Girls Write Out
Thursday, August 24, 2006
TEENY TINY FAVOR

The four of us are gearing up to speak at a writer's conference on blogging, and we thought we'd get information from the experts--you!

So, if you're game (and we really hope you are), please take two minutes and answer the questions below. We know you're busy, so we kept it short. Isn't that considerate?

1. Are you a writer?

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out?

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog?

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?

You can (pretty please!) list your answers by clicking on "Comments" below or by emailing me at denise@denisehunterbooks.com Simple answers are fine, but feel free to expound if you're feeling chatty. :-)

Denise Hunter  
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At 9:24 PM, Anonymous dana said...

1. Are you a writer?
No. I'm an avid reader and aspiring writer. I seem to be stuck in the "researching/ learning" phase right now mainly because I'm too afraid to try and fail. :(

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out?
I saw a link on Angela Hunt's blog. I love Kristin Billerbeck's novels, girlfriends, spas, and chocolate so I was instantly hooked. :)

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog?
Not yet but I do plan to check the rest of the authors out. (I'm just currently trying to finish all the books I have that I haven't read - and then moving on to new ones.)

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?
a handful of times...

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?
entertainment

 
At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. No, I am not a writer, but I LOVE to read. I want to write, but I am really trying to seek God's guidance in that.

2. I learned about the blog from Kristin's website.

3. I automatically buy all of Kristin's books, but the blog has introduced me to the other other authors. I have read one of Colleen's, which I enjoyed.

4. I have visited each of the websites because of the blog.

5. It has been interesting for me to learn about the real lives of the authors who create the fiction that I enjoy.

 
At 9:49 PM, Blogger Megan DiMaria said...

1. Yes
2. ACFW
3. Yes :)
4. A few times
5. Hearing about the writing life, challenges and accomplishments.

Thanks, gals!

 
At 10:34 PM, Blogger Katie Hart said...

1. Yes.
2. Not sure - I think it was through Kristin's site.
3. No, though I receive Kristin's books for review and my interest in Colleen's books keeps growing (oh, to have more money).
4. I'm not sure I have - mentioning a new feature on one of your sites in a blog post might get me to.
5. Witty posts, info on writing - I'm subbed with Bloglines, so I don't have to come back - new posts come up automatically.

 
At 12:26 AM, Anonymous Suzanne said...

1. I think about being a writer, does that count?

2.I found your blogs through Angela Hunt's blog

3.I haven't bought books *insert sheepish grin here* because I am on Dave Ramsey's get-out-of-debt plan, BUT I do request all of your books (especially Kristens) at my local library and devour them!

4. You guys have websites? ROFL

5. I like reading about your lives, it is nice to know that we are all the same!

 
At 5:53 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

hey - i emailed my answers to you :)

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

1. Are you a writer? Yes.

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out? I think through Colleen mentioning it on the ACFW loop.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog? Yes.

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out? You're saucy and sassy, meaning interesting. And also caring. Also, you sometimes give tips about the industry which I like, such as when DiAnn was trying to come up with a title in conjunction with her editor, and when Colleen has mentioned strategizing with her editor, etc. Last, many of your posts provoke a response, which I like. Writers like to write!

 
At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Rebecca said...

1. No. I'm an avid reader.
2. Kristin's website.
3. Yes. I automatically purchase Kristin's books, had read a few of Colleen's, and purchased Denise's books because of it. I haven't gotten around to Diann's books yet.
4. Daily - it's become an addiction.
5. entertainment

 
At 10:46 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

1. Are you a writer? In training

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out? From Colleen, Denise, Diane, etc.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog? I would have bought them anyway, but it's helped me keep up on when new books are coming out.

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out? 15 or so times. I link through to see more about release dates, etc.

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

PS What keeps me coming back? Keeping up with you four. Hearing what you're working on, status of new projects, a quick chuckle, etc.

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Sally said...

1. No, I'm not a writer, but I LOVE to read, and I've come to love blogs..I write those, does that count??

2. I found the link on Kristin's website, and I found the website because I fell in love w/ Kristin's books and I was curious about the person who created Ashley!

3. I already buy all of Kristin's books, and I'm still backlogged on a stack of others, so I haven't bought more yet.

4. a couple times

5. Why do I come back? How could I stay away??? I'm so amazed that we live all over the country, but the struggles and celebrations are the same everywhere...and I LOVE to laugh out loud at my desk as I read what everyone posts.

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger Lynette Sowell said...

1. Are you a writer? Yes
2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out? Colleen (I think)
3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog? Sort of; I probably would have bought them anyway but the blog is a good reminder when the books come out. I tend to forget with all the things I have to remember. :)
4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?
Not many, maybe a couple?
5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?
The posts all have different flavors and real humor. :)

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

1. Yes, my debut novel, Chocolate Beach, will be out in Feb. 07 (marketing, marketing :-)
2. I saw the link for your blog on Kristin's site. (I bought What a Girl Wants--just because I was attracted by the cover & copy--at the B&N near my home, and then looked up K's website.)
3. Yes! About 5!
4. 1/2 dozen each, at least
5. Feels kind of like a club.

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

1. Are you a writer? Tricky question. I am a writer, but not a published one-never been paid for my writing =)

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out? I believe it was Kristin Billerbeck's newsletter.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog? No, BUT there are several that have been added to my to-be bought list.

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out? Week daily. I use blogline.com and it tells me when the blogs been updated.

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?
Kristin Billerbeck is one of my favorite authors and so I like knowing what she's working on, but also I've learned a lot from the rest of you about the world of Christian book writing and publishing.

 
At 1:17 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

Oops. I misread q #4. I don't think I've been to your websites at all, except for Kristin's.

 
At 1:28 PM, Blogger allen said...

1. Are you a writer?
Yes. I've written four books and self published one.

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out?
My wife met some of you at the home and garden show in Fort Wayne.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog?
My wife bought one at the show, actually, but she is interested in more.

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?
Once a day for about two weeks now.

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?
It's good to see other people having success with their writing.

p.s. am I the only guy who visits this site and is that wrong?

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Hey Allen, you're not the only guy! We're glad to have some testosterone hovering around the place! LOL

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger allen said...

Thanks...as much coffee as I consume, hovering is no problem.

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger K.Michelle said...

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At 2:25 PM, Blogger allen said...

Also, Colleen, re: the book title ABOMINATION...as a guy, that sounds a lot like something I'd read...I know you said that you were concerned that it sound "too hard for a female suspense reader", I don't...think...so...but then again it's not as raw as BODY PARTS GONE A' MISSING!

What about DARK GIDEON or ABOMINATION: GIDEON

 
At 2:27 PM, Blogger K.Michelle said...

1. Are you a writer?
Yes, although not published in the mainstream. I do small things for my church and schools, businesses that need a little help. Lisa Tuttle says I must embrace who I am. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God has called me to write for such a time as this. With that knowing I began to write small stuff, but with God’s guidance, I will move on to bigger things and whether I am published or not, I will know that I have fulfilled my purpose. My audience of One seems to be pleased so far.

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out?
One day I was in a bookstore struggling with buying a book called Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Clark and What a Girl Wants by Kristin Billerbeck. I had never heard of either author, and it took me 2 ½ hours to decide. I decided on Beauty for Ashes. My boyfriend surprised me when he dropped me off by handing me a bag from the bookstore. Because I had so much trouble deciding what to get, he secretly bought What a Girl Wants for me. I have loved him ever since I finished reading it. I immediately went to her website and found out about her books and saw that she had a blog called Girls Write Out.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog?
I have all of Kristin’s books and have read Hot Flashes and Cold Cream, Finding Faith, Saving Grace, RV There Yet?, and Distant Echoes.

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?
I visit the blog everyday, but I only visit the websites about once every two weeks.

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?
Are you kidding me? It’s my entertainment for the day. I can relate to most of the people on the blog because now I don’t feel like I’m the only person in the world who has this ridiculous love affair with words. I have blogged with people who understand how powerful words are and that they can change someone’s life. All the ladies of hecka-funny and all the topics discussed are interesting. I have also started my own blog and met two really funny girls around my age.

This is ridiculously lenghty and chatty...Sorry :(

 
At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anna said...

1. Are you a writer?

No. I don't have the patience for that. I think I would love to review, though. I love to read.

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out?

Kristin's website.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog?

No. But I'd never heard of any of you (besides Kristin) before and have started reading your stuff from the library.

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?

The only reason I've visited any of your site is because of GWO. I have been to all of them, but only Kristin's repeatedly.

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?

You make the names on the front of books come alive. You seem like real people and I love that. I haven't missed a post in weeks.

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Trish Ryan said...

1. Are you a writer?
Yes. I'm working on a memoir called "What if Jesus Dated? Finding the Right God, Finding the Right Guy." It's scheduled to come out in April 2008.

2. How did you learn about GWO?
Camy Tang's website.

3. Have you bought one or more books as a result of this blog?
Not yet, but I just got here :) It's highly likely, as I love to find new authors.

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of GWO?
None yet, but I will - probably 2-3 times a week if they're updated regularly or include blogs.

5. What keeps you coming back to GWO?
I love blogs that are updated regularly and include personal information about what is going on in the author's life.

 
At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Are you a writer?
No, but I'm an avid reader.

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out?
I had borrowed two of Colleen's novella collections, Wyoming and Carolina, from a friend and fell in love with them. So the day after I finished them, I googled Colleen, and GWO was one of the results.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog?
No, my husband and I just bought a house, so we're cutting back. But my single friends buy your books and I borrow theirs.

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?
A couple of times each.

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?
You girls are my morning's entertainment! Also, I like to hear the stories behind the books and the characters.

 
At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Are you a writer?
No. I'm a HUGE reader (huge does not refer to my size) and book collector.

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out?
I can't remember. I know that I saw a link to it somewhere, but I just can't remember where.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog?
Yup, and I plan to keep collecting. The only problem is that when I checked out your websites, I was interested in all the books even the ones published years ago. *sigh* It's going to be a while before I can afford to get them, but I will persevere! :-)

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write out?
A few different times. And I keep frequenting them to keep my mind fresh on the books and series coming up.

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?
I love the ongoing conversations between everyone! It's fun and keeps me laughing.

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

1. I am a writer! And an avid reader.

2. Through ACFW

3. Yes, I did, as I got to know you all.

4. A few times

5. The frequency at which you post new things and the fun posts. They are always interesting tidbits from your lives. Funny, poignant and relavent.

 
At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Rebecca said...

Okay, I misread #4 earlier. I've visited your websites a handful of times - usually about once a month

 
At 8:35 PM, Blogger Amy said...

No, I am not a writer. I love to read and whenever a new book comes out, I reserve it from my library.

I check Girls Write Out daily to see what is happening because I love to hear about everyday life.

Thanks

 
At 9:48 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Wow, you guys are awesome! We appreciate your time and feedback.

 
At 1:34 PM, Anonymous Beth said...

1. No, I'm not a writer.
2. I learned about this from Denise Hunter's website (which I looked up after reading some of her books).
3. Yes, I got some books from the other authors because of this blog.
4. I've checked back on the websites every month or two for updates and new books.
5. I think it's interesting to learn more about my favorite authors. This blog is one of the most entertaining ones I read (which says a lot).

 
At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other Rebecca
Yes...I am a writer
Colleen's website.
And I saw you on Brenda Coulter's site.
3.Yep.
4. Can't remember. Visit often
5. To see what's going on ...new books..new info..

 
At 5:16 PM, Anonymous kt said...

1. Are you a writer? No

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out? My sister told me about it.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog? No.

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?
Twenty-three times
5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out? Your senses of humor and the fact that you respond to posts.

 
At 5:26 PM, Blogger Vicki Caruana said...

1. Are you a writer? Yes, non fiction, 22 books

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out? from another blog

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog? not yet! :)

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?
this is the first time
5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out? because it's real and fun

 
At 7:07 PM, Blogger CHickey said...

1. Are you a writer? Yes

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out? A friend's blog

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog? yes

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out? A few

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out? The information

 
At 3:54 PM, Blogger Pammer said...

1. Are you a writer? Yes

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out? Colleen's website

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog?
That's a hard one cause I buy most of your books anyway. :D
4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out? 4 or 5

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out? I love you guys. YOu relate.

 
At 9:05 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Not that you guys need any help, but...

1. Are you a writer?
Yes! Or, trying to be.

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out?
From my friends Colleen, Kristin, Diann and Denise.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog?
Hum... no. More from our friendship.

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?
Mostly visit GirlsWriteOut but have visited each of your web sites 2 times each because of the blog.

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?
The "girls."

 
At 12:05 AM, Blogger tiff said...

1. Are you a writer? For fun, yes. As far as writing books, no. I have my PR degree and help my friends when they need an extra story or two, nothing too formal.

2. I love reading Kristin's novels and found the link on her site.

3. No, I've bought all of Kristin's books cause I liked them prior to reading the blog. I have enjoyed learning about the other authors through this blog.

4. ??? Many, many times (well, Kristin's anyway :) )

5. I enjoy reading about the adventures of the authors. I also enjoy knowing any details about new stories. :)

 
At 4:58 AM, Anonymous Pam S. said...

1. Are you a writer?

I write curriculum and stories for my high school students. Mostly I am a reader, though. I like to read a book in one gulp (one day). Sometimes it takes me until the wee hours to accomplish that, especially when I start at 9 p.m. Good thing I'm a fast reader.

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out?

I was linked to it via Colleen's page via Amazon.com.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog?

(I don't know yet. Hey, I just found the site.)

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?

A few times (like 3 or 4 this week).

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?

I am amused by what you -- and others -- write.

 
At 8:01 AM, Anonymous Andrea said...

1. Are you a writer?
I wish I was a writer.

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out?
I don't remember for sure. I read about a few blogs in Today's Christian Woman magazine and then I've traveled to others as they are recommended on the original ones I visited.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog?
Yes

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?
None

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?
I'm newly into blogs. I love reading the every-day musings of other Christian women.

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger Heather Diane Tipton said...

1. Are you a writer? Yes, trying to be... first rejection yesterday so I guess that makes it official. LOL

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out? Robin Miller badgered me I'm sure.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog? nope, bought your books before I ever saw the blog.


4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out? um....

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out? the girls of course!

 
At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you a writer? No

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out? Either from Kristen's website or her email

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog? No Already bought them anyway

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out? Several

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out? I love reading your enteries. They are inviting and interesting.

Brittanie

 
At 8:56 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

1. Writer - yes, published writer - no

2. I saw the link on Kristin's site so got hooked from there!

3. Yep! I'm going down the list. Started with Kristin and am on to Colleen and will continue forth from there!! I need another bookshelf ...

4. Daily visits. It's just a nice sidetrack from work!!

5. The laughs and sarcasm and Internet fellowship

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger JesFreak15 said...

1. well, if by writer you mean published, no, I am not, but I do write in my spare time and even when I can't spare the time :)
2. I learned about this blog from Kristin's website.
3.I would buy all of your books if I wasn't perpetually broke.
4.I've visited Kristin's site a lot, and the rest on occasion.
5.It's fun to read, a nice break in my day, and it usaully leaves me chuckling for the rest of the day.

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger alisa said...

1. Are you a writer?
Sorta. I like to write but Im not published by any means. Well, actucally, I have a blog if that is a mean.

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out?
I begged Kristin to get a blog and she led me to here.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog?
Nope.

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?
I used bloglines (www.bloglines.com) which is a wonderful site that keeps up with all the blogs you read. So everytime I checkblog lines (1-2 times a day) and it tells me yall have updated, I come over and read.

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?
The delightful friendship of the authors.

 
At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Pattie said...

1. Are you a writer?
Yes, but I haven't published a book (yet!).

2. How did you learn about Girls Write Out? ACFW and Kristin Billerbeck's website.

3. Have you bought one or more of our books as a result of this blog?
Yes...I've been reading "Spa Girls" and I also picked up a couple of Diann Walker--no, Hunt--no, Walker--'s Steeple Hill books.

4. Approximately how many times have you visited our websites because of Girls Write Out?
A few. I just added GWO to my Bloglines subscription.

5. What keeps you coming back to Girls Write Out?
Four for the price of one! ;-) Seriously...four writers in one spot is pretty convenient. And fun!

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger Terry said...

1. Writer? No, but, I think I have always thought I could be. I'm an avid reader.

2. Girls Write Out? I learned about this blog from Kristen's web site. I've read all her books.

3. Bought one or more books? Yes, I have bought books by the other writers and I bought a book that the four of them wrote together... four novellas.

4. Visited our websites? Quite a few times.

5. What keeps you coming back? I love reading what you all write and what others write in response. I also think that its awesome when you respond to something we say. I feel like I'm chatting with famous folks.

 

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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

www.KristinBillerbeck.com

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

www.ColleenCoble.com

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

www.DeniseHunterBooks.com

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

www.DiannHunt.com

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

www.HannahAlexander.com

 
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