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Book Giveaway! 30+ Books!

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’m excited to share this fabulous book giveaway with you!

I’ve teamed up with 30+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Sweet Romances to 2 lucky winners!

Oh, and did I mention the Grand Prize winner gets a BRAND NEW eReader? 

You can win my novel THE COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS, plus books from authors like Jill Weatherholt, Jessica R. Patch, Susan L. Tuttle and Courtney Walsh.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here 👉 bit.ly/SweetRomance-Nov2020

Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Let’s Set Goals {November 2020}

Let's Set Goals November 2020, Jill Kemerer

My writer productivity skyrockets when I set monthly goals. At the beginning of each week I break them down into daily tasks that will work within my current schedule. Do you know how great it is to finish projects? Of course you do! For me, monthly goals makes it all possible.

Every month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!

How Did I Do? Jill’s October 2020 Goals

  • Writing
  • Write first 50 pages of new novel. CHECK. I had fun exploring new characters!
  • Revise a different novel. CHECK. I have 3 phases after finishing a draft. Revising is when I read for plot issues. Editing is tightening up the actual writing. Polishing is the final finesse.
  • Take notes on 3 fiction workshops (videos). CHECK. I actually took notes on 5 fiction marketing workshop videos and virtually attended 2 webinars. Pretty good for me!
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week and add strength routine twice a week. NO CHECK. I exercised 5 days/week but did not add the strength routines.
  • I’m trying tips from Mini-Habits for Weight Loss by Stephen Guise. It’s very intuitive. I was getting frustrated counting calories. We’ll see how this goes! I’m really liking this laid-back approach to my health. I’m no longer counting calories. I’m paying attention to the quality of my food but that’s about it!
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  • Other
  • Get my crochet project back out and start working on it. NO CHECK. Yes, I got the project out, but did I start working on it? Not even close.
  • Continue reading fiction for a minimum of 20 minutes every weekday. CHECK. My brain was all over the place this month, but this helped rein it in.
  • Take pictures of the glorious fall colors! CHECK. Love taking walks in nearby parks!

Writing-wise, I had a great month. Health-wise, I’m more relaxed and really liking it. I even tried a few new workout videos last month. As far as personal goals? I’ve been distracted. I’m looking forward to the holidays, though!

Jill’s November Goals

  • Writing
  • Edit/polish/submit full manuscript of book 1 in new series.
  • Revise/edit/polish proposal of book 2 in new series.
  • Start reading a book on Wyoming history I purchased this summer.
  • Health
  • Exercise 5 days/week.
  • My mini-habits for this month: add one vegetable and one fruit each day and get off the couch for one minute in the evening. I’ve been doing these for the past two weeks, and I find when I get off the couch, I tend to stay off it for about 30 minutes. I end up stretching or walking in place or fidgeting, which is all good since I spend so much of my day sitting!
  • Other
  • Start Christmas shopping
  • Continue reading fiction for a minimum of 20 minutes every weekday.

How did you do last month? What challenges are you facing? How can you meet them? I’d love to hear your goals for November! Leave a comment!

Interview with Debut Author Bettie Boswell

Interview With Bettie Boswell

Bettie Boswell and I met several years ago, and I was immediately drawn to her warm, lively personality and intrigued by her musical background. I, personally, took seven years of piano lessons and can barely play the simplest tune! Bettie has not only spent years as a teacher, she’s also written musicals and served as an adjunct instructor for the music and art department of University of Toledo.

I’m thrilled to be celebrating the release of her debut novel, On Cue, which released yesterday with Mt. Zion Ridge Press. Congratulations, Bettie!

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Secret of 2 Lists: Productivity

Secret Of 2 Lists: Writer Productivity, Jill Kemerer

My writing productivity has exploded in the past two years. My work ethic isn’t the reason. Nor can it be attributed to my personality type. Sure, I’m self-motivated, which is good, but I also get locked into a one project mindset, meaning I tend to focus exclusively on the most important task in front of me to the exclusion of everything else.

This means that anything I don’t deem important gets pushed aside. Sometimes permanently.

A few years ago, I got discouraged because I had all these writing-related things I wanted to tackle, yet I wasn’t doing any of them. I felt like I had no time. Concentrating for hours on a writing project left me exhausted at the end of the day.

I wanted to flesh out ideas for future projects, study more writing craft books, take an online class, research subjects unrelated to my current WIP, write articles, you name it! But none of these things ever got bumped up to my most important project list, so they didn’t get done.

It was ironic, too, because I’d just hit the sweet spot of being a work-at-home mom. My kids were self-reliant. I finally had an open schedule–no carpools or helping with homework–and I still couldn’t find time to get everything done.

The secret of 2 lists happened by accident.

Frustrated by the way my days were playing out, I decided to create a block schedule–you can read what I did in Get More Done with a Plan (linked) to streamline my week. I wrote down my Must Do list. Then I jotted down all the other things I wanted to tackle. And that monster of a list depressed me. Why? I’d been making lists FOR YEARS.

Why would this time be any different?

Having everything on one list wasn’t working for me. The important stuff was getting done, no problem, but the minor tasks got shoved to next week. Then next week. So I took a deep breath and blocked off a chunk of time every weekday to devote only to the minor tasks.

I called the chunk of time Block 3 since it was the third block of time in my working day–genius, I know! The first two blocks of time are reserved for my A Project.

The block schedule worked better than I could have imagined, so every week I created 2 lists. I still do. One is for A Project tasks. The other is for Block 3 tasks. Obviously, I devote the bulk of my time for the A Project I’m working on. Even so, I’m continuously amazed at how much I’m able to cram into Block 3.

Compiling two lists has single-handedly increased my production in all areas of my writing life. I finish my A Project tasks in a more timely manner, and I look forward to switching gears to my Block 3 items each day. If you tend to focus on only the most important thing, give the two lists method a try.

The key to increasing my writer productivity was setting major and minor goals for myself and blocking out specific times to do them.

*If you’d like to learn more about block scheduling and how it might work for you, I recommend this article at Lifehack, “What is Block Scheduling? (And How it Boosts Productivity)” by Ayetakin Tank.*

What secret helps you stay productive?

Have a great week!

A Honey of a Writer Tool {Guest Jessica R. Patch}

Writer Tool Guest Post Jessica R. Patch

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming my dear friend and fantastic author, Jessica R. Patch! Jessica has a new novella (the next installment in the Honeyhaven Series) out just in time for the holidays. More on Honey for the Holidays below!

She’s graciously agreed to share a tool she recently started using to stay on track of her writing goals. I’m intrigued by it and figured you would be too. Take it away, Jessica!

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A Day in the Life

The Cowboy's Christmas Blessings Review

I’m writing this on October 13, 2020. My mini-dachshund, Sophie, is curled up next to me on the couch. Yes, I brought my laptop down from my office to write this post. Late afternoon sunlight spills onto the furniture in patches, and I need to start making dinner. Like now!

I finished writing sample chapters (this is the first three chapters, or roughly 50 pages) of a new book around lunchtime. Usually I get up, have some coffee, read the Bible and pray. Then I exercise, get ready quick and head straight to my office for a full day of work. Today was different, though.

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Let’s Set Goals {October 2020}

Let's Set Goals! October 2020

I’m big on setting monthly goals. By listing them and breaking them down into manageable chunks, I accomplish more than I think possible. My process is to set monthly goals, then at the beginning of each week, I create daily goals that will work within my current schedule.

Each month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!

How Did I Do? Jill’s September 2020 Goals

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Big News!!

6 Book Contract. Jill Kemerer

I signed a 6-book contract with Love Inspired! Aaaahhh!!!

Yes, this means more cowboys (a LOT more cowboys) are coming your way starting in the fall of 2021. All six books will be set in fictional Sunrise Bend, Wyoming. You might remember the town from my novella, A Merry Wyoming Christmas, in the 2-for-1 Western novella collection, WESTERN CHRISTMAS WISHES, with Brenda Minton last year. If you haven’t read it, purchase links and more information can be found HERE.

In the meantime, the third book in my Wyoming Sweethearts series releases next Tuesday! Yay!! And I still have a fun giveaway going on. You can read about it and enter it at https://jillkemerer.com/books/western-christmas-wishes/!

Giveaway! The Cowboy's Christmas Blessings

Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for celebrating with me!!

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