It’s been a month since I raised all the money necessary to publish my book. It’s been a crazy ride since then. During these past four weeks, I’ve learned a lot about my own writing style, my voice, my strengths, my weaknesses, and surprisingly enough, my own book.
I know what you’re thinking. How can I learn more about my book? After all, it’s my book.
I am an adamant believer that any one person’s story is always bigger than him or herself. My story extends way beyond me by including multiple stories of redemption weaved into the big picture of a relentless God overcoming limited perspectives of Him to further His beauty within His own creation. Needless to say, this story is tremendously bigger than myself.
With that being said, there are four things I want the public to know about my book:
1. Why I changed the title
For those of you who donated to my Kickstarter, you might have seen that the original title of my book was How We’ve Changed Jesus. But in discovering more about my story, I realized that this old title didn’t cut it. Why? Because first off, it makes it seem that we’ve only changed Jesus. While we do have differing perceptions of Jesus, we’ve also changed the faith system that surrounds Him too. So I decided to broaden my title and concept a bit so it shows how we’ve not only changed Jesus, but also Christianity. It still includes all the same topics, but expands on them to show how it affects our whole faith system.
Secondly, I didn’t want to make my book sound like it is going to be harping on modern-day Christianity. I realize that I am in no place to make judgment calls or believe that I am going to change everything. There are broken areas to the church, but this book is more about realizing the beauty behind the church. If my book were about talking about how the church is all wrong, it would defeat my purpose of calling people into realizing the appeal to faith. Why? Because I believe that good is a much more compelling force than evil, so by focusing on the beauty of the church, I can more adequately call people into a deep faith.
That is why the tentative title to my book is Faith Like Kaleidoscopes: Discovering the Beauty of Christianity.
2. Why I’m self-publishing
I am self-publishing, so for those of you who think this is going to be a New York Times Bestseller, it’s not. But I am confident that this is the absolute best way for me to enter into the publishing industry for a number of reasons, which includes:
- The ability to not have to filter my story so much to fit with marketable standards.
- The ability to really manage the process.
- And the ability to really pull on my network to make this story happen!
Plus, the publishing press that I am doing it through puts me ahead of the curve when it comes to self-publishing. I am working with a great team of people who are committed to me as a writer. Their names are Darrell Vesterfelt, Allison Vesterfelt, Ben Arment, Luke Frederick, and Krisi Johnson. With their expertise and network, I’ll be able to really get my book out there with the best self-publishing resources.
3. What the process looks like
I will be writing my book every month until December. During this time, I will be talking with my editors and other authors who are going to help me refine my book. The book will be ready to sell by April 2014. I will be spreading the word and offering sneak peaks to my book during this time.
4. Why I’m publishing
We finally arrive at the question that I get the most. Some people, when they ask me about my book, are stunned that I’m self-publishing because they believe I won’t be able to sell. The problem with this statement is that my point is not to sell. My point is to have my story impact as many people as it can, but if it only impacts one person’s life, then it is all worth it.
I am writing this book for that one person: that one person out there who sees Christianity as a stain on the tapestry of humanity rather than a pattern interwoven in our very being; that one person out there who sees no appeal behind the faith; that one person out there who struggles to see that enticing sparkle behind the faith because they have been dragged through the mud with their perceptions. This book is for that one person to see and live the beauty of a faith revolving around a God who is much bigger than anything we could ever imagine.