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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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Cheri CowellAs Christians at this time of year we are particularly aware of the commercialization of the season. We look for ways to put “Christ back in Christmas.” Yet, when the decorations are put away for another year, many of us still struggle with the need to market as a Christian author and our desire to put Christ first with us second.  As a new writer at a conference once said to me, “It all seems so self-promotional.” If this is you, here are a few thoughts that might help during this holy season and in the year to come.

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One of the best ways to build relationship is to be THANKFUL!  Others want to lend a helping hand to those who are gratefulthx sign pam bill and appreciative! Look for ways to thank those that surround and support you. As an author thank your publisher, and all who work for them; thank book store owners, meeting planners, blog site hosts, magazine editors, radio and TV producers, pastors—and even other authors who have said or done kind things for you. This is the time of year to send out thanksgiving cards with a note of appreciation, a Christmas card with a personal note or if you can afford it, a small gift. If another holiday better reflects your message, send out thank you’s then—like we do at Love-Wise by sending Valentine greetings!

Go Back and Give Thanks!

Even Jesus commended the one he healed who took the time to come back and say, “Thanks!”

And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers,  who stood at a distance  and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;  and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”[ (Luke 17:12-18)

Look Forward and Plan Thanks!

Say thanks with:

  • A photo or a photo greeting card (like from Send Out Cards)
  • A book and gift that carries the theme but that will bless the receiver (Red Hot Monogamy with Salsa and chips or some red hot candies; Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti with pasta keeper, pasta bowl and server with pasta noodles and spaghetti sauce—and waffle mix and waffle iron)
  • A simple tool to lower the receiver ’s stress: a fun pen with stylist, sticky notes, protein bar, cup holder, USB drive, a travel accessory—or even something as simple as mints. Pinterest is a great place to find creative thank you ideas with clever play on words.

And this year, with the release of 7 Simple Skills for Every Woman: Success in Keeping It All Together, I am celebrating the SIMPLE!  Often personal call to say thank you, a voicemail message full of gratitude, a handwritten note of appreciation will go a long way to carrying a message of thoughtfulness.

Look in Front of You and Say Thanks!

red hot appreciateIn my book, Red Hot Romance Tips for Women , I challenge the reader to look at traits A to Z that make them a more loving wife, and in A is for Appreciation, I give a list of ways to say thanks—so for those of us in publishing who are married, saying “Thank you”  to our mate for supporting our dream might be a great first step. Here are a few ideas from chapter 1:

♥ Admire in a letter or with your verbal praise a good qualities

♥ Applaud his/her effort or an accomplishment

♥ Approve of his/her choice (of anything) heartily!

♥ Commend of him/her in front of his friends or colleagues

♥ Compliment one physical features

♥ Positively inquire more information about an interest

♥ Laud an accomplishment with a gift or a family party to celebrate.

♥ Warm toward an idea by asking to learn more.

♥ Support one a dreams by placing a photo on your desk or refrigerator.

♥ Sympathize with an emotional hurt with a hug.

♥ Enthusiastically embrace an opinion with an “I so agree!”

♥ Show pleasure of his/her  company with a “So nice to have you in my life”.

♥ Be sensitive to stress (give a shoulder  rub,  run an errand or picking up an item without being asked

♥ Place a thank you note on a balloon and float it into the office or bedroom.

♥ Make your own list, A to Z, why you are thankful for your mate (and plan a red hot way to give it!)

(PS: I’d love for you to join me on the 26 day Red Hot Wife Challenge. I send a daily email of encouragement as  THANKS for joining in on the journey of becoming a more loving person!)

 

Book wall 1Pam and Bill Farrel are the authors of 44 books, international speakers, and Directors of www.Love-Wise.com They are thankful to their publishers: Harvest House, Tyndale, IVP, Cook, Thomas Nelson, Oasis Audio, Focus on the Family—and to ALL the bookstore owners who carry their titles!

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Marti Pieper_HeadshotGreetings from lovely Mount Dora, Florida, where October means we’ve turned off our air conditioner and opened the windows. Our weather doesn’t get cold enough to produce leaves with true autumn color, but we do have plenty of pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and the ubiquitous pumpkin spice coffee drinks to help us join the rest of the northern hemisphere in celebrating  fall.

Today, I’m delighted to introduce to you a friend-by-writing, Dena Dyer. I “know” Dena from several mutual friendships and of course through Dena headshotthe Christian Authors Network, but we have yet to meet in person. Her Texas home is near Fort Worth, where my husband and I married and welcomed our first two daughters into our family. I have just enough in common with Dena to want to get to know her better, so  let’s all do that via this interview.

Welcome, Dena! How did you get into writing and how many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

I started writing as a second grader, when I discovered a passion for stringing together words and making people laugh. To date, I’ve had seven books released with royalty publishers and have an eighth that will 25 Christmas Blessingscome out next year. It’s a humorous devotional book for couples, which I’m writing with my hubby. My latest release is 25 Christmas Blessings: An Inspiring Countdown to Christmas! (Barbour), a devotional book for individuals and families. It includes 250 service ideas, which I’m really excited about. Before that, I wrote Wounded Women of the Bible: Finding Hope when Life Hurts (Kregel) with my friend and fellow minister’s wife, Tina Samples. Read More →

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