Posts Tagged ‘faith’

“The good news about self-publishing

is you get to do everything yourself.

The bad thing about self-publishing

is you get to do everything yourself.”

Lori Lesko

I suppose it’s the price of freedom, this doing everything yourself. I’m still happy to be independent, but the weight of responsibility is heavy on my shoulders and I wake up at night worrying about it. But it also results in frequent and fervent prayers for help from the God who knows all, even technology.

Enough about theory. What happened this past month that furthered my indie career?

The first step in my personal plan was to acquire a logo and a tagline. Something to use on my book spines and inside page. I worked on this in November and December of 2015. After trying about fifteen million ideas for a press name, all of which were already in use, I began to believe techy spyders had invaded my brain.

I finally settled on one that was truly original, and hired a designer from a far country to create the logo through an online company called Fiverr. It was relatively painless, and turned out okay. What was supposed to cost $5 (hence, Fiverr, Seven-oh-fiverr if you’re Canadian), actually came to $80 USD, but it was done. I then managed to design a simple business card with the various formats I’d paid for. It’s not perfect, but it serves the purpose and I can print as needed.


Real Time Addition: I had scheduled this post several weeks ago, but decided to have another look at it before it goes live. So much has happened in the past few weeks, and I want to keep you up to date…

I found out from talking with various author friends, and from researching, that I needed to register my logo and tagline. It is essentially my business name. I spent more time than I had anticipated, but have now requested a search of this name, then reserved the name for a maximum of three months, in which time it needs to be registered.

I did that too, for a reasonable fee of just over $50 CDN. This  registers my business name for three years, and I will be notified when renewal comes due. Please note that I live in Saskatchewan, Canada. Provinces differ in their systems, as do countries.

Next step: the cover(s). I am not a visual artist by any stretch of the imagination, but I bravely tried a free design-it-yourself site and created a so-so cover in about five minutes. Then I remembered that covers sell books, and decided to explore another option.

I tried Fiverr next, but the designers were so diverse and many lacked proficiency in the English language. How would I effectively describe my expectations? I followed through with one, with unacceptable results. I think I prefer my own feeble attempt to what I received from him. That unfortunate venture cost me another $50 or so CDN. Lesson learned? I’m not sure.

Meanwhile, the God who uses ink (if I may borrow a phrase from the original Word Guild), intervened. I had queried about my covers to a designer I know who lives nearby and has both skill and experience. We emailed and I knew I did not have the funds to hire his design services. I have about eight covers queued up, and my book funds are insufficient for the lot. That’s when I jumped ahead on my own and tackled Fiverr, with previously stated results.

The following week the local designer contacted me and offered a deal I couldn’t resist. In short, it is a miracle. We met in person on Friday and shared ideas and expectations. I’m very excited. My word to you is this: if you are a Christian author, pray. God hears, He knows when we are pitifully inadequate for the task, He sends ideas and options, and sometimes He works miracles for us. Thank you, Lord.

Now there’s nothing to keep me awake at nights…except formatting. Sigh. My next report will be up March 8. Until then, keep pressing on, and praying.

P.S. I forgot to mention that I called a camera-proficient neighbor to update my author photo. It’s about time, after more than a dozen years. She offered her services pro-bono, but there are always ways of thanking people and thus acknowledging their skills.

Read Full Post »

“He shook hands with Hitler, spent more than a month lost at sea, and ended up in a Japanese torture camp. Louis Zamperini has seen many days he’d rather not recall but he’ll never forget the day he met Jesus Christ.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRJrS8Vsn_Y

From his first breath, Louis Zamperini was incorrigible. Anecdotes related by his parents reveal a child who could not be contained or restrained, whose rambunctious endeavors would have certainly killed anyone with less fire in his soul. His antics led him into trouble with peers as well as police, but at the height of his chaotic youthful life, Louis was saved by his brother Pete, who encouraged him to run track.

From that point, Louis Zamperini’s story led to Olympic fame in Berlin in 1936. Unfortunately, his future as an athlete was cut short by the second world war. Future Olympics were put on hold and Louis was recruited into the army air corp where his fearlessness became legend. Then, in 1943, Louis’ plane was shot down over the Pacific, leaving him to survive against unbelievable odds. “If you get me outta this, God,” Louis said, “I’ll serve you forever.”

The stories of life in a POW camp in Japan were nearly enough to make me stop reading (listening), but I persevered because I had to know what happened to Louis. Again, survival was doubtful.

The subsequent retelling of life in postwar America for bruised and battered soldiers is enough to threaten defeat, and nearly did for Louis, if not for the interception of faith. What would happen to Louis’ promise to serve God?

For me, the final chapters of this saga were the most moving. It was as if the Louis of childhood returned in all his boundless energy and passion to change lives as his had been changed. In 1998 Louis carried the Olympic flag to open the Japan-hosted Olympics in Nagano.Unknown-1

I listened to the audio version of this story. Had I been reading it, I might have skipped sections because of the brutality. I’m not sure I could watch the movie, but the trailers are fascinating. I’d recommend this story to anyone interested in the resilience of the spirit of mankind and the power of faith. Unbroken is a story I’ll never forget.



Read Full Post »

Marsha HublerAs I perused Marsha’s website earlier, I was amazed at how many books she has written and the variety of her interests. Marsha is an author and speaker from Middleburg, PA. Some pertinent information about her writing is as follows:

– Over 35 years experience with students of all ages, foster children and conduct-disordered youth

– Extensive work with homeschoolers

– Great love of and experience with horses

Writers’ Blog Site

Horse Facts Lovers’ Blog Site

Susquehanna Valley Writers Conference Blog

The Loves of Snyder County 1

The Loves of Snyder County 2

Some of Marsha’s many books are:

The Loves of Snyder County Series (Amish/Mennonite fiction for ladies of all ages)

The Keystone Stables Series (The books in The Keystone Stables Series introduce you to foster girl Skye Nicholson and her gorgeous Quarter Horse Champ as they face thrilling adventures with God on their side.)

The Snyder County Quilting Bee

The Secret of Wolf Canyon (A “Pennsylvania Woods Super Sleuthhounds” juvenile fiction mystery)

To see more, check out http://www.marshahubler.com/books.html

Here’s one of Marsha’s articles taken from her website  http://www.marshahubler.com

The Writer’s 14 Commandments

M.L. Hubler

Why 14? 15 are too many; 13 aren’t enough

(published in “The Christian Communicator” Oct. 2006)

  1. Thou shalt write every day, even if it is only “I AM A WRITER” 100 times.
  2. Thou shalt not quit thy day job but shalt write by the light of the silvery moon.
  3. If thou quittest thy day job, thou shalt be fully dressed, gargled, and at thy computer by 11 AM every day.
  4. Thou shalt love thy computer and kiss it good morning every day.
  5. Thou shalt not do other things before writing such as watching thy grass grow or brushing thy dog’s teeth.
  6. Thou shalt query an editor at least once a year.
  7. Thou shalt not smash thy computer after receiving thy first response from an editor.
  8. Thou shalt not take out a full-page ad in the newspaper to announce thy first letter of acceptance.
  9. Thou shalt make many copies of thy first letter of acceptance and frame them to hang in every room of thy dwelling.
  10. Thou shalt join a critique group and attend writers’ conferences to hold thyself accountable.
  11. Thou shalt not covet other writers’ million dollar advances.
  12. Thou shalt be pleased with thy check of $30.
  13. Thou shalt not quit thy day job but shalt write by the light of the silvery moon.

Also, please check out Marsha’s Writers’ Tips and Authors’ Blog at http://marshahubler.wordpress.com/

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: