Writers’ resources

Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators. Olin Miller

Writing for publication is hard, but it is possible. So, here’s some hope, humor and help as you wrestle those alligators:


Seven questions to ask a prospective agent

Books on writing

Communicate to Change Lives
Communicate to Change Lives: Biblical and Behaviorial Principles for Persuasive Communication

“I laughed, I gulped, and I learned as I read Jim’s book. As a writer, speaker, and teacher of writing, Jim knows what he is talking about. Best of all, he knows how to put the teaching at a level that we can easily
grasp and apply. Here’s the book that will help you to change lives.”
Roger Palms, Writer, teacher, speaker, former editor of Decision Magazine

Book outline
Read an excerpt: Using Psychological Appeals

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Writers on Writing
Writers on Writing: Top Christian Authors Share Their Secrets for Getting Published

I was privileged to serve as editor of this “who’s who” of Christian authors such as Jerry Left Behind Jenkins, Liz Curtis Higgs and twenty more. A very practical “how to” book on writing.
“Here’s a terrific smorgasbord about different aspects of the writing business. Whether you want to write magazine
articles, devotionals, fiction or nonfiction, humor or screenplays, you will gain a taste of what it takes from
someone who practices this particular discipline.” Terry Whalin, best-selling author

Seven habits of purpose-driven writers

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Writing with Banana Peels
Writing with Banana Peels: Principles, Practices and Pratfalls of Writing Humor

“A milk-out-the-nose funny book for both writers and readers,” Rhonda Rhea,
author of Amusing Grace and The Purse-uit of Holiness.

Jim had so much fun teaching “Writing Humor” at Taylor University, that he compiled all his notes (and some of his funniest columns) into a book:
Writing with Banana Peels: Principles, Practices, and Pratfalls of Writing Humor.

Table of contents, endorsements

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Some of the very practical reasons to attend a conference are to . . .

• meet editors face to face (I’ve never sold a book simply on the basis of a proposal alone. All fourteen of royalty books were pitched at conferences or the result of a conference).

#8226; get feedback from editors and professional writers (Citique groups are good—to a limit, but most are amateurs critiquing amateurs. Sorry if that sounds snobbish, but this is a business and profession.)

• get the tools you need to succeed in your craft (lectures, books, networking). Imagine if a repairperson pulled up to your house and his/her truck was completely empty of tools? Call the police!

• network. That is so important. I can follow each book and each conference keynote back to meeting key people. I tell writers, the three secrets to getting published are 1. network, 2. network, and 3. network. So, there’s a word for writers who don’t attend conferences: unpublished.

Here are a few where I’ve spoken and can recommend. Look at the faculty carefully. Go to those with the editors and agents you want to meet! If you’re just starting out, you may want to attend a smaller conference so not to be overwhelmed.

Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference (Ashville, NC)
Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference (Estes Park)
Florida Christian Writers’ Conference (Leesburg)
Greater Philadelphia Writers’ Conference
Maranatha Christian Writers (Muskegan, Michigan)
St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference (Grove City, Pennsylvania)
Taylor University’s Professional Writers’ Conference (Upland, Indiana) I taught in the professional writers program for 15 years, so I’m a bit biased in my praise for the conference as well!
Write to Publish Conference (Wheaton, Illinois)


Atomic-powered titles
Authors: adapt of die [Video from Taylor University’s Professional Writing Conference]
Communicate to Change Lives: Using Psychological Appeals
‘Crossing over’ with the cross
Don’t become a digital dinosaur
From stage to page: turning messages into manuscripts
How to become a million-selling authorThree “must haves” for today’s writers
Writing effective book proposals
Writing with love, truth and grace

Editorial services

I have worked in the traditional and independent publishing world as an editor helping first-time and New York Times best-selling authors get their book manuscripts into print. I’d love to help you bring your manuscript to life with CPR: Consultation, Publishing assistance, and Rewriting. (Click for complete details.)

Encouragement for writers

Confessions of an author/speaker
David and the giant editors (Audio)
Keeping your dream alive (Print and audio)
Soaring with eagles, walking with emus (Print and audio)
Your “write” role (Print; audio coming soon)


How to hook today’s Internet users (Writing online)
Inside look at publishing industry
How to become a million-selling author
So you want to write a book?
Twenty-five rejection-proof markets
What’s “brand” and “platform”?
Writing effective book proposals


Self-publishers and piranhas

Check out publisher’s reviews at SiteJabber

The writing life

Are authors in their “write” minds?
Freelancing offers freedom “real job” can’t
Hope for a balanced life
Managing your time . . . and sanity
Seven habits of purpose-driven writers


Author and speaker

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