Lit Up guest Susan G. Mathis Creative to Analytical Brain

Topic: Creative Brain to Analytical Brain​

Our guest's Website:

Featured Book: The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy

About our guest: Susan G Mathis is a versatile writer and author of The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy. Susan has two Tyndale nonfiction books, Countdown for Couples: Preparing for the Adventure of Marriage and The ReMarriage Adventure: Preparing for a Life of Love and Happiness. She's also the author of two published picture books, Lexie's Adventure in Kenya: Love is Patient and Princess Madison's Rainbow Adventure. Please visit

Susan's Social Media:  Author Central  Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Blog | Goodreads | Google+ | CAN | 

More about Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angie lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angie can also.

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach

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Lit Up guest Carrie Fancett Pagels Interview Your Characters like a Psychologist

Topic: How to interview your characters like a psychologist-why backstory matters. Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, visits with Carrie Fancett Pagels on deepening your character's backstory, bibliotherapy, and writing a significant story that touches your reader. Listen on or on iTunes.


Book: The Captive Brides Collection.

Captive Brides CollectionCarrie's novella in the collection: "Love's Escape"
Bio - Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D. Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of fifteen Christian historical romances, including ECPA bestsellers. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! A self-professed "history geek," she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a "Yooper," in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel - but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at

About Love's Escape Novella in the Captive Brides Collection: When Letitia, the light-skinned house servant of the prominent Burwell family, learns that her father is the master of the plantation, and the one responsible for her mother's death, she seeks any means of escape from her life of slavery. As she prepares meals and fetches tea for women who are her half-sisters by blood, Lettie becomes more determined that she'll not live out her days in servitude. Nathan Pleasant, the undertaker's son, secretly transports slaves from Virginia and onto the Underground railroad via a network of funeral homes. He's grown attached to the Burwell's beautiful house servant, but sees that Lettie's desperate attempts to leave slavery are making her vulnerable for exploitation - or worse. When he must choose between his livelihood or Lettie's freedom, will his heart win out?

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Lit Up Guest Cindi McMenamin The Emotions & Worth of Creatives

Topic: The Emotions and Worth of Creatives
Drama Free-Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You and Are Creatives Worthy of Pay?

Cindi's Website:

Book: Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You (Harvest House Publishers, 2017)

About the guest: Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and award-winning author who helps women strengthen their relationships with God and others. She has been married to her husband, Hugh, a pastor, for 29 years and they have one adult daughter, Dana. They live in Southern California.

Social Media:
Facebook: Strength For the Soul 
Twitter: @CindiMcMenamin

Additional books mentioned:

When a Woman Discovers Her Dream

When You're Running on Empty

Women on the Edge

When a Woman Overcomes Life's Hurts

Gems of Wisdom

Bitterroot Bride

Worthy to Write 

More about Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angie lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angie can also.
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach
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Lit Up guest Jason Sherman movie director & techie entrepreneur

Angela Breidenbach of Lit Up visits with Jason Sherman, creator and director of the hit historical documentary, The King's Highway. Teaming up to discuss the research behind the movie and that Jason shared that research with Angela for her new release, The Captive Brides Collection, including the novella, His Indentured Bride, the conversation gets really exciting with the ideas about business, history, creative life, and technology. Listen in and have yoru pen handy, these two ping through the interview fast!

Movie Website:

And for Lean Tech News, Start Up Essentials classses, etc. visit:

Jason's Latest Book: Strap on your Boots

Find Jason's work on Amazon:

Social Media:

Jason Sherman is a serial entrepreneur, award winning filmmaker, journalist and tech startup expert. He has been featured in media like the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, FOX News, and ABC News. He is fluent in Spanish, is a classically trained violinist, and is a regular speaker on FOX's Futurist TV Show: Xploration Earth 2050.

Jason runs a technology consulting company and film studio from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has given guest lectures at Drexel University, Temple University, and University of Pennsylvania, as well as several hackathons and tech meetups. His methodologies on entrepreneurship and data driven decisions are his main source of education to those he helps all around the world.  His new book Strap on your Boots is the culmination of his life's work to help other entrepreneurs succeed and was the focus of a class he created and taught at the illustrious Wharton School of Business.

About The King's Highway... 

The King's Highway is a Documentary film about the untold story of Northeast Philadelphia's impact on America and the historical significance of this region. The historic buildings and structures along the King's Highway (Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route / Bristol Pike / Frankford Avenue) are the foundation of the film. Augmenting that with in-depth historical coverage of the Northeast's three defining creeks and rivers, will allow for a very comprehensive depiction of the history of the Northeast as a whole. Our expert speakers and documentary filmmaker Jason Sherman will provide the narrative. Archival footage, documents, photographs and artifacts will give us a glimpse into the past. Time lapse, aerial, and walk-through footage of many locations will allow viewers to see the beauty that has been all but forgotten. The goal of the film is to not only spread awareness about the historic value of this area, but to also showcase the historians and preservationists that are fighting to keep our beautiful city and the history of the United States of America intact.Available on Amazon Prime, soon to be on other streaming options, as well as DVDs at

Get your copy of The Captive Brides Collection and see if you can find the research from The King's Highway movie in Angela's novella, His Indentured Bride, in the pages of this fast-paced book! Available in paperback or ebook versions.

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Lit Up guest Bryan Cohen Great Back Cover Copy!

Guest Bryan Cohen visits with Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, about how to build a sizzling back cover to draw readers to your books. This episode will help you learn easy-to-use ideas to sell more books.

Also, be watching for the soon-to-be released book from the Pencildancers, Worthy To Write, coming Nov. 13, 2017!


Book: How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis

Bryan Cohen is a two-time USA Today bestselling author with over 100,000 copies sold. He's also the co-host of The Sell More Books Show podcast, a popular publishing news show with over half a million downloads. He also runs Best Page Forward, an author book description company.

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Learn more about Angela Breidenbach at

Angela's latest book is the Captive Brides Collection

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Lit Up guest Theresa Rowe of

Today's Lit Up guest, Theresa Rowe of, shares secrets to health for creatives. Her book and DVDs are available at Tune in today for excellent tips for building strength and metabolism, health, and how to balance your health and business.

Book: Shaped by FAITH: 10 Secrets to Strengthening Your Body & Soul.

DVDs: Shaped by Faith Pilates for the Soul DVD

Shaped by Faith Pilates Stability Ball DVD

Shaped by Faith Strength Training DVD


Theresa is the author of Guideposts' Shaped by Faith, ten secrets to strengthening your body and soul. She's a motivational speaker, nationally certified fitness professional, the host of Shaped by Faith a radio show and writes a column for the newspaper. She has produced three faith based fitness DVD's and is married and has 7 children and 11 grandchildren.

Social Media:

Facebook: Shaped by Faith

Facebook: Theresa Rowe

Twitter: @TheresaLRowe

Instagram: @ShapedbyFaith 

Angela's latest books are The Captive Brides Collection

and Second Chance Brides.

To learn more about your host of Lit Up, Angela Breidenbach, and her books, visit 

On social media, follow Angela: @AngBreidenbach


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Lit Up guest Grace Fox on Moving from Fear to Freedom

Today's Lit Up Topic: Moving From Fear to Freedom with Guest Grace Fox

Your opportunity to hear Grace speak at two weekend-long women's retreats in British Columbia Oct. 2017.

In November, she'll lead a women's volunteer team to minister among HIV-infected orphans, abused women, and abandoned grannies in Romania.


Book: Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman's Guide to Peace in Every Situation

(Click the cover to get your copy today.)

A perfect pairing after reading Moving From Fear to Freedom is gaining the confidence you've always wanted by reading Gems of Wisdom: The Treasure of Experience... Two books that compliment each other well.

(Click the cover to get your copy today.)

Grace Fox is the author of eight books including Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman's Guide to Peace in Every Situation and a contributor to Guideposts' Mornings With Jesus annual devotional. She's also a sought-after speaker and a career global worker who trains pastors and missionaries in Eastern Europe and other locations including Nepal and the Middle East.

Social Media:

Twitter - @gracelfox

Angela Breidenbach's latest book is the Captive Brides Romance Collection from Barbour Publishing.

To learn more about the host of Lit Up, Angela Breidenbach, visit 

Social media, @AngBreidenbach


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Lit Up guest Danica Favorite Kindle Notes to Reach Readers

Guest Danica Favorite visits with Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, about Kindle notes & highlights for promoting and connecting with readers, her newest books, and how her hobby of raising chickens changed a law in Colorado!

Danica Favorite's Latest Book: Mistletoe Mommy

Danica Favorite is a self-professed crazy chicken lady. She loves the adventure of living a creative life. Danica and her family recently moved in to their dream home in the mountains above Denver, Colorado.  Danica loves to explore the depths of human nature and follow people on the journey to happily ever after. Though the journey is often bumpy, those bumps are what refine imperfect characters as they live the life God created them for. Oops, that just spoiled the ending of all of Danica's stories. Then again, getting there is all the fun.

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Lit Up guest Dr. Craig von Buseck on the Rebirth of Israel &

Join Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, and guest, Dr. Craig von Buseck, on a journey to discover the history behind how Harry S. Truman helped rebirth Israel into sovereignty.

Dr. von Buseck shares about his new position as a writer with Inspiration Ministries and TV, and their website, The ministry reaches the U.S., U.K., Australia, and several other countries around the world.

About Dr. Craig von Buseck


Book In Progress: "I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel" / Screenplay - "Nina: Prisoner, Spy, Survivor".

Mini bio: Dr. Craig von Buseck is a published author and a writer at The Inspiration Network near Charlotte, North Carolina. He a contributing writer for, More To Life Magazine, and Cindy Jacobs' He is a regular guest on "Live the Promise" with Susie Larson on Faith Radio. He holds a Doctor of Ministry and an MA in Religious Journalism from Regent University. Craig is the author of "Nobody Knows: The Harry T. Burleigh Story" from Baker Books. His other books include "Praying the News", co-written by 700 Club co-host Wendy Griffith and published by Revell; "NetCasters: Using the Internet to Make Fishers of Men" from Broadman and Holman; and "Seven Keys to Hearing God's Voice". He has just completed his latest project, "I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel".

Craig's professional writing includes work on CBN's Superbook children's video series, Charisma Magazine, the Israeli Bureau of Tourism, Nicky Cruz Ministries, the Christian Coalition, Regent University, and several Christian magazines and organizations.

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Lit Up guest Darlene Franklin Writing When You've Lost Everything

When you think it's all over, it's not!

Darlene Franklin and Maria, her care aidLit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, welcomes Darlene Franklin, author of over 50 books, who lost everything all at once and started over. (Darlene took this selfie with her care aid, Maria, for us during the interview.)

She just celebrated the publication of her 50th unique title, Mermaid Song, and continues to have a fulfilling and lucrative writing career despite living in a nursing home. Listen to her story as she shares how she thought she'd lost her health, her independence, and her career—and then her opportunities opened up wider than they had before! Darlene's column, The View Through My Door, is syndicated monthly in five different magazines and newsletters for readers and senior citizens. You'll be inspired by Darlene's continued career success regardless of her circumstances.

Don't miss the stories we chat about:

Developing a writer's nose for story ideas...that spawned books like these... Click on the covers to get your copy.

A John Denver tribute on the 20th anniversary of losing the great musician, and Darlene's new book, Take Me Home.

Brides Rogue

And our latest joint collection, Captive Brides, with Darlene's story His Golden Treasure and Angela's story His Indentured Bride.

If you like Captive Brides, Darlene and Angela were both also in the Blue Ribbon Brides Collection.

Mermaid Song by Darlene Franklin, historical romance.

 Available in paperback or Kindle.

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Lit Up guest Jane S. Daly Older Authors how & why they succeed

Jane S. Daly visits with Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, on Older Authors-how they succeed and why.

During our humorous chat about the creative careers of aging boomers, we promised our listeners these photos and the "frother envy" story...

1. Frother Envy story Jane promised to share...

The scene was set for a weekend of planning and goal setting for the WCCW 2018 and 2019 conferences. Six women gathered in the spacious home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Spirits were high until that fateful Saturday morning when one of the ladies pulled out her frother. The rest of us watched in awe as she heated cream in the mug, then plunged the miniscule beater to make mounds of luscious foam. Then it happened . . . frother envy.
     What is that strange phenomenon? How can five level-headed Christian women experience a longing so intense for something belonging to someone else?
     Our ‘friend' then poured coffee into the foam and took a first appreciate sip. Our mouths watered. We had to have some.
     Each of us took a turn, using our favorite milk or cream of choice. We frothed and mixed, frothed and poured, and entered a new realm of deliciousness. Who needs Starbucks when you can prepare your own custom coffee drink?
     At one point, we briefly discussed tossing the frother owner off the island. That idea was abandoned when one of the women remembered she need a ride home from said frother lady.  There was a rumor that one of the ladies hid the frother in her bag, claiming it was "misplaced."
     The weekend came to an end with no mishaps. No one lost a digit fighting over the frother. Envy was confessed before the Lord and to our sister in Christ.
     Two days later, a mysterious package arrived on my doorstep. Anticipation mounted as I ripped open the padded envelope. I turned the package sideways to dump out the contents . . . a brand-new frother.

Milk Frother 

In case you'd like one too, click here ;)

2. Men Crawling All Over My House, says the romance author... (Angie's wild remodel continues...)

Men Working On Remodel

3. Temporary kitchen during the remodel

(oh, yes, it's ridiculous trying to make a cup of coffee...)

Temp Kitchen

Muse at the window

The real kitchen is coming along :)

Muse has already claimed the bay window.










Jane S. Daly About my guest: Jane S. Daly is the author of two books, Because of Grace, A Mother's  Journey from Grief to Hope, and The Caregiving Season, Finding Grace to Care For Your  Aging Parents. she speaks to groups on the subjects of grief, loss, and aging. She and her  husband Mike make their home in Northern California.
 Social Media: @queenjanedaly


Jane's Books Include:

Because of Grace, A Mother's Journey from Grief to Hope

The Caregiving Season, Finding Grace to Honor Your Aging Parent

1st Place Cascade Awards - Unpublished Women's Fiction

To learn more about your host, Angela Breidenbach, and her books, visit

The Bucket List Dare, including Angela's story Her Impossible Dream.

The Bucket List Dare (contemporary romantic fiction anthology)



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Lit Up Guest Kirk Blank MTL Magazine, Christian Product Expo, and more

Do you love buying local? How do bookstores keep going in this changing economy? How do creatives reach retailers to integrate product and people? What if you want to open a bookstore? My guest today, Kirk Blank, president of the Munce Group, is here with some great solutions. We get to know who he is, why he's leading the Munce Group, and how the Christian Product Expo is helping brick and mortar stores thrive. But how does that help authors reach stores? Listen now to hear about how people can help people to make money in the publishing and retail climate of today... Then attend the next CPE (Christian Product Expo)... 

Some of the topics we cover: Munce Christian Product Expo-what it is and why, MTL Magazine, Supporting our local stores, comedienne Chonda Pierce's cover article about her real life struggles, and helping reach people in their real world lives with books, products, women's conferences that enhance life everyday. Keep watching for the 2019 Writer to Writer Conference.

A surprising fact: MTL (More to Life) sponsors over 30 women's conferences. The Munce Group is planning a women's conference in 2018.

3 words to describe the Christian Product Expo:  Encourage, Equip, and Engage

Meet people like: Charles Stanley, Kathy Triccoli, Mercy Me-Bart, Gary Chapman, Jimmy Wayne, Candice Payne-Chewbacca Mom, and an author signing party!

Website: (Sep. 17-20, 2017—includes training and special speakers, worship service, trade show/exhibit floor, seasonal purchasing, networking to enrich the community of retailers, authors, music artists, etc.) 

Do you want to receive the beautiful full-color MTL Magazine? Click on the link below...

About: Kirk David Blank is the president of The Munce Group, a marketing agency that provides advertising for publishers and vendors of inspirational and Christian products and resources as well as for the independent Christian retailers. Kirk has nearly 30 years of experience within the Christian product industry holding leadership positions including B&B Promotional Services working with clients like Coca Cola, Levi Strauss, and Nestle.  Kirk oversaw the marketing and advertising for Family Christian stores prior to moving to The Munce Group. During his career at the Munce Group, three new divisions were launched; More to Life (MTL Magazine), Christian Product Expo (CPE), and Writer to Writer. Kirk has been married to his college sweetheart, Brenda, for over 27 years and they have 7 children (4 married) and 5 grandchildren.

Social Media: @cpeshow @mtlmag   

Follow Kirk on Twitter: @kirkblank

Books mentioned in this episode:

Angela's new release: The Second Chance Brides Collection,

Meet nine women from history spanning from 1776 to 1944 feel the sting of having lost out on love. Can their hope for experiencing romance again be renewed? Including Angela's story, Fanned Embers, mentioned during this episode...

Available anywhere books are sold.

(Click cover to visit Kobo, an ebook retailer, or visit your local bookstore.)

About Angela: President of the Christian Authors Network and an author of 15 books of romance through the ages, she loves to teach others to succeed. You can find more out about her books at and follow her on social media @AngBreidenbach.

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Lit Up with guest April McGowan on Writing Real

Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach welcomes April McGowan on Writing Realhow to draw on our own experiences/family experiences /friend experiences (without being apparent) and embed them into our stories to create real-to-life story people that connect with our readers. 

Books mentioned:

Hold the Light

A Healing Heart

Jasmine - link to book trailer

Book in progress:  Sarah's Song - her grandma's life fictionally

Writing Conference mentioned:

Oregon Christian Writers - Aug. 15-18, April is mentoring there.

A few notes from this episode on how to delve into family and friends for inspiration in your storytelling.

Be sure to listen closely for the details. Handouts are available for April's teaching at the bottom of this page: 

What they can change

what they can't change

what I pray for them about

character sheets/eye color, hair color.

What are they battling?

What are they passionate about?

What do they fear?

Think about joys you've experienced.

Think about what has overwhelmed or crushed you or someone you love.

What has turned them away from the Lord?

What draws you into real misery or despondancy?

We face those difficult things, it helps us find common roots.

Bad childhood, forced into a field they hated, good student, great or bad family life...

Teen years, what really hurt them or what one thing are they really proud of?

Adult years: Do they love or hate being married? Want kids or couldn't have kids?

Is their friend loyal or someone they shouldn't be with?

Who did she think she should be and how does she come to terms with that?

The one thing they wish God would just take care of in their life so they could move on.

Do they disregard God or feel like they need to be close?

Is God a genie in the sky to them?

Personality traits: Negative Thesaurus, Emotional Thesaurus - for brainstorming.

Are they an introvert or extrovert?

Pessimistic or Optomistic?

Make the character suffer and uncomfortable.

Common joys/birth, marriages, overcoming addictions or barriers so you can cheer with them.

What has changed you the most? Jot it down.

Effects of Trauma and Physical Issues Chart: 

Effects of Trauma diagram

Try to sum up a character in one word (as if you're judging) Oh they're an over-achiever...

How to change a character to be different than the real person: never use ALL their traits. (Be sure to honor them and your relationship with them.) Write the character using different physicality, focus on the feelings and not the physical, where are they successful and where did they fail?

"You really appreciate people when you understand the battles they fought." - April McGowan

About April McGowan:

April McGowan loves to write inspirational fiction. She, her husband, and two teens live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. April is an award-winning author and member of Oregon Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. When she's not writing, reading down her book list, homeschooling her son, chasing her kitten, Saoirse, or playing board games, you might find her at her drum kit, imagining she's on a world tour. Hey, it could happen.

~Stories of hope, courage, and inspiration~
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Watch the Jasmine book trailer at

Handouts for Writing Real:

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Lit Up guest Lauralee Bliss Appalachian Trail-Adding Adventure with On-the-Spot Research

Angela Breidenbach interviews Lauralee Bliss on Lit Up #talkradio about adding adventure to your story through on-the-spot research. How to research for fiction or non-fiction, and hiking the Appalachian Trail and riding the Trail of the Hiawatha as research for their novellas in the Second Chance Brides Collection from Barbour Books.

Books mentioned in the show:

Second Chance Brides book cover1. Featured book: The Second Chance Brides Collection (has 9 novellas in 1 book)

Lauralee's novella is: 

"Love in the Crossfire"
Trenton, New Jersey, 1776. Gretchen Hanson watched her beau go off to war and never return. She soon falls for an enemy scout who stumbles upon her farm. If Jake is discovered, it could mean death for them all. Will Gretchen let go of love or stand strong?

and Angela's novella is: "Fanned Embers". 

Bitterroot Mountains, Montana/Idaho border, 1910 Stranded in the treacherous railroad camp after her husband's murder, Juliana Hayes has no desire to marry a ruffian like Lukas Filips. Can she release prejudice to love again? Or will they even survive the fiery Pacific Northwest disaster to find out?



2. Mountains, Madness, and Miracles - 4000 Miles Along the Appalachian Trail (non fiction)

About our guest: 

Lauralee Bliss is a published Christian fiction author of over twenty-five historical and contemporary novels. This year marks her 20th year in the publishing industry. Lauralee has also completed hiking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail both north and south, is a noted speaker on hiking, and published her first nonfiction title about her Appalachian Trail adventure. 

Lauralee's Websites:

Social Media: Twitter - @LauraleeBliss  @blissfulhiking,

Facebook: for 14 state patches.

Talking points in the show:

  • Love in the Crossfire/Second Chance Brides.
  • Research for it as it coincided with a workshop on the Appalachian Trail she did at the same time at an area Pennsylvania library.
  • Lauralee presents professionally on hiking.
  • Going to Colorado in six weeks to do research on a Victorian concept for a full length novel. Part of it would take place in the Estes Park region. And coinciding with that she's also going to hike the entire Colorado Trail. :)
  • Besides her work with fiction over the years, she does non-fiction on her trail adventures. She's published a book on the Appalachian Trail and contracted to do a book on on the Florida Trail next year.
  • What it's like to do on-the-spot research like hiking, camping, biking to understand the setting for your book.
  • Lauralee shares about her many hikes along the Appalachain Trail.
  • Angela shares about her several bike trail adventures to research about the 1910 Big Blow Up, the largest fire in US history.
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How to Listen so People Will Talk guest Becky Harling

Today Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach's special guest is Becky Harling.
Our topic is so universal it meets us on business, personal, and creative levels. You'll soak up every minute!

How to listen so people will talk (also the name of her new book). We'll discuss questions and hear Becky's answers to:

1. How do you keep the focus on the other person? And why that's important!

2. How listening offers honor and understanding.

3. How to ask great questions.

4. How to silence the "fixer" in all of us.

5. How to help the other person feel valuable, heard, and validated.

How to reframe conflict as an opportunity to make the relationsip better.

6. How to live with failed communication (and not beat yourself up constantly for mistakes).

7. How to be intentional and respectful with communication.

Special quotes from the show:

"Being heard is almost indistiguishable from being loved."

"Stay curious."

"Let them dump so they can get rational."

Gifts offered by Becky during the broadcast:

If you've preordered her book, How to Listen So People Will Talk, you can email her at: to get your free additional ebook gift How to Get the Conversation Started: For those who want to listen.

About How to Listen so People Will Talk:

How Listening Well Builds Stronger Communication and Deeper Connections

No relationship is perfect--but it can be better. The secret to stronger relationships isn't to become more charming or funny or to solve the world's problems or to just try harder. All you have to do is listen. It's that simple.

Yet our noisy culture hasn't equipped us to do this. With warmth and a touch of humor, personal coach and expert communicator Becky Harling shares simple, practical listening tools that will help you become a person others are drawn to and want to spend time with, as well as how to:
· be fully present
· offer understanding instead of advice
· ask great questions
· create a sense of safety and trust
· manage your body language
· and more!

When you learn to listen well, your marriage will grow stronger, your parenting will flourish, your friendships will thrive, and your influence at work will increase. You will be amazed at how one simple act can transform the hearts of others--as well as your own. Click the book cover to get your copy.

More free gifts on BeckyHarling.comHow to Listen to hear God Talk

Social Media:@beckyharling 

LinkedIn at

About Becky Harling:

Becky Harling is a certified speaker, leadership coach, and trainer with The John Maxwell Team. She is also the founder of Moms Unleashed and the author of The 30-Day Praise Challenge. Becky and her husband, Steve, make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Becky's latest book is How to Listen So People Will Talk: Build Stronger Communication and Deeper Connections.

About Angela Breidenbach:

Angela Breidenbach, host of Lit up!, is a bestselling author of fiction across the ages with most of her books set in Montana. Angela serves nationally as the Christian Author Network's (CAN) president. Angela is a popular speaker for conferences, workshops, and keynotes. She posts Muse and Writer, conversations with her fe-lion personal assistant) regularly on social media to entertain friends and fans. Angela's newest book is The Second Chance Brides from Barbour Publishing.

Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram/Facebook: @AngBreidenbach

Member of: Christian Authors Network, Romance Writers of America, Author's Guild


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Lit Up! Guest Andrea Boeshaar Overcome Fear of Failure

What do you do when you fail? Lit Up! guest, Andrea Boeshaar, shares a deep conversation with host, Angela Breidenbach, about various ways to help people overcome the fear of failure. Tips for Beta Readers are especially helpful so be sure to listen to the entire episode.

Some tips to overcome fear of failure (atyciphobia):

  • Create a system to compare notes so one person's opinion doesn't hold too much weight.
  • Make a list of questions for beta readers so they focus on what you need rather than random opinion.
  • Understand the reader/critiquer's background: are they super young or from a very different background than your fictional characters, do they read your genre or are they familiar with your form of artisitic expression...
  • Weight returned comments against the others: Do any agree? Are there odd-duck comments?
  • Know that you're not the only one that's ever felt afraid, nervous, or whatever. Find others and talk about it.
  • Turn off those negative tapes in your head that keep repeating discouragement. 
About Andrea Boeshaar (pronounced Bay-shar): Andrea Boeshaar has been married nearly 40 years. She and her husband have 3 sons and 1 beautiful daughter-in-law, and 5 precocious grandchildren. She's had mmore than 30 books, fiction and non-fiction, published since 1992. She's one of the co-founders of the American Christian Fiction Writers, and now serves on the Board of Directors as the Christian Authors Network secretary. Helping other writers is one of her passions.
Find Andrea at:


Books mentioned on this episode: 

Love Finds You in Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma

A Thousand Shall Fall

Too Deep for Words

Gems of Wisdom: The treasure of experience

Strength Finders 2.0


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07-28-2017 Lit Up! Guests Ingram/IngramSpark

Today on Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach, Pam Dover and Jusine Bylo of IngramSpark help us learn the best practices for publishing and marketing with IngramSpark! 

What is Ingram?

Ingram is and has been the world's largest wholesaler and supplier of books and book related products  for 50 years.

Ingram is a "one-stop shop" for bookstores, libraries and retailers, providing products from

  • 30,000 TRADITIONAL Publishers
  • 50,000 INDY Publishers
  • More than 1,000 Christian publishers and suppliers

Ingram has over 13 Million Titles in their database, which includes more than 260,000 Christian titles, shipped from 7 US Distribution Centers and Industry leading fill rate (98%)

Ingram's distribution network reaches more than 39,000 

  • Specialty Wholesale (Spring Arbor) which includes more than 3000 Christian retail stores
  • Global & Regional Chain Bookstore
  • Independent Retailers
  • University Bookshops
  • Internet Retailers
  • Gift Retailers
  • Museum Shops
  • Public and School Libraries

What is IngramSpark?

IngramSpark is a one-stop platform which allows publishers and authors to have their book printed on demand and sold through the largest global distribution network available so your content is always available; you never miss a sale!

  • Free to set up an account, which takes about 20 minutes or less to activate

You will need a credit card to keep on file for fees, tax information (either tax id or SS#) International customers can find out what tax info is needed during the account set up process. You will also need an ISBN/EAN, if you want the book in distribution. IngramSpark provides ISBNs for $85 to US customers. If located outside the US, you can visit the following link to find out where to obtain an ISBN/EAN:

  • You set up your title and upload your print and/or ebook digital files into IngramSpark

You can view our file requirements by accessing the File Creation Guide. Go to and under the RESOURCES tab click on TOOLS and scroll down to the link for the guide. You will also find other helpful tools in this area.

If you have an IngramSpark account, you will login and find the guide under the HELP tab.

  • You can set your book for PREORDERS for your print book and ebook by selecting an on-sale date
  • You control list prices, discounts, returnable options...more on this later
  • Once you have approved the proof, you turn on distribution-title appears in Ingram's catalog, iPage
  • Ingram sends the metadata you provide for the book to our global network of distribution partners which includes

-      39,000 retailers and libraries  (Amazon, B&N, Indiebound, etc)

-      Largest network of 70+ online retailers for ebooks (Amazon, Apple, Kobo)

  • 39,000 Ingram customers can order your book from Ingram
  • Ingram uses POD to manufacture print titles

We have 4 print facilities in the US, 1 in the UK, 1 in France and 1 in Australia

  • We deliver print and e-book content to retailers

When one of our distribution partners receives an order for the book, we print it and ship to the distribution partner who then fulfills the order on their end. Shipping costs are handled between them and the consumer.

  • Ingram pays YOU for the sale

You know what you will earn: (list price-discount-printing) We pay you based on list price not net price. You are not charged shipping or any other fees for the order.

You aren't penalized if a retailer discounts your title. You may see your book sold at a reduced or discounted price on websites. This does not affect your publisher compensation earnings.

You are paid for the sale approximately 90 days after the end of the month in which the sale occurred. You can view sales through the online reporting on your IngramSpark account.

  • E-book orders

You are paid List Price - discount. You earn 40% of the retail price and if you do not select to have ebooks distributed to Amazon though IngramSpark, you earn 45% of the List Price.

Amazon and Apple are optional and require separate agreements. If you have provided any ebooks to Amazon in the past 12 months, we would not be able to supply you rebooks to Amazon.

  • Publisher Direct POD orders
  • You enter your customer orders in our system
  • You pay print and shipping fees and we ship direct to your customers in a plain brown box with a packing slip that lists the contents of the package and your return address. No pricing is included.
  • You collect from your customer.
  • No discount on orders less than 750 copies per title, shipping to one address.

Things to Keep in Mind About Distribution...

  • Distribution takes some time depending on the partner. It can take several weeks for the book to be fully listed and available for sale
  • YOU still need to market your book to retailers, so they know where to get your book
  • You tell retailers/libraries that your book is available from Ingram/Spring Arbor
  • Retailers and libraries prefer to order from Ingram/Spring Arbor
  • Ingram/Spring Arbor is not directly selling your book into stores
  • Changes to metadata, like pricing, is sent to our partners on the first of each month, but it's up to them to update their sites. You should have all changes submitted at least 1 week prior to the first of each month for it to be effective in IngramSpark on the 1st.


Advice for Indie Authors

  • Work with professionals if you want a professional book
  • Invest in editing, design and marketing, not inventory
  • Use POD to test demand for your book
  • GO STANDARD on binding and trim size (Shown further below)
  • Use Social Media to build platform and market to your readers
  • Own your ISBN
  • You don't know what formats readers prefer so offer multiple choices
  • paperback, hardback, e-book
  • You don't know how your readers prefer to purchase your book-use the widest distribution options
  • Join author organizations or groups


 POD Title Analysis


Gloss 75 %

Matte 25%

Investing in Editing:

Why it Matters No Matter How You Publish

Readers Notice Bad Editing!

It effects their experience. So, what can you do?

Editing Process First Stage of Editing

  • Beta Readers
  • Writing Groups
  • Online Workshops
  • Your Mom

2nd Stage of Editing- Developmental Editor

  • Plot Help
  • Character Development
  • Setting
  • Voice

Third Stage of Editing- Copy Editor

  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Fact-checking

Last Stage of Editing- Proofreader

  • Hire AFTER your edits are done
  • Catches any missed mistakes- grammar, spelling, punctuation and formatting

What Does it Cost?

*Expect to spend $1,000-$5,000

Editing Tips and Tricks

  • You need to be emotionally ready to edit your book
  • You need to be ready to put in the writing work
  • Know what you want to get out of the editing process
  • Know your budget & be financially ready
  • Find an editor with a good reputation that is also a good match for your work
  • Get your editing agreement IN WRITING
  • Payments
  • Time schedule
  • Editing takes time
  • Editors are not magicians!
  • Use the Editorial Freelancer's Association (EFA) as a resource- 


Metadata is Key to Help Bookstores, Libraries and Readers Find Your Book

  • Book Title and Description

Bolding a few sentences in the book description seems to help books be more easily discovered on websites. The more info in the book description the better!

  • Author bio, affiliations, physical location

Bookstores and Libraries are looking for local authors

  • BISAC (subject codes-3)

The first listed is the most important. Using 3 helps narrow down the search for your book.

  • Description/Short Description
  • Keywords, Table of Contents, Reviews, endorsements

Use up to 7 keywords or phrases. The first listed is most important. Don't use the title, author or subjects as these are also searchable by keyword. If your book is similar in content or writing style to another author or book, you can list it here, which may help your book be discovered

If your book has a table of contents, be sure to list tis as it helps people know more about your book.

Be sure to list any reviews or endorsements here. These will go out with the metadata for your book. Add them to your cover too!

  • Audience (Adult, YA, JUV-age, grade)

Be sure to select an audience for your book to help narrow down the search

  • ISBN's (for distributed titles)
  • Pricing in Global Markets (US, UK, EU, CA, AU)
  • Print Attributes (size, # pages, paper color)
  • Retail Discount
  • Print-30-55% of list price (53% - 55% highly suggested for bookstores to receive their trade discount when buying from a wholesaler such as Ingram)
  • E-book-60% of list price
  • Publication Date and On sale date-Preorders

The Publication date is when you announce the book to the market. You can also select an on-sale date for your book, which can be the same date or later than the publication date. If you want to collect preorders while you promote your book, use an on-sale date with a future date, later than the publication date. Once you approve the eproof for your book and click on "enable distribution", we send out the metadata for the book including the on-sale date. This gets your book into the market place so it can be ordered.

If you select an on-sale date, so people can preorder your book, please be aware that the book must be ready to print at least 2 weeks prior to the on-sale date. This means the files must be uploaded and all revisions completed and approved by then. We will start printing the book 2 weeks prior to the on-sale date, so they are delivered on time. This allows all bookstores and distribution partners to have the book available to sell on the on-sale date and they cannot sell it before the on-sale date. It is highly advisable that you not change the on-sale date once you have it set. This can cause some issues with some distribution partner's websites.  Also, if you submit revisions during this time, your title may appear as unavailable for a brief period while we change out your files and until you approve them.

If you buy the $85 annotation ad in the Ingram Advance catalog, the ad will run 3-4 months later so you can time it with your on-sale date, if you wish. (more about that in the next segment)

  • Returnability-3 options
  • No or Non-Returnable

IngramSpark will not accept returns from booksellers for any title designated as "No" (non-returnable), and the publisher will not receive any return charges.

  • Yes-Deliver

Choosing "Yes-Deliver" allows titles to be sold on a returnable basis, and the publisher will receive a physical copy of the book returned.

*Please note that IngramSpark does not guarantee the condition of the book being returned.

  • Yes-Destroy

This option allows titles to be sold on a returnable basis, and the publisher will not receive a physical copy of the book upon its return. The publisher will be charged only for the current wholesale cost of each book returned. No shipping and handling fees will apply as IngramSpark will destroy any returned books if this option is selected.

Shipping Costs for Returned Books

Returns for US Addresses: Publishers will be charged for the current wholesale cost of each book returned, plus a $2.00 per book shipping and handling charge.

Returns to non-US/international addresses:  Publishers will be charged for the current wholesale cost of each book returned, plus a $20.00 per book shipping and handling charge.  


$20 Retail/List price

-53%                Wholesale Discount

$9.40              Wholesale Price- what distribution partners pay for the book

-$3.58            Print cost for 200 page B/W Paperback

$5.82              Publisher Compensation You Earn

If a book is returned, we pay back the wholesale price of the book, which would be $9.40. If you elect to have the book returned to you, add the return fee of $2 or, if outside the US add $20.

Returns can be VERY costly so you need to be financially prepared to handle the cost of returns.

If you are not sure what to offer, I suggest starting with non-returnable. You can always change to returnable later if needed.

You can also be creative when working work with bookstores for events on this too. See if you can take your own books and give them a portion of the sales or offer to buy back any leftover books at the bookstore's cost. By doing this you have nice books you can reuse and you and the bookstore are not "dinged" for returns.

PRICING YOUR BOOK - Things to consider:

How much you need to earn for every sale.

The market you are promoting your book to. If promoting to bookstores and retailers, offering a 53% discount in the US market allows retailers to receive their trade discount when they buy from a wholesaler. You can offer a lower discount in other markets, but, it is best to at least offer 45% in the UK and Europe as there are many wholesalers there who are our distribution partners. In Australia, our distribution partners are online stores so you can set your discount lower there if needed. Also, it costs more to print in other markets. Because of this, use a currency conversion site such as and convert the publisher compensation amount for a market and convert to US currency to ensure you are receiving at least the same amount of pub comp as you are in the US. Adjust the retail price or discount in other markets until you end up with the right amount of publisher compensation. Another suggestion is increasing the pub comp amount in other countries by a dollar or two more than you are earning in the US, so you don't fall into a negative pub comp balance due to currency exchange rate fluctuations. This is important to think about if you are earning $1-$2 or less in the US.

Look at books similar in size and content, when pricing your book. Keep in mind, traditionally published books were probably printed at an offset printer and distributed in a different way so the retail price may be lower than what you need to charge. POD books tend to be priced a little higher than traditionally published books. But, at the same time, you don't want to price yourself out of the market. The great thing about POD is if the pricing isn't working, you can change it! However, if you listed the price on the cover, you would have to upload a revised cover file with the new price. Revisions are $25 per file.

How to price for international markets



  • Build Your Platform!
  • Get Reviews- Legitimizes your book to booksellers, librarians and readers
  • Connect with your local independent bookstores and libraries- they like local authors!
  • Get the word out with social media
    • Pick a platform where your readers pay attention such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and others ( see links at end of this document)
    • Link to multiple buying sites- "retailer agnostic"
    • Talk about more than just your book- create an author persona
  • Be careful about galley copies! Mark as a galley copy to make sure your fans buy the book

What can Ingram do for you? Besides sending a metadata feed with all your book info to all of our distribution partners, we offer an affordable annotation ad in 1 of 3 Ingram Advance catalogs.

Advance Annotation Ad

Published monthly and distributed five weeks prior to the issue month. The Advance is a comprehensive title listing and purchasing tool.

Circulation: 7,000 top booksellers and librarians; and in PDF format to over 27,000 accounts

An annotation ad for a book can be ordered for either the Advance, Christian Advance or Children's Advance, during the title set up process. This includes a black and white thumbnail image of the cover, a brief annotation of the book and the retail price and discount Ingram customers receive.

Cost for the one-time ad is $85. The ad will run 3-4 months later.

USE PRESALES as marketing tool.

SPECIAL OFFER- promo code for free title set up for print and ebooks is GETPUBLISHED good through 2017

Web addresses and links

To activate an account, go to

Sign up for our free blog at

If located outside the US, you can visit the following link to find out where to obtain an ISBN/EAN:

File Creation Guide

In this video, you'll hear what metadata is and why it matters. How the metadata you choose dictates who, when, and how your work is discovered. The value of attaching a unique ISBN to each of your formats and what you should be monitoring in your data system.

In this video there is an intro to the basics of setting up your print book files.

Need help? For those who want to polish and refine their work, we have some friends who would love to make your acquaintance. We pride ourselves on the fact that everything you need to publish your book can be found here, but sometimes you may want a little something extra. From book design to book reviews, these fine folks will take your book to the next level of professional quality.

Editorial Freelancer's Association (EFA) resource

Print Distribution Partners

Ebook Distribution Partners


The Litsy community is a groundswell of passionate readers, authors, celebrities, and more. Share bookish moments with Quotes, Reviews, and Blurbs. Measure Litfluence to discover your "bookprint" in the world. Explore recommendations from readers, not algorithms.


Instagram for books!

Click on this link for 21 other Instagram accounts for book lovers.

Google: Instagram for books to find even more Instagram accounts for books!

Lick on this link for more info about other Book Social Networks



Kirkus-paid, could be a few hundred dollars. Legitimate paid review.


For Indies: Publishers Weekly: several months in advance

BookLife by Publishers Weekly.

About our guests:

Justine Bylo Key Account Sales Manager and has a passion for working with independent authors and publishers, getting their books into the world. Justine currently works with IngramSpark authors and publishers to expand their flourishing platforms. She is committed to the innovation behind IngramSpark so that clients always have the most cutting edge services. Justine has worked with Ingram Content Group for four years. Previously in her roles at Lightning Source and Ingram Publisher Services, Justine helped countless publishers grow their businesses. Justine started her career in the unlikely place of television where she worked in reality TV development at Oxygen and Bravo before making the switch to publishing. Justine was a graduate of NYU Tisch in Dramatic Writing and continues to work on her own novels during her free time. 

Pam Dover, IngramSpark Sales Specialist

Pam Dover is a Sales Specialist with IngramSpark®. She helps authors, independent publishers, and businesses share their story by understanding their needs and pairing them with the right insights and tools using Ingram's digital print on demand print and ebook distribution services. Pam has worked closely with authors, publishers and booksellers for the past 35 years in various leadership, product management, training, and sales positions. Pam truly understands the evolving book industry and the role print on demand and distribution services can serve publishers and authors faster. She continually works to improve the IngramSpark user experience and strives to help her customers succeed. 

Book Angie and her co-writers have published with IngramSpark, more are pending:

The Bucket List Dare

The Bucket List Dare (contemporary romantic fiction anthology)

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07-21-17 Lit Up! Guest Brian Bird 10 Commandments of Screenwriting

Today on Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach, Brian Bird shares the 10 Commandments of Screenwriting he calls the Thou Shalts... (Don't miss the details. Listen to the interview to delve into each Screenplay Commandment...)

Brian Bird

 1. Thou shalt know why before how.

 2. Thou shalt not listen to the negative self-tapes that play in your head."You'll never be  able to..." "You're not good enough..."

 3. Thou shalt be in the business of loving people
 Brian said: We work in a business that's very insecure, worry and competition,  opportunity, paying bills... be a friend-maker. People love people who love them. People  who hurt people hurt people and you don't want to be with them. 4. Be part of the   conversation. 

 5. Thou shalt respect the powers-that-be.
 Brian said: The media golden rule. He who has the gold gets to make the rules. If you don't like the reaction to your script/screenplay, maybe you need to do more to be better. Don't disrespect the gatekeepers.

6. Know the difference between excellence and mediocrity
Brian's tip: It's not all about subjectivity. 10K hour rule, first written by Malcolm Gladwell, applies.

7. Copy the greats. (No, no...not stealing...keep on listening for some great tips...)

8. Tell great stories.
Brian said: Why? Mankind is wired for story like it's food.
Brian's tip on a book to read: Joseph Campbell's The Hero With A Thousand Faces and The Writer's Journey.

9. Leave the door open behind you...
Brian said: Be proactive about mentoring the new writers behind you...

10. Know that God was and is a writer.
Brian said: If you have a strand of that DNA, aren't you a writer too?

Books mentioned on this episode:


The Hero with a Thousand Faces (click the book to view more)

The Writer's Journey (click book to view more)

About Brian Bird: During his 30-year career in Hollywood, Brian Bird's writing and producing work comprises -dozen films and 250 episodes of network television.  He is founding partner with Michael Landon Jr. of Believe Pictures, most recently responsible for five seasons of the hit Hallmark Channel original TV series When Calls the Heart, along with cultivating the birth and growth of an ardent fan movement for the show - The Hearties.

Bird's film writing and producing credits include The Case for Christ which released nationally in theaters in April 2017, The Heart of Man (September 2017), Paramount Pictures' Captive (2015), The Ultimate Life for 20th Century Fox (2013), Not Easily Broken for Sony/Screen Gems (2009), The Last Sin Eater for 20th Century Fox (2007) and Bopha! for Paramount Pictures (1993). Additionally, Bird is writing and producing the upcoming theatricals, Northern Lights and The Boy from Baby House 10 and The Case for Miracles.

Additionally, in television, he has written or produced such shows as Touched By An Angel, Step By Step and Evening Shade, along with the award-winning TV films Captive Heart, Call Me Claus (the highest-rated cable film of 2003), and The Shunning, The Confession, The Reckoning, and Saving Sarah Cain, all based on the novels of New York Times' best-selling author Beverly Lewis. Bird is considered a leading voice in the exploding faith-based media marketplace, and has spoken widely on the role of faith in the arts, including lectures at Pepperdine, Chapman, Biola and Palm Beach Atlantic Universities, along with being a keynote speaker at the Blue Ridge and Florida Christian Writers Conferences.  He is on the founding faculty of the Act One Writing for Hollywood program, and has served as a jury member for the Heartland, 168 and City of Angel Film Festivals.  He is also on the faculty of the Stephens College Screenwriting MFA.
His own films have garnered awards from the New York Independent Film Festival, New York Festivals, Heartland Film Festival, the Black Reel Awards, the Movie Guide Awards, the Telly Awards and the Christopher Awards.  And his professional blog, serves as a lively exchange on the art and craft of story-telling.But beyond Bird's professional achievements, he considers his top productions to date to be his 36-year marriage to wife, Patty, and his five children. 

Find Brian on Social Media: Twitter: @brbird  Facebook: Brian Bird

Brian's Website:

Find Angela Breidenbach on Social Media: @AngBreidenbach

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7-14-17 Writing Novellas guest Debby Lee

Today on Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach we visit with novella author, Debby Lee. 

What length is a novella? How do you plot, build characters, how do you plan for the business of novella writing?

SPECIAL NOTICE: Meet Debby Lee and Angela Breidenbach in person at the Garden of Read'n in Missoula, MT on Sep. 16, 2017!
We'll be featured during the "Fall Into Romance" book festival.

Website: Be sure to join Debby's Newsletter with giveaways 2x a year.

Book titles: 

Mountain Christmas Brides

Other titles with Barbour include:

The Courageous Brides

Pony Express Romance Collection.

Christmas of Hope is independently published.

Social Media: Facebook Author Debby Lee

Organizations mentioned in this episode include:

NW Christian Writers Association

Romance Writers of America

Christian Authors Network

American Christian Fiction Writers

About Debby Lee: Debby was raised in the cozy town of Toledo, Washington. She's been writing since she was a small child and has written several novels, but never forgets home. The American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America are two organizations that Debby enjoys being a part of. Her titles with Barbour Publishing include THE COURAGEOUS BRIDES and MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS BRIDES, both of which made the ECPA  bestsellers list, and the PONY EXPRESS ROMANCE COLLECTION, which hit the Amazon bestsellers list. She recently signed her fourth contract with Barbour. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steven Laube Literary Agency. As a self-professed nature lover, and an avid listener to the 1960's folk music, Debby feels like a hippie child who wasn't born soon enough to attend Woodstock. She wishes she could run barefoot all year long, at least when weather permits. During the football season, she cheers on the Seattle Seahawks along legions of other devoted fans. She's also filled with wanderlust and dreams of traveling the world someday.

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7-7-2017 Wholistic Creativity with Guest Kathleen Freeman

Today on Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach, we explore how the behavior of people and animals  as well as our curiousity of the scenery around us adds depth to our world and story telling. Guest Kathleen Freeman, who writes for Clubhouse, Focus on the Family, and at her site Finding Hope In Hard Times, helps us delve into wholistic creativity.

In this episode, Kathleen tells the story of watching a farm goose try to fit in with Canadian geese and what happens when one Canadian goose gets an injured wing. She can't fly away for the winter. Here's a picture of how the two geese built a family together... Look closely, you'll see mixed breeds of Canadian geese with orange legs and new colorations in this geese flock.

A farm goose and a Canadian goose build a family...

Kathleen's character, Maddie Science, has become a beloved and long-running feature series in the Clubhouse Magazine. She helps young children explore their world through science and the creativity of infusing human traits and dialogue into the inanimate and biological world around us.

She has several books including Cephalopod Cupid, Hobo and the Swan, and the Littlest Highwayman.

Cephalopod Cupid

To read some of Kathleen's stories about Maddie Science, check out the overall Clubhouse website and sign up for a subscription:

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6-30-17Lit Up guest Diana Lesire Brandmeyer - Journey from Traditional to Hybrid Author, AMS Ads, Book Funnel...

Angela Breidenbach of Lit Up! interviews Diana Lesire Brandmeyer about her journey from traditionally published author to hybrid (both traditional and indie), her site and purpose to support creatives, Amazon AMS ad practices, Book funnel, and more...

About Diana: Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. Author of Mind of Her Own, A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee, The Honey Bride, and We're Not Blended-We're Pureed, A Survivor's Guide to Blended Families. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life. Sign up for her newsletter for writing news and free stuff.

Diana's book: A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee

A dream inheritance. An errant gunshot. Is a war-weary doctor a match made for Heaven?

Heaven Wharton wasn't shooting to kill. When a shot meant to scare off confederate soldiers hits a stranger instead, Heaven and her sister have no choice but to nurse him back to health. But she isn't sure what to think when she learns that her late father promised the stranger both the family farm and her hand in marriage...

Travis Logan witnessed firsthand the bloody horrors of the Civil War that tore the country apart. The field doctor has sworn off battle and practicing medicine to begin a quiet life raising horses. But when a dying man gives him the gift of farmland and "Heaven" he wonders if it's too good to be true. The gunshot more than answers his question...

To save the farm and Heaven's family, the couple must put aside their differences to work together. The peace and love they both seek may only be possible if they open their hearts to God... and each other...

Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee is a heartwarming Christian historical romance set in the years following the American Civil War. If you like memorable characters, lighthearted humor, and wholesome spiritual messages, then you'll love Diana Lesire Brandmeyer's powerful tale.

Buy the book to be transported into a timeless love story today!

Other Books Mentioned: Click the cover to link to the book's page.



Where to find Diana:

Twitter/Instagram: @dianabrandmeyer


She's on Pinterest too :)

You asked and Diana found it for you! Here's the Rocket E-reader and a note from Diana:

You could take notes and edit your book and it weighed like 3 pounds. And how's this for scary--it used your social security number as your registration number. I loved this thing but at the time there were so few books available it became a costly purchase mistake at $500.

Rocket Ereader

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06-23-2017 On Remote: New Author Questions with Mary A. Mills

Apologies for the background noise. This is part 2 of a remote. On remote, I was invited to the Missoula Fresh Market to share my books and interview people for Lit Up! Today we visit with new author, Mary A. Mills, as she asks questions about the publishing industry. But, she has an amazing personal story. Listen as she asks the questions you're wondering about like — how do I share my story if it might hurt someone close to me? What if I don't know how to write and publish and market??? How do I make my story entertaining and readable for a general market? 

One of the organizations mentioned: (SNAP) is Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

Mary A Mills - Building a Legacy of Grace


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06-16-2017 On Remote with Susan Thomas Small Presses, Interactive Mystery Games, Copyright, and more

Quick Note: This episode was recorded at a live remote. You'll be able to fully listen, no problem there. Just be aware that there are background noises due to the live locale. Now for the topics today that you'll love!

Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach is on remote, invited by the Missoula Fresh Market, we visit with publisher and author, Susan Thomas, founder of The Dramatic Pen, and prolific author of interactive mystery games and biblical fiction. 

-Great ideas for intergenerational parties, fundraiser events, theme parties using interactive mystery games like Who Invited the Stiff to Dinner (1920's flapper theme), Murder at the Surly Gates (think a live "Game of Clue" full of hilarity).

-Susan Thomas writes under the pen name S.E. Thomas. She writes interactive mystery games, biblical fiction, and more.

Additional Books Mentioned: 

Let Them Eat Cake

Habukuk series

- Susan shares how she created a small press and acts as the acquiring editor:

- Copyright questions? Listen for some awesome tips. Go to to register your copyright.

Want to know more about Susan Thomas' books?

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06-09-2017 Guest Jenna Victoria Writing and Living Against the Odds

Guest Jenna Victoria shares how she keeps writing despite aggressive breast cancer treatments, marketing tips for authors, and how to find authors on social media. She also shares a myriad of hashtags to find just the #bookchat you're looking for, explains who and what RWA is and what that means to both readers and authors, and shares about the Christian online chapter— Faith, Hope, & Love.

Her newest books is:

Love Among the Lilacs

Sample of Hashtags mentioned in the show: Get your notepad ready, you'll need it!

Best ways to use Twitter to find authors and book chats: #faithlitchat, #fictionfriday, #fridayflash, #indiethursday, #storycraft, #amwriting, #christfic, #mustread, #romance, #christfic, #histfic, #histrom, #acfwtweets, #bookaddict, #bookclub, #amreading

On Instagram: #bookstagram, #bibliophile, #bookhaul, #bookish, #bookoftheday, #bookquotes, #booksofinstagram, #booktastic, #newreleases, #readersofinstagram
for authors: #RWA17, #askagent, #askeditor, #pubtip, #amwriting

Organizations mentioned: RWA (Romance Writers of America), CAN (Christian Authors Network), ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), Faith Hope and Love chapter of RWA...


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6-02-2017 Hybrid Authors, Audiobooks, & Agencies Supporting Indie Authors

Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach lights up your creative world with interviews today featuring Virginia Smith (Ginny) and Sherry Kyle.
Both of these authors are traditionally and self-published (indie). Ginny has authored over 30 fiction books and her latest is the Amish Widower from Harvest House.
Sherry Kyle's latest work is Road to Harmony and will soon be out in audio book format. 

A few questions in this episode:

Is it a conflict of interest for an agent to assist clients in self-publishing? If not, how does it work?

What's a hybrid author? What audiobook genres are selling well right now? 

Books mentioned on the show:

Amish Widower by Virginia Smith (Find out more about Ginny at

Tales from Goose Creek Bed and Breakfast by Virginia Smith

Road to Harmony by Sherry Kyle (Find more about Sherry Kyle at:

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05/26/17 Guest Mark of Kobo

Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach welcomes guest, Mark Leslie Lefevre, Director of Author Relations at Kobo and who also writes fun historical ghost legends under the pen name, Mark Leslie (it's easier to spell).

Mark is a writer, editor, and bookseller who was born and grew up in the Greater Sudbury Region, spent many years in Ottawa and currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Topics today include ghost walks, local lore stories of haunted libraries and bookstores from books by Mark Leslie like Tomes of Terror, Spooky Sudbury: True Tales of the Erie and Unexplained, and Haunted Hamilton.

Then we explore Kobo for readers and authors. Kobo's philosophy is: "It should be the content of a book that keeps you up, not the technology."

How Kobo works, how to find and shop locally for ebooks in over 350 US book stores ( and click "Find Indies Selling Ebooks", Learn about Kobo's new waterproof reader, and how Overdrive works with libraries.



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05-19-17 Surviving and Thriving guest Janet Perez Eckles

Angela Breidenbach, host of Lit Up, interviews Janet Perez Eckles, bi-lingual (Spanish and English) author and speaker.

Show Notes: Angela and Janet discuss her book, Simply Salsa: Dancing at God's Fiesta, how she survived multiple tragedies of blindness and marital infidelity and the murder of her son, and Janet's favorite writing tools for efficiency and a professional work environment. Also on iTunes.

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Janet's book discussed during this episode:

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05-12-2017 Professional Editing with guest Jennifer Vander Klipp

Show Notes: Angela Breidenbach of Lit Up! talk radio discusses the elements of professional editing with author, Pencildancer, and professional editor, Jennifer Vander Klipp. Learn about Jennifer's latest novel, Protective Custody. Also on iTunes.

Guest: Jennifer Vander Klipp is a mom to two and stepmom to four, navigating the teens while battling her daughter's juvenile arthritis, exploring the delights of her son's autism, and keeping gluten free. A California native transplanted to the Midwest, her favorite thing is discovering with her husband how much there is to love about seasons, snow, and the delight that is Michigan.

Find more about Jennifer's editing business: Tandem Services, Publishing Services and Creative Projects Management

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Jennifer's book on the show today: Protective Custody

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5-05-17 Guest Author Liz Tolsma on writing & Scrivener

Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach guest is Liz Tolsma.

Our topic: Using Scrivener to write, tips for conquering Scrivener

Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, interviews Liz Tolsma about her latest book, Matchmaker Brides, and how she uses Scrivener as a tool to speed up and organize her writing process. Also on iTunes.

Liz Tolsma's books and books mentioned in the show:
Matchmaker Brides
Rails to Love
Second Chance Brides, coming Aug 2017

About Liz Tolsma: Liz Tolsma is the author of several WWII novels and prairie romance novellas. She is a popular speaker and an editor and resides next to a Wisconsin farm field with her husband and their two daughters. Her son is a U.S. Marine. She enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping. Please visit her blog, The Story behind the Story, at and follow her on Facebook, Twitter (@LizTolsma), and LinkedIn. She is also a regular contributor to the Pencildancer blog and the Midwest Almanac blog.

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4-28-2017 Writing for Hollywood, Dr. Ted Baehr & JD DeWitt

Have you always wondered what writing for Hollywood entails? Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach gets to explore writing for Hollywood with 2 guests today, Dr. Ted Baehr of the and JD DeWitt, an intellectual properties manager who also is the director of Connecting Writers with Hollywood convention.

About Dr. Ted Baehr: Founder and Publisher of MOVIEGUIDE®: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry, as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer, and media pundit. His life's purpose is to be used of God to redeem the values of the media while educating audiences on how to use discernment in selecting their entertainment.

About JD DeWitt: For the past thirteen years she's been involved in the entertainment business as well as the literary industry. Currently, she pitches Intellectual Properties to producers in Hollywood & is the Director of the convention, Connecting Writers with Hollywood.

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The book we talk about in this episode is:

How to Succeed in Hollywood: Without Losing Your Soul

How to Succeed in Hollywood book

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