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  1. It mostly depends on you... An elder at my church was a high level black belt, but gave it up because he felt it brought out an ungodly anger in him when he competed. On the other hand, a friend and one of the subjects of my last book teaches martial arts and uses it as an outreach ministry with at-risk youth. I took just a little Aikido, and I remember the instructor talking about a bunch of eastern spiritual mumbo jumbo, then saying, "That's what the man who developed it said, but it's really just physics - momentum and leverage. If you don't want to bow at the mat or any of the
  2. Well this is not a thread I would normally chime in on, but... I just saw this at Kingdom Pen and she hits love triangles at the end: https://kingdompen.org/popular-romance-tropes/
  3. This reminded me of the Mark Batterson book Not Safe. I think we should all be a little bit dangerous.
  4. Oh I send it to my mother-in-law for THAT kind of reaction
  5. First, you have to know your beta readers. If they are your mom, your aunt Bertha, and your college roommate, they will be lame and probably just tell you how great you are. So this question really begins with you and who you have as beta readers. That doesn't mean you can't let aunt Bertha read it, you just won't put much weight on what she says. It's almost like a decision analysis - your beta readers' input should be weighted according to their value in this process. On the other hand, if you ask someone who normally reviews hard sci-fi to review your sweet romance story (and for whatever r
  6. This is a topic of great interest to me. In fact if I glance either direction from where I sit I will see a stack of apologetics books. So, I'll offer a few thoughts... I don't think of the Bible as a scientific document. However, there are portions of the Old Testament laws of cleanliness that western medicine didn't catch up to until the 19th century; there are mathematical references way ahead of their time, etc. So I find it undeniable that there is scientific truth in the Bible given some of these items. To be clear, when I say I don't see it as a scientific document, I mean
  7. I've been amazed how many times the Holy Spirit has used some connection built through my books to do something impactful. And those moments never have anything to do with promoting or selling - it's just relationships that lead to the right connection at the right time.
  8. I could have used a few more words there... When I say writing process, I mean fun stuff that will build rapport. For example, somebody on a blog said share a picture of your writing space. So I did that but made it a joke about what a mess my desk was. I wouldn't expect you to post something pretentious about the craft of writing, unless you are really writing high-brow literary fiction. But you can post stuff that lets your audience get to know you and have fun with you. Honestly my biggest problem with this is that my non-fiction has been on some very heavy topics, so there's a line to walk
  9. I started about 6 months before my first book came out. You can talk about your writing process, where you are in the publishing process, etc. You can share excerpts and any endorsements you're getting. And talk about tangentially related topics or other books that might be of interest.
  10. IngramSpark pushes your eBook onto Kobo. I've never done anything direct with them. Not sure I've ever gotten any sales on there.
  11. I've seen some men on this forum say they eschew the Christian label and just try to write good fiction with some Christian themes. Are men taking that approach more than women?
  12. You got me, my gorgeous bookkeeper is my wife - More beautiful today than she was 20 years ago.
  13. I shared this the other day, and it might be helpful to you: https://www.authorsguild.org/whats-new/seminars-member-events/tax-tips-for-authors-2021/ And that's just the IRS and state dept. of revenue... Business licenses, sales taxes, and business personal property taxes (yes, really) all can get pretty expensive and obnoxious to keep up with!
  14. Almost forgot about awards... I got some mileage out of a minor award I won with my first book.
  15. I couldn't possibly give every detail, but a few basic things... 1.) Get endorsements before you publish. Use them in launch promotion, and get endorsers to give you a mention when you launch. 2.) Maintain website/social media presence 3.) Launch party! Or just a book signing at your local independent bookstore. 4.) Advertise on FB, Amazon, BookBub, etc. if you have the money and want to. Ymmv on the results. 5.) Do discount promotions on all the discount sites (Free/BargainBooksy, ENT, Fussy Librarian, Book Raid, etc. etc.) periodically - stack them for effect.
  16. https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/12/cs-lewis-space-trilogy-came-into-being-bradley-birzer.html I actually haven't read them, but my wife enjoyed them.
  17. Author's Guild did a seminar on taxes last week and it looks like they have made the recording available for anyone: https://www.authorsguild.org/whats-new/seminars-member-events/tax-tips-for-authors-2021/ I didn't watch it myself, but my smokin' hot bookkeeper who I'm sleeping with did and she said it was very informative.
  18. We may already be eating more insect than we realize: https://www.vice.com/en/article/ezkeqm/meet-the-scientists-who-are-making-bread-with-cockroach-flour There are cockroach farms in China that produce 6 billion per year for use in food and medicine.
  19. According to MBTI I'm very extroverted, and as Wes B was saying based on the true definition of the term that's definitely true. According to Enneagrams I'm a type 8, which matches some other tests I had to take long ago (Ruby? Lion?), and based on the materials I've read that is definitely me. A couple of years ago an Army Colonel described me as a kick-the-door-in kind of guy. Despite all that I really enjoy sitting here and writing too, even when those small children keep interrupting me.
  20. I thought some of you might be interested in this: https://psyche.co/guides/how-to-create-and-interpret-characters-in-fiction-and-film
  21. It's a word-for-word literal translation. It is incredibly difficult to read, but it gives some insight into exactly what the original word usage looked like. And it highlights just how much interpretation goes into our modern translations.
  22. Have you ever read from Young's Literal Translation? That will give you a new respect for our translators.
  23. They say there is a deep dive coming on this data, so that will have some granularity on number of books published and marketing spend. Too bad they can't filter by terrible writing as well! It's also hard to know if there is some selection bias on who responded to the survey, but based on the sample size and the number of low responses I'd say there isn't much. I would like to presume that traditional publishers cut out all the terrible writers, but I read enough books to know that's not always the case. You also have to wonder how many people are making $0 on their great manuscri
  24. 1,600 out o 47,000 isn't a terrible response rate, but I hoped for a little more. The $0 column can be dropped since those clearly haven't published anything yet, so really you've got about 1,200 respondents with books on the market. Out of that they have a lot of people in the making-a-living category, and more than I expected in the big-money category.
  25. SW, that group did a survey last week with ~1600 respondents. Just in time for your thread, here is a rough look at respondents' 2020 earnings.
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