Aloha from Karen. It’s a beautiful day on Maryland’s eastern shore. This is one of my granddaughters reminding me that time spent with someone is important and we should make the most of those moments.


It’s also been a great week where a few aspiring writers have written to thank me and let me know results of networking and I have also seen fruits from networking.


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Sherry Kyle
Hey, this is Sherry Kyle writing from my laptop on my kitchen table as I drink my morning coffee.  As I pondered what to write, I glanced at my mug and was struck by how two little words could have so much impact. Write Anyway!  Yes, that is the slogan printed across my cup.

There are so many distractions keeping us from placing our fingers on the keyboard—family responsibilities, chores, friendships, etc. I’m sure your list is as long as mine. Sheesh! How can we get that manuscript complete with so many things pulling us in different directions?

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How to Make Your Blog Tours More Successful

Headshot-Small An author recently asked me (Cat Hoort), “do blog tours really work?” I sat silent for a moment, wondering how to react.

I could be shocked: “What do you MEAN? Of course they work!”

I could be ambivalent: “Meh. Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don’t.”

I could be doubtful: “Not really. But we can keep our fingers crossed.”

I could be enthusiastic: “Absolutely! All the time. Every time!”

So which one is it?

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Sundin #D70 ©2008 Linda Johnson Photography web (2)

Greetings from Sarah Sundin on a crisp fall day that makes me want to cuddle up in a warm quilt – perhaps like one of the quilts author Diana Brandmeyer features on her website. Not only is she an extraordinary quilter, she’s a gifted writer with plenty to share with us today.Diana Brandmeyer

Diana, how did you get into writing?

Like many, I wrote stories when I was little, but it wasn’t until the birth of my second child I realized I could make a little money and share my faith with my stories. I started writing devotions for children, which led to taking a course from the Institute of Children’s Literature.

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If you are a published (or an almost published) author, you must have a professional-looking website where readers can find out more about you and your books. Take a look at mine: It’s far from the best author website out there, but it’s free. And free is good. I made the whole thing with a WordPress blog. It was easy to do and there were a number of website templates to choose from. If and when I can afford to pay someone to make me an amazing website, I will. Until then, I have a site that I can update myself and is easy to use. Here are some tips to consider:

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