Category Archives: Encouragement

Book Contract Red Flags

© 2014 Kathryn Page Camp As writers, we yearn for that first book contract to start us on the road to publication. Some of us are so desperate that we’ll sign anything now and hope we don’t regret it later. … Continue reading

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Like Going Home

© 2014 Ann H. Gabhart You’ve all heard the advice to write what you know—but wait a minute. What about fiction? Isn’t that all made up stuff? Not something that actually happened. So how can you know that? In my … Continue reading

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Writing on Sensitive Issues

© 2014 Susan Titus Osborn There are many hurting people who need encouragement and empathy. We can help them by revealing our shortcomings, our mistakes, and our failures. Sometimes it helps just to say, “I don’t walk in your shoes, … Continue reading

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Writing to Raise Awareness: Is the Pen Really Mightier than the Sword?

© 2014 Kimberly Rae “Your book changed my life.” Have you ever been able to say that about a book? I remember years ago, when I lived in Bangladesh, a friend handed me a copy of Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love and said, … Continue reading

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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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