Actually, I have written a book. I thought for sure that Feeding the Dragon was going to be my ticket to stardom. Even as the final edits were being done and the cover was in design stage, I started writing the second book in what I was sure was the next Tom Clancy-esc series. To my great surprise, Stars and Stripes even interviewed me! I thought I was in for sure! I checked the subscription numbers for Stars and Stripes and guestimated that approximately 15,000 people could become interested in purchasing Feeding the Dragon.
I sold maybe…MAYBE…150 copies. Most of those were by family members or close friends (thank you!). The book is now out of print and the publisher has returned all rights to me. What a sad end to what I thought was my big move.
Writing a book is hard. It’s a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. I learned a hard lesson in Feeding the Dragon.
The publishing world is cut-throat and I was not ready to play.
Thankfully, I’ve learned my lesson and my approach now is to slowly build an audience that trusts me to deliver a specific area of expertise. That expertise is practical theology to make their lives better and (more importantly) more productive for the kingdom.
Someday, I hope that will become a book. I know my desire is to move out of blogging (which is another form of independent publishing) and article writing and into traditional book publishing. The book is in its very infant development stage. I’m not even yet ready to talk about it.
Safe to say, however, that someday, I will write a book. And you’ll be the first to know about it (after my wife!).