Wednesday, November 25, 2015

How To Write a Simple Summary

September 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Craft, Publishing, Writing Tips

When I first query an editor with an story idea, I break it down into a few simple parts. A summary is not an overview of the entire novel, but rather a summary that will hopefully hook the editor into wanted to know more. This type of summary can be used on a One-Sheet (popular at […]

My Best Writng Advice

September 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Authors, Blog, Publishing, Writing Tips

Early on in my writing journey, my quest for publication, I received a bit of advice that at first I balked but now, in clear hindsight, value more than any other counsel I was offered.  I was never a big reader.  In school I skimmed, jumped, skipped, and trotted through books, pulling out the highlights […]

How Do You Get Published?

July 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Writing Tips

When I attended my 15-year high school reunion recently, the number one question I was asked was, “How do you get published?” or “How do I get published?” Most of my classmates knew that I just had my first book released, Real Women Scrap: Create the Life and Layouts You’ve Always Wanted, ( and wanted […]

Querying With an Unfinished Manuscript

July 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Publishing, Writing Tips

AS A FIRST TIME AUTHOR, should you finish your manuscript before you query an editor? I have been asked this question by all kinds of hopeful writers, and the answer is, sorry Kids, but yes. I know, I know. I’m not exactly the most experienced “published” novelist on the block. After all, my book isn’t […]

Writing is a Business

May 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Encouragement, Publishing

Yes, I know it’s Thursday, and my post is supposed to be one of encouragement. All butterflies and rainbows.  Not gonna happen today. As some of you may have heard, we’ve had some bad news in the world of Christian fiction this week. B&H has decided to close down its fiction division. To add to […]

When You Feel Like You’ve Been Left Behind in This Publishing Journey

April 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Encouragement, Interruptions, Publishing

So this post has been sitting in my draft folder for while, waiting for the right time, or maybe for me to truly feel that I’ve conquered the “left behind” feeling so I can adequately encourage others. The truth is I still feel like I’ve been left behind at times, so maybe it’s time to set these […]

Breathe New Life into Your Dead Manuscript Through E-Publishing

March 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Indie Publishing, Marketing, Publishing

So you’re manuscript has made the rounds at traditional publishing houses and has been rejected. You’re ready to give up, call it quits with this one, bury it in your hard drive never to see the light of day. It’s dead. What other choice do you have? You can breathe new life into your dead […]

Searching for an Agent

January 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Goals, Publishing

When I got my first publishing contract, the editor discovered my manuscript buried in the slush pile. At the time, this publisher didn’t require their writers to have an agent, so I worked without an agent over the course of three books. Now that I’m further into my writing career, I’m ready to have an […]

ACFW and the Power of Connection

September 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Marketing, Publishing, Writing Business

I started a tradition of summing up my ACFW conference experience in a word years ago. It’s been insightful and fun looking back over the years as God spoke one or two words specifically for me. Maybe with all the excitement and conference overload one or two simple words was all I could handle. Maybe in this […]

It’s Not to Late to Prepare Book Pitch for Conference

September 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Conference Preparation, Publishing

For the next couple of weeks on Tuesday & Thursdays we’ll be focusing on conference preparation here at Writer…Interrupted. One of the most important reasons to go to a conference is to pitch to an editor and/or agent. Many CBA publishers do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. This is a good way to get yourself before […]

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