author interviews, indie author promotions

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with S.A. Wilson

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!
S.A WILSON!

Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
S.A WILSON
WHEN?
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
WHERE?

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR S.A. Wilson…

S.A. Wilson is an author who writes Christian/religious fiction and fantasy, among other things. He’s a military veteran who’s currently married with a house full of kids.

S.A. Wilson’s book is entitled: The Carpenter: A Retelling of the Story of Joseph of Nazareth

Description:

Joseph, a master craftsman and carpenter, stokes the ire of his family when he weds his pregnant (and seemingly unfaithful) betrothed, Mary. Pious, devout, and guided by the dictates of Heaven, Joseph has no issue with taking Mary – who still claims to be a virgin – as his wife and committing himself to the protection of her child, whom he senses is extraordinary.
However, there are others who are also aware of how special the child is, and not all have its best interests at heart. Among these is the despot Herod, whose oppressive rule and wanton cruelty are legendary. Deeply troubled by a prophecy concerning a King to Come, the tyrant is committed to finding – and eliminating – this threat to his reign. (And, having already murdered members of his own family in order to maintain power, Herod has no qualms about killing a baby.) In addition, there are forces beyond the ken of men that also recognize the singular nature of Mary’s child, and which are determined to keep the salvation that the babe represents out of mankind’s reach.
All of these factions and more converge on Mary and Joseph as they trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem in hopes of starting a new life. On a journey fraught with peril, Joseph fights to protect Mary and her unborn child from danger on all sides, including the elements, bandits, and Herod’s legions – as well as an utterly evil and otherworldly demonic force determined to stamp out mankind’s only hope of redemption.
Armed with little more than his wits, his faith, and his carpenter’s hammer, Joseph must face impossible odds to ensure the safety and survival of not only his family, but mankind’s future….
Purchase link:

Connect with S.A Wilson at the following links:
S.A. Wilson BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/s-a-wilson-da029fa7-59bb-49d4-b7bb-0bf8785c398b?follow=true
S.A. Wilson Blog: https://sawsatypicalblog.blogspot.com/
S.A. Wilson Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorSAWilson
S.A. Wilson Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6114610.S_A_Wilson
S.A. Wilson Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100045150794057

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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Sunday Spotlight Author, Ann Harrison

Stage lights on. Curtain rolls back. Stool on a stage. A mic. A bookshelf illuminated. Crowd hushes. All eyes fall center stage. It’s spotlight time.

I would like to introduce a dear author friend who has wonderful news just in time for National Poetry Month! Join me in celebrating bestselling poet, Ann Harrison, as the Sunday Spotlight Author of the week!

Ann Harrison: Author, Poet, Freelance Writer, and Podcast Host of Inspirational Journeys

Ann Harrison is the author of four books, including: The Spirit of Creativity: Inspirational Poems for the Creative at Heart, Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure, Inner Vision, and A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery, which is currently under revision. She has also been published in several anthologies and she contributed to a devotional entitled God Things: Hope for the Hurting, alongside Jen Lowry and fifteen other authors. Aside from her work as a Christian…

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author interviews, content marketing strategies, marketing tips

Inspirational Journeys Presents: All About Book Marketing with my Special Guest Ann Dayleview

In today’s episode, my special guest and I talk about book marketing for new and aspiring authors. Topics covered include the Amazon algorithm with a bit about Amazon ads, social media marketing and targeted ads on various platforms, and content marketing including: starting a blog, building an author website and building your author platform. Click the links below for more details.
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

ANN DAYLEVIEW!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
ANN DAYLEVIEW
WHEN?
Saturday, March 28, 2020
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Ann Dayleview…

Ann Dayleview is a fantasy writer working on the release of her debut young adult contemporary fantasy.
When she is not creating magical worlds, she works as an expert digital marketer. Ann’s clients have included NY Times Bestsellers, indie authors, as well as Fortune 500 companies. She lives in (not always sunny) Philadelphia with her two dogs and husband.
Ann’s fantasy worlds are inspired by her travels. She loves to explore places where tourists often don’t go. Getting to know locals, eating at hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and shopping at unique stores is when she feels most invigorated.
Most of all, Ann loves to connect with her fellow writers. Connect with her on social media to see updates on her works and have a chat!

Connect with Ann at the following links:
Twitter – https://twitter.com/AnnDayleview
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/anndayleview/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Tish Bouvier

My special guest cohost and I talk about writing and we promote each other’s work. Click the links below to hear and/or view our engaging conversation
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

TISH BOUVIER!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
Tish Bouvier
WHEN?
Thursday, march 26, 2020
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR TISH BOUVIER…

Tish Bouvier (pronounce boo-vee-ei), IS an emerging author and haiku poet. She lives in Houston, Texas, married 27 years, with three daughters. After retiring as a hospice nurse, Tish Bouvier participated in NaNoWriMo and discovered a passion for creative writing. She’s writing her first cozy mystery series, and a 30 Day Haiku Challenge for Kids which can be found on her YouTube channel https://bit.ly/39hmV1p .

Her book is entitled, Echoes and Whispers: Haiku for NaNo Writers

Description:
Ignite your muse and STOP staring at a blank screen. Echoes and Whispers haiku for NANO writers paints a brief, though vivid picture written in the simplicity of a 5-7-5 format. Each haiku serves as a writing prompt to help writers and poets taking part in NaNoWriMo filter out the noise and listen to the whispers of forgotten memories, abandoned secrets, and a passing thought.

Purchase link:
https://amzn.to/3akBG4R

Excerpt:

anticipation
chaos silenced by whispers
scattered thoughts captured

Connect with Tish at the following links:
http://www.tishbouvier.com

http://www.twitter.com/tishbouvier
http://www.instagram.com/tishbouvier
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2yoFQIxVySc8bDloBqoyBw?view_as=public
http://www.facebook.com/tishbouvierwrites

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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#InspirationalJourneys Presents #30DayWritingChallenge: Day 1 writing prompt: Animals

Hello everyone in the blogosphere. In today’s episode of Inspirational Journeys, I cover quite a few things.

First of all, I share some exciting publishing news. I’ll be resetting the price of Maggie’s Gravy Train adventure. From now on, I will make the book Free so that moms, dads, older siblings and other family members can share it with younger children.

My second bit of news is that I will be launching the eBook version of my Poetry book entitled, The Spirit of Creativity as a free download, so that all may enjoy the beauty of a poem. I’ll share the inspiration behind these books, before I give listeners and viewers a new writing challenge.

30 Day Writing Challenge

For the next 30 days, I will share a daily writing prompt for children and adults to take on as a creative challenge You can use the prompts as inspiration for your writing, or if writing isn’t your mode of creativity, you can use the prompts in whatever way suits your fancy.

Writing Prompt for Day 1:

Pick your favorite animal or a group of animals you love, and write a poem or story about them. However, you’re not limited to writing, use your creative talents to create the art form of your choice. Be sure to tag me on social media or share your prompt responses with me so I can post them on my blog and Pinterest board. Let’s get creative and have fun with this challenge!

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Listen to my podcast episode at:

Be sure to tag me on social media when you post your responses to the prompt or you can send your stories and pictures to annwrites75@gmail.com. When sending photos, be sure to send them as JPG or PNG attachments with a filename that tells me what they are. For example, you could save the photo as dog photo.jpg and I’ll know immediately what it is. If you’d like to add your child’s first name or your pet’s name to the file name, that’s fine too. Only I will see these file names, unless you want me to add the names in my descriptions.

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Blessings,
Ann

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Important Character Interview with Dianna Peabody, My Victim in A Journey of Faith

Hello everybody in the blogosphere. Today I have a character interview with a victim who was killed in a supposed accident, sixteen years before A Journey of Faith was set. I feel that this interview is important, because the answers to my questions will help to move the story forward. So, without further ado, I’d like to welcome my character Diana Peabody.

Ann: Before we get started, I’d like to say how much I appreciate you stopping by.

Dianna: My pleasure. I know this is important, but just remember, I won’t spoil anything, so you may not like some of my answers.

Ann: I understand. Now, let’s get started with the first question.

Dianna: Go ahead.

Ann: What would mentally destroy you?

“Dianna, Going blind. You’re blind yourself, so don’t you think that’s worth having a mental breakdown over?

Ann: No, I’ve been blind all my life, but a character from another story of mine lost her sight five years ago.

Dianna: Why don’t you ask her these questions?

Ann: I’ll do that when the time comes. Now back to my questions. How do you feel about your parents?

Dianna: What kind of question is that? I love both my parents. It’s not their fault I chose to climb the stepping stones. I decided to do it before I lost my sight completely and I paid the consequences.

Ann: I have to disagree with the last part of your second sentence. It wasn’t your fault you slipped off the top step of the stone staircase. Someone deliberately placed oil on that step. If the oil hadn’t been there, you’d still be alive today.

Dianna: You couldn’t prove it by me. I didn’t see anything on those steps, so I guess you could say I took a leap of faith and climbed them blindly. How do you like that!

Ann: When did you feel completely loved and accepted for who you were?

Dianna: I always felt loved and accepted by my parents and my brother. I even felt excepted by the outside world, until I lost my sight. You know what happened then! If you don’t, you need to have Becca read my diary.

Ann: What caused you to lose your sight?

Dianna: Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Ann: I see. What would have to happen to make you speak out or defend a stranger in public?

Dianna: I don’t believe you have the audacity to ask me this! If someone bullied another person with a disability, you bet I’d speak out in that person’s defense, no matter whether I knew him or not. Before I lost my sight, I was always the friendly type, lending a helping hand wherever I could, but I quit dealing with people long before my accident.

Ann: What do you lie about?

Dianna: All my secrets are in my diary, I told you.

Ann: I don’t have access to your diary yet, so you’ll have to tell me these things.

Dianna: Oh no! If I did that, I’d be spoiling your story. Do you want me to do that?

Ann: I guess not. Anyway, on to my next question. Do you need friends?

Dianna: Who doesn’t? My family became my friends when I started losing my sight, because I couldn’t trust anybody in the outside world, especially not my boss! I definitely had enemies at work.

Ann: What physical thing do you fear most? Let me guess, blindness. Right?

Diana: you got it! I also feared Wildebeest, because he could be a bully, though you already know that by talking to Becca.

Ann: If you could have chosen to spend your last day alive with one person, past or present, who would that person be?

Dianna: I don’t know, I didn’t have time to think about that. I guess it’d be my father, because no matter what happened, he believed in me.

Ann: What is your defining strength?

Dianna: I guess I’ll never know that, will I? You killed me off, before I had a chance to discover who I really am.

Ann: I had to have a victim. If not you, then who would it have been?

Dianna: Don’t apologize to me, find my killer and you’ll have the answers you need. That’s another secret I kept in my diary, too.

Ann: Would you have been able to work for someone else, if you hadn’t fallen off the top of the stepping stones?

Dianna: We’ll never know, will we?

Ann: Okay, I see you don’t have an answer for that one. So, let’s move on. Do you have a positive or negative body image?

Dianna: Now wait a minute, I didn’t say I didn’t have an answer to the question before, I just didn’t want to embarrass myself. I could have worked for someone else if given the chance. But since I lost my sight, there’s no way to know.
As for your next question, I was skinny and I had a pretty face, so I guess you could say my body image was positive, until I lost my sight. After that, I thought I looked ugly.

Ann: Who or what would you die for if your life hadn’t been taken so suddenly?

Dianna: I’d die to save my family farm. That Kingsley fellow had no right to take our farm. I mean we made the payments when we could. That’s why I helped Jason and Zac solve the previous mystery, but you wouldn’t know about that until you hear what Jason has to say for his book. I used what little I earned in that case to help pay off the farm, but apparently it wasn’t enough. You’ll learn all about that later on, so I won’t spoil it for you.

Ann: Before your supposed accident, did you have a plan for the future?

Dianna: No, I took one day at a time. Any plans I made for the future slipped through my hands, the moment I started going blind.

Ann: What would you think, if you could see me now?

Dianna: I see you now, and I think you’re a nosey writer, pumping me for information, before your readers discover the truth I hid in my diary. Goodbye! (She disappears in a flash).

Here’s to another fun and interesting conversation with my victim. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Until next time, happy reading and writing.
Blessings,
Ann

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Personal reflections

#SongOfTheDay: Redeemer of the Rain by the Collingsworth family

I chose this song, because we all need a little encouragement in this time of worldwide crisis. For God is the redeemer of the rain and He is watching over us. May God bless you and keep you safe. Enjoy!

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Discoveries I made during a Character Interview

Hello everyone, Today I have a very special character interview with Becca Martin from A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery. Most of these questions can be found at:

15 Questions Authors Should Ask Characters


Please note, some of the answers to the questions below have led to more questions. Be sure to click on the article linked above and ask your characters the same questions. Now, on to the interview.

Ann: What would mentally destroy you?

Becca: Witnessing someone have an accident during a rock-climbing competition, or having an accident while I was climbing myself. It would kill me is Shelly were forced to fall off the stepping stones. I don’t know what happen, but I have the distinct impression that whatever it was, happened on the stones.

Ann: How do you feel about your mother and father?

Becca, you don’t make this easy, do you? Well, let’s see. Dad and I had a much closer relationship after my PTSD diagnosis. But Mama? Not so much. I mean every time I’d have a panic attack or a meltdown, she’d start yelling or she’d run and hide. I believe my anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress disorder caused her more stress than she let on to Mandy and me. She didn’t want to believe that something was dreadfully wrong. She always thought that my problems were all in my head. I think it would take an act of God for her to see the truth. I’m beginning to think that’s the reason for my journey, though there’s more to it than that. That’s why I had to go get technical training and certification. My job as a technical support specialist for Wildebeest and Asher was a fluke, if you ask me.

Ann: Can you elaborate on your reason for leaving your family home?

Becca: Mama’s stress and disbelief made my anxiety worse. She made my life miserable, so I hat do get out of there, before I wound up in a mental hospital.

Ann: Did your father add to your mental stress?

Becca: No! As a matter of fact, He told me that he witnessed the who incident. He never told me what happened. I guess he wanted to protect me, so he thought it was better that I didn’t know. I now wish he had. I’d be able to take this journey without so much fear. But if I did that, you wouldn’t have a story to tell, now would you?

Ann: What about your sister? How did she react to the incident?

Becca: I have no idea. She refused to talk about it, so nobody knows what she thought.

Ann: Now, let’s switch gears. When did you feel completely loved and accepted?

Becca: I felt loved and excepted when I started this adventure. It started with Shelly, who prayed for me before I left. I don’t think she understood everything I was going through, but she knew that something was wrong and the only way I could find healing was to follow my heart.
The second time I felt truly loved, was when I saw my grandmother in her angelic light for the first time, at the foot of the towering Rock wall. I’d seen pictures of Granny Mary throughout my life, and my folks would tell us stories about her, but I was only two when she accidentally slipped off the top of the stepping stones. Seeing her in her true form scared me at first, but then my heart sang as she led me up the rock wall. I can’t tell you how wonderful that felt!
The third time Was when Hannah found me sobbing after a panic attack in the middle of the dining room floor, at the cottage at the summit of my first mountain. She slipped into the cottage without a sound. The door closing scared me so bad I thought I’d pass out. She told me that she knew my grandparents and my parents before I was born. Her words of comfort gave me the assurance I needed to keep going. She prayed over me as I drifted off to sleep.

Ann: What about the shadow outside your window?

Becca: I can’t say much about that, but I can tell you she didn’t believe my story. I got the impression she thought I was dreaming.

Ann: In your story, what did you lie about?

Becca: I hate to admit this, but I lied about simply taking time off from work. I admit I did have some leave built up, but I had a feeling that my search for the truth would take more time than I had coming to me. The more I think about it, the more I’m glad Wildebeest fired me. To be honest, I hated working for him, but it was a way for me to pay the bills. Most people would have thrown me out if they’d know I’d been fired, but Shelly has covered for me many times. She’s like a sister to me.
When I start out on this unknown adventure, I told myself that following the pull of whatever was trapped inside me would be easy. Boy was I ever wrong! Making that first climb was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I fought my way over that first brick wall (or rock wall, should I say), and I have no doubt God will help me surpass others in my path.
Another lie I keep telling myself is that whatever happened when I was twelve, was an accident. I’m beginning to think that my belief isn’t necessarily true, the further I go on this crazy hike. You’ll see what I mean as the story unfolds.

Ann: Do you need friends?

Becca: Who doesn’t? I mean, God puts people in my path to help me along my journey, but Shelly is my ally. I call her every chance I get, to tell her what clues I’ve found. I also consider Hannah as a friend. I meet many friends throughout my story. I’d rather have friends than enemies, yet my enemies are a necessary evil, I suppose.

Ann: What physical thing do you fear most?

Becca: We’ve touched on this already, but I’ll give it to you in a nutshell. Any surface that I have to climb, especially if I don’t know what’s on the other side, and unseen figures that lurk in the shadows or around windows of my resting places during my travels.

Ann: Are you able to work for someone else?

Becca: During my travels, no. I have to focus on my search for the truth behind my nightmares and anxiety. Otherwise, I have the skills, so if the opportunity presents itself, I don’t see why not.

Ann: What is your defining strength?

Becca: I’d have to say it’s my determination to keep going, even though I want to turn tail and run.

Ann: Do you have a positive or negative body image?

“Becca: What kind of question is that? I’m a country girl, no matter whether I live in the city or not. I walk with my head held high in my jeans and sweat shirt. If it’s summer, I wear shorts and a t-shirt. Now that I don’t work for Wildebeest, I can ditch the stiff pin-striped outfits and flaunt my overalls if I want.

Ann: Who, or what, would you die for?

Becca: Isn’t that obvious? I’d fight to the death to find healing from this PTSD. I mean if my best friend or one of my family members’ lives were in jeopardy, I’d lay down my life to save him or her.

Ann: Do you have a plan for tomorrow? Next week? Next year?

Becca: No, I take this journey one day at a time. If I don’t, I could get sidetracked by the devil and his malicious ways.

Ann: Do you think you’re resilient enough to change?

Becca: I would hope so. The aim of this mission is to find the truth and ultimate healing. My fears are still intact, yet I’m more observant and I take the clues to God in prayer. I may have questions, but I’ve found at least one of my answers and a whole bunch of questions layered beneath the original ones.

Ann: One final question. What would you think If you could see me now?

Becca: I have to ask you another question, before I can answer this one. How do your writing friends react to my story, now that you let me tell it in my own way?

Ann: Those who’ve read the first couple of chapters, like it better, that I have written them if first person, instead of writing the story as if I’m watching your actions.

Becca: Good! I thought other readers would see it my way. Now you don’t have to do so much head hopping from me to my friend, to my enemy, to the policeman I’ve fallen for. If you let me tell my story, you as the author, can put yourself in my shoes, and transpose that same intimacy to the reader. Thanks for letting me tell my own story.

Ann: Thanks for coming back to visit with me and my fans in the blogosphere.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this eye-opening interview with Becca Martin. Let me remind you to ask these questions of your own characters, to make new discoveries about your works in progress. Until next time, happy writing.
Hugs,
Ann

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#InspirationalJourneys Presents: Weekend Wrap up, Furious Fiction and Women in Publishing Summit Highlights


Hello, to everyone in the blogosphere. Today, I have a couple of things I want to talk about. I explain them in greater detail in my latest podcast episode.

First of all, I would like to celebrate my first entry submitted to the monthly furious fiction competition, which takes place the first weekend of each month. This contest is sponsored by the Australian Writers Center and stories can be no longer than 500 words. The contest if free, and you have a chance to win $500 each month that you participate. The writing prompt for March was as follows: Your story must have a character in disguise. Your story must be set in a park and it must contain a mirror. I wrote a story entitled Calm before the Fall, using the victim from A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery.

The second topic in today’s episode of #InspirationalJourneys is my highlights from the Women in Publishing Summit March 2-8, 2020. The nuggets I found from the various presentations are as follows. Each of these nuggets are explained in greater detail in the episode linked below.

Editing

Although an author writes one draft of a story, don’t expect your first draft to be ready to send to an editor. One of the editors said either she or one of her clients revised their manuscript seventeen times, before it was ready to publish. There are different types of editors: developmental/content editors, line editors, copy editors and proofreaders. Don’t rely on one editor to do all the various types of edits.

Self-publishing your book:

Self-published or Indie authors wear three hats: The author hat, when you write the book, the publisher’s hat, when you get your book formatted, edited and hire a cover designer, upload your book to the different platforms etc., and the marketer’s hat once your book is published.

What readers look for:

In a bookstore, a reader checks the cover, the blurb and the author’s writing style, among other things, to determine whether or not the book is worth the purchase. Readers also look for books that are in a series first, genre specific books second, and books by their favorite authors third. I also learned that poetry books are often published in series.

Click the link below for today’s episode of the #InspirationalJourneys podcast:

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Camp NaNoWriMo Prep

Hello everyone in the blogosphere. Camp NaNoWriMo is almost here and in today’s episode of #InspirationalJourneys, I talk about what changes I’ve seen on exthe NaNoWriMo site in preparation for Camp NaNoWriMo. I also help get you geared up to set your own writing goals for the months of April and July. Come on over to the #NaNoCafe on Twitter for NaNoWriMo talk, word sprints and more.

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Hugs,
Ann