Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.”
“Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and get you anything.’ I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.”
(Luke 11:5-8 NIV)
Dear Reader, I am about to do something very bold; start a crowd-funding account to see if I can gather the funds to get a book to the publisher and to keep my 2 blogs up and running for the next year. The economy is terrible and people all across the country are having a hard time making ends meet (including me), so this move I am making doesn’t come on a whim. After a lot of prayer and research I have found that crowd-funding is a popular and growing industry. People from all walks of life with many different purposes have crowd-funding accounts set up to gather money for everything from medical emergencies to taking that once-in-a-lifetime vacation. My reason for doing this is simple; I want to get my book(s) published and be able to keep writing both Voice of a Patriot and The Determined Christian.
Most of you know that I have a 24/7 responsibility taking care of my Mom (age 84). I don’t get paid money to do this, but the rewards I reap are countless blessings. Taking care of Mom is the greatest thing God has ever allowed me to do. However, God has also compelled me to write; that is why I started the blogs. I do not advertise on the blogs because I do not want to take the chance that an advertising agency might place something on my blog that would not be pleasing to my readers. Yes, you can write a blog for “free”, if you can afford to keep up with the costs that support it. My blogs are supported by a Web Host, and really, that doesn’t cost very much, but Interned service and electricity in the rural area I live in are expensive, so the actual cost of keeping both blogs over $1,000 a year.
I have a manuscript almost completed that I would like to submit to WestBow Publishing (a division of Nelson Publishing). I have had a couple of very nice conversations with WestBow and feel comfortable that my book will be published with the utmost of professionalism and care. This working title for this book is A Declaration of War: Fighting Evil in the 21st Century. In this book I will describe some of the evils we face in our government, community, family and our personal lives and try to give some solutions to help fight that evil. Going through WestBow means that I must pay for a publishing package that allows the book to be available in hardback, paperback and e-book forms.
Because I have been spending a lot of time researching things that are evil, I also have a project in the works that is about good; A Wretch Like Me. This will be a long, thoughtful look at the amazing Grace God offers us through His Son, Jesus Christ. This book will be published through Smashwords, which is a free e-book publisher, but because I am a technidiot I will have to have a professional format it for me. This book will be available as an e-book only.
Mom and I joked about venturing into the world of internet panhandling, but really this is a serious matter. The reason I write is to provoke thought and promote positive action. Writing is not a ‘dream’ for me; it is my purpose, indeed it is my ministry. If you are interested in helping me achieve my goals, please click on this link:
Thank you, Dear Reader, for your support and encouragement. May God bless you with Joy!