God vs. god(little g)

Him/him – He/he – His/ his – God/ god

Over the past few years I have noticed more and more how publishers are using “him” in reference to God. They’ve done it with each reference to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Maybe its been more than just a few years but I see it more and more and it’s even in some Bibles, and its time for me to sound off!

God is not god! (little g) God is above every god, He is the Almighty God that created heaven and earth and everything in it. That includes us humans. I think, I know He, not he, (little h) deserves our admiration, praise, worship and total respect in word, in action, and in writing!

It’s not only disrespecting who God is by using a small g, but confusing in reading. For example: Two men are walking along having a conversation. During the conversation He says to the friend, “go get me a cup of water.” versus he says to the friend, “go get me a cup of water.” “He” (capital H) tells us its Jesus versus “he” (small h) could be Joe Blow from down the street! “He” exalts Christ and leaves no confusion to the reader.

I don’t remember which book it was that when I got the formatted copy back from the publisher they had changed every God to god and every Him to him and every He to he and every His to his that referenced our Lord and Savior.

I hit the ceiling and immediately fired back, “I will not accept this! You have changed every God to god, and every Him to him and every He to he and every His to his. That diminishes the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and brings Him down to human level and I refuse to diminish His Deity!”

At first their reply was that it “fits the standard they go by and now is acceptable. “

Was I upset? Yes! “I don’t care what the “standard” is! Change it to how it was typed because I refuse to accept this!”

They did. And this was a “Christian publisher.”

With every book since then I make a note to the type setter that it is to be typed as I have it. And I list Him, He, His, God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Father, etc. Everything that refers to God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit is to be capitalized.

We have the power to overcome what the secular world is trying to change in regards to “religion.” Especially in our writing! We do not have to accept what a publisher tries to push on us as being acceptable in the secular world if we choose the right publisher that allows us to keep what we have originally written. That’s one thing I make sure of when choosing a publisher, they are to change nothing without my approval.

Be careful what you accept from the secular world, even if they profess to be a “Christian publisher.” And if you refer to Christ or God as him or he – shame on you!

Be safe over the Labor Day week-end. See ya’ next week.

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Opportunity Knocked

Rushing around doing errands and trying to beat the heat of the day I stopped by the assisted living home to visit my 91 year old friend that I’ve been teaching to crochet.

Knocking and entering her room I was a little surprised to see her asleep in the chair. She has some serious heart problems and hasn’t been feeling well the last two-three days. I slipped out after leaving some home grown cherry tomatoes on her recliner. She absolutely loves my little tomatoes.

Then off to the bank I rushed and in a very short, “Good morning” I said, “Kim, (not her real name) do you like to read?” Within a few minutes of simple chatting I learned that she loves to read books, not Kindle, but books. By having a supply of books in my car I walked out having sold two of my latest books. Plus another teller will check out my books for the ones on Kindle.

Opportunities knock in some of the places we really don’t consider. With a simple question I made it known to not just one person in that establishment but several because of word-of-mouth. Then off to the hair salon to see if they need more books.

Take every opportunity you can think of to let people know about your book. Ya’ just never know how receptive some are. And that “word-of-mouth” thing, can prove to be profitable.

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Asking For Help

In the last post we talked about marketing our book. By preparing, advertising, telling people about it, and plastering it all over social media we’re making people aware that we are writing a book and/or we have had one just released.

Part of that strategy is having others help you to do that, so I’m asking for your help. I’m going to have my last two books on here with a short description. If you would be so kind to share this with all your social media; Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, etc. I would really appreciate it. Links are provided. If you can’t share the pictures then just talking about the book and recommending it will also help. Also, on Amazon there’s a place for each book for a review. If you have read any of my books I would appreciate any comments you could make on Amazon’s review and your social media sites. This helps to promote and sell books. It also helps to get our name out there so people will recognize it when they see it again. “Oh, that’s who —- was talking about! I need to get that book!”

The literary world is huge! I just read that 1.4 million books are published globally each year and 328,000 books are published nationally each year! Writers need each others love and support. Especially Christian writers with the anti-Christ spirit so rampant in our country now.

I thank you, I deeply appreciate your help and support in promoting the true story, The Narrow Road and I AM – Devotional Style Short Stories.

If God can speak through a donkey then He can speak through a radio!

I AM is a compilation of true-to-life short stories that many of us may be able to relate to. Get ready for some laughs. Some of the stories are taken from the author’s own experiences.
Available at http://www.amazon.com
“Brian’s story starts in 1937 and is courageous, compassionate, and true. How does a child cope with rejection after rejection? Will being “dumped” at four years old leave him bitter and angry? His story will keep you riveted to your seat.

Available at http://www.amazon.com
https://www.amazon.com/Narrow-Road-Sue-Cass/dp/1640034854/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Narrow+Road+-+sue+cass&qid=1567031584&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Thank you for your help- See ya’ next time

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Marketing Options

Glancing back through some of the tips and “hints” from some of my publishers I see where all talk about how to market our books. I mentioned before that I prefer doing book signings at book stores for a few different reasons.

Well, it seems the book store events have basically closed down. I also mentioned I had a list I compiled and out of the 20 or so bookstores I was able to get in touch with only one and sadly I have never heard back from them even after driving a good distance and leaving a book. (See why I don’t normally do that.)

So what are our other options for marketing our books? First of all before the book hits the public we should be talking with friends, making announcements at church, speaking up on all the social media, and getting as much viewing of our upcoming release as possible. Create a website specifically for your book and start creating a “fan club.” Paste it on every social media you can think of and try to engage people to ask questions or make comments, or join in a conversation about it.

One time I made up fliers about my book being released and stuck one on every mail box in the subdivision. I’ve had an announcement made in the Home Owners Assoc. newsletter about one being released. Another time I was given a release party with cake and a bunch of people were invited and yes, I sold books.

You probably got tired of seeing the cover of I AM but that is part of the strategy for marketing. If your book isn’t heard of or seen anywhere, how do you expect others to be interested?

Once the book has been released then take it to places where there’s an interest in what you wrote. Sports fan? How about the sports wear shops, or sports equipment shops? Did you write about vacations you took? Then maybe a travel agency will allow you to leave some with them, especially if you named a vacation spot they advertise. Or a gift shop at a vacation spot you were at.

Since mine are Christian based stories I have some in my hair dressers salon, they are Christians with mostly Christian customers. My pastor allowed me to tell about the book and sell some after the service. And I carry copies of all my books in the car for when someone asks what I do, “Oh I write books.” I sold one at the swimming pool one day because of that question. But, no, I won’t be going back to the donut shop. 🙂

Selling our books begins before the book is released to the public as well as after it has been released. So if you’re working on a manuscript start telling people about it. Start creating an interest and hopefully you’ll become a New York Times best seller.

More good stuff coming (I think)

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God as Our Hero

One day I asked the Lord if we could write a novel. “That would be kind of fun” I stated. I didn’t know if He would want to do that or not but as it turned out He did. Not all of us want to write a novel, not all want to write a text book, or an autobiography of our life.

Whatever we write there’s a few things we need to keep in mind and number one is to glorify the Lord. Number two is, we want to give people hope, and number three is, we want our story to be written in a way that the reader can relate to.

If we are writing a novel, for example, are our characters portrayed in a way that someone can say, “wow, that’s just how I feel!” Maybe your novel is about being a single mother or a single father. Personally I cannot relate to that since I am neither so I wouldn’t want to attempt a novel about the struggles, the joys or the challenges that being a single parent entails.

When we decide to write we want to write about something that we know about. If, for example, you’re an avid sports fan, that might be something you could write about, and be sure to include the pro’s and con’s of following a certain team, for example. “My wife threatened divorce because she said I’m married to football, but then she got interested and …”

What we are doing in our writing is giving not just the warm and fuzzy, but a realistic picture of whatever we’re writing about, be it fiction or non-fiction. The more the reader can relate to our story the better.

If we can give the good, the bad, and the ugly in an interesting way then as a Christian writer we may be able to change a life or some negative attitudes. In my book, Laying Down my Net – A Walk of Faith, I think that was accomplished. The story not only tells the truth about my immaturity as a new Christian, but the struggles I had in being obedient and having to totally depend on Christ for my survival, and how God’s faithfulness shines throughout the book. And that’s what it’s all about!

I probably broke every writing rule there is when I wrote that first book but because I was being so transparent with all that “good, bad, and ugly” it has been the most popular of the eight books I have published.

Be honest with your characters, bring out the vulnerability of humans, and always have God as the hero.

Blessings – til next time.

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Other Than Books

Around 1996 I created a small publication called, “Angels by Grace.” It was a variety of testimonies, poems, drawings, prayer requests, praise reports, book list, and support groups around the area. All the submissions were by abuse survivors. It started out small and spread to various states and included jails, Doctor’s offices, churches, Counselors offices, etc.

I think I mentioned this in a past post but what I’m leading up to is that I published it myself. I didn’t have to submit it to a magazine publisher, church devotional magazine, or anything like that.

I have never written any articles for a magazine nor done any research on how exactly that is done. Oops, I take that back. Remember the little magazine that was so popular several years ago? Guideposts. I’m not sure its still in circulation or not but I did mail them a short little blip kind of thing one time and had it rejected – “We already have a story like that.”

After that I never bothered again and really have not been that interested in writing for a magazine. Now my friend Wally, at Truth of Palmyra blog writes devotionals for a church devotional magazine plus posts them on his blog. I’ve never done that either.

I think I need to do some research on how we can write for magazines, if that is of interest to anyone. And maybe Wally could add something here that could be helpful, or anyone else that has submitted articles to magazines.

How about it people – help me out here.

See ya’ next time…

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A Newly Created Welcome

Posted on May 30, 2019 by Sue Cass

Welcome to my new blog site. I am so blessed that you have chosen to join me.

Having finally completed designing this new blog I have been writing articles about my corner of this big ole world that includes talking about writing; be it books, articles, or just jotting down your thoughts in a journal if that’s what is on my mind when I start typing. I also cover publishing and getting published, as well as a variety of other topics that include what a writers world might look like. (At least what mine looks like.)

I’m not speaking from inexperience because I do have eight published books and have used a few different publishers. Polite questions or comments are welcomed in the comment sections of the articles I post.

I hope what you read here is helpful, insightful, and may even make you laugh at times. Welcome to A Writers Corner.

You may enjoy my other sites as well:

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Words or Pages?

When we’ve decided on a publisher, there will be questions asked and requirements that must be met. You’ll be asked right off the top, how many words does your book contain? (This will be asked before a publisher will even accept your manuscript) If typing on Word Document that information is given all along as you type. The others I don’t know about because I don’t use them.

Another question will be the genre. Is your book fiction, non-fiction, Christian, romance, mystery, Humor, etc. and what age group will be your target? (Child, teen, adult, etc) You’ll also be given a chart with various book dimensions to choose from.

A chart will be given as to the style of font you want to use and what that particular publisher will accept. Most desire Times New Roman but will accept a few other style fonts. And all publishers I have used want a size 12 font. If you’re wanting a larger font for your book then you’ll need to clear that with the publisher. (In case some are not aware of what a font is, it is the style and size of the letters and numbers you type.)

The various publishers that I have used are about the same in their questionnaires and requirements for producing your book. But some may have different requirements so that’s something to consider.

All of the above plays into the publishers upfront fees and will also determine how your final book sales price will be determined.

The two main factors in book pricing will be how many words and how many pages the book will have when completed.

The main factor is the number of pages. That number is not just the numbered pages; 1-2-3-4-, etc. It also includes those pages marked v -vii-xi, etc. plus any “filler” pages. (blank pages)

I AM – Devotional Style Short Stories has 233 of the 1,2,3,4, kind of pages yet with the v-vii-xi, etc. pages the total pages comes to over 240 pages and that is what the sales price is based on. Each publisher will have their own pricing scale. But most stay in a standard range.

Beware that there are those publishers that will place a sales price on a book that is far above the standard charges.

My book, Seek My Face, is an example of this. The going rate for that book, 246 pages, would have been $15.99 – $16.99 at that time and yet that particular publisher placed a $24.99 price on it. In comparison so as to show you the difference – The Narrow Road is 467 pages and priced $23.95. That’s 221 pages more than Seek My Face and a cheaper sales price!

This not only affects the public buying your book but also affects what you will pay for the books that you buy to sell yourself even with the publishers author discount.

I hope this has been helpful – see ya’ next time.

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Write From Your Heart

Walk in any book store or into a library and the shelves are filled with books that range from cartoons to astrology and everything in between.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to write a book filled with graphs, or a book that is text for growing students, or even a small picture book for children.

We each have a message we want to share with the world. What really saddens me is to have an author that writes Christian books turn to writing worldly books. “That’s what the public wants,” is what I hear and it breaks my heart.

We can be tempted to change our genre because of low sales of our Christian books. I can honestly say, I have not had that temptation, but many do.

Someone suggested I contact various book clubs, so once again I looked up the various book clubs within my area and began sending e-mails to them.

I told about my books, I offered a large discount for their members, as well as free shipping, should they decide on one of my books.

Then I waited.

The e-mails began coming in and every one of them said the very same thing……

“We do not accept Christian books.”

That’s amazing, and yet in today’s world, not really surprising, but it is disappointing. Is this the reason some of our Christian authors are turning to write for the secular world? A filth filled book will sell millions of copies and that entices others to change?

Write from your heart people, and as a Christian, a true follower of Jesus Christ, don’t allow yourself to be enticed by the world and what they want. Even Jesus said, He will give us what we need not always what we want.

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Adding Pictures

Those of you that have bought books from me are aware that I place a book mark and business card inside the book. The book marks I designed and took to Office Max to have made up. The business cards I also have printed but a different company.

When designing either, I have to decide if I want color or just black and white and take into consider not only the cost, but the aesthetic appearance. Will it be more effective if it is in color?

Black and white is always much cheaper, be it a photo or a book mark or business card. And this is true with books. When I wrote I AM – Devotional Style Short Stories and put a few of the stories on the blog it was easy to add a picture and didn’t cost anything, plus I think it added something to the story. For example, “The Wheel.” Having a stage coach with horses, etc. added to the story right off the bat.

To do that in a book is quite a different story! There are parameters that the publishers put in place. Is it black and white? Is it color, and if it is color, it must meet a certain standard. The cost goes up significantly for color.

If it is black and white, how distinct are the shades, faces, etc, and it better not be the slightest bit blurred. Be it color or black and white, the publisher also states where it must be positioned on the page and the size of the photo.

At times I would have really liked to have added a picture to my story but the cost and having an original picture, not someone else’s with copy rights, just wasn’t feasible.

If you’re writing a book these are some of the things you might want to take into consideration. Writing to have it published by professionals is much different than writing a blog. We can pretty much do what we want with a blog but that certainly does not apply with publishing a book.

The painting on the front of I AM is a painting I did several years ago and I had to submit several pictures of that painting in order for the designer to be able to see if it was acceptable for a cover; dimensions, clarity, colors, size, etc.

I wasn’t sure if my painting was conducive to a book cover and was totally surprised when I saw the cover for the first time. By using my painting, and it being in color, didn’t cost me extra but had I added pictures within the book it may have. It depends on the publisher you’re using and the number of pictures you want to include.

Can you guess which book cover is my favorite?

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