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SANCTUARY, the latest book by Molly Noble Bull, bestselling author of The Rogue’s Daughter and The Winter Pearl, was awarded the 2008 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Inspirational category at an awards dinner on April 12th in Florida. The contest was sponsored by the Southern Magic chapter of Romance Writers of America in Burmingham, Alabama.
Along with the winners in the other categories, the cover of SANCTUARY will appear in a full page ad in the August issue of the RWR, the national magazine of Romance Writers of America.
SANCTUARY was published in September 2007 in trade paperback by Tsaba House. Sanctuary is a fast-paced Christian novel and the first in the Faith of Our Fathers series about the Huguenots. With danger and persecution lurking at every turn, the characters in Sanctuary leave France and finally settle in Scotland. In Book Two, the family leaves Scotland and travels to the state of South Carolina amidst more troubles and hardships every step of the way. Readers who liked The Winter Pearl, Molly’s Steeple Hill trade paperback, will also enjoy Sanctuary–and learn a little history besides.
Click here to read an excerpt from SANCTUARY
Congratulations, Molly. You deserve this award.
Sanctuary by Molly Noble Bull is one of six finalists in the Gayle Wilson Awards of Excellence contest for published authors in the Inspiration category. Winners will be announced in April 2008. Tsaba House published Sanctuary, a long historical, in trade paperback in September 2007, and it is about the Huguenots and forgiving the unforgivable.
“Scenes, Sequels and Scenes Without Dialogue,” an article by Molly Noble Bull, has just been posted at Writers Rest www.writersrest.blogspot.com. This article and others in the series were designed for new fiction writers or for those who want a refresher course, and they will be posted to the Writers Rest blog site every Wednesday.
For those who missed the earlier lessons, the earlier lessons in this series can be found at Writers Walk, Molly’s new blog. Here is the address.
Teresa Slack interviewed Molly at her blog, and they discussed many of the topics mentioned in the lessons. Here is Teresa’s blog address.
Dash over to Michelle Gregory’s blog, Life in the Midst of Writing, to read my interview about marketing and book promotion. Before a writer is published, they believer finding a publisher is the hardest part of this business. Unfortunately it’s only the beginning. After the contract is signed, the real work begins. Hopefully you’ll find a tip or two that will help get you started.
All the best,
October marks my holiday season kick-off for craft fairs and speaking events. I have done this with much success every Fall since my first book, Streams of Mercy was published in 2004. I don’t know why more authors don’t take advantage of this venue. I always set up at craft fairs with my sister who quilts and makes aprons. The first time I did a craft fair, she told a friend of ours she didn’t think I would sell a book. She was afraid I’d have a rotten time. I wasn’t sure myself.
I was busy all day. Most people have never met a published author. Nor have most events hosted one. So my books and I am a novelty. Now I have readers come back year after year to buy the next book. I’ve said it so many times, I’m going to have it put on my headstone. “An autographed book makes a great gift.”
dsc01661.JPGConsider it, dear author. Try a small one-day local event. People will love meeting you. You will get to spend all day talking about your books. And someone may even ask to have their picture taken with you. See pic taken at the Buffalo Trace Balloon Race in Maysville, KY this summer.
Here’s my schedule.
Booksignings and Events:
October 8th–Seaman Public Library 6:00 p.m.
October 13-14–Lewis Mtn. Herb Fest: Manchester, OH Booksigning 1:00 but I will be there all weekend signing and selling books. This is a wonderful event. Lots of work, but totally worth it. So many readers from all over Ohio and Kentucky.
October 15th–Manchester Public Library 6:00 p.m.
October 25th–West Union Public Library 6:00 p.m.
October 27th–RWA chapter meeting Ashland, KY Boyd Co. library
October 29th–Peebles Public Library 6:00 p.m.
November 3rd–Rambler Center Craft Fair and Bazaar, Russellville, OH All Day
November 10th–Goshen Friends of the Library Annual Craft Fair. Milford, OH
November 17th–Jingle Bell Craft Fair and Parade. Waverly, OH This was my first show; has always a wonderful event for me. I feel like I know everyone in town. Thanks to the lovely people of Waverly, OH
November 24th–Amelia High School Athletic Boosters Annual Craft Fair. Amelia, OH Like most of the other craft fairs listed, this is my first year for trying this one. I look forward to it. Can’t wait to meet new readers.
December 8th–3rd Annual Maysville Festival of Books and Authors Night
Check with your local Chamber of Commerce and find a craft fair or Bazaar near you. If nothing else, you’ll have the opportunity to meet people who don’t visit their local library or bookstore and may never had heard of you. But believe me, they will be thrilled to learn a “famous” author lives in their midst.
Oh, and did I mention the possibility of press coverage?
Step out of your comfort zone and sell some books.
Congratulations to fellow Tsaba House author, Molly Noble Bull whose new book SANCTUARY will be released on September 15th. In honor of the big day a SHOUTLIFE treasure hunt will commence on September 15, 2007 at Roseanna M. White’s blog site .
If you are not yet a member of SHOUTLIFE, I gotta ask what’s holding you up? It’s a wonderful, encouraging online community. Imagine MySpace without all the garbage. Go to http://www.shoutlife.com and set up a profile. It’s so easy, even I did it. Then join in the treasure hunt.
The first twelve winners will receive autographed copies of Sanctuary, a long historical novel about the Huguenots by Molly Noble Bull. Sanctuary will be published in trade paperback on September 15, 2007.
It’s easy to win. Here are the rules.
Visit all twelve blog sites listed below, beginning with Roseanna M. White’s site. At each site, you will find a question and an answer. Read both carefully. You will also see a star by the sentence in each answer where the main clue can be found. Copy or cut and paste the sentence with the main clue in it to your answer sheet. When you have collected all the answers found at the 12 blog sites, send your answers to the Christian Review of Books’ ShoutMail.
The Treasure Hunt begins on September 15, 2007 – the day Sanctuary will be published. From Rosanna White’s blog, you will be told where to go for the next clue. However all twelve blog sites will post all the blog addresses; so don’t worry about getting lost.
1. Roseanna M. White
2. Trish Perry
3. Betsy Ann St. Amant
4. Katy King
5. MaryLu Tyndall
6. Jill Elizabeth Nelson
7. Miralee Ferrell
8. Michelle Sutton
9. Elizabeth Goddard
10. Tricia Goyer
11. Teresa Slack
12. Molly Noble Bull
I read an article the other day that said a small business–of which writing is one–should complete 3-5 tasks a day to bring visibility to the business. Some of the tasks can be big things like writing a newsletter that might take the whole day. Other tasks, like updating an address book, can be completed along with more than the suggested five tasks a day.
One of the tasks suggested was something I’ve been considering for a while. A business needs a simple tagline to identify the product the business sells. Several years ago Karen Kingsbury trademarked her tagline of LIFE CHANGING FICTION. Simple yet brilliant. That got me thinking.
Before creating a tagline, I need to decide what I write. Karen writes fiction that has the power to change lives. Okay, what does my writing do that sets it apart from every other writer who claims to do the same?
If I were a butterfly perched on a shopper’s shoulder when she entered a bookstore and picked up one of my books, what would I whisper in said shopper’s ear? “Buy this book. It’s awesome,” sounds a little too obvious. Not to mention pushy and vague. I need to give it a little more thought.
What do I want a reader to know about me????????? Not just about the book; she can read the back to find that out. What do I want her, or him, to know about me?
“First off, dear reader, I’m not Karen Kingsbury. You might not have ever heard of me. But people are saying great things. The books are getting glowing reviews and I receive flattering email all the time. If you’ll take the chance on the book in your hands, it’s my belief and earnest hope, you’ll come back for more.”
You’re right, you’re right. Not a very catchy tagline. Let’s try again.
What I really want you to know is that I strive to incorporate a little mystery, a little romance, and a little humor into each of my books. My desire is to touch your heart through fiction by putting you into a situation you can relate to.
There. That’s better. Now you know a little more about the books Teresa Slack writes. But still not catchy as taglines go. Certainly not simple or easy to remember.
I have a few ideas. I’ve been jotting notes and studying other writers’ taglines all weekend. I have a pretty good one in mind that I’ll run past my publisher before the grand unveiling. It isn’t as short as Ms. Kingsbury, but it says who I am. That’s the whole point, isn’t it? I can’t sit on the shoulders of every shopper who enters every bookstore or library in the country. But I can try to let those shoppers know ahead of time who I am and what I believe my mission is for writing what I write.
Happy reading. Oh, and if you happen to find yourself in a bookstore or library in the near future and you pick up one of my books…Oh that’s right, you already know what I’m going to say.
Sanctuary, my long Christian historical novel about the Huguenots, will be published in trade paperback by Tsaba House on September 15, 2007. Here is what it’s about.
In 1740, Rachel Levin’s loved ones are murdered, and she flees her French village with a Huguenot, Pierre Dupre. They take refuge in a church until the military captain who killed her family arrives. The captain wants Rachel as his mistress or he wants her dead. Rachel and Pierre agree to a marriage of convenience and manage to escape. Will they reach Scotland as planned? Or will their lives end on an English countryside?
To read an excerpt of Sanctuary, click http://mollynoblebull.wordpress.com. Or go to www.mollynoblebull.com, scroll down and click Molly’s Books. From Molly’s Books, you can click to read an excerpt from Sanctuary and The Winter Pearl.
Molly Noble Bull
I asked my friend and co-collaborator of a romance anthology, Molly Noble Bull, if she would like to critique my short romance. She said she would be delighted, but warned me that she takes her editing role very seriously and can come across rather tough if the situation warrants. I assured her I didn’t expect anything less.
As a writer, I am my own worst critic. While I am working on a book, I hate it and am sure my editor and publisher will too. Only after I finish the book and the last of the last rewrites, can I step back and say, “Wow! I don’t even remember writing this. It’s actually pretty good.”
Sadly, this carries over into my personal reading. Even when reading for entertainment, I have a hard time removing my editor’s cap. I find myself thinking, “I wouldn’t have used that phrase.” “That character would never react that way.” “Why does the writer have to tell me what the heroine is wearing in every scene? I don’t care.” “I saw that plot twist coming a mile away.” And on and on and on.
I have a friend who tells me I took all the romance out of writing for her. Before she met me, she used to dream of writing a novel. She pictured herself sequestered in a mountain retreat, plucking away at an old manual typewriter while birds twittered in the trees above a babbling brook. She thought writing was the most magical, romantic career in the world. HA!!!!!! Boy, has she changed her tune. After listening to me vent and whine for the last ten years, she realizes life is no Murder She Wrote and most of us aren’t Jessica Fletcher.
She doesn’t even read the way she used to. Because of me, she is always picking apart the books she reads, ever the critic. I took one of her favorite pasttimes and sapped all the joy out of it.
Oh, to be a writer. Or the friend of a writer. It’s not nearly as alluring as it appears on TV.