Living My Weekly Focus: Stewardship

Self mastery isn’t about swallowing a pill once. It means daily focus. Each week I choose a focus word/idea to consider throughout the weekk. Here’s what this week of focusing on stewardship was like for me. #BLISSfulLife #SelfMastery #LiveThePlan

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In case this is new to you, each week I'm focusing on a word or idea, and this past week has been all about stewardship.

This was a fantastic focus for me. I considered whether decisions on what to do, buy, and experience was a wise use of my various resources.

Weekly Intention Focus for week of 1/1-7, 2017: Stewardship

It helped me be more thoughtful about bringing into my life experience elements that make me happy and use what I have well.

It affected me in little ways. For example, I was watching a movie I didn't enjoy, and rather than continue being dissatisfied watching it, I decided it wasn't entertaining and meant a poor use of my time resource. Had I been entertained, I would have continued.

I chose against a couple of purchases that, while cool, really wouldn't bring me closer to an experience I wanted, or happiness, or anything else.

What if everything you did moved you into a blissful life? How would that change things?

#LiveThePlan #BLISSfulLife

Follow your B.L.I.S.S.

Ronda Del Boccio

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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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Self Mastery Weekly Focus: Nourish, Jan 15-21, 2017

This week’s self mastery focus for me is “nourish.” Check it out and share yours! #BLISSfulLife #SelfMastery

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I choose a new self mastery focus for each week, and this week, my word is nourish. Here's the picture of it in my planner.

Nourish: Self Mastery weekly focusThis week I will consider what nourishes me and make choices accordingly.

  • Nourishment isn't only about food. It includes:
  • People
  • Home environment
  • Music
  • Entertainment
  • Activities
  • Fitness
  • Hydration
  • Nutrition
  • Spirituality

Do you choose a weekly self mastery focus? Tell me in the comments!

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Imperfect Action Inspirational Quote

This is an inspirational quote about imperfect action to help motivate and inspire you! #BLISSfulLife #planning

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"Imperfect action is better than perfect procrastination."

-- Ronda Del Boccio, blind award-winning author, artist, photographer, teacher and speaker

A close-up of a pink rose amidst lush greens serves as the background for this inspirational quote: "Imperfect action is better than perfect procrastination" -- Ronda Del Boccio, blind award-winning author, speaker, teacher, photographer, and artist. #BLISSfulLife, website WriteOnurpose.com: Photo by Ronda Del Boccio

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I hope this inspires you to take action in your planning, and in life!

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Don’t Just Plan: LIVE the plan Video tutorial

Did you ever spend a lot of time planning but then not follow the plan? Here are some tips for LIVING your plan #BLISSfulLife #LiveThePlan #planning #PlannerGirl #PlannerCommunity #PlannerNerd

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I have learned that a lot of people who love planning aren't that great about making their plans a reality. That loses the point of planning.

Now, I'm a plantser...half planner, half pantser (as in "seat of the pants" in case that didn't make sense). I get most of the things I set out to do done. Not all, of course. Life happens sometimes, but most.

So if you can allow the blind to lead you, watch this video!

Here are the resources I mention in the video: Continue reading "Don’t Just Plan: LIVE the plan Video tutorial"

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Ronda’s Weekly Focus Intention: Stewardship Jan 8-14, 2017

Each week, I choose a #WeeklyFocus intention and put it in my #planner This week’s focus is stewardship. Here’s how I am applying this focus to my life. #Planning #BLISSfulLife

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Each week on Sunday night  I choose an intention to keep front and center in my thoughts and intentions. This word or phrase goes in my weekly planner layout just below the calendar, at the moment.

This week, I am focusing on stewardship.
Weekly Intention Focus for week of 1/1-7, 2017: Stewardship

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Weekly Intention Debrief: What Do I Want to Experience?

I’m choosing a weekly focus of intention. This is how it worked for me last week with “What do I want to experience?” #intention #planning #PlannerCommunity #PlannerLove

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Each week, I choose an intention on which to focus , and this past week, I contemplated what I want to experience.

focus on: What do I want to experience

I promised to come back and report on how having this focus affected me as I lived through my week. So here we go... Continue reading "Weekly Intention Debrief: What Do I Want to Experience?"

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Ronda’s Weekly Intention: What Do I Want to Experience? Jan 1-7, 2017

My first #WeeklyFocus #Intention of the new year is: What do I WANT to experience? See how I am working this into mhy life in this post. #planning #PlannerCommunity #PlannerLove #BLISSfulLife

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I'm starting off the year with a paper planner for the first time in decades. One thing I decided to do was to hold an intention for the week. This word, question, or idea will be front and center every time I go into my planner to play. I will hold and contemplate this intention throughout each day.

Right now, I'm putting the weekly focus intention in my the far left column of my weekly planner spread, just below the monthly calendar.

focus on: What do I want to experienceThis week's intention

What do I want to experience?

Each day, I will focus on the kinds of experiences I desire, whether in food, time with friends, people, vacations, things, or health.

I don't love exercise, but I love having vibrant health, so after each workout, that is my focus. I want to experience strength.

I am saving pictures of experiences I want to have, such as trips to Hawaii, Ireland and Scotland.

While looking at the photo of me kissing a dolphin, I relive one of the best moment of my life and know I want to have a similar experience again, in the wild this time.

So that's how I'm working with my intention.

Do you have a weekly focus? If so, how is it working for you Please comment below.

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Need Help Deciding Your Planning Style?

In the first #planner post, I asked you to consider “What do I want to track in my planner?” Now, see how to turn that into your planner style so you can get stuff done! #PlannerLove #PlannerCommunity #PlannerNerd #BLISSfulLife

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If you'd asked me about my planning style a couple months ago, I would have wondered what in the world you were talking about. I hadn't used a paper planner since the '90s. I went to using Google Calendar for appointments (still do).

While briefly sharing my planner story here, I'll show you how you can choose your own planning style based on your needs.
Dec26-31, 2016 Plan

Size Matters: What size planner is best?

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Ronda’s Monthly Plan for January, 2017

This is myt plan for January, 2017! I’m having fun using stickers to help mark events and add fun. #PlannerCommunity #PlannerNerd #PlannerGirl #PlannerLove #BLISSfulLife

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I've just started using stickers and decoration to help me set up my January month-at-a-glance section of my planner.

Jan 2017 Monthly Planner for Ronda Del Boccio

Planner elements:

Make it a great month, and Happy New Year!

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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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Paper Planners: What Size and Style Do You Need?

Wondering what size planner you need? This post includes popular planner sizes and 4 questions to help guide you to planner nirvana. #PlannerLove #PlannerGirl #PlannerNerd

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When I was looking into paper planners, I was struggling to figure out what type I needed. I wanted it small, but not too small. At first, I didn't know what I really wanted to plan either.

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If you look in the Planner Love category, you'll see posts covering all that. Today is all about size, because...well...size matters!

Too big is cumbersome. Too small is hard to write in. What's your "Goldy Locks" size?

I found this helpful infographic that shows sizes. Click the image or here to see the original source. This isn't my work.

I got a personal size planner, then decided that's good for carrying around, but not big enough to work well for me as someone with limited eyesight and a penchant for decorating my planner!

I got a Happy Planner. This graphic  doesn't have my Happy Planner in it, though. Those pages are 7 x 9.5.

I am (so far...and it's new...) keeping my Happy Planner at home and using it to track everything from the weather and moon phase to gratitude to weekly focus to my writing, blogging and social media schedule. I go through that in a different post, though.

How to decide what planner size you need

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Getting the Most Out of Google Calendar: It’s Not Just for Appointments Anymore

Did you know you can do a lot more than just set up appointments in GOogle Calendar? Learn how to make the most of it in this post #PlannerLove #Planning #TimeManagement #GoalSetting

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I have mentioned it before, but in case you haven't met me...I SUCK at time. I mean, I can think I'll come up out of a project in 10 minutes to, say, have lunch with mo, but if I don't set a date and time, I may emerge a couple hours later, oblivious to the passing of time until something outside me brings it crashing down on me.

So I need an electronic calendar to poke me and make sure I know that in 15 inutes I need to be on a call, or walking over to Mom's for lunch, or starting the pressure cooker, or whatever.

I love using Google Calendar for keeping my time on time, and it's not just an appointment book anymore. There are lots of cool things to do with it..

Google Calendar

So sure, it's a regular ol' calendar, but I do a whole lot more with it... Continue reading "Getting the Most Out of Google Calendar: It’s Not Just for Appointments Anymore"

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Book Review of Break Your Self Help Addiction by Brian D. Ridgway

Welcome to another #BookReview by #1 Amazon best selling author & top #BookReviewer Ronda Del Boccio. This one is a self-help book called Break Your Self-Help Addiction by author, speaker, mentor and #spellbreaker Brian D. Ridgway.

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. I share well-written books. I highlight what makes each good from the reader’s perspective, and reveal what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers. This time, it's a nonfiction self-help book titled Break Your Self-Help Addiction: The 5 Keys to Total Personal Freedom by Brian D. Ridgway.

Break Your Self-Help Addiction by Brian D. Ridgway is a book to be EXPERIENCED, not just read.

-- Ronda Del Boccio, #1 best selling author & speaker

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Here's the book info from Amazon.

Break Your Self-Help Addiction by Brian D. Ridgway

Break Your Self Help Addiction: The 5 Keys to Total Personal Freedom by Brian D. Ridgway

Stop Working on Yourself. Step Into True Freedom. Today.

What if self-improvement is booby-trapped?

And what if there is actually a way to change your life – in all areas, all at once – by finding and shifting the ONE hidden issue that has been creating all of the stuckness all along.

Coming out of an abusive childhood and then living with the outcomes of that on-going pain, the author invested over $300,000, 30+ years and tens of thousands of hours on self-help, personal development, and business/money/success courses – as his life got worse and worse.

Finding himself homeless, desperate, suicidal, and stuck, he experienced an awakening that took him from homeless to living the dream in Hawaii in less than 90 days. In that awakening, he was given the Level 5 Paradigm.

Since that “miracle moment,” he has been able to help people around the world to take their first steps into true freedom.

Break Your Self-Help Addiction: The 5 Keys to Total Personal Freedom will help you to:

Access your Infinite Intelligence, Limitless Power and Ever-Present Guidance

“Shake off” chronic anger, sadness and fear in seconds.

Spot and dissolve the “hidden lie” in the majority of self-improvement work.

End the cycle of hope > investment > disappointment of self-help junkiedom.

Eliminate "the illusion of problems."

Get permanently “unstuck” and begin to consciously create the body, health, business, wealth, relationships, life and world of your dreams.

Is this just another self-help book?

Any book's value is in the eye nad mind of the beholder. I'm someone who has been into self development since my first set of Nightingale-Conant cassette tapes back in the 80s. While I definitely gain insights from everything I read (whether self-help or not), I have to say Brian D. Ridgway's approach is top notch.

My Real-Life Miracle Thanks to Brian Ridgway

I've been familiar with Brian for a few years now. I invested in his first online mentoring program. What I found back then and since with his Level 5 Mentoring is that I was able to uncover and clear hidden beliefs and blocks I didn't even know were there. I've made overnight changes in a relationship with a family member that had been challenging for 30 years. That was downright miraculous to me, and it was all aobut me cutting through STUFF. His teachings helped me more than anyone else's in that situation.

So imagine how happy I was to see that he finally (after some strong nudges from me over the years) published his first book. I don't hand out 5-star reviews lightly. Look at them and you'll see some low stars amongst them...

What Makes  Break Your Self-Help Addiction a worthy read?

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Ronda’s Weekly Focus Dec. 25-31: I Wonder

Do you hold an intention on which to fcus your attentijon during the week? It’s something I’ve started tracking in my planner. Here’s this week’s focus: I Wonder. #PlannerLove #Planning #PlannerGirl #SpellBreaker

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One of the things I've started doing in my planner is having a weekly focus. This is something for me to pay attention to throughout the week. It appears just below the month calendar in the left column of my Happy Planner.

I like having a focus written right there for me to see as I mark things in my planner. It reminds me not to lose track of my intention.'

W Wonder -weekly focus 25-31 Dec, 2016

My inspiration for this week's focus comes from best selling author Brian Ridgway. His new book is Break Your Self-Help Addiction.

Part of his spell breaker work asks you to question, stay curious and open, so this week my focus intention is "I wonder."

This leads my mind to many adventures. Continue reading "Ronda’s Weekly Focus Dec. 25-31: I Wonder"

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BLISSful Life: Paper or DIgital Planner?

Thinking of getting a paper planner, or not sure if you need one? This post gives you a critical question to ask and a specific activity to help you decide. #PlannerLove #PlannerNerd #PlannerCommuinity #PlannerAddict

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How do you keep track of your day, the things you need to do, the appointments, and all the muchness of living Do you use a paper planner or an online calendar...or both?

I used to keep a paper planner back when I had jobs with meetings and trips, but I got away from it as an author. A couple months ago, I decided to switch things up and have a paper planner AND Google Calendar to help me keep my life BLISSful.

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I SUCK at time. I can think something happened yesterday and maybe it was 3 months ago. I may tell someone I'll be done in 10 minutes, then get wrapped up in a project (or writing a story) for hours.

That's just how I roll, like it or not. As a friend of mine says, "Time isn't even a magazine in my house." So I need to compensate.

The GREAT thing about online calendars

I use Google Calendar, and I love it. It's great for keeping me on track with specific times I need to do things like:

  • Writing contest . entry deadlines
  • Due dates
  • When to start getting ready or leave
  • Reminders (more on that soon).

I love Google Calendar. It's so versatile. I like the notifications, reminders, and goals available. I'll go into how I use it in a separate post. for now...

Here's what I love about Google Calendar in brief:

  • Color coding events (to match the purpose of the activity)
  • Customizable notifications beore the event
  • Ability to invite others.
  • Remibders
  • Goals
  • And it's free

And all that's great, but I decided I need to keep track of more in my life than just the time I need to do things. I wanted to keep track of things like moon phase, weather, what I accomplished, a weekly focus, gratitude and more. So I got a paper planner.

Here's a key question to help you decide how and why to plan, on paper or online: Continue reading "BLISSful Life: Paper or DIgital Planner?"

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Author: What Is Your Vision for Your Writing?

What is your vision for your author journey? Please partake in this visioning meditation as you plan create your future. THis is my gift to you!

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It's good to check in with oneself from time to time and reconnect with your goals and vision that you have for yourself as an author.

BLISS Butterfly - Follow your bliss - Follow Your B.L.I.S.S. - Celebrity Author Mentor - Book Marketing Coach - Ronda Del Boccio

You might ask yourself questions like these:

  • Why am I writing?
  • What do I want to accomplish with my work?
  • What do I consider success?

I did a visioning meditation. I'm giving it to you here. You may listen now or download, but know this...if you don't make an appointment with yourself, you'll just keep being too busy.

Journal As You Dream

Journaling as you craft your ideal future, whether for the coming season, year, or lifetime, is an excellent tool. You can get in touch with your hidden desires, goals and needs this way.

Here are some helpful ihints:

  1. Keep a blank page.
  2. Don't constrict yourself to a certain format.
  3. Write, draw, doodle..let the ideas flow.

So, give yourself an hour to meditate/ponder and plan. Here's the audio. Enjoy!

If you aren't seeing the player (because you're seeing this on another site besides WriteOnPurpose.com), here is the download link.

Download the Visioning Meditation NOW.

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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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Amazon Changes Review Policies

The big whale Amazon has just changed its policies regarding getting product reviews. Here are the details and links back to Amazon. #ProductReview #Reviews

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I've done a lot of product and book reviews. I used to HAVE to disclose it if I received a discounted or free product in exchange for a review. Now, that's a no-no. The review clubs like Giveaway Service and Tomoson also seem to be forbidden too, though I still get offers from them.

Yep...Recently, Amazon just made a GIGANTIC change to their review policies. They didn't change it for books, but they did for anything else. Now, you can't get a free or reduced price item in exchange for an honest review (except a book).

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Here is some of the language from their policies. Full link follows:

Promotions and Commercial Solicitations

In order to preserve the integrity of Community content, content and activities consisting of advertising, promotion, or solicitation (whether direct or indirect) is not allowed, including:

  • Creating, modifying, or posting content regarding your (or your relative's, close friend's, business associate's, or employer's) products or services.
  • Creating, modifying, or posting content regarding your competitors' products or services.
  • Creating, modifying, or posting content in exchange for compensation of any kind (including free or discounted products) or on behalf of anyone else.
  • Offering compensation or requesting compensation (including free or discounted products) in exchange for creating, modifying, or posting content.
  • Posting advertisements or solicitations, including URLs with referrer tags or affiliate codes.

The only exceptions are:

  • You may post content requested by Amazon (such as Customer Reviews of products you purchased on Amazon or received through the Vine program, and answers requested through Questions and Answers). In those cases, your content must comply with any additional guidelines specified by Amazon.
  • You may post an answer to a question asked through the Questions and Answers feature (but not a question itself) regarding products or services for which you have a financial or close personal connection to the brand, seller, author, or artist, but only if you clearly and conspicuously disclose the connection (e.g., "I represent the brand for this product."). We automatically label some answers from sellers or manufacturers, in which case additional disclosure is not necessary.
  • You may post content other than Customer Reviews and Questions and Answers regarding products or services for which you have a financial or close personal connection to the brand, seller, author, or artist, but only if you clearly and conspicuously disclose the connection (e.g., "I was paid for this post."). However, no brand or business may participate in the Community in a way (including by advertising, special offers, or any other "call to action") that diverts Amazon customers to another non-Amazon website, service, application, or channel for the purpose of conducting marketing or sales transactions. Content posted through brand, seller, author, or artist accounts regarding their own products or services does not require additional labeling.

Book authors and publishers may continue to provide free or discounted copies of their books to readers, as long as the author or publisher does not require a review in exchange or attempt to influence the review.

For more information and examples, read About Promotional Content.

Read the original article source here.

Here's more about promotional content:

About Promotional Content

In order to preserve the integrity of Community content, promotional content - i.e., an endorsement by someone with a financial or close personal connection to what they're endorsing - is only allowed in limited circumstances, and must always be clearly and conspicuously disclosed as promotional content if not obvious from the context.

Because Customer Reviews and Questions and Answers are meant to give customers genuine product feedback from fellow shoppers, different guidelines apply to those features. The guidelines and examples below supplement our Community Guidelines regarding promotional content.

Promotional Content in Customer Reviews

Our goal is to capture all the energy, enthusiasm, and feedback (both favorable and critical) that customers have about a product while avoiding use of reviews to advertise, promote, or mislead.

To help illustrate, here are a few examples of reviews that we don't allow:

  • A product brand posts a review of their own product
  • A customer posts a review in exchange for cash, a free or discounted product, a gift certificate, or a discount off a future purchase provided by a third party
  • A customer posts a review in exchange for entry into a contest or sweepstakes or membership in a program
  • A customer posts a review of a game in exchange for bonus in-game content or credits
  • A relative, close friend, business associate, or employee of the product creator posts a review to help boost sales
  • A customer posts a review of the product after being promised a refund in exchange for the review
  • A seller posts negative reviews about a competitor's product
  • An author posts a positive review about a peer's book in exchange for receiving a positive review from the peer

Although products may be provided to customers for free or at a discount, and those customers may write reviews, any attempt to influence or manipulate reviews is prohibited, including conditioning any future benefit on writing a review or the content of the review. Benefits include but are not limited to: future opportunities to receive free or discounted products, continued membership in a program or club, cash rebates or gift certificates, entry into contests or sweepstakes, bonus digital content or credits, and ratings or referrals that may affect the recipient's chances of receiving other benefits.

Here are a few examples where a review is not permitted:

  • The customer's eligibility to receive free or discounted products or other benefits in the future depends on their review
  • The customer's continued membership in a program or club depends on their review
  • The customer is a member of a review club where sellers or brands give the customer ratings or refer the customer to other sellers or brands based on their review
  • The customer is a member of a review club where they are asked to register their Amazon public profile so that sellers or brands may monitor their reviews of products offered through the club

The following reviews are generally allowed, provided they comply with the above guidelines:

  • A customer writes a review of a product purchased using a discount generally available to all Amazon customers, such as a Lightning Deal.
  • A customer writes a review of a product received for free at a trade show, convention, or other similar venue where the provider does not monitor whether the customer writes a review or condition any benefits on writing a review or the content of the review.

Although promotional content is restricted in Customer Reviews and Questions and Answers as described above, there are other ways in which products may be promoted to customers. In all cases, the poster must clearly and conspicuously disclose their financial or close personal connection if not obvious from the context.

To help illustrate, here are a few examples:

  • An author or publisher may post content in the book description, About the Author, and Editorial Reviews sections of the product detail page. To learn more about these features, visit Author Central. In this case, no additional disclosure is necessary.
  • An author, artist, seller, or brand may submit content regarding their own products to their followers using their official account. In this case, the connection between the poster and the products is obvious, so no additional disclosure is necessary.
  • A relative of an author may submit content to their followers as long as their relationship with the author is disclosed in the content (e.g., "Check out my spouse's new book!").
  • Anyone may submit content to their followers in exchange for compensation as long as it is clearly and conspicuously disclosed (e.g., "I was paid for this post", "I received this product for free in exchange for this post").
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  • Eligible vendors and authors may use Amazon Marketing Services to promote their products through Amazon Pages, Product Display Ads, Headline Search Ads, and Sponsored Products, subject to those programs' requirements.

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Ozarks Writers League Writing Inspired Conference Nov 18-19, 2016

Not only can you see where I’ll be at a writers conference soon but also get inspiration on why to go to one near you even if the speakers don’t jazz you. You’l even get an idea for adding spark to your book with handmade cards. #WritingConference #WritingInspiration #ThePeaceSeed #cardmaking #papercrafting

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No matter where you live, there's probably a group for writers. I highly recommend being involved, as it will inspire you and give you a kick in the seat to sit down and write. This month my regional group, Ozarks Writers League,  hosts our quarterly conference. The theme this time is "Writing Inspired."

Sometimes I am super excited about the speakers. Sometimes, not. But I still go. I've been surprised more than once by how interesting and relevant  subject ended up being for me.

Even if the topics at your local conference don't excite you, go anyway. It's a great way to connect with others who engage in that mostly solitary act of writing. If you have books, you may be able to have a book table. I will have copies of my best selling peace book The Peace Seed. I've donated 1500 of these little books to prisons to hopefully bring some peace and unity to troubled people.

Here's a photo of the handmade card. You can follow me on Instagram too!

If you're in the Branson area, come join us at the Honeysuckle Inn Saturday, Nov. 19th. Jemma and I will be there.

Here are the speakers:

WALTER BARGEN 

Missouri's 1st Poet Laureate has published nineteen books of poetry.  His most recent books are: Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (2009), Endearing Ruins (2012), Trouble Behind Glass Doors (2013), Quixotic (2014), Gone West (2014), and Three-Corner Catch (2015).  He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009).  His awards include a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship (1991), Quarter After Eight Prose Prize (1996), the Hanks Prize (1996), the Chester H. Jones Foundation prize (1997), the William Rockhill Nelson Award (2005), Short Fiction Award– A cappella Zoo (2011). His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in over 300 magazines, including American Literary Review, Georgia Review, International Quarterly, and Missouri Review.

JO VAN ARKEL

She is a professor of English and chair of the department of Languages and Literature at Drury University. She is the author of four books of poetry and prose, as well as the librettist to an opera on Thomas Hart Benton. She recently launched Pencil Box Press, a micro press which publishes limited edition anthologies and books and also serves as editor of the Gingko Tree Review, a literary magazine which is supported by a Missouri Arts Council grant. She is currently at work on a new collection of stories and prose

MICHAEL CZYZNIEJEWSKI

The author of I Will Love You For the Rest of My Life, Michael Czyzniejewski is the author of two more collections of stories: Elephants in Our Bedroom (Dzanc Books, 2009), and Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions (Curbside Splendor, 2012).  In 2010, he received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for his fiction.  He is an assistant professor at Missouri State University and Managing Editor of Moon City Review.  He lives in Springfield Missouri, with his family.

SOURCE: Ozarks Writers League website

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Author: Does Your Book Title Sing?

A book or story title has a big job. It has to stop a potential reader in her tracks and make her want to know more. Here are some ways to craft tantalizing titles that sing. #AmWriting #WritingTips

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Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, short piece or novel, the title is one of the elements that first captures or loses a prospective reader's attention. So it better be great.

The job of a title is simply to grab your busy possible reader's attention and make her want to know, "What's that?"

A Tasty Morsel Book Tease: Bloodlust awakens, secreted deep in a cave. Humans are tasty. A Tasty Morsel by Ronda Del Boccio, available on Amazon Kindle http://WriteOnPurpose.com/morsel

I had been trying to find the perfect title for my fantasy suspense novel for weeks. I played with various ones, and finally got it. Yay! Below, I'll share techniques I use to get a title that sings.

When a title "sings," you FEEL it in your body. Sure, it touches the ear just right too, but once you've found the right one, it feels right.

Here are some of my titles.

  • A Tasty Morsel
  • "Into the Bubble" (spiritual fantasy short story"
  • Deadly Mist: Mirrored Worlds, Book 1 (fantasy-suspense novel, available to publish)
  • Real Dogs Don't Eat Kibble by Sandra Bailey
  • "She Had a Curfew...I Had a Van" (award-winning short story.
  • "Hillbilly Heaven" (award-winning short story)

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Smashwords News: Subscribe to Smashwords Alerts for New Release Updates

If you read books from Smashwords, which lets you use any reading app you like, you can now follow me and all your favorite authors right with new Smashwords alerts. Here’s how ##Fantasy #ParanormalFantasy

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I got an exciting email from Smashwords today! I'm excited because now YOU can easily know when I put out a new story or book as soon as it happens.

Trouble's Turn FREE short story on Smashwords TEASER: Prayers come to us like whispers

Smashwords is a great place to get books, short stories, and more in ANY digital format you prefer, whether that's for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, or others.

Here's the email from Smashwords If you have books/stories on Smashwords, you got an email like this personalized for you.

Hello Ronda Del Boccio,

We are excited to announce Smashwords Alerts, a new feature that notifies Smashwords customers of new releases from their favorite authors. The new feature kicks off today.

You can track your number of subscribers and "favorites" in real time from your Smashwords Dashboard under "Marketing and Distribution Tools".

To get the most out of this new capability, please encourage your readers to subscribe to your alerts so they never miss another new release from you.

To subscribe, readers simply visit your profile page at Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AuthorRonda), and click the button labeled "Subscribe to Author Alerts."

Readers are always in full control of their subscriptions. These are "blind" subscriptions, in that the reader's email address is never shared with anyone. Readers only receive an email if there's a new alert from an author they're following, and readers can cancel notifications at any time from their Smashwords Alerts subscriptions page.

Why don't you give it a try by subscribing to your own alert, as well as those from your own favorite authors!

We hope you enjoy this new feature.

We welcome your suggestions for additional enhancements to this feature as we work to make it easier for you to reach the million+ customers of the Smashwords Store. Please contact us here to reach our support team and tell us what you think!

Enjoy!

Sincerely,

The Smashwords Team

Subscribe to My Smashwords New Release Announcements!

Just visit my SMashwords author page at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AuthorRonda

You'll get a notice each time I put out a new story.

My current stories, which you can read on whatever reading app you like, are:

  • "Trouble's Turn": An adolescent Ally Wolf wants to take on her role of guiding her special human, but her pack thinks she's too young. FREE short story on Smashwords!
  • The Assassin and the Prince:  Feline assassin Aree is taking a break from killing to play bodyguard for a pampered prince on vacation. She comes to regret her choice when he makes her tail twitch once too often.
  • A Tasty Morsel: Sometimes young Ellie pokes her nose in where she shouldn't. Reality takes a major turn when she explores a secret door in a cave she just discovered.
  • ...and whatever I share next...you can know right away!

I hope you enjoy the stories! Thanks for reading.

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Authors, Need A Shortcut? Introducing 101 Tricks & Hacks for Writers

Being a writer is great, but it has its challenges. I’m always asked for the tricks & hacks I use to get so much done. Here’s your chance to tell me what you need as I write my upcoming book 101 Tricks and Hacks for Writers! #101WriterHacks #WritersLife #AmWriting

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People keep asking me for the tricks I use to get so much done.

  • A literary agent recently asked little ol' me for advice on how to streamline her social media.
  • An author asked how I get so much done.
  • Another asked, "You are everywhere all the time. Do you sleep?"

Thank you all, because you gave me the inspiration to write 101 Tricks and Hacks for Writers. I'm working on the book right now, and I need YOUR help.

101 Tricks and Hacks for Writers

Please Tell me where you struggle so I can share the trick or hack that will make your life easier.

As a Writer, Where do you struggle?

  • Exasperating Editing?
  • Pesky punctuation?
  • Grammar grumbles?
  • Marketing misgivings?
  • Pinterest pains?
  • Facebook foibles?
  • Something else?

Tell me where you suffer so I can share the tricks and hacks I myself use to enjoy the fun, cool side of being a writer. I plan to finish the book by the start of fall 2016.

Thanks for helping me help you!

Please tell me what tricks or hack you desire in the comments below!

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About Ronda Del Boccio

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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Verbosity Surgery: Cut Meaningless Phrases from Your Writing

Every #writer or #author is guilty of verbosity at times, saying something in way more words than is strictly necessary. Here are 3 quick editing tips and a terrific infographic with sleeker ways to word your work. #AmEditing #WritingTips

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When writing the first draft, just get the words out. Don't worry about grammar, word choice, or anything else. Just tell the story or craft the article. When it's time for editing, every work (mine, yours, everybody's) neds to go in for verbosity surgery.

Cut Out Meaningless Phrases

"Cut to the chase" is something my parents said whenever anyone (not just me) told a story that blathered on and on too long. Good advice.

A HUGE thank-you goes to Jefferson D. Bates, author of Writing with Precision, for this list of wordy phrases and their streamlined replacements.

Cut Meaningless Phrases from Your Writing

3 Quick Tips for Editing

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Authors: Save Time & Auto-Post to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter with NEW Social Jukebox

Any author needs to spend some time in social media and lots of time book marketing. Social Jukebox is a new tool to help. Learn more about it in this post #SocialMediaMarketing #SocialMediaForAuthors

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Authors have a lot to do.

  1. Write books.
  2. Edit said books.
  3. Proofread said books.
  4. Get said books off to alpha and beta readers.
  5. Seek publishing or set up self publishing...of yeah those books.
  6. And let us not forget...MARKET those books...
  7. and connect with readers...
  8. and do live in person &/or virtual events.

WHEW! That's an exhausting list!

Don't you love to save time and energy?

Well DUH! Of COURSE you do! Who doesn't. I mean...nobody is going to raise their hand and proclaim proudly, "I have NOTHING to do, so please, pile on more STUFF TO DO!"

Social media alone could devour 24/7 if you let it, and that will only account for a small percentage of your book sales anyway.

People tell me, "Ronda, you're EVERYWHERE? Do you sleep?"

Yes, I sleep. I'm everywhere because of some wonderful tricks and hacks As a matter of fact, I'm working on a book called 101 Tricks and Hacks for Writers right now. One of my favorite Cool Tools is in that book.

I know you're asking:

"How can I save time and energy on social media, Ronda?"

You probably feel like an exhausted hamster in a wheel, scurrying around to do this and that in a constant flurry of activity.

Exhausted-Hamster-in-a-Wheel

Slow down. Take a breath. I've got you. Check this out.

The 1-Post Problem

You write a blog post, upload a video, or whatever, and you share it once all over. Then what? Who has time to go back around every week or so and share one of your older posts?

That's the 1 post problem. It's hard to keep sharing your awesome past content.

The Social Jukebox Solution

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Ronda Del Boccio, Now Award-Winning ARTIST

I, Ronda Del Boccio, a mostly blind author, am not an award-winning artist. See the winning work and find out more about the contest in this post. #BLISSfulLife

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Having a BLISSful life means doing what you love to do, whether as a hobby or as your vocation. I am so grateful to do both. I adore writing, and I also enjoy singing and creating art. Being around animals and good friends are also a big part of my bliss, and I get those too!

I've never entered an art contest before now. I entered the Ozarks Writers League Art and Photography Contest this year. We had a number of excellent entries, and I am honored to be among the winners.

I guess I should point out that I'm mostly blind, so when I paint, my face is VERY close to my work. I entered a couple pieces made with Sculpey clay and painted, a candle that I made and painted the glass, and an incense burner.

Here is my prize-winning suncatcher.

Suncatcher on oval plexiglass background with flowers, leaves, butterflies, and a dragonfly - 3rd place winner, Ozarks Writers League Art Contest

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What Are the Latest Book Publishing Trends?

How has publishing changed? Here are some publishing trends from a writers conference on that topic.#IndiePublishing #PublishingNews

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Ozarks Writers League Publishing Trends Conference, August, 2016Our speakers included an agent, an editor, some book publishers, and some independently published authors (including me.).

I missed parts of everything except the self-published authors panel in which I was a presenter. Here are some quick nuggets I gleaned at the Ozarks Writers League August conference.

Publishing has changed so much over the past decade.

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Why Should Authors Use Tweet Jukebox?

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Twitter for Authors

Have you tried Tweet Jukebox? It’s a free tool to help you schedule tweets on a rotation, and it could really save you time. FInd out WHY & more in this post, including video tutorial #SocialMediaForAuthors #BooKmarketingTip Post updated to reflect current info Aug 22, 2016.

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Twitter for Authors
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UPDATE: I originally did this post in spring of 2015. Tweet Jukebox is still a fabulous tool, but it is out of beta and no longer free. It is becoming Social Jukebox. I still use it, and in fact paid for a year in advance. I'll get to why in a bit.

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 frequent 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 aJ jukebox clled Author Help with all the tutorials, tips and strategies I share.
  • Since I'm an author, I have one with book teasers, excerpts, author interviews, poems and more.

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

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