publishing, romance, Writing

Announcing: Rose’s Redemption Release

The Kindle version of Rose’s Redemption is now available from Amazon. You can also pre-order the paperback version here on this website. Once the paperback has become available, we’ll be glad to sign and ship your paperback to you.

The fun part about being an Indie author is that you never know exactly when your book will go live. It’s not like traditional publishing houses that reserve time with their “printer.”

My two novels, Meghan’s Choice and Rose’s Redemption are published through a special Amazon program called White Glove. It’s agent-assisted self-publishing. I do all the basic choosing of photos and templates, and the literary agency I’m signed with makes sure it really looks good. Sometimes that calls for a slightly different picture or font style, to ensure the book will look it’s absolute best!

I’m thankful that the agency/publisher is doing all the “dirty” work for my first three publications. I know that my book doesn’t look self-published, and that makes me very happy.

Here’s the Amazon link.  If you’d like to order it from me, click here.

To learn more about this book, click here.

A final note…when you finish reading Rose’s Redemption, we ask that you leave a review on Amazon. That helps authors. Thank you.

publishing, Writing

Good News for “Meghan’s Choice”

Meghans Choice

train ovalI’m excited to announce that later this year, my novel, “Meghan’s Choice” will finally be published. Through the literary agency I signed with, I will be self-publishing Meghan’s Choice. Stay tuned here for more information.

It’s been a l-o-n-g struggle. I got the idea for the novel five years ago. I wrote the first draft in 2013. It’s been through many revisions and edits since, but the story and the characters are as they are described on our page. You can link that here.

There comes a time when you have to change what is not working. Trying to get the novel published traditionally wasn’t happening. Thanks to the literary agency I signed with in November of 2015, I can self-publish my novel with their help, so I don’t have to do it all myself.

It will be a high quality publication. And I’m thrilled. What made this nice is that I got the news when I had the flu a couple weeks ago. Even though I couldn’t jump up and down, dance around on the outside, I got on my internal knees, (because after Israel and a couple falls since, I can’t get on my knees physically), and thanked the Lord.

Especially after a string of different disappointments last fall, which started in August, this news means so very much to me. Because when you’re going through a difficult season, you begin to wonder if what you’re doing is the right thing, and if God even listening.

Yes, He is listening. And even though it didn’t seem like the right thing, it turned out to be.

I had decided not to write fiction anymore, since I couldn’t win a contest or get a publishing contract, I thought, maybe I’ll just concentrate on my rejection issues and bring further understanding about that, and continue this blog.

But God is in control of my life. I have surrendered to Him. And this is my faith’s reward.

 

platform, publishing, Social Media, Writing

Platform Tips––Part III

from Flickr
from Flickr

Though we hate the word, authors must have “platform.” We’ve defined platform as influence and measured in terms of “discoverability.” Maintaining a blog is one part of a multi-discipline approach to platform. Social media is the second most important thing you’ll do to build your platform. Click to Tweet #amwriting #platform

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Blogging, platform, publishing, Writing

Tips for Growing Platform – Part II

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from Flickr

Last week, we established that “platform” is your sphere of influence. In today’s changing world of publishing, authors need to be entrepreneurs and help sell or entirely sell their own books. Publishers used to pay authors an “advance” on royalties. Many traditional publishers have dropped that practice, or offer extremely low advances, some as low as $1,000. Click to Tweet #amwriting #platform

The new “buzz word” is “discoverability.” How easily will readers find your book? That translates into how easily can readers find you? That’s what we’ll be talking about in this series. This week, I’ll be talking about blogging, but we’ll get into social media beginning next week.

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What Does an Agent Look for in an Author?

letter writingThe publishing industry is changing rapidly. It’s sometimes hard to keep up. What used to be acceptable a few years ago, is no longer. Publishers and agents look for several things when considering an unpublished author. Click to Tweet Let’s look at what an agent looks for in an author. #amwriting #literaryagents

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Seamless Self-Editing—Part II

Proofreading SecretsLast week, I started a series of blog posts on Seamless Self-Editing. Let’s get our manuscript “publish-ready.” Refer to last week’s post for my definition. Today, we’ll look at basic proofreading. Spell check in Microsoft Word or whatever word processing program you use—is simply not good enough. Click to Tweet #amwriting #publishready #selfediting

The following information is from Kathy Ide, www.kathyide.com. I attended an extended workshop on editing in 2015 in Hershey, PA. Most, if not all this information is in her book Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors. I highly recommend this resource. She takes the most common rules from the Chicago Manual of Style and explains them in an easy way.

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Seamless Self-Editing—Part I

scenebookYou hear it more and more these days. Your manuscript must be “publish-ready” in order for it to be considered. Click to Tweet What does “publish-ready” mean? #amwriting #publish-ready #self-editing

For the next few blog posts, we’ll look at this and how you can improve your raw writing into something closer to “publish-ready.” I’ll be using several resources for this. Today’s resource is The Scene Book, by Sandra Scofield.

First, let’s take a look at what it means. Continue reading “Seamless Self-Editing—Part I”