It is said that if the first chapter is written well, the reader will want to continue reading the book. Well, I am going to see if this is true.
I am adding the first chapter of “Pearl, The Little Light that Shines” to this post. If you like it, please send a comment and let me know what you think. If you would be interested in ordering the book also let me know and I will send you a link to order it directly from me.
Books are written to be read and shared. I pray you will want to read Pearl’s story.
Download Chapter One- The Author Emerges.
When we first began writing “Pearl, The Little Light that Shines” Deborah was participating in a publishing contest at a Writer’s Retreat in Vermont. We had always intended the book to be for middle-grade and adolescent girls. As we continued writing the book, it took on a more mature voice, yet we were already committed to the book cover. The book cover was drawn by illustrator and artist, Sean Tate. Deborah did not want to disappoint Sean, and we really loved the cover, so the cover was used.
Later, using her Publishing Editor’s eyes, Deborah examined the book and recognized the cover looked more like a children’s book, so the book was not widely marketed. Over the past two years, the book sat waiting to be reborn. We carefully edited and rewrote some sections, and added a new section and new chapters. I am proud to say, the 2nd Edition of “Pearl” arrived Monday, April 11th.
I am so pleased and encouraged by the response that I am receiving from people who have read the book and looking forward to the next installment.
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Sean Tate is the illustrator and designer of my avatar and is the illustrator of the book cover for “Pearl, The Little Light that Shines”. We are so blessed to have such talented and gifted people working on this project.
On Wednesday, January 8th, The Arts Avenue, hosted by Cedric Brown, Senior Pastor at Commitment Community Church in Lindenwold, New Jersey, interviewed Sean. I hope you enjoy the interview.
Oops! I forgot to turn the camera when the Sean’s video was shown, but you can go on his website to see Ground Up Studio’s incredible work.
If you are an artist of music, dance, drama or literature and would like to perform or be interviewed, please visit their website.
The Arts Avenue program is presented the first Wednesday of each month, with the exception of holidays. Lord willing I will be there each month, presenting talented individuals in my network. I hope to see you there too.
I am standing at a crossroads in our project…Deborah told me she received an email from Steve Eisner that our first twenty page submission did not make the cut. She is disappointed but assures me that our project is still a go. Rejection is part of life. I experienced it as a young child and over the years have learned to take rejection in stride. I thank God for his favor.
At this current crossroads we have the option of turning back and stopping our momentum. We can try to make major changes in our project and turn to the left or to the right which takes us in a totally different direction; or we can stay on course and move forward. We are staying on course and moving forward with our plans.
Our purpose for writing “The String of Pearls” series is to tell wholesome stories based on our lifetime experiences. There were so many wonderful things that happened in the 1950s and 1960s that need to be told. I will be posting stories behind the stories that cannot be told in detail in the books. I started a Pinterest Board that shows the television shows we watched in the 1950s. I started a Pinterest Board to collect pictures and video where I can share with you the things that I grew up and experienced.
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Monday, November 18, 2013
We met with Jon and Steve for our prep session. We identified the important components that will bring together our marketing plan. The book is not done, yet the marketing has begun. We are instructed to put a marketing plan together as we write. We have to know our audience. We should not try to write for everyone. Right now our focus is middle grade to young adult. We also discussed the possibility of reaching relatives and baby boomers who will read the books to the young family members. This is our challenge and goal.
P. J. (Pearl)
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Deborah Wilson Smart, Author
We are here at the When Words Count Retreat to prepare for Pitch Week in April. Jon and Steve our publishing consultants are working with each of us individually and in group sessions. Last night we had our group prep session where we read our elevator pitch and short excerpts from our manuscript.
Deborah did well. I am excited that she has captured my story and given me a voice.