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…but important ūüôā !

First, I hope the holiday season is unfolding in a fashion that’s not too crazy for you. There’s such a frenzy that can overtake us, and some people truly love the chaos. I love the spirit, and I used to love the madness. But now,¬†in the midst of the frenzy, I’m doing my best to hang onto the spirit and not let the rest get under my skin. So far, the jury isn’t in yet on¬†how that’s working out for me. Hope you’re happy, though, no matter what side of the zaniness¬†you prefer to be¬†on.

Meanwhile … Separation of Faith is on Kindle–At Last!

The headline basically says everything. Here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Separation-Faith-Novel-ebook/dp/B004EYT2UM/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&qid=1291750767&sr=1-1.¬†Please let me know if there are¬†any problems since this just came online.

The Truth About Cinnamon–Second Edition

This morning UPS delivered the soft cover printer copy of the newly edited Second Edition of The Truth About Cinnamon. Yay! This effort has taken over a year, and there aren’t words to express how happy and relieved I am that the process is almost complete. Amazon hasn’t yet updated the site with the new information, but I’m told that anyone who orders a copy now will receive the new version.

To be¬†certain, however, if you’re checking, scroll down to Product Details and look for the copyright date. The original was December 2, 2003. You’ll want to see¬†2010. Hopefully, everything will be updated shortly.

Getting the new version of Cinnamon back on Kindle is going to take awhile, though, (based on the experience I’ve just had getting Separation of Faith on Kindle–now available). I’ll keep you posted.

Great Listing of Publishing Options for You!

In the process of working this month with a¬†new editing client, who’s struggling with her choice of a publisher, I came across this unbelievable list printed by Writer’s Digest. If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional publishing, but you have no idea where to go or start, your answer will be in this list somewhere, no matter what kind of book(s) you’re hoping to publish.

The list is incredibly comprehensive and includes all of the important detail you’ll need to at least narrow your search. Let me know what you think: http://www.writersdigest.com/article/directory-of-self-publishing-companies.

Huge Endorsement for Separation of Faith

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been blessed to receive a much hoped for endorsement from a former Miss America I met while doing research for Separation of Faith in Kettle Falls, Washington. Here is the full text of¬†her endorsement:

Cheri Laser has written an unbelievably amazing story in Separation of Faith. First, having grown up in Kettle Falls, I can tell you that this novel not only captures the beauty of the area but the flavor and pulse of the community and people as well‚ÄĒand especially the history. The storyline is unique and interwoven, compelling you to turn page after page. And the plot takes you by surprise, pulling you into an emotional journey that makes you laugh and cry, leaving you wanting more on one hand, and yet, on the other, ending with a sense of¬†completion‚ÄĒwith a¬†feeling of hope.

I highly recommend Separation of Faith for every reader who loves rich, authentic characters that travel through layers of history into contemporary times, while encountering intrigue, suspense, sorrow, and redemption.

Fiction lovers need to discover this novel and this new author‚ÄĒand I‚Äôd really like to see a sequel to Separation of Faith!

–Carolyn Sapp, Miss America 1992

For me and for what I’m trying to accomplish with this novel, this development is huge, and I am so grateful!¬†A new press release containing the endorsement is being prepared for all media (newspaper, TV, radio) as well as bookstores, Chambers of Commerce, libraries, etc., not only in Kettle Falls and the surrounding valley towns but also in Spokane, the largest anchor city on the eastern side of Washington state. (Seattle is on the western side.)

And … in addition to the endorsement, the town of Kettle Falls has been celebrating something called Town & Country Days every year in early June for about a century. The event brings in thousands of people, and I will have a vendor booth there for Separation of Faith in June 2011. Best of all, Carolyn Sapp has said she’ll be there with me for the weekend to help me promote the novel at the festival. Given her unbelievably busy schedule, I am so thankful for her support and encouragement, and¬†to tell the truth, I’m¬†sort of¬†looking upon this whole thing as my “Oprah moment.”

All of you will definitely be kept in the loop for the excitement, pictures, and great vignettes that are sure to develop as we move forward into the New Year and toward that Kettle Falls experience already filling me with anticipation!

Next Week I’ll Be in Atlanta …

And I’ll write to you from there, if not before.

Meanwhile, happy holiday preparations, with as much or little frenzy as you want surrounding you!  

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First of All, Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

This year of 2010 has been filled with more peaks and valleys (on this end, at least)¬†than most recent years can boast.¬†The topmost peak, of course, has been my family and the dear friends in my life, without whom nothing else would matter.¬†Then there was the blossoming of this blog, which¬†introduced me to¬†so many of you.¬†That was an unexpected and joyful offshoot of what began as a mission to share what works and what doesn’t in the process of chasing this dream. And finally we had the release and initial promotion of Separation of Faith, my second novel and the object of this blog’s mission presented in the Blog Launch Posting on November 4, 2009 (https://cherilaser.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/hello-world/). The valleys have all been health related, and we’re still sort of in one, but we’re climbing out. And there’ll be a nonfiction book within the next few months that will put those valleys into perspective.

So, when looking at the first eleven months of this year from¬†that angle, the blessings clearly¬†outweigh the bumps–and I’m hoping that you and your families can celebrate the holiday with the same focus on all that’s good, despite the difficulties that so many of us share.

Second Edition of The Truth About Cinnamon

My fingers were crossed that I’d be able to announce the release of the re-edited Second Edition version of The Truth About Cinnamon (my first novel) by this posting. And we’re only days, if not moments, away from being able to do that. I’m just waiting to hear from the publisher that the title has gone live.

For those of you who’ve been following this blog from the onset, you know that this has been a key part of the plan/journey/dream presented in the November 4, 2009 blog posting. What I did not know at that point was how long this particular element was going to end up taking. The edits of Separation of Faith always took priority, and then things like surgeries, etc., took unanticipated time. But the new version is going to be beautiful–every bit the same story that my Cinnamon readers love (and didn’t want me to change), but tighter and more carefully edited.

As soon as I hear that the title is available on Amazon, I will let you know. For Kindle lovers, the novel will be available there as well, but that process takes close to two months from the time the title goes live. (Separation of Faith should be on Kindle within the next week.)

Thrilling and Much-Hoped-For Endorsement of Separation of Faith

Kettle Falls, Washington is one of the key settings in Separation of Faith, and when I traveled there six years ago to begin my research for the novel, I met a beautiful and very unassuming woman. She very graciously invited me into her family home and gave me access to all sorts of information about the history of that area and arranged for me to meet with the owners of what used to be a convent across the road (an important aspect of the story).

Of course, I was a complete stranger to all of them, with only a copy of Cinnamon in my hands to prove who I was. So the hospitality I was shown was both overwhelming and unforgettable.

Well …¬†that beautiful, unassuming woman in Kettle Falls turned out to be¬†Carolyn Sapp, Miss America 1992. And this point carries more significance that you might realize because, until the Miss America Pageant left Atlantic City and network television (moving to cable) several years ago, I was a verifiable Miss America junkie (starting from the age of five–a very, very long time ago!).

So, imagine my amazement when I discovered the identity of¬†this woman who had so kindly welcomed me into her home! Frankly, I sat there totally starstruck and pretty much mute for what felt like forever, and I still break into a grin whenever I recall the moment. I know this might sound ridiculous to some/many of you. But remember that the Miss America Pageant had been appointment television for me every September throughout more than forty-five years! (And for those who aren’t into pageants, I understand. But you might not realize that the Miss America Pageant is the only such event that is scholarship-based. In fact, that pageant is the largest source of college scholarships for women in the world.)

But anyway … since 2004, I’ve stayed in touch with her through Christmas cards as she moved forward with her exciting, unbelievably busy life. And, when Separation of Faith was released, I nervously sent her a copy, wondering if there might be a chance that she’d like the novel and, if she did,¬†would she perhaps be willing to give me a quote …? Knowing that there was an equal chance that she wouldn’t like the book, I¬†worked hard to keep my expectations in line and realistic.

Well, she has now weighed in, and although the press release containing the full text of her endorsement won’t be out until next week, here are a few snippets¬†of her words:

“First, having grown up in Kettle Falls, I can tell you that Separation of Faith captured not only the beauty of the area but the flavor and pulse of the community and people as well … and especially the history … The storyline is unique and interwoven … pulls you into an emotional journey that makes you laugh and cry, leaving you wanting more on one hand, and yet, on the other, ending with a sense of¬†completion–with a¬†feeling of hope … I think there needs to be a sequel to this book …”

(I’ve been struggling with where to go with novel #3. Could a sequel to Separation of Faith be the answer …?)

You have no idea how exciting this is for me! As soon as the final¬†press release¬†is approved¬†early next week, I’ll be contacting all of the newspapers, book stores, libraries, and radio stations¬†in the Kettle Falls area. And we will hopefully be holding an event in Kettle Falls in the late spring/early summer of 2011. These elements¬†have always been in “the plan,” but I’ve been holding¬†off on my Kettle Falls promotion until¬†hearing whether or not there would be an endorsement.

I will keep you posted on what happens with Separation of Faith once the new press release hits the streets in the northeastern corner of Washington state! But the truth is that even if this is as far as the excitement goes, I now have one more blessing to be thankful for tomorrow!

Once again, I wish the happiest of Thanksgivings for all of you and your families! Talk to you soon. 

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Hi again! Here’s another quick note to let you know that a new Vine Voice review (by Glenda A. Bixler) has just been posted on Amazon about Separation of Faithhttp://www.amazon.com/Separation-Faith-Novel-Cheri-Laser/dp/1450232183/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1289850113&sr=1-1. The review is also on Ms. Bixler’s Web site (Book Reader’s Heaven–http://gabixlerreviews-bookreadersheaven.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-drama-at-its-finest.html). This makes seven reviews–three from review sources (two of those Vine Voice) and four from individuals–all of which are five stars.

A good start indeed, and a great feeling after so many years of work on this novel. Hope your week has been launched in the same way!

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First, I’m Late …

Hi! My apologies for not being around very much over the past few weeks. This blog’s first anniversary was on November 4, and I had planned to publish this post on that day. However, another unexpected medical situation¬†arose in late September and then accelerated through October. Long story short, I was in surgery again on November 3 and¬†wasn’t able to work¬†for the next several days. During that time, things piled up … and, well,¬†here we are. This new medical “thing” is unrelated¬†to the breast cancer, which is going to be fine. But there will be some sort of further “something” required to totally flatten this new one, and I’m supposed to know what that “something” is by the 19th.

Meanwhile, I’m celebrating the first anniversary of this blog in a number of ways. Right off the top, I’ve added a blog roll to the site where I’ve listed the blog/Web site addresses for all of the¬†wonderful acquaintances I’ve made over the last year. Everyone on that list is going after the same dream in one way or another, and re-reading the comments from everyone has been fascinating and heartwarming at the same time. I can’t believe how many lives have intersected with mine over twelve months through this medium, and I’m unbelievably grateful for each one!

Another way that I’m celebrating the blog’s first anniversary is by reflecting on the original mission (established in the November 4, 2009 Blog Launch Posting). There were several goals:

  1. Complete and publish my second novel, Separation of Faith, and that objective was gloriously met in mid September (a little behind the original schedule, but met nonetheless).
  2. Completely re-edit my first novel, The Truth About Cinnamon, and then publish the shiny new Second Edition. We’re about two weeks away from the fulfillment of¬†that objective. All of the edits and reviews are complete, so we’re just waiting for the book to go live everywhere. I’ll let you know the moment that happens.
  3. Share through the blog all of the steps involved to accomplish the first two objectives, including the things that went wrong as well as the things that went smoothly. (And some of those steps where things went wrong turned into full-blown stories themselves, if you have time to check out the posts sequentially.) Throughout the process, the subject of editing and the critical importance of that element emerged as a fourth goal.
  4. Ensure the highest quality possible in terms of both editing and writing, especially for Separation of Faith. After a huge amount of effort and about five additional¬†months that I hadn’t calculated in the plan, that second novel earned the Editor’s Choice designation from my publisher (iUniverse), a level achieved by fewer than 10% of books they publish. The Second Edition of The Truth About Cinnamon wasn’t submitted to as much rigor, but I cut out 20,000 words and tightened things up substantially without changing any of the original story.
  5. Share tips, articles, other bloggers’ posts, and any¬†relevant/interesting information I might come acoss to help fellow writers on the same path.¬†Toward the end of this anniversary post, there will be another list of things to share that I’ve been collecting.

Highlights

As I was reviewing the November 4, 2009 post, several points and passages stood out as being major reasons behind my starting this whole thing in the first place:

  1. I was close to finishing my second novel, but I had no idea which publishing direction I wanted to pursue. Then I attended the first annual Writer’s Digest Conference in September 2009 where the realities of the publishing world today were painted¬†very graphically for us. (All of that is covered in detail in the November 4, 2009 lauch posting.)
  2. In the opening address of the conference, the speaker (Mike Shatzkin) told us that, in today’s publishing environment, our books, no matter how fabulous, are completely irrelevant if we don’t already have a clearly defined platform and a foundational readership/following in place before we ever submit a query letter.¬†In the same address, Shatzkin¬†also let us in on a little secret: The first thing that happens now in the agent’s/editor’s office is that someone (a staffer, most likely) Googles the name of the writer sending the query letter. If nothing shows up that demonstrates some sort of following or platform already in place–one that’s relevant to the author and the book being queried–a rejection letter/postcard is generally sent out¬†immediately, with no further exploration of the writer’s actual writing. WELL¬†… since I was one of those writers who’d been resisting the all-time-consuming entry in the land of social media, the fact that I had a problem was rather obvious–thus the launch of this blog¬†and everything else that’s happened over the last year, all chronicled herein for the perusal of interested parties.

As an aside–and as I mentioned in a¬†posting a couple of weeks ago–the second Writer’s Digest convention is happening in January (21st-23rd). If you’re only going to attend one conference in your life (or if you haven’t been to one in awhile), this is the one. Check out the details at: http://www.writersdigest.com/conferences-events/. If you decide to attend, let me know. I’d love to connect with you while we’re there!

How’s Separation of Faith Doing?

Great, I think (especially since I’ve had two major surgeries in the seven weeks since the¬†novel was released). Amazon rankings go up and down. (I can follow them hourly on my Amazon author site, but that can really drive a person nuts, so I don’t do that anymore.) I won’t know the exact number of books sold for awhile, since all I get at the moment are rankings, and I won’t receive my first royalty statement until the end of this quarter. But the reviews coming in, from both individuals and review sites, are all¬†wonderful. If you haven’t been there yet, I invite you to check those reviews out at http://www.amazon.com/Separation-Faith-Novel-Cheri-Laser/dp/1450232183/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1289665738&sr=1-1.

At first, the hard cover was outselling the paperback, and then that reversed. So far, the best ranking has been 60,963 for the paperback at 2:00 pm on October 31. And to show you how fast the numbers can change, the hard cover had crept up to 1,707,759 on the morning of November 9. But at 3:30 that afternoon when I checked again, the hard cover was at 152,959. I don’t know yet how many books that represented, but the change was stunning (and very exciting).

One of the things I’ve learned in the last seven weeks of promotion is that if I don’t prime¬†the pump every single day¬†through some combination¬†of activities–blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, tag surfing, etc.–absolutely nothing–zip, zero, nada–happens. And since we’re all responsible these days for the promotion of our books, regardless of whether¬†we publish traditionally or otherwise, building that sales¬†record is a huge challenge.

There is supposedly a point–if we’re putting a great story out there that’s meticulously edited, and if we’re promoting that book in some fashion seven days a week–where the momentum will become somewhat self-propelling, at least for awhile. But everything I’ve read and heard from the¬†experts says that a minimum¬†of six to eight months of concerted effort (and probably longer) is required before¬†any sort of buzz can become self-sustaining for any period of time.

So, we march forward! Things like this posting by¬†Glenda Bixler¬†(a reviewer) on Facebook today can be incredibly uplifting when you start thinking that you’re never going to get “there”: http://gabixlerreviews-bookreadersheaven.blogspot.com/2010/11/cheri-lases-latest-is-separation-of.html.

When I look back¬†through all the postings on this blog¬†over the last year, though, I realize that an enormous amount¬†has been accomplished, and I’m very grateful to be where I am (which is a millenium further than I was when I walked into that 2009 Writer’s Digest conference).

Some Information to Share with You

I’ve been accumulating these links¬†for a few months now. Because, in addition to promoting Separation of Faith, bringing out a new edition of The Truth About Cinnamon, and being stuck in a surgical revolving door, I’m also trying to get started on my third novel, I’m drawn more¬†to articles about writing now than I am to those about publishing and promoting, for the moment anyway. And I realized that I’d unknowingly been collecting lists, which I’m putting in numerical order for you, just for fun. Hopefully, one, some, or¬†all of these links will prove useful to you as well:

  1. Five questions to ask yourself before you start revising: http://elanajohnson.blogspot.com/2010/08/questions-to-ask-yourself-before-you.html.
  2. Six personality types who will succeed as writers: http://victoriamixon.com/2010/07/13/6-personality-types-who-will-succeed-as-writers/.
  3. The ten commandments of fiction writing: http://www.writersdigest.com/article/The_10_Commandments_of_Fiction_Writing/.
  4. Janet Fitch’s 10 rules for writers: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2010/07/janet-fitchs-10-rules-for-writers.html.
  5. 11 plot pitfalls and how to rescue your story from them: http://www.writersdigest.com/article/rescue-your-story-from-plot-pitfalls/.
  6. 12 dos and don’ts for making the first page of your novel more compelling: http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2010/08/act-first-explain-later.html.
  7. Secret emotional triggers for your writing: http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2010/07/18/SecretEmotionalTriggersForYourWritingCapitolCityWritersRecap.aspx.
  8. You can learn as much from writing friends as writing experts: http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2010/08/24/YouCanLearnAsMuchFromWritingFriendsAsWritingExperts.aspx.
  9. How to write the ending of your novel: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2010/08/09/how-to-write-the-ending/.

Then, because the editing of our books is so unbelievably important (poor or inadequate editing will eliminate a book from contests and¬†consideration by agents/editors, and¬†will cause readers¬†to put the book down, just to name a few things that will happen), I’m including a couple of links to articles about editing:

  1. The myth of the evil editor: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2010/07/myth-of-evil-editor.html.
  2. A 4th of July lesson in the value of editors: http://writingfordigital.com/2010/07/04/a-fourth-of-july-lesson-in-the-value-of-editors/.

And lastly, for those of us intent on pursuing the traditional publishing path through agents and editors, here are two enlightening links:

  1. What writers wish they’d known before pitching: http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2010/07/29/WhatWritersWishTheydKnownBeforePitching.aspx.
  2. How to ensure 75% of agents will request your material:  http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2010/08/16/HowToEnsure75OfAgentsWillRequestYourMaterial.aspx.

Hopefully, you’ll find these tips as interesting and useful as I did/do/will.

In Closing

As I wrap up this first anniversary blog posting, I want to thank everyone I’ve encountered¬†over the last year for the wealth of information¬†and the generosity of spirit I’ve come to know in the writing community. As significant as this year has been, I have great hope that the next year will be even better for each of us. And I’d like to close with the last passage from my November 4, 2009 blog launch posting:

“I believe very strongly that there’s enough room in this dream for all of us, but we need to get our arms around the realities of the publishing world and then take control of our own destinies. Here’s to the journey!”

Have a great weekend. I’ll look forward to talking with you soon.

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Hello from California!

Yesterday (which also happened to be my birthday) I flew to California for an eclectic week of events. First, my dearest friend in the universe (Elaine, aka E-d-E) lives in the San Francisco area, so I’m staying with her and her family. Haven’t seen her in four years, and so far today, we’ve had a joyous (and basically, totally¬†unproductive) morning of talking and catching up. The hours have been wonderful, and I’m so excited that I’ll be here an entire week, because we seem to have a bottomless reservoir of bottled-up things to tell each other.

Tonight I’ll be attending a reunion of folks from my former corporate/marketing life,¬†which filled up nearly three decades prior to launching my reinvention as a writer and editor. Close to twenty years have passed since I’ve seen these folks, and I’m anxiously awaiting the event, which is due to start in just a few hours.

Then, next Tuesday night, Elaine and her husband Don will host a party for several old friends (all girlfriends except for one fellow–the husband of one of the girlfriends). We’ll be working a book signing for Separation of Faith into that evening. Everyone who’s coming that night also read my first novel (The Truth About Cinnamon–Second Edition version coming by the end of October). But what I’m looking forward to most that night are the hugs and catch-up conversations with so many people who’ve been so dear to me for such a big part of my life!

Speaking (as I was momentarily) about Separation of Faith, I would like to proudly direct you to the latest review posted on Amazon. Three reviews were written¬†prior to¬†yesterday by individuals, and I am incredibly grateful for the time they took to post their comments. This newest review, however,¬†is from one of the official review sources¬†(Readers Favorite) to whom we’ve been forwarding copies of the novel–and I’m sort of¬†over-the-moon about the posting, made even more special by the fact that it was posted on my birthday. ūüôā

Here’s the link to the review, in case you’d like to take a look: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A1SLHI58I09T1K/ref=cm_cr_dp_auth_rev?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview

Meanwhile, I’ll pop in again with another post as the next week in California unfolds. But I have to tell you that this week is proving to be just what the doctor ordered, in the most literal of ways.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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At Last! The Next Iteration of the Writer’s Conference that Changed Everything for Me! (http://www.writersdigestconference.com/)

If this is the first time you’ve stopped by this blog, I invite you to check out the November 4, 2009 blog launch posting (https://cherilaser.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/hello-world/). That original post (and the decision to start a blog in the first place) was a direct byproduct of my attending the first annual Writer’s Digest Conference held in New York City in September of last year (2009).

When I checked into the hotel on the first day of the conference, I had not yet finished my second novel (Separation of Faith, released last month, September 2010), nor did I have a clue about¬†the realities of the publishing business/world today–a reality that changes almost moment-by-moment. Like so many other writers I’ve met over the years, I still believed that continuing to write and send out those “carefully crafted” query letters would eventually get me where I wanted to go on my publishing Journey.

But since¬†I didn’t understand the new realities of the world I was trying to enter¬†with my novels, I also didn’t understand what would be¬†the best way for me to proceed with my second novel, given my personal goals and my stage in life. Well, the blog post on November 4, 2009 outlines the revelations and shifts in my Journey’s direction after I’d¬†spent three days at that conference.

In a nutshell: 1) Everything I’d been thinking/planning changed, and 2) I was shot out of a cannon when I left the conference, with a clearer direction about what I¬†wanted and needed to do than I’d had in decades. I reordered absolutely everything I was doing the day after I returned home.

This blog has followed every single step of those changes and the subsequent unfolding of the Plan, including the things that¬†went smoothly and those that didn’t. In short, though, the¬†second novel is not only finished and released, but there’s already been recognition for editorial excellence, which emerged¬† in the process of that conference as one of the keys–if not the key–to a successful book.¬†Getting to that level of editorial quality took almost a year, but there wasn’t an option, as far as¬†I was concerned. You can read all about that whole¬†editing struggle, if you feel like perusing the posts¬†in this blog since last November.

You’ll also read about how I started blogging in the first place, a process about which I knew absolutely nothing, but something else¬†that wasn’t optional for me after that conference.¬†The same was true for my entire approach to the whole social media thing in general. (Again, the November 4, 2009 post will lay everything out for youhttps://cherilaser.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/hello-world/.)

The New Conference–January 21-23, 2011¬†¬†

Writer’s Digest did not have their second annual conference this year due to scheduling issues, much to my disappointment, but delayed the event until January 2011. I’ve been watching for registration to open for the¬†last month–and needless to say, I’m already confirmed. (Not packed yet, but soon … ūüôā …)

After more than fifteen years of trying to find my way through the publishing morass, and after attending dozens of conferences, I can honestly tell you that this one is different!¬†If you’re a writer going after the same¬†Dream we’re all chasing–and if you’re ready to hear/learn what it really takes to even have a shot (with an open mind to the realities that will quickly open your ears and eyes as wel)–this conference will leave you a changed person/writer at the end. And by this time next year, perhaps your own Journey will be a lot further along as a result.

If I had not attended the Writer’s Digest Conference in September 2009, none of this would be a reality for me right now:

  • This blog–www.cherilaser.wordpress.com
  • All of my social media connections (see the right hand column of the blog).
  • www.Amazon.com¬†(Separation of Faith under Books)
  • Video Book Trailer for¬†Separation of Faith: www.YouTube.com/cherilaser
  • By the end of October, we’ll also be releasing a Second Edition of my first novel, The Truth About Cinnamon (on Amazon.com too), because of what I learned about the¬†importance of quality editing (as important, if not more so, than the quality of the writing) at the WD 2009 conference.¬†¬†

If you want the conference experience of your writing life, check out the January 2011 Writer’s Digest Conference at: http://www.writersdigestconference.com/. If you decide to attend, please let me know! I’d really love to meet you there and have some great conversations in person!

Have a Great Weekend!

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A Great Place to Start Organizing Your Thoughts

This will be a quick note to share a post published by Jane Friedman (Writer’s Digest) this morning. If you’re just beginning to consider publishing options for your work, her piece is extremely helpful in organizing thoughts and direction.

There are several “sidebar” links that take you to sub-categories, and I highly recommend that you read each of those as well, in order to get the full picture of what she’s presenting. The link on self-publishing is of particular interest and really points out the realities quite succinctly.

If you’re trying to figure out which way to go on your Journey, or if you’ve already gone one way and would like to consider going another,¬†spend a few minutes exploring Jane’s post in depth: “I Want to Publish My Book. Now what?” http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2010/10/05/IWantToPublishMyBookNowWhat.aspx

Hope your week is off to a good start!

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