A Little Late Night Reading

I'm changing the type of blogs I write. I will continue to reblog from others that have valuable posts but I'm going to begin posting things that are primarily about writing, or reading. Most writers are also voracious readers. My husband is neither a writer (although he is my manager as he has the business [...]

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10 Tips to Make Blogging Enjoyable. Traps to Avoid.

This was so helpful to me. Glad I’m not the only one who struggles with content and keeping up with followers. I’ve had to whittle down my list, but it wasn’t easy. I’m still not finished. I will miss the ones I’m unfollowing, but I”m sticking to the ones I learn the most from and pass on the knowlege, as well as apply it to my own writing.

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Sometimes you start to blog, not having blog tips as warnings, you are all excited and you do things to your blog or that involves blogging that ultimately end up being traps that are like quicksand. They drag you down and deplete you of energy as you work to pull yourself out of what has happened.

What you do with your blog is ultimately up to you, because you want your blog to BE you. It represents part of you that you want to put out there.

Today I want to cover 10 things, traps if you will, that will cost you time, cause you weariness, and create misery. Knowing these things ahead of time might be able to save you. As a blogger now, you can maybe head these things off before they get out of hand. Or if you’re neck deep already, perhaps these 10 tips will give…

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Bookbub Insights: Launch a New Book that’s Part of a Series

Current trend in bookmarketing by Nicholas Rossi.

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From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksContinuing my Bookbub-inspired series of book marketing posts, I will now address the question of promoting a new book that’s part of a series.

Series novels let you reach new readers who still haven’t discovered your books yet. Hook readers on one book, and chances are they’ll be begging for more. But how do you find new readers in the first place?

Cheryl Bradshaw has the answer, courtesy of Bookbub.

One to Two Months Prior to Release

1. Redesign platform elements. A couple of months before your book release, kick things off by posting a new banner on your Facebook page, blog, and other relevant sites. It should include the book cover reveal, the release date (if known), and language such as “coming soon” so readers know to stay tuned.

2. Hint about the upcoming release. Whenever you can, sneak in comments on your blog and  pages about the book and how the…

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6 Things Writers Should Know About the Myers-Briggs Distinction T(hinking) vs F(eeling)

Give your characters a personality test. You’ll be able to develop them better because you will know them better.

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

a feeler or a thinker? a feeler or a thinker?

A couple of weeks ago, I published 20 questions writers can ask to get to know their characters. Some of those questions focused on Myers-Briggs personality breakdown.

For purposes of characterization, I’d like to delve more into Myers-Briggs. So, this will be the first post of four on the topic. I hope to write a post about each pair (not necessarily in order.)

DISCLAIMER: I’m no expert in psychology or Myers-Briggs. I’m just speaking from my very basic understanding of the big differentials, applying what understanding I have to creative writing. This post is meant to help writers, not to provide psychological testing or personality feedback.

If you aren’t familiar with Myers-Briggs, it definitely has its limitations. Still, it can be useful to explore fictional characters we’re creating. The system presents 16 personality types based on four pairs of contrasting characteristics. Each pair represents two…

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5 Ways to Market Your New Book Without Social Media

Helpful information for authors on a budget who want to promote their work.

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I.Heart.Marketing5 Ways to Market Your New Book Without Social Media

Congratulation on your new book! After months and months (sometimes years and years), you’ve released your baby into the great wide unknown. It’s like sending your four-year-old off to preschool, isn’t it? Well, pat yourself on the back and breathe a big, heavy sigh of relief. Done?

Okay, now the REAL work begins.

Carefully remove your author hat and replace it with your marketing hat. Nobody cares more about your book than you do, and even though it is undoubtedly the most brilliant work of literature to ever hit the globe, no one will know about it unless you tell them.

I’m sure you already have a blog, a Twitter account, a Facebook page, a website, among others. You are the king/queen of social media and all your friends and family already know about your book. What do you do…

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Capturing History Challenge – Week 1

What a great and interesting idea. Perhaps in a couple of weeks or so I’ll be able to come with a picture or two to contribute. Thanks for sharing and opening this challenge. have a great day.

Ed Mooney Photography

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Its finally here and I am really excited about this. Heritage week has been in full swing in Ireland since last Saturday. And the response to last week Challenge  has been amazing. I had half expected that I would be the only one posting for this, but the amount of support has blown me away. The idea behind this challenge is to raise the awareness of people to the fact that our little world is filled with fantastic history and heritage, which is sadly forgotten about and ignored or destroyed. I also hope that this challenge can continue on a weekly basis, with your support, and that we can all learn about new and interesting places and some of the history behind them

So for our inaugural week we have four+ heritage related images from near and far. Each one is unique in its own right and tells a great…

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Life is Life

Tony A. Smith

Life is Life

I am excited to let everyone know that my new book Life is Life” is now available on Amazon for pre-ordering and will be published on September 3rd.  This new book will also be available soon at Barnes and Noble and other online stores.

Your faith will be bolstered as you read of these stories of divine intervention, letters from heaven, and answered prayers.  Life propels us forward from the day we are born.  Every day is an opportunity to clinch on to hope and hold on as tight as we can.  Each day gives us a chance to learn something amazing and life-changing from the greatest teacher in the world called life. I hope you will enjoy this inspirational collection of stories and poems that will lift you up and encourage, inspire and strengthen your walk in this life.

Check out the link below.

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Another email arrived today…

A great, humorous short story. Wait for the punchline: it’s worth it.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

This story happened a while ago in Dublin , and even though it sounds like an Alfred
Hitchcock tale, it’s supposedly true.

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John Bradford, a Dublin University student, was on the side of the road hitchhiking on
a very dark night and in the midst of a big storm. The night was rolling on and no car went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him. Suddenly, he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stopped.

John, desperate for shelter and without thinking about it, got into the car and closed the door only to realize there was nobody behind the wheel and the engine wasn’t on. The car started moving slowly. John looked at the road ahead and saw a curve approaching. Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life.

Then, just before the car hit the curve…

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Daily Devotion-August 21, 2015-The Elijah Factor or How 1 Man Made a Difference-God’s Timing Is Perfect

Truth in Palmyra

1 Kings 17:12-14

And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.


How dire were the circumstances faced by the widow woman in our story? Just read above, and the situation seems abundantly clear. Elijah…

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