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Rhonda Allen wrote this devotional and prayer guide for women who want to know more about how to operate in the will of God. This devotional/journal will strengthen your faith in God and draw you closer to God.

You can purchase the print book on Amazon at this link;  you can also purchase the e-book version on Smashwords under the title “Wisdom Prayers and Confessions“.

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Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,the writers life,writing

Are You Writing?

27/01/17

If you’re a writer, are you writing? That may sound like a dumb question, but so many folks who want to be a writer, find excuses not to be writing.

I can’t tell you how much time you need to spend every day writing, but I know this: if you’re not spending some time at least every week, putting words on paper or in a document, you’re not making progress.

Yes, I know sometimes it’s hard to find a place to start.

Yes, I know sometimes your mind whirls in a thousand directions at once.

Yes, I know sometimes there are ten other things you need to be doing- shopping for the house, washing dishes, working at your day job, just to name a few. But you set aside time for those things – you schedule them because you know they’re necessary.

So, why aren’t you scheduling a time to write? Some days all you may get written is a note about your latest dream, or the crazy thing that happened after work, on your ride home. But write it down- keep it in your journal.

And if you want to work on a specific story (if you’re like me, you’ve got several going at any one time), go back and reread part of the story to get back inside it. That should help get you start again.

But write…. write regularly. If you have a talent for it, don’t waste it. Just Write.

Sometimes people want to know how and when I got started in this business; and to be honest, it wasn’t where I originally wanted to go in my professional life. But I believe this is where God intended for me to be.

I lost my job at a local university, but while I was there, I had learned about writing code and designing webpages. In fact, the man who was the technical person for our department taught me and actually asked me to help him create and maintain webpages for each staff member and department.

Since I had enjoyed it so much- both the design and the coding itself – I decided to start my own business.

About a year after I started, Dimple McInvale called me – she’d been in a beginning computer class that my sister-in-law Joanne had taught. She had written some books and needed someone to set up a website for her, and Joanne pointed her to me.

She was faithful to refer new customers to me and she encouraged me greatly.

And then the day came when she called me and told me that she really felt like I needed to help her get her books straightened out. She had been working with a local print-on-demand company, and was not happy with the arrangements.

After much strong encouragement on her part (as in she dragged me kicking and screaming), I decided to begin helping authors publish their books.  This wasn’t something that I had ever felt I could do, but again, with her encouragement, I have slowly and gradually built up a clientele of authors who might not have been able to work with a traditional publishing company.

As I tell prospects all the time, I don’t work like a traditional publishing company. I work with my customers to see what services I can provide and I help them publicize and market their book. They pay me for the services I provide and when the work is done, they don’t have to pay me any more money. They receive all the proceeds from the sale of their book, and they have complete control over the entire process.  I think it’s a process that benefits everyone, mostly the author, and I’m blessed to be a part of it.

I’m very happy with the business I’ve built over the past ten years- I don’t think I’m through growing, of course, but I am pleased to be where I am. God has been faithful to lead me where I needed to, and one of the biggest blessings in my business has been Dimple McInvale.

The Last Day

12/12/16

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The Last Day by Cleveland Brown was recently released on Amazon as a paperback, and on Smashwords in all ebook formats.

The Last Day discusses current teachings on the end times, and then presents and studies scriptural references to each topic. It allows and encourages the reader to make their own educated decisions about what the Bible truly says about “the last day”.

If you’re interested at all in end time discussions or study, you need to pick up a copy of this book for your library.

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,the writers life,writing

Are You Writing?

05/10/16

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If you’re a writer, or you want to be a writer, then you need to be writing…. it’s as simple as that.

Don’t let someone steal your dream by telling you how hard it’s going to be to get a book published, or how much it’s going to cost. Is that why you want to write?

If you’re writing a book to make a million dollars, or be a best-selling author, stop now. Chances are very good that won’t happen.

If you’re writing a book to be famous, so folks will want your autograph or your picture, quit… just quit. That’s probably not going to happen either.

But if you’re writing because you have a story to tell, then write. Just write. Sit down at your desk, your computer, your laptop, your notepad- whatever you write on- and write. It doesn’t always have to be a part of your story, but write anyway.

Write a letter to your mom, your dad. Write a note to your best friend. Write a story for your grandkids.

Write because you’re a writer. And the person whose opinion should count most will be happy. YOU.

Author: Beth R - Categories: the writers life,writing

Who Are You?

05/09/16

I’d like to address something that has gotten under my skin for quite a while. This is aimed at Christian women, but if you are going through this, and you’re not a woman, or a Christian, you are still welcome to take this message to heart.

I’ve worked with several ladies who are Christians and who have a book to write. They know God has given them this story, whether it’s a testimony they have lived through, or a work of fiction that will inspire or encourage someone.  They’ve worked hard on this book; they’ve agonized over details that to some would be irrelevant, but they know how important it is to get it right. At some point, they’ve talked to me about getting their work into a published book form. We discuss how the book is going to look, inside and outside.

We talk about all kinds of things- the type and size of font to use for the text; the colors and design for the cover; thoughts, prayers and discussion over things that most people might not even realize, but it all goes into making the book a package that appeals to readers.

So much work goes into the background of a book; a book that was inspired by God and given to someone.  A book, a story, that really is the person’s who is writing it.

But what discourages me so much is when this beautifully flawed, talented person, who has decided to share the deepest parts of their soul with others, and then feels like they’re being boastful or proud if they choose to put their name on their book, or in the header of the pages.

If you’ve got a testimony of where God has brought you through, or you can share something with others that will encourage them, or you can tell a story that will entertain others and maybe shine a little Jesus light on them, why would you think that God does not want you to be able to say, “This is mine- God gave it to me and now I’m sharing it with you!”

If your name isn’t on it so folks can find you, how are you going to be able to help them? It’s not boasting on anyone but God when you share your gifts.

I’m not encouraging anyone to be a braggart (my grandmama used to call them “Big Ike”) or a boaster…. but don’t we as Christians have the most in the world to boast about? Haven’t we been given a reprieve from a death sentence?

As the meme says, stand up tall, straighten your crown and walk out like the warrior princess (or prince) that you truly are.

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,the writers life,writing
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