4 tips for planning your book series

Today I want to share four tips that I have learned and figured out on my own for planning your book series. These tips are as follows:

Number 1: Keep a series notebook or journal.

Although I have some of my series information in a notepad document, I plan to move all of this information and add even more to my series strategy plan journal in my Stepping Stones sub-folder, inside the documents folder of my external hard drive. If you need more than one document to keep track of your series, be sure to save these documents in a series plan sub-folder on an external hard drive or in the cloud, either saving them in google drive, Microsoft one drive, or iCloud.

Number 2: Make a loose plan for the number of books you want in your series and for each book.

Let me give you an example of how I’m planning my Stepping Stones Series. I have one book published already and am in the first round of rewrites and revisions of the next book. However, I plan to write two prequels and one more book to end the series. You may do things a bit differently, but it never hurts to have a loose plan for your series, no matter whether you are a pantser, a plotter or a planser, as I like to call myself. You can heavily outline each book, or just write down some notes to get you started, how you plan out your series is totally up to you.

Number 3: Keep a list of all your characters in your series.

Instead of going back and reading each book as you write the next one, to keep up with the characters in your series, why not write down a list of characters so you can revert back to them practically on the fly. Some people keep a series bible, while others write a family tree for a long running series, like the House of Winslow series by Gilbert Morris. I’m not saying you should keep such a family tree, but this is one example of how to keep track of your characters.

Number 4: Keep track of your timeline.

This is especially important if you’re writing an historical fiction series, but it can also be helpful if you’re writing a present-day series as well. When I was recording the final segment of my podcast this morning, I came to understand the importance of this tip, because I had to do some math to make sure my timeline was consistent for my prequels. To hear my tips and my full explanation for each tip, please visit the following link:

Now it’s your turn. What methods do you use for planning your book series? You can either leave your answers in the comments below, or answer this question in one of two ways outside my blog. You can send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or you can leave me a voice message, which might appear in a future podcast by visiting the following link:
https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/message.

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Until next time, happy writing and have a blessed day.
Hugs,
Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Wendy Ledger

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

WENDY LEDGER!
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?
WENDY LEDGER
WHEN?
Thursday, June 6, 2019
WHERE?
Podcast:

Youtube:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR WENDY LEDGER

Wendy Ledger is the author of three books, Joy Returns!, Kate and the Horses, and The Loudest Meow: A Talking Cat Fantasy (Book 1: The Cats of the Afterlife Series). Book 2 of this series, The Sharpest Claw, will be available this fall. Wendy lives in Northern California with her husband and their three cats.


Her latest book is entitled The Loudest Meow: A Talking Cat Fantasy (Book 1 in the Cats of the Afterlife Series).

Book Description:
What happens to cats when they die?

For Jem, a calico cat, it’s a catastrophe. She knows she’s not meant to be in the afterlife. Not yet. She’s certainly not ready to face the cats she knew before. Not now. Maybe not ever.

Clearly, a mistake has been made. Surely, it can be corrected, and Jem can return home to her life on earth. All of this could then be written off as one very bad dream. But when would the nightmare end?
Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H7VNC58/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Excerpt:
She descended into sound—yowls and calls, snores, and a few purrs–and landed hard on a plastic chair, bounced, and skidded on a dirty, cold floor. So her paws were back on the ground. But where was she? This certainly wasn’t her home.
“Watch where you’re going!” a skinny cat hollered as he sidestepped out of her way.
“I’m sorry,” Jem cried and lowered herself as far as she could on the ground, so he could see she meant no harm.
A striped cat with a torn ear bent down and gave her a sniff. “She’s a Shiny,” he said. “Probably her first landing.”
The skinny cat smirked. “That’s what happens when you fight the fall.”
“What do you mean?” Jem cried. She lifted her head up, but she still cowered. “I don’t understand. Where am I?”
“She really doesn’t know anything,” the striped cat sniggered.
“Welcome to the Station of New and Lost Souls,” the skinny cat called over his shoulder as he and the striped cat sauntered away.

Connect with Wendy at the following links:

Website:
http://www.wendyledgerauthor.com

Twitter:

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/wendyledgerauthor/

Wendy’s Writing Resources:

The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson:

Plot Whisperer

The Story Grid Podcast by Shawn Coyne and Tim Grahl:
https://storygrid.simplecast.com/

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody:

About

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.

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:
https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

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Featured book and book review of Walking by Inner Vision by Lynda McKinney Lambert

Book Title: Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019
Author Name: Lynda McKinney Lambert

Book Description:
70 poems written over the career of Lynda McKinney Lambert.
She began her career as a published author in September 1990. When her poem, “Even in Arcadia,” appeared in The Daily Athenian, at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
Because she was a Fine Arts Studio major, her poetry was inspired by her art history courses. From that time forward, her poetry and other writings are influenced by themes located in the art world.
At the time of her first poetry recognition, Lynda was a new student in the MFA program as a painter, at the university. This first publication gave her the confidence to continue to send out her poems and it was the beginning of a professional life in writing.
She wrote this first published poem as an undergraduate student working on the BFA Degree in Painting at Slippery Rock University of PA – in 1988.

This is my author’s page for information on my books.
Purchase link: http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

Excerpt:
The book is divided into 4 sections of poetry.
The opening poem is “Star Signs,” and this is the lead in to the book.
The theme comes from Genesis 1:14 when we have a description of God creating the universe and in particular the stars or “lights in the sky.” My book begins right here, at the beginning of all creation.
Each of the 4 sections is a theme that is located in a poem. That section has a quote from the opening poem of that specific section. These are quotes from the text – an they invite the reader to proceed on into the text that follows.
As with all of my writing there are some themes that are recurring: Passage of time; Elements of Nature; Landscape and Place; Life journey as a Pilgrimage to a destination, motifs from art, music, and dance; contrast between light and darkness.
The predominate motif from this scripture is the structure on which I created this group of 70 poems. Genesis 1:14
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the

Author bio (Media Kit)
*****Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019
A collection of 70 poems by Lynda McKinney Lambert.
*****Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems
© 2017 by Lynda McKinney Lambert. DLD Books.
This is the 2nd book authored by Pennsylvania artist, professor, and author Lynda McKinney Lambert. She invites readers into her world to discover the subtle nuances and beauty of a physical and spiritual world. She takes strands from ancient mythology, history, and contemporary life and weaves a richly textured new fabric. She uses images that are seen and unseen as she takes us on a year-long journey through the seasons.
All stories in this book were created after her sudden sight loss in 2007 from Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Lambert invites us to see the world with new eyes. The book is a collection of memoirs through poetry and creative non-fiction essays. 16 poems, 28 essays.
Available in e-book ($3.99) and print ($14.95) from Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Walking-Inner-Vision-Stories-Poems-ebook/dp/B06WWN2VH4/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

To hear my audio review of Walking by Inner Vision, please visit:

Full details, free 20% text preview, and buying links:
http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook\BKVT7VTG\18_Official Bio Blurb_author.docx ***** *****Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage
© 2003 by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Kota Press.
Lynda authored this first full-length book in 2003. She created poems and stories from her annual journeys in Europe as she taught a course for college students in drawing & writing. This book is available through Amazon at:
Contact Lynda: riverwoman@zoominternet.net
Amazon: Limited copies available as new or used books.
Lynda is currently writing a revised and updated version of this book.
Lynda’s stories & poems are published in a variety of Literary Magazines, Anthologies, and Books world-wide.

*****In 1991, Lynda received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award which is “an honor reserved for Marquis Biographees who have achieved career longevity and demonstrated unwavering excellence in their chosen fields.”
Lynda’s award is in the fields of Author and Artist.
The 2019 award is selected by the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board.
***She is an award-winning writer. In 2017 she was nominated by Spirit Fire Review for Skirt Best of the Net Award in Essay. She was also a winner in the 2017-18 and 2018-19, Proverse (Hong Kong) Prizes for a Single Poem and it is featured in 2 anthologies, Mingled Voices 2, and 3.
*****Lynda’s tanka is published in the anthology, Spent Blossoms, 2015, by the Tanka Society of America.
*****Lynda McKinney Lambert’s career and story is featured in the book, Artful Alchemy, edited by Ann Copeland, DLD Books, 2017.
*****Lynda has won awards for her fine art since she began her career in 1976. She has won awards for the past 4 years in the InSights: international art exhibitions in Louisville, KY. Lynda has been honored by the American Printing House for the Blind for her award-winning mixed-media fiber and bead work which has received awards in this juried exhibition.
*****Her art work has appeared in over 300 exhibitions world-wide, since 1976.
Her art works have been juried into international exhibitions in Osaka, Japan; Papua, New Guinea, and she has exhibited in over 400 exhibitions world-wide over her career. She creates talismans and wall pieces in using medieval techniques.

Lynda’s Education:
She earned a BFA in Painting at Slippery Rock University of PA, 1989.
and MFA degrees in Painting, West Virginia University, 1991.
She earned a MA degree in English at Slippery Rock University of PA, 1994.
Her cross-discipline approach to education and life-long pursuits in fine art and writing, have opened a niche market for her creative works around the world.

Personal Life:
Lynda is married to Charles R. (Bob) Lambert. The couple have 5 grown children. Bob and Lynda live in a century-old home in rural western Pennsylvania. Lynda works in her fiber studio and in her writing office daily. The couple have 2 rescued cats and 2 rescued dogs. They enjoy gardening and taking care of any feral cats that come for a meal or a safe place to hang out. The couple have 5 grown children – grand children and great-grandchildren. Bob and Lynda have been married for fifty-eight years.

Lynda Lambert
riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Links to website, author page(s) and social media:
2 Blogs:
Walking by Inner Vision: http://www.lyndalambert.com

SCAN-A-BLOG: http://www.llambert363.blog
Walking by Inner Vision: http://www.lyndalambert.com
Mailing Address:
104 River Road, Ellwood City, PA 16117

Book Title: Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019
Author Name: Lynda McKinney Lambert

Book Description:
70 poems written over the career of Lynda McKinney Lambert.
She began her career as a published author in September 1990. When her poem, “Even in Arcadia,” appeared in The Daily Athenian, at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.
Because she was a Fine Arts Studio major, her poetry was inspired by her art history courses. From that time forward, her poetry and other writings are influenced by themes located in the art world.
At the time of her first poetry recognition, Lynda was a new student in the MFA program as a painter, at the university. This first publication gave her the confidence to continue to send out her poems and it was the beginning of a professional life in writing.
She wrote this first published poem as an undergraduate student working on the BFA Degree in Painting at Slippery Rock University of PA – in 1988.

This is my author’s page for information on my books.
Purchase link: http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

Excerpt:
The book is divided into 4 sections of poetry.
The opening poem is “Star Signs,” and this is the lead in to the book.
The theme comes from Genesis 1:14 when we have a description of God creating the universe and in particular the stars or “lights in the sky.” My book begins right here, at the beginning of all creation.
Each of the 4 sections is a theme that is located in a poem. That section has a quote from the opening poem of that specific section. These are quotes from the text – an they invite the reader to proceed on into the text that follows.
As with all of my writing there are some themes that are recurring: Passage of time; Elements of Nature; Landscape and Place; Life journey as a Pilgrimage to a destination, motifs from art, music, and dance; contrast between light and darkness.
The predominate motif from this scripture is the structure on which I created this group of 70 poems. Genesis 1:14
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the

Author bio (Media Kit)
*****Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, DLD Books, 2019
A collection of 70 poems by Lynda McKinney Lambert.
*****Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems
© 2017 by Lynda McKinney Lambert. DLD Books.
This is the 2nd book authored by Pennsylvania artist, professor, and author Lynda McKinney Lambert. She invites readers into her world to discover the subtle nuances and beauty of a physical and spiritual world. She takes strands from ancient mythology, history, and contemporary life and weaves a richly textured new fabric. She uses images that are seen and unseen as she takes us on a year-long journey through the seasons.
All stories in this book were created after her sudden sight loss in 2007 from Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Lambert invites us to see the world with new eyes. The book is a collection of memoirs through poetry and creative non-fiction essays. 16 poems, 28 essays.
Available in e-book ($3.99) and print ($14.95) from Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Walking-Inner-Vision-Stories-Poems-ebook/dp/B06WWN2VH4/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

To hear my audio review of Walking by Inner Vision, please visit:

Full details, free 20% text preview, and buying links:
http://www.dldbooks.com/lyndalambert/

C:\Users\User\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.Outlook\BKVT7VTG\18_Official Bio Blurb_author.docx ***** *****Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage
© 2003 by Lynda McKinney Lambert. Kota Press.
Lynda authored this first full-length book in 2003. She created poems and stories from her annual journeys in Europe as she taught a course for college students in drawing & writing. This book is available through Amazon at:
Contact Lynda: riverwoman@zoominternet.net
Amazon: Limited copies available as new or used books.
Lynda is currently writing a revised and updated version of this book.
Lynda’s stories & poems are published in a variety of Literary Magazines, Anthologies, and Books world-wide.

*****In 1991, Lynda received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award which is “an honor reserved for Marquis Biographees who have achieved career longevity and demonstrated unwavering excellence in their chosen fields.”
Lynda’s award is in the fields of Author and Artist.
The 2019 award is selected by the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board.
***She is an award-winning writer. In 2017 she was nominated by Spirit Fire Review for Skirt Best of the Net Award in Essay. She was also a winner in the 2017-18 and 2018-19, Proverse (Hong Kong) Prizes for a Single Poem and it is featured in 2 anthologies, Mingled Voices 2, and 3.
*****Lynda’s tanka is published in the anthology, Spent Blossoms, 2015, by the Tanka Society of America.
*****Lynda McKinney Lambert’s career and story is featured in the book, Artful Alchemy, edited by Ann Copeland, DLD Books, 2017.
*****Lynda has won awards for her fine art since she began her career in 1976. She has won awards for the past 4 years in the InSights: international art exhibitions in Louisville, KY. Lynda has been honored by the American Printing House for the Blind for her award-winning mixed-media fiber and bead work which has received awards in this juried exhibition.
*****Her art work has appeared in over 300 exhibitions world-wide, since 1976.
Her art works have been juried into international exhibitions in Osaka, Japan; Papua, New Guinea, and she has exhibited in over 400 exhibitions world-wide over her career. She creates talismans and wall pieces in using medieval techniques.

Lynda’s Education:
She earned a BFA in Painting at Slippery Rock University of PA, 1989.
and MFA degrees in Painting, West Virginia University, 1991.
She earned a MA degree in English at Slippery Rock University of PA, 1994.
Her cross-discipline approach to education and life-long pursuits in fine art and writing, have opened a niche market for her creative works around the world.

Personal Life:
Lynda is married to Charles R. (Bob) Lambert. The couple have 5 grown children. Bob and Lynda live in a century-old home in rural western Pennsylvania. Lynda works in her fiber studio and in her writing office daily. The couple have 2 rescued cats and 2 rescued dogs. They enjoy gardening and taking care of any feral cats that come for a meal or a safe place to hang out. The couple have 5 grown children – grand children and great-grandchildren. Bob and Lynda have been married for fifty-eight years.

Lynda Lambert
riverwoman@zoominternet.net

Links to website, author page(s) and social media:
2 Blogs:
Walking by Inner Vision: http://www.lyndalambert.com

SCAN-A-BLOG: http://www.llambert363.blog
Walking by Inner Vision: http://www.lyndalambert.com
Mailing Address:
104 River Road, Ellwood City, PA 16117

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Original poetry: Ripples of Creativity #writephoto

The sun shines on the water
Drifting out to see,
I sit in my deck chair,
My umbrella shading me.

The sand shifts beneath my feet,
Carried away by the tide,
As words flow like ripples
From the depths of my memory.

This poem was inspired by the photo prompt found at the following link:.
Thursday photo prompt: Yearning #writephoto

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Kevin Morris

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Kevin Morris!
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?
Kevin Morris
WHEN?
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
WHERE?

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR KEVIN MORRIS

Kevin Morris was born in Liverpool England on January 6, 1969. He attended The Royal School for the Blind and St. Vincent’s School for the Blind in Liverpool, and went on to read History and Politics at the University College of Swansea. After graduating with a BA (Joint Honours), and an MA in Political Theory, Kevin moved to London where he currently lives and works. Much of his poetry is written in his home, overlooking an historic park in Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace, a suburb of Greater London.

The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems

Book Description:

A collection of 44 poems encompassing the passing of the years, nature, mans place in the world and politics.

Purchase link:

Connect with Kevin at the following links:

Website:
https://kmorrispoet.com/

Twitter:

Goodreads author page:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6879063.K_Morris

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.

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:
https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

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It’s Not About Perfection

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