Author Interview with Teacher/Musician/ Author Lisa Litberg

I'm excited to bring you an interview with a teacher who inspires her students through words and stories. Lisa Litberg is a woman of many, many talents! Discover the woman  behind the work in this author interview.  This is one stop on Lisa's virtual tour, so visit her site to see the other stops on her  blog tour.

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Why do you write?

I have written for as long as I remember.  I don't think of it as a choice.  The words are there and seek release, so I release them.

What was the first thing you ever wrote, and when did you write it? 

The first thing I remember writing was a poem when I was four or five.  I still have it memorized.  "The sun the sun, oh my oh my, it makes flowers grow as high as the sky.  The rain the rain, oh my oh my, it helps the sun as it goes by."

What was your first sale of your writing, and what was it (article, story, poem, etc.)?

Aside from the articles I wrote for my college newspaper, which paid ten dollars for front page and five for everything else, my novel is my first paid gig!

What author do you most admire and why? 

I have several, for different reasons.

  • Harper Lee, for writing such an amazing piece of literature that had social impact.
  • S.E. Hinton, for creating characters far different than anyone would expect from her.
  • Stephen King, for his characterization and for being so prolific.  I could go on and on.

So many people write stories that languish in a drawer or on a computer. What caused you to seek a publisher?  Continue reading

Book Review of Historical Fiction Novel The Red Kimono by Jan Morrill

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.

Author Jan Morrill's first novel weaves great storytelling, thorough research, and her mother's experiences in a Japanese internment camp during World War II into this novel about the power of hatred and perception.

Read more about the book.

The Red Kimono by Jan Morrill

From the Inside Flap

The Red Kimono by Jan MorrillIn 1941, racial tensions are rising in the California community where nineyear-old Sachiko Kimura and her seventeen-year-old brother, Nobu, live. Japan has attacked Pearl Harbor, people are angry, and one night, Sachiko and Nobu witness three teenage boys taunting and beating their father in the park. Sachiko especially remembers Terrence Harris, the boy with dark skin and hazel eyes, and Nobu cannot believe the boys capable of such violence toward his father are actually his friends. What Sachiko and Nobu do not know is that Terrence's family had received a telegram that morning with news that Terrence's father was killed at Pearl Harbor. Desperate to escape his pain, Terrence rushes from his home and runs into two high-school friends who convince him to find a Japanese man and get revenge. They do not know the man they attacked is Sachiko and Nobu's father. In the months that follow, Terrence is convicted of his crime and Sachiko and Nobu are sent to an internment camp in Arkansas, a fictionalized version of the two camps that actually existed in Arkansas during the war. While behind bars and barbed wire, each of the three young people will go through dramatic changes. One will learn acceptance. One will remain imprisoned by resentment, and one will seek a path to forgiveness.

From the Back Cover

"The story of a Japanese family uprooted and forced to live in a bleak World War II internment camp gives human faces to one of the shabbiest chapters in U.S. history. Told from the viewpoint of an engaging Japanese girl, The Red Kimono tells it all--the bitterness and pain as well as the joy and pride and patriotism of a people too resilient to be beaten by racism. The Red Kimono touches my heart."--Sandra Dallas, New York Times best-selling author of Tallgrass and True Sisters

"A slice of American history beautifully told by three young Americans coming of age in a turbulent time." -- Jodi Thomas, New York Times best-selling author of the Harmony Series.

"The attack on Pearl Harbor sets in motion this incredible story of a race of people betrayed by their country. Only a writer with Morrill's talent could tell it with so much compassion and honesty. You won't soon forget The Red Kimono." -- Velda Brotherton, Author of The Boston Mountains: Lost in the Ozarks

Why was this book so good I gave it a 5 star review on Amazon?

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Love Letter to My Future Leader Dog

As a "partially sighted" / "low vision" woman living in a world that values what is seen by the eye above all else, I can honestly say that embracing my identity as a blind person and learning the skills of blindness have freed me to experience life on my own terms.

Learning to use a long white cane empowered me to carry my head high without worrying about the ground, because my cane would tell me what my eyes could not.

The second revolution in my life as a blind person was making the decision to travel with a guide dog. This provided even more freedom, because I could miss that crack in  the sidewalk entirely and get to the back of a line with ease.

Both of my guide dogs, Thunder and Molly, not only helped me, but they also had their own sacred missions and touched countless lives. Both were Joy Dogs who, in vastly different ways, opened hearts.

When It was time for that horrible but necessary decision to say farewell to Molly, I thought I might not get another guide dog.

Then the reality of life without a trusted guide set in. While I still get around well with a cane, my life is so empty without a dog. While it's nice not having to walk a dog in the pouring rain or bitter cold, there's also no companion to help me deal with crowds and miss all those obstacles my cane finds that a dog helped me avoid.

So 18 dogless months later, I decided to apply for a guide dog from Leader Dogs for the Blind. It took 26 days to complete the application, which included a vide, 6 references, a doctor visit (which was a big deal because I don't do doctors), a vision evaluation (pointless as I'm no less blind than I was when I had an official letter from a previous eye doc), and a form so detailed I expected it to come with a cheek swab for DNA.

May 13th, I got word that I am accepted for a dog and will go to Michigan sometime, maybe July or August, to get my dog! It will be a whole new adventure for me as well as the dog.

Question

Whereas I chose and trained my first 2 dog from puppyhood onward, this time a trainer will select the perfect dog for me. I don't know what breed or gender.

I am thrilled to surrender to this new adventure, and I love my dog with all my heart, even though I have not met him or her yet. Here is my love letter to my future Leader Dog.

Love Letter to My Future Leader Dog

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Amp Up Your Amazon Author Profile!

Wouldn't you love it if Amazon.com helped you grow your author platform and find new readers?

They do! It's called Author Central, and you not only can but SHOULD get (or update) your account right this minute. It only takes a few minutes to set yourself up for success.

As an author of a published book (or a chapter/story in a published book), it's vitally important for you to have a robust Amazon Author Profile. That's how you really set yourself apart as a real professional author.

With your Author Central profile complete, you can:

  • Add your blog to Amazon so your new posts automagically appear.
  • Add your Twitter account so readers and potential readers can see your tweets.
  • Add photos and videos that make you come to life for current and possible customers.

Watch this video tutorial showing you about the power of your Amazon Author Central Profile: Continue reading

Author, Want to Sell more Books? Your Reader Wishes You Knew These Things

I found a great infographic that's made for business and nonprofit people, but the same things hold true for what your reader wishes you, the author, knew about tghem.

stay 'tune" after you see the graphic or some more thoughts.

10 Things Your Customers Wish You knew About them

Yyour reader wants you to know most of those things, and -- Continue reading

Book Review of Cozy Mystery Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen Series, Book 11) by Joanne Fluke

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 from the Murder, She Baked series by Joanne Fluke.

I've been reading the series from the first, The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. Each book includes recipes. Most are for cookies, but there are some for casseroles, cakes, and other asty foods.

The first book is now a movie that received tremendous ratings on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel. That channel isn't in my package, so I haven't seen it, but I'm a Hannah fan and hope I can get it soon.

the Cream Puff Murder:

Bakery owner Hannah Swensen has a dress to fit into and a Cream Puff Murder by Joanne Flukedate with her sister, Andrea, at Lake Eden's new health club, Heavenly Bodies. Dragging herself out of bed on a frigid Minnesota morning for exercise, of all things, is bad enough. Discovering the body of man-eating bombshell Ronni Ward floating in the gym's jacuzzi? Okay, that's worse. Nor does it help that there's a plate of The Cookie Jar's very own cream puffs garnishing the murder scene.

Trying to narrow the list of Ronni's enemies down to fewer than half the town's female population, Hannah has her plate full. Trouble is, when it comes to cookies--and to murder--there's always room for one more. . .

"Foodie fans will eat up Fluke's cozy. . . A fluffy mix of sweets and suspense." --Publishers Weekly

"Entertaining and sprinkled with tempting recipes. It's a sweet treat of a novel." --The Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)

"A tasty treat." --Kirkus Reviews

Did I find this book to be a worthy read? Continue reading

Authors: Do You Hold Your Reader’s Hand? Video

Do you make it easy for your reader to take the next step with you?

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction (or both, as do I), it's important to hold your reader's hand and not let go.

Tell your reader things like:

how to find you on social.

how to get a free gift, story, tool, etc. from you

how to contact you.

how to get the most out of the book (nonfiction)

how to use your membership site

Watch this video in which I give members of my programs for authors a tour and show you how to get the most from your membership. Continue reading

Book Review of Amish Science Fiction Brother, Frankenstein by Michael Bunker

elcome 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 an Amish science fiction novel called Brother, Frankenstein by Michael Bunker.

Yes, I said "Amish science fiction." Have you heard of it?

It sounds like a strange combination, doesn't it? Yet in the hands of a skilled wordsmith, it can definitely work.

Here's the book description from Amazon:

Dr. Chris Alexander, a borderline sociopath and Brother, Frankenstein amish science fiction book by Michael Bunkertechnological genius, has designed an advanced cybernetic life form from prototype decommissioned military drones and top-secret experimental DARPA technology.

The HADroid was supposed to be a military grade robot with the transplanted heart and brain of a human donor that would “transform” into a devastating state of the art war machine when activated by its onboard human operator.

But when the mad doctor steals the dying child of a simple Amish couple and transplants the brain and cardiovascular system of their dying eleven year old autistic son into the incredibly lethal robot the dark forces of government come looking for their investment. Dr. Alexander and the monster escape into another Amish community to hide among the plain folk while Frank, the autistic eleven year old boy trapped inside the body of the world’s most deadly robot, befriends another child who will help the prisoner inside the machine to leave the world of autism and understand what it means to be human and Amish.

But tensions arise among the plain and pacifistic yet closed minded Amish as they begin to suspect just what kind of technological monstrosity is hiding among them, and before long hard men who do the government’s most dirty deeds will come looking for a killing machine only to find a boy named Frank who has the power to defend a closed society from the worst of the world.

Did I think reading Brother, Frankenstein  was a good use of my time? Continue reading

Why Use Tweet Jukebox for Authors?

If you haven't noticed, social media can take up a lot of time! I'm dedicated to making it fun and easy for myself AND for you authors! While interacting on Twitter recently, I came across a great tool called Tweet Jukebox.Before sharing it with you, I wanted to give it a "test drive" to see how I like it.

What Does Tweet Jukebox Offer?

Tweet Jukebox is a free service as of the time of this writing. No idea if that will change, but consider trying it out now if it fits your needs. You can schedule a rotation of tweets to help you share things like quotes, your blog posts, book teasers and more. These posts are organized into "Jukeboxes," and you get a free one with quotes to try out. Here are some of my jukeboxes.

  • Since I do weekly fiction book reviews, I have all of them in a jukebox called Book Reviews. Every few hours, one of them magically goes out into my Twitter stream.
  • Since I also help authors, I have a jukebox clled Author Help with all the tutorials, tips and strategies I share.
  • Since I'm an author, I have one that will be ready to deploy soon with book teasers.

Watch this Tweet Jukebox for Authors Video Mini-class/tutorial

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Book Review for Authors: Using Twitter for Business by Paul Teague

Starting now, each month on the last Thursday I'll do a review of a book of value and interest to authors.

Do you use Twitter?

Do you like it?  Does it drive you nuts?

At my last live event, several authors came up and said one of these things regarding Twitter:

  • "It's so stupid."
  • "It's a waste of time."
  • "I just don't get it."
  • "I don't understand why it's important."

Stuff Made Simple Guide

OK, it CAN be a stupid waste of time. But so can nearly anything else in life, if yu think about it. The trick is knowing how to make it work for you.

Readers of many genres are on Twitter looking for their next good read. you want to be there too. But like anything else, there's a learning curve. There are los of ways to NOT have Twitter work well for you.

Twitter, as Paul Teague points out in his book Using Twitter for Business, is a valuable piece of web real estate. That doesn't mean yui need to spend hours and days messing with it, though.

It really helps if you can have someone show you the ropes, as they say, without you having to fumble around. Is this book a guide I would recommend? Continue reading

Why Should Authors blog?

There are a lot of benefits fof blogging for authors.

You can share teasers, photos and more from your work in progress.

Let your reader feel connected to you.

Get search engine love.

Grow your audience.

Build your author platform.

Check out this graphic about the benefits of blogging.

Benefits of blogging

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Ronda Del Boccio

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Instagram for Authors: Make a Book Tease / Mini Book Trailer Video & Attract Fans!

Are you using Instagram yet?

I really enjoy it, and for a lot of authors, it's a great place to be.

And did you know you can post short videos to Instagram?

Yep - up to 15 seconds.

That's enough time to make a quick book tease / Book Trailer Video.

The idea is not 'buy my book." t's tantalizing the audience.

Here's a sample I made for my paranormal / fantasy novella A Tasty Morsel:

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Book Review of Dystopian SiFi Novel Black Cloud Rising: Chrysalis by Darrel Sparkman

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's review is yet another in a genre I don't often read. I like expanding my horizons. This time it's Black CLoud Rising: Chrysalis by Darrel Sparkman

Ronda Del Boccio holding the Kindle edition of Black Cloud Rising: CHrytsalis  by Darrel Sparkman, showing the cover

I don't often read dystopian books because so many of them have a strong theme of futility. Not so with Chrysalis..

Why did I feel this book was well-written enough to give it a 5-star review?

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Social Media for Authors: How Do I Use the Top 10 Social Networks?

Authors, you've been told you have to be all over social for book marketing. It can be confusing to know what to do with the top networks.

This infographic will help. Want to get in and out of social networks  FAST while still being social and growing your author platform? Look for details below the graphic.

How to use the 10 top social media sites infographic

Want to get in and out of social networks  FAST while still being social and growing your author platform?

Join the FREE "Social edia Quickie" class & disover how to check in with all your networks in 1 minute per site. Reserve your seat now at WriteOnPurpose.com/quickie

Reserve your seat for the Social Media Quickie class

7 Steps to the Perfec Story

This is a great infographic from the Content Marketing Association. (See original source). I thought it might be useful to you. Thanks to the Content Marketing Association for this awesome tool.

7 Steps to the Perfect Story infographic

Get your FREE special report + tutorial, 7 Keys to Writing an Irresistible Book now WriteOnPurpose.com/free

7 Keys to a Profitable Book

Writing skills: How Do I Edit My work

When I go back through a story, article  or chapter (fiction or nonfiction), I call it Spiral Writing. I go through to add, subtract, tweak or enhance a particular element.

Here is a graphic showing the types of editing you'll do. And remember, it's important to get someone else's eyes on your writing...more than one someone.

Types of Editing infographic

Get free help with your book

Get a weekly success tip, free tutorials, plus several useful guides, including 7 Ways to Earn Money from Your Book While  You're Still Writing It now at WriteOnPurpose.com/free.

"7SIMPLE Ways to Make Money from Your Book While You're Still Writing It" Special Report image

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Helen Keller Quote: The Best and Most Beautiful

(NOTE: Post updated with a writing prompt and writing inspiration..)

Helen Keller inspires me.I created this in honor of her birthday. please feel encouraged to share it.

Writing inspiration: Read this Helen Keller quote. Sit with a piece of paper or your computer and write whatever comes to mind. Don't worry about whether it will ever be published. You might surprise yourself. #WritingInspiration

HelenKellerQuote-MustBeFelt

Graphic of an ancient tree on the right with this Helen Keller quote on the left: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart"

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart"

Helen Keller inspirational #qoote

 

Writing prompt: Let this quote be a writing prompt for you. Tell a story about a time when you found hidden beauty by opening your heart, not your eyes. #WritingPrompt

Looking for more nspiration?

My book with Bonnie Tesh called I'll Push You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling through Life with Blinders On is full of stories that are inspirational and often humorous. You can order it from Amazon or your favorite bookseller.

I'll Push You Steer by Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie TeshFollow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio,

#1 best selling author of The Peace Seed., I'll Push You Steer and more

 

Are Hardcover Books Irrelevant?

A friend of minee is so excited that his paperback/ebook is coming out in a new format. He received 70 pre-orders for hardcover, which was enough for the new release. I am THRILLED for my friend because he's excited.

Hardcover’s share of units was just ahead of e-books, accounting for 25% of unit purchases.

See original source.

But it got me wondering whether it's really a good thing to put out a hardcover book these days.

Question

According to a Neilson report about the first half of 2014:

  • Paperbacks sold 42%
  • Ebooks sold 23%
  • Hardcovers sold 23%

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Book Review of Western Historical Romance the Montana Gallagher Collection by MK McClintock

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good (or not so good) from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible (or annoying) read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This review is a mixed bag. The series is the Montana Gallaghers historical fiction series by MK McClintock.

First I need to say I have immense respect for anyone who follows through from concept to completion of a novel or a series. As a novelist myself, I can attest to how much work it takes.

I enjoyed aspects of the first book, and others annoyed me immensely. And while I typically only review books I like a lot, I'm making an exception.

"I could never immerse myself in the Montana Gallagher series, because so many things about the writing distracted me."

- Ronda Del Boccio, amazon top reviewer

I give this series 3 stars. Here's more about the Montana Gallagher Collection. I like historical fiction, and I really wanted to be enthralled with this series, but alas, it was not to be. Continue reading

BLISSful Life Product Review: Digital Meat Thermometer

There are so many aspects of life beyond books, and I sometimes review various products, carefully selected by me, to have a cool, BLISful life. Life has many facets.

I often receive free products to test in exchange for an honest review, and this Puna Digital Meat Thermometer is one such item. I'm a foodie, so I love to cook and try out new tools. Then I can report back to you and let you decide if it's something you might wish to have.

Whether you enjoy cooking or not, I bet you enjoy staying healthy and not getting sick on undercooked meat! Hard to have a blissful life from a sick bed. THis is so important to me that I wrote a quiz book called Never Eat Dangerously.

Today's review is of a digital meat thermometer. DO you enjoy coking or grilling? Do you write about food or have characters in your stories who do?

Puna DIgital Meat Thermometer photo

Did this Puna Digital Meat Thermometer do its job?

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Book Review of Spy Thriller Historical Romance Alaina Claiborne by MK McClintock

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 historical romance spy thriller called Alaina Claiborne by MK McClintock.

This book contains all the sizzle  of a good spy thriller and all the spark of a hisgtorical romance. Some aspects of the book I liked very much. Others annoyed me. How did I rate this book? Continue reading

Need Writing Inspiration? How to Find Out What People Are Seeking And Buying

if you're a writer, and especially if you blog, aren't you constantly looking for writing inspiration? There's always that next blog post, article or book chapter to craft.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

It's too easy to share what you ThINK people are seeking instead of what they really, really want. So many would-be authors want to write a book about some topic that is so far beyond what the reader even knows to consider. They'll say their reader wants X but have no dat. This quote perfectly lays out the issue.

"You might be an amazing writer, but if people aren’t interested in your topics you’re losing opportunities"-- Daniel FUturman. see original article sourceDAniel

"You might be an amazing writer, but if people aren’t interested in your topics you’re losing opportunities. " - Daniel Futurman quote

How Do You KNOW What People Want to See

Most people hate market research. I think of it as a treasure hunt! This song lyric has important implications for authors who want to grow your audience: Continue reading

NEW Low Vision Hijinx Podcast, Sharing Trials and Triumphs of Being Mostly Blind in a Sighted World

I'm continually surprised by people telling me I'm inspiring. OK wow, that sounds like maybe I'm being prideful, but I'm honestly not. I'm just a mostly blind woman living my life, refusing to let a little thing like low vision get me down.

After a bunch of years after my first book I'll Push You Steer with my fabulous co-I'll Push You Steer by Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie Teshauthor Bonnie Tesh, people come up to me and tell me how much they loved the story of the ironing board for the blind, or the story about how I can't get a man with a dog.

And people ask me how I do various things or laugh at my travel tales with Molly Flagtail, my former guide dog. So, I decided to have some fun and start a weekly podcast called "Low Vision Hijinx." Yeah, I create podcasts in my spare time, for fun!

Low Vision Hijinx Podcast Accepted into the iTunes Store in Record Time - 96 Minutes!

OK technically maybe 96 minutes isn't record time, I don't know for sure; but honestly, I thought I had a couple days to let people know it was coming! Yes, 96 minutes from "under review" to "published in the Tunes Store." Here's the cool cover art:

The Low Vision Hijinx Podcast Logo

Low Vision Hijinx Podcast: Not Much Eyesight - Plenty of VISION!

I designed this cover myself! (Thank you, Canva.com for making me look good!) The cover needs to be:

  • Simple
  • eye-catching
  • readable as a teensy icon in iTunes
  • Relevant to the show's theme and content

I chose a nice readable font. When I found the adorable bumblebee with a magnifying glass, I decided that was the perfect graphic. Anyone with limited eyesight has to do things that seem impossible or at least extremely difficult.

Bumblebees shouldn't be able to fly, by all the laws of physics. Yet they do. This is a real world, every day miracle. Perfect symbol.

Low Vision Hijinx Podcast Episodes

Each show will be under 10 minutes, except perhaps for something superbly spectacularly special.

  • Episode 1: That's where you get to know me a little better.
  • Episode 2: "Just Growl and Mean It" - getting rid of  stalker.
  • Episode 3: The Perfect Travel Roommate" - That's what Bonnie calls me, because she gets to hog the bathroom while I put my makeup on in the dark. 😀

Watch for new episodes every Thursday.

Please Subscribe, Rate and Review the Low Vision Hijinx Podcast!

I'd like to get this podcast to the top of the rankings for new shows, and to do that, I need your help!

  1. Please subscribe in iTunes to the Low Vision Hijinx Podcast
  2. Please LISTEN to an episode or 2 & RATE the show (I'm hoping for 5 stars!)
  3. Please REVIEW the podcast in iTunes.
  4. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude!

Why this podcast?

I'm doing this to share a message of hope and joy. Limited eyesight need NEVER limit your life! Everyone will be touched with some degree of eyesight loss with age or with illness or accident. That need not slow you down one bit!

I hope these stories will give you a laugh and something to think about.

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor

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Social Media for Authors: Why Create a Pinterest Group Board/

Social Media for Authors: Why Create a Pinterest Group Board/

Have you ever considered creating a group Pinterest board? Or has anyone asked you to contribute?

Maybe you're not sure what that means or why it's a good idea. Find out during this quick Pinterest tutorial.

A couple benefits of having multiple contributors to a borad:

  • More hands make lighter work for all.
  • Those who follow the board or any of its contributors see new pins in their stream.
  • It is a way to expand your reach and perhaps find new readers.

I hope this tutorial helps! Let me know what you want next.

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Follow your bliss,

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor

Fiction Writing help: How Do I Write Great Dialogue?

(NOTE: Post updated to add new material to aid with dialogue writing).

I love writing dialogue! The characters speak and I take dictation. At least, that's how it feels to me. Here is a snippet of dialogue from my work in progress, They All Died Smiling. Kassidy, a writer/demon hunter, talks with her friend Floyd:

While finishing an assignment for the paper, I dialed my phone. “Floyd, I’m borrowing your studio for a half hour this afternoon, OK? Thanks. I appreciate it.”

“Uh…you’re welcome. Thanks for asking ahead of time.” I heard the smile in his voice and imagined him brushing a stray lock of blond hair out of those eyes that look like the sea.

“My pleasure. You won’t be in the throes of artistic fervor this afternoon. You will be at the gallery for your viewing.”

“You truly are a mess, Kass. It’s a showing, not a viewing. A viewing is what they do for dead bodies.”

Floyd was a good verbal sparring partner; I let him tease me in honor of our first meeting. I made that faux pas for real when interviewing him for a story about green pottery. Having come right from a wake to the gallery, I accidentally used the wrong word.

“Floyd, just the reception room, not the part full of your cherished creations. And I promise to make it up to you.”

“Ooh, that should be fun. I’ll hold you to it. You owe me big time for using my space.”

“Yes, I do.” My face flushed. “Sell lots of pots.”

“It’s a good thing you put an s on that.”

So many authors I know struggle with dialogue. Maybe I as a blind person have a distinct advantage over you sighted people, because I pay so mush attention to what I hear.

What's at the Root of Dialogue Problems?

My observations tell me that problems with dialogue come from 2 main issues with writing dialogue:

Dialogue Problems

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