Startup Author Army Chaplain Lt. Col. Michael Jaques Faces Powerlessness in New Book for the Pandemic Age of Coronavirus
What do you do with a Masters degree dissertation after you have earned your credential? Some authors might allow it to be published in an academic journal that offers no payment nor chance of a broad readership.
Army Chaplain Lt. Col. Michael Jaques wrote an informative, well-researched dissertation that won praise and improved his credential. But he saw value in the material — a power that might reach general readers. He may not have known it at the time, but he embraced followed the basic steps of a Startup Author to reshape and re-imagined how his good work might be shared.
The result is A Chaplain's Battle: Transcending Powerlessness in an Explosive World now available at Amazon. By creating fictional characters to express important ideas, Jaques made his material more accessible. His new book is absorbing, entertaining in the way that drama can grab attention, and the type of book you'll read more than once.
The 6 Startup hacks, or writing tips, apparent in his work have been shared on my Linkedin page where you'll find more instruction. I share them below and hope you'll take them to heart if you have material that might be reworked and published.
As a book coach, I urge you to find that dissertation of yours buried in saved files. Find other articles you may have published in trade magazines or other publications in your field. Value them, because they may have more power than you realize -- if you'll only share them as nonfiction, fiction or memoir.
Are you feeling POWERLESS?
A Chaplain's Battle could not be more appropriate for this Pandemic Age. Army Chaplain Michael D. Jaques tells the story of a young chaplain confronted by war, domestic unrest and loss of love and how his mentor teaches him to transcend the moment.
This book is not about Christianity or religion. It speaks to people of all faiths and cultures who feel overwhelmed.
Also, Jaques does not preach. Rather, he is candid about the paralyzing challenges he and others have faced while serving overseas and stateside too.
The stories and lessons herein can be put to use now and in the months and years to come, when new challenges confront us. The author did not write this book anticipating coronavirus, nor did he predict that active shooter events would multiply at an alarming rate in American. No, he drew from his own experiences, and the universal experience of powerlessness.
Military families will welcome and savor this book, because they know it is not only the soldier who suffers, but his or her family as well.
A Chaplain's Battle will also be meaningful to teachers, physicians and therapists, autoworkers, artists and parents at all stages of raising children. Every professional person experiences powerlessness at some point. It is not a "religious" event so much as a common and distressing aspect of the human condition.