Happy Friday in May from www.GailGaymerMartin.com  It’s spring in our new homeland of Sedona Arizona and flowers are everywhere. I had no idea our landscape had so many amazing colors and so many beautiful birds. In Michigan where I lived all my life until our recent move, I knew the flowers and birds popular in that part of the country, but here in Sedona, I’m seeing orioles, hummingbirds (by the droves) and even the Western Bluebird that is so beautiful.

You can probably see that I am happy. I am, but that’s not the only reason. After contacting my two major publishers, I have been able to request and receive reversions on  the rights of some of my book which means, they now belong to me rather than the publisher. Since I have been active writing for a small press, I also have the opportunity to rework my older novels are bring them back for a whole new audience.

One thing we learn as novelists and readers, who might also be interested to know, that  writing grows and changes with experience and practice. I have studied writing for years, grasping every new concept, honing my craft and trying to be the best writer I can be for the Lord who gave me the talent. It has been an adventure, and when I look now at my early writings, sometimes I cringe because I see ways in which I could have said something so much better. Now with the reversion, I can improve on that writing and make changes that will bring the books closer to the abilities I now have as the author of 76 published novels or novellas. I will never be sorry for my earlier books. The stories are often some of my favorites, but now I am able to make them even better with changes.

For novelists who have the opportunity for having your older novels revert back to you, do yourself a favor and study them to see in what way you can improve them. It will make your readers happy, especially the new ones who have never read the books.  So far I have  often used the same title with a new cover but I usually refer to those books as reissue so no one will buy the book who has already read them. Today I have many new readers than I had back in the 1990s and early 2000s. Almost 20 years have past and new readers spring up every day.  Next month, I hope to share with you some of the changes that I have made with the older books and the new techniques I have learned. Look for it next June.

For now you can look for two of my latest new releases, one a reissue: Love Comes to Butterfly Tree Inn and a new novella, Poppy Fields With You. Click on the title with link to read more about both.

Enjoy spring and I hope you take time to look at the flowers and birds. Blessings.

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ALT="Davalynn Spencer"Greetings from Colorado, where spring has made a comeback after last weekend’s big snowstorm. I’m Davalynn Spencer, welcoming Linda W. Yezak to our blog today.

So glad to have you, Linda. Please tell us a little about your latest title, The Bucket List Dare.

Love comes on a dare in this contemporary romance collection. Four college graduates, each turning 30, celebrate the milestone with a dare to do the biggest thing on their bucket lists. Adventures include traveling to Scotland, crashing a wedding, climbing a mountain, skydiving—and falling in love.

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Marketing Tips From Cheri Cowell

While a lot of marketing tips today are about using technology and having a good online presence, some things are still old school. The press release is still one of those things that works the old fashioned way. So learning to write a good press release is something all writers should practice. Here’s how.

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ALT="Davalynn Spencer"Greetings from Colorado where spring has finally sprung! Today I’m happy to introduce author Anne Greene for her encore visit to CAN.

Welcome, Anne. How many books do you now have published? So far I have six books published. I also have nine novellas, all in boxed sets as well as single books.

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Cara Putman
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Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin! I’ve just come home from the fabulous Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, and now it’s back to work. But today’s work is fun! I get to interview a very special friend, novelist Cara Putman. Cara shares my love for World War II, and we were co-authors for Where Treetops Glisten. She also puts her background as a lawyer to use in mysteries and in her latest novel, Beyond Justice, a gripping legal thriller.

Cara Putman

Cara Putman

Cara, how many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

I currently have 25 books out or in process. My latest book is Beyond Justice, and then I have several with Guidepost mysteries as well as Where Treetops Glisten and Shadowed by Grace. Read More →

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