God’s Provision in Tough Times by LaTan Murphey

God’s Provision in Tough TimesFaith, prayer, courage and steadfastness—I feel empowered just saying each word.  But real power is experienced when faith, prayer, courage, and steadfastness is lived out—put into practice. This is the difference between ‘talking the talk’ and ‘walking the walk.’

I watched, listened, and learned from my grandparents and parents during times of hardship.  They chose to react in faith—prayerfully and courageously as they stood steadfast in faith, on the principles of God’s word. These memories have often carried me through bleak days marked unwontedly on my life calendar.  Little did I know, their examples of perseverance, would display powerful survival tactics—helping me to endure as I encountered my own hardships.

Pain becomes power as we find courage to share our experiences with others.  I am honored to share the personal trials my family has endured throughout the pages of our new book entitled:  God’s Provision in Tough Times.  With pen in hand my prideful vulnerability turned honest in hopes you too might find strength in your time of need.

Perhaps you are going through a tough time or know someone who is. Be sure to order your copy of God’s Provision in Tough Times today.  You will be amazed by how many different kinds of trials each chapter represents.  Each contributing writer penned their painful experience—sharing one common purpose:  The desire to help YOU!

We pray you will find faith through prayerful living along with courage and steadfastness of heart as you walk through your own difficult circumstance.

You are not alone friend.  Order your copy today on Amazon.com. We would love to hear how God met your need during difficult times and how our book helped you find hope in the midst of hardship.  So be sure to leave a review after reading it.

God’s Provision in Tough Times includes personal accounts by Authors:

 Cynthia Howerter (cynthiahowerter.com) and LaTan Roland Murphy (latanmurphy.com) –  along with guest writers:   Alycia W. Morales, Beth K. Fortune, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Cecil Stokes, Dan Walsh, Deborah Raney, Dee Dee Parker, Eddie Jones, Eva Marie Everson, Felicia Bowen Bridges, James L. Rubart, Ramona Richards, Roger E. Bruner, Tamara D. Fickas, and Torry Martin

Are you a freelance editor ?

Big Orange County Christian Writers Conference

The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network is sponsoring an editor convention in Southern California April 23–25. “Keys to Successful Freelance Editing” is for part-time or full-time editorial freelancers who want to grow their business and anyone who wants to learn how to become a freelance editor.

For just $125, aspiring and established editors will enjoy a Wednesday evening meet-and-greet, a full-day speaking event on Thursday, dinner Thursday night, and a final meeting Friday morning.

On Friday afternoon, Family Christian Bookstore in Santa Ana will host a book signing that will include authors from The Christian PEN and from the Orange County Christian Writers’ Conference.

The writers’ conference starts that evening, April 25, and continues with a full day of workshops and presentations on Saturday, April 26. Speakers include agents, book publishers (traditional and independent), magazine publishers, and freelance authors and editors.

For details on the editor convention, visit The Christian PEN.

For details on the writers’ conference, visit OCCWC.

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“We’ve worked with many first-time authors, but earlier this year I had an idea I wanted to try. I wanted to find a way to encourage readers to review the book by adding a specific request. We asked the author to include a letter in the back of her book asking for reviews. She reminded readers how important their voice is. Did it work? Yes. In fact she’s got well over 70 reviews of which only 10 were solicited. Remember, this is a first-time author with no history online and this book was self-published. All of these things worked against her and still she succeeded in getting tons of reviews. Were they all five-star? No, but that’s not the point. Let’s face it, a book page that’s populated with tons of five-star reviews is pretty suspect anyway. All of the reviews are authentic, written by real readers the author engaged with. Want to know another secret? These readers are now part of her “tribe;” she stays in touch with them and lets them know when her next book is out.

“How did she ask for reviews? She crafted a letter to her readers. Here’s a sample of the letter we included in the back of her second book. You can see the letter here: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/getting-reviews/

“In general, only 1% of consumers review books on Amazon. Using this letter helped to beat that average by a lot.” ~ Penny C. Sansevieri, Author and CEO, Marketing Experts, Inc.