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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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Would you be thrilled to meet 30 young ladies who are dedicated to living for God and giving voice to His work in their lives? Then let me introduce you to a group of writers who will give you hope for the future: Godly Girls for God.

Their Webzine, Godly Girls for God unites 30 writers, ages 11 to 25. They post devotionals and stories every Friday. Follow this link to peruse their site. If you know a young writer who might be interested in writing for the site, you’ll find an application here.

Their Purpose: “Our heart is to honor Christ with our writing and to let God speak through us in order to bring others to Christ. Everyone has a unique story. Everyone has experienced God’s work in their lives to get them to where they are today. We strive to keep the story going, by having real girls writing the truth.”

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Founder: This webzine is the brainchild of Hillary Beth Koenig. Hillary, now 24 and married, was 15 when the webzine really took off.

Why did Hillary gather these girl writers together? In Hillary’s words, “God has taught me that He is working all over the world in hearts, and that we are far more alike than we realize as true believers in Jesus. It was reinforced to me that we are not alone, and that we can find others going through very similar things. Satan’s biggest lie is that ‘no one else could possibly understand me.’ It isolates us in a way that makes it hard for us to open ourselves up to God, and others in healthy ways.”

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Their Book: The GGFG have published a book called Write for Him: The Story of Godly Girls for God. This is the story of how God brought together an online community of girls, bound by their writing hobby. The 25 young ladies featured in the book come from many different backgrounds and represent 10 different countries—Australia, Burundi, Canada, Ghana, Indonesia, Ireland, Russia, the Philippines, Zimbabwe, and the United States.

The girls gathered their devotionals, fictional stories, testimonies, poems, and quizzes into a book. The topics reflect how the girls put their trust in God to overcome addictions, put away distorted views of God, cope with losing a parent, deal with bullies, face their fears about the future, and trade the messages of this world for the Truth. The authors range in age from 11 to 24.

Follow this link to purchase or wish list Write for Him: The Story of Godly Girls for God.

GIVEAWAY: When Hillary contacted me about giving away a copy of her book, I was eager to share this opportunity with all of you. Enter below. I’ll give the name of the winner to Hillary & she’ll send out your book. Return next week to see who won!

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UPDATE: A winner has been emailed!

You don’t have to be online for long to run across articles on marketing yourself, making money online, building a platform for your business, and finding or creating a community for support and encouragement. The folks I’m writing about today have mastered all of these areas, and we can learn a lot from them.

They are Christian wives and mothers, business women, writing mentors, talented authors, and bloggers at one of the most popular sites in the writing world. Several years ago, these women banded together to promote their books and services and encourage fellow Christians who might be interested in venturing out on a similar journey. They’re the ladies of SeekervilleMary Connealy, Janet Dean, Debby Guisti, Audra Harders, Pam Hillman, Cara Lynn James, Myra Johnson, Glynna Kaye, SandraLeesmith, Julie Lessman, Ruth Logan Herne, Tina Radcliffe, and Missy Tippens.

What will you find at the Seekerville site?

  • A wonderful example of online community. (If you leave a comment, one of the Seekers is sure to respond.)
  • News about the latest in Christian fiction.
  • Writing tips, how-to’s, contest updates, and encouragement.
  • Free stuff—lots of opportunities to win free books.
  • Favorite recipes.(Follow this link to the Yankee-Belle Cafe.)

What more could you want?

The Seekers are some of the most generous authors in the American Christian Fiction Writers. They and their guest bloggers shared information which spurred me on in my writing journey. But even if you’re not interested in books and/or writing, you can learn much about how to present yourself online from Seekerville. So head on over and visit the ladies today!

Now for a GIVEAWAY! The ladies of Seekerville write wonderful stories. However, because of time constraints and promises to the companies that offer free books in exchange for blog reviews, I have not reviewed many of their books on my site. I’d like to encourage you to check out their novels. So I’m offering a $10 Amazon email gift card to one lucky commenter.

Steps to enter the giveaway: (1) Visit the Seekerville site and view the “Our Books” slideshow in the sidebar. (2) Leave a comment telling me which books you’re most interested in reading. The contest will run until Saturday, March 3rd. Enjoy!

At the 2011 American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, I was fortunate enough to meet several of the Seekerville authors . . .

Author Julie Lessman, ACFW 2011

Author Debby Giusti, ACFW 2011

What have I been up to lately? Finishing the school marking period and squeezing in moments to write. Writing has become such a joy to me over the past few years. Actually, I’ve always been interested in writing but didn’t get serious about it until I lost my job. When the Christian school I’d ministered in for nineteen years closed in 2008, I found myself at loose ends and began to read books on the writing craft to pass the time. Within a few months, I’d written a mystery novel. (Not a good one!)

Reading my finalist info from the contest coordinator

I began to explore the possibilities writing had to offer, started this blog, and joined American Christian Fiction Writers. After taking an online class, I revised my mystery novel and turned it into Inspirational Romantic Suspense. In March, I entered the first pages of my novel in the ACFW Genesis Contest–a competition for unpublished writers of inspirational fiction. Now I’m a finalist in the Inspirational Romantic Suspense category!

I plan to attend the ACFW Conference this September in St. Louis, where the contest winners will be announced. However, whether I win or not, being a Genesis finalist is one of the most encouraging signs I’ve received on my writing journey. And now that God has provided me this open door, I’m working to refine my manuscript so that I’ll have something exciting to share with the editors, agents, and publishers who attend the conference.

Why do I write?

Ian Charleson as Eric Liddell

Once someone asked me why I write when I could be doing other “more worthwhile” things. All I could think of was Eric Liddell’s explanation. When asked why he took time from Bible study and missionary work to run races, he said: “God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”

I do feel a special communion with the Lord when I’m creating stories. So even if I never improve enough to be published, I’ll never stop writing—it’s too much a part of who God made me.

True love on display in The Best Years of Our Lives. She's determined to marry him in spite of his crippling war wounds.

Why write stories which include a romantic thread? God, Himself, celebrates romance. He calls Christians His bride. He created courtship and marriage as way of wearing His heart on His sleeve. Each time we read of a noble man wooing his pure-of-heart bride, I believe we’re to be reminded of the One who pursues us. And God recorded romances in the Bible. I love the stories of Ruth and Rahab and the good men who loved and claimed them.

Suspense, humor, romance in Rear Window.

Why focus on suspense? I think I’m drawn to romantic suspense because when done well, the books present everyday, ordinary people rising to extraordinary challenges. Just like the background of war gives a male character a chance to prove himself a hero, a classic romantic suspense gives a young woman a chance to become a heroine. These stories show us at our best.

What I especially love about my genre: The Inspirational Romantic Suspense genre highlights the relationship between the two spheres Christians function in every day–the physical and the spiritual. These books showcase how the good vs. evil battle plays out in both worlds.

When the man with the gun facing down a relentless physical enemy can also operate in the spiritual realm—now that’s a great story!

Later this week, I’ll be reviewing a romantic suspense series by Christian author Susan May Warren. Be sure to come back and enter her blog tour contest!

Do you enjoy romantic suspense or comedic romantic suspense in your books and movies? What are your favorites? Here are a few of mine . . .

Digitalis

Point of No Return

Casablanca

Moonraker's Bride

Nine Coaches Waiting

Random Harvest

The Mountains Bow Down

Rebecca

Stars in the Night