7 Lifestyle Magazines Accepting Submissions

Congratulations to Sheriena who is the winner of a print copy of Paulette’s book Vapors . Sheriena please email me your address so Paulette will know where to send your book.

Here are today’s magazine markets accepting submissions:

The American Gardener, the official publication of the American Horticultural Society. They prefer a proposal before you develop the article. Feature articles run 1500 to 2500 words, and payment between $300-$600, less for department columns, payable upon publication. http://ahs.org/gardening-resources/gardening-publications/the-american-gardener/writers-guidelines

BackHome Magazine is a down-to-earth, how-to magazine whose primary purpose is to help people gain more control over their own lives by doing more for themselves. Present base rate of pay is $35/printed page, payable upon publication. http://backhomemagazine.com/guidlines.htm

Birds and Blooms, a bi-monthly magazine focusing on the beauty of your own backyard. http://www.birdsandblooms.com/submission-guidelines/

Early American Life, bi-monthly magazine for people interested in capturing the warmth and beauty of the 1600-1840 period and using it in homes and lives today. http://ealonline.com/editorial/guidelines.php I recommend you read through their stylebook as well for pertinent specifics, http://ealonline.com/editorial/stylebook.php

Fine Homebuilding is a bimonthly magazine for builders, architects, contractors, owner/builders and others who are seriously involved in building new houses or reviving old ones. http://www.finehomebuilding.com/pages/fh_authorguide.asp

Mountain Living, published 10 times a year, covers architecture, interior design, and lifestyle issues for people who live in, visit, or hope to live in the mountains. http://www.mountainliving.com/sites/mountainliving.com/files/2013_passport_to_publication.pdf

Texas Gardener, a bi-monthly magazine about gardening in Texas. Covers vegetable and fruit production, flowers and ornamentals, landscape and trees, technique and features on gardeners, all from an organic, earth-friendly perspective. http://www.texasgardener.com/submission_guide.html

An Interview with Author Paulette Harris on Publishing

Author Paulette HarrisI welcome multi-published author Paulette Harris to my blog today. Paulette is a delightful lady with a heart for God and a desire to help others.

Because Paulette is celebrating her birthday this month, one lucky person will win a print copy of her book Vapors. I’ll randomly choose someone from those who leave a comment. Comments will be open Friday through Sunday, so you’ll have a chance to win if you missed reading on Friday.

The winner will be announced on Monday, so be sure to visit again to see if you’ve won.

Let’s find out what advice Paulette has for writers about the publishing business.

Q: At what point in writing your book did you begin to look for publishers?

A: I looked for publishers when I finished the book two days before 9/11. For novels, your first book at least needs to be finished and polished as best as possible.

Q: How did you choose the publishers you queried?

A: I choose publishers who publish in the same genre. It was difficult at the time, but more are beginning to pick up these supernatural warfare stories as the Christian public demands are made known.

Q: What was the worst thing to deal with in the publishing process? What was the best?

A: The worst thing about the publishing process is always the rejection, of course, especially when acquisition editors like the book and when it gets to other divisions in their company, someone turns it down or you barely missed the opportunity to publish with a certain company because there is an author that signed a contract with a similar story ahead of you. Finding a publisher for your book can be frustrating.

The best part is when someone catches your vision for your book and believes in it. They are after all, our babies, and we hope that they find good adoptive parents who will care for them as much as the author.

Q: What advice do you have for writers concerning finding and gaining a publisher?

A: All I can advise another author between finding and gaining a publisher is to remember that God’s timing for each piece they write is perfect and if we pray and let Him choose it will always be the best for that book. I know it sounds rather trite but it works. Our job is three fold. Keep writing, pitching, and praying, letting God have it. We do our part in the process and God will do his.

Q: What advice do you have for them for during the process between acceptance and release?

A: When it’s accepted, make sure you understand the contract and do your best to support and help the publisher in whatever he or she needs in the marketing. Also, it’s important to try to understand and work as well as you possibly can with the editor.

Q: Do you have a another book in the works? A publisher already lined up?

A: I have five other books being considered by publishers. They cover a variety of genres, but all of them are inspirational.

Q: Five books, wow! I’m fortunate to get even one finished, let alone 5. Kudos to you. So I’m sure you have a lot of experience behind you about publishing. What did you know about publishing when you first began that helped you the most?

A: I believe other authors helped me understand the process. I attended as many classes and conferences as I could to learn what the publishers expected and how they wanted to be approached. Many companies have their own version or way of submitting. Each is an individual requirement that you need to check out on their submission pages. Many will not consider your work unless you attend a conference or have an agent. Usually, the conference will provide information on each company and who their attending Acquisitions Editors will be. It’s important to study that before you go to your appointments. I always try to dress appropriately and be rested.

Q: What have you learned—good and bad—that you’ll apply to the next time?Vapors 1st sold novel- web size 7-12-2012

A: I’ve learned a lot about self-publishing and Createspace. As authors, we need to be aware and on top of the changes in the industry. There are many opinions and arguments, most of them are contradictory, yet indeed valid and it’s tough out there right now. The competition is fierce. This wasn’t so when I seriously started pitching. It seemed easier. I think most that turn to self-publishing are satisfied that they delved into this area, but the marketing is hard and there is no financial help.

I don’t think traditional publishers are going away soon, but they, like most other businesses, have had to tighten their belts. Traditional contracts for books are fewer and offer less.

I’ve also learned that many Christian publishers are not who they say they are, and it’s because they are people trying to earn a living. Sometimes, they lie; sometimes, they pull back on their word, and the industry has changed. It’s important to find a good reputable publisher. It’s worth the wait and you’ll save yourself a lot of heartbreak. If someone new comes into the scene, look for credentials. Ask friends you trust, is there someone they know who is working with them, and learn as much as you can. Then be willing to wait. Remember write the story and put it into God’s hand.

Yes, I’ve run into a few problems. I think we all do, but that’s how we grow.

I’m so sorry you’ve experienced Christian publishers who have been less than honest or lacked integrity in their dealings. You’ve certainly given my readers several things to consider and look for as they seek a publisher. Thank you for being here with me today. I wish you God’s best with Vapors and the other five books now in consideration–and Happy Birthday!

Thank you, Debra, for this interview, I thoroughly enjoyed our time together, which isn’t ever often enough. May your readers be blessed this fine day.

ABOUT PAULETTE HARRIS:

Paulette is a writer and speaker. She loves to review and help other authors and their work. She writes all types of pieces including screenplays. She is published traditionally and also self-published. Paulette enjoys golf when she can, raising orchids, gardening, horses, and her husband of 46 years. She has two children and five grandchildren. Paulette loves to network when she is able to and is a member of several writers groups, including ACFW, CWG, Springs Writers which she started, Military Writers of America, and a number of screenplay groups. Three fluffy cats allow Paulette and her husband to live with them in Colorado.

You can connect with Paulette at her website: www.pauletteharris.com

Vapors book coverABOUT VAPORS

Two unlikely men, one a double agent, the other a pastor are summoned in a most unusual way to fulfill God’s call on their lives. They live in a world that’s become the one world government, full of betrayers, can they possibly succeed when reality is confused with shades of deception? This is a supernatural book about the BOOK OF REVELATION and the two prophets found in it warning people of what will take place in the future.

Vapors can be purchased at Paulette’s website or at Amazon.

The Dreaded Rejection Letter & Why Editors Write Them

Rejected manuscriptRejection letters.

Most writers dislike them. At least most of my writer friends do.

Rejection letters are discouraging and leave a nasty feeling in the pit of your stomach.

As the nonfiction editor for CrossRiver Media, I can tell you I don’t like writing rejection letters anymore than I, as a writer, like getting them.

Our fiction editor doesn’t like writing them. And, I will venture to say, [Read more...]

Ready for Repurposing?

The Repurposed and Upcylced Life

My life is a good example of what my guest Michelle Rayburn has to share today. We all have bad experiences and hurts in our lives. Whether we allow God to work in, through, and with them is up to us.

At the age of 42 I started life over. And piece by piece God has created a new me. I use my skill as a writer to encourage and teach other writers so they in turn can share what God has done in their lives and shine the light of God into a dark world. Are you …

Ready for Repurposing? by Michelle Rayburn

I love trash to treasure and shabby chic decorating. In the decorating world, I would describe repurposing as the process of giving a worn out or abandoned object a new purpose—usually something imaginative and clever—despite it being too broken for its original use. One of my favorite repurposed possessions is the vintage bicycle I have in my flowerbed. The tires are flat and the gears shot, but it holds a basket of flowers in its rusty “arms” and the whimsical presence makes me smile. [Read more...]

5 Teen/Young Adult Markets

It’s the first Monday of the month, time for market news. Here are 5 markets for the teen/young adult audience.

Inclusion here does not constitute endorsement of magazine.

Top Twitter Tools for Authors

Social media. Love it or hate it.

Utilizing it is a fact of life for authors. There are a multitude out there, with new ones emerging all the time. I understand how daunting it can be.

Today I have a special guest post for you from Twitter expert Jo Linsdell. Jo is a best selling author, illustrator, and internationally recognized marketing expert based in Italy. She has just launched her latest book How to be Twittertastic.Author Jo Linsdell

Top Twitter Tools for Authors
By Jo Linsdell

Are you ready to be Twittertastic?

Twitter is the most immediate of all social media and allows you to connect with readers and others from the literary industry from all over the world. The fastest growing network with a 44% growth from 2012-2013 Twitter now boasts 255 million monthly active users.

A lot of authors shy away from social media as they think it will eat into their writing time too much. The beauty of Twitter is that everything is bite-sized. Coming up with something of 140 characters or less isn’t going to take away too much of your time.

Today I’m going to share with you some of my favourite tools and why they make my “Top Twitter Tools for Authors” list. [Read more...]

Grocery Shopping for NaNoWriMo

yearly calander with months exed outNaNoWriMo may be three months away, but there’s more to prepare than just your outline.

July is nearly over, and August and September will be spent preparing the kiddos for school and getting back into the swing of things. Soon you’ll be staring at the calendar realizing November is bearing down.

Lucky the writer who can sit down at the keyboard and not worry about anyone else in the house. Even if you live alone, there’s more to think about than just your writing. After all, everybody has to eat.

If you’re the cook in the house, now is the perfect time to begin preparing nutritionally for the demands of NaNoWriMo. The less time spent cooking, the more time you have for pounding out those 50,000 words. And if you have a day job, every extra minute counts.

10 Ideas and a Recipe

1. Create a menu for the entire month, or as much of it as possible. Write down the meal for that day on the calendar. (For me, deciding on what to cook for dinner is half the battle.)

2. Over the next few months, prepare double of some of the family favorites you’re fixing for the night, and place the second one in the freezer.

3. Watch for sales on your favorite boxed meals and take advantage. Stash them under your bed if there’s no room in the cupboard (just make sure Fido and Fifi don’t get them).

4. If you own a deep freeze, take advantage of sales and stock up on the items you’ll need for your planned menu. You can do the same with canned/boxed/jarred items (clear a spot in the bedroom closet if need be).

5. Watch Pinterest for quick and easy recipes you can use.

6. Do you own a crock pot? Use it! Make sure your menu plan includes several crock pot meals. Toughest part about this is not drooling all day as the enticing aromas waft through the house all day.chocolate cookies

7. Pre-mix one or two of your favorite cookie recipes (or buy the pre-made), roll the dough in foil, and pop in the freezer. If the kids are old enough, allow them to cut and bake the cookies one evening or weekend during November. You’ll have treats to eat with no fuss and minimal supervision of the kids

8. Find some new recipes for turkey leftovers before that carcass invades your fridge.

9. Be sure to plan for lunch items.

10. Take a look at your planned menu for the month and choose several recipes you can easily double. The leftovers can make a second meal or you can use them for lunch.

Here’s the recipe to one of my favorite meals. Where my mom came up with the idea, I don’t know, but it was a kid favorite growing up. I consider it comfort food. While it won’t make the meat-and-potatoes lover happy, it will fill you up and satisfy the kids on a cold day.

Cream Tuna on Toast (if you like macaroni and tuna, you’ll like this)

1 6 oz. can tuna
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
milk (I use lactose free)

Combine tuna (be sure to drain) and soup into a medium saucepan. Add one soup can of milk. Mix well and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Serve over toast.

In today’s go, go, go society, many of us don’t give enough thought to meal planning. All of the above ideas can be used year round. You’ll have less stress over what to prepare; the family will have a healthy meal; and you’ll have more time to write. (I think I’ll go buy a deep freeze.)

How do you handle meal time during NaNoWriMo? Please share your tips in the comments.

Debra L. Butterfield © 2014

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