Inspirational Journeys Presents: How to Incert Hyperlinks in a WordPress blog post

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
Here’s today’s video and podcast episode about inserting hyperlinks in your blog posts.

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3 Tips for Making Your Book Babies Shine

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
Today I have another writing related post to bring you. If you’d like to hear the latest episode of the Inspirational Journeys podcast, where I talk about the tips I’m bringing you, and share my reason behind these tips, please visit:

Last night, I started reading a book called Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead, by Cynthia MacGregor, when the Holy Spirit convicted me to revise A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery. I’m glad I started on it, because I found that one of my character’s name was misspelled, along with other obvious mistakes in the book that I was unaware of at the time of publication. If you find yourself in the same situation, here are three tips you can use, to make your book babies shine.

Don’t Rush the Publishing Process

This holds true, especially for aspiring authors. I know you’ve finished your story and you’re excited about getting your book into the hands of readers, but you want to revise and polish your manuscript before it goes out on the market. You only get one chance to shine, so you want to make it the best it can be. I learned this the hard way when I made my first publishing mistake. Since then, my writing has improved, and I’ve gotten good feedback about my book. However, I relied too heavily on the publisher to make sure it was in tiptop shape. I learned a valuable lesson when I started editing my book last night. No matter who publishes your book, it’s your baby; therefore, it’s up to you to go over your manuscript with a fine-toothed comb and make sure you’re satisfied with the end result.

Check all Proof Copies for Mistakes

If you’re working with a small press, or you’re self-publishing, make sure each proof copy of your book is as error free as possible. Taking this step will save you time and money.

It Never Hurts to Edit Previously Published Work

All you Indie authors can take advantage of this tip, especially if you’ve uploaded an eBook. Paperbacks can be updated as well, but they would be published as new editions to your book. Not only am I working through this process for my own book, I have a friend who has updated her four of her Bible devotionals after publishing her fiction work and poetry.

Now that I have shared my tips with you, I challenge you to revisit your previously published manuscripts. Are you satisfied with them? Do they need a major overhaul, or just a simple minor fix? If the answer is no to any of these questions, then you may want to consider reworking them if possible. However, if you’ve answered yes to any of them, then you’re good to go.

I hope these tips will help you during, or after your publishing process. Stay tuned for a special guest interview with the author mentioned at the top of this post. Until next time, happy writing.

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Claire O’Sullivan


Aspiring Author Claire O’Sullivan!
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.

Claire O’Sullivan
Friday, May 24, 2019



Claire O’Sullivan is a retired nurse practitioner, mom, grandmother, and aspiring Christian romantic thriller author. She lives with her husband in Southern Oregon, where she loves to play in her flower garden and help her husband with tasks around the house, when she’s not writing. Her latest book entitled How to Steal a Romance, has been submitted to the Steve Laube Christian agency for publication.

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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 or fill out the form found at:
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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Original poetry and a podcast episode

Today I share a progress update and a bit of writing encouragement for my listeners. Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Progress update in writing encouragement https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/episodes/Progress-update-in-writing-encouragement-e3r6gn

I also wrote the following poem after being challenged to tell people about my author world by a friend on her podcast this morning. We need to tell others that we are authors and writers, so they can find our books. Here are my thoughts on the art of sharing our dreams and our professions with others:

Welcome to my Author World

I’m a writer,
I’m an author,
I’m a dreamer girl.
How do I tell people
About my author world?

Do I wear it on a t-shirt
Or on a special jewel?
Or speak it out loud,
No matter how cruel,
The world can be
To those of us who write?
Our minds keep creating,
Both day and night.

Writing our stories
And dreaming up new ones,
Over the years I’ve realized
I am not alone.

I’ve made writer friends
Who love to sit and talk,
About how their story ends.
And when they take a walk
Or drive in the countryside
their stories are never finished.
Their thoughts wander far and wide,
Never to be diminished.

We’re afraid to mention our author world
To those who don’t understand,
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t
Try to take a stand
And tell the world of our colling
Given to us by God.
For we authors walk the path
writers before us once trod.

Don’t be afraid to tell the world
About your author journey,
For God has placed us in this world,
Made for writers Like you and me.

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Testing Zoom and other fun author related stuff podcast episode

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In this first one on one discussion episode, DR. Jennifer Ikner Lowry and I are testing out the Zoom platform for interviews. We provide a few tips for podcasters, authors and bloggers to help the listeners grow their platform, while sharing our author journey with you.


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The Writing Process

via The Writing Process

The best tip I can share with you is as follows: Do what works for you. By this I mean, If you feel like writing every day, then do so, however, if that doesn’t work for you,write when you can and make the best of your writing time.

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Five ways to Boost your Creative Writing

Want to improve your writing? Here’s are some tips for doing just that, and improving your life overall. Read the following Blog post, then come back and let me know what you think in the comments below, or you can simply share the post on your own blog.


How Creative Writing Can Boost Your Intelligence