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News. Previews. Reviews.


I read some great articles this week – well what else could I do? Stuck in bed, I couldn’t focus enough to write very much, so I read through blogs. Thomas Umstattd never ceases to amaze me! I know that I my little corner of the internet isn’t very crowded, but his suggestions always hit home with me. Logical, reliable, and reasonably within my grasp of understanding. Well, mostly. His information

certainly started me thinking about my blog and my marketing. Writing a great story is only part of the job of an author. Each one must also draw readers before the book ever hits the market.

One thing Thomas Umstattd said in his article is that over half of the books that are published lose money. There’s just something embedded in me. I hate to waste anyone’s time, and bend over backward to avoid making extra work for anyone else. And the thought of losing someone money? Well, that isn’t going to be me. That means I need to improve my blog now.

I’m hoping that my posts will tickle you and that you’ll share them on Twitter or Facebook. I also love to visit the folks who leave comments!

This weekender holds:

  • Awesome articles hand-picked by me!
  • Preview of next week’s blog posts.
  • Review of my best from last week.
  • ROW80 Update

Great Articles of Grace and Writing!

Next week …

… I’m really looking forward to reviewing a juicy mystery, but it’s going to have to wait. Since Valentine’s day is on Tuesday, I have a special post for then and my F entry for the Patty Wysong’s A2Z blog on Monday. Yeah, you’ll probably figure it out that they both start with F, so it was worth doing them at the same time. On Wednesday, I’ll post my ROW80 update and some musings about the journey. Thursday’s article will be a Writer’s Tip about Synopsis writing. Yikes! And Friday, Author Joana James visits.

I hope you’ll drop by for a visit!

Last week …

… in case you missed anything, I highlighted the Clash of the Titles Amish winner on Monday and discussed the benefits of an easy button on Tuesday. On Wednesday, I posted my ROW80 update with my top ten reason to stay in bed – yes I used some of them! Thursday‘s Writer’s tip touched on the polishing techniques I’m using for my manuscript, and Friday highlighted author Lee Carver.

ROW80 Update

My weekly expectations were blown to bits with a giant sneeze. Actually, a hundred giant sneezes. but I didn’t waste all of my time. Though the writing of the new story didn’t start, I have been able to set up some in depth details about the plot line and the character arcs. I also enjoyed touring through a multitude of blog articles. I learned a lot. And I have a lot to learn. I think I get freaked out by the techno-stuff. I know enough to scare me, enough to get around but not effectively nor efficiently. I don’t know enough to make a difference or even to know what type of questions I need to ask to improve myself.

Training continues.

So my goals for this week have changed a little. I want to improve my blog articles and interactions on a daily basis.

My second goal – or perhaps my first priority – is to complete the entry that I plan for a coming contest. I don’t want to blow this off, though I’m tempted to. My expectations are low, but I’m still searching for suggestions for improvements.

If I can complete those two tasks in my busy week, I’ll dance right out into the street – cold or no cold!

Your Turn: What are your weekend plans?


Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

3 thoughts on “News. Previews. Reviews.

  1. looking after yourselve – detailed plans are good when the writing returns from Hols you can race ahead:)all the best this week and hope you feel better soon


  2. Thanks, Loree. Dinky Twinky and I are still coughing, but we're feeling better besides that and are ready to meet the week again! Or at least meet Monday!


  3. Hope you're feeling better!