Monday, August 26, 2013

From a Blog to a Book--Pam Williams's A to Z Publishing Experience

A to Z Challenge [2013]




        In my previous post I wondered about A to Z participants who actually put their Challenge posts into publication.  Today we hear from one of those who did.  Here is a success story from Pamela D Williams.

From a Blog to a Book

How can accepting the April A to Z blogging challenge lead to a book publishing offer? For me it was like a bird following breadcrumbs—I took one inspired step at a time!

I started my blog, 2 Encourage, on Valentine’s Day 2011. I had no idea what I was really getting into—besides joining two writer friends, Dawn and Brianna, who also started blogs around that time. In March, the three of us decided to participate in Arlee Bird’s April A to Z Blogging Challenge.

During that challenge, God led me to write short meditations. I loved it! Every day I mulled over what I wanted to write and then pushed “publish”. I discovered many of my posts spoke to the hearts of writers.

The Challenge was an amazing experience—all the wonderful comments and blog posts! I made so many friends in the blogosphere that I have kept in contact with since that time.

About 18 months later, I felt God nudging me to use my A to Z Blogging Challenge posts as the basis for a book. In very little time A to Z Devotions for Writers took shape.

My heart’s desire in writing A to Z Devotions for Writers is to encourage those who want their writing to stir the faith of others. Each entry offers pertinent scripture readings, a meditation focused on various aspects of the writing life, a short relevant prayer and a “block” busting writing application. My hope is that A to Z Devotions for Writers  will not only drive pen to paper but will also illuminate how writers can apply God’s truths to their writing.

And to think that this project came about as a direct result of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. That is just plain cool—no doubt about it. Thanks, Arlee, for following the leading of your heart and starting the A to Z. Can’t wait for 2014’s Challenge!

           Thanks Pam!   

            Be sure to check out Pam's blog 2 Encourage for information about her book and upcoming book tour.   For more information about the book A to Z Devotions for Writers or to purchase the book you can follow the link below.

Have you read A to Z Devotions for Writers?Where to buy A TO Z DEVOTIONS FOR WRITERS

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Diana Wilder said...

The orderly way that (I have concluded) you have to go about The Challenge would tend to have a good effect on productivity. The guidelines do tend to channel energy. Now I have another item on my wish list. (And next year's topic, which I'm organizing now.)
Diana at About Myself By Myself

Jarm Del Boccio said...

Pam, this is so exciting. . .what a blessing!! Congratulations!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A Devotional - that's awesome!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Congratulations! I'm definitely interested. Awesome.

Pam Williams said...

Diana: You are so right about the productivity! I am already working on a second book in my A to Z series based on my posts for 2013!

Jarm: Thanks, Jarm, for cheering me on! You are a blessing!

Alex: You have always been such a tremendous part of the A to Z, Alex! Thanks for being willing to put so much of yourself into it.

Teresa: Thanks so much! Praying God speaks encouragement to your heart through the book.

Tina said...

Congrats! That's really an awesome outcome of doing the Challenge. May God bless your efforts!
Tina @ Life is Good

J.L. Campbell said...

Well done, Pam. That's inspiring.

Pam Williams said...

Thanks, Tina and J.L. Your kind words and encouragement mean a lot to me.