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Friday, May 28, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Triple T's

The Rants and Ramblings blog has Mary DeMuth as a guest blogger today--check out her article on the Triple T's for getting and staying published:


I’m thankful to have a little time here at Rachelle’s blog once a month. Since I stopped publishing Wannabepublished, a blog for wannabe pubbed writers, I’ve missed writing about writing. Rachelle graciously offered me some space. Today I’m going to fill it up with three very important words. If you’d like to be published, these words should become your mantra. If you’re newly published, this phraseology will help you weather the journey ahead. And if you’re multi-published, the triple T will give you the kick in the pants you need to finish this writing journey well.

What is the Triple T?

Three words: Tenacious, Talkative, and Teachable.


Visit Rants and Ramblings to read more!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

White Rose Author Delia Latham



A missing bridegroom. A broken heart. Life will never be the same for Hannah Johns. With God’s help, she can make it on her own, but can she ever trust love again?

Brock is drawn to the beautiful lounge singer, but his shadowy past won’t set him free.

Can these two troubled hearts possibly find a future together?


Today we're joined by author Delia Latham.


Q. Your novel, Yesterday’s Promise is a re-release of a book that is now out of print. Tell us about that.

A. In 2006, as a new author and completely green about industry standards, I signed a contract with a publisher whose name I won’t mention. Let me be very clear: This company delivered exactly what they promised in their contract. Unfortunately, that wasn’t much in the way of promotion—I just didn’t understand enough at the time to realize that. Like most new authors, I was simply thrilled and excited to be offered a contract.

I learned a lot about marketing my own book during that time, because the lion’s share of those efforts were my own. However, I was given a gorgeous cover and the book was available all over the internet. I “met” a lot of authors and other industry professionals. The experience was a building block in my writing career, and I’m grateful for it. It was through that title (Almost Like a Song) that I built up a bit of name recognition and launched myself into the publishing realm. I chose to request my rights back after about two years, and the publisher graciously granted me that request.

So then I had a book that was no longer available in print, and cover art that belonged to my former publisher. So I went searching for a new one, and discovered how hard it is to sell a reprint! (But that’s a whole other subject.) I’m thrilled, grateful, and excited that White Rose Publishing was willing to take it on. I gave it a new title, they designed yet another gorgeous cover, and Yesterday’s Promise released March 12, 2010. It is available in electronic format only.

Q. Why the new title?

A. A couple of reasons. My interviews and marketing efforts for Almost Like a Song are still all over the web. I didn’t want any confusion…with people mistaking one publisher for another, or trying to order a print book that is no longer available (except for the few unbelievably overpriced copies through a few over-ambitious booksellers).

Plus, some of the text has changed. In the original version, the first chapter played heavily on Ronnie Milsaps country ballad, “It was Almost Like a Song.” With that reference gone, as well as all the little pieces of the lyrics I had used in the original version, the title was no longer relevant. Yesterday’s Promise really sums up the essence of the storyline.

Q. How do you feel about electronic books?

A. It’s a new playing field, so obviously I had initial reservations about having a book released solely in e-format. But after researching the subject, I believe e-publishing is absolutely the trend of the future. More and more people are buying —and loving—electronic readers. I’m proud to have Yesterday’s Promise available in that format. As to how that will reflect itself in sales…well, I guess that remains to be seen.

Available formats are Adobe (pdf, which can be read on your computer screen), Epub, MS Reader, Web (html), and Kindle.

Q. Tell us how you came to write this book.

A. I was working on another story (Goldeneyes, which released in 2008), and struggling through major writer’s block. Somehow I found out about National Novel Writer’s Month, aka Nanowrimo. This annual event encourages writers to churn out a minimum of 50,000 words during the month of November. It caught my attention, so I laid Goldeneyes aside and started writing. I had no plan, no outline, no idea where the story was going—other than that it would be set in Yosemite National Park, and would be an inspirational romance. Thirty days later, I had the bare bones skeleton of Yesterday’s Promise. During that time, I was so intensely focused on this storyline that my hero and heroine, Hannah and Brock, became a distinct part of me. When I finished the book, I felt completely adrift without the two of them bouncing around in my head.

All of that said, please understand…that thirty-day period was basic, initial writing only. I still had months of re-writing and edits to do before I felt comfortable submitting the book to a publisher. But I had a book—a good book, a marketable product. And…that little respite from my other manuscript (and a tremendous amount of prayer) broke down the wall I’d been banging my head against. When I returned to Goldeneyes, I was able to write, and the remainder of the book flowed beautifully. God must have had a reason for pulling me off of one to write the other. Maybe someone needed the message of faith and trust that Yesterday’s Promise delivered. I hope so.

Q. What is Yesterday’s Promise about?

A. I can best answer that with the back cover text. (Is that description even valid anymore, since there’s no actual cover? Hmmm…) Here ya go:

A whirlwind romance amidst the natural splendor of Yosemite National Park. A spur-of-the-moment wedding. A young bride who awakens the morning after to find her new husband gone with the mountain wind.

Songbird Hannah Johns supports the child born of that ill-fated union by singing in a dinner lounge. Her dream of someday owning the elite establishment and turning it into a venue more suited to her Christian values is shattered when an unexpected transaction places it in the hands of Brock Ellis, the handsome biker who abandoned her in their honeymoon suite.

Ensuing sparks fly high, revealing buried secrets and forgotten pasts. Seeking to find peace with her painful past, Hannah returns to Yosemite, only to have Brock show up hard on her heels. Back where it all began, she finds herself in danger of losing her heart yet again to the man who shattered it the first time around.

Q. What do you do when you’re not writing?
A. I’m always writing!  No, that’s not true, but to be honest, I’m usually doing something at least somewhat writing related. I design marketing products for other authors—most specifically bookmarks (see my work at www.deliadesigns.webs.com), but I also design business cards, post cards, posters and ads, and write press releases.

I have a full-time job, as well, but when I’m actually away from my computer and just enjoying myself, I like to do that with my children—and theirs.

Q. What’s next?

A. Surprisingly enough, next is a children’s book! Adam’s Wings will release in December 2010 through Vintage Romance Publishing. I’m also trying to place a series of books based around a Christian dating agency. The first book in the series is finished, and I’m well into the second. I’d appreciate all of your prayers, as I’d love to get these novels out there and available sooner rather than later. 

Q. Where can we find Yesterday’s Promise?
A. It’s available on Amazon.com as well as through my publisher, White Rose Publishing.




Delia Latham is a born-and-bred California gal, recently transplanted to Oklahoma where she lives with her husband Johnny. She’s a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend—but above all, she treasures her role as child of the King and heir to the throne of God. She enjoys big, loud, happy family gatherings. When she’s not writing, she loves to play piano and sing, read, enjoy nature’s beauty, and design marketing products for authors. Her inspirational novel, Goldeneyes, was released in March 2008; Yesterday’s Promise in March 2010. A children’s book, Adam’s Wings, will release in December 2010.



Website: www.delialatham.net
Blog: http://themelodywithin.blogspot.com
Reviews & Interviews: http://my-book-bag.blogspot.com
Newsletter: http://bookshelfnewsletter.blogspot.com

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Are Reviews Important?

Thanks to Pamela Thibodeaux for sharing. and thanks to everyone who has posted review for my books over the years!



As a reader, I don’t always rely on reviews or word-of-mouth in order to buy a book. After all, reading is subjective and not every book someone recommends is something I enjoy. Besides, I’ve been disappointed too many times.

But as an author, I love to receive those glowing 4 or 5 star reviews! This validates my work and builds confidence that I truly AM a writer. Even in a not-so-glowing review, I can normally find something positive to focus on.

Recently I found out just how important reviews are to an author’s recognition.

I heard through the grapevine that the more reviews a book or story on Amazon has, the more potential it has to become a “recommended read” when people do searches for specific genres, thereby increasing exposure. In researching I discovered that White Rose Publishing titles were not very easy to find while searching Amazon unless you knew the title and/or author. And then, the book(s) were buried so far in pages of other similar titles and authors, most folks would get tired looking for them.

So some of the White Rose authors banded together and began reviewing each other’s work.

Within days of this happening, most of the authors had 10 or more reviews. A few actually reached higher than twenty reviews before a week was up. But that’s not the best part.

The best part is, within days of us posting reviews of the books we’d already read and tagging each one with terms like White Rose Publishing, Inspirational Romance, and other identical words, White Rose titles began moving up in the ranks and were listed as an “also reviewed” or a “suggested product” similar book to some well known publications! If a search is done in the Kindle Store for “Christian Romance” about a 1/3 is WR titles where before you'd only get bonnet books and ones written by people whose last name was Christian.

This means that Amazon is automatically showing WR books to people who search, which may encourage them to buy our books!

So do your favorite author a favor and review his or her book on Amazon.

Pamela S Thibodeaux
“Inspirational with an Edge!”
http://pamelathibodeaux.com
http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot.com

Coming Soon from White Rose Publishing! ~ In His Sight

Friday, May 21, 2010

New Fiction

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance


is introducing


Predator
Zondervan (May 25, 2010)


by


Terri Blackstock






ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Terri Blackstock’s books have sold six million copies worldwide. Her suspense novels often debut at number one on the Christian fiction best-seller lists, and True Light, published last year, was number one of all Christian books—fiction and non-fiction. Blackstock has had twenty-five years of success as a novelist.



In 1994 Blackstock was writing for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening drew her into the Christian market. Since that time, she’s written over thirty Christian titles, in addition to the thirty-two she had in the secular market. Her most recent books are the four in her acclaimed Restoration Series, which includes Last Light, Night Light, True Light and Dawn’s Light. She is also known for her popular Newpointe 911 and Cape Refuge Series.



In addition to her suspense novels, she has written a number of novels in the women’s fiction genre, including Covenant Child, which was chosen as one of the first Women of Faith novels, and her Seasons Series written with Beverly LaHaye, wife of Tim LaHaye.



Blackstock has won the Retailer’s Choice Award and has appeared on national television programs such as The 700 Club, Home Life, and At Home Live with Chuck and Jenny. She has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country and the subject of countless articles. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.







ABOUT THE BOOK



The murder of Krista Carmichael's fourteen-year-old sister by an online predator has shaken her faith and made her question God's justice and protection. Desperate to find the killer, she creates an online persona to bait the predator. But when the stalker turns his sights on her, will Krista be able to control the outcome?



Ryan Adkins started the social network GrapeVyne in his college dorm and has grown it into a billion-dollar corporation. But he never expected it to become a stalking ground for online Predators. One of them lives in his town and has killed two girls and attacked a third. When Ryan meets Krista, the murders become more than a news story to him, and everything is on the line.



Joining forces, he and Krista set out to stop the killer. But when hunters pursue a hunter, the tables can easily turn. Only God can protect them now.



Enter the Terri Blackstock iPad CONTEST: http://www.terriblackstock.com/contests/.



If you would like to read the first chapter of Predator, go HERE.



Watch the book trailer video!



Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Teach Yourself


Paperback Writer has a great post today on ways and reasons to educate yourself.


Excerpt----"With all the biz emphasis on costly MFAs, seminars, workshops and what have you in regard to learning how to write fiction, I think the next generation of writers may not always consider or even understand the merits of self-education.

Before I start offending the academics out there, I don't think there's anything wrong with formal education in general. For the medical, technical and scientific professions obviously it's a must. Most of us attend public or private schools as kids, so usually the first thing we think of in regard to learning is continuing that type of education. Also, many people do learn a great deal by going through traditional/institutional forms of education. I'm sending one kid to college this fall and the other to vet school in a couple of years, and I'm paying for all of it. I wouldn't waste my hard-earned money on something I thought was utterly worthless.

That said, I am a completely self-taught writer, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I've made it work fairly well for me, so I thought I'd pass along some of the benefits and perks of teaching yourself:

Internet access + public library card = 100% free education. This works for writers who do not have wealthy parents, spouses, partners, an unused fifty grand sitting in the checking account, or the ability to qualify for those hefty student loans. Also for anyone who would rather spend their money on the little luxuries like food, shelter, clothing . . ."


So, writer or otherwise, check out the rest of her post here.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

He Will Not Forget Your Work




\ / TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT -- http://www.heartlight.org/
--\/------------------------------------------------------------------




May 18, 2010


VERSE:
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you
have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help
them.
-- Hebrews 6:10



THOUGHT:
So much assurance in such a short verse! God is not unjust --
boy, is that an understatement: if he produced the atoning
sacrifice for our sins, what will he deny us if we seek after him?
He will not forget our work and love -- an eternal record of the
good we have done! When we help our brothers and sisters in Christ,
we bless him! We are HIS people!! That's real motivation to keep on
maturing in Christ.

(photo by Elizabeth Chambers)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

New View on Rejections

Interesting post on rejections over at White Roses in Bloom.

I’d like to chat about rejection letters. Are they the demons and bitter pills and a writer’s worst nightmare? Every writer has traveled this long and winding road, and if you’re having a bad day, receiving a rejection letter might just be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Rejection letters make us doubt our writing ability, our creative muse, and ultimately, ourselves and our purpose. With the devil perched on our shoulder, better add the why was I even born syndrome to the mix. Before long, chins are dragging on the floor and the poor poor pitiful me party is just getting started.



After a long bout with progressive blindness, due to diabetic retinopathy, my life took a severe nose dive. I went from being a legal secretary for a judge to not being able to see the paper, let alone the print. But worst than that, I could no longer pursue my passion of painting. With a strong creative muse and nowhere to channel it, life became as dull as my existence. But when I heard about a computer with adaptive software, converting text to synthesized speech, hope soared. With a new outlook and a new direction, I challenged myself to write a romantic suspense.



Once I’d written my first full length novel, I envisioned agents and Hollywood movie producers beating a path to my door. With this happy little fantasy in mind, I whipped out twenty-one submission packages to top New York agents. Then I sat back, waiting for the phone to ring off the hook. It never rang. But slowly but surely, all agents responded to my romantic suspense, each a rejection letter. The worst of the lot said simply, “Your project does not excite us.”



With that little devil perched on my shoulder once more, my first reaction was to fire back an email of attack. Everything in me wanted to scream they’d be sorry when what they so carelessly pitched in the trash wound up a New York Times bestseller. But my psychology classes kicked in, and Freud’s ego component mediated between the devil and the angel. I orchestrated a new plan of attack. I enrolled in creative writing classes, joined critique groups and attended conferences. It didn’t take long to realize why my novel was rejected. Using knowledge as power, I learned to accept criticism from group members. And while attending a conference, The door to Wild Rose Press was opened. One more grain of knowledge to add to the list. I was marketing my novel in the wrong genre. While it had elements of romance, it did not fit the standard romance category and was rejected once more.


Read the rest here.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Reading: Like it Long or Short?




My first novel was a time travel romance of about 80,000 words. The editor who bought it requested I add 20,000 more words to the story. What a challenge! But many readers want that 400 page, 100,000 word experience, and feel cheated by anything less.

And then there are readers who want to grab a quick, short story on the go. A novella may suit the bill, something to tuck in their purse or download for a read during the lunch hour.

I personally enjoy all lengths at different times. I loved ready Cindy Green’s short story “Snow Kissed” for a break at work, and also loved spending hours upon hours with Diana Gabaldon’s "Outlander" series. I enjoy an inspirational category-length romance as much as I do re-reading "Gone With The Wind."

So what are your preferences? Do you love the long novel with one or more sub-plots? Or do you find sub-plots distracting? Do you love the quick read that satisfies with minimal time investment, or do you find them lacking depth?

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Charity Auction



Support research for Juvenile Diabetes --bid on my item (2 short stories) at Brenda Novak's auction.

Just go to the home page and enter "robin bayne" in the search box. The winning bid gets a print copy of the "Fiction and Truth" anthology and an e-book copy of "Prodigal." There are many other items to bid on, including once in a lifetime experiences. And it's fun!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

A Nice Visit with Pamela

Thanks very much to author Pamela Thibodeaux for inviting me to visit her blog! Please stop by and check out my interview.