Welcome

Matthew 17:20, my favorite verse. "... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."



Friday, December 30, 2011

Welcome Amazon Authors

For those of you here because of wanting to be featured as an author, leave me a note in the comments section and I'll reply within a week. Thanks for stopping by!

Change of Direction

This blog will soon offer a page where you can buy my books and the study packet without having to go elsewhere. I'm excited about doing this and am having to learn so much. Once I figure it all out, I'd like to add it to my blog postings and then pull my helpful posts together into a free ebook. It will be offered at most estores.

Also, I'd like to start including posts that will interest a reader who stops by here and not just other authors. So look for some changes, starting with my next post . . .

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Results of . . . is it God's providence or a well prepared manuscript?

This is exciting news for me and might be encouraging to those of you following a similar path. Because of my books being well-liked by certain individuals, they may find their own way to Random House and Thomas Nelson.

Let me back up. A few weeks ago, I asked my husband about our internet sevice. You see, we're still using dial up, but we have the opportunity to switch to Wild Blue or wait a year for Big River to come through. His advice was to wait. I woke the next morning with this thought in mind. If I had high speed internet, I could online market my books more effectively and gain a much larger following. But if I wait, like my husband suggested, and my books take off, it will clearly be the hand of God. Thus, I felt like God saying, "Give me a year, and let Me show you what I can do."

That being said, an individual associated with a certain bookstore is giving my book to a representative to one of the above mentioned publishing houses. Another individual knows the people who run the other mentioned publishing house and wants to give them a copy of my books.

I'm not so naive as to think, "this is it", but I do have enough faith to say, God's in control and who knows what He might do!

Thank you to all who believe in my writing and want to share it with the world, and I hope those of you reading this will find a dedicated following for your own works.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Study Guide to Abandoned Hearts

The study guide to Abandoned Hearts will be available in January, 2012. Following is a list of the chapter contents.

Chapter 1

Don't Settle For Second Best                         1

Chapter 2

Know When To Say "When" - Setting Boundaries in Advance   4

Chapter 3

Dealing With Temptations                               7

Chapter 4

A Return to Modesty                                         9

Chapter 5

What If I Already Messed Up                        13

Chapter 6

Living To A Higher Standard                        16

Here is what one youth leader already had to say:  The Study Guide gave me chills (and that is good because it touched my heart). I think you have some very deep thoughts in it that are fresh and new!

This study guide, entitled Pure Heart, will be available with a copy of Abandoned Hearts and a purity ring packaged together for each individual student. Anyone interested in reviewing a copy for youth groups, please contact me at reginatittel@gmail.com.


Here is a list of the intended spiritual messages of each of my books.


Abandoned Hearts:  abstinence before marriage, supported with the importance of scripture memorization (avail. now)



Unexpected Kiss:  how to understand our Heavenly Father when raised without an earthly example and trusting God as the one in control (avail. now)



Coveted Bride:  building self-confidence through Christ after living under abuse and safe-guarding children in today's world (avail. spring 2012)



Cherished Stranger:  recognizing the need of sponsoring children in third-world countries and the difference between 'milk verses meat' churches (avail. winter 20012)



The fifth book of the series in still in the planning stages.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas!

For all my readers, I wish you a Merry Christmas - may your day be filled with humble thanksgiving toward our Savior and King, Jesus Christ and may your time with family be blessed with merry cheer.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Have I steered anyone toward Create Space only to have you disappointed in their quality? Then I'm sorry. Not everyone is dissatisfied, but I am. You can have the nicest personnel in the world but if your quality is poor, the rest doesn't matter.

Unexpected Kiss is a black and white cover. How many shades should black and white come in? For Create Space, too many. My books are tinted pink, blue, green, boy, I can't wait to see what's next. (That's sarcasm, by the way.) Actually, I'm not mad, just disappointed. And guess who else is?

Gospeland Bookstore. Gospeland, in Cape Girardeau, is selling my books like hot cakes. (Yes, even with the not-so-good covers) But, they're not pleased with the result of my chosen printing company any more than I am. In fact, so much so, that because of them, my book is now in the hands of a rep for a large publishing company that currently bought a self-publishing company. What does that mean? I hope it means that my books will soon be printed through a different company and even promoted through the same!

(Note: not only am I having the 'color tint' problem, but often my spines are bent or the covers are torn simply because of rough packaging.)

My Untitled Song


Here's a song I wrote (or God wrote through me) when my first child was still a baby. It's to the tune of the oldies, 'Teen Angel.'


Mother, can you hear me
Father, can you see me
Are you somewhere up above
And will you pray for me

You told me of, a man who died
For me to be set free
And if in Him I would believe
I'd live eternally

Mother, can you hear me
Father, can you see me
Are you somewhere up above
And will you pray for me

Faithfully, to church you'd go
When Sunday rolled around
I was too lost in sin
To see what you had found

Mother, can you hear me
Father, can you see me
Are you somewhere up above
And will you pray for me

When the trumpet blew
I couldn't hear
And with it you were gone
So here I am down on my knees
Salvation is my plea

Jesus, can you hear me
Jesus, can you see me
Are You somewhere up above
And will you send for me


Notice the last line, no longer is the individual asking for prayer, but asking to be with Jesus. Don't wait for the tribulation to make a believer out of you, go to Him today.

If you can think of a good title for it, please let me know.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Book Signing Dos and Don'ts

In my short experince at book signings, the first and most important rule I've learned is this: 
Never sign alone. With the exception of the one I have scheduled tonight, I don't plan on scheduling any more unless there will be other authors present. I recently shared a signing with well-known inspy author, Deborah Raney and her husband Ken. We had a great supportive crowd, I sold at least 22 books.

Also, Deborah told me she doesn't do them alone either, because if no one shows up, at least you have someone to visit with. Did you catch that? Deborah's first book was made into a movie by Billy Graham. She's written 25 novels to date . . . and she experiences no-show book signings? That's important to remember when you experience a no-show as well, it happens to the best of them. (Though I doubt it happens very often with Deborah.)

Another important item to remember is how you present yourself. How do you want the public to view you? How do you want to be remembered? Because rather you want it or not, everything you say, down to the way you're dressed, will be remembered in the eyes of your public. Deborah was a wonderful example to emulate. She was dressed casual but refined. She possessed the grace of a lady from her mannerisms down to her speech. She not only made me feel comfortable and important, but she also extended the feeling to our guests.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Developing Your Characters

When you start a story, a good thing to begin with is a list of character attributes. This list can help you develop other aspects of their personalities as you write your story. Also, it's a good list to keep handy as you read other novels so you can jot down other descriptions to further broaden your own talent.

Following is a list to begin with:

HEAD:  Shaped as a heart, square jaw, long, or round
HAIR:  Long, receding, brittle, wiry, silky, tight bun, military cut
EYES:  almond shaped, squinty, green, stormy
NOSE:  hooked, sloped, broad
LIPS:  wide, full, thin, crooked grin
NECK:  long, short
SHOULDERS: wide, narrow, stooped, broad
CHEST:  barreled, developed
WAIST:  taunt stomach, narrow, ample
HANDS:  slender, delicate, rough, manicured, white band in replace of a ring
HIPS:  ample, narrow
LEGS:  stocky, spindly
FEET:  dainty, pigeon-toed
JEWELRY: 
CLOTHING:
CHARACTERISTICS:  constant sniffing, twirl hair, limp

Name a personal feature that bothers them.
What feature are they the most proud of?
Do long sleeves cover someone's tattoos?
Why do they wear their hair a certain way?

Hope this helps! Your comments would help me. Let me know your thoughts!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What Inspires Me


As a writer, anything and everything can be inspiring. From lending an ear to a distressed friend, to hearing a heart-warming tale about a dog signally help for his master.  Though I don't copy word for word, or action for action from any of the things that inspire me, I do allow them to take form in my mind and turn into another scenario altogether.

For years I had a habit of lying awake at night redirecting the events of a movie I had just watched. I may have enjoyed it immensely, but I had this habit of 'redoing' it despite how well planned it had been. It's so great to now see how God is using my strange habits!
For a suspenseful element in the upcoming sequel, Coveted Bride, I walked past a window in our home and noticed the hammock at the edge of the yard bordering the forest. A thought passed my mind, what if someone had been in it? Oooh, that would've been scary. So that's what I had happen to Lindsey. Of course, when she steps back to double check, no one's there, just an empty hammock swinging in the still, summer heat.

Recently, I had an unsettling encounter with a milk snake . . . in my home! That episode is going in Cherished Stranger!

But what about other events -  when someone shares something with you and it inspires you, but you can't exactly write about it? I chew on it, so to speak. A death of a loved one, or the crumbling of a marriage, or even a sickness, can be blended to become its own story.

Allow yourself to be inspired. Take some neighborhood talk, sprinkle in a tale from your youth, and add a bit of news, that's what I did with Abandoned Hearts.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Shifting Chapter Headings


If you get the proof of your book back and notice the chapter headings start at different levels on your pages, then check the font of your peplum. Sound weird? It is.

Upon late night searching of my ms, I noticed the font of that backward 'p' changed from TIMES NEW ROMAN-22, to MYRIAD PRO-14.  Once I manually changed all of them to match, wa-lah!, everything worked like a charm.

This is what I did. I highlighted on the peplum at the beginning of the chapter and changed the font style and size. Then I deleted the extra peplum that wouldn't highlight. (The one right before the chapter heading.) Then I entered another peplum and my pages all matched.

Also, sometimes I had to click on a peplum and go to my toolbar to 'remove line after spacing.'

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanks to My Followers

Thank you to those who have joined my blog. If you're a writer too, and you would like to share your journey with us in the form of an interview, please let me know. I love to help and promote others as we share this journey together.

Understanding How to Use an Interior Template for Your Book

I told you I'd tell more about how to prepare your book for print. Well, here it is. I'm going to take you through the steps I used for Create Space. I first entered the title and number of pages. Then, I selected a formatted interior template. Open it and you'll see the need for a few pages before the title page for your partial segment that you may want to add like in Love Inspired novels. (They show a page from the book that's like a hook.)
To get this, click on the page and in your tool bar find INSERT and insert a page break.

That's how you add more pages to an area. Now on chapter three, their template doesn't delete the header like it should. To amend this, at the end of your chapter two, go to your tool bar and and under 'page layout' you'll find 'Breaks,' choose 'section break.'

Now because I forget things quickly if I'm not writing them down as I'm doing them, you may have to play with section break and page break to figure out which one is really needed for your situation. But I do know they really helped me to control the headers and even page numbers. Because at the end of your chapters, you may need different pages like I did. One for an order form, another to advertise another author's books, etc. So again, I found I had to figure out how to remove the header. I think I settled for allowing the page numbers on some of these sheets, I couldn't work around it. But in looking at the book, Love Letters, I realized they had the same thing going on, so mine must've not been too wrong.

I'm sure there was more information to share with you, but at the moment, that 's all I can think of. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

How To Make a Book Cover Using Photoshop Adobe


To capture the effects on my cover, I opened the picture in Photoshop adobe. Under special effects in the panel on the right, I clicked on photo effects then text panel.  A filmy box appeared on my photo from which I resized to create the long, narrow borders above and below my title box. I also used the same method for the title box. But for the narrow bars, I picked up the color in the hero's work uniform and by selecting paint bucket, changed the color to what you see.
By clicking on text, I was able to select the font I wanted to use. For the title, I used Lucinda Calligraphy, and I believe I used Cambria for the series. My name is in Kunstler Script
On the back panel, the boxed information you see is made from one smaller text box overlapping the other. With something like this, you sometimes have to merge layers before your text will show up. I recommend saving each step in its own file. That way, if there's ever a problem and you have to go back in and make changes, you won't have to start from scratch. (By the way, 'merge layers' is at the top in your tool bar under, layers.)
If you're using Create Space, I recommend using their templates. You'll be directed how to do this as you add a new book. It's easy to use, once you fill in how many pages your book is and what size you want it to be, the program will select the proper size template you need. It will look like a white book cover with an inset of dotted lines. You don't want your text outside of these dotted lines as that's where they cut. Once you download it, open it in Photoshop and you're well on your way.
Let me know if you have any questions, and I'll try to answer them.

Monday, November 7, 2011

I'll be on the radio!

Nov. 11th,  friday at 7:20, I'll have 5 min to answer who, what, when, where, and why related to Unexpected Kiss with Fawn on Conservative News Talk.
The stations are as follows:

960am

1400am

This is a direct result from sending out my press releases. They're wonderful tools, hope they bring you success, too!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

My Interview on BackPorch Blog


I almost forgot to mention, if you'll stop by www.jackiesbackporch.blogspot.com, you can read my latest interview. If you get the chance, hop on over and leave a comment. It's a beautiful blog, and you may decide to contribute with a back porch picture of your own!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Lifeway Christian Bookstore Requirements

If you're interested in submitting your book to be carried in Lifeway stores, first you need to send a request to them at
Thank you for the interest you have shown in having your product carried in LifeWay Christian Stores. We are eager to review your product information. Because we give careful time and attention to every product that is received, please allow 10-12 weeks for product review. If your product is approved and selected to be carried by our stores, you will be contacted directly by a buyer at LifeWay Christian Stores. If your product is declined, you will receive written notification. We apologize, but due to the volume of products that are received, our policy is that samples WILL NOT be returned. Please note that we must receive an actual sample of your product. Information submitted via email is unable to be reviewed.

To help expedite your product info, here are a few of the standards we will use when judging your product:

  • Include complete contact information. Name, address, phone number, and email address.
  • Flow of goods – Please clarify if your product is already being carried by a distributor. If so, name the distributor. It is strongly advisable to have this in place, PRIOR to presenting your product.
  • Lead time – How much time is needed for you to fill a complete order for the chain of LifeWay Christian Stores? How many days after receiving a Purchase Order, can you produce the product?
  • Are you a Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) vendor? (for more info, please visit http://www.cbaonline.org/nm/MarketProduct.htm )
  • LifeWay requires all merchandise to have a bar code label with either a Universal Product Code (UPC) or an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). Please inform us as to which your product utilizes.
  • All merchandise should comply with product coding standards. For subject classification codes for Books, Bibles, Music, Kids Christian Software, Church Supplies, Curriculum and Christian Giftware, please visit the following websites: http://www.cbaonline.org/csc_site/documents/ProdCodeBP.pdf or http://www.cbaonline.org/csc_site/product_coding.htm
  • Provide pack quantity – The quantity in each carton or binder’s pack. Orders must be in multiples of this quantity.
  • Current Suggested Retail List Price
  • Current Net Unit Cost that you intend to sell to us at.
  • Item pre-priced – An indication (Y/N) of whether the product will arrive at LifeWay with the Suggested Retail Price already showing.
  • Please outline to what extent you are willing to promote and advertise your product.
  • If your product is imported, please submit info on the factory conditions. We would like to know that they abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act and that the factory does not participate in child labor.
  • If your product does not meet one or more of these qualifications, you are still free to submit it. However, it may decrease the chance that your product will be selected.

Please send samples and above information to:

LifeWay Christian Stores
One LifeWay Plaza
ATTN: New Products, MSN 137
Nashville TN 37234-0137

IMPORTANT NOTE!!: For your product to be reviewed, our Product Review Team MUST receive an actual product sample. We are unable to review and respond to product information that is submitted via email. If your product is being shipped from a distributor, please have them include the information above in the same shipment as your product.

Due to the large number of product submittals that we receive, we will be unable to correspond with you during the review process. If your product is approved and selected to be carried by our stores, you will be contacted directly by a buyer at LifeWay Christian Stores. If your product is declined, you will receive written notification.

We will give your product careful consideration and determine if this product is a good fit for our merchandising plan and if it can help us achieve our Vision Statement. “As God works through us…We will help people and churches know Jesus Christ and seek His Kingdom by providing biblical solutions that spiritually transform individuals and cultures.”

Thank you for choosing LifeWay Christian Stores.


Press Release of Unexpected Kiss and recent results


I sent this out last week and am already seeing fast results. Keep up your persistence and you will too.

Next Thursday, the 11th, I'll have five minutes of air-time on Conservative News Talk at stations 960 & 1400 am.  Also, I'm currently working with Lucas Presson at S.E. Missourian newspaper for an article that will go out on the 13th or the 20th.





**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**                                                                  

Unexpected Kiss/Romantic Fiction with a Purpose

Patton, Missouri - October 28, 2011

Surveys show that girls who grow up without fathers experience much higher rates of sexual activity, adolescent pregnancies, become involved in drug and alcohol abuse, and suffer from health and emotional problems than those with active fathers in their lives.

Author of Abandoned Hearts, Regina Tittel has released her second volume of The Ozark Durham Series, Unexpected Kiss. In this novel, Carli is a young woman who fits into the above statistic. Through her growing relationship with the hero and her fatherly landlord, she finally accepts she is forgivable and begins to understand God's unconditional love.

Regina says, "I wanted to reach out to those who weren't blessed with a father in their lives and help them understand their heavenly one." 

Unexpected Kiss approaches this all-too-relatable topic with gentleness, yet honest realism. Readers will be able to relate with Carli's sinful past and weakened self-esteem whether through personal experience or through someone they know. Tittel's natural knack for creating a suspenseful story while weaving a self-improving message has won her an increasingly large following.  As one of her readers wrote, "It's so refreshing to find an author who stresses these principles without "preaching" but manages to intertwine God's plan into everyday situations."

Unexpected Kiss fits into the category of 'edgy inspirational,' a genre that is on the rise in popularity.  Following is an excerpt from the back cover:

Breaking her pattern of bad mistakes, Carli's fresh start begins with finding the father she's never met. But will the price of her decision weigh more than the risk?



Ethan Durham hadn't planned on losing his heart to the girl in the staged photo, but if he can't convince her of God's unconditional love, she may never accept his. And if he can't put an end to the attempts on her life, he may lose far more than his heart.

Regina grew up in Patton, Missouri under her maiden name, Francis, but moved to the state of Washington from 1993-1997. After her husband's tour of duty, the couple returned to Patton, where they now raise and home-school their two daughters.

Unexpected Kiss,  will be available in mid-November, and she is currently working on the third in the series, Coveted Bride. Her books are available through Gospeland in Cape, The Oasis Christian Bookstore in Farmington, Nevaeh Faith in Fredericktown, and most online stores.


(Contact Info would be included here.)

Scheduled Book Signings in MO:

Marble Hill Library-11/17/11 (9:30-11) please call to
reserve ahead as there will be food available.  

Cantwell Baptist Church, 1005 E. Chestnut, Desloge, MO.  11/17/11 (5.30-7or8) She'll be joining CaSondra Poulsen and speaking at the Mineral Area's Writer's Group.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Patton,                                                  Riverside Jackson Library-11/29-11 (12-2) At 1:30 she'll be sharing info on character development & marketing

                                                        (please mention as often as possible) 
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Pilcrow-the life-saving tool for your e-version manuscript

When preparing your manuscript for publication, begin by locating the pilcrow on your tool bar. It looks like a backwards P. This allows you to see the extra spacing you didn't mean to add by way of extra dots. By removing these extra spaces, your document will upload more successfully into the formats offered by e-publishers.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Publishing on Amazon

Don't use Mobi Pocket. That's the first lesson you need to learn. Although your ms looks nice, it doesn't convert your double spaces correctly, at least, not that I've found. I joined Smashwords and took their advice on how to clean up my ms, then saved it in html, and published it on Amazon without Mobi. It turns out fine. Once it's uploaded, check it out, then add or delete any spaces you may need to. It's really fairly simple.

Also, you might want to remember to add the beginning pages like you would see in a printed book. Such as the acknowledgements page, copyright, etc. I didn't the first time I uploaded my book but am correctlng everything now.

Stop by again and I'll go through step by step how to ready your ms for print using available templates. I went through Create Space. Great place to work with, they have an awesome, responsive team!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Understanding Your Smashword Sales

For those who are confused with their sales at Smashwords, here is what I've figured out. When I have a sale from B&N that has gone through Smashwords with my ebook priced at .99:


.29 goes to the retailer (B&N)

.09 goes to Smashwords

.61 goes to me

If I sell a book directly from Smashwords, here's the breakdown for my .99 ebook:

.10 goes to Smashwords

.33 goes  to Smashwords for transaction fee

.56 goes to me

At Smashwords, you need to have accumulated at least $10 in order to be paid and they pay quarterly into a paypal account. You can have them pay you with a check, but you must accumulate a much higher amount in sales before they pay. Something like $75 I think.

I hadn't thought I was selling much through them, and I'm not at Smashwords themselves, but through their affiliate program I am. Most of my sales from Barnes and Noble have been made through Smashwords. You can find this on the left side of your dashboard, click, Sales & Payment History and scroll down.

Monday, October 3, 2011

First Results of Updated Press Release

I just sent out my revised press release today and already had an editor interested in running a story. This is very good considering my next book signing is the 15th. I need the publicity to bring in those interested in buying my book. I'll also print coupons to send to those that haven't been able to come to the earlier signings. I'll encourage (through the post card) them to tell their coworkers, etc.

Also, because of my interviews and notice in at least three different papers, I sold over 40 ebooks this month through Amazon alone! I've sold five paper versions from online as well.

As always, I hope this encourages someone out there and would love to hear how you're doing as well.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Version of Press Release for Updated Book Signings

Following is another version of my press release. It's for the same book but I draw on differest aspects so the news is new!

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**


ABANDONED HEARTS/Mountain Lion Shot in Mo, similar to R. Tittel's Suspense Novel

Patton, Missouri - September 28, 2011

Following on the heels of Regina Tittel's recently released novel, Abandoned Hearts, was another report of a mountain lion in MO. Shot to death in Summersville, Texas County, it brings more reality to her story. Those that have read Abandoned Hearts can easily relate to the fascination and fear that accompanies a wild animal of such size. But because of Tittel's clever way of informing her readers, they're now equipped with knowledge of the habits of these mystifying creatures that live among us.

This first volume of The Ozark Durham Series, is gaining rapid attention. Abandoned Hearts has captured the interest of several youth leaders from various denominations. Tittel's tactful way of approaching the importance of abstinence through inspirational fiction has led to the development of a study packet, complete with purity ring to accompany Abandoned Hearts for youth groups. Mr. and Mrs. Tittel plan to have it available for use in the beginning of 2012.

Already her readers are vying for her second book, Unexpected Kiss. Look for it released later this fall.

Regina will be doing an area book signing at The Oasis Bookstore in Farmington, on Saturday, the 15th of October from 12-2. Future book signings, where her second book will also be available are as follows:



Marble Hill Library, Thursday, Nov. 17, from 9:30-11 am

Riverside Library of Jackson, Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 12-2 pm



Abandoned Hearts fits into the category of 'edgy inspirational,' a genre that is on the rise in popularity. Following is an excerpt from the back cover:

Stranded by flood waters in the heart of the Ozarks, Ann McHaven is forced to stay with a rugged farmer, Jacob Durham. Her original annoyance with him soon turns to attraction. The magnetic pull between them puts her faith to the test as temptations tease her thoughts.

Independent and stubborn, Jacob’s eyes and heart are opened to all he has to lose when a fearless mountain lion turns him into the hunted. Will his life be spared long enough to restore his trust in God, and admit his love for Ann?

Abandoned Hearts is available at Gospeland in Cape Girardeau, The Oasis Bookstore in Farmington, and through amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, smashwords.com, and createspace.com.



Contact:

Regina Tittel

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Marketing by Word of Mouth

Word of mouth can be a very productive advertising tool. Since my interviews came out in the local papers, more and more people are buying my book and asking when the second one will be available. Gosepeland has sold six in the last month. At a friend's birthday party, I sold five with requests for more. Friends and family are telling others about my books and requesting them as gifts. So can you see the benefit?

To add to this excitement is the latest opportunity that has come up. Because of a chance meeting in a park and a friend of the family, copies of my signed book will be available for sell at Pioneer Days in Marquand, MO. Pioneer Days is this town's annual fall festival. I was asked to do book signings but am unavailable for that weekend. Instead, I offered they could keep $2 of every sale to go to support their town park if they wanted to make my books available.

The opportunities are boundless. Never overlook where you got your start. Your hometown is the best place to grow as an author. Not only are they your best encouragers, but it feels great to be able to give back to them!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Need Help From Romania


I noticed I had someone from Romania check out my blog. It just so happens that the fourth Ozark Durham Series involves a Romanian. I thought I could use the flood that happened there a few years ago and draw interest to the importance of child sponsorship.

So . . . if someone from Romania is reading this and would be willing to converse with me so that I can learn a few more facts about your people and country, I'd be honored if you would contact me through the comment section or through my email, reginatittel@gmail.com.

And, of course, I'd be willing to accept help from anyone else that knows more about this beautiful country and its people.

Thanks!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Award Winning Marketing Plan – Free Download by Joanna Penn on February 20, 2009

Here's a marketing plan I found at

joanna@TheCreativePenn.com
(w) www.HowToEnjoyYourJob.com
(Blog) http://www.TheCreativePenn.com
I would have pasted the whole thing here but couldn't get it to work. But it is free, plus she offers a lot of other wisdom or publishing and marketing.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Interviews Connected with Sales

Here's an encouraging note. Since sending out my press releases and being interviewed, not to mention the various book signings I've done, my sales have climbed. I'm currently ten books above the norm this month for e-sales and I've sold at least 4 printed books online. That's not to mention what sales I may have occured at bookstores where my books are being sold.

Also, as I mentioned earlier, my husband and I are creating a study guide to accompany the book directed at young adults. We currently have five churches interested in using this.

I'm excited and hope you're seeing results as well!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Simplified Marketing

It's been said that it would be nice to have a proven way to market books with success. Well, I believe that many people offer just that. But for those of us who are less than enthused to go about it through face book and twitter, I'm going to provide you with another route, which I plan to help you build on.

Before I give you the list, let's assume your book is published online, is available in print and you have a ready supply on hand. (If you need any help in any of the afore mentioned steps, look in the archives of my blog.) Now that you know where I'm starting from, here is a timetable list.

Month 1/Week 1
     Approach stores with your book, press release, reviews and marketing plan. (I'll submit a copy of my marketing plan in the near future)

Month 1/Week 3
     Hear back from stores.
     Send out press release with information of bookstores that are carrying your book and the dates of your signings to every form of media.

Month 2/Week 2
     Pester papers to interview you. Do this with available for interview forms and send them updated forms as new dates are scheduled.
     Post fliers announcing book signings and mail out post cards. Leave bookmarks with librarians to help promote your book signing.

Month 2/Week 3
     You have your first signing.
     Continue to send out press releases with updates of rise in popularity and sales, basically, any information to garner more interest.


This is a great place to start. Where? This happens in your hometown and neighboring towns. I've now been interviewed in two papers, and had a large photo with mention of my first book signing in another. My pastor's wife posted a cut-out from one of the papers on the church bulletin and many are buying my book because of the notice these interviews have brought.
Do you know someone working in the school? Have them leave post cards in the teachers' lounge. Spread the word. People will want to buy your book!

Soon, I'll help you stretch your wings  a little further.

Welcome, Jacki Layton!

I'd like to welcome Jackie Layton this week as our guest on "a mustard seed of faith." Jacki is a member of one of my critique groups and an astounding writer. I rarely feel I've helped her when I critique one of her submittals as her writing is so clean and always a great read!

Did you always like to write?

I always liked to read. I remember writing stories and songs as a child. In the summer the kids in the neighborhood would create a play and perform it in my backyard in the summers. When my children were small, I’d make up stories for them.

How long have you been writing and has it always been romance?

I’ve played with the desire to write for years, but two years ago I decided if I was ever going to write I better get serious. I began writing and joined ACFW. I write romance and romantic suspense.

How do you work it in around family?

At first I wrote in carpool lines and sports practice then when I had time I’d get it on my home computer. Last year my family surprised me with a laptop, and I’ve become more efficient with my time. My youngest son just started college, and I’m hoping to find more time to write around my day job. I’ve teased my husband that I’m going to quit cooking which will save me tons of time.

Do you devote some time to write each day and how much?

Each week I try to plan daily goals depending on my work schedule. If we’re not leaving town for some reason, I write every day. Some days I’m up at 5:30 to check on e-mails so when I get home from work I can concentrate on my current story.

Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us?

I have a brother, husband and two sons. I’ve had to learn about sports to be able to communicate with all the men in my family. Over the years I’ve become a huge University of Georgia football fan. I’m a Georgia graduate and my husband went to the University of Kentucky. SEC football is a big deal at my house, and I’m not afraid to hang my UGA flag on the back deck even though we live in the heart of wildcat country.

Do you have a purpose to your writing and/or is it used as a therapy tool?

The purpose of my writing is to glorify God. I hope if I’m ever published my stories will draw readers closer to God.

Thank you, Jacki, for stopping by and sharing with us! May God bless you on your road to publication!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Welcome Farmington Readers!

     I've noticed a few people stopping by my blog after seeing my book-signing announcement posted with the Farmington Library in MO. Let me say welcome, I'm glad you're here and look forward to meeting you next Tuesday, the sixth.
     If there's anything you'd like to know about me, just ask in the comments section or email me at reginatittel@gmail.com. I've dedicated this blog toward helping other aspiring writers by sharing my journey in publication and marketing. If I can be any help to you, please let me know.
     Also, I'm featured this week in the Cashbook Journal Newspaper in Jackson and next week my interview should appear in the Banner Press Newspaper in Marble Hill. Both write-ups give you a look into my life.
     While you're here, check out the first three chapters of my books listed under pages. Then vote on which one you like the best. Abandoned Hearts is the book I'll be signing next week. The second of the series, Unexpected Kiss, comes out this fall.
     Enjoy reading and I look forward to meeting you!

I AM A HOUSEWIFE

I've only written two things of note before I began writing my novels. Eleven years ago, I wrote one poem and one song. The poem was written to encourage those wanting to stay home with their children. It is as follows:


I AM A HOUSEWIFE

I am a housewife, I can say that with pride

Conquering the world in a laid back stride



The occupations I seek

Vary as valleys to mountain peaks



The chores of the house are a little dull

But when accompanied by prayer I feel confident and full




That a home cooked meal is never too much



A gardener is yet another trait

For a stay-at-home mom who fixes the plate



Tomato, potato, and greenbean seeds

Are just some of the starters we wives need



That brings me to another interesting point

The hoe and spade is work for our joints



Strong as an ox, we're ready to bare

the work from our Lord, that's part of our share



Now I could go on about construction and mechanics

But as for you wives, I don't want you to panic



We already rate near the top of the chart

So all of our secrets we need not to impart



Only to encourage those in heartache and strife

To step into our world of love for this life



                                                                God and R.T.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Preparing for an Interview

What do you do when you finally get an interview?


Prepare yourself! What do you want the paper to say? Really, it's up to you. You have the power to guide the editor's direction. They want to interview someone they don't have to pry answers from. So prepare what questions you'd like to cover. Such as, do you have another book coming out? How about book signings? Do you have family ties in the area that might bring about more interest or some other link to that paper's community? Are you covering a particular topic and can you weave that into something current? Do you want to encourage other writers?

Here are some other topics to consider preparing answers for. Type them into a word document and print them out so they're handy. The more prepared you are, the less likely you'll have any regrets.

Family life

Education

Organizations you've joined

Where you see yourself five years from now

Why you chose a traditional publisher or self-pubbed

How readers can contact you, via blog, website, etc

Your next project

Did you always want to write

How past careers led you to where you are now



If I've missed any questions that would be helpful, please share them through the comments section and I'll be sure to add them to the list.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Interview with Jamie Adams

Let's welcome Jamie Adams to Faith of a Mustard Seed. Jamie is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and I'm blessed enough to have her in my critique group.



Jamie is an aspiring author who has experience freelancing for articles online but is now pursuing publication for her novels. I know from critiquing her work she'll get there and soon-- she's very gifted. How long have you been writing, Jamie?

Thanks Regina. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I ‘published’ my first book in 6th grade when my teacher gave the class an assignment to write and illustrate a story as well as design the cover. They were even put in the school library.

Clever teacher, what a way to inspire children!

In high school, my English teacher suggested if I wanted to be a writer I should keep a daily journal. It was great advice because now I can look back over the years and relive memories that I would have otherwise forgotten.

After college I took a correspondence course with the Institute of Children’s literature. I worked one on one with a published writer. It was a very rewarding experience and I value the time she spent helping me improve my writing skills. After the course I wrote a children’s book and promptly sent it off, eagerly waiting for my first sell. A few weeks later I received a form rejection letter.

At that time I didn’t have the support of a writing community that I do now. I was very naive to the publishing world. Crushed, I put my manuscript away and stopped writing. Newly married I concentrated on building our home and family. During the next five years I lost both my parents and two sisters to cancer. I also had a difficult twin pregnancy that ended with preemies in NICU and I suffered a mild stroke.

How very sad. What kept you going?

It was a hard time but the Lord was my strength. My need to write returned and would not be ignored. I enjoy reading all types of books but am particularly drawn to historical. I love cowboy stories, western, wagon trains, anything around the last half of the 19th century.

Ten years ago, I was doing an online search and came across a fan fiction sight dedicated to one of my favorite shows from the 60’s – The Big Valley. At the time I’d never heard of fan fiction. I read stories written by other fans of the show and was hooked. The members of The Writing Desk are so friendly and encouraging that I eventually started writing short stories to share with them.

It was through the encouragement and support I received from this group that I regained the confidence to write again. If it weren’t for the lifelong friendships I’ve made there I doubt that I would be writing today.

The more I wrote, the more I felt the need to use my writing to honor my savior. One of the friends I made at the Writing Desk went on to become a multi-published inspirational author. When I asked her advice on seeking publication she directed me to American Christian Fiction Writers. I’ve been a member since last December.

We are self-employed and our kids schooling is done online so there’s a lot going on around our house. I do most of my writing in the evening but write any time I can catch a few moments.

So where do you see your writing going?

I want to use my writing for God’s glory. I pray that the stories I write will in some way be an encouragement to Christians and a help to those searching for answers. One running theme I see in my writing is the peace that comes from yielding to God’s will. Some of the concepts may not be popular or politically correct but being in the center of God’s will is the best place to be.

What fuels it the most, is it the messages you want to get out, or is it more for a healing tool?

I’m shy and as a child internalized everything. I’m the type that is most alone when in a crowd. Writing has been a form of expression and a definitely a healing tool in my life.

Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?

Write what you would like to read in a book. Being part of a critique group has helped me grow as a writer and I’ve found a wealth of information by joining American Christian Fiction Writers.

Thank you so much for stopping by, Jamie. I wish you many blessings toward publication!


If you have any questions or comments, leave them here and Jamie will stop by to answer them.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Marketing/Church Contact Letter

Check in later this week. We'll have a guest blogger tell us about herself and her writing. Jamie is one of my superb crit partners and a wonderful person. She'll be happy to answer any questions you may have so don't be afraid to ask!

Now to the business side of this post. My husband and I are creating a study packet to accompany my book, Abandoned Hearts, along with a purity ring. We're approaching church youth groups to get a feel for how much interest there would be in using fiction as a means to convey the subject of abstinence. Following is a trial letter I typed up. Following that, is the 'good' one my husband typed and the one we used!!

Dear Pastor,


I'm a local author from Patton and have recently published a book dealing with the subject of abstinence under the guise of inspirational fiction. In Abandoned Hearts, I take the reader to a place of physical temptation that most any dating teenager can relate to and show them how to step back and why they should. I've always been passionate about the support of abstinence and wanted to provide a new approach to conveying this timely message.

We are currently taking a survey to gather interest in a packet that would include the book, an accompanying study guide and a purity ring while keeping costs as low as possible.

Please look for an email from me that will include a free eversion of Abandoned Hearts, a copy of reviews it has received and other related material.
I'll follow up with a call or you may contact me at reginatittel@gmail.com or by calling (#).

Thank you for your time.

(Here's the good one)

Hawse Pipe Ministries August 20, 2011


Regina L. Tittel

address



Dear Pastor,

You may be familiar with "True love waits" or a similar purity ceremony for teens and young adults. As an advocate for abstinence, I support training the next generation in the importance of purity in an increasingly immoral culture.

I am a local author from Patton and have recently published an inspirational novel which conveys practical methods to overcome the temptations faced by the hero and heroine who have fallen in love. In Abandoned Hearts, I take the reader to a place of physical temptation that dating teenagers and young adults can relate to. The reader is shown how to recognize temptation, how to step back and why they should through the realistic situations of the characters presented in this book. I have always been passionate about the support of abstinence before marriage and wanted to provide a new approach to conveying this timely message.

My husband and I are developing a packet containing a copy of Abandoned Hearts, a study guide and a purity ring as a small group study kit appropriate for teen to college age young ladies or single adults. We are currently making inquiries to local churches to see if there is an interest in this approach. Please understand that our intent is not to solicit business, but rather to bring another useful tool into the body of Christ for the teaching, correction and training of His people so that Christ may be glorified through pure, lasting, and meaningful relationships.

Please look for an email from me that will include a free eversion of Abandoned Hearts, a copy of reviews it has received and other related material.

If you, or others within your church family, have led small group studies on this subject, or have participated in purity ceremonies, this material may be a great resource for you. If you have questions or comments, you may contact me at any time.

Sincerely,



Regina L. Tittel

address and ph. #

E-mail: reginatittel@gmail.com

Some of you expressed interest in seeing what we would use to reach out to potential buyers. I hope this is helpful to you!



Friday, August 19, 2011

The Rewards of Marketing

Do any of you need encouragement? Are some of you lacking the self-confidence to promote yourselves?

Let me address the second issue first. (And yes, I will get around to the 'reward' part of this.) I'm the type of person who gets nervous around other people. I'm like a nervous little hummingbird inside. After scheduling my first three book signing, you can imaging the mess I was. Then I heard a Christian comedian on a dvd make this statement, "I realized, it's not about me . . . "

I remember commenting out loud, "Duhh." Then I realized I needed to learn that, too. If I was truly doing this for God, then I shouldn't be so nervous---because it's not about me. Simply put, I don't have to prove myself to anyone, I don't need to worry with what they think. God has paved the way for me. From that moment on, I've attended my other marketing ventures with the confidence of a seasoned author.

Now for the encouragement part. You remember all those press releases and available for interview forms I encouraged you to send out? Well, for me, it's starting to pay off. Today, I was asked for an interview from a neighboring newspaper editor! Whew hoo!

Also, two stores have agreed to carry my books on consignment and schedule book signings; Gospeland in Cape Girardeau and The Oasis Bookstore in Farmington.

I've distributed posters to all the areas I'm scheduled for signings and am also posting smaller versions with an invitation for everyone to share in my celebration and list each book signings' location and time.

Let me know when these steps pay off for you. I'd love to celebrate with you!!


My Blog Has Received An Award!
The Liebster award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers in order to give opportunity for the readers to find new and wonderful sites.

The rules are as follows:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.
2. Give the Liebster Blog Award to five bloggers and let them know in a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. Have blogging fun!

Now I get to share. However, I work with dial-up, so my time for blogging is limited and I don't know that I can come up with five. So if you have an interesting blog, submit your reason why I should check it out. You never know, you could be one of the next recipients to receive this award!


(Leave a comment with your blog information and I'll stop by and comment on yours too!)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Diamond Press Publishing

Jennette, at Diamond Press helps authors and publishers prepare files for publication with Createspace or Lightning Source. Services she provides includes, book formatting in Word 2003, converting images to meet industry standards, and creating the press quality PDF files required for publication by both LSI and Createspace. For more information, please visit her website at : http://www.diamondpresspublishing.com/publisherservices/index.html

I used Jennette's serivces for formatting my book for CreateSpace. She did a great job with the interior and the cover. Plus, she's a joy to work with. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here as she'll be checking in to leave answers.

Available for Interview Form ex.


Available for Interview

Regina Tittel: author

Abandoned Hearts

Abstinence gets overlooked by supporters of 'use protection', yet, fifteen-million people contract STD's every single year. Romance author, Regina Tittel, shows her readers how to step back from tempting situations before they're allowed to go too far, through her exciting novel, Abandoned Hearts.

How do you step away from a sensual situation that your body doesn't want to flee but your mind is telling you is wrong? Through Ann and Jacob, the author of Abandoned Hearts shows you how. Backed with powerful Bible verses and vivid depictions of time and place, the hero and heroine's plot will continue to occupy your thoughts long after you've finished the book.

Society needs to get back to the importance of abstinence. This topic was approached from the pulpit of Mrs. Tittel's church then easily made its way into her book.

"What do you do when you find yourself in a situation that your body doesn't want to leave, but your heart tells you is wrong? Honestly, we've all been there and your daughters are going to be if they haven't already. Have you provided enough training for them to fall back on?"

About the Author:  Regina Tittel is a home-schooling mother of two and has written two other books for The Ozark Durham Series, due to be released Fall of 2011 and Spring of 2012.

   This savvy entrepreneur has done everything from home mechanics to holding a title of director in Mary Kay sales. 

Regina Tittel can be reached at reginatittel@gmail.com or by calling (phone number)


(I also made this one)



Give Your Listeners a Bonus Reason for Reading Inspirational Fiction



WHO:  Regina Tittel, inspirational romance author

WHAT:  Abandoned Hearts, The Ozark Durham Series

WHEN:  Anytime by appointment.

WHERE:  National interviews by phone; personal appearances anywhere inside the cont. U.S.

WHY:  To provide your audience with a stimulating guest who has written an edge of your seat suspense based on local mountain lion suspicion and interweaved it with an inspirational romance.



To make your job easier, here are some sample questions.



Is it true we have a current population of mountain lions in our area?

In Abandoned Hearts, you created a mountain lion that feeds on the hero's calves. Since you've stated that some of the ideas for your story came about from local gossip of mountain lions, does this particular part of the story stem from this area?

You didn't just write an entertaining story, you also informed the reader. Tell us a little about mountain lions, how to identify them and their habits.

Your book is also being marketed for a study guide in youth groups because of the message of abstinence. Tell us why you thought it was important to include.

What is it you hope your readers will gain from this novel?

In a personal light, you've mentioned you're a homeschooling mom, how long have you been writing and how do you fit it into your day?

How can our listeners get access to your book, Abandoned Hearts?

Contact:

 Regina Tittel, (and info)


I can't decide which to use or if I should combine them. But today, I'm sendind them out to all my media contacts. Afterall, my first book signing is only 8 days away!!