Wednesday, July 9, 2014

5 Things I’ve Learned in the Book Publishing Process - Guest Post by Jennifer Novotney

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Winter in the Soul by Jennifer Novotney

July 7th - 31st, 2014

 In a world divided by power and greed, seventeen-year-old Lilika harbors an intense desire to return to Winter in the Soul, the place her family left to escape the darkness that was manifesting from a coldness of the soul.

When she meets Talon, their connection is evident right from the start, and together they travel through the Black Kingdom to recover Lilika’s stolen locket. And in search of an answer to the mystery behind Winter in the Soul.

Lilika holds the key to stopping the darkness from spreading. The fate of their world lies in her hands. Will she stop the Black Kingdom before its darkness overtakes them all, or will they succumb to the darkness that is spreading across the land?

Release Date: July 15, 2014


1. Getting a book ready for publication is a lot of work. Even when you think you’re done, you’re not! I have to admit that I like things done in the most efficient way possible, but I’ve learned that the publishing world doesn’t always work this way. Like any artistic field, a piece of art can always be improved. This is definitely true of publishing a book, especially your first book. I think I learned more about fiction writing from working with my editors at Anaiah Press than I did in college! I really do feel like publishing my first book was like a graduation of sorts. Now, I’m on to the next level and looking back, all the hard work was worth it. 

2. It doesn’t end when you sign the contract. I learned that signing the contract is just the beginning. When Anaiah Press first picked up my manuscript, I had already worked with an editor and refined the manuscript for months. I thought it was the best it could possibly be, but boy was I wrong! I went through multiple stages of editing. Then, there is the publicity and marketing piece of having a book launch successfully, which presents its own challenges and rewards. I also had to establish a stronger social media presence as an author. Signing the contract is the beginning of the adventure, not the end.

3. Get a lawyer, always. Even if you have an agent, it doesn’t hurt to have an attorney look over your book contract. After all, you are signing a legally binding document. It can be tempting to just sign it and get the deal done. It’s exciting to get your first book contract (or second, or third!) but don’t let that excitement cloud your judgment. Be smart and have a publishing lawyer, or an attorney familiar with publishing contracts, look over your contract. It’s worth the few hundred dollars to make sure all your bases are covered.

4. Find friends to help you and support you through the process. I don’t think I would have made it through the editing and preparation for publication if it wasn’t for my husband and my writing friends. Having a friend who has gone through it all before or one who is experiencing it with you is invaluable. We as writers tend to do a lot of things alone. Writing is a lonely game, but it doesn’t have to be. Reach out to your writing community and gain the support of a fellow writer who can pick you up when you get frustrated and support you throughout your career.

5. You will see that manuscript over and over again. You’d better love it! I’ve been working with my book, Winter in the Soul, in some capacity for over a year. First, I wrote it, then came the editing, and finally the book contract. Little did I know that it was just the beginning. I can safely say that I’ve gone over my manuscript more times than I ever imagined. The editing process can sometimes be more in depth than actually writing the story. It would be a much more tedious and frustrating process if I didn’t love and believe in my book as much as I do. Make sure you really, really love your manuscript if you want to publish it. You’re going to read it and work with it more than you ever imagined possible.


Jennifer Novotney was born in Burbank, California and lived in Los Angeles for most of her life until settling in North Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. She attended California State University, earning a bachelors degree in journalism, and Northern Arizona University, earning a masters degree in English. After college, she spent several years writing and teaching, including at Pennsylvania State University.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

The King - Book 2 in the Seventh Dimension Series - Coming August 2014

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Fourth Stop on Author Marilynn Dawson's Virtual Book Tour - A Year in Prayer with Jesus

Welcome to the fourth stop on Author Marilynn Dawson's virtual book tour for her soon-to-be-released book, ├ČA Year in Prayer With Jesus.

Have you been wondering how to take your faithwalk to the next level? Do you feel like you have more of an arms-length relationship with God rather than a more intimate relationship? Just like other relationships, your relationship with God requires time and communication. What does your personal devotional time look like right now? What do you have carved out
of your day for just you and God? Are you looking for something that will not only give you a structured reading of the Scriptures, but give your prayer life a jump start?

Why not look into Author Marilynn Dawson's next book, "A Year in Prayer With Jesus"? We're giving away a one-month preview of her book here on this blog as part of a pre-launch book tour that Marilynn is on right now. This is actually a pretty novel way of looking at and utilizing The Lord's Prayer. Marilynn has done her best to ensure that every single point covering the entire year, does not duplicate any other Scripture references! There's also room in addition to each points prayer prompt, where the user can add their own in as well.

If you don't win the give-away, you can read (but without being able to download) the sample on Marilynn's author page on Facebook 

Click this link here to get your eighth single day prayer guide outline.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.
—I John 4:18a

In The Donkey and the King, Much‑Afraid, the dog, shook with fear when Baruch left her behind at the stable. During the time the donkey was gone, the king helped Much-Afraid to conquer her fear.


From Seventh Dimension – The Door, a Young Adult Christian Fantasy:
The dog stretched and cocked her head enjoying the rubdown.
I laughed. “Is your name Much-Afraid?”
“I was always afraid until the king healed me.”
—Shale Snyder and Much-Afraid, the dog, chapter ten


When we meet Much‑Afraid again in Seventh Dimension –  The Door, she has overcome her fear.

Do you know that the opposite of fear is love? Every time you’re afraid, that means you’re not allowing God’s love into your heart. God’s perfect love will cast out your imperfect fear. In fact, your imperfect fear is made perfect in weakness. In your weakness, God can help you. Once you recognize your weakness, you won’t rely on yourself and your own abilities. You will rely on God.

Begin with prayer. Most of us struggle with fear at times because we don’t love perfectly. Our humanness makes us needy, but our sin keeps us from embracing God’s unconditional love. In spite of this, God never gives up. He woos us because we’re cherished, like a lover woos his beloved.

The king told Shale, “I love you more than you will ever know.” In the same way, God loves you. Someday when we meet the king, we’ll truly know how much he loves us.

Every time fear threatens you (and I do believe in demons of fear), remember the words of the king. Let his perfect love fill your mind. Let every cell within you find intimacy in your heavenly father. Don’t rely on yourself. You will fall. Find your strength in God. Don’t be just a fan of Jesus Christ, like on Facebook or Twitter. Be a follower. Make Jesus your king and your lord. Let his love conquer any fear that creeps into your heart. Then you will be able to love others in the same way God loves you.

Your heavenly father is waiting for you to surrender. He is never too busy to listen, and I guarantee you, he is not resting.

The king died to defeat every fear Satan will tempt you to believe. Don’t be seized with a knot in your stomach and crippling doubts.

Let God’s love indwell you. Cast aside every anxious thought. Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Don’t wait. Begin by reading the Bible and then pray for God to be real to you—more real than he has ever been in the past. His perfect love will cast out your fear.

If you do this every time you become fearful, you can claim victory. If you don’t succeed the first time, don’t give up, especially if you’re prone to being fearful. Old habits die hard, and Satan is relentless. But God will help if you’re faithful in prayer and read your Bible.

If you still struggle with fear after much prayer, perhaps you might need to see a counselor or physician. Sometimes chemical imbalances can affect your mood, especially if you’re going through a particularly difficult time.

Don’t be afraid or embarrassed. Ask for help. Pride will tell you, you don’t need crutches, but humility is more powerful than pride.

Thank you, Jesus, for loving me. Help me to feel loved. Help me to trust you every time I feel afraid.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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