Christine Lindsay Author picOh look at me. You…whooooo, look at me!!!  I’m over here. I’m the one waving a banner
over my own head. I’m the one shoving my picture in your face.

Do you ever get just plain sick of doing this?

As writers it is so necessary to market. We know it’s part of being a
good steward of our ministry. And we’d all much rather be writing our inspirational
books to encourage readers in their faith, than having to infiltrate the market
through Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

But we have to do it, no matter how against the grain it rubs.

This discomfort gets increasingly worse when we have a new release. And
it seems we need to push forward our front cover pictures, author pics, book
trailers, whatever.

I become increasingly embarrassed with each successive shove of my stuff
forward, and I start to withdraw inwardly.

That inward withdrawal has become a place of rest, because the only
place I can find comfort from the chafing of marketing is in sitting quietly
with the Lord.

I like to think of walking up the mountain with the Lord Jesus after He’s
had a busy day speaking to the multitudes. Mind you, He didn’t shove His face
forward like I have to do. He always directed His followers to worship God the

Still though, I like to walk up the mountain with Him, and sit down. Say
nothing for a while, just rest in the fact that He has promised to never leave
me. Let the high-up fresh air blow through my hair. Whisk away the strain of
publicity and marketing.

And just be with Him.

“Be still and know that I am God,” He says.

Then I can talk to Him, and tell Him how I really feel. That I do get a
rush of adrenaline when I see my face out there, when I see my book cover out
there. That after my speaking engagements are over, and people come forward to
chat or have me autograph a book for them, I do get a rush of . . . of what?

Oh dear Lord, is it pride?

Please let it not be so.

Surely it’s just adrenaline? Surely, it’s just the joy of knowing that the
speaking part is over and You did an amazing job of encouraging the listeners,
the readers.

But part of me sighs deep down. I think there is a stain of pride. There
is something inside me that did enjoy that few minutes of fame. That I liked

And that is when I must look my Lord Jesus in the face, and say, “I’m
sorry. How utterly silly of me. Let me just look at You for a while, and listen
to You, and let You cleanse my foolish soul.”



Hi, Sherry Kyle here, encouraging you from my laptop in
Central California.

Have you ever said
Author photo 2:13 something you later regretted? Maybe
you wrote something you wish would disappear from cyber space. Or maybe you were
the recipient from someone’s harsh criticism. I relate to each one of these. I’m sure you do too. 

As authors we also put our characters through
difficult relationships. The only way our characters will grow is if they go
through conflict. After all, life is complicated and messy. Right?

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By: Janet Perez Eckles


Anybody out there dizzy like I am? Are you being bombarded by offers, suggestions, advice, luring seminars, and workshops—all to expose your writing, enhance marketing efforts and boost sales?

Confessing…I’ve been caught in the gotta-try-that frenzy. Most of us are dashing here and there, hoping to get that platform built. Eager to get our books promoted. Trying to get that door to open, one that will make our work soar to the top. Trying to book that big speaking engagement. Trying, trying till we collapse in bed, our head exploding with endless possibilities—too many to try. And some, too expensive to accept.

So, what to do? How to dodge the firing of internet luring. I just came up with five practical steps, simple to follow. And with a bit of diligence, will bring serenity to the internet insanity.

1. Begin the day with prayer for God’s wisdom—abundant wisdom to choose, evaluate and discern.

2. Be careful. Is the offer sounding too good to be true? It probably is.

3. Be prepared. Is the lure touching your emotions with wording: “only three spots left; act now and save…offer only today.”

4. Be bold. Check out input from trusted fellow authors and speakers. They will share their experience, giving valuable insight.

5. Be faithful and embrace this truth: in the midst of endless offers, God offers His grace to accomplish what we cannot.

At the end of the day, you can put your head on the pillow of peace, and having made Godly-wise decisions, your heart will echo, “All is well with my soul.”


Cheering you on to experience life, harvest its lessons and share their outcome.

Although blind, Janet Perez Eckles inspires you to see the best in life. With her #1 Amazon best-selling release, Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta, she inspires you to look beyond a complicated world to find the simplicity of God’s joy and success.


Sherry Kyle, author

Hi, Sherry Kyle here, writing to you on my laptop from
Central California.

I prayed fervently on my way to the Capitola Mall on
Saturday. The direction of my prayer went something like this, “Please, God,
help me to be a listening ear to those who need encouragement coming into
Inklings Books &Things. Help me plant a seed for Christ. And if I sell a
few books, well, that would be nice too.” I wasn’t nervous or anxious at being
the featured author at my neighborhood bookstore. Instead I was eager to see who
God would bring my way. Here are three stories that I hope bless you as much as they blessed me:

The first couple I spoke with was a quiet, older pair. They
gingerly picked up my books and looked at the back covers, saying they didn’t
know a child they could give The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style to and usually didn’t read books like Delivered with Love. “Thank you for taking a look,” I said, smiling. After we talked a few minutes, they moseyed to
another part of the store. It wasn’t long before the woman came back and
expressed her interest in writing poetry and her desire to publish one day. After
finding out she was a Christian, I took the opportunity to tell her about Mount
Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Before Catherine left, she thanked me for
all the information and signed my mailing list.

Inklings signing








Raul, a twenty-six year old young man, was the next person
who came by. “Are you an author?” His face lit up and he extended a hand. “I’ve
never met a real author before,” his voice rose in excitement. After shaking
his hand, we talked like two people who share the same
passion for books. I discovered Raul loves “paranormal” books, a far cry from
what I write, but it didn’t matter. I was able to encourage him to pursue his writing

A woman named Carol walked right up to the table and said,
“I love supporting local authors.” It didn’t matter what my novel was about she
wanted to buy it. As we chatted I discovered she had a brain injury, which
prevented her from writing. I found out she taught creative writing years ago
and had a story idea that she felt had never been done before. Her eyes
clouded when she shared the image that sparked her imagination. She wanted to
write again, but was afraid. I told her
that before I write I pray to God to help me because
I can’t do it in my own strength. I also asked her if she would consider
writing an article instead of a novel—something possibly more doable for her. After
I signed her book she thanked me for listening and told me I was worth my weight
in gold.

On my way home I thanked God for answering my

We can and do make a difference. Praise God!

Do you have a similar book signing story? Please share.


Hi from Sherry Kyle, writing from my
laptop in central California. I wanted to share something
Sherry Kyle photo today that is near and dear to my heart—and no, it isn't specifically about writing, but I think this post pertains to all of us as Christian writers.  

Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I
chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit . . .” John

I love the Youtube video clip about a little fourth-grade girl about to go down a ski jump for the very first time. You
can watch it here:

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