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  1. 9 points
    My husband is not allowed to die before I do. If he does, I'll divorce him.
  2. 6 points
    I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for, but I'll address your first question. After talking with several publishers and consultants years ago, I followed the consultant's advice and started my own publishing company to self-publish my first book. I've recently written and published my 11th book, and so far, I'm continuing to publish my own books instead of searching out a traditional publisher. I'm sure writers have good reasons to go the traditional route, but I also have good reasons to continue down my current path. Here are a few of them: 1) I have total control over my book content and marketing strategy. Publishers own your manuscript and can change it to suit their goals and opinions. Publishers also control your pricing, which affects your marketing. When you self-publish, you have full control - which can either be good or bad. Get a lot of advice from others (just because you self-publish doesn't mean you publish by yourself) and make sure you're publishing a quality product, but ultimately, you can call the shots. Also, you can change your book price whenever you want to in order to market your book effectively. If you don't self-publish, you do not have that flexibility. 2) My royalty is much greater when I self-publish. While talking with a publisher, I learned that after giving my agent 15%, my royalty was going to be less than a dollar per book (it was actually 85¢). As a self-publisher, my royalty can be around $5 per book, depending upon how it's sold. Hopefully, you're not writing to get rich (because you probably won't get rich), but your income will fund future marketing and writing projects, as well as supplement your income. 3) No matter who publishes your book, the author is mostly responsible for the marketing. This issue was big for me. I thought the publisher did the marketing. Wrong. They might do a little marketing, but most of the marketing is up to you. You're going to have to learn how to market your book effectively no matter how you publish it. If you do all of the writing and you have to do 80% - 90% of the marketing, why should you only get 85¢ per book? Granted, professional publishers will help you produce a good product, but if you build the right team around you, your self-published book can be pretty good quality too. 4) You can self-publish a book faster. The turn around time with a traditional publisher is typically two years or more. I could write and publish two or three small books or one larger book per year. I met with an acquisitions editor of large publisher last year. She told me that she would take my book to her committee in 6 or 8 months. It would then have to move to another committee before it could ever start the journey of being published. I don't want to wait a year to have the second committee finally reject it or accept it and then take another year or more to finally get it out. If you talk with anyone who's tried to get a book published the traditional way, they'll tell you it's very difficult to get your book accepted (you have to have a large platform that guarantees sales, for starters). It's true that a lot of self-published books do a great disservice to other authors and shouldn't have been published in their current state. If you work hard at it, you can still influence a lot of people with a well-written and well-published book. I'm probably writing too much, so I'll stop. For now, I'll continue the self-publishing route. I've had relatively good success with it, and God has helped me to minister to people around the world with my writing. I won't say that I'll never sign with someone, but so far, I've opted to continue to self-publish. Hope my comments have been helpful.
  3. 5 points
    In the event that my wife reads this post, I'll say: me.
  4. 5 points
    My husband is an athiest. I want him to have the maximum time to find Jesus, and I'll be in paradise anyway, so I'll be happy to go first.
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    Last November, our pastor, who was relatively new to us, gave us an assignment. He aske each of us to take time to answer questions for him and for those who would survive us. I did the exercise. it was very beneficial for me. I find that now, less than a year later, I need to update the instructions to my family. It's okay that I have to update it. Circumstances in our lives do change. I heard the story at my stepfather's mother's funeral. She was of advanced age and everytime they got a new pastor, she took in a document telling what she wanted done at her funeral. Her pastor told it as a part of his message to those who were left.
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    Interesting answers. Of course we all know that we don't get to make that choice. Because the Lord is in control.
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    All I can say is, I have been quietly consolidating a paper trail (contacts, lists of assets with suggestions, etc) in case I take the Gospel train first. This thinking is creeping into everything I do, like “If I buy this, of what use would it be to her?”, “would she care to live by herself in that neighborhood if we got that house now?” Running on that assumption, why, I’ve learned to take better care of myself. The longer face time, the better, I figure.
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    There is certain amount of irony in the "show, don't tell" mantra. Just to throw the cat among the pigeons (that was a "show" ), did anyone ever notice that, inevitably, when someone wants to address the topic, the first thing they do is tell you to "show me don't tell me"? I'm being a bit facetious here (well maybe more than a bit), but I come from a background (philosophy) where "tell" is pretty important. That being said, "show" is much more common and more palatable in good story writing. But I think it important to note that even every great book will sprinkle in more or less "tell" depending on the needs of the story. "Tell" is not a bad thing, it just needs to be used in a balanced way.
  14. 3 points
    I'd like to know if any other authors struggle with this, because I always am. I have a difficult time knowing how to brand myself. On the one hand, I believe a lot of my books would be appealing to secular readers who enjoy books like Artemis Fowl, and some of my other books would appeal to readers of secular books like Name of the Wind, and so forth. However, my books are obviously Christian, and I make no apology about it. But one of the reasons I write Christian Fantasy is because I want to share the gospel through story. I'd love nothing more than to reach secular readers and have them come to know Christ. So would me being so blatantly Christian in my marketing turn them off? Yet I have no shame in my beliefs, and I'm not afraid to tell anyone that I'm a believer. On top of that, I also think many Christian readers may enjoy my books as well. I can't decide if I want to market myself as a Christian author, or just as a fantasy author. I also don't want to market myself as a regular fantasy author, but then have secular readers feel "tricked" when there's blatant Christian themes in my books. I don't want to be dishonest. Any advice is helpful here!
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    Hi all, So happy to have found this site! I have been feeling a press for quite some time to take my writing more seriously, and one of my first steps in doing so was to find community. I just happened upon a vlog this morning, and through a series of events, was led here. Not sure where all this will land, but I am excited for the opportunity to meet other creatives who are also fellow believers. Hoping to connect with those who are further along in this journey, while somehow giving back as much as I receive. Be well!
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    I use a tarp, 10x20, everybody holds it above their head as they're walking away from the sun/light. 😆
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    Hey, everyone- I just got my bloodwork back, and my A1C (measure of blood sugar) was only 5.8!! (normal). With a low carbohydrate diet I've been able to achieve normalcy! From a diabetic, to normal- all with the help of the low carbohydrate diet!!! (which means, no bread, no rice, no pasta, no oatmeal and no sugar rich fruits!)
  20. 3 points
    From my friend author Mike Duran today on FB:
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    Let's brainstorm. I bet there are a lot of different hooks we have each seen in use. Here are a few I remember. The Cutaway. Lord of the Rings: A Door slams in Sam's face right after Frodo is captured by orcs, cutting him off from pursuit. Then Tolkien cuts away to Aragorn, Gandalf and company hundreds of miles away. We don't find out what happened to Sam and Frodo for several chapters. The Cliffhanger. While the term originates with author Thiomas Hardy, it goes back much further. In the story of Scheherezade (Arabian Nights), she tells the Sultan stories each night and leaves off with a cliffhanger, so he won't kill her in the morning like the last princess. Each night she finishes the previous night's story, but starts a new one. This technique is a real life saver. The Stack Push. Scheherezade used this one as well. In the middle of the story, one character tells another character a story. In the middle of that story, the character's character tells a story. You can go three or four levels deep with this, just like in Inception, the movie. Make sure you unwind them i reverse order, like popping the stack. Sudden Death. The unexpected death of an important character. Sudden Arrival. The sudden arrival of an unexpected person: the son or sister you didn't know you had. Like The Rock's movie, "Game Plan". Unexpected Winfall. The protagonist gets a message about an inheritance, possibly unspecified with instructions to follow. Think about all the stories where someone inherits a haunted mansion, a magical item, an arcane book of secrets... Traitor revealed. The heroine learns that her cat has been colluding with the Russians. Or was it the sidekick who discovered his rat really is a rat? (Poor Ron Weasley...) Summons. The hero receives a summons to go on a journey for work to meet a new client. (That's how Dracula begins! Aren't you glad you're not his lawyer?) Bad Planning. Good old scene versus sequel. The action is at a lull, and the heroine makes plans for how to best her rival. The hook is that you know her plan is doomed because the narrator let slip some details. Unexplained Plans. Every action movie used to have the scene where the hero gathers his sidekicks around and says, "I have a plan..." Then they don't tell you the plan. You only get to see it unfold. Waking up somewhere weird. In someone else's clothes. Maybe in someone else's body. (To Your Scattered Bodies Go is my favorite. Dreams. This is a cliche. If you are a writer, you just can't resist the urge to start a scene with a dream, no matter how many agents draw their knives. New Affection. I ended one scene with the wrong woman (not the heroine) being escorted by the hero on horseback. He has never been attracted to her, but she is his sister's best friend so he tolerates her. The other woman drifts off to sleep while the horse is walking and begins to talk in her sleep, revealing things that she never says when awake. Being nosy and seeing an opportunity to learn embarrassing things about her, he whispers to her to divulge something she has resisted taking about. She falls for it. The secret is a lament she once wrote and never shared. She begins to sing it in her sleep and the song begins to captivate his heart, as it reveals a depth to her soul that he never saw before. That's my list. Anybody else want to chime in?
  22. 3 points
    I agree completely. For me, I know my husband's healt issues are many. But, we were going across town one day. I answered a question he asked me. My next words were, "What would you do without me?" His response was, "I don't want to find out." I agreed with his thought. This past December, I thought I was close to finding out what that would be like. Praise God, it didn't happen. We are both in our 70s and do have some 'controlled' diseases. But,like SW if I had my wish, we'd go together. Never really thought about this before. thank you for this discussion, zx1ninja.
  23. 3 points
    Happy birthday, John! Hope you have a great day. Blessings to you!
  24. 3 points
    I know that my ex husband would probably die before me because of his health issues. He died Feb 2019 and it was sudden. Despite over a decade since we divorced and strained in frequent contact with our grown-up children, it was a difficult time for all of us. As long as I go before the kids (and preferable having met any grandchildren that might decide to put in an appearance) - I'm happy to go first.
  25. 3 points
    My wife past away three years ago. I hope for our children's sake that I live a long life, except of course, if the rapture happens, then we will all go together.
  26. 3 points
    I don't know about statistics, but I know a lot of widows who have survived their husbands by dozens of years. I also attended a double funeral of an elderly woman who appeared reasonably healthy but died the day after her husband passed.
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    Sorry I'm late to the party, but I brought ice cream 🍦.
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    Hi John, I hope you have an awesome birthday! 😃
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    Happy birthday! I happen to be making chocolate chip cookie today. I'll enjoy one in your honor!
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    Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with many blessings!
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    I am a Christian Fantasy author. I definitely brand myself as that. My books are absolutely explicitly Christian. I've still had an Internet atheist review bomb a book because it was "too religious." It was listed in the Amazon Christian Fantasy category! (Got a best seller orange flag for that one actually). But, as an author friend of mine pointed out, the Christian Fantasy category is really broad and has a bunch of bad books in it. So, that makes calling yourself one of those a bit challenging. Still, if you are writing clean, wholesome books, Christians are going to love you for it. I've working on a book that isn't Christian Fantasy right now, and I'm going to use a pen name for a couple reasons, but one of them is that I want to keep Thomas Davidsmeier as a Christian Fantasy author and not confuse any readers I've gotten to this point. Any of you other Christian Fantasy authors got a good list of readers going yet? I keep getting distracted writing books instead of marketing like I'm supposed to. Is there a good Christian Fantasy forum or discussion or online presence? I've yet to find one... (I'm not on Facebook because it is of Satan).
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    Wow, @quietspirit! Those are incredible answers!
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    We look forward to the doctor's assessment, and we are also interested in how you feel. How go the cognitions? Can you stand on one foot and smile while humming in a foreign language?
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    Happy birthday, William! Hope you enjoy a special day. Blessings to you!
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    Hi friends, I would like to learn from authors that already have published a book. My questions are: How did you find a publisher? What did you enjoy the most? What did you not like? What would have you done different? Was the turnout/receptivity greater or less than you expected? Thank you in advance!
  42. 2 points
    Hello All, I've started a "Promotional Bundle" on the site StoryOrigin, which is a (currently free) place for authors to organize newsletters, book promotions, etc. I'm a little fuzzy on exactly how it works, since I've never done it before, but I think the idea is, if any of you have a Christian book of any genre that will be discounted between September 1 and September 30, you can go to the site and add it to the bundle I created. It's called, not surprisingly, "Christian Book Deals." The creator is E.B. Roshan. Then, on September 1st, we all share the collection via newsletter, website, etc. If anybody would like to participate in this experiment with me, please go to: https://storyoriginapp.com/bundles/join find my bundle, and add your books.
  43. 2 points
    OK. Here is my take on trying to get an agent. One of the reasons some people decide to go down the route of self publishing is because it is extremely hard to get an agent these days. Even getting off the slush pile is significant achievement. however, there are things you can do as a writer to help yourself but at the end of the day it takes perseverance and a degree of your MS landing on the desk of the agent or agent's reader who is sees the potential market and sales. 1. Get your MS in the best possible shape. Most writers spend as much time, if not more, editing and revising their original draft. 2. Get it beta read - these are often writers themselves who will read your work and return for you reading and giving feedback on yours. Invaluable - you may not like everything they say or take up all their suggestions but a clean pair eyes over your MS will benefit it and reassure you whether you are on to something. 3. Get your MS proof-read and laid out as agents want. Read their submission guidelines. Not all agents want the first 3 chapters - some just want the first 10K. Some do want synopsis while others just want a paragraph summary (bare in mind I am based in the UK so things might be a bit different in the US however, I have submitted to both UK and USA agents) 4. Don't forget to spend time on your story's synopsis and covering letter. Again, get these looked over by someone else not just for proofing but quality. Again you will need to adjust these according each agent's guidelines. 5. Build a website or facebook page with info about yourself that you can't put in the covering letter. Agents will often take a peak at your social media sites to find out more about you and your writing. Try to identify what makes you unique - don't be shy. 6. Don't give up - keep a database/spreadsheet of your submissions - note the date you subbed and the end date of the submission - i.e if they say they will get back in 4 weeks or not - note the date in 4 weeks time and forget about the submission until then. 6. If an agent does get back to you they may well want to know what else you have in the pipeline - so start thinking about the next project. Even a brief outline or couple of draft chapters is worth having ready to give them if they ask for it. All of the above applies to the small minority of publishers who are open to submissions direct from authors. Again time and patience is required. Your work will get rejected for a variety of reasons - some of the above are included, poor presentation, over blown sales pitch, wrong market - so do you research and only send to those who represent or publish similar work or style of writing. At the end of the day it is pot luck. I wish you well. It's like trying to find te Holy Grail. I am sure others in this site who are published or have agents will have their own thoughts but I hope these help. By the way - no I don't have an agent - just starting the soul destroying search now.
  44. 2 points
    You're remembering a lot of characters, SW, or you've been reading a lot since your stroke. Either way, I'm impressed.
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    Why thank you! My favorite kind actually
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    Hi William, I hope you have an awesome birthday! 😃
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    Good day brothers and sisters. I greet you all in the wonderful, amazing and awesome name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, God the Father and the Holy Spirit whom are one, and whom equally are worthy of all praise, worship, glory and honour. Amen. I thank the Lord for this beautiful day. For this is the day that the Lord has made and we shall rejoice and be glad indeed. 1 Corinthians 11:7 [7]For it is not right for a man to have his head covered, because he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. Brothers and sisters, I just want to remind you, that you are the image and glory of God. Workout your own salvation with fear and trembling. You are the Holy royal priesthood of God. Remember if you say you love God and hate your brother or sister, you are a liar and the truth is not in you. Come back to your original image in Christ Jesus and hold onto Him with all that you got, because all that you truly have is through His grace, mercy and love. Forgiveness in Christ Jesus is the key to everlasting life. With much love unconditionally. Shalom.
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