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Hispanic Heritage Month – A great time to reconsider what it is to be an “American.”
Hispanic Heritage Month – A great time to reconsider what it is to be an “American.” 1024 576 Reader Views
Generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans have positively influenced and enriched our nation. These contributions only scratch the surface. Countless immigrant families have worked hard to make our nation stronger, and if not for their influences, the U.S. would not be the vibrant country it is today. Still, immigrants are faced with challenges and the risk of deportation every day. read more
Are Too Many Choices Crushing Your Marketing Plan?
Are Too Many Choices Crushing Your Marketing Plan? 1024 576 Reader Views
Many companies will give you a good sales pitch as to why their service is so good and why you should use it. But, is it really what you need? Deciding what you need is not easy, especially with so many telling you what you something different. read more
Distractions
What’s Hampering Your Productivity?
What’s Hampering Your Productivity? 1024 576 Reader Views
You have to find your individual obstacles in order to move past them and create a formula for personal and professional success. read more
What Have You Done for YOU Lately? Self-Care for Writers
What Have You Done for YOU Lately? Self-Care for Writers 1024 576 Reader Views
How many of you take time out every day for yourself? I don’t mean time out to write or time out to promote and market your book on social media – that’s not time out for yourself, but rather a part of your ‘job’ as an author. No, what I’m talking about here is taking the time to do just a little something for yourself every day to rejuvenate, refresh, and restore. read more
Writing About Controversial Topics
Writing About Controversial Topics 1024 576 Reader Views
The key factor to remember when creating controversial agit-prop fiction is to write a story that someone who is opposed to your desired change will find engaging enough to read. read more
Home, Sweet Home
Home, Sweet Home 1024 576 Reader Views
Homes can form the center, backdrop, setting, or sometimes take the starring role in a book. Homes reflect our personalities and preferences and our localities, our countries, and our cultures. Homes are a great way to introduce children to diverse cultures. read more
Young Adult Novels: The Throwback
Young Adult Novels: The Throwback 1024 576 Reader Views
When books are marketed, it’s important to know what audience the book is being marketed to. Knowing the demographics of the audience plays a key role in knowing who you’re trying to get the book to. That could include anything from gender to genre preference. Age can be another key to deciding who to market a book towards. In recent years however, I’ve noticed that age doesn’t play as big of a role in many people’s reading choices. Young Adult novels in particular, are popular among many older audiences. What makes these novels so alluring to adult readers? read more
“Help a Reporter Out” Can Be a Boon for Your Career
“Help a Reporter Out” Can Be a Boon for Your Career 1024 576 Reader Views
When I speak at writers’ groups, I am always amazed at how many writers don’t seem to know about Help a Reporter Out, also called HARO. Or they don’t know how to make it work very well for them. I know because the pencils come out and hands go up. read more
Five Free and Easy Ways for Readers to Lift Authors
Five Free and Easy Ways for Readers to Lift Authors 1024 576 Reader Views
Authors are not just producers of books; they are also consumers of books. Whether for project research, market research, or personal fulfillment, authors need to read. What do you do when you’ve read something you loved? Make a mental note to look for more works by the same author? Look up more material about the author? Both are great for your own information but neither lets the author know you read their book. Here are five ways to support an author whose work you’ve enjoyed plus tips on how to encourage your readers to do the same for you. read more
National Women’s History Month and the Women in My History
National Women’s History Month and the Women in My History 1024 576 Reader Views
March is National Women’s History Month, so I took the time to think of some of the strong women in my family who lived through WWII in Italy and Libya. read more