Saturday, April 5, 2014

New and Improved!


The group blog I'm part of refurbished our blog. We had a grand re-opening on April 1st, but we weren't fooling! It's new and improved and very professional. In honor of this remodel, we are giving away a book package (see below). All you have to do is leave a message on anyone's blog post to be entered.

Here is the address: http://inkspirationalmessages.com/.  I hope you drop by!









Saturday, March 29, 2014

Writer's Meeting!

Whew! My post is later in the day than usual because I've been in Omaha enjoying lunch and a program on woman's hats through the era's with my writing group.


First, it's always great to see my writing colleagues who are also my friends! We always go to yummy restaurants and interesting programs. I snapped some pictures of the hats to share with you. I was the 'hat model' for one hat, but alias I didn't get a picture of myself. A couple of ladies in our group did! I'm hoping one of them shares them on Facebook, so I can share it with you.


There was a movie made in the Lincoln area and the speaker, who is also a collector had a hat used in the movie. She purchased it in antique shop and this is how she knew it was a hat from the movie.





I thought this hat was beautiful. I'd have tried it on, but I don't have the right hair style.




When women wore this hat, they rolled their long hair up using a rat tail. The second picture is the rat tail. These hats were popular in the 1940's.




Ladies hats went out of vogue in the early sixties...what a shame!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Save the Dates

I've had a busy week setting up book signings for The Widow's Suitor.


I found out I registered in time to be in the book signing at the conference I'm attending in the Chicago area. Here is the link to the conference. http://chicagospringfling.com/. If you're in the area, stop by on April 26th from 9:30 - 10:30am. The signing is open to the public.


Saturday, May 3rd, the Sioux City, IA Barnes & Noble store is a hosting a book signing for me from 1-3pm.


On June 14th, Crossroads Bookstore in Sioux Falls, SD will host a book signing from 1-3pm featuring Mary Connealy and me.


I hope to see you there!



Saturday, March 15, 2014

Goodreads





I know I've talked about Goodreads before in my blog posts, but I wanted to let you know that the many authors who write for Harlequin's Heartsong Presents line have started a Goodreads group. We'd love to you have join us there.




Here is the link: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/129196-love-inspired-heartsong-presents.




If you're familiar with Goodreads, you know that authors interact with readers through Q&A sessions or general conversations. There are also many book giveaways on Goodreads.




The site is easy to use. You add books to your shelves. You can rate and review books, but you don't have too.




Goodreads is actually focused on the READER. So if you like to read, stop by and check out Goodreads and the Heartsong group.




Hope to see you there.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Book Club or Book Club?

So when you hear the word book club, what do you think of?

Is it a group of people who meet once a month to discuss a book over coffee or drinks, then choose another book to read and discuss the follow month?

Or is a book club something you pay for and a company sends you a set amount of books a month?

I am very curious about this since the book line I write for falls in the later and I call it a book club. However, I occasionally get funny looks from people who consider a book club the first reference that I made.

I'm wondering, how exactly, I should describe my books. Harlequin calls them direct to customer, however I think that would also be confusing to the general public.

Hmmm...I'm at a quandary. Let me know what you think!

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!