Benecia Ponder Author Interview with @BookGoodies

Author Benecia Ponder joins BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney to talk about books, writing and current projects.

Benecia Ponder’s dynamic ability to empower and equip Christian women entrepreneurs to prosper stems from a combination of her impressive professional background and overwhelming life experiences. As a former attorney and business development strategist, Benecia uses her Biblically-based education and spiritual foundation to offer clients a thought-provoking and strategic approach to facing personal and business challenges. After overcoming tremendous setbacks to achieve high levels of personal and
professional success of her own, Benecia is also able to provide her clients with the keen insight of someone who’s “been there”.


Trained by the Coaching and Positive Psychology Institute, Benecia utilizes the cutting-edge techniques and tools provided by the research and evidence-based field of positive psychology to combine wisdom and compassion into coaching and training products that empower Christian women entrepreneurs to prosper in business and in life.

Benecia’s coaching, speaking and training focus on sustainable results that can be replicated over a lifetime. She empowers and equips her clients to align their lives with their core vision, develop strategies for attaining greater levels of success, while providing the practical resources and tools they need to stay motivated. In addition to operating at peak performance, her clients gain the emotional intelligence and spiritual fortitude they need to enjoy their success

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Originally posted 2012-09-04 09:02:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Interview with "WEIGHTY ISSUES: Getting the Skinny on Weight Loss Surgery" Co-Author Nancy Sayles

Author Nancy Sayles joins BookGoodies host Deborah Carney to discuss writing, publishing and all things book related.

About the Book:
In WEIGHTY ISSUES: Getting the Skinny on Weight Loss Surgery, noted surgeon Dr. Scott Cunneen, director of bariatric surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, gives you his undivided attention, taking the time to answer all your questions about something that can forever change your life! The tone is informal and conversational. The information comes from a doctor who has performed thousands of these operations at a world-renowned medical center. You are sitting across the desk from him in his office. You’re the only one in the room. Go ahead, ask him anything!

He’ll talk to you about gastric bypass vs. Lap Band vs. “the sleeve.” What you can expect with each surgery and what kind of commitment and lifestyle changes are expected of you. Improvement or
even resolution of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease. Reclaiming your health. Your energy. Your mobility. Actually increasing your life expectancy.

Good thing he likes to talk. And listen.

Nancy Sayles is Dr. Cunneen’s co-author on WEIGHTY ISSUES.

Author Bios:
Scott A. Cunneen, MD, FACS, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in physiology from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in human nutrition from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University, where he was awarded membership in the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. A Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgeons, Dr. Cunneen is often called upon to teach laparoscopic procedures throughout the United States and abroad.

Co–author Nancy Sayles Kaneshiro is also the co-author of BABY: An Owner’s Manual, with Dr. Bud Zukow. A veteran book publicist, she heads up The Sayles Organization in Woodland Hills, California.

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Originally posted 2012-09-29 00:30:22. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Donna Brown and Coral Russell Discuss @TheIndieExchange with @BookGoodies

Donna Brown and Coral Russell joins BookGoodies host Deborah Carney to discuss The Indie Exchange plus writing, publishing and all things book related. There is a mini-tutorial about Goodreads too that you must listen to and a great Goodreads Group you need to join.
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Originally posted 2012-09-26 03:58:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Author of Short Scripts Genevieve Sipperley Interview with @BookGoodies

Author Genevieve Sipperley joins BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney to talk about books, writing and current projects.

From Genna:
I was born and raised in Alaska. My town, called North Pole, was pretty small and I spent many nights writing away in my room as I watched snow fall outside my window. When I was younger, I started off writing mostly poetry and short stories. I was first nationally published when I was 16 and my first volume of poetry was published when I was 18. I had some minor success as a poet and short story writer, but after I graduated high school and left home for Chicago, I went to film school and that is when I knew I wanted to make the transition to screenwriting. During film school I studied Motion Picture and Television Screenwriting and I’ve been writing screenplay and scripts full-time ever since. I’ve sold a handful of short scripts and currently have a feature script being optioned.

“Lights, Camera – Wait, What?” is more than just a book of short scripts. There are notes on filmmaking that are ideal for new or independent filmmakers, as well as a quick guide on how to read a script. This book is filled with screenplays to film, scripts to read as short stories, or notes to use as a guide when writing or filming a script. Enjoy all of the different genres, characters, and ideas in this book of collected original short screenplays.

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Originally posted 2012-09-11 01:51:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Pamela King Cable Author Interview with @BookGoodies

Author Pamela King Cable joins BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney to talk about books, writing and current projects.

Pamela is the author of the highly acclaimed collection of short stories, Southern Fried Women. Born a coal miner’s granddaughter and raised by a tribe of wild Pentecostals and storytellers, Pamela is an award-winning, multi-published author who loves to write about religion and spirituality with mystical twists she unearths from her family’s history. As a young adult she was married to a megachurch ministry team member and attended years of megachurch services. She has taught at many writing conferences, and speaks to book clubs, women’s groups, national and local civic organizations, and at churches across the country. More than a decade in the writing, Televenge is her debut novel. She lives in Ohio with her husband, Michael, and is working on her next novel. To learn more about the author, visit www.pamelakingcable.com.

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Author Home Page Link
Link To Book On Amazon
Link to Book on Barnes and Noble
Link to Book for sale via other sites

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Personal page: https://www.facebook.com/pam.cable.5
Book page: https://www.facebook.com/southernfriedwomen
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GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2935883.Pamela_King_Cable
LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/author/cablepamelaking
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/pamela-cable/41/618/681

Southern Fried Women pages:
Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Fried-Women-Pamela-Cable/dp/1935874071/
Barnes and Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/southern-fried-women-pamela-king-cable/1100075391?ean=9781935874072
Satya House
http://www.satyahouse.com/pamcable.htm<

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Originally posted 2012-09-11 03:42:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Wrestler Richie Frieman Talks About Writing Children's Books

Author Richie Frieman joins BookGoodies host Deborah Carney to discuss writing, publishing and all things book related.

Bio From Amazon Profile:
A Modern Day Renaissance Man, Richie Frieman has had a career spanning everything from professional artist, to columnist, to journalist, entrepreneur, inventor and even professional wrestler. With the release of Terple, Frieman is quickly becoming one of the most poetic and talented voices in children’s literature today. “Terple – Always Dream Bigger” (Trust Your Cape Publishing) is the follow up to Frieman’s 2008 release, “Terple – The Sky Is Just The Start”.

“Terple – Always Dream Bigger” is a winner of The 2012 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award for Best Poetry and Rhyme book, as well has been awarded the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. An avid philanthropist, Frieman uses Terple to give back to those in need by offering a portion of his profits from his book sales (for the life of it) to a different charity every month.

Believing that every great idea starts with a pen, paper and a vision, Frieman launched his award winning internet magazine The Pen’s Eye View (www.PensEyeView.com) on April 1, 2007. To date, PensEyeView.com has featured over 1,000 consecutive interviews with a different artist, musician, and visionary from all over the globe – a different one every 48 hours – from emerging artists to Grammy winners.

Frieman was awarded a Laureate medal at the 2008 Computerworld Honors Program (formerly known as the Smithsonian Award). He is the youngest recipient of this award and PensEyeView.com is the smallest company to ever have this honor bestowed on them.

Frieman is also known as The Modern Manners Guy for QuickAndDirtyTips.com (Macmillan Publishing) – a humorous weekly column and podcast about manners and etiquette. Inventing and entrepreneurship has also been one of Frieman’s passions, having launched his revolutionary fashion accessory called Collar Keeps which helps eliminate the fly away collar on dress shirts. He is also the Co-Founder of Charm City Babies, a vintage rock n’ roll, pop culture inspired baby clothing line.

Along with Frieman’s work in the arts, he has been known as the professional wrestler, “The Thrill From Israel” Buster Maccabi since 2000, having won more than a dozen titles in various federations throughout the country. Please visit www.RichieFrieman.com and on Twitter @RichieFrieman

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Originally posted 2012-09-29 01:56:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Author Rob Riley Talks to @BookGoodies About Writing

Author Rob Riley joins BookGoodies host Deborah Carney to talk about his book, how he choose a publisher, his writing style and tips for writers.


Author Bio:
I live with my wife, Mary Lynne, in southeastern Wisconsin. I spent thirty-two years as a Milwaukee police officer: Seven years doing undercover narcotics investigations and twenty-two years as a major crimes detective. Writing and reading have been lifelong passions; I began by writing short stories more than thirty years ago. Of course, police work provided both the insight and inspiration for my PI mystery novel, Portrait Of Murder. Two additional novels that feature my main character, Private Investigator Jack Blanchard, have been completed.

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Originally posted 2012-09-04 08:07:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Interview with Travel Memoir Author Jill Dobbe

Author Jill Dobbe joins BookGoodies host Deborah Carney to talk about writing her fascinating travel memoir.

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Who says you can’t travel with kids? Dan and I find out we can do just that as we set off with our two very young kids, first to live and work on an island far out in the Pacific, then on to the continent of Africa with a few stops in between. Armed with strollers, diapers, and too much luggage, we travel to over twenty-five countries throughout a ten year span, while working together as international overseas educators.

After surviving typhoon Yuri, almost being mauled by lions, and, nearly being shot by a presidential guard, we happily endure all of the good times and bad, while living life to the fullest. A decade’s worth of experiences and lifelong memories remain with us, as we return to the U.S., now with two teenagers in tow, and begin to experience our very own version of reverse culture shock.

Author Bio:
Since writing HERE WE ARE & THERE WE GO, her first memoir about her travels, Jill has lived in Cairo, Egypt; Gurgaon, India; and Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where she now resides with her husband, Dan. Jill continues to work as an elementary administrator and writes on the side. She and Dan have weekly chats with their kids, who now as adults, can’t seem to stop traveling either. Her daughter graduates college soon and will travel to Honduras to teach. Her son is currently away at his first year of medical school. Every June, they travel from their separate locations and meet up together again, at their home on a lake in Wisconsin.

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Originally posted 2012-09-04 07:29:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Podcast With Work At Home Mom – Author Victoria Marin

WAHMoms/WAHDads host Deborah Carney is joined by guest Victoria Marin.

“I would like to share that my son is featured as a Youth Luminary for his courageous rise against bullying and for his passion for helping raise awareness for the power of dance for all those with special challenges.” – Victoria


Tell us a little about yourself:
Victoria Marin graduated from New York University in 1995 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Early in her career, she was an instructor for the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants Program at Rockland Community College and was a member of the faculty at Dominican College. Now, as a stay-at-mom of 5 children, she is an author of children’s literature. Her first book, Aiden’s Waltz, is about a young boy with Autism who overcomes his challenges through the art of ballroom dancing. Aiden’s Waltz was awarded 5 stars from Readers Favorites Book Reviews and was recommended as a teaching tool for parents and educators.

As a work at home parent what is your biggest challenge?
As a work at home parent, my biggest challenge is finding a quiet area to write and conduct interviews. With 5 children, it can be very noisy and distracting at home. Quite often, business phone calls are made from my car! My younger children do not understand that I am working from a home office, therefore, interruptions are frequent. Nonetheless, with organization and determination, I am able to succeed as a work at home parent.

What is the biggest advantage to being a work at home parent?
The biggest advantage to being a work at home parent is that I can schedule around the needs of my family which allows me to be an active part of my children’s lives.

As a work at home parent what advice would you give other work at home parents?
I would advise other work at home parents to schedule “office hours” which fit into the hectic lives of your children. Another bit of advice would be to fall in love with your crock pot. By doing so, I am able to prepare home cooked meals which we can enjoy as a family each evening.

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Twitter – @VictoriaMarin29

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Originally posted 2012-08-28 08:37:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Amy Weber – Making it in Show Business – Author Interview with @BookGoodies @TheRealAmyWeber

Hollywood personality Amy Weber joins BookGoodies host Deborah Carney to discuss her recently published a guide to Making it in Show Business aimed at helping newcomers avoid some of the potentially dangerous traps lurking just behind the scenes of this glamorous industry. The book is based on lessons she learned, both as a model, and as the owner of a successful modeling agency.

Amy is a successful Hollywood personality who has found ways to help others. Amy took some time out from her success as a model & actress to start her family (with the birth of her twins – who are coming up on their third birthday). Instead of the traditional I had a baby, look at me now approach we see so often these days, Amy has instead concentrated her efforts on finding a way to help others.


In addition, Amy is producing and hosting a new reality series called GOOD SAMARITANS which focuses on the people we meet every day and just how we look at and help out those who are in need. GOOD SAMARITANS is airing on DISH Network, DirecTV, and starting on syndicated stations across the country shortly. She is also producing and starring in CROSSROAD, a faith based family film which will be in theatres later this year, plus her first album is making a rapid rise through the BILLBOARD charts!

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Originally posted 2012-08-01 09:00:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Author Interview with Stacy Juba – @BookGoodies

BookGoodies host Deborah Carney interviews author Stacy Juba about publishing as a teen by a big publishing house, and later with a smaller publishing label and eventually independently publishing. We also discussed collaborative book promoting and KDP Select vs expanding to other ebook platforms. There is also a discussion about whether we want children reading ebooks or staying with print books. Would enjoy your comments on that issue as well!

Here is a short bio from her site, you can read the longer version here:
Although Stacy Juba specializes in writing adult novels, she has also authored books for children and young adults – she pursues whatever story ideas won’t leave her alone. Stacy’s titles include the mystery novels Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim, the mystery short story Laundry Day, the children’s picture books The Flag Keeper, Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise, and the Teddy Bear Town Children’s E-Book Bundle (Three Complete Picture Books), and the young adult novels Face-Off and Dark Before Dawn. She is a former journalist with more than a dozen writing awards to her credit and is currently working on a contemporary fiction/romantic comedy novel, as well as a new mystery novel. Many of her titles have appeared as #1 on various Amazon Kindle Top 100 lists.

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Originally posted 2012-04-17 08:20:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Michael Fournier Author Interview – @BookGoodies

Author Michael Fournier joins BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney for an interview about his books, how he started, advice for new and established authors and his unique book tour that he crowdfunded on Kickstarter. Here are some links to things we discussed in this interview:

My Michael’s Kickstarter Page
Hidden Wheel
A great review of Hidden Wheel
Double Nickels On The Dime

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Cabildo Quarterly
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Michael’s Bio:
Michael T. Fournier’s debut novel, “Hidden Wheel,” uses his punk rock background to reflect on the financial crisis, forced obsolescence, and nature of criticism. The nice folks at Three Rooms Press, based in New York City, have just released this debut. He will tour the United States extensively in support of “Hidden Wheel” in 2011 and beyond.

Fournier is also the author of a book-length discussion of the Minutemen’s 1984 album “Double Nickels On The Dime,” the 45th installment of Continuum Press’s “33 1/3” series. He booked multiple do-it- yourself tours to promote the book upon its 2007 release and read in bookstores, clubs, and galleries in Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Concord NH, Easthampton MA, New York City, Olympia WA, Philadelphia, Portland ME, Seattle, San Francisco, and Worcester MA. He’s shared stages with Richard Hell, Duncan Wilder Johnson, Zeth Lundy, Amanda Petrusich, Mike Watt and countless bands.

His music criticism has appeared in Boston Magazine, Vice, the Oxford American, the Boston Phoenix, Pitchfork, and Chunklet. He is a weekly reviewer at 365 Albums A Year (www.365aay.com). His fiction has appeared in Barrelhouse, Fluke, Pennsylvania English, Stolen Island Review and Talking River.

His History of Punk Rock class at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts boasted visits from such scene luminaries as Steve Brodsky and Adam McGrath (Cave In), Clint Conley (Mission of Burma), Ian MacKaye (Dischord Records/Fugazi), and Shred (WBCN-FM).

He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife Rebecca and their cat.

Originally posted 2012-07-12 05:08:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Pickin' Tomatoes by JW Bull

What inspired you to write your book?
I love to cook and I love quirky, funny books like Bridget Jones Diary. I decided to write a book appealing to the masses of women who get into trouble in the kitchen but want to cook a flavourful, gourmet meal. I also really wanted to write a comedic book addressing everyday issues between men and women.

About your Book:
Pickin’ Tomatoes is about picking the right choices in life. Sometimes you pick rotten tomatoes, sometimes you pick Heirloom tomatoes. Root for Maggie Malone as she searches for herself and Mister Right. She’s part Stephanie Plum, part Bridget Jones and part pre-renowned Julia Child and will definitely keep you in stitches.

Here is a review blurb from The Shirley You Jest comedic book awards (Pickin’ Tomatoes is a finalist in their competition. Results due in November):

“A single mom who can barely boil water finds happiness and hilarity when she reinvents herself as a cooking columnist serving up recipes for romance.” Shirley You Jest Book Awards

Cuisine Style or Food Genre
cheatin’ gourmet

Sample Recipe or Food Advice
This salsa recipe is the recipe that sparked the creation of my book. Here is an excerpt when my protagonist, Maggie Malone, compares finding Mister Right to picking the right tomato for your salsa.

Finding Mister Right is like choosing the right tomato for your homemade salsa. Yes, ladies, you may think you want a firm, ripe, fresh tomato that will give your salsa zest and new life. But that same young, firm-fleshed tomato might get bored with your salsa and run off with someone else’s onion. Fresh tomatoes, although pleasing to the eye, can give you watery salsa. Ladies, when it comes down to tomatoes and men, the everyday, canned variety is better. Mister Right might be a little boring. He might even be slightly lumpy. But he has potential if you spice him up. And chances are, he won’t run away with someone else’s onion!

Mr. Right Salsa
Ingredients:
1 (16-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil and oregano
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 small Vidalia onion, chopped
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 teaspoons lime juice
garlic salt, to taste

Combine and serve with chips.
Happy hunting for Mister Right!
~The Chef of Hearts

What formats are your books in
eBook, Print, Both

How do you see writing a food/cookbook as different from writing other genres of books?
Writing a cookbook or a novel with recipes is very time consuming. You have to test each recipe, write down the recipe, and then in my situation, tie it into the story. The recipe part of my book was extremely challenging for me because when I trained in a French restaurant to be a sous chef, I learned to cook not using any recipes. I am my best in the kitchen when I experiment and just let my creative juices flow. It’s very rare when I make something the same way twice and even rarer for me to follow recipes. Writing these recipes down was quite an achievement for me!

What advice would you give to someone that is thinking about or currently working on a food book or cookbook
Get a good editor who is experienced with editing cookbooks. They will help with your story development and help you format your recipes.

How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Rejections are a part of life and how you handle those rejections can be the difference between the glass half empty and the glass half full. And the difference between publication and the trash can. People say it’s the journey, not the destination that’s important. I say it’s both.

The purpose of this article is to share with you the journey of trying to get my first book published and its final destination. If I can pass along a few tips, some motivational words, a little humor – all the better. After all, life’s just plain cake without the icing of a few words.

In 2007, I began to write my first book, The Chef of Hearts. I knew I wanted it to be about a middle-aged woman reinventing herself and I wanted it to include recipes. But beyond that, I had no clue. As the story progressed, my quirky voice emerged and the story morphed into a combination of Lucy Ricardo meets Bridget Jones. It was amazing. I could actually visualize the wacky scenes unfolding in my book. I was so excited that before the book was even finished, I sent out queries to multiple agents. Lo and behold, an agent nibbled . . . “This is indeed fun. I would like to try to sell it for you.”

In a panic, I slapped together an ending and rushed it off to the agent. Before I could even comprehend what was happening, my book was sent off to a bunch of A list houses. The query immediately piqued their attention and they promised to read it, ASAP. And that’s when the rejections started piling up, like dirty clothes in a laundry hamper. “I liked the concept but wasn’t as compelled by the story as I would have liked . . . . Thanks much for sending me this. An inventive idea, but I’m afraid that I just didn’t fall in love with it the way I wanted to . . . While Jennifer’s recipes all look fantastic and the basic premise of the novel is interesting, I never developed a strong enough connection to the main character to really care about her fate or become truly drawn into the story”. . . Hmmm . . . not so good . . . but hey, I had an agent. He could always send my book out to more houses.

More rejections arrived with similar comments but I didn’t care. It was like I was in bed with naivety and rolling around in my fantasy dream of getting my book published. It wasn’t until I received the last rejection that I began to smell the coffee. My agent was not going to send my book out to more publishing houses and I needed to have my book edited. But I still didn’t open my eyes. I fell into the trap of thinking I could fix the book myself. Like one of those “do it yourself” projects from Home Depot. The kind of project that sits in a bag on a counter, gets shoved in a corner, and is finally relegated to the junk space in your cabinet.

Over the next few years, my dream of getting my book published sort of dithered away. I rewrote the book a couple of times, never really getting it right. And then for some odd reason, I picked it up last year. I rewrote it once more, renamed it Pickin’ Tomatoes and sent it out to multiple agents. And you know what? Once again, it was picked up by another agent. At this point, I would love to say this time around things were different, that I had learned from my past mistakes, and achieved victory – publication.

But alas, it was like that movie GroundHog Day with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. I couldn’t seem to stop reliving the same situation, the same destiny – rejection, rejection, rejection . . . “a fun premise, I’m afraid I just didn’t fall in love with the voice . . . when I started reading, I was captivated by the narrative voice. But as I continued to read, I got bogged down in too many flashbacks . . .a bit light for our fiction list . . . The Bull is not right for the imprint (Got to say, that one was my favorite, by far) . . . I really enjoyed reading this story; Ms. Bull’s writing is both touching and humorous, and her recipes sound delicious. While there is so much to recommend about this one, I’m not sure how I could make it stand out from other novels like it . . . Finally, I smelled the coffee, woke up and opened my eyes. This was not going to work. Ever. I had failed.

Or had I? There’s a quote from an unknown author that I love. “When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.” Why had I held on so long to my dream of publishing this book? Why did I have to settle for no? Why did I have to succumb to other people’s decisions regarding my book? Maybe it was time to take matters into my own hands and figure out what I wanted for a change.

So here I am. Will my dreams come true? I know one of them will – my book has been published. I hired a professional editor, a graphic artist, and a book formatting company and I did it myself through Createspace on Amazon. Will it be successful? I have no idea. I hope so. But after all the frustrating ups and downs, almosts and maybes, it’s no longer about the book being successful. It’s about my personal goal to take charge of my book and my life.

You can change your destiny. To me, that is success. And just maybe, I’ve found what I’ve been searching for all along . . . the icing on the cake.


Author Bio:
JW Bull is the author of Pickin’ Tomatoes and is currently a finalist in the Shirley You Jest Comedic Book Awards.

She was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio and grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia. Raised by parents who believed in encouraging their children to follow their dreams, JW received a bachelor of violin performance from Furman University and also worked as a sous chef in a french restaurant.

Currently, JW lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two sons. When she’s not teaching violin, playing in The Georgia Symphony, or cooking she is working on her next book, Musical Chairs.

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Author Home Page Link
Link To Book On Amazon
Link to Book on Barnes and Noble
Link to Book for sale via other sites

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http://www.facebook.com/jwbullpickintomatoes
http://twitter.com/Pickintomatoes

Originally posted 2012-09-20 06:32:50. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Choosing the Scope and Structure of Your Blog

Choosing the Scope and Structure of Your Blog (Deborah Carney, Tricia Meyer, Liz Fogg) Take the advice of our expert bloggers on how your blog should be built and whether you should be a general blog or focus on a niche. Find out who owns your content if you are blogging on popular free blog services, and why you can be hurting your SEO as well.

Originally posted 2012-02-12 06:08:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Free Kindle Book – Buddha Beach Sedona Arizona – a Photo Essay

Free September 19, 20 and 21st 2012 If you download and enjoy the book, please leave a review on Amazon and/or post a comment on this thread. Thanks!

Buddha Beach: Sedona, Arizona (The Southwest Gallery Series) (Deborah Carney, Liz Fogg, Alec Ababon) As I (Deborah Carney) was photographing the tiny (and not so tiny) rock structures I knew they had to be paired with quotes and sayings from Buddha. I hope you will enjoy this journey through Buddha Beach paired with some insightful quotations from Buddha.

Originally posted 2012-09-19 08:17:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Damon Ferrell Marbut Author Interview – @BookGoodies Author Series

Author Damon Ferrell Marbut joins BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney for an interview about his books, how he started, advice for new and established authors.

Damon Ferrell Marbut is the author of Awake in the Mad World. He is currently working on his second novel in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he lives and works. Connect with him online at www.damonferrellmarbut.com.

From Damon:
I’ve recently released my debut novel, *Awake in the Mad World, *after three years of reluctance and apprehension toward the publishing industry as it now exists, versus how I knew it growing up. My blog has been created (and is still very new and developing) to help build a conversation around creativity, craft, process, and publishing options in the modern arena. My goal is to help others grow in confidence about how they will approach their own work being published, either by a press or publisher, or independently, as I have gone through this very recently. Your call for authors is exactly the conversation I hope to have with future students and writers.

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Originally posted 2012-07-12 07:42:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter