Friday, October 15, 2021

5 Tricks That Will Make You a Better Writer

Halloween is almost upon us, but I don't remember the last time one of my grandchildren was asked to do a trick at someone's door over getting a free treat.

With writing, however, tricks remain one of the greatest treats of creating your best work.

Allow me to share 5:

1. Getting out. Like the ghouls and boys at Halloween, you must venture out to get that well-craved treat. You can't expect to stay home (unless you're the parent) and receive your favorite chocolates. The same is true with the better writers who go out - not just to work or to the grocery store - but on a planned visit. Taking a walk is good, so is visiting the park, taking in a movie or dinner alone, or purposely planning a weekend at a favorite hotel or destination to write your heart out.


Our annual Halloween party. From left to right: Bekah as Nancy Drew, Chris as Neighborhood Watch guy, Me as Carmen Sandiego, Doug as Sherlock Holmes, Jacob as Scooby Do.
WE LOVE OUR GRANDKIDS!  

2. Writing when you don't feel like it. Writing, for me, is like breathing. Some days, all I can do is write in my journal, but I write every day. When it hurts the most is the best time to write. I have found when I write when I hurt I heal that much faster.

3. Reading what other writers have written. I know, I know, you've heard this for years, but it remains true. I still talk to writers who love to write but they never read. There is something life-changing about reading what someone else has written and paying attention to how and what they have written about, especially if the book is in the same genre as the one you are writing or wish to write. We can learn a lot about characters, setting, dialogue, and plot by reading someone else's work.

4. Editing! Editing, at least for me, is a dreaded task until I think about the end result. Always, always, the end result is a better representation of what I have written. Always! How many drafts does it take to get to the end of your [book]? The world may never know, but you should.

"How many licks does it take to get to the end of a Tootsie Pop?"
 Photo by Nagesh Badu on Unsplash

5. Taking in feedback. This is hard! I still struggle with this one! Especially after I've worked hard to make the work my best and there are still issues! Sometimes the feedback is someone's opinion. You hear it once and no one else makes the same comment. I take a look at these and often let them go. Then there are the times you hear the same comment over and over. That's when you really take a look! That's when changes for me are often made.

Becoming a better writer doesn't happen in a moment as you know. But a howling night, maybe five or ten years down the road, you'll look at your earlier work and really see something! The best treat of all...

Improvement.



Friday, October 8, 2021

5 Things You Might Not Realize About Writers and Writing

1. Writing helps writers to see the big picture as well as the small one. Writing teaches writers to notice life. A writer notices the striking sunset as well as the almost forgotten wildflower. They see because the best writing demands that they see.

2. Writing teaches a writer to listen. A writer hears the silence of a mountain walk. A writer hears children. A writer hears and takes note of disagreements across the room. The best characters come from their innermost memories and what they hear in a crowd or in silence.

My husband, Doug at a recent family wedding. Don't you just LOVE the flowers?

3. Writing promotes growth in other areas of a writer's life. Writers have the courage to speak what they feel because they have written what they've felt numerous times. Writers learn to speak one-on-one and in groups because they have shared their books in both settings through books signings and speaking engagements. 

It rained today. So beautiful.

4. Writers are connected with deep thinkers. Writers love those who can think deep. It isn't about sharing the weather. With them, it's about the color the weather creates. The moistness of rain on cement, traveling down gutters, droplets of dew on cars like kisses. Plants kneeling from the extra weight, grasses glistening, revealing their souls. Writers talk about what really matters. Hardships. Growth. Light.

5. Writing helps writers to stay on track. Writers are often journalers. And writing down their thoughts about their own life's curves and turns helps them to make better decisions and write a bit better present day.  



Saturday, October 2, 2021

Why I decided not to stay with my local publisher - The PCM of marketing books

Upfront: This is not a traditional publishing bash. Many, many authors decide to go the traditional route. 

I began my journey the traditional way, at least the local traditional way. I didn't have to pay a cent to have my book published, and I was excited for a while at the prospect. After writing for many years, finally, someone was taking notice.

 

First cover

Here is what I discovered after the novelty of publishing wore off. 

1) After my family had purchased my middle reader for $18, it was hard to sell it. 

2) The cover really wasn't middle reader, and I wondered if the artist had read my book. The cover was nice but it really didn't work for my book. 

3) I was surprised that I was expected to do 99.9% of the marketing. Frankly, I had no idea how to do it. My publisher listed my book on their website. That was the extent of their marketing efforts.

Going the local publisher route was not a bad idea, I learned a lot, but in the end, with little control over my book, I felt as if I could do better. Frankly, I knew my book better than anyone else, and because I knew it, I felt I could sell it. 

Smile.

I wasn't necessarily right about that. I knew my book, but I didn't know how to market a book that was too expensive with the wrong cover. A few years of trying and failing to sell it proved to me that something else needed to happen.

Unfortunately, I didn't have the money to buy the rights back to my book. Fortunately, my brother did. It cost him $500. 

Smile.

Final cover

Life is about learning, and book learning doesn't come cheap, but I learned. 

1) Publishing on my own I could price my middle reader at $10, a far better price, and one that readers would pay.

2) I could create a new book cover, one that works for the genre of my book. 

3) I could do 100% of the marketing! Through the years I have actually learned something! What works, what doesn't. And change, boy does marketing change!

Price. Cover. Marketing. 

There you have it. 

Friday, September 24, 2021

3 Habits Every Successful Writer Has

You believe you're written a great book. You've also done your share of marketing. Still, dreams of fat paychecks have remained dreams, and you find yourself wondering if it is all worth it.

Is it?

Every successful writer will tell you a different story. Many will say it's about the money. You will know you're a success when you become a bestseller. Others will say it's when you write what you love and share it. Still, others will write only popular genres, those that bring in the most readers.

To be a success is individual, but the habits to get there tend to be similar.

Photo by Chris Spiegl on Unsplash

First, the writer is dedicated to the craft. Writing comes first, or close to it over almost every other life pursuit. It is more important for the writer to write than eat. Often, even when the writer is eating they are writing. The writer doesn't call his/her writing a hobby. Writing isn't something they 'do' when nothing else seems to be vying for their attention. Writing is something they are. If not for writing, they would die.

Second, the writer receives criticism with grace. They may not 'like' the criticism, the feedback, the review, but they take a look at it. The writer may get angry at the criticism, the feedback, or the review, but they DO NOT let these feelings grow inside them. They don't stop writing because someone doesn't like their work. They don't stop writing because another someone says they will never be good enough. They don't stop writing because... [you fill in the blank]. They use the criticism, the feedback, or the review to improve their writing [if need be - not all feedback is valuable] and then move on. 

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

Last, the writer keeps learning. There is NEVER a point where a successful writer says, "Well, I know everything I need to know now." Writing, like all things in life, is a process. A writer, through time and application, can get better. They may even find that writing a particular genre comes easier to them than another, or that they write better in a particular genre over another. Marketing approaches change at least yearly. What works one year may not work the next. And marketing gurus are always finding new ways to connect with readers, so it's a good idea to watch what's happening out there. Readers want to be informed, but they also want to be surprised. What do you have to say that is unique to what you see others sharing out there?

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

Habits take time to develop. They take time to stick. But a successful writer doesn't give up.




Friday, September 17, 2021

Book Your Weekend!

Yes, it's almost here!

I will be at the American Fork Library in less than a week! 

The writing conference is FREE! Can't beat that! I will also be giving away a FREE book to one lucky winner! If you're chosen as the winner, you will have 8 book choices available at the conference!

I Walked With Jesus: New Testament Stories of Faith and Healing From the Least of These

Enlightened: My Personal Journey with Christ Through Scripture Journaling

Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones

The Gift: A Parable of the Key

The Feast: A Parable of the Ring

The Parables of Virginia Bean

Heaven 24/7: Living in the Light

A River of Stones

AND... drum roll, please... CHAPTER 1 OF BOOK TWO IN THE I WALKED WITH JESUS SERIES! Get a head-start read on the new book to be released in 2022! Free for the reading!



Thursday, September 16, 2021

Best Posts of Summer

As I have been reflecting on this summer and all I have experienced, I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to keep writing. Though the pandemic has shut some things down for writers, namely book signings and speaking events, I have yet been given the privilege of searching my soul for the truth of why I write. And it seems that readers fall right in line with me.

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

None of us write to hide. We write to be seen. We write to be heard. I would imagine that's why the most popular post this summer has been "Do you write to be average?" There's not a person I know of who doesn't want to leave a legacy of some kind to the world. Whether that legacy is a recipe, a story of their life, or a photo album of their adventures. 

Second, we want to win! In "Why Would You Want to Enter this Contest Today?" I shared my newest release, "I Walked With Jesus". Evidently, there are a few of us out there [tongue in cheek] that hope to win. I am waiting for the results and will let you know when I have them. 

Photo by Wesley Eland on Unsplash

Third, we want to know what others are thinking. In my post "Reviews of I Walked With Jesus" I shared multiple reviews from readers and what they thought about my newest book. Reviews help a reader decide on the purchase of a book. Will it be something they will like? 

Will it fill a need for them? Will it change their life? Many readers reading inspirational books hope they will take away something that they will be able to carry with them through life.

Fourth, we don't want to miss out! When the contest held at Novels Alive was almost over, I put out a post, "Just hours away from ending!" Perhaps you were one of those who kept telling yourself you were going to enter the contest and the days' sort of slipped away from you until the very end. Sometimes, life is like that.

Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

Fifth, we forever want FREE stuff! "Free book until August 30" focused on my previously published book, "Enlightened: My Personal Journey with Christ Through Scripture Journaling". I remember, years ago, when I won a Seals & Crofts album from a radio station. That record was like gold to me for many years! And all I had to do was to be the 10th caller!

Thank you to all of my readers!


Saturday, September 11, 2021

Remembering 9/11

Twenty years ago I was glued to my television screen. More than likely you were too. I went back to my journal of that day to see what I had recorded. 

Photo by Fred Moon on Unsplash

On 9/11 I'd written a poem.

The first title I gave the poem was Winter Ash. Later, I crossed out the 'sh' and put a letter 'k' where the 'sh' was, making the title, Winter Ask.


In the midst of darkness 

they walked

seeing no one

the dust from the explosion

thick and unyielding

their eyes blinded 

a death-walk of some kind

whited cheeks

dusty clothing and hair

they grieved

Hours later the dust still gathered

around their fingernails

winter ash

felt its way through buildings

plundered, people killed

a mark of death

and yet

fingers clutched and held

spoke words of help

of love

In the heavens there was one

who watched

who grieved

who reached through the clouds

to all who could hear

and see


This poem is probably not the best poem about 9/11 but it is mine, and I share it today with a prayer in my heart for all who suffered on that never-to-be-forgotten day. 

Friday, September 10, 2021

JUST HOURS AWAY FROM ENDING!

I know I've said a lot about my newest release, "I Walked With Jesus: New Testament Stories of Faith and Healing From the Least of These," but it bears repeating, especially when the winner receives a hard copy of my book and a $25 from Amazon to get even more books, or whatever else you want! JUST 3 MORE DAYS TO ENTER! Go to Novels Alive to enter. 

I am also still offering FREE codes to anyone interested in listening and reviewing the audiobook. Let me know below or at kathy@ariverofstones.com if you'd like to jump in and do that. I would LOVE to accommodate. If you'd like to listen and not review get your audiobook here!

I am gearing up for the American Fork Conference which will be held on the 25th of September at 10:30 a.m. The conference will be held at the American Fork Library. Learn more here. Come and visit with your favorite authors, and learn some things about creating a great book, interviewing, and MORE!


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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Do you write to be average?

Writing, for all of us, means something. We don't usually write and share what we write because we believe we're not any good. Neither do we write because we feel we are just about average.

We write because we have something to share. We write because we love writing. We write because we have something to sell we hope readers will want. We hope we have that little something different that makes our work stand out from the crowd. 

I don't write to be average, and I suppose you don't.

One of the best ways I know of to stand out from the crowd is to write. And to write a lot. Another is to read. And to read a lot. Another is to meet and talk with other writers who have hopes like you do. Hiding gets you about as far as the front room door. If you want others to get to know you, you have to been seen and heard.

Photo by The Climate Reality Project on Unsp

I love writing conferences. I love the people I meet and the things I learn that I can apply to my own writing. Stuff like editing until it hurts. Keeping an open mind when rejection seems to be the only constant thing coming your way. Being willing to listen to others and their opinion of your books. Keeping a stiff upper lip when your book sales don't go as you planned. Being willing to step out of your comfort zone again, and again, and again.

For those of you wanting to step out of the average zone, I have a request. No, an assignment. Coming up this month is a writer's conference in American Fork, Utah. If you don't live in Utah, you're not off the hook. Find a writer's conference that you can attend this month or next, and be a part of it by showing up.

Showing up means more than attending, right? 

Step up. See what happens.






Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Hear that?

My audiobook is out and I would love for you to check it out! I love working with ACX and Audible.com for the production of all of my audiobooks


If you are too busy to read but feel as if you are missing out on life because you haven't read a book lately, you might want to try audio. If you know what audiobooks are all about and you haven't listened for a while, you might want to check out what Audible.com has to offer.

Have a great day!

Kathryn

Monday, August 30, 2021

14 Days Left!

Have you entered this contest yet?

Just 14 more days to go!

 Can't wait to see if you're a winner?

Get I Walked With Jesus TODAY.



Saturday, August 28, 2021

Half a Dozen Superb Ways [I have discovered this time around] to market my book

As I was thinking about what I might share with you today it came to me that I have done a few things differently this time around to market my book. I have always marketed, but I haven't always wanted to spend any money doing it. I figured there were enough FREE places to get my name out there that I didn't need to spend any money to do it.

What I have discovered this time around is that I still need to be careful with my money, but that, with a little research, I can get my name out there forking out a few bucks. 

Photo by Visual Stories || Micheile on Unsplash

The first thing I read is that I needed to get reviewers before my book came out. I'd heard this before, but the sage advice added something I'd never heard before. Make a goal. They suggested a minimum of 30 reviewers in place before the release date. 

Can I tell you, this was a lot of work! As of yesterday, I am in need of 4, and my formal release date is August 30, so I feel like I still have some time. [Maybe you can help?]

I began to find reviewers asking people I knew personally, then online and from my list of followers, both on my blog and on my newsletter. And then I looked at blogs that had a list of book reviewers on their blog tour! On one particular blog, I received 6 yesses from the book tours listed, so that tells me something! [Though not all of them reviewed, they did give a thumbs up to post my book on their blog]. Unfortunately, I don't have the link for you. Fortunately, I have the list of the six blogs. They are A Blue Million Books, Wall-to-Wall Books; foreverreading@gmailcom [future post in the works], Novels Alive, Quiet Fury Books, B for Bookreview, and Margaret Yelton; mafyelton@msn.com; facebook.com/margaretfyelton.

One of the memes created by Novels Alive

From this list, I paid $25 to have Novels Alive create some memes for me and to post throughout the day on Twitter; something I have never done. Everything else was free. I currently have over 200 entries for the contest, and among the final count, one winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of my book. I wrote a blog post and shared an excerpt from my book, and was given an "About the Book" section, book description bio, links, and author photo opportunity.


 Photo by Katie Harp on Unsplash

Another thing I have done is to go through my list of #hashtags. I have been collecting hashtag ideas for a long while but have used them rarely. I am trying to use them when I send out my social media.

On the day my book was released, I sent out a new


book trailer with short quotes from reviews
I'd received. Although I have done this before, I had never thought to release the video on the release date. I pay a yearly fee to Animoto.com for the service to create these book trailers. They are easy to do. I am no techie and they make the process simple.

Another thing I have done this time is to offer my previous eBook, "Enlightened: My Personal Journey with Christ Through Scripture Journaling" for FREE. [You have through the 30th of August if you'd like a copy]. Often, if readers can get a free book, and they love it, they will more than likely purchase your new book.

Yes, marketing your book takes a lot of time and work, but I have found [once again] there are many people out there, both authors and readers, who want to help you - even if it's for a few additional bucks. 



 


Friday, August 27, 2021

Free Book until August 30th!

I don't normally post twice a day but I wanted you to know about a FREE book I have listed on Amazon.

With all of the hoopla about my newest book, I almost forgot that I needed to get the word out about Enlightened: My Personal Journey with Christ Through Scripture Journaling.

Get the eBook FREE here

This book will speak to your soul. There are plenty of opportunities to write down your innermost thoughts as you commune with God [because this is an eBook, you will need your own notebook],  scriptures to read, and ideas to bring your relationship with Christ to the next spiritual level. 

Who doesn't need that?

Please let me know through a review or a note here about your experience with this book. 

As always, happy reading!

Kathryn




3 Days Early! Get I Walked With Jesus!

WOW!

I Walked With Jesus was released today! Talk about a surprise. The best news is I have the day off today from my regular school job, so I have the time to really get the word out there. If you can help me with that too, I would REALLY  appreciate it. You can make a comment below, or you can enter the contest here, or you can put something out on social media!

You can get my book in Kindle, Paperback, or Audiobook format. 



I am still in need of a few audiobook reviewers. If you're interested, I will send you a FREE code to get the audiobook.


Thursday, August 26, 2021

Author Interview: Off Target - The Path You Choose


Tell me a little about your book.

Off Target—The Path You Choose # 1 is a young adult realistic fiction book written for grades 5 through 8.

Get the book at Amazon

What would you do if someone showed you a loaded gun?

“You are new in town and it’s your first day at a new school. Your neighbor, Trevor introduces you to a group of three boys and two girls. Right away you notice that Eric, one of the guys in the group, is being bullied at school. When you go to Eric’s house with your new friends, he shows the group a fully loaded handgun that is left in his mother’s nightstand. You are faced with some hard choices when someone suggests that Eric should take the gun to school.

What should you do? It’s time to choose a path:

If you’re worried that Eric will take the gun to school—continue on page 7.

f you decide to take the gun to prevent anyone from being hurt—continue on page 9.

If you leave the house with the others and plan to come back for target practice the next day -- continue on page 10."

Why did you write Off Target? Is there anything unique about it that differentiates it from other books out there?


I chose to write Off Target after hearing the student activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida speaking up to lawmakers against gun violence in schools, after 17 people were killed in their school.

I thought if students can make a difference, then why not a little grandmother from Idaho? We all have a voice and I wanted to let kids know the dangers of handling a firearm and the difference that parents can make by locking up their weapons.

The differences in my book are first: Off Target, The Path You Choose #1 is written in a Choose Your Own Adventure type of format, where the reader is asked to make choices throughout the book and the outcome is determined by the choices the reader makes. There are thirteen different endings in the book so the reader can go back, path and make different choices until they have read several different stories around the same theme.

Second: this book is fiction, written in a realistic way, using incidents, similar to those you might read about in the news headlines. And third: Off Target is written so that the reader is the main character and feels the emotions of the decisions they make while reading the book.

What is the most important takeaway from the book? What do you hope readers will remember?

I hope the reader will remember how it felt to make choices where someone could get hurt and that they can change their mind and back out of a bad decision before it’s too late. Also, that if they see someone doing something wrong, they can get help and stop a potentially bad incident.


Tell me about The Mom’s Choice Awards.

Off Target, The Path You Choose 31 is a Silver Winner of the Mom’s Choice Award of     Excellence.

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services on a number of elements, including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost.  Each item is judged on its own merit—rather than being judged in a contest with other items or books.

Books and products are evaluated by a respected panel of evaluators including educators, media, and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists, and others.

The Mom’s Choice Award is a mark of distinction and a trusted resource. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers, and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families.

    What advice would you give to a new writer, hoping to publish their book?

Many times, authors only write what they think a publisher is interested in publishing. I would advise a writer to write what is in their heart and not to worry about what is popular out there. Don’t even worry about how you will publish your book at all. Just write the book. Once your book is completed, I always recommend that you have your book edited, whether you are going to self-publish, going with a publishing company, or searching for an agent. You really don’t want to have an unedited book out there with your name on it. And it is best to have a polished book before sending it to a publisher or an agent for review.

I have published my books in a number of different ways. I really like the freedom of self-publishing. Off Target was published by Idea Creations Press. They do the work of publishing for you, but you retain the rights.

 _____


Jill Ammon Vanderwood is a mother and grandmother who wants to make a difference for the next generation. She spends much of her time visiting schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, drug rehabs, and church groups.

Jill has written about drugs, bullying and now her new book, Off Target tackles the issue of gun safety in realistic fiction. In many homes, minors have easy access to loaded handguns. This book shows scenarios where kids get hold of a gun and the consequences that follow. This is a book where the reader decides the outcome by their choices and there are thirteen possible endings. 

Jill teaches writing and marketing workshops and is available as a guest speaker for writers’ conferences, business groups, and college courses on writing or marketing. Jill is also available for school assemblies on bullying or gun safety.

You can visit the author on the web at

https://jillvanderwood.com/

Jill Ammon Vanderwood on Facebook

 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

10 Ways to Enter the Drawing for I Walked With Jesus

Today is day 3 of the contest at Novels Alive. Click here and you will be sent directly to the page where my book, I Walked With Jesus, and the opportunity to win a $25 Amazon gift card are listed.

After that, you will want to make a visit to B for Bookreview. Here, I have a guest post "Tell Me a Story That Means Something." Find out why "pictures" are important to any book you are writing or reading, and why, even as a child, I sensed their importance. 





   




Tuesday, August 24, 2021

DAY 2 - Have you entered to win yet?

Here we are on day 2! 

For anyone who writes historical fiction, especially those who write Christian historical fiction, this blog post is for you!

Get a sneak peek of chapter one - the Rabbi - and find out how you can submit multiple entries for a chance to win my paperback of I Walked With Jesus and a $25 gift card from Amazon.



Monday, August 23, 2021

Why would you want to enter this contest today?

You might be chosen to win a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of I Walked With Jesus

Go to Novels Alive. Enter. Wait. 

You might be chosen as a winner! 




Saturday, August 21, 2021

Be one of the first to review my audiobook!

My audiobook, "I Walked With Jesus: New Testament Stories of Faith and Healing" is HERE

Just click the link above and you'll be taken to audible.com and the page where my audiobook is listed. Contact me at kathy@ariverofstones.com, or let me know here and I'll send you a free code to review this book.

Thank you!!

Get the audiobook and audible.com






Thursday, August 19, 2021

Who Else Wants to Review I Walked With Jesus? [UPDATE]

Things on the book release homefront are getting closer with I Walked With Jesus: NewTestament Stories of Faith and Healing From the Least of These!

I would love to reach the 30 review mark by August 30th! [I am in need of 5 more reviewers!]

If you've been thinking about reviewing, but haven't committed yet, I would love to have you along. Let me know here or send me a note at kathy@ariverofstones.com.

Thanks!

You can choose to review the audiobook
[I will send you a code for a free audiobook - Update! I now have the free codes!]

or the paperback [I will send you a PDF]


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

How to Work and Write at the Same Time

Not possible you say?

If you're one of those authors who work part-time or especially full-time, you'll want to listen up. I was off during the summer so, as you would expect, I had a lot more time to write posts like these and to work on my writing and marketing.

Not so as of Monday.

Today I am sitting at my computer using the few minutes I have before I need to leave for work. Going to work at an elementary school is a must for me right now. Yes, I write. And yes, I publish. And yes, I sell my books, but what I sell and when I sell it, let's just say, varies. Working as a teacher's aide helps me to smooth things out in the financing department quite a bit.

If you're like me and work outside the home, but at the same time want to write and publish, you may find yourself never getting to what you love the most in favor of what pays you on a regular basis. To these writers in particular I would like to focus this blog post. 

Write when you're fresh. It is easy to say, "Well, when I get home from work, I'll write, or when the weekend comes," but it is hard to do. The best writing that gets done for me is in the mornings before work. Yes, that means I need to get up early. And yes, that means that I need to get in bed at a decent hour - for me, that's 9:30 p.m. But that's what it takes. 

I am looking at the clock right now. I need to leave at 7:50 and it's 7:48, so I will need to decide about finishing this post when I return home or waiting until tomorrow to finish it.

Gather ideas at work and when you're driving in the car. I can't even tell you how many times a great thought about a new book or the next scene will come into my mind when I am somewhere else. I think this is because your brain relaxes. You are focused on something else so your brain naturally gives

 Tom Wheatley on Unsplash

you the next greatest thing.

5:26 p.m. I am finally able to finish this post. It's been a long day but the creative juices never dry up for good!

Write in those spare moments whenever you have them! Small pieces of anything grow large the longer you are at it. When I began I Walked With Jesus, I was still working! My goal was to write a chapter a week! I did pretty well most of the time and now have a book almost ready to publish. Keep your eyes open for August 30!

Keep in mind that there are moments in life where we could be writing and don't. I have spoken about these distractions before. Still, sometimes a little distraction like television watching is just what the doctor ordered! Guess what I did first when I got home from work today?

Having a bit of time off to just lounge is okay, as long as you use it to juice up and get back to writing!

[I'm finally finishing at 6:02. I had a couple of things to do before finding the picture above].

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Tired of Dealing with those Annoying Writing Errors?

As a writer, you know what I'm talking about. As a reader, you know what I'm talking about too. 


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Spelling errors. Grammar issues. Missing words. The wrong word.

As a writer, you think your book is as polished as it can get, and then you send it to a reviewer who sees what you missed. You're working on an audiobook [I would recommend doing an audiobook for anyone wanting to catch writing errors] and stuff creeps out of your book that you never knew existed.

If you're a reader, you don't like seeing writing errors either, or a missing word, or the wrong word, or anything that makes you stop to look at the error, especially when the mistake comes from a book published by a traditional publisher like Random House. 

The good news is that it happens. You can count on it. The bad news is that it happens too often, especially among indie authors. I can say this because it has happened to me as an indie author. It has happened even after I've done multiple edits, after I've sent it to an editor, yes, and even when I've been working through the process of an audiobook.

It happened to this one: 

 5.0 out of 5 stars

Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2017
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5 Stars. I really enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing all the way through. There was a few editing issues
but nothing so bad to detract from my enjoyment of this mystery.

I was happy to receive 5 stars, but a 5-Star doesn't always happen with a book with "editing issues". As a head's up, the book is called Tie Died. Just saying...
I think it's important to note here for readers just how hard authors work to catch the errors you may see in the book you are currently reading, especially if they've gone through the ropes as mentioned above. 
When those spelling errors that I swear creep and hide between the book's binding when I'm not looking, make it to the final draft - yes, that one in your hands at this very moment - I hope you understand that I've done my best to sweep them out. 
To your writing!
Kathryn