Archive | October 2017

27 Years Ago Today



27 years…

27 long years…

A lifetime…

How can this be? It seems like yesterday (April 6, 1985) and you were born. Such a sweet little boy… then cancer invaded you body at age four years…you fought with courage – a real trouper… then you died in my arms… 27 years ago today – 11:35 pm. Time heals but time never forgets… such an angelic child you were and are to this day, Sam.





35 years…

35 long years…

A lifetime…

You would have been 35 years old had you lived beyond my womb, Shane… now both of you reside in heaven… brothers. My candles are lit just like you shine in heaven and the brilliance of God. Mama misses both of you so much… when angels truly fly. 


This entry was posted on October 15, 2017. 6 Comments

CreateSpace Stops Selling Books

An excellent and succinct article for all writers!

Nicholas C. Rossis

CreateSpace-Amazon logos | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksI’m sure many of you will have received the email from CreateSpace (CS) that announces how their own eStore will cease to serve customers on October 31st. Instead, customers will be redirected to Amazon.

CreateSpace explains that the move was made because of requests that their eStore is redeveloped to include the ability to search across the site, an improved checkout process, better shipping options including Amazon Prime, order tracking notifications, and a familiar user interface.

What Does This Mean For You?

My usual source for all things Amazon, Chris McMullen, has compiled bulleted lists of pros and cons which you can read to see how this will affect you.


The simple fact remains that CreateSpace currently offers a 20% higher royalty than Amazon. To ease the transition, it will adjust your Amazon royalty rates for six months effective November 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018, to…

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This entry was posted on October 15, 2017. 2 Comments

IAN Book of the Year Finalist


We are proud to announce that The Big Cheese Festival has won yet another award for 2017, as listed below. 

We are pleased to announce that your book, The Big Cheese Festival, is a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards!

When judging completed, The Big Cheese Festival, was selected as a finalist in one category: “Children’s Fiction Illustrated.”

A “Finalist” badge is attached in a PNG file.

Congratulations! Thank you for your participation in this year’s competition.



William Potter
Book of the Year Awards
$6,000 in Cash Prizes

This entry was posted on October 14, 2017. 8 Comments

The Best Times to Post on Social Media

Alexis Chateau PR

Social media is one of the most revolutionary inventions of the 21st century. For better or worse, it affects our relationships with each other, our relationships with businesses and brands, and even how governments operate.

Naturally, researchers have studied social media and its impact over the years. But perhaps, none more so than marketing and public relations specialists, who use social media to boost visibility and sales for their clients.

Along the way, one of the biggest secrets social media gurus have tried to unravel is the absolute best time to post on social media for maximum reach and engagement.  Here are some of the findings “social media scientists” have made so far.

Remember that your audience, location, and business type will affect whether or not these hold true for your brand. Make the necessary adjustments with those differences in mind.



There is conflicting information about the best time…

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Blast from the Past: Building Relationships with Fans

Sharon E. Cathcart

icon-calendarA text-only version of this article appeared in my GoodReads blog on March 25, 2011.  The lessons still apply today — despite changes to Facebook’s algorithms and Operation eBook Drop coming to an end.

If I had a subtitle, it would be: Or, Some Things I Learned Along the Way

The other day, I dropped someone from my personal Facebook page. She’s a professional author whom I knew casually from another website, and she sent me a friend request — which I accepted.

Given the way that authors tend to network, I’m sure you’re wondering why I dropped her.

One hundred percent of her posts were billboarding about where to buy her books, sent via Tweetdeck. I started to feel as though the only reason she’d invited me to be her Facebook friend was so that she would make a sale!

There are lots of ways to rock on Facebook…

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This entry was posted on October 12, 2017. 2 Comments

B&W Victorian Era Portraits Are Brought Back to Life with Vibrant Colors…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

By Emma Taggart on My Modern Met site:

Graphic artist and history buff Frédéric Duriez digitally colorizes vintage black and white photographs, breathing new life into their subjects. Duriez started colorizing war images three years ago, and today his work ranges from old mug-shots to actors and actresses, and most recently, ghost-like portraits from the Victorian era.

The incredible images depict glum-looking children, extravagantly dressed; a sullen young couple, adorned in frilly clothing; a pair of young women, their hair perfectly pinned back; and earnest men, posing proudly. Duriez explains he chose the images because he “was attracted by the beauty of the clothes and especially the dresses of this period.” He adds, “I was fascinated by these portraits without expression because all the looks are frozen in time.”

From monochrome hues, Duriez uses the open-source software GIMP to transform the portraits, presenting brightly colored clothing, blushed cheeks, and in…

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How to Write a Sassy, Snarky, Sizzling Author Resource Box…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


Image from: Bigstock

Some people collect antique china. Others keep a stash of comic books from their childhood.

I collect author resources boxes.

Why? Because the ones most authors write are more potent than Ambien. And every time I see one that makes me smile, I grab a screenshot for safekeeping.

A resource box is the super-short bio, usually 50 to 100 words, at the end of articles and guest blog you’ve written. Sometimes they include a link to a website. Sometimes they’re only one sentence. That means you must make the best use of every character in a tiny amount of real estate.

Why so short? Because if you’re writing a guest blog post or an article for a magazine, the blogger and magazine editor each have their own “rules” on how short it must be. If you’re not sure, ask!

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Image Copyrights: The Video


image copyrightsOne of my most popular posts turned out to be about Image Copyright Do’s and Don’ts. I thought I’d follow it up with a slideshow I share in one of my classes on that topic. Images can make a post but they can also break you if done wrong! I’ll embed the slideshow but I’ll also go through it to explain each slide. I hope this clarifies some of the issues that aren’t at all obvious when using images:

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This entry was posted on October 9, 2017. 1 Comment