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I hope that you are all keeping warm and that the holidays are seeing you in good health. These are my Christmas gifts to you! Please accept them with my love!

 

 

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I am Giving Away FREE E-BOOKS

 

This month I am playing Santa with all of my books. That’s right, this is not a typo, I will be giving away FREE Kindle copies of my books to anyone looking for a good read.. The catch will be that I will only have the books available for download on December 23, 2r, 25, 25, and 27 so get them now before the price goes back up! Accept one, take them all! And Re-gift to anyone you want!

 

These FREE E-books  include

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When God Turned His Head (The Locket Saga Begins)

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Soldiers Don’t Cry, The Locket Saga Continues

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My most recent novel has its own product page!

Book III of the Locket Saga: A Coward’s Solace

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Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag

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Help From Kelp

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Enjoy! and God Bless!

 

 

IMG_8330 final copyAs Author Cygnet Brown, Donna Brown  has  published  several nonfiction books including Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener, Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, and Help from Kelp.

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga,  Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag is also on sale now!

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and buy her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

 

 

 

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During our first week of this series, we learned that bad things happened to Adam because of his own sin. His own sin separated him from God. If you haven’t yet read this, read When God Seems to Turn His Head, Adam’s Story https://1authorcygnetbrown.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/when-god-seems-to-turn-away-adams-story/ The next week, we learned from Noah’s experience that sometimes God’s wrath is what causes bad things to happen to us.  However, his wrath never comes before he patiently allows us to repent. Check out when God Seems to Turn his Head-Noah. https://1authorcygnetbrown.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/when-god-seems-to-turn-his-head-noah/ Last week from Abraham, we learned that bad things sometimes happen to us because we don’t wait on God’s timing. We try to help God by doing things ourselves and having Ishmaels around to remind us of our impatience. If yyou haven’t read it yet read last week’s post here.. What Happens When We Try to Help God with his Plans https://1authorcygnetbrown.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/when-god-seems-to-turn-his-head-noah/

In other cases, bad things happen to us because of what people do. Joseph had a promise from God. He was his father’s favorite son from his favorite wife. Joseph was a dreamer who had several visions that his family would bow to him. He made certain that everyone knew about his dream. This made everyone angry with him including his father. His brothers became so jealous of him that they sold him into slavery. Joseph was a good honest man. His master, Potiphar put him in a place of authority in his home. Potiphar’s wife wanted to sleep with Joseph, but Joseph respected his master too much and refused. Potiphar’s wife was so angry with his refusal that she lied to her husband and accused Joseph of making a pass at her.

Potiphar sent Joseph to prison. The king’s butler and baker went to prison and they had dreams. Joseph correctly interpreted their dreams. One was punished with death while the other returned to his position in the king’s house. He forgot about Joseph’s interpretation of his dream until the king started having dreams and he told the king about how Joseph could interpret dreams. When Joseph interpreted the king’s dream, the king made Joseph his number two man. There were seven years of prosperity just as Joseph had said. Then during the seven predicted years of drought and famine, Joseph’s family came back into the picture because they needed the king’s grain to survive. When Joseph’s brothers discovered that Joseph was still alive, they were frightened. Rather than being vindictive, Joseph told them that what they had meant for evil, God made for good. He told his brothers, “What you have meant for evil, God has destined for the good.

 

In Romans 8:28 it says, “All things work to the good of those who love the Lord who are called according to his purpose.”

Joseph realized that God had a purpose for his life. He knew that no matter what happened to him God would live up to his promises because Joseph knew God had a plan for his life and all that he was going through had something to do with that plan. Learn God’s purpose for your life by asking God to reveal that purpose to you and do it. Remember, that as long as you are still breathing, your purpose is not yet fulfilled on this earth. Have faith in the fact that God always has reasons for delaying his promises. Trust him. He has everything under control.

(Scripture reference: Genesis 37, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45)

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As Author Cygnet Brown, Donna Brown  has  published  several nonfiction books including Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener, Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, and Help from Kelp.

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga,  Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag is also on sale now!

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and buy her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com

 


Poor Results from Email Campaign

IAs I said in previous posts, I have made reaching out the book buyers my focus. By this weekend I intend to have the first introductory email out to booksellers and will begin locating and connecting with reviewers. In addition, I will begin sending a second email to the booksellers concerning the Locket Saga, particularly now that the fourth book in the series is now available for sale and wholesale pricing for the book. Just because my marketing focus will move on, does not mean that I should stop working to get more booksellers to buy and sell my books. The process is really quite boring right now, because I have received no feedback as of yet. I guess the lack of feedback indicates that is that the emails are not working.

Getting Ready to Launch Sailing Under the Black Flag

I have been selling quite a few Sailing under the Black Flag to friends and family despite the online price increase. I am making plans to do an online launch. More on this in a later post.

I have been thinking about attending more events over the course of the next several months. Now that I am east of the Mississippi, I am closer to more people. I am even looking for another source of positive cash flow (read that to mean I am looking for a job).

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As Author Cygnet Brown, Donna Brown  has  published  several nonfiction books including Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener, Using Diatomaceous Earth around the House and Yard, and Help from Kelp.

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga,  Book IV of the Locket Saga: Sailing Under the Black Flag is also on sale now!

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and buy her books, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

 

 


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Stephen King, Author

Who Do You Say that You Are?

Look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see yourself an aspiring writer? A Wanna Be? I say, it’s time to stop. You are either a writer or you’re not. You might be a beginning writer,, a writer in training rather than someone who is aspiring to be a writer. a number of other published authors agree. I have read this idea from Kristen Lamb and Jeff Goins. Stop calling yourself an aspiring writer. If you write, you’re a writer. If you don’t, you’re either a non-writer or a procrastinating writer, but aspiring or wannabe? No, lets drop that idea.

But I am just starting out, you say. I can’t call myself a real writer. Real Writers. . .( you fill in the blank.) These are goals that you want to accomplish because you want to become a real writer. Whatever you answer to what a real writer is, those are goals that you have toward becoming a real writer. Rather than calling yourself a “wannabe” or an aspiring writer,  call yourself a Writer Apprentice instead. You are a writer apprentice studying under the greats. What great writing styles have you studied? Have you read Stephen King’s On Writing, A Memoir of Craft? Now read it again, take notes, learn and apply his style to yours. Do this and you will have studied under Stephen King. The other day I re-read Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography. I studied under Benjamin Franklin. What other authors have you studied under? What authors have you studied the work of greats in your genre? Gresham? Lawrence? Don’t know who they are? Go to amazon and search under your chosen genre. Whose names are at the front page? Apprentice under those writers, learn what makes their writing great or at least popular. How good is your grammar and spelling? Do you need to study those? Include those in your apprenticeship program. Do you write every day. Do you write at least in a journal? Do you do writing prompts? Do you have works in progress? Do you at least have ideas for works in progress. Finally, do what you consider a real writer does. Fulfill what you believe a real writer does and consider yourself graduated from apprentice to real writer.

Your Brand Mirrors Your Goals

I am a real writer and I brand myself as such. Real writers write. Real writers convince others that they are real writers. Not the other way around. I am a real writer because i do what I believe real writers do. I brand myself as a real writer. I dress as I perceive a real writer and author. dresses. I have the confidence of a real writer, and most important, I have the goals that I believe a real writer and author has. I have done my apprenticeship time, I am doing what I believe a real writer like King, Gresham and Lawrence, therefore, I am a real writer and I write fantastic books. So far I have written six books, three fiction, three nonfiction. I am working on two more and brewing several more.

This is the end of the first whole week in April and the end of the first week in the second quarter of the year. I figured that now was a good time to look at my goals anyway, so it makes sense at this point to determine if who I present myself to be lines up with those goals.I found that yes, i have been very productive as a writer, but my marketing has not been what I would like it to be, yet. My problem isn’t hat I don’t think that I am a fantastic writer. No, my problem is that I have not convinced others that I am a fantastic writer.

Become Your Own Character

When writing my novels, I can’t really say that I create them as much as I discover who they are. In a sense, it is the same with branding myself as an author. I am discovering who I am and in the process creating my persona as an author.

Marketing my brand as a real author of great books begins not with the reader, but with me the writer. As stated several times, I know that I am a real writer because I do what real writers do. I writer great books. I am convinced that I am a real writer and marketing involves convincing others that I am an author of great books. How do I do that? To begin, I look like what others expect the persona of  a good author to look like. I need to have the confidence of a genuine author of great books. Developing this personas must be in line with my future goals. It’s not the fake it till you make it. Its more like convincing others about what I already know about myself. Developing my brand as an author involves looking at how I want to perceive myself and emulate who I am.

Last night I went to a meeting and at the meeting I was introduced as the President of the Oregon County Writer’s Group as well as the author of six books. I was proudly able to add that my seven book was to be published soon. That was a place where someone else recognized who I was and my accomplishments. I didn’t have to beg others to “read my book”. I was recognized for my accomplishments. I am developing my persona on a local level. I am developing my persona on the internet as well.

Branding is Focus

There are so many different avenues that I could take in my writing, but I have decided to focus on two areas. One is natural, sustainable living and the other is my fiction series: The Locket Saga. I have written numerous online articles about gardening, written two booklets about natural substances that enhance sustainable living (on the cheap, I might add). My fiction series is historical Christian romance, heavy on the history with clean romance and light Christian content. Since I am also a pastor, this plays into my focus as well. What I write under my pseudonym and under my real name are all part of who I perceive myself as an author and the message that I want to share. Anything outside of that and I would have to develop a totally different brand. Something that at this time, I am not ready to do. I prefer to be true to my beliefs.

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Cygnet Brown, Author

Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback 

Get a free e-book copy of Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard, when you sign up for my free newsletter

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


Just as Pinocchio wanted to be a real boy rather than a wooden puppet, your characters also want to be real.

Just as Pinocchio wanted to be a real boy rather than a wooden puppet, your characters also want to be real too!

Creating Novel Characters With Depth

I am currently finishing the final draft of one novel and finishing the second draft of yet another novel. All this editing has given my muse so much of a break lately that my muse is looking for an outlet so I am thinking about what I want to write about for my next novel that I will write the first draft of in November. Because it is part of a series, I pretty much know where the plot is going, however, where I can focus some creative work right now is with the characters of this upcoming novel. Fortunately I have covered this ground numerous times before so I am going to share how I develop characters who, like Pinocchio go from wooden puppets to becoming real people.

In my article Creating Novel Characters with Depth, I discuss how I start my character process. First I create pages for each of my characters. I then look for pictures to describe my characters and develop the character even further. For more details, check out this article on hubpages:

http://hubpages.com/literature/Creating-Novel-Characters-with-Depth

Developing Characters from Real People

Develop characters from real people. As a historical author, I take real people and make them into fictional characters. In my book A Coward’s Solace, I developed the Real life Lucy Flucker Knox into a character. In addition to using the research about her in my novel, I developed that research into an article about the real person.

http://hubpages.com/education/An-Unsung-Heroine-Lucy-Flucker-Knox

However, you don’t have to use these real people as real people. These same people can be developed into what are called composite characters which combine the characteristics of various individuals. This works well, especially when you are dealing with real people that you know.  If the real person has dark hair, make their hair light. If they are right handed, make them left handed. Combine the characteristics of Uncle James with characteristics of your best friend’s father. Take a tag line from someone else and change it enough so that the individual that you create is unique.

Remember the All Important Back Story

Once upon a time, novels started with the birth of the protagonist and went through that protagonist’s death. We, of course, do not do that today, but just as we weren’t born yesterday, our characters shouldn’t appear to have been born yesterday either. We have a history. If we don’t want our characters to appear wooden, they need a history too. This history is called a back story.  This back story helps to tell the why behind what the character does especially when that character does something quirky, and you want your character to have quirks because without them, they are as wooden as Pinocchio.

I will discuss more on backstory development in a later post (perhaps even another article.)

Building Character Arcs

Just as a character does not begin at the beginning of the story, this same character cannot be unaffected by the events of the story line. Just as the story brings the character that much further down the road, Characters develop through the story in what is called a character arc. Just as the events of the story unfold with a situation crisis, climax, and conclusion, so should a character’s development in the story.  The character should not be the same as what he or she was at the beginning. The person needs to change because of the situation.

For instance, as the protagonist in When God Turned His Head, Drusilla goes from abused wife to contented mother thanks to John Codman’s murder.  In Soldiers Don’t Cry, Phillip goes from stiff soldier to a human being thanks to his relationship with Elizabeth.  In A Coward’s Solace Head of Stone goes from grieving woodsman ready to murder to a backwoods diplomat thanks to Martha’s tenacity. In my upcoming book Sailing Under the Black Flag, Jonathan goes from starry eyed boy to seasoned veteran thanks to his adventures as a privateer.

For more about story arcs, read my article Novel Scene Arc Building: http://hubpages.com/literature/Novel-Scene-Arc-Building

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga

Her most recent publication were two booklets Help From Kelp and Using Diatomaceous Earth Around the House and Yard. Available in paperback

.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


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This is a continuation of the business plan and is a very important aspect.
In addition to knowing what I am doing in my writing business, it is important that I know how my business relates to other people within my business.

Target Audience

I think that even more important than me and those who work with me are the people who actually are likely to buy my book. These people are called my target audience. These people not only include fans, they also include reviewers.
I had recently started taking paperback copies of my books that cater to my specific books. For instance, though my novels are currently being sold in bookstores, I went out on a limb and decided to try to sell my nonfiction paperbacks at feed and lawn and garden stores as well as health food stores. I take in small numbers of books to these locations so that it is not a big risk for the store and sell the books at whole sale prices. They in turn get nearly a forty percent commission. Because I know my target audience for that specific title, I can make book sales easily and almost painlessly.

Industry Review

Understanding where the publishing industry is in general is important so that I as a writer and self-publisher know where the publishing business is heading.
A few years ago the only way to sell books was through a major publishing company, but since the advent of e-books, the internet, and e-readers, things have changed. For a few years, e-book sales exploded, but the market has settled somewhat since then and even though it is harder to sell e-books than it was five years ago, it still is a working model, but it is no longer the slam dunk that it was in the beginning of the e-book movement.

Peer Review

A group of people that I need to study are other writers and publishers who write and publish books like I write. I need to understand not only those who are doing well, but also those who are doing poorly. The difference would indicate what I need to focus on doing to improve my own writing business.
Another word for this is spying on the competition. Its where you read stuff that other people put out, you look at their websites, you find out about their book sales. When you’re looking at best selling authors, you’re looking at what they are doing differently than you are and emulating their success tactics. We will look more indepth into these three topics as they relate to my specific genres over the next month.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


A Change For The Better

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My daughter told me the other day that she hates change. I however have learned that change is the only constant so I have learned to take change in stride. My job schedule has changed so that instead of working six days per week, I am working seven days, however, I am working fewer hours per day. Friday and Saturdays I am only working three hours per day and with both of these jobs, if for some reason I cannot come in that day, I can just call in or change the day easily with another person. I will have much more flexibility with writing.  On the days when I used to work twelve hour shifts, I now work just seven and there are fewer responsibilities as well.

Changing my work pattern will be interesting in that I have more time in the mornings and in the evenings most days. It will actually open up more time to write during my best hours which is what a writer really needs. I also still have evenings clear. Three more evenings than I had on the ole schedule. I am smiling.

Final cover for A Cowards SolaceI have been thinking about what I want to write in this blog next month. One thing I have to do is finish the re-edits on my book When God Turned His Head. I hope this is the last re-edit I will have to do on that book. A lot of people who have read the book like the context of the book, but almost everyone has commented on the fact that there is a lot of typos in the book. Thanks to one of my beta reader, that should change.

Another thing that I am planning to work on next month is to work on creating my business plan. I am seriously, increasingly considering my writing as a business and a business needs a good business plan. I got a book that I am reading that is really good for this and next month I plan to share it as I develop my business plan.

Another thing that I have been thinking about stepping up my online marketing.One thing that I intend to do is to work on developing twitter tweets related to the history and characters in my books and connect my website and here in my blog. I will probably connect Facebook too because a lot of my friends find my trivia questions interesting. I have had more traffic with my trivia questions than I did with almost anything else. We will see how that works out.

As things move forward, it is time, actually, probably past time for me to look ahead and find online reviewers for A Coward’s Solace. I have to tell you that finding people to review A Coward’s Solace creates anxiety for me because I am not certain how the book will be received by other people and that makes me nervous. I, of course, think that my book is a wonderful creation. I hope others feel that way, but like my children, I am prejudice toward my own creation. So right now, while I am finishing the final preparations for my book launch, I am also working on finding these reviewers and asking them what they think. I have done this before so I know the drill. I am learning to have a thick skin.

If you are interested in reviewing my book, please let me know by replying below. I will get back with you with a free e-copy of Book III of The Locket Saga: A Coward’s Solace..

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

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