Birth of a Book

I'm excited to share this first blog look at the cover of my newest novel, Matthew Makes Strides, which will be released soon. The wonderful artwork by Ken Raney captures the emotion of this intense moment. Matthew Makes Strides is the second novel of my Matthew in the Middle series for middle grade readers. Book 1, Matthew Muddles Through, is … Continue reading Birth of a Book

Matthew two, too

Soon, very soon I hope, the second novel in my Matthew in the Middle series will be available. The first novel, Matthew Muddles Through, is already available on Amazon. In this story, readers meet Matthew and his family, which includes a dad who's a minister, a mom who's sick all the time, an older brother who … Continue reading Matthew two, too

Two new books launched

What a fun Friday! A radio interview and book signing doubled the fun during my local launch of two new books. Between 10:15 and 10:45 yesterday (December 19), Patricia interviewed me on the local Christian radio station, KCWN 99.9. After that, I signed books during the station's Christmas open house until 1:00. I want to thank General … Continue reading Two new books launched

Dedicating Matthew

Last Thanksgiving, my oldest grandson asked, "Grandma, did you ever finish that story about Matthew?" His question motivated me to resurrect my poor book-boy, who'd languished too long in a forgotten ward of the hospital. I started completely over on my Matthew in the Middle series, reorganizing it for the umpteenth time and finally deciding … Continue reading Dedicating Matthew

Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer

Does the concept of popular literature seem like an oxymoron? Can a book sell well in today's pop culture, while still displaying a high degree of literary quality? The answer is a resounding: Yes! This week I read a newly released book by prolific author Sigmund Brouwer that evidences excellent literary quality and is sure to skyrocket … Continue reading Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer

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

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

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