Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Another Fun Giveaway Ends March 5 "Saying Thank You"

 Another fun giveaway. A small basket of lotion, bath gel in lip gloss in a tin basket, Hope for Each Day a devotional and journal by Billy Graham, friends pad of paper, Friend in the Storm ink pen, book light and kitty bookmark. To enter the drawing answer the question, 'What is a great way to let people know you appreciate them.' or just leave a comment.


Our pastor has been doing something interesting lately. We are a fairly new church, about 4 years old. He started calling people up front of the church to let them and the congregation know how much he appreciates them. He started with the beginning members. So after such a fun week with Laurie Alice and having her launch party I decided to mention some of the people who have been instrumental in helping me along my way.

What is amazing to me is that the people who have helped me get to where I am today in my writing are more than acquaintances. We serve such an awesome God that He cares about friendships. The people that have impacted me the most have ended up to be my closest friends. People I can count on for prayer, accountability, encouragement, and rejoicing with me.  I thank the Lord for each of these ladies.

The first person I contacted when I was about halfway through my first novel was MaryLu Tyndall. I’d just finished reading her Pirate series and fell in love with her writing. I emailed her and to my surprise she emailed me right back. She was so sweet and I discovered a real person. LOL.  She recommended that I first join the ACFW, which I did and am so glad she gave me that advice. She and I emailed back and forth and she helped me really understand the ins and outs of getting published. She guided me in my writing, was a wonderful encourager and mentor. That relationship grew into a friendship. Through our friendship we began praying for each other’s family. She’s been a blessing to my life on so many levels.

I joined a critique group with the ACFW. It was supposed to be a group of 5. It ended up being a group of two. My crit partner Kathleen L. Maher is the second person who really helped me along the way. Being critique partners is just a small part of our relationship. We’ve become the closest of friends even though Kathy lives in New York and I live in South Carolina.  Kathy is not only great about going through my manuscripts with a fine tooth comb but she has been an awesome cheerleader, encourager, prayer partner and friend.  Together, she and I have started CROWN marketing and Fiction Addiction Fix Blog. I couldn’t have made it this far without her.

MaryLu recommended I hire Susan Lohrer. Well, Susan got more than she bargained for with me. My goodness, that woman is a saint! She edited my manuscript and I’d fix it, send it back to her, ask a million questions and she’d answer them all and edit what I sent back. I learned more from her than I did all my English teachers, high school and college. Susan has become a true friend. We even became grandma’s around the same time.  If you need a great editor I highly recommend Susan.

Linore Burkard and Melanie Dickerson were two of the next important people I met on my journey. We started doing some critiquing and reading for each other.  Three-way phone calls became a monthly thing as our critiquing grew to friendships. We shared our lives with each other on the phone. Shared our struggles with writing and life in general, had prayer time together and lifted each other up.  These two ladies have blessed my life in so many ways. Our friendship is precious to me. But they are also great prayer partners and women I can count on to lift me up and keep me accountable.

Laurie Alice Eakes is another lady that has taught me so much. It started with Laurie Alice answering so many of my questions on one of the loops we belonged to. That grew to her mentoring me and that mentorship grew into a wonderful friendship. She taught me how to polish my manuscripts and hopefully make them shine. She’s always there to answer my questions whether they are historical, grammar, or writing related like the time she emailed me and said, “Tell me you did not just kill the cat.” J I’m happy to say that the cat did make it, thanks to Laurie Alice.

Thanks to each of these ladies I am represented by another wonderful lady. Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency.


Thank You!
I am truly blessed!

48 comments:

  1. You are such a thoughtful, generous friend, Debbie Lynne. I have a lot of writer friends, but you and Linore are the only ones I pretty much tell "EVERYTHING" to, the good, the bad, and the really hideous, so you guys are special. :-)

    Thanks for being such a great friend and accountability partner!

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    1. Thank you, Melanie. I feel so blessed for God to have put you in my life!

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  2. Aw, Debbie Lynne. I'm getting all teary eyed.

    You don't need to enter me in the draw, but I just wanted to say how much I value your friendship, too. {{hugs}}

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    1. Susan, I can't tell you how often I think of you! You were so patient with me and my dangling participles and the grammar lessons you sent my way. You know at the time I didn't realize the grueling test I put you through. LOL! You truly are a saint! You were always so kind, gracious and encouraging.

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  3. What is a great way to let people know you appreciate them?

    First of all if they write an outstanding book that really captivates the reader, at the end you should write a review of the book and post the review in several spots so that way others can have a chance to read them! Another way is to let the person know what great of a job they did, even if it is not writing a novel, but can be other things as well!

    MaryLu Tyndall & Laurie Alice Eakes are two of my favorite authors to read, and now I am interested in reading what you have written! :)

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    1. Traci we have something in common. They are two of my favorites too! I read everything they write and I hope that their writing has influenced mine. Keep an eye on my blog because when I get "the call" it'll be announced here.

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    2. I will keep a look out and definitly be looking into your writtings as well! I am always looking for different things to read to broaden my reading. Take care!

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  4. You tell them and thank them for everything they do. :)

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    1. LOL! Yes, that always works well. I guess that is kind of what I'm trying to do here today. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Debbie Lynne, what I have given you has been repaid tenfold in too many ways tomention here.

    How can we show people we care? Sometimes just telling them is enough. Call them, send an e-mail, let them know you're thinking of them.

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    1. LOL! Laurie Alice, I think that is one of those things that you and I are going to have to agree to disagree on. ;o)

      You know mentioning emails, calls, etc. makes me think of the 5 love languages. I think if a person happens to know what the other person's love language is using that would be a great way.

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  6. Maybe with a card, or a phone call. :)

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    1. I love cards. I have kept so many that people have given me through the years. And I have a box of notes, cards and messages scribbled on Lipton tea papers that my hubby has given me since we were married.

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  7. A smile and a word of encouragement are always great ways to appreciate someone. Or even simply being there. :)

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    1. Amen to that! How many times have I needed a shoulder to cry on!

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  8. Debbie,

    We do serve an awesome God, indeed-- and we can show that every day through our friendships with others. A smile, a phone call, an email, listening when someone needs to talk, they're are so many ways to show we care. Wonderful post...☺

    Warmest,

    Cindy

    Cindy Nord
    www.cindynord.com
    NO GREATER GLORY/Samhain Publishing
    Always Romance. Nothing Less

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. God knew we would need them to get us through the ups and downs of life.

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  9. Debbie Lynne, this is so wonderful to read! Each of these women have given you their gifts of encouragement and friendship...and I know they appreciate you too. Gratitude is a good character quality to cultivate. : )

    Blessings,
    Carrie
    www.carrieturansky.com

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    1. I am so grateful to these women. These are the first ones who really walked beside me, occasionally pushing me or pulling me along. LOL. But the longer I'm in this writing business, the more people who touch my life and the more wonderful friends I make.

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  10. What a blessing to have so many wonderful women in your life. And each one is a blessing from God. :)

    How do you tell them? You just did. And you pass along their legacy of helpfulness and caring - which you already do. What an inspiring post, Debbie Lynne!

    Angie

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    1. Thanks Angie. You are a great encourager to so many of us. Bless you!

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  11. Words of appreciation are always in order. I try to remember to give them often. Too many people never say a word about what they appreciate, and we all need that extra bit of love expressed.

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    1. Hey Lena, you are so right. We all need that. And as I look over the comments and the people leaving them, I realize just how many people have blessed me in so many different ways. Some with words of encourage, others with answering questions. And those who have never met me but have been so loyal to follow my blog and cheer me on waiting for the day I get published. There are just so many people and I TRULY am blessed!

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  12. It's so neat to see all the people you're thankful for. What a great post, Debbie Lynne. God has such a neat way of bringing friends into our lives at the perfect time. :-)

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  13. Tell them in person!!
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  14. Debbie.

    What nice thank you to your list of women.

    You have two ladies on your list who helped me as well. Kathleen critiqued my books and has always been an encouragement. Tamela was my agent, she helped me a great deal as well. Held my hand at my first meeting with an editor.

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    1. Kathleen is such a blessing. We started ACFW within a few months of each other and hooked up right away. Wow what a learning curve we had together. LOL.

      Tamela is awesome. I love her to death. She is such a sweetheart. And yes, so helpful and encouraging.

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  15. This is so cute! I'd love to win it!
    cllane2 at liberty dot edu

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Charity. Good luck!

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  16. How do you tell people how much you appreciate them? I am learning from the best teacher in thoughtfulness I have ever met--and that's you, Debbie Lynne. I am out of my league in this wonderful lineup, and I am very humbled to be included. We share a love of great stories, and for that, i am eternally grateful because I may not have met the best friend a person could have, otherwise.
    Thank you for all you do.
    And how else do you show a person how much they mean to you? You try to think of the best birthday present for them EVER, before her birthday in March sneaks up on you. LOL

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    1. Oh My Goodness! You are so bad, Kathy. And remember I no longer celebrate birthdays. I only celebrate the anniversary of a certain birthday. And this is my thirteenth anniversary. I'll let you all figure it out. heehee Yes, God really hand picked our friendship and I feel the same way you.

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  17. To let someone know I am thinking of them I usually send a handmade card with a Scripture verse inside. If I need to send a note immediately, as in I see they are hurting or struggling from a post in FB, I will either send an email or an ecard from Jacquie Lawson.com

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    1. What a beautiful idea. Hand made cards show you go the extra mile for them. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Sometimes the best way to let someone know you appreciate them is by doing the little things.
    Call, send a card, drop by. If it's a mother of young children offer to babysit so she can have some "ME" time. Do some little thing that lets them know that they PERSONALLY are valued. It doesn't take giving someone the trip-of-a-lifetime to let them know you realize how important they are to you.
    Shirley
    beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  19. Sometimes it's the small things that let people know you appreciate them. A card, a call, a visit. Babysitting for the mom with small children so she can have a little "ME" time. It doesn't take a big gesture. Just a PERSONAL gesture to let people know you recognize their value.
    Shirley
    beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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    1. Thank you Shirley for posting again! (we had a glitch in the blog) I LOVE LOVE LOVE the babysitting idea. I have a friend, who once told me the same thing. She had four young children and she said that means more to her than anything.

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  20. What an encouraging blog! I think this is a reminder to us that no one can succeed in this business without the support and encouragement of others. It would be almost impossible for me to list all of those who have contributed to my writing in hundreds of ways.

    I'm a proponent of hand-written notes. I keep a basket by my chair with note cards and stamps in it, so when I think of someone to whom I need to send a note, it's all at my fingertips.

    And thanks to you, dear one, for your blog and all you do to promote Christian fiction.

    Blessings!

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    1. Awe, thank you, Golden. I love to help promote in anyway I can. I really mean that, too! There have been so many other people who touched my life. I couldn't even mention them all and surely would forget a name or two that's why I only mentioned the first few that mad the first and biggest impact (I had a huge learning curve when I started out!) that kept me going. But so many people have been so wonderful. And I am thankful for every one of them!

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  21. a wonderful posting...and giveaway...thank you for sharing :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  22. I personally like to write thank you notes, or put together a small basket to show my appreciation of someone.

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  23. I personally love to send a card that encourages, I love to send flowers with a short note attached, I have put together little gift baskets with some of their favorite things in it to encourage others, and there are so many ways we can encourage one another - I love to get creative and personalize the encouragement to fit the person it is intended for. I think your minister has a great idea - so often we go through life wondering if anything we do has a good impact on the lives around us and to have someone share positive feedback and give encouragement - everyone could use a dose of that!

    I work in the medical field and just a simple smile can be what some people need to lift their spirits. Sometimes what we think is nothing can be huge to the person receiving it, so never under estimate the impact of some simple act or kind word to someone needing a lift. It reminds me of people who later tell others that if that person had not smiled at them or helped them on a given day that they had had intentions to end their life that day, but did not because someone showed they cared. We all need to know we have worth and are appreciated.

    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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    1. That was some great advice. That's a good reason to always be ready to smile! Have you ever heard of burden bears? They are little bears with a quilt and a sweet poem attached. I have given those before, making the quilt, and putting it all together.

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  24. It's amazing to realize how many people we really should be thankful for them and all they do. Any one of us can sit down and if we honestly take some time to evaluate where we are and who was instrumental in why we are where we are, would find a LONG list of names in our quake.
    The question was 'What is a great way to let people know you appreciate them.' I'd say my answer has to be, "What touches their heart the most, what would be most meaningful to them?" I have a friend who love greeting cards of all kinds and that means more to her than a trinket. Another friend loves trinkets and doesn't do cards. One time, glitter on the floor of the Fellowship Hall (you know how hard it is to get all that cleaned up?) made me smile for weeks and have that thankful heart toward the people who did the project with the little kids.
    purensimplenatural at gmail dot com

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    1. Very few people can say they did it all on their own, regardless of what it is they accomplished. someone taught and mentored them. But who would want to anyway. It so much fun making such great friends along the way!

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  25. To show appreciation, begin with a word of thanks, reinforce the spoken words with a note of thanks, and in time as blessings flow your way, make sure to share the blessings overflow with the ones you appreciate.

    This blog site is beautiful. It is the epitome of South Carolina which adjoins my beloved state of Georgia.

    Smiles to you in appreciation of hearing about your friends and the awesome ways they have helped you along. Janice
    jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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