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The challenges of being an international writer

[This blog post appeared on Novel Rocket on February 11, 2018] Since the Internet shrank the world – and social media put us in touch with everyone everywhere – there are now opportunities to be an international writer. We can go beyond the borders. Suddenly our audiences aren’t well-meaning family and the biggest segment of … Continue reading The challenges of being an international writer

ACFW February 2018 Releases

February 2018 New Releases Including the latest release from James L Rubart - my mentor! More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Biblical: A Passionate Hope, Hannah's Story by Jill Eileen Smith -- Hannah has spent her life trusting God, loving her husband, putting up with abuse … Continue reading ACFW February 2018 Releases

What if “better writer” was the journey and not the destination?

[This blog post appeared on International Christian Fiction Writers on January 29, 2018] Every writer under the sun wants to be a better writer. Each of us has the carrot of being a better writer dangling a few feet in front of us, always out of reach. Even those whose names grace our bookshelves – … Continue reading What if “better writer” was the journey and not the destination?

What if your “word for the year” isn’t one you like?

[This blog post appeared on NovelRocket.com in January 2018] Everyone seems to be doing a “word for the year.” Last year I decided to do it too. Being the thinking overachiever that I am, I decided that my word for 2017 would be Published. It felt right. This was my goal, and it made sense … Continue reading What if your “word for the year” isn’t one you like?

ACFW New Releases – January 2018

January 2018 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Contemporary Romance: Her Handyman Hero by Lorraine Beatty -- Reid Blackthorn arrives in Dover on a personal mission—to make sure his terminally ill brother gets a chance to meet his daughter. Deceiving little Lily’s guardian isn’t … Continue reading ACFW New Releases – January 2018

Five things I relearned to be a fiction writer

[This blog post first appeared on NovelRocket.com in December 2017] When I started writing fiction, I did what everyone does when at the start of a journey. I looked forward. With an excited deep breath, I developed my story ideas, built my platform and sought to be inspired by best-selling author blog posts, while dreaming … Continue reading Five things I relearned to be a fiction writer

What we can learn from “Six Steps to Publishing Success”

[This blog post first appeared in the International Christian Fiction Writers blog on November 13, 2017] I read this blog post by Dan Balow from the Steve Laube Agency, which was a tongue-in-cheek deconstruction of how some people misinterpret the work required to get published. This was Dan’s list – Six Steps to Publishing Success: … Continue reading What we can learn from “Six Steps to Publishing Success”

That one small – but important – part of the roller-coaster writing journey

The writing journey has been often described as a roller-coaster. Dizzying heights of seeing your name on a shelf  through to the depths of rejection by an agent, publisher or through a reader's negative review. 2017 has definitely been that for me. As I look back on my writing year, I can see - and … Continue reading That one small – but important – part of the roller-coaster writing journey