Friday, April 29, 2016

Marji Laine on Writing

I’m so flattered that Gina asked me to share my story with you. I started my first novel (a murder mystery) on the flight home from my honeymoon. What can I say? I wasn’t into scrapbooking back then.  I never finished that novel, though I got five chapters and two murders into it. Planned most […]

Publishing Doesn’t Validate My Life

April 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Encouragement

With the results of the Genesis contest semi-finalists still fresh in everyone’s mind, I think this post from Mary DeMuth is a good reminder about perspective and validation in our writing. -Gina Mary DeMuth’s articles have appeared in Marriage Partnership, In Touch, HomeLife, Discipleship Journal. Her books include Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God (Harvest House, 2005), Sister Freaks […]

Publish Your E-Book In 7 Simple Steps!

December 13, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Publishing

I never thought I’d self publish anything. Truly. I’m a traditionally published girl with eleven books under my author belt. I love my publishers, love what they’ve done. But there came a time when one of my book ideas didn’t fit within their needs. The kernel of the idea to e-publish started when I pioneered […]

7 Myths About Publishing

December 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Publishing

All authors make a bucket load of money! (Actuality: We make about 78 cents a book. Most of us make less than a teacher’s aid). Rejection ceases to exist once you’ve signed your first book contract. (Actuality: It gets worse, and the rejections hurt more.) Publishing is like those models who get discovered in diners. […]

Writing for God’s Glory vs. Writing for Publication

October 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Faith

Like many writers in the early stages of their careers, I can be found spending some portion of most workdays soaking in advice and information from websites like this one. As I gather perspectives, dichotomies from which I’m sure you know well. The passion of art versus the realities of business. Writing what’s in your […]

20 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before…

1. Sometimes the book you’re most passionate about doesn’t do well, when a book you aren’t as passionate about succeeds. 2. Quality of writing doesn’t = sales. And the fickle nature of sales is nearly impossible to figure out. Best advice? Write what you’re passionate about and leave the rest in God’s hands. 3. People […]

It’s Not Too Late to Learn Proposal Secrets

January 8, 2008 by  
Filed under Books, Publishing

By Terry Whalin What in the world is Proposal Secrets? It’s an ecourse to answer the most frequent questions that would-be authors have about book proposal creation. I hope you will go to the website and check out every word on the page about the product. Notice an image of an audio postcard on the […]

Ding, Dong the Book is Dead?

November 23, 2007 by  
Filed under Publishing

From what I can tell so far, The Kindle is the newest high tech rage in reading books that might actually replace the printed book some day. I just started reading about it and several editors are posting on it. It looks like a cool and convenient gadget. Want to read a book by Thomas […]

The Possibilities

April 24, 2007 by  
Filed under Encouragement

This article appeared in the April 07 issue of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers newsletter In my twenties, I had a framed quote from Emily Dickinson that said, “I Dwell in Possibility…” and I lived by that. I had the whole wide world of writing before me and while I had no idea where it […]

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