Episode 012: Linda Gilden is a nonfiction author, writing coach, editor, coauthor, ghostwriter, popular writers’ conference speaker, writers’ conference director, and more
- Linda Gilden is a award winning writer of nonfiction books and articles, an editor and a writing coach; an experienced speaker and an Advanced Certified Personality Trainer; popular writers conference speaker and the director of two writers conferences; a columnist and judge for writing competition, and more. In short, she’s busy and loves her life. She has coauthored books and ghostwritten others. You’ll hear about Linda’s 10 year journey, that some might call a failure, to get Mama Was the Queen of Christmas picked up by a publisher. Linda shares what inspires her writing, and the great story about how a simple conversation with an editor propelled her so far ahead in confidence – more than anything else. She share how passion for her subject is one of the most important things as she write. You’ll find her tips on coauthoring and ghostwriting are valuable.
Genre & Writing
- Nonfiction, coauthor and ghostwriter, articles, blogger, editor, writing coach, writers’ conference speaker and director
- Called to Write: 7 Principles to Become a Writer on a Mission with coauthor Edna Ellison
- Personality Perspectives: Clues to Building Better Relationships with coauthor Tama Westman
- Love Notes in Lunchboxes: And Other Ideas to Color Your Child’s Day
- Love Notes on His Pillow: And Other Everyday Ways to Keep Your Love Alive
- Mama was the Queen of Christmas
- Mommy Pick-Me-Ups: Refreshing Stories to Lighten Your Load with coauthor Edna Ellison
- God Says I Can with coauthor Betty Zikusooka
- God’s Handprints
- Tis the Season in Sweetland – Volume 7 – Christmas Discovery with Anne Baxter Campbell
- When God Steps In
- Moments of Grace
- Give Thanks Glimpses of an Extraordinary God in the Lives of Ordinary People with coauthor Marita Littauer
- A Light Along the Way: Stories of God’s Presence in Our Daily Lives
- A Light Along the Way: Stories of God’s Presence in Our Daily Lives with coauthor Kristy Marcotte
- The 10 years it took to get Mama Was the Queen of Christmas published might have been a setback or failure, but she didn’t give up on it.
- To be with other writers, to brainstorm, and get those creative juices going.
The Most Important Thing I Learned About Writing
- Writing it is hard work and it is not easy to do, but it is very worthwhile and it can touch and change people’s lives.
Most Difficult Challenge
- To stick with the challenge at hand – the writing, and not get caught up in everything around the house.
The Best Advice on Writing I Ever Received
- Write what you know. But you don’t have to know everything. You can become a temporary expert.
My Best Advice for Struggling Writers
- Hang in there, learn the craft and keep writing. Go to conferences – that’s probably the best piece of advice for new writers. Hang out with writers. Learn all you can. Join a critique group. Realize it’s hard work.
The Author That Inspires Me
- There are two. Cecil Murphey for the longevity of his career, the tenacity of his writing, the generosity of his heart to help other writers; and Francena H. Arnold for her powerful book, Not My Will: How Much Will Surrender Cost
My Favorite Book on Writing
- How to Earn More Than Pennies for Your Thoughts by Holly G. Miller
- Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene
- Introduction to Christian Writing by Ethel Herr
- Unleash the Writer Within by Cecil Murphey
How To Find Me
Writers & Authors on Fire’s Recommended Resource
- The 2015 Guide to Self Publishing by Writer’s Digest Books
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Linda Gilden – Nonfiction author, writing coach, editor, conference director, and more
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