Changes & Updates

We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.

My dear writers’ group was at it again Saturday. Their love and patience and helpfulness never cease to amaze me.

It all began because I asked Jillian Dodd how to do something about promoting my book Heaven Sent. I don’t even remember what I originally asked.

Before long Jill and Nigel Blackwell were hard at work on a blurb for me to use on the book’s page in my website. Then Charity Kountz came in and began helping, too. I guess old folks are easily impressed, but the knowledge these three have among them blows me away.

As we worked on my stuff, I felt sorta sorry for Mary Morgan, who sat waiting with great patience while we all worked on my blog. We did spend some time talking with her about her WIP, but I think I hogged most of the meeting.

As a result of the suggestions they made, and have made in the past, I now have a bio and photos on the Amazon author page, along with a nice blurb on the Heaven Sent page of this site.

If you’ll glance up at the address bar, you’ll see another change. Charity walked me through getting a domain name and using it for my website. You can still get here by entering https://davwalk.wordpress.com, but if you do, you’re automatically redirected to http://davidnwalker.com.

Jill also made several suggestions about getting a blog tour put together and told me she’d discovered another source for getting my next book formatted for e-pubbing. If I ever start selling enough books to amount to anything, I’ll owe a lot of thanks to these three for all they’ve done to help me.

Jill also pulled out paper copies of both That Boy and That Wedding. She’s working with Amazon’s Create Space to bring paper versions of both books onto the market, and these were copies they sent her to proof. They looked gooooood.

I know there are wonderful, knowledgeable writers all over the world—some of whom I know through cyberspace, and some I don’t—but I sometimes wonder if there’s a small writers’ group anywhere with the combination of love and expertise I find when I go to our meetings. I think it’s probably rare, which is why I keep bringing them up and raving about them.

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By the way, our sixth member, Tiffany A. White, who was out of town Saturday, now has Football Sweetheart on Amazon for Kindle downloads and will soon have it ready for Nooks, too. I’ve read enough of it in meetings to know it’ll be well worth buying and reading.

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imageDavid N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states. He started writing about 20 years ago and has six unpublished novels to use as primers on how NOT to write fiction. He has just e-pubbed his devotional, Heaven Sent (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008CRL82M). His new fiction work—a series of novellas set during the period from 1860 to 1880 is underway. The first one is in the editing process, and he’s currently writing the second one.

Contact David at davwalktx@yahoo.com or tweet him at @davidnwalkertx

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About David N. Walker

David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years in the health insurance industry, during which time he traveled much of the United States. He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers' groups. Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella series, Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as through Smashwords and Kobo. See information about both of these by clicking "Books" above.
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23 Responses to Changes & Updates

  1. charitykountz says:

    You are such a sweetheart for bragging about our little writers group. And I have definitely experienced exactly what you’re talking about this week as I worked on finalizing my first book cover, wade through the self publishing process, and begin promoting my new book. I’ve been in a ton of writers groups over the years, even led a few myself. I’ve been in writers groups since I was eighteen – so about 15 years now – and never have I encountered such helpful, supportive giving people – I’ve easily exchanged 50 emails with Jillian and she’s given selflessly of her time and advice. You have done the same – I don’t know that I would have the courage to do this without the gentle nudges and encouragement you all have given me. And now I’m starting to work on book 2 and am so excited to share it with you all! I almost don’t want to include anyone else in the group – I wanna keep ya’ll the best kept secret in DFW! 🙂 *hugs*

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    • Thanks, Charity. I think we’re all pretty much in agreement to keep it fairly small. I hope my public cheerleading doesn’t bring a flood of new people in, but I’m not really worried about it.

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  2. Jillian is right, David, you are blessed and somehow I think you give as good as you get! I’m off to like your book and author’s pages.

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  3. denisedyoung says:

    Aw, David, don’t writers groups totally rock? I’m fortunate to have a small writers group here and though we don’t get together as often as we used to (life happens), I always get so much out of our meetings.

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  4. Arlee Bird says:

    Just stopping by from Twitter to check out things here.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote

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  5. Congratulations David! Your writing group sounds amazing. I have to say I have a very small writing group – of 2 other christian girls that were truly heaven-sent. I am constantly blessed at how each brings something different to the group and we can support each other in different ways. Writing can be a solitary passtime, but how much richer it is with people who love us and can share the journey.

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  6. This post just makes my heart smile. What a cool group of friends to help out like that! Jillian is amazing with her knowledge and ability to whip up a blurb in less than two minutes. Congratulations to all of you!

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  7. You have a grea writer’s group to work with David. The changes are terrific. I’m moving in on the end of reading ‘Heaven Sent’ – and it is marvelous. What a gift you have for spreading ‘The Word.’

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  8. Barbara Estinson says:

    Though I haven’t met your writers’ group friends, I love them. So glad they are so helpful and wise as they encourage you on your writer journey, David. Now I have to go look at the Amazon site for your book.

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  9. Jenny Hansen says:

    I agree with Jillian that the changes to your site are perfect for your book. Great job, y’all!!

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  10. Jillian Dodd - YA Author says:

    I think your blog looks sooo perfect for your stories. I love the cloud design. Love the book trailer Nigel did. Very cool that Charity gave you your own site. I think maybe we’re really not just a writing group anymore. We’re a publishing group. Full service. LOL From your works in progress, plotting new stories, to publishing and marketing. We’re very blessed!!

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    • Yes, we are, Jill. I hope I carry my weight.

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    • charitykountz says:

      That’s a great description – we’re MORE than a writing group. We each have knowledge and talents we can bring to bear on a project and help each other be successful. We’re better together than individually. 🙂

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  11. Karlene says:

    Looks excellent. I knew hard word paid off!

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