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“God Knows” by Joan Y. Edwards


“God Knows” by Joan Y. Edwards 

In 2012, after I received an email with Lil Phoenix poem entitled “Ten Things God Won’t Ask on THAT Day:” I decided to put a different spin to it. God already knows the answers. I posted this on a different blog of mine in 2012. I thought you might enjoy it here. 

God Knows

“God Knows” by Joan Y. Edwards

  1. God knows what kind of car you drive. He loves it when you drive people who don’t have transportation.
  2. God knows how big your house is.  Joy fills his heart when you welcome others into your home.
  3. God knows how many clothes are in your closet. He rewards you when you help put clothes on others.
  4. God knows how much money you make. He increases it when you share it with others.
  5. God knows your job title. He helps you rise higher when you do your job to the best of your ability.
  6. God knows how many friends you have. He smiles each time you act friendly toward other people, even if they don’t act friendly toward you.
  7. God knows the neighborhood where you live. He is proud of all that you do your part to keep it safe, clean, neat, and orderly.
  8. God knows the color of your skin. He is happy when you treat others with respect, regardless of their skin color.
  9. God knows your strengths and weaknesses.  He celebrates when you accept yourself and others as you are and choose to follow in His footsteps.
  10. God knows how many people you meet on His path. He rejoices when you take time to encourage others on their trails  He loves you very much.

Resources

  1. Lil Phoenix. “Ten Things God Won’t Ask on THAT Day:”  http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/ten-things-god-won-t-ask-on-that-day/ 
  2. “God Won’t Ask:”
    http://www.holybible.com/resources/poems/ps.php?sid=180

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Prayer Beret and Scarf from Lucille P. Robinson…Thank You.


“Prayer Beret and Scarf from Lucille P. Robinson…Thank You.”

Prayer Beret and Scarf made by Lucille P. Robinson, Christmas 2012 Thank You, Lucille.

Prayer Beret and Scarf made by Lucille P. Robinson, Christmas 2012 Thank You, Lucille.

In April of 2011 Lucille P. Robinson read my poem, “I Said a Prayer for You Today.” She liked it. She makes prayer shawls and gives them to the sick, those who need comforting, or to say “thank you.” Her ministry is so wonderful. She wrote and asked if she could use my prayer poem in a card to give along with the prayer shawls. I gave her permission and she paid me more than I asked. She prints it on the cards she gives with her prayer shawls.

In October 2012, Lucille wrote me and asked me what my favorite colors were. I told her turquoise blue and teal. She said she had found a pattern for a beret and scarf that she thought I might like. During the 2012 Christmas holidays, she sent me a beautiful turquoise prayer beret and scarf.  I know the people are healed and their burdens made lighter by the love that Lucille puts into the making of her shawls, berets, and scarfs. It makes me proud and thankful to know her and to wear the beret and scarf she made especially for me. Thank you, Lucille.

She sent the beret and scarf to me to say “Thank You” for writing the poem and for writing my blog. Isn’t that sweet?

It was an incredible unique feeling to receive a card that had my poem in it. It touched my heart that she would go to all that trouble and spend the time to make them for me. Thank you, Lucille.

Thank you, Lucille for warming the hearts of God’s people. Thank you especially for warming my heart with the prayer beret and scarf you gave me.

Here’s a link to Lucille’s website: http://www.lucilleperkinsrobinson.com/

If you would like for Lucille to make a prayer beret and scarf for you for $26.00, let me know in a comment below or email Lucille at lu_perkins @ hotmail.com (without the spaces) for details.”

There are many unsung heroes who do things behind the lines for those who need comforting and healing. On behalf of all of us who reap the benefits of their help and prayers, I say “Thank You.” If you are in need of prayer and healing, pretend you are wearing a virtual beret and scarf similar to mine in your favorite color. I said a prayer for you right now.  May God heal you!

I Said a Prayer for You Today

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by Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2002-2011 Joan Y. Edwards

I said a prayer for you today.
I know God heard it fine.

I prayed your fears disappear from view.
I prayed God’s love encompass you.
I prayed that peace be in your heart.
I prayed calm fill your day at start.

I said a prayer for you today.
I know God heard it fine.

I prayed you have the best of health.
I prayed you have abundant wealth.
I prayed love follow you near and far.
I prayed you realize the gift of God you are.

I said a prayer for you today.
I know God heard it fine.

I thanked God for sending you as my friend.
I prayed you know God loves you without end.

You saw the answer to my prayer.
I know you saw it fine.

You saw the beauty in the face of a child.
You saw the wonder of an animal in the wild.
You saw a mother protecting her young with her life.
You saw the unselfish husband providing for his wife.

You felt the answer to my prayer.
I know you felt it fine.

You felt God’s presence within you.
You felt God’s warmth in your heart and soul.
You felt God’s energy and power from above.
You felt confidence from God’s acceptance and love.

You tasted the answer to my prayer.
I know you tasted it fine.

You tasted the absence of hunger.
You tasted the hope of compassion.
You tasted the healing of forgiveness.
You tasted the guidance of wisdom.

You smelled the answer to my prayer.
I know you smelled it fine.

You smelled the scent of friendship.
You smelled the sweat of employment.
You smelled the leather of toughness.
You smelled the woods of safety.

You heard the answer to my prayer.
I know you heard it fine.

You heard the voice of the needy.
You heard the music of kindness.
You heard the cries of the lonely.
You heard the footsteps of courage.

You heard God whisper in your ear.
I know you heard him fine.
He said, “I love you, my dear child.
I’m glad that you are mine.”

Related Post

April 29, 2011 post – “I Said a Prayer for You Today:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/i-said-a-prayer-for-you-today/

Celebrate You.
Never Give Up!

Joan Y. Edwards

Blogpost Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards

I Said a Prayer for You Today


I Said a Prayer for You Today

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by Joan Y. Edwards

I said a prayer for you today.
I know God heard it fine.

I prayed your fears disappear from view.
I prayed God’s love encompass you.
I prayed that peace be in your heart.
I prayed calm fill your day at start.

I said a prayer for you today.
I know God heard it fine.

I prayed you have the best of health.
I prayed you have abundant wealth.
I prayed love follow you near and far.
I prayed you realize the gift of God you are.

I said a prayer for you today.
I know God heard it fine.

I thanked God for sending you as my friend.
I prayed you know God loves you without end.

You saw the answer to my prayer.
I know you saw it fine.

You saw the beauty in the face of a child.
You saw the wonder of an animal in the wild.
You saw a mother protecting her young with her life.
You saw the unselfish husband providing for his wife.

You felt the answer to my prayer.
I know you felt it fine.

You felt God’s presence within you.
You felt God’s warmth in your heart and soul.
You felt God’s energy and power from above.
You felt confidence from God’s acceptance and love.

You tasted the answer to my prayer.
I know you tasted it fine.

You tasted the absence of hunger.
You tasted the hope of compassion.
You tasted the healing of forgiveness.
You tasted the guidance of wisdom.

You smelled the answer to my prayer.
I know you smelled it fine.

You smelled the scent of friendship.
You smelled the sweat of employment.
You smelled the leather of toughness.
You smelled the woods of safety.

You heard the answer to my prayer.
I know you heard it fine.

You heard the voice of the needy.
You heard the music of kindness.
You heard the cries of the lonely.
You heard the footsteps of courage.

You heard God whisper in your ear.
I know you heard him fine.
He said, “I love you, my dear child.
I’m glad that you are mine.”

Copyright © 2002-2011 Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you for reading my poem.  I hope you liked it. I started writing it in 2002 and finished it in April 2011.

Prayer Beret and Scarf made by Lucille P. Robinson, Christmas 2012 Thank You, Lucille.

Prayer Beret and Scarf made by Lucille P. Robinson, Christmas 2012 Thank You, Lucille.

During the Christmas holidays in 2012, Lucille P. Robinson sent me a beautiful turquoise prayer beret and scarf. Her ministry is so wonderful. She makes prayer shawls and gives them to the sick or those who need comforting. She also sends them to say “Thank you.” I know the people are healed and their burdens made lighter by the love that Lucille puts in the making of the shawls, berets, and scarfs. It makes me proud and thankful to wear them as you can see in the picture above.

Lucille liked the poem I wrote in his blog post. She paid me so she could use it on a card she sends along with her prayer shawls. She sent the beret and scarf to me to say “Thank You” for writing the poem and for writing my blog. Isn’t that sweet?

Thank you, Lucille for warming the hearts of God’s people. Thank you especially for warming my heart with the prayer beret and scarf you gave me.

Here’s a link to Lucille’s website: http://www.lucilleperkinsrobinson.com/

Celebrate You.
Never Give Up!

Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards

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You Have the Luck of the Irish – Submit a Manuscript Today (PubSub3rdFri)


Dear Pub Subbers,
It’s the luck of the Irish. Submit a manuscript on the third Friday of March or any month. If you’re not Irish, it’s still a lucky fun-filled day for you. Get that creative work ready and send it off the next third Friday that rolls around. Submit regularly and often to raise your chances of being published.

I’d like to share a little personal history of my submissions. In 2009, before I started PubSub3rdFri, I submitted four times. All four had negative responses of “NO.”
In 2010 after I started PubSub3rd Fri, I submitted 30 times.
As a result of pitching to an agent and 2 editors at online/in-person interviews, I got three “YES, I want to see your manuscript” responses, followed by two “NO, Your manuscript does not meet our needs.” However, one publishing company editor responded in 2011 that they are tentatively interested in publishing “Joan’s Elder Care Guide.” That is one “MAYBE.” This is farther than I’d gotten previously.
As a result of a query to Working Writer Newsletter for an article about PubSub3rdFri, I received a “YES.”
Out of the 30 submissions, 4 answers were “YES.” Four out of 30 equals 13% Yes. That is really an improvement.
87% said, “NO.” However, I’m going to focus on the 13% Yes.

Do I have a book accepted by a publishing company yet? No. Does submitting more often improve your chances of getting a “YES?” I think so. Has my writing and my understanding of the getting published process improved? Yes. Am I getting closer? Yes, I believe I am. My belief is half the battle.

I truly want each of us to get published. In inspiring you, I find encouragement for myself.

I’m making a list of people who submitted work because of PubSub3rdFri during 2010. If you submitted and want to be listed on the  Pub Subbers 2010 list, please email me at the address listed in the left-hand column with your name and blog/website. Tell me at least one title, place you submitted to, date submitted, and whether it was by email or snail mail. Tell me your name and blog/website.  If you don’t have a blog/website, I’ll just list your name. I’ll choose a Pub Subber 2010 member at random to win a free critique  on April 1, 2011 at noon EST.

For all of you who participate in PubSub3rdFri during 2011, I’d like to list your name and a link to your website/blog on a Pub Subbers 2011 page on this blog. If you don’t have a blog or website, I’ll list your name by itself.

To be eligible to win a free critique during March
1. Submit a manuscript for a picture book, chapter book, middle grade, young adult novel, adult novel, play, movie, song, puzzle, article, illustration, query, proposal to a publisher, editor, agent, or contest.
2. Make a comment below with the following information:
Title of Project
Name of Contest, Publisher, Editor, Agent
Date you submitted
Email or Snail Mail
Your Name
Link to Your Personal Website or Blog
3. Your name will be put in a drawing to receive a FREE CRITIQUE by me. The winner will be announced on April 1, 2011 at 12:00 noon EST.
4. Your name and your personal blog/website will be listed on a Pub Subbers 2011 page on my blog. If you don’t have a blog or website, I’ll list your name by itself.

I hope you’ll join us in Pub Sub 3rd Fri. Our goal commitment is to submit an article, poem, puzzle, devotion, illustration, short story, picture book, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, adult novel, play, song, or movie to a publisher on the third Friday of each month for a whole year. Of course, you can submit your work to more than one publisher or agent a month.

Honor your dreams by submitting a manuscript this month. It’ll get you started. If you do it at least three months in a row, I believe you’ll be creating a life-long habit. It’ll start your ball rolling to knock down all the publication pins in your alley.

Believe in yourself. Your belief will spread to others who will believe in you, too. All of your experiences will lead you to be a stronger person, wiser, skilled, and energetic. Your belief is half your battle. I know for sure that publishers do not come searching the drawers or computers where your manuscripts or other creative works are hidden in your home. You have to let them know about your creative treasures. Take action. Submit to publishers and/or agents. Celebrate each step on your path to publication!

Here are steps for each week to get you ready to submit your work to a publisher or agent: say, “I can do it.” Let me hear you shout, “Yes, yes. I can do it. I have the power to do it. I CAN DO IT.”

Get your manuscript, and use the resources below to accomplish your Pub Sub 3rd Fri goal:

Steps for Week One Smile, Giggle, Laugh . See the humor.
1. Read this book or a similar one, or search online publisher/agent websites for current guidelines.

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2011: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! by Jeff Herman

http://www.amazon.com/Hermans-Publishers-Editors-Literary-Agents/dp/1402243375/

2. Choose three publishers/agents to submit a manuscript/query letter/illustration.

a. Read the guidelines of all three publishers/agents.

b. Select the publisher/agent to use this month.

c. Print out a copy of the publisher’s guidelines and save it in your submissions folder.

3. Fine tune your manuscript.

a. Use spell and grammar check with your manuscript.

b. Look for four errors in your manuscript. Read my blog for common errors you might miss unless you search for them: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/look-for-four-writing-errors-when-you-revise/

c. If you’ve been to a writing conference, revise three places in your manuscript using a skill or technique taught that you think will improve it.

d. Here are fourteen books that may help you with your writing skills. They are listed in alphabetical order according to author’s first name. If you click on the title, it’ll take you to Amazon.com. Check out the book from your local library for free or buy it at a book store (local or online). I’ve read all of these books. They each contain excellent advice and tips for beginning and improving your story. Little by little the information and skills soak into your mind. Your skills and knowledge improve. You’ll be able to tell when you’re critiquing someone’s work or reading your favorite book. You’ll say to yourself, “AHA. That’s how to do it.” Your writing gets better. Your critiquing improves. You move one step closer to publication. Even published writers continue to learn more about the craft of writing by reading.

1. Darcy Pattison: Novel Metamorphosis
2. Donald Maass: The Fire in Fiction
3. Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel
4. Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook
5. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Novel
6. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II
7. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Mystery
8. James N. Frey The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth
9. Karl Iglesias: Writing for Emotional Impact
10. Margaret Lucke: Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories
11. Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages
12. Jordan E. Rosenfeld: Make a Scene
13. Katharine Sands: Making the Perfect Pitch
14. Remni Browne and Dave King: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Week Two Steps for Pub Sub 3rd Fri Smile, Giggle, Laugh .

1. Let your manuscript sit a week in an incubator while you do your query or cover letter, resume, and proposal.

2. If the guidelines say to write a query letter, then write your query letter.

3. If you’re submitting a manuscript or article, write a cover letter to accompany it.

a. Include a strong pitch for your manuscript in your cover letter. A pitch is a 25 word eye-catching, heart-trapping summary of your book or article to hook the attention of the reader, agent, and/or editor. Refer to my blog for more information about writing your pitch: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/how-to-entice-an-editoragent-with-a-pitch-logline.

b. In your cover letter, mention one book, article, or illustration similar to yours and how yours hooks readers and attracts them to it. Each time you write a cover letter, you will improve.

c. If you’re a member of SCBWI, mention that fact in your cover letter. SCBWI has a great reputation with publishers.

d. If this is an exclusive submission, write that in your cover letter. “This is an exclusive submission for three months. On (date 3 months from your submission) I am submitting it to other publishers.” For exclusive submission with an agent, you can limit the time to two months or six weeks. Their guidelines might give you an idea of how much time they usually take. I think giving them a time, keeps you from wondering and gives them reason to respect your choice.

4. Write your resume.

a. Include your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, blog.

b. List all memberships in professional organizations.

c. Include all of your publishing credits.

5. If needed, write your proposal.

Steps for Week Three Smile, Giggle, Laugh:

1. Read out loud a printed out (hard copy) of your manuscript. Make all necessary changes.

2. Print out your manuscript again. Read it aloud, again. Then read it from the bottom to the top, and from right to left. This will help you notice more errors that your might not notice in other ways.

3. If you see errors, correct them.

4. Print out the GO FOR IT copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal.

5. Put one copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in 9×12 envelope

6. Print out and save another copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in a folder called “Submitted Manuscripts.”

7. Make sure you put your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, and blog on your cover letter, proposal, query, and/or manuscript. If it’s an email submission, follow the publisher/editor/agent guidelines about attachments. Many publishers do not accept attachments. Follow their guidelines.

8. Print out label for 9×12 inch envelope – use the mailing address in publisher’s guidelines. If it is an exclusive submission, mark it as such on the outside of the envelope.

9. Enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope, if the guidelines ask for one.

10. Put sufficient postage on the envelope.

11. Leave the envelope with all the items inside over night (24 hours is good).

Pub Sub 3rd Friday Laugh, Smile, Laugh
12. Check your manuscript, cover letter, proposal, and resume Friday morning.

13. Put addressed, stamped envelope with your PUB SUB in a mailbox or email. Say a prayer. Ask God to bless this submission. Say to yourself: I allow myself to receive a positive response, such as, “Yes, I’d like to publish this manuscript.”

Dance! Sing! Celebrate Your Submission!

Each time you submit, you will get better and better. In case you’re not ready on the third Friday of this month, go to my website and print out a rain check: http://www.joanyedwards.com/pubsub3rdfri.htm.

See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri blog posts for more information: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/category/writing/pub-sub-3rd-fri.

To those of you who are reading this. Thank you. I am honored. Good luck in publishing your work. For more encouragement to submit your work, read Linda Andersen Is Proof That PubSub3rdFri Works. Let me know if Pub Sub 3rd Fri helps you get published. I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to share a link to my blog with others.

1. Sign up for an email subscription from the “Sign me up” block at the top of the left hand column. 2. If you want to be listed on the Pub Subbers 2012 list, email me at the address listed in the left-hand column with your name and blog/website. If you don’t have a blog/website, I’ll just list your name.

Never Give Up!
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2011 Joan Y. Edwards and her licensors.

Help Celebrate PubSub3rdFri’s First Birthday – Submit on Friday, February 18, 2011


PubSub3rdFri Participant

Dear Pub Subbers,

Happy Birthday, PubSub3rdFri! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday, Pub Sub, Happy Birthday to you.
The first official Pub Sub day was February 15, 2010. We’re going to have a great celebration on Friday, February 18, 2011.  As a Valentine’s Day present to yourself, I would like for you to join me in submitting a query, manuscript, or proposal on that day (or any day during February).  You can count it as a submission if you enter a writing contest or an illustrator contest. If you submit your work during February, read the directions at the end of this blog post to have a chance to receive a FREE CRITIQUE by me.

I hope you’ll join us in Pub Sub 3rd Fri. Our goal commitment is to submit an article, poem, puzzle, devotion, illustration, short story, picture book, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, adult novel, play, song, or movie to a publisher on the third Friday of each month for a whole year. Of course, you can submit your work to more than one publisher a month. Yes, indeed, you can submit to more than one agent a month. Honoring your dreams by submitting a manuscript this month is only to get you started. I hope that once you get started, you’ll be submitting as a habit. I hope that your belief in yourself will grow and branch out to all aspects of your life and will indeed help you reach your goal of getting published. I know for sure that publishers do not come searching the drawers where your manuscripts are hidden in your home. You have to let them know about your writing treasures. Take action. Submit to publishers and/or agents.

It is very important in life to take time to do what is important to you.  By honoring yourself by working on your writing, you are being a good example to your family that each person should take time to do what is vitally important to them.  Be creative. You can do it. You can find 15 minutes for you each day.  There are different parts to writing:  1. Experience life and watch people. 2. Read. 3. Write down ideas that intrigue you. 4. Write about the ideas that won’t let you go…the what ifs. Drop the excuses. It’s just as easy to say the words, “I have the time,” as it is to say, “I don’t have the time.” One empowers you and the other stops you in your tracks. So you don’t do it every month, but you do it more than you ever have in the past. Hurray for you! Celebrate! Even if it’s with a cup of coffee. Celebrate your submissions. Celebrate you…there’s only one of you.

Here are steps for each week to get you ready to submit your work to a publisher or agent: say, “I can do it.” Let me hear you shout, “Yes, yes. I can do it. I have the power to do it. I CAN DO IT.”

Besides a manuscript or article, below are the resources you need to accomplish your Pub Sub 3rd Fri goal:

Steps for Week One Smile, Giggle, Laugh . See the humor.
1. Read this book or a similar one, or search online publisher/agent websites for current guidelines.

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2011: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! by Jeff Herman

http://www.amazon.com/Hermans-Publishers-Editors-Literary-Agents/dp/1402243375/

2 Choose three publishers/agents to submit a manuscript/query letter/illustration.

a. Read the guidelines of all three publishers/agents.

b. Select the publisher/agent to use this month.

c. Print out a copy of the publisher’s guidelines and save it in your submissions folder.

3. Fine tune your manuscript.

a. Use spell and grammar check with your manuscript.

b. Look for four errors in your manuscript. Read my blog for common errors you might miss unless you search for them: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/look-for-four-writing-errors-when-you-revise/

c. If you’ve been to a writing conference, revise three places in your manuscript using a skill or technique taught that you think will improve it.

d. Here are fourteen books that may help you with your writing skills. They are listed in alphabetical order according to author’s first name. If you click on the title, it’ll take you to Amazon.com. Check out the book from your local library for free or buy it at a book store (local or online). I’ve read all of these books. They each contain excellent advice and tips for beginning and improving your story. Little by little the information and skills soak into your mind. Your skills and knowledge improve. You’ll be able to tell when you’re critiquing someone’s work or reading your favorite book. You’ll say to yourself, “AHA. That’s how to do it.” Your writing gets better. Your critiquing improves. You move one step closer to publication. Even published writers continue to learn more about the craft of writing by reading.

1. Darcy Pattison: Novel Metamorphosis

2. Donald Maass: The Fire in Fiction

3. Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel

4. Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook

5. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Novel

6. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II

7. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Mystery

8. James N. Frey The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth

9. Karl Iglesias: Writing for Emotional Impact

10. Margaret Lucke: Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories

11. Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages

12. Jordan E. Rosenfeld: Make a Scene

13. Katharine Sands: Making the Perfect Pitch

14. Remni Browne and Dave King: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Week Two Steps for Pub Sub 3rd Fri Smile, Giggle, Laugh .

1. Let your manuscript sit a week in an incubator while you do your query or cover letter, resume, and proposal.

2. If the guidelines say to write a query letter, then write your query letter.

3. If you’re submitting a manuscript or article, write a cover letter to accompany it.

a. Include a strong pitch for your manuscript in your cover letter. A pitch is a 25 word eye-catching, heart-trapping summary of your book or article to hook the attention of the reader, agent, and/or editor. Refer to my blog for more information about writing your pitch: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/how-to-entice-an-editoragent-with-a-pitch-logline.

b. In your cover letter, mention one book, article, or illustration similar to yours and how yours hooks readers and attracts them to it. Each time you write a cover letter, you will improve.

c. If you’re a member of SCBWI, mention that fact in your cover letter. SCBWI has a great reputation with publishers.

d. If this is an exclusive submission, write that in your cover letter. “This is an exclusive submission for three months. On (date 3 months from your submission) I am submitting it to other publishers.” For exclusive submission with an agent, you can limit the time to two months or six weeks. Their guidelines might give you an idea of how much time they usually take. I think giving them a time, keeps you from wondering and gives them reason to respect your choice.

4. Write your resume.

a. Include your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, blog.

b. List all memberships in professional organizations.

c. Include all of your publishing credits.

5. If needed, write your proposal.

Steps for Week Three Smile, Giggle, Laugh:

1. Read out loud a printed out (hard copy) of your manuscript. Make all necessary changes.

2. Print out your manuscript again. Read it aloud, again. Then read it from the bottom to the top, and from right to left. This will help you notice more errors that your might not notice in other ways.

3. If you see errors, correct them.

4. Print out the GO FOR IT copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal.

5. Put one copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in 9×12 envelope

6. Print out and save another copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in a folder called “Submitted Manuscripts.”

7. Make sure you put your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, and blog on your cover letter, proposal, query, and/or manuscript. If it’s an email submission, follow the publisher/editor/agent guidelines about attachments. Many publishers do not accept attachments. Follow their guidelines.

8. Print out label for 9×12 inch envelope – use the mailing address in publisher’s guidelines. If it is an exclusive submission, mark it as such on the outside of the envelope.

9. Enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope, if the guidelines ask for one.

10. Put sufficient postage on the envelope.

11. Leave the envelope with all the items inside over night (24 hours is good).

Pub Sub 3rd Friday Laugh, Smile, Laugh
12. Check your manuscript, cover letter, proposal, and resume Friday morning.

13. Put addressed, stamped envelope with your PUB SUB in a mailbox or email. Say a prayer. Ask God to bless this submission. Say to yourself: I allow myself to receive a positive response, such as, “Yes, I’d like to publish this manuscript.”

Each time you submit, you will get better and better. In case you’re not ready on the third Friday of this month, go to my website and print out a rain check: http://www.joanyedwards.com/pubsub3rdfri.htm.

See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri blog posts for more information: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/category/writing/pub-sub-3rd-fri.

To those of you who are reading this. Thank you. I am honored. Good luck in publishing your work.  For more encouragement to submit your work, read Linda Andersen Is Proof That PubSub3rdFri Works. Let me know if Pub Sub 3rd Fri helps you get published. I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to share a link to my blog with others.

Never Give Up!
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2011 Joan Y. Edwards.

 

Twelve Gifts for You in 2011: Submit Once Each Month (PubSub3rdFri)


Participant Badge of Pub Sub 3rd Fri

Dear Pub Subbers,

Happy New Year! It’s time to give yourself twelve gifts for 2011. You thought gifts were for Christmas. Gifts are for all year long. This is a gift of believing in yourself. Show that you believe in your writing by submitting your work to a publisher or agent at least once a month during 2011. I hope you’ll join us in Pub Sub 3rd Fri. Our goal commitment is to submit an article, poem, puzzle, devotion, illustration, short story, picture book, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, adult novel, play, song, or movie to a publisher on the third Friday of each month for a whole year.  Of course, you can submit your work to more than one publisher a month. Yes, indeed, you can submit to more than one agent a month. This promise of a gift to yourself is only to get you started. I hope that once you get started, you’ll be submitting as a habit. I hope that your belief in yourself will grow and branch out to all aspects of your life and will indeed help you reach your goal of getting published. I know for sure that publishers do not come searching the drawers where your manuscripts are hidden in your home. You have to let them know about your writing treasures. Take action. Submit to publishers and/or agents.

Even though you are helping others, even though you are taking care of your young family of three, even though your responsibilities are great. You deserve and must have time to fill yourself with the fuel to do something for you.  Fifteen minutes a day time for you. If your daughter or son wanted to do this, would you help them find the time to write and submit? Drop the excuses. It’s just as easy to say the words, “I have the time,” as it is to say, “I don’t have the time.” One empowers you and the other stops you in your tracks. So you don’t do it every month, but you do it more than you ever have in the past. Hurray for you! Celebrate! Even if it’s with a cup of coffee. Celebrate your submissions. Celebrate you…there’s only one of you.

Here are steps for each week to get you ready to submit your work to a publisher or agent: say, “I can do it.” Let me hear you shout, “Yes, yes. I can do it. I have the power to do it. I CAN DO IT.”

Besides a manuscript or article, below are the resources you need to accomplish your Pub Sub 3rd Fri goal:

Steps for Week One Smile, Giggle, Laugh .
1. Read this book or a similar one, or search online publisher/agent websites for current guidelines.

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2011: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! by Jeff Herman

http://www.amazon.com/Hermans-Publishers-Editors-Literary-Agents/dp/1402243375/

2 Choose three publishers/agents to submit a manuscript/query letter/illustration.

a. Read the guidelines of all three publishers/agents.

b. Select the publisher/agent to use this month.

c. Print out a copy of the publisher’s guidelines and save it in your submissions folder.

2. Fine tune your manuscript.

a. Use spell and grammar check with your manuscript.

b. Look for four errors in your manuscript. Read my blog for common errors you might miss unless you search for them: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/look-for-four-writing-errors-when-you-revise/

c. If you’ve been to a writing conference, revise three places in your manuscript using a skill or technique taught that you think will improve it.

d. Here are thirteen books that may help you with your writing skills. They are listed in alphabetical order according to author’s first name. If you click on the title, it’ll take you to Amazon.com. Check out the book from your local library for free or buy it at a book store (local or online). I’ve read all of these books. They each contain excellent advice and tips for improving your story.  Little by little the information and skills soak into your mind. Your skills and knowledge improve. You’ll be able to tell when you’re critiquing someone’s work or reading your favorite book. You’ll say to yourself, “AHA. That’s how to do it.” Your writing gets better. Your critiquing improves. You move one step closer to publication. Even published writers continue to learn more about the craft of writing by reading.

1. Darcy Pattison: Novel Metamorphosis

2. Donald Maass: The Fire in Fiction

3. Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel

4. Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook

5. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Novel

6. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II

7. James N. Frey How to Write a Damn Good Mystery

8. Karl Iglesias: Writing for Emotional Impact

9. Margaret Lucke: Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories

10. Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages

11. Jordan E. Rosenfeld: Make a Scene

12. Katharine Sands: Making the Perfect Pitch

13. Remni Browne and Dave King: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

Week Two Steps for Pub Sub 3rd Fri Smile, Giggle, Laugh.

1. Let your manuscript sit a week in an incubator while you do your query or cover letter, resume, and proposal.

2. If the guidelines say to write a query letter, then write your query letter.

3. If you’re submitting a manuscript or article, write a cover letter to accompany it.

a. Include a strong pitch for your manuscript in your cover letter. A pitch is a 25 word eye-catching, heart-trapping summary of your book or article to hook the attention of the reader, agent, and/or editor. Refer to my blog for more information about writing your pitch: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/how-to-entice-an-editoragent-with-a-pitch-logline.

b. In your cover letter, mention one book, article, or illustration similar to yours and how yours hooks readers and attracts them to it. Each time you write a cover letter, you will improve.

c. If you’re a member of SCBWI, mention that fact in your cover letter. SCBWI has a great reputation with publishers.

d. If this is an exclusive submission, write that in your cover letter. “This is an exclusive submission for three months. On (date 3 months from your submission) I am submitting it to other publishers.” For exclusive submission with an agent, you can limit the time to two months or six weeks. Their guidelines might give you an idea of how much time they usually take. I think giving them a time, keeps you from wondering and gives them reason to respect your choice.

4. Write your resume.

a. Include your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, blog.

b. List all memberships in professional organizations.

c. Include all of your publishing credits.

5. If needed, write your proposal.

Steps for Week Three Smile, Giggle, Laugh:

1. Read out loud a printed out (hard copy) of your manuscript. Make all necessary changes.

2. Print out your manuscript again. Read it aloud, again. Then read it from the bottom to the top, and from right to left. This will help you notice more errors that your might not notice in other ways.

3. If you see errors, correct them.

4. Print out the GO FOR IT copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal.

5. Put one copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in 9×12 envelope

6. Print out and save another copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in a folder called “Submitted Manuscripts.”

7. Make sure you put your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, and blog on your cover letter, proposal, query, and/or manuscript. If it’s an email submission, follow the publisher/editor/agent guidelines about attachments. Many publishers do not accept attachments. Follow their guidelines.

8. Print out label for 9×12 inch envelope – use the mailing address in publisher’s guidelines. If it is an exclusive submission, mark it as such on the outside of the envelope.

9. Enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope, if the guidelines ask for one.

10. Put sufficient postage on the envelope.

11. Leave the envelope with all the items inside over night (24 hours is good).

Pub Sub 3rd Friday Laugh, Smile, Laugh
13. Check your manuscript, cover letter, proposal, and resume Friday morning.

14. Put addressed, stamped envelope with your PUB SUB in a mailbox or email. Say a prayer. Ask God to bless this submission. Say to yourself: I allow myself to receive a positive response, such as, “Yes, I’d like to publish this manuscript.”

Each time you submit, you will get better and better. In case you’re not ready on the third Friday of this month, go to my website and print out a rain check: http://www.joanyedwards.com/pubsub3rdfri.htm.

See my other Pub Sub 3rd Fri posts for more information: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/category/writing/pub-sub-3rd-fri.

Thank you for reading my blog. Good luck in publishing your work. Let me know if Pub Sub 3rd Fri helps you get published. Please sign up for an email subscription from the “Sign me up” block from the top of the left hand column.

The 50th person to subscribe by email from the left will receive a free paperback copy of Flip Flap Floodle or a 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer.

January 11-18th There are three ways to have a chance to win a free copy of “Jeff Herman’s Guide to Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents:”

1. Visit my blog and leave a comment on my blog review of his book.

2. Visit my blog and leave a comment on my blog interview with Jeff Herman

3. Visit my blog and sign up for an email subscription to my blog.

Smile, Giggle, Laugh

Happy New Year!

Joan Y. Edwards

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Joy Acey Says Pub Sub Works


Participant Badge of Pub Sub 3rd Fri

“Joy Acey Says Pub Sub Works” by Joan Y. Edwards

It’s time to fill Your Writer’s Bag of Success with Submissions on the next third Friday to come around. You may say, “I’m too busy. Honor yourself. Take the time to submit at least one submission before the next month ends. Let this be your gift to yourself.

I am happy to announce that on November 23, 2010, Joy Acey wrote the following:

“Hey Joan,

It worked!  I offered to read a poem for the local community radio station and they asked me to come in and record it.  I went last night and had a ball.  I was wowed watching the announcer digitally edit out my submitted beginning on one word.  I learned so much from this experience.  I even got to record my counting Christmas poem.  And as I was leaving they gave me a copy of one of the poems on CD with the announce and closing on it. Thank you for 3rd Friday.  It certainly helped me. JOY.”

Joy Acey’s Christmas poem was aired on the radio station KXCI  91.3 on Dec. 24th, 26th, 28th, and 29th, 2010. It was a great experience for Joy and all the listeners. You can leave her a comment below.

I hope you’ll join Pub Subbers. Our goal commitment is to submit an article, poem, puzzle, devotion, illustration, short story, picture book, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, adult novel, play, song, or movie to a publisher on the third Friday of each month for a whole year.

If you haven’t submitted lately, spend the next three weeks getting your creative work ready to send off. Start today to say, “I can do it.” Let me hear you shout, “Yes, yes. I can do it. I have the power to do it. I CAN DO IT.”

Besides a manuscript or article, below are the resources you need to accomplish your Pub Sub goal:

Steps for Week One
1. Read this book or a similar one, or search online publisher/agent websites for current guidelines.

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2011: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! by Jeff Herman http://www.amazon.com/Hermans-Publishers-Editors-Literary-Agents/dp/1402243375/

2  Choose three publishers/agents to submit a manuscript/query letter/illustration.

a. Read the guidelines of all three publishers/agents.

b. Select the publisher/agent to use this month.

c. Print out a copy of the publisher’s guidelines and save it in your submissions folder.

  1. Fine tune your manuscript

a. Use spell and grammar check with your manuscript.

b. Look for four errors in your manuscript. Read my blog for common errors you might miss unless you search for them: https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/look-for-four-writing-errors-when-you-revise/

c. If you’ve been to a writing conference, revise three places in your manuscript using a skill or technique taught that you think will improve it.

d. Here are ten books that may help you with your writing skills. If you click on the title, it’ll take you to Amazon.com. Check out the book from your local library for free or purchase it at a book store (local or online). I’ve read all of these books. They each contain excellent advice and tips for improving your story. Little by little the information and skills soak into your mind. Your skills and knowledge improve. You’ll be able to tell when you’re critiquing someone’s work or reading your favorite book. You’ll say to yourself, “AHA. That’s how to do it.” Your writing gets better. Your critiquing improves. You move one step closer to publication. Even published writers continue to learn more about the craft of writing by reading.

  1. Remni Browne and Dave King: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
  2. Donald Maass: The Fire in Fiction
  3. Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel
  4. Donald Maass: Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook
  5. Karl Iglesias: Writing for Emotional Impact
  6. Margaret Lucke: Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories
  7. Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages
  8. Darcy Pattison: Novel Metamorphosis
  9. Jordan E. Rosenfeld: Make a Scene
  10. Katharine Sands: Making the Perfect Pitch

Week Two Steps for Pub Sub 3rd Fri

  1. Let your manuscript sit a week in an incubator while you do your query or cover letter, resume, and proposal.
  2. If the guidelines say to write a query letter, then write your query letter.

  3. If you’re submitting a manuscript or article, write a cover letter to accompany it.

a. Include a strong pitch for your manuscript in your cover letter. A pitch is a 25 word eye-catching, heart-trapping summary of your book or article to hook the attention of the reader, agent, and/or editor.  Refer to my blog for more information about writing your pitch:  https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/how-to-entice-an-editoragent-with-a-pitch-logline.

b. In your cover letter, mention one book, article, or illustration similar to yours and how yours hooks readers and attracts them to it. Each time you write a cover letter, you will improve.

c. If you’re a member of SCBWI, mention that fact in your cover letter. SCBWI has a great reputation with publishers.

d. If this is an exclusive submission, write that in your cover letter. “This is an exclusive submission for three months. On (date 3 months from your submission) I am submitting it to other publishers.” For exclusive submission with an agent, you can limit the time to two months or six weeks. Their guidelines might give you an idea of how much time they usually take. I think giving them a time, keeps you from wondering and gives them reason to respect your choice.

4. Write your resume.

  • a. Include your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, blog.
  • b. List all memberships in professional organizations.
  • c. Include all of your publishing credits.
  1. If needed, write your proposal.

Steps for Week Three:
1. Read out loud a printed out (hard copy) of your manuscript. Make all necessary changes.

  1. Print out your manuscript again. Read it aloud, again. Then read it from the bottom to the top, and from right to left. This will help you notice more errors that your might not notice in other ways.
  • If you see errors, correct them.

  • Print out the GO FOR IT copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal.

  • Put one copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in 9×12 envelope

  • Print out and save another copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in a folder called “Submitted Manuscripts.”

  • Make sure you put your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, and blog on your cover letter, proposal, query, and/or manuscript. If it’s an email submission, follow the publisher/editor/agent guidelines about attachments. Many publishers do not accept attachments. Follow their guidelines.

  • Print out label for 9×12 inch envelope – use the mailing address in publisher’s guidelines. If it is an exclusive submission, mark it as such on the outside of the envelope.

  • Enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope, if the guidelines ask for one.

  • Put sufficient postage on the envelope.

  • Leave the envelope with all the items inside over night (24 hours is good).

  • Pub Sub Day
    13. Check your manuscript, cover letter, proposal, and resume Friday morning.

    1. Put addressed, stamped envelope with your PUB SUB in a mailbox or email. Say a prayer. Ask God to bless this submission. Say to yourself: I allow myself to receive a positive response, such as, “Yes, I’d like to publish this manuscript.”

    Thank you for reading my blog.  Good luck in publishing your work. Let me know if Pub Sub 3rd Fri helps you get published. Please sign up for an email subscription from the “Sign me up” block from the top of the left hand column. .

    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

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