Updates

Things are coming along on the book.  I was contacted by WestBowPress after sending an inquire about their self-publishing option.  Looks to be promising.  The person who called was very spiritual and pleasant to talk to. 

Few other things

1) I setup a twitter account @52pickupco (even have 2 followers lol)

2) Setup a Facebook page to consume the tweets from Twitter, pretty easy

3) Setup a newsletter as a way to send out to people once the book is available

4) Found a cover art page I’m inquiring about.  The price is reasonable and would make a great logo I think, I’ve asked if they could color it blue.

God has been in this entire process and working through the process.   Stay tuned. 

Steve

What to do regarding publishing

I’ve been starting to investigate (and pray) for what to do with the 52pickup book once it’s done being reviewed.  It’s in my nature to always look ahead.  I’m typing this as a reference.  There are a few “self-publishers” out there. Here are a few.

Zondervan (A local company for me)

Thomas Nelson

Advice for first time publishers (I’ve written and been published, it’s the first time leading)

WestBowPress

Xulon Press

Those are a few resources I’ve found, if you have any experience or know of someone who has used these resources, I’d be curious to hear

Steve

Keep on Praying!

A random devotional

First off, I want to thank the Holy Spirit for prompting me to write this and Jesus for being my Lord and savior. I was driving to work one morning and had a suggestion about writing devotionals. I thought it was a passing thought and didn’t think much of it. Then one morning, I literally woke up and felt a sense of urgency to get a devotional written. On occasion, I’ll be talking with God and mention, if you want me to do something, please make it obvious. This is such an occasion where I feel the strong desire to share how accepting Jesus as my savior changed my life

I get a daily email from Chuck Swindoll from Insight for today (www.insight.org) . He sends an email 6 days a week with very enriching messages. On a side note, God has really touched this man with the Gift to share the word. I strongly suggest people subscribe to some type of medium that shares the word. My profession has me using email often; I found the daily emails to be effective. This might not work for everyone. If you aren’t sure, you should pray for God to show you a method that does have you exposed to the word daily.

I don’t recall where I read this, but you should be prepared at all times to share your testimony on a moments notice. That got me thinking, what if someone asked me? What would I say? Here are three reasons.

  • Heavenly Peace
  • Perspective
  • Attitude

Can you list reasons why? Here they are.

1) Heavenly Peace. It helped change me inside out and bring inner peace. There is a song on the radio that talks about peace. Well, I’m sure there are many songs, but this particular one mentions how accepting Jesus will bring heavenly peace. Like in Matthew 11:28-30

28(Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

29“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and )YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.

30“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Sounds pretty good eh? When life has you down and the news continually preaches fear. I’m all for looking for a better way. I think this particular passage sums things up pretty clearly. PS: You’ll find the bible contains many ‘clear’ messages.

2) Perspective – Sometimes referred to as ‘World View’. Pastor Joel had a series of sermons on having a Christen World view. After reading the One Year Bible, I realized eternity is a long time and I wanted to be with Jesus. In
Matthew 25:33:
“He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.”.
Any person with a bit of common sense would go; I want to be a sheep!

3) Attitude – Probably the most challenging is adjusting my attitude. Pride pretty much gets in the way of everything. In my younger years, I was known not to have the most positive attitude. If a particular activity wouldn’t go my way, I made sure to make things hard on those who were in authority. This could be coaches, teachers or just a person in-charge. I recently printed off a saying Chuck Swindoll did a few years ago. Here is a link to http://www.bigeye.com/attitude.htm that contains the say. I suggest you print this poem off, put in a high-traffic area so it reminds you often. I put a copy in my cube. When things become stressful, I glance over and this reminds me to refresh my attitude. My favorite saying in Chuck’s attitude poem is “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”

When you accept Christ Jesus as your savior, the Holy Spirit moves in and help you transform your life. All I know, if a person who is an unbeliever or someone ‘watching me’ waiting for the ‘Jesus fad’ to go away. I doubt the three items I listed will be covered in-depth when discussing how accepting Jesus changed my life. That is why I like about being able to list three powerful reasons. If someone asks me ‘why’, I can elaborate. Be prepared. Practice, take notes, be ready for when the opportunity arrives!

God Bless,

Steve Schofield

Resources

http://www.biblegateway.com

And so it is off to the reviewers

I’ve finished fixing the errors on the Introduction!  Another God story for another day happened today, an answered prayer if we should continue on with the book.  God gave a resounding YES!  It’s kind of surreal to think one day this book might get published, people read it and hopefully get inspired.  It has to make it through the review process, which I’ve tried to do my best.  2/3’s of the rest are God’s words, so hopefully it’s easy to review.  Stay tuned for more information as we progress through the publishing process. We could use a prayer or three what to do next as far as the publishing process.  

God Bless,

Steve

Official editing has begun on Introduction

I’ve had a couple people review with one person being an English teacher.   I ‘m glad Word doesn’t use Red lines like they used in the old days.  I was impressed the initial review had 127 comments!   I was like “YES!”  this person knows what they are doing.    I have one more section, which is 4 pages, is my story and testimony and this portion is done.  When I was in high school, I’m sure my response would have been different, but I’m so glad for people who have great passion for their work, and aren’t afraid to help people out!  Praise God for this persons talents.

Stay tuned!

Steve

Continuing to edit!

Christmas 2011 is just around the corner, 7 days to go, time to start shopping.  How about you, are you done?  The editing process continues.  I’ve made it through the Introduction and 4 sections with my initial proofread, authoring.  I started to create the table of contents and amazes me the variety of topics covered, I also took an inventory and of this blog post, there are 9 extra stories I could include.  I’m not sure what to do with them, I might include a couple three in the last section of the book, think of it as the trailer, every truck has to haul something, or something the truck bed.  We’ll see.  In the Word document, there are 123 pages.  I’ll be curious when the person who does the final edit / review what their thoughts are.  I’m sure they’ll really give it the work over, which is good.  I’m going to continue to tinker with it, proofread and pray for an editor / publisher or how that this thing will get published to the world! 

Oh on a side note, Tim Tebow’s team lost after winning 6 in a row.  His team had 3 or 4 fumbles, penalties at the wrong time.  The New England Patriots played very well and deserved to win.  My Lions (yes a Lions fan) won on a last 2 minute drive!  For those who have no interest in American football, this probably doesn’t make any sense.

Until later

Steve