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Greetings from steamy, summery (even before summer officially begins) but beautiful Mount Dora, Florida. Today, I have the privilege of interviewing a friend I’ve never met. Gail Gaymer Martin and I share several writing connections (including CAN) that have allowed us to pray for one another, as well as a “Gail” connection (her first name is my middle one). Gail is a multi-published novelist with lots of insights about marketing and promotion, so let’s get right to her encore interview.

Gail Gaymer Martin

Gail Gaymer Martin

Welcome back to the CAN blog, Gail. How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

I have 64 books published in fiction with over four million books sold. The most recent novels and novellas are: Romance by Design, Lattes and Love Songs, Apple Blossom Daze, and A Trip to Remember.

A Trip To Remember LDYou were last featured on the CAN blog in 2012. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

What I’ve learned in the last four years is that nothing stays the same. Publishing has gone through major changes with many publishers folding or merging with other publishers, Christian publishers merging with secular publishers, and independent fiction growing strong. Small presses are new everywhere;  in fact, I am now writing for Winged Publications, which has been a good experience. I’m not only able to bring my out-of-print books back to life as the rights are reverted to me, but also to publish novels that did not fit my previous publishers.

I agree—publishing has certainly had more than its share of major changes over the past few years. So what are the chief lessons you’ve learned about promotion since your last interview?

Authors are expected to do a major part of the book promotion for traditional, small press, and independent publishing.

So true! What are the most effective means of book promotion you’ve tried? Read More →

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Pieper1Greetings from lovely Mount Dora, Florida, where we’re experiencing a few welcome weeks of spring before we move into our sticky summer weather. Today, I’ll share a special encore interview with author Maureen Pratt. Maureen comes to publishing from the unique perspective of a lupus and hypothyroid patient who also serves as an advocate for others suffering from chronic disease. Far from negative, her books and her speaking provide hope, help, and practical inspiration.                          Maureen Pratt

Welcome, Maureen! How many books do you have published, and what are a few of your latest titles? 

I have seven published books, and my newest one is releasing this spring: Don’t Panic!: How to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough (Franciscan Media). Other titles in print include: Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain and Illness (Image/Penguin Random House) and Beyond Pain: Job, Jesus, and Joy (Twenty-Third Publications).

Smaller book cover Dont PanicThose all sound great. You were last featured on the CAN blog in 2012. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

Keep praying and persevere! It has been five years between my last book and my newest one, but there’s a lot that happens between times. I’ve had more life experiences, which inform my work tremendously, and I’ve developed more patience (I hope) in letting God work within me to take those experiences and turn them into something that might help or encourage others. I’ve also learned much more about the “hot buttons” that readers are concerned about today, and Don’t Panic! is a response to those, especially the anxiety and panic that we might feel when a crisis of any kind strikes. In my lifetime, I’ve lived through natural disasters, civil unrest, and personal health crises, all the while relying on God and keeping Scripture, prayer, and Jesus Christ close. These invaluable supports have enabled me to cope and be resilient, and I hope others will find more peace as they read about them and other supports in Don’t Panic! Read More →

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Pieper1Greetings from not-as-chilly-as-last-week Mount Dora, Florida! I first met Karen Whiting several years ago at the Florida Christian Writers Conference, just a few miles away from my home. I’ll be back there again in a few weeks to serve as conference chaplain and to teach a three-hour class on memoir. And Karen has gone on since then to do what she does best: speak, teach, and publish more books and articles than almost anyone I know. Let’s dig into her interview right away so you can learn more about this award-winning author.   Read More →

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Pieper1Greetings from not-so-sunny (but not snowy and icy, either) Mount Dora, Florida. Today, I’m delighted to welcome award-winning author Gayle Roper 2014Gayle Roper to the CAN blog. I had the opportunity to meet Gayle in person at an industry conference last summer, where her book, A Widow’s Journey, was named the Advanced Writers and Speaker’s Association Nonfiction Book of the Year. I’m excited to introduce her to our CAN audience.

Welcome, Gayle! Could you please share how you got into writing?

I have been in this business for over forty-five years, and have things ever changed. I began writing as a young mom who was bored staying home. I quickly discovered nap time wasn’t for homemaking tasks but for writing. I had never planned to be a writer, so this career has been one of those wonderful God-surprises that expand and enrich your life beyond all expectations. My first sale was a short story to a now-defunct teen magazine. I was paid the princely sum of $10.

A_Widow's_Journey (1)I had a few of those checks, too—and each one thrilled me. How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

Over the course of these years I’ve had more than fifty books published, most recently A Widow’s Journey: Reflections on Living Alone (nonfiction) and An Unexpected Match (fiction). Read More →

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Marti Pieper

Greetings from Marti Pieper and not-so-snowy Mount Dora, Florida. We can only dream of white Christmases here, although some towns, including ours, brings in snow for at least one day during December. Regardless of where you live, I hope you’re warm, healthy, and eager to receive some book marketing wisdom from author and speaker Anita Agers-Brooks. I had the privilege of meeting Anita at the International Christian Retail Show last summer, and I’m excited about introducing her to the CAN readership today. Let’s get started with our interview.

Welcome, Anita! How did you get into writing? 

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Anita Agers-Brooks

As a child, I wanted to be a writer, but I hid that secret until I was in my forties. It wasn’t until late 2008 that I attended my first writer’s conference.

Sometimes it take a while to see our dreams fulfilled. How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

I’ve now had two titles published, First Hired, Last Fired: How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, and Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over. I’m working on a new project now. My agent and I have discussed a list of titles I want to write with selling potential, so my goal is to publish a book a year.

That sounds fantastic. Can you please tell us how you got your first book contract?

After I attended that first conference, I realized I had a lot to learn, so I took a spiritual and a practical approach. I prayed over Matthew 25:27, asking God what bankers He wanted me to invest my talents with, but I also set a goal to read 100 books on the craft and business of writing. After eighteen months of study and practice, I had two book proposals completed, one for fiction, one for nonfiction.

A few weeks after I finished my proposals, when a literary agent asked to see my work, I was ready with both. Six days later, I was invited to be their client as a nonfiction author. My agent sold my first book within two months. Read More →

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