<![CDATA[The Remarkable Blog - Blog]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:47:40 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[What we are all still learning about Book Writing and somethings I learned the hard way.]]>Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMThttp://rpmdaily.net/blog/what-we-are-all-still-learning-about-book-writing-and-somethings-i-learned-the-hard-wayToday, I will end my week long series on Book Writing with a word of caution and a great article someone much more seasoned than I sent me to read.

First, a word of caution. Order books as you need them, or just let your readers order them online themselves. Here is why:
  1. Books get old and fade or loose their color. Unless it's a collectors edition, or your dead, no one wants to purchase an old book. 
  2. Money sits in your basement or garage. You have saturated your market and now you are stuck with boxes of books.
  3. The cover gets old. If it sells well, or if it doesn't, it may still need updated in a few years.
  4. It cost money to get a book published. If you are a new writer with a small following it will probably cost you more than you will make to get your book published.  The main reason being, you are so excited you wrote a book you give everyone you know a free copy.
Some of the above mistakes I know first handed. Smile, it is a great learning experience and unless you write you will never know how it may have turned out.

7 Book Marketing Trends That Are Changing This YearThe world of book marketing is moving and shaking, and as with all things, change is inevitable. Part of my job is to embrace change and ensure that we are on the front edge of book marketing trends so that we can be the most effective marketing team for our clients. And although changes don’t mean the “old ideas” no longer work, it does mean that there are some exciting new ways to do things. So with that said, I’d like to share these 7 changes you can expect to see this year.
  1. Collaborative marketing: While not a new trend, I think you’re going to start seeing a lot more of this in 2018. In the past, we’ve seen authors do combo book bundles – books bundled together from a variety of authors. In addition to that, I think we will see more collaborative marketing efforts such as bundled freebies, samplers and joint ads. There is power in numbers and this year, more than ever, we’re going to start seeing that this type of networking is no longer an option, but a necessity.

  2. Less social media: People are getting social media weary.  I even know of a few authors who have completely closed several social accounts. More and more authors are going to get away from being everywhere.

  3. Seasonal romances: The Hallmark Channel is known for their marketing focus. If you follow them, or have ever seen a Hallmark Christmas movie (it’s ok to admit that you have), you’ll notice that nearly all of their movies are now tied to a season. And while this trend began in television, it has now extended to books; I’m seeing more and more romances with seasonal angles: New Years, summer holidays like Memorial Day and July 4th, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and of course, Christmas. Then the cycle starts all over again. And while I focused on romances here, it’s not unreasonable for this trend to reach further into genre fiction, too.

  4. Print books will pick up steam again (but not for fiction): Interesting to note that so much of what’s being sold in fiction is not in print, meaning that eBooks are killing it in genre fiction. Dataguy from Digital Book World talks about this in his report: http://digitalbookworldconference.com/index.php/whitepaper. He notes that 70% of adult fiction sales were from eBooks. Seventy percent. And, in fact, several major publishing houses have set up digital-only divisions for this very reason. But for non-fiction I’m seeing a totally different trend. Print is still a strong staple of the non-fiction market. If you’ve released a book in eBook only, maybe now is a good time to put it out in print, too – a new edition can give you some new promotional opportunities.

  5. Mobile: Do it or die (or at least your books may). You need a site that is designed for mobile, even if it’s just adding a Wordpress plug in. Mobile can’t and shouldn’t be ignored, but if you don’t get this handled this year, you’re going to lose a lot (a lot) of potential traffic and new readers. Plus, your book covers MUST look good on mobile browsers. If you have to pinch and pull the screen to be able to even see what your cover looks like or how it reads, you may be in trouble. Most new readers will simply move on.

  6. The Long Haul: We love viral, I mean who doesn’t? That thing that just goes crazy and gets everyone talking, like the Gilmore Girls reunion. It’s on every social media feed everywhere. The only thing is this: with so many books being put out daily, this kind of “magic” is not really something that we’re going to see a lot of anymore. This doesn’t mean that books won’t sell well, but it’s much more about the long haul (which I know sounds like a horrible amount of work) that’s going to get your reader excited. So now that I’ve gone all buzzkill on you, let me explain what I mean by “long haul.” It’s time to prepare for the “after the honeymoon” phase, post 90-day mark when you’d normally expect to see things take off. That’s just not realistic anymore.More and more in my firm, I see authors spending their budget dollars very wisely. They know they shouldn’t just blow it all in the first week of promotion, and they pace themselves and their budget. Be sure to plan for the long-term because short, power bursts just aren’t getting the kind of traction they used to. In fact, I’m seeing this a lot in the way of eBook promotions. Remember when you used to be able to do one eBook price discount and see a flood of sales? Now I’m seeing authors do two and three of these to hit the same numbers. It’s all about saturation and if you stick with it, your book will hit its stride. Bottom line: Prepare for the long term and don’t give up.  
  7. The Netflix effect: Some years ago, I talked about how Netflix was going to start reinvigorating old shows. We see this with a number of 90s hit shows that have made recent comebacks, but what Netflix has also done is create “binge watching,” an often-used term. This has turned serialized content on its head with sites like Wattpad really pulling in the views. As authors, we should be doing something in serialization.  And due to the growth of audio books, I think the next level of this might be serialized audio content. So, consider a chapter a week or a day, dumped into a subscriber feed (sort of like a podcast) to help you build listeners and maybe entice them to buy the full audio book version, or your print book. Be aware that while doing this could be a lot of fun, you’d better have a good reading voice to pull it off.
Although it’s hard to say whether or not all of these things will come to pass this year, you may be surprised to learn that many of them are already happening. It can be hard to see too far ahead, but again, the one thing that’s certain in book marketing (and life) is change. Don’t get caught by surprise when things you know to work well are no longer as effective (although most likely they will still work to a degree). The key to success will be your willingness to change with the times.
Penny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU. 
Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative Social Media/Internet book marketing campaigns. She is the author of twelve books, including How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon and Red Hot Internet Publicity, which has been called the "leading guide to everything Internet."  
To learn more about Penny’s books or her promotional services, you can visit her web site at www.amarketingexpert.com.  
<![CDATA[Sending your book to your publisher..]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMThttp://rpmdaily.net/blog/sending-your-book-to-your-publisherOnce your book is written and you have chosen a publisher now what? Some publishers want you to send them a chapter at a time. Other publishers want you to send them your manuscript all as one document. The publisher you choose will let you know. Then the code on the back is the same way. Some publishers order the bar code for you and they purchase more than one at a time, so you will have some left for your next book. Other publishers have you order your own Barcodes. Again, all publishers are a little different. You get to choose a few categories for what area of a bookstore your book will be placed. The categories you choose also go on the back of the book above the ISBN number. Palmtree Publishers with Wendy K. Walters does all this for you. She and her daughter and husband all work together and make a great team.

You can design your own cover which I did for my first book or you can have an outsider design your cover. You may also ask your publisher to design one for you. Once the front cover is designed be sure if you had someone do this other than yourself give them credit for it, discuss payment, and get it in writing before you go to print what the arrangement will be.
It is much more difficult to include photos in your book. Of course anything can be done, but the more you do, and the more specific you are wanting to be, the more expensive it can become. Some publishers packages include 100 to 500 copies of your book within the publishing prices. Other publishers do not include any books in the publishing price. Again, ask questions and get things that you agree upon in writing.
I've attached both the inside cover where you can see the credit for the cover given to Wendy Walters the publisher that I used. Also below is the ISBN code and the subjects my book would fall under. I hope these are helpful so that you are beginning to understand the process more. Wendy Walters also has a Writers Workshop you can attend. Here is her website link: http://www.wendykwalters.com
I will finish up the subject of writing a book tomorrow. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me here at RPMDaily.net. If I can not help you I will refer you to someone that prayerfully can.

​Looking back to my first writing experience it was scary and overwhelming. Today, I am working on two at a time. So, just write. Just do it by faith. Do what you can do. God will meet you. He met me, and He is no respecter of persons.
<![CDATA[Questions, questions, questions? Just write the book.]]>Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMThttp://rpmdaily.net/blog/questions-questions-questions-just-write-the-bookBefore I wrote my first book I had so many questions. I had no idea how to begin. I was asking questions that didn't need an answer. What are endorsements and who should they come from? Who writes the forward and do I need one?

What I have been trying to share with you is just write. All the answers to your questions will be answered as you write. 

​Do doubt the first book you write will probably be a book you self-publish. There are lots of self-publishers out there. There are also lots of packages to choose from. Some you do a lot of the work and the publisher does very little. Other publishers do most of the work for you. Just ask lots of questions. Then ask them, "What questions should I be asking, that I don't even know to ask?" I found out there were lots of those. Pick a publisher you trust. Pick a publisher that someone you know has used, and they trust. Here is a link to the one I trust: 
Once you know what you want to write about and have it on your laptop, saved as a document, print it. Look at it. Make your corrections and edits, and reprint. See where you maybe want to shift or move things around. What did it say to you? Who else writes on the subject you are writing, or knows you well enough to say something of value about what you have written, or you personally? That's who you ask to endorse you or write your forward. Send them your manuscript to read. Give them plenty of time to read it and a deadline to get back with you. Know your deadline. Have a published by date in mind. Ask yourself why that publish date? Will it be a good Christmas gift or a Wedding gift? Will it be a seasonal book or a new baby gift? Who again are you targeting? That helps you pick a publishing date..
I have noticed as a writer if I get bogged down by all the questions, and the "what I don't knows", I won't write. I can't. The floodgate of creativity slams shut. I just shut down. In a case like this, find someone who cares about you, and about the subject you are addressing. Tell them you need help. Most writers are not good editors. Creative people have trouble organizing their ideas sometimes. So, get help. You would be amazed at what people will do if you just ask. My husband always says, "The only stupid questions are the ones you fail to ask."  That always makes me feel better. So I ask questions. 

I have friends that encourage me. I have other friends that I ask to pray for me. I pray for myself. I pray for those that I write for. I literally ask God to help me write something that will not just bless people, but give them hope. I want to help build the people of God. I wanted to build mothers in my first book. I wanted to build marriages and give couples hope for a lasting marriage in my second book. In one of the books I am writing now, I want to open the eyes of God's people to see the enemies of God that are being unleashed and gaining power in these last days. The books that are not finished yet are still on my computer and in my heart. I talk to people about them. I am still asking questions. 

There are a lot of people that know a whole lot more than I do about writing. The difference is, I am doing it. So just do it! When you need help, ask for it. Do all that you can do and God will bring people into your life to do what you can't. God won't do however, what you can do. So what are you waiting for?
<![CDATA[So your writing a book? What's the title?]]>Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:12:19 GMThttp://rpmdaily.net/blog/so-your-writing-a-book-whats-the-titleThe thirty-five missing years. That Title alone makes me wonder how and why were there thirty-five missing years? What happened in those years? Who missed the years? Was someone sleeping and then woke up? Exactly. We want our title to provoke thought. Like my latest book, "Moments that Matter", why do moments matter? Who do moments matter to, and why? Would they matter to me? I believe that moments do matter. Marriage matters. Relationships matter. So, it was easy to title my latest devotional, because the very point I was trying to make was addressed in the title. 

Often times I write the book first and then the Title comes to me. I will hear someone tell me the story of their life and think, "Wow, that would make a great book and I would title it"________". Someone once shared their life history with me and immediately I wanted to write their book. I had the title and everything. It was so exciting I couldn't wait to read it, and I hadn't even written it...yet!
The next thing you may want to think about is, "Who is your audience?" Who are you trying to communicate with and why? What do you have to share with people? What experience do you have, that set's you apart from all the others. What is burning in your heart to share with others, because you know that reading your book will give them hope or help set them free?
I invite you to travel with me all week while I share with you, what I have learned about writing books. I will even share a little about the books that I am currently writing. Everyone has something of value to share. Timing is everything. I have been right on time, late and early. Right on time is the best. See you tomorrow.
<![CDATA[It's not about faces but the places.]]>Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMThttp://rpmdaily.net/blog/its-not-about-faces-but-the-placesIn His presence is fullness of joy. In His presence I become more than I am. In His presence I receive revelation about subjects I'm not even thinking about. Today I'd like to share with you what He spoke to me about yesterday, during the corporate time of praise and worship.

"It's not about the face but the place." In my spirit I knew the Lord was talking to me about Moses. He went on to tell me that so many are caught up in the face; the face of their pastor, the face of the latest and greatest praise and worship leader, the face of the most prominent politician of the day, the face of their favorite movie star or actor/actress. Then He said, "It's not about the face it's about the place." 
Moses had to climb the mountain to meet with God. It was more about the place Moses had to get to, than the way his face looked when he returned to the people he was called to lead. Then God went on to tell me, few are willing to make the climb. Few are willing to put forth the effort to go where He is. God wants us to pursue Him, not just the transformation of our outward appearance, but that which happens on the inside of us that can't help but to be seen on the outside. 
We have got to get our eyes off the faces and find the places God wants us to go to.Those places where we can climb up out of the generational curses... of empty purses. He wants us to climb out of sickness and disease, and seek His embrace and then His face will be reflected in our face. That place, that embrace, will not just change our face, but call others to make the climb so that they too, will testify of His unfailing grace to change their face.

1 John 3:3 (Youngs Literal Translation) "beloved, now, children of God are we, and it was not yet manifested what we shall be, and we have known that if he may be manifested, like him we shall be, because we shall see him as he is;"
This is what I was talking to you about yesterday. If you want your writings to be fresh then you will have to seek Him, and when you make the climb to meet Him remember what He said. Write it down. Meditate on it. Let God know you appreciate Him sharing fresh revelation with you. Let Him know you will share it with others. Learn from Him it is not all about the faces but the places where you meet with Him, and He changes you.

​Today I pray you make the climb. I plan to make this a little mini book, because it's not about just me, and my face, it's about where He wants us all to go to meet with Him!
<![CDATA[How do you write a book?]]>Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMThttp://rpmdaily.net/blog/how-do-you-write-a-bookPeople are asking me all the time about the subject of writing a book. First you have to have a passion about the subject you have chosen to write about. What do you stay up thinking about? What experiences do you have that others want to know about? How can you help your fellow man? What do you dream about? 

​I have always loved to write and read. I read a lot. Sometimes I notice there is a vacancy about a subject. When I find the vacancy then something inside of me jumps, so then I write.

Write a lot. Write about things that interest you. You may be surprised at what starts to evolve. If you have already researched something put it into a book for others. Don't waste your research. Make your time matter by giving it as a gift to the world.
My mantra has always been, "Be what your looking for." This is the main reason I wrote, "The ABC's of Being A Mother".  Many of us that have birthed children, didn't have a good role model. We did not have a manual called, "How to be a Mom?" Sure there were books that explained pregnancy and what to expect while you are expecting, but what about when they start to become little humans and your own humanity starts to come forward? Then what? What about when you know that you aren't doing everything right, and wish you were? What if you want to quit because you feel like you don't measure up? Read my book, "The ABC's of Being a Mother".

​These were the questions I answered in my first book. It is a book of encouragement for the things you can do or are doing right already and need an, "At a Girl."

My second book was a friends idea to gather some of the articles I wrote for a local magazine. My friend talked about how hard I worked on the articles, and how they could better bless people. "Moments that Matter" was birthed.

​Once you get the idea of what you are passionate about, and that you want to write about, start writing. Don't worry about the way it will all come together. I find my titles come after the book is finished. Then chapters get shifted once you have several chapters written. When the book is finished you decide who to thank, and who to dedicate it to. When looking for endorsements ask yourself who cares? Who knows me? Who can vouch for you? Contact those people and ask them? You may get some, "No's" but you may also get some, "Yes's".

Next look into self publishing. I love Palm Tree Publishers. Here is their website 

Catch me on Monday when I continue to share on the subject of "How to write a book?"
<![CDATA[What would be the appraisal of your life?]]>Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMThttp://rpmdaily.net/blog/what-would-be-the-appraisal-of-your-lifeI love the story of Alfred Nobel, as related by Randy Alcorn in his book, "The Treasure Principle."

Alfred Nobel dropped the newspaper and put his head in his hands. It was 1888. Nobel was a Swedish chemist who made his fortune inventing and producing dynamite. His brother Ludvig had died in France. But now Alfred's grief was compounded by dismay. He'd just read an obituary in a French newspaper — not his brother's obituary, but his! An editor had confused the brothers. The headline read, "The Merchant of Death Is Dead." Alfred Nobel's obituary described a man who had gotten rich by helping people kill one another. 

Shaken by this appraisal of his life, Nobel resolved to use his wealth to change his legacy. When he died eight years later, he left more than $9 million to fund awards for people whose work benefited humanity. The awards became known as the Nobel Prizes. 

Alfred Nobel had a rare opportunity — to look at the assessment of his life at its end and still have the chance to change it. Before his life was over, Nobel made sure he had invested his wealth in something of lasting value. 
The face of the medal of the Norwegian Nobel Committee shows Alfred Nobel in a pose slightly different from that of the other medals. ... translated "For the peace and brotherhood of men".
Each of us chooses, either purposefully or passively, how we invest our time and treasure. The wise man invests his life carefully, using the temporary currencies of this life to gain riches that will last forever.
Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV) “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
<![CDATA[The Power of a Generational Blessing]]>Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:16:54 GMThttp://rpmdaily.net/blog/the-power-of-a-generational-blessingRegardless of where you have come from and regardless of the state of your natural family God has a blessing for you. Issac was blessed because of his father but we are blessed because of Abraham. God's blessing is greater than your physical genealogy.
There is a Master Key that all parents possess, but very few actually use to unlock God’s identity and destiny for their children

The actual Hebrew meaning of the word (Baruch = blessing) that describes this key is “to empower to prosper.” So parents who understand and use this key will naturally empower their children to prosper in many areas of life, while parents who don’t understand, or fail to use this key may inadvertently hinder or actually empower their children to fail.
My earthly father never told me I couldn't do anything. No matter what I wanted to be, or what I wanted to do, he always said, "If you make it we will find the money for you to do it!", and he did. If I wanted to be in the band he found a way to buy the instrument. If I wanted to be a majorette he found the money for the baton and boots. If I wanted to be a cheerleader, he found a lady to make me the uniform and bought the shoes. My earthly father believed in me. Today, I still miss my Dad. He celebrated me and loved me, no matter what I did. I know I am a strong woman with little fear to go for it, because of my Dad. 

​But, this I know, our Heavenly Father is even more concerned with our success. Our Heavenly Father wants us to succeed. The word of God tells us He rejoices in the prosperity of His Saints. God has blessed us. He has empowered us to prosper. He calls us to be the head and not the tail. He tells us that everything we lay our hand to will prosper, and everywhere our foot trods is blessed.

​I encourage you to read the promises and blessings of God over your life. Bless your children. Believe in your children. I am not just talking about biological children but spiritual children as well. It is never to late to bless. Lay hands on someone today and bless them. Speak good words over those you love and over those that God has put in your care.

​Your capacity for darkness is as great as your capacity for light. Therefore, choose light.

<![CDATA[Friends, faith and our future]]>Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:16:45 GMThttp://rpmdaily.net/blog/friends-faith-and-our-futureWhen you have lived as long as I have, you have had friends longer than many people have lived. My husband and I laughed one day at our Board Meeting when we said, "We were married in 1977", and one of our board members said, "That's the year I was born Pastor Rena." I must admit I laughed, but it did get me thinking. Then, I ran into a friend at Heritage Point retirement Village while ministering with a group of ministers, and when I said how long we'd been friends I realized yet again, we had been friends longer than many of the ministers had been alive.
Life is a vapor. It goes by so quickly. I feel the same mentally and in my mind nothings changed. However, when I look in the mirror I can see a lot of things have changed. The biggest change of all however, has been my love for God. I love Him more today, than I have ever loved Him. As a matter of fact I love Him more than anyone or anything in this world. It's true. He never leaves us. He never fails us. He is forgiving. My favorite part is the way He continues to teach me. Everyday I learn something new about Him, or His creation. He will talk as long as we will listen--and obey.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 "Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage one another with these words."
I'm planning on living till I am 120 years old, because that is what the New Testament promises us. So, I plan to keep making and keeping the friends I make. I plan to keep sharing the word of God with those I love, because eternity will last a lot longer than this brief time on earth. My greatest achievement will be that I fell in love with God through the power of Jesus Christ, and that changed everything, including me.
<![CDATA[When you can't get your child out of bed?]]>Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:13:34 GMThttp://rpmdaily.net/blog/when-you-cant-get-your-child-out-of-bedThere are many stories you could write here as my ghost writer. My memory was jogged when I arrived at 7AM to get my eldest grandson up for school, after he spent the night with his aunt. My eldest daughter usually breaks all the rules and of course the nap rule. So, this morning he refused to get out of bed. I literally had to lift him out of bed and transfer him to the floor where he continued to lay.
This got me thinking about when God tries to get us up and get us moving. God knows where he wants us to go. God knows our desired destination, but like an overstimulated child the world has drained us of our energies and made us into sleepy, apathetic zombies.
John 9:4 (KJV) "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work."
So today, I'm the adult. I am one of the examples they are following so, I choose to do the right thing. One day they will choose to do right. Children learn what they live. God knows that too, so He sent Jesus to be our example.