Thursday, February 23, 2012

Keep the Wheels Turning

The book industry is one of the slowest businesses I know. In fact, if you know a slower industry, please tell me what it is.

If you want to be a writer, one of these days you'll have to face the facts:

*it takes a long time to write a book
*it takes a lot of work and time to edit the book properly before you send it to professionals
*it takes a lot of time for agents/publishers to get to your query
*it could take a while to get a contract
*it takes even more time for a professional edit
*it takes time- usually a year or two- for your contracted book to become a book

If you're looking for a quick way to get rich, don't become a writer. In fact, if you are looking to get rich, keep your job and take a good look at your education.

If you want to be a writer, be prepared to dedicate years of your life to it. Even if you're a one-book-wonder, it's going to take years.

So why write? Because you love it. Because you have a story to tell. Because when you tell yourself you're going to give up, it follows you around, nagging you with it's story.

You write because it is part of who you are.

Whether your story is coming together slowly, or hitting the pages like fire, it's a story. Sometimes it feels like it's worth it, and now and then you may be passing time before a better story ticks into your head.

But there's one thing I can tell you for sure- there will be times when it all seems worth it. They may be fleeting moments, or monumental experiences, but sometimes you will come across validation that helps you know you are doing the right thing.

And if you're a writer at heart, no amount of rejection or waiting will ever stop you from shedding more words into a story.

Being a writer is a decision, but it's also part of who you are. Make goals. Work toward them. Write whether you can see the success happening yet or not.

The best thing a writer can do is write. So, taking a page from Nike, "just do it".

Friday, February 17, 2012

Readers' Choice 2011 Book Best Cover

as voted by LDS Publisher blog readers
A big thanks to everyone who voted for my WINGS OF LIGHT cover! I can't tell you how surprised I was to win the genre vote... but now the overalls for 2011. Sweet.

Naturally, I owe my real thanks to the talented Cover Designer: Megan Whittier.

An interesting twist of fate here that most people don't know... Megan is the sister-in-law to one of my cloggers. Before Tonya adopted a gorgeous little girl, she danced at my studio. She was the one to tell me that her sister-in-law was working on my cover art for my next book to be released.

It was pretty cool knowing a connection to the one who created the face for my book.

People do judge a book by its cover. I hope you take the time to find out whether the inner beauty of this book matches the delicious outer.

Thanks again to all of you. It's like a hug and a handshake from hundreds of people. Thanks for taking the time to share that.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Hearts

Congratulations to Pricilla- winner of a copy of WINGS OF LIGHT. This book won the cover contest for its genre and now is up for the 2011 Best Cover contest. Click here to vote!The day where all the little girls in elementary school want their hair a little extra special. The day when even the boys are donning their red shirts.

In fact, it might be the only holiday where kids intentionally reach out to every single person in their class.

And if you're all grown up, you know, say fourteen, there's the excitement of watching your friends get carnations, or getting heart Valentine's from friends.

As the years pass, married with kids- the magic never really stops. As long as you still want it, it's there for the taking.

Valentine's Day is a chance to reach out- just like you did in elementary school. A chance to say "Will you be my Valentine?" Sometimes that just means "friend".

And for your real sweetheart- don't let the day slip by without a smile, hug and kiss.

If there's one thing we need more of in this world today, it's happy hearts. Hoping you have a happy heart today, from the bottom of mine.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Vote for my cover!

It was nice to have something fun to share today. It's the first time this has happened to me, so I was pretty excited.

WINGS OF LIGHT made it to the finals for the YA Speculative Book Covers contest. This is a vote rated contest, so I need your help. It's easy.

Just click here and vote for Wings of Light.

And, since I'm having so much fun with this, if I win the contest, I'll give a book away.

Which means you need to leave a comment so I can draw a winner. The contest ends at midnight Feb. 10. If I win, then I'll draw a winner from the comments below.

And even if you don't want another copy of Wings of Light, go vote anyway.

Speaking of winning, I didn't tell you that I got 3rd place for the YA category for the Sharp Writ Book Awards. This is a world-wide contest, so even though I got 3rd, it was still pretty cool.

Alright everyone, go vote!

And if I'm going to see you this week at the LTUE- YAY!!!!

I'll be on panels... Thursday 1:00 Writing for the LDS market, Friday 3:00 Injecting Romance into Ghost Stories, 6:00 You've Written a Book, Now What? 8:00 Book Signing, Saturday 4:00 Contemporary Urban Fantasy

It's going to be a blast!