Congratulations to…

celebratingNothing is as exciting as getting good news from a publisher. Please join me in extending a word of congratulations to these writers.

Keely Brooke Keith
Has joined CrossRiver Media Group as their newest author. Her book Aboard Providence will release Fall 2016.

Cynthia Toney
Has signed a three-book contract for a Bird Face series with Write Integrity Press. Book 1 is titled 8 Notes to a Nobody and will release in September. No exact date yet because they’re trying to get the second book ready at the same time.

Getting a project done is another milestone.

Michael Wallace
Has finished his book on creation and evolution. Now to find a publisher!

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How to Write a Book Proposal: Advice from 3 Experts

Book proposal acceptedDo you want to get published? Then learning how to write a book proposal that captures the editor is essential.

I’m not an expert on book proposals, but here are three people who are and their advice on writing book proposals.

Michael Hyatt is a best selling author and [Read more…]

Author RJ Thesman on Getting Published

Are you a fan of book series? What avid reader isn’t.

Author RJ ThesmanToday’s guest RJ Thesman is author of the Life at Cove Creek series. Her book Final Grace for Reverend G released today and is the third and final installment of the series about Reverend G and her battle with Alzheimer’s.

And because it’s launch day, RJ is offering a free copy of Final Grace for Reverend G to one winner. See below for contest details.

RJ Thesman writes as a daughter whose mother is disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer’s disease. Her hope is that [Read more…]

6 Lessons I Learned about Marketing Strategy from Playing Board Games

When it comes to marketing strategy, I’m a babe barely out of the cradle. What I know today I’ve learned by reading articles and by the mistakes I’ve made marketing my own books.

I wish I could tell you my efforts to market Carried by Grace have been a wild success—they haven’t. What I can tell you is I’ve done everything wrong.

Monopoly boardThankfully, I can start over.

The majority of writers I talk to tell me they dislike marketing. As an introvert, I haven’t particularly enjoyed it either.

Writers want to write. I get that. But the fact is, today’s writers must be engaged in marketing.

If you intend to make any money selling your book, you have to spend time marketing. So, the Marine in me is going to tell you to suck it up and deal with it. Your bad attitude only makes the time you do spend marketing that much more miserable.

I’m still learning the world of marketing strategy, but I’ve finally begun to get a better grasp on it. Today, I’d like to share my latest insights that I hope will not only make my tasks of marketing easier, but yours too. [Read more…]

Share your publishing news

The excitement of acceptance never gets old. Whether it’s your first acceptance or your 100th, it’s always exciting, and you want to share your news.

Only fellow writers can truly identify with the thrill of acceptance and the sense of accomplishment an acceptance brings.

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

Email me at Deb [at] DebraLButterfield [dot] com between now and Aug. 24 with your publishing related news and on Aug. 28 I’ll post your news so we can celebrate with you.

Include your name, the name of your article/story/book, and where it has been accepted. 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.

Can your reader recognize your character’s voice?

voiceOur voice is as much a part of who we are as is the shape of our face. It’s an aspect of our physical being that people come to recognize about us as they get to know us.

My dad was a traveling salesman in the days before caller ID, cell phones, and the Internet. He called home during his trips to make sure all was well. If our mom answered the phone, my dad had no problem recognizing her voice. If either of my two brothers answered, still no problem.

But…if my sister or I answered the phone, my dad often could not recognize our voice. After a sentence or two, he figured out who was speaking or he asked. You see, my sister and I are twins, and even though we aren’t identical, our voices come close.

Just as we—as writers and as individuals—have a recognizable voice, the characters in our novels have voices, too. And they shouldn’t sound like you or like every other character in your novel.

Though the reader doesn’t hear voice in the usual sense, the reader can recognize it through [Read more…]

7 Publishers Accepting Manuscripts

You’ve written a book and now you need to find a publisher.

This can be an arduous task, but like any big project, it can be made easier by breaking it down into smaller tasks.

Where to Start

My best advice for any author looking for a publisher is to first start with the market guide books available. These books are updated yearly.

Many of these guides are available at your local library in the reference department for the most recent issue. Older issues are often available for check out. If your library doesn’t have the book, request they buy it.

What’s Next?

Once you’ve picked several publishers that publish the kind of book you’ve written…

  • Visit their website and educate yourself about the company
  • Study their catalog. If you’re writing non-fiction, look to see if they’ve recently published books on your topic. If they have, they may not be interested in another one.
  • Thoroughly read and follow their guidelines
  • Submit your manuscript according to their guidelines

7 Publishers Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Here are 7 to get your started on your journey.

White Rose Publishing, a division of Pelican Ventures, LLC, strictly Christian romance, accepts short stories, novelettes, novellas, and novels http://pelicanbookgroup.com/ec/index.php?main_page=page&id=58

Wesleyan Publishing House, https://www.wesleyan.org/wg

Sunpenny Publishing, based in England and Spain, http://www.sunpenny.com/#!submissions

Parsons Publishing House, http://parsonspublishinghouse.com/

Paragon House, http://www.paragonhouse.com/Submission-Guidelines.html

Oak Tara, http://oaktara.com/writersguidelines  (8-7-15, reports of no contact with company, advise you avoid)

Rainbow Publishers & Legacy Press, http://www.rainbowpublishers.com/submissions.aspx

Inclusion here does not constitute endorsement. Examine any company you consider doing business with and carefully read any contract.

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