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Celebrating ‘Understanding Elizabeth’

Rejoice with those who rejoice… (Romans 12:15) Oh, how I love behind-the scenes stuff! I am one who enjoys rehearsals, even when I’m not performing.  There’s just something about that crackle of creative energy. The writer in me ponders intelligent adjustments that are made to the script. And then there’s the laughter and camaraderie of… Continue reading Celebrating ‘Understanding Elizabeth’

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“I will put you in charge of more…”

  Do you remember Jesus’ Parable of the Talents? One guy is given two talents to invest, another guy five, and a third guy, one. The first two get right to the business of trading, and each doubles his investment. Needless to say, their master is pleased. He says the same thing to each of the first… Continue reading “I will put you in charge of more…”

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Author Business · Book Love · Book Production Stuff · Robert A Heinlein · The Writing Life · Think like a businessman

Day 25: Specialization is for insects

What Robert A. Heinlein said: “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch… Continue reading Day 25: Specialization is for insects

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Baby Steps · Book Production Stuff · Darcy By Any Other Name · Kristen Lamb

Day 21: Demographic Who?

So yesterday I mentioned that indie or not, book promotion is all on the author. This is my cue for sighing and hand-wringing. On the other hand, advertising is a skill like any other, right? Meaning that promotion–smart promotion–can be learned. The secret to effective sales is identifying the market. Who is buying my books? Today’s prompt… Continue reading Day 21: Demographic Who?

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · An Encouraging Word · Book Production Stuff · Cover Design · Darcy By Any Other Name · Kristen Lamb

Day 20: Pride and Self-Publication

It’s easy to forget how quickly the stigma of self-publishing has vanished. At the turn of the century–this century!–self-publishing was the domain of the vanity press and a few hardy souls willing to take the risk. And humble their pride… As print-on-demand technology became available, many small publishing houses sprang up. My first book series was… Continue reading Day 20: Pride and Self-Publication

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Day 16: Sometimes even coffee can’t help!

The most challenging part of my book process is also the most basic: the writing of it. Words from my creative mind to the page–yeah, that’s the hardest. It all comes down to time, and to produce a book I cannot rely on summer breaks only. I must write during the school year. It’s either… Continue reading Day 16: Sometimes even coffee can’t help!

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Book Production Stuff · Laura Hile · Mercy's Embrace novels

Day 9: Book Idea Dawning

Sing it with me: “Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale…” Thank you, Gilligan’s Island, for the loan of the theme song. Because today’s prompt asks how I came up with the idea for my first book–a “three-hour-tour” concept that mushroomed into a series. Mercy’s Embrace, a romantic romp in three parts, was… Continue reading Day 9: Book Idea Dawning

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Borrowing Brains

So the next step in publishing my book is getting the cover underway. The graphic design firm I’ve chosen has an online application that is formidable. Not that it’s hard, but it asks me to think. Think? Yeah, right. There’s a reason I chose that dog photo. There he is, flopped on the floor, rolling… Continue reading Borrowing Brains

An Encouraging Word · Book Production Stuff · J.R.R. Tolkien · Kristen Lamb · Looking Ahead · Productivity Tips · The Writing Life

Mapping it, more or less

In the journey toward my book release, I feel like a cat chasing his tail. Round and round I go. First this, then that. Crank out another chapter, then tighten up the outline with the changes. Pesky story elements keep popping up like weasels. Events that I foreshadowed in earlier chapters and forgot about. I… Continue reading Mapping it, more or less