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.

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

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

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

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The Red Kimono by Jan Morrill

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

From the Back Cover

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

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

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

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

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Love Letter to My Future Leader Dog

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Amp Up Your Amazon Author Profile!

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

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

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

With your Author Central profile complete, you can:

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

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

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

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

Tell your reader things like:

how to find you on social.

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

how to contact you.

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

how to use your membership site

Watch this video in which I give members of my programs for authors a tour and show you how to get the most from your membership. Continue reading "Authors: Do You Hold Your Reader’s Hand? Video"

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

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

This week, it's an Amish science fiction novel called Brother, Frankenstein by Michael Bunker.

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

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

Here's the book description from Amazon:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you use Twitter?

Do you like it?  Does it drive you nuts?

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

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

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

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

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

It really helps if you can have someone show you the ropes, as they say, without you having to fumble around. Is this book a guide I would recommend? Continue reading "Book Review for Authors: Using Twitter for Business by Paul Teague"

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Writing skills: How Do I Edit My work

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

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

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Helen Keller Quote: The Best and Most Beautiful

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

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

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

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

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

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

Helen Keller inspirational #qoote

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Ronda Del Boccio, amazon top reviewer

I give this series 3 stars. Here's more about the Montana Gallagher Collection. I like historical fiction, and I really wanted to be enthralled with this series, but alas, it was not to be. Continue reading "Book Review of Western Historical Romance the Montana Gallagher Collection by MK McClintock"

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Low Vision Hijinx Podcast Logo

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

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

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

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

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

Low Vision Hijinx Podcast Episodes

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

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

Watch for new episodes every Thursday.

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

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

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

Why this podcast?

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

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

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor

FInd my books on Amazon.

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Fiction Writing help: How Do I Write Great Dialogue?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's at the Root of Dialogue Problems?

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

Dialogue Problems

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Are Kindle Singles Authors Making Money?

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NOTE: This post updated 3/25/15 to reflect the accurate current number of Kindle Singles titles. Note that all quoted text includes the original article source permalinks and is appropriately attributed to the originator

Are Kindle SIngles Authors Making Money?

There are so many ways to publish a book today. Kindle Singles may be Amazon's best kept secret for authors. There are just over 300 titles published to date, and, as you'll see from the story below, some authors are making big bucks on these 99 cents or $1.00 short-to-medium-length books.

“All of this stands in evidence that in its Kindle Singles brand, Amazon is investing in a serious business model behind a quality editorial product. We all -- readers and writers alike -- stand to benefit from that combination.”   in “Authors of Kindle Singles Raking in Tens of Thousands of Dollars” (see below)

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Book Review of Contemporary Mainstream Fiction Type and Cross by Staci Troilo

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 Type and Cross by Staci Troilo

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

This week's excellent read is Staci Troilo Amazon Author Page

Strong Theme

It's in the blood. Blood is thicker than water, as the old sayin goes, and this tale is all about the power of blood.

A family secret of infidelity and misdirection comes to light because of blood.

A young woman dies because of this secret. And that's just in chapter one!

Secrets, Lies, Adultery, and Other Deadly Sins

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how to Boost Book Sales by 2400 Per Cent

Want to sell more books? Don't expect your facebook posts to do it for you! Follow this very important tip. Get back with me if you need some help. # sell more books #BookMarketingideas #BookMarketingReshared post from +Book Marketing Tools

"Somebody on an e-mail list was 24 times more likely to buy a book, than somebody that was following on Twitter."

This quote from book marketer Tim Grahl was one of many great things from our interview with him: http://buff.ly/1vj3i4g

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Authors: Using Instagram yet?

Instagram is an excellent tool for authors. SO much you can do with it.Life - People want to know YOU, so your slice of life pics will be great.On location -  Show your writing in process, locations for stories and more.

Quotes - Share your tips and wisdom. share quotes from your book.

Have fun! Here are some fabulous tips from +Rebekah Radice  to help you start. Thanks +Peg Fitzpatrick  for bringing this to us!

My Instagram account is http://instagram.com/thestorylady. I invite you to follow me! If you're interesting, I'll follow back. 😀

Follow your BLISS,
Ronda Del Boccio
#InstagramForAuthors   #SocialMediaMarketing

Reshared post from +Peg Fitzpatrick

How to use Instagram to Expand your Business Reach
via +Rebekah Radice

One tip:
Give a Unique Perspective
Instagram is a great place to highlight what makes your business special.

It’s also an excellent way to humanize your company.

Whether you’re taking a picture of your latest creation or sharing an upcoming event, choose eye-catching images.

Stay away from typical shots or standard stock photos. Instead, capture a unique aspect or feature."

Are you on Instagram? You can find me here: https://instagram.com/pegfitzpatrick/

#instagram   #instagramtip  #socialmediatips

How to Use Instagram to Expand Business Reach
Are you using Instagram to connect with potential customers? 6 ways to use Instagram to expand business reach!

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