- Thatalks, Janet Perez Eckles
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This week, I signed a contract with Harvest House Publishers for my 45th book. This one is a wonderful collaboration between myself and a wonderful Bible study teacher, Jean Jones and a very talented artist in Karla Dornacher (see Karla on Etsy). We each bring our strengths to the book and we also pull our platforms together for greater reach and influence.
I have had the joy of co-authoring with some amazing people:
Doreen Hanna, the founder and President of Modern Day Princess ministry for Raising a Modern Day Princess (for parents and leaders) and Becoming a Modern Day Princess for tween and teen girls (Focus on the Family/Tyndale)
Stephen Aurterburn, Founder of New Life, Women of Faith and popular author of numerous titles for Devotions for Women on the Go ( and my husband, Bill, co-authored Devotions for Men on the Go Tyndale Publishers)
Chad Eastham teamed with us to reach the next generation with Guys are Waffles, Girls are like Spaghetti (Thomas Nelson)
And most importantly, my husband, Bill and I regularly co-author marriage and parenting books (to date approximately half of our books are co-authored together) . A few of our most popular, bestselling titles are Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti; Red Hot Monogamy; 10 Best Decisions a Couple Can Make and 10 Best Decisions a Parent Can Make.
We actually started our publishing career with a co-authored book, where we teamed with our mentors, Jim and Sally Conway and write: Pure Pleasure Making Your Marriage a Great Affair.
“Two are better than one” is a phrase often heard at weddings, but that concept can be extended to ministry and business relationships:
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor (Eccl 4:9)
The upside reasons to co-author:
Greater Flexibility: It may or may not be less time writing—because the time you save on sharing writing will be taken up with conversations, but it is less time in front of the screen and at the keyboard – typically. This team-player approach maybe helpful if you have a full plate of speaking engagements or a day job because you often “take turns” doing pieces of the book so your work time can be a little more diversified in the various tasks—not just mainly in front of the screen.
Greater Audience Reach: books that are co-authored or collaborations bring each author’s sphere of influence into the circle come launch time. It could also mean a varied platform as one of you might be terrific at Instagram while the other rocks facebook. One might have a radio show or podcast while the other has a powerful online video presence. A co author might also have a reach into an audience you don’t have. For example, when we teamed with youth speaker of women of Faith’s Revolve tour, Chad Eastham, so he could translate our “Waffles & Spaghetti” material to the net generation.
Greater Trust: Often in a co-authoring situation, a reader will see two trusted or three trusted names and the power of so many quality people in one book is appealing so it can move a persons to buy the book.
Greater Balance: Sometimes co-authoring will help you gain those few extra hours to sleep, work out, or spend with your spouse of family.
Greater Veracity: With many voices, you must have agreement of theology. You are less likely to go off track spiritually with greater accountability.
Greater Friendships: All our co-authors have become dear friends because of the honest conversations and numerous hours spent connecting over deep, important ideas. We have also remained friends because up front we talk over co-author details so everyone if unified and pulling in one direction. We always have an agreed upon mediator, and to date we have never had to use that person/company.
Greater Synergy: Having varied ideas, styles, voices, passions is electric! You may just enjoy the energy and excitement of a team project.
Co-authoring isn’t for everyone—but it could be for you.
Bob Hostetler here, offering another prayer for writers:
I write today, Lord.
I will be using words, and some of them will be verbs.
Inspire them all, God, but especially the verbs.
Hover over them.
Speak them into existence.
Breathe into them the breath of life.
All my verbs come from you.
You are my “is.”
My “see,” my “know.”
You are my “laugh” and “cry,”
my “wake” and “sleep,”
“shiver” and “sweat,”
“think” and “speak,”
“jump” and “skip” and “dance” and “bounce.”
There is not an action in my day,
a movement of my bones,
a breath in my breast
or a word on my tongue
that does not come from you.
Let it be consciously so in my writing today.
And at the end of my day, with the final word on the page,
pronounce it good, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Bob’s latest book is The Red Letter Prayer Life, available now via Bob’s website or at fine Christian retailers everywhere. He is also the author of “31 Ways to Pray for Your Children,” an iPhone and iPad app available via iTunes.
Hello from Kathy Collard Miller in the Southern California desert where it’s starting to cool down!
Some time ago I was waiting in the airport for my connecting flight, minding my own business while enjoying reading a novel. I looked up and noticed a small food counter nearby where a woman was serving customers. I continued reading when unexpectedly the Lord’s still small voice within my heart whispered, “Go talk to that woman behind the counter about Me.”
My reaction was unfortunately one that I usually make: “Oh, Lord, you know I don’t like doing things like this. Please! No!”
I resumed reading, my face almost buried in the book’s pages, hoping He would forget I was there. But I could sense Him patiently waiting…and waiting.
“Oh, all right, Lord. What should I say to her?”
“Tell her I love her.”
Well, that wasn’t very original! I still wasn’t convinced I wanted to go and tried reading my book again. But I knew He would be persistent, so I gathered my things together and got at the end of the line for the counter.
I was amazed that by the time all the customers in front of me had been helped, no one had gotten in line behind me. When I faced the woman at the counter, I gulped and shot an arrow prayer, “OK, Lord, here we go.”