Shattered Soul book trailer

Shattered Soul Facebook page and book trailer are now up and running.  You can find the Facebook page for the book at and the video at I am feeling really good about this project, and hope that it will help the readers like it has helped me.  Abuse and trauma DO hurt more than the mind and body.  Experiences can leave you feeling completely distant from God and awkward around your church family.

Right now, we are working on each section of the book, inserting group discussion questions and reflection questions for individuals.  We want this book to matter.



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WordStream Editorial Consultant Serves on IBPA Executive Council

Roy M. Carlisle is someone I like to claim as one of WordStream’s own, since he has served as an editorial consultant at many points along the way for this fledgling publishing company.  He has been serving on the Board of Directors of the Independent Book Publishers Association. And, just the other day, the IBPA Board President, Steve Mettee, asked Roy to serve on the Executive Council. What an honor!  Congrats Roy!

I’d like to say a special congratulations to Roy.  I thank you — and WordStream Publishing — thanks you for sharing your thoughts and for giving encouragement along the journey!

– Marti Williams

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Author Lyn Doucet Gives Thumbs Up for Shattered Soul

Thank you to author and spiritual director Lyn Holley Doucet for her kind words about the book Shattered Soul!!!!

Here is what Doucet says about the book: “After abuse, the question becomes, “How do we heal?” This volume will be of great value to those who have suffered abuse of any kind and are seeking recovery. Shattered Soul is rich with well-documented factual information about abuse, its effects, and the way people can be healed and restored to a full and happy life. The healthy spirituality expressed by the authors, the page-turning story-telling, and the meditations and exercises to encourage deep inner work will significantly benefit victims of abuse. I highly recommend, Shattered Soul as a priceless aid to the healing journey for those who have suffered abuse and those who walk with them.”

Lyn Holley Doucet, M.Ed., M.S. Counseling, Spiritual Director, Author of Healing Troubled Hearts and When Women Pray.


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OpenOffice – Great Tool for Writers and Publishers

At times, it has been a pain to buy Microsoft Office … and to pay for some of the upgrades … and to pay when you want to load the software on multiple computers.  There is a great alternative that publishers and writers and any book industry professional should know: Open Source.  If you are looking for a way to work with Word-friendly programs and Word-like programs, but you don’t want to deal with the big expense, check out Open Source.  I highly recommend it.  The word processing program is VERY similar to Word, so you won’t have to relearn anything, and you can save it as a Word doc, sending it to contacts and colleagues as per usual.   You can also open Word docs that people send you, edit them, etc. and resend as Word.  It is incredibly simple … and FREE.  Did I mention FREE?!  (The creators do ask for a donation if you are able, just like most other Free or Shareware programs).  Check it out.  FYI, I have also used Google Docs, and like many things about how you can easily work on projects with other Google Docs users, but Open Office is a MUCH better suite of programs, especially if you are working are not wanting multiple users to share a doc like in Google.  I have also found that Open Office is MUCH more compatible with Word if you are ultimately wanting to save your docs as Word docs.

Open Office keeps getting better and better, and if you are like me, you will find yourself using it on your new computers, not even bothering to download MS Office.

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Waste Time on the Side Projects

It has taken me well over a month to actually blog about the death of my friend and colleague Roger Waynick, and his contribution to WordStream Publishing.   

Here it goes . . . (This is a longer-than-usual one, but I know you can handle it).

On February 17, I posted a few words about how important it is to “invent opportunities.”  (Inventing Opportunities blog post from Feb. 17).  In that post, I mentioned “some great opportunities and partnerships have come along.”  I was specifically speaking about the partnership I was able to forge with Roger Waynick, and what he gave to WordStream Publishing and to me personally.

Roger’s publishing ventures included the very successful Cool Springs Press, the well- known gardening publisher. While working for Ingram Publisher Services, I was the Publishing Account Manager for Cool Springs Press, and I got to know Roger well.  Roger was quirky, he didn’t always play by the rules, and being the Cool Springs Press account manager was not stress free.  But, as I got to know Roger, I saw how it was actually his quirkiness and disinterest in doing things “by the book” that made him so endearing.  Of course, that infuriated people who saw things differently.

I have heard a couple of publishing professionals say that Roger wasted time on too many “side projects.”  In fact, when I was an IPS account manager, I know I often agreed, thinking he should focus on Cool Springs Press books and Cool Springs Press books alone.  But, after leaving IPS and starting WordStream, I got to know Roger in a new way, in a new setting.  Roger was one of the publishing professionals I occasionally called, to hear and compare various thoughts.  He was creative and innovative, and he thought outside the box.  I think he saw that I was also trying to color outside the lines too, and we agreed that was the way to eventually survive in publishing, especially in order to serve lesser known authors, writing on niche topics.

A little recent history: In the beginning of 2011, Roger asked if I would take on the task of reviving one of his little “side projects,” Common Thread Media, with its tagline of “helping faith flourish.”  (See the CTM website).  This was a publishing venture that many saw as a waste of time.  But, Roger saw it as “missional” and meaningful.  I agreed.  I heard him say several times how Common Thread Media was one of those things that he had wanted to do to make his publishing work more significant.  Unfortunately, because of many company transitions and problems, Common Thread Media really never got off of the ground when they first tried.  Roger wanted me to work on reviving it, improve the presence of the existing books for consumers, acquire new authors for future projects.  I was thrilled to take on the task, as he also pledged to help WordStream along the way.  The arrangement we came up with was mutually beneficial for both companies, and for me personally and professionally.

We made great strides in a short time, and together we were able to fix problems in data feeds for existing Common Thread Media books: God, Cornbread, and Elvis and What Now?  While Roger focused on Cool Springs Press, I focused on Common Thread Media, and he seemed pleased with the progress.  We had even talked a bit about officially merging WordStream and Common Thread Media.

On March 22, Roger suffered what appeared to be a massive stroke and died.  Very unexpected.  Very shocking.  He leaves behind a fabulous family, whom I have enjoyed getting to know.  I can not imagine the pain and grief they are experiencing.  I only know — to a much smaller degree, I am sure — how much I miss him and how much I miss working with him.  In a short time, Roger reminded me of my own calling as a minister, and he reminded me that I could in fact combine both of my interests: publishing & communications and ministry.  I will forever be grateful for that.

I will forever be grateful for Roger Waynick, who taught me that it truly is more important to waste time on the side projects.  In a blink, it can be gone.  Be significant.  Be purposeful.  Do things that are driven by call more than by profit.

Roger will be remembered by most as the “think-outside-the-box gardening publisher.” Some will remember tense business meetings about focus and profits.  Some will remember what appeared to them as “wasted time.”  But, regardless of what others remember, I will remember him as the man with the big heart, who helped me remember to put family HIGH on the priority list and who helped me find my ministry calling again, reminding me that ministry and publishing do not have to be mutually exclusive.  (I am searching for another great fit like the one Roger provided).

My closing thought: If you want to know somebody, don’t just look at what they do, but what they do on the side.

– Marti Williams

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Borders Continuing to Struggle

Borders continues to struggle … and many other booksellers along with them.  I wonder if there is a way for some small independent mom-and-pop-shop bookstores — who were nearly done under by the big box bookstores like Borders — to use this to their advantage and regain some lost ground?  Here is an article from Publishers Weekly detailing the great losses Borders has seen:

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Publishing is like gambling

A friend recently emailed this great quote about publishing . . .

When people say publishing is a business–actually it’s not quite a business. It’s part gambling and part arts and crafts, with a business component. It’s not like any other business, and that’s why when standard businessmen go into publishing and think, ‘Right, I’m going to clean this up, rationalize it and make it work like a real business,’ two years later you find they’re bald because they’ve torn out all their hair. And then you say to them, ‘It’s not like selling beer. It’s not like selling a case of this and a case of that and doing a campaign that works for all of the beer.’ You’re selling one book–not even one author any more. Those days are gone, when you sold, let’s say, ‘Graham Greene’ almost like a brand. You’re selling one book, and each copy of that book has to be bought by one reader and each reading of that book is by one unique individual. It’s very specific.”

–Margaret Atwood in an interview with the Globe & Mail


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