Thursday, November 21, 2013

Great Sale Price!

The digital editions of three of my books are on sale for 99 cents! What a deal! Lily of the Field, Job's Tears and Rose of Sharon are all available on Kindle and Nook. All you have to do is visit the appropriate website and make the purchase!

The pictures I'm sharing are my Thanksgiving decorations and serve as a reminder to me how many blessings I have in my life and that I should COUNT them DAILY!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Writer's Tools - Part 12

Time! Time is essential in building a writing career. If you are serious in your persuit of writing as more than a hobby then you'll need to devote time to it.

You'll need time to write your rough draft, time to let your work sit so you can revise with a fresh eye, time to revise, time to revise again, time to read books and magazines on your craft, time to revise again, time to jot new ideas that are EVEN better than what you're working on, time to revise again, time to review markets, time to follow blogs or twitter feeds, time to get your manuscript ready for submission. Time to start a new project.

That sounds like you'd need more than twenty four hours in a day! And how can you do it if you do work the 'dreaded day job'? Well, you just manage it. But you do need to remember, are your writing dreams more important than that movie from your childhood on television this afternoon? Is it more important than the china painting class your friend wants you to go to? Is it more important than frittering away an afternoon window shopping at the mall?

I bet you answered YES! to all of those questions. So if you aren't making time for your writing....START.....NOW!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Writer's Tools - Part 11

Contests is my topic this week and yes, they are a writing tool. Many contests provide feedback for your and it's not all positive. Ug! Not fun to get, but it does help you step back away from your work and help you to see the flaws.

However, if you get a good score or feedback, it will give you the confidenence to continue and seek publication!

There are many, many, many contests out there for any writing genre. I enter short story contests and romance contests. I have entered children's writing contests and 'general' contests. I've finaled in a few, received a nominal monetary award, a certificate or the feed back I needed on my story.

Entering contests is just like submitting to publishers. Don't send the first chapter of your mystery novel to a short story contest for literary fiction. THAT is setting yourself up for failure. Also, as with submissions, pay careful attention to the guidelines of the contest. You don't want your work to be disqualified because you didn't follow the directions.

Where do you find all of these contests? You can google them. Most organizations, like Romance Writers of America or SCBWI have contests that are open to members and non-members. Writing magazine's usually have a section listing contests in the back of the magazine. Once you start seeking out contests, you'll be amazed what you find out there!

In the past week, I've entered two contests for published romance author's, the Rita sponsered by the RWA and the Booksellers Best Award sponsered by an RWA chapter. The later contest is new to me, but it's judged by booksellers and librarians....good readers to get my books out too, right?

Contest entry fees can get expensive so really consider which contests will benefit you and your work before entering. If you're looking for feedback, make sure the contest rules say they send your scores and feedback to you at the end of the contest, many don't.

Do you enter or judge contests?