Friday, April 29, 2016

Writing: The Other Part Of The Job

For many writers, getting that first contract is a great step, one they've looked forward to for a long time. But experienced writers know that there's a long way to go between the completed manuscript and the contract to a book for which a reader pays good money and tells others about (either via a review or in person). And it gets serious about the time the box of author's copies arrives.

My tenth novel of medical suspense, Medical Judgment, will release in a little over two weeks. Actually, knowing what I now do about booksellers and publishers, it wouldn't surprise me if the book is available earlier than that--or later. But what I need to do to help market the book began long ago, and I thought you might be interested in the steps.

First, let me thank the publisher for this book, Abingdon Press. Although they've elected to discontinue their fiction line, Abingdon has honored the fiction contracts they've executed, even to the point of having an outside public relations agency assist me in marketing. For this and so much more, I thank them.

Months ago, I began contacting some of the individuals on whose blogs and websites I had appeared with previous books. Over the next month, you'll see either interviews or guest posts from me on ten different sites, and on each the publisher and I are teaming up to offer a free copy of Medical Judgement to a randomly selected commenter. That's in addition to my participation in the recent Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt (and I hope lots of you took part in it).

Just about the time things slow down, the PR agency has arranged a blog tour, so you'll see and hear more about Medical Judgment at that time. By the way, I'll make the same offer I made with my last one--if you win one of these copies, and you've already purchased Medical Judgment, send me the proof of purchase and I'll send you a $25 Amazon gift card.

By the way, although I can't reveal the identity of the publisher yet, there definitely will be a home for my next three novels...and maybe more. Thanks for your support.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Recent Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt

The spring 2016 edition of the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt is over. The comment of Tina Evans has been chosen by Rafflecopter to receive a signed copy of my latest book, Medical Judgment. I don't yet know  the names of the winners of all the other prizes--that's being handled by the people who run the contest. But rest assured those who've won will be notified by email in due time.

Meanwhile, my question to you is two-fold: Did you participate? Why or why not? And, while we're at it, here's one more question. Would you do it this coming fall (because I'll bet there'll be another one).

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop # 5

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 33 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes! And if you get lost, go here.

·      The hunt BEGINS with Stop #1 at Lisa Bergren’s site. It is BEST VIEWED using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer). It is open to entrants in the US and throughout the world. PRIZES include 3 sets of all 32 books, $500 in Amazon gift cards as well as additional prizes from many of the authors!

·      There is NO RUSH to complete this hunt—you have ALL WEEKEND (the hunt ends Monday). So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books you might want to learn more about!

Submit your ENTRY for the GRAND PRIZE at Stop #33 (here) by Monday night (4/25) at midnight mountain time. 

For this part of the Scavenger Hunt, my guest is Lynette Eason I've had the opportunity to work with Lynette at a writing conference, and I'm excited to host her for this event. Her most recent novel, a Christian mystery, is Always WatchingHere's what Lynnette has to say about the book. 

"This is the first book in the Elite Guardians series. Truly, I’m not exactly sure where the idea for the story came from. Probably watching something on television or reading something in the newspaper. However, there it was. I wanted to write a series about an all female bodyguard team. So, I started researching only to find there was very little information out there about female bodyguards. The one thing I did come across was the Athena Academy in Athens, Greece.

"This is their welcoming paragraph on their website at www.athenaacademy.comAthena Academy is a premier full service International Security Organization, Consulting Firm and Training Agency comprised of female professionals. We provide security services in a safe, discreet and confidential manner to all of our clients in the entertainment, fashion, diplomatic and private sectors.

"Needless to say, after reading that, I was hooked. I had all kinds of story ideas coming at me! So, the Elite Guardians are a group of women who befriended one another at the bodyguard academy. Olivia Edwards handpicked the three women she wanted to join her in the business and convinced them to come back to the United States to work with her. All four are now best friends and co-workers. I’m now working on book #4 in the series. Without Warning, Book #2 comes out this August. Then Moving Target, Book #3 will be out at the beginning of 2017."

Lynette is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 35 Romantic Suspense books published by Revell and Love Inspired Suspense. She lives in South Carolina with her family. You can order her books from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, or your local bookstore.

Here’s the Stop # 5 Clue to Write Down: UNDERSTANDING,

Here's the link to Stop #6,  the Next Stop on the Loop. 

But one more thing before you go, I’m offering a free book to one entrant--here's your chance to get an ARC (advance review copy) of my next novel, Medical Judgment. You'll see it before it's released next month. All you have to do is sign up to get my e-newsletter (top right of my blog page) or note that you’re already a subscriber (it's the honors system). Rafflecopter will do the rest. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy the rest of the hunt!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hail, Rain, Floods

We had quite a bit of hail in our region last week. In some areas, the hailstones were the size of baseballs or larger. Windshields were knocked out. Huge dents were made in the bodies of autos and pickup trucks. The car repair people say that they'll be busy for a several months dealing with the residuals of the storm.

The storm also raised havoc with roofs, and one roofer was quoted on TV as saying that the roofing business would be swamped for a number of months with the jobs made necessary by all this.

There's flooding just south of us, with the amount of rain measured in feet in some areas. Roads are closed off, and some people can't leave their homes yet.

I wish it were possible to immediately undo the damage done by natural disasters such as hail, flooding, rain, and other catastrophes. But since it's not, I'll pitch in to help where I can, and it's obvious that others are doing the same thing.

Meanwhile, I hope that those of you reading this escaped the brunt of the storm. We did, and for that we're grateful.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Writing: Reading To Write

I'll admit it. Like so many of you, I take advantage of the cheap or free download of e-books from time to time. Although sometimes the work introduces me to an author whose work I want to pursue, there are times when I delete what I've downloaded long before I've completed the book. Has this been a waste of time? Not really.

When I talk with authors about honing their craft, I always mention reading. Read good books so you know what works. And read bad books, so you know what doesn't. This is one way to read books that don't resonate with you.

There are times I feel "stuck" in my own writing. That's when I visit my shelf of favorites. The picture above is of just some of the books I read and re-read, both for pleasure and to inspire me in my own writing. I have a few on my Kindle as well, but somehow I favor being able to pick up a printed book and read it.

So that's one of my secrets: Read in order to enhance my writing. What do you think of it? Any ideas of your own? I'd like to hear.

Oh, and in a week I'll be taking part in the spring scavenger hunt that features about 30 authors, with a chance to win copies of our latest books. In addition, there'll be an opportunity for readers of this blog to win a signed ARC (advance reading copy) of my next book, Medical Judgment. Watch for it.

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