From Platform to Print: How to create your non-fiction book

Do you have a book burning within you that you want to write? Want to write about a life experience, a cause on your heart, or a spiritual or theological theme? Maybe you’re a speaker and have one message you want in a book. How do you get that material into a reader-friendly, marketable, publishable book? Award-winning author Jeanette Windle shares these simple steps.

If you’re  a speaker more than you are a writer, the easiest way to write your book is to speak it. Find a person you can tell your entire story to. When you’ve finished taping the story, transcribe it to a computer and you’ll have the raw material for a book. Or if you’re teaching from the platform, do the same.

Once you have the raw material, here’s how to transform it into a book:
1. The intro: begin at a point of crisis or climax. What was the anecdote that made you want to write the book ?

2. The main body: divide each chapter into 3 parts. Each chapter will have a) one anecdote or point of your story, b) the bible application or life lesson you learned, c) the take-away for the reader.

3. The epilogue: describe where God has taken you today.

Do you have any tips to add?

Author Jeanette Windle will be leading a free MAI webinar on writing fiction on April 15. Check our webinar page for registration details, soon to be posted.

This LittWorld 2012 video was shot and produced by Good News Productions in Nairobi, Kenya, for MAI.

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Too Many Books, Not Enough Readers?

What’s the use of publishing if people aren’t reading? Get tips for nurturing a reading culture from Ian Darke, coordinator of LetraViva, a network of Christian publishers in Latin America. “It’s not a question of literacy, but a matter of using books…How can we encourage people to read more and use books better?”

1. Educate families. Help parents encourage their children to read. Hold workshops with parents in schools to talk about why reading is important. If you explain why it’s good for kids to read, parents may also read more, aiming to be a good example.

2. Connect with churches. If a pastor shows why reading is important, that communicates the congregation. Consider book tables, little libraries and more in church.

3. Target young people. I’ve heard of youth pastors who meet monthly in a coffee shop or Starbucks and create a book group, then use Twitter and texting to touch base in between meetings. This can be excellent discipleship.

4. Use Christian media. In Burundi there’s a Christian TV program on reading featuring books and the impact on readers’ lives.

It’s great to write, edit and publish books, but if they’re not read, and the books don’t transform lives, it’s all in vain.

Please share your ideas for encouraging reading here.

This LittWorld 2012 video was shot and produced by Good News Productions in Nairobi, Kenya, for MAI.
Subscribe to the LittWorld Online blog to glean more practical tips for publishing and connect with Christians in publishing around the world.

LittWorld 2015: Singapore Chosen as Venue for Global Publishing Event

MAI is pleased to announce LittWorld 2015 will take place in Singapore, November 2 to 6, 2015. “As a global commercial center and travel hub, Singapore makes a strategic venue for LittWorld 2015,” MAI President John Maust said. “We’re glad to make the training more easily accessible to colleaguesID-100160180 in Asia, where MAI training has grown significantly in recent years.”

Every three years, MAI convenes LittWorld, the only international conference of its kind, providing intensive training on strategic, publishing-related topics. The conference gathers nearly 200 Christian publishing staff and writers from 50 countries.

Bernice Lee

Bernice Lee

Bernice Lee, chair of the local host committee, welcomes Christian publishing colleagues worldwide. “I’m really excited to welcome you to Singapore. In his 1978 evangelistic rally here, Billy Graham declared that Singapore would be the ‘Antioch of Asia.’ Like Antioch in the book of Acts, God continues to ‘open the door of faith to the Gentiles’ via Singapore. It is a privilege and joy to continue carrying out this calling through LittWorld 2015.” Lee notes that Asia is home to about 80 percent of the world’s 4.4 billion people who are not Christians.

Men and women from 95 countries have participated in the conference since it began in 1986. Through LittWorld, MAI has seen publishing houses born, new books conceived, and skills refined for more effective publishing. Inevitably, participants take away a new or reinforced commitment to publish books and articles by local authors in the heart language and culture of readers.

“It was truly a life-changing event for me to be with 190+ people from 50 different nations, all focused on spreading the Gospel and making disciples of Christ,” said literary agent Alice Crider after the last LittWorld.

Further details and registration will become available at www.littworld.org. For more information, email [email protected] or call (630) 260-9063.

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