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“It’s okay to dream big. It gives you something to reach for. Expand your imagination. Just because it most likely won’t happen tomorrow doesn’t mean that it won’t happen at all. That’s what long range goals are all about!” ~Sharon Jenkins, Authorpreneurship~

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I recently previewed My Book Therapy’s latest publication, Authorpreneurship by Sharon Jenkins, and highly recommend it! If you or someone you love is interested in writing for publication, this book is a great place to start. Sharon doesn’t make false promises about propelling you to the top of the best-seller’s list.

But she does share detailed information to help you determine what God’s dream for your writing might look like and how to get there.

Why should you take Sharon’s advice? She’s an expert in authorpreneurship. Is that word new to you? Here’s Sharon’s definition: “Authorpreneurship is the business of authoring, marketing, and publishing your work. You actively participate in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the process to create your book, eBook, blog, editorial, whitepaper or article, and its distribution as a partner or independent publisher.”

“Writing is serious business! The goal of this book is to teach you how to ‘handle the business side of writing.'”
What I liked best . . .
  • How Sharon’s book inspired me!
  • The practical application shared for each topic
  • The information covers all levels of writing experience—beginner to advanced
  • Great Resource: an overview of the Writer’s Life compiled in one place
What topics are covered . . .
  • Your WHY for writing
  • Pros & cons of publishing modes (self or traditional)
  • Step-by-step business plan for either
  • Time management tips
  • Assessments to determine how you work best or what you want to write
  • Sample blog entries
  • Six traits of good writing
  • Strengthening your skills
  • Apps & websites
  • What is a book proposal
  • How to ready your manuscript
  • Submission guidelines
  • Evaluate your literary assets and liabilities
  • Branding
  • Selecting a support team
  • How to financially support your dream
  • Writers’ Organizations
  • Even a personal financial assessment
  • PLUS MORE!!!

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A final word from Sharon: “My dear aspiring authors, you have been under close scrutiny in my petri dish for years and as a result this book is my thesis. I offer it because I love you and greatly admire the courage that you possess in sharing your heart and soul with the world through writing. You are my literary heroes and this is my tribute to your greatness, to God be the glory because without Him, I could do nothing.” ~Sharon Jenkins~

What you should do next . . . 

Use one of the links below to grab your copy! ****Thanks to Sharon Jenkins and Susan May Warren from My Book Therapy for providing an ebook for me to review.

SPECIAL DEAL: Follow this link to buy Authorpreneurship from the My Book Therapy Store. If you purchase between now and February 6th, you get 2 FREE Video Classes with your order! (See bundle details!)

Follow this link to purchase Authorpreneurship from Amazon.

Ms JenkinsokAbout the Author: Sharon C. Jenkins is a literary project manager, author, motivational speaker and visionary who serves as the Inspirational Principal for The Master Communicator’s Writing Services.  Formerly the managing editor of four electronic and print journals (business, community, health and wellness, faith-based) for one of the largest African American marketing and communications companies in Houston, she has also written articles in various national and local publications. These include Yahoo Shine, Diva Toolbox, Beauty Come Forth Magazine, Gospel Truth, d-mars.com, Houston Black Book and Small Business Today.

Jenkins is also the best-selling Amazon author of Beyond the Closet Door and has co-authored two other books, Songs of Three Sisters and Ready, Set, Succeed: Making Your Dream Come True.

Known as the Master Communicator, because she is proficient in communicating in multiple forms of media, radio, newspapers, magazines, and spoken word, her prevailing mission is to equip authors to live their literary dreams without emptying their bank accounts. She started this undertaking four years ago with the Desire to Inspire Workshops, which progressed to the 2010 – 2013 Authors Networking Summit, which were hosted in Houston and Detroit.

Sharon can be found at: http://www.sharoncjenkins.com/

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On Monday, I uncovered a drug ring in South Minneapolis. On Tuesday, I spotted a felony theft at a country club in Edina. On Wednesday, I overheard plans for industrial espionage while staking out the back room of a workshop in St. Paul.

On Thursday, my daughter blew all my cases out of the water . . .

With these first lines from Symphony of Secrets, author Sharon Hinck ushers us into the slightly-zany mind of single mom and talented flutist, Amy Johnson. As a crime novel buff, Amy is always on the lookout for a real-life mystery to solve, yet she can’t seem to follow the clues that lead to understanding her daughter’s heart—much less, her own.

Caught reading--instead of cleaning my messy home office!

Amy is flawed and funny and filled with an overabundance of imagination. She’s a main character who works her way into your heart until you’re ready to follow her into any fictional situation. I found myself rejoicing to see her win a spot with the Minneapolis Symphony (which brings her to the attention of the handsome conductor) and empathizing with the self-doubts that swamp her as she pursues her dream.

When she attempts to discover who is sabotaging the symphony and steps out of her comfort zone to connect with the non-musical mothers of the cheerleading squad, some of her antics made me laugh out loud.

But, for me, her bravest moments come when she faces her past, acknowledges the pain she has caused, and finds a way to move forward in love.

If you’ve ever yearned for a dream, loved someone enough to sacrifice for them, stumbled a time or two on the path of life, or experienced blessings in unexpected ways, you’ll be charmed by this book.

And here’s some advice for other aspiring writers out there: read this book!

In a class Sharon Hinck recently taught for American Fiction Christian Writers, she emphasized that “one of the keys to writing was to help your reader build a relationship with the characters.”

Since Sharon demonstrates this so successfully with the creation of Amy Johnson, this story is a great study in character development. (After all, Sharon was named “Writer of the Year” at the 2007 Mount Hermon Christian Writers’ Conference.)

Madeleine L’Engle once cautioned writers, “Your point of view as a human being is going to come over in your writing whether you know it or not. There’s no way you can hide it. And that’s a very scary thing, particularly true, oddly enough, in fiction. Story is revelatory.”

Sharon, too, takes her responsibility as an author seriously and shared her thoughts in our lessons:

“I think it’s appropriate to approach our story telling with a little healthy fear and trembling. When someone is willing to spend several hours in your created world, with your created characters, absorbing your world-view, you have an opportunity to influence for good or bad.

Therefore, be saturated with the Word. We work with words, but we never exhaust our need to be IN the Word—taught, fed, and shaped by the Bible.”

To learn more about Sharon and her other books, visit her website. The sidebar section labeled Encouragement links to some meaningful reads, sure to touch your heart.

Book Giveaway: Let me share this sweet story with one of you.

I made the mistake of starting Sharon’s book during a school week, and you can see by my

My copy of Sharon's book where it should NOT be--in my school bag!

photos that I ended up reading when I should have been working. My copy of the book shows some outer wear from having been dragged around with me and handled by my curious students, but the pages are pristine. So if you’re the type of person who doesn’t judge a book by its cover, this is the giveaway for you!

To win my somewhat used copy of this book, you must be a subscriber or GFC follower. Then simply leave a comment below to let me know you’d like to be included in the drawing. Please include your email address. (Remember to write it like this jenniebee [at] gmail [dot] com.) I’ll run the giveaway until next Friday, October 15.

Follow this link to purchase your own copy of the book.