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Greetings, Dear Friends!

Susie Larson here…

I post on the last Thursday of each month, which these days, puts me on holidays. Oh, well. 🙂 My monthly theme is around building a speaking platform.

When was the last time you had a conversation with someone, and something they said about knocked you over? Maybe it was one word or a short phrase or a word picture, but when those words went into your ears, your heart beat faster and maybe your cheeks even felt flush. Does that ever happen to you?

Sometimes those moments happen while watching a movie, reading a book, or listening to a song. Such moments are now-moments when God is speaking to us and we'd do well to slow down and really listen to what the Creator of the Universe is saying to us.

Prior to every new speaking season, I spend some significant time in prayer and I ask God for a few inheritance verses for my upcoming season. And since faith pleases Him, I also ask Him what I can believe Him for – what He wants me to reach up for and lay hold of. Surprisingly, one of the things God asked me to believe Him for was for many more now-words for my audience. 

Let me explain. 

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Gail Gaymer Martin Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with blessings from Gail Gaymer Martin at www.gailmartin.com

I have tried various tools for brainstorming plots and deepening stories, but I’ve usually given up and found the programs more trouble than they’re worth. One of the least expensive programs I’ve found and one you can even download free for a trail is Natural Reader, a text to voice program.

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Sarah Sundin Publicity Photos 2008 007 CAN Leanna Ellis Tomorrow, on New Year’s Eve, we’ll have the second full moon in one month – sometimes called a “blue moon.” How appropriate that I get to interview multi-published author Leanna Ellis, whose next book, Once in a Blue Moon, will release in March 2010.

Leanna’s books are known for quirky humor and lively writing. You’ll get a taste of this in her interview – and be sure to check out her website. It’s a blast!

Leanna, how did you get into writing? How many books do you have published?

ICAN OnceinaBlueMoon started writing way back in 1991. At the time I was a teacher trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. My sister suggested writing because I was always scribbling in my journal. So I did. I quit teaching and started writing. I don’t necessarily recommend that, but it eventually worked for me. I submerged myself in learning all about writing and the publishing industry, only subsititute teaching when I had to earn a few dollars. After three years, I sold my first book to Silhouette Romance. Twelve books, one husband, and three kids later, I wanted to spread my wings a little. God took me on a different path of writing which eventually led to the inspirational market. Today I write women’s fiction for B&H Publishing.

I guess there’s an exception to every rule, even “Don’t Quit Your Day Job.”

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Hi, everyone. I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and will enjoy a happy, healthy, productive and prosperous New Year. In September I wrote about marketing to libraries. I conducted an extensive campaign to public libraries over the summer months, marketing my books to more than 2,300 libraries. Since writing my September post I've begun to check back at the libraries I targeted to see the results. I'm about half way through my list, and so far I've found that libraries have purchased several hundred copies of my books since my campaign. And quite often I find that one or more of my books is checked out. Of all the marketing endeavors I've undertaken to promote my books, this has been the most successful. That includes TV and radio interviews, blog tours, you name it.

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Kern_web shot Jan here, writing as 2009 is drawing to a close about a recent prodding I received through another look at Psalm 23.

As writers we seek to factor in the best point of view (POV) for the piece we are writing. We make intentional choices or shifts to bring out nuances of meaning or story direction. The topics and characters are important, as are the readers we bring along with us through our story or narrative.

The power of POV came through recently as I was rereading Psalm 23.

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