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A Chat With Cheri Cowell

Marti Pieper
Marti Pieper

Greetings from Marti Pieper in Mount Dora, Florida, where we’ve had lots of rain every day this week. And we’re not complaining, since drought conditions have led to increased fire danger. The subject of today’s interview, Cheri Cowell, has also had extra rain in her area. Since she’s one of my fellow Orlando-area CAN authors, when my home has rain, hers usually does, too!

Welcome, Cheri! I’m so glad to share this time together. My first question is one every author loves: Would you please tell us about your latest book, One Story, One Mission, One God?

 

Cheri Cowell
Cheri Cowell

This workbook-style Bible study is an overview of the whole Bible in two six-week studies. The Old Testament and the New Testament studies help readers see how the Bible is one story about the same God with a single mission from the beginning to the end.

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Reversion of Rights: From Old to New

Gail Gaymer Martin
Gail Gaymer Martin

Historical Post by Gail Gaymer Martin

Reversion of Rights: From Old to New

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 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 books 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 and bring them back for a whole new audience.

One thing we learn as novelists and readers, is that writing grows and changes with experience and practice. I have studied writing for years, grasping new concepts, 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 of rights, I can improve on that writing and make changes that will bring the books closer to the abilities I 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 of having your older novels revert back to you, do yourself a favor and study them to see how you can improve them. So far I have often used the same title with a new cover, but I usually refer to those books as reissue so readers will recognize of they have already read them. Almost 20 years have passed and new readers spring up every day.

In a future post, I will share with you some of the changes that I have made with the older books and the new techniques I have learned.

 

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Chatting with author Linda W. Yezak

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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Creating a Press Release

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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Tips From the Pros: Anne Greene

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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Tips from the Pros: Cara Putman

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

Cara Putman
Cara Putman

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.

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Tips from the Pros: Liz Tolsma

Marti Pieper
Marti Pieper

Greetings from Marti Pieper in charming Mount Dora, Florida, where we haven’t quite decided if we’re ready for warm weather or not. I do, however, have a warm conversation to offer you today with delightful novelist Liz Tolsma. Welcome back, Liz, to our CAN blog. Let’s get started with the official interview.

How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

I have six. My most recent are “World’s Greatest Love” in the Rails to Love novella collection, and “A Match Made in Heaven” in the Matchmaker Brides novella collection.

Liz Tolsma
Liz Tolsma

Congratulations! You were last featured on the CAN blog in 2013. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

Writing has its ups and downs, its busy seasons and its lean times. You don’t know when you’ll get your next contract, and sometimes, even having a contract is no guarantee your book will get published. But God is faithful, and He provides

That’s a great reminder for every writer—and every Christ-follower. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about promotion since then?

That I know very little about promotion. The landscape is always changing. There’s always something new out there, and it’s next to impossible to keep up with all the trends. I’m working on focusing on a couple of things and doing them well, and trying not to stress about all I don’t know.

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Become An Expert

Marketing Tips From Cheri Cowell

If you’ve published a book, you are an expert on that book’s topic. Experts share their knowledge with others, so here are some ways to further your expert status and share what you know.

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Tips From the Pros: Susan G. Mathis – Encore

ALT="Davalynn Spencer"
Davalynn Spencer

Greetings from the unseasonably warm Front Range of Colorado. I’m happy to welcome another Coloradan today for her encore visit, author Susan G. Mathis.

Susan, it’s good to have you here again. How many books do you have published and what are some of your latest titles?

I currently have five published books. My debut novel, The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, just came out, and I’m excited to turn my attention to writing historical fiction full-time.  My journey has been multi-faceted, and I consider my writing as ministry.

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Tips from the Pros: Katrina Cassel

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! Today I have the honor of interviewing scuba-diving, ukulele-playing author Katrina Cassel, who writes nonfiction for girls and preteens. Because if you write for children, you have to stay young at heart!

Katrina, how did you get into writing?

Katrina Cassel
Katrina Cassel

I always enjoyed writing but never thought it could be a career, so I went into teaching. But moving around with my Air Force husband meant trying to recertify in different states, so instead I worked more on my writing. Then with all the changes in education it was no longer “fun,” so I never went back to teaching but focused on raising our children and writing. (I have eight children—two by birth, one step and five adopted, three of whom are from Haiti).