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.

So Much Today

 

So much to do, so much to say, so much to consider – that was my day today.

I drove to my youngest daughter’s house today because I felt as if the Lord was saying to go there for my place away from home. I wanted to take a day to finish my Life Plan from Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy’s book, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. It’s published by Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI and copyrighted by the authors in 2016.

I’m excited about the Life Plan because it helped me focus on what is important at this point in my life and what I can let go.

 

  (photo from https://www.christianbook.com/living-forward-proven-drifting-life-want/michael-hyatt/9780801018824/pd/018820?product_redirect=1&Ntt=9780801018824&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCG )

So, I got it all done and later tonight I hope to plug some things into my planner. I wrote out some thoughts, I talked and listened to my daughter, we went out for lunch, then back for more planning. I spoke to a couple other family members. I drove home through a storm. Quickly typed up a rough draft of a query letter and then drove half an hour to a writers group.

My brain was a little fuzzy after the full day, but I’m glad I went anyway. Those two hours or so fuel my brain for days afterwards. We discuss everyone’s particular projects, marketing advice, the pros and cons of self-publishing and traditional publishing, and insights into Internet opportunities. I always learn something useful.

Just before we left, the leader prayed for one of the ladies and that prompted me to pray for the leader. Then we went our separate ways. The storm caused the river near the road to swell, but in the dark I didn’t even remember that. I remembered honest critiques expressed with the intent to help the writer grow in their ability to communicate. I remembered prayer for the well-being of another. I saw a mom and daughter interact in a loving manner. We parted with wishes for a great summer and the promise to see each other again in the Fall.

When I got home, I noticed my husband had tidied up the house and we exchanged thoughts about our day. After a while, I told him I intended to blog and he turned on a favorite television show I don’t mind missing.

I may have had a full day with lots to do, but it lacked the stresses of some previous days and for that I’m grateful to Jesus, my Lord and Savior. I hope you had a great day today, too.

May God bless you.

 

Hidden Gems

 

I took a book out of the library a few weeks ago, by Lynda Resnick with Francis Wilkinson, entitled Rubies in the Orchard: How to Uncover the Hidden Gems in Your Business. It’s published by Doubleday, New York, NY and four other notable cities around the world, and copyrighted in 2009.

 

I grabbed it because the top of the cover says: The POM Queen’s Secrets to Marketing Just About Anything. The O is shaped like a heart, but it didn’t copy that way for me here.

 

The picture on the cover shows a petite lady in a man’s suit with a matching derby hat on her head. On the middle of her face sits a pomegranate, reminiscent of a clown’s nose.

 

She got dozens of short, inspiring endorsements from famous people. One said something about learn and be entertained at the same time. How could I resist?

 

As I mentioned in a recent blog, marketing writing should occupy 50% of an author’s time; unless the words are meant for family, friends and self. This book gives wonderful insights.

 

I just want to add here that the best book I’ve ever read is “the B-I-B-L-E, that’s the book for me…” to quote a children’s song.

 

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

 

God bless.