Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pastor writes what he knows

Two pieces of advice writers always receive are:
1) write what you know

2) write about what excites you, what you are passionate about.
The Carroll County Chapter of Maryland Writers’ Association recently hosted John Clark Mayden Jr., a new writer who is following both pieces of advice. He is the author of three spiritual books, including his most recent Breaking the Barriers: Keys to Unlocking Inner Peace.

 Rev. Mayden discussed what you can do after your book is published. First you must determine your goals, the aim of your book and your plans for the book, His goal was to offer strategies that can help people overcome despair and depression.
Breaking the Barriers: Keys to Unlocking Inner Peace is a topical and devotional resource," he writes in his blog. "It is the first of a three-volume series aiming to provide the reader with spiritual keys to help them overcome common barriers that prevent them from experiencing inner peace."

 Next, you need to brainstorm how to promote your book. Starting can be as easy as making a list family members and friends who could let others know about your book and using social media to get the word out.

Rev. Mayden presented
You've Written Your Book,
What's Next?
 Remember to create a budget. How much are you willing to advance for advertising, marketing and purchasing books to sell?

You need to create an awareness of your book, promote interaction and connect with people. Create your own brand. You can use the same text, photos or graphics on posters, flyers, business cards, and your website
Besides knowing your target audience, it is important to know your target area. That is where you want to give talks at schools, send articles to area newspapers and radio shows, produce a book trailer (which he has on his website) and consider other methods of getting information out about your book.

Rev. Mayden talks with members of the
County Chapter of Maryland Writers Assoc.
When speaking in public, have sign in sheets so you can let those interested know about upcoming book signings and when you publish another book. You will want to create a buzz. Also, encourage readers to post reviews at
Rev. Mayden is pastor at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Carroll County, Md.  He also has written Prayers for the People: A Book of Prayers for All People. His books can be purchased at area events or through

For more information check out or email him at