Matthew on Amazon!

My book boy has gone out into the wide world. The world wide web, that is. Matthew Muddles Through, the first book in my "Matthew in the Middle" series is now available on Amazon.  Click on this link to go to the book listing. After all the surgeries and hospitalizations Matthew has undergone (see more about that … Continue reading Matthew on Amazon!

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

Copyright page disclaimers

As I make my way through my self-publishing venture, I hope to share some brief posts with online advice that might benefit other writers. Today I'm working on the copyright page, and I found this page providing six examples of copyright page disclaimers for different types of books.

Plagiarism court case

Any writer abhors plagiarism. I hate to see quotes without proper attribution or sentences and phrases copied verbatim from another source without any effort at attribution. I'd heard about significant plagiarism by big name authors. But I didn't realize plagiarists often steal someone else's entire novel, revamp it a bit and sell it as their own … Continue reading Plagiarism court case

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

Resurrecting Matthew

Remember Matthew? Those of you who've been reading my novel for years may recall him. He's the protagonist of a juvenile fiction series I originally began more than five years ago. And it's been more than a year since I mentioned him. Poor Matthew's gone through some serious surgeries and lengthy hospital stays.  But he's … Continue reading Resurrecting Matthew

Weaving words

What could be more wonderful for a writer than becoming part of a physical community of writers? I’m doing a happy dance on this wonderful Wednesday because I’ve attended my first meeting of Word Weavers. This remarkable organization provides forums all over the United States (and one in Canada) for Christian writers to critique each other’s … Continue reading Weaving words

Creativity and Productivity

At the beginning of a new year, many people implement innovative strategies to increase productivity and meet specific goals. I usually consider ways to make better use of my time, work smarter, and get more accomplished. Like others who work creatively, I struggle with bringing projects to completion. Is it possible to be productive and … Continue reading Creativity and Productivity

NaNo end nears

For thousands of writers around the world, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is winding down. Or perhaps, speeding up. In these last days of November, NaNoWriMo participants have less than 48 hours to hit the 50,000 word count goal. Those writers in the winner's circle are resting on their laurels, while those who can see the … Continue reading NaNo end nears