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4 Steps to Flubbing an Interview

Posted by on Feb 2, 2013 in Silly Stuff, Writing | 10 comments

This year I attended my first writer’s conference as a published author. A special “Published Author” ribbon hung on my name tag and my book was available in the conference bookstore. Heady stuff. Even more exciting was when the lovely Dianne Burnett from Christian Book Distributors asked if I could meet her in her room for an interview. Me? Seriously? And thus began my misadventure. (Notice: If you are affiliated with my publisher or agency, for your own peace of mind you might not want to read any further.)  Being interviewed before me was the wonderful author Anne Mateer, so I found a corner of the hotel room to hide in so no untimely stomach rumbles would be recorded during Anne’s interview – which was, of course, amazing. I’ve read all her books and loved hearing more about the background...

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People Watching on Canvas

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Books, Writing | 1 comment

Do you people watch? It’s a favorite hobby of my husband’s. I get a bit nervous, afraid I’m going to get caught looking too closely or eavesdropping. I’d much rather find inspiration watching people who won’t complain – people who are dressed in elaborate costumes and have a colorful story to tell. No, I’m not talking about Vegas performers, I’m talking about some of the great paintings of the past. No surprise my favorite art tells a story. The scene leaves you to imagine what happened before, what will happen next? Who are these people and how will this event change them? A great blog I visit for inspiration is http://b-womeninamericanhistory19.blogspot.com/. Barbara has several blogs where she shares little known paintings that give a glimpse of a time past. It’s a treasure trove of story and possibilities. So here...

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The Truth About Writing – Tell People You’re Scrapbooking Instead

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Writing | 15 comments

Writers aren’t treated fairly. Do you want proof? Just compare writing to any other hobby. Do you golf? How many people have seriously asked if you are trying to make the PGA? Perhaps you run to stay in shape. Does anyone question how many dollars an hour you’ve made jogging? Do they ask when they’ll see you in the Olympics? But pity the honest soul who admits to spending time with paper and pen. Suddenly they must have career plans. Suddenly any success less than Suzanne Collins’ or J. K. Rowling’s seems meager. They have to defend the time they spend crafting words because it takes away from such noble pursuits as TV watching, web surfing and jigsaw puzzles. They are wasting their life examining characters, exploring values and creating worlds. They should be fishing or shopping. Doing something...

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From Manuscript to Bookshelf – Part 3

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Books, Publication Story, Sixty Acres and a Bride, Writing | 3 comments

What’s the earliest you’ve ever pre-ordered a book? Would it surprise you to know that most books can be pre-ordered seven months before their release? As the author is still dealing with line edits, blurbs and descriptions are written, the cover finalized and the catalog is produced. If you could read the excerpt in this catalog you’d see that two of the characters mentioned don’t appear in the final version of Sixty Acres and a Bride. You won’t find Naomi and Augustus, but you will find Louise and Nicholas. Those names were changed during editing, but the catalog couldn’t wait for the final product before it needed to make the rounds. Approximately five months from the release the author receives the copy edits. Finally, we’re getting to the nitty-gritty. No more big changes, now we’re looking at grammar, fact checks...

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From Manuscript to Bookshelf – Part 2

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Books, Publication Story, Sixty Acres and a Bride, Writing | 0 comments

Why did it take a full year to get Sixty Acres and a Bride on the shelves? To see the first steps you can read Part 1.   Eye Candy – 9 Months from Release Date After the substantial edits were made and the title chosen, marketing really starts spinning. Have you ever picked up a book and after a few pages you flip to the front cover for a double take? Huh? That’s not how she’s supposed to look. And by the end you’re wondering when did he ride a stallion with his white shirt unbuttoned? I don’t remember that scene. That’s why it’s important to give marketing time to read the book.  It’s not enough to put a pretty lady and a beautiful gown on the cover (and if it’s Christian romance the lady will actually be wearing...

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From Manuscript to Bookshelf – Part 1

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Books, Publication Story, Sixty Acres and a Bride, Writing | 2 comments

Is it safe to assume you like books? I do. I’ve inhaled my share, marveling over the words, the characters, praising the author’s imagination and research. So many small miracles caught between cardstock covers. But what’s involved in getting those books onto your shelf? Why does it take forever to go from a manuscript to a product in your hands? The Obvious Someone has to write the book. You knew that. For my first book Sixty Acres and a Bride the process of writing and re-writing took about a year. This got the manuscript into the smoothest form that I and my critique partners could manage. When I mention my first draft, it’s this one, although it actually represents scores of rewrites and drafts. Sixty Acres was purchased at the end of 2010/beginning of 2011. (The story about getting the...

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