Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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Why do you write?

That’s a weird question to a writer, but to someone from the outer non writer world it seems logical. I’ve had this question posed to me on several occasions. So today I’ll try to answer this in my own life.

Why do I write? Well, it’s a a passion. I guess my passion for writing started with my intense passion for reading. I’ve always loved to read. When I was young I’d read mysteries and old classics. Then as I became a teenager I was introduced to romance novels. Well that was it for me. I was hooked on romances. I’d go through a couple a week. It was thrilling to get carried away to another world.

So, I started writing what came into my mind as a teenager. I’d fill up notebooks with stories. Mostly they were romances, but I did pen out a couple of mysteries. I’m actually thinking of working on a romance filled with mystery. We’ll see how that goes.

There’s a feeling I get when I sit down to write. It’s like no other feeling. I get immersed in the world of my characters. It’s amazing how you can get so into their story that you actually get lost. Sometimes it’s hard to get back into the here and now. 

Of course right now is the busiest time of the year for my accounting business. But I still set aside time to write and plot out stories. It’s actually a stress reliever. If I’m feeling too overwhelmed I’ll go into Bigstockphoto.com or one of the other picture sites and try to set up what I want for a cover. It inspires me. Or I’ll work on an outline of a story I’m working on. 

I sprinkle my nights with reading and writing. I consider reading like research for writing. As I read other authors work it helps to keep me focused on my own writing. 

So, why do you write?

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…

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Time to recharge for new year!

Ok, the holidays are over so it’s time to buckle down. As an Accountant it’s time to close out the year on all my clients, do W-2’s and 1099″s. Not to mention the start of Tax Season… But as a writer it’s time to buckle down and get out more manuscripts, clean out my work to be done file (It’s rather large 🙂 ) and get all my writing expenses together.

You may be saying oh nooooo… But if you have a method of doing this it helps. I’m here to help. The first thing you need to do is sit down at your work area and declutter. Clutter clouds the mind, or so they say. Funny thing is I know my clutter well and can tell you where anything and everything is in my clutter. 

Ok, once the clutter is somewhat organized make sure all your invoices, papers and such are filed in their correct files. This makes tax time so much easier. What if you didn’t print all your invoices off your email, well now’s time to declutter your email. I always forget to print those pesky things off email, because once they get to the bottom of the list they’re forgotten. So, print all your invoices and remove them from the email. It will make your system run smoother too…

I like to sit down and get all my royalty reports off the many sites I’m on. This takes a moment, but well worth it. You need to know what you can expect in 1099’s. Yes, people, royalties are considered income. I’ve been asked this question multiple times, but writing is a business, so run it as such.

Then sit down and separate all your miscellaneous files such as donations, medical, and office expenses. So many people miss out on tax deductions because they just simply don’t want to take the time to get the paperwork out, but I consider it money in my pocket and who doesn’t like that. Just plan an afternoon in front of the fire sorting paperwork. That’s how I do my own paperwork. I can spread out and have multiple piles. 

Don’t forget any equipment you might have purchased during 2013. Did you get a new laptop, printer, keyboard, mouse, well you know where I’m going with that. Also subscriptions, yep that subscription to the writers magazine is deductible to a writer 🙂 Then of course you have royalties paid to photo sites, yep bet you forgot about those didn’t you?

Then you have all those little expenses that we often forget such as postage, advertising, long distance calls to editors, agents or such as that. Don’t forget any programs you bought that help your writing. They can be costly and are deductible.

These are just a couple of things. Once you’ve cleaned out those packed files or drawers, start the new year off right by setting up a filing system and keep it straight. When you pay bills, or order something online, print that invoice right then and file it, deleting the email. This helps next January be a little less stressful.

I do hope everyone had a great 2013 and look forward to a blessed 2014. 

As always, great writing and May God Bless You…


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Horseshoe Publishing

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Well, I guess you can figure this one out. Along with my editor/cover designer I’ve started a publishing business. It’s been on my mind for quite a while and now it’s getting into the final stages. I’m very excited about this new venture. As this has been evolving I’ve been rethinking several aspects of my life and career. 

As my husband always says, “Babe, you’ve hit on something here and I think you need to go for it.” I’ve sat back and thought about this for a long while. My knees are very bruised and sore from praying about this and it’s funny how the good Lord answers prayers. All of a sudden I’m having authors asking me about helping them with their books. 

This business will help authors get their works polished and ready for publishing. We will be helping with Book Cover Design, Editing, Press Release, Book Trailer Design,  and Social Media Setup. Somewhere down the road we will delve into getting you published on different sites and handling royalties, but for now it’s the polishing process.

We’ve set up a blog for the company over at www.horseshoepublishing.wordpress.com

Go on over and check it out… Don’t worry, I’m still writing. I’ve already helped one author design her cover and we will be editing the book and designing the book trailer and press release. The author is already a social media friend. Her new book cover has been featured on her blog at www.vsteeleauthor.wordpress.com.

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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If it goes to your head, you could lose!

If you’re a writer you know how hard it is to get you ideas on paper or in the computer. Then to get it edited and polished. Then you have to get it published and make a sale. It’s hard work.

The joy of a writer is getting published, but don’t let that joy get to your head. It’s really hard not to sit back and say, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m a published writer’. Then you make your first sale and your mind goes crazy. Well, keep a level head. Don’t push yourself past what you can handle. Take it slow and enjoy the time.

It’s the same way in any kind of leadership, goal achieved or book sale. If you let the power go to your head, then you could easily make a bad decision that could cost you a lot. If you use the power to manipulate others for your own cause, then you can easily lose that power. It’s the same with book sales and goals. Don’t manipulate the power you have.

As you know I own a business and I could easily let it go to my head. I’m proud of my accomplishments, but I also know that it could easily hit rock bottom and go under. I have to keep working hard to keep it alive. I treat it like a start up business daily. 

I also treat my writing business like that. Sales can be up today and crash tomorrow. Never over look down falls. They can happen at the drop of a hat.

Leadership is the same way. If you overstep your authority it can trickle down the line and then your leadership is worthless. Keep a level head and don’t use your authority to get your own agenda up front. Use leadership as an honor and use it for good. Use your leadership whether its in your business, writing, or any other place as a way to teach, not to let it go to your head. 

As always, this is just thoughts running through my head. I’ve seen so many writers let their success go to their heads, then it takes over. I’ve seen it happen to business owners. They let the success of their business make them soft, then they let the business slip through their fingers and then they’re out of business. 

Good writing friends and May God Bless You…