2 PATHS TO BOOK PUBLISHING FOR PASTORS

ChurchTechToday | 4/18/2018 | Lauren Hunter
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Chances are if you are a pastor or if you work with one, the following question has come up, “when are you (or when is your pastor) planning to publish a book?” It’s fairly common for a pastor to want to write a book, especially after the number of years they spend in study. After writing dissertations and papers galore, along with years of writing sermons, pulling together a book shouldn’t seem too daunting. Yet, it still is.

“Pastors can write as a valid part of pastoral ministry. It is part of the ministry of the Word. The ministry of the Word does not mean only the spoken word. But when they should write is the question.”

Reasons - Pastor - Book - Education - Expertise

There are various reasons a pastor might consider publishing a book. They might have education and subject expertise in a specific area of theology; they might want to reach a certain group or people that are under-served; they might want to create a resource to encourage their congregation and church visitors.

Whatever the reason a pastor feels called to write, there are two simple paths to book publishing to consider.

Publishing - Book - Proposal - Book - Outline

Traditional publishing involves writing a book proposal that includes the book outline and several chapters of the book and submitting it to a publishing house’s acquisitions editor for review. If the publisher likes the idea, they may reach out to discuss and tweak your proposal before discussing a book contract with you.

For more well-known pastors, this is often the path they choose. The process can take much longer than the second option of self-publishing. However, if the book has wide appeal, it can be a great option–if you have the time and patience to submit and re-submit book proposals to multiple Christian publishing houses.

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