Him grew to a deeper level of intimacy. He is my Father, and as such, He has my heart.

Once I had completed the first project, I had submitted the works to my editors. I started to feel that my works were not worthy of being published in the public eye. I began feeling that what I just accomplished would have no positive impact for our King and His kingdom. However, my editing team helped me to realize that the work I did was a good start for God and heaven. They helped me understand that the negative perceptions in my head were attacks brought forth by the devil himself. After understanding that, I knew I had to press on and move the book to a publishing company if I wanted to complete the good works on behalf of our Creator.

Searching for the Right Publisher

When I was researching self-publishing companies, I had narrowed down my list to three candidates. After much time praying and considering my options, I had placed calls with each company. Not only did I get to know a little more about each company, each company had their perks. It was WestBow Press that stood out from the bunch and laid heavily on my heart to proceed with. I felt that trying to reach out with my first ever book, a Christian piece of work at that, I needed the backing of a strong Christian publishing company.

Publishing with WestBow Press

After deciding to publish with WestBow Press, it was quick and easy to start the process. The whole team did great work on the project and their design staff exceeded my expectations for the book. From start to finish, sending the book live, was a breeze. The team made every step of the publishing process very easy for me. Each representative for the different phases was professional and courteous. WestBow Press was and is the best fit for my book. I could not be any happier with the results. I look forward to working with the WestBow Press publishing team on my writing endeavors in the near future.

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 through the Blog Guidelines Page. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, punctuation, and length.

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