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An invitation to writers

September 19, 2012

Listen up, writers. We’re all in this together. And I’ve always believed that helping other writers is important. I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for the encouragement of other wordsmiths.

As a supportive community of scribes, we can reach out in many ways – and I’ve listed some below. Then, please, go to the end of this post for my personal invitation to you.

1.)  Offer to read someone’s work in progress. If they’re published, buy their book!

2.)  Review their book on Amazon and Goodreads and join their fan pages.

3.)  If you have an agent or editor, recommend them to another writer – please.

4.)  If you see a writer holding up a cardboard sign that reads “Will write for food” and you have more than enough on your freelance writing plate – offer them that extra work!

5.)  Listen to other writers. Many of us need sounding boards. Does this story line work? Could I run my pitch by you?

6.)  If you’re digitally savvy (unlike myself), help fellow writers with all things social media and self-publishing.

7.)  Most of all, encourage other writers to keep writing. It can be a daunting, isolating and humbling experience on the road to publication. So offer plenty of hope for the journey.

And finally, here’s my invitation – short and sweet – to all writers:

In the comments section below, I’m asking you to write a blurb about your published work – or unpublished work in progress – with a link to your blog or website.

It’s as easy as that.

It’s a way to share your work and who you are with our blog followers and with the world at large. Then repost this blog and make it viral. We want to get the word out about all your hard work as a writer — and by reposting, you’re including all the other writers who have added their comments below. It’s a great way of paying it forward!

So what are you waiting for? RSVP below and tell us what you’ve written or are writing now! And remember to include a link to your site or blog.

P.S. I’ll share my unpublished-in-search-of-an-agent novel somewhere in the comments below, so look for it.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Marielena Zuniga permalink
    September 19, 2012 8:29 AM

    “Loreen on the Lam: A Tennessee Mystery” is my women’s fiction/mystery, now out to agents. It’s a Southern romp with a message about the choices we make in life, forgiveness and family secrets, and abuse against women.

    The story begins with Loreen Thigpen fixing to escape from a Houston prison by stealing the tour bus of country singing star Josh Montgomery. It’s the only way she can get home to her dying mama in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee. Her mama has written that she has news about Loreen’s grandpa Mac who disappeared 25 years ago, as well as a hint of money, and that she needs to see her daughter before she passes on to God’s golden shore.

    Traveling the back roads at night, Loreen picks up some unwanted Flannery O’Connor-type characters, as well as deeper insights about her relationships to men and God.

    I don’t have a site/link for this novel yet, but WHEN it’s picked up (I’m thinking positive), I’ll have a site or page dedicated to promoting the book. 🙂

  2. September 19, 2012 9:37 AM

    “Memoirs of the Queen of Poland” is my almost-finished novel about two women and their struggle to find their way home. Regina, a 19th century Polish peasant, accidentally time travels to the home of Kat, a 21st century feminist with a crumbling marriage. With the help of a medieval queen disguised as a translator, each woman finds what she was looking for and more.

    My website is

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. September 19, 2012 6:15 PM

    Marielena, what a lovely idea! And I want to read both your book and Linda’s!

    My just named cozy mystery, Death al Dente, is first in the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries. Erin Murphy has a passion for pasta, retail, and huckleberry chocolates–and for rebuilding her family’s business, The Merc, into a specialty market selling Montana-grown food and drink. When the Merc’s former manager is killed in the alley the night town’s newest festival–Erin’s brainchild–is set to open, suspicions focus on Erin’s mother Fresca. But while everyone in a small town thinks they know all about everyone else, there are still plenty of secrets. Erin uses her business skills and local-girl connections to uncover the truth about the victim, stop a rival sauce-maker from causing more harm, and capture the killer. And when she finds a new source of huckleberry chocolates, life in Jewel Bay, Montana is as sweet as it can be.

    Death al Dente will debut in August 2013. My characters blog on the 27th of the month at . Meanwhile, visit me and my blog at, or on Facebook at

    Thanks, and happy reading to all!

  4. September 19, 2012 6:53 PM

    Thanks, Linda and Leslie, for sharing your work with our blog followers. Your books sound wonderful and once again, I’m amazed at the diversity and creativity we have as writers — from time travel and a medieval queen to Death al Dente and huckleberry chocolates. Love it!

    OK, other writers out there … don’t be shy! What are you writing?

  5. Marie Ruediger permalink
    September 23, 2012 8:47 PM

    Hello 🙂
    It’s a wonderful blogpost you’ve written, especially since it promotes collaboration and a wonderful esprit de corps, which all writers need within the writing world and the publishing world 🙂

    Meanwhile, I’ve written and published two books of poetry so far:

    My first book of poetry is entitled FROM GUAM TO CROWN CITY CORONADO (THANKS TO HERMANN, MISSOURI): A JOURNEY IN POESY, which is a semi-autobiographical collection of poetry showcasing some lessons learned from particular milestones in my life. It can be accessed at:

    And my second book of poetry is entitled HOT STUFF: CELEBRATING SUMMER’S SIMMER AND SIZZLE, which is a collection of poetry highlighting the wonders of summer. I know it’s now autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere as I write this, but folks in the Southern Hemisphere will soon be having their summer season. Plus, if ever a reader wanted to recapture summer during a chilly autumn day or especially deep in the heart of winter, then it’s my hope that my book of summer poems can bring some sunshine and warmth to them 🙂 It can be accessed at:

    I’m in the process of writing my third book of poetry, which is still in the early stages. 🙂

    Thanks so much for the opportunity, Ms Zuniga 🙂 And thank you for a lovely blogpost, too 🙂

  6. Marielena Zuniga permalink
    September 24, 2012 9:55 AM

    Marie, Thanks so much for your kind words and taking time to share your works of poetry with our blog followers. Wishing you all the success in the world as you go forward with your creative writing! 🙂

  7. September 26, 2012 3:45 PM

    Lovely post, Marielena. What a great idea! I’d love to read all of the books mentioned. Here’s a bit about my latest book, Love and Not Destroy: A baby is found in a basket on the grounds of a small-town museum during their annual Folk Festival. Twenty-two years later, a homeless man is murdered in exactly the same spot. Connection? Or coincidence? Peace Morrow, the foundling, now an adult working at the museum, is haunted by this question and thus begins a quest that explores the nature of family, of loyalty and responsibility. As she tries to reconstruct the victim’s history, his story becomes entangled with her own search for family roots, a journey that leads her through the dusty boxes in the museum’s basement, to the antique markets in the northern part of the state and, ultimately, to the innermost reaches of her own heart.

  8. September 26, 2012 4:58 PM

    I, too, Sandy, would love to read all the books mentioned. And having read “Love and Not Destroy” in its beginning stages and having enjoyed it in its finished form — I can only tell readers to treat themselves to this novel!

    In fact, I hope that our blog followers will go out and support all the authors and books mentioned above. And not only here, but please encourage writers in your communities!

  9. P.Riwtik permalink
    September 29, 2012 11:33 PM

    The insane resolve of one man to take down the Devil; the determination of another to stop him…
    Howard Patrick Thompson — an exemplary FBI agent — loses his mind to temporary amnesia after the rape and murder of his wife, and wanders through life, lost to himself, in quest of a man he hopes doesn’t exist.
    Adam William Jones — a billionaire playboy, a thief, an oil smuggler, a murderer, a lost romantic and a scorned lover, looks back at his life and his quest, as he stands on the edge of perception, at the dawn of the meaningless truth, in empty anticipation of the fulfillment of his life’s purpose — his revenge.
    Daniel Zachariah, in life, was owner and partner at the Zachariah Firm and son in law to one of the wealthiest men on the eastern shore. In death, they say… he is the Devil!
    And a confession written in blood — the devil’s confession — that brings them all together… together into a world that permeates this world and the next…
    Will Howard find the purpose to his existence, or lose himself to the quest — to the broken spirit of the man he seeks, or seeks to become? Could his truth set him free, or just entrap him in an eternal infernal limbo?
    Will Adam satiate his lust for revenge, or would his quest consume his soul? Can he find within his heart to forgive, or will he metamorphose into the enemy he set out to destroy?
    Is Daniel really dead? Could what they say be true… Does the devil really walk among us?
    Who wrote the Devil’s confession? To what end?

  10. Marielena Zuniga permalink
    September 30, 2012 7:56 AM

    What an interesting plot and story! Thanks so much for sharing your novel with us … is there a link you want to share as well? Thanks again for stopping by! 🙂

    • September 30, 2012 8:16 AM

      The prologue has been uploaded for public viewing on facebook. Will be uploading the same on good reads by tonight and my website would go online hopefully by day after tomorrow. I will share the links to the website once its finsished. It is sad that authors have come to live in a time where we have to stand atop the edge and scream out loud just to be heard… Interesting times we live in. I love your initiative Marielena. It’s high time the lot of us got together… After all, its the vision of one man that has moves the world… I am grateful for your kind words.

    • September 30, 2012 8:24 AM

      Thank you for your kind words Marielena… I am presently working on my website where I would post the rest of the details of the book and the prologue to the same as well. I have posted the same on facebook already. I would love to have soem positive notes. ALthough I must say, having read one’s work so many times is tiring… so be gentle. I will keep posting. And I appretiate the initiative you have taken. It is depressing that we live in times where on has to climb atop an altaar and scream one;s lungs out just to be heard… I suppose we have lost the vision of the future in that regard. I suppose it is time the lot of us came together against the forces of evil 😛 . Once again, good initiative.!/media/set/?set=a.122066297917603.2332.121935791263987&type=3

  11. October 10, 2012 2:35 PM

    I have published five books to date. You can find them all at my website: I write Christian Fiction and Cozy Mystery. Here’s a little bit from Scrambled, my cozy mystery:

    What happens to an unhappy woman who leaves her husband only to discover that she may have just made a terrible mistake? So horrible, her choice threatens to end her very life?

    Susan believes that the grass is greener on the other side. Not that her current life is bad, necessarily; it’s just boring and lifeless, kind of like the old matted rug on her dining room floor. Susan thinks her marriage has just grown—well, old. Her husband, Bob, has gained tremendous weight and continues to gain, and his health suffers. She must work at a job she hates full-time to provide the little sustenance they have. He, on the other hand, works very little (because of his health) and prefers spending his days watching television or surfing the Internet. Besides, there’s her problem of not getting pregnant that can’t help but contribute to his unhappiness.

    Can Susan continue to live her life at the hotel knowing that she might be killed herself or imprisoned for life? Will she be able to find the real murderer with the help of the eccentric Ms. Martha Boaz?

  12. October 10, 2012 2:44 PM

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Kathryn, and telling us about your latest novel, “Scrambled.” It sounds wonderful, a book I’d really love to read! I hope others will check out your website and learn more about your other published works. 🙂

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