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Today I’m celebrating…

AUTHOR, SHIRLEY HARRIS-SLAUGHTER

NJ:  Hi, Shirley, thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Shirley:   November 28

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Shirley:  Second

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Shirley:  Adult

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Shirley:  Trying to address issues.

NJ:  Please put these in order of importance to you: Faith, Family, Friends, Loyalty, Honesty

Shirley:  (1) Faith, (2) Family, (3) Honesty, (4) Friends, (5) Loyalty 

NJ:  What is the one thing people who really know you might say about you to a stranger?

Shirley:  Trustworthy

NJ:  In three paragraphs or less, if you could, how would you change the world?

Shirley:  You have to start out with a vision. I would start by praying. It is powerful! You can’t do anything without a relationship with God. Then I would lead by example. You must show people that you are willing to do the work. They will follow you. You must have a strong presence or have the ability to persuade. If you are lacking, then you find somebody who does have it and use them. Use all the resources you have available to you to get the job done.

NJ:  Describe yourself in ONE word.

Shirley:  Bubbly!

NJ:  THREE words that others might use to describe you.

Shirley:  Funny, frank and honest.

NJ:  What do you see when you look in the mirror? 

Shirley:  A confident woman. A woman with no hair.

NJ:  Three women who you admire – famous or otherwise.

Shirley:  Nonnie Jules, Meghan Markle and Kim Procter. What do you admire most about them? Nonnie is a smart and trustworthy friend who had a vision and acted on it. MM is a fighter. She saved her prince and didn’t allow anyone to take her down. Kim Procter is a doer and leader in the KPC Catholic Organization; all while raising 3 beautiful children right by her side.

NJ:  What is the legacy you’d like to leave behind?

Shirley:  You can have marriage and a career and purpose in your life.

NJ:  What contributions, if any, have you made to society?

Shirley:  Writing a book to remember our legacy.

NJ:  If at all, how has belonging to RRBC helped you as a writer?

Shirley:  Being a member of RRBC has made me aware of problem areas in my writing which has been limiting my writing ability.

NJ:  What has belonging to RRBC brought to your life?

Shirley:  It has put me in the company of Ms. Nonnie Jules who is a wonderful human being. I have met other good people who have been supportive of my works. It is a very supportive community which you can’t find anywhere else.

NJ:  Shirley, I am honored to know you.  Please accept these flowers from my heart to yours.

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Friends, please visit Shirley’s RRBC Author Page to learn more about her and follow her social media.  More than anything, I’d like to ask that you pick up a copy of her book, “RONALD L. POWELL:  MISSING IN ACTION.”

Ronald L. Powell by Shirley Harris Slaughter

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Today I’m celebrating…

AUTHOR, PTL PERRIN

NJ:  Hi, Patty, thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Patty:  October 9

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Patty:  First

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Patty:  My first article was published in 2008, but I wrote for fun long before that.

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Patty:  I’ve always loved to write, but never thought I was good enough. My husband encouraged me to take a course called Writing to Publish. Seeing my article in print was exciting enough to make me want to publish more.

NJ:  Please put these in order of importance to you: Faith, Family, Friends, Loyalty, Honesty.

Patty:  Faith, Family, Friends, Honesty, Loyalty

NJ:  What is the one thing people who really know you might say about you to a stranger?

Patty:  That I love the Lord.

NJ:  Awesome. In three paragraphs or less, if you could, how would you change the world?

Patty:  I would make the USA energy independent and an exporter of energy to Europe, as we were and did just over a year ago. As of now, we and Europe buy our oil from Russia and Middle Eastern countries that hate us, which means we are financing Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine and every attempt by Arab nations to take down Israel. I would reestablish the Keystone pipeline, put the 70,000 workers who lost their jobs last January back to work, and stop all restrictions on our energy industry.

I would end all restrictions on free speech that the cancel culture has imposed on Americans in violation of our First Amendment rights. I would make sure people who voice opinions I don’t agree with won’t lose their jobs over it or be banned from social media platforms, and that people who don’t like my opinions cannot try to impose their views on me with the threat of losing my job or being banned.

I would end all vaccine and mask mandates immediately, especially where they concern our children, healthcare workers, first responders, and federal workers. No one should lose their job for refusing to allow untested substances to be injected into their bodies, especially since the vaccinated are as contagious as the unvaccinated.

NJ:  Describe yourself in ONE word

Patty:  Passionate

NJ:  THREE words that others might use to describe you

Patty:  1. Stubborn 2. Conservative, right-wing, or Constitutionalist, depending upon where they stand 3. encouraging

NJ:  What do you see when you look in the mirror?

Patty:  A vibrant, eternal spirit temporarily stuck in an aging body.

NJ:  Three women that you admire – famous or otherwise. What do you admire most about them?

Patty:  Donna Carbone, author, playwright, managing director of Palm Beach Institute for the Entertainment Arts. She’s courageous, generous, loving, supportive, and talented. She is an advocate for women’s safety and has appeared on numerous talk shows with her daughter, who survived a brutal rape and was nearly beaten to death. Her daughter survived and thrived, in part thanks to her mother’s bravery.

Yvette Calleiro, author, poet, teacher, mother. Despite a series of challenges, including having had to teach simultaneous online and in person classes while wearing a mask during Covid, Yvette is raising an outstanding young man as a single mom, and still writes her poetry and excellent novels. I admire her courage, commitment, honesty, and talent.

Nonnie Jules, author, poet, creator, and leader of an online community of supportive authors. Although we disagree on some issues, Nonnie is willing to overlook our differences. She’s relentless in fostering an environment in which writers can grow and support each other. She values honesty, she’s generous, supportive, and pushes her people to be their best selves.

NJ:  What is the legacy you’d like to leave behind?

Patty:  I want everyone to love the God I know. He created a world populated by unique people, each with gifts and talents, each one beloved and with immeasurable potential. I hope I’m remembered as one who valued everyone, and both recognized and loved the fact that we are all different from each other and yet share the same humanity.

NJ:  What contributions, if any, have you made to society?

Patty:  Together with my husband, we contributed eight wonderful people to society. They, in turn, contributed another 25 beautiful humans. The power of multiplication in action.

NJ:  If at all, how has belonging to RRBC and RWISA helped you as a writer?

Patty:  It has helped me become a better writer through the critique group, and a more well-rounded reader through the many genres our members write. I’ve learned to use Twitter as a marketing tool, written some short pieces I would never have attempted before RRBC, and had a lot of fun getting to know the remarkable people I’ve met in RRBC and RWISA.

NJ:  What has belonging to RRBC and RWISA brought to your life?

Patty:  New friends, new books, and a better understanding of the power of mutual support.

NJ:  Patty, I am honored to know you.  Please accept these flowers from my heart to yours.

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Friends, please visit Patty’s RRBC Author Page to learn more about her and follow her social media.  More than anything, I’d like to ask that you pick up a copy of her book, “REFLECTIONS OF A MISFIT.”

Reflections of a Misfit by PTL Perrin

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My friend once sent me a beautiful portrait that she had commissioned of my family.  Along with that priceless gift, she sent me a text with the link to an old gospel song that contained the following lyrics: 

“Give me my flowers right now. If you feel like I deserve anything, don’t wait until I’m dead and gone.  If I’ve been nice to you or done something to make you happy along the way, then give me my flowers now while I can still see the beauty that they bring.” 

She said to me that she wanted to gift me with something beautiful because I was the most generous and thoughtful person she’d ever met.  She said she wanted me to know how much she appreciated me before one of us left this earth.  I’ve never forgotten that generous gift, nor the fact that someone viewed me in such a beautiful way. 

I never let an opportunity go by to celebrate and push those who deserve my support.  During this month when we are celebrating the history of women, I’d like to celebrate and profile those women who are simply AMAZING in the way they support and push others.  Throughout this week, I will shine a bright light each day on a woman who inspires me, and I hope you will join me as we learn more about each of them, while at the same time giving them their due praise and flowers… right now!

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Today I am celebrating…

AUTHOR, WANDA A. FISCHER

NJ:  Hi, Wanda, thanks for joining me today!  First, a few questions to warm the atmosphere and for us to learn some things we probably don’t know about you.  I’m short on time and I’m sure you are, too, so let’s make this a quick one.  First question… when is your birthday?

Wanda:  November 20

NJ:  If you have siblings, which child are you (first, second, third, etc.)?

Wanda:  First

NJ:  When did you begin writing?

Wanda:  In the second grade–I started writing letters to the editor then and also letters to President Eisenhower

NJ:  Why did you begin writing?

Wanda:  I don’t really know. It just came naturally to me at a young age. I had something to say, so I said it.

NJ:  Wanda, please put these in order of importance to you:  Faith, Family, Friends, Loyalty, Honesty

Wanda:  Family, Honesty, Friends, Faith, Loyalty (this is a tough one)

NJ:  What is the one thing people who really know you might say about you to a stranger?

Wanda:  That I would give my last dollar to make sure a hungry child was fed.

NJ:  In three paragraphs or less, if you could, how would you change the world? 

Wanda:   The first thing I would do to change the world is to ensure that the massive income gap between the wealthiest people and the poorest people would shrink. I believe there is no reason that someone should have a multimillion-dollar salary when the only reason that salary lands in his/her bank account is that people who are the “worker bees” are making poverty wages. The wealthy should be paying their fair share of taxes, as they did during the Eisenhower administration, when they paid ninety percent in taxes as part of the graduated income tax and didn’t moan and groan about it. 

Secondly, I would invest in housing for the homeless and veterans. These could be tiny houses in small village-like areas. A country like the one we live in should not have people living on the streets. If we can send people off to fight in wars, we should be responsible for taking care of them when they come home.

Finally, I would work with teachers in inner-city schools (after advocating to have their salaries raised) to ensure that they had the tools they need to teach properly, without having to spend their own money. I would encourage other retirees like me to participate in reading programs, like the one I volunteer in now, Reading is Fun, to go into elementary school classrooms and help lower-level readers learn to love reading. Such intergenerational programs benefit everyone involved and are an investment in society.

NJ:  WOW!  That’s a lot, but all good!  Please describe yourself in one word

Wanda:  Fortunate

NJ:  THREE words that others might use to describe you

Wanda:  Generous, Honest, Thoughtful

NJ:  What do you see when you look in the mirror?:

Wanda:  Someone who’s worked for many years and has earned the lines on her face.

NJ:  Who are three women that you admire – famous or otherwise, and what do you admire most about them?:

Wanda:  Filmmaker Ava DuVernay because she has brought the issues of civils rights to the big screen and has shown these historical facts to many people who had no knowledge of them prior to her movies (e.g., Bloody Sunday crossing the Edmund Pettis Bridge, and others).

Late University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summit, who passed away a few years ago after bringing that women’s team to many national basketball championships. She integrated the team in the south because she saw talents in women of all races and taught them how to work together as a team. When she became ill and had to stop coaching, I wrote her a letter telling her how much I’d admired her for so many decades. She answered my letter.

Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, whom I met once at the New York State Governor’s Mansion. Her commitment to the law and to women of all backgrounds, as well as her having admitted to having diabetes and having written a children’s book about what it was like to have been a Type I diabetic when she was a child, has left a lasting impression on me.

NJ:  What contributions, if any, have you made to society?

Wanda:  My two children are solid citizens, both professionals, of whom I am proud. I was involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. I was also involved in the anti-war movement in the 1960s. I was a paid performing singer and performed at many weddings and funerals, including two funerals for people who died in 9/11. Through my radio shows (45 years worth of on-air presence), I have reached many people, especially during the pandemic, who looked to my shows for a “sense of normalcy” when the world was turned upside down. 

NJ:  What is the legacy you’d like to leave behind?

Wanda:  I hope that people would remember that I was devoted to my family and community. I would also hope that people remember that I treated those whom I supervised when I was working were treated as my equals and not my subordinates. And I would also hope that people would know that I constantly worked to help society’s underdogs.

NJ:  By the way, CONGRATULATIONS!  You’re the newest RRBC member to be added to the RWISA roster!  We’re excited to have you on the island.  If at all, how has belonging to RRBC and RWISA helped you as a writer?

Wanda:  I have learned a great deal about the publishing process from fellow writers. I have also learned that some of my struggles with beginning to write fiction at an advanced age were shared by others. I learned how not to be discouraged by criticism and to offer positive remarks to my fellow writers. 

NJ:  What has belonging to RRBC and RWISA brought to your life?

Wanda:  Camaraderie, self confidence, and some of the best reading I’ve done throughout my life has come through these organizations. I know that I can contact one of my fellow members if I have questions or concerns. Members span all backgrounds and ages, and their insights are valuable as I continue writing.

NJ:  Wanda, I am honored to know you.  Please accept these flowers from my heart to yours.

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Friends, please visit Wanda’s RRBC Author Page to learn more about her and follow her social media.  More than anything, I’d like to ask that you pick up a copy of her book, “HANDPRINTS.”

Handprints by Wanda Fischer

At or after 12 Midnight CT tonight, please click HERE for Day 2 of my Women of Excellence Salute!

All We Ever Have Is Each Other #Inspiration @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

It’s Sunday – and as I sit on my bed, computer on my lap desk (working), I’m hit by an overwhelming sense of loving and supporting – the need to continually help my fellow authors become the best they can be… to be successful and to shine as bright as the sun on a beautiful, hot summer day.  I have an extremely busy schedule, day and night; and in spite of my tight circle of fellow RRBC members pushing me to rest, I’ll admit to working long hours with very little sleep. (Sorry Team).  I try to rest, but my mind just won’t turn off.  The wheels keep spinning and whispering, “What can you do next to push them even higher?” I joke with my husband that I’ll rest plenty when I’m dead (and I will). But there is this innate need in me to pick up the slack of support, where I see it absent on another side. Something inside me, won’t let me stop.

Aside from my “job” which I love, I’m behind the scenes daily promoting and pushing the members of the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, as well as the other authors in my community of support. I suppose I’m hoping to inspire others to spend more time supporting instead of taking support, or making excuses as to why they can’t give more, or in the case of some, give at all. (Excuses:  worn out tools used to build monuments of nothing).

RRBC was founded on the premise of support and we have never wavered from our stance of one supporting another; and we never will.  Some may get tired of hearing me preach SUPPORT, SUPPORT, SUPPORT, but although I’m just as tired of repeating myself and sounding like a broken record, one by one, the light comes on inside of someone new, and they jump on board the support train! Yes, some who were once sitting at the train station watching all the cars go by, end up driving the train!  The support bug bit them hard, and oh, when that happens, it’s a wonderful sight to see!  

I know that we’re not always satisfied with who we are or how we are, but today I’m optimistic that just as I do every single day, each of you strives to be a better version of yourself than you were the day before.  In my mind, I’m accepting that each of you really wants to do more for others… to give more to your neighbors… to support more even when you don’t get it in return.  Some of you do a really great job of this, and some of you just suck at it.  {Yes, I said that, and without so much as a teeny stutter.}  I’m not speaking to those who are dealing with life-altering or other life-changing circumstances; I’m speaking to those of you who get online to support yourself, and yourself only. WE ARE ALL DEALING WITH SOMETHING. If you can spend time supporting you, you are just as capable of spending time supporting others.  And, let me remind you, support is more than just sending out a few tweets.  Drop by someone’s blog, read their post, LIKE their post, leave a comment and then share it to social media.  Follow someone’s blog tour and do the same.  Host another on your blog.  These are just a few ways that you can give more in the way of support of others.

I love music… and although I love the kind that gets my toes tapping and pulls me onto the dance floor {or into the foyer of my home}, I love music that inspires, uplifts, and fuels fire inside.  Today, I want to share my current mood with you in this song called NEVER GIVE UP, because in the end, all we ever have is each other.  Let’s commit our lives to lifting and supporting others.  Believe me when I say, it doesn’t take much to support others, and what you get in return feels a hundred times better than anything you ever spent time putting out.  I would never ask you to do something that I haven’t first done myself, or, something that I don’t do on a regular basis. Supporting others is a constant in my life and I hope that if it isn’t already, you’ll soon make it a constant in yours, as well.

(There’s a special note at the end of this post so do read to the end).

If you need, a hand to hold
I’ll be the first reaching out you know
Good or bad, winding roads
I’ll be right there and I won’t let go

‘Cuz all we ever have is
Ever have is, one another
So let’s promise this
Never give up on each other

Yeah – on each other

We all know, there are days
Mountains to climb and battles to face
So it’s good to know that when we fall
Someone will catch us cause after all
All we ever have is
Ever have is, one another
So let’s promise this
Never give up on each other
All we ever have is
Ever have is, one another
So let’s promise this
Never give up on each other

(Never give up, Never give up)

On each other

(Never give up, Never give up)

I know that you need a hand
You know that I understand
We’ll never give up never give up never give up on us
I know that you need a hand
You know that I understand
We’ll never give up never give up never give up on us

All we ever have is
Ever have is, one another
So let’s promise this
Never give up on each other
All we ever have is
Ever have is one another
So let’s promise this
Never give up on each other
So let’s promise this
Never give up on each other

Starting tomorrow, I’m bringing you something special here at WATCH NONNIE WRITE! I’m ending the month with a bang and I look forward to you joining me!

Thanks for dropping by!

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

#Ashamed @JoyGerken @RRBC_Org @4WillsPub @4WP11 #RRBC #Ukraine #England #4WillsPub

Author, Joy M. Lilley (aka Joy Gerken) from Kent in England, shares her disappointment in her country and here is why…

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Hello, everybody, and thanks to you all for the amazing support I am receiving as RRBC’s March 2022 “SPOTLIGHT” Author!

I have to get something off my chest today.

For the first time in my life, I feel ashamed of the stance my government is taking regarding the refugees from Ukraine. We have taken in so few to date and yet almost every day, asylum-seekers come to our shores in rubber dinghies seeking refuge from the war in Ukraine.

Today sees the U.K. issuing 700 visas for the refugees, however it is taking far too long to process them and bring these poor souls into Britain. My heart aches for these people. Poland and surrounding countries in Europe are taking them in by the thousands.

I appreciate the fact that we are a small island, but in my opinion, we are failing these innocent people.

Thank you for bearing with…

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Welcome to Day 1 of the #RRBC March Spotlight #Author Tour for @JoyGerken! @RRBC_Org #RRBCSA @NonnieJules

March is WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH and although today is the 7th day of the month, I’d like to kick this wonderful time off by introducing you to a woman whose history is rich.  

Welcome to Day 1 of the RRBC MARCH “SPOTLIGHT” Author Tour!  I am honored to introduce you to Author, Joy M. Lilley, who I don’t believe has ever graced us with her presence here before.  I could be wrong, but I think I’m right.

Joy is sharing her re-released title, FIGS, VINES & ROSES with us.  Please, grab your copy today and support Joy along her tour!

Figs, Vines & Roses by Joy M. Lilley

Chapter 1 Snippet:

As she stood in between the wooden pews of the little country church in Hagley, deep in the heart of the Black Country, Isabella thought back on her childhood years as she looked up at the beautiful stained-glass windows. The year was 1898 and she began to recall all that had happened down through the years, which was connected to this place, the focus of the community. She remembered a comfortable and cheerful childhood, especially the years before she was sent away to boarding school in Oxford.

 Isabella, affectionately known as ‘Issy,’ now eighteen years old, had become the most beautiful, tall, blond, and fair-skinned, marriageable girl in the forty-mile radius she frequented. Standing, quiet and alone, her thoughts returned to the long, sizzling summer days when she and her brother, Clarence, would play for hours on end, never wanting to return home until after dark.

The church stood about three quarters of a mile from Cobnut Hall, where she and her brother lived with their parents, Ralph, and Agnes. This place was where their Sunday mornings and occasional evenings were spent worshipping the Lord. It was the place where all the family enjoyed celebratory occasions. It was the venue of sad events, as well.

 The memories that had come from that church were endless. It was where her mother and father had married; where she and her brother were christened; where her mother and grandmother taught her to arrange the church flowers, and when she was sixteen, it was there that her beloved grandmother had been laid to rest.

Now, Isabella and her family were planning their move to the South of England. She and her mother had spent the best part of the bitterly cold winter, trying to find a suitable home for them to live in.  Of all the winters she had ever experienced, she had never known one that had wreaked so much havoc upon the land and the people. The days seemed to go on forever with no sun appearing at all. Isabella recalled everything being grey, wet, muddy, and chaotic.

AUTHOR BIO:

Joy Gerken

My pen name is Joy M. Lilley (aka Joy Gerken).  I am a writer and have been writing seriously since 2011 with seven books published to date. My previous career was as a trained nurse [R.G.N.] which I loved but it offered little time for me to write until my retirement.

I joined Rave Reviews Book Club (RRBC) almost 6 years ago and have been amazed by the friendship and support offered by all.

FIGS, VINES & ROSES was the first novel produced by me. I paid a considerable sum to have it edited at the time. This proved not to be adequate for a number of reasons.  Several folks in RRBC commented about the need for further editing, and when that number reached three people, I felt it necessary to do something about it.

It was recently re-edited by 4WillsPublishing.  They kindly offered to help me with the extra work at zero cost.  It’s been re-released on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats. If you took a stab at the first version, I would appreciate it if you would reach out to Amazon for the updated version and give it another go.  

I promote my work via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I also pay for promotion. I am ever grateful for the amazing support given by the members of RRBC.

I enjoy audio recording short stories on my advanced home equipment, and I now offer voice-over work through Fiverr.

SOCIAL MEDIA & PURCHASE LINKS:

Twitter:  @JoyGerken:  https://twitter.com/joygerken

FIGS, VINES & ROSES on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Figs-Vines-Roses-Family-Saga-ebook/dp/B09SWR3D7Z

Welcome to the debut of the WATCH #RWISA WRITE 2022 Anthology: “Life Is But A Rose Garden” @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA

Hello, friends!  

Is this the first time we’re meeting in 2022?  If so, I promise to do a better job of bringing you great content to Watch Nonnie Write!  But today, I have a very, very, very special treat for you!

Introducing the WATCH RWISA WRITE 2022 Anthology, “Life Is But A Rose Garden,” debuting on Amazon today for only $2.99!  We invite you to take a look at the promo for this little gem below, and lastly, we ask for your support by purchasing a copy, as well as spreading the word of its release via your own social media! 

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Friends, thank you for dropping by today in support of this new release!  We hope that what you find between the covers brings you much joy and pleasure as you read it, and we also hope that some of what you find here will give you pause – just a little pause, though, before you hop to your feet and spring into action!  There are many calls to action in this little gem!

Thank you, again, for dropping by and we’re thanking you in advance for your support of this delicious little treat!

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SPECIAL NOTE:  We ask that while reading this anthology, should you find any hiccups in the way of misspelled words, we would greatly appreciate you dropping us a note at RWISAInfo@gmail.com to let us know, so that we can make the correction(s) immediately!  Thank you!

YOUR COMMENTS MATTER, TOO! @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA @NonnieJules @4WillsPub @4WP11 #writing #authors #RRBC

Before I begin this post, I want to make it clear that this message is not intended for anyone who suffers from dyslexia or dysgraphia.  Dyslexia is a term most of us are familiar with.  Dysgraphia may be new to some of you, so here is an article that will explain both in layman’s terms.

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If you follow me, you should know that I only blog when I have something of substance to share.  I truly care about all of us who have taken on the label of “writer” and I wish for all of us to be at the top, standing shoulder to shoulder… equal in our quest to have readers salivating after our books.  But for that to happen, I must release these tidbits of wisdom that I am compelled to share when they weigh heavily upon my heart. 

I am an extremely particular character when it comes to writing.  Every bit of writing that you publish, no matter where you publish it, matters in my book.  The writers who ensure that every bit of writing they publish is error-free and makes sense, meaning there is clarity in the thoughts they are attempting to share, are my kind of writers.  So, this post today is not for them – it’s for everyone else… those I lovingly refer to as lazy writers.

I am the person who trashes advertising flyers left on my door or my car windshield if I find one typo.  I am the person who cringes and never returns to visit blog sites riddled with typos and confusion.  I am the person who literally covers my eyes and peeks through my fingers when reading email messages that are poorly written, shocked that someone would send such trash.  I am the person who stops reading books after just a few pages if I’ve found similar issues mentioned above in those first few pages.  Why would I waste my time reading any farther?

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I often say that if you can’t pen a proper email, one free of typos and punctuation issues, then I am not at all interested in reading any book you may have written.  I have, and will always stand by the fact that if you can’t write an email, you probably can’t write a good book that anyone would want to read.

The same goes for comments I tend to read around the net.  If your comments are jumbled and your words are scrambled and I am left scratching my head after reading them, then what would be pushing me to run out and purchase your book? Certainly not the comments that left me confused, because I’m pretty sure that those left me running, screaming in the opposite direction.

Please, please, save me from (insert Author name) book!

Here is a fictional example of the scary comments I’m referring to…

I hoping you all have a azaning Christmass holiday tomorrow will be cold in my homw twon Colorodo, I will be warm if I kee my coat buitoned up

I put this in color and bold because I want everyone to really see this.  SOME OF YOU WRITE LIKE THIS!  Seriously, I’ve seen it!  I’ve seen it in books, I’ve seen it in email messages, but I see it most in comments that some of you wanna-be writers post publicly around the web for the world to read.

It takes only a moment (to take your time) to do things right the first time. (My husband hears this often.)

I read this quote recently… Only God does things right the first time.  “Bulls&$@!” I say.  That’s a cop-out and a lazy excuse for not giving something your absolute best the first time out of the gate.  And by the way, stop buying into every ridiculous quote you read – I don’t care who penned them!

As newly published authors, many of us didn’t know what we were doing when we first took that leap.  We thought we were getting it right the first time, myself included, but after being in the business for a while, we quickly learned how badly we erred in our attempts.  Learning and growing from those first attempts, are what makes us better writers.  If you published poorly in the beginning of your writing career, yet, have gone back to correct those published mistakes from your past, kudos to you!  I’d love to read your re-dos.  But, if after learning of your mistakes and not caring that they are still out there and continually making those same mistakes, well, as I like to say, “I gots nothing for ya!”  No waste of my money.  No waste of my time.

Now back to these comments.  How many times can I say RE-READ, RE-READ, AND RE-READ AGAIN, BEFORE YOU HIT PUBLISH OR SEND in any arena?  Here’s how to do that…

  • Once you have written a comment, before you hit send or publish, read it at least three times slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwlyyyyyyyy.  I assure you, you’ll find your mistakes if you made any, and those mistakes will be your little secret to keep.   

Why do I recommend re-reading at a minimum three times before hitting send or publish?  Because our eyes tend to see what we intend to say, not necessarily what we have actually written down.

Try my tip above, because I am so overwhelmed at being tired of checking some of you authors off my reading list, simply based on your comments that you leave around the web.  And please know, I’m not the only “reader” who feels this way.  Some of you couldn’t GIVE me your books for FREE.  

(I’d like to take this moment to recognize those of you who have left comments on the RRBC site or any of the other sites I might manage, and after hitting SEND you recognized your hiccup and then sent us a message, asking us to please correct your hiccup before we released the comment.  Some RRBC members do this with email messages they send to me, as well.  Kudos to all of you for being cognizant of having made those mistakes and wanting to correct them before they’re made public!  RRBC is proud that it has taught so many of its authors and past member-authors how important having this awareness is.)

If you care about your reputation as a writer AND you want to be taken seriously as an author, implement this FREE advice into all your writing.  You have my promise that your reader-base will begin to grow taller than ‘ole Jack’s beanstalk in no time at all!

Happy re-reading and re-reading and re-reading!

Do you take the time to check your writing before you hit send or publish?  Have you left comments that are similar to the huge sample hiccup I shared above?  What will you do going forward?

#Authors #Writers, today is your lucky day! @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA @NonnieJules

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You’re #Following All Wrong & Open Your Damn DMs! @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA @NonnieJules

It is a must that I share my thoughts today. You see, I’m all about helping my fellow writers and authors.  I believe in the “each one, teach one” motto – I work it and I live it, so when I find something that might be beneficial to you, I share it.  In turn, I hope that you will share it with others, as well.

I’m on Twitter more than I’m on any other social media platform, and what I am noticing about some of you authors, is troubling me to my core.  I’m laying out those troubles down below in two points.

Point #1:  You’re following all wrong.  I see Twitter bios that read “I only follow authors.”

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I cringe.

Here’s my problem with that.  Those people who you are shunning because they don’t wear an author hat, are also readers.  So, when you proudly post, “I’m not going to follow you unless you’re an author,” they move right along to the next author who realizes that everyone is a potential reader for their book. 

Fix your bio!

Point #2:  You’re blocking your blessings.  I see Twitter bios that read “NO DMS!” or “My DMS are closed,” or “I only respond to DMS from authors.”  Here again, you’re going about social media all wrong.  I understand that SPAM finds its way into our DMS from time to time, or other unsolicited nonsense, but, when you close off your DMs, or you publicize that you don’t read your DMs, you’re letting {sometimes} lucrative opportunities pass you by.  Just yesterday I posted a tweet that read:  I’m not sure what every1 has against DMs, but u might want 2 re-think shunning ALL DMs. Sometimes, ur gr8est opportunities will come by way of ur DM. Don’t block ur blessings, people. Most often, they only come knocking once. So, as long as ur not spam, my DMs R always open.  A young man replied to that tweet with something like, “I agree,” and in that moment, I checked out his bio, which was extremely interesting, and then popped into his DM to invite him to be a guest on our LET’S TALK ABOUT IT! Show at RRBC!  

When I invite someone to appear in my 12 Days of Authors series, which by the way I hope to return just in time for Christmas (Yayyy!), I go into DMs to send those invites because I don’t have everyone’s email address, and I sure as heck am not going to post that invite publicly.  I can only recall one author turning down my 12 Days invite, and that was due to a scheduling issue – I mean, who would miss out on an opportunity to introduce their book(s) to the masses?  That’s like saying no to free book promotion.

If I want to tell you how poorly edited I found your book to be before I post the review to Amazon, do you want me to announce that in an open tweet, or, would you prefer that I share that info with you privately, via your DM?

Yes, there are annoyances found in our DMs but for the most part, there are a ton more blessings waiting there.  

Stop following the crowds.  Some of you don’t even know why you’re posting about your “closed” DMs, you simply saw someone else posting that and did the same.  Don’t be like them.  Right now they could have an invite from Oprah waiting, asking if they’d like to be interviewed on live television for her book club, but, they’ll never know about it, because their DMs are closed.

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Open your damn DMs!

I hope you’ve learned a little something here today.  I also hope you’ll share it with your friends.  Leave me a comment below and let me know how you handle your own DM situation online.  Lastly, be sure to follow me on Twitter – as long as I can understand the language in your bio, I’m pretty sure I’ll be following you back! @NonnieJules

Take care…

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