3rd Year Celebration of the Write Stuff — TONIGHT!

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Can you believe that it’s been three years already? We’ve been together for some time and I’m glad to use this opportunity to celebrate with me. Thank God for everything He’s done in blessing this show to reach out to readers and authors worldwide and give you great books, great authors, and reads.

Call in to celebrate with me and Rachel Rossano, the very first guest on this show as we look forward and look back. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here. http://tobtr.com/9074423. It’s time to celebrate!


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It’s really a shock to me that I would write Christian fiction. Really it is.  I didn’t know Christian fiction existed until about 2000 or so when I happened across a store called Family Christian Stores. I went in there and saw all of these lovely books and was hooked.

My earliest memories are of books and writing. I always knew this is what I would do. I just never thought I’d be a Christian writer or a writer who is Christian.  I grew up reading Stephen King and then when I was fourteen, I discovered my first Harlequin book under my cousin’s bed that summer and got hooked onto romance. So my first loves are horror and romance. Go figure.

When I began to take my writing seriously, I had been let go at my job back in 2010.  Now I had time on my hands. I saw the computer with my manuscript I’d let linger for ten years from the time I was 18 years old and I decided to get in published no matter what. My first book, Dark Cherub, can be classified as Christian horror. (Thanks Stevie!)  It changed everything for me. I mean, everything. I worked on my first romance series, called Sins of the Flesh and that also changed things for me. I started to do podcasting, and now I am the owner of the new PJC Media, an online broadcasting company.  Yet the love of the written word is still in my veins.

I host Christian authors worldwide on my shows.  Been doing it for three years. Over the years, I’ve become something of  diplomat. The body of Christ is already so divided by denominations and the like. I don’t want to add to that unnecessarily. I don’t mind standing up for core biblical truths but when it comes to secondary, non-essentials, I don’t get too worked up over it.

I love helping Christian authors get the word out about their works. If you want to be showcased on my show, simply email me at writestuffradio at gmail dot com. I’d be glad to have you.

 

Tonight on the Write Stuff — Adding Realism to Your Book with Dr. Linda F. Beed

I read a historical romance set in the early 1800’s England. I enjoyed the story of the book but there were some major problems with it — it wasn’t set realistically in the 1800’s. There were words and phrases that were modern to the 21st century reader but not appropriate for the locale of the story. For someone who used to read giant, thick historical romances where the author entrenched you in the time period you were lost in, that lack of attention to detail did not allow me to enjoy it as much.

Realism isn’t just about dealing with tough subject — it’s also immersing your reader into the world. Whether it’s a ball at the Duke’s house or a Martian colony on the Red Planet, adding realism only helps to strengthen the connection the reader has with your work.

With me to discuss how we authors can do just that is Dr. Linda Beed. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/7995757. Or, download the WLUV radio mobile app. Tune in!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Linda BeedMost who know her say that Dr. Linda F. Beed was born with a story in her mouth and a love for people in her heart.

After submitting to a short-story contest, those who read the entry convinced her that she had a work worthy of publication. Disturbed by what potential publishers wanted to turn the story into, she established On Assignment Publications and released Business Unusual. She followed that publication with Flavorful, her short-story contribution to Home Again: Stories of Restored Relationships. That compilation became a 2011 best anthology of the year nomination.

Her Gifts, book one in the Living His Love series is her first inspirational romance novella. That work will be followed by the novel Through the Fire, the second in the Covenant series.

As a conference coordinator she has shared in the success of national literary events such as Romantic Times. She also serves on the faculty of the Black Writers and Reunion Conference. Her other writing endeavors include contributions to Shades of Romance digital magazine. Dr. Linda is also the founder of ‘It’s In Your Hand’. This annual event serves to bring together entrepreneurs and those needing encouragement for the exiting business or contemplating turning their passion into a fulltime or part-time business.

A veteran children’s minister, Dr. Linda is a living example of her tagline: Using Words to Bear Good Fruit. She is a member of the Seattle/South Sound chapter of the Professional Women of Color Network and the National Council of Negro Women. In her quest to help further the education of others she is on the Board of Directors for the T&T Foundation.

Dr. Linda Beed

www.lindabeed.com

lindabonassignment@yahoo.com

Tonight on the Write Stuff — The Wall and Beyond with Joanna Kurowska

King David wasn’t a novelist, but a psalmist. Thousands of years later, we read his words and they are a comfort to us in a way that stirs us to our souls. The King understood the human heart in a way I think poets of today have a unique way of capturing. Who can forget the way Psalms 23 calms us with it’s first line, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Of course, he could have written a tome on the Lord provisions but he utilized a very simply analogy that packs a wallop that has come down from generation to generation.
In the same way, this reviewer had this to say about our guest: “Her poems entice you with their simplicity and ease in reading and then stand you on your head.”

Poetry remains a unique methodology of the expression of the soul, of the heart.

On this episode of the Write Stuff, I will be chatting with Joanna Ewa Kurowska, spoken word artist and poet as she discusses her work, background, and shares her literary work with us. You can call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/7717987 Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app today. Tune in!

uic-readA bi-lingual poet and scholar, Joanna Kurowska is the author of five critically acclaimed volumes of poetry, The Butterfly’s Choice (Broadstone Books, 2015); Inclusions (Cervena Barva Press, 2014); The Wall & Beyond (eLectio Publishing, 2013); Obok :Near (Oficyna Literacka, 1999, Poland); and Ściana : The Wall (Wydawnictwo Dolnośląskie, 1997, Poland). Her newest poetry collection, Stained Glass, is currently under contract with eLectio Publishing, while her chapbook Intricacies has been recently accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press.  Kurowska’s poems, flash fiction, and scholarly work have been published in journals in America and abroad, such as Atticus Review, Bateau, Christianity and Literature, The Conradian, International Poetry Review, Episteme, Kultura (Paris), Levure littéraire, Room Magazine, Southern Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has taught at American Universities, including Indiana University, Bloomington, and the University of Chicago.

Joanna Kurowska emigrated from Poland in 1988, and currently lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Writer’s Clinic — World Development

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Please place your world patient on the bed, please.

Today is our first ever Write Stuff Writer’s Clinic!

Today’s patient is world building.

What is so very important to know with our patients is there is a symbiotic relationship that exists between them. A healthy character is vibrant, memorable, and aid the reader with connecting with the story. Yet, if the character does not mesh well with their surroundings and the world they are to interact with, the story flops. Likewise, world building is essential to the character. A well thought, believable world engages the reader with the sights, smells, and sounds.

Our world building specialist is Becky Minor. She is a writer with exhaustive research and study in this area of world building. She will provide ‘hands on’ detail prognosis to aid in helping to build wonderful worlds our readers to connect with their senses.

Feel free to call and ask questions of our guests. You can call in at 646-595-2083 press 1 and you’ll be live on air. Or, you can listen to use live via the web by clicking the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/5547617. Or, you can download the WLUV Radio app on your mobile device and listen to us that way. There are all kinds of ways to connect so join us

No Age Barred — Post Show Highlights — September 10

Original Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of William Murphy

Original Image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of William Murphy

On September 10th, I had the pleasure of interviewing a mother/daughter team who have both published books. This show was particularly important to me because I truly believe that kids have an awesome ability to rise above the heights. I think too often we tell children to enjoy their lives. Don’t rush to grow up. However, I was inspired by an article of a young boy who started a tech company at twelve years old. Now at the age of fifteen, his company is worth 3.5 million dollars. I don’t even have a clue what I was doing at twelve years old.

Another young entrepreneur I highlighted during the show was the owner of Spartz Media, also a young man, who started his company at a young age.  Alexander the Great was young when he began his campaign. He conquered the known world by the time he was thirty.

It stands to reason that we need give kids more credit than we do now.

In our show, we talked to Cynthia P. Willow and her daughter Ciella Naden. Ciella is thirteen years and was a little shy on the show. What I found really inspirational about her was that she has dyslexia. For all intents and purposes, writing a book shouldn’t be on her list of accomplishments…but it is. Cynthia stated she home schooled her children and giving them the assignment of writing their own books helped to unleash the writer in her daughter.

We also hear from two young men, Adam Bolander and Jordan W. Wei. Adam has written three fictional books of YA fantasy and without being preachy, he adds Christian elements in his story in a subtle way. Jordan W. Wei is the author of Precursory Apologetics as he uses a methodology to begin to ask deep questions when talking to skeptics and seekers.

To hear the show, you can go to www.blogtalkradio.com/wluvradio or down load the WLUV Radio App on the Google store on your mobile device.

A Talk with NY Times Best Selling Author Tosca Lee

ImageTonight, we will be talking with the Master Inkling and wordsmith, Tosca Lee. Tosca Lee is the New York Times bestselling novelist of Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of EveIscariot, and The Books of Mortals series (Forbidden, Mortal, Sovereign) with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. She is best known for her exploration of maligned characters, lyrical prose and meticulous research. Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College and has also studied at Oxford University. A former first runner-up to Mrs. United States and lifelong world adventure-traveler, Tosca makes her home in the Midwest.

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ImageOur second guest co-host and contributor is the wonderful, intelligent Melissa Cain Travis. Melissa serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. She earned the Master of Arts in Science and Religion from Biola University, graduating with Highest Honors. She is certified in Christian Apologetics by Biola, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in general biology from Campbell University. She worked in biotechnology and pharmaceutical research for five years after obtaining her undergraduate degree, and has spent more than a decade studying the science, theology, and philosophy pertaining to the origins debate. She is the author of How Do We Know God is Really There? (Apologia Press, 2013)the first book in what will be known as the Young Defenders series,  a collection of illustrated storybooks that teach the fundamentals of Christian apologetics to young children. Melissa welcomes opportunities to speak and teach on issues related to science and faith.

Saved, Sanctified, and Scandalous

Today’s church is filled with saved, sanctified, and scandalous people.

From the Catholic priest child molestations to Jimmy and Tammy Bakkers’ high profile scandals, it seems as if the children of God cannot escape the effects of sin. And not just the big names of Christianity but in our local churches and communities, scandals have touched all of us in some way.

For some, the scandals are formed from lies and for others, areas of weakness lead to degenerative behavior and cover ups.

The 21st century has led to a Church, particularly in the West, that has, as a whole, become ineffective to make a cultural change. Instead of being  the leader in change agents, we have become part of a growing morally dystopian environment where the church’s light is hid under relativism, weak biblical knowledge, ignorance of history, and apathy.

Our guest hosts and contributors are Josh Peck and C. Nathaniel Brown. Josh is the author of the book Disclosure: Unveiling Our Role in the Secret War of the Ancients, a battle plan to help people know what the Bible says for itself and not just blindly follow tradition or leaders. C. Nathaniel Brown’s book, Devil in the Mirror: Overcoming the Enemy’s Attack, shares his journey for spiritual wholeness by revealing intimate details about heartaches such as being tormented by abortions in his life, being arrested, and being separated from his family. But he doesn’t stop at the pain of these and other tragedies, he shares how he discovered breakthrough.

Have you been a victim or in the center of a church scandal? Were you able to overcome it?  Feel free to share your story by calling in at 646-595-2083.

The Write Stuff–Cross Wars–Denominational Divides–July 9th

crosswarsIf there’s nothing that gets people talking about Christianity in a derogatory manner (other than God, Jesus, the Devil, hell, heaven,  angels, demons, and so on and so forth) it’s the thousands of denominations within its exalted realm of truth that can really get a conversation going.

From Catholicism, Protestantism, Eastern Orthodoxy — what I would consider the main three divisions of Christianity though I’m sure there are those out there who would know better than I,  we have various denominations that call one of these three categories their ‘parent’ in some form or another.

As a matter of fact, mainstream Christian publishers frown on the use of denominations in books because of the divide, choosing to focus more on core elements of Christianity centered around the work of Christ, the nature of God, the state of man, etc.

Yet, these denominations do exist and I think it’s important to talk about them.

Our guest contributor, Bridgett Henson is an indie author who has recently published her debut novel, Whatever He Wants. I had the privilege of reading this wonderful work before publication and was enthralled at her realism in this very well done Christian work. For one thing, the characters aren’t holier-than-thou Christians who always go to God for everything. For another, she made a definite use of a denomination in her story, and she does it in a world filled with violence, promiscuity, and the sad state of the human condition.

And she is no stranger to being exposed to various denominations herself.

Feel free to call in at 646-595-2083 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time as we talk about Cross Wars–Denominational Divides.

I love to hear from you. Leave a comment and at the end of the month, I will randomly pick a name and if you are an author or provide author services, you will have an opportunity to get a ten minute spot to showcase your work on my radio show The Write Stuff that airs Tuesdays. Follow the link here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wluvradio

If you an author or author service provider looking to showcase your work or service, you can email me at writestuffradio@gmail.com for availability on the show

Guest Blog Post–Paperbacks vs Ebooks: Is it really worth it? by Alana Terry

2544890Our guest blog post is from Alana Terry, an indie author whose book, The Beloved Daughter was a winner in both the Women of Faith writing contest and the Book Club Network book of the month competition.  She gives us some insight on the value of paperbacks over ebooks.
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With so many readers opting for ebooks, may self-published authors wonder why anyone would bother printing a paperback at all? It’s true that ebook sales have now surpassed sales for print books. Especially in the indie book movement, it seems like ebooks are the way to go.

There’s a lot to be said for that. With ebooks, you don’t have to worry about actual merchandise. You don’t have to ship anything out. Formatting is quite a bit easier too, believe it or not. When you’re publishing a print book, you need a full cover design (including that tricky spine whose width changes with your page count) as opposed to just a rectangular thumbnail. You’ve got to worry about things like orphan words dangling at the end of paragraphs and blank lines or awkward section breaks that just don’t come into account on an ebook.

If you’re a self-published author like I am, you are probably going to sell a lot more ebooks than paperbacks. Face it. Most people would rather pay $0.99 to $2.99 for your electronic version than $16 or $18 to get a paperback sent to them. With ebooks, your readers can start reading your novel right away, and they don’t have to pay any shipping fees.

If you don’t count the books I gave away free during a five-day promo, I’ve sold about five ebooks for every paperback someone’s ordered. If you include the ebooks that my readers picked up for free, that ratio jumps to well over a hundred ebooks per print copy.

Even with those numbers, however, I’ve made significantly more money with the sales from my paperbacks. I’m not just talking per book. I’m talking overall royalties. It’s not too hard to figure out. When one of my novels sells on Amazon in its paperback version, I get about $4.50 from that one sale. When my ebooks sell, I only get about a dollar, give or take based on how I’ve priced my ebook for a given time period. In other words, I have to sell five ebooks to match the cost of one paperback.

But that’s just when my readers order from Amazon. I also have copies of my books that I sell at events. With these books, after I order them from CreateSpace (Amazon’s self-publishing service for paperbacks) and sell them, I’m making about $10 profit per book. If I want to earn a hundred bucks, all I need to do is sell ten paperbacks. Find the right event, and that’s not too much of a challenge. To make the same amount of money, I’d need to sell about a hundred ebooks.

Some self-published authors will still choose to stick solely to electronic versions. And I can’t blame them. Like I said, the formatting for paperbacks takes more time, and lots of authors don’t want to deal with the hassle of storing merchandise, shipping orders, etc. But if you have the time (or the money to pay someone else) to get a paperback version formatted and uploaded to CreateSpace, you may find an additional source of income to supplement your ebook sales.

Alana Terry is the author of the inspirational suspense novel, The Beloved Daughter, set in North Korea. The Beloved Daughter was a winner in both the Women of Faith writing contest and the Book Club Network book of the month competition. She has also published a special-needs memoir and a time-travel series for kids.

You can connect with Alana on twitter at @aboynamedsilas, or see her Amazon author page.

Rejection…the rungs on the ladder to success

Image via  Flikr Creative Commons, Courtesy of Sanjeev Kar

Image via Flikr Creative Commons, Courtesy of Sanjeev Kar

I do not believe there is a person alive who hasn’t felt the bite of rejection. And I believe that’s the best term to describe how rejection feels. As if some huge monstrous bear with teeth sharp as any needle and as vicious as any untamed animal can be has taken a huge chunk out of our self esteem. (Not that I’ve ever been bitten by a bear and I pray God I never will. I would just HATE to have real life experience with a bite from a bear.) From the boy who musters up courage to ask a girl on date be utterly let down by, “That’s really sweet of you, but I’m seeing someone,” to the girl who works at being accepted into a prestigious sorority to be told she’s doesn’t have what it takes to be a sister, rejection is…simply a part of life.

As a writer, I am in a unique position, as I seek traditional representation for my new book Many Strange Women, to be a bearer of rejections from publishers. I’ve had my fourth rejection so far and no matter how many stories I hear of famous authors like Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, and other well known names who were rejected before they got their big break, it still…bites. I guess when you hear about how other authors got their big break, you’re expected to draw strength and inspiration from those stories and some how that’s adequate enough to make you keep hoping for a positive response.

I’ve read the stories over and over again but for some strange reason, I find myself not comforted in the way I should be. After all, that’s their success, not my own. Who wouldn’t love to be another one of these kinds of authors, whose names are more than just a person, but a brand. An expectation for entertainment.

I wonder if that’s why one of the reasons the indie author movement has blown up. Instead of waiting for someone else to tell us whether one’s work is acceptable or not, the author takes their career in their own hands. Their success is bound by their hands and as hard as indie authors work, they are able to not take ‘no’ for an answer. After all, they don’t even have to ask the question (in the form of a query letter to an agent).

Kristen Lamb, author of the book, “Rise of the Machines: Humans in a Digital World” made a comment on her blog that I would like to repeat here. In her blog, she shows a correlation to indie authors to the American Colonists and traditional publishing houses to Mother England. It’s a brilliant correlation (as one would expect from such a great blogger) and I couldn’t help but think, as I received my fourth rejection, how the colonists from long ago must have felt under the hands of its Motherland. But, as Kristen Lamb notes in her blog, ” I’m sure there are some hurt feelings on the part of Mother Publishing. She’s cared for writers for over a century and now a handful of us rabble-rousers want to do our own thing and try new technologies on our own.

Thing is? Just like America and England eventually made up and became BFFs again, Mother Publishing will coexist with indies just fine (provided she reinvents in time, which I really hope she does)”   See the full blog post here  and if you aren’t following her, do it now. The woman has more insight in her fingers about writing and is essentially a prophet to all authors regardless of which path taken to get published.

But, in keeping with the analogy as brought forth by Kristen Lamb, perhaps I’m a Tory. After all, I did publish my first book by indie methods but the support of traditional publishing house still has its appeal which is why I sought an agent to represent me for my second book.

Yet the rejection still hurts, as the difficulties that faced the early colonists must have hurt to. Yet, as faithful as any Tory, I cling to the hope that Mother Publishing will take me on as an author.

Last week, on the debut show of The Write Stuff, I had the awesome opportunity to interview Laurie Alice Eakes, an inspirational romance writer, and she gave this advice to new authors. “The best advice I ever got was perseverance. Just don’t take no as a final answer. Keep at it. If this is what God wants for you, it will happen.”

After all, each rejection is rung on the ladder to success. And when I look back, I’ll look at the broken rungs from the top of the ladder, not the bottom of it.

Are you an author seeking traditional representation? Have you been rejected and if so, how many times? Are you an indie author seeking to get traditional publishing? I love to hear from you. Leave a comment and at the end of the month, I will randomly pick a name and if you are an author or provide author services, you will have an opportunity to get a ten minute spot to showcase your work on my radio show The Write Stuff that airs Tuesdays. Follow the link here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wluvradio

If you an author or author service provider looking to showcase your work or service, you can email me at writestuffradio@gmail.com for availability on the show.