Saturday, June 30, 2012

We liked it but....

All the writer's who read my blog know the meaning and emotions that go with those words! For non-writer's this means that an editor is rejected our submission.

Which brings me to an update of my writing. Guideposts didn't feel I was a match for the new book series that they're working on. I was really disappointed because I a lot of fun writing that chapter. Yet, the editor did tell me that I'll be contacted to audition for future book series. So THAT is good news!

Until I receive that happy email, I'll just keep plugging away at my own story ideas, hoping I make them interesting enough to that an editor wants to read more!

Saturday, June 23, 2012


Feedback is an important, and never ending, part of a writer's life. There are several different types of feedback that writer's experience.

First, you get feedback from teachers, other writers, and critiquers. These suggestions or instruction are valuable all through a writer's career. Beginning writer's may learn the 'basics' from this group of people. Intermediate writer's may find incorporating this groups suggestions into their manuscripts help them produce a publishable piece. Season writer's like to grow, and try new techniques with their writing and this group is crucial in helping them meet that goal.

The second group of people who give you feedback are agents and editor's. You agent looks at your work through a new set of eyes and can find simple grammatical errors as well as dropped plot threads. All the things that need perfected before an editor sees your work. If you are lucky enough to get a comment from an editor on a rejection, it can be invaluable. They may tell you why your story isn't working OR it may just not fit their publishing needs but they ask you to send something else.

Readers are the third group of people that a writer's needs and WANTS feedback from. If you are a reader let the writer and editor know that you liked the book and why. Publishing is a business and if an editor gets enough good feedback from readers, that could help the writer to get another contract. As a writer it's very nice to hear that someone likes what took you months to produce, sequestered in your office, all the wondering...will anyone read or like this story!

So, readers if you've never written to your favorite author, via the publishers address in the front of the book, do so! They would LOVE to hear from you.


PS I received a lovely "anonomous" comment on one of my blogs posts from a reader about Job's Tears and she made my day. I'm hoping she reads this post to know how much I appreicated it.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


I haven't posted for a while...sorry about that. I visited the Morton Mansion in Nebraska City with the Iowa-Nebraska writer's group. I hoped to have pictures to share with everyone but I forgot my camera in the car...and not the car in the parking lot at the mansion. In the car parked in a mall parking lot. You can check a picture of it out at this link:

If you're ever in the vacinity, you should check it out.  Today, I toured the Peirce Mansion in Sioux City, Iowa. It used to housed their museum but is now being restored for public use, like weddings, reunions, etc. You can read about it here, it has an interesting past!

I've spent June working on contest entries. This is new to me because I enter very few but I had some short stories that I feel are strong and publishable, so I sent them out. I also entered Guidepost's Writer's Workshop contest. It has a fabulous prize. An all expense paid week to Port Orchard, OR. Of course, you are learning how to write for their publication, but still, it's a very nice prize. And did I mention that is where Debbie Macomber lives and she writes for Guideposts????

In a couple of weeks, we'll be half way through the year. I will recap my goals here, you and I, can see how I'm doing.

Stay cool.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Purchasing Job's Tears

You can purchase Jobs Tears without joining the book club at Just call the 800 number listed at the top of the page.

My friend, and frequent commentor Gert Stevens,  placed an order and received it in about a week.


Friday, June 8, 2012


I have led you astray. Crossroads Bookstore is not able to order my book because it's not availabe to them to order. They'd carry it if they could.

The only way to get it is to join the Heartsong Book Club.

Sorry for any inconvenience...they really thought they'd be able to stock it.