How to Support an Author’s New Book: 11 Ideas For You

Awesome Advice from Chuck. Hey Friends! Pay attention! 😉

Writers In The Storm Blog

By Chuck Sambuchino

large_5595133805My Writer’s Digest coworker, Brian A. Klems, recently geared up for the release of his first book — a humorous guide for fathers called OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A DAD’S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO RAISING DAUGHTERS (Adams Media). On top of that, my coworker Robert Brewer (editor of Writer’s Market) recently got a publishing deal for a book of his poetry.

So I find myself as a cheerleader for my writing buddies — trying to do what I can to help as their 2013 release dates approach. I help in two ways: 1) I use my own experience of writing & publishing books to share advice on what they can expect and plan for; and 2) I simply do whatever little things I can that help in any way.

This last part brings up an important point: Anyone can support an author’s…

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How does Heaven relate to the Soul? @Enwrightened

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This is the tenth excerpt from Soulbook. Preorder Soulbook from Enwrightened Publications.

How does Heaven relate to the Soul?

            Heaven is one of my favorite topics. Okay, it is my favorite topic! I love to talk about Heaven, read about Heaven, think about Heaven, teach about…well, you get the idea. Pretty much if I could go to Heaven right now, I would. It’s home. It’s beautiful. It’s awesome! But, how does it relate to my Soul? What is Heaven? Is it a place, a state of being, or something we can’t quite comprehend? Overall, Heaven is usually defined as “not here” meaning not a physical realm in this universe that we can see. In this book, we won’t necessarily pinpoint where, geographically, Heaven is, but there are many clues in God’s Word that indicate what it is and how it is.

            For one thing, it’s Paradise. When we think of Paradise on Earth, usually images of a gorgeous beach in Hawaii comes to mind. Peaceful sounds, smells, sights, and other sensory perceptions lull us into believing that if we could just sustain that feeling and those experiences indefinitely, we would be happy. But, is that true? Would simply being relaxed with no pressing concerns be the key to true happiness and would that please our Souls eternally? Maybe it would, but that type of lifestyle really doesn’t do Eternity justice. In Scripture, Heaven is portrayed as more than an experience, more than a place, and more than a simple existence. It is God’s abode. Any place where God lives must be so inconceivable to us as to be absurd. Our discussion of Heaven and its properties will be explored in depth in Chapter 9. In the meantime, just think about what your current home is like and how your home reflects your personality and your properties as a human being and most of all as a Christian. Then, take that same logic and apply it to God and His properties as the awesome God He is. Then, you can begin to see how Heaven might be and how our Souls relate to that eternal realm.

Literary Agents: The Rejectionists

I need a good outlet for some writerly frustration, so here are some selected lines from recent rejections I’ve received. Can you see the common themes? NOTE: Names have been removed to protect the ego-crushing sadists.

1. Thank you so much for giving me a chance to consider your work.  Unfortunately, I don’t believe I’m the right person to represent it effectively.
Publishing is such a subjective industry; so, please don’t be discouraged.  I wish you the absolute best of luck finding an agent who can represent your work with the enthusiasm it deserves.

2. Many thanks for sending me your submission, which I read with interest. I’m afraid, however, that I didn’t feel passionately enough about it to offer you representation. Our business is subjective by nature and another agent may well feel differently – I wish you the best of luck with that.

3. Thank you for the opportunity to review a synopsis of the above-mentioned work.  Unfortunately, having carefully considered your proposal, I feel that I am not the agent for you.  I can not attribute my decision to any particular flaw in your work; on the contrary, I found your presentation compelling.  But in my search for clients, I wish only to represent those works with which I feel a real connection.  Ultimately, this query did not spark that kind of enthusiasm. 

Nevertheless, I appreciate your thinking of this agency and wish you the best in finding the right representation for your work.
 
4. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to review your work. Unfortunately, it is not a story that I am seeking at this time. Please note that this is a very subjective business and what may not be right for me could be exactly what another agent is looking for.  I wish you all the best and great success!
 
5. Thank you so much for allowing our agency to consider your material. Unfortunately, after carefully reviewing your query, we’ve determined that this particular project isn’t the right fit for our agency at this time.  As I’m sure you know, the publishing industry changes swiftly now, as do readers’ tastes and trends. As a result, our own agents’ needs shift and change, as well; therefore, we would like to encourage you to consider querying us with future projects as you may deem appropriate. Again, thank you very much for allowing us this chance to consider your material, and we wish you all the best in your publishing endeavors.
 
6. Sam’s story sounds like a wonderful bildungsroman, a genre that can make for a very strong fantasy series. However, it’s not quite what we’re looking for right now, and I’m sorry to say that we won’t be able to represent you today. Thank you again for considering us, and best of luck on this project and in all your other writing.
 
…if wishes were horses…

Soulbook on Amazon.com! @Enwrightened

Hi all! I just wanted to let everyone know that Soulbook has been officially released and is now available on Amazon.com!

I hope you will be changed as much in reading this as I was in writing it. Please write a review on Amazon after you’ve read. Thanks for reading!

As followers of Christ, shouldn’t we be trying to get past the Face and reach to the Soul? Do we even understand what the Soul is? Where is it? How did it get here? Where is it going? What do I do with it? Soulbook is all about trying to get to the bottom of these questions and reach down past the Face into a realm we as humans rarely perceive and almost never understand. If you are tired of simply seeing the Face of people and not reaching the Soul, then this book is for you.

The Imbondeiro Tree– Book Review

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The Imbondeiro Tree– Book Review

Published by Black Rose Writing 2013

By Anna Augusto

Anna Augusto’s The Imbondeiro Tree is subheaded as a memoir, but reads more like a biography. The book examines the life of Anna’s father, Antonio Augusto as he develops his values and livelihood across the world, finally landing in America. The story begins with Antonio and his grandfather. As the young Antonio watches his grandfather carve a boat, he is told a story about The Imbondeiro Tree. The story is a fable that leaves Antonio with a sense of purpose that follows him throughout his life. As Antonio grows, he experiences humble beginnings in Sao Jorge, Azores, establishes himself as a man in Angola, and finally reaches America where we see the rest of his story unfold. The book ends with Antonio’s recollection of his years of struggle and development and a fond remembrance of it all.

Ms. Augusto has written a family biography that follows her father and his growing family through 81 years. While it is an interesting tale, the story is very personal and might leave the reader feeling a little on the outside rather than part of the story. However, the rich descriptions of family and culture give an interesting insight into the family’s journey.