Calling all Dreamers: Your Must-Read Book Has Arrived

Calling all Dreamers: Your Must-Read Book Has Arrived

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Dreamers, unite! I am beyond thrilled to announce that I am one of the 100 to be selected for the @JunkGypsyBook Launch Team!!!

I got to read an advance copy of this amazing book, and I couldn’t. put. it. down.

So good.

This book starts with such a  beautiful story that any female entrepreneur who has set out to blaze her own trail will connect deeply with. You’ll love these ladies even more after you read their story.

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This book is full of heart, soul, grit, adventure, DIYs, glitter, road trips, trailblazers, family, and free-spirited wisdom.

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This is the anthem for those who –  in the words of Robert Frost – choose instead the The Road Less Traveled, to go ahead and blaze their own trail.

The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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If you haven’t already pre-ordered the book – you should.{You will even be entered to win all sorts of Junk Gypsy prizes too!}

>>—> http://www.junkgypsybook.com

And, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the first Book Signing during the Antique Show on Sept. 24th! There will be butter + biscuits, live music, and books! Come meet the Gypsies and get your book signed!

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Question of the Day:

What is it that is calling to you? What sets your soul on fire? What is your purpose? What is your dream?

Leave your answer in the comments below. Tell me one thing you can do today to bring yourself closer to your dream.

 

#JunkGYpsyBook #JGBLT #junkgypsies #dreamBIG #thecrossroadsofwonderandwander #dowhatyoulove #inspirationalquotes #inspiration #girlboss

 

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Shine Your Light ~ an inspirational interview series ~ Author Beth Wiseman

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{Shine Your Light is a blog series of inspirational interviews with encouraging women, living their passions, sharing their hearts, encouraging others, and following their dreams. I hope it inspires you to Shine Your Light. Because you have a light inside of you that is brighter that you know.}

My very first Shine Your Light Interview is my dear friend and mentor Author Beth Wiseman. Her books are filled with hope, forgiveness, encouragement, and beautiful themes of redemption and faith.

So, without further ado, it is my honor to introduce the lovely Beth Wiseman’s interview. It is my hope that it inspires you to write that book you have hidden in your heart.
Hi Beth! Please tell me a little bit about yourself, and the journey that led to where you are today —
becoming an award-winning, published author of inspirational fiction.

I was born to write, and my first story was to my grandparents when I was about five or six-years-old. It was one of those “on a dark stormy night” kind of stories. Then I wrote off and on for years while raising a family.

Many times, my writing got put on hold. But when you have the ‘bug’…it never goes away. I did alittle freelancing years ago, and then landed a job as a newspaper reporter in Schulenburg for five years.

That was great experience and prepared me for the intense deadlines to come. However, writing fiction has always been where my heart is. When my agent sold my first Amish series in 2007, that was the beginning of a new life for me.

I started writing novels and novellas full-time in2008, and I’ve been riding the wave ever since. I’m contracted into 2015, and I’ll be writing contemporary non-Amish stories and weaving in some Amish novellas as well.

Did you have any valley experiences in your life that led you to your calling; your purpose?

Yep. Right before my first series sold, my son was very ill, and we spent a month at Texas Children’s Hospital with him. I remember dropping to my knees and telling God that I give Him everything Ihave – my life, my dreams, and whatever He needed from me, but I begged Him not to take my son.

I still get teary thinking about it because I know that it was at that moment that the Lord said, “Now, you are ready to work for me.” I was a broken woman. Within a few months, my son made a full recovery. Actually, the doctors had no explanation about a tumor he had that just disappeared.

It was a miracle in every sense of the word, and from there my head was filled with stories that glorify God. I will die before I ever write all the tales that are in my head, lol.

How did that experience shift your perspective in the mountaintop experiences of life?

Daily, I remind myself where I came from, where I’m going, and to stay humble throughout it all. Life can shift on a dime,
and living each day to the fullest is a priority. I thank God every day for His many blessings.

Do you have any writing mentors that you work with?

Surprisingly, no. Until I was published, I was a lonely little girl out in the big world of publishing, trying to make it on my own. I know lots of authors now, but I don’t have a critique partner or anyone who helps me with my manuscripts.

I guess I would have to say that my first editor—Natalie Hanemann—has always been my mentor. She took this first-time author and helped me mold my stories into something that was both entertaining and well-drafted. She taught me about three-dimensional characters and how to give depth to a story.

What is your all-time-most inspiring-absolutely favorite quote?

Miracles happen to those who believe.

Which scripture has made you grow deeper in your walk with Christ. {A fruit bearer, if you will.}

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Which was your favorite character to write in all of your novels? Why?

This would be a toss-up between Jonas, a character in my Daughters of the Promise series, or Martha, a character in my
Land of Canaan series. They are both older characters with snappy personalities. I love writing about people who are up in age. They’ve lived life and have much to offer!

What are the top 5 blogs you read for inspiration?

I’m afraid I don’t subscribe to many blogs due to time constraints and my tight deadlines. I do enjoy Steve Laube’s blog. He’s not my literary agent, but he has a very good blog and is knowledgeable about the industry. Occasionally, I stumble upon other blogs that I read, but as a rule, I don’t usually subscribe.

What 5 steps would you would recommend aspiring writers do today to take action towards
reaching their dreams?

I have always believed that anyone can get published…if they don’t give up. Unfortunately, publishers and agents only accept about one in a thousand manuscripts for representation or publication…so the competition is fierce. You have to have thick skin and learn how to take criticism and apply it.

1. DON’T GIVE UP!
2. Learn the craft of writing. It’s like playing an instrument or anything else that you want to master. It requires dedication. It is a large misconception that if the story is good enough, a publisher will mold it into shape. Nope. Both publishers and agents expect you to have at least a basic understanding of the craft.
3. Write every day if you can. It teaches the discipline that you will need later as a published author, and it keeps your head in the game. Not to mention, the craft will improve the more you write.
4. READ. I’ve heard more than one author say, “I don’t have time to read because I’m writing.” Really?? Writers READ. It helps improve the craft, and it’s always good to read books in the genre you are interested in.
5. Attend conferences if you can. Even if you can only afford to attend one per year. It’s a great place to meet editors and agents, and there are always classes to attend.

What books are on your nightstand right now? What are you reading now?

Right now, I am reading Waking Hours by Lis Wiehl. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author, and I’m really enjoying it! Next, I’ll be reading Night Road by Kristin Hannah. Another first time author for me. Both were recommended to me by my editor.

What surprised you most about being a full-time writer?

That it would be the hardest job I’ve ever had. For sure, it’s the most rewarding. But I had no idea about the process that
takes a raw manuscript all the way to publication. It takes an entire team to get the book on the shelf!

How do you develop such dynamic characters? Do you have a process, or is it more
intuitive?

My characters find me. They pop into my head demanding a part in the story. I don’t use an outline, and I usually do a minimum amount of planning.

I like for the story to unfold as I go along. If I’m surprised by a new twist in the story, then my readers will be
too.

Do you write your books on a laptop, or the old-fashioned way–with a pen and notebook?

I write all my books on my laptop. I’ve moved all around my house, changed offices, wrote in my sun room and in my recliner. But I finally have a nice new office that I love.

It does have a small recliner in it! Most of my drafts are done in that chair. When I do edits and revisions, I like to be at my desk where I can spread out.

What is your favorite word?

Smile. Although, I overuse it in every book! I always have to go back and run a search to remove some of the ‘smiles’.

What is your least favorite word?

Definitely. I tend to spell it wrong constantly – Definately.

What is the best book you ever read? Why?

LOL…there is no way for me to answer this question. There are too many to choose from!

What is one way you live a simple life like your Amish characters?

I’ve learned a lot from my Amish friends. The biggest thing for me is that fear and worry are sins. God always has a plan, so there is no point in worrying. And on a lighter note…we are raising pigs, goats, and chickens! Similar to the Amish folks. 🙂

What is next for you on the writing horizon?

I just finished book #6 in the Daughters of the Promise series—Plain Peace. It will release in October.

I’m starting on an Amish novella that will be included in a collection called An Amish Garden. And my latest release, a non-Amish contemporary called The House that Love Built is hitting the shelves right now.

I love writing stories with a small-Texas-town locale. The House that Love Built is based in Smithville, the quaint town where Hope Floats and Tree of Life were filmed…and at least six or eight other movies.

My next project is something entirely different from anything I’ve done in the past. I can’t say too much about it yet, just that it was inspired by a true story…and it involves a rescue from a third-world country. It’s a story close to my heart.

Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books? My website is bethwiseman.com. And I spend a lot of time at ‘Fans of Beth Wiseman’ on Facebook.

Thank you Beth!

Thank you!! 🙂

Beth Wiseman, amish fiction, inspirational author

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land ofCanaan series. All of her books have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List.

She is a recipient of the prestigious Carol Award, two-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner.

Her first book in the Land of Canaan series—Seek Me With All Your Heart—was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth is contracted with Harpercollins Christian Publishing into the year 2015.

As a former newspaper reporter, Beth was honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards, including first place news writing for The Texas Press Association. She has been a humor columnist for The 1960 Sun in Houston and published articles in various publications.

However, writing novels is where her heart is. She left her job as a journalist in 2008 to write novels full-time.

Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas.

Her first non-Amish, contemporary—Need You Now—released in April 2012 and landed on the CBA Bestseller List.

She enjoyed writing the story based in a town near where she lives, and she’s chosen another small Texas town for her next non-Amish contemporary—The House that Love Built—which is based in Smithville, the same quaint town where movies such as Hope Floats and Tree of Life were filmed. This novel will release in April 2013.

In between her contemporaries, she will be writing more Amish novellas.

Beth and her husband are empty-nesters enjoying country life in Texas with two dogs, twocats, five goats, two pigs, fifteen chickens, and a turkey.

When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family. She hangs out at Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook and loves hearing from readers.

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Brooke has only loved one man, her late husband.

Owen’s rebuilding after a painful divorce.

Can a mysterious house bring them together for a second chance at love?

If you would like to purchase The House That Love Built, you can purchase it HERE. Or at AMAZON.

{Be sure to watch for the next interview in the Shine Your Light Series. If you liked this post, please SIGN-UP for the MAILING LIST.}

 

{Creative Entreprenuer Tip: Do one thing a day that scares you}

{Creative Entreprenuer Tip: Do one thing a day that scares you}

{ORIGINAL 30″X40″ WATERCOLOR & ACRYLIC PAINTING “WOMB” BY CLOUD9DESIGNSTUDIO ON ETSY}

“Leap and the net will appear.”

Being in business for yourself is sometimes scary. We have to take risks, and face fear and take those baby steps that move us in the direction of our dreams.

Today, I listed my first largescale painting on etsy. I was inspired to just face my fears, and “take the leap.” Business Mentor Christine Kane said this quote in her webinar the other day, and it really resonated with me. Check out her free training for entreprenuers called The Money Master Class. Great stuff.

When setting out to be our own boss, and blaze a new trail in our careers, we sometimes lose momentum, or focus, or let those pesky fears get to us.

Truth is–EVERYbody has those same fears. The power is in the facing of them head on with the same courage that you had when you set out to be in business for yourself. To have the freedom in your life that you always dreamed of.

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But we are the dreamers.

The trailblazers.

The gyspy souls with the pioneer spirits.

We want to run soulful, heart-centered, creative businesses that help others.

We love what we do.

We want to make a difference.

It makes our hearts sing when we write that novel,

or paint that painting,

or take that photograph,

or play that sonata on the piano,

or touch others with our business advice,

and help our kindreds believe in the possibility of their dreams.

So face that fear today, dear one.

Take a step toward living the life that you love.

The life that is calling you.

What one little step could you take today to move toward a creative business that makes you come alive?

What lights you up?

What are you passionate about?

What can you do for hours and lose track of time because it is like music to your soul?

Do something today. Just do one thing today that scares you a little bit.

Because I know that when we move towards the life we’ve imagined, it feels scary.

Because we know it’s right. And it’s what we are meant to be doing.

Fear is a great sign that you are on the right path.

Keep going.

Dream big.

Take a small step towards your dreams.

Do what you love.

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*Write (in the comments below) the 1 thing you will do today that scares you below.

I want to cheer you on!

calling all creative women entreprenuers: are you ready to fly?

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{journal by the talented Christine Mason Miller}

You already have your wings. You just need to fly.

I love that.

It’s absolutely true.

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I am loving reading the amazing ebook from sweet-as-honey artist Kelly Rae Roberts. It’s called Flying Lessons, The Whole Shabang.

I have been wanting to get it for years, and I finally took the plunge to invest in myself and my creative business. And, as soon as I did, doors started flying open for me.

When you set an intention to learn more, and grow, and make a difference through your life, your art, and your business — the world responds with opportunities.

“When you follow your bliss… doors will open …”

Joseph Campbell

First off, let me just swoon over how beautiful this colorful ebook is. It was designed by fellow artist Jessica Swift who creates these rainboots with inspirational hidden messages.

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Aren’t they so fun? I love the aqua and orange color combo.

Ok, I digress…

Inside the book there are fabulous details about Kelly Rae’s experience with:

  • pricing your handmade art
  • how to set up an etsy shop
  • how to face our fears of not feeling good enough, with a great interview with artist Jen Lemen
  • defining your blog’s purpose and clarifying it’s focus with Liv Lane
  • how to get traffic to your blog
  • general blogging advice and blogging basics with an inspirational  interview with Holly Becker of decor8
  • how to create a great website
  • choosing a name for your website or blog
  • social networking – twitter and facebook
  • creating community for business growth
  • telling your story
  • how to organize a retreat or workshop
  • mentors and why you need them
  • interview with artist Claudine Hellmuth
  • marketing tips and tricks
  • how to make prints of your artwork (and which type of printer to use)
  • packaging and shipping your goods
  • selling your art at festivals, art shows, and craft fairs
  • selling your goods at boutiques
  • how does wholesale work and pricing wholesale items
  • getting press and getting published online, in print, and in magazines (super easy, doable tips!)
  • licensing your art interview with Ingrid Liss, Creative Director for Demdaco
  • licensing your art interviews with Jessica Swift & the lovely Mati Rose
  • copyright and the laws around art copyrights
  • diversifying your creative business income (leveraging your income, passive income ideas)
  •  taxes, bookkeeping, finances and an interview with a  CPA
  • time management strategies (don’t we all need those!?)
  • how to actualize goals and make them happen
  • embracing the creative business journey

Plus, lots of resources, links, videos, and other goodies! I am so glad I got this ebook. It really shed some light on the things I had questions about.

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{photo via kellyraeroberts.com}

This ebook is a must-have for anyone serious about pursuing their passions and living their dreams of not just having a creative business, but THRIVING and being SUCCESSFUL with it! 🙂 You were meant to fly and soar!

I hope it blesses you as much as it has blessed me! Grab your copy here!

And please, come back to the comments and declare that you just took a step in the direction of your dreams!

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*And yes, I am a proud Kelly Rae affiliate!

 

{do what you love — kelly rae roberts : flying lessons}

“What You’re Doing Matters” – 8×10 print – Kelly Rae Roberts

Kelly Rae Roberts is a huge mentor to me. She has inspired me so much and I feel she is a kindred soul sister.

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If you have ever wanted to start an art or creative business , Kelly Rae has all the answers to your creative-entrepreneur questions.

Here’s what Kelly Rae has to say on her blog about the questions she gets asked everyday by artists like you, and me, who want to make a living making art.

Everyday, I receive emails from creative souls asking for my advice. They want to know how, in a span of just a couple of years, I built an online presence and successful online shop, wrote a best selling book, got published in several magazines, and launched successful gift collections (via licensing deals) that are sold in stores nationwide.

They ask advice on how to sell original paintings, how to have an effective online presence, how to create and package prints/jewelry/originals, how to create a website and community. They ask about licensing, money, publishing, press, and social networking. They ask me how on earth I manage my time, how I face my fears, how I stay organized.

I know exactly where they’re coming from. It wasn’t that long ago that I was sending similar emails out to artists I admired, people who seemed to have booming creative businesses. Some would answer me, but most didn’t. Now that I’m crazy busy over here and on the other end of that email exchange, I get it. I’m sure some didn’t respond because they were simply too busy to give advice to a complete stranger and I’m sure some didn’t respond because they wanted to protect their hard earned information.

For me, it hasn’t been a matter of not wanting to share what I know, it’s been a matter of time and the value of that time. In the end, I deeply believe in finding a way to share our stories, our resources, and how we’ve made it to where we are now.

After months of writing and thinking about how I could best share everything I know (and finally answer, in detail, the questions that come my way) I came up with something that I think is pretty darned special: a series of four e-books called Flying Lessons: Tips + Tricks To Help Your Creative Business Soar.

Flying Lessons: The Whole Shabang

In this e-book, you get it all! It’s parts 1, 2, + 3 combined into one big e-book. It includes everything you ever wanted to know about creating an online presences (blogs, websites, social networking), marketing, licensing, getting press/published, selling online + offline, time management, actualizing goals, copyright, building community, facing fears, burnout, personal stories of what’s worked for me (and what hasn’t worked), interviews with successful artists, and SO MUCH MORE!

Now Is The Time To Follow Your Heart’s Deepest Desire

You should get The Whole Shabang, which is the complete set of her ebooks!