Monthly Archives: November 2013

Friday Pictures: A Tunnel of Love in the Ukraine

This beautiful train tunnel of trees called the Tunnel of Love is located in Kleven, Ukraine, and I found it on StumbleUpon:

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Monday Marketing Tips: Blog Tours

If you are self-publishing your novel, and you have decided you don’t want to spend money on advertising, how do you get your readers to know of its existence?

One really good (and cheap) way of doing this is through BlogTourblog tours. Yes, they cost some money, but not nearly as much as advertising costs. And the best ones get you together with bloggers who review your books, interview you, host giveaways and generally help you to market your book.

I did two blog tours for my first novel Thwarted Queen, and I was very pleased with the result. I was able to get lots of endorsements to put in my novels and on my own blog. The ones I used were Rebecca Camarena’s Pump Up Your Book and Amy Bruno’s Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.

Have a fabulous week!

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Friday Prompts: Needs

For this Friday, I’m taking the writing prompt from another of my favorite sources, The Observation Deck by Naiomi Epel:

GlassWaterAccording to novelist Kurt Vonnegut, the fault with most amateur writing is a lack of character motivation. “Make your characters want something right away,” he advises. “Even if it’s only a glass of water.” For this prompt, identify a personal longing and embody it in a character very different from yourself. 900 words.

 

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Monday Marketing Tips: Don’t spend money on advertising

AdvertisingThe marketing tip I want to focus on this week is: Don’t spend money on advertising. It’s expensive, and it’s unlikely to make a great difference to your sales. This is especially true if you are responsible for your own marketing and you are trying to self-publish on a shoe-string.

Instead of spending money on marketing, spend your money instead on writer’s conferences, and on various organizations where you can meet your peers and get advice FREE.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Friday Pictures: A wonderful place to read from Stumbleupon

For this Friday, I thought I’d share a photo of a wonderful place to read, the Libreria Acqua in Venice. Can’t you imagine curling up here, with the water lapping all around you?

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News & Notes: More about the Scrapbook Collectionary

ScrapbookingEveryone,

Some of you have asked for more info on this site, so here goes, courtesy of site owner P. Hagad:

What inspired The Collectionary into existence? The Collectionary was created because we wanted to create a Dictionary of everything in the world that people collect.   There are hundreds of e-commerce sites, but there is no dedicated place where you can learn about different items.  Whether it’s the history, facts, or unique attributes regarding a particular collectible or item, we want to give people a place to learn about the collectibles they love.

 

What made you coin it The Collectionary? Collectionary comes from combining the words Collection and Dictionary.  A fun play on words that explains what we are working on with our site and brand.

 

Why is your site devoted solely to Scrapbooking memorabilia? No, the Scrapbooking Collectionary is one out of hundreds of different Collectionaries to join.  We have expert collectors we call moderators that help us with each Collectionary to add new and cool items to the site.  In fact, we would love to have more Scrapbooking moderators willing to help out :).

 

What’s the takeaway for potential customers? What can they hope to gain from perusing your site? We hope visitors to our site will enjoy browsing all the amazing collectibles ever created.  Looking at many of the nostalgic items on the site we hope it brings back many fond memories as a child or another time in your life.  We also want people to learn about Collectibles and find out where those items are for sale as we point to the different places on the internet the items are for sale.

 

Anything unusual worth noting about your site? Nightmare Before Christmas? Our site would love to have more moderators helping us out.  I’m sure you will find many unusual and never before seen Scrapbooking items here.

 

To see all the amazing Collectionaries please visit our homepage: http://thecollectionary.com/

 

Have a fabulous week!

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Monday Time Management Tips: Meditate

MeditationMy tip for this week is to carve out some time to meditate. The best way to start is to do it immediately after getting up. There is something about being half asleep that makes your meditation practice go a whole lot easier.

For those of you who do not have a meditation practice, here is what you do. Find a comfortable place to sit, close your eyes, and first do a body scan. Start with your toes, and go up to your head looking for sources of tension. Once you’ve found that tension, imagine that someone is gently massage that spot to make it go away. Once you done that, breathe in and out slowly nine times. Then, set your intention for the day. What do you want to accomplish? You will find that your ten minutes has passed, and now you can begin your day feeling refreshed and focused.

Meditation is extremely important for a couple of reasons:

1. It allows you a way of getting to know yourself. What bothers you when you’re sitting still. What do you think about? How do you feel? It is really important that you know the answers to these questions.

2. It is a wonderful way of relaxing, learning how to focus, and mastering emotions. When a strong emotion appears, such as fear or anger, you do NOT get caught up in that emotion, instead you label it, murmuring to yourself “anger, anger” or “anxiety, anxiety”. You will learn that emotions pass over like the weather, and that if you wait, you will feel better.

If you are interested in learning more about meditation, here are a couple of links: http://imcw.org/ for Insight Meditation (Vipassana) or www.tm.org for Transcendental Meditation (TM).

Today is Veteran’s Day, when we honor those who fought for our country by a moment of silence. A perfect day to start your meditation practice.

Have a fabulous week!

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Friday Poems: “When I was one-and-twenty” by A. E. Housman

I grew up knowing the poems of A.E. Housman (1859-1936), largely through their musical settings by British composers George Butterworth (1885-1916) and Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Here is one of his most famous poems from his collection A Shropshire Lad. The photo gives you an idea of the lovely countryside in this part of England that abuts the Welsh Marches:

ShropshireWhen I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
“Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away;
Give pearls away and rubies
But keep your fancy free.”
But I was one-and-twenty,
No use to talk to me.
When I was one-and-twenty
I heard him say again,
“The heart out of the bosom
Was never given in vain;
‘Tis paid with sighs a plenty
And sold for endless rue.”
And I am two-and-twenty
And oh, ’tis true, ’tis true.

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News & Notes: Introducing The Scrapbook Collectionary Club

ScrapbookingEveryone,

I discovered this page recently and I thought I would share. It looks like a cool place to go for those of you who are avid collectors. To learn more, click on this link.

Have a wonderful week!

 

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News & Notes: Join the Kindle Countdown Deal for THWARTED QUEEN

THWARTED_EbookTo celebrate my birthday and to honor Cecylee’s 598 1/2, I’ve scheduled a Countdown Deal for the Kindle version of THWARTED QUEEN.

You have until November 10 to purchase this for the special price of $1.99. That’s 34% off the regular price.

Soooo, if you are looking for something new to read or want to do your Christmas shopping early, click on this link:

Thanks! And have a wonderful week!

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