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Author Updates: Realm Makers 2017, New Author Services, and Simmering Mind Designs Raffle Winner!

August 1, 2017

After a long night of flying, I’m back from another amazing Realm Makers conference!

Last year when I went to the conference in Philly, I was struggling as an author. I had just put away my trilogy and was floundering deep in that fresh heartbreak. I was working on a new project, but aware my heart wasn’t fully in it. And I was only beginning to unravel some of the intense soul-challenges God had planned for me over my identity and motivations as an author. But I went away from RM2016 refueled, encouraged, and uplifted, more confident in my calling than ever before.

As I expected, that was true of RM2017 as well.

Strangely, my trilogy haunted me all weekend, ever since getting on the plane to Reno. After several months of supernatural peace about it, that’s a bit unusual. I’m again praying for guidance on when to return to it, but so far God’s answer remains “wait.” And I’m still processing how to apply some of the new insights I gained through this conference.

But I had wonderful times of fellowship with friends, and enjoyed some fantastic classes from authors such as Mary Weber, Jim Rubart, Lisa Mangum, and Robert Liparulo. It was so good to meet so many fantastic people for the first time and to reunite with good friends!! And although I didn’t agree with everything in his speeches, keynote speaker Ted Dekker was fascinating, with some really good heart-hitting insights as well.

And I was blessed to wear the “Published” banner on my name tag this year! – bearing testament to the fact that I’ve put out two short stories in the past year. It may feel sometimes like I’ve been spinning my wheels, but I have truly been moving forward in my writing, and I’m so thankful for Threadbare and Dragon Lyric and those who have read and loved them.

Vendor Table

It was also exciting to attend as a full-fledged businessperson with a vendor table. I had Simmering Mind Designs shirts and tote bags for sale, as well as paperbacks of my short stories and prints of the painting on Dragon Lyric’s cover.

Before I launch into some of the other news I have to share, I’d like to mention here that there are still some shirts and art prints left!

These shirts were a custom batch from a local printer, so they’re slightly different from the ones in my Society6 shop, and I’m selling them at the lower conference cost of $22, which will include shipping (although if you’re international you may have to pay for the shipping on that).

If you’re interested in purchasing a shirt or one of the art prints of Roth and Theryn ($18 shipped), please contact me using the contact form at the bottom of this post!

I have varying sizes and colors for these three designs:

  • “Pardon my vacant stare – my mind is another world” (blue, gray, and black)
  • “Ask me about my imaginary friends” (gray and purple, women’s sizes only)
  • “I create worlds – what’s your superpower?” (blue, gray, and black)

Raffle Winner

As those of you who went to Realm Makers may know, that purple bucket on my table was for entries in a giveaway (and signups for my newsletter). I’m excited to announce that the winner of the giveaway was Jamie Foley, who chose a paperback for her prize. Congratulations, Jamie!! You are such a delightful person and I’m so glad I got to meet you at RM! 😀

Author Services Changes

And last but not least, I’d like to announce some changes to my author services page. Due to the busyness of this season of life, I have chosen to step back from line and content editing to focus more on proofreading and one of my other longtime loves – graphic design! I am still offering blurb help, definitely. But I am adding a few new things to my repertoire, so if you’d like help with polishing your work and showing it off to the world with graphics, edited synopses, etc., please check out my author services page – I’d love to work with you! 🙂

Current pricing (click HERE for more info on all services and examples of my design work):

  • Blurb Writing: $25
  • Promo Graphics: $15 each
  • Social Media Headers: $15 each
  • One-Sheet Design and Edit: $30
  • Synopsis, Proposal, or Query Edit: $25 and up – contact me for a free evaluation and price quote
  • Proofreading: $0.0035/word ($350 for a 100,000 word novel) – minimum cost $15

Fill out the form below if you’re interested in buying a shirt or art print! I can also ship signed paperbacks. 🙂

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The Joy of Writing Giveaway & Editing Launch!

January 16, 2017

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SURPRISE! It’s a giveaway!!

A year ago, I created #WIPjoy as a way for authors to connect, support each other, and rediscover their passion for their WIPs.  Many of you have told me over the past year that #WIPjoy helped you plug into the author community and find enthusiasm again.  That makes me so happy!

Now it’s a new year, and in 2017 I hope to begin helping my fellow authors in a new way – I’m excited to announce that I am now offering my services as a freelance editor! This is something that’s been in development for a few months, and it’s a thrill to finally, officially hang up my shingle. 🙂

To celebrate my new services – and a year of fun with you, awesome #WIPjoy-ers! – a group of wonderful editors and I have come together to hold a giveaway!  Some of us are newer to the field, some of us have years of experience, but ALL of us are excited to give away fun prizes and help you soar in your journey to publication.

Passion and inspiration are one side of the coin.  The other half is the exhaustive, often painful task of refining our passion projects until they are as cohesive, clean of error, and powerful as they can be. I hope #WIPjoy has helped you with the former – maybe one of us can help you with the latter!

Just like every author’s voice is unique, so is every editor’s style and work.  Learn a little about each of us and the prizes we’re offering below, and then scroll down to the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of the post!

Six Editors – Over Twenty Prizes!

Author picBethany Jennings

I’ve been writing all my life – ever since I was old enough to pick up a pencil and spell. As an editor, I’m excited to work with authors at all levels, but especially young and new authors who are still finding their voices and dreaming of being published for the first time. I specialize in speculative fiction, and my flash fiction has been published in Havok Magazine and on the Splickety Lightning Blog.

When I’m not writing fiction in the dead of night, I’m chasing after my four adventurous kiddos, eating artistic sandwiches, and enjoying the writerly communities on Facebook and Twitter.

I’m giving away…

  • The Giveaway Grand Prize – a 20-page edit, #WIPjoy poster, and $10 Amazon gift card
  • Two 15 page edits that come with a 20% discount on an editing service of your choice, if you like my work
  • Two beautiful #WIPjoy posters (pictured above in the giveaway graphic)
  • The “Don’t Lose Your #WIPjoy” mug (pictured above in the giveaway graphic)

DSC_0649Janeen Ippolito

Janeen Ippolito is a multi-published author in speculative fiction and nonfiction writing resources. She’s also an experienced editor, book reviewer, and English teacher, and she’s the Fearless Leader (president) of Uncommon Universes Press. She believes that writing (and editing) should be fun and that everyone can do awesome work–they just need a solid editor and coach in their corner.  As an editor and coach, her mission is help writers refine their unique stories in speculative fiction, from paranormal romance to hard science fiction. She’s also passionate about bringing organization and a unique voice to nonfiction. Her background in communication and book sales has given her additional insight into both the creative and the marketing aspects of story telling.  More than a manuscript perusal, she examines how the writer’s message connects with genre and marketing expectations, and creates an editing strategy for irresistible stories that make for happy readers. In her spare time, she enjoys sword-fighting, reading, learning random facts, and making brownie batter. Two of her goals are eating fried tarantulas and traveling to Antarctica.

Janeen is giving away…

  • Two coaching sessions (an hour or two half-hours per winner)
  • Two 10-page comprehensive manuscript reviews
  • A copy of both her “World-Building From the Inside Out” textbook and workbook

DSC_0755bSarah Delena White

Sarah Delena White is passionate about helping writers realize their unique visions and bring quirky concepts and fantastic worlds to life. She specializes in speculative fiction and academic editing, and offers a range of services that will take your manuscript from a draft to a polished work. She is also a founding member of Uncommon Universes Press, where she serves as acquisitions editor. Her novel Halayda, an epic Celtic mythology mash-up, will release this spring. When she’s not writing or editing, she can be found making jewelry, singing Irish ballads, and drinking lattes.

Sarah is giving away…

  • Two fifteen-page edits and a discount on her editing services

Mir Head Shot Red top CROPPEDMirtika Schultz

Mirtika holds a degree in English and has edited at two speculative fiction magazines. She’s won several awards for her writing, including the ACFW Genesis in the Visionary category, and has published articles, poems, and short stories. She enjoys editing and writing blurbs. Her favorite genres for both reading and editing are fantasy, soft science fiction, horror, mystery, poetry, devotionals (Christian), suspense, and romance (especially those with a speculative or spiritual element).

Mirtika is giving away:

  • a full story blurb for your back cover, written by her (along with a revision of it based on your feedback)
  • your choice of a 3 chapter general critique or a 1 chapter comprehensive critique.

10700183_826431770711959_847746669942940741_oRalene Burke

Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE!  She has worked for a variety of groups, including Realm Makers, The Christian PEN, Kentucky Christian Writers Conference, and as an editor for a number of freelance clients.

Ralene is giving away…

  • a 15-page partial edit

IMG_7999rvhoriKatie Morford

Katie Morford is an author and freelance fiction content editor specializing in character-centric “soft” speculative fiction (steampunk, space opera, urban fantasy), as well as romantic suspense and some historical fiction. She lived overseas for nearly three years and has traveled to over 30 countries, giving her rich experience in world-building and cultural settings. Her co-authored romantic suspense novel, Kenan, released last May under her pen name, Karis Waters. Katie is also a founder and the managing content editor of indie publishing house Crosshair Press. Katie loves dancing with her fiance, Cadbury Royal Dark chocolate, and lives in a 100-year-old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. 

Katie is giving away…

  • a 10 page partial edit
  • one of two half-hour manuscript consults
  • a critique of your back cover blurb
  • a 25% discount on her eight-week fiction writing mentorship course.

Enter the giveaway!

Any writer is welcome to enter, no matter where you are in your journey to publication, whether you already have an editor or not, and whether or not you’ve participated in #WIPjoy. 🙂

Enter anytime from now until January 30, 2017. May the odds be ever in your favor! 😉

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Simmer Starters and News – December 12, 2016

December 12, 2016

Hello, friends!  My blog has been rather quiet lately. Awhile back I stopped posting the Simmer Starters because I noticed not a lot of people are interested in them…but I found that I miss sharing cool links! 😛 I’ve decided to pick up the practice again, but post only when I have a collection of links gathered, or maybe monthly.  I also hope to start blogging more again soon.

I have some Simmer Starters for today, but first, some general news…

Writing!

My newest writing project, Until She Dies, has been unfurling slowly. The story is taking its sweet time to ravel together, but that’s okay! I’m allowing it to marinate and trusting it will all fit in due time.

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Click to see my Pinterest board for Until She Dies!

Reading!

This month, though, I’m taking some time off writing to recharge – I’ve been in “writing mode” so long that my reading side has suffered and I’ve felt my creativity starving for fuel.  I would love to make reading more of a habit and read many more books in 2017.

I’m hoping, too, that giving my mind a break from fiction writing will help unlock more bloggable thoughts and I’ll have more musings to share here. 🙂

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Tentative TBR for the month, to finish or start for the first time: a beta read for a friend, Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors by H.L. Burke, A Time To Speak by Nadine Brandes, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, and Unblemished by Sara Ella.

Party!

Tonight, I’m being featured as one of 12 authors in the Twelve Writers of Christmas Facebook party! It’s my first time being a “special guest” at a Facebook party, and I’m pretty excited about it. 🙂 Stop by tonight at 7 p.m. EST, and you might win books or an Amazon gift card!  (Click the picture below to go to the party page.)

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#WIPjoy

Writers, don’t forget that the next #WIPjoy is coming up in January! Throw me any ideas you have for the next one in the blog comments! 🙂

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Future Giveaway!

On the subject of giveaways, too, keep your eye out for a giveaway coming here to the blog sometime this month! 😉

Pssst, there shall be pretty handpainted bookmarks!

Pssst, there shall be pretty, hand-painted bookmarks!

Simmer Starters!

And now, as promised, some inspiring writing links!

Speculation and Christmas (Rebecca Luella Miller) – “Perhaps sin has hardened us or perhaps it has given us a correct understanding—apart from intervention, we will live without hope and help. We will remain alone and lonely. We will not find fulfillment in our selfish pursuits. But our Christmas stories show intervention. The supernatural comes into the world in unexpected ways, and it changes everything.”

Storytelling Saves Lives (James Scott Bell) – “Stress relief can extend life. Entertainment can make the present life better. Sure, we can have challenging fiction of various kinds, but the real power comes from the ‘lostness’ of a reader inside a compelling narrative.”

Why Your Writing Matters – Even if You’re Not Famous (Janeen Ippolito) – “Writing is a hard field. Never let anyone tell you any differently. But while it has unique challenges, it isn’t any harder or easier than many other career choices. It takes guts and passion and drive. It takes focused creativity when you’re ready to quit and the ability to see new possibilities and opportunities–or even to create them.”

How To Identify Your Story’s Premise (K.M. Weiland) – “It’s not enough just to come up with a cool idea for your book. You also have to make it work on every single page. Otherwise, no matter how cool it is, it quickly becomes the wrong premise. The key to solving this problem before it even gets started is learning how to identify your story’s premise—and more specifically the most important aspect of that premise—right out of the gates.”

What’s up with YOU lately? What books are on your December TBR?  What books are you hoping to get for Christmas? Have you ever been a host or featured guest at a Facebook party?

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Simmer Starters – May 21, 2016

May 21, 2016

Our Respectable Sin – Laziness (David Prince) – Hard-hitting words here!  “We have come to believe that the reason we work is so that we can rest. Work in this way of thinking is a necessary evil, and that is too often the story we tell ourselves. But thinking in this way turns God’s work and rest rhythm completely on its head. Biblically, we do not work so that we can rest; we rest so that we can work.”

Beware of ‘Trans Movement’ as Patriarchy in Disguise (Pia de Solenni) – This! “Yes, some individuals suffer from gender dysphoria, but I am very hesitant to say that their struggle gives them the right to identify with the sex of their choice. As a woman, I cannot concede that being female simply means that one wears makeup, sexy lingerie, and a hair-do.”

Six Ways to Self-Edit and Polish Your Prose (Kristen Lamb) – Good self-editing tips to consider.

Why Referring to “Screen Time” May Not Be Helpful (John Charles Dickey Dyer) – A thoughtful article showing how there are different uses for screens, some more beneficial than others. It lists several categories of thinking “that can help us think more deeply about how we’re using our happy little glowing rectangles.” 😀

How To Write Faster (And Why Maybe You Shouldn’t) (K.M. Weiland) – K.M. Weiland presents a typical formula for becoming a bestseller, and then explains why the formula might be a good or bad idea for you to follow.

This is a Jar Full of Major Characters (Time Machine? Yeah!) – Great metaphor illustrating why it makes a huge difference to write diverse casts of characters into our stories.  This really stuck with me – good food for thought!

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Simmer Starters – March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016

I’m sorry for not blogging in the last couple of weeks!  I’ve been busy writing – hurray!  Hopefully I will have a post up next week, but in the meantime here are some Simmer Starters. 🙂

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Laurie Isn’t a Good Guy; He’s a Nice Guy™ (Maddie Rodriguez) – Haha, this is pretty eye-opening!  Although it reads some modern sensibilities into Little Women, which was written in a very different era, it’s still a great set of observations on why Laurie was not the right guy for Jo.

The Reason Every Kid Should Talk Back To Their Parents (Dr. Kelly Flanagan) – Even if you’re horrified at the name of this post, or don’t agree with the worldview behind it, it’s worth a read.

God’s Banquet in Your Desert (Bryce Young) – “Three days out from the pinnacle of the most supernatural display of sovereign election since Noah, and Israel’s most immediate consideration amounts to, ‘Wait, there’s no food?’ … It strikes us — or ought to strike us — with a certain horror only because in it, we read our ordinary disbelief with the skin and tissue pulled back. If our own distrust doesn’t appear so shockingly absurd, it’s only because we’ve stretched over it a tawdry flesh of reasons and explanations to prove we have real grounds to believe God hung us out to dry.”

Boosting Your Prose (A Checklist) – (David Farland) – A great, extensive list of ways to check your book to make sure all the elements of it are strong.