Showcasing Author Clients


It has always been my belief that hard work shouldn’t go to waste. I also believe that if something is not a good fit in one place, there’s always a place for it elsewhere. The following showcase was deemed incorrect for a magazine I submitted to, so I’m sharing it here with you. Greetings to … Continue reading Showcasing Author Clients

Revising Published Work


Thanks to Claire Plaisted, owner of this blog, I not only revised, but rewrote and republished my first book.
I did so, because my readers and I both found it lacking.

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Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. This post is one I never thought I’d write because it involves an undertaking that I never saw myself doing. Revising published work.

“I hate writing, but I love having written.”

Dorothy Parker

I can’t say I agree with Ms. Parker. I love writing. I also love when the finished product is published. There was a time when I disliked editing, but there’s something satisfying about taking that first draft and revising it once, twice, three times, or more. It’s gratifying to see your story evolve from a raw, sometimes convoluted mess, into a published “work of art.”

No matter how much I love a story, by the time it gets to the publication stage, I no longer want to look at it. Why? Because no matter how many times I edit, I always find something that I would have done differently or…

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Smorgasbord Public Relations for Authors – Part Three – Hitting the Red Carpet by Sally Cronin


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The definition of Public Relations in business is“Public relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between businesses and the public”

In the past my focus has been on book marketing, which did include how to reach potential readers with blogs, social media and as part of the writing community. Whilst this series will revisit those platforms along the way it is an opportunity to focus on some key areas of our public profiles that might influence the public to buy our books.

The focus this time is on you.. the author.

Last week I featured author biographies and I shared some tips that help to make you stand out from the ever growing number of authors on Amazon: Who are you? Why should I buy your book?

Part Three – Hitting the Red Carpet

Just imagine you are invited to the Oscars and are going…

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The Importance of Alt Text


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Hi, SEers. Welcome to the first Mae Day of April. Thanks for visiting with me today.

Let’s chat alt text.

I’ve blogged about this on Story Empire in the past, but I think it bears repeating. Several times, vision-impaired visitors to my personal blog have thanked me for using descriptive text in conjunction with my images. Why? Because it allows them to “see” the images I’ve placed. Screen readers make this possible.

Everyone should benefit from the same reading experience, which is why I’m a strong advocate of alt text.

In addition to aiding vision impaired users, alt text also displays when a browser fails to load an image, and helps search engines to better categorize the images they discover.  If you use stock photography, many sites already deliver alt text descriptions with your purchase. I use BigStockPhoto.com, which loads descriptive text in the caption field. I cut this…

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Smorgasbord Public Relations for Authors – Part Two – Author Biographies -Tips and Translations by Sally Cronin


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The definition of Public Relations in business is“Public relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between businesses and the public”

In the past my focus has been on book marketing, which did include how to reach potential readers with blogs, social media and as part of the writing community. Whilst this series will revisit those platforms along the way it is an opportunity to focus on some key areas of our public profiles that might influence the public to buy our books.

The focus this time is on you.. the author.

Last week I looked at the impact our Profile Photo – First contact with reader might have on potential readers.

This week it is the turn of the biography that we put on selling sites such as Amazon, Bookbub and Goodreads.

Author Biography – Tips and Translations

With approximately 150 authors across the Cafe…

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WRITING AND PUZZLES


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Hi SEers! Denise here to talk about all the parts that go into creating a book, thanks to a question I was asked.

I have my six-year-old granddaughter twice a week when she gets out of kindergarten. So, we spend the day doing projects, homework, or finding new ways to look at life. One of those days, we were putting a 100-piece glittery unicorn puzzle together.

My granddaughter asked, “What if 100 people each had a part of this puzzle?”

I replied, “They would all have to work together to get it done like we’re doing.”

My answer satisfied her, but I kept thinking about it. How hard would it be for 100 people to work together to get something done? Would one or two of these people hold back their pieces? Very possible.

The more I thought about it, I realized writing a book was very much like putting…

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Memorial Day 2021


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Hi everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Book Blog!

Yesterday was Memorial Day and while most of us celebrate with outdoor activities and enjoy eating our food picnic-style, Memorial Day is actually a day of remembrance for those who served in the military and lost their lives.

John 15:12-14 says, “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do the things which I command you.”

I don’t know about you, but this commandment has always struck me as a difficult one.

Most of us aren’t running towards death, instead most of us are trying to avoid it at all cost.

Yet, there are those who feel called to a dangerous profession where the potential to lose their lives…

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Smorgasbord Posts from the Archives 2021 – Pot Luck – Book Reviews: Their Importance and How to Write Them by J. Q. Rose


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Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over1000 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to anew audience… mine. The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics.

In this series I have shared posts from the last six months of 2020 and the series is now closed to new participants.

This is the first post by J.Q. Rose on the subject of book reviews, their importance and the elements to include.

The Importance of Book Reviews for Readers and Writers

Book Reviews. Oh the pressure of reading the required book and then writing the review brings back the picture of my sixth-grade teacher hovering over me. And don’t even go there about her criticism about the grammar and spelling…

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The Power of Technology #It’s Six-Sentence Story Thursday Link Up


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Technology can be powerful. But it’s also like a spouse. You can’t live with it; you can’t live without it. If I had a dollar for every time I wanted to throw my computer, tablet, or iPhone out the window because it wasn’t working properly, I would probably have enough money to hire someone to develop technology that would always work. On the other hand, there are powerful companies like WordPress, who have demonstrated they don’t care about their customers by ending support for their much-loved classic editor. Then again, if everything worked the way it should, life would be boring, wouldn’t it?

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Thanks to Girlie on the Edge for inspiring the above with her six-sentence story prompt for this week. If you’d like to participate, click here.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled,

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Fundamentals of Writing: Project Management #amwriting | Life in the Realm of Fantasy #Tip


Authors who want to take their books from idea to paperback must become project managers. Like any other endeavor, writing and successfully taking your novel to publication has many steps that take it from idea to proto-product to completion. It doesn’t matter if you are going indie or sticking to the traditional route. Then there… … Continue reading Fundamentals of Writing: Project Management #amwriting | Life in the Realm of Fantasy #Tip