Friday, July 30, 2010

Worthy: Drinking Hope from a Well of Despair

Julie Gaskins just had her book published too! Yay, Julie! I had the honor of reading it while it was in progress and it is definitely "Worthy".Worthy: Drinking Hope from a Well of Despair

Sheila Deeth's eBook went Live !!!!!

My friend's ebook just went live. Just click on the link to enjoy some of the excerpts. It's for sale at just $3.99.My eBook went Live !!!!!

Sheila Deeth's eBook went Live !!!!!
Sheila's eBook, Refracted, just went on sale with Gypsy Shadow Publishing. Just click on the link and you can read all about it, read an excerpt, and maybe even buy it.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Flickertail & Paint now also available at... | Gather

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Flickertail & Paint now also available at... | Gather
In an earlier post, i mentioned you can use your Amazon and Borders gift cards to get Flickertail & Paint. I recently noticed they are also available at Barnes & Noble. I don't know if B&N offers gift cards or not but if you don't have any gift cards, I am now offering a discount on signed copies of F&P if you buy them directly from my website. The book is now selling for just $9.95 plus $3 shipping in the US.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

My Life as a Writer

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I can’t remember if I was eight or ten when I was first published. An English teacher assigned all of us to write a poem about our philosophy of life. I entitled mine, The Ultimate Goal and I wrote about death. She thought it was amazingly mature and insightful for my age. Personally, I think I was just feeling morbid that day. She liked it so much she sent it to Highlights who published it and sent me a check. For some reason the number 5 remains in my head. I couldn’t tell you if the check was for $50. It could just as easily been for $5. I don’t know if I won a contest or if every child who had the honor of being published, got paid.

I should have been on cloud 9 but the only thing that really sticks out in my mind was my foster mom’s comment. “You can’t take credit for your writing. God gave you that talent.”

That may have been when I started resenting religion or it may have been when my foster dad insisted on my bringing home a catechism book at lunch time every school day. Before I could eat, I had to recite answers to questions from the book. I’m blaming that on my current eating disorders and the fact that I’m 100 pounds overweight today. Anyway, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
After the episode with the poem, I wrote very little that I didn’t have to write but I continued to get praise about my writing from several people throughout my life. Still I wasn’t convinced I had any real talent although I always enjoyed writing and I knew my writing was adequate. Even when teachers would tell me I was a good writer, I would thank them, but remain unconvinced that it was remarkable enough to be published.

Later, in the orphanage, one of the nuns mentioned to another nun that I had an inferiority complex. Smart alek that I was, I denied it by telling them I actually had a superiority complex and was trying to hide it by acting inferior. I’ll never forget the shocked looks on their faces. I wished I could have been a mind reader. They never talked about me in front of me again. Who knows what they said about me behind my back after that.

I can’t remember when I started writing for the sheer joy of it again on paper but I have always written in my head. Is that what is meant by hearing voices in your head?

I submitted another poem several years ago for a contest. It was also published, in an anthology, but I was never paid for it. I suspect they publish just about every poem they get in order to sell anthologies to the poets and everyone the poets know.

About three ½ years ago, Gather.com ran a First Chapters contest. That motivated me to complete a book I had been attempting to finish, the previous ten years. I had about 4 chapters completed and from January until March to finish it. I wrote everyday to make the deadline. It contained four murder mystery novellas. Later I added a fifth. I’m currently revising it to be five separate and longer novels for my Sleuth & Scribe series.

I’m a bit like F. Scott Fitzgerald. In spite of his many published and well read works, he always considered himself inadequate. As soon as my first published book was released, I submitted a second just to prove to myself it wasn’t a fluke. The second was also accepted and will be released either toward the end of this year or the beginning of next. Book One of Sleuth & Scribe has also been accepted. I have no idea when that will be released. Probably around the end of 2011.

Still, there is the niggling thought that I’m not good enough to get accepted by a main stream publisher. Do I dare to attempt it? Maybe someday.
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Speech for Writers’ Group

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This is an outline of the speech topics I plan to cover for the Fond du Lac Writer's Group next month.


How I got started as a writer

Grade school poem submitted to Highlights by an English teacher.

Dabbled in poems and short stories for fun

Degree from UWO in Journalism. Public Relations/Advertising

Free lance writer of business and dog articles for online companies

Wrote resumes, ad copy, & website content

Entered First Chapters contest on Gather.com (motivated me to finish a book I had started)

Book had been started 10 years prior to try to make sense of my childhood
Revised it as a children’s book “Rudolph, a Child’s Love Story”

Camaraderie of other writers on Gather encouraged and motivated me to improve my skills

Some Publishing Options

Article publishers
Self Publishing AKA Vanity Press

POD (Print on Demand) Publishers

Traditional Main Stream Publishing

How I Promote My Books

Blog

Website

Zazzle products

Pin for hat or shirt

Vinyl lettering for car window

Writing more books

Press release

Media kit

Book readings/signings

An interesting comment on my book cover
An attractive and lively cover,
with just the right measure of
organic green and noble blue
the lettering style adds
imaginative flair
like curvilinear thoughts
wrapped around
living history
embellished by
vibrant visuals
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Monday, July 12, 2010

The Versatile Blogger Award

versatile blogger


Thank you Margaret West for awarding me with the Versatile Blogger Award.

Drop by Margaret's blog. It's a fabulous site.

According to the rules, I'm required to:

1. Thank the person who loved me enough to bestow this gift.
2. Share seven things about myself.
3. Bestow this honor onto 10 newly discovered or followed bloggers–in no particular order–who are fantastic in some way.
4. Drop by and let my ten friends know I admire them.

Seven things about me

1. I've been writing since I was in grade school and had a poem published then.
2. I've always wanted to be a writer.
3. I also wanted to be a singer.
4. I have been very fortunate in having many friends and family who encourage my efforts.
5. I have one book currently in print, two more will be available soon.
6. I am revising four more books which will be part of my five book Sleuth & Scribe series.
7. I went to London 10 years ago and long to go back to see more of England.

10 fabulous bloggers
Sheila Deeth
Elizabeth Spann Craig
Jo-Anne Vandermeulen Journey to Publication
Reena Das
Angela Higbee
The Old Geezer
Elizabeth McKenzie Hey, I'm trying to write here.
Roni Griffin
Judi J
Ruth Cox

Thursday, July 8, 2010

me with fp book

Maturity Times photographer was here today to take photos for an article they are doing about me and my new book. I figured I might as well take advantage of the opportunity to have my husband take a few photos of me too since I had my makeup on. I rarely bother with it anymore.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What I am doing the rest of this month

As many of you already know, the first book, "The Cold Case" of my 5 book Sleuth & Scribe series has been accepted and I am currently busy revising the second book, "The Car Lot". These are a bit of a departure from Flickertail & Paint, Barnyard Sleuths and Rudolph, A Child's Love Story, in that they are cozy mysteries for ages 13 and over. I hope these will be as much fun to read as they are to write.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Free Flickertail & Paint Bookmark for you!

As I mentioned in the previous blog post, I won a bookmark designed by Printable Pantry. If you would like a free Flickertail & Paint bookmark click here.

If you are an author and would like to have a bookmark designed click here.

Friday, July 2, 2010

I won the best site award for June from The Selling Lounge!!!

I had a really exciting day yesterday! In addition to winning the best site award from the Selling Lounge, I won

* bookmarks from Printable Pantry,

* 1 month FREE banner advertising in the Selling Lounge forum, blog and directory,

* a $30 gift certificate from Design My Cart,

* a banner ad displayed for one month at Really Smart Deals,

* a text link for one month on the Gift Listings Blog,

* an article in the Selling Lounge Newsletter and Blog,

* an article on Businesses Growing Together,

* and Vinyl Lettering Windshield Decal, from JeriSigns.com.

* Wes from sportscards 4 all has also offered to donate a 468 x 60 banner for an estore or forum.

If you would like a chance to win all of these fabulous prizes, join the Selling Lounge and enter your site in the contest. Be sure to read the rules before submitting. And good luck! :)

WANT AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY?

For autographed copies of Flickertail & Paint, Barnyard Sleuths you can buy directly from my website.








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