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3 Tips for Making Your Book Babies Shine

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
Today I have another writing related post to bring you. If you’d like to hear the latest episode of the Inspirational Journeys podcast, where I talk about the tips I’m bringing you, and share my reason behind these tips, please visit:

Last night, I started reading a book called Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead, by Cynthia MacGregor, when the Holy Spirit convicted me to revise A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery. I’m glad I started on it, because I found that one of my character’s name was misspelled, along with other obvious mistakes in the book that I was unaware of at the time of publication. If you find yourself in the same situation, here are three tips you can use, to make your book babies shine.

Don’t Rush the Publishing Process

This holds true, especially for aspiring authors. I know you’ve finished your story and you’re excited about getting your book into the hands of readers, but you want to revise and polish your manuscript before it goes out on the market. You only get one chance to shine, so you want to make it the best it can be. I learned this the hard way when I made my first publishing mistake. Since then, my writing has improved, and I’ve gotten good feedback about my book. However, I relied too heavily on the publisher to make sure it was in tiptop shape. I learned a valuable lesson when I started editing my book last night. No matter who publishes your book, it’s your baby; therefore, it’s up to you to go over your manuscript with a fine-toothed comb and make sure you’re satisfied with the end result.

Check all Proof Copies for Mistakes

If you’re working with a small press, or you’re self-publishing, make sure each proof copy of your book is as error free as possible. Taking this step will save you time and money.

It Never Hurts to Edit Previously Published Work

All you Indie authors can take advantage of this tip, especially if you’ve uploaded an eBook. Paperbacks can be updated as well, but they would be published as new editions to your book. Not only am I working through this process for my own book, I have a friend who has updated her four of her Bible devotionals after publishing her fiction work and poetry.

Now that I have shared my tips with you, I challenge you to revisit your previously published manuscripts. Are you satisfied with them? Do they need a major overhaul, or just a simple minor fix? If the answer is no to any of these questions, then you may want to consider reworking them if possible. However, if you’ve answered yes to any of them, then you’re good to go.

I hope these tips will help you during, or after your publishing process. Stay tuned for a special guest interview with the author mentioned at the top of this post. Until next time, happy writing.

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Annie Acorn

Today’s guest is a multi-faceted author, who also owns her own publishing company. You might want to get a notebook or open up your digital notebook for this one, because it’s packed with a lot of useful information for aspiring authors. Keep reading to learn more about my guest and to hear our lovely conversation

Annie Acorn!
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.

Annie Acorn
Thursday June 27, 2019


Annie Acorn is a prolific, internationally beloved author, whose readership recognizes her mainly for her women’s fiction, cozy mysteries and richly woven stories with a warm southern flair, such as Chocolate Can Kill and her Luna Lake Cabins – The First Year, the first entry in her acclaimed, romantic, women’s fiction series. She writes her romantic women’s fiction/family saga Captain’s Point Stories series as Charlotte Kent. She is a founding member of From Women’s Pens – A Cooperative of Women Writers.
Annie is the mother of two sons. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area, where she has done extensive technical writing as a contractor.
She owned a tri-state medical outsourcing business for a number of years and was the Director of a behavioral healthcare firm. She once flipped a comic book and collectible retail company comprised of five stores, and she has managed cemeteries and funeral homes. She is the owner of Annie Acorn Publishing, LLC.
Ms. Acorn has published in The Inspirational Writer, and she edited an in-house publication for the State of Mississippi. She is a contributor of ezine articles.
In her spare time, Ms. Acorn enjoys reading, writing mysteries and romantic women’s fiction, listening to classical music, playing cards, and spending time with her family and friends – often at a restaurant serving delicious food.
Annie is the author of the blog at annieacorn.com. You can friend her on Facebook and tweet her at @Annie_Acorn or at @CharlotteKent20, which she shares with Juliette Hill. She will respond to your email sent to annieacorn11@gmail.com, and she invites you to visit her AAPub author’s pages at:
https://annieacornpublishing.com/authors/annie-acorn and https://annieacornpublishing.com/authors/charlotte-kent

Featured book: Two Reservations for Christmas (Luna Lake Cabins Stories Book 7)

Book description:
For centuries, Luna Lake and its surrounding natural beauty have been a source of comfort to those who have made their way to its shore. Now, Sean Adams and Liz Chambers have each returned to the cabins they knew as children, both seeking to escape painful memories from their pasts.
Three oranges, a puzzle, and a sharing of confidences result in a bond of friendship between the two, but Christmas isn’t about friendship or escape. It’s about love and all of its promise. Together, can they find their way to the paths forward they seek?
In her Luna Lake Cabins novel Two Reservations for Christmas, internationally beloved, From Women’s Pens author and publisher Annie Acorn once again weaves a warm-hearted tale of strength and survival, filled with the southern charm and Christmas spirit for which she is known.
Some stories are born classics, destined to be experienced over and over again. You don’t want to miss this one!

Purchase link:


A few minutes later, the owner of Luna Lake Cabins hit the Save icon on the Reservations page before him and let out a chuckle, as he admired the view across the kitchen presented by his wife, who was removing a sheet of homemade chocolate chip cookies from the oven.
“What?” She glanced his way, once she had set the hot tray on the stovetop.
“You know how I am about single reservations that are made one right after the other – one by a man and one by a woman.” He sent her a grin as he counted off on his fingers. “Two young people, both familiar with the area, one male, one female, male sounding a bit lost, female stating she has some serious thinking to do.”
“And from this you infer that these supposed strangers are both looking for love and are perfect for each other.” She crossed the room, pleased when he reached out and pulled her onto his lap.
“No, to this I add on the fact that both of them will be spending the next four days as the only guests at the Cabins and they’re bound to run into each other.” He bent his head and nuzzled her neck.
“Which, of course, means they will both experience immediate connections, one with the other.” She kept their banter going. “What an incurable romantic you are.”
“Maybe not immediate connections,” he admitted, before he dropped a light kiss just beneath her left ear. “But they obviously have at least some things in common, because they’re both coming here on what most folks would consider a family weekend.”
“True.” She straightened. “We’ll have more than enough. Do you think we should ask them to join us for Thanksgiving dinner?”
“Definitely not.” His face filled with a shocked look that belied the twinkle in his eyes. “The male sounds as if he could work his way quite easily through two of your delectable pies at a single sitting, and I’m not that willing to share. Besides, if I’m right and Fate has brought them both here at this time for a reason, then I think they’ll be better served by our leaving them to the lake’s magic.”
“It was good enough for us.” She met his gaze, her eyes filled with love.
“A sentiment with which I wholeheartedly agree.” He sent her a soft look before, this time, his lips found hers as he drew her closer and then proceeded to kiss her thoroughly.

Connect with Annie at the following Links:
Amazon Author Page – Annie Acorn

Annie Acorn on Facebook


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:
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.
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Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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Updated synopsis for my book

You may recall that I posted a message about my book titled a Journey of Faith a few days ago, following a devotion I shared with you. Well, I have some news about my book idea at http://soopllc.com/blog/book-ideas/journey-faith-ann-harrison. I took the synopsis from the post I published a few days ago and submitted it to something or other publishing and asked them to post my edited synopsis to the site. Please take a look at the link above and let me know if yo are interested in reading this book in the future by casting your vote. Please feel free to leave some feedbac here or on my author page on facebook by liking Ann M. Harrison. If you wish to connect with me on twitter, my handle is @annwrites75. Happy writing, reading, and God Bless.
Love and prayers, Ann