First glimpse of Matthew Muddles Through

I'm getting increasingly excited as I inch closer to launching the first novel of my "Matthew in the Middle" juvenile fiction series: Matthew Muddles Through.  It's especially exciting to share this first glimpse of the cover with you. Thanks to Ken Raney, of Clash Creative, for his excellent artwork and his patience with me during the process. Here's the … Continue reading First glimpse of Matthew Muddles Through

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Matthew comes alive

When I think how much fun I've had with Matthew this year, I almost feel guilty. Almost. Last winter I picked up my Matthew in the Middle series and began completely rewriting the entire thing. This summer I cranked out astounding weekly word counts. Early in August, I finished the first draft of the final … Continue reading Matthew comes alive

Self-publishing: expenses

It's pretty easy to get by with plastic in your pocket these days, but most people anticipating a trip are wise to at least estimate expenses. Before you self-publish a book, you'll want to consider the costs. From the start, you should be aware of some terms and options. It used to be that if you wanted to … Continue reading Self-publishing: expenses

Self-publishing: packing

Many self-published authors will share their expertise with you--for a fee. I don't claim to be an expert. In fact, I acknowledge being a total novice. But I'm sure other writers will appreciate hearing about my self-publishing experiences and learning along with me. My self-publishing journey is in the packing stage. I'm working on getting the manuscript … Continue reading Self-publishing: packing

Fiction focus

Focusing on fiction every Friday has been my longstanding practice, but lately my fiction focus has flowed into nearly every other day. And something else has been flowing. Since mid-May, I've logged an astounding 67,000 words of fiction writing. Okay, so it's only been 66,926 words as of this moment. But the day is young. … Continue reading Fiction focus

Where can we find atonement?

Storyteller Susan R. Lawrence portrays biblical and historical characters in engrossing presentations; she also writes engaging novels. She's a retired special education teacher who has published two family devotionals, contributed to three anthologies, and written many articles for various Christian publications. Today Glenda Mathes interviews her in connection with the current launch of her new novel … Continue reading Where can we find atonement?

Matt’s back!

Way back in January, I wrote of completing the second draft of Matthew Muddles Through and my hope to pare down its word count (you can read that post here). Since then I've spent most of my time concentrating on preparing presentations for an intense speaking trip (which you can read about here). But after my return … Continue reading Matt’s back!

Writers resources

Susan Olasky regularly posts Web Reads on the WORLD magazine website. Among the fascinating links she posted at the end of this terrific article about Elisabeth Elliot is The Write Life's list of 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014. I've only had time to scroll through because these days I'm focused on preparing several … Continue reading Writers resources

Writing book reviews

A few months ago, I blogged about how to Support Your Author Friends. One of the suggestions I mentioned was to review their books.My new Word Weaver friend, Elaine Marie Cooper, recently posted this entertaining article about How to Write a Helpful Book Review (or How to Keep an Author from Crying). She provides humorous and … Continue reading Writing book reviews