Kathi Macias joins us today at Paperback Writer. Kathi is the author of the non-fiction religious book, Beyond Me: Living a You-First in a Me-First World. A popular speaker and prolific author, Kathi is also an Angel-award winning writer who has published twenty-one books and hundreds of articles. She’s visiting with Paperback Writer as part of her virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion and she will share with us her journey on the road to writing this book and to publication. Grab a cup of coffee and stay for the interview. Leave your comments at the end of this post and you might find yourself a lucky winner of a $50 Amazon gift certificate at the end of the month.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Living with other in Mind: Beyond Me is an invitation to pursue true discipleship. Using sometimes humorous but always vulnerable and meaningful examples, Beyond Me ties together current, historical, and biblically documented insights and teaching to encourage you to aspire to the higher calling of true discipleship. Beyond Me is appropriate for individual or small-group settings. For more information and to view the Beyond Me music video, visit http://www.kathimacias.com/.
Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
I’ve authored a lot of books over the last couple of decades, but Beyond Me is the “book of my heart,” the one I’ve worked on for many years. It has been a real labor of love because it is what God has been teaching me for the thirty-plus years I’ve known Him. And because I tend to learn things the hard way, God had to walk me through the message of this book many times before I finally “got it.” (And, of course, now that I’ve said that, I’ll probably find myself walking through it yet again!)
The main point, or “heart message,” of this book is that God has called us to lay down our lives—daily, over and over again, as we grow more and more like Him, the Supreme Model of You-First Living in a Me-First World. As a result, our sacrificial living may very well not be appreciated or understood by a world that practices and applauds the exact opposite, but we must continue to model that you-first life anyway—even to the very ones who reject our attempts to do so. Though there are other points present in the book—unconditional love, the cost of discipleship, the continual need for “attitude adjustments”—they all revolve around the central theme of God’s calling to model a you-first life in a me-first world.
Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
Definitely a long-term project, one that I thought about and that stirred in my heart for years before it finally ended up in a book.
How did you come up with the title?
I wish I could take credit for the title, but I can’t. I originally titled it A HIGHER CALLING: MODELING A YOU-FIRST LOVE IN A ME-FIRST WORLD. However, Pastor Chris Hayward’s excellent foreword for the book was the inspiration for the title. It was the publisher, after reading the foreword, who came up with a much better title than my original. I really like the entire concept that is captured in the two words, “Beyond Me.”
How did you find an agent and publisher?
I’ve actually been publishing now for over twenty years, so I had already had an agent when I started working on this book, and my agent found the publisher. Though I’ve worked with several publishers in the past, I must say that I am extremely happy with this one and excited to be doing more books with them in the coming months and years.
Who reads your work in progress?
My husband is always the first to read my works in progress, and then my mom, who lives with us. After that it’s my agent and possibly my marketing person and/or publicist. That’s usually about it before it goes to the publisher. Of course, there are exceptions. Right now I’m working on a novel that involves a rather messy murder, as well as the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator, so I have a couple of “detective-type” experts reading it as I go.
Who made a difference in the book’s quality?
Absolutely everyone involved in the process, from the first readings of the first draft by my husband and mom, all the way through the editing process. My editor at New Hope, Randy Bishop, is topnotch and really helped me take this book to the next level. I appreciate that in an editor.
How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
This particular book was quite a bit longer in the making than most of my manuscripts. It’s not unusual for me to write anywhere from three to five or even six book-length manuscripts in a year, since I do a lot of collaborative writing for other people, so I don’t often have the luxury of spending a lot of time on each one. However, since this was the “book of my heart,” one that came about through trial and error (mostly my own!), it was actually written over a period of years. Once the first draft was finished, however, the “clean up” work was done in a matter of weeks.
How long did it take from start to publication?
Again, this is a real exception for me, but from the time I typed the first words until the actual release date of the book was about ten years.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never give up! This is one of the toughest lines of work imaginable—on a par with breaking in to acting or singing. But if you truly love it and truly believe it’s what God has called you to do, just keep at it. Go to writers’ conferences. Take classes. Join a critique group. Start small by submitting articles or short stories so you can build your resume before jumping into full-length book manuscripts.
In summary and in the words of my former journalism professor, “Whether you want to be a good writer or mechanic or doctor or bricklayer, find someone who already does it well—and hang around ‘em!”
Thank you, Kathi for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.
Beyond Me Virtual Book Tour ’08 officially began on August 4, 2008 and will continues all month. You can visit [name] tour stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in August to find out more about Kathi and her book.
As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comment on our authors blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they come available. The winners will be announced on www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com on August 31!
Please leave your comments along the tour stops and join us on August 31 to see if you are a winner.
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