Monday, November 30, 2009


Secrets and Lies by debut author Rhonda McKnight is a reminder of what kept secrets and lies can do to not only you, but to others as well.

Jonah and Faith Morgan are living what most would consider to be the American Dream. But like most dreams, you must wake up. This couple will awaken to share the reality of the private hells they have been living. That reality will bring them face to face with what must be done in order to destroy the nightmare that threatens the future of their family.

Author McKnight opens our eyes to the realties of what can happen when unresolved issues are left to fester and the devastation of the unbridled tongue.


Originally from a small coastal town in New Jersey, author Rhonda McKnight has called Atlanta, Georgia home for twelve years.  She  is the owner of Legacy Editing, a freelance editing service for fiction writers and Urban Christian Fiction Today, a popular Internet site that highlights African-American Christian fiction. She is also the vice-president of Faith Based Fiction Writers of Atlanta.

When she is not editing projects, teaching workshops about writing or penning her next novel, Rhonda spends time with her family.

Her response to what she would like people to take away from Secret and Lies comes easily, "I'd say I'd like readers to know that forgiveness is a decision. Once you choose to forgive someone that choice will bring peace for you. Forgiveness is not always easy, but holding on to anger and bitterness is never good."

Rhonda is passionate about writing and the ministry of Christian fiction and humbly states, "I love to share the stories God has blessed me and other authors to tell. I blog weekly about new African-American Christian fiction at: I also have a quarterly newsletter, An Issue of the Heart, that's off to a great start. I have a sign up button on my website. Please join me."

Look forward to more from Ms. McKnight’s ministry of the pen and passion that comes from her heart. To learn more about Rhonda and her passion visit her at her website.

Review copy provided by author

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Remember to give thanks for the simple blessings.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Over the last few months there has been a noticeable increase in online and magazine advertising regarding self-publishing services. This blitz has increased the curiosity of authors considering their options for publication. The increased interest in the possibility has significantly risen since Thomas Nelson and now Harlequin, have thrown their hats into the self-publishing arena.

Since these services have been more aggressively promoted, of late, more than what I would consider the average amount of inquiries have landed in my inbox. Most were questions pertaining to self-publishing in general. In particular, queries were regarding which self-publishing company I would recommend.

Because I do not want this site to become a place for endorsement (in this realm) I will continue to refrain from doing so. But, I would have been remiss if I had not taken the time to update my information. To that end I have interviewed a few of the new companies and re-interviewed some of the established ones as well. In doing so I am confident in reinforcing what has consistently been suggested on this site – know your business.

How does one come to that point? By having a WRITER’S PLAN!

I cannot stress strongly enough that writing is a business. Once you place the last punctuation on the page you must don your business hat. It is your business to understand as much as possible about the options of publication and the rules under which they operate.

Self-publishing,* rather, assisted self-publishing** can be a viable option. It can be viable if you know the pertinent questions to ask when interviewing*** perspective publishing assistants and if their practices align with your plan and budget. However, you will not know what is viable if you do not become knowledgeable by studying the industry.

Armed with industry knowledge you will be equipped to lay the foundation for your WRITER’S PLAN. That plan should include, but is not limited to the questions listed below to be asked of these companies and of yourself.

*Are they a publisher, printer or POD entity?
*Are they willing to take the time to go over each item in their offered package?
*Can they adequately break down their editing process?
*Do you know the level of editing necessary for your project?
*Is tiered editing included or offered at ala carte prices?
*If editing is additional, will they give you a precise breakdown of the charges?
*Do they charge by the word or by the page? (This is a big ticket item)
*Do they consistently suggest higher packages in order to give you what THEY feel you need?
*Do they suggest the lower priced package because you may not be that concerned about a few typos or grammatical errors?
*Do YOU know if fees charged are reasonable?
*Do YOU know what is considered unreasonable fees?
*Are your books returnable by bookstores?
*What is your right to take you book and walk if you are not satisfied with their services?
THE MASTER QUESTION: How much will it cost you to purchase inventory?

This list could go on and on, but I believe there is enough presented here to get you started.

What I cannot stress enough is not to allow the impatience of wanting to see your name in print override common sense. What you put out has your name on it. People will forgive a publisher but they will remember YOUR name on what they consider a substandard product. It is up to you to decide what YOUR name will stand for. That all begins with THE WRITER’S PLAN.

I close with reminding you that the words buyer beware are those that should be heeded. You will not  get everything we want out of every business transaction. However, you can minimize problems when you take the time to investigate all vendors considered for any aspect of your business. What will be your most valuable tool will be THE WRITER'S PLAN that you enlist to help bring your goal of publishing in the spirit of excellence to an expected end.

Until next time – Let us bear fruit that should remain -- Linda!

*Self/Independent Publishing – The author bears the full financial and production responsibility for bringing project to publication.

**Assisted Self-Publishing – The author pays a company with pre-set processes and prices to bring their project to what the company deems to be publication standard.

***Interview – As an author enlisting the help of another you are in the position of Chief Executive Officer. Who you enlist to help bring your dream to fruition, must be known by you. Any company or individual balking at, appearing annoyed with or unable to sufficiently answer your questions is not one you should entertain a working relationship with.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Standing In The Midst of the Storm

Have you ever felt like your worth is less than that of others because you don’t make six figures or have all the tangibles that society deems necessary in order for you to be certified as successful?

Do you rent rather than own?

Did you lose that contract you worked so hard to land? Has the door of opportunity suddenly closed in your face?

Have you lost your drive because you’re not at the level that others in your profession or ministry have already reached?

Have you lost possessions or jobs that society said you had to have in order to be considered successful?

Do you feel like a failure?

You do? Why? – Haven’t you been speaking life into your circumstances and over your family? If you haven’t you should because these words have already been spoken over you: “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Look at the mountains in your life, in your business plan and maybe even in your faith. By faith you can speak to that mountain. It can be removed. You just have to apply faith to works and listen to that still quiet voice for instructions.

My final questions to you today is this - Do you have the courage to stand in the midst of your storm? Will you speak to the mountains in your life?