Five Angels!

You probably know by now that I get as excited about a great review for a client’s book as the author. Grace Anne Schaefer just received a 5-Angel review from Fallen Angels Reviews for The New Day Dawns. Linda L writes in part: “Ms. Schaefer pens a thoroughly delightful tale that transports the reader into a time … Read more

Do You Know Any Aspiring Teen Writers?

EPIC, an organization of writers, publishers, and other professionals in the e-book industry, is sponsoring the 2007 EPIC New Voices Writing Competition for middle school and high school students. Students in public, private, or home schools may enter short story (fiction), essay (nonfiction), and poetry categories at either the middle school or high school level. … Read more

Obits and Blessings

If you asked writers whether they would want to write obituaries, most would probably not choose that as some of their favorite writing. But I’m blessed every time I write an obituary for someone in my church family. Writing the obituary for the funeral bulletin and the church newsletter is my memorial to the deceased and … Read more


I get as excited about good reviews for books I’ve edited as the authors do, and I’m pleased to report that my clients have received a number of excellent reviews. This week, David Bowles received a wonderful fan letter and a fabulous review of Spring House.   The Jonesborough (TN) Herald & Tribune carried a full page review … Read more

Fr. Jerry is Home!

Fr. Jerry Sherbourne, the former rector of my church, who became a military chaplain, is home from a year’s deployment in Iraq. Read about his homecoming. I’m so happy for him and his lovely family!

About Critique Groups

Who reads your work-in-progress? I recently read some advice – rules of life – from a famous writer. Sorry, I forgot who it was! This great writer said he never let anyone read his works-in-progress, and he advised other writers to follow his example. He said most people don’t know enough about writing to recognize … Read more

Powerful Words

Robert Bennett, who recently contacted me for advice on finding a publisher for his book, sent me a link to a blog post at Sibby Online entitled “Three lives conceived through rape.” Robert, conceived through incest, joined two women who were conceived through rape to share their stories at the South Dakota Right to Life … Read more

Free Stories and E-Books

Although I’ve written only a couple of short stories, available free on my Web site, I enjoy stories I can read in one sitting. One of my favorite places to find short fiction is More Than Novellas. The site has Christian short stories, novellas (usually posted a chapter at a time), and interactive fiction (where … Read more

Blog Carnivals

Have you discovered blog carnivals? I’ve discovered carnivals recently … and discovered how addictive they can become! A blog carnival is a collection of posts on a particular theme from a number of different blogs. Many carnivals are ongoing, with new editions posted each week or month. Carnival hosts search to find great posts to share, and bloggers can submit posts … Read more