2023-07-27 Champions Weekly
Very helpful insights! I'll freely admit the temptation is real, but as I reflect on the sub-par books I've read, the majority of them appeared to be reformatted sermon series, podcasts, or articles that were retrofitted for print media. It's usually quite easy to tell that it wasn't originally a book.
Early in my editing career I helped a well-known author turn a series of sermons into a book for a series, and I thought it would just take conversion to remove the spoken/sermonic references. However, the amount of ghostwriting on my part that the project required to ensure that it would read like a book was monumental. Worse, all the time I felt constrained by the content I was importing and wishing it could just be written fresh, even if it had many of the same ideas and illustrations.