Tips for Aspiring Authors [#24] Create a GoodReads Account

Attention new authors: Do not sleep on GoodReads.com. If you don’t have an account, create one. Set it up as an Author account. What is GoodReads, you ask? In GoodReads’ own words, it describes itself as: A free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are … Continue reading

Tips for Aspiring Authors [#23] Engage your audience

Have you finished your first book and are wondering what to do next? How about engaging your circle of friends and people who have already read or purchased your book or story? You have social media accounts, right? I have several social media profiles: Two Facebook public pages for promotional/informational stuff and two actual profiles. One profile is for me and the other is for my character, Stanley Thompson. I also have Twitter, Instagram and … Continue reading

Tips for Aspiring Authors [#22] Don’t stop writing

Recently, I saw someone I used to know in the “town meeting hole” otherwise known as the local Walmart. We met many years ago after I’d finished my second book and he worked a contract job at the place where I was working as the HR lady. This guy was a singer, had recorded a few tracks and I still have a copy of his CD. Interestingly when we saw each other, we both wanted … Continue reading

Tips for Aspiring Authors [#21] Never give Up–Diana Nyad style

As I drank my morning cup of coffee and watched Willie Geist of NBC’s The Today Show interview Diana Nyad this morning, her words, Never give up, resonated with me and I celebrated with her in spirit. It is so encouraging to see someone set a goal, no matter how absurd it may see to everyone else, and actually accomplish it. How many times have I said those same words, Never give up, right here on … Continue reading

No excuses–an analogy [Run For God]

As you know, I’ve been on my running high lately and I hope I am inspiring someone to do what they have dreamed of doing. When I think of my journey to running, it is easy to compare it to my journey to writing. Writing and running: are desires I have had for many years take perseverance to reach the end are mentally and physically challenging (writing takes a lot of you, too) take a while to … Continue reading

Writing faith-filled stories

Writing for God, whether fiction or non, can be a hard job to take on. Imagine the following: Writing a story that you “Christian-alyze” and when people pick up your book at events, they set it down because the cover looks “preachy.” Writing a story and when you tell people about your book, their eyes glaze over when you get to the part about the character turning their life over to God. Pitching your book to … Continue reading

Tips for aspiring authors [#20] Blog often to build an audience

Things take time. It’s that simple. Take this blog for example. It has taken a lot of time for me to build up readership, followers and a regular schedule, but it is finally taking off. It took time to get here. Almost two years to be exact, and by my standards, I’m still not there. Would I like to see more subscribers when I look at my dashboard? Sure I would, but I’m thankful for the … Continue reading

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month

I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo again this year. It’s a great way to jump-start the fall season writing bug I get around September 30 every year. Not familiar with it? NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. There’s a website and everything to track your word count, pair up with a writing buddy, online support, motivational tools, cartoons, widgets, etc. Check it out: NaNoWriMo.org My word count widget is on the right side of my blog. … Continue reading

When one door closes…

…or two, maybe three. Many years ago I was part of a ministry that was lacking in the area of young adult activities. I remember a meeting where a group of young married couples met and discussed activities we’d like to do that didn’t involve going out to the local all-you-can-eat buffet. One of the ideas we had was to start a book club where we could read christian books and come together as an official … Continue reading

Tips for Aspiring Authors [#19] Fear of heights

I was fortunate enough to accompany my son on a field trip to the mountains recently. I’d been to this place before and in my mind I’d hoped he wouldn’t want to get on the chair lift to go to the top of the mountain. Well, low and behold, of the four eight-year-old boys in our group, three wanted to go. The other mom and I looked at each other, secretly hoping the other would … Continue reading