By Kathy Widenhouse, award-winning nonprofit content writer, website publisher, and author of 9 books.
An online devotional for writers
You yourselves are proof that I am the Lord’s apostle. (1 Corinthians 9:2, NLT)
Credentials are a form of social proof. They demonstrate that an individual has competence in an area of expertise.
A college professor’s credentials include his degrees and publications that qualify him for a teaching position at a university. A federal agent’s credentials are a badge and an identification card that demonstrate she is qualified to represent the government in a law enforcement matter.
Your author’s credentials, too, are proof – proof that you are the person qualified to write your book.
But you don’t need advanced degrees to speak authoritatively about a topic. Your credentials can include relevant life experience, abilities, skills, awards, certifications, prior publications, reputation, or fitness.
You’d think the Apostle Paul would continually pull out his “Pharisee of Pharisees “credentials as he writes to young churches. Yet throughout his epistles, Paul lists other qualifications.
Paul understood that his readers did not care so much whether or not he knew The Law inside out. They wanted to know if he had personal experience walking with Jesus … his skills … what impact he could have. Those credentials gave him spiritual authority.
What kinds of credentials do your readers need to look on you as an authority?
Your credentials demonstrate why you are qualified to write your book.
Thank you for experiences, skills, strengths, and activities you give me. Let me use them to cultivate competence as I write.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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