Do You Sometimes Feel That God Isn’t Listening?

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Another shocking announcement! ( That got your attention!) “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World, ” is now out in eBook form. You can acquire it at all the eBook outlets. It is only $4.99 compared to $19.99 in the bookstores. You can even order it right from this site by clicking on the Amazon icon on the right.

If you want a hard copy, with the autograph of the author on it, just click on the bookstore tab at the top of this page to order one. It is only $15.99 plus shipping compared to the $19.99 price in the retail stores.

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I have a podcast here that I did with John Kremer, the marketing guru. He invited me to share unusual places to sell books. Take a listen and hit those streets running: goo.gl/WGTF7

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I got a call from my dentist yesterday. No, it wasn’t to set-up an appointment. It was a call to tell me they had sold out of my book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World.”

Yes, I have a free book sitting in the waiting room for the clients to look at. You sometimes have to use a free book to sell many others.  It has a card and a little note in it to check with the receptionist if they are interested in buying it. That’s it. No more promotion than that.

I have sold over ten books right from my dentist’s office.

You can do the same thing. If your dentist is not in a clinic (they are by themselves) ask if you can leave a book in their waiting room; leave two or three books with the receptionist, and wait for the money to start coming in. Be sure to have a note on the inside cover about the books available.

There are many unusual places to sell your books, and there is very little effort to do it. I will share more in my next post.

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Do you sometimes feel that God isn’t listening. Do you think He doesn’t care. Have you felt God doesn’t even know who you are?

God is a very loving God. We just need to let Him show us that. We don’t need to wonder if He loves us. He created us in His own image. He didn’t even do that for the angels. If He went as far as to do that for you, don’t you think He loves you? Read the versus below and see God has made you His adopted child. He loves you and will care for you like any earthly father would for their child.

 “But when the appropriate time had come, God sent out his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we may be adopted as sons with full rights. And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, who calls “Abba! Father!  Galatians 4:4-6″

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Do You Often have “Bad Hair Days?”

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Another shocking announcement! ( That got your attention!) “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World, ” is now out in eBook form. I You can acquire it at all the eBook outlets. It is only $4.99 compared to $19.99 in the bookstores. Help it climb the www.amazon.com best selling list. You can even order it right from this site by clicking on the Amazon icon on the right.

If you want a hard copy with the autograph of the author on it, just click on the bookstore tab at the top of this page to order one. It is only $15.99 plus shipping compared to the $19.99 price in the retail stores.

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I have a podcast here that I did with John Kremer, the marketing guru. He invited me to share unusual places to sell books. Take a listen and hit those streets running: goo.gl/WGTF7

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I thought I was going to have a bad hair day. This was the day I met with my doctor to go over some test reults.

The resut turned out to be not so bad. I have some kidneys that aren’t 100%, (57%) but are OK. I will have to have blood tests for them every three months, and a ultra sound every six months. I can handle that compared to what I was thinking it could be.

This was another one of those examples that 99% of what we worry about never happens, and the other 01% we should turn over to God.

I did have a positive end to the day. I checked my mail at my business mail bax, and there was a check from a shop where they carried my book. They had sold all three of the books I left there on consignment.

While I am on that subject, let me highlight an interview I did with John Kremer. (You can listen to the while thing above in the last paragraph of the lead-ins.)

In that interview, John asked me to share some unusual places to sell books.

The store that I just sold three was a children’s shop with toys, learning programs, and childrens books. The owner was a fine Christian woman who had recently lost her husband. She had one little nook area in the store where she sold Christian books. We agreed to try my books in the store. All three sold.

My wife and I have a hair dresser that has her own beauty salon. She has pretty good traffic. I asked her if she might carry my books near her spot. She agreed, and I sold 26 books at that one spot. My book, “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World,”  has nothing to do with hair styles, etc, but it was unusual, and it was there in the fall before Christmas. How could you go wrong in doing your Christmas shopping while you are having your hair done at the same time?

I had a friend who owned a winery near me. I talked to him about carrying my book in his gift shop. He didn’t think it would do too well, because all the other books were about wine. I told him I would go on consignment, and there would be no cost out of his pocket. He liked that, and agreed to put them in his gift shop. I sold six books in that winery gift shop. Again it was in the fall, and people coming in wehre looking for unsual gifts. I later had a signing there and sold 20 more books.

You need to list to the podcast to hear some other ideas.

Don’t ever think that ANY one store is not good to sell your books. Check all of them out and talk to the owner. Often, offering to have your books on consignment only intices the owners to give it a try.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

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Do You Give up Easily, When Something You Want Doesn’t Happen

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Another shocking announcement! ( That got your attention!) “Signs of Hope: Ways to Survive in an Unfriendly World, ” is now out in eBook form. I You can acquire it at all the eBook outlets. It is only $4.99 compared to $19.99 in the bookstores. Help it climb the www.amazon.com best selling list. You can even order it right from this site by clicking on the Amazon icon on the right.

If you want a hard copy with the autograph of the author on it, just click on the bookstore tab at the top of this page to order one. It is only $15.99 plus shipping compared to the $19.99 price in the retail stores.

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I have a podcast here that I did with John Kremer, the marketing guru. He invited me to share unusual places to sell books. Take a listen and hit those streets running: goo.gl/WGTF7

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I know about the hours, days and months it takes to write a book. Then there is the submission process. That can takes months or even years. One of the virtues of a successful author is perseverance.

It would very easy to give up when you don’t hear from a publisher for many months. It can be frustrating, when that agent you sent a proposal to doesn’t answer you emails.

I wet the self-publishing route just because of those reasons. I was able to be in control of what is on the cover. I had a great deal of input of what went on the back cover, and my share of the royalties was much higher.

I went through the back door. I feel I have been successful since the experts say and first time author, especially a self-published author should feel lucky if they sell 100 books in the life time of their promotions. I have sold nearly 400 in the first two years, and feel like I have many more ideas on how to sell many more.

Because of my sales, an agent is interested in taking me on as a client. I am in the process of writing her a proposal. So I didn’t go the nature route. I did my self-publishing first and then sought out agents and traditional publishers later.  

It is up to you which way you want to go.

How about in your own life? Do you give up easily if something you want to happen doesn’t happen right away? Are you confused as to what way to go in your writing, or possibly in your own life?

Prayer is the way to go. I prayed for guidance many times through-out my writing career. I prayer just before I sent articles to magazines, in the early years of my writing. I prayed for help in deciding if I should self-publish or not. I feel the path I have taken was chosen by God, and it has lead me to a successful writing career.

Don’t “wing it,” through life. Pray constantly about everything. Ask God to help you choose the right path. You will find as you look back on your decision after prayer, that you took the right paths, and you are serving God in the best way you can.

Remember:

You are not alone.

You are not forsaken.

You are not unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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