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Monday, January 31, 2011

Writers: Save $$

Paperback Writer has a good post today on how writers can save money.

Ten Things to Help Writers Save $$$
Attend Local/Regional Events Versus National Conferences: Here are two examples of actual lodging and registration costs for attending national conferences: RWA National: $1175.00; Romantic Times: cost $965.00 (and these figures do not include airfare or other transportation costs, meals, parking etc., which can run an additional $500.00 - $1000.00.) Skipping national conferences and attending a regional or local event will cost considerably less, such as Lori Foster's Annual Reader & Author Get Together for $332.00 lodging & registration. Author Shiloh Walker (who kindly provided the figures for me) also mentioned that at Lori Foster's event writers are given plenty of time to interact with readers, attend workshops, and have appointments with agents and editors (and my thanks to Shiloh for sharing the financial info and advice.)

Barter for What You Can't Afford Now: Offer to barter for something you need with another writer friend. It can be an even trade, i.e. "You proof my manuscript, and I'll proof yours" or an exchange of specialties, such as a techno-savvy writer making a flash web site for an artistic writer who trades an e-book cover art design. The idea is for you both to end up with something of equal value that you need but can't do yourself and/or afford to buy. Your specialty doesn't have to be writing-related, either -- I once restored an heirloom family quilt for a friend who paid me in some hard-to-find research books I needed.

Brew Your Own Coffee: I know how much writers love coffee and convenience; the first place they go to when they want to write in public is a bookstore coffee shop. But buying that $2-$3 cup of coffee can over time add up to a major expense, as per Barbara Thau's article Savings Experiment: The Perks of Brewing versus Buying Coffee over at Wallet Pop: "A 6-ounce cup of coffee made at home, at about 17 cents a cup per day, adds up to $1.19 a week and $62.05 a year. A 16-ounce grande coffee from Starbucks, at $2.29 per day, adds up to $16.03 per week, and a hefty $835.85 per year -- the price of a mini vacation." Or a new laptop, for that matter.

Read the rest at her site.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Treasure in Jars of clay


January 27, 2011

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
-- 2 Corinthians 4:7

While there are many talented and successful Christians in the world today, they are merely vessels for God's message of grace, hope, and power. Our focus should never be on the container for the message. Instead, what is most important is the integrity of the messenger no matter the situation, so that the message can be seen without distraction. God's power, not our own, is what sustains us; we are simply a vessel, a tool, in the hands of the Lord.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Coming Soon From White Rose Publishing

When Megan bids on her grandfather's painting,the last thing she expects is to be outbid by Michael Kirk, her first love. He left town years ago leaving her reputation--and her heart--in tatters.

She must keep her grandfather's final legacy in her family, but Michael claims to need it for his career. He also claims to want Megan back in his life, and her betraying heart doesn't mind the idea...but does Michael want her or the painting?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

What Drives Us To Accomplish?


January 23, 2011

For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
-- 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

What motivates us to do what we do? What drives us to accomplish, to achieve, and to pursue even more? Paul said that love was his compelling force. What would happen in our lives if love was truly THE compelling factor in our motivation and behavior? What if our desire to love those who do not know Jesus'
saving grace became our all-consuming concern? He died so that it would be! Let's not disappoint him.

*Thanks Dimatrana for the candle image!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thrilled and Honored!

Sorry to post two promo things in a row, but I am so excited to just have stumbled across this!

Top 10 Christian Love Books
#5-- Prodigal by Robin Bayne

This book focuses on a lost brother come home and the young woman who discovers she is still in love with him. What isn't to love about this book? It covers topics like lost love, family forgiveness and rediscovering your past. Robin Bayne is the author of numerous inspirational novels and non-fiction books. Some of her other books include titles like Christmas in the Country, The Artist's Granddaughter and The Good Samaritan. She also is a contributor and editor of several collections meant to inspire Christian readers and writers, such as Crumbs in the Keyboard and Stories of Strength.

P&E Poll--Voting Open Now

If you have read "Prodigal" and wouldn't mind voting for it in this year's P&E poll, please go here.

The poll runs for a few more days. Also check out the other categories while you're there. Thanks!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Book Pitch: The Bible

Dolores Gordon, crime writer, has a wonderful post today on her blog: What would a book pitch for the Bible look like? Read her interesting take on God as author (which of course, He is, of everything.)

Friday, January 07, 2011

Free Newsletter

Start the new year right--check out Randy Ingermanson's free newsletter: Advanced Fiction Writing. Sign up here.

What's in this issue:

The successful novelist needs good organization, good craft, and good marketing. In this issue, we'll talk about each of these in turn.

* Most writers hate organization and therefore most writers desperately need it. Want to get more done this year than you did last year? Read my article, "Divide and Conquer."

* I'm a character-oriented writer and my friend Jeff Gerke is a plot-oriented writer. Jeff is the author of a new book published by Writer's Digest, PLOT VERSUS CHARACTER. I was delighted to learn some valuable things about writing characters from Jeff's book. Check out my interview with him, "Plot versus Character."

* If you're not yet published with a traditional, royalty-paying publisher, one of the best things you can do to help yourself break in is to go to a writing conference. To put it simply, conferences are great marketing tools. To understand why, read my article, "Those Pesky Writing Conferences."

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