What’s the hardest part of writing: Getting our work into the hands of readers.
Today I’m guest-posting over at JonStolpeStretched.com about Marketing for the Humble Hearted. Here’s the link
More than half of 2014 over. I had hoped my focus word “firm” for 2014 would have taken effect physically as well as spiritually and relation-ally. Been doing Shaun T’s exercise video “T25” for 3 months; lifted weights and walked 3 miles a day before that. But alas, this girl’s old bod isn’t getting …View full post
Don’t you just love free stuff? And bargains? Me, too! Over the past year I’ve been thrilled to receive hundreds (yes, really) of free books for my Kindle. Some have been better than others; most I haven’t gotten to yet. But one of the cool things about some of the free books is that they’re …View full post
I’m still smarting from the head whacking Oswald Chambers gave me yesterday. He said: “We want to stay off the rough roads of life, and our primary objective is to secure a peaceful retreat from the world.” Well, yes, that is a lovely thought, isn’t it? Unfortunately, a peaceful retreat from the world isn’t what …View full post
Last week I nagged you that it was time to review your 2014 goals. Did you do it? (nag, nag, nag) Once again I discovered that priorities have shifted. Here are my writing goals through 2014. I’m posting them here to give you permission to switch up your own goals. The important thing is having …View full post
More than half of 2014 over. I had hoped my focus word “firm” for 2014 would have taken effect physically as well as spiritually and relation-ally.
Been doing Shaun T’s exercise video “T25” for 3 months; lifted weights and walked 3 miles a day before that. But alas, this girl’s old bod isn’t getting much firmer.
But my resolve remains firm. And that’s a big part of the equation. So like Lone Watie in The Outlaw Josey Wales, “I shall endeavor to persevere.”
…through 2014 and beyond. Because the alternative to firm is less than attractive in so many ways.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Are you still plugging along toward improvement or at least upkeep?
Don’t you just love free stuff? And bargains? Me, too!
Over the past year I’ve been thrilled to receive hundreds (yes, really) of free books for my Kindle. Some have been better than others; most I haven’t gotten to yet.
But one of the cool things about some of the free books is that they’re the first in a series. The series author offers the first book for free. If the reader likes it, she’s more likely to buy the rest of the series.
My hat is off to that great marketing tool! I’ve purchased more than one set of books after reading the first free one in the series. And I’ve recommended those books to my friends. And my book club. So those brilliant authors did good—both on our behalf and theirs. It’s a win all around.
The latest series I’m reading that started free is the Chop, Chop series by L.N. Cronk. Chop, Chop introduces us to the characters we’ll get to know in the rest of the books. It starts with the main characters as kids and ends at high school. The first three-quarters of the book is light and funny and engaging. Then suddenly—if you’re like me—you’ll be sobbing.
That first book was free. Our book club read it, loved it and we all bought the second one, Day-Day. We’re meeting today to discuss it. Funny in parts, heart wrenching in others. Great writing and storytelling throughout.
I went through nearly an entire box of Kleenex reading this one. That’s a good thing.
When I swiped my last Kindle page, I saw that there are a total of eight books in the Chop, Chop series. I have a feeling I’ll need to invest heavily in Kleenex.
I am SOOOO last century.
OK, maybe not all the way into last century. But definitely last decade—technologically speaking.
In the past couple of years, I’ve started a blog and developed three websites on my own—with no help and only a few teardrops. They’re not fabulous but they’re up and working. Mostly.
I can email; I can Skype. I’m on Facebook and just joined Linked-in. I have a twitter account I never use and on occasion, I even know which remote control corresponds to which device next to the TV.
I also have figured out the whole indie publishing thing and can format my books, create a cover, and get them uploaded and available for print and electronic publishing.
But here’s the thing. Most recently I have set about creating leader’s guides for my women’s Bible study series, With Faith Like Hers. Although the studies were written for women to read each day on their own, we gals love to get together and talk. Therefore, we also love doing group Bible studies.
So here’s where I’m still stuck in the last decade. I’m writing this first set of leader’s guides as a downloadable Power Point.
Really? you ask.
…uh, yes…she replied sheepishly.
I know! Video is the thing. But that means researching software and hardware; learning how to use both. It means having to get dressed at least for the day of shooting with makeup and lipstick. It means trying to be enthusiastic, real and encouraging while worrying whether the camera is giving me fish face.
So, yes, one day I will move into this decade. But let me cling to my Power Point a bit longer. Get the content before focusing on the how-to-present-it part. That sounds good, right? And it’ll be free so that’s a plus, right?
Sigh. By the time I’m ready to shoot my first video, there’ll probably be something new to learn and master. Will I ever join the modern world?
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Is there a technology skill you need to learn? What is holding you back from learning it?
I love praying that people will live the meaning of their names. Here are two more for you.
Don’t forget: if you want to pray for someone in this way, leave me a comment below or head over to Honor Bound Books to learn how I can put a name and a prayer on a plaque for you.
DEREK; DERRICK: gifted ruler
Heavenly Father, we pray that Derek will live the meaning of his name. We pray that Derek will remember that you are the true ruler of the universe and that everything he has is because of you. We pray also that he will take on positions of leadership with an eye to focusing on how he can best encourage the gifts and talents in those he leads. Amen.
TONYA; TONJA: worthy of praise
Heavenly Father, we pray that Tonya will live the meaning of her name. We pray she will recognize that only you are worthy of praise. But we pray also that she will live her life so as to keep her reputation spotless in your eyes and also in the eyes of people around her so that they can see you shining through her. Amen.