10 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing

If you missed Friday’s call, don’t fret, here’s your chance to listen: I’ve decided to make the recording available for purchase as well! It’s always great when you can join us live — because there will usually be Q&A — but I also understand the busyness of, well, life!

In reality, this $10-dollar call has the potential to save you hundreds of dollars in self-publishing costs. Ultimately your decisions and earnings are in your hands, but one of the toughest decisions to begin with is which WestBow Press package you should choose. We talk about this on this very call!

But just as important, we talk about some of the most-critcial lessons I’ve learned about successfully self-publishing. As I say on the call, it’s not that I flew to the moon — I wrote a book! It’s just as possible for you, as it was for me. This inspiration and information will help you get there!


NOTE: The advice given on this call does not guarantee self-publishing with WestBow Press, or any other publisher. Any and all self-publishing decisions are the sole discretion of the individual listener. This information was formulated to the best of Rebecca’s ability, success, and knowledge. This digital product is non-refundable.





One Thing Better Than Success

I had the recent privilege of being invited to contribute to the WestBow Press Blog. In it, I very personally share one thing I’ve learned is more important than being skyrocketed to overnight success. For me it’s as a writer, but for you it may be something completely different (a different industry or business).

Either way, it’s hard sometimes to not be disappointed when we have an idea of how things will work out — and then they don’t. But when that happens, I encourage — and urge — you do look for the beauty and the best that comes from what you didn’t expect. Keep your eyes and hearts open. Be teachable and tender to what will be more important, in the long run.

Click here to read it now (and comment — what’s a success lesson you’ve learned, or what speaks to you most about this post?)!

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Are Christians Romanticizing Risk?

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“Once upon a time…” no — wait, this is 2014…

(Ahem.)

It all started with something I saw on Facebook:

There in my News Feed, was one of those inspirational quote-graphics. Now, not only do I like social-media content that combines inspirational sayings (in general), but I have fun making them, too. So it’s not that I’m just being a social-media scrooge.

This particular quote, though, went a little something like this: bad things happen to us for good reasons. Now, let me preface here, that this is not me questioning the things that are beyond our control that God allows. Sometimes bad things really do happen for “no” reason (or so it seems at the time). And sometimes we just make a mistake.

This is also not a commentary from some “uppity,” Christian girl who’s never messed up, and just wants to point the finger at everyone else. In fact, quite the opposite. By the end of my 20s:

  • I had been the Christian who got involved with a man she knew was married.
  • I had been the Christian who moved in and lived with a boyfriend/prospective fiance.
  • I had been the Christian girl who also began having sex with said-boyfriend.
  • I had been the Christian girl who felt pressured to perform sexually in other ways.
  • I had been the Christian girl who was great at keeping guys at arm’s length — until I’d let them into my heart.

And — I’ll say it (the thing we’re not supposed to say):

Sometimes I really wish I had made different choices. 

(Gasp!)

But Rebecca, you may be thinkingGod brings beauty from our ashes — you better than anyone knows that He redeems us, and writes incredible conclusions despite the “bad” chapters of our lives!  How could you say you would do things differently, if you could?

Easy: because temptation is fun, but sin sucks. And it doesn’t just politely leave after you’re done sinning. It doesn’t leave you completely unscathed. And because you don’t LIVE redeemed without pushing through opposition. People sometimes envy where I am now, but chances are they wouldn’t be jealous of my journey.

I also easily say this, because God doesn’t desire for me to sin. Does a good parent desire for their children to harm themselves? Neither does God. And I think we’ve confused Romans 8:28 (God works all things for the good of those who love Him) for a “carte blanche” to be reckless. But please remember this:

There is a HUGE difference between trials and testing that God allows — beyond our control — and sin we choose with our free will. And it seems like every week, there’s a new example of a professing Christian forging ahead with a choice they admit is risky.

Here’s the really tragic part, and the point I’m speaking to with this post: there’s a “trend,” in Christian culture — especially Christian youth culture — to treat grace like one of those Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. But as someone still recovering from the wounds of self-inflicted sin, I can attest: these aren’t scuffs on a wall that we’re talking about.

These are wounds, or at least bruises.

We are romanticizing high-risk sexual and relationship decisions, and then acting like all we did was say, “Jesus take the wheel,” and he steered us right into someone’s bed. We survey the buffet, and skip the wisdom because it seems too bland. We say it’s okay to proceed with a consciously poor choice, as long as the testimony justifies the means.

We’re confusing self-inflicted drama for genuine suffering. We gamble to see if we can “win” the jackpot: the “coolest” testimony. But you want to know what else we can “win”? Soul-ties that spiritually strap us to some gnarly bondage, like shame. We can also “win” sexually transmitted diseases.

(You didn’t think that being a Christian means you’re above responsible STD testing, did you?)

One of the most heartbreaking parts: we can miss out on God’s best. Please do not assume that everything God wants to have happen in your life is going to magically happen! Oh, goodness, please don’t assume that. Is there grace? YES! But is there wisdom, too? YES!

And sadly, even Christian youth and grown-ass adult singles are purposely rejecting wisdom — again, that is whom I’m talking to here. Christian Mingle reported new statistics that really broke my heart, about the numbers of Christian adults who would have sex outside of marriage: SIXTY-THREE percent.

You mean the same sex-outside-of-marriage that left me feeling like a whore (exactly the word I used then, too)? Oh, don’t get me wrong: I only felt that way afterwards. Well, in most cases. (Remember: I’m not talking to you as someone who is just some prude, who just did everything against her will.)

Finally, before you say I’m being hypocritical (my personal ministry is, after all, based on my testimony), let’s get a couple things straight: 

  • Sexual and emotional impurity often stems from low self-worth, or a loss of identity, and there is nothing “cool,” about thinking you deserve scrapple when God meant for you to enjoy steak.  (Yes, scrapple’s a real thing.) 

You know, I don’t cry for myself. You should know that that’s how real redemption is: I don’t walk around with my head down in shame; I don’t think I deserve “less than,” because I majorly screwed up seven years ago. But I weep over people younger than me, who have the chance to make the better choices that I didn’t.

And immediacy over real intimacy isn’t the better choice. Foolishness — sinfulness — no matter how much we photoshop it with inspirational sayings — or passively play it down like our friend just struck out in a harmless game of tee-ball — is not the better choice.

There has to be that balance — of grace & truth — of love in truth. Not romance in risk.
Because there is infinitely (and eternally) more at stake than we even realize, and Christ died for.

You May Also Like:

Sexual Atheism: Christian Dating Data Reveals a Deeper Spiritual Malaise” by Kenny Luck
http://pastors.com/sexual-atheism-christian-dating-data-reveals-deeper-spiritual-malaise/

You’re Turn:

Share in the comments something that stood out to you about this post, or a word of wisdom you would offer Christian young adults today?
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Start Getting Paid to Write!

Virtual Events

So many writers are struggling, when they don’t have to! Does this feel like you?

You dream of writing for a living, but you don’t even know how to get started?

I would be honored to share practical tips and tools, and valuable lessons, that can help you earn money through writing. In the past three years, I’ve:

  • Written and self-published my first book, and recorded my first audiobook.
  • Been featured by the Salvation Army’s Intersection, StartMarriageRight.com, and more!
  • Overcome challenges of having little or no money for marketing and advertising.
  • Earned income through writing and contributing articles, to sites like iBelieve.com.
  • Cultivated a new mindset and developed business acumen, which is critical for modern writers.
  • Successfully established myself as a competitively priced freelance writer and content creator.
  • Spoken at churches around the U.S., been featured on internationally broadcasted radio and TV shows; and…

…MORE!  This is in addition to my 8+ years of diverse marketing and communications experience, which you’ll also glean valuable advice from!  (I also have a B.A. in English, and I’m a current member in good standing with the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs.)

Perhaps most importantly, I am PASSIONATE about seeing YOU succeed.

That is why I’ve created these three virtual events for June 2014. They are each exclusive opportunities to receive valuable information from the lessons I’ve learned these past several years. You’ll also get specific names of tools and resources I use, which make it possible for me to primarily work from home — but successfully work from anywhere that there’s wi-fi!

I also know firsthand what it’s like to start with virtually nothing. Two years ago I was a grad-school graduate with a fresh master’s degree in a struggling economy. I had to adapt, if I was going to earn the professional wage I was worth, according to my education and experience! So I became an entrepreneur, and decided to go full-tilt as an independent freelance writer.

Ready to get started? Are you ready to be done with the excuses? I’m not for the faint-of-heart, that’s for sure. I’m not here to babysit, or hold your hand through the steps you alone can take. But I am here to show you how possible it is, and to give you practical, profitable advice.

Enough waiting — you need your dream as much as the world needs it, too.

Secure your spot now, in one, two or all three of these:

HOW TO START GETTING PAID TO WRITE — $17, for the first 100 people to pre-order!

The first week of June, you’ll receive a virtual bundle of informational and inspirational resources from Rebecca. She’ll share in detail how she started to get paid to write — but more importantly, she’ll outline ways YOU can get started! You’ll receive exclusive online access to:

  • An outline packed with tips, tools and trade secrets that Rebecca uses on a regular basis!
  • Action items and handouts that will help you brainstorm, refine, and implement your writing dream.
  • A downloadable audio of Rebecca walking you through the outline, and providing bonus content!
  • A special video message from Rebecca, geared specifically towards fellow writers like you!

We’ll cover things like:

  • My #1 Ingredient for Becoming a Paid Writer
  • Two of My Start-Up “Must-Haves”
  • Three FREE Marketing Tools I Use Regularly
  • Four Obstacles You Can Expect
  • Five Ways People Get Paid to Write
  • Six Frequently Asked Questions about Starting

NOTE: This is NOT a quick fix or “silver bullet,” this is a toolbox — a powerful one. But it’s ultimately up to you to do the work, and be the type and quality of writer that people get their money’s worth from. I work hard, and I’ll encourage you to do the same. Truth is, not everyone who’s calling themselves a “writer,” should be getting paid for their writing. I can help with that, though!

 The first 100 people to pre-order this training will only pay $17 (after that it goes up to $27)!






ONE-ON-ONE VIP POWER HOUR — $97

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(GROUP) COFFEE WITH REBECCA CALL — $17

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