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Perseverance: My Word for 2018 by Lynette Davis

Patricia Ann Bridewell

My word for 2018 is perseverance—the ability to go on when things seem hopeless or when you don’t know how everything is going to turn out. As a writer and published author, I’ve learned that there are no guarantees in the business of writing, publishing and especially marketing. The odds are simply better in some situations than others. As writers and authors, it’s up to us to find out where the odds work best for us. And for that, we need perseverance. It takes perseverance to continue to forge ahead, day after day, week after week and month after month, toward our goals and ultimately—our dreams.

As you probably know, dreams are not obtained overnight, especially in the publishing world. Our dreams begin when we set literary goals and then put all our efforts into those goals—for a desired result. As writers, it’s nearly impossible to achieve any type…

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13 Things To Do After Publishing Your Next Book – Guest Post by, Toni Pike…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

You have already published your first book. As part of that process, you set up your author pages on Amazon and other distribution sites such as Smashwords. You also established your own website, Facebook author page, Goodreads Author page, Twitter account and accounts on other social media platforms.

Now the time has come to publish your next book. You upload it and, hey presto, a short time later your precious creation goes live. Here is a list of thirteen housekeeping jobs to attend to before beginning the hard work of post-publication marketing.

1. Assemble your Buyer Links

Assemble a list of the new buyer links for adding to your website, signatures and posts.

2. Your Amazon Author Pages

Update your author pages on Amazon USA, UK, France, Germany and Japan: claim the new book and modify your biography.

3. The Author Page on other distribution sites, such as Smashwords


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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Interview – Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

My guest today is Yecheilyah Ysrayl and is an author, Spoken Word Artist and blogger. She was born on the south side of Chicago and began writing short stories and poetry at the age of twelve. She studied at various eductional institutions after leaving Harper High School, including studying Professional and Technical Writing at Chicago State University and Medical Assistance/Phlebotomy at Everest College.

Source: Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Reading and Interview – Yecheilyah Ysrayl

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40 Things You Might Find Yourself Doing After Reading A Good Book #SundayBlogShare #AmReading


I have read a few good books lately. As a bookworm I adore that wonderful feeling you get from reading a great book.

I love this quote from William Styron:

‘A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading’.

After finishing a great book I have been known to do some strange things.

Here are 40 things you might find yourself doing after reading a fab book:

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday Faith

Annette Rochelle Aben


A thought just came to me. That someone should sell bottles of glue with the brand name: FAITH. Why? Well, it seems that when everything is falling apart, FAITH is what holds it together for many. Perhaps we can have a FAITH TAPE to mend the tears and rips that keep beliefs teetering on the edge of coming completely unraveled. And could we all put Ph. D. after our names for all the times our FAITH has been tested and we passed?  Just thoughts here.

More thoughts here…  Can you tell when someone is sincere when they slap you on the back and tell you that they HAVE FAITH IN YOU? Do they really mean it or are they simply trying to find something kind to say when they really don’t know what to say? Of course there are those who truly DO mean it and when it…

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Ten Reasons for Writing Memoir

Diane Taylor

In my book, the twenty reasons I give for writing memoir are culled from the forty-two I offer in my course. The more reasons there are, the more apt you are to finish your story. Not that all forty-two, or twenty, will be valid for everyone. Are there three or four that seem more relevant to you than the others? Those are the ones that will propel you forward into your story and keep you adding to it.

Here, in this post, I have harvested ten of the best from the list of twenty. I thought I had collected all possible reasons for writing memoir, but recently someone suggested another, and I will start with that one. It is an especially poignant and relevant one in our times because so many people are living alone—especially older people.

1. To dispel loneliness. When you write your stories, usually you have someone in…

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