Marketing. The bane of many if not most writers’ existence. Yet, without it, potential readers remain unaware of our work, and it loses its opportunity for influence. I presented a workshop for my local writing group last year on the subject of marketing, kind of the blind leading the blind! I thought I could get
I was ready to pack it in! I had committed to putting out the third and final book in my current series, and then maybe I’d just quit. Live an ordinary life. Not have to keep learning new skills and trends to keep up my writing career. I had learned many things: — How to
Do you feel as if you’re juggling too many balls or spinning too many plates? Have you dropped a ball or two? Have a few Corelle plates fallen to the floor? Or maybe the fine china is taking a beating, lying in shards on the ground. (Not to worry! I’ll stop mixing my metaphors soon.
This post is adapted from one that first appeared on Janet Sketchley’s blog, “Tenacity,” in March 2019. When should you set aside responsibilities? When should you press on? How do you decide? There are times we must ask, “Is this what God has for me going forward?” Over the past several months, I have neglected
Before ad agencies began to promote back-to-school as “the most wonderful time of the year,” the majority of people would say the phrase applied to Christmas. And while I do enjoy the Christmas season, to me, Easter is the focal point of the year for believers in Christ. What would Christmas be if it hadn’t
One of my great pleasures in life is reading, but guilt sneaks in whenever I sit down to imbibe in a gluttony of chapters. “A waste of time,” whispers the little voice in my head. “You must vacuum, dust, write something, or cook a meal … anything but read.” Such lies must be refuted instantly.
Question: When are kids most likely to go to school? Answer: When the door is open. Question: What letter can you drink? Answer: T (tea) Question: Why did the sea monster eat five shops that were carrying potatoes? Answer: No one can eat just one potato ship! Question: What does a snail say when he
Mrs. F., as the sheriff calls her, that is Mrs. Fletcher of Murder She Wrote fame is not as mysterious as one would think. She eats like I wish I did, lots of fruit and veggies, preferring seafood over steak. She never eats a full dessert although she’s been known to have a bite or
Our grandson hopped up and down and pointed when he opened a game on Christmas morning. “Hungry Hippos,” apparently, is the most exciting thing next to hockey. However, we soon discovered marbles rolling everywhere around the living room, including under the couch, and a new game, “frustration,” began. We needed a plan to keep all
If you think writing essays aren’t important, ask the thousands of immigrants who have studied, worked, and filled out paperwork. They have all been required to write an essay on their journey to permanent residency or citizenship in Canada. Why? Because the government wants them to be able to raise literate children, to be able