Love In Touch Book Blog Tour!

We have so many wonderful tour stops spanning two months of time! There will be so many opportunities for you to connect with Lucy and learn more about her, plus several of the stops have giveaways. Here are all the stops…

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Monday, November 04, 2013

Nancy Jardine Features {Author Interview & Giveaway}

Authors’ Cafe {Guest Post, Review & Giveaway}

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

M.J. Schiller, Romance Author {Guest Post & Giveaway}

My Devotional Thoughts {Guest Post & Giveaway}

Fly High {Author Interview & Giveaway}

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews {Author Interview & Giveaway}

Thursday, November 14, 2013

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! {Guest Post & Giveaway}

Monday, November 18, 2013

Rather Barefoot Than Bookless {Guest Post, Review & Giveaway}

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Books, Books The Magical Fruit {Guest Post & Giveaway}

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Loralee Lillibridge – Blogging From the Back Fence {Guest Post & Giveaway}

Monday, December 02, 2013

Tome Tender {Guest Post, Review & Giveaway}

Friday, December 06, 2013

Jersey Girl Book Reviews {Guest Post, Review & Giveaway}

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Books and Needlepoint {Author Interview, Review & Giveaway}

Monday, December 16, 2013

What Readers Want {Guest Post, Review & Giveaway}

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Romance Me {Author Interview, Review & Giveaway}

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Margo Hoornstra – Writing Inside & Out {Guest Post & Giveaway}

Monday, December 23, 2013

B is for Books! {Guest Post, Review & Giveaway}

Friday, December 27, 2013

Booklover Sue {Author Interview & Giveaway}

Monday, December 30, 2013

Buy the Book Tours {Featured Guest Post & Giveaway}

Friday, January 3, 2014

Finding Fantastical Books {Guest Post, Review & Giveaway}

Cover Reveal: How To Write Characters with Physical Disabilities

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This is a non-fiction reference work that is going to be available for sale starting October 2013!

I think writers are going to get a lot out of this book. It has some really detailed medical information to help you get accuracy in your stories.

Check out the table of contents:

Why Include Characters with Disabilities?
Ensuring Your Story is Accurate
Notes on Specific Disabilities
Blindness
Deafness
Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Multiple Sclerosis
Cerebral Palsy
Muscular Dystrophy
Spina Bifida
Amputation
Spinal Cord Injury
Misconceptions to Avoid When Writing Disabled Characters into Your Story
Disability Shouldn’t Be a Surface Metaphor
Disabled People Have Just as Much on Their Minds as Anyone Else
Disability Isn’t a Great Conflict
Get the Sex Right
Diversity and Community
The Disability Isn’t the Story
Disabled Villains Should Be Believable Villains
Look Deeper
Playing with Stereotypes, or, The Last Thing Anyone Expects
Prompts for Playing with Stereotypes
Integration is Always Important
Clichés in Fiction
Conclusion

Inspirational Doesn’t Always Mean Christian

We thought using the word “inspirational” made a lot of sense when describing Annabelle Costa’s ebook, Harvard Hottie.

It’s an inspiring story of love overcoming disability, which is pretty much our favorite subject here at DLP!

But, as you may know, the word “inspirational” has other connotations. It is often used as a euphemism for a Christian romance.  We didn’t think that Amazon was using it that way, since it allows you to select the category “inspirational” for your book as well as “Christian romance” as a different category.

Still, to avoid confusion, we did not classify the book as “inspirational.” Instead we used that as one of the words to describe the book. As it turns out, that’s enough for Amazon to decide it must be a Christian book.

Annabelle has been getting some very unfortunate reviews from people who have searched for Christian books and been recommended this one. As unprofessional as it may look, we’ve had to put a disclaimer into the description there.

It is very frustrating that the word “Inspirational” is only allowed to mean Christian. There are other kinds of inspiration in the world.

This book is not a Christian romance and those who download it thinking that it is are getting upset. How can we find a way to tell people that this is an inspiring story without being labeled as Christian?

How do we measure the success of a book?

You dream of getting your novel published.

You want it to be a success. But what does that success look like?

How do we know if a book has sunk or swam? How many copies does a book need to sell to be considered a success?

There really isn’t an answer to this question.

  • Some may say that a book needs to get onto a bestseller list in order to be considered a success.
  • Some may say that a book needs only to make back its advance to be a success.
  • Some may have a number goal.

Our goal for The Boy Next Door is to sell 10,000 copies in one year and we’re making great progress! But it’s definitely a stretch that will require us to push ourselves.

What is your definition of success? If you get a book published (or have a book published) how many copies would you need to sell before you felt like it was a success?

Happy Dance

We just found out that we’ve won a video scholarship from Rory Gordon Photo!

What does that mean?

Well, Rory has a business where she tells the stories of people and businesses through photo and video. She had a contest last year for someone to win a free video about their small business.

Dev Love Press was in the top three and now it’s just been announced that we won the video!

So Ms. Rory is going to be coming to see our little office and make a video about what we do. I’m so looking forward to sharing it with you.

It looks like she’ll be coming to film in the spring when The Boy Next Door launches on platforms like Nook, Smashwords, and Kobo.

I’ll keep you posted about it!

Read more here: http://rorygordon.tumblr.com/post/39944065478/2012-video-scholarship-recipient