Writer Wanna Be's

Written by Joyce C. Lock

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So, there are no guidelines thatrepparttar 'would be hopeful' can obtain ~ unlessrepparttar 126367 writer throws out their own style, to match someone else's, in hopes of being accepted into that group. And, that could even be a good thing, if only that group were a 'for real' publisher. But what really happens is, authors sell their soul to be accepted by a group of 'writer wanna be's'. As it is with many, one's dream of writing is not all that different fromrepparttar 126368 self-defeating teen-age dream of, one day, winningrepparttar 126369 Miss America pageant; only with more substance. If you are fixed on becoming famous byrepparttar 126370 world's methods, go right ahead and letrepparttar 126371 world keep kicking you in pants. As Christians, when we followrepparttar 126372 majority, we lose sight of why we are writing and end up inviting our own defeat. However, if you are inspired by Holy unction, you will write whether you ever become famous or not. And, know this; when God inspires you to write, there are souls waiting for that message. If you ever get a glimpse intorepparttar 126373 importance, significance, and magnitude of that, you will share your writings whether you ever get paid or not ... and you will stop welcoming criticism. Our accuser's name is Satan. Also, when God inspires a writing, it does not really belong to you. So, when 'represented to be' Christian (Christ-like) people holler about copyrights, I start to lose respect for them. It is one thing for another to claim and or make a profit off your works. It is another to threaten and sue when someone has paid such a compliment as to share your writing with others it might, also, minister to. The same goes for all forms of Christian ministry. For however many ways God opens doors,repparttar 126374 seed He gives can and should be multiplied again, and again. It is God's job to determine how many times one's seed gets multiplied. Our part is to be available, faithful, and obedient to share that which He blesses us with. And,repparttar 126375 more you share,repparttar 126376 more God gives you to share. Also,repparttar 126377 better you will get at it! Then, as it works in with God's timing and you are spiritually prepared for what comes next, God will open more doors ~ then more. If your calling leads inrepparttar 126378 direction of publishing, publishers will find you. For others, writing may have helped develop your confidence in being a better speaker. Whatever your path in life is to be, He who calls you will also do it. His yoke is easy and that takesrepparttar 126379 pressure off us. Let us forgetrepparttar 126380 'wanna be's' and put our focus on being a servant. God makes all things beautiful, when it is time.

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But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.

2 Co. 9:6-8

~ Sharingrepparttar 126381 Joy ~

Share your seed and watch it grow.

Then, you'll knowrepparttar 126382 joy of giving.

Share yourself and your whole life.

Then, you'll knowrepparttar 126383 joy of living!

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I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

3 John 1:4

© by Joyce C. Lock http://our.homewithgod.com/heavenlyinspirations/ This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the e-mail ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HeavenlyInspirations/ and "Share a Smile" http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smilesharing/. Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.

Cookbook Publishing - The Basic Ingredients and the Secrets to Success

Written by Denise Hamilton

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Once you have identified who will buy your book, you can target your marketing plan and your book design with your customers in mind, such as:   · Where do they shop? · Where do they play? · What style of book appeals to them? - (research your competition closely). · What price are they willing to pay? · How many pictures do they want in a cook book? (a lack of photos can kill book sales) · What colors attract them? (spend time in book stores and libraries, learning which books haverepparttar most appealing appearance) · What size of book is currently popular? · What type of book binding increases sales? · Are they concerned about health or other issues? · Do they appreciate little stories, jokes, cooking tips or other information inrepparttar 126366 book? 

Sometimes I took two steps forward then had to take one step back, but at other times I took one step forward and two back. Don’t waste timerepparttar 126367 way that I did – use my experiences to your advantage (in Recipe for Success I have included many resources and templates to help you. Once you have a grasp ofrepparttar 126368 basics, you can actually begin to put your cook book publishing and marketing plans into action.  

Of course, a cook book has special challenges that other books may not have. Your primary goal is to give people unique, delicious recipes that they can create successfully in their own homes. That means that you have to measure exactly and your instructions must be clear and simple. You will have to test each recipe over and over until it turns out perfectly every time, then you will have to enlist other people to prepare those recipes independently of you. No matter what their comments, you must takerepparttar 126369 critiques of your testers seriously because if they do not achieve great resultsrepparttar 126370 chances are very good that your customers will be unhappy with their “flops”. Finally, it is a good idea to haverepparttar 126371 recipes tested by a professional home economist or other food expert. 

Depending onrepparttar 126372 focus of your cook book, you might want to include nutrition information such as calories and fat content. Fortunately, there is now computer software that will dorepparttar 126373 calculations for you. You must also provide an index atrepparttar 126374 back ofrepparttar 126375 book, and thankfully, software is available for this chore also.

Food photography is a special challenge of its own, requiring many tricks to make good look appealing. A good food photographer is a vital part of your cook book publishing team. Great attention must be paid to every minute detail, down torepparttar 126376 grains of pepper in a dish and torepparttar 126377 bubbles on top of a cup of coffee. Each photograph can require four hours of shooting time, if not more, so plan adequate time forrepparttar 126378 photo shoot.   The services of a food stylist are very helpful, but with research you can do a great deal ofrepparttar 126379 food styling yourself. Find as many books as you can onrepparttar 126380 subject and practice in advance ofrepparttar 126381 photo shoot. I learned simple tricks like: 

sticking sandpaper torepparttar 126382 plate to prevent food from slipping

using whipped icing or shaving cream in place of ice cream or whipped cream

placing a shot glass under a very thickly cut slice of lemon to preventrepparttar 126383 lemon from absorbingrepparttar 126384 liquid underneath

using beef bouillon in place of “coffee”

using dish detergent to create bubbles inrepparttar 126385 “coffee”

using a blow torch to make meat appear cooked

andrepparttar 126386 list goes on…

Food styling is such fun, but it requires a great deal of time, even in advance ofrepparttar 126387 photo shoot. You will need all of your “props” in place, such as dishes, cutlery, flowers, table linens, food items and backgrounds. Many companies will happily lend these items to you in exchange for a credit inrepparttar 126388 book – this can appear onrepparttar 126389 Cataloging in Publication data page atrepparttar 126390 beginning of your book. 

When your book is ready to go to print, it is time to put your cook book marketing and publicity campaign into gear: 

· Decide onrepparttar 126391 best time of year to launch your book. September is usuallyrepparttar 126392 best month for Christmas sales, but you also face steep competition. Try to think of a time that is appropriate for your book, such as January for a healthy eating book, late Spring for a barbecue book, Valentine’s Day for a romantic book, Heart and Stroke month for a heart-healthy book, etc. · Produce galley copies. · Send galleys to appropriate book clubs (look at their websites to learn their submission requirements). · Research appropriate catalogs and send galleys to them. · Have your publicist approach magazines that review cook books (magazines have long lead times). · Stay in contact with any corporations and organizations that might use your book for promotions. · Find a reputable distributor to have your book accepted byrepparttar 126393 book store trade, as well as other retailers. · Contact non-book store book sellers.  When your book is ready to roll offrepparttar 126394 press, get your publicity campaign into high gear. You can haverepparttar 126395 best book inrepparttar 126396 world, but if no one knows about it, no one will buy it. The easy part is over – publicity and marketing now become your life. This part isrepparttar 126397 most fun, as you now reaprepparttar 126398 rewards of all of your efforts. Your goal now is to turn your cook book title into a household word. Go for it -- publish your own cook book!

© Copyright 2004 Ink Tree Ltd. http://www.inktreemarketing.com/PublishaCookbook.htm

Denise Hamilton self published her own cookbook and has sold over 250,000 copies to date. She is now sharing her secrets with other authors.

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