Category Archives: Self-Publishing

The Unbloody Cross?

The most interesting thing I have to tell fellow writers this month is about being censored. I bought a “self-publishing” contract with a reputable firm connected to a major Christian publisher. For help with margins and a cover design, the … Continue reading

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Monday’s Writing Tips – Selling Potatoes

  During the last blog we asked you to think of your novel as a potato. As silly as that may sound, I want you to continue to think of your work as a potato. Why? Because now that you … Continue reading

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From the President’s Desk – Mediocrity

“Do not be satisfied with mediocrity.” St. John Paul II Any person who settles for mediocrity in terms of his or her spiritual life is setting himself up for failure.  Reaching high for the virtues and striving for perfection isn’t … Continue reading

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The Story of a Book

Looking back on the history of my first book, I see six phases in its development: Trial by Ordeal, Sabbatical, Poetic Ecstasy, A Better Baby, Love Laborious and New Birth. Trial by Ordeal Twenty-some years before writing Souls at Rest … Continue reading

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From the President’s Desk – The Importance of Being Needed

“I guess being needed is almost as good as being loved. Maybe better.” Betty Smith, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” It’s been a busy – and overwhelming –  two weeks. I attended and spoke to a group of women at the … Continue reading

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From the President’s Desk – Failure Leads to Success

“Has it ever occurred to you that a life without failure is a dead life? Because you learn by failing. If you don’t try things, you’ll never learn anything. You’ll never accomplish anything.” Catherine Doherty, Foundress of Madonna House Thomas … Continue reading

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I Thirst for Your Love – Book Review from Barb Schonenberger

  From time to time our members come across a “treasure” that they just have to yell about.  Today we can all benefit from a find from Barb Schonenberger.      KC   All of us need reminders of how … Continue reading

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10 Steps to Indie Publishing

These are the best of times for authors—and possibly the worst of times! The changes in the publishing industry over the past five years are nearly as significant as the advent of the internet. In fact, the two developments are … Continue reading

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From the President’s Desk: NFP Week and Catholic Writers Conference Live

In case you didn’t know, we are coming to the end of NFP Awareness Week. Before I became President of the Guild…even before I started my writing career, I taught Natural Family Planning (NFP). This year, my husband and I … Continue reading

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Cheerleading! Mutually Beneficial Author Support

There are a lot of us out there. Authors. With great books to share. Too often, though, we feel alone in our endeavors, trying to get readers to notice us in the roiling sea of other great books. This is … Continue reading

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