Authors and Entrepreneurs

Tips, training, and resources for Christian authors or entrepreneurs. Topics may include building relationships with readers or clients, branding, marketing, social media, or collaborative fellowship.

Ministry and Money—Guilt About Getting Paid

Do you have a heart to serve and skills that people need or want, but harbor Christian guilt about accepting payment? At the end of this post, I offer two statements to consider and use for yourself. Once I lay a little foundation, maybe they’ll provide clarity that empowers you to leave guilt on the curb for pick up next

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Dealing Effectively With Pushy, Squeaky Wheels

Diva, our three-year-old miniature dachshund, is the one squeaky wheel in our house. She can be pushy, demanding, and vocal. The shrill noises emanating from our cuddly little cutie translate to, “Throw my ball!” or “Pay attention to me!” We’re dealing with her shriekish squeaks because I screwed up. I’m good with managing pushy horses and people, but I became

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How Small Dreams and Visions Create Powerful Influence

This message is for everyone who doesn’t have a BIG message, a BIG talent, a BIG idea or a BIG stage—today. It’s for folks who have a dream, a vision or desire, but don’t pursue it because they think of themselves as limited, powerless, or inconsequential. Maybe they’ve even listened to an inner voice saying, “Who do you think you

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How Galapagos Animals Preach This Beatitude

My morning walk is a precious time of peace, quiet, and the pursuit of relationship with the deer, squirrels, and birds living in the woods along the creek. I learned a lot about bringing a peaceful spirit to animals from Saint Francis, but more recently, by reading about the tame animals of the Galapagos. Conflict is largely a human characteristic.

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Unexpected Fear – When God Changes Your Gifts

I don’t do nervous. Until recently, I believed that. Then unexpected fear came to visit. It was only a three-minute presentation, but there I was, concerned about what to wear because I didn’t want to walk to the microphone with my pants sweat-clinging to the back of my legs from warm chairs. In other words, I was nervous. Earlier in

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7 Tips to Maximize Your New Year – Pace the Race

My first resolution for 2019 is to Pace the Race. Life is a marathon with mile markers between the beginning and end, some accompanied by squeals of delight while others peel the skin right off whatever hits first. Wins and losses are by-products of living. If all you experience are blessings, you’re likely spoiled and insufferable, entitled and conceited – and

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Ambushed on Social Media

  Fifty years ago I was a figure skater. During a practice session, I landed a small jump just as another skater did hers. In case you’re not familiar with skating, jump take-offs are planned; landings are estimated. Our paths crossed, and my super-sharp skate blade lacerated her calf, leaving a scar when it healed. I was horrified! Injuries without

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Commitment – The Death of Pinky Swear

Things were different when I was a kid. We didn’t pinky swear or make promises lightly. When someone made a promise to me, I believed they’d follow through, and they usually did. Anything less was unthinkable. “Your word is your bond.” “We did the deal on a handshake.” “Let your yes be yes, and your no be no.” The “Pinky

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