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, January 27, 2012

Borrowing Daily Elements For Your Writing

Today my sister-in-law told me her funny, but stressful, stories about her two year-old twin boys. Yesterday, already dressed for bed, they decided to play in the 'blue' toliet water. (Funny thing, my 4 yr old is afraid of the 'blue' water (the toliet cleaner thing) and will hardly use the bathroom while visiting.) But my twin nephews thought it was fascinating and commenced to splashing each other until they were soaked and blue!

After a very, very good bath, and plenty of floor scrubbing, my relatives were able to go to bed themselves. But...just this morning, while the adults were in another room, the twins helped themselves to the pantry and scattered oats throughout the kitchen!

It pays to be a good listener, my stories will be far more vibrant because of my colorful family members. Thank you, family, for these moments and for being able to use them in my writing!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Great Article About Abuse/Coveted Bride, vol.3 With This Subject

As many of you know, I like to tackle tough or unusual issues in my books. I want to make an impact to people who can relax under the ease of fiction but, perhaps, not so much in a church setting. In my third novel, Coveted Bride, I tackle two key issues. One, safe-guarding your children. Two, how to rebuild your confidence through Christ after living under abuse. Following is a great article on this subject. Whether you can relate or not, I'm sure someone you know could and just reading this would help you better understand their needs.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1459954

Monday, January 16, 2012

Adding Everyday Elements to Your Writing

True Story:
Today as I stooped (ever-so-slightly) to fill the chickens' water dish, Tin Tin (our speckled bantam hen) flew over and landed on my shoulder. I slowly reached over and offered my fingers for her to perch on. Just like a parakeet, she accepted and I slowly moved her to in front of me and she nestled in the crook of my arm and cooed. (Or whatever sound a hen makes.) After she talked things over with me, she scratched and pecked at my coat. Once her desired amount of attention was fulfilled, she flew to the top of a nesting box.
This is a cute picture of everyday life and will add a quality to my current book in the series, Coveted Bride, that brings my readers closer to my characters. By adding this, I'll paint a softer heart to whomever I tag with this experience.
Something else I plan to add is what my four year old said this morning. She told me she had hiccing-ups. (?) Her sister interpreted - Hiccups! That ranks up there with what she calls hamburgers - Hammenburgs! These small mispronunciations will also add another element of 'cutenss' to a child.
So don't overlook the small happenings in your own life to add vibrancy to your stories.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Get Your Books in Print - It's Worth the Effort

The eversions are selling like crazy, that's true. But who doesn't enjoy having something they can hold on to or even pass down? Once I've fallen in love with an ebook, I want to own it in print. If it held a message worth passing along, I want to give it as gifts. That's why it's so important to go the extra mile and offer your books in paper form. Createspace offers a very easy to follow solution for you. Lightening Source is another option.

Once you have some in stock, open up shop online. Why give all the estores a cut? Save some for yourself by selling printed books through a free web service such as etsy. Even the small fee they take (which is .20 for each item for a 4 month period) is so small in comparison to what estores take from your sales. Not only that, but you can offer a place for your readers to read more about you and see what your likes are.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Here's Rosie Riveter, my new cleaning lady. (smile) I painted this on the hard wood floor of my laundry room. Hope her encouragment helps me keep it cleaner!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Developing a Website For Free

Yesterday an awesome friend of mine made me a website: www.reginatittel.etsy.com where I can sell my books from. This is a free web service, but they do charge .20 for each item you post. The wonderful part about it was I didn't have to paste buttons over from paypal, like I would have had to do to sell from my blog. Etsy has it ready to go!

The difference between Etsy and another free service that I looked into, such as Weebly, is Etsy doesn't have the 'look' of an author's website. Most authors control the whole page, mine looks like it's a place in which to sell. But I don't mind, afterall, the blog offers me the freedom to control how it looks and post regularly here.

My Etsy site is linked to my business facebook page. So I can post regularly on there and everyone who has 'liked' my page will get the updates and for those that want to stay in touch so they know when my next book is coming out, they can follow me too.

So check out my site at www.reginatittel.etsy.com and let me know what you think. Also, watch for my free blog book coming soon where I'll try to explain the steps we took to make the website and connect it to facebook and paypal. It really was very simple.