Your Best-Known Work

by Andy ScheerIMG_7175 2to3

Something you write may cast a long shadow.

With his amazing voice and long career, Burl Ives likely never suspected his most popular performance would stem from narrating and singing a few songs for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But this holiday season, like every one for decades, you couldn’t escape Ives singing “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.”

A friend who has been in print for decades says her most-reprinted article remains one of her first, on how she handled a crisis in her marriage.

Those thoughts motivated me as I completed a week’s worth of devotions for a magazine. Just another writing job? Potentially much more. Next year, thousands of strangers will read my words.

Will one of those themes cast a long shadow? Perhaps. All the more reason to treat everything I write as though it will.

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About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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