marketing tips

Inspirational Journeys Presents SEO and Marketing Tips with Brandon Leibowitz

Brandon Leibowitz headshot

This week, my special guest shares tips for optimizing your website to increase its rankings on Google and other search engines, content creation, using long tail keywords and hashtags on your site and social media channels, and more about marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and a tool for taking notes and hang out with us for some useful tips to help drive high-quality traffic to your website.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Marketing and SEO tips with Brandon Leibowitz!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Brandon Leibowitz

WHEN?

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST MARKETING EXPERT Brandon Leibowitz…

Brandon Leibowitz runs and operate SEO Optimizers since 2007. We are a digital marketing company that focuses on helping small and medium-sized businesses get more online traffic, which in turn converts into clients, sales, leads, etc.

Connect with Brandon at the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/BrandonLeibs/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandonleibowitz/

https://www.youtube.com/c/BrandonLeibowitz

https://www.instagram.com/leibowitzbrandon/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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podcasting, poetry

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Find Joy in your Writing

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,

I’m coming to you today with a simple little bonus post to share a bit of encouragement with you. If you remember, last Saturday, I shared a poem on my blog entitled A Prayer for Clarity. Today, I bring you that same poem in the form of a YouTube video and a podcast episode along with a bit of encouragement.

After you either listen to the podcast or watch the video, I have a quick call to action for you. I challenge you to find joy in your writing today. When you do, write about it on your own blog and link back to this post and the poem linked above, so I can read the story of how you found joy in your writing, and I can share it on my social platforms. Happy writing and God bless you all.

Hugs,

Ann

author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Fiction Versus Nonfiction Editing with Hannah Lyon

Hanah Lyon head shot

This week, I’m in my element, as my special guest and I talk about one of my favorite subjects, editing. We also cover her ghostwriting services and her work on a fantasy trilogy. However, I share a tip with her and I pick her brain about different aspects of editing and championing an author’s story.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Fiction Versus Nonfiction Editing With Hannah Lyon

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Hannah Lyon

WHEN?

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST EDITOR AND GHOSTWRITER Hannah Lyon…

Hannah R. Lyon is a professional editor who has assisted dozens of authors in both fiction and nonfiction, polishing their manuscripts to perfection for successful publication. Over the last five years, her quality editing has led to books being featured on #1 bestseller lists both nationally and internationally.

She is President of the Dis-Appropriate Wordsmiths Group, where she mentors other writers in critique, lessons, and goal setting for their individual literary projects. Hannah is a guest expert on the topics of writing and editing at virtual and in-person conferences and writer’s retreats.

She lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah, in an old brick house they remodeled by hand to create their own little castle. Her free time consists of indulging in story-driven video games, listening to and collecting classic rock and roll vinyl, and raising her two elven sprites of daughters.

Connect with Hannah at the following links:

Website: www.castlelyonediting.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/castlelyonediting
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ladylyon19

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:

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poetry

A Prayer for Clarity: Original Poetry

Reading, Writing, editing and crochet

So many things to do day by day

My mind’s in a whirl,

I can’t find my way

Because I’m all over the place!

When I try to write

I get stuck in my story

I ask myself

Does my writing give God the glory

And honor He deserves?

Or am I simply throwing out words

Just to please myself?

When I try to write,

I find a road block in my way.

Is God telling me

To stop and pray

For his wisdom and guidance along the way

To get me back on track?

God, give me the words you want me to write,

Even if I have to be up all night

Because I want my words to shine the light

On You.

Lord give me Clarity,

To take care of my first priority

And fill my heart with purity

To write each word for You.

Lord, declutter my brain

And help me find joy in the simple and plain

Words of love as I end this refrain

To give You honor, glory and Praise

For the rest of my days

To share the joy you’ve given me,

In my writing space.

Personal reflections

Observations about a Cicada’s Song

cicadas sitting on a leaf Photo by Chris F on
Pexels.com

Today I sat outside to think. As I sat in my swing, the cicadas were singing loud and quite close to my house and the trees. At first, I found the sounds to be obnoxious, and I had trouble concentrating on one particular thought. My Amazing Grace chime tinkled out a gentle tune. The longer I sat there thinking the cicadas were loud and obnoxious, the more I felt distracted by the sound. However, when I sat and listened to the cicadas, I sensed a difference in the sound quality. Let me explain in the next paragraph.

One Cicada in particular sounded as if it were singing from a tree off to my right. His song was staccato, like two objects being rubbed together in rapid succession. To be honest, there were two such cicadas, one off to my right, and one a little further away from the first. A third cicada had a high pitched song with an interesting, inexplicable vibration,.

As these insects sang, the breeze blew gently across my body. At times the temperature was cooler than normal on a warm humid day, like today, with a hint of moisture in the air. As the clouds moved away, the wind shifted back into it’s warm, humid state, with the sun feeling as though it were playing hide and seek with the clouds. As the clouds moved away, the cicadas seemed to move further away from the house, their songs growing quieter in volume.

Last Thursday morning, the same thing happened as I sat outside. However, the cicadas were loud enough to muffle the tinkle of the wind chimes in the breeze. Not long after I went back inside to either work on something, simply check my email, or tend to one of many such tasts, the rain started pounding my roof.

The question I asked myself as I listened to the cicadas outside today, “Is this a sign of the coming rain?” There are slight rain chances today, but not until the late afternoon. What were the cicadas, the slight shift in the temperature of the breeze and the gentle tinkle of wind chimes trying to tell me.

Here’s my call to action for you today: Whenever you’re sitting out on your front porch, close your eyes and listen to the world around you. What are your surroundings trying to tell you? Write down your reflections in either a journal, or post them on your blog, and link back to this post, so I can share your post on social media. Have fun with you observations and happy writing.

Blessings,

Ann

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author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: How Picture Books Help Children Face Difficult Situations in Life with Portia Y. Clare

Portia Y. Clare in a purple jacket

This week I had an amazing conversation with a teacher turned debut author, who absolutely loves children. Grab your favorite drink and enjoy our delightful conversation.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

How picture books help children face difficult situations in life with Portia Y. Clare!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Portia Y. Clare

WHEN?

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Portia Y. Clare…

Portia Yvette Clare has been privileged to serve in developing the minds and character of children for over thirty years.  A graduate of Duke University and Regent University, she maintains her love of learning and earnestly desires to empower the children who have been entrusted to her care.  Simply put, Portia teaches because she values children.  Her love of children and family compel her to write stories that will help them to recognize their importance, appreciate their value, and navigate through difficult life experiences.  Creative writing has always brought her joy and writing children’s books has been her passion since childhood.

Portia is the only child of the late Randolph George Clare, Jr. and Jane Easterling Clare.  She was born in Bennettsville, South Carolina, and raised in Nassau, Bahamas.  Her family relocated to Bennettsville, South Carolina in 2015, where she and her mother currently reside.

For more information about her books, school visits, presentations, and activities, please visit Portia’s website at portiayclare.com.

Portia’s featured book is entitled: Best Friends Forever: A Puppy’s Tale

Description: Scoopie has just turned four, and she is getting a puppy for her birthday!

Scoopie and her new puppy, Sandy, become instant best friends.  They play together, eat ice cream, and sleep in the same bed!

But when Sandy falls ill, Scoopie is left with endless questions:

What’s wrong with Sandy?

Will she get better?

When will we get to play again?

With just one diagnosis, everything changes….

Best Friends Forever: A Puppy’s Tale is a tender, heart-warming story about love, loss, and everlasting friendship.  It is a wonderful resource of care for parents and teachers that will help them guide children through the real-life experience of owning, loving, and losing a beloved family pet, and finding the courage to share that love again.

Purchase link:   www.portiayclare.com/book  

Amazon.com (USA)

https://tinyurl.com/bestfriendsforeverpuppystaleUS

Amazon.ca (Canada)

https://tinyurl.com/bestfriendsforeverpuppystaleCA

Barnes & Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/…/best…/1141052698…

BOOKSAMILLION

https://www.booksamillion.com/search?query=9781990107368…

WALMART

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Best-Friends-Forever-A-Puppy-s-Tale-Paperback-9781990107368/180841972

Connect with Portia at the following links:

www.portiayclare.com

www.facebook.com/portiayclare

www.instagram.com/portiay.clare 

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:

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author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: The Impossible Girl with Ashley White

Ashley White headshot

This week, my special guest and I are here to celebrate the launch of her debut novel. All you Harry Potter fans out there will absolutely love this one! Those of you who love a bit of mystery with your middle grade fantasy will love it too! Grab your favorite drink and a snack while you’re at it, and hang out with us while we talk fantasy and writing.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

The Impossible Girl with Ashley White

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Ashley White

WHEN?

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Ashley White…

Growing up, Ashley would send her father to their local library where he’d always be surprised to find bags of books waiting for him. Since Ashley was a young child, she’s always dreamt of giving to readers what so many great authors gave to her: an escape, an adventure, and a love for thousands of well thought out words printed in the form of a book, not letting them tear away from it easily – or for very long. Ashley resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable, feisty little girls. When she’s not writing, she’s reading.

Ashley’s debut Fantasy novel is entitled The Impossible Girl.

Description

Creatures that go bump in the night call her The Impossible Girl.

Ava Marie Jones is a Lost One. A magite sent out at birth to the mortal realm, no knowledge of who she is or her powers, until she’s called home to Xarcadia on her thirteenth birthday.

The magites who call this “underworld” home live under the strict dictates of The Registry-and Ava will have to do the same. That starts with enrolling in Linhollow Academy for the Supernaturally Gifted.

A target is placed on her back once it’s discovered Ava’s the only magite since The Registry’s inception to not be tagged or able to be tagged in its omniscient system. Powerful magites fear what this could mean and view her as a threat to a way of life that has kept their “underworld” safe for three hundred years.

With all eyes on her, including two oversized shadows from The Registry watching her every move, Ava must toe the line as Resistance Riders, kelpies, near-death experiences, and other dangers follow her everywhere.

In this new world where she shows incredible promise in her craft, Ava will learn that getting to the bottom of her unexplained existence will take her down a perilous path where a dark secret lurks-one dangerous enough to disrupt the entire order of The Registry and jeopardize her life and the lives of her new friends.

Fall in love with this new series from debut fantasy author, Ashley White. For fans of J. K. Rowling and Rick Riordan, The Impossible Girl will be the perfect novel to add to your collection.

Purchase Link:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-impossible-girl-ashley-white/1140990577;jsessionid=799E11A0CD167451C94DF192EC3DEB36.prodny_store01-atgap04?ean=9781737673897

Find links to Ashley’s website and social media channels by visiting the following link:

https://linktr.ee/AshleyWhiteWrites

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:

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author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: The Story Behind Heaven’s Bell with Sherrie Barch

Sherrie Barch headshot

This week I had a lovely conversation with my special guest about her book and the story behind it. I hope you find this conversation as much of a blessing as I did.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Heaven’s Bell with Sherri Barch!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Sherri Barch

WHEN?

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Sherri Barch…

Sherrie Barch is the CEO of two Forbes’ ranked top executive search firms and a leadership consulting company. An expert in the areas of leadership, team development, and diversity, her forward-thinking approach to work was recognized when she was chosen to participate in the ‘altMBA” program designed and led by leadership guru Seth Godin.

Sherrie’s passion for storytelling and making room for serious and “heavy” conversations was a strong motivation for her to write her children’s book Heaven’s Bell based on a story of the same name she penned several years prior.

She is currently working on her second book, a business leadership fable designed to help new college graduates navigate the “real life stuff they don’t teach you in school” about career conversations, conflicts, and challenges.

Born and raised in Northern Illinois, Sherrie earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication from Western Illinois University.

Sherri’s featured book is entitled Heaven’s Bell.

Description:

Ashley and Cody have one of those special, once-in-a-lifetime friendships that only the luckiest amongst us ever get to experience. Then, life as they know it is thrown upside down and the normally tough as nails 11 year old Ashley is suddenly forced to imagine what life would be like without her BFF.

Purchase link:

Connect with Sherri at the following links:

Website: https://www.heavensbell.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SherrieBarchAuthor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sherriebarch/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:

https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

https://www.youtube.com/user/annsmusic1