I remember the conversation as if it were yesterday.
Darlene and I were driving from our home in Wrightstown, WI down Route 96 headed to Kaukauna, WI to get something to eat.
We had been messing around with the "intention" or "desire" to get Darlene's first novel, Until Forever published but hadn't yet made the commitment.
"We don't have the money!"
"We don't have the time!"
"What if nobody buys the book?"
"What if we go through all this effort and the results are depressing?"
"What if____________________?" (just fill in whatever comes to mind)
What if, What if, What if?
Since we started self-publishing our own books and helping other authors to do the same, we have heard the same exact excuses from literally hundreds of authors.
Our question to them is the same one Darlene & I asked ourselves on that fateful day on that fateful drive.
Looking over at my wife, I asked her "Are we going to get this book published or not? Yes or No."
Her answer was "Yes".
And here we are.
13 Self-Published titles later.
200,000++ book downloads later.
48 consecutive months of receiving Amazon royalty payments later.
Because we said "yes" even when we didn't have the time or the money and no guarantees we would ever sell a book.
I believe that's what some people refer to as 'faith' while others simply label as 'crazy'.
Maybe it's 'Crazy Faith'?
Do you have enough 'Crazy Faith' to just go ahead and get your book published?
I pray that you do.
I promise, you will never regret it.
Dan & Darlene
I've got something that has been on my heart for quite a while now and I want to share with all of you.
Normally, we try to be the good stewards of our talents that God expects with us being all humble and stuff.
Sometimes, though, I feel like shouting from the roof-top and lucky you, today is that day.
So, here goes (and to alot of you, this is not NEW news)...
My wife, Darlene Shortridge, is an incredible writer.
For those of you who have read her stuff, you know this already. For those that have not...you are missing out!
Just to get a sample of her awesomeness, you should register to get a free digital version of her first book, Until Forever (which has been downloaded over 200,000 times!).
My intent with this post is not to just score points with my wife (although I'm looking forward to that) but to make this point...
It's Ok to brag on your wife or husband or kids or grand-kids.
It's O.K. to brag on yourself.
As long as your bragging is true, appreciative, heart-felt, edifying and done in a spirit of humility and thankfulness, I think it's perfectly O.K. to brag.
So, with that, please go check out my wonderful, beautiful, talented, woman of prayer, Darlene Shortridge.