Writing for Good

www.createspace.com/LoginProc.do took me a little hunting to find today, because I wasn’t sure exactly what I was looking for in regards to self-publishing with Amazon.

My daughter and her good friend, a surrogate daughter to me stopped over the house today. My daughter wanted to see her friend and the new baby. They met around 10 years ago in the state of MO. Some years back, the young lady decided to leave the warm state of Missouri and come to the cooler climate of NYS.

Seems God wanted her here, because she settled in and eventually a young man came along and they got married. She went to college for graphic arts and I want to develop a website, so I told her I’d love to have her help. She agreed, so after lunch and visit time ended, I got onto a domain hosting site and then realized I’m not quite ready to take that step yet.

There’s more to starting a website than I anticipated. So, I decided to check out Createspace.com, an Amazon company and discovered that I’m not ready for that either. I’ve started writing booklets that people seem interested in, and I thought I’d do one at a time, but as I read the details, it appears booklets to books is not what they do. That may be only in the fiction realm according to an article I read by James Scott Bell in the May-June 2017 issue of “Christian Communicator.”

He talks about short stories published under Kindle Select by Amazon under the Kindle Direct Approach in his article entitled, “Short and Strategic” under the Marketing banner in the periodical. I need to get more information. I heard at a conference that an author needs to spend as much time on marketing as they do on writing.

The short stories need to stand alone and each one can be a chapter in a novel. If you get a chance, pick up a copy of the magazine from American Christian Writers. There’s more than I could ethically quote since it’s copyrighted. Each month or bi-monthly, I learn more on the craft of writing from the “Christian Communicator.”

My daughter ended up critiquing my first booklet. She only made a few suggestions so that encouraged me.

I know God says to seek Him and the kingdom of righteousness first and all the material needs we encounter will be provided for. That’s in Matthew 6:33. I am trying to do that, and making it happen more often because of making the effort.

May God bless you.

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Writing Opportunities

I recently received “Christian Communicator” Magazine. Some months back they announced that they were going to combine their professional writer’s magazine with their normal writing magazine. This month that concept grabbed my attention.

One year at the Montrose Christian Writers Conference, the editors and agents gathered for a question and answer period for the participants. They told us that we should pay attention to the business side of writing. I think this combination of “Christian Communicator” will help us do that.Christian Communicator 5 6 2017.jpeg

The first article this month is written by James Scott Bell. I like his fiction and his writing craft books. The article for the May/June issue is entitled, “Short and Strategic” under the heading, “Marketing.”

He gives advice for getting an author’s name in the public realm and he tells how to make some money and how to increase or establish an email list of readers.

The next article under “The Write Stuff” is entitled “Making Editors Smile,” written by Dr. Dennis E. Hensley. He too, is a prolific author and gives valuable insights to avoid rejections and to develop relationships with editors and to earn income as a freelance writer.

I didn’t write this with the express notion of advertising the “Christian Communicator.”

I tried one of James Scott Bell’s ideas as I wrote a small article this morning right after having time in the Word and in prayer. I called three different family members whose opinion I value and they gave critiques and support, so after I let my rough draft set for a few days, I hope to submit it. I just prayed today for an opportunity to earn some money since a freelance writer’s income is sporadic until they have established customers and even then they need to keep marketing their work and/or services to new editors and clients since circumstances change.

Reading in the book of 1Kings and of Solomon’s wisdom, it reminded me to ask God for help with my writing. In a dream, Solomon told God that he didn’t have the wisdom to lead the multitude of Israelis. He wanted to be a king who judged the people with insight and he wanted to please God. 1Kings 3:11, (ESV):  And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,

1Ki 3:12  behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.

1Ki 3:13  I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.

1Ki 3:14  And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

Having read in James_1:5 , (KJV), “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him,” I figured God wouldn’t object to me asking for wisdom about projects to write and markets to send pieces to various editors.

He is a good God.

So, I’ll see what this latest opportunity provides. I thought I’d write a thank you note to “Christian Communicator” if my article gets accepted.

May God bless you.