An Announcement and a Fund-Raising Campaign to make my event a Sccess

On July 21, 2018 I am scheduled to appear at the Middle Georgia Indie Book Festival and I am excited for the opportunity to participate. For this to be a successful event I am respectfully requesting support by conducting a fund-raising campaign, and your support would be greatly appreciated. As a special thank you gift, I am giving copies of “Stories outside the Box” to anyone making donations toward the project. If you would like to support this campaign, you may do so in two ways. You can either visit to “buy a coffee” for $3 or you can make a donation of any amount directly to my paypal account by visiting Your support is much appreciated.

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Interview with Phyllis Staton Campbell

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My guest today, on Rainne’s Ramblings, is Phyllis Staton Campbell.

Phyllis, who was born blind, writes about the world she knows best. She calls on her experience as teacher of the blind, peer counselor and youth transition coordinator. She says that she lives the lives of her characters: lives of sorrow and joy; triumph and failure; hope and despair. That she and her characters sometimes see the world in a different way, adds depth to the story. She sees color in the warmth of the sun on her face, the smell of rain, the call of a cardinal, and God, in a rainbow of love and grace.

Although she was born in Amherst County, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran church, not far from the home she shared with her husband, Chuck, who waits beyond that…

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Best Practices for Authors Looking to Optimize Their Marketing Strategy – by Kimberley Grabas…

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It’s an unfortunate truth that writing a good book doesn’t guarantee an author’s success.

With so many others vying for readers’ attention, it’s important to implement an effective marketing strategy. Various brands rely on best practices instilled by a Facebook advertising specialist or Instagram expert to promote their products, and authors may consider doing the same to attract a broader audience.

However, if hiring a professional is not currently in the budget, the onus is on authors to understand which marketing channels are available, and which will fit best with their marketing objectives.

Popular options include various social media platforms, a website, and email marketing. The tips here will help you sell more books by explaining how to independently optimize each channel.

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AUTHOR’S CORNER: Kanabec Times Features Children’s Author Tammy Frost and Her Book Fay and the Rainy Day

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There IS a Wrong Way to Write a Book Review!

Do you struggle with writing book reviews? Are you afraid of putting too much or too little information in an honest review? Here are some tips that will help you write honest reviews, without giving away spoilers or hurting the author’s feelings in the process.

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Are You Distracted?

I have the notifications turned on on my phone, but when it gives me a tri-tone or WordPress pings at me, I don’t look at the notifications until I am done with my writing session.

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Hi, SE Readers. Joan here today. I don’t know about you, but I consider myself blessed to live in the twenty-first century.

While I enjoy living a simple life, I’m thankful for modern technology, especially those things that benefit me as a writer. We have word processing programs and writing software. I can’t imagine writing an 85K word novel using a manual typewriter. For that matter, an electric one.

The internet enables us to conduct research from the privacy of our home. Not that many years ago, we would have needed to pay a visit to our local library.

Let’s not forget the era of self-publishing. We don’t have to be at the mercy of large publishing houses and agents. Anyone, with a little effort, can become a published author.

This is an era of instant information. We no longer have to wait for the evening news or the morning…

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Descending into Madness…

Have you ever had a story that just won’t leave you alone? here’s how one author handled her story.

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All Stories Must Fall Apart

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I thought I knew exactly how the book was going to end.

If you’ve ever tried to write a novel or short story, you probably already know what happened next.

It turned out that I did not, in fact, know how the book was going to end. Because the ending I tried just didn’t work. It fell flat. It wasn’t just that I hated it. It simply did not belong in this book.

This, of course, snet me down a long and agonizing path full of worry and doubt. Was I really the right person to write this story? If I couldn’t figure out how to end it, was it even worth finishing?

Things got worse. Scrolling through the almost 70,000 words I had written, I began to notice things. Bad things. Things that I’d written that just weren’t good, or didn’t seem like they fit.

Suddenly I realized I…

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