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Preparing to be Noticed

Preparing to be Noticed

I’m often inspired by getting my hands dirty. I’m not speaking figuratively here about discussing controversial topics, but literally worm dirt under the fingernails stuff. The task at hand today was cleaning up my irises in preparation for their short-lived exhibition next spring. After enjoying a few glorious weeks in April/May for three or four […]

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06 Aug Posted by in Marketing Ideas | 2 comments

Watchful Waiting or Finding Your Literary Agent

Watchful Waiting or Finding Your Literary Agent

Some diseases leave you and your loved ones in a state of “watchful waiting.” Words meaning that you can’t actively do anything to fix your situation, but watch and wait. No trying different methods or talking with different people. You just wait. Recently, I read the ebook, How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent, […]

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Something to Think About

Something to Think About

You’ve heard it a million times—write the book of your heart. But what if the book of your heart doesn’t fit into the market? Sometimes, the book of your heart can start a whole new trend. But what if it doesn’t? What if there are no takers for the book of your heart? Should you […]

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Unique Opportunities

Unique Opportunities

With my White series set in Romance and Rosebud, Arkansas, I could just run up the road and have a book signing just about anywhere. The Rambler Cafe, the restaurant where my characters ate. Lunch drew people in. The Romance Waterfalls featured in all three books. Seeing the falls drew people in. The Darden Gifford House, […]

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Tough Sell

Tough Sell

I’ve learned some things lately. Things that aren’t encouraging to writers.    Book sales on the whole are down.  This is the first year I’ve heard this about the inspirational market since the Left Behind series launched. I guess the economy finally caught up with inspirational buyers.  Contemporary Romance is a tough sell in a market […]

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Which Comes First – the Agent or the Editor?

Which Comes First – the Agent or the Editor?

When a writer finally gets to publishable level (9 1/2 years for me), agents and editors are equally attainable. How do you know when you get there? You won’t know until you get an offer from an agent or a publisher. But in case you’re there, if the publisher you’re targeting requires an agent, then shop […]

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Conference Follow Through

Conference Follow Through

Did an agent or an editor request a query, proposal, or—be still my heart—your full manuscript at the conference you attended recently? Did you send what they requested? The second question may sound odd. But I hear the stats once: 7 out of 10 writers who received requests at conferences don’t follow through.  Why? Beats […]

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Libraries

Libraries

Libraries are where the readers are, so it makes sense for the author to speak at libraries. If an avid reader meets an author and halfway enjoys the book, that author has a fan for life. And some libraries pay authors for speaking engagements. Yes some library patrons—like my mother—will never buy a book. She […]

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New Career- Day One

I started two careers at about the same time around 35 years ago. The first, as wife to my best friend, is always new and totally rewarding. The other career, as an Arkansas State Employee has been wonderful too. However, I’m reaching the point very soon where I’ll be retiring from that one, hoping to […]

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My Conference List

This is for the newbies attending their first ACFW conference in less than a month. I’ve compiled a list of things to take, things to remember, and things to calm nerves. Things to take to conference:      1.     One Sheet: On as many finished projects as you have.      2.     Proposal: The editor or agent may never […]

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