by Connie E. Sokol
Do you desire a more Christ-centered Easter?
You’ll experience a more fulfilling Easter season with this collection of inspirational thoughts on trying to become more like the Savior. For forty days, enjoy a daily scripture and personal insight on a character trait of Jesus Christ. Learn more of who He was and what He taught.
As you read these daily devotionals, you’ll feel a joyful connection to the character of Jesus Christ, understand how much He is involved in your life, and discover how knowing Him better makes your life better, too.
~Connie donates 100% of the profits from her books to charity~
Connie Sokol stopped by the blog today with a guest post "Three Tips for the Writer in Progress." I want to thank Connie for her tips!
Three Tips for the Writer-in-Progress
1. Open yourself to feedback. As a writer, this is excruciating. We’re not typing random words, we’re gestating a literary baby. Passing that baby around for people’s cutting comments can be tough to take. When I wrote my first romance novel, Caribbean Crossroads, I received my rough final back with plenty of helpful suggestions. Some of them were painful to read. However, after reading the comments, I saw the light, made the changes, and celebrated when it was nominated for a literary award and hit #1 on one of Amazon’s Bestseller lists. Allowing yourself to “hear” feedback will yield rewards not only now but for future harvests.
2. Trust your gut. You’ll reach a point in writing when you just get it—you understand your voice, style, and ability, and what showcases those or how to improve them. Read, study, and learn from writing books, authors, experts, and more. And, as Rudyard Kipling says, “Trust yourself when all men doubt you; but make allowance for their doubting too.” When in that doubt, go with your gut.
3. Think outside the box. Whether it’s a writing concept or a promotional idea, now is the time to try something new. I saw a YouTube video of an author at a book signing who was singing a humorous song about buying his book. Utterly hilarious. If I had been there, I would have put my money down just to say kudos for his originality. The publishing world is changing rapidly, and as Neil Gaiman said, no one truly knows what it’s going to look like in two years, never mind five. What worked six months ago might seem archaic today. So be yourself, do something authentic, and track what happens. At one book signing I asked the store manager if I could give brief three to five-minute presentations over a microphone while the ladies shopped. I was amazed at how many women literally stopped to listen, then came over to speak with me afterward and purchase a book. As a speaker for over 15 years, this format worked for me, though it may not for you. But the point is, find what does then do it with style.
Give one of these tips a try and let me know what happens.
"Connie Sokol, the queen of simple yet effective, has done it again. What a great resource for quick, daily things that we can do to draw closer to the Savior. This easily fits into our busy lives, reminding us of what matters most."
~Peggy Urry, President-elect, American Night Writers Association
“I LOVED this book! Connie brings these scriptures home with real, everyday moments. I can savor these bite-size gems throughout my busy day with little ones. The teachings are powerful, and her added insights brought them home for me in a new way."
~Amy Chandler, Founder My Story Matters
“Connie Sokol’s new book, “40 Days with the Savior”, is just the little push I needed to feel the Savior’s presence in my daily life. Using personal stories, scriptural accounts, and meaningful insights, she helps readers draws closer to Jesus Christ and become a more Christ-centered person. I loved her daily nuggets of wisdom, with titles like, “He Did the Right Thing” and “He Gently Corrects”, to prompt a change of behavior. My Easter will be more meaningful this year!”
~Jodi Marie Robinson, Author of “Women of Virtue” and “A Royal Guardian”
“Connie Sokol has thoughtfully shared fresh insights to well know scriptural phrases. The simple meditations in 40 Days with the Savior are enlightening and empowering. This is an easy way to draw closer to Jesus Christ throughout the Easter season and during the rest of the year. After reading this book I feel my burdens are lighter.”
~Margaret Turley, Author of Save the Child, Administrator Writers Unite to Fight Cancer
Author Connie Sokol
Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, and a sought after national and local speaker. She is a monthly contributor on KSL TV’s “Studio 5” and regular blogger for KSL’s "Motherhood Matters" blog. She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated romance Caribbean Crossroads, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, and Motherhood Matters as well as talk CDs and podcasts. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.
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