Suckered Again?

There are a few facts that new authors may not be aware of when trying to sell our books. Some are good and some are not so good. We are at others mercy, and sometimes that’s good, and sometimes that’s not so good.

We’ve worked hard, found a publisher, paid our hard earned money, went through the production process, and now we have our masterpiece in our hand. We’re thrilled! We’re proud and excited, and when that first sale comes, we’re elated and inspired.

I was told by a book store to send them a copy of my book for their scrutiny before allowing me to do a book signing event. This can be pretty common and I can understand that they want to see the product before allowing someone to sit and sell something they may not approve of. But, I don’t normally do that.

Why? Thanks for asking.

Because in my experience they have received free merchandise to sell at 100% pure profit at my expense and as of this writing not one of those book stores have ever replied back as to a signing event. And no, I don’t write trashy books!

Book stores get many, many requests for book signing events from all sorts of authors. If each author happily hands them a free book with expectations of a signing event – well, you do the math.

I made the mistake of driving over fifty miles to personally speak with a store manager, whom I had e-mailed a couple of weeks previously, and to leave a copy of my book as per their requirements for book signing events at their store. The manager was “not available” so I left a copy and then e-mailed the manager thanking her for her kind consideration. I never received a response to either e-mails nor a phone call. I find this more than mere coincidence when books, profits, etc. are involved.

We are at the mercy of others in this business and the literary field is a cut throat business! Just google publishers, etc. and you’ll see what I mean.

Did I get suckered? You be the judge.

Have a great week-end and stay safe.


Are Our Words Counting?

So many times I have wondered if what I write really counts. Is anyone truly getting anything out of the words set before them?

I click on my blogs to respond to comments, to see how many have taken the time to read what I’ve written and am amazed when I see that others in many other countries have read my words.

This morning I saw 14 from United Arab Emirates. I don’t even know where that is! I’ve never heard of that place! Praise be to God that others, that I know nothing about, are hopefully being encouraged or maybe even introduced to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Germany, Australia, Nigeria, and India were also listed. I do know that in some of these countries Christians are being persecuted or banned from speaking their faith.

What an awesome discovery to learn that our words do count! We take so much for granted in America so to see several “likes” from the U.S. is not really surprising but definitely appreciated. To know that others in foreign lands are reading my blog, is encouraging to say the least. It’s up to the Lord to grow whatever seeds are planted. And to those in other countries, thank you so much for visiting my blog.

I have read blogs that have encouraged me, others that have given a nugget of insight I didn’t have before, and others that make me laugh. Our words, what we share with others, do have an impact and hopefully what we present to the world is uplifting and God can be proud.

We’re planting seeds where seeds may never have been planted, we’re encouraging other Christians in their journey, and we’re giving testimonies of faith to those who may need to hear that someone else has struggles, too.

Yes, our words count! Don’t stop writing, don’t stop encouraging others, and don’t lose faith because what you write could change a life.

See ya’ later…


…As Unto the Lord

Sunday when I was standing before the congregation giving examples of a few of the stories in I AM I was trying to tell them that the book is a compilation of true-to-life stories that we may have experienced.

I could not spit out the word, “compilation” for the life of me! My mind just went blank when I tried to use that word. Why I have a hard time remembering it is beyond me and I thought later, “I’m sure glad I write better than I speak.”

But isn’t that true of so many of us? We can pick up a pen or sit before the computer screen and type, and the right words just flow. But stand us before a group of people and suddenly the words leave us. Not all of us, there are those that have no problem with speaking before audiences and the words just flow, but on the other hand those same people may not be able to write so much as an intelligent paragraph.

We are all gifted in some way. I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, as the saying goes, and yet others have the voice of an angel.

If our gift is writing, use it. Use it to glorify the Lord. If it is singing, use your voice to glorify the Lord. Whatever gift He has given us we are to use it to glorify Him.

His scripture says that whatever you do to do it as unto the Lord. So even though I couldn’t remember the right word, I give Him the glory for using me to bring His word before others.

Are you using your gifts to glorify Him?

See ya’ next time-


Praise God, I Survived!


I hate going to a dentist! The first time I meet a new dentist I immediately tell them I am the biggest chicken they have ever had and as far as I am concerned they can hit me in the mouth with a sledge hammer, pop some dentures in, and I’ll never have to see them again.

Of course that shocks the daylights out of them but then the sympathy takes hold and they assure me that I’ll be fine and they’ll be as gentle as possible. Do I believe them? No!

Most of this day has been spent in that dentists chair getting two crowns done. With nerves on edge I won’t open my mouth until I’m in the twilight zone with “Happy gas” lifting me up and away and beyond.

During the procedure inspirational music is blasting in my ears to take the edge off the sounds of this invasion going on in my mouth. Praise God He knows what I need and helps me through it. It also helps that my Dentist buys my books and loves them. He bought I AM this morning.

I’m so glad I don’t have to be literally talking to communicate this to you because my face is a rock that I think is a part of my body. I’m not sure about that because I slapped myself and felt nothing. But the drool is confirming it is a part of something.

I’m just thankful I’m not in the middle of writing a novel because I don’t think I could with a frozen face , a dulled mind, and dreading when the “frozen becomes unfrozen”

At least my fingers still work. ๐Ÿ™‚

Bear with me, I’ll be more sane tomorrow.


Perky Was Not on the Menu.

The enemy lost again! For three days I have been lain up sick and depressed. I ate something that tore me inside out and upside down and from reading all the evils on Facebook, news articles, and the liberal media, I fell into a slight depression. Perky was not on the menu.

Saturday night I got in my whirly (jet tub) and cried out to the Lord. He informed me that it was the watching and reading that was pulling me down and led me to reread the story in I AM that I wrote called, “Sweet Aroma.”

In that story He tells the young child, “Listen with your heart…close out the sounds of anger, hate, and dissension.”

In other words, refocus! “Look to Me, not what the world is spewing.” That was pretty insightful, I think. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I did. I turned the T.V. off, got off Facebook, and quit reading some of the “bad news” blogs. Sorry. But some are nothing but bad news!

I woke early Sunday morning and looked forward to church and was really blessed by a powerful message, and after telling the congregation a little about my ministry and my newly released book, I walked out of church feeling revived, loved, and even sold some books!

God is good.

Stay tuned – I’ll be back. (Isn’t that what Arnold what’s his name that I can’t spell said?)


More Good News

I mentioned a few posts back that the Lord moved me to a different church. I’ve been worshiping at this one now for about 3-4 Sundays.

In speaking with the Pastor to learn a little about the church that first visit, I mentioned that I’m a writer which led to giving him Laying Down my Net and Seek My Face books.

Since then he has mentioned from the pulpit that, “Sue writes books.” I thought that was pretty nice. Free advertising. ๐Ÿ™‚

Last Sunday he stopped by and we chatted a few minutes before the service started and he said, “Bring your new book next Sunday and I’ll let you tell the congregation a little about it and if anyone is interested to see you after the service.”

Wow! I was totally surprised and grateful. He has expressed that this church is very strong in missions, outreach, and acknowledging and encouraging the people’s gifts and talents. In fact, the month of July was “testimony month.” Each service was personal testimonies and praise and worship. He didn’t preach. Which I think is pretty awesome! He isn’t a “pulpit hog.” He strongly believes, as I do, that people’s testimonies are powerful.

So my bag is packed with books, book marks, business cards, and a change bag filled with bills ready for sales. I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity this God fearing Pastor is giving me.

Pray it will be successful and…..

I’ll see you Monday.


Good News-Bad News

“Which would you like first?” is the common question asked when the title of this post has been stated. Previously I wrote about the timing of having book signing events. “Your will, Lord, not mine” definitely comes into play and He told me 3-4 days ago to call the book stores on my list. That kind of shot my advice right out the window. ๐Ÿ™‚ God’s timing is always better than ours!

Okay, every day events have gotten in the way of doing that, plus procrastination on my part, but this morning I sucked in a breath, picked up the phone, and started calling.

One phone number for a book store has been disconnected, which means they no longer are in business. I ran into this many times when I went the route of calling book stores a few years ago. So I’m not surprised but a little disappointed because they were located close by.

Two of the big well known book stores must be contacted by phone and/or e-mail to their corporate offices. That tells me I need to be a well known author! You know, one of those New York Time’s best sellers.

Others do not do book signing events. And sadly I learned that Lifeway Christian Book Store is going out of business and closing all of their stores Nov. 1st and won’t be doing any more book signing events.

But the good news is, I have a very real potential for lining up an event. They’ve expanded their store and are looking for local authors! Yay! I’m waiting to hear back.

I still have a few more stores to call but I’m wiggling in my seat in anticipation of hearing from the one “good news.”

“Your will be done, Lord.”

Stay tuned, I do have more good news. ๐Ÿ™‚


A Little Boost

The last post may have sounded like me having a pity party but I think there’s more to it than just going down the, “oh poor me” trail.

Yes, as a writer we are going to hit walls, so to speak, in our writing experiences. Not everyone is going to want to read our book or have the same interests that we do.

In my discouraged state I tried to come up with reasons why I felt so discouraged and I think I have come up with maybe two very possible ones.

We all know that when we are doing the Lord’s work, or making some kind of Godly impact on others, that the enemy, Satan, will try to destroy, interfere, or influence the results of our work. He will try everything to get us to quit and turn away. Discouragement is one of those ways.

The other reason I think is today’s society. It seems every article I read anymore is about the persecution of Christians, how so many are turning away from God and all that He is. Even many in the pulpit are distorting God’s word, if they even believe God’s word. People are poo-pooing Christianity at an alarming rate.

Our society has taken a turn away from what God has called us to be, has called us to do, and particularly, to believe in Him and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Hence we have our Christian genre books out there and they are gathering dust on the book shelves of the book stores, That is, if they are even put on those book shelves of book stores anymore.

God gave us each a gift, or a talent, do we also put it on the back shelf because of a society that has turned away? Its easy to get discouraged about what is happening in our world but we are to be light in this darkness and maybe our books will shed a little of that light to someone who needs to hear what we have to say. Maybe one chapter or paragraph will turn a life around.

We, I, can’t allow a sin filled society to dictate what we, or I, will or will not do or believe. The Lord has put a call on each of our lives and to hell with what society says! Our reward is in heaven not always here on earth.

Thank you all for your prayers and support through my “pity party.”

Til’ next time…


Hard Pill to Swallow

I’ve referred to, commented on, and called myself a “curious cat” a couple of times in the past. Well, my curiosity has just about done me in this time.

In writing the article about being on the New York Times Best Seller list and Amazon’s Best Seller list I did a little more nosing around.

I shouldn’t have!

I said back when starting this blog I would be honest and transparent. Well, today is one of those really transparent and honest days.

I feel like quitting! I feel like all the hard work, all the thousands of dollars I have spent on getting fiction and non-fiction books out for the public to enjoy is a huge waste of time and money.

I’m discouraged. I know, we all feel that way at one time or another. I started writing in 2006-2007 and had that first book published in 2008. For the years following I have written more and I have been proud of my books.

The stories are God inspired, have good Godly messages in them, and have been enjoyed by those who have read them. Anyway, that’s the reports I have gotten from readers.

So why discouraged? Why do I feel like I should just quit? I happened across one of my books for sale on one of the book selling sites. It’s one of the later novels and to my shock, and disappointment, it’s listed for sale for $2.94. That is not a used book either!

Between the publishing fee, the books I had to buy to sell on my own, plus book marks, etc, my $5,000.00 + investment is now only worth, $2.94.

I want to cry! I ask, “Why bother?” “Why waste the hard earned money for this?” “Why stay up all night writing and editing?” “Why wait in anticipation to see the end product?”

Tears are fighting to spill.

As discouraged as I feel right now at seeing one of my books for sale at a used book price, “Why bother to continue?” is heavy on my mind.

I can give you the answer as to why not quit in one word…


But this is a really hard pill to swallow.

Stick around – Hopefully better news next time


Wanna Be a New York Times Best Seller?

Yep, I got curious again and started wondering how do so many “unknown” authors get on the New York Times Best Seller list.

I know Dr. Phil, John Gresham, Mary Higgins Clark and other well known authors are on the New York Times Best Seller lists. They sell a whole lot of books and rightly deserve to be on that elite list, (or do they?) but what about the rest of us? What about so many that we have never heard of?

I started doing some research and found a very interesting article about all of this. Just being curious and not really planning to write about it I neglected to write down where I found it or the address in order to go back to it.

I apologize for that because now I want to quote some of what was stated and I have hunted and hunted to no avail, so what I’m going to shock you with is from memory. This blew me away and is very hard to forget!

For those of us “unknowns,” how can we get our book on the New York Times Best Seller list or on Amazon’s Best Seller list? I was shocked, but on the other hand I shouldn’t have been.

Answer – We buy our books!

Yep, the rich, and you have to be rich to do this, get a book published and turn around and purchase at least 5,000 of their own books! The article stated that to get on either of these lists, NYT or Amazon, a minimum of 5,000 books must be purchased in the first week after release.

Do you realize how much that costs? If I want my book, The Narrow Road on the NYT best seller I can purchase my own book, 5000 of them, at $23.95 and pay $119,750.00 to suddenly appear as a NYT or Amazon best selling author.

Or how about my latest? I AM – Devotional Style Short Stories? It sells for $16.49. I would only have to pay $82,450.00 for that elite title. “New York Times best seller” proudly displayed in all ads and on the cover. Wow, I’m suddenly famous.

Needless to say that knowledge was a real hope eradicator! I’m neither rich nor have any of my books sold anywhere near five thousand!

Do I give up? Nope! Being God’s kid is more important to me than being a NYT best selling author.

Stay tuned – I will if you will