Category Archives: Encouragement

I’m Published…Now What?

© 2014 Andrea Merrell Marketing … promotion … social media—what’s a writer to do? When I first started writing, I didn’t consider the complexities of getting published or establishing a platform. Fortunately, I was blessed with great advice: “Find a … Continue reading

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Get Started Blogging

© 2014 Edie Melson Like many writers, you may want to blog to enhance your career but don’t know how to go about it. Here are tips I give my readers. Find a Focus: Just a general site, where the author … Continue reading

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Is Indie for You? Why an Independent Book Publisher Might Be Your Best Route to Publishing Success

© 2013 Eddie Jones For most authors, the route to publishing success begins with a pitch to a large publishing house where most book proposals die in the slush pile. Enter the small press, independent (Indie) book publisher. If you … Continue reading

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9 Tips to Writing for a Woman’s Heart

© 2013 Janet Chester Bly Creative writing begins with an idea. What follows determines the result. The motivation. Perseverance. Research. Drafts and rewrites. The sweat to make it happen. But unless there’s connection power, readers dwindle. Since females buy the … Continue reading

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Five Ways NOT to Attract an Editor’s Attention

© 2013 W. Terry Whalin Will Rogers is credited with saying, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” As an acquisitions editor, I read book proposals and manuscripts from authors every day. It’s no exaggeration … Continue reading

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From Soup to Nuts

© 2013 Tracy Crump One mistake authors make in trying to write for Chicken Soup for the Soul and other anthologies is covering too much ground. Chicken Soup wants short stories, not our whole life stories. But how do we hone in … Continue reading

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Why I Can’t Write Now

© 2013 Judy Sliger I have cancer. I have recurrent ovarian cancer. I have recurrent ovarian cancer, and I’ve been on chemo over ten months. The chemo—at best—is barely slowing the tumor growth. I have multiple side effects and must … Continue reading

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Using Food to Create an Appetite for Your Novel

© 2012 Alice J. Wisler “One cannot think well, live well, sleep well, if one has not dined well,” wrote Virginia Woolf. That quote grabbed me, and I used it in my first cookbook of memories. Since that time, all … Continue reading

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Why Journal?

© 2012 Shirley Corder When I was a child, my mother gave me a diary every Christmas. As an adult, I bought myself one almost every year. I really don’t know why. Like all my other resolutions, writing in my … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Story

© 2012 Patrick E. Craig In late 2010, I read a blog by Nick Harrison, a senior editor at Harvest House Publishers, whom I had met at the Mt. Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference. Nick said for the first month of … Continue reading

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