Author RJ Thesman on Getting Published

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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…]

The Making of a Book Series: an Interview with Author RJ Thesman

I’m delighted to have RJ Thesman with me today for this month’s Friday Feature author interview. RJ’s publishing credits include 500+ articles, four books, and 13 anthologies. And like me, she’s a writing coach. Grab your brew of choice and sit back for a great read. RJ imparts some terrific tips for writers to add to their publishing toolbox. [Read more…]

Changing Your Genre

This guest post is by RJ Thesman, author of The Unraveling of Reverend G.

Most writers work in the genre where they feel comfortable. Highly meditative people like to write devotions. Creatives enjoy fiction while people with the spiritual gift of teaching feel comfortable writing nonfiction.

But as a nonfiction writer for almost 40 years, I was suddenly surprised when I woke up with a novel in my head. Now that I have written and published “The Unraveling of Reverend G,” I’m hooked on the creative energy and fun that I’ve found as a fiction writer.

So I believe it’s good for us to change what we’re comfortable with and try something new. Some of the ways writers can search for a new genre include:

  1. Evaluate your last few submissions. Are you bored with your own words? Have publishers stopped asking for your work? This is a clue. Time to explore a new genre.
  2. Look at the books currently on your bookshelves. What types of genres have you collected? If you’re writing nonfiction, but you’ve been buying novels, this is another clue. Most of us write what we really enjoy reading.
  3. Be in tune with the Holy Spirit. Sometimes when we experience victory over a stronghold or we’ve grown closer to the Lord, something shifts. We become open to new genres.
  4. Attend a writers’ conference and go to various workshops. I’ve learned so much about fiction just by attending workshops and gleaning from other writers.
  5. Just do it. Work in another genre for a couple of months and see how it goes. Does your writing flow or is it like fingernails on the chalkboard? Have you seen any interest from publishers in what you’ve submitted in this new genre? When other professionals like what you’ve done, you’re on the right path.

The fastest way to block your creativity is to force yourself to work in a genre that no longer fits who you are.

So take the plunge. Try something new. You might just like it.

The Unraveling of Reverent GRJ THESMAN has been a writer since she flipped open her Red Chief tablet and scribbled her first story. Eventually, she attended college where she earned an education degree and taught at various levels. She enjoys teaching writing workshops and helps beginning writers birth their words. She is the mother of an adult son and enjoys reading, gardening and cooking – especially anything with blueberries. Visit her here: http://www.rjthesman.net; to learn more about her book, visit CrossRiver Media.

RJ Thesman © 2012

 

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