Blog Tour

Today I’m participating in a blog tour at the request of my friend and fellow author, Tracy Krauss. “Participating authors answer a series of questions about their writing, sharing their journey with other authors and interested folk.”

What are you working on right now? My first novella, Cecile’s Christmas Miracle, was just launched on December 5th. Besides spreading the word that it’s now available, I’m also working on a full-length novel, Olga’s Discovery, a Christian historical fiction work. My main character, Olga, is a first year teacher in rural Alberta. Her fiancee, Viktor, is far across the country in Ontario pursuing his dream as a science researcher. A serious accident, a mysterious and unexpected death, and a private investigation all challenge Olga to figure out who she really is and what she wants in life.

How does it differ from other works in its genre? The story is a mixture of historical fiction, romance, and mystery.

Why do you write what you do? Writing often helps me process things in my own life. I hope it will do the same for my readers. Writing is something that I not only enjoy, but I also feel compelled to do. I believe God created each one of us with unique abilities, experiences, and messages. I want to be faithful sharing my unique messages with people God brings me into contact with, whether face to face, on the internet, or through a story.

How does your writing process work? When I write, I generally work best if I have an overarching outline or plot. I need to know where I’m starting, a few major points in the middle, and where I’m going to end up. The details come as I write. I’ll do some preliminary research before I start writing, but my major research comes as I’m in the process of writing and I need details to fill out my story. The hardest part for me is getting the first draft written down. Once that’s done, I enjoy the process of editing and revising. I find it easiest to “write” at the keyboard of my computer. The only time I write with pen and paper is when I’m writing in my journal.

Look for these authors participating in the blog hop next week:

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Behind the Scenes – Cecile’s Christmas Miracle

Kathi Macias 12 Days of Christmas SeriesIn August 2013 I was invited to write a story for the Kathi Macias 12 Days of Christmas Series which is being published by Helping Hands Press. This story started over a year ago when I wrote a 1,000 word entry for a Fiction in Five contest. The prompt I received was: “Living in the desert at Christmas time is so depressing,” along with five words I had to use somewhere in the story (like turkey, carols, etc.)

As a child I became acquainted with the Kalahari Desert while living in Botswana, Africa, where my parents were serving as missionaries. We had an “aunty” who was a missionary nurse in the Kalahari Desert. I was surprised how many memories came to life as I thought of Aunt Ngairie and her work among the San Bushmen. Writing a very short story was OK, but I wanted to expand it.

When the opportunity came to write a story for the 12 Days of Christmas series, I decided to revisit Cecile and her adventures among the San Bushmen. The story needed fleshing out, so I did some research and discovered the controversy over the resettling of the San Bushmen. (For more details, Google “Botswana resettlement”.) This helped add a new dimension and external conflict to the story. Colin and his story grew out of the early flashback which Cecile has and then he took on a life of his own.

Here’s a small introduction to Cecile’s Christmas Miracle

Living and working here was nothing like she had imagined it. In many ways, Cecile felt like she’d been plunked into the middle of a movie set for The Gods Must Be Crazy. The calendar said 2002, but these people lived like early settlers in North America. To top it all off, she was hearing rumors about the government relocating the San Bushmen and closing clinics. Something to do with a major discovery of diamonds in the area. She had poured her heart and soul into ministering to these people. Was it all going to come to a sudden ignoble end, like a puff of dandelion seeds being blown into the air?

The story is slated for release on December 1st with Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. Stay tuned for further details!


Announcing a deal from Helping Hands Press

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A WORD FROM HELPING HANDS PRESS, THE PUBLISHERS OF Amazon Top 100 AUTHORS SARAH PRICE AND WHOOPIE PIE PAM JARRELL’S #1 BEST-SELLING STORY- “The Divine Sisterhood of the Whoopie Pie Sisters Trilogy”.

Hi,

We would like to thank all of the wonderful readers that have purchased, read and reviewed Book I and Book II of the #1 Best–Selling Trilogy “The Divine Sisterhood of The Whoopee Pie Sisters” by Amazon Top 100 authors Sarah Price and Whoopie Pie Pam Jarrell.

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Good news about the Trilogy!

The price of Book II was originally $1.99 but has just been lowered to $.99.

Here is the Amazon Kindle link:

http://www.amazon.com/Divine-Secrets-Whoopie-Pie-Sisters-ebook/dp/B00G6U3FA0/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1384202748&sr=1-5&keywords=whoopie+pie+pam+jarrell

Anyone that has purchased Book II at the $1.99 price is welcome to come to the Helping Hands Press Facebook page, message us there, and we will be happy to send you some amazing stories to compensate you for the price reduction.

The Helping Hands Press Facebook Page link is : https://www.facebook.com/HelpingHandsPress

Remember: there is only one dynamic author duo named Sarah Price and Whoopie Pie Pam Jarrell and there is only one original series named “The Divine Sisterhood of The Whoopie Pie Sisters”. Except no imitations! 


4 Ways to Repurpose Content as a Writer

Recently I was able to participate in the online eBook Publishing Boot Camp organized by D’vorah Lansky. I shared my personal response to the boot camp on the InScribe Writers Online blog. Some information from the first session is included on the InScribe blog. The second session, eBook Editing for Maximum Profits, was presented by David Perdew. For more information, check out MyNAMS system, a training system for people doing online business.

Open bookIn his workshop, David Perdew explained how to take the content from a book you have written, repurpose it, and make it available in different formats that will encourage people to buy either additional products or your actual book. He used the image of a wheel with the hub being your book, and the spokes representing all kinds of additional content you can create from the book.

  1. CheckmarkSplit your book up into individual reports, using each chapter as a report. (This should give you 5-10 reports) These reports can be posted to Scribd.
  2. Make several articles out of each chapter and post them to Ezine.
  3. Pull quotes (approximately 100) out of your book. (If you use MS Word, you can highlight the quotes, then pull them out into a separate document.) Use these quotes for Tweets (which can be scheduled using Tweet Later, HootSuite, or Buffer) and also to make into images that you can share on Facebook.
  4. Make 2 minute videos from each chapter highlighting a problem, who it affects, the symptoms, how you diagnose the problem, and the solution. These videos can be made using Powerpoint and Camtasia or Animoto.

David Perdew says, “If you’re using short posts, short articles that you want to do on Facebook, start scheduling those posts. Get those things out there. They’re not doing you any good if you don’t get the content created and distributed.”

Make sure each report, article, quote, image, or video, is posted on the usual social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Linked In, pointing people back to your website where they can purchase your products.

Do you have other ideas about repurposing the content of a book?