Superb author Karen Kingsbury is a New York Times best selling author and she just announced that two of her books are being made into Hallmark movies. Her newest novel, Chasing Sunsets, released last month to rave reviews.
In 2011 I asked Karen what advice she would give to new authors, and her mother sent this along:
"Thanks for asking about writing tips. Karen has put together a list of "Writing Tips" on her web site. We have heard from many writers that these were helpful to them. Click HERE for her tips.
Additionally, if you search the Internet under "Christian writing tips" loads of information comes up from many well known authors. There are also online writer's associations such as the Christian Writer's Guild - which will lead you through a course that helps you write your book. If you're interested in this, that's something Karen recommends. It is run by a good friend of hers - author Jerry Jenkins.
Here's another author's blog with writing tips: http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/blog/ by Randy Ingemanson
Here's a website that has very good information on how to submit a manuscript to an agent: http://www.wordserveliterary.com/
Then click on "Submission Guidelines".
Karen didn't struggle to get published like most authors do. A New York agent discovered her because she was a news reporter for the LA Times and was covering a trial. The agent asked her if she could make the story into a book and she did and received a four book contract from a big publisher. The rest is history as they say!
When you get time please stop by Karen's Facebook page. Karen posts there almost every day! There's a link on her website.
"Unlocked" which is Karen's new "stand alone" book released on October 12th. You can also watch her new talk show on her website. Karen interviews those who have inspired this story. She also introduces "Cody Coleman" who is a character in her "Above The Line Series"!
Thanks so much again for your letter, and for taking time to share your thoughts."
Karen's Mother and Assistant