November 18, 2019

November 13, 2019

Poetry Editor: Now where did I put that poem?

Poetry Editor: Now where did I put that poem?: Keeping track of your poems is easy at first, but as your work grows, it’s hard to remember every title, much less where it was last seen! This post should help.

November 12, 2019

How public is the public domain?

After publishing the Book of Bible Prayers, which I’d collected from many translations of the Bible and prayerfully paraphrased (prayer-a-phrased) into everyday English, I became aware of the need for another version of the prayer book in KJV only. For many people, the King James Version is the only Bible to read.

Since King James of England commissioned the KJV translation in 1604 (published in 1611), we’ve been assured in recent decades that this beloved version is in the public domain and, therefore, can be quoted as much as we like as long as we identify the source. That’s almost true! But we’ll get back to that.

Contemporary translations have usually been commissioned, too, often by a Bible society or a Bible publisher, who holds the copyright. Generally, you can quote X number of verses (usually 250, but sometimes 500) without having to get the publisher’s permission. (The front matter of the edition will specify.)  Then you just have to acknowledge the copyright date and publishing company in your credits or on your title page.

I didn’t need to obtain permission with the Book of Bible Prayers because the text is an original compilation in my paraphrase with the exception of the Lord’s Prayer from the Gospel of Matthew, which I quoted and acknowledged as being from the KJV. However, the KJV version of the book having those same Bible prayers turned out to be another matter!

Come to find out, the KJV is indeed in the public domain – in the United States! If, though, your work profusely quotes the King James Version, as the Book of KJV Prayers does, for publication in the United Kingdom, guess what! You have to get permission from the crown!

After King James commissioned this translation into English, the British crown continued to renew the copyright as needed over the next 400 years! So, to avoid getting in trouble with the queen, the Book of KJV Prayers will be available in the United States only. Lord willing, I’ll occasionally post prayers from that book on the Bible Prayers site – but with an acknowledgement, of course.

Mary Sayler, ©2019

November 5, 2019

Bible Prayers: The prayer of Hagar: God sees!

Bible Prayers: The prayer of Hagar: God sees!Realizing she was not alone and the Lord was with her in the wilderness, Hagar expressed joy and relief in this brief prayer that speaks for us too.  

November 1, 2019

October 29, 2019

Bible Reviewer: Holy Bible: Contemporary English Version

Bible Reviewer: Holy Bible: Contemporary English Version: When I want an easy-to-read translation that's true to the intent and meaning of the original Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic texts, I often turn to the CEV.


October 7, 2019

Tell a writer. Tell the world.

With easy-to-do yourself book publishing through Amazon Kindle and easy-to-do blogs via Google’s Blogger aka Blogspot, poets and writers have become more and more likely to publish their own work. Equally enticing, both forms of self-publishing are free!

A big obstacle arises though in getting out the word about the words written. With none of the advertising or publicity help that traditionally published poets and writers can rely on, the self-published author counts on you the reader to let friends, fellow readers, and social media followers know which books and blogs might be worth their reading time.

You don’t have to be a writer yourself to help the publishing community or literary world! Just tell people what you like as though you’re talking to them in person. Be specific about the unique aspects you found especially appealing or why you’re drawn to the work of a particular poet or writer.

If, however, you run across a “bad read” you wouldn’t recommend to anyone, don’t say a word – at least not in public! Instead send a note to the poet or writer if there’s something you feel strongly about; otherwise, let it go. It could be that the work hit a nerve or that whatever bothered you simply conflicts with the personal preferences or beliefs to which you’re both entitled.

As you review and laud 5-star books on Amazon and other sites, you add your voice to the literary community. You influence other readers, and your show appreciation for work well doneYou may never know for sure, but your reviews can encourage a poet or writer enough to give momentum for the next book. At least, that’s what happened to me.

After decades of researching what the Bible says and shows about prayer, I “suddenly” knew I wanted a book that collected Bible prayers into a contemporary prayer book we can use to refresh, deepen, and empower our prayer lives. The immediate responses to the Book of Bible Prayers were so positive, I began the next book right away before my enthusiasm waned.

Maybe that’s why I’m up, writing this appeal before daybreak! Of necessity, poets and writers spend much of their time in solitude in order to get any work done, so your encouraging words matter a lot! And, who knows? Your positive review might give the momentum needed for the next manuscript that inspires and encourages you!

October 1, 2019

Poetry Editor: Poetry and the forgotten Beatitude

Poetry Editor: Poetry and the forgotten Beatitude
The poetic promises of the Beatitudes are often quoted without the one that brings it all home! May poets, writers, pastors, and other communicators for Christ be blessed by this new post.


September 30, 2019

Bible Prayers: Praying with Abraham for our children

Bible Prayers: Praying with Abraham for our children: Abraham, the great patriarch of three major religions, talked with God often, but the Bible records very few of his actual prayers. Here's one we surely want to pray for our families.