The Best Books and Blogs for Writers By Amber Schamel

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Today, I am taking part in Amber Schamel's blog tour for her newest book, The Messiah's Sign. Here is a bit about the book:

The Messiah's Sign Volume 2 Days of Messiah Series
Dreams…they shouldn’t bother him, but when Tyrus’ worst nightmare is vindicated, he has no choice but to face reality. His wife has been unfaithful, and God has punished her with the most feared disease in the land: leprosy. Banishing her to the leper colony, Tyrus struggles to raise their son alone and protect him from a merciless outlaw. But when Malon begins following the teacher from Nazareth, what remains of their business and reputation is at stake. Can Tyrus save his son from the beguiling lies of a false Messiah before he loses the only thing he has left?

Now, for a great post by Amber:

I've often been asked what my advice for beginning writers would be, and the answer to that is two parts: First, be teachable, and the second plays into that, which is LEARN! Learn how to be a better writer, learn how to market better, and search out this information. The problem is, a lot of times writers don't know where to start. I have a number of great blogs and books that I've found, so I thought I'd share them with you.

The Best Writing Books I've Found:

Rivet Your Readers with Deep POV by Jill Elizabeth Nelson
This is a book you'll want to add to your keeper shelf. Jill shows you how to take your writing to the next level and really pull your readers into the story world through the method of Deep POV. This is a fairly new method, and I believe this is the first book to be written on it, but it will make a HUGE difference in your writing. It did for me!

Goal, Motivation & Conflict by Debra Dixon
I wish I would have read this book years before. I was missing something in my writing, and I knew I was, I just didn't know WHAT it was. While reading this book, my light bulb lit up. I had characters with lots of tension and conflict, lots of terrible things happening to loveable people, and they even had a motivation at times. But they were ping-pong balls being bashed around in my story world with no particular goal or purpose. When I picked up GMC and started reading, I could have hugged Debra for what she taught me. She has a gift of explaining in terms that we can understand, and uses lots of examples for those of us that learn that way.

Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors By Brandilyn Collins
This is a great book on developing our characters into life-like people. One of the best I've read so far.

The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
This book gives you a really good overview of beginner mistakes and how to avoid them. It's a really great place to start.
The best marketing book I've read is by far Platform by Michael Hyatt.
Michael does a great job at explaining how marketing our writing works, what works best, and where to start. He's included lots of extras, examples, and helpful links in his book as well. It's worth every penny if you are serious about selling books.

My Favorite Writing Blogs:

Seekerville Blog
Seekerville is an AMAZING writer's blog, and most of you have probably already found it, but for those of you that haven't, I'm listing it here. Seekerville was my Writer's University, and I continue to learn from EVERY SINGLE post. The blog authors are amazing writers who are dedicated to helping other authors and encouraging them in following God's call to write. The help, encouragement and wisdom I've gained from this group of authors is immeasurable.

Seriously Write Blog
I discovered the Seriously Write blog about a year ago, but it has quickly become one of my top five blogs. The posts are timely, educational, uplifting and practical. They cover topics such as writing tips, marketing, how to's, connecting with editors and agents, and much more.

The Write Conversation
This is Edie Melson's blog, and she posts a lot of helpful information for writers, especially those published by small presses, or those that are going indie.

Novel Rocket
The Novel Rocket blog is put out by a team of authors with the goal of helping other writers "rocket" their novel to success. I'm subscribed to daily updates from this blog, and love it. They have instructional posts, author interviews, contest updates, and more.

The ACFW Blog
Put out by the American Christian Fiction Writers Association, this blog has a guest author each day sharing encouragement for writers, tips, and answers to writer questions. You can subscribe to the blog without being a member, however if you are a Christian Author, I would highly suggest membership.
There are a lot of other books and blogs that I could recommend, but these are the best of them all.

What are your favorite writing books and blogs? Will you share them with me?
I'd like to invite each of you to join me in celebrating my new release with the Name-A-Character Giveaway! Enter to for a chance to pick the name of a main character in Amber's upcoming book The Christmas Pardon. Terms and conditions apply.
In the aftermath of the Civil War, a young lawyer battles with the U.S. Supreme court. In what seemed to be a Christmas miracle, he had secured a pardon for his friend from Lincoln himself. The army executed the boy anyway. On the fifteenth anniversary of his death, will the lawyer finally clear his friends name and bring justice to his memory?

Amber SchamelBest selling author Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call "historical fiction at its finest". A homeschool graduate from a family of 12 children, Amber found her calling early in life. First published at age 21, she has continued to hone her craft and is now the author of over half a dozen books. Between ministry, family and working in their family-owned businesses, Amber loves to connect with readers. Find her on the Stitches Thru Time blog, or on any of the major social media sites.  Amber is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Historical Novel Society.
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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me today, Sarah!

    Amber Schamel
    Bringing HIStory to Life