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Think of the last book you read. Hopefully it communicated dynamically in a way that influenced your perspective on life, perhaps even the decisions you make and the issues you care about. The written word is powerful. Throughout history, intelligent and creative men and women have affected society--some for better and some for worse--through the artful use of words on paper. Abraham Lincoln, when he met Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, is said to have greeted her with the words, "So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war." The same holds true today. But writing an effective and influential book is not as simple as typing up your ideas in a book-length document and sending it off to the printer. Getting a book into print is easier now than it's ever been due to the growth of low-cost self-publishing and the powerful communication tools available through the internet. Yet the ability to craft a well-written and effective book still takes time and expertise. That's where Aurora comes in. Let us help you craft your ideas and message into a form that will have the ability to influence and inspire. Endorsements "Amy has an amazing ability to get to the heart of the project. She is wonderfully diligent and focused. I highly recommend her in any of your literary ventures." --Danny Silk, Founder of Loving On Purpose Ministries, Bethel Church Senior Leadership Team, Author of Loving Our Kids on Purpose and Culture of Honor (Redding, CA) "Amy Calkins is not only a dear friend, but also a tremendous writer and editor. I have had the pleasure of working with her on three of my books, and she is a gift of God. I would strongly urge anyone to work with her; she will help you take your writing to a whole new level." --Jonathan Welton, Director of Welton Academy, Author of School of the Seers, Normal Christianity, Eyes of Honor, and Raptureless (Rochester, NY) "I want to recommend to you Amy Calkins for your next writing or editing project! Amy has done several projects for me, and I am extremely happy with her good work." --Bobby Conner, Founder of Eagles View Ministries, Author of God's Supernatural Power,The Justice of God, and the annual publication, The Shepherd's Rod (Bullard, TX) "Our company has contracted with Amy Calkins regularly over the last five years. I have always been pleased with her timeliness, excellence, and attention to detail. I commend her to you for your writing and editing needs." --Dean Drawbaugh, General Manager/Controller, Destiny Image Publishers (Shippensburg, PA)
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I've never thought about myself in terms of a career. ... I don't have a career, I have a typewriter. —Don DeLillo
Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what you feel exists nowhere else. And, out of yourself create, impatiently or patiently, the most irreplaceable of beings. —Andre Gide
Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one’s luck. — Iris Murdoch
Life is sentimental. Why should I be cold and hard about it? That's the main content. The biggest thing in people's lives is their loves and dreams and visions, you know. —Jim Harrison
Exultation is the going Of an inland soul to sea - Past the houses - past the headlands - Into deep Eternity! Bred as we, among the mountains, Can the sailor understand The divine intoxication Of the first league out from land? —Emily Dickinson
When one comes to write...you have then to give voice to the hearts of men, and you can do it only so far as you have known them, loved them. It is a solemn and terrible thing to write a novel. I wish there was a tax levied on every novel published. We would have fewer ones and better. —Willa Cather
If you are going to tell people the truth, you better make them laugh; otherwise they’ll kill you. —George Bernard Shaw
In the bleak mid-winter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak mid-winter Long ago. —Christina Rossetti
I have been accused of being a Pollyanna, but I think there are plenty of people dealing with the darker side of human nature, and if I am going to write about people who are kind and generous and loving and thoughtful, so what? In my life I have met astonishingly good people. —Ann Patchett
I read a book of Einstein's, in which he said that anyone who's not lost in rapturous awe at the power and glory of the mind behind the universe is as good as a burnt-out candle. —Madeline L'Engle, on the inspiration behind "A Wrinkle in Time"
The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself. —William Blake
Of all duties, prayer certainly is the sweetest and most easy. —Laurence Sterne
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and to find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints. [...] To hold a pack upon a pack-saddle against a gale out of the freezing north is no high industry, but it is one that serves to occupy and compose the mind. And when the present is so exacting, who can annoy himself about the future? —Robert Louis Stevenson, from "Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes"
The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. —Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Happy birthday to one of my favorites, Fyodor Dostoyevsky! "There is no sin, and there can be no sin on all the earth, which the Lord will not forgive to the truly repentant! Man cannot commit a sin so great as to exhaust the infinite love of God. Can there be a sin which could exceed the love of God?" (From "The Brothers Karamazov")
Every absurdity has a champion to defend it. —Oliver Goldsmith
A man who has faith, intelligence, and cultivation will show that in his work. Fine photography is literature, and it should be. —Walker Evans
A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. —John Keats