GREENVILLE — A first-time Greenville author has channeled his life events into a Christian-devotional book, but writing a book was not his original intention.
Years ago, Steve Schofield started to write about things that bothered him to help him cope with situations and move on. Soon, the journaling technique began to turn into poems about Schofield’s experiences.
After a few years went by, he turned to God to find out what he should with his collection of stories.
“I asked God what am I suppose to do with these,’” Schofield said.
One day, the answer came to him and he started to develop a book called “52 Pickup: These Are the Words I Give to You to Share with Everyone.”
The book highlights 52 of Schofield’s God-inspired poems, which contains his testimony and a story of how the book came about.
The book has helped Schofield get through things in his life and he hopes it does the the same for people who read it.
“We are all human,” he said. “I hope the book gives a new perspective (on life), shows readers they can let it go and they don’t have to hold on to things.”
Each of his 52 stories contains a story behind the story. He said it helps people see how other people ventured through similar issues.
When he started “52 Pickup” in February 2011, Schofield had to focus on four major parts of the book, which included the idea, blueprint, writing and publishing.
The easiest part for Schofield was coming up with the blueprint — or the table of contents.
“I completed the table of contents in one day,” he said.
The hardest part was the writing phase.
“That is when the work really begins,” Schofield said. “You see how passionate you are about the project.”
While focusing on the writing, he explained the process is a lot of writing, reviewing and re-writing to make sure everything is perfect.
While writing, Schofield said, an author becomes very inspired, but when the piece comes back marked up from the reviewer, it can put a dip in his or her inspiration. However, if the author is passionate about his or her idea, that author can push through and make it to finished product.
Schofield is in the last phase of the book-publishing process and is working on getting his book out there for people to read.
“The goal isn’t to make money,” Schofield said. “It’s sharing the words with other people.”
Through the process, Schofield said he spent a few thousand dollars to make his dream become a reality. He chose to go through a self-publishing house, which offered different packages to get started on the right foot.
“It was very well done,” he said. “It looks very professional.”
Looking professional was something important to him because he said although he usually says “don’t judge a book by its cover,” he does want people to judge his book by its cover.
Schofield will be holding a book signing with author Maureen Burns of Greenville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Robbins Booklist in Greenville.
Burns will be signing for her latest book, “On My Mind…or What’s Left Of It.” According to The Associated Press, “She (Burns) takes simple, everyday life events and turns them into humorous, fun-to-read columns, clever and entertaining.”
“I am honored,” said Schofield of being able to do a book signing with Burns. “I would like to thank her for allowing me to participate along side her. I am very humbled and hope, one day, I can do it for someone who is releasing their first book.”
Burns will also be holding a book signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Meijer in Greenville.
A person can pick up a copy of “52 Pickup” at any major book outlet online, at Robins Booklist or by contacting Schofield through his website at www.52pickup.co.