Saturday, May 16, 2015

Read, Read, Read

As you know, I had the wonderful opportunity to be a presenter at a conference in April. The organizer's had a terrific and unique idea to have authors sit at a table and allow participants to approach them with questions that the participants might be too nervous to ask in front of others. I was asked a variety of questions and thought I'd cover a few in my blog in the upcoming weeks.

The main question people asked was: What is the best piece of writing advice you can give me?

I have two answers for that question. I'll cover the first answer in this weeks blog. It's something I've written about numerous times.

Find a good book on the basics of the writing craft, read it, believe it applies to you (because it does!) and utilize the information for your own work.

If you are on shoe string budget, go to the library and see if they have any books about writing (the only caveat here is to make sure the copyright date is timely. Something from the 1970's doesn't apply to today's markets.). Take an afternoon and spend in a book store perusing the various writing books on their shelves. We all learn differently so chose the best book for you. Not the best book for me or your writing buddy or even a best selling author whose blog you follow. If you want to write for children, you need a book with advice and tips about writing for children not a book about how to insert red herrings into your manuscript so you have a successful mystery book. If you're interested in writing short stories don't buy a book about writing a breakout novel.

In my opinion if you are a beginning writer, you need a general book about writing that includes how to format a manuscript, information on query and cover letters, and how to find/submit to publishers.

The best book about writing I've ever purchased and read only cost my $5 on sale at a box bookstore so don't forget to nose around those bargain shelves on your pursuit of a book about the writing craft!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Breaking News!!!!

I learned yesterday that The Widow's Suitor is a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards,  sponsored by the Oklahoma RWA Chapter, in the inspirational category.

Regina Jennings  /  A Most Inconvenient Marriage
Lyn Cote  / Honor
Becky Wade  /  Meant to be Mine
Rose Ross Zediker  /  The Widow’s Suitor
Robin Lee Hatcher  /  Love Without End
Elizabeth Camden  /  With Every Breath

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Barnes & Noble Book Signing!

Here are two pictures from my book signing today at Barnes & Noble in Sioux City, IA.

Do I look happy and surprised in this picture? You bet I do! I had a terrific book signing because of these very special ESA sisters who hid behind a banner to surprise me!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Book Signing Reminder

Just a friendly reminder about my book signing at Barnes and Noble in Sioux City, Iowa next Saturday, May 9th from 1-3.

They will also be stocking, Dakota Love, Sweet on the Cowgirl, and they still have copies of my RITA nominated book, The Widow's Suitor, which are hard to get.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wordsowers Writers Conference

What a wonderful time I had attending and presenting at the Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference on Friday and Saturday. I know I posted the link to the conference previously on my website, but I'm posting the organizations link this week. Please peruse their site and keep there web address in your favorite file so you don't miss next year's conference.

This conference provided varied presenters so there was something for everyone. They also insured the attendees had every opportunity possible to visit with presenters in their chosen writing field. I connected with an editor I've worked with for years, writing colleagues and new friends!

Here is the link:

Monday, April 20, 2015

Crossroads Book Signing

Here is a picture of me at my book signing at the Crossroads Bookstore in Sioux Falls. They had three different books for sale. Of course, the most popular was Dakota Love because the cover is a picture of the Falls that is located in Sioux Falls!

However, I did break my signing record of eight books! And I had a 'first' happen. Two people brought in Dakota Love for me to sign. One purchased her copy in Phoenix, AZ! How awesome is that! When she finished reading the book, she looked me up on the internet and discovered my book signing! I'm so glad she shared that story with me. Readers, those moments make a writers day! Of course, she purchased my new release while she was there which was special too.

This week I'm gearing up for a writer's conference in Omaha, NE where I'm a presenter. They have something for everyone at this conference. You can check it out here: