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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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Create a Facebook Ad in 8 Steps

Creating a Facebook ad has seemed mystifying to me. But recently I decided it was time to try it on for size. For those of you who haven’t tried it, here are 8 steps to create an effective facebook ad:

  1. Go to the Facebook ad site. Sounds kind of easy, but it took me a long time to find this!
  2. Choose a goal for the ad. Do you want people to go to your Facebook page and like you? (Ah, isn’t it true how we all want folks to love us?) Do you have a link…

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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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Be an influencer for The Muir House

The Muir House releases July 1st. It’s a love story. It’s a lost story. All under one roof.

In it I explore the idea of needing the truth from the past to be able to move on in the present. Willa can’t say yes to a marriage proposal until she unravels her past, but she learns the painful, yet valuable lesson that no matter what the truth is about back then, we still have the ability to live today. This coming of age novel explores truth,…

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Today I’m on the 700 Club!

{Picture: me + producer + sound & video gals. Love them!}

I have no idea how my interview turned out, so I’ll be watching it alongside you for the first time. You can watch the testimony segment on TV or on the CBN website. Click the Watch Now red button.

I pray this broadcast blesses you, that my story will give you hope that Jesus is bigger than anything you go through. That’s my heart. That’s my desire. He has taken me–a broken,…

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Do you worry you love writing too much?

I’m one of those people with a hyperactive conscience. Someone can look at me funny and I’ll say sorry. Therefore, I can go a little nutty trying to evaluate the motives of my heart in terms of writing. Yes, Jesus is the most important relationship in my life, followed by my husband and three beautiful children. But, writing is my calling. I’m finally able to settle into it, like a comfortable couch, finally able to embrace it.

Sometimes the Enemy of our souls would like to whisper condemnation in our ears with words like, “How do…

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Two books in two days!

Yesterday I received the ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of my upcoming novel, The Muir House. Here’s a little blurb: Willa Muir can’t say yes to the love of her life … until she explores her past and solves the mystery of a haunting dream. But when Willa’s desperate search unearths unthinkable secrets, her heart collapses. Can Willa shake her past to embrace a love that could finally lead her home? This book releases this summer and is set in Rockwall, Texas.

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Best advice for new writers

I’m thankful to have a cool cache of friends who are in the publishing industry. This post launches writer week, for all of those who want to be published or are strange enough to wonder about the process of publication, stay tuned each day. Today I’m blessed to offer you sage advice from many folks. Enjoy!

“Writing to be published is a lot like starting a new business. If you’re going to start a bakery, you can’t just have an interesting idea for…

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My first cartoon. Don’t laugh. (Oh wait, maybe you should.)

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Is writing inspiration? Perspiration? Or both?

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Note: This article originally appeared in the January 2010 edition of Writers Digest.

At the keyboard, we experience moments when our muse bursts forth—words flow into inspired sentences, paragraphs, and chapters. But the opposite is true as well, times where each word typed is agony. So which is it? Is writing purely

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