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How To Write a Book, Updated Publishing Updates

By September 19, 2013 No Comments

Got a book inside you? Many ministry leaders wonder how they might publish a book. Having co-authored 31 books and advised on many others, here’s a blog I wrote awhile back on the subject, and recently updated: Turning Your Idea Into a Book.

Want tips on how to write a proposal? See Chad Allen (of Baker Books) here. If you’re a first-time author, you’ll most likely need a proposal.

Trying to figure out the dramatically changing world of publishing? Here’s a blog I wrote on that topic, which I also recently updated: Hard Times for Publishers, Great Times for Readers

Here’s a recent interview Leadership Network did with me about my perspectives as a writer.

One of the toughest things to do is to edit yourself. I always have colleagues read early drafts of my books to make constructive suggestions. I ask, “What’s the one most important change I could make?” They typically suggest more than one! Here’s a link to a bunch of good tips on editing, the third one giving you a tour of very helpful software. This article describes 5 different types of editing you might need, and places you can find each one.

Controversial: When it comes to publicizing your book, is buying your way onto the bestseller list wrong? Here’s a great article with history, examples, pros and cons.

Finally, on occasion people ask for a list of the books I’ve authored or co-authored. Here’s a list with short descriptions and publisher links: here.

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Author Warren Bird

Warren Bird, Ph.D. has been named a Leadership Network Senior Fellow in light of his exemplary service 2006-2018 as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He serves as full-time VP of Research for (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of 31 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller. Some of Warren’s recent online reports include "Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard," and "The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches." See also research reports at and He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He also oversees the world's only active, sortable list of global megachurches. Follow him on Twitter @warrenbird.  Click here to subscribe to Leadership Network Advance to get updates from Leadership Network.

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