Christian Romance--Southern and Wisconsin Style!
April 21, 2017
I'm with author Sandra Robbins today discussing Biblical fiction and all things publishing. She also asks some really good questions!
Join me on Sandra's Blog
Stumbling Upon The Story For My Latest Novel
April 19, 2017
How did I find the story for my novel BUILDING BENJAMIN: NAOMI'S JOURNEY? Please come join me on Catherine Castle's blog and find out.
My Personal Publishing Playlist
April 12,, 2017
Join me and Sandra Ardoin as we discuss my publishing playlist for aspiring authors. What song do you think needs to be added to the list?
Seriously Write Blog: music to your ears.
Celebrating My Release Week With Nancy and Sarah.
April 7, 2017
I'm on two more blogs today celebrating Naomi and Eliab's love story.
Nancy Lee Badger's Blog (cool scroll background and men in kilts)
Sarah Ruut's Blog (giveaway too)
Come join the fun!
What Genre Would I Never Write?
April 6, 2017
Visit me on author Jo Huddleston's blog where I discuss my latest release (Building Benjamin) and what I would never write.
Leave a comment about your favorite Bible story, or novel, for a chance to win a signed copy of Naomi's story.
Vanilla and Cinnamon, Oh My!
April 5, 2017
I am on Deborah Vogts' Country at Heart blog today, and I am sharing my zucchini bread recipe. How can you beat vanilla, zucchini, and cinnamon?
Find the recipe here, Country At Heart.
Join Me on Author Fellow PBG Author, Delia Latham's Blog.
March 30, 2017
Leave a comment for a giveaway of "Building Benjamin"
**Cover reveal** of "Jerusalem Rising"
See how I survived radiation therapy...no lobster-ish skin
Am I Over Fifty? I'm on Patti Shene's "Over 50" Blog Talking About Publishing My Debut Novel.
March 16, 2017
Come join the fun as I talk about releasing my first book after I hit the half-century mark.
Leave a comment for a chance to win my debut, "Providence:Hannah's Journey."
My Jodie Wolfe Interview
March 8, 2017
I'm talking about my latest release and how I made a romance out of Judges 19-21 with author Jodie Wolfe. Join us and learn what I like to do when I'm not writing. Disco anyone?
My interview with Hallee Bridgeman
March 3, 2017
Author Hallee Bridgeman and I are discussing my latest release--Buiilding Benjamin--and all things Packers and Publishing. Leave a comment for a chance to win my latest Tribes of Israel novel.
Hallee and Friends -- come join the fun as I tell how I made a romance out of Judges 19-21. Yikes!
BLOGS and Giveaways!
February 21, 2017
To celebrate the e-release of "Building Benjamin: Naomi's Journey," I am visiting a few blogs this week. Leave a comment for a chance to win an e-copy of Naomi's story.
Mary and Friends -- fellow PBG author Mary Manners is hosting me the week of February 20th. Leave a comment for a chance to win an e-copy of my newest release.
Thinking Thoughts-- Emilie Hendryx and I talk "Building Benjamin" and how this story got started. Leave a comment for a chance to win an e-copy of Naomi's story.
BUILDING BENJAMIN Joins the World Today in E-Book!
February 10, 2017
Book Two in my stand alone Biblical Fiction series hits the market today in e-book. The print edition of BUILDING BENJAMIN will release April 1st. I know. The wait is a bummer.
For today ONLY, my publisher has the e-book 50% off PBGLink
Come visit me on these blogs to discuss the story:
Author Laura V. Hilton's Blog. Comment for a chance at a #giveaway
I'm also doing a giveaway on Delia Latham's Blog.
ACFW's Fiction Finder Interview
February 6, 2017
I was interviewed by Alexis Goring for the American Christian Fiction Writers' Fiction Finder page. Discover what is on my nightstand to be read.
What To Do About Criticism?
January 27, 2017
My friend and fellow author Mia Jo Celeste releases her debut novel today--OTHER THAN. While Mia Jo is a Christian, her book is a Zombie Romance and does not fit into Christian Fiction. Mia wrote a blog post about being a writer and accepting criticism. Handling differing opinions is what we do as authors. Some reviews will be good, others maybe not so much.
Here is Mia's post about growing a thick skin.
What to do with criticism? A Christian Perspective
I have a book coming out and it’s an interesting mix of trust and fear, both the story itself and my anticipation of the novel’s release. I’m nervous. You see, I haven’t always had the thickest skin and I’m certain some people will love my work while others won’t. That’s just how life is. A few years ago, I entered six contests. Each asked for the first twenty pages, so it was easy to send the same words. In two contests, my entry placed first, second or third. In one those words earned an honorable mention while in another they got a score in the middle, a mediocre rating. In the last contest, a judge suggested I might pick up a new hobby. I learned then that people’s response to my writing efforts were subjective, but still negative feedback hurt my feelings.
Nobody likes to be criticized, yet it happens and when it does it helps to realize it’s the work and not the worker, to remember that we have value that isn’t connected to what we do. We are greatly loved. Our worth is not in our reviews, our critics’ comments, in our work or even in ourselves. It’s really based on what God has gifted us in his son Jesus.
A few years ago, I interviewed my friend and fellow author, Karen McQuestion. I asked her to share insights into the published-author experience that might help others who were following in her footsteps. She said, “Not everyone will love my books. In fact, there will ALWAYS be a certain percentage of readers who don’t. Negative reviews used to devastate me ... until I noticed that all of my favorite books had at least a few one and two-star reviews. Once I realized some people out there hated To Kill a Mockingbird, it got easier. My take on it is that I always do my best, which is the only part of writing a novel I can control. Ultimately, people will have their opinions. So be it.”
I think this is awesome advice—anticipate that not everyone will be a fan, accept that, and then move on. As Christians, we can take this even further and celebrate that our worth isn’t in what people think, but in what God does.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Mia Jo or her new release, which is a paranormal romance, you can find her at www.miaceleste.com
Blog and Book Giveaway
January 17, 2017
I am a guest on author Laura V. Hilton's blog today. We're talking double dates, Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators, and Biblical fiction. There's also a chance to win a copy of Providence: Hannah's Journey if you leave me a comment.
Come and stop by http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/
May 2017 Be Your Best Year Ever!
January 10, 2017
I want to wish everyone the happiest of new years. Last year I was battling cancer, but this year I am doing well--Praise the Lord! I have lost two friends to cancer in 2017--I know, so soon--so I am blessed to still be writing and enjoying life.
I am anxiously awaiting the release of "Building Benjamin: Naomi's Journey" and waiting on a galley of "Jerusalem Rising: Adah's Journey" to come my way. Not to mention, I am on the ever present promotion train. Life never gets boring.
Enjoy whatever journey you are on.
December 25, 2016
I want wish everyone a happy Christmas and many blessings in the new year!
2016 had a few hardships (my cancer treatments), but it also had many exciting moments--having a debut novel release into the world. God is always faithful no matter our circumstances.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
It's Official! Adah Gets A Journey.
December 15, 2016
I'm excited to share my sale announcement at Publisher's Marketplace.
Barbara M. Britton's third installment in the Tribes of Israel series, JERUSLAEM RISING: ADAH'S JOURNEY, about a young woman who volunteers to rebuild Jerusalem's wall and soon discovers not all of Judah's enemies lie outside the crumbling rocks, to Nicola Martinez at Pelican, with Megan Lee editing.
It may be the busiest time of the year, but Megan and I just finished the first round of edits on Adah's story. We're heading to the time of Nehemiah and revealing Jerusalem's enemies. No release date yet, but you'll be the first to know (after me).
Looking For A Signed Copy Of My Debut?
November 7, 2016
I wish I could zoom all over and sign my books, but that isn't possible. If you live in the Milwaukee area, you can find signed copies of "Providence: Hannah's Journey" at the Barnes&Noble at Brookfield Square Mall and Mayfair Mall, and at Books&Company in Oconomowoc.
What's Your Favorite Work of Biblical Fiction?
October 26, 2016
I am visiting with inspirational romance author, Jill Kemerer, today on her blog. Let us know your favorite novel of Biblical fiction. http://jillkemerer.com/blog/
"My First Facebook Party"
October 19, 2016
Join me and fellow Pelican Book Group Authors on Friday, October 21st from 6-8p.m. (Central Time) as we discuss reading, our books, and what it's like being a Christian Fiction author. Prizes and fun will abound.
Meet The Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction
October 12, 2016
I'm on The Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction today talking with author Tracey Lyons about my debut novel. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of "Providence: Hannah's Journey."
We also discuss where I got my early sales experience. No, I wasn't a Girl Scout.
In Honor Of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 5, 2016
The theme of my debut novel--God is in control even in the chaos of life--played out in my breast cancer journey. Last October I was newly diagnosed with breast cancer. This October I am a survivor.
I wrote a post about my journey to be sent to Christian bookstores, but it was rejected for being too personal and I used the word 'boob.' You can read about my cancer journey on Emilie Hendryx blog.
God is, and was, faithful.
"Providence: Hannah's Journey" Releases in Print
October 1, 2016
Hannah and Gilead's story releases today in print. I am thrilled to share their story with you.
It is also the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am a cancer survivor this year and will be blogging about my breast cancer journey throughout the month.
Meeting Friends Along the Path to Publication
September 28, 2016
I'm on YA author Valerie Biel's blog today talking about being a debut novelist. Valerie was a friend I made at the UW-Writers' Institute. Come leave a comment as we talk about my journey.
Come Meet My Pets!
September 26, 2016
I'm on fellow PBG author, Candice Sue Patterson's blog today discussing my pets--the cat that won the lottery and the everlasting gobstopper of a gecko.
Whispering In Purple Today!
September 20, 2016
I'm continuing my Blog Tour today at Whispers in Purple. We're talking sagging middles (in books) and Wisconsin words. Come join us!
Clash Of the Titles Blog Tour
September 19, 2016
I am on a blog tour this week sponsored by my publisher, Pelican Book Group, and Clash of the Titles. Today I'm talking about how I came up with my story for "Providence: Hannah's Journey." Come and say "Hi."
It's my E-Book Birthday!!!!
September 16, 2016
"Providence: Hannah's Journey" is going out into the world in e-book today. The print release is October 1st!
My publisher is running the e-book 50% today. Check it out.
@PelicanBookGrp #NewRelease Providence: Hannah’s Journey by Barbara M Britton http://pelink.us/2aa1QYw on #SALE 50% off! TODAY ONLY
My Sparrow Song Radio Interview
September 14, 2016
Fellow Pelican Book Group author and pastor's wife, Karla Akin, interviews me for Sparrow Song Radio. I had to fend off an attack from the cat that won the lottery.
Home From Honky Tonk Central
September 9, 2017
I am home from Nashville and the ACFW Conference (American Christian Fiction Writers). Here are a few quips I heard over my three days:
-Story is always transformation (Ted Dekker-keynote)
-What if...is our friend (James L. Rubart, author)
-You can only make a first impression once (Julie Gwinn, literary agent)
Trends in Christian fiction: PTSD, disabled characters, finding heirlooms, time travels
I heard Biblical fiction may be coming back. Yes!
The people of Nashville were friendly and they sure do like Wisconsinites. My son got shout outs for his UW-Madison shirt. Go Badgers!
Nashville, Here I Come!
August 17, 2016
Wow! Where has the summer gone? The ACFW Conference is a week away and I can hardly wait to visit a new city and meet new people. I am furiously working on a One Sheet. This may be a new term for those who write outside the Christian Fiction market. A One Sheet contains a picture that summarizes the theme of your book, a brief blurb, a bio of the author, and the author's contact information. Marketing gurus may call it a sell sheet. I love looking at stock photos and picking out my characters. I recently saw the picture I used last year for my One Sheet on a book cover.
Check out my facebook and Twitter pages for pictures and information about the conference. Buttons for my social media are on the top of the page.
See you soon, ya'll!
2016 ACFW Conference
July 17, 2016
In almost a month I will be heading south to Nashville, Tennessee for the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. I encourage anyone who writes, or is thinking of writing, to attend a conference. Not only can you take classes on the craft of writing, but you can learn about promotion and publishing. There is also plenty of time for socializing and networking.
The cost can be considerable, especially if you have to fly, so start saving now for upcoming conferences. I try to attend three conferences a year. With all the professional organizations I belong to, it can be a difficult choice what to leave in, and what to leave out. Large conference can be intimidating. Often times, area writing groups will hold one day workshops. This may be a good way to get your feet damp.
I guess I'd better check what's trending in country music.
My Book Trailer
June 20, 2016
I am thrilled to share my book trailer with you. Pelican Book Group e-mailed this to me today and I was stunned, shocked, and elated. I was thinking Bible Lego characters so this is a step up. And...this trailer reveals my book cover for "Building Benjamin: Naomi's Journey." Take a peek. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q5Jh1cT3Hc&feature=youtu.be
Finding Your Tribe
Posted on June 4, 2016
I am home after attending Spring Fling and journeying to Illinois with my family. Rural Galena was a relaxing change of pace from the excitement and energy of a writing conference.
One of the most interesting and shocking facts I heard at Spring Fling was that 4,500 books are launched into cyberspace each and every day. That is a boat load of stories looking for readers. And if you don't know who the readers are for your genre, how are you going to find them?
My debut is Christian Fiction, but more specifically Biblical Fiction. Hannah better reach a Christian audience or her sales (and mine) won't be "successful." People who love the Bible and are familiar with the people in it, don't have a problem with stories surrounding Bible-ish things. But hopefully I have done a good enough job as a writer to appeal to people who like a good story and don't mind where it is set. My prayer is that Hannah and Gilead excite every reader with their adventure, but I know which readers I need to target first. Readers who are familiar with a church or synagogue won't have a problem with my world.
Though, I'm not stopping there. My most cherished contest review came from a judge who said that she didn't normally read my kind of story, but she would read Hannah's story. And I hope she will. My goal is to entertain everyone and I hope, come October, other tribes will find out that Biblical Fiction rocks.
My First Ghost-Book Signing
Posted on May 9, 2016
On May 21st, I will be attending Spring Fling 2016's book signing event at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, Illinois. The signing runs from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday. Although I don't have an actual book out just yet, I will be handing out bookmarks and notepads, and displaying the covers to my books. I am thrilled to be seated among several authors--mostly of romance--who will be selling, signing, and showcasing their novels. Stop by if you're in the area. I'd love to meet you.
Finally! A Writers" Institute Success Story
Posted on April 2, 2016
This month I will be attending UW-Madison's Writers' Institute not only as a writer, but one of their success stories. You can read my story at: https://news.continuingstudies.wisc.edu/barbara-britton-finds-path-publication-writers-institute/
I attended the Writers' Institute in 2009 as a newbie writer who didn't know much about the publishing biz, or how to craft a novel. After years of attending the Institute and other UW-Madison programs, I sold my first book--but not until 2015! Publication takes patience and perseverance. I must have amassed over 150 rejections along the way. Did I want to give up on writing? I thought about it, but I love creating stories too much. I'm glad I stayed on course. Writing has also given me an outlet during my cancer journey. But my journey is not quite as exciting as Hannah's and Naomi's.
Hannah Has a Release Date
Posted on February 22, 2016
My debut novel "Providence: Hannah's Journey" will release in e-book and print this fall. September 16, 2016 is the e-book debut and October 1st is the print release. The book is already available for pre-order on my publisher's website and the e-book has popped up on Amazon. Where will it pop up next?
Edits are complete on "Building Benjamin: Naomi's Journey, so I better finish the "Journey" I am working on now. I will blame my slower word counts on radiation brain as I have 4 more weeks of treatment for my breast cancer. But hey, God is keeping me busy and I wouldn't have it any other way. Selah!
No Rest For The Weary
Posted on January 8, 2016
I am home, healing, and getting back to a new normal. Thank you for your prayers. A week out of the hospital and I was scrutinizing the galley for "Providence: Hannah's Journey." A few days later I was signing a contract for "Building Benjamin: Naomi's Journey." All the taglines and blurbs are written for Naomi, so 2016 should be an interesting publishing year. I feel blessed.
The Fight Continues
Posted on December 7, 2015
I came through my first breast cancer surgery with a flying rainbow of colors only to be told I need more surgery. Bummer! I guess I'm gathering more information for my short stories.
Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. This cancer can't keep me down as I have a book to launch and more stories in the publishing pipeline. And I have to finish my latest Biblical Romantic Adventure because writing about God is almost as great as seeing Him in action in my everyday challenges.
May we remember the real reason for the season as we tackle this busy month.
Counting My Blessings
Posted on November 11, 2015
October--Breast Cancer Awareness Month--had new meaning to me this year as I was diagnosed with the dreaded cancer. I am feeling fine, still writing, and waiting to have surgery to remove the mutated cells. Every doctor visit has me sitting in a cancer ward. This brings me face-to-face with people who are battling cancer. Some are winning, but others are losing. What a reminder of how precious health is!
I have put the doctor visits and procedures to good use by writing a short story romance set among the backdrop of breast cancer. You have to laugh when you're going through this stuff or you'd get depressed, especially in gray-sky Wisconsin.
If you're a person of faith, please keep me in your prayers. I feel blessed to be on several church prayer chains. The words of a Bill Gaither hymn give me comfort and keep me going, "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow."
Posted on October 4, 2015
I am back in chilly Wisconsin after being a first-timer at the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Dallas. I have attended numerous writing conference but this was my first Christian conference. How can you have a bad day when the morning begins with worship and prayer? It was humbling to take the focus off of me and my stories and place it on God. I am all set for Nashville in 2016.
The best thing about attending a conference is the networking with fellow writers. I deepened friendships and made new ones. I came home with a stack of business cards, new facebook and Twitter friends, a list of bloggers who will promote my debut, and a feeling that no matter what, God is in control.
Here are a couple of snipets from the conference:
-it usually takes 3 years from idea to bookstore if you go the traditional publishing route.
-if Barnes & Noble goes under, it will hurt the mid-list author.
-suspense comes from caring about characters.
-we touch the hearts and minds of teens by addressing basic needs and packaging the answer in a conversation.
-it is never to early to start your social media platform.
-never flood social media with "buy my book."
If you have the chance to attend a writing conference, I highly recommend it. Look for conferences that have a first-timers loop. I met so many people before I even arrived in Texas. And if you can't go to a conference, just keep writing. And writing. And writing.
Posted on September 2, 2015
I am preparing to attend my first American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. I have been to other conferences, but I am a first timer for ACFW. The past weeks I have been on the "newbies" loop to learn how to navigate the conference, and also to help others who have not had the fun of pitching novels, writing elevator pitches, or drafting a synopsis. Nerves happen in new situations, but people are generally kind and helpful.
Yesterday, an elderly friend of mine overheated in our Wisconsin heat. Imagine my surprise when the police called me and asked if I would come and pick him up from the car wash and let him hang out with me for awhile (my friend lives alone and does not have family nearby). The police officer had been trying to reach someone for my friend was out of it and doesn't know how to work his phone on a normal day. Why do I tell this story? Because even in unfamiliar situations, someone will be there to answer a question and point you in the right direction. Strangers had been bringing my friend water and checked to see if he needed anything before I brought him home with me. All the well wishes touched my heart.
Sometimes this world can seem a bit crazy. Conferences can seem a bit crazy. But you can make sense of the craziness. With God. With friends. Even with a well-placed stranger.
My Book Has a Face!
Posted on July 27, 2015
Over the weekend, I received my cover art for my debut Biblical Romantic Adventure “Providence.” If you click on my books page, you will see the wonderful design done by Nicola Martinez, President of Pelican Book Group. I am thrilled to share Hannah’s adventure with you in the near future. I do not have a release date yet, but hopefully soon.
How did this cover come about? I am fortunate that my publisher asked for my input. I filled out an information sheet on what my characters looked like and how I envisioned my cover. I took my i-phone to Barnes & Noble and snapped photos of covers I thought were eye-grabbing. I even went up to complete strangers and asked them to look at my cover pictures and rate the image, asking “would you buy this book?”
If I did not like my cover art, would Pelican have changed it for me? The answer is no. Most authors do not have the final decision in their cover art unless there is a major mistake or misspelling. Believe me, I have been praying that I would like my cover, and I love it. Although, my husband did say, “Did they have red lipstick back then?” To which I responded, “Of course, pomegranate juice.”
Third Place Finish
Posted on June 18, 2015
I am happy to report that my latest Biblical Romantic Adventure “Building Benjamin” placed third in WisRWA’s Fabulous Five Contest. This seems to be the spot for me as my last novel “Providence” took third place as well. “Providence” is making its way through the editing process at Pelican Book Group and will release in their Harbourlight Imprint.