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Since I started this blog in 2010 I’ve shared a variety of writerly things and interviewed some fantastic authors. Today I decided to open it up to my readers to give me suggestions. What writerly things would you like to see on my blog? Are there favorite authors or upcoming authors you’d like to see on my site? I want to always be relevant so share with me your ideas.

What is one or a few things you’d love to know more about as a writer? Do you have some writing tips you’d love to share?

 

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Secrets & Charades has won three awards

 

Post your ideas here and I’ll get on them. I’ll bring guests aboard to address things that I lack knowledge.

I hate to post a blog for the sake of posting one. There are times I only post once a week rather than twice because I didn’t have something of value to share.

 

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New Duet is more than just a romance.

 

Asking you all for input will continue to bring value to Jubilee Writer.

I want to be the best encouragement I can for fellow-writers. Tell me what you need.

If you would rather email me or message me on Facebook you may. Please don’t ask me to post negative things about anyone in the writing field.

 

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Secrets & Charades audio version is doing well. Meghan Kelley is a wonderful narrator.

 

 

Looking forward to your ideas.

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Author Emily-Jane Hill Orford Stops By

 Emily-Jane Hill Orford is an award-winning Jubilee Writer gracing my blog. I’m so excited to have her share her life experience with us. Her journey is similar to mine. Welcome Emily-Jane. Tell my readers a little about your writing journey.

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I have always loved writing. I grew up in a family of storytellers. We would sit around the dinner table sharing our stories. Being the youngest, I found myself listening more than sharing my stories. So, as soon as I could write, I wrote my stories. I particularly enjoy writing stories about real people, real life and started my writing career in the late 1970s writing for small publications, telling people’s stories and writing about interesting places. I still enjoy writing these types of stories, but my passion for fiction insists that I write novels as well.

I wrote a lot of food/recipe stories in the 1970s and 1980s and I had a wonderful editor who took the time to help me hone my writing skills. I also started writing book reviews about this time, delving into what was current in the publishing world and learning my craft by studying the writing art of others. I still write food stories and book reviews.

My creative inspiration? My grandmother was a wonderful storyteller and she had a passion for reading, too, which she shared with me. My mother was very creative in writing, photography, needleart, art and she encouraged me in all my creative ventures, often teaching me along the way. My father, an engineer, was the practical influence, but later on he took up writing as well and encouraged me with mine. We helped each other: Dad would edit my work and I edited his, until he passed away.

What a wonderful legacy. Emily, what is your current publishing project.

My most recent novel, “Queen Mary’s Daughter” (Clean Reads 2018), is historical fiction/fantasy, a completely new genre for me. There were a lot of things that led me to write “Queen Mary’s Daughter”. My grandmother and I had a special relationship and, when I was old enough, we travelled together a lot. One special trip took us to Scotland where we traced her childhood memories (she was born in Scotland) as well as followed the trail of Mary Queen of Scots. We had been enjoying a number of novels and biographies about the ill-fated queen and my grandmother ignited my interest by telling me about ancestors who helped in her escape from Loch Leven Castle. I always wanted to write about Queen Mary, but it wasn’t until the Brexit debacle and the ongoing desire of the Scottish people to separate from England, that I started looking more closely at the stories around Queen Mary. I knew she had given birth, prematurely, to twins while imprisoned at Loch Leven. History records that the babies died at birth and were buried on the island where the castle sat. An interesting footnote states that the location of the burial and the babies’ remains have never been found. So, I started thinking, ‘what if?’. What if there had been another heir to the Scottish throne and Scotland never did amalgamate with England and Ireland? And my story unfolded.

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How interesting. I understand you also write middle grade novels.

I’ve just signed a contract with Tell-Tale Publishing for a Middle Grade fantasy series, “The Piccadilly Street Stories”. “Mrs. Murray’s Ghost”, the first book in the series, due (hopefully) to be released just before Christmas, delves into dreams and ghosts and little people, touched with a bit of magic. My grandmother always told me I had a vivid imagination. In some ways, this series is completely different from anything else I’ve written so far, but in other ways it’s very similar as I’m creating a plot based on some things that happened to me as a child. And, interspersed in all this are key topics affecting our youth today, especially the issue of bullying.

Love the idea. How do you research your books.

I read a lot of books (real books): history, biography, fiction. I also use the internet. Who wouldn’t in this day and age. It’s quick, easily accessible and more current. But one has to be careful what sites to believe. There’s a lot of garbage and falsehoods on the internet, along with all the good stuff.

I’d say amen to being careful of the internets’ information.

When did you realize your calling to create words on paper to share with the world?

I was the youngest of a family of four. We had a large extended family: lots of cousins, aunts and uncles.         Everyone was a storyteller and everyone wanted to be heard. As the youngest, I always had a difficult time getting a word in edgewise. So, I listened. And, as soon as I could write, I started writing my own stories. My mom kept a lot of my stories. I found them tucked away in a box after she passed away. What fun reading through things I had written when I was a child.

Do you have a favorite quote that resonates with you?

“I live to write, so I shall never die.” A quote from a master of verse, author and poet, Diana M. Raab composes eloquent synopses, postcard captions of isolated events, people, and emotions. From the ordinary to the extra-ordinary, to the reflective, the simple and sometimes the mundane act of just being alive, Raab invites us into her world, into her life. She is honest, compassionate and, at times, surreal; but, all in all, her life is very real. All life is very real.

The quote provides a touch or immortality into the written words of an author and, in a way, the author    as well.

If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice for your younger self about writing what would that be?

The same advice I give my writing students: Believe in yourself and just write. Ignore the critics and the publishers who don’t appreciate your writing and remember that just because one person rejects or trashes your work, it doesn’t mean it’s not good enough. As readers, we don’t like everything we read, so why should everyone like what we write?

Who is your best support system to keep you focused on your writing?

Sticking to a routine. I make sure I write every morning for at least an hour: updating my journal, working on my current novel, writing articles (I currently contribute regularly to a gardening blog: https://insteading.com as well as contributing short family memoirs to http://www.curiousguide.ca), and keeping up with my book reviewing (I’m a regular reviewer on https://readersfavorite.com). I make time each day to update my marketing initiatives: blog interviews, blog posts, etc. I have other passions, like painting, composing, playing the piano and working in the garden. So, I fit all these other creative pursuits into my day before returning to my writing again later. Routine is the key. If I break the routine, I lose the momentum. And, if I have to endure a long wait in a doctor’s or dentist’s office, I always have a notebook (a real paper one) on hand to jot down some ideas and, yes sometimes, even write while I wait.

Your passion for writing is very clear in your discipline. In all your reading what is your favorite genre to read for fun?

I love reading a lot of genres. I guess I could narrow my favorites down to two: mysteries and historical fiction.

Where is your favorite place to write?

I have an antique spinet desk positioned by a large picture window that looks out into my wooded front yard. I feel a little like Jane Austen when I sit at this desk, even though I’m writing on a laptop instead of on paper.

Must be a beautiful spot. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m sure your journey will inspire many of my readers.

More about Emily-Jane:

Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca

Author Links:

 

Website: http://emilyjanebooks.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/realpeoplestories

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ejhomusic

Blog: http://beyondtheordinaryincanadianstories.blogspot.ca/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1732544.Emily_Jane_Hills_Orford

 

Purchase Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Queen-Marys-Daughter-Emily-Jane-Orford-ebook/dp/B079DMRRR8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517317427&sr=8-1&keywords=queen+mary%27s+daughter

 

Synopsis of  Queen Mary’s Daughter

 

There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person’s life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if? What if King James VI of Scotland didn’t succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? What if there had been another heir to the throne of Scotland? One who would secure its independence? Would Scotland have remained free and independent and a nation of its own well into the twenty-first century? And would Scotland, this independent version, make its own decision to join the European Union when its southern neighbor was choosing to pull away?

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An Out of the Box Book Signing Venue

DSC_1315Finding places for book signings can be such a hassle. The possibilities of sales are risky. When I wrote my latest release New Duet I placed it in Aurora, Illinois with the intention of garnering a fan base from my hometown. To gain those readers I had to have book signings locally.  Which required me to leave my writing cave. One of the settings in my book is an Art gallery frame shop called If These Walls Could Talk. The owners support the arts. My heroine Isabella goes there to view the artwork and gains inspiration for her life.

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When I approached the owners about having a book signing they were excited. Aurora has entertainment every first Friday of the month from April to October. We agreed First Friday in August would be the perfect time to showcase me. Each First Friday has a theme. In a city of 200,00 there are activities at various venues down town.

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If These Walls Could Talk arranged to have the block in front of their store closed off for an Artist Block Party. The artist set up on the block to sell their wares. Many created pieces during the night. One woman held an art class for passersby. There were no other authors there.

 

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Notice the easel, paints and military items. These represent the characters of Isabella and Dan in New Duet.

 

The shop offered light refreshments and a wine tasting to those who came by to see the art inside. Jennifer is a smart marketer. She displayed my books in her window for two weeks before the event and they will remain for two weeks after. My book trailer played on a loop in the window.

I sold more books then I have at any event. Patrons came in and I mention my book was set in Aurora and this shop was one of the scenes. That intrigued them. (Key marketing point: Talk to people don’t just sit behind your table and hope to sell books.) I had copies of my historical romance Secrets & Charades on the table and those sold as well.

People who wouldn’t normally buy inspiration romance or shop in a Christian bookstore purchased New Duet. I found avid readers who were thrilled to get an autographed copy from a local author. The art community is a great supporter of one another. Often we forget writing a novel is an art form.

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I met ladies who are part of a book club. Who knows I may get featured there.

Getting my face out there in a non-typical book signing setting was fun and hopefully brings me new fans.

I offered a chance to win a $10 amazon card if they signed up for my e-newsletter.

I’d do another event like this in a heartbeat.

How about you? What venues were gold for you?

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Be the Hero of your Story

I welcome back Candee Carder to share some insights regarding plotlines. She has a how-to-book on the subject. And she’s having a giveaway opportunity for those who sign up for her newsletter. See the details at the bottom of this post.

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Finding and enjoying the story in life is a never-ending practice. The point of the story isn’t the resolution. What do we learn from conflict? The conflict is the story. As Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote in his poem Ulysses:

How dull it is to pause, to make an end,

To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!

The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep

Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,

‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.

 

‘Tis not too late. You have not wasted time. You fill time and invest time.

The ancient Greeks distinguished our understanding of time. They implemented two definitions and understandings of time, categorized by two names: Chronos and Kairos.

Chronos, a chronological sequence and order of events, more often than not dictates the common man’s life. Chronos sets our schedules and clocks. The typical day for the common man revolves around chronos and adjusting it into a schedule, and is often what people refer to when they think about “time.”

Kairos defines the moments when something special happens. Kairos occurs as the hero fulfills destiny. Man exists in chronos while God exists in kairos. Kairos envelops the layers of the golden, setting sun, and the crystalline song of the stars. During kairos the wind whispers its secrets to the birds flying home. Kairos surrounds the hero, the artist, the creator, in the creation and building of story.

Heroes possess the desperate need for kairoi and not just chronos.

We get stuck with our watches, ticking clocks, one minute to the next as we wait in line and tap our feet or honk at the slow, tan car in the lane before us. We race one heartbeat to the next, tick, tick, tick.

The hero creates kairos. Kairos holds the secrets where myth and legend form, those quality moments when memories build, when texture and emotion intermingle, where space exploration and bliss thrive. Unchain from chronos. Act courageously, persevere consistently, and love passionately. Build your hero plotline, one step, one moment, at a time.

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Fantasy Author M.R. Anglin Stops By for a Chat

Today I welcome YA fantasy writer M.R. Anglin to Jubilee Writer. She’s not a newbie to the publishing scene just new to me. Her story is so fun I can’t wait for you to hear it. Take it away M.R.

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My writing journey started out with a video game system. When I was 11 or so, I got a Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) for my birthday with the game, Super Mario World (SMW). I loved that game so much that I started writing stories about the characters and world.

 

After that I branched out to write my first original story starring a dog named Lisha, a character I still use as an avatar on some websites to this day. Her country (Lyeland) is also the name of my website.

As much as I loved that story, it failed. Out of that failure came my self-published series, Silver Foxes, which I originally wrote for posting online. I am currently revising those stories to release in print and e-book formats. I put out about one a year and am currently getting ready to release the 7th in the series.

Between working on those stories, I write other Young Adult (YA) and Middle Grade (MG) books. In 2012 my Christian MG fantasy adventure book, Lucas, Guardian of Truth released in 2012. My latest book—a Christian-inspired YA fantasy adventure called Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon—released Feb. 20, 2018.

I love that you didn’t let anything stop you. There is such a need for inspirational MG and YA books and you are working to fill that need. So cool.  Now what is your latest published project?

Six Weeks, the 7th book in my anthro fantasy fiction series (Silver Foxes) is coming soon . . . maybe July sometime. But my latest published book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon released Feb. 20, 2018.

 Research is key when I’m writing Historical, I’ve never tackled fantasy. How do you research for that?

I don’t =0. I write first and make sense of what I wrote afterward. If there’s something I absolutely have to look up, I google it. But most of my writing stems from what I already know or from what I can put together in my mind.

You have a wonderful, creative imagination to put together story worlds like yours.

Tell me, what inspired you to write your current book?

I have several inspirations for Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon. The two major inspirations are my niece and nephew. I came up with the idea for “day-people” and “night-people” in my book when I noticed my niece liked to sleep during the day when she was a baby. (FYI: In my book, day-people are those who get energy from the sun and fall asleep as soon as the moon hits them. Night people gain energy from the moon and sleep as soon as the sun hits them.)

 

 

My next inspiration is the old Greek and Roman myths. They inspired Helio and Lumina, the Guardians of the sun and moon, respectively. Astronomy is also a big inspiration to the entire series.

Then we have the Bible verse that is written in the front of the book: Joshua 10:12b-13 where it speaks of the sun and moon stopping in the sky. If you read the book, you’ll see that inspiration pretty clearly.

Fascinating!

With all this creativity running through your veins when did you realize your calling to create words on paper to share with the world?

My second semester in college. I was on my way to being a doctor when I realized, “I don’t want to do this.” Then, clear as day, God spoke to my heart and said, “You are going to be a writer.” I changed my major to English the next semester.

 I see you took His calling to heart right away. Do you have a favorite verse that resonates with you?

Ps. 45: 11 NIV “The king is enthralled by your beauty. Honor him for he is your lord.” Any insecurity I feel fades in light of this truth.

Wonderful verse.

Let’s change directions a bit and let me ask one of my favorite questions.

If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice for your younger self about writing what would that be?

Trying to make it as a professional writer is not easy. Don’t think it is. So very true.

 Who is your best support system to keep you focused on your writing?

God, really. I would have given up trying to make it long ago, but He won’t let me.

Best support ever.

What is your favorite genre to read for fun?

MG adventure

Where is your favorite place to write?

Anywhere, really. I totally get that.

It has been a delight to have you with me today. Thanks so much for visiting.

More about  M. R. Anglin:

M.R. Anglin has always had a fascination with space—particularly the moon and stars. She also has three amazing nephews, three adorable “near-nephews,” and one brilliant niece, so it’s no wonder she eventually wrote a story that combines these loves into one when she wrote her book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon. You can often find her gazing up at the Florida sky at night or hunching over her notebook/computer by day.

She is the author of several books, including the self-published, ongoing Silver Foxes series and Lucas, Guardian of Truth (LampPost 2012). She has also had stories included in anthologies and posted online.

Links:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/authoranglin

Twitter: @authoranglin

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/mranglin

Instagram: http://instagram.com/authoranglin

Deviantart: http://deviantart.com/michelay

Website: http://lyeland.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/authoranglin

 

Buy Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Prince-Princess-Moon-Rulers-Galaxy-ebook/dp/B078T6KJSN

 

A Visit with Devotional Author Martin Wiles

Devotional writing takes a special gift. Martin Wiles has it. I’m happy to have him as my guest today. Welcome Martin. As always, my interviews start off with my guest sharing their writing journey. martinwilesheadshot1

I played around with writing a little during college when my English professor forced the class to keep a journal. Initially, I hated writing in it every day, but as time progressed, I enjoyed it more and more. For some reason, my first genre of writing entailed poetry. Poetry wasn’t a genre of literature I had read earlier in my life, so I’m not sure why I was pulled in this direction. When my father died in 2009, I became serious about writing. How or why the two connected, I’m not sure. My father never wrote anything except the sermons he preached and the Bible studies he taught. Nor did he ever have anything published. I began writing devotions, and, eventually, began to think about having a number of those devotions put together in a book.

Devotions are not easy to write, and people don’t realize just how long it takes to write an entire book of devotionals. You’ve done more than one. Tell us about your latest published project?

Although I’ve had several articles and devotions published in a variety of publications, my latest published book is Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas). This was a follow up to Grits, Grace, and God (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas). Since I’ve lived in the South my entire life, these titles were an attempt to put a Southern flare on the devotions. The titles are eye-catching.

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What kind of research goes into writing a devotional?

Since my books are devotional in nature, research normally isn’t required unless I choose to use an opening illustration that isn’t personal. Google is my best friend as I search for facts relating to the illustration.

What inspired you to write your book, and when did you realize your calling to create words on paper to share with the world?

As mentioned earlier, my father’s death, for me, was the beginning point of my writing journey. My father was always there for me, but then again, he wasn’t there for me. Church consumed his life (He was a preacher.), and my brothers and I felt a little second class to his parishioners. When I lost him, I realized how much I missed the connection I wished we would have had. I suppose writing became cathartic, but then later became an endeavor to comfort those who were also going through difficult times of whatever nature. Eventually, the devotions became so numerous that I began pursuing putting them together in a book. As readers commented on how the words helped them, I became even more determined to pursue the gift of writing that God gave me. I think your experience resonates with readers. Thanks for your honesty.

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Do you have a favorite verse that resonates with you?

Actually, two. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT). During a very difficult time in my life, when life virtually fell apart, I experienced that peace. I couldn’t explain it, but I bathed in it every day.

I love these verses too.

Now, I’m going to ask one of my favorite questions. If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice for your younger self about writing what would that be?

No matter how young you are, when you know God has gifted you in an area, pursue the gift. I waited until the last quarter of my life to do so. I often think how much further along I might be with my writing skills and career if I had started earlier.

I can say amen to that.

Who is your best support system to keep you focused on your writing?

First and foremost, my wife. She continually supports my efforts and tells me how proud she is of me, even when the rejection letters pour in. Of course, my mom is my biggest fan and brags on me to everyone—even when she sometimes gets the facts wrong. And then one special editor friend who encouraged me and helped me with the first devotion I submitted for publication. Because of her support, I’m now the Managing Editor of that same website.

What a blessing for you.

What is your favorite genre to read for fun?

Though not one of the most popular, Historical Fiction is my favorite genre. I love history and fiction, and this combines the two and makes for a relaxing read for me.

Obviously, it’s one of mine too.

Where is your favorite place to write?

My favorite place to write is a place I don’t often get to write from: any place that overlooks a beautiful mountain view. I feel closer to God while in the mountains, and the ideas for devotions seem to flow freely there. In lieu of that, I rise at 5 each morning and retire to my chair or the kitchen table.

Martin, thanks for sharing bits of your life and your writing journey. You are also doing a give-away that works a little different than we usually do on Jubilee Writer. Can you please give us the details?

Yes, a Kindle version. The winner will receive a code     with which they can download the Kindle version of Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church.

As always, the winner will be chosen on Friday. I’ll send the winner’s name to Martin and he will contact you. If you are not a regular subscriber but want to enter please leave a comment with your email as myemail(at)my server(dot)com. I’ll pass a long the winners name and email to Martin. And as in all my drawing please leave a comment here on the blog not on other social media. So, if you are reading this on Facebook click to come to the blog and enter. Thanks.

More About Martin:

Martin Wiles is an author, English teacher, and freelance editor currently residing in Greenwood, South Carolina. He is the founder and editor of Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles also serves as the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions and as an assistant editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina. Wiles has authored Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning, Morning Serenity, Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books), Authentic Christianity (Smashwords) and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), and Rise (Chaplain Publishing). He has served as Regional Correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and also written for LifeWay’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum. He has also been published in Christian Living in the Mature Years, Mature Living, Open Windows, Proclaim, The Secret Place, The Word in Season, Upper Room, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper, Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, Power for Living, Halo Magazine, Joyful Living Magazine, Christian Broadcasting Network, Sharing, Today’s Christian Living, and Plum Tree Tavern. He is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, PCC Daily Devotions, Theology Mix, Inspire a Fire, and is a regular columnist for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal.

Buy links:

https://www.amazon.com/Grits-Gumbo-Going-Church-Martin/dp/1941103847

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Visit Martin:

Website: http://www.lovelinesfromgod.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/martinwilesgreenwoodsc

Twitter: https://twitter.com/linesfromgod

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lovelinesfromgod

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-wiles-5a55b14a

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/martinwiles

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Tips for Publishing in the 21st Century Part 2

Today we are picking up where Author/Speaker/Editor Linda Yezak left off sharing about the publishing biz.  She’s busy on a blog tour and agreed to stop by twice to share her wealth of information. Here is the link to part one. The third and final book in her Circle Bar Ranch series Ride to the Altar is now available.  And there is another chance to enter to win her prize package. How cool is that.

Okay, Linda, continue to share with us how to reach our publishing goals.

To be published: This is the easiest possible thing to do. These days, there are hundreds of different ways, from networking with those who already know how and can help, to doing it entirely yourself, to hiring a press. There’s also the option of going with a small, upstart publisher that doesn’t require agent submissions. Here are a few caveats:

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  • Be aware that self publishing brings with it a stigma we’re still fighting. Granted, now that many of the more successful and established authors are diving in to the hybrid (both traditional and indie) pool, the stigma is easing, but it’s still there. Two ways to fight the stigma: be professional (quality material, quality edits, quality book cover, quality formatting) and give yourself a name as a publisher. When you publish through Amazon, if you don’t have a publisher name, they will provide one—sure sign of self-publishing.
  • If you’re going through a service, research it. All of the services offer everything necessary to get your book on the market. Research everything from how much they charge to where they distribute. Some services suck you in, then continually demand funds. Be careful of what you’re getting yourself into. Check out their book covers. Look up their books on Amazon—use the “Look Inside” feature to see their format. Check other websites to see if their books are offered where they say they are.
  • If you think you’re going through a traditional publisher, and they ask for money for any reason, they are not traditional. Traditional publishers are royalty-paying. They may not all pay an advance, but they do all pay you a percentage from the sales. Read your contract.
  • If you’re going through a small publisher, understand that they’re probably just starting out. If they’re good, they’ll grow over time. But chances are, they’ll go bust. Make sure you retain your rights if they do. Small pubbers don’t have a lot of capital to invest in the books they release. The covers and format may or may not be subpar. Many of these publishers take on “apprentice” editors—unpaid beginners who need the experience. Best for you to go through a proven freelancer before trusting your work to these. Some are really good, but you never know.

 

To develop a lifelong career as a writer: I’ll dub this the be patient route. The process is slow, frustrating, and ultimately rewarding. All of the work that’s required in the other goals are required here also:

  • Build a platform (get out there in cyberspace and get known, the sooner, the better).
  • Join a professional organization and network with others from editors and agents. to website designers and marketers to other authors. Keep their business cards.
  • Study the craft (and write, write, write).
  • Have your work critiqued and edited.
  • Study the agents and publishers to see where you’d fit best.
  • This is hard, and it takes forever. Make use of the time by writing more.
  • If you’re not one of the few who gets an agent and gets published by a big name the first time around, self-publish. Learn how to do it. Learn how to promote yourself. Learn how to manage your books.
  • Repeat the process with your next project, and keep repeating until you have what you want. You’re not a one-and-done author, you’re wanting to make a career out of this. Keep at it.

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Before being indie became such a hit, I read about one author who went with small publishers for sixteen years before he hit it big. Now he’s huge.

For myself, in 2011, I went with a small, traditional publisher who ultimately cut my genre from her line. From there, I took the book the indie route and had the second novel published by another small (now mid-sized) press. I’ve been indie ever since, and only recently have I looked back toward going traditional again. My next work will release in November in a collection published by Firefly, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (a midsized publisher). Meanwhile, I have three novels and one novella published independently and one novella published in a collection with some friends.

My goal is to have the validation of a big-name publisher someday, but I’m not sitting on my thumbs until it happens. Once I finish my next novel, I’m hitting the trail again in search of an agent. We’ll see what happens.

You’ve given us some great tips to consider. Now share about your giveaway.

I’m offering a giveaway package during the blog tour. When the two-week tour is over, all those who commented throughout the tour will be eligible for the drawing for the prize. It includes a signed print version of the series, a 16-ounce Christian cowboy mug, a horseshoe picture frame, a Ph. 4:13 stretch bracelet, a cute set of magnetic page markers, and a Texas Rubiks cube. I’d like for each blog post to carry a link to the next post in the tour, so readers will have multiple opportunities to enter.  If you go to the next blog stop tomorrow you’ll get additional chance to win. Lynn Mosher https://lynnmosher.com/    

More about Linda:

Linda W. Yezak lives with her husband and their funky feline, PB, in a forest in deep East Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. She has a deep and abiding love for her Lord, her family, and salted caramel. And coffee—with a caramel creamer. Author of award-winning books and short stories, she didn’t begin writing professionally until she turned fifty. Taking on a new career every half century is a good thing.

 

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Don’t forget you must comment in this post below. No comments on social media where I’ll be sharing this post will count. Take a look at the great prizes package. You had a total for four chances. This post, Tuesdays post and the two other posts mentioned today and Tuesday. And if you become a groupie on her blog tour you have more chances to get your name in the cowboy hat to in.

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