Thursday, February 21, 2013

GUEST BLOGGER SUSAN REICHERT: E-HELP FOR WRITERS (and GIVEAWAYS!!)

E-gads!!  Julie here, and in this world of e-mail, e-blasts, e-books, e-newspapers, e-checks, e-tickets, and e-zines, a person can go e-crazy if they aren’t up on the best e-whatever out there.

So, to save you time and research into what the best Christian e-magazine (and also in print) is for Christian writers, look no further. Today’s special guest is at the helm of what I consider to be, hands-down, one of the BEST Christian e-magazines for writers (or readers) on the market — Southern Writers Magazine — offering authors a unique forum in which to share secrets of success in building reader networks and name recognition, instructional articles, success stories, marketing, and inspiration. Please give a warm welcome to today's guest, Susan Reichert, editor-in-chief of Southern Writers Magazine.

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Think of Southern Writers Magazine as your virtual promotional assistant. Instead of you handling all your promotion work, we are going to do some for you.

We provide the venues that generate avenues for your readers to come, see, and hear your work. It is a known fact that when readers hear an author read from their book it automatically creates a relationship between the reader and the author. Odds are greater readers will buy your books after hearing you read excerpts — it will be your voice they hear in their heads.

As I’ve told many authors before, hearing an author read from his/her book is about as close as most readers are going to get to an author. You create a relationship with the reader which is great because they will buy your books, but it goes a step beyond … they become a part of your marketing team. They will talk you up as an author to their family, friends, people they work with. They will tell everyone who will listen about your book they just finished. They will take this enthusiasm and information and spread it out on the social media highway. Their followers are interested in what they have to say, so through this, you will gain a new audience as well as new followers and book buyers.

As all authors know, the more places your name and books appear, the greater your exposure. However, authors have a great deal to do in today’s realm. They aren’t able to spend the required amount of time it takes to market every day. Authors have to write, get their work published, spend some time on the social media highway, maintain and keep records, blog and keep website up-to-date. However, this isn’t all … writers also have family duties and responsibilities.

To make it easier, Southern Writers Magazine created Take Five, where authors come and upload their audio — a reading from their books. We'll be happy to provide a customized button promoting your appearance, which you can put on your website, blog and social media, and even email out to family, friends and co-workers. People can click on the button and hear your reading. It does the marketing and promoting for you. It’s easy for an author to do several readings from their books … then that can go out on your social media and blog. You don't even have to write new words, you just take what you've already written and upload and excerpt to Take Five.  It’s a great way to save you time and energy, allowing you more time to write.

In addition, to promote the author’s books we created Mic Nite. This is for authors to upload their book covers, perfect for when an author has a new book coming out and you want to showcase that book. You can list book signings, contests, and use either text or audio giving them a 150-word description of the book. This promotional venue is great to put different book covers on throughout the year, enticing your readers to buy other books you have.

Book trailers are here to stay. And quite frankly I love to watch them. It gives me just enough to whet my appetite, making me want to get the book immediately.  Must Read TV was created for author’s book trailers.  If you have a video trailer on YouTube, Must Read TV is the perfect place to submit it to be seen by an audience of avid readers. Southern Writers Magazine subscribers post on Take Five, Mic Nite, and Must Read TV for free.

We also created Suite T, the author’s blog, for authors to be able to come together to share information on writing with each other. They discuss techniques and tips on writing success — what works for them. This is the information we as writers want to know. We want a community we can come and talk with each other.

Southern Writers Magazine was created for authors.  It is our mission to help authors promote their books and get their names out into the mainstream. We are all about Southern hospitality. We offer writers a unique forum to share and learn secrets of success.

Our magazine, online and in print, is full of successful authors, such as Julie Lessman in our November/December 2012 issue, who share their beginnings and their secrets of success. They give information that will help other writers.

We hope you will visit Southern Writers Magazine.

GIVEAWAYS: (magazine subscriptions and winner's choice of my books)
 
Southern Writers Magazine has graciously offered everyone who reads this post on Seekerville a gift of the November/December online issue to see Julie Lessman’s article and read what she shared with the writing world.  I encourage you to check out the link to this issue for great articles all around and to give you a taste of "Southern Living." The link is: http://www.southernwritersmagazine.com/novdec.

In addition, Southern Writers Magazine is also offering FIVE 1-year online subscriptions, a $30 value, so leave a comment and your name will be entered in the drawing. GOOD LUCK!!

FINALLY ... because I believe SO strongly in the quality and mission of Southern Writers Magazine, when you check the magazine out for yourself at the link above and let me know that you did so in your comment,  I will toss your name in the hat for winner's choice of any of my books, including a printed edition of A Light in the Window or my upcoming release Love at Any Cost. It's a GREAT magazine, so GOOD LUCK!!

PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to be a “Southern” writer to take advantage of Southern Writers Magazine—it’s open to all Christian writers.


SUSAN REICHERT'S BIO:
Susan Reichert is the Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine, a magazine for authors.

Susan Reichert discovered one of her life’s purposes when she began to write. First, it was short stories as a child. Some Saturday afternoons you could find Susan and friends acting out the stories. After the fourth grade however, her writing took a back seat to doing what kids do. After marriage and a child, she began writing her feelings and life in general in journals.

After her second child was born, Susan’s writing moved into writing ads for her company, resumes for executives, and speeches. Later in life, realizing how much writing meant to her and how much she like to help others succeed, she created a small women’s executive magazine highlighting women who were successful in overcoming obstacles and succeeding in their business endeavors. She wrote articles about management styles, how to hone executive skills while doing seminars, and working with companies in training their employees.

When Susan retired, she went back to writing in journals and began writing prayers and the lessons she was learning through studying the bible. She began a writers group, CC Writers, and within a few months saw the need for a magazine for authors; one that would help promote authors and their books. She found her other life’s purpose – Southern Writers Magazine was born. She and select writer friends joined forces and created not just the magazine – online and in print – but created three promotional venues for authors, an online radio show, an online bookstore, and an author’s blog.

Susan Reichert writes every day for the magazine, interviewing authors. Occasionally, when she grabs some time, she will write for her own purposes. She lives in Tennessee with her husband.

 

153 comments:

Melissa Jagears said...

Oooh, throw me in for a subscription. I know why there are online versions of magazines, but I just can't make myself read them, though I flipped through it. But magazines are my "sit next to the cereal bowl" reading--not that I do that much anymore since the 2 year old basically sits on my lap and eats half my cereal before I can though he just ate his own. :)

Helen Gray said...

Like Melissa, I can't make myself read online magaines. I can't read them curled up in bed.

Coffee's ready for those who need a cuppa while reading.

Helen

Julie Lessman said...

A HUGE WELCOME TO SUSAN REICHERT!!!

And Susan, in your honor, we have a full Southern buffet including Southern pecan pie, cheese grits,Jasmine buttermilk chocolate chip pancakes, Lowcountry Sausage, English Muffin with Creole Mustard Béarnaise, Lowcountry Potatoes with Blue Crab Hollandaise, Sweet Country Bread with cinnamon honey butter, selection of maple-cured bacon, Red-eye ham and black-eyed peas, chicken-apple sausage, vanilla bourbon French toast and a selection of coffees and teas.

Dive in!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

MELISSA ... I will admit that it takes some getting used to online magazines, but I really enjoy it now. Of course, I never read magazines before at all, so this is something new for me and I truly believe it's the way of the future.

Okay, girl, your name's in the hat for both contests -- a free subscription and my book giveaway, so GOOD LUCK!!

Hugs,
Julie

Abbi Hart said...

I just checked it out! It's a pretty cool magazine and I loved reading the articles about some authors I love!

Julie Lessman said...

HELEN, BLESS YOU for always setting the coffee up, girl -- you are priceless!!

Southern Writers Magazine is not just a magazine, understand, but a fabulous tool for the aspiring and published writer, so take a look at it, girl!! It's may not be something you want to curl up with in bed, but your writing career might like to curl up with it now and in the future! ;)

Hugs,
Julie

Connie Queen said...

WOW. What a fantastic idea for promotion.

Correct me if I'm wrong Susan, but doesn't Southern Writers occasionally offers writing contests?

Vince said...

Hi Julie:

I just read your interview in Southern Writers and I’m shocked that you impersonated a nun to get into a movie using a genuine habit only to be busted by the real nuns! That needs to wind up in the “Catholic Digest”.

I can just imagine that poor priest who heard your confession on Saturday afternoon.

“Bless me father for I have sinned. It has been one week since my last confession. I used a genuine habit and impersonated a nun.”

The priest:

“My child you must have received 'the call'. I think instead of penance, I going to give you a plenary indulgence. Go forth in peace and I recommend the Dominicans.”

BTW: I’m not kidding. ”Catholic Digest” might publish a version of your interview.

Please put me down for a subscription.

Vince

Cindy W. said...

I flipped through the magazine and I can see it is packed full of information. I intend on spending some time in it when I have a block of time available this evening. Loved the Writers rendition of T'was the Night Before Christmas.

Please toss my name in the hat for a subscription (and one of your books Julie).

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

Narelle Atkins said...

I like online magazines, one reason being I can't easily lose them and forget where I put the paper copy. Julie, I enjoyed your nun story :) The Take 5 audio promo sounds really cool - I wonder how an Aussie accent would translate?

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Oh, this is lovely! Susan, thank you for coming to Seekerville today and for all you do for Christian authors! What a blessing you are.

Julie....

You dressed up as a nun? That's so funny. We used to play "sister" when we were kids, we'd use lengths of stuff, material I suppose, at my friend's house and we'd drape it on and walk prayerfully and WISELY through the house. I can imagine now how funny we looked, but we were utterly sincere little girls.

And this breakfast.

OH MY STARS, I cannot walk away from this despite it being Lent! :) Thank you for more Southern hospitality. SUSAN, I think Nashville has become my fave "small city" to visit. So friendly, to pretty, so welcoming. I love coming there.

Thank you both for this glimpse into the magazine world!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I just popped over to the website and there is a Hard copy PRINT edition and an online edition!

So for you non-computer-magazine readers, you can get it in hard copy!

natashametzler.com said...

Loved hearing about this Magazine! I will definitely check it out.

Jackie said...

Hi Susan,

Welcome to Seekerville.

I love to look at magazines while I'm eating or watching sports or sitting in the car.

I visited your web version, and it's nice too.

Please toss my name in the hat.
Thanks!

Jackie L.

Tom Threadgill said...

Flipping through the pages now. So glad to get a sample! I do enjoy reading e-mags since I can never bring myself to throw old paper ones in the trash. Saving a PDF is the way to go!

Debby Giusti said...

Susan,
Thanks for what you do for writers and for being with us in Seekerville today.

Anything Southern is always fun! Did Julie include grits in the breakfast buffet?

Congrats on your success. On a run today, but I'll read your magazine when I return later. Something to look forward to at the end of the day.

Ah, lest anyone think I'm REALLY running...NO! Just have to leave the house early. No physical fitness involved. :)

Lindi said...

Susan--Hi!! Thanks for all the info on the magazine. Can't wait to flip through the Nov/Dec issue. :)

Pepper said...

However, Julie, If you ARE Southern it just makes the read SWEETER ;-) Like the tea ;-)
LOL
GREAT post. Loved learning about Southern Writers Magazine.

Pepper said...

Thanks for the wonderful post and offer, Susan.
What a great magazine!!

Audra Harders said...

Good morning, Susan and Julie! So glad to have you with us today.

The more avenues that open up to promote our work, the more excited I get. I love audio books and being able to hear my favorite author read a section of their work is a thrill.

Thanks for sharing with us and mega-thanks for all you do!

Bridgett Henson said...

I love this magazine! Enter me, please.

Julie, loved your interview and I also see that our friend Melanie Dickerson was interviewed as well.

Welcome, Susan.

karenk said...

Please count me in...Thanks for sharing Julie's article ;)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Missy Tippens said...

Susan, welcome! We're so glad you joined us. Thanks so much for all you offer to authors. Your magazine is beautiful! I've been really impressed with it since I first saw a copy.

Tina Pinson said...

Would like to be entered. I have a couple e-zines I read from time to time. Heard of reading snippets from stories, but never really thought of it for myself.

Thanks for a look at the magazine.

Blessings

Tina.

Missy Tippens said...

LOL, Debby! I was trying to picture you going running, and just couldn't do so! :)

Marianne Barkman said...

Yes, Debby, there are cheese grits...is that southern enough? As i was checking out the magazine and reading the post i was wondering, how can i as a reviewer use this to help my friends? Any ideas Susan? i love my authors, and even though i haven't heard them, or met them, they are family! (only some, of course, like those on seekerville and the inkspers and a few select ones)
Thanks for the coffee.

Susan said...

Hi Melissa, I too like to read the magazine, holding it in my hand. So for those of us who do like to do that there is our printed version.

Susan said...

I hear that Melissa, with a two year old we as mother's are lucky to do any reading. Our magazine is in print, I still like holding a magazine in my hand and reading. Try it out. www.southernwritersmagazine.com.

Marianne Barkman said...

oh, i forgot...Julie i would love to have my name put in the mix for a giveaway! i am looking forward to your next novel, and i want to reread your first ones, too!

mitzi

Susan said...

Me too Melissa, I still like to hold magazines in my hand. We are in print. Hope you will try it.

Susan said...

Me too Melissa, I like holding the magazine in my hand. Check it out.

Susan said...

Helen, I agree it is still nice to curl up with a good magazine in bed and feel those pages as we turn them. Try our printed magazine. I think you will like it.

Susan said...

Well Julie, you just found a way to my heart! I love a Southern buffet and Southern pecan pie is my very favorite pie.
Thanks for having me on Seekerville.

Susan said...

Hi Abbi, glad you like the magazine and especially glad we had authors in there you like. We enjoy all the authors we interview. They are warm and sharing people so willing to help others.

Susan said...

Hi Connie, yes, in fact we have a contest going right now. Prizes are bigger than last years. Of course the top winners will have their work published in a special edition of "Short Stories". Check it out on our website www.southernwritersmagazine.com

Susan said...

Cindy I am so glad you like the magazine. You will find some wonderful words from authors and especially from Julie in her article.

Susan said...

Narelle your accent would be great...readers would love it.

CatMom said...

Welcome Susan! I LOVE Southern Writers magazine, and need to renew my subscription (ooops)---I prefer the hard copy, but that's just me. And in honor of your visit, I've baked one of my Georgia Peach cobblers and some Georgia Peach muffins--ENJOY!
Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo

Susan said...

Ruth thank you for your kind words I appreciate them very much.

Susan said...

natashametzler...glad you liked what you heard. Delighted you are going to check us out.

Susan said...

Thanks Jackie, we hope you enjoy reading about these wonderful authors.

Susan said...

Thanks Tom, emag's are great to keep things neat and tidy.

Susan said...

Thank you Debby. We hope you enjoy our magazine.

Susan said...

Hi Lindi, we hope you will enjoy reading about the authors. They are delightful people and are so willing to share.

Susan said...

Thank you Pepper, we love promoting authors.

Susan said...

Hi Audra, thank you so much. I too love audio...but more than that, I love hearing the author read from their books. It just draws me into that world.

Susan said...

Hi Bridgett, so glad you love the magazine. We were so delighted to interview Julie and Melanie.

Susan said...

karenk, we were delighted to share this magazine. We hope you enjoy.

Susan said...

Thank you Missy, I am delighted to be here. So glad you like the magazine. We hope you will check out all our venues including the radio show.

Susan said...

Thank you Missy, I am delighted to be here. So glad you like the magazine. We hope you will check out all our venues including the radio show.

Susan said...

Thank you Tina, check out Take Five at www.southernwritrsmagazine.com and hear some of the authors read from their books. You will love it.

Susan said...

Hi Marianne,Check out Take Five and hear some of those authors. Perhaps some of your favorite authors are there, if not you might could suggest Take Five to them. If you would like to brainstorm about that feel free to email me susan@southernwritersmag.com

Susan said...

Hi Catmom...hope you will renew your subscription soon. We miss you. So glad to hear you love the magazine. It is such a joy to put this magazine out. What I want to know is where is my bowl of that Georgia peach cobbler? I can taste it now.

Julie Lessman said...

HOLY COW, I step away for shut-eye, and BOOM ... things are jumping, as I knew they would be!! This magazine is just TOO GOOD not to cause a stir!!


VINCE SAID: "I just read your interview in Southern Writers and I’m shocked that you impersonated a nun to get into a movie using a genuine habit only to be busted by the real nuns! That needs to wind up in the “Catholic Digest”."

LOL, VINCE, can't imagine you would be shocked over anything I would do -- have you not read my books?? Where do you think Charity gets her antics?? (And yes, I really have done things like faked crying with crackers in my eyes and hiding in back seats of cars ... ;)

I have to say, Vince -- you have given me more great ideas (i.e. Catholic Digest) in the short time I've known you -- what an IDEA MAN you are, my friend!!

Hugs,
Julie

Mary Connealy said...

Hi, Susan. Thanks so much for being on today.
I'm at work and my work computer doesn't have sound on it, I'd love to listen to some of those readings. I'll do it later, when I'm driven from my place of work by the oncoming blizzard!!!!!!!!!

Julie Lessman said...

Thanks, NARELLE ... for reading my article. I have to admit -- I looked pretty good as a nun. ;) Of course, I was 16 at the time. ;)


RUTHY ... I can't believe you haven't heard the nun story before!! It's one of my staple stories in all my interviews!!

PEPPER ... I must admit, I am not Southern, much to my shame, but Southern Pecan Coffee is one of my favorites, so does that count??? Also, the initials GWTW are tatooed on my shoulder, so surely that counts for something (just teasing ... no tatoos, but if I did, it would say "Frankly, my dear ..."


Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Thanks, BRIDGETT, for reading the article -- you're in both contests, girlfriend!!


DEBBY!!! Bite your tongue -- of course I included grits!!


MARIANNE (MITZI) ... thanks SO much for reading my books, my friend -- SO appreciate it!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

SUSAN ... I knew I liked you, girl!! Southern Pecan Pie bonds like few other things!!


PATTI JO ... you sweet thing!!! I knew I could count on you for peach cobbler!! BLESS YOU!!

Hugs,
Julie

Vince said...

Hi Susan:

I just love paper magazines. The pages don’t jump around on the screen, you can Xerox them, put post-a-notes where you want, read them wherever you happen to be, there is no battery problem and if you lose them, you didn’t lose a computer,too. You can let others read your old copies without giving them your computer and you can donate the old copies to organizations who welcome such gifts.

However, I can’t read the small type found in magazines any longer so the e-version is a life saver! I’m so happy there are ebooks! And e-magazine! Glory be.

MARKETING QUESTION: Can authors have someone else read their book passages? A bad reading can make good writing seem awful.

How about a little recorded interview where a good reader reads a passage then asks the author to comment on that passage? This could be done several times. If the passages are well selected, this could even be more powerful than a simple reading. (For example: the author’s comment could be how she really had 9 sisters and how she was the Charity in her family!!!)

BTW: I have only read Julie’s interview in your magazine but I can tell you that I love your layout and graphics. It looks like a 5-Star magazine. Now I have to go back and read Melanie Dickerson’s interview. (And I can make the type as big as I want to!)

Thanks for the free issue.

Vince

Jan Drexler said...

Thanks for the heads up on this great magazine, Julie and Susan!

I downloaded my copy and will start reading it later today - looking forward to Julie's interview :) Impersonating a nun? Really? Isn't that against some law somewhere?

Julia M. Reffner said...

Please count me in for this subscription. I've been eying this magazine for a while. Haha, Melissa. I can relate to the cereal bowl comment. Children bring a whole new dimension to reading. I prefer paper but am enjoying the exta space on my shelves now that most of my magazines are on Kindle.

Susan said...

Hi Mary, you are so welcome. What a great place to come and meet people who are into writing. Hope you will enjoy listening to Take Five. Keep safe in the blizzard.

Julie Lessman said...

VINCE ... thanks for reading my interview and I totally agree with you -- Southern Writers Magazine is one of the classiest and best layouts I've seen. Sooooo easy to read!!


JAN ... LOL ... no, there's no law against impersonating a nun, I don't think ... just penance. And believe me, when the nuns from my high school found out, I paid plenty!! :)


Hugs,
Julie

Vince said...

Hi Susan:

ANOTHER MARKETING QUESTION:

I was thinking of Mary Connealy’s books and how perfect they would be for a dramatization! Like the old Gun Smoke radio shows. You could have it read by two people having a conversation, male and female voices, and add sound effects. (There would have to be gunshots, of course. There could also be the sound of wind, a camp fire crackling, a coyote howling in the distance and horses approaching. Or how about a heroine being swept away in a river!)

Making dramatizations of Mary’s books would be a dream marketing job! ☺☻☺

Would your magazine allow such creativity?

Vince

Susan said...

Hi Vince,Thank you for your kind words. Yes, to answer your first question, you can have someone else read an excerpt from your book, you just announce it in the beginning of the audio.

As to the second question, you might want to use Mic Nite for that. As for questions and answers on Take Five it could be done.

Susan said...

That's a great idea Vince, I will have to meet with out creative department and see what we could do. We are always looking for ways to promote authors and their books that are unique.
Thank you.

Cheryl Hart said...

Wow! Southern Writers magazine provides wonderful opportunities for writers to promote! Please enter me in the giveaways. And I hope you don't mind--I more than nibbled at the buffet. ;)

Heading to the online version now...

Susan said...

Julia, we are glad you have been eyeing the magazine, we hope you will check out this issue and find wonderful secrets from the authors.

Susan said...

Cheryl,we do have great opportunities for authors to promote their books. Always looking for other creative ways too.

Susan said...

Hi Jan, hope you enjoy the magazine and find great nuggets of wisdom from the authors.

Christina Rich said...

Wow! I have heard authors talk about thiz magazine, but had not checked it out. On my way to do that now.

Would love to be entered for.subscription.

Kimberly said...

Looks like a great magazine! I clicked the link and browsed, but it's so hard to read a magazine on my computer. I wish the print version wasn't so expensive. I have a hard time reading on line magazines.
Great article too! Thanks.:)

Tina Radcliffe said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Susan. And you didn't mention that great Short Story Contest that is going on at Southern Writers!

Vince said...

Hi Susan:

I just read your Melanie Dickerson interview and you ended with a great tag line:

“Melanie Dickerson has developed a knack for taking her readers into an ‘Ever After’ world where fairy tales really do come true.”

As a marketing guy, I just have to know. Did you write this line or was it from Melanie’s promotional literature? I sure would like to have written this myself.

Vince

Vince said...

Hi Julie:

You just gave me a great idea for a short short story to enter into one of those quickie contests.

Like in Sandra’s book, “Cody the Coyote”, where a coyote wants to be dog, our young lady heroine wants to be a nun but does not want to wait until she is old enough. So she dresses up as a nun, using a real habit, and joins the real nuns each night as they pray their rosary out loud in the convent chapel very near her home. She gets caught and goes to confession and for her penance she must say a rosary with the nuns. In effect, the punishment is the same as the sin!

Can you spell: ‘O’Henry’?

BTW: I’m still at home on pain pills. If this is silly, it’s the pills. If it’s good, it’s me. ☺☺☺

Vince

P.S. Now I have to do an eleven page homework assignment for my Scrivener’s online course. I’ll be gone until tonight. : )

DebH said...

I clicked over the the magazine and am having a look-see at the Nov/Dec edition. Wow! It's packed with cool stuff.

I was just wondering, where's the Lessman Nun Story? I'm uber curious now that I've seen references to it in the comments.

Oh, and I saw the writing contest and may have a go at that. I've got a week to hone 1500 words (and a toddler craving mommy time - no problem... :P ). Gonna try though...

Would love to be in the running for a sub or whatever else is on offer. I will bookmark the magazine site. I love e-mags. They take up less space in my house.

Southern Writers Magazine is quite impressive. Thanks for introducing me to its existence.

Emily said...

Wow...looks like a great magazine! I'm really excited! Thanks for the chance to win...(as well as to win one of Julie's books! Eeeep!) Can't wait to see the outcome! ;)

Emreilly303(at)gmail(dot)com

Pam Hillman said...

Love Southern Christian Writers Magazine. What a great resource!

And, I like the play on words for "Suite T".

Made me smile the first time I saw it! :)

DebH said...

oop. never mind the Nun story question. found it!

oh, my mom would have a good laugh at it. i don't think i would've had the guts to do something like that at that age. *sigh*

Annie Rains said...

Yay for a free online issue of Southern Writer! I just checked it out and if I don't win the subscription, I may have to order it myself :)

I'm definitely a southern writer, here on the coast of North Carolina.

Happy Thursday, Seekerville!

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Ruth Logan Herne said...

What a hoppin', happenin' place!!! ♥

I'm dropping off trays of homemade white chocolate macadamia nut cookies I'm making for Saturday's Yankee Belle Cafe blog, and the lot o' youse are my testers! Let me know if the ratio is right: white chocolate/nuts/cookie...

If nothing else, life is all about ratios.

But that Southern Pecan Pie... Oh, I am over-the-top in on that! Susan, I love that you're working to promote Christian authors. Truly, you bless us with that focus and Julie's escapades notwithstanding, it is a hoot to see how we all ended up where we are...


This industry has just taken off and we're blessed to have folks like you help get the word out. Huge thanks.

And your advertising prices are probably too reasonable.... But I just might have to talk to you before I talk you into raising them! I popped into the website to see because we love throwing big blasts here in Seekerville to keep nudging us all toward that grand goal of royalty-paying publication, and I thought WOW

Knowing what we pay for pages in RWR or ACFW's Journal, (no longer available in print) your ads seem delightfully low-priced and you have a solid and growing readership....

I gotta tell you, that's a temptation right there because who wouldn't want to reach 3-4K people for a few hundred dollars????

Kudos to you.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS SAKES TO BETSY, I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS!!!! I E-MAILED MARY EARLIER AND SAID... 999 999 999.... I'M WAITING AND WATCHING FOR THAT 1000TH VISITOR!!!!

THEY NEED A PRIZE PACKAGE!

THEY NEED A FREE TOOTHBRUSH!!!!

THEY NEED A CHANCE TO TALK TO TWO SEEKERS OF THEIR CHOICE (note the value of the prizes is going down as common sense kicks in!!!)

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! HUZZZAAAAAAA


SUH-WEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!!

Susan said...

Thanks Ruth for your kind words. We want to make sure authors have the opportunity to advertise at reasonable rates. Since that is a great way to get their book out to readers. The magazine is now being seen at conferences. Which helps the authors that are in the magazine.

We know we were called to start this magazine. One of the things the magazine is doing is getting Christian authors into the secular realm. We want to help authors put good words out into the world.

Come see us.

Susan said...

You're right Mary, I did. Congratulations to Seekerville.

Susan said...

Hi Annie, glad you are check out the magazine. We are glad you like it.

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Susan said...

Hi Pam,
Thank you so much for such nice words. So many people make comments about Suite T. Thank you for yours.

Susan said...

Hi Emily, we hope you find the magazine helpful and to your liking.

Susan said...

DebH thank you so much. We are delighted you are excited about our magazine. Yes please do check out the contest. Nice cash prizes, subscriptions and best of all the winners including the top ten runner ups will be published in a special magazine edition

Susan said...

Vince
Glad you liked the article on Melanie. As to the sentence you asked about. I don't know if our writer Londa came up with that or if it was on Melanie's material. I will have to get Londa to tell me.

Susan said...

Hi Tina,

Thank you. This is a great place, Seekerville.

We do have a contest going on right now. Hope you enter and wish you much success. The winners have nice prizes especially being published in a special magazine edition. People can find information on our website, www.southernwritersmagazine.com.

Susan said...

Kimberly, Glad you like the magazine. Try one of our single printed issues.

Susan said...

Hi Christina, hope you like the magazine. We have wonderful authors who share so much. They enjoy giving advice on their techniques.

Julie Lessman said...

VINCE SAID: "You just gave me a great idea for a short short story to enter into one of those quickie contests."

LOL ... well, it's about time I gave YOU some ideas, Vincent, instead of the other way around!! GO FOR IT!!!

VINCE ALSO SAID: "BTW: I’m still at home on pain pills. If this is silly, it’s the pills. If it’s good, it’s me. ☺☺☺"

LOL ... pain pills or straight, you are one of the MOST CREATIVE human beings we have ever met, my friend, so YAY that you are part of our Seekerville community -- a definite asset!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

DEB H ... soooo glad you found the "Lessman Nun Story." I've heard of Nun Story" with Audrey Hepburn, but the Lessman Nun Story is not as quite well known, but maybe after being in Southern Writers Magazine???

WHOO-HOO, SUSAN!!!!! Thanks for being the guest that put us over to 1,000 members!!!

Where's Jack??? We need to par-tee!!!

Hugs,
Julie

Digging for Pearls said...

Wow! I just checked out the link from the Nov/Dec magazine. It is great.

I'm like Melissa and Helen, I love a physical copy I can hold in my hands.

Thanks for letting us know about a great resource, and welcome Susan.

Blessings,
Jodie Wolfe

Susan said...

Hi Jodie,

Thank you for your reception of myself and the magazine. If you like print then by all means go to our website www.southernwritersmagazine.com. We do have single prints available!

Susan said...

Julie
Thank you for inviting me. Love Seekerville. Everyone is so nice.

Congratulations on 1,000!

Susan said...

Vince,

Talked with out creative department and they said the answer was yes. If someone wanted to create a 5-minute dramatization as an excerpt, that would be perfect for Take Five. Thanks.

Julie Hilton Steele said...

Always looking for marvelous resources. Put me in for the drawing. And,yes, I am Southern!

Peace, Julie

Walt Mussell said...

Thanks for the link to the magazine. Any article on Julie is worthwhile reading. (Admittedly, I will check out the artcle on my agent, Terry Burns, as well.)

Annette Cole Mastron said...

Hi to Susan, the best boss ever! Check out Southern Writers Magazine's blog, Suite T http://southernwritersmagazine.blogspot.com/ for all the great writing tips, tricks and encouragement from fellow authors.

Julie Lessman said...

WALT SAID: "Thanks for the link to the magazine. Any article on Julie is worthwhile reading. (Admittedly, I will check out the artcle on my agent, Terry Burns, as well.)"

LOL ... I'm sure Terry would appreciate that, Walt, as do it!! I knew I liked you ... ;)

Hugs,
Julie

Susan said...

Hi Annette, I see I coached you well in what to say. LOL Thanks for tooting Suite T.

Susan said...

Walt

I agree, any article on Julie is worth while reading. I have certainly enjoyed getting to know her and love her writing.

Susan said...

Hi Julie

You will find many resources for promoting authors at Southern Writers Magazine. Mic Nite, Take Five, Must Read TV, "Radio Show", and Suite T. Then we have our online bookstore. Check them out at www.southernwritersmag.com. Hope you enjoy the magazine.

Karla Akins said...

Stories set in the south are my favorite fiction. I am a Yankee, but my favorite books have always been the of the fried chicken and okra variety. I'd love to win a subscription to Southern Writers. My WIP is set on the Mississippi River and my first novel release (due in the fall) is set in the Smoky Mountains. So excited to find this post and to "meet" these southern gals! kkakins at gmail dot com

Jackie Smith said...

I am just a reader, but enjoyed the website! Would love to be entered for a free subscription and most especially for LAAC...hooray Julie!!! Thanks!
jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

Pam Hillman said...

Susan's guest appearance here in Seekerville reminded me to check on a blog post I submitted for Suite T.

304 Stainless Steel Magnolia is slotted to appear on Southern Christian Fiction's Suite T blog on March 25th! :)

Whoo-hoo!

Susan said...

Hi Jackie,

Glad you enjoyed the website, as a reader I bet you would enjoy hearing the authors read from their books on Take Five and would enjoy seeing their book trailers on Must Read TV. You can access those from our website.

Susan said...

Pam,
That is great news, delighted you will be appearing on Suite T. Will mark my calendar.

Susan said...

Pam,
That is great news, delighted you will be appearing on Suite T. Will mark my calendar.

Susan said...

Karla,

Congratulations on your book, how exciting. This Southern gal is glad to meet you. Keep us posted on your book.

Mary Cline said...

To see a need and fill it, even after retirement. Thank you Susan, for a great article and a great magazine which I "thumbed" trough and will will read as I can.

Susan said...

Thank you Mary Cline...you never know what doors He is going to open especially after you retire.

Hope you enjoy the magazine.

Cara Lynn James said...

Susan, welcome to Seekerville! It's funny that all of us are so different -- I love to read anything on line instead of in print. It might have to do with the brightness of a computer and the size of the font. I sound like I'm 100 yrs. old. I feel like it sometimes (often!) but I'm really not.

Love the southern buffet, ladies! And gentlemen.

Susan said...

Hi Cara,

Thank you. I have certainly enjoyed meeting all the lovely people at Seekerville.

Jenny Blake said...

Hey Narelle you dont have an accent and if you look at the map of the world you cant get to much more southern than Australia (except maybe New Zealand and Antartica).

Eva Maria Hamilton said...

Wow, what a great resource! Thanks Julie for introducing me to it! And thanks Susan for all the info :)

EvaMariaHamilton at gmail dot com

Susan said...

Eva Maria

You are most welcome. Hope you enjoy the magazine.

Lyndee H said...

I'd heard about this e-zine, but never seen it before so I enjoyed the tour! Got a kick out of the sound effect of turning the page, too. Thanks, Susan, for the link. There are several articles there that I will be going back to read in detail. Fun to see Melanie and Julie in there, too.

I'm also surprised to learn that this is more than a magazine. There are so many innovative options with the reading features. I love innovative concepts like that and I agree that hearing an author read is very personal and a wonderful way to make a lasting connection. Really delighted to know this is out there for us. Very cool!

Lyndee H said...

Forgive my horrible English in the last post. I'm writing from a phone and apparently that little screen inhibits my ability to read or form sentences!

Susan said...

Thanks Lyndee, glad you like it.

Chill N said...

Gasp! I am embarrassed to admit I never heard of Southern Writers Magazine. I followed the link to the article about Julie, and noticed one about Melanie Dickerson, too. How cool. Lovely magazine. And yes, please enter me in the drawing for a subscription. I am so impressed with all the ways you help writers reach out to readers ... love the idea of having even just a bit of a story read by the author. What a connection.

Thanks for enlightening me Susan and Julie.

Nancy C

Chill N said...

My stars!! Just saw the comment about hitting 1000. Congrats!

Nancy C

Susan said...

Hi Nancy,

Yes we agree, our Take Five is fantastic. We are so glad that it is a great way to promote authors and their books.

Sandra Leesmith said...

HI Susan, This sounds like an authors dream come true. What a lovely post and offer to all of us. I will surely check out your generous gift.

Thanks Julie for bringing Susan to Seekerville. Its always great to meet promotion experts.

Julie Lessman said...

NANCY C ... thanks for checking my article out and Southern Writers Magazine. Don't worry about not knowing about it ... that's what today's blog is all about -- spreading the word!! :)

Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!

Julie

Julie Lessman said...

SUSAN ... I want to thank you SO much for being the HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTEST, girlfriend!! You were wonderful and we will winners will be announced in the Weekend Edition, then I'll send you names and emails, okay?

Hugs,
Julie

Susan said...

Thank you Sandra. Hope you like the magazine.

Susan said...

Julie,
Thank you so much for having me today, I so enjoyed visiting with everyone.

Look forward to getting the winners names.

Thank you everybody...enjoy Southern Writers Magazine.

Mary Preston said...

What a fabulous post today & comments that go down beautifully with a cup of tea.

Jennifer said...

So glad I stopped by today - I've seen Southern Writers before, but needed the reminder. Throw me in for the prize! jfromke at me dot com

jubileewriter said...

This magazine looks great. Can't wait to read it from cover to cover.This is one of those online magazine I would take the time to read.

jubileewriter said...

This magazine looks great. Can't wait to read it from cover to cover.This is one of those online magazine I would take the time to read.

Lorie Langdon said...

Susan, I *love* the concept of Suite T, especially the ability to upload a reading. Question: My debut novel, Doon is releasing from Zondervan in Sept. It's a YA novel, do you see your promotional efforts reaching this market?
Thank you!

Julie Lessman said...

MARY ... definitely ... Suite T, to be exact!!

I have a confession to make -- I didn't realize "Suite T" was a play on the words "Sweet Tea." I am sooooo thick!!

JENNIFER ... you're in, darlin', and GOOD LUCK!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

JUBILEEWRITER ... thank you for coming by AND for your interest in the magazine. GOOD LUCK in the draw!!

LORIE!! Good to see you here, girl, and I'm pretty sure SWM ventures into YA as well since Melanie Dickerson has an article in the free issue Susan is giving away on this blog, so GO FOR IT!!

Hugs,
Julie

Edwina said...

I would love to win a subscription to Southern Writers Mag!

Amber Perry said...

Holy cow--OK, this is one of the reasons I love Seekerville so much!!! I had no idea this magazine existed! It looks wonderful!! PS, I totally checked out the link to the Nov/Dec article, and its awesome. Of course. ;) THANK YOU, Julie!!! And, thank you SO much Susan Reichert from SWM. I think I'm gonna get myself a subscription!
HUGS!!!
Amber

Kayleen said...

Wow! That sounds like a neat magazine. Is it at all tailored for children's non-fic authors? I forwarded this post to the Bluffton (IN) Christian Writers Club email list of which I am moderator/co-founder. Several are members of ACFW. I would love to win a subscription to Southern Writers Mag!

Janet Kerr said...

Please enter me in the draw for a subscription to the magazine.
Thank you for your generosity,
Jan

Susan said...

Hi Janet,
Hope you like the magazine.

Julie Lessman said...

AMBER, you sweet thing, THANKS for coming by, my friend and GOOD LUCK!!

EDWINA ... good to see you here, too, darlin'!!

Hugs,

Julie

Susan said...

Hi Kayleen,

Thanks for forwarding information about our magazine, Southern Writers. Yes Southern Writers promotes children authors and non fiction too.

Susan said...

Hi Amber,

We are delighted you like the magazine. We would love to have you as a member of our subscriber family.

Susan said...

Good luck Edwina. Love your name.

Susan said...

Hi Lorie,

We promote YA authors all the time. You will find them in our magazine, on our author's blog Suite T, and on the promotional venues we have as well. Check them out. You are welcome to send information about your book to staff@southernwritersmag.com.

Susan said...

Jubileewriter...thanks for your compliment. We appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the magazine.

Susan said...

Jennifer, glad you are interested in the magazine. We appreciate it.

Gail Kittleson said...

I'd love to win one of those subscriptions, too. The story of your varied experiences, Susan, is encouraging. I haven't read your magazine yet, but it sounds as if it has a lot to offer isolated writers like me.

Thank you for visiting S-ville today.

Gail Kittleson
gkittlesonatmyomnitel.com

Susan said...

Hi Gail,

Thank you for your kind words. I hope you enjoy Southern Writers Magazine we have a lot to offer wriers.