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Our venue is now secured!

Tampa Indie Author Book Convention

The front page has now been updated, and there are forms for both readers and authors. If you plan on attending as an author or reader, please help us spread the word. We will be marketing this heavily as the summer moves closer, but for now, we are counting on word of mouth and promotion from the people attending. Make sure you guys fill out those forms, even if you previously filled out the simple interest form, we need to know where to send the invoice! Finally, message us if you have any questions or suggestions, and we also have a facebook page listed on the front page for easier access. Thank you guys so much for considering us, we look forward to hanging out with you next summer!

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Protests, Unrest & Flares: An Analysis of ’70s Fashion Then and Now

Something a little different. Happy Friday!


70s trend - GivenchyGivenchy 1973

It’s safe to say that the 70s are having a moment. You can barely turn your head without catching sight of wide legged trousers, metallic, jumpsuits or platform shoes – and any Pinterest fiend will be able to tell you that even in the world of interior trends, old-school crafts like macramé and crochet are having a revival too.

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Many of you know, simply because you follow organizations working to end child abuse, and because you’re advocates yourself, that April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. April kind of snuck up on me, so I’m a little behind advocating as much as I should for this incredible month. What dawned on me while watching T.V. is that while social media and television advocates many important organizations, I have yet to see one advertisement bringing people together to end abuse. On social media I do, more often than not, but that’s because like you, the organizations I follow are designated toward ending abuse.

While working together to make a difference is important, imagine all of the voices we could reach is the cause was trending for this month? Coming together we can find solutions for simple acts that will be easy to repeat. Wearing blue is so simple, yet only current…

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5 Inspirational Quotes You Need to Read This Easter

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Inspirational quotes at Easter Inspiration at Easter. Photo via Pixabay (CC0 Public Domain).

Are you feeling tired this Easter weekend? If so, you’re not alone. The days get busy, and we have so much to do. Let’s take the time to slow down and recharge with these 5 inspirational quotes you need to read this Easter.

1. “For I remember it is Easter morn, and life and love and peace are all new born.” ~ Alice Freeman Palmer

These words have such hope! The words are about the rejuvenation that many people feel with Easter’s arrival, whether you are Christian or not. Perhaps it is the season that has newly changed or the liveliness of the holiday but whatever the cause of it, there surely is a “newness” in the air. Breathe deeply and embrace it!

2. “On this Easter Sunday…. Forgive someone. Tell someone you love them. Let your light shine.” ~ Author Unknown

This inspirational…

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The Blue Ribbon | Child Abuse & Neglect

DISCLAIMER: This post is very candid about what is happening to many of our children and may cause triggers in some. We need to understand that our children are being killed, raped and maimed ever day. This month, during Child Abuse Prevention Month, please help bring awareness to the atrocities being imposed on our most innocent and vulnerable.


“…Christ sacrificed His life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears.” MSG 1 John 3:16-17

Many of you know that I have a heart for the mistreatment and neglect of children.  I have to be better at awareness, but I am a donor every year to aid in the awareness & prevention, to also aid in the assistance for the victims. We may not realize it, but we walk among them every day. Them, I mean adults, who neglect and/or abuse their children. Who chain them in basements or lock them in closets, who beat them daily, who don’t give them food as…

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Lawsuit Against Author Solutions

While I do not wish to offend any author who had, or has, a satisfactory relationship with Author Solutions (or any of their affiliations), as the embedded lawsuit attests, this is not always the case. I re-blogged this post because I believe it is important that authors, especially new authors who more than likely spent years writing their first book, understand that Author Solution is a vanity press that, largely, profits from authors.

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Check out the actual complaint here.
This is brought by two primary individuals who spent $25K and $10K on their books. Basically they talk about all the stuff we’ve heard about Author Solutions in the past: AS makes their money off authors, not for authors; AS sells “marketing” packages that do nothing to market books; AS grubs and grubs for services that are very poorly delivered and end up giving no value to the manuscripts.
The fact that this company is owned by Penguin Random brings shame on one of the world’s largest publishers.
When the two companies joined, I was in disbelief. But perhaps, I thought, PRH will reform the company and make it useful and valuable to indie authors. Perhaps this is a sign that traditional publishers and indie publishers can find ways to work together for the benefit of both.
Apparently not.
As long as these…

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How to prove to your Parents and to the IRS that Writing is NOT your HOBBY by Barbara Ebert

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This month is thrilled to welcome first-time blogger Barbara Ebert, a CPA with Martin, Dolan & Holton in Richmond, VA. This tap-dancing, theatre-going, memoir writing accountant is the coolest CPA you’ll ever run across.  Plus she knows her stuff.  During her many decades as an CPA, she has researched and written returns for plenty of hobby loss/business folks and deals with the shoebox-full-of-crumpled-receipt clients with a great deal of patience and humor.

I am an accountant. No one ever asks me if I always wanted to be an accountant. No one ever davespeculates how cool it is to be an accountant. There are no TV shows or movies that feature heroic accountants (oh except for the movie Dave when the fake president calls in his accountant to help him rewrite the national budget to free up the funds to save a homeless shelter– I loved that movie). I once unsuccessfully pitched the idea to the state CPA…

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