Sunday, February 23, 2014

Altering Goals

If any on you read my latest "Breaking News" post, you know that I'm now under contract again and I will have to adjust my yearly goals because of this wonderful, wonderful news!

Now, I didn't include any of the books in this proposal in my yearly goals. Why? Because if they weren't picked up by my editor, my agent would have continued to submit them to other publishers and I, of course, would need to come up with a fresh proposal. I've been writing and submitting for over 23 years now and the first thing I learned was not to pin all of your hopes on one manuscript.

I've know authors who work and rework the same manuscript for years and years trying to get published and they actually balk at the idea of putting it aside and working on something new. That is not the way to get published in my opinion so any proposal's I have out are not listed in my yearly goals. It's much easier to alter my goals than to keep submitting a manuscript that no one wants to publish.

So, two of my yearly goals were to develop another series of books. Those are the two goals that will be altered or moved to next year while I fulfill my contract. I will keep them in the back of my mind because sooner or later I will need to pull another proposal together.

I ran across an article recently about author's business plans. My first thought was I have to read this article and see if I can use any of the ideas. Do you know what I discovered? A business plan is nothing more than setting goals to achieve in the coming year. Who knew? I've had a business plan in place for my writing for many, many years. It is what propelled my output and helped me garner more publishing credits.

The year is still 'new'. If you have set goals or developed a business plan, it's not too late to get started.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

More Breaking News!

I was offered a four book contract on the rodeo series that I proposed to Heartsong Presents!

The details aren't ironed yet on release dates for this contemporary series. I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Book Reviews/Ratings

Once upon a time book reviews were left to journalists or columnists that worked for print publications. Although you can still find those types of book reviews, the digital age has made is easy for anyone to review or rate a book.

Both the Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites allow people to sign in and rate and review books. Reader focused Goodreads encourages readers to review and rate books.

I know that I've covered this topic before on my blog, but with my recent release, The Widow's Suitor, I'm having fun checking the various sites for reviews and ratings. And it got me wondering, do readers really pay attention to other readers reviews and ratings of books? Does another person's opinion determine if you spend your hard earned money on book?

For me personally, it's doesn't. But I'd like to hear your opinions, so please leave a comment to let me know.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

And the Winner Is.......

(Insert a pause for dramatic effect like at the Miss America Contest)



Here is your tiara....I'll make contact with you later today to for your mailing information so I can send you a print copy of The Widow's Suitor.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment. You still have a chance to win a book if you visit Shannon Vannatter's blog!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Blog Guest

Today, I'm a blog guest on two blogs. I'm doing a book giveaway of  The Widow's Suitor on each. All you have to do is stop by and leave a comment. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


I just found out that The Widow's Suitor got a mention in USA Today!

Here is the link:

I'm loving this mid-week breaking news I get to post!

Hope your week is going well. Don't forget to leave a message on the previous blog for a chance to win a copy of The Widow's Suitor!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Widow's Suitor Release Day!

It's release day for the ebook of The Widow's Suitor! Tuesday is the release date for the print copies. If anyone preordered either, you may already have them. I hope so, and I thank you for the purchase.

To kick off the release of this book, I'm giving away one print copy of this book. All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog or Facebook post, that includes your email address. This contest will start today and go through February 7th. I'll announce the winner on next Saturday's post.

Also, don't forget to ask your favorite librarian to stock these book on the library shelves!
Here is the cover and blurb. Good luck!
CORA ANDERSON ISN'T LOOKING FOR LOVE-The young widow is just trying to make a life on the prairie for herself and her newborn son. When handsome newcomer Luke Dow shows up at her cabin door, she soon relies on the man's help with her homestead…and dares to dream of the future.

Luke came to the small South Dakota town to build a hotel and make his fortune. But he never expected to care for anyone, let alone the beautiful Cora and her baby boy. When Cora's land claim is challenged by a neighbor, Luke will do all he can to protect her and her home—and claim her heart.