A few months ago I added a page to my website introducing a new coaching service I was offering for writers. I didn’t really push the service, didn’t do much in the way of announcing anything. I just kind of put it out there and let it be.
To be honest, I wasn’t ready to start accepting clients on a regular basis.
But now I’m ready.
If you’re a writer, especially a fiction writer, or if you aspire to be a writer and are looking for some personal coaching/tutoring to hone your craft . . . I can help.
If you have questions about writing or publishing that you need answers for . . . I can help.
If you’d like someone who is experienced and impartial to look at your material and give an honest opinion . . . I can help.
If you’re trying to determine whether to go the traditional route or self-published route but can’t decide which is best for you . . . I can help (I’ve done both).
If you’re discouraged and in need of some encouragement and help in determining what your next move should be . . . I can definitely help!
Please, if any of the above scenarios describes you, check out my coaching page, review the pricing, and contact me. I’m flexible. If what’s offered on that page doesn’t fit your needs or budget, contact me anyway and we can work something out. I want to see writers succeed.
I hope to hear from you soon!
So I had this contest to rename my blog. And well, I hate to say this and feel really bad about it but . . . there isn’t a winner.
This makes me feel like such a blockhead because when I hold a contest I like there to be a winner. That’s kind of the point of a contest.
I guess I was looking for an entry that would give me that instant “That’s it!” moment and I just didn’t find it. And I can’t just put something up there that I’m not thrilled about.
THANK YOU to all who entered and gave suggestions. Really, it’s me, not you. I’m the blockhead. There were some great titles offered, some very creative, some just plain funny . . . I just didn’t find the right one.
Please feel free to continue to submit suggestions if you like and if I use yours you’ll still get the free books. This might help . . . I’m taking my fiction in a new direction, more focus on psychological thrillers so if we can incorporate something about the mind and life and fiction . . . I don’t know. I’ll keep thinking on it too.
Man, I hate it when a contest fails. Sorry.
Over the next several weeks I’m going to periodically discuss different issues I deal with as a writer. Issues like:
- The pressure of sales numbers
- Dealing with negative reviews
- Writing about the supernatural
- Time management/fitting writing into a busy schedule
- The issue of faith and fiction
- Violence in fiction
- Creating villains without becoming one
- Romance and the element of love
- Balancing fiction and real life
- The ethics of using real people to create characters
If you’re a writer or want to become a writer or do any kind of writing I’m sure you’ll find these upcoming posts interesting.
If you’re not a writer, never were, and don’t want to be I really do think you’ll still enjoy these posts. It’ll give you an inside view into some of what writers deal with, what goes through our mind, and some of the decisions we make while writing. It’s actually pretty interesting.
Check in on these posts too as I’ll also feature some killer deals on books and occasional giveaways too.
Here’s a couple now:
Get my novel FRANTIC for only $1.99!
Enter the Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win FEARLESS.
And if you haven’t done so yet, check out my newest thriller, FEARLESS. Here’s my challenge: Go to the Amazon page and click on the “Look Inside” feature. Read the first several pages. I bet you’ll be hooked. If you’re not, I want to hear about it.
I’ve been gone for a while. Admittedly, I’ve been lost, wandering in the wilderness of indecision.
This was due to a number of factors converging and culminating in a perfect storm of fatigue, burnout, and apathy. I’d had enough and needed a break from writing, and I had no idea how long that break would last. To be honest, even just a few weeks ago I was perfectly okay with the idea of never writing and publishing another book in my life.
And then I went to the Writer’s Advance Boot Camp and something changed. I was refreshed, refocused, revived. I was reminded why I write and over night my vision became clear. (I highly recommend this conference for 2014).
I write because I’ve been called to. I truly believe that. And I can’t abandon my calling.
And now I’m making my way back. I’m not ready to dive in yet but that day is on the horizon and near. I have some story ideas; my passion is returning. Slowly, I’m rebuilding and gaining momentum. But this time around I want to do it better. I want to have a plan, a true vision, and want to be focused on what’s important, on things that really matter, on things that will last for eternity.
This is why I do what I do, and this is why I must come back from this trek into the wilderness. I need to because it’s part of who I am, part of who I’m meant to be.
More on this return and rebuilding will come in the near future. I have some exciting things planned, and I hope you’ll join me.
After all, we have work to do, eternal work.
The authors of Charisma House’s imprint Realms have put our heads together and collaborated to start a new blog, Just the Write Charisma. We’ll be posting three times a week about the writing craft and life. We’ll also be holding contests and giveaways from time to time.
The inaugural post by Andrea Boeshaar happens today so be sure to check it out and stop by often. With nine of us involved in this, it should be interesting.