Tag Archives: Publishing

The curse of the blessed deadline

Untitled1Nothing motivates me to do unpleasant tasks that I’ve been putting off like a writing deadline that’s quickly approaching.

Suddenly I find the motivation to take out the trash, do the dishes, mow the lawn, re-texture the bathroom walls, run a marathon, even blog. Continue reading

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Bible Study Magazine…and Duke

UntitledWhen I began my doctoral studies at Duke University’s Divinity School, I had a plan.

All of those hours that I had blocked out for publishing would be redirected toward the twenty hours each week I’d need to pour into my degree.

My plan failed.  Colossally.

Since being accepted at Duke, I’ve published 35 articles in the Lexham Bible Dictionary, ranging in length from 500 to 2,500 words. And I’m contracted to write five 4-page articles for Bible Study Magazine (circulation, 30,000), each 2,500 words in length.

The first article arrived in the mail today. It studies the first half of the book of Habakkuk. The second article, coming out in January, will complete Habakkuk. The next three will study Philippians.

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Habakkuk: Trusting God in an Unstable World

But I have finally come to my senses. Last week I turned down three publishing offers.

Tomorrow I will close the books on the fourth semester of my doctoral degree. One more semester followed by a 70,000-word dissertation. Next week my second Philippians article is due. Only one more contracted article to write after that!

Something about light and the end of a tunnel.


Four voices a writer listens to

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We tend to think of a writer as a voice that others listen to. That’s true. But no writer reaches any measure of success unless she, too, is listening to voices herself. Here are the four voices that I listen to, in no particular order:

The craft of writing
We all have room for improvement. From time to time I’ll read an instructional book that I hope will improve my sentences and paragraphs. I even went, to a seminar, last month, on the use and abuse, of commas (can’t you tell?). Continue reading


School, job, writing, and babysitting

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Do others claim they have to babysit you?

Are you an adult?

We need to talk.

Following directions is a lost art. That’s because we prefer to do things our way or the easy way (for many, these two are the same).

We all need advice from time to time. We all need wise counsel and helpful direction in life. Continue reading


Ship it!

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I’m applying the expression “Ship it!” to publishing.

It’s been used in the manufacturing world for decades, when a product came off of the factory assembly line, got packaged, and was shipped to the customer.

The tech world has borrowed the term for the last decade (see How Google Works). I first heard it applied to publishing while writing as a contributing editor for Logos Bible Software during my summer sabbatical from my church.

I find there are two extreme tendencies when it comes to writers. Continue reading


Book deals

commentaryI just saw that Amazon and Christian Book Distributors are both running a great deal on this 12-volume commentary set that I helped to write (photo on left).

This handsome hardback set is the repackaged Quicknotes Simplified Bible Commentary Series. I just bought this new set myself a couple of weeks ago, and I was impressed by the quality of the new format.

I contributed to volumes 5, 11, and 12. The commentary is designed especially for the layperson who wants to understand the Bible better or the Sunday School teacher who wants to be prepared for class.

As the saying goes: “Hurry while supplies last!”