Author_Photo Happy Labor Day from Jeanette! While researching a new book idea I stumbled upon this bit of historical trivia: Labor Day was official recognized in 1894 when President Grover Cleveland signed a law establishing it as a national holiday. The observance actually dates back to September 5, 1882 when workers paraded in New York City, fighting for unionization and an eight-hour work day. Declaring it a holiday was the president’s way of honoring the American workforce. By the early 20th century Labor Day marked the official end of summer.

As a kid Labor Day meant:
• A barbecue with neighbors
• Anticipating the first day of school
• The Jerry Lewis Telethon

I don’t think I even knew what Labor Day meant. Even as an adult it’s easy to let the meaning slip past me as I try to work in a final dose of summer fun. So today I’d like to take advantage of this historical day to honor my fellow hard-working writers.

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 Dianne Neal Matthews here, wishing you a Happy Labor Day! Are you celebrating the holiday weekend by taking a break from your writing and marketing labor? That's something hard for us writers to do, isn't it? After all, we can't just clock out and walk away from our job. Even if we go on a trip, we might leave our briefcase at home but we always carry our work-in-progress around in our head. So what's a writer to do?

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Happy Friday, CANNERS! Janice Thompson here.  IMG_3433 

Today I want to talk with you about stirring up the gifts God has placed inside of you. 

Every writer has the innate, God-given desire to do
something majestic with the gift he/she has been given. I don’t know about you,
but I want to be all I can be for Him. Why? Because I know the gifts God has placed
in me were put there to reach out to others—to woo them toward their Savior.
The brighter I blaze, the greater my witness. But, how do we go about stirring
up those God-given gifts? Isn’t that His job, after all?

  • What about
    you? Do you want to do something majestic with the gift you’ve been given?
  • Do you
    want to be a superb meteor? Why or why not?

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Hello all,


T.L. (Tracy) Higley here, with my very first CAN blog post! I’ll be posting on the first Wednesday of every month, and for the next twelve months I’m inviting you on a journey, through an experimental year for me, and one that I hope will prove helpful for you as well.

Before we get to the experiment, a bit of background:  Currently, I am writing historical suspense for B&H Books. The third book in my Seven Wonders series, Guardian of the Flame, releases in a month.

 

But as with most of you, I’m sure, the majority of my income comes from elsewhere. For me, that income is generated from a retail business I started about five years ago, selling craft and hobby supplies online. The business started as sort of a fluke, but as I learned more about retail, it grew, and within two years was doing well enough to be our family’s sole source of support. We have continued to grow in the three years since then, and I feel very blessed by the success there, as it has allowed me to pursue writing with more freedom.


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Aloha from Karen,
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    I'm interviewing Cheri Cowell, a dear friend and someone who worked haHeadshot glassesrd to           create great sales for her first book. She planned her own               tri-state book tour and build an incrdible database of churches.

    Welcome Cheri. Let's find out more about you and what you did     to market your books.

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