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.

Emotion, Soapbox

12–28–2016 Blog Post

Photo from FlickrI don’t know what else to call this. It’s a day late, which is kind of the story of my life. I’ve dreamt of being late to work, late to school, late to church––for many years. I also feel I’ve been “late” to life, although I was a preemie. I should have been born in September, but apparently, I couldn’t wait, and entered the world in August. #blogpost #lateinlife But ever since, my life feels “late.”

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Blogging, platform, publishing, Writing

Tips for Growing Platform – Part II

from Flickr
from Flickr

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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Blogging, Encouragement, Holidays, Inspirational

Happy One Year Anniversary – yesterday

One Year Old yesterday!
One Year Old yesterday!

On February 17, 2014, I started this blog with a very short post about a novel process. Since then, we’ve grown some. This blog has readers from around the world, well over 40 countries. I get the statistics, and I know what you read, and what you don’t. I think, and correct me if I’m wrong, but those of you from other countries like my stuff on writing. Many of you from the U.S. like my other stuff. So that’s why I’m doing two things with this blog, writing and faith/life.

I’m in the mood to give away some things. If you are a NEW follower this week, you may have already won a $10 Amazon gift card. Leave a comment and let me know that you’re new. 🙂

If you’ve followed me from the beginning, and are a writer, with a blog or a novel in process, I’m going to give you your choice of writing resources from my library – IF you don’t already have it. What you’ll get is one sent to you identical to mine.  Write a comment that you’re interested. It’s a gift from me to you!

Giveaways for writers
Giveaways for writers

Here’s what I’m making available:

The Emotional Thesaurus – Ackerman & Puglisi

Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook – Maas

The Dance of Character and Plot – Mills

AND – if you love Christian fiction, I have a few giveaways here. Some are newer than others. But they’re all good. Max Lucado’s book is an uncorrected advance copy given to me last September. I’m not charging for it.

Christian Fiction and The Voice New Testament - claim yours!
Christian Fiction and The Voice New Testament – claim yours!

Hearts Awakening – Delia Parr

Somewhere to Belong – Judith Miller

Between Us Girls – Sally John

Beyond All Dreams – Elizabeth Camden

Sixteen Brides – Stephanie Grace Whitson

Miracle of the Higher Grounds Café – Max Lucado

Special Non-fiction – The Voice New Testament – Thomas Nelson publishers

For your chance to win any of these, leave a comment. Tell me what book you’re interested in and why you want it.

The fiction books are open to anyone who reads this blog and enjoys it. The New Testament is also for anyone who wants it.

I want everyone to be a winner! Unclaimed prizes will be carried over to next week – until they are all gone – or I take them out of circulation.

I like to give, and pass along what I have. Leave a comment and let me know what you’d like!

Awards, Blogging

Blogging Award – The Versatile Blogger Award

versatile bloggerBlessings to my friend who always passes along her awards to me – I can’t say thank you enough to Justina Luther who nominated me for the award. Check out her fantastic blog HERE.

Justina Luther
Justina Luther

So the rules of the award are as follows:

1.  Show the award on your blog

2.  Thank the person who nominated you.

3.  Share 7 facts about yourself.

4.  Nominate 5 blogs.

5.  Link your nominee’s blogs and let them know.

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Awards, Blogging

Blogging Award – Very Inspiring Blogger Award

 

Very Inspiring Blogger Award
Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blog Award by WONDERFUL lady that I haven’t actually met before except through Skype. You can find her HERE

Kelly Anne Liberto
Kelly Anne Liberto

The Rules of the blog are to share seven things about yourself, link to the blog of the person who nominated you and nominate eight more people for the Inspiring Blogs Awards. I’m getting this from Kelly Anne Liberto, whose link is above. I’ll keep her changed rules from nominating 15 people to eight.

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