writing and publishing

5 real reasons why writers write (ancient and modern)

Posted by PeteEnns on December 28, 2015 in Old Testament writing and publishing 5 Comments

I just finished reading Christopher Rollston’s latest book, Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel, wherein he makes the case (among several related cases) that literacy in ancient Israel was almost exclusively confined to an elite, educated class, and not something that your average Jacob and Rachel Israelite could handle. It’s a wonderfully informative book, but—although non-technical—still presumes

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quit jerking around and get to work

Posted by PeteEnns on September 4, 2015 in writing and publishing 3 Comments

I tell myself this several times a day. A friend sent me a link to Steven Pressfield’s website and this article posted 2 days ago: “Resistance and ‘Hooks.’” A lot of you may know Pressfield. He wrote, among other things, The Legend of Bagger Vance, and a book that jumpstarted my writing like none other, The War

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on writing gooder and even more gooder books

Posted by PeteEnns on October 8, 2014 in writing and publishing 6 Comments

I’m asked from time to time how I went about finding a literary agent and the whole “pleasepleaseplease publish my book” process. So I thought I’d say it in a brief blog post so I can refer to it when asked. The process isn’t complicated, but it’s time consuming. What helped me most was contacting people who were already doing

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So, you want to publish a book, huh?

Posted by PeteEnns on September 16, 2013 in writing and publishing

Taking a small break this morning from my usual blah blah blahing about the Bible and such, this post about the present (and future) of book publishing might be of interest to you. This post appeared on the Creative Trust Literary Group website a few months ago, which is the agency I signed on with last

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“You Are Boring” and Other Friendly Writing Tips

Posted by PeteEnns on May 19, 2013 in writing and publishing

I really don’t think of myself as a writer. I’ve written a bunch of books, but that doesn’t make me writer. It just means I type a lot. Writing is different. I know good writers, and they intimidate me. They think about what they are going to say, organize their thoughts, use adjectives, and spell-check, all the things I don’t want to

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