My fiction book is at the formatter!

Storm Tossed ecover Copyright 2015 Beth Jones www.BethJones.net
Storm Tossed ecover
Copyright 2015 Beth Jones www.BethJones.net

This week I’ve been working on final edits for my new fiction book, Storm Tossed. Today it’s at the formatter to format it for Kindle at Amazon. I’m so excited!

Today I’m creating videos and making plans for a virtual event as part of the book launch. Which of these do you prefer? 

  • Webinars
  • Teleseminars
  • Facebook event
  • Twitter chat
  • _____ (you fill in the blank)

I’d love to hear you ideas! Leave your comments below.

“A great accomplishment shouldn’t be the end of the road, just the starting point for the next leap forward.”    ~Harvey Mackay

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Getting closer to launch!

I’m SUPER excited as it’s getting closer to my eBook launch time for my new eBook, The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes! My amazing graphic designer, Christine Dupre, finished the cover and did a BEAUTIFUL job!

I took an informal vote on Facebook and the cover below won the most votes. What do you think of it?

The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes Design by Christine Dupre Copyright 2015 Beth Jones www.BethJones.net
The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes
Design by Christine Dupre
Copyright 2015 Beth Jones www.BethJones.net

I’m using the other cover option Christine designed for my next eBook in this series called The Cinderella Story: The Power of Dreams. It was so hard to choose between the two, as they are so amazing and the vote was close. So I’m using BOTH!

The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes Design by Christine Dupre Copyright 2015 Beth Jones www.BethJones.net
Cover for my next eBook
The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes
Design by Christine Dupre
Copyright 2015 Beth Jones www.BethJones.net

My editor/formatter, Hanne Moon with Heritage Press Publications, has my manuscript. She’s waiting on the efile from the converter and it’s being converted into an eBook now and in mobi format for KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) on Amazon. You can independently publish on KDP to reach potentially millions of readers!

This is one of the fastest books I’ve ever written. I wrote it in 4 days!

Although I already had a lot of content from my signature talk with the same  name, I had to do research, find Scriptures, write more and pull it all together. I didn’t think I could write it that fast, but God helped me and I did it! Woot!

My writing/business coach, Shelley Hitz
My writing/business coach, Shelley Hitz

I’m in my writing/business coach Shelley Hitz‘s Author Audience Academy 3-month writers’ training, and she has motivated us to write our books quickly.

Shelley is a successful Christian speaker/author, who’s written over 35 books and her husband CJ has written books. She said together, they earn enough in royalties for their eBooks on Amazon to pay their basic bills! You can find her books at Amazon here.

Shelley did say during the summer, sales tend to slow down so she has other income streams, such as speaking and coaching. But when I heard she had this much success from eBooks on Amazon, I knew she was onto something and that I had to take her training! And I LOVE it! She’s an amazing instructor and coach.

Some of the other students in Shelley’s training program already have their eBooks live on Amazon, such as Lucille Zimmerman’s What Does God Say About Suffering, Ruth Snyder’s Learn Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps, and Mel Edwards’ The Bold Way: Find, Claim, Live Your Truth.

I can’t wait for mine to go live to share it with you! I’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready!

What favorite books/eBooks are you reading right now? Leave your comments below.

 

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How to write a book (or how I wrote mine)

Woman reading book
Woman reading book

Recently a student from my Just Write! Virtual Summer Bootcamp asked me how I write my books…do I have a disciplined writing schedule, or do I just write when inspired by The Muse? (I believe The Muse is God!)

I told her that while I believe writers should have some kind of consistent schedule, the way I’ve written most of my 7 books is that I will suddenly feel inspired, and compelled, to write ~ I sit down and write for literally hours. When I’m finished, I feel spent and accomplished. 

While writing like mad, I often forget to eat or drink, something that is REALLY bad for your health, and which I told my Writers’ Bootcamp students NOT to do – “You need to take care of yourself.” It’s a disclaimer to help protect them,..even if I don’t follow my own advice in this. I’m trying to get better at it!

Do you have a writing schedule? Or do you write when inspired?

This is how I wrote Promises In The Dark: One Woman’s Search for Authentic Love:

1. God spoke to me in His still, small voice the word promises. I began noticing the word reading the Bible, and began studying in the Bible about God’s promises and His faithfulness. 

2. I bought the graphic for the front cover. I saw the intriguing picture that is on the front cover of my book at Istock.com. I was immediately drawn to it and knew I had to have it for a book cover, and bought it. God gave me the title for the book when I bought this graphic. 

Promises In The Dark: One Woman's Search for Authentic Love
Promises In The Dark: One Woman’s Search
for Authentic Love by Beth Jones

Later, I had my fab graphic designer Christine Dupre´ create the amazing front cover. She also designed the back cover and spine. The graphic would motivate at me times to keep writing. I wanted to see that beautiful pic on a book cover!

3. I entitled the chapters first – just one word for each chapter. For example, Abuse. Abortion. Adultery. Later, I added subheadings to the chapter titles, relating to Cinderella.

I’ve developed a system for my books now. For each chapter, I add either a Scripture or an intriguing quote just under the chapter title.

With previous books, I’ve created the chapter title after I write the book. Some writers outline each chapter (a paragraph to a page) before writing the chapter. I don’t do this.

4. I write. Sounds silly, but you have to write to write a book! Perfectionism and procrastination are often what trips you up and keeps you from writing a book. The getting started – and the finishing – are the hard parts.

Usually if I just make myself sit down and start writing, the words flow. Most of my books have taken several months to write. This book took me about a year to write.

It was the hardest book I’ve ever written, as it contains very personal info about me. The book is my memoir, but it’s much more than that. It’s about God’s faithful promises.  I shared about how hard it was to write on Dr. Rochelle Valasek’s and Minister Sophenia Wade’s show, Testimony Tuesday.

I did extensive research for this book, that includes 178 footnotes and other resources in the back. The book has been described as “heavy” and “meat” in content (it’s not a children’s story!), but also as “riveting, powerful, raw.”

I didn’t write Promises In The Dark in order of the chapters. This is something I stressed to the students in my writing bootcamp. You can write the last chapter first, like Margaret Mitchell did when writing Gone With The Wind.

You can start in the middle. Or if you are someone who has to have all your ducks in a row, you can write the chapters in order. Chapter 1. Chapter 2. Chapter 3, and so on. Just write.

ducks
ducks

You’re going to be distracted as you write. It’s like when you decide to spend some time with God -praying, reading the Bible, or worshipping. Suddenly all hell breaks loose. The doorbell dings, a friend you haven’t heard from in years calls, your family bangs on the door for ridiculous things, you have an urge to organize or paint your office, you need to play Candy Crush (I actually don’t play Facebook games at all, but my friends do).

The devil doesn’t want you praying. And he doesn’t want you writing, either, if God has called you to write.

Deal with the distractions as best as you can – and keep writing. Here’s some tips to not get distracted.

Jeff Goins has 3 tips for distraction-free writing:

  • Don’t edit while you write.
  • Don’t format text.
  • Don’t stop until you get to the end.

 5. I edited and rewrote. Edited and rewrote again. Then my professional, awesome formatter Hanne Moon at Heritage Press did multiple edits before we went to print. 

One of my writer friends planning to write 2 books was surprised and dismayed to find out she’d have to edit and re-write. “You mean after I write the book, I have to write more?” I laughed. YES!

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”
—Ernest Hemingway

Good writing doesn’t happen by itself or happen naturally. Good writing is hard work. Less is more. Writing must be tight. Concise. Lean and strong, no excess fat, as Stephen King says.

Prime rib meat
Prime rib meat

6. I decided which POD (Print On Demand) company to use for my print book – Heritage Press. Hanne Moon rocks. She also helped me to upload my Ebook to sell on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

7. I made NY Times #1 Best Seller and raked in the millions. Just kidding. (We all dream of this as writers, right?!) What I am doing is continuing to market the book. Marketing is the hardest part! (You didn’t want to hear that, did you? You thought writing was the hardest part!)

As speakers and writers, it’s our responsibility to let others know what we offer to help them.

I believe this book has a valuable message. The world promises us so many things ~ and often leaves us empty, and many times filled with regret. God’s promises are for real and forever. You can count on Him and His faithful promises. 

You can get the book by clicking here. Please share with your family and friends. 

If you haven’t started writing your book, start today! If you have any questions, email me at elizabethdjones@gmail.com. Please leave your comments below on your thoughts on writing. 

Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.” ~ Ray Bradbury, WD

 

 

 

 

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