Conversations with Colleen: Meet Author, Darlene Foster, @supermegawoman

Hello everyone! This week I’m thrilled to bring you one of my favorite award-winning children's authors, Darlene Foster. I asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE. This is Darlene's second visit to my blog. We had so much fun last time, she couldn't wait to stop around again! Darlene Foster … Continue reading Conversations with Colleen: Meet Author, Darlene Foster, @supermegawoman

What Can We Learn from Comments as #Bloggers Plus Tips! | D. G. Kaye, Writer

Learn how to write posts that appeal to all of your readers! From D. G. Kaye Writer: This edition of #BloggingTips is focused on White Space and Fonts for a smoother read. (P.S. I used the AddtoAny WordPress share button to "Press This" article) Source: What Can We Learn from Comments as #Bloggers Plus Tips!

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Marketing – Setting up your Amazon Author Page by Sally Cronin

Setting up your Amazon Author Page by Sally Cronin is the kind of information ALL authors need to know. Check this out! ❤

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I began promoting authors and their books back in 2001 and then it was all about splashy book launches, press releases and getting local coverage. Indie authors had it tough in those days trying to break into the establishment and get the attention of national press, but could do very well locally.

It is very different today in many respects, but certainly you can still make a big splash in your own local area, especially if our books are relevant to the history of the area. Press releases and going door to door to established businesses such as bookshops, cafes, art galleries and holding book signings can certainly launch a book and possibly get the attention of a wider audience and the national press.

Six years ago I began promoting my own books (particularly Ebooks as I tend to still go local for my print books) and a handful of…

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My Thoughts on Writing Political Poetry

Composing political poetry is one way a poet can weigh in and share their opinion on current events and politics around the world. These poems tend to critique or defend the social and political issues of the day. The Poetry Foundation.org shares: "Plato wanted to banish poets from his Republic because they can make lies … Continue reading My Thoughts on Writing Political Poetry

Re-Share: Punctuate to Impress with the Versatile Em dash! • Career Authors

Dash to editorial excellence using the multi-purpose em dash! Learn more by clicking the link below. ❤ Source: Punctuate to Impress with the Versatile Em dash! • Career Authors

Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Charles Yallowitz

Hello everyone! This week I'm happy to bring you a fantasy author I've known for a few years now. I asked him to pick three or five questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to … Continue reading Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Charles Yallowitz

Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, C. S. Boyack

Hello everyone! Happy October! I'm thrilled to bring you a speculative fiction author, C. S. (Craig) Boyack. I asked him to pick a few questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions. The … Continue reading Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, C. S. Boyack

Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Fabulous links to investigate provided by the amazing Staci Troilo. ❤

Staci Troilo

Ciao, amici! How was your week? Mine was busier than usual.

I was wondering… what’s your opinion on self-care? I admit, I’ve been really bad about that, especially since I had kids. I’m the first one to want them to eat well, exercise, see a doctor if they’re sick or injured. That’s what mama bears do, right?

Well, yes, it is. But neglecting one’s self isn’t a great idea. It will eventually catch up to you. I’ve been learning that the hard way for several years now, but I try to muddle through anyway. This week, though, despite being incredibly busy, I had to take a day off. I got one of the worst migraines I ever had. I’ll spare you the description of the unpleasant symptoms, but I was down for the count. I couldn’t work. Usually I lose half a day and then soldier on. Couldn’t do it…

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Loving Me A Giphy! #BloggingTips

Did you know that we can share GIFS from GIPHY.COM to our WordPress comments? I didn’t either, but thanks to Ritu, we can learn how. ❤

PLUS: you can share in a post! It’s fairy magic!

 

 

But I Smile Anyway...

You know I have my faithful Bitmoji avatar which I use on most of my posts. I do love her!

She’s got the feisty nature I might not really portray in my day to day life!

But I wasn’t feeling fulfilled…

I was getting jealous of those bloggers who were using GIFS within the body of their texts.

And it is possibly something most of you know how to do, but if you’re anything like me, you would be in awe of those little moving pictures too!

So I discovered how to add GIFs to my posts!

Isn’t that just the coolest?

Then Colleen, the Fairy Whisperer, asked me how I managed to get the GIF in my comments, and I knew I had to share my newfound knowledge! You can’t call me a selfish blogger!

So, here is a quick step-by-step guide to how to add a GIF from…

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Raw Literature: Does Writing Need Competition

Do we improve under the pressure of a competition? Does writing to a set of rules make us a better writer? Or are we after the ego boost of someone else saying, directly or indirectly that they liked our work? Here’s what Geoff LePard says. ❤

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

By Geoff Le Pard

I entered a competition recently. A short story, up to 3000 words with a thriller theme. There was a small entry fee, offset by the promise of some critiquing come what may from a writer whose judgment I trust. Even so, I didn’t really need the critique; I had the story idea anyway; I publish a lot of short fiction on my blog. Why enter a competitive arena? Does it enhance the quality of the writing? The experience?

We are encouraged, as nascent authors, to stretch ourselves. To write, write and write. To offer our work up to publications. To seek out critiques, if not critics. In many, if not all these cases, we are competing with others, at least for attention if not some other prize: acclaim, publication, money.

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