Michael D. Butler is an evangelist and he owns a publishing company that helps authors write and publish books. On today’s podcast he shares with us on “How to Write a Book.”
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What are some reasons why a minister would want to write a book?
What are some ways that a minister can develop content?
What would you tell someone who is wanting to write a book but does not know where to start?
You have a program helping people write a book in 60 days. What are the secrets to writing a book in 60 days?
Seven questions new and existing authors need to ask themselves before launching any new book project are:
1. Is there enough demand for the topic I am writing about?
2. How many books have been written on my chosen topic?
3. How many of those books have hit Best Seller?
4. Do I have an active, Online community that is connected to my topic?
5. Do I have speaking gigs (Online and in person) lined up to speak to people that are passionate about my cause and my project?
6. Do I have a social media presence where I am considered an influencer and thought leader on my topic?
7. Have I interviewed enough experts on my topic and could I feature their content in my book?
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Evangelism Coach Daniel King (00:02):
Michael D. Butler is an evangelist and he owns a publishing company that helps authors write and publish books on today’s podcast. He shares with us on how to write
Evangelism Podcast Host (00:12):
A book. Jesus said, go into all the world and preach the gospel. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be welcome to the evangelism podcast with Dr. Daniel King we’re Daniel interviews, full-time evangelists, pastors, missionary, and normal everyday Christians to discover how they share their faith, their powerful testimonies, and amazing stories that will inspire you to reach people with the good news. And now here’s your host, missionary and evangelist Daniel King. Welcome to the event
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (00:51):
Angeles and podcast. I’m Daniel King. And I’m excited about telling people about Jesus today. I have a very special guest Michael D. Butler. He is an expert at writing books, publishing books, and then promoting books and doing launches for books. And he’s got a great company that helps people to write books, but before he’s an author and helping authors, he is an evangelist at heart. So brother Michael, thank you so much for being on the podcast today.
Michael D. Butler (01:22):
Hey, thank you, Daniel. And congratulations. I know you’re getting close to 100 shows and wow. I listened to Keith Wheeler. That’s a great episode. So thanks for having me on, you know, now more than ever people’s stories, getting out to the world is very important. And guess what readership is up globally? The good news is the internet did not kill readership and book publishing. Thanks for having me on the show.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (01:44):
So you have a heart for evangelism just recently. You were in the nation of Pakistan. Tell me what you were doing in Pakistan.
Michael D. Butler (01:51):
Well, you know, Pakistan is 98 to 99% Muslim country and it’s the actual, and you’ve you’ve ministered there. So, you know, the country, well, it’s the only country that truly is dedicated to Mohammed, whereas America, you know, as a Christian nation it’s but th there, there are many believers there and they they’re getting born again every day. The church is growing and just a great work of God there. And, you know, people are hungry for the Lord and salvation healings, miracle, spirit field called to preach. I mean, there’s so many amazing young people there. If you have daughters there, you keep them covered up and you keep them locked up. It’s you know, it’s, it’s, it’s, it’s one of those areas of the world. That’s not very safe. There is persecution, but the believers there are very they love Jesus and the missionaries we’re working with on the ground, we’ve been blessed to rescue 75 kids this last year from, from slavery.
Michael D. Butler (02:47):
And right now we’re putting the first three girls through a beautician school and cosmetology school. And then once they get out, they pledged to give 25% back to help their classmates get a professional education. And we’re moving forward with not only teaching them the word of God everyday, teaching them to read and write and become literate. So they don’t have to go back to the brick bond, each slavery life, which is a big part of Pakistan in the third generation debts that their parents and grandparents had. So they’re basically making bricks every day, you know, in the hot sun and for about a dollar or two a day. And so we’re actually helping break that cycle by not only preaching the gospel, but educating them and giving them, you know, teaching them life skills that they can be employed for life.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (03:29):
Wow. That’s so awesome. And your heart for evangelism goes all the way back to when you were very young. Tell me how that got started.
Michael D. Butler (03:38):
Well, I, you know, I w I was born again at age seven. I remember we went to church every time the doors were open and it was, it was actually a video evangelism, you know, Billy Graham had some great films out back then. There were some other groups, had some great evangelism films back there that as we say, scared the hell out of you as a kid, because you didn’t want to be left behind. And I think that was the name of one of the movies who was left behind and the Modi was right in the heart was right. And I knew, I knew as a child from reading the word, but also hearing in messages and seeing on movies that there’s a heaven to gain and a hell to shun, and Jesus is real and it turned it he’s forever. And God is such a God of love and compassion.
Michael D. Butler (04:19):
I, you know, you look at Noah and how long God kept that door open, because he’s such a, a long suffering kind. It’s the kindness of the Lord that brings us to repentance. But there was a sign at the back of the church that said he, that wins souls is wise. And I saw that every time we left the church, but something very amazing before my dad ever became a pastor. He worked for public service, the local power company. And so before a take, your kid to work day was popular. Like it is now as, as a kid 45, 50 years ago, dad would take me to work sometimes. And on his lunch break, I would see him pray for coworkers. I would see him lead lead men to Jesus, and that just put a, put a heart of fire and compassion in me to, to win souls.
Michael D. Butler (05:05):
He, that wins souls is wise. And, you know, I’ve done the business thing. I’ve done the pastoring and ministry thing. And I don’t think you can separate them. God’s calling so many people that are in the marketplace and to the ministry and giving them a bigger platform even than some pastors. And so I don’t think it’s either, or I think it’s all of the above people in the marketplace need Jesus and people in all over the world need Jesus. So just share open your mouth. And here’s the thing I learned most though, here’s the thing business taught me. And that is this. I used to do a lot of door to door sales in college. And when you’re calling on somebody, you don’t just make the offer. The minute they opened the door, you do, what’s called the warmup. You get to know them, you ask them pre-qualifying questions and you want to get a yes from them.
Michael D. Butler (05:53):
And you really establish that relationship and connection because people don’t, they don’t care how much, you know, until they know how much you care. And we’ve got the greatest thing in the, in the universe. And that’s salvation. That’s Jesus and Jesus, you know, no matter what country you’re in, no matter what your politics is, money won’t fix the problem whoever’s in the white house or in your political realm will not fix the office. It’s Jesus. Jesus is the only one that can bring healing when your kids are depressed on drugs or running from God. That’s Jesus is the one that matters and Jesus is not some woo woo person off in a cloud. But he’s real practical. Jesus is very practical, teach you how to be a better parent, how to be a better manager of money, how to be a better husband and wife. It’s just the journey has been amazing. Daniel
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (06:43):
And you are also a businessman in your business is helping people write books, promote their books, publish their books. And so I thought it’d be a good idea to not just do one podcast with you, but we’re going to do a series of three podcasts. And so the, this first podcast, let’s talk about how to write a book. First of all, let’s start with a question of why do you think it’s important for a minister to write books and to be a published author?
Michael D. Butler (07:14):
Well, in the first place, Mark 16, 15 says go into all the world and preach. And actually in the amplified, it says, preach and publish the gospel. There’s something so eternal and long lasting about the written word. And, you know, publishing is up. Reading is up ahead of movies. People are reading more than ever, you know, and it’s, it’s the, it’s the printing press Daniel that brought us out of the dark ages because the, the common man wasn’t allowed to read most weren’t literate back in the 15 hundreds. And in the Catholic church, the the word of God was read in Latin and the the parishioners didn’t understand what was being read. So they didn’t understand that they were righteous with God through Christ. That’s what, that’s what Martin Luther, Martin Luther, thank you very much. That’s what it was about.
Michael D. Butler (08:08):
It was about being justified by faith. And so when you can read the word of God in, in your language, it helps you understand it and apply it to your life. So readership is up, is up globally. So how does somebody write a book and decide, Hey, I want to write a book well for a pastor, it goes without saying that your most popular sermons should be a book. And so we worked with a lot of pastors to get their, their sermons into books. We’ve got a special program for pastors to make that happen quickly so that they’ve got something to sell. If the back of the room and their bookstores is they’re out traveling and preaching, it expands their reach, but it also empowers their parishioners and and, and gives people an opportunity globally to learn about them. You’re seeing a lot of people that are pastoring churches now globally, and it’s partly virtual and partly in person, but the written word is so powerful and we do it digitally. We do it print. We do it ebook and audio book.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (09:03):
So what are some ways that a minister can develop content and then turn their, their spoken content into the written page?
Michael D. Butler (09:14):
Well, that’s great. You know, we’ve got, we’ve got a team of transcriptionists that are very effective, very affordable, very quick. You would be surprised. And we publish authors all over the world. And many times an author will provide us, you know, the transcripts and we’ll have the an edited version back to the author within 72 hours. That’s not, that’s not uncommon.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (09:38):
What would you say to someone who feels like God wants them to write a book? And they feel like they, they have a book on their heart, but they just don’t know where to start. Where would you tell them to start the process?
Michael D. Butler (09:51):
Well, I’ve been teaching this for years and we’ve published 350 titles and a, with 120 authors. And so I just completed an eight week eight module course that I’m offering for free to your listeners only for a limited time at write book, 60 days.com, where they can actually access all my training videos that I did recently in the TV studio. And it goes into who is your avatar? Why do you want to write a book, how to outline the chapters, how to choose the title and subtitle, what copy needs to go on the back cover? And we, we deal with transitions, memory hooks. How long should the paragraphs be? How long should the chapter be? We go into all the technical aspects of writing the book, formulating the content and laying it out. And 85% of the students that have gone through that course in eight weeks, time are 85% done with their manuscript. And since it’s a modular format, now it’s complete at your own pace. We’ve actually got some students going through that course. And within eight hours, they know exactly they’ve got their book outlined. And then within the next eight days, their book has done.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (10:58):
Wow. So that’s extremely rapid. So you think it’s possible that someone could actually write a book in 60 days, two months? Yeah.
Michael D. Butler (11:07):
You know, the first two modules we really hone in on who is the audience and what is the goal of the book? Once we actually write the book backwards with you, by deciding beginning with the end in mind, writing the book backwards, deciding who, which market is your target market. For example, you might have one idea in your mind, but it’s too broad. It’s too general. It’s too vague. We help you boil it down and make it specific. For example, my book, my first book, the single dad, survival guide was very niche, very specific to dads who had just gone through a divorce that needed resources to move forward with their life. And so I decided to make that my first book, as a result of going through my own strategic program here,
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (11:48):
I was looking at your YouTube channel and you’ve got some tremendous resources, just videos that you put up on YouTube answering some of the questions that that writers go through. I was just looking at one and you had seven questions that a new and existing author needs to ask before they launch a new book project. And so let’s just go through these really quick. Number one, is there enough demand for the topic that I’m writing about number two, how many books have been written on my chosen topic? Number three, how many of those books I’ve hit bestseller status? Number four, do I have an active online community? That’s connected to my topic? Number five, do I have speaking gigs lined up to speak to people that are passionate about this, this cause, or this project? Number six? Do I have a social media presence where I’m considered an influencer and thought leader on my topic and seven, have I interviewed enough experts on my topic? And could I feature their content in my book? So talk to me why it’s important to ask those types of questions in before you even get started writing your book.
Michael D. Butler (12:49):
Well, if you identify who is already speaking to and writing to your audience, then you don’t have to go create another audience. You know, audience gathering is difficult in a, in a post-internet world. You know, it used to be, you’d go down to the town square and you would meet and mingle with the Baker, the Butler, the butcher, the cobbler, and the other people in the square. And you would trade your wares and buy vegetables and, and that type of thing. Now that everything is online, finding communities, for example, single dads that need resources. We know that men typically don’t read books. So it’s a smaller niche. It’s harder to find. Women are reading 78% of the books in the marketplace. We know that 70, 80% of the books in the marketplace are fiction, fiction consumption. So if you’re writing a nonfiction book, you’ve already got a smaller target to hit it’s about 30 or 40%, but realize that your target market’s there. Who’s speaking to them now, how do you find them on social media? How do you find communities online that you can begin to make relationships with and network with? And so you’re, you’re further ahead. If you want to be picked up by a publisher, you want to sell more books, you identify where they’re at, but you also look at the demographic and the questions that they’re asking, what if you’re, if you’re answering questions that nobody’s asking, then you’re not going to have any book sales. Okay.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (14:12):
So I actually wrote a book on how to write a book. I’ve written over 20 books in my lifetime, and I’m working on another 20 or 30 that are close to being finished. And so people kept asking me, Daniel, how do I write a book? And I would sit down and spend hours with them talking to them, like my process. And finally, I said, I need to write a book on how to write a book. And so I wrote it and it’s on my website, King ministries.com click on the, the resource is button. And you can find my book on, on how to write a book, but here’s some of the reasons that, that I came up with why ministers should, should write books number one, books, help believers to grow spiritually. And, and so if you’re discipling someone, you can hand them a book.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (14:59):
And that discipleship process can go far faster. Two books continue to preach the gospel long after you returned home. So I’m a international missionary. I go all over the world, preaching the gospel, but I’ve got kids. So after I preach, I want to come home and spend some time with my kids, but I leave my books in that country. And those books are a seed that continue to produce a harvest. Long after I come back, one time I was in the nation of Congo and I was preaching in a little dirt floor church. There were chickens running all over the place. People were packed into that church. They’re even hanging in through the wind, the windows. And I looked over at the pastor and he had his Bible. And then on top of his Bible, he had another book that was covered in duct tape.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (15:44):
And I said, what’s that, that book that you have there and he handed it to me and I opened it up and it was one of Dr. TL Osborne’s books. TL Osborn was a great missionary evangelist from here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And he sold millions of books into nations all over the world. And he’s the pastor told me, he says, 20 years ago, TL Osborn came to my nation of Congo. And he gave my father this book. And my father became a pastor. He says for 20 years, my father preached from this book. So last year my father died and I became the pastor. Now I’m preaching from this book. And so that showed me the power that one book can have, especially if you’re in ministry, that book can go farther than you can go. It can stay longer than you can stay. It can impact people that you never even speak to.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (16:30):
In one of our crusades, we did a survey and found out that every book that we gave away was read by an average of 10 people because they take it home to their family. The whole family would read it, they’d loan it to their neighbor. And so people often share the books back and forth and in their treasured when we go overseas and, and give away books people don’t throw them on the ground. They don’t tear them up and throw it into the trashcan. They, they really treasure it. And, and we see people holding it very carefully as, as they go home. Because I just want to say
Michael D. Butler (17:04):
About your book in Urdu for Pakistan, you know, and welcome to the kingdom because I know you’ve preached in Pakistan many times, and we actually have a printing press there in Sahi wall. And they love your book. You know, that’s a, to have a book in Urdu in their language, you’re exactly right. They share it with the entire family and they pass it on and it keeps, it keeps moving forward.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (17:26):
And so books are more durable than the spoken word. If you’re speaking to an audience, people listen to you, but then after you leave maybe they don’t remember, but if you give them a book, they can put that on their shelf. They can pull it off. They can remember what you’ve said and, and books really help you to spread your, your message. And then a book is also your, your lasting legacy in the years to come. You know, all of us are going to die. We’re going to go to heaven, but we’ll leave our books here after we go. And so I expect the books that I’ve written will continue to impact lives for dozens, hundreds of years to come. Even after I go to heaven, if Jesus tarries,
Michael D. Butler (18:08):
Well, that’s exciting. Dr. Daniel King grabbed the books. I’m sitting here looking at a stack of your books and it’s pretty daunting. I need to have you on, on some of our podcasts. And a lot of our authors are doing their podcasts now, because what they’ve learned during the pandemic is the power of the word, just like you said, and it does live on. But the beautiful thing is in, when we talk about books in English, 76% of books in English are bought and read outside the U S so when you talk about making an impact with your book, especially if it’s a faith-based kingdom book it has that much more potential because of the share-ability and the anointing.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (18:47):
So I think if you, if you want to write a book, what I would encourage you to do is first of all, find one word that expresses what you’re most passionate about. Like when you think of, of Kenneth Hagan, what word do you think of that expresses Kenneth Hagan?
Michael D. Butler (19:01):
Well, I’m going to say the anointing because we just translated understanding the avoidance
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (19:04):
Wrong answer. It’s the faith. It would be faith.
Michael D. Butler (19:08):
Yeah, definitely faith. Now there’s somebody there that’s written several hundred books translating into like 50, 50 languages, but he was, he was called the,
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (19:17):
Yeah. So, so write down, you know, what are you passionate about? Are you, are you passionate about faith? Are you passionate about having a happy marriage? Are you passionate about God’s healing power? Are you passionate about helping people to be financially successful? What is it that drives you and, and try to narrow it down to one thing and then write down seven facts that you know about that subject just under your
Michael D. Butler (19:44):
That’s so powerful right there. I want to say something as a precursor is a lot of Christian authors are writing their memoirs. Okay. And that’s okay. That’s cathartic, that’s therapeutic. Okay. But maybe you’re not going to publish that, or at least not all of it because people buy how to books. People don’t buy memoirs. And that’s what you got to realize that the top selling category of nonfiction is how to books, which is exactly what you’re describing. So listen to Daniel, give you these how to tips. And if you’ve got a 200 page binder of your memoirs, you can still tell your story, but embedded in a how to book, what are those steps? I I’m liking this.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (20:20):
So start out with seven facts that you knew about the subject and those seven facts could be your, your first seven chapters, then write down seven experiences in your life that relate to your topic. If you’re writing about healing, have you ever been healed? Who do you know, that’s been healed? Who can you interview? That’s been healed, look for real life examples to illustrate each fact that you knew about it, then go to scripture and write down seven scriptures that relate to your, and so use those seven ideas to write an outline for your book, and then develop a table of contents. There’s a author here in, in Tulsa. His name is Jim Stovall. He’s written a lot of great books and he wants told me that there’s three elements to every book. The first element is information. What do you know? And so those are the facts.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (21:10):
The second element is story. How do you know what, you know, how did you discover the truth of what it is? You know? And when I read a book, I like the facts. I flipped through it, but I find myself often going in and wanting to read something about the, the individual story and finding out something about how they applied this to real life. And then the third element is humor and emotion. And often that comes from the moment that you discovered what it is that you know, so one day you, you didn’t know it, then you learned it and it totally turned your life around. And sometimes that aha moment is, is humorous. And there’s emotion involved, either emotion that that’s negative. You, you learned it through the hard way, learning a lesson, or suddenly you heard someone express. And so if you’ll take information, combine it with the story and then put humor and emotion. That is a great way to, to write a book. And so
Michael D. Butler (22:13):
Say too, about Jim Stovall, he sold 30 million books. So he definitely knows what he’s talking about there. I love that. And you’ve, I mean, I can look at the sheer volume you’re doing, I don’t know, are you going to do a hundred books, probably
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (22:25):
Leave where Jesus comes. It’s on my list. You know, years ago, I, I bought some ISB and numbers and don’t let those go away. And I wasn’t, this was when I was 17 years old. I had just written my first book and they, they had an option. You could buy one ISB in number 10, ISB in numbers, or a hundred ISB in numbers. And I said, you know, I’m, I’m young, I’m only 17. I’ve only written one book, but I think in my lifetime I can do a hundred books. So I bought 100 ISB numbers. I’ve used 25, 27 of them, something like that. And I’m continuing to use. And by the time I die, I’m going to have a hundred books. Now that’s an international
Michael D. Butler (23:08):
Well standard book number assigned to each new book. And, and I got to say, that is Epic.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (23:15):
So if you’re called to be a writer, some other things I’d recommend that you do is develop your, your information system. So I’ve identified a hundred topics that I want to write on in my lifetime. So on my computer, I have files of all the different topics that I want to write on. And as I’m going through life, you know, I listened to a preacher. He makes a good point. I say, Oh, that could fit in this book. And I’ll, I’ll take that idea, drop it into that file. And I may not write that book another five years or 10 years, but by the time I get around to writing that book, I’ve got all these ideas. So, so like one of the books I want to write someday is how to have a happy marriage. Well, when I first got married, you know, I’d only been married like a year or two.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (23:59):
And when you’re only married a year too, you don’t know anything about marriage, even if you think you do. And so I was like, I better wait until I’m a little bit older until I have a few more years under my belt before I write how to have, there’s nothing worse than someone who’s never been married, writing a book on how to have a happy marriage. And, and so, you know, so that’s one of the books, but as I’m going through life, you know, we have different stories, different things that happen in our marriage, and I’m taking those ideas, dropping them into that file. And so when the time comes to write that book, how to have a happy marriage, I will have lots of content from a lifetime to do you know, another one, how
Michael D. Butler (24:36):
Is your wife able to put content in those folders
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (24:38):
To she, this is one of the hardest books it is,
Michael D. Butler (24:41):
Right? Because I think that would be great. And just say, honey, I’m gonna give you access to this folder. If you see anything that you could include in here about this day, be sure and timestamp it. Yeah. So
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (24:53):
Then, you know, if I’m reading through my Bible and I see a verse that really jumps out at me about miracles or something, well, I’ve never read in a book specifically about miracles, but someday I want to, so I’ll take that, make my notes on it, drop that in into a file. And so some of my books, people ask me, how long did it take you to write a book? Well, some of my books I’ve been working on them for, for 10 or 15 years. I just published this, this new book. It’s called a proof. God is real. And it’s a, it’s a book about apologetics that answers the three greatest questions that are asked today. The first question is, is God there, the second question does God care? And the third question is, do I dare to follow him? And every high schooler needs that book, I think, yeah, absolutely. It’s written for it for high schoolers. People who are about to go to college and, and in their parents want them to be from and knowing what it is that
Michael D. Butler (25:47):
They, why you believe what you believe. Yeah.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (25:49):
So this book, I remember the first time I preached on pieces of this book probably was about 15 years ago. And so from start to actually having the book in my hand, I’ve been collecting these ideas, working on it, studying and putting it all together. And now it’s finally a finished manuscript and it’s been published
Michael D. Butler (26:14):
Well, it’s a great book. And I, kids are going off to college by the numbers and getting liberalized and losing their faith because they don’t have these bedrocks of the truth embedded in them. So God is real proof. God is real Dr. Daniel King. I tell you, I wish I would have had this for all my sons. Can I say something about categorizing on the computer? So I had just typed up my second book, bestseller status, becoming a best-selling author in the digital age, and then the computer crashed. Oh no. And I didn’t have it backed up. I had not emailed it to myself now. I have everything quadruple backed up email to myself, refresh, save redundancy. So what I do, I greed for about 15 minutes. I cried my eyes out and then I said, you know, what, if I don’t re type it, now I’m going to forget it. So I, that day I spent like 20 hours at the computer re typed it as much as I could when in that week and rewrote it and probably recaptured it at 98% and actually made it better. But it was going from memory. So always backup, backup, and double, triple backup.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (27:18):
That is something that if you ever experienced that, you will not forget that lesson. So only once you’ll only do it once. Another thing I do is I carry around a digital voice recorder app. Now on my phone, there’s one right here on my iPhone. I can record something. I can send it off to be transcribed. I get it back within a few minutes and I can drop that into my file. And so you can actually speak three times faster than you can, right? So I can convey more content through speaking than I can. Sometimes people are intimidated sitting at a computer and looking at a blank page. Like, what do I write? But they’re good at talking. So if you can talk, you can write a book,
Michael D. Butler (28:05):
Right? A lot of books that are stopped at a red light,
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (28:08):
Any other advice you’d give to someone who’s writing a book,
Michael D. Butler (28:12):
Getting creative flow state, whatever it takes to get in creative flow, stay out of edit mode when you’re, when you’re in creative mode, leave the editing for the editors, because that kills creating mode. It really throws a kink in your brain, a monkey ranch in your brain, stay creative, go for a walk, get outside, move around. I’m one of these add writers. I can only write for like 15 minutes. I have friends like in Hollywood and the literary world that can literally sit there and write for four to eight hours and just write. And, and most people can’t do that. Most people certainly turn off the distractions, certainly turn off the notifications. If you’ve got kids, you know, get away. If you can’t. What I told people during the pandemic is if you can’t get away, get up early and get in your car and drive to a park or a Lake. Or if you can’t do that, just drive somewhere. But if you’re in your car, to me, that’s the best place. And I re I’m like you, I record audio. That is the number one way I record is I record video and audio and then have my team transcribe it.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (29:08):
And then another thing I would say is make a daily habit of writing, write every single day. And so you don’t have to write for an hour or two hours a day, just set yourself a goal. I’m going to write 500 words a day, or I’m going to read a thousand words today, or just, I’m going to write
Michael D. Butler (29:27):
Paragraphs a muscle. It’s like going to the gym. And what’ll happen is you’ll start getting your ideas. As you walk into your office, they’ll start coming.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (29:33):
And so that daily discipline will eventually produce results. And so I made it a goal in my life to write every single day. And so some days I just type a few words. Other days I write several thousand words, but every single day I’m opening up my laptop. And for me, my best writing time is like right in the morning when I first wake up. So right before, right when I wake up, or if I take a nap in the middle of the day, I can get up and write really well. And so I set aside that time and try to make sure I get on my computer and do something. Even if it, even if I don’t know what to write on, even if it’s not good, at least once I get started, good stuff starts coming. That’s right.
Evangelism Podcast Host (30:11):
So writing can be hard work, but you take it. Yeah.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (30:14):
Get it down on paper. Then you can hire people to help you edit it, to Polish it, to turn it into something beautiful. So I’d encourage you to write a book. Every minister needs to write a book and you probably need to write several. If God’s given you a message to speak, you need to put it in a book. And if you put it in a book, you need to give that book away to thousands of people so that they can hear what God has has. I’ll just say this to give us your best stuff. Don’t hold it back for the next book, because God will give you more fresh manna every day. And don’t fall into the perfection trap where you’re not going to publish it just because it’s not perfect. Listen, you’re always going to see a semi-colon where you should put a comma after it’s gone to print.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (30:52):
We all have that happen. No matter how many editors read through it, get it out to the world. That’s where it’s going to help people. And you can always do a second or third edition. So one more time. Give me that website about how to write a book, ensure a write book 60 days.com that’s w R I T E right book, the number six, zero days.com and your listeners will get access to it for free. It’s an eight module course taking you from napkin phase to publishing and going bestseller with that book. Well, thank you so much for your generosity to my listeners. Thank you for being on the evangelism podcast today. Thanks Daniel. I’m a big fan.
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