I’ll Push You Steer Authors Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie Tesh on TV

Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie Tesh were interviewed on local TV about their inspirational book of true stories, I’ll Push You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling Through Life with Blinders On #AuthorInterview

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We had to leave the house in the middle of the night to drive up to Springfield, MO, on a COLD winter day to go on TV and talk about our book I'll Push You Steer...and that was just fine with us!

It's hard to believe our book has been our for over 10 years! And thanks to digital publishing, we can bring you our book on Kindle even though our publisher closed his doors. yay!

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Bonnie Tesh is a cancer survivor 3 times over who can't drive. I'm mostly blind since birth. Yet we find ways to live life on OUR terms. No pity pot here!

I'll Push You Steer includes humor, inspiration, and some tear jerker moments as we recount parts of our life.

Download I'll Push You Steer now.

Cheers to your #BlissfulLife!

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Head shot of Ronda Del Boccioselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her doing what she wants to do. 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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FREE Story: An Angel Came” from I’ll Push You Steer, by Ronda Del Boccio

Updated Excerpt from I’ll Push You Steer in which recall a real encounter in which a woman I met is certain an angel came to her. Update reflects new cover and publisher change.

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Important NOTE: This post originally came out December 20 of 20165. It is updated to reflect a publishing change. AWOC Books closed its doors, and my co-author and I just released the book on I'll Push You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling through Life with Blinders On on Kindle.

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.

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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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Inspiration with an Attitude: I’ll Push You Steer 2nd Edition Now on Kindle

My first book, I’ll Push, You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling through Life with Blinders On is out of print but now available on Kindle.

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I can dly believe that it's been almost 11 years since my co-author Bonnie Tesh and I started working on our first book. People kept - and still keep - telling us how inspiring we both are. She has survived cancer 3 times now. I am mostly blind. Neither of us lets these supposed disabilities stop us.

We were sitting beside each other at a regional writing conference listening to a group of 4 women share their journey co-authoring their book.

We started to think we could do that. We could turn our spunky attitude into a book that could provide comfort, inspiration, and a kick in the pity pot.

We met in May to plan our book, and we finished it in 10 weeks. The next month, a publisher picked it up, and we had it in our hands 6 months after the journey began. Below is the cover (which neither of usever liked) of our original print version of I'll Push, You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling through Life with Blinders on.

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

Our publisher AWOC Books just closed his doors, and we ciate Dan Case for helping us get our start.

A New Version of I'll Push You Steer

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Meet Ronda Del Boccio at 5th Annual Meet the Authors Festival at Kimberling Area Library Sat., Feb. 4, 2017

#1 Amazon best selling author Ronda Del Boccio will be among over 30 authors at the Kimberling Area Library Meet the Author Festival Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 fro 9:30-2 in Kimberling City, Missouri #MeetTheAuthor.

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It's so exciting to have a gathering of local authors with their books - to meet them in person, and maybe do some shopping!

I'm elated to be involved with the Meet the Authors Festival at Kimberling Area Library Sat. Feb. 4 9:30-1.

2017 Meet the Authors Festival

I'm a backup speaker in case someone cancels, but for sure you can meet me and maybe even get a book or 2...or 3...from me or any of the other authors.

I'll have books and cards there, plus a chance to win a fun prize.

You can download the PDF and read about all the authors here.

I can hardly wait to meet you!

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#1 best selling author, speaker, and Amazon Top Reviewer

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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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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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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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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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  • 7 Ways to Make Your Book Irresistible" special report and video mini-cl
  • Invitations to FREE right-to-the-point classes on everything from book marketing to e-publishing to social media for authors.
  • Free weekly author success tip delivered to your inbox
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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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MyBookProgress Update: Epic Fantasy Revision: Slogging through Editing

How’s that book coming along? Here’s your answer as it pertains to my epic fantasy novel revision of Rue the Day. #MyBOokProgress #AmWriting #AmEditing

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A number of years ago I wrote an epic fantasy or maybe a paranormal fantasy. Hard to tell what to call it sometimes, as the lines blur.

I want to get it back out into the world now. A small press published it back before publishing was easier and cheaper. No, I didn't pay to publish but each copy of the book cost me $11, so that already made it an expensive book before earning any profit. I have my rights back, so I can publish it.

Rue the Day was never on Amazon and not widely available. I wrote it from start to polish in 4 months, and it's an intense story full of suspense, jealousy. and trickery.

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First Round: Revisions

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Epic Fantasy Revision Progress Update: Chapters 1-4 Done

I’m being transparent about my works in progress to share what I #AmWriting and #AmEditing. A little of both in this case as I revise an epic fantasy novel.

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I just made progress on Epic Fantasy (Revision)! So far I'm 13% complete on the Revision phase. 5 Weeks remain until the deadline.

Author Ronda Del Boccio
Epic Fantasy (Revision)
Phase:Revision
Due:8 months ago
12.9%

A long time ago in a room very close by...

...I wrote my first novel in 4 months. I thought I was writing a short story, but no.

I wrote an epic fantasy novel a dozen years ago, and it's time for that book to experience a revival. SO I'm breathing new life into it and, hopefully, improving it. I suspect I've learned a few things about writing in those years.

I've done quite a bit of rearranging.

Chapter 1 used to be the prologue. It has a new scene and some things added to what was on the page back then.

What used to be Chapter 1 is now Chapter 3.

What used to be memories or the protagonist sharing her past with people has been moved into what is now Chapter 2.

Some things I've learned thus far:

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New: My Book Progress

Wondering what I #AmWriting & #AmEditing? I’m using a great new tool called #MyBookProgress to keep you in the loop, share stories & updates.

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"How's that book coming along? is a common question people ask writers. I'm being transparent about it and sharing progress bars for my current works in progress right here on WriteOnPurpose.com.

#MyBOokProgress

I'm using a tool called My Book Progress to keep myself on track and you in the loop. Each day, I add the day's work to the tracker for that book or story.

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Deadly Mist
Phase:Proofing
100%
Hillbilly Daze Anthology
Phase:Assemble
Due:7 months ago
38.5%
Hidden Ozarks Paranormal Novellas
Phase:Revise
Due:7 months ago
33.3%
101 Tips & Hacks for Busy Writers
Phase:First draft
Due:5 months ago
19.8%
Leader Dog Jemma Memoir
0%

I'm so excited that now you can see at a glance how I'm doing on my various projects. And you can get free stories and special updates by joining Ronda's Readers, and if you're already one of my fans, you'll get those updates, so no need to re-subscribe..

My Works in Progress

I'm only tracking my active projects in MyBOokProgress, but here's what I have going on:

They All Died Smiling (Paranormal romance suspense): Complete. Waiting to hear back from the agent.

"Into the Bubble" (mystic/paranormal short story) This is the dolphin story I've been mentioning across the social web. Finally got a title. In the final edits and getting ready to seek a home for it. This is a companion story to "Trouble's Turn", which you can get FREE on Smashwords at WriteOnPurpose.com/foreverfree.

Hillbilly Daze (anthology: Writing more stories.

Rue the Day (coming of age epic fantasy romance): I had this out with a publisher and have regained my rights. I'm going through to freshen things up, then I will seek publication.

In My Right Mind (Paranormal Romance Novella): I wrote this a while back, and it will be in a set of 3 paranormal tales. Going through it for edits.

Hidden Ozarks: Not sure this will be the name, but this will have 3 connected paranormal novellas all set in the lush Ozarks. I have 2 of them already and will get going on the third soon.

I LOVE my readers!

When you read any of my books or stories, I am so happy! It's truly an honor. I like bringing you tantalizing transformational tales. I hope you'll keep in touch and tell me what stories you love, which characters make you mad, or whatever else you'd like to say.

Thank you!

Much love...

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#1 best selling author, speaker, and Amazon Top Reviewer

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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 or your favorite bookseller, and on Smashwords..

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A Tasty Morsel - Forever Free on Smashwords

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Leader Dog: Jemma’s Story

Exciting News! Leader Dogs for the Blind and Sellers Bowman Subaru selected my Jemma’s story to showcase in their #LovePromise campaign! #LeaderDogJemma

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Leader Dogs for the Blind accepts NO Federal money. Grants and donations from Lions Clubs, Purina, Subaru, individuals and more provide the gift of independence to blind and visually impaired individuals such as myself.

Leader Dogs asked me to share a story about me and Jemma for Sellers Bowman Subaru to share on their site.

My life is so much better because Leader Dog Jemma shares it with me. We are a perfect match!

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Here's a screenshot of the powerful story of love I shared: Simply click the image to go to the Sellers Bowman Subaru Love Promise page to read the full story.

Image of "It Takes a Village to Raise a Leader Dog" by Ronda Del Boccio on Sellers Bowman Subaru Love Promise Campaign Page

Each dog costs well over $30,000, in training and everything else, but we clients don't pay anything. IT's all because of the generosity of donors like Sellers Bowman Subaru that we are a team, and I am so very grateful.

Help Leader Dogs Give the Gift of Independence!

If Jemma's story has inspired you to contribute to a blind person's independence, please kindly make your tax deductible contribution on my special fundraising page at WriteOnPurpose.com/ldb.

Meet & Follow Leader Dog Jemma on the Social Web

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

 

Watch for her hashtag #LeaderDogJemma

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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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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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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.

NaNoWriMo and Beyond

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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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How Social Media Helps Authors Develop Your Author Platform: Author Speaker Mentor Ronda Del Boccio Featured in Vox Magazine

Vox Magazine featured me as a veteran author with a solid social media system. Check out the article and a social media for authors tip!

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Social media offers huge opportunities for authors when you use the networks as a point of connection with readers rather than as bullhorn self-promotion platforms.

Ronda Del Boccio Tweets to the Top: Vox Magazine Article

It's such fun to get a phone call "out of the blue," as the saying goes, with an offer to be interviewed for a regional magazine. Free publicity - YEAH!

Vox Magazine out of Columbia College featured me in their article,  Here's an excerpt of the article

Ronda Del Boccio Tweets to the Top

For author Ronda Del Boccio, successful self-publishing starts with social media


 

On the rural outskirts of Branson, author Ronda Del Boccio has two cats and more than 7,000 Twitter followers to keep her company. Although Del Boccio has written two Amazon bestsellers, her number of followers comes from years of planning, testing and refining a formula, not her eight books.

Using social media, she created a self-marketing method in 2013 to attract her readers. Del Boccio bypasses the additional cost of a publisher and delivers her pages from the presses straight to the people.

Read the full article here.

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  • Connection-based
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Love Letter to My Future Leader Dog

This is a little about my journey as a blind person and then a love letter to my future Leader Dog, whom I will meet when I go to Michigan for 26 days, hopefully this summer #LeaderDogs #GuideDogs #blindness

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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.

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

The shiny new Low Vision Hijinx Podcast is available in iTunes! Discover all the wacky & inspiring tales of a mostly blind woman navigating a sighted world.

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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 INTERVENTION Saves Your Sanity!

Authors – frustrated with social media? Join a free web class that shows you a simple method for being “everywhere” in under 10minutes a day. #SocialMediaMarketing #BookMarketingIdeas #BooKMarketing

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Frustrated by time-sucking social media? This fast, fun class teaches you a simple system to take back your day.

Revised for 2015, thi 22 min. 23 second web class teaches you:

If people look for you and you're not on social, you're nobody! Being in social media sites is essential to your book marketing success.

* Why authors need to be on social media
* Why to LOVE and use hashtags
* Social media tricks and shortcuts to save loads of time
* the "RIPPLE" that lets you get in and out of each social network in under a minute AND be a social, responsible web citizen.

Join free now http://WriteOnPurpose.com/quickie
#SocialMediaMarketing   #bookmarketing  

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Ozarks Writers League Cancels Ronda Del Boccio Presentation on Social Media for Authors at the Last Minute

The Ozarks Writers League canceled my social media presentation. Details on that and how to attend a web event to help you make social media easy. #SocialMediaForAuthors #SocialMediaMarketing #OzarksWriters #WomensRightToWrite

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I was scheduled to give a presentation titled "Social Media Quickie for Authors: Get in - Get Done - and Get Back to Writing" at the Ozarks Writers League (OWL) quarterly conference at Ozarks Technical Community College in Hollister, Missouri this morning (Feb. 21, 2015).

canceled

I got a message just after 8 this morning from past president Karen Nelson that the president, Casey Cowan, asked her to inform me my presentation was canceled.

While nasty weather conditions exist, nobody called, texted, emailed or otherwise messaged to ask whether I would be able to make it. Since I live in the area, I did not choose to stay at the hotel. As a blind non-driver, I had arranged transportation and was fully prepared to give the interactive presentation I had spent considerable time and energy preparing..

The schedule was reorganized for a delayed start time and supposedly "abbreviated." Interestingly, one talk was ADDED to the event.

Nonfiction author Karen Nelson is doing an unscheduled talk about characters. She describes herself on her website as: "a writer and teacher in Southwest Missouri, specializing in educational and nonfiction works. "

From the rearranged and "abbreviated "schedule:

 2:15 - 3:00 - Session 2

  •   (planned) Velda Brotherton - "You're Never Too Old For Love"
  • (planned)    Pam Foster - Critique Group
  • (NEW!  Karen Nelson - "Creative Characters"

While the official reason will be weather, the late start and the perceived necessity to use the speakers who were on-site, the addition of an unplanned talk in this scaled-back schedule appears suspicious.

Numerous OWL members attending the conference expressed excitement over getting help from me with their social media.

Could some more sinister forces be at play? ou decide.

3 Board Members Resign on same Day

On a related note, I was a board member until I resigned last week over a variety of issues, including  bullying, censorship and abuse of leadership.  OWL is a 501(c)3  organization subject to all the laws and legalities of any nonprofit. Three board members all resigned within an hour over these issues.

Ozarks Writers League Conference Kicked Out of Private Christian College for Planned Sex Talks

OWL got kicked out of its 30-year meeting place at College of the Ozarks, a private Christian college because of the racy nature of some of the workshops.  While some of the League leadership called it censorship,  the college is privately funded and not subject to the same regulations as publicly funded colleges.

I say their house, their rules. I don't blame C of O one bit. I did not approve the topics and was not involved in the process of finding speakers or naming their talks. Had this been passed through the entire board VS a subset, the negative publicity could potentially have been averted.

Though I was supposedly the Publicity Coordinator, the president and his chosen did not involve me or some other board members in any of the planning of speakers, topics, or response to the College of the Ozarks decision.

Thankfully, with the ease of technology and the fact I have the tools available, nobody has to miss out on getting help!

You can attend this same presentation from hte comfort of your own computer, tablet or phone free of charge. See details below:

FREE Online Presentation: Social Media Quickie for Authors: Get In - Get Done - Get Back to Writing

HOW to attend? Via a link. Watch and listen from your computer or web-enabled tablet or phone.

Date: Thursday, February 26

Time:  8  PM  Eastern US (5 Pacific)

Reserve your seat now:  Simply give your name and email below for to hold your place for the class. That's how you'll get the link and details about how to join the class. It's easy, I promise!

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If you're seeing this post on another sitge (not WriteOnPurpose) and don't see the sign-up box, don't despair! Just go to the Free Training page at WriteOnPurpose.com/adventure

I look forward to helping you make social media EASY!

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio, best selling author, speaker and mentor

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Ronda Del Boccio Meeting Readers, Signing Books at Kimberling Area Library Author Book SIgning Day Feb 7

Ronda Del Boccio will visit with readers and sell her books at an author festival in Kiberling City, Missouri, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Details in this article #BookSigning #MeetTheAuthor

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Ronda Del Boccio, best selling and award-winning author, is one of forty writers  who will be visiting with readers and signing books at the Kimberling Area Library Author Book Signing Day Ronda Del Boccio small display with books at an author book signing day This is the fourth annual KAL Author Day.

"I'm so excited to  connect with readers who live in my area," said Del Boccio.

Cover of the #1 Best Seller The Peace SeedShe will have copies of several of her books, including her #1 bestselling  book The Peace Seed: Personal and Global Transformation through Storytelling, which she has donated to several prisons around the country to foster inner peace.

When Assassins and Allies Conspire by Ronda Del BoccioShe will also have her best selling book of paranormal and fantasy stories, When Assassins and Allies Conspire. This book has four transformational tales, all with animals involved.

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady - Follow Your B.L.I.S.S.!The Library is located at 45 Kimberling Blvd in Kimberling City, Missouri. Call 417-739-2525 or visit www.kalib.org.  

"Come stop by and meet all of us.!"

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Free Mini-class for Authors: How Do I Set Up and Use the Facebook Call to Action Button on My Author Page?

Facebook is rolling out a new way to help authors sell more books. It’s the call to action button. You’re invited to a 20-minute mini-class on how to set it up and use it. Details in this article #bookmarketing #FacebookMarketing #BookMarketingTips #CallToAction

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This week's training: Thursday, Jan. 29 at 11:01 AM-11:21 AM ET

How to Set Up Your Facebook Author Page Call to Action Button

Facebook has a really cool new way to get customers right from Facebook. It's called the "call to Action Button."

Facebook now lets authors add a call to action button to your author page. This video invites you to a short, actionable training on:

  • How to set up your Facebook author page call to action button
  • How to decide where to send people from that button
  • An under-used ways to get more traffic and exposure right in your Facebook page or profile cover (in under 2 minutes)
  • Sell more books with the call to action button

This week's class: Thursday, Jan. 29 at 11:01 AM-11:21 AM ET

YES, the training is recorded! So please do sign up.

But if you're not there, you can't get personalized help!

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Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio, best selling author, speaker & top reviewer

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FREE Pinterest for Authors Class: Turning Pinterest into Blog Traffic

If you’re an author and are confused about Pinterest, come to this free class! It’s recorded, so join free to get the recording if you’ve missed it. #PinterestForAuthors #socialmediamarketing #authors #writing #bookmarketing

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Fun, fast, free Pinterest for Authors class.

Pinterest is a great social network for sharing photos. And like any other, it can be confusing!

An author friend asked me how I had set up a link, and I figured, why not do a free class so she and others can benefit? So that's what is happening.

Why attend this free class?

  1. Find out how to link your pins.
  2. See how to manage boards.
  3. Learn how to get followers
  4. Get traffic to your site from Pinterest
  5. Sell more books with Pinterestj

Join me in a free Pinterest for Authors class

  • Friday, Jan. 21
  • 3 PM ET
  • From your computer
  • Yes, it will be recorded, BUT if you aren't there, you won't be able to ask questions and get help!
  • Join free WriteOnPurpose.com/free & get other cool tools.
  • If you're already part of the community, you already received the info.

I'm so excited to see you there!Get Access NowFollow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

#1 best selling, award-winning author & speaker

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NaNoWriMo 2014 WINNER Ronda Del Boccio, They All Died Smiling

Let the joyous news be spread that Ronda Del Boccio won NaNoWriMo 2014!

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I hope you won't consider it bragging when I tell you the news that I WON NaNoWriMo 2014!

How exciting to cross the 50,000 word mark, validate my count and get to the winner's page.

National Novel Writing Month is a great way to commit to writing every day all the way to finishing a first draft of a book.

WINNER NaNoWriMo 2014

THe paranormal suspense novel They All Died Smiling is not finished yet, and I am taking a day off to rest my brain, but then it's right back to the keyboard to continue to the end.

Afterward, I'll go back through and make refinements. A couple of publishers are already interested in it, which astounds me.

I'm humbled and surprised, no matter what comes of it.

Writing 200 pages in a month means producing 6-7 pages every day if you're on a 7 day calendar or an average 10 per day if you take of weekends.  It requires dedication, discipline, and willingness to say NO to things, even when something else may seem more fun at the moment.

Whatever writing goals you set yourself,stick to them and you'll reach your mark.

If you want to know about my next release and get free stories, go to WriteOnPurpose.com/read right now.

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Ronda Del Boccio

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Ronda del Boccio Wins 4 Fiction Prizes: NaNoWriMo Day 14

This exciting day rewarded me for my writing efforts. I found out I won some contests. I also give an update on the novel, They All Died Smiling.

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Entering writing  contests is a great way to get an adrenaline rush. Well, it is at the award ceremony. It's good to put your work up against others'.

There's no finish line or objective measure, so winning or not winning feels arbitrary to some extent, yet having those placements is good to add to your writing credits.

Contest Winnings!

Today I was at the awards ceremony for Ozarks Writers League, and I am thrilled to announce that I won 4 contests for my fiction. It feels WONDERFUL to receive cash awards for my stories.

"Hillbilly Heaven" won the Gene Anderack Short Story Contest

"She Had a Curfew...I Had a Van" took third place in the Genre Straddler Contest. that means a story that combines two genres. THis one's paranormal romance.

"Welcome to Haven" took second in the Flash Fiction 99 Word Story Contest. This was a very short horror story.

"Welcome to OWL" took first in the Hoot & Hollar Contest. This tale elated an experience I had welcome a prospective member to the Ozarks Writers League.

Ronda Del Boccio Holding Award Certificates from Ozarks writers League Contests 2014

I am so incredibly excited! Stunned, too. My writer friends aren't, but since there's no objective measure, it always feels like a playing a game of chance.

Update on my progress with They All Died Smiling, my NaNoWriMo project.

Meanwhile, I made a little progress on the novel today, as I wasn't home much. Tomorrow as well will be a light writing day, so I'm glad to be ahead on my goal!

I'm approaching the halfway point in the book.

Keep writing!

Ronda Del Boccio

Best Selling author and speaker

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How Can Kindle PreOrders Help Me Sell More Books?

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing brings out new features to help authors all the time. One of the latest is Kindle PreOrders. Find out the why and discover how to make the most of it in this mini-cloass. #sellmorebooks #bookmarketing #kindlepublishing

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If you're a KDP author, you know that new features keep magically appearing. Sure, Amazon sends you an email, but maybe you could use a little help figuring out how to make the most out of the new service. Or maybe you wonder whether you even want to use the new feature at all.

Kindle PreOrders

This week's free mini-class shows you one of the latest Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) additions, Kindle Preorders.

You'll discover

  • Why Kindle preorders are a GOOD thing.
  • How to make the most of offering preorders.
  • How to build buzz ahead of your publication date.
  • How to sell more books with the help of preorders.

You can watch LIVE or later.

How to watch LIVE

Come back to this page Thursday, August 21 at 11 AM US Eastern Time to watch live. The class is only 20 minutes, so you won't blow your morning. Click the video player below or lick where it says "watch the video now" below.

How to watch ANYTIME (after the live event is over)

Watch the video now.

I hope this helps. If y ou have questions, please feel encouraged to add them to the comments. I'll be sure to get back with you.

Now I have a very important question for you...

Where are you stuck?

What about authoring confuses or frustrates you? I want to know so I can offer a mini-class to help.

Please take a 1 minute survey at WriteOnPurpose.com/survey and let me know.

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor, this time helping you sell more books using Kindle Preorders.

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