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Friday, March 13, 2015

Authors Write

Top of the mornin' to ya!  Think it's obvious that authors write? Think again. We all see it online or hear it at a meeting of writers. I often hear it in Barefoot Writing Academy classes. It goes something like this:

I just don't have the time to write. (look at Kelly L. Stone's book Time to Write)

I can't think of anything to say - from bloggers. (I have a list of 101 ideas I'll send you.)

I've hit a wall - also known as writers block. (write letters, write grocery lists, write a letter to you child/grandchild, write to a deceased friend/family friend, write like you mean it!) I fall else fails, use a sledgehammer on the dastardly wall!

I should have paid attention in English class. (see Grammar Girl online or her book)

And you probably could add items to this list. Today, I'm sharing some sites that I "religiously" read, and I hope they will inspire you as well.

Books and Such - Literary Management

There are 5 agents who blog at the site and each with a distinct personality. Mary Keeley's recent post is "Celebrating Writers", which should you give some idea of why I read it. They have solid information on industry traits that, at best, are confusing. At worst, annoying. Specialize in Christian books.

QueryTracker Blog - Helping Authors Find Literary Agents

Excellent source of information. I share something from this site weekly to my clients and other writers.  You can search for agents, publisher info, etc. You might enjoy a recent post, "The Query Process: laughably bad rejections." One of the statements within the body of the post is 
"What if a literary agent is just obnoxious?"

Authors Publish - the magazine for writers
Loads of freebies and latest info on publishers. They list publishers accepting submission across all genres. Good source for freelancers. Check out some of their guiding principles and see if it's a fit.

1.  They always pay authors they publish on their site (Yes!)

2.  All the publishers we review do not require agents or previous publications. (Yes!)

3.  We research all the publishers to make sure that they are legitimate. (Yes!)

4.  We do not feature markets who charge a fee for all submissions. (Yes!)


This is cj's publisher and they are currently accepting submissions.

Crimson Romance (est. 2012)Headquarters: Avon MA 02322Acquisitions: Tara Gelsomino, Editor Royalties: to be discussed, Current needs: Crimson Romance’s digital-first romance line is open to submissions in five popular subgenres: romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal, historical, and spicy romance. The publisher is seeking previously unpublished full-length novels (between 55K-90K words) and short stories. All authors—agented or unagented—are invited to submit any works that have not been previously published in whole or in part in any media, including self-publishing. [ submission guidelines ] - See more at:
Neil's well-written book pulled me right into his fascinating, true story. With descriptive scenes and characters, it was an insight into a subject I knew little or nothing about. Amazing man and author.

Neil White, author of best selling book "In the Sanctuary of Outcasts," and several other books, and professional editor and publisher, will be hosting a workshop at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center on April 17th and 18th. 
"How to Write and Publish your Book"
 $150 per day, $250 for both. 

2015 Southern Christian Writers Conference
When:  Friday-Saturday, June 5-6, 2015
Where: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Keynote Speakers:
1) Karen Moore, literary agent and author of more than 60 books and 10,000 greeting cards
2) Cindy Woodsmall, author of 16 books and one of today’s most popular Christian novelists
Excellent lineup of informative and inspirational speakers who will cover a wide variety of topics.  website at
The Book Breeze is an online magazine - free - jammed packed with author interviews, info on new books, and book reviews. My book reviews are under, what else? -  Barefoot Book Reviews . This month I started a new column, and you guessed it! Barefoot Writing Academy - Creativity & Craft.
24 Great Profiles:  A publication of the Gulf Coast Writers Association, edited by Philip L. Levin, MD, is a tribute to memorable men and women of the Magnolia State - Mississippi. I am delighted that my piece on author, Carolyn Haines, the author of over 70 published books in multiple genres, was included in this beautiful book. There are stories about notable Mississippians from the 19th Century forward and include: Eudora Winfrey, Stu Roosa, Walter Anderson, Morgan Freeman, and Ophrah Winfrey. You can email me at if you would like a copy ($15) and I will get it in the mail to you (I pay the postage.)
Erin go Bragh!  


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