Monthly Archives: August 2014

Today on the blog I have E. M. Tippets, owner/founder of E. M. Tippetts Book Designs, and a best-selling author on Amazon.   Tell me a bit about yourself and your background. What did you study in college? I studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in college at Oxford University, so I spent undergrad as a […]

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On the blog today I have Ravven, who is a book cover artist (among other things), out of Staffordshire, England. You can view her website here, and her Pinterest here. She was very gracious and agreed to answer some questions about her job and the cover designing process.           Tell me […]

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  • LauraAugust 26, 2014 - 12:34 PM

    Very cool. She’s now been bookmarked for future reference in finding covers for my projects. Thanks Cindy, and RavvenReplyCancel

    • LucindaAugust 26, 2014 - 12:37 PM

      Thanks for the visit, Laura! And yes, she’s so talented!ReplyCancel

  • Anthea SharpAugust 28, 2014 - 11:06 PM

    Ravven is a wonderful designer! And too modest – she forgot to mention she’s won awards for her covers. The cover she did for my YA fantasy, Spark, won 2nd place in the Judge a Book by its Cover contest, in direct competition with the best that traditional publishing houses have to offer. Plus, she’s just awesome to work with~ReplyCancel

    • LucindaAugust 29, 2014 - 4:48 PM

      Yes, she definitely should have mentioned that! Congrats on the awards, Ravven. Thanks for the visit, Anthea!ReplyCancel

  • Tamara LeighAugust 29, 2014 - 4:42 PM

    I adore the covers Ravven has created for my books. She is a uniquely talented lady and a dream to work with. Thank you, Ravven. And thank you, Lucinda for the lovely interview!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaAugust 29, 2014 - 4:50 PM

      I agree, Tamara, her work is impressive! That book of yours is one my favorite covers done by Ravven. Thanks for the visit!ReplyCancel

  Today on the blog I have McKenna Gardner, who is an editor at Xchyler Publishing.     Tell me a bit about yourself and your background. What did you study in college? I grew up all over the country. Though born in Idaho, I’ve lived in twenty-five different homes and learned at an early […]

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  • D. Robert PeaseAugust 21, 2014 - 9:59 AM

    A great interview with one of my favorite online peeps.ReplyCancel

  • Nissa AnnakindtAugust 22, 2014 - 8:58 AM

    I love this interview. Gives a fascinating glimpse into the publishing aspect of things.ReplyCancel

  • John OAugust 30, 2014 - 10:18 PM

    The reprint of this over at the Xchyler blog has a typo in the author bio at the bottom. It changes in and out of first person a couple of times. :O Don’t you hate those partial edits?ReplyCancel

    • LucindaAugust 31, 2014 - 6:33 PM

      Hi, John. I did notice that. I’ve since fixed my bio to 3rd person. Thanks for the visit.ReplyCancel

  • […] following is a reblog from Author Lucinda Whitney, when she interviewed our senior editor, McKenna Gardner from August […]ReplyCancel

The Husband Maker Blog Tour Schedule The Husband Maker by Karey White Charlotte’s a girl with nicknames. She may not love being called Charles or Chuck, but the hardest nickname to take is the one she was given in college, the one that’s followed her now for too many years. They call her “the husband […]

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  • […] 7th 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Spotlight Lucinda Whitney | LDS Author – Review Literary Time Out – Review Bookworm Lisa – […]ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth MuellerAugust 12, 2014 - 5:38 PM

    The Husband Maker sounds like fun! When I read the blurb, I had to reread this sentence four different times, then I asked my 2 teenagers if they understood it (sure ripped me from the story, though!): “Every guy she’s dated since high school has become his next girlfriend’s husband.” I get it now.

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  • Crystal CollierAugust 13, 2014 - 11:01 AM

    Okay, I’m totally not cool with cliff hangers, but this sounds wonderful and will definitely go on my TBR list…ready to be read as soon as the next book is out. 😉ReplyCancel

    • LucindaAugust 13, 2014 - 12:25 PM

      It’s a great book. I’m looking forward to the sequel.ReplyCancel

It’s that time of the month again, first Wednesday, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all […]

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  • Christina MitchellAugust 6, 2014 - 8:22 AM

    I am so bad at action beats. My characters smile, nod, roll their eyes and raise their eyebrows with RECKLESS ABANDON. I envision them all as being extremely twitchy 🙂

    They also sigh a lot. Sigh.

    To me being a writer is about letting go of perfection and embracing flaws and weaknesses. Every step I make toward that in my writing life improves my personal life.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaAugust 6, 2014 - 8:25 AM

      Christina, thanks for your comment. It made me smile and nod in agreement. 😉 Embracing flaws is hard but a step in the right direction.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle WallaceAugust 6, 2014 - 1:11 PM

    I’ve discovered that you have to be in it for the long haul.
    It’s all about perseverance… and patience!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaAugust 6, 2014 - 2:49 PM

      Thanks for the visit, Michelle. And I agree, lots and lots of patience.ReplyCancel

  • Jay NoelAugust 6, 2014 - 1:30 PM

    Being a writer is being just crazy enough to do it, without being “clinically” insane.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaAugust 6, 2014 - 2:49 PM

      It’s a thin line sometimes. 😉 Thanks for the visit!ReplyCancel

  • J.L. Campbell (@JL_Campbell)August 6, 2014 - 4:36 PM

    We all go through phases where we learn the mannerisms and phrases that make our writing life difficult. The good thing is, once we find the weaknesses, we continue to grow and become better writers.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaAugust 6, 2014 - 7:22 PM

      Thank you for the visit, Joy. That’s my hope, that I’ll grow from this.ReplyCancel

  • AnneAugust 6, 2014 - 5:22 PM

    I love that picture and that quote. Also, I completely understand about the “nods” and the “smiles.” “Look” and its many variants apparently also plague me. Happy writing!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaAugust 6, 2014 - 7:23 PM

      I’m determined to eradicate all unnecessary smiling and nodding. Thanks for stopping by, Anne.ReplyCancel

  • emaginetteAugust 6, 2014 - 7:22 PM

    It`s tough incorporating other opinions into your work. We all face it if we are on the road to success. Try not to let it get to you and stand your ground over the important issues. Editors expect it. 🙂

    Anna from Shout with EmaginetteReplyCancel

    • LucindaAugust 6, 2014 - 7:33 PM

      Thanks for the visit, Anna. My editor did a tremendous job and I am indeed learning a lot.ReplyCancel

  • Donna K. WeaverAugust 6, 2014 - 7:47 PM

    Yeah. Perseverance. And yay for wide screens!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia LynneAugust 6, 2014 - 7:49 PM

    Editing can be tough to swallow, but it can only make your story better. Good luck with your story.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaAugust 6, 2014 - 8:13 PM

      Yes, absolutely, Patricia. It will be better when I’d done.ReplyCancel

  • Jen ChandlerAugust 9, 2014 - 12:45 PM

    Wonderful to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my IWSG post the other day! Yes, it does take perseverance…LOTS of it!! I finish a story and then I chisel the life out of it! Unfortunately, that’s usually where I leave it. I have one story right now that is in the final throes of second edits. It is obvious it needs a lot more work (ahem *edits*) before it’s ready to be sent to some readers. I’m learning it’s a necessary process. Best of luck to you! ~ JenReplyCancel

    • LucindaAugust 9, 2014 - 12:58 PM

      Thanks for returning the visit, Jen! I’m beginning to think the editing process is like the refiner’s fire. 😉ReplyCancel

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