After almost year of pitching, revising, getting rejected, and pitching again I’ve finally found a publisher for my first book!!
I am incredibly excited to announce that I have recently signed a publishing agreement with CLC Publications!!
It’s been a long and winding road to get here, and there’s still a lot of work left to be done, but I am thrilled, grateful, and, honestly, relieved to have this milestone behind me.
I owe a huge debt of thanks to my agent, Blair Jacobson (and all the other wonderful people at D.C. Jacobson), for being willing to take a chance on random youth pastor from Tennessee and then relentlessly “knocking on publisher’s doors” until we finally found a publishing house.
Likewise, I am also incredibly grateful for David Almack (and everyone else at CLC Publications) who was also willing to take a chance on a first time author. I can’t wait to get to work with you guys!
And, of course, I would not have even gotten anywhere without the support of friends and family (not least of all my wonderful, supporting, and ever patient wife, Kim) who have been there to read, critique, and support me as I’ve begun to get my writing career off the ground. You have no idea how much I appreciate and love you all.
Ok, no more Oscar speech.
As for the book itself, it’s about reimagining what it means to be holy.
I grew up in a tradition in which the call to holiness was incredibly important. Unfortunately, for many of us in that tradition, and perhaps your tradition as well, holiness came to be defined by legalism and the things we don’t do.
As I read the gospels, however, I encounter a Jesus with a very different understanding of holiness, one which is not defined exclusively by separation and exclusion, but by how we incarnate the redemptive love and grace of God to a lost and dying world.
If you haven’t seen it already, this video that I posted last week is very much a jumping off point for the book.
If all goes to plan and I get the manuscript completed by this fall, then the book should be published sometime next spring.
In the meantime, I’ll be doing A LOT of writing and rewriting.
Of course, I’ll be keeping you updated about the progress of the book, especially as it comes closer to publishing time and there are more concrete details in place. So if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to the blog, follow me on Twitter, or become a fan on Facebook….or better yet, do all three!
After all, without your support of the blog I wouldn’t have the all important “platform” necessary to get published. So, THANK YOU for every Facebook share, tweet, comment, and page visit over the past 2 years! I literally wouldn’t be here without your help!
Until next spring, I will covet your prayers, support, and feedback as the book progresses and I try to balance writing a book with writing papers for school.
Should be fun.
Grace and peace,