Monday, December 29, 2014

UNBROKEN

UNBROKEN
by Laura Hillenbrand

Well, that's all I need to say. Really. One word. Unbroken. That's it, but being full of hot air, I'll say more. Amazing beyond words. Well researched, well written, well thought out. As for Louie Zamperini, I am not only amazed that he lived to be 97, I'm amazed that he lived to be 30.

Unbroken changed my view of so many things. Political, personal, emotional, and spiritual. It touched my heart in a way that I will forever see WWII in a completely different light. I now understand how the gut-wrenching decision was made to end the war.

Do I have the kind of forgiveness in me that I read about in the book? I would hope so, but I'm afraid I don't. I pray for it, try for it, but I fall short again and again.

If you don't read any other book in 2015, read Unbroken. It WILL change you life in some way.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

ONLY 7 OF YOU!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS

Since there were only 7 of you, I'm sending all of you an ebook.
I hope you all enjoy.


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

5 free Christmas ebooks in time for holiday reading!


Hey, just leave your email addy and I'll draw 5 names TONIGHTto win a copy of Polar Bear Plunge, a really sweet Christmas ebook. I'd love to bless you this holiday with a nice hour read that will make you laugh and make you cry.

MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL AND 
A HEALTHY PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Suspense Author, Tom Threadgill

Wonderful new short story read unfolding. If you like suspense, shoot on over!

http://tomthreadgill.com/Blog/?p=3212

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Free today!!! Christmas Treasures!

Skip over to Amazon and snag your free copy of Christmas Treasures today, just in time for holiday reading!
http://tinyurl.com/ChristmasTreasures

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Holidays Are Upon Us!



I won’t be posting any more of the novel until after the first of the year. In the meantime, I’ll be posting holiday fun!
Let’s start with an exciting new anthology: Christmas Treasures.
Stories galore.
Mystery, intrigue, romance, and historic Christmases. And all just a few pages long.
The perfect book for the…uh…resting room, where moms have to hide in order to read anything. Pour bubbles in the tub and sink back with lovely holiday stories.
Don’t miss Christmas Treasures in print or on your Kindle.
You will not be sorry!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Five Reasons to Be a Writer!



One: You’re a glutton for punishment
Two: You’re a glutton for punishment
Three: You’re a glutton for punishment
Four: You’re a glutton for punishment
Five: You’re a glutton for punishment

Seriously, the real reasons most folks write are because:
One: They think they have a great idea so why not write a book
Two: They want fame
Three: They want fortune
Four: They want to impress
Five: They feel led by someone or something to create

But being a glutton for punishment helps. There has never been a more difficult time to break into the literary industry than today because of limited opportunities. AND, there has never been a more remarkable time to break into the literary industry than today because of unlimited opportunities. HUH?
Okay, so you think I’ve been nipping at the cooking sherry. NO, I have not. Then what kind of message am I sending?
Yes, it is tougher for a new author to break into traditional publishing today unless they have a platform stronger than George Clooney, but it can be done. The trick? Amazing, well edited, finely tuned writing. And an author willing to work on the social media aspect of publishing. The slots are fewer right now for debut authors, but they are still there. You simply have to do a lion’s portion of the work when it comes to marketing. And if you’re also willing to work harder than others, you can find a way through smaller/indie publishers or self-publishing to get your word out. In this vein there are unlimited possibilities. Still, you have to be willing to sell yourself through social media. That is not going to go away. It is here, and it is staying. The days when a publishers threw thousands of dollars at a debut author are Gone With the Wind!
So who are you, really? Do you truly feel a call to write not just a whim? Or are you a glutton for punishment. Have you thought it through thoroughly and taken a realistic approach to becoming an author?
Whatever your reason to write, be prepared to WORK. It isn’t all about sitting down and writing a novel anymore.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Most Important Job for an Agent




To make lots of money!?! Well, yeah, that would be a nice takeaway, but what do I really see myself as being for the most part?
Something I NEVER was in high school. Too much time on the debate team…nerd alert!
But now? A cheerleader.
Why on earth would I see cheerleading as an important role for an agent?
Rejections…hundreds of rejections. Authors today are experiencing more rejections than they are new ideas for books and that says something. Writers have hundreds and thousands of ideas. But new authors have a tougher time breaking out today than just five years ago. And why is that?
Let’s see—too many reasons to list here. But one very valid reason is this: many publishers have either dropped or pared back their fiction lines. Many of these publishers had big name authors on their books. When they dropped their lines, the authors had to go somewhere, after all, they are the money makers. The remaining publishers have five slots open for the next year and look at this option: do we sign a bestselling author with proven sales numbers, or do we take on a new author who we have to start from scratch to build up? No brainer. They take the established authors. They sign maybe 3 or 4 established folks and only have 1 or 2 slots left, if new authors are lucky. And how do they decide which 1 or 2 to take? New authors with HUGE platforms or with endorsements from top, bestselling authors.
And that, for the most part, leaves out hundreds of amazing authors who now have nowhere to go. The end result? Discouragement, rejection, downhearted writers who are ready to give up. Enter the cheerleader.
Here I am. Me, me. I’m raising my hand, flapping it in the air, doing my best to convince those wonderful folks who came on board that we WILL make it. I will find them a house who will take a chance on that awesome new author I keep pestering the editor about. I will convince you to build your platform, attend conferences, network, grow your social media. I will do my best to let you know that I have faith in your work. And if I take you as a client that will be the truth, because I don’t take on any client who I don’t fully LOVE their work. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their work. You see, I don’t believe I can fully get behind a work to represent it if I don’t fall crazy in love with it. I know that seriously resembles Polyanna, but hey, it’s who I am.
See why it’s easy for me to be a cheerleader this late in life? I fall in love with a novel or a nonfiction piece, and I can’t wait to get fully behind it. Can’t wait to take it to a publisher, and I won’t stop until I’ve taken it to every possible connection that I know. And as I’m shopping it around what do I do to keep your chin off the table?
I’m a cheerleader. Yesiree! The most important part of my job is to encourage. And if I’ve signed you, know that I’m fully behind your work. I love it. I can’t wait for the rest of the world to read it…and love it, too.