Got A Story to Share with the World?

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What’s your story?

Perhaps you’ve overcome countless obstacles in your life and would like to share the lessons you’ve learned with others. Or maybe you have a brilliant idea for a contemporary romance novel, a paranormal thriller, or a compelling mystery.

Well, what’s stopping you?

Could it be that although you’ve got the content or the concept, you have no idea where to begin? That in spite of your rich life experience and boundless creativity, you’re stuck….and stumped. For a variety of reasons.

Maybe writing’s just not your thing. Or, maybe you haven’t a clue as to how to find a good editor, navigate through the independent publishing process and/or use social media to connect with your audience. The consequences?

You — and most importantly — your readers are missing out. Because even though technology has leveled the playing field for new and unknown authors, your fabulous idea remains locked inside your head or hidden away in private journals because publishing and marketing in the age of the internet is just too overwhelming.

That’s where I can help.

As a seasoned ghostwriter and editor, I know how to bring a client’s concept to life. Whether it’s a slightly fictionalized or straightforward memoir, or a creative work of fiction, I consult with each client to make their dream of writing and publishing a book a reality. All while remaining true to their vision and voice.

Speaking of technology, are you intimidated by the prospect of setting up a blog, Twitter account, Facebook Page and other necessary online marketing tools? I can do that, too.

Whether it’s simply set-up and training or ongoing social media management, I can help you create your brand, establish, and maintain important relationships with your readers, and ultimately attain your desired level of success.

Here a just a few of the services I offer. For a free, 30-minute consultation to discuss your unique project, contact me here.

  • Ghostwriting
  • Editing
  • Document Formatting
  • Management of Independent Publishing Process
  • Word Press blog set-up
  • Blog Content Creation
  • Social Media Sites Set-Up
  • Social Media Management
  • Social Media Training

Please note: In the slider above, I’ve included ghostwriting, editing, web content, and social media clients. While some of these services overlap depending on the client and book, all work together to help them reach their audience.

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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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Get Fit, Feel Fabulous with Britt: Day 44

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Now that I’ve made it far beyond the initial 30 days, I am planning to take my weight and measurements every two weeks, which means today marks another check-in with the scale and tape measure. Damalis and I will be heading to Publix shortly, where they have a very large, accurate scale tucked away in the pharmacy. And we’ll take each other’s measurements, which will also be noted here on the blog, along with photos.

Yesterday Damalis hosted her first “launch party” at her home. Her two lovely neighbors across the street — a mother-daughter duo — attended, along with a family member and of course, our wonderful sponsor Britt and fellow business-builder, Pim. I can’t say enough about all of the support we’re receiving in our efforts to lose weight, get healthy, and build a successful business. Every time Britt makes a presentation I learn something new to apply to my own mission of sharing these products with everyone I know.

The fabulous Britt Allen.

The fabulous Britt Allen.

Britt explains the products to an interested guest.

Britt explains the products to an interested guest.

Damalis shares her success story with the products.

Damalis shares her success story with the products.

Throughout this journey, I am discovering how to become a good leader, motivator, and coach. Last night I spent some time on the phone explaining the 30-Day Weight Loss and Fat Burning System to a new couple I enrolled. They are both incredibly motivated and ready to dive in, which makes all the difference in the world. If you want to make a real change in your life for the better, you must be absolutely committed to say and do the things needed to bring about that change. This commitment includes tapping into the power of thought and recognizing that You Are An Overcomer:

God has given me everything I need to succeed. What an empowering idea! The power of God in me is greater than any difficulty. I tap into the guidance of God to navigate unexpected barriers. One with God, I can overcome any challenge and achieve any goal.

The love of God in me brings harmony into any chaotic situation. The strength of God in me provides me the will and energy to overcome any circumstance.

My faith gives me patience, insight, discernment, and positive expectations. I use my imagination to envision the best outcomes.Through the power of God in me, I achieve my dreams. I prevail. I am an overcomer!

Not coincidentally, I found this wonderful talk by Nancy Norman, entitled The Power of Thought.

Highly recommended listening! I’ll be back soon with updates and photos. ;)

 

 

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Been a Writestream Guest? Share Your Feedback with Us.

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Have you been a guest on any one of our Writestream programs: Just Believe with Lisa Tarves, Military Monday with John D. Gresham, Writestream Tuesday with Daria Anne, Love Liberty & Lip Gloss with Lisa Tarves and Daria Anne, Speculative Fiction Cantina with S. Evan Townsend, or Get Fit, Feel Fabulous with Britt?

If so, we want to hear from you!

Did you enjoy the experience? Did it help you with the promotion of your books, services, and/or products? Would you come back again?

Help us to improve by sharing your feedback. You can contact me here. With your permission, we’ll include your testimonial on our newly redesigned website: Writestream Radio.com.

Thanks in advance and keep rejoicing in the flow of creativity!

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Writestream Radio: Big Plans for 2015

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People have asked me why I set up a Go Fund Me account for Writestream — as if the rest of the world doesn’t routinely do so for much more frivolous and serious reasons. But since the question has come up, let me take a few moments to respond on my blog. I founded Writestream Radio Network two years ago for various reasons:

  • To be a built-in marketing arm for my clients once we released their books
  • To promote independently published authors in a variety of genres
  • To cater to diverse tastes and interests

My ability as a ghostwriter, editor, blogger, social media consultant, and internet radio host has no bearing on the current Go Fund Me Campaign we’re running. I’m a small business owner, sole-proprietor, which means I use my brain and my God-given talents to make a living. Ghostwriting just one book demands a significant amount of time, energy, effort, and commitment — which is why experienced ghostwriters charge a minimum of $8,000 for a 200-300 page book. That does NOT include formatting, consulting with a graphic designer, managing the self-publishing process, or setting up blogs and other social media accounts.

In an attempt to make hiring a ghostwriter more accessible to the greatest amount of people possible, I came up with competitive rates that include the above-mentioned services. Basically, I do more for less. And judging by these testimonials, my clients are very happy with my work.

But back to Writestream.

Lisa Tarves and I share the responsibilities for growing this network, which entails a significant amount of time spent booking guests, setting up episodes, blogging about them on our site, and then promoting them constantly before and after the interviews. Up until this point, we haven’t charged our guests a dime.

However, Writestream costs us money including Blog Talk Radio membership and website hosting, just to name a few. This year, we’re working hard on a collaborative marketing venture, a website redesign, and plans to launch our own publishing company by the end of the year.

To help defray costs, I set up a Go Fund Me account a few months ago. If you would like to contribute, please visit www.gofundme.com/writestream. If you’ve been a guest on our network (on any of our programs) we hope you’ll consider sending us a testimonial about the experience. Contact me here.

Lisa and I would like to thank everyone who has cheered us on over the past two years, and of course, all of the folks who have contributed to our fund. We’re passionate about our work as authors and social media marketers, which is why we’ll continue to work hard to produce quality programming and books.

Soon we’ll be unveiling our new site but in the meantime, please like us Facebook and follow us on twitter.

Thanks!

 

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Taking First for Table Topics

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The other night at my local Girl Talk Toastmasters chapter, I participated in my very first contest. Along with two other new members, I volunteered for Table Topics. This means that you willingly agree to stand in front of a roomful of people and answer a spontaneous question from the Contest Master within one-to-two minutes. Your answer must be coherent, with a good progression of thought leading to your final sentence.

Tuesday night the question was: “If you could spend time with anyone in history, who would it be and why?”

I first answered honestly by telling them it was a hard question because there are so many people throughout history I’d love to meet and spend time with. Then George Washington popped into my head and I was off to the races. It’s hard to remember exactly what I said because it was kind of like having an out-of-body experience. I vaguely recall things like “coalescing a ragtag army around an ideal — freedom,” and “prevailing over the greatest military in the world at the time.” As a I glanced around, I noticed many smiling faces and heads nodding in approval so I figured I was at least making sense.

Later on, they announced me as the winner and the woman who’d gone first (who talked about Pink Flloyd) took second. I really wish I’d been in the room to hear her answer – I have no doubt it was awesome! But rules are rules and the whole purpose of Table Topics is to learn to think and articulate an answer on your feet.

Now onto the Area 21 Contest on Saturday!

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The Notice Serves Up Gritty Realism and an Emotional Wallop

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Daniella Bova has done it again. If this new author had any concerns about her sequel living up to expectations, she can definitely put them to rest. Her follow-up to the excellent dystopia Tears of Paradox packs a powerful emotional punch while drawing readers more deeply into the perilous world inhabited by main characters Michelle and Jason. An America in which the assault and seizure of rural and small-town life by an ever-expanding, controlling, and centralized government (e.g. “the sharks”) grows ever more suffocating with each turn of the page.

In a society where family members have become brutal enemies and not even the seal of the confessional can be taken for granted, everyone becomes a suspect in a never-ending quest for survival. Want to live and worship as you please? Too bad. Want to have a baby with your husband? You’d better be willing and clever enough to secure a hideaway unless you want to incur the wrath of Gaia-worshiping zealots whose supposed concern for earth and animals does not extend to innocent human life. Got a problem with men raping young boys? You’d best keep your outrage to yourself…or else.

Are you getting the bleak picture?

Before I depress you sufficiently enough to eschew this book altogether, the author manages to balance the darkness with glimmers of actual hope in the form of human defiance and Godly assistance. A thread of the supernatural (expressed eloquently through the use of water imagery and other effective literary devices) weaves its way determinedly through the novel, strengthening resolve and lighting each step of the way. What God decrees, no man can oppose — not even the sharks — though they certainly put up one hell of a good, demonic fight.

Don’t get me wrong: there are no actual spirit demons in the novel, although based on the evil actions many of the secondary characters routinely engage in, possession is a logical conclusion and the only explanation for those who believe in Father, Son, Holy Spirit, heaven, and hell.

Unlike futuristic dystopia novels, Bova’s books are terrifying precisely because they’re set in the not-too-distant future — an America that has been fundamentally transformed. It’s a place none of us wants to visit or reside in, but within the bounds of fiction, the author provides a spine-chilling glimpse into our looming reality if we don’t abruptly change course and embrace the principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, limited government, national sovereignty and — lest we forget in our increasingly secular humanist culture — freedom of religion.

Congratulations to Daniella Bova for a job well done!

Purchase The Notice here. Get Tears of Paradox for 99 cents on Kindle here.

This review is cross-posted at American Journal and Amazon.

 

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