7 Ways to Promote Your Live Author Event with Ease

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Book Launch Party

If you’re an author participating in a local event, such as a book signing, meet & greet, public reading or festival, you want to help the event be a huge success for yourself and the organizers. Here are 7 methods to help you easily promote the event and help your book marketing efforts at the same time.

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Live author events, whether a book signing, reading, speaking engagement or something else, can be tremendously valuable...or not. It all depends. Mostly, it depends on the AUTHOR, not the event host.

I've noticed a lot of authors tend to expect to sit back and let the literary world deliver book sales with no effort on the wordsmith's part. I see it with publishing and with live events as well.

7 Tips for Promoting an Author Event

When you publish a book by whatever publishing method, you an't expect to put up your feet and let the publisher promote for you This simply does not happen. You can't just bury yourself in the next project; you have to promote and market your own book. That makes everybody happy, because you sell more books.

Same with events. Just because you've agreed to appear at a book signing, excerpt reading, or other live author event, that doesn't mean you keep your mouth shut about it and simply show up and sit in  your seat like a soggy lump until you're "on."

You want a successful event, right?

5 Reasons Why You Want to Help Promote an Author Book Signing/Speaking Event

  1. You might sell more books. This is obvious, but worth focused attention. People who are connected to you, whether readers, family or friends, are likely to come in support, and/or perhaps buy a book for themselves or as a gift. Sales are all about numbers. The more people attend, the more statistically likely it is for you to profit.
  2. Name recognition. Every author needs a wider net with more people who know about you and your books. Even if I don't like your genre, I have friends who do, and those friends are always looking for a good read. The old saying goes, "Out of sight, out of mind." You want to be IN sight and ON people's minds. Every time someone sees your name and hears about you, you become just a little more relevant.
  3. You only reap what you sow. You'll only get out what you invest. Contribute nothing and you can expect nothing in return. Then you'll be whining that the event was a waste of time when you, in fact, were at cause in the poor results. Help spread the word and you'll be the darling of the event hosts and can anticipate rich rewards.
  4. The Golden Rule Principle. Momma taught you the Golden Rule: "Treat others as you want them to treat you." The others are the event planners, any other authors, and the attendees. You want a great experience for everyone. The success of any event is a team effort. You want to care t the success of the event not only to bolster your own self-interest, but because it is right to put forth some effort. The event coordinators are most assuredly expending many hours and much energy to support YOUR writing.
  5. What you focus upon expands. Focus on expanding siness as an author and it shall grow. Simple universal law.

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This Simple Change to HOW You Eat Could Shrink Your Waistline Without Changing WHAT You Eat

Are you as sick of the shaming weight loss talk as I am? Here’s a way to uplift and nourish your spirit as you eat whatever you’re eating. And it might even shrink your waistline. #BLISSfulLife

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I dread January. Oh sure, it is cold and dark and all the holiday sparkle goes away. That's bad enough. But what I dread is all the fuss about resolutions, dieting, and self denial. Bye-bye good life, if the media is to be believed. We're all expected to put on our diet blinders and do squats while brushing out teeth.

Yeah, I actually saw that on the Today Show this week.

Seriously? You mean I can't simply brush my teeth and be present with my self-care routine?

If you believe that what you focus on expands, which it does, why spend energy counting calories and focusing on limitations, lack and loss? All that brings is more limits with less results.

I started conducting an experiment in late December inspired by author Pam Grout's book E Squared: Nine Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.

"It is healthier to uplift and nourish than to chastise and shame." - Ronda Del Boccio

Food Blessing Experiment

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Meet “Chester Drawers” and 40 Ozarks Authors February 7, 2016 at Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City, Missouri

Kimberling Area Library hosts their 4th Annual Meet the Author Day, featuring 40+ authors; among them 11 are speaking. Here is info about the event featuring keynote speakers Peter Longley and “Chester Drawers”, comedian Eddie Bowman.

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Meet 40 Authors & Hear 11 Speakers at Meet the Author Day in Kimberling City on Feb. 6. 9:30 AM - 2 PM

Event is FREE & open to the public

Whatever you read you'll find an author you'll want to meet at this Southwest Missouri event at Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City Missouri. For those of you who know me I'll be there, but I don't have a table. I'll be at the special drawing table with a gift basket to give away.

Here is a video showing last year's event:

 Kimberling City, MO. – Meet 40 regional authors and hear from eleven speakers at the Fourth Annual Meet the Authors Festival at the Kimberling Area Library. The event will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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7 Tips for a Successful Author Book Signing Event

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Book Launch Party

If you’re an author getting ready for a live book signing event, these 7 tips will help you make it a HUGE success! #BookMarketingTips #BookSigning

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Meeting your potential (and current) readers in person is a big deal. Book signings can either be a roaring success or a dismal waste of time. It all depends on how you the author approach it.

I've done a few author book signing events, and in fact I'm on a committee planning Meet the Author Day at the Kimberling Area Library in Kimberling City, Missouri. Here are some things I've witnessed.

Some authors come:

  • Having only a box of books and no table covering.
  •  Stacking books on the table in an unappealing manner.
  •  Sitting behind the table, waiting for magic to happen.
  • Wandering around talking to other authors instead of connecting with readers.
  • Having no way of making change or taking credit cards.
  • Making customers use coins instead of rounding that .95 up to the next dollar.
  • Not asking questions or talking with potential customers.

If any of these describe you, then you  will want to read this article and plan for your next event.

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Leader Dog Jemma and Ronda Del Boccio Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

This is a holiday greeting from me and Jemma #LeaderDogJemma, including a funny video with us rocking around the Christmas tree.

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This is purely for fun. Here's a JibJab video featuring me and Leader Dog Jemma.

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Leader Dog Jemma Close-up. Jemma is a golden retriever wearing a royal blue collar

Whichever December holidays you celebrate, may you cherish them.

Warmly,

Ronda and Jemma

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FREE Story: An Angel Came” from I’ll Push You Steer, by Ronda Del Boccio

During this season of miracles, I recall a real encounter in which a woman I met is certain an angel came to her.

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People around the world are celebrating miracles at this time of year, which is December, in case you read this some months in the future. Jews celebrate the miracle of the oil, Hindus the miracle of light, and Christians the miracle of the savior's birth, just to mention a few.

I'll Push You Steer by Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie Tesh

I was thinking about one of the stories in my first book, I'll Push You Steer, with my fabulous co-author and dear friend Bonnie Tesh. We each shared tales from our journey in what many would call "disability."

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One of my contributions, "An Angel Came," is the story of how myt belief trumped the church's teachings when I went to visit a comatose woman in the hospital. Martha was not expected to awaken.

Do you expect miracles? I do. P

lease enjoy "An Angel Came. I've posted just the beginning here. Those who have joined Ronda's Readers get the full tale free as a downloadable PDF.

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An Angel Came

by Ronda Del Boccio

from I'll PUsh You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling Through Life with Blinders On by Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie Tesh

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They All Died Smiling Novel Update

What’s happening with the #paranormal #suspense novel They All died Smiling? Here’s an update on what’s happening now with this finally completed novel.

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If you've been following my work, you may have seen posts with little excerpts or other tidbits from my works in progress. Here's the latest update on my novel.

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Author Ronda Del Boccio and Leader Dog Jemma Featured in Christmas Parade

Leader Dog Jemma and I, author Ronda Del Boccio, had a chance to be part of the Lions Club Gift of Sight float in our local Christmas parade. Have a look! #LeaderDogJemma #LionsClub

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Leader Dog Jemma and author Ronda Del Boccio on the Lions Club float. Behind them, a Snowman wears glasses. Beside them is the mascot Lion.Leader Dog Jemma and I rode the Lions Club float at the Kimberling City Christmas Parade. The parade theme was "All I Want for Christmas Is..." Our Lions CLub's answer was "The Gift of Sight."

Here we are on the float with our mascot Lion alongside us.

Our float showcased some of Lions' vision-related programs, including eyeglasses and Leader Dogs for the Blind.

It was fun being on the float. Jemma, of course, was the star! Her golden coat gleamed and her smile beamed. We had perfect weather. I heard cameras snapping all along the parade route.

Here is a Facebook post about our adventure:

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Is Your Dog a Canine Good Citizen?

Is your dog a Canine Good Citizen? This is what it was like for me to prepare my brand new guide dog, whom I barely knew yet, for this test of manners. A CGC is trustworthy in public around dogs, people, and distractions.

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How do you know if your pet or service dog is safe to appear in public? You take your pooch through the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen or CGC test. Ten tests of temperament, manners and obedience determine whether your companion is worthy to add the prestigious CGC after its name. I'm writing about it here because it's part of the book I'm writing about how my guide dog and I came to be a team.

CGC is certainly not requreed, but I think any service dog should be able to pass it one she's been with her new handler for a while  My first 2 guide dogs, Thunder Skywalker and Molly Flagtail, were both CGCs.

I wanted my new dog to wear the tag and earn the proud title. When I got Jemma Flagtail at Leader Dogs, I felt incredibly excited that head trainer Jessica Bimmerman was a certified CGC tester.

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Could My Guide Dog Pass the Canine Good Citizen Examination?

Since Jessica could administer the examination, I was determined to get my new dog ready to pass. Setting her up for success meant diligence on my part. Would we do it, or would my new guide dog flunk? After all, we were essentially strangers back then. Continue reading "Is Your Dog a Canine Good Citizen?"

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Is a Guide Dog Always in Harness? Leader Dog Questions

One of the most common guide dog questions I get is, Does your dog always wear the harness? I’ll answer this question here. | #GuideDog #LeaderDogs #LeaderDogJemma

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I'm writing a book about the adventures of my Leader Dog Jemma and myself. Since I get s from people I figured it would be a great idea to include those  questions and answers in the book.

Here's one of my very favorite pics of Jemma. She's clearly having fun unmaking the bed. She does this by running laps in the house and using the bed as her turn-around point.

Picture of Jemma unmaking the bed, looking wild-eyed and clearly having agreat time!

"Does a guide dog always wear the harness?"

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A Funny Thing Happened While Wiaiting to Hear from the Literary Agent

Waiting is hard, but there are some things an author can do while waiting to hear back from a publisher or literary agent.

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In case you haven't noticed - ha! - waiting is hard. As I write this, I am waiting for several things to happen with varying degrees of immediacy.

My delivery is supposed to come between 1 and 6. Hard going deep into something and possibly having to yank myself out of an intense scene or carefully organized nonfiction chapter. I have both going right now.

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I'm waiting for my friend to receive her present. That doesn't pull my focus often, and only briefly then.

And I'm waiting to hear back from the agent I recently pitched.  I can put it out of my mind a lot of the time  OK, some of the time. Whether her response will dish out the Hammer of Doom or the Gates of Glory, who wouldn't want to know sooner than later? One night I found myself wondering whether she had verified receipt of the digital files, so I went through the messages in the folder I made for her comms to check. Yep. She got them. Thought so, but...had to check.

Several friends who know I pitched my novel will ask, "Did you hear anything yet?" Continue reading "A Funny Thing Happened While Wiaiting to Hear from the Literary Agent"

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What Do You Want to Know about Guide Dogs?

In honor of the book about my guide dog Jemma (#LeaderDogJemma) and me, I thought you might lie to have your burning questions about guide dogs answered. Here’s your chance!

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When Leader Dog Jemma and I are out and about, I get a lot of questions about the life of a guide dog. I figured you might like to have your questions answered, and I'd like to collect all the Guide Dog FAQs in one place.

Since I'm sharing our adventures in a book I'm writing, I'd also like to be sure I get all the major questions answered there too. So now's your chance.

What do you want to know about the life of a guide dog? Perhaps you're wondering about:

  • Leader Dogs for the Blind school
  • Equipment
  • Home life
  • Working life
  • Food
  • Manners
  • Training
  • Playtime
  • anything and everything else

Ask a question

The only dumb question is the one you don't ask. Trust me; I've heard and answered them all.

Ask your questions at WriteOnPurpose.com/question.

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Jemma is a busy dog. Not only is she my guide, toy reviewer and treat tester, but she also shares her adventures in her own voice on her own Facebook page and Instagram Feed.

Jemma and I look forward to answering your questions!

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Blogs that Pay $50+ for Guest Posts

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Blogging

Guest blogging can do a ot to help an author build name recognition, but it doesn’t often bolster your bank account. Here are a few paying gigs I found with a link back to the whole list of paying guest blogging opportunities.

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(Note from Ronda: Guest blogging is a great way to get your name and expertise out there and get traffic to your website and potentially book sales. IT can also be a source of actual cash when you know where to look. This is a guest post in which you'll see a FEW of the 45 paying markets for writers. Go to FreedomWithWriting.com and sign up for their emails to receive a plethora of paying markets right in your inbox.)

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Thank you Jan Chandler for these resources. See original article source for all 45 she lists across several categories.

  1. Miscellaneous

  2. Lawyerist is an online magazine about law practice. They cover topics such as technology, marketing, ethics, practice management, and law school. They pay $100 per article or articles 1,000 words or longer. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  3. Conspiracy Club pays $50 for well research, fact based articles about conspiracy theories. They accept pitches for articles and pay $50 for published articles. Typical length is 1,500 to 2,000 words. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  4.  Hakai Magazine “explores science and society in coastal ecosystems.” They accept queries for feature articles. When they first launched, their guidelines said they pay $1/word. Pay is not listed on the guidelines anymore, but should still be quite competitive. Features range from 1,000 to 3,000 words. Shorter articles are around 350 words. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  5. Funny Times is a monthly humor magazine that publishes funny stories and cartoons. They pay $60 for stories, and all contributors receive a complimentary subscription to the magazine. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  6. The IWA Wine Blog is the official blog of International Wine Accessories. They publish articles that help wine collectors and connoisseurs store and enjoy wine. They pay $50 per post. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  7. The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) Blog publishes informative articles on “holistic health and wellness.” They’re looking for graduates, students, and industry experts with experience in the healthcare field. They pay $50 per post (600-1,000 words). To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  8. The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy blog and podcast that discusses all aspects of various philosophies and texts. They publish thoughtful blog posts and essays that discuss philosophy in any and all contexts. They pay up to $60 per post/article. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
  9. Submittable is a widely-used submissions portal that publishes its own blog. They accept articles that discuss publishing or digital media. They’re also looking for book reviews and essays on any topic, as long as they “of high literary quality.” They pay $50 per post. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.

To see all 45 blogs that pay at least $50 for guest posts, please see the original article source here. Other categories include parenting, entertainment, and travel.

Thanks, Jan!

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How to Pitch a Book to an Agent, Editor or Publisher at a Writers Conference

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Cliff Daigie

If you have a chance to pitch your book to an agent, publisher or editor at a writing conference, do it. Here are some of the best tips I’ve found on the subject to help you make the most of it.

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Soon I am going to pitch a novel to both a publisher and an agent at a writing conference. Since I have done this once before when I was extremely wet behind the ears, I figured it would be good to get some tips.

And naturally, I am sharing the good stuff with you, because you might be preparing to pitch.

First things first...

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What's a pitch?

Pitching a novel or nonfiction book is like a sales pitch. You're in a room with a person live hoping to get the agent, publisher or editor interested enough to read your book and consider representing or publishing it.

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Location Name Generators

This entry is part of 2 in the series Name Generators

Writers need to name places, not just characters. Where do your heroes go to rown their sorrows or defeat the bad guys? Here are some useful location name generators for you. #WritingTips #WritingSkills

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Looking for a name for your kingdom, realm, or tavern? These generators may be precisely the inspiration you seek.

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Realm Name Generator

You can select Earldoms, Duchies, and large or small areas. Here are some of the names that arose using the small area option:

  • Mystic Necromancer's Earldom
  • Orange Sunset State
  • Soft Duchy
  • Unholy Duchy of the Vine

Adventurous Places

I would call this a Quest Location Generator, because these are the sorts of names where your hero might go to right a wrong. Ready for an exciting place name where adventures happen? Here are a few examples that came up for me.

  • Battlefield of Visions
  • Cave of Oblivion
  • Decrepit Tunnels of Desolation
  • Maze of Secrets
  • Sanctum of Crystal

Those are great quest destinations!

Outer Plane Generator

Do you need a far away land with a mysterious name? Try this name propagator. Here are a few it offered me:

  • Domain of the Damned
  • Dry Cities of Suffering
  • False Wilderness of the Unnamed
  • First Region
  • Fourth Terrifying Hall

I like False Wilderness of the Unnamed. Sounds mysterious.

Rooms and Locations Generator

Sometimes you just need a room or structure rather than a realm or town. Here are some cool names it spat out for me:

  • Cloister of Deception
  • Dead Threshold of Hoards
  • Frozen Gallery
  • Gold Watchtower
  • Hideaway of Pits and Lanterns
  • Infamous Vault

I like Dead Threshold of Hoards. Really sick stuff would have to happen there. Infamous Vault is cool too, but it needs an "of something" after it, like Infamous Vault of Destinies.

Tavern Names

Where do your characters go for a quick pint after work, or to drown their sorrows? Here are some of the local watering hole names that came up for me:

  • The Funny Priestess
  • The Gory Sword Inn
  • The Joyous Bawd's Tavern
  • The Morose Footpad Saloon
  • The New Casque Saloon

Did these location names spark your muse into action? Did you stumble across a different generator you'd like to share? Please add your musings or great finds in the comments section.
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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda's books on Amazon.

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Book Review of Magical Realism/Paranormal At the Corner of Magnetic and Main by Meg Welch Dendler

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a #paranormal #ghost story called At the Corner of Magnetic and Main by Meg Welch Dendler, set in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week's review is a paranormal romance that's more about the dead than the living. It's called At the Corner of Magnetic and Main by Meg Welch Dendler. THe publisher puts this book in their mainstream category. I'd call it magical realism or paranormal, as it is about ghosts/spirits.

Welcome to all Meg's fans and soon-to-be-fans who are enjoying the blog tour. Click the banner below to see the other reviews, interviews and other other fun stops on the tour.

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At the Corner of Magnetic and Main by Meg Welch Dendler

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Book Description:

It's hard to get on with your life when you're already dead.

Penny had been stuck in the same diner for decades—ever since she died in 1952. Her diner was comfortable and safe. Serving ice cream to those who dropped in on their way to the next level of existence, she helped to ease their transition into The Light, the one place she can't go. Her afterlife was perfect.

But when the ridiculously handsome, bad boy biker Jake Thatcher shows up and becomes stuck as well, Penny rediscovers feelings that she thought had been buried with her body.

Life is still life, and love is still love. But was her existence really perfect, or was it something else entirely?

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Character Name Generators

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Name Generators

Need a name? Sometimes it’s a challenge to get the right name for a character. Here are some online name generators that might provide some inspiration. #WritingAdvice #WritingTips #AmWriting

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Have you ever been writing a story (whether short or novel length) and found yourself stuck for a name of a character? I certainly have. Sometimes I have a first name and need a surname. Sometimes I want a fantasy- or an evil sounding name.

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So here are some name generators of different types that might be just what you seek. I hope you find htem useful. And if you come across a different one that isn't included in this list, please DO let me know by adding it to the comments using Facebook or Google+.

Fantasy Names

When I opened this generator, these are a few of the names it gave me:

  • Brand Ravendread
  •  Dirk Seraphdream
  •  Drake Loreguard
  •  Eden Griffonvictor
  • < Grail Chaostotem

Quick Character Namer

This isn't sophisticated, but it might give you a good idea. You can choose a male or female name and say how many names to provide. You could always mix and match. This uses common names in the USA based on census data.

  • Grace Mills
  •  Ivy Diaz
  •  Jillian Carson
  •  Joy Zelma Moon
  •  Juanita Mattie Chen
  •  Kathy Trevino
  •  Keisha Tasha Sanders
  •  Kristine Fuller

Weird Name Generator

I write fantasy and paranormal quite a bit, and next time I need a strange sounding name, I might try this one. Maybe one of these will be what you seek:

  • The Seventh Profane Queen Who Desires Madness
  • The Seventh Rogue That Burns the Monk
  • The Sly Bloodstained Sultanna
  • The Studious Forgotten Czarina That Burns Clouds
  • Turquoise of the Celestial Tower

Not sure why the fixation on burning clouds, but it just might tickle your muse. My personal fav from this short list is The Studious Forgotten Czarina That Burns Clouds. Maybe I'll use that as a writing prompt and write a story about her.

Evil Sounding Names

These names are inspired by J. R. R. Tolkein's body of work. Her are a few samples:

  • Durormat
  • Faua
  • Glard
  • Gwengoturathae
  • Ingo
  • Itungu
  • Lariauindua
  • Ldugon
  • Lonalongila
  • Matur

I'm using one of these for a Ghoul in a humorous paranormal sequel to A Tasty Morsel.

Demon Name Generator

I have a feeling I'll be using this one to help inspire me for the series around my "pantser" demon hunter Kassidy. Here are a few samples.

  • Hasatuzs
  • Zsuesason
  • Tonserolon
  • Lasoron
  • Nuhsatoah
  • Lais
  • Ponis
  • Olashadea

Western Names

I love looking at these generators, even though I don't write westerns. Here are a few from when I ran it to write this post:

  • Angela "Thinker" Jensen
  • Deborah "Gravedigger" Stevens
  • Gambling Reynolds
  • Joanne "Shooter" Payne
  • Lillie "Sunset" Beck
  • Lost Adams

My personal favorite from this list is Deborah "Gravedigger" Stevens. If you're into writing westerns, I bet you could craft a short story around a female grave digger, or one who doesn't dig them but has that nickname.

Wrestler Names

This one's also good for warriors/fighters or bad guys. I thought this was so funnyt that I had to share it. You don't need to be writing a story about WWF to use a name like any of these:

  • Q. O. "The Princess" Turner
  • Sandra "Unknowable Venus" Johnson
  • Stephanie "Blessed Goddess" Scott
  • Sue "The Word" Pierce

I like Stephanie "Blessed Goddess" Scott. Imagine a fighter with that appellation. Fun.Those should help you find character names. I'll post generators for places, animals, etc. in future posts, so watch the "Name Generators" series for more.

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Follow Leader Dog Jemma on the Social Web!

Love dogs? Want to keep up on what Leader Dog Jemma is doing with pictures, videos and more? Here’s how to find the beautiful Diva #GuideDog #LeaderDogJemma

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Look at this adorable face...

Leader Dog Jemma Close-up. Jemma is a golden retriever wearing a royal blue collar

This is Leader Dog Jemma, a spunky Diva Dog who loves to be groomed and KNOWS she's beautiful. She's also a smart and talented guide dog, a toy tester, a taster and more. Here's how you can see her latest photos, videos and updates.

SHe speaks in her own voice on her Facebook page and her Instagram feed. I'm her interpreter.

Meet & Follow Leader Dog Jemma on the Social Web

Jemma is a busy dog. Not only is she my guide, toy reviewer and treat tester, but she also shares her adventures in her own voice on her own Facebook page and Instagram Feed.

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Abundance and The Power of Belief: Are You Allowed Only One?

Have you ever said that you can have only one great love or opportunity or anything else? Read this and shift your belief about #abundance.

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Have you ever said, or heard someone else say, that you can have only one great something?

  • 1 great opportunity
  • 1 great pet
  • 1 true love

It seems to be something instilled, and thus installed, into most people. The underlying belief is you only get one allotment of something precious and no more. Lose it and you're done.

I've heard it and I've overcome that belief.

When I had my first of 3 amazing guide dogs, Thunder, she was so amazing that at first I thought I could never have another guide dog to match or top her level of awesome.

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Then I asked myself, "Why can you have only ONE great dog in your lifetime"

I answered myself, "I don't know. That's silly. I may have half a dozen guide dogs in my lifetime. Why should I believe it's all down hill from here

I further reflected  that I NEVER believed I was allowed only one great:

  • Bouquet
  • Delicious food
  • Friend
  • Fun
  • Vacation
  • Adventure
  • Extraordinary Experience
  • Joyful moment

...so why should I accept that I could only have 1 great guide dog and then my chances were gone for the rest of my life?

Ridiculous!

Yeah - why CAN'T I have more than 1 awesome dog to go along with all my fabulous vacations, experiences, friends, or anything else?

Each wonderful whatever will be great in its own way. Thunder Cloudy Skywalker (her official AKC Name) was a smooth coated (short haired) collie

How useful that I eradicated that false belief and embraced the power of ABUNDANCE in Thunder's lifetime, because a couple months after she crossed the Rainbow Bridge, A little black Belgian shepherd mix puppy with white paint on her wriggled her way into my heart and became a great guide dog named Molly Flagtail.

Molly Flagtail lying on my mom's paisley print couch

Each had her own kind of awesome. Thunder had such astounding memory that could backtrack through the twistiest path to get me back to the start, even when I myself didn't know which way to turn. Molly had amazing emotional intelligence. She had her own mission beyond guiding me that involved healing hearts.

And after Molly finished her time with me, a stunning diva dog named Jemma from Leader Dogs for the Blind came to me. She displays Thunder-style smarts, Molly-style empathy, and her own pure divalicious Jemma star power.

Leader Dog Jemma Close-up. Jemma is a golden retriever wearing a royal blue collar

And yet...I still come up with issues around abundance and deserving. This became clear to me when I had my Miracle Mindshift.

This is a 30 day program you can do over and over again. Whenever I go through my Mindshift month, I experience deeper levels of awareness about my own resistance to life's abundance. If you'd like to join me, I invite you to visit the Miracle Mindshift page for details at WriteOnPurpose.com/miracle..

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Follow Leader Dog Jemma on the Social Web

Jemma is a busy dog. Not only is she my guide, toy reviewer and treat tester, but she also shares her adventures in her own voice on her own Facebook page and Instagram Feed.

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Decision Making with Reason And Emotion: Leader Dog Chronicles

This Leader Dog Chronicle shares a decision making process I used to help me make certain getting a new dog was the right one for me. It is a tool you can use as well, and I show you how.

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I've been sharing my journey of getting a new guide dog from Leader Dogs for the Blind. Today's post focuses on how I came to the decision that getting a new dog was right for me. This same method also works for you when you have a tough choice.

The most difficult part of having a dog, whether a pet or working partner, is that they die. So much emotion is wrapped up in the agony of loss that deciding whether or not to get another becomes messy. When I couldn't stand being dogless anymore, here's the tool I used to help me choose. I wanted to ensure that going to school for a dog was truly wise.Jemma in harness

I call it T + E. It goes way beyond the usual plus/minus listing to tape into emotional impact. Using this method also provides fuel when you're talking to your nay-sayers or critical companions. You demonstrate both to yourself and others that you are not making an important decision lightly.

T Plus E Decision Method

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Book Review of Humorous Paranormal Dog Tale Twilight Bone byDevin O’Branagan

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a humorous paranormal dog tale called Twilight Bone: Show Dog Diaries Book 1 by Devin O’Branagan.

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week, I'm reviewing a fun and touching book told from the point of view of show dog Tally. This book has certainly gone to the dogs. O'Branagan anthropomorphizes dogs, and I often don't like when authors do that. You'll find out if this is an exception shortly. Here is the description:

Twilight Bone by Devin O'Branagan

The Twilight Bone: The Show Dog Diaries, Book 1, by Devin O'Branagan

In this tale of the paranormal, Talisman the Australian Shepherd is a feisty, young show dog with psychic gifts who is called upon to ghostbust at a prestigious dog show. Tali's companions include her neurotic sisters, the hilarious spirit of Mae West, a hyper, freestyle-dancing Border Collie, and her heart person Valentino DeMitri--who has just found his own heart person. In this humorous novella, Tali must deal with star-crossed love and a terrifying ghost haunting the dog show she is attending. Can her innate ghostbusting abilities save the day? Funny and exciting, touching and inspiring, The Twilight Bone is a chewy treat for humans of all ages!

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Dealing with Nay-Sayers: Leader Dog Chronicles

This is another in the Leader Dog Chronicles Series, in which I share stories from my journey of getting my new #HuideDog, Jemma. #LeaderDogJemma

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I'm mostly blind, and I've had guide dogs for a huge chunk of my adult life. My second, Molly, died two years ago, and I now have my third, Jemma. (#LeaderDogJemma on the social web). Since people have been so interested in my journey, I created this Leader Dog Chronicles category on my site and am sharing our story. I'm also working on a book!

Just when I started telling my friends and family about getting a new guide dog, I would have the dreaded encounter with my chief kaboshing officer, who is also someone who loves me dearly. She simply hates change.

Always a Nay-Sayer

Have you noticed that whenever you make a big decision, there's always one person among your family or friends who'll kibosh you? I know exactly who that will be in my family, and whenever I am making a big change, I know not to talk to her at all, because she'll come up with a hundred justifications why what I want is wrong.

The closer you are to living your purpose, the more imminent your encounter with negativity in the form of nay-sayers will be. It's part of the road of trials we all face. I faced it around getting my new "eyes." You'll face it around whatever your big change happens to be. I hope this will help you gain clarity and relax into the journey of dealing with your version of this issue.

When I decided it was time to get a guide dog from a school, I immediately set my mind, heart and actions on making it happen as soon as possible. I told the folks at Leader Dogs  that I'd jump on a plane tomorrow if they had a dog for me. Getting a dog was right for me.

Here's a photo of my beautiful new #LeaderDogJemma.

Leader Dog Jemma Close-up. Jemma is a golden retriever wearing a royal blue collar

Oh how I dreaded telling my mom, because I predicted with 100 per cent accuracy what she'd do, even though her actual words stunned me to the core. I told friends and other family members first, and had a lot of support and encouragement from them.

You and the detractor care about each other, otherwise their opinion wouldn't matter to you one bit.

Mom hates change. She doesn't mean to be the thunderclap of dom, but if it's a big change, she will always resist. Note that I seldom use such a strong word as "always," but it fits.

A BAD Idea?

Here's exactly what she said: "That's a BAD idea." Insert derisive nasal voice tone here.

"Why?"

She didn't answer. Sure, I had said I would do without a dog, but that's before I simply couldn't have the level of contentment in my life without one. I simply could not do it and be anywhere near happy.

I love my mom, and I knew she'd come around eventually, especially once the dog was with me, being helpful and adorable.  What made her reaction so difficult for me is that even though we're next door neighbors who see each other a couple times a day, she was oblivious to the depth of my pain and my need for a dog. Though seeing me every day, she could not see my pain and depression, though it was plain to others who see me much less often.

How Do I Handle the Nay-Sayer?

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Grief Is Like a Tea Bag: Book Excerpt from They All Died Smiling: Kassidy and Russell First Kiss

This is a combination writing clinic about bringing emotion into your work and a snack for readers in the form of a book excerpt of my upcoming novel They All Died Smiling. This excerpt shows Kassidy and Russell’s first kiss. She struggles between her attraction and grief over the death of her soldier husband.

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I just did an interview for a funeral home. Not a job interview. The kind a writer gives to an interested party.

Yeah, I don't know "why Ronda" either, but there it is.

Writing Challenges

Anyway, the topic of grief naturally arose, and I mentioned how grief infiltrates life the way a teabag infuses its essence into water. Grief can be a powerful motivator for a wide variety of actions a character takes (or does not take).  For the reader, seeing how the protagonist or other character responds to grief can make for fascinating  reading. The more a book or short story brings out emotion in the reader, the better.

That means a writer needs to infuse each tale with any and all emotions that comprise life. An author who is a student of human  nature and a keen observer has a clear advantage in potraying these emotions on the page.

Here is a book excerpt from my upcoming novel They All Died Smiling, .showing how Kassidy's grief over the death of her husband makes it hard for her to consider being with another man, even though she knows full well Randy would want her to move on. Continue reading "Grief Is Like a Tea Bag: Book Excerpt from They All Died Smiling: Kassidy and Russell First Kiss"

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Book Review of Finding the Buddha by Eddie Tafoya

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a gripping dramedy novel called Finding the Buddha by Eddie Tafoya

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

Interesting story behind me reviewing this book: I had a chance to read it before Mr. Tafoya had found a publisher. I was reading "slushies" (aka slush pile submissions or open submissions for a publisher. When I read the start of this book, I HAD to read the whole thing, and once I did that, I recommended they snatch it up.

Why?

  1. Superior writing.
  2. Excellent storytelling.
  3. Keen understanding of comedy.
  4. Insights into human nature.
  5. Top-notch author platform..

Finding the Buddha by Eddie Tafoya

Finding the Buddha by Eddie Tafoya

A dark story of genius, friendship and stand-up comedy. A mysterious man with a Midas touch delights the world but still seeks release from his own personal nightmare.

 

Mark Wladika can do just about anything. As a high school sophomore, he demonstrates an uncanny grasp of quantum physics. As a young Marine, he is a master of hand-to-hand combat, capable of taking out men twice his size with a single blow. He is a cosmologist, a philosopher, an observer of the human condition, and-unbeknownst to anyone-a man plagued by sorrow, loss, and deep longing.

One day, Wladika directs his genius to the art of stand-up comedy, and by doing so brings a new sense of hope to lackluster Albuquerque, New Mexico. As his fame grows, comedians, comedy aficionados, and businessmen alike believe that Wladika can transform the city, so much so that it will soon become to comedy what Chicago is to the blues, what New Orleans is to jazz, and what Hollywood is to movies.

Finding the Buddha is told through the voices of six characters whose lives the comic profoundly affects. Each hopes to benefit from the Midas touch of the mysterious genius who rockets toward the top of the comedy world, unaware that he doesn't care about fame or fortune—he's on a quest.

 

Praise for Finding the Buddha

Go read Finding the Buddha.
. . . The damned thing made me cry several times. At one point I closed the book because I had to absorb what I had just read. (You'll know the part.) Anyone interested in phenomenology will also appreciate this text. Underneath the comedy (or maybe because of the comedy . . . I'm still trying to figure that out) is an inquisition into existence and finding happiness.

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Book Review of Cozy Mystery Melody for Murder: A Bertie Bigelow Mystery by Carolyn Marie Wilkins

Each week, read a #bookReview on WriteOnPUrpose.com by best selling author, speaker & Top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This week it’s a cozy mystery called Melody for Murder: A Bertie Bigelow Mystery by Carolyn Marie Wilkins.

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week, it's a cozy mystery called Melody for Murder. College professor Bertie Bigelow thinks her biggest problem is her job being on the line when one of her students goes off the rails at a live performance. She soon finds herself accused of murder and in deeper danger than she ca imagine.

Melody for Murder: A Bertie Bigelow Mystery by Carolyn Marie Wilkins

Melody for Murder: A Bertie Bigelow Mystery by Carolyn Marie Wilkins

Book Description

On the South Side of Chicago, one SOUR note can lead to MURDER. When recently-widowed college choir director Bertie Bigelow reluctantly accepts a New Year's date with Judge Theophilous Green, she never imagines the esteemed civil rights pioneer and inveterate snob will be found shot to death the next morning. She's even more surprised when her talented but troubled student LaShawn Thomas is arrested for the crime. But Bertie suspects that someone in her tight-knit social circle is really the killer. Is it hot-tempered Patrice Soule, the voluptuous diva and recent winner of the Illinois Idol contest? Is it Charley Howard, the BBQ Hot Sauce King, a self-made millionaire with Mafia connections? Is it the mysterious Dr. Momolu Taylor? Newly arrived from Africa, he's invented a hot new sex drug that's got some powerful politicians feeling frisky. Or could it be Alderman "Steady Freddy" Clark, corrupt South Side ward boss and would-be patron of the arts? One thing is certain: Bertie Bigelow will need to keep her wits about her to avoid becoming the killer's next victim.

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