Really, writing is as much about habit as it is about art. Habit gets pages written; habit keeps you focused. While inspiration is out to lunch, habit is sitting alone at his writing table, hammering out a draft of the novel. Continue reading
10 Publishing Mistakes And How to Avoid Them By SPAWN President, Patricia L. Fry It happened again at a writers’ conference this weekend. I met two disgruntled, disillusioned, almost bankrupt authors who admitted making most of the mistakes listed below. … Continue reading
|Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.|
|All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.|
Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine, we vow not to take what is not given.
Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine, we vow not to engage in abusive relationships.
Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine, we vow not to speak falsely or deceptively.
Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine, we vow not to harm self or others through poisonous thought or substance.
Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine, we vow to not dwell on past errors.
Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine, we vow not to speak of self-separate of others.
Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine, we vow to not harbor ill will toward any plant, animal or human being.
Knowing how deeply our lives intertwine, we vow….
I wanted to give a shout-out to my friend and neighbor, Linda Vernon, who is a physician’s liaison for Dr. Mary Koshy and Dr.Tri Nguyen at the Manatee Cancer Center. http://www.manateecancer.com/
Linda’s job also includes public relations and it is through her that I have learned about some of the amazing services provided for cancer patients in Manatee and Sarasota County.
Linda’s personal invitations to me to come to her fund-raising events have not only been fun, but I was able to tour the Center For BuildingHope,
http://www.centerforbuildinghope.org a facility for caregivers and patients. Their website says, “The Center for Building Hope’s programs are designed to enhance cancer treatment by focusing on the emotional, psychological and educational aspects of well-being while surviving cancer.” There are many free programs and classes for patients and caregivers, and there is even a new comteplation tower. Volunteer positions are available and if you want to apply, there is a form on the web site.
“Want to help someone along the road to recovery? Drive a Cancer Patient to Treatment!”
Another great service I found out about through Linda and Manatee Cancer Center is a service called Road to Recovery. Every day cancer patients need rides to treatments. Some may not be able to drive themselves, and family and friends are not always available to help. That’s when the American Cancer Society (ACS) Road To Recovery can help. This service, through volunteer drivers like you and me, offers a cancer patient a ride to their treatment.
How does the Road To Recovery Program Work?
The ACS trains drivers and schedules rides for patients. If you need transportation, call them at 1-800-227-2345 as soon as you know you need a ride so they can schedule a volunteer. If you would like to volunteer your time as a driver, please call the same number. What you will need as a driver volunteer is:
- A current and valid driver’s license
- A good driving record
- A safe and reliable car
- Proof of car insurance
- A kind heart and willingness to volunteer your time
Both are great resources for cancer patients and I wanted everyone to know that they are available, and thanks to Manatee Cancer Center for their contributions both financially and through man-power for helping cancer patients deal with a difficult time in their lives.
“I don’t have a family in the area, so without the American Cancer Society, I would not have been able to get to my most of my appointments. Road To Recovery drivers helped me beat cancer by making sure I got to the treatments that saved my life.” ~John, Cancer Patient (From the ACS Road to Recovery pamphlet)
For more information on the Manatee Cancer Center
941.795.2270 or 941.748.4324
Post by Creepy Query Girl
When I first started blogging three years ago, I witnessed firsthand the power of the blogosphere promotion. If you’ve been around as long as I have, you may remember the massive community machines that pushed books like Kiersten White’s PARANORMALCY, Elana Johnson’s POSSESSION, Beth Revis’ ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, and Lisa & Laura Roecker’s LIAR SOCIETY out into the world. There were twitter wars, contests, vlogs, prizes, and blog hops galore and it seemed as though everyone and their mothers were a part of the festivities, all sincerely excited for the fellow blogger who made it into the big leagues. In just a few short years, however, self-publishing and small publishers have made book launches and releases so much more frequent! Instead of one book-release a month, or every few months, to support and celebrate: there are now several book launches throughout the blogosphere a week. More and more writers are taking the leap into self publishing. Small publishers are putting together their ebook releases a lot faster than traditional. Established indie writers get a groove going and are able to come out with four, five, even six books a year! And, of course, we as a community want to offer support and positivity to those authors however we can. The problem is, the magnitude of book promotions happening every month makes it hard for any one book to really achieve the recognition it might have gotten three years ago. You know the old adage: ‘saying everyone’s special is another way of saying no one is’? Contests, free books, interviews, bloghops, etc…they may still spread the word, but I fear they’ve lost the originality and enticement they once held. Promotional posts are getting less and less comments. Contests are earning less entries. The buzz is feeling more and more forced. We’ve got to face it- blog-blitz enthusiasm has wained:( In the last year or so, I’ve come to the conclusion that having everyone post about one book or the author all at the same time gets old for readers fairly fast. I don’t know about you, but when I’ve seen the blurb and the cover once, most often my mind is made up about whether it’s a book I’d like to read based on genre, premise, characters, and yes- if it’s a writer I’ve been following or an author I’m friends with, that definitely counts for something too! That said, I’m afraid the repetitiveness of the run-of-the-mill blog tour often defeats the point, since a reader is more likely to pass over blogs that are re-sharing the information or have the same theme as a million other blogs that week. So where does that leave authors hoping to promote their new releases? If blog tours are losing steam, how else can an author create a buzz? I’ve come up with a list of things I’ve seen working these last few months despite the recent decline in enthusiasm for ‘another new release’. * Cover reveals taking place on one major site, and only one site, with authors asking for a twitter, or facebook mention and prizes to be one. (like an arc;) * Vlogs are still cool ways to promote, especially if they’re unique or funny. They aren’t over-done (yet) and it helps build a connection between the potential readers and the writer behind the book. * Book trailers. I actually like seeing a book trailer for an upcoming release featured on a bunch of blogs at the same time, as long as the actual posts have a different theme (ie- don’t just focus on the trailer or the blurb for the book) I like to be surprised and have the choice about whether I click on the trailer or not, so it’s not the same as a regular blog tour promo. And having the actual posts differentiate makes the reader less likely to skip them over. * On that note -Related bloghops with a fun theme still work, imo. Is your book about a character making a big-fat mistake and the consequences? Invite everyone to share their biggest ‘oopsies’ and how they overcame. Got a futuristic theme? Create a blog hop where everyone shares their dream-gadget. Setting a theme that relates to your book gives bloggers a chance to do what they do best, all while second-handedly promoting your new title. * Promoting your book only AFTER release. I’ve actually seen this work for a lot of authors recently. Instead of the buzz created before hand, it’s like BOOM! The book is HERE! Positive reviews speak so much louder than the blurb or cover or a bunch of people promoting your book weeks before hand. The option to BUY is already there, so it doesn’t get pushed to the back of the reader’s mind like ‘oh, yeah, I should.