Why keep your genre a secret?

By Tom Blubaugh   An author’s genre is a well-kept secret, at least in the world of social media profiles. That raises this question: Why make it so hard for readers and authors to find what genre you write?  Suppose you write Sci-Fi—a very popular genre. However, just saying Sci-Fi is too broad. Amazon has […]

Do. Or do not. There is no try. — Yoda

by Tom Blubaugh One of the greatest challenges of the modern author is how to market their books in an expanding marketplace. Marketing is defined as placing a product or service for a specific target market for sale in the marketplace. There are some basic business principles that can assist an author in developing a […]

Organization and the 500 Club

By Randy Ingermanson First published in his ezine. Most fiction writers have a major bottleneck in their process. Not all of them, but most of them. That bottleneck is that they don’t produce enough first-draft copy. If you haven’t developed your skills as a novelist yet, one of the key things you must do is […]

Hollywood gives authors a great hint

by Gina Burgess Hollywood is ignoring the business side in the movie making business— Kevin Sorbo Great interview with Kevin Sorbo who is a Christian and has been for his whole life. How fabulous that a Christian actor has the strength of character to admit it publicly, and to live his convictions in his acting. […]

What are we teaching our children through books?

By Margaret Welwood Most of us want to instill a love of books and learning in the lives of children—and what else might we be teaching them? Whether you’re a home educating parent evaluating materials, or someone who simply enjoys reading stories to young children, it’s interesting to think about the values we’re passing on […]

Missing Any Reviews Lately?

by Gina Burgess This past couple of weeks there’s been a hullabaloo over some reviews taken down by Amazon. It seems some people are not obeying the rules, so their product reviews were removed and their accounts were closed. Of course, no one reading this ever abused the system or offered something free in exchange […]

Keep Your Readers Reading–All Night

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—     While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping… By Pam Lagomarsino   We have all stayed up too late or all night before whether for the birth of a baby, a […]

English Is a Strange Language

by Gina Burgess Especially Southern English! Standing in the kitchen, the TV suddenly got unbearably loud. (What’s actually meant here is that I was standing in the kitchen, not the TV.) A commercial. Either the station or the network designs it this way so that we can hear the commercial from anywhere in the house. […]

11 Lessons Learned from the Reviewers of My First Book: “Fascinating”

by Margaret Welwood As a young person I loved the original Star Trek series, and as a considerably less young person I enjoyed Star Trek re-runs with my husband and children. And now, having written three picture books for children, I like to think that the Science Officer on the USS Enterprise would have found […]

Things Are Cookin’ at Authors Community

Tom Blubaugh and I have developed a community designed to minister to authors pursuing their writing career with help in writing craft, polishing manuscripts, publishing the final product, and then teaching them how to market their product and brand their names. It’s a long, involved process. Our mission is to infuse society worldwide with godly […]