Support Writestream Radio

The Writestream Radio Network was founded in March of 2013 for the purpose of offering exposure to knowledgeable guests, and providing diverse programming and useful information for our listeners. Although Blog Talk Radio charges us $400 per year for the premium membership, we’ve never charged our guests a dime for appearing on any of our programs, and each of our hosts spends several hours per week on promotion of their guests, which includes booking appearances, creating the Blog Talk Radio episodes, and broadcasting across various social media platforms. Lisa Tarves and I put a great deal of time and energy into our individual shows Just Believe and Writestream Tuesday, and our mutual show Love Liberty & Lip Gloss – in addition to managing the Writestream and Love Liberty & Lip Gloss social media accounts. And this doesn’t include the effort we put into our individual businesses’ social media accounts.

WritestreamLogo-800x533We’re happy to do it, because Writestream benefits our guests, listeners, hosts, and individual businesses. All of this comes at a cost, however. It’s not just our time, but our resources. And for me personally, the time I devote to existing clients – whether I’m setting up a Word Press site, writing their book, or training them on social media – must be balanced with the effort to keep the client funnel full. That effort would be much easier with a marketing budget to enable me to do things like promote Facebook pages and sponsor tweets.

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So I decided to set up a Go Fund Me campaign, which you can read about in detail here. Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated and will be applied toward our business goals. Thanks in advance!

And a big thank you to those who have already donated. I’ve reached out via personal email so I won’t mention names here but I genuinely appreciate the generosity of these individuals and look forward to making them proud with a tremendous growth year in 2015!

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For more information, visit GoFundMe.com/Writestream.

Wishing all of our listeners and supporters a very blessed Holiday Season!

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Water Signs on Kindle for $2.99

WaterSigns2.jpgBetter late than never, my 2008 novel Water Signs is now available on Kindle for $2.99. It’s been an interesting journey, navigating through this brave new media marketing world over the past six years. Although I haven’t actively promoted the book in a very long time, I recently realized that 1.) My network of contacts, friends and clients has dramatically increased thanks to platforms like Facebook and Twitter, providing a large new base of potential readers, and 2.) Now that I’ve completed two ghostwritten books and have a handle on social media projects for clients, I can make the time to (finally) finish Sea To Shining Sea.

One of the many benefits of being an independently published author is that you can never really penetrate your market; therefore, there are endless opportunities to reach new readers. And what better way to pave the way to sequel success than to have my audience fall in love with (or in many cases, all over again) Water Signs just before the sequel’s release?

If you would like to download Water Signs to your Kindle for $2.99, click here. For insights into the book’s various themes, literary techniques and characters, click here.

Thank you to everyone who supports my writing — I appreciate you! :)

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Happy Anniversary CLFA!

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Just over a year ago, my friend and fabulous writer/author Jamie Wilson added me to a new Facebook group –  Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance. And I am so thankful she did because I’ve not only developed wonderful friendships but also discovered a wealth of creative talent to interview on Writestream Tuesday. Eventually, my involvement in the CLFA led to a great new segment in the show’s second hour – Right Wing Riot – Public Service Satire featuring Scary Smart, Ms. Always Right, and The Prince of Whitebread.

And on Tuesday, December 16, I’ll welcome one of CLFA’s founders, Marina Fontaine, to the program to share her thoughts about the CLFA’s  purpose, growth, and goals for 2015. We’ll also delve into universal challenges facing independent authors like choosing the right platform for you book, managing expectations, and using social media for success. Other topics to be discussed include how to write an honest but constructively critical review for fellow indy authors, and how CLFA members manage to remain friends even when passionate thread topics become….well, passionate.

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During the live show, we may even add to some of the gift-giving suggestions from the December 2 episode and welcome calls from CLFA members and Writestream listeners at (347) 945-7246.  After the first hour, stay tuned for the Right Wing Riot with Scary Smart, Ms. Always Right, and The Prince of Whitebread!

To listen via computer, click on this link to Blog Talk Radio, Writestream Tuesday: Happy Anniversary CLFA! Or to listen by phone, dial (347) 945-7246.

 

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Writestream Tuesday with author Pamela Jones and Ms. Always Right – UPDATED

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Please join me on Tuesday, December 9 for Writestream when I welcome author Pamela Jones to the show to talk about her book Tomorrow Never Comes and her writing career. Learn more about Pamela Jones at her website but here’s an excerpt from her bio:

I’m a self-published author of contemporary women’s fiction. I’ve written 19 contemporary short stories about women and love for the following magazines:

  • Jive
  • Bronze Thrills
  • Black Confessions
  • Black Romance
  • Black Secrets
  • True Black Experience
  • True Black Passions
  • True Black Secrets

In addition, I’ve also written essays and poetry. I’ve spent the past three years writing online content for websites, including private clients.

I am looking forward to interviewing this incredibly talented writer/author in the first hour of the show!

Author Pamela Jones.

Author Pamela Jones.

As for hour two of the show, I have good news and bad news. The bad news first: There will be no Right Wing Riot because – alas! – The Prince of Whitebread must toil at his day job to put food on the table for the Royal Family. As for Scary Smart, her renowned writing and editing skills are in such demand she will not be able to partake in Public Service Satire either. However, Ms. Always Right has the flexibility to spend some time on the air with me during her lunch break…and she has a few things to say about Today’s Neo-Victorian Feminists. I, for one, can’t wait to hear her rant!

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To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday with author Pamela Jones. Or if you prefer to listen by phone, dial (347) 945-7246. If you would like to ask Pamela a question, just press “1” during the live broadcast to get into the queue. Ms. Always Right and I also welcome your questions and comments in the second hour.

UPDATE: I’ve just received word that Scary Smart will be joining Ms. Always Right in the second half of the broadcast — and she also has a few things to say about Neo-Victorian Feminists.

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You Are Cordially Invited!

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Live in the Philly area? Looking for something fun and inexpensive to do on New Year’s Eve? Check out the KLS “Diamonds and Denim” New Year’s Eve Gala to benefit Karen Franks of Karen’s Lyme Story.

You may recall I interviewed Karen on Writestream Tuesday a while back to discuss her long, arduous journey with Lyme Disease; her wonderful, extensive blog; and her advocacy work for other Lyme sufferers. I am thrilled to report that Karen is finally well on the road to recovery and in the last phase of her protocol!

Karen Franks of Karen's Lyme Story.

Karen Franks of Karen’s Lyme Story.

This event will not only raise funds to help defray the cost of her expensive treatment (which is not covered by insurance), but also support Karen’s advocacy and celebrate her return to health!

Held at the historic Avon Lea Farm in Phoenixville, PA, the Diamonds and Denim Gala offers hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music, a silent auction, and raffles to attendees, all for a very low cost of $45.00 per person. Where else can you go on New Year’s Eve and receive so much value for your money?

Enjoy delicious food, great company and elegant ambiance on New Year’s Eve while supporting a worthy cause! For more information, visit KLS New Year’s Eve Gala 2015.

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Unbroken

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Although I rarely go to the movies, I’ll have to venture out to the theater for this one,  especially since it is based on the life of a real American hero – a man who overcame incredible odds and circumstances to emerge victorious.

Watch the trailers for Unbroken below, based on Olympic champion and World War II POW survivor Louis Zamperini. The film will be released on Christmas Day.

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