Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Write Path --- Calling All Writers!!

Happy Wednesday! Are you working hard, or hardly working? I kinda wish I was in the latter category, but then what would I do with myself??

I want to invite you to a very special project, so check this out!

A few months ago I had an idea to collaborate a Dear New Writer project, but I've been so buried in projects, I hadn't been able to get it started. Then the other day the fabulous and talented, Carrie Butler, announced a project called The Write Path, and it was exactly the same idea.


I've been so excited about this! Carrie has graciously brought me on board to help get this amazing project underway.

And here's where you come in ...

Think back to when you first started writing--how dreamy-eyed and hopeful you were! How the magic seemed to pour from your fingers to the keyboard, and brilliance emanated from every fiber of your being.

And then think about that first rejection that sucked the oxygen from your lungs. Or that first critique that sucker punched you where it counts.

Um, yeah. Maybe we weren't as genius as we thought. Well, what if you could write your new-writer-self a letter with advice and encouragement, and send it back in time? That's what we want you to do.

The eventual result will be a collaborative eBook published for customer download. The eBook will be free, as a tool of encouragement for new writers, and any writer for that matter. We'd really love to have you blog your entry as well, but it's not required if you don't blog or aren't comfortable with that.

Your entry in the eBook will include your name and links, so you'll officially be published and can add it to your resume. Please note, ANY writer can participate. Don't worry about what stage you're at. We are a vast community of different stages in our writing, and all of us with different strengths and weaknesses to share. 

We hope you'll take advantage of this community effort! There are a few guidelines to stay consistent, so please read the following:

Write a letter/note to yourself when you first started writing toward publication. Keep it under 800 words, including as many (or as few) of these elements as you like:

   - A lesson you learned the hard way
   - Something you didn’t expect about the industry (positive/negative)
   - A writing-related resource you could never do without now
   - One thing you’d change about your journey
   - One thing you’re glad you did
   - Your number one tip for pursuing publication
   - Anything else you feel is worth passing on

INFORMATION: 

   - The name you wish to be credited as
   - The title (if any) you wish to follow your name, i.e. author of the series
   - One major link where people can find you, i.e. website, blog, Twitter, etc.

PLEASE INCLUDE:

   - Whether or not you give permission to use your entry in the e-book compilation. Don’t feel bad if you don’t want in. We’d still love to read what you have to say!

NOTE: Entries won't be edited, other than to proofread for misspellings or duplicate words. Try to have it pub-ready when you post it. 


Anticipated FAQs


Q: Do I have to be published in order to participate?
A: It may be easier to answer the questions if you’ve been published (either independently or traditionally), but it’s certainly not a requirement. We’re just looking for friends with experience navigating the authorial waters. You do not have to be published.

Q: Do I need a blog to participate?
A: No, you do not need a blog to participate. Feel free to e-mail me your letter directly or post it via a social media like Facebook or Google+.
Q: How will the book be available?
A: I will format it in PDF, MOBI, and EPUB, and then I’ll make those files available for us all to share. If you guys want, I could also make it a freeEPUB on Smashwords, and then distribute it to a few other retailers that accept free titles.

Q: When should I post my letter?
A: Anytime during the week of May 19th!

Q: What can I do in the meantime?
A: Kindly spread the word! You can do this by posting, utilizing your social media channels, rocking the button in your sidebar with a link to this post, etc. Also, I'd really appreciate it if you used the link-up below to sign up. It will help me compile everyone's posts the week of May 19th. I would hate to miss anyone!


So yay! Grab the button and help spread the word! This will be so fantastic!!

Big congrats to ST Bende for the re-release of her Elsker Saga! There's a GIVEAWAY too!


 You don’t win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way.

Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr.  Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting.  He’s an honest to goodness Norse God - an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth.  Kristia’s crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.  Her orderly life just got very messy. 



Inga Andersson is the envy of every girl in Asgard. On the surface she has it all -- great friends, a job as Odin’s personal fight choreographer, and a happy ever after with her realm’s hottest assassin. But when evil invades Asgard, her perfect world comes crashing down. Someone is planning to kill off the gods, and Inga’s best friend Ull is first on their list. With the Norse apocalypse a nanosecond away, Inga has to decide how she’ll spend her final moments of freedom. Because from the moment this battle begins, Inga’s happily ever after will be nothing more than a memory. 

Some things are worth fighting for.

ST Bende is full of positive energy so if you don't already know her, stop by and get to! 

And enter her Giveaway right HERE.

Look who else has a cover reveal:

Rori Shay's YA Sci-fi:

Find it on AMAZON.

It's the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father's place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the brink of environmental extinction. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is stepping out of the shadows, and as turmoil grows within her country, cryptic threats also arrive from beyond the borders.

As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, meanwhile battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret - the boy who is somehow connected to her country's recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn't know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn't realize the sacrifice might be her life.

 The kickstarter to this book will be available today http://www.silenceinthelibrarypublishing.com/elected-rori-shay/. You will be able to get a copy of ELECTED in hardcover and/or paperback with a free ebook, a lot of special limited-edition items and other free books. Don't wait, get your copy today!


Congrats to both authors!!

On Monday I did a guest post on Annalisa Crawford's blog on Being 40! She has a series of guests posts on the subject, so be sure to check it out!

And don't forget to sign up for THE WRITE PATH! May 19 is the day to post! Add your name and blog link for the blogfest, but remember it's not mandatory to do the blogfest. You can still email your entry to either Carrie or me for the eBook publication.

And that's a wrap for me today and back to the writing cave. I'm starting to think of my laptop as my ball and chain. lol But I'm enjoying every minute (just wish there were more minutes in the day.)

So what are your thoughts on this project? Want to join in? Have some great advice for new writers? Even if you don't, you can still help spread the word on this endeavor and be a part of a community effort. 


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Another New Life

Greetings, everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by here. Today I'm featuring fellow New Adult author, Sydney Aaliyah Michelle's cover reveal for her debut novel, Another New Life:

Cover Design by: (C) Arijana Karčić, Cover It! Designs

Isn't it purty? I love it. I've had the pleasure of reading this story too, and it's a raw, emotional tale of overcoming regrets and accepting new possibilities. Sydney and I did a beta exchange last year and I'm really glad we did. She was a huge help with feedback on Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc., and Another New Life was one of those painless reads that kept me turning pages.

Here's the blurb:

Miranda Preston is a walking contradiction. Beautiful on the outside, but, insecure, haunted and damaged on the inside. Despite these contradictions, she’s ready to start Another New Life.
When her talent wins her a piano scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, Miranda arrives on campus determined to experience everything college has to offer and to keep her secrets in the past where they belong.
An easy task, until the first guy who catches her eye happens to be someone, she’s known all her life.
Eight years have passed since the last time Miranda and Troy saw each other. He reminds her of the best and worst times of her life, but she can’t think about one without dwelling on the other. As they grow closer, every day their attraction reminds them they are no longer kids.
The epic romantic love story that is Miranda and Troy seems to be destined for a happy ending, but Miranda knows it's only a matter of time before her secret is discovered. A secret that will not only destroy their relationship, it will destroy Troy, too.


Can Miranda focus on her future with Troy while preventing her past from tearing them apart all over again?

And there's a GIVEAWAY!

About The Author
Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who has been blogging at sydneyaaliyah.com for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process.hailsfrom Texas. After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.
Sydney’s self-published debut New Adult Novel Another New Life will be available June 2014. An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winners who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is blessed to be awake now and doing what she loves.

 


Big congrats to Sydney! 

Today is also the epic agent contest over at SC Author's blog. If you have a story ready to pitch, be sure to check this out and get your entry in. I've had the treat of critiquing pitches some from fabulous writers I've just become acquainted with, and I'm super excited to see what happens on this contest. 

That means the Write It Right Review was skipped over due to time constraints, but will be opening up again soon, so stay tuned. 

And thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for featuring me on his blog Monday on G Day. So great to meet some new bloggers because of it. Welcome to all of you!

I'm still toiling away on the Butterman sequel and mother's memoir, so it's back to the writing cave for me. 

Tell me what you're up to! Excited about any books coming out? Or movies? I hope to see Noah this weekend. Been over to see Sydney yet? Entering the agent contest on SC's blog? Let's hear it ...


Monday, March 24, 2014

If Only ...


It's the official release day for AJ Pine's new adult romance, If Only. And it's only .99!! What a deal!

Sometimes it takes crossing an ocean to figure out where you belong.


It's been two years since twenty-year-old Jordan had a boyfriend—which means it's been forever since she, well, you know. But now she’s off to spend her junior year in Aberdeen, Scotland, the perfect place to stop waiting for Mr. Right and just enjoy Mr. Right Now.

Sexy, sweet (and possible player) Griffin may be her perfect, no-strings-attached match. He’s fun, gorgeous, and makes her laugh. So why can’t she stop thinking about Noah who, minutes after being trapped together outside the train’s loo, kisses Jordan like she’s never been kissed before? Never mind his impossible blue eyes, his weathered, annotated copy of The Great Gatsby (total English-major porn)…oh, and his girlfriend.

Jordan knows everything this year has an expiration date. Aberdeen is supposed to be about fun rather than waiting for life to happen. But E. M. Forster, Shakespeare, and mistletoe on Valentine’s Day make her reconsider what love is and how far she’s willing to go for the right guy.
Find If Only Online:


Find A.J. Online:

Giveaway

Prize description:
If Only Swag Pack -An “I love you from here to Scotland” print, Ahava pendent, A pack each of Much Ado about Nothing and A Room With a View confetti, Much Ado about Nothing travel mug and A Room With a View Blu-ray (a $25 Amazon gift card will be substituted if winner is outside the US)

Here is the code for the Rafflecopter for the If Only blog tour:


a Rafflecopter giveaway and the link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/MWNiNTU0OTUyMGNlZDFiOGJmOTc5ZmExZmRmZDJmOjI5Ng==/


For those of you getting ready for A-Z, wishing you good luck! This is the first time in 3 years I won't be participating. Just have too many projects going on. But I'll be hopping around to visit you. Can't wait to see what you have in store!

Are you participating in A-Z? Are you like me with one too many things happening? 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Wormfest!

In honor of Wormhole Week, Stephen Tremp, Alex J Cavanaugh, and L. Diane Wolf are hosting this blogfest:


Name one thing where science advances mankind, and one where technology with unforeseen consequences will go too far and set mankind back. (And they can be the same thing.) Example: De-Extinction, or bringing back extinction species through back breeding, genetic engineering, and cloning. With all the breakthrough discoveries mankind is on the cusp of, are we playing God? 


I'd have to say the Internet. Here's this amazing tool that brings people closer together and easier to converse with loved ones who are thousands of miles away, and yet we forget the people right beside us. Not to mention, the ease the Internet offers bullies, pedophiles, crooks of all kinds. Stranger Danger got a whole lot closer to our homes.

Don't get me wrong, I love the Internet, and fully believe in it. But as with every positive, there's a negative. Yin and Yang. 

It's Spring Break and I'll have limited Internet access this week, so bear with me as I play catch up with blog visits. 

How about you? How would you answer the above question? Is it spring where you're at? How are you celebrating?  

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Truth About Blogging - IWSG


Happy March! And as with every first Wednesday of the month, bloggers everywhere post about their insecurities or share wisdom, or just good ol' fashion support. And there's always room for more, so click on the picture to get to HQ and sign up.

So why my title, right? Truth is, I've been thinking a lot about blogging lately.Since my debut novel launched in November, I've had less and less time for blogging. I'm sure many of you can relate. The problem is not posting content, it's getting around to all the other wonderful blogs out there. The Catch-22 is, I LOVE visiting other blogs and seeing what you're all up to--plus I learn so much!

But what happens is I feel so guilty for not getting around to more blogs, that I stop posting content on my own, and so it sits until I've had a chance to do return visits. I fully believe in return visits, and never want to bypass that. Meanwhile, my list of content for posts grows and grows and rarely gets used.

Truth is, after November, I started exploring other platforms too. I started a Facebook author page, a Tumblr blog, Wattpad prequel, and joined about a hundred Facebook groups. There's a LOT of great info on FB groups, and for awhile I found myself sucked into it. It was easier to access, didn't require a lot of time, and I could do it all from my iPhone.

But in turn, I've been neglecting my blog here. What I've realized since November is, I don't really like Facebook all that much. I never have. Don't get me wrong, it's a useful tool for sure, but having an author page has done very little for me other than suck my time. Thanks to fellow author, SJ Pajonas, she discovered that by being active on FB with your author page instead of your regular profile account, your author page becomes more visible.

Even so, it still puts me back on FB where I don't really love being. Why? I've seen friendships ruined and marriages destroyed. Not that it's FB's fault, but it's all a little too easy, if you ask me. And there's a reason why we didn't keep in touch with a lot of the people who "friend" us now. I still believe that if you're not on FB, you're probably missing out on some important connections, but whether or not you'll ever miss it, is up to you to decide.

Twitter on the other hand is much more writer-based for me. I'm on Twitter to talk about writing/ books/ media and don't get bogged down with everybody's drama. I love Twitter. Tumblr I'm still learning, LinkedIn is simply another presence. Google + is convenient and I like being able to share other blog posts with that handy little button.

But blogging. You know, there's just something about it. The friends I've made blogging (you guys) are the best around the interwebs. I think there's a real commitment when it comes to running a blog.  And dedication to making it work, posting, formatting. It takes time and effort. And when others see your blog and what you've accomplished with it, you get a certain amount of respect. There's a credibility associated with it, and that makes it worthwhile.

People see that you take your writing and networking seriously enough to put a professional foot forward. And I don't think we should discount that. As hard as it is to make time for blogging, it's still the most effective way of communicating and networking with other committed writers.

Now whether or not it sells books? That remains to be seen. My guess is very minimal. However, that doesn't mean it doesn't open doors to other possibilities. I just accepted a special work assignment for my day job, and I got the op because it requires writing and formatting for our company website. It was a competitive position that I had to prove I was capable of. I showed them my blog, and it helped serve as proof I know what I'm doing, and that I'm committed.

And I'm sure most of you have been contacted plenty of times via email to assist with other promotions and such. That's because they see our blogs, the exposure it gets, and they need us.

Which brings me to blog tours. Those of you who helped with my cover reveal blogfest are superstars in my eyes. I handled that blogfest myself, and it was a lot of work, but well worth it.

Last month I hired Candace Robinson from Candace's Book Blog to arrange my Butterman Tour. Was it worth it? Absolutely. I have mixed feelings about blog tour companies, because they don't offer a lot of incentive for bloggers. By incentive, I mean potential traffic and author interaction. Now, I realize that's my opinion and not everyone feels that way. That's coming from a bloggers perspective.

But with my tour last month I got to experience it from the author's perspective. And it's a bit different. First off, I just want to say that Candace is a rockstar. She did ALL the work. What I loved about her, is that she has a strict policy of not taking on authors/books if she doesn't support the book. She reads it first. And that to me is HUGE. I admire that. A lot.

She has such a strong network of book lovers, that she posts her review of your book, then later opens it up to interested readers. I did have to donate my book to all the bloggers who chose to review it, and I was happy to do that. All the reviews were honest and heartfelt. It was SO much fun going around meeting new bloggers who love books, and some of whom really got my story. I couldn't have done that without Candace, so I'm super grateful she was recommended to me by a trusted friend. She's also way down to earth, as well as professional, and that's my kind of people.

I worked on a sub panel a while back with various emerging authors and one of them told me once, "I'm not here to make friends, I'm here to find quality stories."

Huh? Not my kind of people.

I'm not saying everyone has to be best friends, but a feeling of community is way more important to me than success. Besides, what good is success if you have no friends to share it with? Plus I think we can encourage BOTH quality and community in everything we do.

So anyway, I know I'm rambling now and if you made it this far, you're amazing, thank you! What all this has been about, is to let you know that while I'm fumbling my way through all these platforms, I do NOT want to neglect this fantastic blogging community who has been so supportive of me over the years.

My PROMISE to you, is that whenever you need me to post or share your news, I will do it. I may not see it because I'm locked away in my writing cave and juggling projects and family and a day job, BUT I am always available to tweet, share, or post for you.

Trust me, I know who you are. And if I've been to your blog, or if you've actively commented here on my blog, this means YOU. This is only going out to my blogging buds, so by all means, let me know if I've missed something. Here's how:

You can tag me with a tweet promoting your book, agent, deal, special blog post, or whatever at anytime and I will retweet it to my followers. ANYTIME! @pkhrezo

If you have a cover reveal, and you've actively visited my blog here, email me the deets and I'll share it.

Tag me on Facebook with your announcement and I'll share it. ANYTIME!

I do not want to miss any of your news, so please please accept my offer and I am more than happy to share. Again, I know who you are. :D

And if you're wondering why I'm locked away in my writing cave so much lately, it's because I'm working on the sequel to Butterman, as well as a memoir for someone else. I've delayed my sequel so I can work on this memoir, because I believe it's a very special project--one that is stretching my writer skills in new ways. I'll share more on that later, but if you're interested, please visit the website JoinQueena.com to learn more about this family and the challenges they've faced, as well as the support they've received.

Thanks so much for stopping by and big ups for you if you read the whole thing. lol

How about you? Are you sinking in social media? Do you feel blogging has lost some of its appeal? Have you reduced your blogging time at all? Or have you found a platform that works better for you? And what are you working on? Anything new? Spill the deets in the comments ...

Friday, February 28, 2014

WIP the Movie



Last day of the month, and what a whirlwind month it's been. I piled on about as many things as possible in the shortest month of the year and at some points felt quite buried, BUT I made it through and excited to participate in today's blogfest hosted by Kyra Lennon and Rachel Schieffenbein .

The idea is to cast the characters of our books and/or Work In Progress with actors, and if we're feeling extra creative, create a playlist.

One of my WIPs right now is the sequel to Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc, called Induction Day, which includes the same two main characters:

Bianca Butterman
and
Tristan Helms

I wish I knew who the girl was on the cover for my prequel, Diary of a Teenage Time Traveler, because she makes a perfect Bianca.


But she's a mystery, so if I had to pick from the Hollywood pool of leading ladies, I'd go with:

                                                         (photo chredit: Starpulse.com)

Abigail Breslin could work. Dye her hair black and with the right makeup and fashion, she could be Bianca. Would be fun to see her in a darker, sassy role too.

And for her time travel companion:


 This is Austin Butler. And honestly I don't know who the guy is, but during my blog tour, blogger Mad Scientist from Mad Steam Book Reviews, pictured him like this, and she is spot on!  He fits the bill perfectly for a washed up boy band superstar. If you get a chance, pop over and say hello to Mad Scientist. She was one of my fave stops on my blog tour.

Here's the Butterman play list for Book 1:

*Young American Primitive – Daydream
This song because it’s trance-y and captures the mellow but intriguing vibe I imagine when Bianca’s showing Tristan the time-craft for the first time. (This entire album is excellent if you’re in to electronica)

2*  Mad Season – Long Gone Day
This song has a nice eerie, bluesy feel to it for the scenes when they first arrive in Manhattan and Tristan’s penthouse. Plus, the lyrics are appropriate for Tristan since he’s a former addict hoping to make a come-back. (This album is one of my all time faves)



3*  Alice in Chains – Again
This is when the action starts picking up, being chased through Manhattan on jetpacks. (Because I love rockin’ out to some AIC especially when I’m biking or driving fast)

4.*  Tori Amos – Iiee

I love the rise and fall of this song. It’s perfect for the scene on the way back from the night club to the time-craft, speeding through Manhattan and seeing all the futuristic LED billboards and holograms. (Tori Amos has long been my fave female vocalist and hearing her perform this song live in concert many years ago was just breathtaking. It’s always stuck with me as a perfect song for an action scene)


5*   Florence and the Machine -  Dog Days are Over

This one fits the mood of eluding the DOT and making a diversion to 1969. (Florence and the Machine. Need I say more?)

6* Jefferson Airplane – Won’t You Try

This is who’s playing at Woodstock when Bianca and Tristan first arrive at the scene. The music included during these scenes is based off the order from the film documentary of Woodstock, so I tried to keep it as true to life as possible. (I’ve never been a huge Jefferson Airplane fan, but I do like some of their stuff and Grace Slick is an iconic female rockstar)

7*  Janis Joplin – Work Me Lord

This is when Bianca first hears Janis perform. She’s not impressed at first, but when Janis really goes off, Bianca is blown away. (First time I ever saw Janis on TV I was the same way. I was around 22 and I was hooked. I bought all her albums after that. I just didn’t know women could rock out like that since I grew up in the 80s on glam pop. 

8 * Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze

Well if you’ve read the story, you know why this song is here. If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for?


9 * Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time

I love this song. It captures the moment of Bianca and Tristan around the campfire, when she hears his song for the first time.

 * The Velvet Underground – I’m Sticking With You


This song wraps up the story nicely in the last scene, which has a hopeful feel to it. (This is off the Juno soundtrack—one of my fave to listen to for just a really mellow, happy vibe.)

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 Thanks for checking out my entry! Be sure to stop by Kyra's and Rachel's blogs to see the other entries! Always so much fun!

I finally finished my month long intensive writer's workshop, and have good stuff to share with you soon. I'm still catching up on all the great info from Indierecon! Even if you're trad pubbed, be sure to browse the website because it's chock full of marketing and writing advice. From all kinds of successful authors, too. 

And next week I'll be sharing the deets on what I think makes a successful blog tour, what my experience was like, and whether or not I think it was worth it. Check back soon!

Do you recognize any songs from my playlist? What do you think of the actors I chose? Do you have any in mind for your own WIP? Tell me everything!!

BTW I'm collecting emails for my newsletter. If you're interested in getting author updates and special announcements first, fill out my form. You have my strict No Spam promise! Just fill out the quick, easy form in my sidebar and that's it!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

GIVEAWAY's last days! Bloodlust, and Creative Blogging

UPDATE!

First off, big congrats to Nicole Zoltack for her brand spankin' new cover!!

NA epic fantasy romance.

In a world torn by prejudice and hatred, six races struggled for supremacy.

Desperation…

Barbarian-Princess Ivy is unwilling to allow her father to provoke the other races into war and forms an unlikely alliance with Lukor the goliath to save her people from utter destruction.

Betrayal…

Unbeknownst to her, Lukor blames the barbarians for murdering his sister and plans on sabotaging her goal.

Bloodlust…


Almost despite each other, they grow to respect each other on their journey to decode secret messages from the trolls. But nothing Ivy can do will prevent the war as her father is blinded by Bloodlust and incites it himself. Not even killing him and becoming Barbaroness can stop the tide. And when Bloodlust claims Ivy, forcing her to kill everyone in her path, she must make a choice to destroy even Lukor, who she may have started to fall for and him in return.

Add it to GoodReads.https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20872373-bloodlust And find Nicole on her blog.

(I LURVE that cover! Awesome graphic!)

Also, it's the LAST few days for my giveaway, so get it while you can!
a Rafflecopter giveaway



 Okay, so I've officially bitten off more than I can chew this month. Are you surprised? Ha! But I knew just who to call for aid! So while I'm buried away in my writer's workshop this month (which I'll share lots of info with you on later) I've enlisted the help of three fabulous bloggers:



That's right! Charlie's Scribes is here to save the day! And they're sharing their genius when it comes to creative blogging. Who better, right? 

Please take it away, Scribes!

Aloha,
I’m Mark, one of Charlie’s Scribes, here at the request of PK, who asked if the Scribes could create a post “on creative blogging with tips and suggestions or examples.”
At Charlie’s Scribes, our motto is “You Snooze, We Muse, so I’ll make this interesting, or fall asleep trying.
(Fellow Scribes, Liz Seckman and Tammy Theriault, may stop by to share important, thoughtful tidbits.)
Well, the first thing I did to create a blog was join Blogger.com. Then I spent hours fiddling with the different themes, layouts and backgrounds until I created my blog.
Liz: That’s not what she meant, Mark.
(Whispers….)
Ohhh, right. Creative blogging… Er, okay. Once my blog was live, I read James Frey’s first book.
Tammy: No, baldy… PK wants us to offer original tips, suggestions – that sort of thing. Come here.
(Silence… until a loud crack as a hand slaps the back of a formerly Irish cranium.)
Ouch. That hurt. I’m going to tell Bosley.
Liz and Tammy: Man up, dude!
(Wipes manly tear from coconut bra…I can do this…. Smoothes down grass skirt…takes a deep breath…)
Here are four thoughts on creative blogging – and what’s worked – for me.
Be Real.
It’s obvious, but if you’re a new blogger, or someone building followers, fad-writing your posts may tempt you, but don’t do it. Your readers will notice and they may skim over you next time.
Liz: May I add, unless the real you sucks...then by all means, fake a personality?
Tammy: Plus don’t repeat what everyone seems to be giving tips on, giving tips on, giving tips on… be REAL-ly original!


 Write to a Friend.
I went online looking for “creative blogging tips” (what? Sorry, I’m not an expert – I’m a Scribe©) and was bored to tears by the second blog I visited (my scalp only wishes it could be so dry.)
So, keep things conversational. Pretend the reader is opposite you having a cocktail or a coffee (or even a coffee cocktail :)
Liz: Tammy and I write every post to Mark. His glossy bald head reflects the light of inspiration!
Tammy: The “nude trick” works, too. Wh-at? (looks at Mark) Ah, man, leave your coconut bra and the grass skirt on.


Verbal Diarrhea
Don’t suffer from it. Keep your posts under five hundred words.
Liz: Two more words left before your 500-word limit, dude... I hear sirens!
 Tammy: And yes, exclamation marks in excess will count as words!!!!

NO!!!

Have FUN!
No, seriously. Have fun. If you’re a writer finishing a first WIP or beginning Book Three in a monumental saga, blogging shouldn’t add stress to your writing calendar.
Blogging should complement your WIP – and not beat it with a whip.
Tammy: That was just wrong, Mark…go dance to redeem yourself now! (cracks whip at grass skirt) now THIS is fun!



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