Prompt: Unexpected Return

I woke up to see a strangely familiar sight: my childhood bedroom, with sunlight streaming in through the window. This was strange, because we’d left Earth ten years ago.

Finish this prompt in 300 words or less and post in our comments! We’ll share your scenes in a response post!

CALCULATED’S Audiobook is out today!

Are your ears ready for Calculated? We hope so! 

Laura Knight Keating, who originally read “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” narrated Calculated and did a fantastic job.

Calculated paperback has now been out for 11 days, and I’ve received so many amazing messages from readers. Still floating…thank you for reading. Find the audiobook here!

To celebrate the audiobook, I’m giving away another round of goodies! Honestly, it was so busy during the launch, that I didn’t have a chance to give half of the cool swag away!  

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We have BIG news!

Drum roll…

It’s what we’ve all be waiting for, Nova McBee’s debut novel is released into the wild!!!! *Cue champaign popping and frantic celebration!* CONGRATS Nova! Spinning Pen founder, fierce supporter of new writers, Pitch Wars 2020 mentor, and an expert champion and bridge builder between existing authors, it is now Nova’s turn to be supported and loved on by our community!

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Author Interview: Caitlin Lambert

Pen Friends ~ Please welcome YA Author Caitlin Lambert talking about her upcoming novel, WHAT LIES ABOVE, publishing journey, and amazing design skills! I’m so excited to have Caitlin here with us today. Her debut novel is gorgeous and can you believe she made this cover?!

SP: Hi Caitlin! Thanks for joining us! Before we get into book stuff, please tell us more about you and your writing journey.

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Author Interview: Tabitha Caplinger

SP: Hi Tabitha! Thanks for joining us! Before we get into book stuff, we’d LOVE to know a bit about you and your writing journey.

HI! Thanks so much for having me! The basics about me are I am a wife, mom of two sassy girls and aside from writing the book words, I am also an ordained minister. My husband and I are currently the student pastors at Faith Community Church in House Springs, MO.

I never considered being a writer growing up. I have always had an active imagination, and I think there has always been one story or another spinning around in my brain. But writing never occurred to me. After high school I spent two semesters at Sweet Brian College and randomly declared a major in creative writing. For those two semesters I took some of the most amazing writing classes. Then God pulled me toward pastoral ministry so I left that school for Bible College. Fast forward to my thirties and the idea of writing a book began to pull at my heart. Being a pastor I thought I should write nonfiction, so I did. I self-published one collection of essays on being a woman in ministry. But my heart longed to tell stories. So after some wrestling with myself and what I thought I should do, I turned to writing fiction. After my first book, I started questioning if this was the right path and feeling inadequate as a writer. I felt like I didn’t have the same training or education in writing. Then I was reminded of those two semesters of classes and saw how everything had been woven together. 

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The Pros & Cons of Multiple POV

Freedom never felt so sweet! You sit down to write and have TEN different points of view (POV) to choose from. Who should you go with today?

Hold on! Not so fast. Before writing a novel with multiple POVs, let’s take some time to assess whether this technique is best for your story.

On Tuesday we talked about when to write multiple points of view. Today, we’re going to focus on parsing out the pros and cons of using this writing technique. As I was curious (for top secret reasons of course) about this topic I spent way too long googling all the pros and cons for this. I’m hoping I can save you some time through my learnings here.

Let’s start with the bad…

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Prompt: Fractured Fairytale

Choose your own prompt option:

A: The transfer student seemed normal. Until her fairy maid (cursed into a butterfly) told me she was a princess – and they needed my help to get home…

B: The transfer student seemed normal. Until his fairy guard (cursed into a snake) told me he was a prince – and they needed my help to get home…

Finish the prompt in 300-400 words (or less). Post your prompt in the comments below or email it to us! We would love to read it!

Three Things You Need to Plan an Awesome Book Launch

You’ve written a book! That’s fantastic. And now you’re at the point where it’s all polished and shiny and ready to be out in the world.


Which means you’re facing one of two scenarios: you’ve signed a contract with a publisher who will be releasing your book, or you’re getting ready to self-publish your book baby. Either way, you’ve got a Launch Season ahead of you, and that’s both exciting and scary!

So, what do you need to have a successful launch? Aside from an awesome story (which we know you have since you’re at this point), you need a plan. But don’t worry—it doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it sounds!

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