2015: The Year You Write Your Book

Have you had a dream way down deep to hold a book with your name on the cover? Have you jotted a goal on your bucket list that included, Write a Book?

Honestly, I never thought I’d hold my book in my hands. I didn’t think I’d get published. When I diapered and nurtured my sweet children (who now near adulthood), the dream felt distant and unattainable.

But in 2000, I made a decision. I would write a book. I sat down at my computer, a newbie to the core, and I wrote my…

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Flash Sale: 99 Cents for my Writing Books

If you’re not a writer, and you don’t want to write a book, just skip this blog post. (Or share it with a writer friend).

Today and today only, I’m offering my three writing books for 99 cents: The 11 Secrets of Getting Published (regularly priced $3.99), Write a Winning Nonfiction Proposal (regular price $9.97), and Write a Winning Fiction Proposal (regular price $9.97).

You can…

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10 year blogaversary. 10 Things I’ve learned.

As of yesterday I’ve been blogging ten years. You can read my first-ever post here if you’re so inclined. I concluded my post by writing,

If my verbal meanderings inspire you, I am thankful. If they push you closer to the throne of grace, I rejoice. If they stir up your ordered world, I am humbled. May these meanderings bring joy to the Audience of One and inspire you to do the same.

I wrote these words before I was published, when our family lived on foreign soil in the little village of Le…

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You may never be popular {but that’s okay.}

I posted this on Facebook yesterday, and it blew up (in a good way.) So I wanted to share it here, with you, my faithful, sweet, praying readers. I pray these words of frailty reach your heart.

I’ve come to the conclusion that God is sovereign over my career/writing/ministry/speaking. He can do whatever He pleases, whether I sell another book or not, whether I speak again or not. He is best glorified in me when I’m entangled in the lives of others, praying for them, welcoming them, all in REAL LIFE.


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Texas writers: GREAT conference to attend

I’m excited to be keynoting for the Roaring Lambs Writers Conference on July 19th. It’s chock full of amazing information and terrific speakers. If you live anywhere near Dallas, this conference is comprehensive AND a bargain. Make plans to attend. Click here to register. Cost is $79 and it includes lunch. Yay!

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Why Writers Should Think Like Plumbers

I recently wrote this on my Facebook page:

I think a lot. (Does this surprise you?) And one thing I can’t seem to resolve is this idea of good ambition and selfish ambition. I know a few people who tend toward Me-Monster-ness, and, because of that, I fear I’ll become that too.

The stress is this: I am an author. I am a speaker. I have to market, let others know I’m available to teach/write/encourage. And I do this. I’ve framed my marketing by using Seth Godin’s tribes metaphor. Instead of always talking about me,…

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Dream of publishing your book?

Hello writer-dreamer! You’ve had this book in your heart and head for years, and you’ve finally spilled your guts on paper (or better said, in pixels and bytes). Perhaps it’s been stuck in a cyber drawer for years, knocking to get out, but your fear has kept you back. Or maybe something more practical like boring old money.

Because, yeah, it costs money to produce a book–even in today’s favorable self publishing climate. To give your book baby the best birth, you need a few things:

  • An awesome, non-dorky, professionally designed cover.
  • A substantive edit by a real-live…

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10 Things New Writers MUST Know

The pun is intended as you look at my latest writing royalty check. It cost someone nearly the same amount of postage to send the $0.70 check.

But I DID deposit the less-than-a-dollar sum. Because I earned it.

So many new writers I meet are wide-eyed and have great dreams of being published and make a living with their words. Many have no idea the journey it takes to become a successful writer, meaning you earn a living as a writer.

I’ve been at this occupation well over twenty years, but have only earned income for the last…

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13 Quotes that Changed the Way I View my Writing Career

The Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom is a must-watch for every struggling writer. I promise you will be inspired.

The first time I watched it, I nodded my head, said a few amens, and felt understood as an artist who doesn’t always feel like a success. Watching these background singers walk such a similar journey as mine gave me hope. I am not alone in this artistic/fame/success/money struggle, and neither are you.

Then I watched the documentary a second time. And I feverishly wrote down quotes. Because these quotes are…

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Ministry Fear: What if What We Want Isn’t What God Wants?

Last weekend, I rested. Oddly, resting to me involves digging in the dirt, cleaning out the yard, hearing the birds chirp as I messy myself with soil and worms and plants.

This rest involved pruning back dead wood.

I realized something quite startling as I clipped dead branches: the dead ones were easier to snap than the live ones. The dead is easier to prune than the alive. And when you prune back the dead, the alive has the best chance to flourish.

In that moment, I remembered Jesus’ words in John 15 about pruning, how the…

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