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writing a book | the photography

I've written a few posts about the experience I had writing my book and it's been a while since the last one.  I thought it was about time I picked it up again. When the reality of a book offer from Thomas Nelson was right around the corner, it needed to be decided if I would do the photography or if we would hire a professional or perhaps a hybrid where I take some pictures and a pro swoops in  (read more …)

Writing a Book | Acknowledgements

Since today is a day of Thanksgiving here in the US, I thought it was a good time to combine saying thanks and sharing just a little more about the book-writing process in one post.  I had already turned in the final manuscript and my editor, Michelle, asked me to write my acknowledgements.  Oh...I hadn't even thought about that!  I felt like I could write a book of thank yous to people, but I  (read more …)

Today is THE day!

Today is a big day!  Not only is it election day here in the US, which affects a lot of people, but it's a big day for me personally.  Today is the official release date of my book, Inspired You.  The book has actually been available for a couple of weeks, but now it's widely available and the e-book is now available. The enhanced e-book will also be available soon through Apple.  The enhanced  (read more …)

Writing a book | Now I actually have to write a book…

The impossible\possible thing had happened.  I had received a book contract from Thomas Nelson and I signed it.  (You can read about how it happened HERE.)  It was now my job to produce 35,000 encouraging words and over 250 inspiring photographs in 10 chapters.  And I only had about 3 months to do it.  AND I've never written a book before.  Oh crap.  Lots of deep breaths and tears and prayers and  (read more …)

the world tour!

I'm being a bit facetious with that title.  Or perhaps hopelessly optimistic.  The amazing thing about this blog journey is that it always surprises me.  I think, "Oh, such-and-such would be pretty far-fetched, so it probably won't happen."  But then it does in some unexpected and amazing way.  So, will my book end up taking me on a world tour?  Who knows.  Probably not, but I'm getting an updated  (read more …)

writing a book | how it happened

Despite the fact that I just wrote a book I feel like I'm totally the wrong person to give advice to an aspiring author on how to get published.  I thought it might be helpful, though, or at least interesting, for me to share my experience and the process.  So, here we go... I've shared before that I've never thought of myself as a writer.  I was never good in English at school, disliked writing  (read more …)

from blogger to author

 November 17, 2010, I put it out there - I said I was going to start working on a book and just see where it took me. In November 2011, I had a book contract in hand from Thomas Nelson.  In November 2012, I'll be at my first book signing.  Totally insane.  I finally have my book, Inspired You, in hand.   I posted it on Facebook, but haven't mentioned it otherwise.  My friend Barb Blair  (read more …)

didn’t make the cut

I had to do a lot for my book. A lot. It was so much more work than I anticipated.  Weeks of writing, hundreds of pictures, hours of photo editing, weeks of rewriting, dozens of projects and days of staging.  After all of the work, some of what I did didn't make the cut.  That's a good thing.  When I'm writing for my blog, I don't have to carefully edit myself, because I can write another post  (read more …)