Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Advice for First Time Authors by April L. Minger, Author of Altars of the Heart

Do events from your past continue to play over and over in your mind? Do you feel like your relationship with God is not where it should be? Are you looking for a deeper worship experience?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then I have some good news for you. The answer may seem far away, but it's actually much closer than you think.

Altars of the Heart will take you on a journey to rediscover who you are and give you authentic tools to help you connect back to walking hand-in-hand with God through deeper worship.

The knowledge and insight that you will gain from reading this book will take you to a life of newfound liberation from insecurities, fear, doubt, shame, and un-forgiveness.

You will be encouraged to do an internal "heart" examination, to re-evaluate how you interact with others, make choices and worship the Lord.

The Word of God specifically states in the book of Hosea 4:6, that my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. I issue a challenge to you to open this book, and allow your life to experience freedom from bondage and finally discover your path to deeper worship.

Open this book, and let’s have a heart to heart conversation!

Advice for First Time Authors by April L. Minger

First of all, I would start by telling them to commit to finishing the process, which means you have to determine beforehand that you are not going to give in and quit. Then decide for yourself what success will look like for you; what will make all the hard work worth it for you? Will it be having the printed book delivered to your doorstep and seeing it and holding it in your hands for the first time? Will it be getting great reviews from other authors? Will it be receiving award winning recognition? Whatever success is for you commit to achieving it and let that be your driving force and motivate you when face opposition.

An author should understand the process and structure of writing and I would encourage first time authors to insure they put time into developing their skill set. That could include investing in a writing coach and seeking the advice of others to help you improve your writing skills. Don’t miss out on networking opportunities, reach out and be willing to learn from people who have already walked the path you are about to travel as a first time author.

First time authors should take some time to research and understand the publishing industry. Writing a book is only the beginning steps on the pathway to authorship. You may have written the book by yourself, but I would encourage you to start to build a team to finish your work and bring the book to fruition. You should find a great, not good, but great editor, someone who is respected in the industry and comes highly recommended. A great editor will be more expensive, but it’s an investment in your vision. As a first time author you most likely don’t have a lot of experience with the business of publishing and promoting, so I encourage you to invest in an author coach. An author coach is someone who can help you navigate through the entire process from publishing your first book to marketing and promoting it; the experience that you can gain from working along someone who has already been where your tiring to go is priceless.

Lastly, I encourage you to enjoy the journey. There may be days that you are struggling and feeling the pressure of the business of writing, but don’t lose sight of why you started writing. Keep what inspired you to start the journey at the front of your thoughts and use it to keep you moving forward toward your goals.

April Minger was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. After graduating from high school, April joined the United States Air Force. April works in the Insurance and Health Care fields, and also has a Master’s degree in Business, graduating with honors, and is a member of the Alpha Beta Kappa Chapter of The National Honor Society. She currently resides in Fort Drum, New York, where her husband serves on active duty as a member of the United States Army. April and her husband of eighteen years have two children.

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April Minger said...

Thank you for hosting me today and allowing me to share some advise for the first time author.

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