Sunday, May 27, 2012

Illuminating Blogger Award

Woo Hoo!

So here I am, minding my own business (okay everybody's business, I was on Twitter) when I see a Tweet that I was nominated for the Illuminating Blogger Award. Where did that come from??

I am honored and humbled by the recognition and I must send out props to KD Rush from The Rush Room for the nomination. The Illuminating Blogger Award is bestowed upon individuals or groups with informative content or blogging techniques or personalities. I have to think most of the content that has garnered this attention is through the Indies Unlimited Site that I contribute to on a weekly basis. While I do separate the content from this blog to IU, I tend to provide the more "how to" stuff over at IU.

Please visit the site for the award "givers" here.

The Rules
1. The nominee should visit the award site ( and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way that we can create a blogroll of award winners).
2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.
3. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
4. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award.
5. Notify your  nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (

Random Fact
I was a member of the College All-American Marching Band and performed at the Statue of Liberty Centennial celebration in New York City.

Five Blogs
1. Storyfix  Author Larry Brooks, Story Engineering
2. Book Dads  Author Chris Singer
3. A Newbies Guide to Publishing    Author JA Konrath - Hugely influential
4. Amanda Hocking's Blog Author Amanda Hocking - Hugely influential in the early days
5. Full Moon Bites - Author Holly - She posted my first review ever!

These are five blogs that have changed my life. I don't say that lightly.

Lonely Life? Not as a Writer


That word looks so lonely. Every author has heard the proverbial, “Writing is the loneliest profession.”


We spend countless hours in front of the keyboard, with our imaginary and sometimes not so imaginary friends.

Think about it, if you write 750 words per hour (a decent clip, about what I average when I’m rolling) that means in the best case scenario, that’s 133 hours for a 100,000 word novel. In other words if you wrote for a solid five hours per day, it would work out to roughly 27 days—month and a week if you believe in weekends.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Nice reference letter from a client

Hi All, 
I know I've been quiet lately. Lot's going on. I wanted to share with you a letter I received from a non-profit that I worked with on a recent fundraising campaign. 

As I've grown in the indie publishing world, I've gotten more involved with social media. This has led to various freelance projects and helping others with developing platforms. Social media is a constant maze that changes almost daily. 

In this recent project, I worked with two non-profits to help them set up a social media program and then launch a fundraising campaign. It was a very rewarding project and we were able to help them raise enough money to receive a dollar for dollar match by the WK Kellogg Foundation. 

Some nice props from the Southern Partners Fund
I just received this letter in the mail today. It made my day!

Thanks to Linda and her team for helping make this a truly successful experience.  

If you are interested in learning more about working with social media please leave a comment below and I'll be happy to discuss with you.