3 Reasons Why Pastors Never Write Their Book
Writing a book has probably been on your to-do list for far too long. It’s your “maybe someday,” your “pipe dream,” your “after I finish X, Y, and Z.” You’ve spent thousands of hours writing sermons, but you just can’t seem to get a book out the door.
So why hasn’t it happened? It’s surely not that you aren’t capable. In fact, you’re probably a highly capable individual. Anyone who can juggle everything that comes with leading a church simply has to be.
But even the most passionate of pastors can’t do everything at once, and you might be running into following roadblocks...
1. YOU HAVE A LOT OF WISDOM, BUT YOU’RE NOT A WRITER—AND YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO BECOME ONE.You outline and preach your sermons every Sunday, but getting those contents into a book is another story. You’re a speaker, a storyteller, and you’re full of valuable wisdom, but you’re nervous you don’t have what it takes to become an author. In addition to writing being hard work, it’s time consuming. You spend most of your time serving your congregation, so you simply don’t have an extra year to dedicate to writing.
2. YOU HAVE A LOT ON YOUR PLATE—AND YOU BARELY HAVE THE ENERGY FOR YOUR EXISTING RESPONSIBILITIES.
3. YOU’RE FOCUSED—AND BREAKING INTO THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY IS INTIMIDATING.Turning your inspiration and convictions into a published book is a lot of work. There’s brainstorming, outlining, writing, editing (and editing some more), formatting, designing, publishing, marketing...the list goes on. And chances are, at least one of those steps is outside your realm. Taking the focus off of your day-to-day responsibilities in order to figure out the publishing industry just doesn’t make sense. In fact, you might even feel guilty taking time away from your church to divert your attention to writing.
So how do you push past it all and share your insight with other believers? How do you find enough time to write your book, and get it to the point where you’re proud to call it yours?
Here’s what you do: you take all of the effort you’ve put into writing sermons and put it toward writing your book. You go through every sermon, decide on a common theme, and create an outline. Then you hire a ghostwriter to piece together all of the content and make sure it reads like a real book. After that, you hire someone to design the cover, get it published, and put together a marketing plan.
But that’s still a very decent amount of work, and finding the right people to do each task can take up too much time in itself.
So if the thought of all of this overwhelms you and you’re looking for a more streamlined process, Sermon To Book is here to help.
We are a full service hybrid ghostwriting and publishing company that takes your sermon series and turns it into a professionally published book.
How does it work?
Instead of starting from scratch, we come around you and handle the work. First, we transcribe your sermon series word for word, arrange it into chapters, and make it read like a book. Then we thoroughly edit, rearrange, and rewrite portions of your sermons so they read like a fluid, concise, powerful book.
And last but not least, we publish and help you market your book—with the end goal of getting it into the hands of those who need it most.
Chances are your sermons are just collecting dust. They’re preached once and forgotten, when they should be touching lives and spreading the gospel. This is why it’s our mission to get them into the hands of readers—because we know you have a lot of hidden-away wisdom to offer.
Want to find out more?
Schedule a strategy session with me. I'd be honored to show you how easy and possible writing your book really is—along with getting the results you desire.