Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Welcome 2015 & January IWSG

Elaine knew how to celebrate!
The animated version was hilarious,
but so distracting!
For me, the beginning of a new year is about reaching & striving, setting goals, accomplishing tasks, and continuing to seek happiness. At the close of 2014 (even though it took me the better part of the year), I sent my manuscript to my agent. A definite reason to celebrate! 

As I settle into the first few days of 2015, I'm focusing on the next 12 months. Hopes. Goals. Dreams. Personal Promises.


Hopes

My agent loves my manuscript
Edits are manageable and fun and accomplished in a timely manner
My business, Be the Tree Yoga continues to succeed
I find the time and freedom to paint

Goals

Continue to push HOW TO LEASH A THIEF towards publication
Draft HOW TO COLLAR A CROOK
Blog more
Blog makeover
Work 2 new classes into weekly yoga schedule
Do some advertising for yoga biz
Get closets cleaned out and donate stuff
Nurture my friendships
Volunteer
Set up a permanent painting space
Feed my muse by...
Writing more
Gardening more
Painting more
Reading more

Dreams

It's quite simple (and hasn't changed much in the past few years) PUBLISH SOMETHING!!!

Personal Promises

Do things that make me happy
Make time for more yoga (just for me)
Share my heart with loved ones, friends, and those who buy my chairs (It means supporting the things I do)
Stop being hurt by those who don't buy my chairs
Love, nurture, and enjoy my family
Don't fret
Be happy
Be me
And above all...
Seek grace, not perfection

"She Sought Grace" is part of my She Heals series


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It's the 1st IWSG post for 2015! If you haven't heard about this awesome group, check out the IWSG website. This month's fabulous co-hosts are: Elizabeth Seckman, Lisa Buie-Collard, Chrys Fey, and Michelle Wallace!

The IWSG is also on Facebook

This month we're asked to share a little about ourselves. To save space in this post, my Google bio up to the left is a 95-word intro to me. :)

Write on, folks!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond!

Yes, I'm using my best Buzz Lightyear voice to announce the latest serving of awesomesauce from the IWSG!



THE INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP GUIDE TO PUBLISHING AND BEYOND 

From the IWSG website:

"Tapping into the expertise of over a hundred talented authors from around the globe, The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond contains something for every writer. Whether you are starting out and need tips on the craft of writing, looking for encouragement as an already established author, taking the plunge into self-publishing, or seeking innovative ways to market and promote your work, this guide is a useful tool. Compiled into three key areas of writing, publishing, and marketing, this valuable resource offers inspirational articles, helpful anecdotes, and excellent advice on dos and don'ts that we all wish we knew when we first started out on this writing journey."

Get your copy today!

ISBN 9781939844088
235 pages, FREE
Find it at Amazon, (please tell Amazon you found it for a lower price elsewhere) Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords,Goodreads.

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Haven't heard of the Insecure Writer's Group? Read on, my friends!

It's IWSG time! Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writers. Thanks to the awesome co-hosts this month: Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins!

Check out the new IWSG Critique Circle and the Facebook Page

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A huge shout out goes to all the fabulous brainchildren who contributed or helped with the editing, formatting, and publishing of the Guide. Ya'll seriously rock!!

May you all have a magical and sparkly holiday season. See you in 2015! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Author School Visit Tips & November IWSG

I'm not an expert, by no means. But I've had the privilege of visiting several schools recently and a presentation to a writing group of young adults this past summer. I'd like to share a few pointers I've picked up.

Don't allow last minute changes to fluster you. Don't let them ruin a visit / reading. 

Be prepared for anything. :)

Do design your presentation age appropriate. High school'ers probably won't be interested in listening to a picture book, but they'll enjoy a talk about the writing process or revision.

Do bring a bottle of water and a hearty snack (if not lunch). 2 Fig Newtons will not carry you through the day, no matter what you think.

Do ask the campus media specialist to help prepare for your presentation ahead of time. Remember the 5 P's. Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Presentations.

Do ask a teacher or the librarian to assist with crowd control during your presentations. Trust me. Remember, you're "famous".

Remember they will want to hug you. Give the little darlings the love they deserve, but remember to bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands often.

As for questions & answers
Do keep questions on track. 
Remind them questions have a ? at the end.
Ask them to only ask questions regarding your book(s), subject of books or writing, their own writing or something about your writing / revising process. If you like Fruit Loops isn't important.

The youngsters love to tell you the "parts"of a book, and what a writer does and what the illustrator does. Ask them!

And most of all... Do have fun. They will love you. Remember you're a rock star in their eyes.


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It's IWSG time! Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writers. Thanks to the co-hosts this month: LG Keltner, Donna Hole, Lisa Buie-Collard and SL Hennessy!

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I'm still neck deep in revisions, but I'm almost finished! I can finally see the light. Then off to my agent. Yay!

For those of you doing NaNoWriMo... write on!