Second Edition

From the day I first received the hard copied of my book I began finding typo’s and small errors. Many of these were things that only I would notice, but it bothered me. I also came across passages that that could be worded better. This is probably an inevitable part of self-publishing. So, when I began running low on printed copies I decided to do a second edition. I went back through the book with a “fine toothed comb” looking for changes that needed to be made.

I truly believe the second edition is a much better product. I am almost afraid to read through it though, since I will always find things that could be worded better. With the workbook and the new edition, I truly believe these are excellent tools for churches considering their future. I have walked through the book and workbook with two cohorts of pastors, and with a church. In each case, we had great dialogue, and they began making concrete changes in their churches. This is what the book is all about.

I am currently looking to offer another cohort this fall, and I am looking for another church to walk through the process with. The book (and workbook) have eight chapters. We cover a chapter a week, using questions and discussions from the workbook in an interactive format.

I have also had the opportunity to present material from the book is several local church networks, and in many individual churches through one-day workshops.

I am glad to see that not only have people bought the book and workbook, but that they are using these tools to help shape the future of their churches. Please let me know if you would like me to come to your church for an evening, or to present the material over several weeks.


Workbook Finally Completed

As I write this I am waiting for the truck to arrive with several boxes full of my new workbook “What Happened to Our Church – Workbook“. I wrote this to help people wanting to study my book in a group environment. The workbook us full of practical tools and discussion starters for people who are serious about change in their church.

Since this was my second time doing self-publishing, the process was a bit easier – in that I knew what steps needed to happen to get the finished product. Sometimes it seems like there is an endless list of things that have to happen before a book is put into print. To me, the most important decisions have to do with cover art, type setting, and the actual printing. I was very pleased with the people who performed each of these tasks:

Cover Art – I went to Upwork (formally Elance) to the same company who handle my book. Chetan Wagh of Reality Info Systems handled the actual artwork, using the same cover design as the book.

Typesetting – Sarah Jennings of Tech Scribes Inc. was recommended to me by the printer. She did a great job on the interior layout.

Printing – Roger Mohn of Versa Press was so great to work with on my book that I went with them again for the workbook. I would be happy to provide contact information for each of these to anyone looking to self publish a book.

You may purchase either the book or workbook through Square at


Dealing With the Amazon Beast

One of the decisions I made when I published my book was whether or not to sell a Kindle Version online. I have the file, and can sell it direct without customers having to go through Amazon. The book page on this site has the link to purchase it that way. When someone uses that option, I only have to give Square their percentage, which is very small.

The difference is when someone buys the book on Amazon/Kindle about 60% of the cost goes to Amazon/PayPal/whatever company that distributes to Amazon. So for a book that someone pays $9.99, by the time everyone gets their cut, I get about $4. Luckily, this is an e-version, so it didn’t cost me to print. If I sold the print version online, I’d make practically nothing after printing costs!

Even with self-publishing, there are a lot of pockets to fill with the proceeds of your hard work. If you are thinking of self-publishing, I’d be happy to walk you through the process.