Little Known Black History Fact: Amelia Boynton Robinson

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And she lived to be 104 years old!

Originally posted on Black America Web:

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Amelia Boynton Robinsonpassed away Wednesday morning at the age of 104, and the nation is mourning one of the most storied individuals from the Civil Rights Movement. Boynton Robinson’s dedication to the voting rights and equality for southern Blacks and all African-Americans has been well-documented, and her iconic image from the “Bloody Sunday” event still moves the hearts of many.

Boynton Robinson was born in Savannah, Ga. on August 18, 1911. Boynton Robinson’s accounts of her early life are slightly conflicting but what is understood is that she attended her first two years of college at Georgia State College, which is now known as Savannah State University. She completed her studies at the Tuskegee Institute (now University) and earned a degree in Home Economics.

She continued her education at Tennessee State University, Virginia State University, and Temple University although what degrees or certificates she earned…

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Self-Publishing Tip — 9


Some more good author branding tips:

Originally posted on Anna Dobritt -- Author:


Author Brand

Author Brand — The Author Brand is a trademark of the author in the genre they are writing in. It’s a promise to readers that they will receive consistency from the Author, a way to immediately identify who the author is and what they write. It’s your tagline, logo, font type, types of covers used for your books. Your goals, the way you see the world; things that tell a reader who and what you are. Everything that identifies you as the author. This also includes your author website and book(s) website. This also means select one name to identify yourself with. If you write strictly under a pen name, any posts you make on blogs or send out in email lists better be the name you write under. Don’t confuse the readers. This also applies to Social Media like Facebook and Twitter.

 You need to select…

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How to Critique – Introduction

Originally posted on Shadows in the Corner:


Throughout my years of writing and being in a writing community made up of young writers, I’ve gotten a lot of critiques of my work.  Let me emphasis that I have gotten a lot of bad critiques of my work.  It seems like a good majority of the people who were critiquing my work were either too lazy to do it well, or they genuinely did not know how to critique.  As such, I have rather strong opinions on critiquing in general, and I came up with this extremely long post about how to critique to give to some people I know.  And I decided to turn it into an all-out series on my blog.  As such, there may be parts that sound odd, as I was originally speaking to a specific forum of writers, but I’m going to try and edit those parts to be more…

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5 Tips for Your Memoir

Originally posted on The Real Memoir:

There is no one out there who can account for your life but yourself.

We have been told this many times by now and if you haven’t heard it yet, then you are commended on a job well done! To see stories unfold on TV, in movies, on the street or even in our own lives is how we obtain knowledge about different experiences aside from living them ourselves. It’s the flavor of life! The scenarios are too many to play out all in one lifetime and even the slightest of comments in any conversation can provide just what we need to learn about the bigger picture. So let the journey begin.

1) Commit

The key to beginning your memoir is to start! It can be a scary thought to put yourself out there but look at your own story and how much life you have lived, who better to…

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Positive Quote of the Day ~ August 23rd

Originally posted on Blog of a Mad Black Woman:


Have a blessed day all. <3

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For Adult Children of Parents with Narcissistic Personality Disorder


Note: There is a lot of information in this post–a must-read for ACONs and a great source of information for others. However, I do not recommend reading it in one sitting. There’s a lot to absorb.

Originally posted on Gentle Kindness :

I have received a question about the difference between narcissistic abuse parenting and normal healthy parenting. I thought this was a great question and that it should be responded to in a post, so that others could understand about mental abuse of a child with a narcissistic parent.

I have also had conversations with a few of readers lately and the issues of the effects of mentally abusive parenting on adulthood keeps coming up. There are adults who have become aware of mental abuse during their childhood and that is affecting their functionality as adults.

There are also people who are unsure as to whether they experienced any mental abuse as children but seem to having difficulty with issues such as being a perfectionist or carrying some guilt or toxic shame issues.

In order not to  offend any parents let me state the following, This post is not about parenting…

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Changing Seasons

Originally posted on A year devoted:

1There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to…

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Synopsis: The Tool You Need (whether you know it or not)

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by Chris Mandeville

Tools for WritersA synopsis is a document —sometimes a paragraph, sometimes several pages— that describes your book. What could be simpler? As a writer, I know my story better than anyone and thus should have no problem summarizing it.

Really? Yes, theoretically. But in the real world, writing a short summary of a novel can be a challenging task, particularly for the author, who often has a hard time seeing the forest for the trees.

A synopsis is “a way of relating your story in a logical, chronological manner that hits the high points of plot and character development and resolution” from Writing the Fiction Synopsis: a step by step approach by Pam McCutcheon.

Setting aside for a moment the ease or difficulty of synopsis writing, let’s take a look at why you should care about synopses.

A synopsis is a tool used by writers, editors, and…

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How to make your book cover attract readers: A conversation with book designer Adam Hall


“The cover needs to convey the genre, and give a clue into the story. It doesn’t need to tell the whole story, but create enough intrigue to catch the readers’ eye.”

Originally posted on Author Solutions - The Indie Book Writers Blog | Self Publishing | Get Published:

Over the past year, I have gotten to know, Adam Hall, who is a book designer for indie authors. His website,  is a showcase for his work, but Adam also does design for a variety of diverse projects and audiences. He has worked with both first-time and experienced authors on one book or a series. I asked him to share some of his insights recently about designing for books. His answers to my questions follow below.

Type is as important as the image on a cover. Type is as important as the image on a cover.

How did you start designing book covers? 

I got my start by doing a favor for a friend, Ernie Lindsey. He is an indie writer who has made the USA Today Bestseller list with his series, Sara’s Game. A few years ago he needed some help tweaking a cover. Ernie and I have now collaborated on about 10+ projects. Through his, and…

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