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?
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.
Aloha from Karen,
I'm interviewing Cheri Cowell, a dear friend and someone who worked hard 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.
Hey, friends! Jennifer Devlin here with a CAN Board member post. Today, I want to focus on the importance of staying “prayed up” as we serve God through writing and speaking. Prayer is not only the foundation of everything we do in life and ministry; it is absolutely essential to our success and survival as we endure struggles, disappointments, triumphs and victories.
We’re still celebrating Christmas in September here, with the release today of Christmas Homecoming, which includes a story by CAN author Elizabeth Ludwig.
- ISBN-10: 1602605645
- ISBN-13: 978-1602605640
Soar to new heights in this inspirational Christmas romance collection
where four females encounter love amid the Colorado Rockies. A widowed
grandmother, Carol Scheirer, is filled with angst, unsure that her family will accept the new man in her life. Wedding planner Noelle Evans wonders if the guy who once jilted her deserves a second chance. Old letters put writer Christmas Scheirer at odds with the guardian of her grandfather’s estate. Missionary Holly Rivers finds she still has feelings for the man she left behind. Will mistletoe missives result in more than one Boulder bride?
Lena Nelson Dooley, Jeanie Smith Cash, Jean Kincaid, Jeri Odell
Love hits the slopes at Christmastime. Four young women, fresh out of college, pursue their careers at a new ski lodge at Lake Tahoe’s Incline Village. Bethany has a hard time focusing on her RN career when she meets a handsome paramedic. A man who takes chances on the slopes almost makes Scarlett lose her focus on planning things to the last detail. A rival seems to be undermining Stephanie’s efforts to develop a time share program at Snowbird Lodge. A widower and his daughter find a place in the heart of Michaela, even though she’s chosen a male-free existence.
Kahtleen Y’Barbo, Lena Nelson Dooley, Vickie McDonough, Darlene Franklin
Four sisters are raised on a Texas ranch by their widowed father. Christmas courtships corral these women when a citified tenderfoot, a budding evangelist from a Wild West show, a part-Mexican horse wrangler, and a Texas Ranger ride into their lives.
Jan Kern here . . . hoping to offer a few words of encouragement for those tough moments in a writer’s life.
Wherever you are in your writing journey, I’m going to guess that there is something going on right now that feels . . . well, impossible.
Could be pumping out that amazing, hard-to-turn-down proposal, or getting it into the right hands. Could be, now that you have the contract, the deadline feels impossible . . . or you’re staring at a flashing cursor going nowhere. Maybe the book is published, but effective marketing feels out of reach, either due to limited know-how or resources.
I’m going to take another guess . . .