Archive | October 2018

Finding Christmas Love and Other Stories


Finding Christmas Love and Other Stories by Juliette Hill

This week, we are pleased to feature : Juliette Hill, Author. Welcome to my blog Juliette. You have such a beautiful names. 

When did you start writing and how did that come about?Sometime in 2010, I met Annie Acorn, a friend of my sister’s, after Annie started a small writers’ group in the DC area. Subsequently, Annie founded her boutique publishing venture, Annie Acorn Publishing LLC and asked me to be a charter member of her group From Women’s Pens, contributing to the first Annie Acorn Christmas Treasury with a short Christmas story in the fall of 2011.

Tell us about you, what you want readers to know. After an almost 11-year career as senior editor for an educational journal, I left that job in 1998, to care for an aging parent. Having had the time to really consider my next career move, I went back to school and received my Legal Assistant Certificate in 2004, but soon came to the realization that I needed to do something more creative.It took a few years, but low and behold opportunity knocked, and I started writing inspirational, romantic fiction. Now I enjoy writing, and in my spare time, cooking, traveling with my husband, going to antique and flea markets, and collecting vintage items.

Do you have suggestions for new authors? Tell us how you started and what struggles you overcame. My suggestion to new authors would be to never give up! Your first book may be a hit, and the second my take a year of two to gain its audience. My continuing struggle remains balancing the tasks of writing, while maintaining a strong marketing effort for multiple works. I have found that organization and diligent time management skills help in this regard.

How do you structure your works and what is your current work in process? I am definitely a plotter/planner, rather than a pantser. Most often, I start with an idea for a story, then move forward with a basic outline and deeper character development. Once I begin to write, my characters tell the story, although sometimes, they do get a little side-tracked. Currently, I have two new works in progress. (I tend to like to work on at least two projects simultaneously.) The first is my newest Love Inn Style series story, A Blueberry Lane Christmas, and the second is the fifth installment of my Christmas Shoppe Magic series called Christmas Shoppe Magic Strikes Again.

How do you relax? Travel, anything you like to do in your downtime? My happy place is the beach! I love the water no matter if it’s a lake, river, sea or ocean. I love the sound of the water of waves pounding against the shore. Taking walks, playing golf (I’m just a beginner), collecting cookbooks and experimenting with new recipe’s are just a few of the other activities I enjoy.

Chocolate or vanillaBoth! I prefer one scoop of each with hot fudge and whipped cream! Good choice!

Have you thought of writing a screenplay? Yes! I would love to write a screenplay someday and have been learning more about that format in my spare time.

Name one actor you think would make the perfect protagonist in your book and why? In my book, Finding Christmas Love, my protagonist is a strong, independent woman with a deep sense of family and tradition. I would love to have Keira Knightly play my character Holly Carlyle. She usually plays a strong female lead character, but also has a sweet, feminine quality as well, which shines forth on the screen.

If you could move in time, such as going back in time or to the future, which would you choose and why? I think if I could go back in time, I would want to experience life during the early 19th century including Pioneer life – exploring the western wilderness and blazing new trails with unexpected challenges and adventures.

Tell us anything else you want my audience to know.  I also write a collaborative, contemporary women’s fiction, family saga series, Captain’s Point Stories along with Annie Acorn. Our collaborative writing pen name is Charlotte Kent (aha! I know that name!). Our series consists of four novels, a boxed set, as well as various short stories, novellas and novelettes. I love writing Happily Ever After stories. My story, Finding Christmas Love was a joy to write, and so vivid in my mind. I had a lot of fun creating a Christmas Tree farm in Vermont and picturing the characters’ day to day lives. Over the years, my writing tends to center around New England, a region I romanticized about a lot growing up. Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware seem to dominate my locales, but I’ve expanded to Texas and the Great Plains in a few of my latest works. I also want to thank my loyal readers, talented fellow authors, and aspiring writers for their awesome support and making this experience the most rewarding career I have ever embarked upon.


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Now available as a novella!


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Twitter: @JulietteHill1


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43141189_462995807522099_302748731411791872_nThank you Juliette Hill! 

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How To Make A Book You Can Offer As A Gift Or Keepsake – by Derek Haines…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Just Publishing Advice:

It is easy to make a book that you will be proud to share

Many years ago, I used to do my own hand book binding. It was a slow process, but I wanted to have a handful of copies of my book for family and some close friends.

Luckily, I had access to a small printing press, but after that, it was all manual.

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Sites That Pay You For Your Writing

Nicholas C. Rossis

Make money writing-finance | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

Making it as a writer is tough. But if you love writing, you can’t imagine doing anything else. Maybe these links, compiled by freelance writer Jasmine Eclipse, will help you find some paid work to help you make a career out of your passion!

Sites that pay you for your writing


  • Pay: This Disney company pays up to $150 per article
  • Topics: Family, parenting, lifestyle


  • Pay: Up to $250 per article
  • Topics: Comedy, pop culture, personal experiences

Paste Magazine

  • Pay: ~$50 per article (in the form of feature profiles, essays, reviews)
  • Topics: Music, TV, video games


  • Pay: ~$75 per article
  • Topics: Video games, anime, pop culture

Confrontation Magazine

  • Pay: Up to $200 per article
  • Topics: Short stories, poetry, nonfiction

Affiliate sites for writers

  • Mixbook — 15% per sale and $20 affiliate bonuses
  • Blurb — 15% per sale, plus affiliate bonuses and free products
  • Grammarly — $20…

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Twitter: Another Tool in an Author’s Arsenal

GJ Stevens

In today’s post I try not to sound like a grandad teaching his grandchildren to use a computer as I provide an introduction to one of the most popular social media platforms today, micro-blogging site, Twitter.

Just for clarification, I’m nowhere near being a grandad yet, but I am still a relative notice when it comes to social media and in particular for Twitter, having only been using the platform since July this year, so less than two months. I have around 1,730 followers and my top tweet earned 3,000 impressions and 60 people engaged with it. In this short period I’ve learnt so much and I thought I’d explain for those who would like to start using the platform and want a head start, or those thinking about using Twitter as part of their strategy for building an author platform.


As always if I get anything wrong or you…

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Five Things Every Writer Should Have

Story Empire

Hello wonderful SEers! Mae here today with a Friday Five. I hope you enjoy my list of  five things every writer should have in their arsenal. These may be abstract, but I think you’ll recognize their importance:

1. Supportive Loved Ones
a group of kittens in a basketNon-writers don’t often understand what authors go through. We seal ourselves away, hunched over a keyboard, and block the outer world. Sooner or later, no matter how diligent our attempts to balance family life and writing, our craft can infringe on time spent with loved ones.

When we’re writing into the wee hours of the morning, or putting off dinner “just one more hour,” it’s great to have family and friends who understand that the life of a writer spins on a different axis.

sea turtle swimming with shell above the water2. A Tough Exterior
There’s a lot of the obvious in this one. Writers are subject to having  work rejected and garnering bad reviews. Sooner…

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Branding 101: What Does Our Brand Promise to Readers? – by Jami Gold…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Many, if not most, readers have a few go-to or auto-buy authors. Readers support their go-to authors by buying almost everything they’ve released, keeping their name top-of-mind to suggest and recommend to others, and generally feeling a sense of loyalty.

As authors, we long to be on readers’ auto-buy lists. We want readers who support us, share the word about our books, and love what we do.

As readers, we know how we feel about our go-to authors. I don’t expect their every book to be a five-star, keeper-shelf story of perfection, but I know I’ll get a consistently good story that hits my buttons.

And that brings us to today’s topic. Just as we have go-to favorite authors that we know we can depend on for delivering a certain type of story, readers are evaluating us for what we can deliver: What’s our promise to readers when…

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How to improve your writing with these simple rules

Jean's Writing

Do you feel like rules stifle your creativity?

That too many rules, like cooks, ruin the outcome?

Well, following the rules need not be confusing. Thanks to Barbara Delinsky boils down the rules of writing to 5 easy to understand and follow.

  1. Homework.
    • Research will help you write about everything. Thank goodness for Google. Personally, I love researching a new topic. Too bad I get lost in all the cool info.
  2. Likable characters.
    • Everyone loves to cheer on the heroine and boo the villain. Don’t overdo their attributes.
  3. Scene purpose.
    • Write scenes that don’t distract or slow down your story.
  4. Move it, move it.
    • Keep the pace moving forward. Readers prefer heart-stopping speed to eloquent prose.
  5. Edit, and edit some more.
    • Edit everything. Edit typos, flow, context, inconsistencies, repetition, and boredom.

There you have it, my take on How to Write Like Delinsky: Five Rules Of Writing by Barbara Delinsky


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My wish for you today and everyday is: May you always have a rainbow or a silver lining in every storm that passes your way.

Love, Mary

8 Ways Scrivener Assists Writers

Story Empire

When I originally gave Scrivenera whirl several years I didn’t know how the software worked. But I read several articles and posts about how other writers put this writing tool to good use. I took my time working through the provided tutorial after which I began using it with increasing regularity.

Over the time I’ve used Scrivener, I shifted to using it for almost all of my writing. I’m so impressed with its usefulness, I’ve begun writing about this software to share my ideas. I’m getting lots of mileage out of blogging with it and used it for my newsletter and other writing projects, including freelance assignments.

Here are 8 ways Scrivener boosts my efforts as a writer:

  1. I’m better organized from the beginning of projects. Because Scrivener is an organizational tool, I’m able to develop structure from the beginning of the project.
  2. I can easily make changes to…

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14 Tips for using InDesign for Fiction Authors


Publishing fontfacesDo you want professional looking print and ebooks to delight your readers? Of course you do!

Following my post about the best tools I found to create and produce books, here are some 14 specific, highly-useful tips about how to use Adobe InDesign to create print-ready PDF files and ready-to-upload ePubs for the best effect!

1. Using InDesign

First, let’s be clear that this is a tips column, not a general instruction on how to use InDesign. It’s a tool I love and have used to produce several books (mine and others’), but it has a steep learning curve and price. If you’re unfamiliar with it, you might want to get the 7-day free trial from Adobe. Spend those 7 days with some free learning resources (like YouTube videos) and play around with it. Refer to the list below as you go, and see if you can make sense of…

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