I’m in the process of editing, formatting and taking another client’s book through the independent publishing process. As you probably surmised by the title, A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer is a sobering memoir of one woman’s battle with ovarian cancer. Intended mainly as a guide for other women coping with the devastating consequences and side-effects of the fight against this menacing adversary, it’s a brutally honest take on a very difficult subject.
Author Maureen Bucci delves deeply into her own experiences not only with chemotherapy and radiation, but also the lesser-known facts of cancer treatment — from the loss of what you once perceived as “true” friendships, to the physical pain involved in hair loss. While she pulls no punches, Maureen also offers practical advice and inspiration for both patients and their devoted care-givers.
Since September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we’re releasing it in the next few weeks. The multi-talented Kia Heavey is in the process of designing Maureen’s logo and book cover, which will be incorporated into her Facebook Page, Twitter account and blog very soon.
Stay tuned for details!
Thank you to Delcan Finn for putting me in the spotlight:
Today, an interview with American Journal’s very own Daria DiGiovanni, discussing her various and sundry roles as journalist, talk show host, and ghostwriter.
1. I guess the standard questions for the average writer should be asked first. Bare with me: “How do you get your ideas?” ”A writer, don’t you have a real job?” Feel free to insert any other dumb questions you’ve heard from the general populace.
DD: To me, life experience is the best source of ideas. My first novel is based on actual events not only in my life, but in the lives of people I’ve known, whether friends, family or acquaintances. Of course, the names have been changed to protect the innocent – ha!
As for the “real job,” I spent many years in the corporate world, mostly in the financial industry, in various capacities from corporate communications to marketing to community relations outreach to recruiting. One of my favorite positions was writing e-proposals for a company that specializes in digital marketing for the hospitality industry. That experience helped tremendously in honing my descriptive writing abilities to give the reader a full sensory experience of a particular place, character or plot point.
Even now, I provide social media services for a variety of clients including authors and small businesses. Among other things, this involves setting up blogs, managing social media platforms, providing content, and navigating through the independent publishing process.
I started the Writestream Radio Network back in March of 2013 in an effort to create a diverse network catering to as many tastes and interests as possible. Of course the effort wasn’t completely altruistic because by building an influential network, I would have much more value to offer to prospects and clients seeking writing, editing and social media services. In recruiting Lisa Tarves , John D. Gresham, Dr. Billie Eizenberg, and Sheena Benjamin Wise, I’d hoped that the time they’d spend preparing and producing their weekly broadcasts would also help them take their respective businesses to even greater levels of success.
And in spite of the time and work commitment we’re all enjoying the opportunities Blog Talk Radio provides for exposure, knowledge and professional development. Still, it can be challenging at times both financially and personally to keep the network afloat. Much like the discipline of writing, online broadcasting is a solitary activity. It can be lonely at times while it occasionally makes you wonder if it’s all worth it.
That’s one reason why this email from recent guest Chuck Hooper made my entire day:
Daria, I have been a guest on several radio shows, and I have to tell you that your questions and comments were the most relevant and focused. You are excellent at this and I’ll be sure to catch more of your interviews. Is the interview archived and accessible? I would of course like to listen to it in hopes I can learn how to become a better guest for such gracious people as yourself.
I’m grateful that you read the book and it achieved its purpose. I especially appreciate your love of liberty and country and willingness to defend both.
On Writestream Tuesday I make it my mission to promote independently published authors because I know how difficult it is to experience success in an age when everyone can publish a book. My weekly show affords me the chance to develop and improve my interviewing and communication skills because I believe we learn best by doing. So when a guest takes the time to share their impressions the way Chuck did, it truly uplifts and assures me that my work is not in vain. Now with the addition of the Right Wing Riot, the Tuesday show also offers an irreverent, informative and entertaining take on culture and politics from three very accomplished writers. I’m thrilled to have them sharing airtime.
Which brings me to an appeal: if you’re enjoying the guests, hosts and information shared on the Writestream Radio Network, please consider making a donation or becoming a sponsor to help keep us on the air. Click here for our PayPal page. Contact us here for more information on sponsorship opportunities.
Thanks….and keep rejoicing in the flow of creativity!
I am so excited to welcome talented author and patriot Daniella Bova to Writestream Tuesday on August 12 at 1 p.m. Eastern to talk about her 5-star rated dystopian novel, Tears of Paradox:
In the not so distant future, Michelle hides in the shadowy cornfields of rural Pennsylvania, waiting for her unborn child, targeted by the untouchables who have assumed absolute power . Michelle’s husband, Jason, remains in their hometown, struggling against overwhelming odds to keep his wife and child from being found. The blue-collar Catholic couple have already endured numerous losses, including that of a baby son, born under mysterious circumstances. This pair of childhood sweethearts and their family and friends have always stuck together, but the storms of transformation turn everything upside down. Friendships disintegrate, fathers and sons become enemies, and trust is a thing of the past. The ways of traditional America have gradually become what those in power term evil. What used to be evil is now the law, strictly enforced by the bureaucracy, and for ordinary people there is no middle ground; you either play or pay. Deviation from government policy will land you in jail… or worse. Media figures who aren’t part of the power structure begin slowly disappearing, and Jason must depend solely on God to help him save his wife and baby. Tears of Paradox is a story full of suspense, romance, sadness, humor, and nostalgia; a must read for Americans in these rapidly changing times.
Aside from the reviews already posted on Amazon, I’ve been seeing nothing but highly positive feedback on Twitter and Facebook about Daniella’s novel, which several friends and contacts are currently in the process of reading. As one of Daniella’s Twitter followers and CLFA Facebook friends, I cannot wait to bring her on the air to talk about Tears of Paradox, the first in a series entitled Storms of Transformation.
In the second half of the show, The Prince of Whitebread and his cohorts Ms. Scary Smart and Ms. Always Right will usher in the Right Wing Riot — their own unique brand of “Public Service Satire.”
During the live broadcast, hosts and guest welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246 and your participation in the live chat. Join us on Tuesday, August 12 at 1 p.m. Eastern for Writestream with author Daniella Bova and the Right Wing Riot!