Are You Serious About Your Craft? by Pat Simmons

M1130a_059In the book industry, authors have to calculate their every move, if the book is indie published: choosing the right title, cover, story line, character development, marketing, book tours and on and on. It’s exhausting just thinking about it, which is why an author has to enjoy the art of storytelling. And if you’re a Christian author, you have to remind yourself the mission is not about you, but the Lord. One question you have to ask yourself is whether your story is ready to be published? If you’re serious about your craft, you will have your manuscript professionally edited and proofread.

Before you submit your first book, I strongly recommend paying for a content editor—probably the most important person on your editing team. A content editor will help you think through your story, fill in the gaps and develop your characters. Have you ever read a story that when it ended, you had more questions than answers? If you find editors through referrals, sometimes authors will list them either in the acknowledgements or in the editor line once the book is published. Never let the same person copy edit, line edit and proofread. Your project needs as many fresh eyes as possible.

I’ve been blessed. After 12 published novels and a dozen novellas, I still like to use a content editor to help me pull out my emotions and to make sure my characters are more than talking heads. I take time to research topics, locations and interview professionals to make sure I have it right. The characters in my books have been pregnant, to jail, living in Ghana, a college professor, homeless and more.

Recently, a film company made my day when they requested In Defense of Love’s manuscript before it was released.  When I got the news, I felt like a woman who had been proposed to and whether I walked down the aisle or not, I had been asked, so it’s in God’s will. I hope you will download In Defense of Love and decide if you would like to see it come to life on screen, then follow up with Redeeming Heart.

One last thing, I attend a lot of writers’ conferences. I share some of my notes from their workshops on my own blog:

Happy reading and writing!

Pat Simmons


About the Author

Pat Simmons is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors and then casting them in starring roles in her novels, in the hope of tracking down any distant relatives who might happen to pick up her books. She has been a genealogy enthusiast since her great-grandmother, Minerva Brown Wade, died at the age of ninety-seven in 1988.

Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as an amazing, unforgettable, life-altering experience. She believes God is the Author who advances the stories she writes.

Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She has worked in various positions in radio, television, and print media for more than twenty years. Currently, she oversees the media publicity for the annual RT Booklovers Conventions.

She is the multi-published author of several single titles and eBook novellas, including the #1 Amazon best seller in God’s Word category A Christian Christmas. Her award-winning titles include Talk to Me, ranked #14 of Top Books in 2008 that Changed Lives by Black Pearls Magazine. She is a two-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance for Still Guilty (2010) and Crowning Glory (2011). Her beloved Jamieson men are featured in the Guilty series: Guilty of Love, Not Guilty of Love, and Still Guilty; the Jamieson Legacy series: Guilty by Association, The Guilt Trip, and Free from Guilt; and the Guilty Parties: The Acquittal and The Confession (coming 2015). Given the success of the Jamieson men, Pat was elated to introduce the Carmen Sisters series from Whitaker House. Driven to Be Loved wraps up the trilogy, which also includes No Easy Catch and In Defense of Love.

In addition to researching her roots and sewing, she has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country.

Pat has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatic husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, GPS-guided chauffeur, and administrative assistant who is constantly on probation. They have a son and a daughter.

Readers may learn more about Pat and her books by visiting her Website,; connecting with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or LinkedIn; or by contacting her at

3. RedeemingHeart_NEW6About the Book

New release: Redeeming Heart

Landon Thomas (In Defense of Love) brings a new definition to the word “prodigal,” as in prodigal son, brother or anything else imaginable. It’s a good thing that God’s love covers a multitude of sins, but He isn’t letting Landon off easy. His journey from riches to rags proves to be humbling and a lesson well learned. Real Estate Agent Octavia Winston is a woman on a mission, whether it’s God’s or hers professionally. One thing is for certain, she’s not about to compromise when it comes to a Christian mate, so why did God send a homeless man to steal her heart? Minister Rossi Tolliver (Crowning Glory) knows how to minister to God’s lost sheep and through God’s redemption, the game changes for Landon and Octavia. Sequel to In Defense of Love

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