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An unwelcome gift. A hypnotic deception. A supernatural Killing Spree…and They All Died Smiling | Release

Are you a fan of paranormal romance and urban fantasy? If you are and/or you know someone who is, please keep reading and shareThe Wild Rose Press is publishing it soon. Before the progress update, here's why you want the book...

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Kassidy Spence just wants to live her life, but her intrusive gift turns her world inside out…again.

Her power to see demons inside people brought her to ruin once. She refuses to use it again…

...until using her power could mean the difference between life and death.

When Kassidy borrows the hottest new self-help book for women from a friend, her natural nosiness and unwanted ability send her on a quest for the truth. Could the charismatic leader be on a diabolical, hypnotic killing spree?

If you like vivid characters, spine-tingling chills, and sharp humor, then you’ll love best- r Ronda Del Boccio’s first installment in this witty and chilling supernatural adventure.

 Grab your sneak peek now to enter a world of unseen powers and covert alliance.

Path to Publishing They All Died Smiling

There's so much more to being a published book author than writing the book. Finding a publisher can take a long time. Once one offers to bring your book into the world and you sign a contract, a whole new phase begins.

I am now in the early stage of that "What happens after 'I do?'" phase.

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The Wild Rose Press furnished me with a self-editing guide, which has about a dozen pages of guidelines. I went through my whole book and brought it up to spec.

My self-edited book  went back to my editor.

First Round Edits

Once my editor went through the book and made her desired change marks, she sent it to me. I got it a couple days ago.

Now, I am in the process of going through the book and looking at her marks.

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Claim Your Sneak Peek Excerpt of They All Died Smiling, a Suspenseful Paranormal Romance Urban Fantasy Novel, Now!

A self-help corruption. A hypnotic coercion. A demonic collusion.

Could a wildly popular self-help author be lulling heartbroken young women to their death? When several seemingly separate events rouse Kassidy’s suspicions, the professional busybody embarks on a relentless search for the truth.

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Kassidy’s despised “gift” of seeing demons in people re-awakens during her Friday commute home. Her roommate loans her a hot new women’s self-help book. Her boss at the paper sends her to cover a drowning. The dead woman wears an ecstatic smile on her face…just like a motorcycle accident victim who died months ago, hundreds of miles away. And sparks fly between Kassidy and a childhood friend she hasn’t seen in a decade who reappears in her life.

When supernatural power oozes from the popular book and tries to grab her, Kassidy suspects that the minister author has sinister intentions and demonic alliances. But will she use her gift to stop the demonic killing spree?

They All Died Smiling is the first book in the Reluctant Demon Hunter series, a suspenseful paranormal romance and urban fantasy saga. If you like vivid characters, spine-tingling chills, and sharp humor, then you’ll love best-selling author Ronda Del Boccio’s first installment in this witty and chilling supernatural adventure.

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Watch for details about when The Wild Rose Press and I will release this book. When you get your free chapter, you'll be on the early notification list. So you'll know just a few minutes after I do when the book will launch.

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About Ronda Del Boccio

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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Ronda’s March Writing Projects Update

The first Tuesday of each month, I'm sharing an update on my writing projects so you get a sense of what is going on. It will include any funny bits that happened along the way too.

And I'm aware it's FRIDAY as I write this. Better late than never, right? I always say it's not about perfection, and I'm DEFINITELY imperfect!

I'll shot for the right day next month.

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

And have I mentioned lately that I SUCK at time?

Here are my updates. Continue reading "Ronda’s March Writing Projects Update"

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Save Your Vision Month: Best Selling Blind Author Ronda Del Boccio, Leader Dog Jemma Appearing at Lions Club Chili Supper Fundraser

March is Save Your Vision Month.  Lions Clubs around the world are well known for providing assistance to those needing eyeglasses, eye surgeries, recycling of used glasses, Leader Dogs, and much more, for over 75 years.

In order to support vision programs in the community, each year, the Lions Club of Kimberling City, Missouri, hosts a Chili Supper Fundraiser. Club members prepare and donate scrumptious vats of homemade chili and a host of decadent desserts.

All proceeds go straight back into the community. The club supports numerous charities, such as food banks, a scholarship, recycling, hearing and vision programs.

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.

Photo Caption: The Lion Mascot beside Ronda Del Boccio and Leader Dog Jemma, who are on the Lions Club of Kimberling City float at the 2015 Kimberling City Christmas Parade.

Regarding assistance for the blind and visually impaired alone, each month, this one Lions Club collects and delivers over 100 pairs of glasses for redistribution, provides  new eyeglasses to needy community members, and supports various national and global services, including Saving Sight, Leader Dogs for the Blind, and Mid-South Vision Center (Columbia, Missouri facility). The club sponsored blind author and speaker Ronda Del Boccio to get her guide dog, Leader Dog Jemma, in 2015. Continue reading "Save Your Vision Month: Best Selling Blind Author Ronda Del Boccio, Leader Dog Jemma Appearing at Lions Club Chili Supper Fundraser"

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Book Excerpt: “Just Growl and Mean It” from I’ll Push You Steer

True story. Back when I lived in Minneapolis, I was standing ata bus stop (in broad daylight, as they say), and this guy started circling me. Here's what I did. This is an excerpt from the humorous and inspirational I'll Push You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling through Life with Blinders on by me and Bonnie Tesh. It's on Kindle now.

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"Just Growl and Mean It" Nonfiction Book Excerpt by Ronda Del Boccio from I'll Push You Steer

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

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.

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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

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

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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

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

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

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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Smashwords News: Subscribe to Smashwords Alerts for New Release Updates

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.

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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!

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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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Ronda Del Boccio, Now Award-Winning ARTIST

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

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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Book Review of Urban fiction Novel The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz Bogard

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

I will honestly say that I don't read a whole lot of mundane books. By that I mean books set in the real world in ordinary times. I read a lot of fantasy, suspense, cozy mystery, thrillers and the like. I generally like to try on new realities better than delving into the gritty underbelly of this one.

That said, I also like to read a variety of genres, and I make it a point to read a few each year that are far outside my norm. I can always gain insights into life, try out new authors, glean new perspectives, and hopefully learn something from the writing that helps me hone my own craft.

So before I share my review along with a few hints for authors, here is more about the book., starting with the help wanted ad that opens it:

"HELP WNTED:

A woman to live with and care for four teenage girls in a residential home, to serve as foster mom and guide the girls through the academic and emotional challenges of high school. Master's in Social Work preferred."

- Excerpt from The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz Bogard

The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz Bogard

The Middle Step by Denise Pattiz BogardThe Middle Step is set in an inner city community just outside of St. Louis. It's a place where religion and race and poverty and lack of education all converge. The headlines don't often describe how these things can cause life to be difficult for the youth trying to grow up among such strife. Denise Pattiz Bogard tells a wonderful fiction story about what life is like inside the confining borders of the inner city.

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7 Tips for a Successful Author Book Signing Event

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

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

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

Some authors come:

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

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

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

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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Authors: 21 Ways to Improve Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

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As an author, you know you need to be in social media. That's NOT a news flash, is it?

You can't just barf out links to buy your book and expect people to fall all over themselves rushing to buy your book. That's obvious, right? Yet, you'd be surprised how often I see link-barfers wondering why their sales are lagging.

Book marketing isn't about being pushy. It's about building relationships and getting people excited about your book.

Here are 21 rules for an effective social media marketing strategy. The golden nugget is to be a person of value and share other people's good stuff too. Here are the rules... Continue reading "Authors: 21 Ways to Improve Your Social Media Marketing Strategy"

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How to Tell a Great Story: The 3 Cs of Storytelling

Nonfiction writers need good storytelling skills and techniques as much as do fiction writers. Watch this video tutorial with the 3 Cs of Storytelling

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Nonfiction Writing and Storytelling Skills: How Much of My Story Do I Tell? Video Tutorial

If you've ever struggled with how much of a personal story to include in an article or nonfiction book chapter, you're not alone. That's one of the biggest issues about which people ask me with regard to storytelling.

Watch this video tutorial to gain insight into how much of your story to tell and how to focus on relevance and emotion in order to connect with your reader.

For more help with storytelling skills, you can get the streaming or DVD format of Story Power, a 90 minute in-depth storytelling class I did in Atlanta.

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5 Photography Tips from a Mostly Blind Award-Winning Photographer.

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At my recent Lions Club meeting, one of our members gave me a TShirt from Leader Dogs for the Blind, where I am going to get my next guide dog hopefully sometimes this summer or fall. All 3 of the photos sent to me for posting on our club's Facebook page were blurry.

Perhaps you've noticed that most people can't take a decent picture. I'm really not sure why. I mean...if you're fully sighted, you can see what's in your frame and you can see whether the resulting digital photo is blurry, right? So what's the issue?

As an author, it can be handy to take good photos. You might be able to sell pictures with a story and earn more money. Or you might be able to sell the images outright.

As with so many things, you probably haven't thought through or been taught a few basic tips that will make you a good photographer. So let the blind girl help you see more clearly and take excellent photos!

This is the photo from the WriteOnPurpose.com header. The butterfly was kind enough to strike a post for me!

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I'm mostly blind. Blind enough to travel with a white cane or a guide dog. Yet I managed to take pretty decent pictures. I usually manage to get a clear shot without a junky background, and have  even won two award for my photos and had another selected for a book cover.

While I am by no means a big-time photographer, perhaps I can help you be a better photographer, so please allow me to share a few tips that work great for me.

1. Don't be afraid to take a lot of pictures

The vast majority of people have either a phone, tablet or digital camera, so who cares if you take 20 or more photos to find a couple of great shots? Just delete the rest. If you only have 3 shots and they're all blurry, there's nothing you can do once the moment has passed.

The winner will be the one with smiling faces, good lighting, and an uncluttered background.

2. Watch Your Lighting.

Who hasn't seen photos that are so dark you can't make things out? A little common sense helps you get a good result.

  • If a window is behind the person you're shooting (photography, folks, not guns!), then they'll appear in silhouette. If that's the effect you want, great. But if you want to see the facial expression, then be sure to put light in front of and preferably to the side of the subject.
  • Watch for shadows. If the lighting isn't working, either add more light or switch to a different location.
  • Natural lighting makes it easiest. If you need to open the curtains to let the sunshine in, then do it.

3. Watch Your Angle

Pets: If you've ever seen pet pics that aren't great, often it's because the human towers above the pet and takes the photo from that angle.

  • The best pet pictures for taken at the PET'S eye level rather than from the human's. Squat or sit down to get at or near the animal's point of view before taking the photo.
  • Remember to use red eye reduction to avoid what I call the "demon eye" effect. Your dog probably isn't possessed, even if s/he acts that way sometimes.
  • See Tips #1 and be patient. It's not easy getting a great bright-eyed, perky-eared pet photo. It takes a lot of photos and...
  • Patience!

Humans: It's just as important to be aware of your angle when photographing human people. Most people don't like being photographed. I'm one of those, so please follow these tips so they won't be disappointed more than usual.

  • Never take a photo of someone eating. You'll just irritate people. NOBODY likes that and nobody looks good hewing. Who wants chewing immortalized until the end of time?
  • Never photograph upward so that you're looking up the subject's nose. That's never flattering.
  • Don't take a nos-to-nose photo. Have the subject at a 45 degree angle. This helps people look slimmer and feel better.
  • Frame the shot and then raise the camera a little above your head and angle it down toward the subject. This is the most flattering angle for anyone.
  • Use red-eye reduction so it doesn't look as if your subject went on a bender or took a redeye flight.
  • Instruct your subject to think of something that brings them joy to get a true, bright smile and happy eyes.
  • Shoot from the angle that is most flattering or that brings out the essence of the plant, animal, person or whatever.
  • For good crowd shots, get up above the crowd. Stand on a chair or shoot from the balcony. This gives the view of the group, not just the people in front.

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4. Pay Attention to Background and Foreground

How often have you seen or taken) photos where there is all sorts of clutter in the background. It may not be bad housekeeping, but often the image includes stuff that doesn't belong there. It's like someone telling a story and including a bunch of trivia and extraneous material that doesn't help move the story.

I've seen photos where someone has a bunch of beer bottles or wine glasses in front of them. Chances are, it was a small table, but nobody wants to look like a lush! Likewise, nobody wants the platter of ribs or the dessert tray right in front of them in that image frozen forever in time.n

When taking photos of my mom's roses, right behind them is a fence with a raised plant bed behind it. Getting that fence in te background ruins the beauty.

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Here's what you can do to get the right background.

  • The subject of the photo is the star of the show. Make THAT look good and eliminate or minimize the rest.
  • Zoom in on the subject. Any digital camera or phone allows this. Your phone r tablet lets you use the "pinch and zoom" feature to adjust the zoom. Give it a moment to focus once you have the desired zoom level.
  • Move anything that's in the way out of the way whenever possible. I can't move the fence, but if you're inside, you can move plates, glasses, toys, etc. out of the view.
  • Put the focal point just off from center, not dead center.

5. Ninja insider Tip; It's about Breath!

This is a tip I figured out myself. I've never seen it mentioned, though I'm sure someone else does somewhere. Do this one thing and you'll get rid of ost if not all your blurry photo issues.

Breathe normally while setting up the shot, but just before you click the shutter, hold your breath.

Holding the breath improves aim for shooting, whether you have a gun like my grandfather, who shot skeet, or a camera. It's breathing that causes most of the blurry shots in the world.

I hope these tips help you take better pictures.

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Ronda Del Boccio

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Book Review of Cozy Mystery Permed to Death: The Bad Hair Mysteries Book 1 by Nancy J.. Cohen

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

I found this week's read because I bought her book on writing cozy mysteries. Being a fan of cozies, I had to give one of hers a try.

Permed to Death by Nancy J. Cohen

Description of Permed to Death from Amazon:

Meet Marla Shore, a Florida beauty salon owner with a knack for creating dazzling dos—and solving mysteries . . .Marla was already having a bad day, but when one of her clients dies while getting a perm in her salon, her day just can’t get any worse . . . until the smugly competent Detective Vail accuses her of poisoning the wealthy widow’s coffee creamer! Granted, Bertha Kravitz was hardly her favorite customer, but Marla could never have murdered the ornery woman. Now it is up to the savvy stylist to find out just who did. Combing the woman’s privileged world for clues, Marla soon discovers that the town is crawling with potential suspects. As the case grows more snarled, Marla becomes determined to unmask a cunning killer before she is outwitted—and dead.

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

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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.

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Video Tutorial: Making Friends with Google Drive 2015

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Have you tried Google Drive? It's a fabulous suite of tools, and it can save a whole lot of trouble with file formats.

Dealing with some technophobes recently, I decided to make a video tutorial to help them make friends with Google Drive. As an author, it can help you in so many ways, so here is that tutorial.

Why Use Google Drive?

Google Drive is a cloud platform that lets you work with all sorts of documents. It includes:

  • Word processor
  • Spreadsheets
  • Forms
  • Presentations

And you don't need MS Office or similar suites to use it. And no more issues of not having this or that program to open a document.

And its free

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I love it because I can access files in Drive from any device, and I can choose to share them, or not, with anyone or only with specific people.

It's a fabulous tool for collaboration. I'm on a committee, and I put all our PDFs, docs, spreadsheets and forms in Drive so we can have easy access. No more emailing files back and forth and working on an outdated version!r

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Author Interview with Teacher/Musician/ Author Lisa Litberg

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

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Why do you write?

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

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

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

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

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

What author do you most admire and why? 

I have several, for different reasons.

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

So many people write stories that languish in a drawer or on a computer. What caused you to seek a publisher?  Continue reading "Author Interview with Teacher/Musician/ Author Lisa Litberg"

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