Blogging, Writing Resources

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 4

The all-time highest views of any post is part of the series I did on Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript. I took Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers’ Guild, and I’d purchased so many wonderful writing resources, that when I started this blog, I wanted to share them. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

This post is from February 12, 2015. The title is: Writing Resource: Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript, and it gives you basic guidelines. Here’s the link.

Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

Blogging, Encouragement, Inspirational, Writing

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 2

It’s funny. I couldn’t think of a thing to blog about, but a little thought crossed my mind. How long have I been doing this blog? I remembered starting it toward the beginning of 2014. And I wanted to talk about the process of writing a novel and getting it published. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

I can hardly believe that next week will be the fifth anniversary of this blog! For the rest of the month of February, I’ll be sharing about the blog, plus some of the highest viewed posts and my thoughts about them.

Here’s the second post I published on this blog. It’s entitled “A Rose by any Other Name.”

I’ve come a L-O-N-G way, baby! #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

Blogging, Encouragement, Inspirational, Writing

Happy BLOG Birthday—Part 1

Nearly five years ago, and next week we’ll celebrate more, I started this blog. I’d been blogging on another platform with other emphases. But I started this one after I closed my homemade organic chocolate truffle business in 2014. I’d been making chocolates for seven years. I was getting older and wanted a change. I decided to give writing one last push. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

2014 was a pivotal year for me. I was gonna turn sixty, yes, sixty. Let’s put it this way, I wasn’t looking forward to it. My husband has always looked forward to milestone birthdays because that puts him in another runner’s category—being the youngest age in an age group, rather than the oldest.

For this week and next, I’ll be recounting and re-posting some of my earliest posts from this blog. Originally, I wanted to talk about “process.” How life is a process. That becoming a writer is a process, just as becoming published is.

Click here to see that first post.

You’ve seen my sorrows and my rejoicings on this blog—all about the process of getting my first novel published. #amwriting #BLOGbirthdayFeb172014 #fiveyears @donnalhsmith @a3writers

Blogging

BLOG NEWS – January 2019

Thank you for reading this blog. I appreciate each and every one of you. From time to time, I either expand or cut back the number of posts per week I publish.

For several years now (and the blog is only four years old), mostly I publish twice a week. On Tuesday, I publish an encouragement or inspirational post. Wednesday posts have always been about the craft of writing.

I’m switching things up this year. Last year, I changed the WordPress template I’ve been using to get a new look.

Starting next week, I’ll continue the Tuesday inspirational post, but the Wednesday post may either be a continuation of Tuesday, or something completely. I’m not sure yet.

Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you.

Blogging, Emotion, Encouragement, Inspirational, Spiritual Growth

Heart Full of Love––Part IV

Malachi 3:10 says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you,” says the LORD of heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” Click to Tweet #WindowsofHeaven #PourOutBlessings #HeartFullOfLove

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Blogging, Emotion, Rejection Issues, Writing, Writing Emotion

APD Part VI––Youth Trip Nightmare

Rejection page logoJust when I thought I would survive junior high, my mother practically forced me to go on a weekend trip to Arkansas with other youth from our church. The girls were fine. The boys were a nightmare. Have you ever been constantly harassed with nowhere to go? No escape is possible. Imagine a six-hour bus trip with non-stop insults from stupid junior and senior high boys. Click to Tweet. #amwriting #rejection #APD

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Blogging, platform, publishing, Writing

Tips for Growing Platform – Part II

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Last week, we established that “platform” is your sphere of influence. In today’s changing world of publishing, authors need to be entrepreneurs and help sell or entirely sell their own books. Publishers used to pay authors an “advance” on royalties. Many traditional publishers have dropped that practice, or offer extremely low advances, some as low as $1,000. Click to Tweet #amwriting #platform

The new “buzz word” is “discoverability.” How easily will readers find your book? That translates into how easily can readers find you? That’s what we’ll be talking about in this series. This week, I’ll be talking about blogging, but we’ll get into social media beginning next week.

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