Author Tamela Hancock Murray

Christmas Blessings to All Our Readers

The Christmas season is a lovely time to bless and remember our blog community, to let you know how much your thoughtful comments have brought insight and pleasure over the years. Thank you for being part of our community.

I pray that this last week of Advent is blessed as we all await in glorious anticipation to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray that the stillness of Christmas Eve brings you peace and a sense of wonder. And I pray you and yours will enjoy a most wonderful Christmas day celebration together and experience increased joy throughout Epiphany and beyond. May you thrive in 2021 as you follow the Lord’s plan for your life. Amen.

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Your Name in Lights

I often receive submissions from authors who say something along the lines of, “I have a devotional book, a romance, a fantasy, a collection of poems, a novella, a marriage book, and a screenplay available for representation.” This sounds great, right? The agent can choose from a variety of projects, …

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You Provide Our Audience!

In speaking with a friend recently, she commented, “I don’t understand why Icabod gets invited to every event. Everyone knows who he is, but no one likes him.” I countered that, in attending every event, Icabod is providing a service. As an attendee, he is helping to make the party …

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Selling Your Opinion

After perusing several nonfiction books recently, I realized that authors are pitching opinions. So, as a nonfiction author, it’s your job to convince editors–and by extension, readers–why anyone should care about your advice over the wisdom of competing authors. Education: Have you completed schooling that contributes to your knowledge? If …

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What about Credit for Ideas?

The “Your Questions Answered” Series __________ If an author asks his or her Facebook followers or blog readers for help in brainstorming, does the author owe anything if he or she uses an idea presented in that way? I have seen some do it as a contest. They’ll ask for …

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How Many Manuscripts Does It Take?

The “Your Questions Answered” Series __________ I was wondering about debut novelists. I think sometimes readers (and writers) are under the misconception that debut novelists are signed with an agent or a publishing house with their first completed manuscript. But the more I read, listen, talk to other writers, I’m learning how …

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What If I Self-Published on My Way to Getting Focused?

The “Your Questions Answered” Series __________ I self-published two ebooks on Amazon and Smashwords. They aren’t/weren’t meant for a wide audience, instead geared towards Christian parents/grandparents who love a heroin addict.  Additionally, my online writing audience is growing.  Should mention of those sites be included?  Different materials from my ebooks.  One …

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