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The 11 Secrets of Getting Published!

The 11 Secrets of Getting Published, is a compilation of my best tips on getting published. In this 60,000 word book, you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop discipline.
  • Weather rejection.
  • Woo an agent with your amazing query letter and/or proposal.
  • Understand the publishing business.
  • Perfect your writing craft.

At the end of the book are three bonus sections:

  • I’d be published, but . . . where writers share their excuses for not publishing, and I gently admonish them to overcome their fears and move forward.
  • A quick publishing tip guide.
  • My story of publication

Over 300 pages chock full of information for…

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Publish Your E-book in 7 Simple Steps!


I never thought I’d self publish anything. Truly. I’m a traditionally published girl with eleven books under my author belt. I love my publishers, love what they’ve done. But there came a time when one of my book ideas didn’t fit within their needs.

The kernel of the idea to e-publish started when I pioneered my nonfiction and fiction proposal tutorials to help authors with the difficult process of writing a book proposal. Sure, they were simple e-documents I sold here from my site, but they weren’t made…

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She dreamed of writing horse books for girls. And she did it!

Today we have the privilege of hearing from Lauraine Snelling, a dear, dear woman with a quick wit and great mind. She’s going to do the third part of the transitions series (of which I was a part). Be sure to sign up for free here to listen to her tomorrow. The download of my talk and Holley Gerth’s is up there too now, and you can download those for free and listen to them at your leisure. Without further ado, here’s Lauraine:

All of my life, I’ve believed in the necessity of dreams….

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Mount Hermon Prayer 2010

I had the privilege again this year to pray at the Palm Sunday service at Mount Hermon. Not usually prone to write out my prayers for a situation like this, I felt God nudge me to be sure I prayed particular things. So I wrote it down. Here it is. I pray it blesses you. I pray it becomes your prayer, my prayer, our prayer.

“Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth…

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Fun Times at Mount Hermon

Head Start Mentoring fiction. Great gals!

John Olson, me, Randy Ingermanson

Oh the flora!

Amazing bridge.

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7 Publishing Myths



I don’t want to rain on your publishing parade, but I do want you to be realistic about traditional publishing. Here are 7 myths you need to know about.

  1. All authors make a bucket load of money! (Click to tweet this.) (Actuality: We make about 78 cents a book. Most of us make less than a teacher’s aid).
  2. Rejection ceases to exist once you’ve signed your first book contract. (Actuality: It gets worse, and the rejections hurt more.)
  3. Publishing is like those models who get…

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Why do poorly written books sell?

(Picture credit: me, at Chihuly museum in Tacoma, WA). I’m posting this picture for a reason, to show the beauty of art that took invention, labor, and creativity to make.)

Today over at Facebook I asked the question, “Why do poorly written books sell well?” Some spoke of the importance of story (and I agree.) A poorly written book with a knockout story will sell. We…

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A Saul Writer?

“Samuel said, ‘Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord, but rushed upon the spoil and did what was evil in the sight of the Lord?’

Then Saul said to Samuel, ‘I did obey the voice of the Lord, and went on the mission on which the Lord sent me . . . ” (1 Samuel 15: 19-20).

I read this passage with holy trepidation. What if I am Saul? What if I value the spoils more than the Lord? What if I chase after that which satisfies in the…

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What it takes to be a master writer

I share the “secret” of writing success over at Michael Hyatt’s blog today. He’s the CEO of Thomas Nelson. Let me know what you think. How many hours have you tallied?

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New Mentors added to The Writing Spa

God’s been doing cool things in my life–painful, but good initiatives. He’s been slowing me down, helping me see that a frenetic pace is not His highest for my life.

In light of that, I’ve hired my two critique partners, D’Ann Mateer and Leslie Wilson to share the mentoring load at The Writing Spa.

We’ve critiqued each other’s work several years now as

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