Writers’ Rights: Understand What You’re Selling

Writers' RightsToday’s guest post is by author Tracy Crump.

Tracy enjoys teaching writers through her Write Life Workshops and webinars as well as at conferences, and she serves as registrar for the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference. Tracy edits The Write Life, a popular writers newsletter that includes story callouts, and her latest foray into fiction netted her a finalist spot in the Southern Writers Magazine 2016 Short Story Contest.

Writers’ Rights

by Tracy Crump

First rights, reprint rights, all rights. Rights, rights, rights! How can I keep them straight, and what if I do something wrong? [Read more…]

Ask the Editor Day 4 – Will I Ever Be Done Editing?

Today’s our last day for Ask the Editor. I’ve enjoyed this and seems you have too. So I’ve decided to continue Ask the Editor on my Facebook author page via live FB video. Visit today and like my page so you can be sure not to miss those live events.

Ask the EditorNow for today’s questions.

I feel that editing is a process I could literally be in forever with my book. How do you reach the point where you know that the editing process is complete?

I imagine many writers feel like this. But let me bring some distinction to the question. A synonym of edit is revise. So as writers, we edit/revise our own work. And this is where we can get stuck wondering if we’ll ever get past the process. For myself, I can look at my words in an already published form, be it digital or print, and think, I should have written it this way.

When revising your manuscript, you come that point of “it’s done” when you have [Read more…]

Ask the Editor – Historical Accuracy & POV

Ask the EditorToday continues our Ask the Editor series.

I write historical romance. How important is it that all details be historically accurate versus making it understandable to modern day readers? For instance, most people nowadays think of dinner as an evening meal. Not so in the 1800s when it was the midday meal.

The degree of historical accuracy can vary from publisher to publisher. I know this only because of the books I read from various houses. I’m not privy to their rules.

But I advise my clients to be accurate. That doesn’t mean you can’t make the verbiage more understandable or smoother. Contractions weren’t widely used until the early 1900s, but I find it very tedious to read a book that doesn’t use them. In all things, it’s finding a balance. Let your dedication to accuracy lead you. If you want to be faithful to the language of the day, then be so (and I say kudos to you). You can put other clues into your story to help people know it’s the noon meal.

Where I insist on historical accuracy is [Read more…]

Rising Above the Naysayers – an Interview with Sally Meadows

Rising Above the Naysayers with Author Sally MeadowsI’m here today with Sally Meadows, a two-time Canadian national award-nominated inspirational singer/songwriter, author, and speaker. After three professional degrees and a diverse career path that included being an editor, children’s entertainer, and educator, Sally took the plunge to focus full-time on her music and writing ministry in 2013.

Her desire is to inspire others to explore the creative calls on their lives in the fullness God intended, no matter what their background, age, or personal challenges.

Who or what inspired you to write Beneath That Star? [Read more…]

Abba’s Promise Book Giveaway – Enter Today

Abba's Promise book coverIt’s launch week for Abba’s Promise, and my excitement has my mind whirling. I hadn’t planned to blog today—it isn’t my usual 1st or 3rd Monday schedule—but I woke up at 1:19 a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep. So I decided at the last minute to run a book giveaway.

This book has been more than 2 years in the making. The call for submissions went out in the spring of 2014 with a submission deadline of Nov. 30. The plan was to publish in early 2016, but one thing after another kept getting in the way and the publish date kept getting pushed out.

But God’s timing is perfect, and now [Read more…]

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