Monday, September 27, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Marketing Tips by Author Katie Hines

Katie Hines is the author of a great novel for kids titled Guardian. She has the experience new authors and beginning writers need to know and she shares it at her blog. Visit her site for a great article she posted on Friday about marketing burnout.

She hits the nail on head with regards to the overwhelming job of marketing your work has become for the author. Check out older posts too for great tips and interesting insight into the world of writing. Let me know what you find. Happy writing.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Look for My EBook coming soon.......

I am working furiously on my Ebook for parents who have a child with cancer. Although the tips I give would be beneficial to parents with a seriously ill child, I have a passion for those kids I have cared for who battle cancer. 
Before the final edition, I am opening up the comments to any other suggestions from family or friends who have tips that may benefit a parent going through this trial. I will use those tips and comments to help me finalize the content of the book. I want to offer a  free shorter version here at the blog for those who sign up for the mailing list and the longer version with more resources will be available here and on my website stores.

Feel free to suggest future titles for parents who are dealing with these types of issues outside of the normal child raising routine. There are tons of books available on how to raise healthy normal children, but I find that resources can be limited on just what a parent needs when their child is diagnosed with a critical ailment.

I am open to any and all comments and suggestions. I have many years as a nurse watching and caring for children with cancer, sickle cell anemia, arthritis, asthma, cerebral palsy, and other metabolic disorders that change the way a parent imagined their life would be. My goal is to offer what resources and support I can to help them feel confident and fulfilled parenting a child who is ill.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Please leave comments by Sept 30th so I can move forward with this project ASAP. In the mean time, Blessings for a great day.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

SFC Blog: Families Matter: Healthy Tips for Flu Season

SFC Blog: Families Matter: Healthy Tips for Flu Season: "Autumn is one of the best times of the year. Cooler weather, beautiful fall colors, less humidity, and time to get outside to walk and enjoy..."

Friday, September 17, 2010

Visit The National Writing for Children Center

Visit The National Writing for Children Center Center for the featured childrens authors and information about upcoming books for kids.

Also click on book reviews at the top of the page to read my review of the book The Middle of Somewhere by children's author J.B. Cheaney. The  book is so good and a great example of drawing the reader into a story from the very first line.

Make comments at the site, sign up for the free emails, and look around the site. It has some wonderful resources for writers.

I will be featuring some of the authors here during their blog tours in the coming months. Check back often. There are some great surprises coming to this blog and you won't want to miss them. Happy writing.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Great Source for Children's Writers

Check out this site of award winning children's author, Ellen Jackson.

She has some wonderful information at her website for children's writers along with information on the great books for kids that she has written over the years.

Let me know what you think. Visit and get some great tips and encouraging words for those of us who love to write for kids.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Check out this new book

Check out this awesome new book by children's author Beth Bence Reinke. You can find a great review at the link below. Congratulations Beth on a wonderful spirutal story for children. Great work.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

When Writing Hurts

Rejection is necessary to grow as a writer. I know it and I teach it. But the hurt and discouragement still linger when after doing articles for several months for an online site,  the editor sends a weekend email stating that the talents of the author (meaning me) no longer match the guidelines required for the site. Yikes, my first thought was what did I do wrong. My second thought was to second guess my talent and writing goals.

After much thought, some discussion with my husband, and some soul searching on my part this is what I have discovered.

1. It isn't the end of the world. It hurts, but I will continue to write and I will reach my goals.
2. I still have several other paying writing assignments. (  These assignments bring in much more than the very small fee I was getting for these articles and life will go on.)
3. I learned some very helpful information from these editors including writing tighter so there are positives to the experience.
4. It was not the kind of material I really had my heart in. Maybe that did show up on the page.
5. It wasn't personal, it was a business decision. ( I couldn't get the number of key words right to please the sponsors and the search engines because a) it made the article sound fake and b) it made the article sound fake.
6. I want to write for children. I want to write for children. I want to write for children.

When you experience any form of rejection concerning your writing, take a minute to feel the hurt. Step back and re-evaluate your writing goals but get right back in the saddle ( butt in chair) and begin writing something new. Remind yourself that you are a writer, and a good one. You're not perfect, but you are learning so go forth and write. And make sure to let me know how you do.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Author Blogs to Visit

Susan Uhlig-Author
I can find myself distracted by following links on my Internet search for writing information and sometimes the distraction leads me to some great author sites.

Today I found the site of Children's author, Susan Uhlig and to my delight I found a great article posted and some interesting children's book reviews. Check it out at

I also found some great stuff at fellow club member, Kristi Bernard's site.  Children's Writing Coaching Club members are a group of talented writers learning to hone their skills  in the genre of children's literature. I have met some great friends and we all learn together about the complicated business of writing for children. Check out Kristi's site at

And finally, check out award winning author Donna McDine at She has just released a new children's book and always has great information for writers at her blog at or

Check these out and let me know what you find. I will be waiting to hear.


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