Indie Publishing: Author Rachel Skatvold’s Perspective

Author Rachel Skatvold

Author Rachel Skatvold

Today’s Friday Feature Author Interview is with Rachel Skatvold, author of the Riley Family Legacy novella series. Thank you, Rachel for allowing me to interview you and sharing your experiences with my readers.

What made you decide on novella length for your series? [Read more…]

Tell me your publishing news!

The excitement of having your story or book get accepted for publication never gets old. Whether it’s your first or your 100th, it’s always exciting and you want to share your news.

When I got news of my first acceptance, I had recently moved to a new town. I didn’t know any local writers. I barely knew anybody, but I was bursting with excitement and had to share with someone.

I told a new acquaintance at church. Her ho-hum response not only burst my balloon, but sucked the thrill right out of me. I realized then only fellow writers can truly identify with the thrill of acceptance and the sense of accomplishment an acceptance brings.

Have you had a magazine article accepted or published? Have you signed with an agent or publishing house?

Email me at Deb [at] DebraLButterfield [dot] com with your publishing related news and next Friday I’ll post your news so we can celebrate with you.

In your email, include your name, the name of your article/book, and where it has been accepted/published. If you’ve signed with an agent, include that agent’s name and agency, and the name of your book he/she is representing.

Put PUBLISHING NEWS in the subject line so I can distinguish it from all the junk mail that comes my way.

Discover How Point of View Impacts Your Story

How much thought do you give to point of view (POV) as you begin a new story?

The best POV for your story is not always the protagonist or even the antagonist. Consider how different the book To Kill a Mockingbird would have been if told from Atticus’ POV. Or Gone with the Wind from Ashley’s POV.

To help you experiment, here’s a writing exercise. [Read more…]

5 Magazines Accepting Submissions

A consistent mistake beginning writers make is in sending queries submitting without first learning what is required with the submission. Study the magazine and thoroughly follow their submission guidelines.

Agents cover particular genres and many take submissions only through authors they meet with at conferences or current client referrals.

The same goes for queries you send to publishing houses—know what they publish and what they require with your submissions.

Improve your chances at acceptance and reduce your rejections by following the submission guidelines.

America Magazine, the National Catholic Review, accepts poetry, does not accept simultaneous submissions,

Hello, Darling, a publication of MOPS, has a call monthly for submissions to the blog and quarterly for the magazine based on needs (see the heading Call for Submissions for details),

Insite, a publication of Christian Camp & Conference Association, scroll down the page to find the link for writer’s guidelines (pdf download) and 2015 editorial calendar

Dialogue, a publication of Blindskills, Inc. Does not accept simultaneous submissions and purchases all First North American Serial Rights (An author who seeks to have an article published elsewhere after it has appeared in Dialogue must obtain specific permission to do so from the publisher of Dialogue.)

Canada Lutheran, start here: and then click on writing guide, for specific details.

Writer’s Conferences:

Conference season is in full swing! Writer’s conferences are wonderful places to meet editors and agents and pitch your book, learn skills pertinent to publishing, and make new friends with fellow authors.

I’ll be teaching at the Called to Write Conference in Pittsburg, Kansas on April 10-11
I’ll be attending the Wordsowers Christian Writer’s Conference 2015 on April 24-25

If you’re there, be sure to stop by and say hi.

Upcoming conferences:

Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, May 17-21,
26th Annual Montrose Christian Writers Conference, July 19-24,

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Piracy of Your Ebooks

Piracy not allowed signThis past Saturday I discovered a website offering my newest ebook, Carried by Grace, for free.

What a shock! Piracy of my ebooks is something I never expected.

It’s bad enough getting robbed at home (a 4-time occurrence for me, ugh), but now people are attempting to rob me online. Hackers and thieves—I dare not get started on that topic.

This particular site offered quite a number of other ebooks for free download. Though I can’t say for sure, I suspect I was not his/her only victim.

I immediately looked for [Read more…]

Author Turned Publisher

Author Robin TidwellPlease welcome Robin Tidwell to this month’s Friday Feature Author Interview. Robin writes books in the dystopian genre, a genre that has grown a great deal in popularity in recent years.

Her journey to publication also led her down the road to becoming a publisher herself. Robin will be available all day to respond to your comments, so if you have a question be sure to post it in the comments. [Read more…]

7 Ways to Overcome Trouble with Grammar

grammar errors in a manuscriptComma, semicolon or colon, which one should I use?

Have I mixed past and present tense verbs in my story?

Do my subjects and verbs agree?

Do I have misplaced modifiers?

Aaahhh. English grammar can be infuriating and confusing. But a manuscript riddled with incorrect grammar is a sure-fire trip to File 13. What do you do to fix it? [Read more…]

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