Paula Wiseman – MindStir Media Reviews (Video)

“No matter where you are in your creative process, MindStir Media’s ready to partner with you to meet your publishing goals. Here’s what you get when you partner with MindStir Media: First of all, you get quality. Your editing will be thorough, your interior design will enhance the readability of your text, and your cover will be attractively designed and will capture the essence of your story in a way that will persuade potential readers to give it a second look. Second of all, you get value. MindStir offers a wide variety of publishing packages and will work with you to ensure you get all the services you need and none that you don’t — all at a price that puts full-service publishing well within reach. Finally, you get control. From start to finish, you call all the shots and you retain all the rights to your work. When you couple that quality, value and artistic control with the experience MindStir has gained in this ever-changing landscape — and solid advice on building your audience — you can’t go wrong. I’m a writer and by partnering with MindStir Media, I can entrust my book’s production to their professionals with confidence and get back to delivering the best story I can. And I’m sure they can help you too. Give them a call. Your book is waiting.”

The above text was transcribed from Paula Wiseman’s video review below. Paula — a bestselling, award-winning author — had provided a positive review after she published her first three books with us, but this video focuses on her experience after publishing six books. This is essentially an updated review for MindStir Media book publishers, this time in a video format…

Paula Wiseman’s books:

3 Types of Early Readers and How They Can Help You Write a Stronger Story

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Writers need feedback almost as much as we need sharp pencils. Early readers can give you that precious information while your work is in progress. Their comments can rescue an errant plot, rehabilitate a wimpy protagonist or even reveal the true core of your story.

Now first off, let me say I’m making a distinction between reader and editors/proofreaders who are looking for mechanical mistakes as well as critiquers, other writers who are looking at the craft aspects of your work.

My first early reader works with me on a scene by scene basis (sometimes sentence by sentence). She helps me smooth out the language and dialogue and ensures I’m not leaving out any key details or giving characters sudden ESP. We’ve worked together enough that she has a great feel for my characters and story and shares my desire to communicate those elements. She lets me know when my characters need to reveal their thought processes so their actions make sense. She’ll tip me off when things are moving ahead too quickly and when she’s having trouble “seeing” the scene.

My next group of readers, and by group, I mean 2 or 3, get the chapters as I’m finished with them. Their feedback lets me know if I’m building tension or suspense, if my characters are hitting the right emotional buttons and if my plot is compelling. If a plot point or a money line doesn’t resonate with them, then I know I have some work to do.

My last group of readers, again 2 or 3, get the last draft. They read the whole thing at a natural pace. I want them to tell me if the story flows. If there are rough places or slow spots, I want to fix them before the editor gets the manuscript. I want to know how they respond to the characters. I’ll ask them a series of questions like … are there threads hanging? Is the ending satisfactory? Did the surprises work or did I leave too many clues? Did you identify with the protagonist? Did his or her course of action seem reasonable? And my favorite question– was there a point when you had to finish the book, when you could not put it down again?

My early readers keep me honest. They won’t let me write lazy or shallow. They constantly challenge me and keep me focused on delivering the best end product I can.

Next post will be on what to look for in an early reader.

Paula Wiseman is an award-winning, bestselling author. Paula has published six books with MindStir Media book publishers. Her sixth published book, Sanction, was released earlier this month. She also had the honor of appearing on Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act,” where she discussed her books. Learn more about Paula Wiseman at her website/blog: www.paulawiseman.com

Winner in the 2012 Global Ebook Awards: Contingency by Paula Wiseman

Contingency, which has spent time on Amazon.com Christian bestseller lists and earned a number of awards, has another award to add to the list: Winner, Religion/Faith Fiction: 2012 Global Ebook Awards. The award winners were recently announced at the Global Ebook Awards official website, which is owned by self-publishing expert Dan Poynter.

About Contingency:

Bobbi Molinsky’s comfortable life is shattered when a forwarded email from her husband’s account lands in her inbox. The email teases, “My whole evening is free again.” After an angry confrontation with Chuck, she is left with the broken remains of an eighteen year marriage. Bobbi agrees forgiving Chuck is the right thing, the God-honoring thing to do, but it leaves her empty and isolated. Teaching her second-graders is a burden. Taking care of her boys saps all her energy. It seems God Himself has walked away, leaving her to struggle alone. Bobbi can’t deny the transformation in Chuck, but genuine forgiveness requires trust, and trust is a risk she’s not willing to take. Can she let go of her deepest, most primal fears and save her marriage?

About Paula Wiseman:

Please visit Paula’s website for the official biography and more.

To buy a copy (or copies), please click here. Also, feel free to read the customer reviews to see what people are saying about the book.

MindStir Author on Lifetime TV: Watch the Full Interview

Paula Wiseman, bestselling (and award-winning) author of Contingency, was invited to appear on Lifetime Television’s morning talk show, The Balancing Act, on June 26, 2012… We now have the full interview posted below. Enjoy!

MindStir Author On Lifetime Television

March 31, 2012

One of our authors, the bestselling and award-winning Paula Wiseman, was recently invited to appear on Lifetime Television’s morning talk show, The Balancing Act! They’ll be filming her interview in a few weeks, and it’ll air at some point this summer. I’ll do my best to keep you posted on the air date(s). Please join me in congratulating her…

MindStir has helped Paula publish three books to date, with three more on the way. Here’s what she has to say about MindStir:

“After publishing three books with MindStir, there was never any question I’d call on them for my second series. Not only did they offer great service, and expert guidance before the release, but J.J. Hebert and his team were there after publication, helping me with critical details like timing the release for maximum impact, sharing tips on building a fan base, and giving advice on gaining exposure for my books. With MindStir, I got more than a publisher. I got a partner.” -Paula Wiseman, bestselling author of the Covenant of Trust Series

Check out Paula Wiseman’s books at Amazon.com!

Precedent: Book Three: Covenant of Trust Series by Paula Wiseman

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

When Brad Molinsky’s life is cut short by a stray bullet… Jack loses more than a brother, and slips into directionless despondency. Shannon’s grief finds its outlet in angry rebellion, but with devastating consequences. Chuck struggles with a sense of powerlessness and with the fear he’s brought a far-reaching curse on his family with his affair. Bobbi teeters on the edge of emotional collapse, but a cancer diagnosis seems to offer her a way out.  Yet, in their darkest moments, God sends hope and answers from the most unexpected places.

Christian/Inspirational Fiction | ISBN: 978-0-9819648-4-3 |  362 pages | Published 10-15-11 | Click here to return to bookstore

Author’s official website: www.paulawiseman.com

Author Spotlight

Paula Wiseman

Paula self-published Contingency: Book One: Covenant of Trust Series with MindStir Media at the end of 2010. That debut novel has spent time on the Christian Fiction bestsellers list at Amazon.com, including reaching #1 in Hot New Releases in Christian Fiction. In May 2011, Contingency was recognized with two National Indie Excellence Awards: Finalist in Religious Fiction and WINNER in Interior Design-Fiction. Indemnity, her second book, has also been extremely successful, landing on the Inspirational Bestsellers list at Amazon.com. Precedent, the third book in the Covenant of Trust Series, was released Fall 2011. Book one in a new series (i.e. Foundations series) will be published Summer 2012.

About Paula:

After working several years as research chemist, Paula was blessed with the opportunity to stay home with her children and follow the writer’s path. Prior to the Covenant of Trust Series, she was published in several Cup of Comfort devotional books and in Life Savors for Women. She blogs on matters of life and faith at www.paulawiseman.com.

Connect with Paula:

Website/blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | LibraryThing | E-newsletter

Buy Paula’s books: www.mindstirmedia.com/bookstore


Paula was recently interviewed on Lifetime TV’s The Balancing Act, a morning talk show for women. The full interview is below. Enjoy!

Twitter Contest from MINDSTIR MEDIA: Win A Kindle Wi-Fi & More

UPDATE 12/16/2011: This contest has ended. The winner is @msmorev. Congrats, @msmorev, on your winning tweet!

One Twitterer will win the following prize package:

  • Kindle Wi-Fi (brand new).
  • Three MindStir bestselling titles (paperbacks): Unconventional by J. J. Hebert; Contingency by Paula Wiseman; Indemnity by Paula Wiseman.
  • MindStir coupon for 25% off any self-publishing package. Coupon is not re-usable but is transferable, which means it can be shared with friends or family if winner decides not to use it himself/herself.

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Sign up for a (or use a pre-existing) Twitter account.
  2. Follow @mindstirmedia
  3. Answer this question (with creativity and originality): What does literature mean to you?
  4. Tweet your answer, along with hashtag #MINDSTIR. For (unoriginal, non-creative) example: Literature means a lot to me. #MINDSTIR

WHO WINS?

Once @mindstirmedia reaches 4,000 followers, one winner will be selected based on originality and creativity of entry. Each entrant should kindly ask their followers to follow @mindstirmedia so the goal of 4,000 followers can be achieved and the prize package can be given away. Brownie points to those who also “like” the MindStir Media fan page (it’s a good idea to provide your Twitter username (via posting on the wall)).

Contest winnings cannot be redeemed for cash or combined with any other offer. Contest open to US residents only, 18 years or older. One entry per Twitterer. No purchase necessary.

Indemnity: Book Two: Covenant of Trust Series by Paula Wiseman

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

A shattered childhood. A mended marriage. Bound together by one little boy.

After years of believing Chuck’s affair is behind them, Bobbi’s marriage is tested again when Tracy Ravenna resurfaces. Tracy’s not alone, though. Jackson Charles Ravenna is the newest student in Bobbi’s first grade class and the spitting image of her husband. When Chuck decides to pursue joint custody, they discover Jack isn’t the only secret Tracy’s been hiding.

As Tracy’s past begins to threaten their future with Jack, Bobbi is forced to face the unsettling truth about God’s grace. But this time, what will it cost to forgive the unforgivable?

Christian/Inspirational Fiction | ISBN: 978-0981964836 | 404 pages | Published 4-15-11 | Click here to return to bookstore

Author’s official website: www.paulawiseman.com

Contingency: Book One: Covenant of Trust Series by Paula Wiseman

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

Bobbi Molinsky’s comfortable life is shattered when a forwarded email from her husband’s account lands in her inbox. The email teases, “My whole evening is free again.” After an angry confrontation with Chuck, she is left with the broken remains of an eighteen year marriage.

Bobbi agrees forgiving Chuck is the right thing, the God-honoring thing to do, but it leaves her empty and isolated. Teaching her second-graders is a burden. Taking care of her boys saps all her energy. It seems God Himself has walked away, leaving her to struggle alone.

Bobbi can’t deny the transformation in Chuck, but genuine forgiveness requires trust, and trust is a risk she’s not willing to take. Can she let go of her deepest, most primal fears and save her marriage?

Paperback at Amazon.com

Christian/Inspirational Fiction | ISBN: 978-0981964829 | 340 pages | Published 12-3-10 | Click here to return to bookstore | Author’s official website: www.paulawiseman.com


National Indie Excellence Awards - Winner & Finalist - NIEA