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And So, I Write…
And So, I Write… 720 960 Reader Views

I write and let it all out. I scream, I cry, I stand silent but as I write, I let it all out and put it out there for others to read, to get a glimpse of what love really is…the giving your heart, your time, your strength, your health, your everything only to see it go all away. So, I write hoping my words take away my pain. So that I can find myself again…find her, who I reluctantly let go almost a month ago, now free and healthy in my heart, in my memory, in who I have become.

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Literary Awards Fees – Where Do They Go?
Literary Awards Fees – Where Do They Go? 1024 576 Reader Views

For a while now, I have been seeing comments and questions on social media about the Literary Awards and fees. This week I decided to explain where those fees go, at least in the Reader Views Literary Awards. Contrary to popular belief, Literary Awards, if ethical and done properly, are not a money-making service.

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Literary Awards and Book Reviews to Build your Author Platform
Literary Awards and Book Reviews to Build your Author Platform 1024 576 Reader Views

We all know that readers check the reviews before deciding on a book, so no wonder most authors rush out to get book review requests even before the launch of their new title. But are reviews and literary awards relevant to building your author platform and boosting sales?

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Devising a Review Strategy
Devising a Review Strategy 1024 576 Reader Views

Reviewing books is a much easier task if you have a plan of attack before even opening the book. It provides a specific direction to take your review in. There are a lot of different ways to create a reviewing strategy, and not everybody likes to plan out their reviews.

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Legacy Books – Preserving the Stories that Matter the Most
Legacy Books – Preserving the Stories that Matter the Most 1024 576 Reader Views

Have you ever thought about creating your own Legacy Book? Maybe this challenging time is the perfect motivation to record our lives before 2020. Has your lifestyle changed because of the Pandemic guidelines? Because of the economic downfall? Creating a Legacy book might not only record what normal life looked like before, it can also offer something comforting to do with your loved ones at home.

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Using Dialogue to Bring Your Story to Life
Using Dialogue to Bring Your Story to Life 1024 576 Reader Views

After over 20 years of working on my writing, I have learned that dialogue is the most important tool available when telling a story. We can use the dialogue to describe, inform, show action, establish mood, and even portray the personalities of our characters. In short, the dialogue brings the story alive for the reader. For this reason, it is so important to create a balanced amount of dialogue that will move the plot forward and make the characters real.

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Reader Views Annual Reviewer’s Choice Awards Now Open for Submissions
Reader Views Annual Reviewer’s Choice Awards Now Open for Submissions 1024 512 Reader Views

The Reader Views Literary Awards help level the playing field for self-published authors, allowing readers to recognize many of the most creative and exciting books outside the mainstream industry.

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Promoting Your Book Without Sounding Like a Promoter
Promoting Your Book Without Sounding Like a Promoter 1024 576 Reader Views

Most writers are literally the opposite of a promoter or salesman. We really need to work hard to convince ourselves to mention our book when we are networking, socializing or simply talking to a friend one on one. It just isn’t in our nature to sell ourselves as a published author.

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CoVid-19 vs. Writer’s Isolation
CoVid-19 vs. Writer’s Isolation 1024 576 Reader Views

Humans are the weirdest creatures in the universe. We like to state that we are creatures based on habits, but the current corona situation is proving that wrong, at least in my case. I have been working full-time from my home office for 10 years now, so I am 100% accustomed to home isolation as a home office/internet based business professional since 2009 and a writer for publication since the 1990’s…or so I thought.

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Writers Unite!
Writers Unite! 768 1024 Reader Views

I know…I am stuck on CNN day and night obsessing about what is going on. I am planting all kinds of veggies (just in case…) and am sewing masks to donate. It doesn’t get worse than this. But even though my husband believes I have watched too many zombie apocalypse movies, these times require that we all feel useful rather than powerless.

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