Holiday Deals from So It Is Written!!!

So It Is Written LLC presents Black Friday & Holiday Season Manuscript Deals! #authors @tenitajohnson

So It Is Written LLC presents Black Friday & Holiday Season Manuscript Deals!

Get that book you’ve been publishing for the past 10 years, published THIS year!

Basic proofreading: $2/page

Proofreading/Content Editing: $2.50/page

*Please note, a page is defined as typed, 1 1/2 to double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font. No single spaced manuscripts will be received.*

BONUS!!!!!! For previous customers of So It Is Written, we will not only offer the above rates, but will also edit the first TEN (10) pages FREE OF CHARGE!!! That’s a SAVINGS OF $40! (usual price is $4 per page)

To get started, contact Tenita Johnson at 313.999.6942 or email

*An additional charge of $200 will be applied to the author’s manuscript fees if the writing is subpar and needs in-depth rewriting.*

Sale begins Friday November 23, 2012 at 12 a.m. and ends December 25, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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The Check Engine Light

We all have some measure of faith. There are just some things we expect to happen or work a certain way because of the way they are created. If you sit in a chair, you expect it to hold you up. You don’t expect it to break. When you walk on the concrete, you expect to walk on solid ground. You don’t expect it to crumble or buckle, allowing you to fall through the earth. Every morning, we get up and attempt to start our cars and start our day. Now granted there are days when the “check engine” light comes on and we either take it to a dealership or if you’re like me, you call your husband! But we know there is something wrong that we can’t fix so we have to take it to higher authority. Not only do we take it to higher authority, but we take it to someone we are more than certain can handle the task at hand. We don’t call them and ask them if they can fix it. We more than likely ask when and how much it will be to get the problem fixed, but we usually tell them we need them to fix it.

If you’ve lived any length of time, you have encountered hard times, hardships and times of uncertainty. But even in times when your spiritual “check engine” light comes on, remember to give it to the proper authority. Not everybody can fix the problem at hand, but there is always The One who can fix all problems. It may not be in your timing, and it may cost you tremendously. But He is more than well able to fix the problem with your “check engine” light. He may have to tow you through some things. He may have to perform a diagnostic on you to see exactly where the problem is. He may even have to change some “parts” in order to get you back running to optimum performance. But one thing is certain: You will be back up and running smoothly soon. In the meantime, wait patiently in the customer waiting room.

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Living Without Blessings by Mark L. Pippen (Guest Blogger)

No one promised that life would be perfect or that challenges would never come. But if you ever find yourself struggling to appreciate YOUR blessings, then try living without them–and PRAY for God’s continued guidance, grace & mercy. BE GRATEFUL. Enough said.

For more information on Mark’s debut book, The Gospel According to Mark, please email him at or follow him on Twitter at MarkLPippen. Also connect with him on Facebook at Mark L. Pippen.

Free Will May Not Be Free-by Mark L. Pippen (Guest Blogger)

You are Blessed with “Free Will” — but PROCEED WITH CAUTION. DON’T ABUSE IT OR MISUSE IT. It’s unfortunate (but simply true) that some children must repeatedly get burned BY THEIR OWN STUBBORNNESS in order to learn. Are you one of those? Experience is an excellent teacher. But it’s foolish to seek to blame someone else for the consequences of your poor choices and decisions. We have the ability to learn from those whom we respect. But guidance is only useful where discipline, discernment and obedience are also present. The Father is talking to you. ARE YOU LISTENING?


For more information on Mark’s debut book, The Gospel According to Mark, please email him at or follow him on Twitter at MarkLPippen. Also connect with him on Facebook at Mark L. Pippen.

The Big Blog Hop!

Q: What is the working title of your book?
A: When the Smoke Clears
Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?
A: My life’s story
Q: What genre does your book fall under?
A: Christian Inspiration
Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie
A: Tasha Smith as the main actress
Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A: What didn’t make me bitter made me better!
Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A: Queen V Publishing
Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: Still not done yet, LOL!
Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A: Beauty for Ashes
Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A: My grandmother
Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A: I experienced a lot of death before life. Not knowing it then, but some things (and people) had to die in order for me to get where I am today.
Here’s a list of my tagged blog hop authors for next week.
5. And of course, Ms. Sylvia Hubbard
Check out their blogs next Wednesday, November 14th.

To Infinity & Beyond!

I’m simply amazed at the opportunities that have been presented to me within the last month. A few weeks ago, I received a call from a minister in Peoria, IL who saw one of my Facebook posts. She has never met me, but yet she picked up the phone and called and asked me to speak to women of domestic violence at an upcoming conference just because she saw the front cover of my book. She has not read the book, but she said that it seems like something these women need. If you have a copy of my debut book, you know that there is a simple street sign with an arrow pointing upward, saying “ENCOURAGEMENT Next Exit”. Now even though I have not been a victim of domestic violence, I believe there still is a purpose for me being chosen to speak to these women. I could have easily declined, just because in our limited minds, sometimes we feel we don’t qualify. But I beg to differ.

Maybe you were asked to do something and you turned it down because you felt like you didn’t qualify or meet the need. I ask you to take the limits off. Live life as though you are speeding down a San Francisco street on your bike with no brakes! Full speed ahead. Be open to being used in other venues and/or markets where you may not normally trod. The sky is not the limit. To infinity and beyond, whatever it is that you do well or you feel you are called to do, put the pedal to the medal. Ready, set, GO!

For 100 Words of Encouragement, please visit

The Seesaw

So every once in a while, I run into something that reminds me why it is always important to remain humble. Last week, a past client of mine told me that her book had received negative feedback from several nationally syndicated radio shows. More specifically, one radio show told her flat out, “It was poorly edited.” Hold up! Wait a minute! Stop the presses! That would be a direct blow to me, not the author. I was flabbergasted, floored, and totally disturbed! I asked her to give me a copy of the finished product. When I looked at the manuscript, it wasn’t so much that she had spelling or grammatical errors, but that she had broken some rules in the writing industry that made her book look like it had not been professionally edited. For example, she wanted some words uppercase in the middle of sentences, she wanted some things bold, and even wanted some things bold, italicized and capitalized! Now as an editor, I edit, but at the end of the day, I have to give the authors what they ask for. She wanted these things this way for extra emphasis, so she said. But that had backfired on her, and me! But the words “poorly edited” are what stuck with me for a few days. I began to doubt that I should even be doing this. I began to second guess every other book that I had edited. This was the first time any of my clients had given me negative feedback so I was a tad fearful to even take another project at that point. I volunteered to re-edit the manuscript and this time, I am making the changes I know fall in line with the industry standards. If she wants to do something different after I send her the final this time around, I’m asking that she remove my name from the book as the editor.

Sometimes, the very thing that we love to do, have been doing for years and you know that you are called to do, will be tested and tried. And somewhere along the lines, your self-esteem and confidence may take a blow. It’s like being on a seesaw. At one point, you are sitting high. But as soon as someone comes and puts pressure on the other side, you are down. And this is a cycle that can continue for as long as you let it, until you choose to just get off the seesaw. Whatever you are doing, don’t quit. Don’t let other people’s negative comments and/or perceptions of what you do affect what you do. Hold your head up high. Dust yourself off. And keep it moving. There is work to be done and there is work that only you can do. Get off the seesaw and get to work!


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