writing a book

The Process of WRITING a Book

As I have shared previously, The Social Media Guide for Ministry did not begin as an idea for a book that would possibly be published.  It simply began as a Word Document that I hoped would develop into a resource for as many ministry leaders as possible. I got started by writing out the most frequently asked questions that I have heard regarding Social Media in Ministry as well as the Who, What, When, Where, and Why to Social Media in Ministry.  Leading up to writing this book I had primarily focused much of my efforts on communicating the Why trying to convince people to just use Social Media.  In creating this resource though, I felt that the readers were already convinced of the Why and were much more focused on the How.

Before getting to the How of Social Media in Ministry I knew that I must start by answering the What.  Ministry leaders need to really wrap their minds around the Social aspect of Social Media and begin to understand the various platforms and what makes them unique.

I created a very rough outline that I followed and continued to tweak it as I went.  I really just started typing with a lot of flexibility in my writing instead of a rigid structure.  Once I laid out the What is Social Media and the various networks I began the How of Social Media in Ministry.   In laying out the How I this led to the Where I would encourage the reader to start and What steps to take.  Bre’anna Emmitt described the book as a “Cookbook for using Social Media in Ministry” after reading it and I think she sums it up well with that description.

Growing up I was a Sports and Math kid and really wished I had paid much more attention in English class.  I likely broke so many formal writing rules when putting this together, but at the end of the day I can’t be more excited about the resource that has been created.  I definitely can’t take all of the credit on the writing side though as my sister, Becky Kiser, really helped clean up the flow of the book and my step mother, Robin Smith, cleaned up the grammar/formatting.  They are both far better writers than I am and I can’t be more grateful for their encouragement and support.

I am still in the middle of edits now with the team at Group Publishing and really exciting about working through this process.  It is also my plan to keep this book as a working document as Social Media is constantly changing and this resource will need to be updated regularly.


Other Posts in this series:

Signing my First Book Deal

Developing the IDEA for a Book

The Process of WRITING a Book

What Led to SIGNING a Book Deal

Signing my First Book Deal!

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I am thrilled to announce that I have just signed my first book deal with Group Publishing!  I will share more details about the book and the process that led to this in future posts.  I am so honored to be working with Group to publish The 2013 Social Media Guide for Ministry that will release in February 2013.

I have been using Group resources for over 10 years and was always a subscriber to Group magazine when I was in full-time Youth Ministry.  Group has been providing resources to the Church since 1974 and has a deep passion to support the Christian Church.  For more information about Group you can visit their About Page.

There are several people I want to thank for making this all possible:

  • My wife, Katie for all of her encouragement as well as allowing me the time flexibility (weekends, late nights, and early mornings) to work on this project.
  • Bre'anna Emmitt who believed in this book enough to share it with her friends at Group.
  • My sister, Becky Kiser, and stepmother, Robin Smith, for editing the manuscript.  You are both far better writers than I am.
  • Chris Emmitt and Robert Emmitt who both believed in me enough to give me the opportunity to become a Social Media Pastor and freedom to experiment and take risks.
  • Sue Brage at Group Publishing for believing in this project and moving it forward bringing us to today.

In the coming weeks I will share the following posts that have led to this moment:

1) Developing the IDEA for a book

2) The Process of WRITING the book

3) What led to SIGNING a book deal

This has been a fun process leading to this moment, but I know that the fun is just beginning and THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!