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Book Review: Conversing With The Elephant: Chapter 1

Book Review: Conversing With The Elephan...

Welcome back to this fun discussion we have been having between ourselves and this elephant. If you missed the introduction, check out the previous blog here. Immediately in chapter 1 we are slapped the reality of our flaws as friends. We feel more of an obligation to make our friends feel good and comfortable than we do to be honest. Does her new hairstyle fit her face? Is her outfit appropriate for her body type? Is her makeup natural or will she be mistaken for a circus act? As a friend, as hard as this topic may be to approach, it’s your job to make sure she at...
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Conversing With The Elephant: 25 Things Our Girlfriends Don’t Have The Balls To Tell Us-Intro

Conversing With The Elephant: 25 Things ...

Terricinia St. Clair. I met this spirited beauty through a mutual friend. Writers tend to run in packs, and this was no different. I had been getting an invite from a new literary sister, to visit Richmond and attend one of her author’s meet and greets. It seemed fate was against that ever happening. Her invites were random and it rained every single time she held an event. Not only did it rain, it only rained at the time I would be leaving to reach the destination. I don’t enjoy travelling in inclement weather, so I rain-checked the first two instances....
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Do You Have To Be On Every Social Media ...

I say it in all of my blogs and I’ll say it again-marketing on social media is not for me.  Really, it’s more networking than anything else.  It’s not that I hate social media.  That’s where my readers and potential partnerships are found.  Utilizing it effectively can just be so time-consuming. For me, it started with Myspace.  What a hoot to think of how popular that network was until Facebook came and knocked it into irrelevance.  Followed by the emergence of Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and LinkedIn.  All with their own language,...
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How To Build More Reader Engagement and Increase Your Readership

How To Build More Reader Engagement and ...

Anyone who has ventured into the wonderful and mesmerizing world of entrepreneurship understands that you learn as you go, even when you have had a good foundation and pre-existing knowledge in your field.  Launching Queendom Magazine has afforded me the opportunity to learn thing that I would not have if I had solely a writer. It has also exposed me to more than I would have encountered before. In my function as Editor In Chief, I have been receiving countless articles from writers with varying writing skill sets and levels.  Some of the pieces that I receive take my...
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Social Media Lessons Learned Through Writing

Social Media Lessons Learned Through Wri...

Life is amazing. As soon as you think you have mastered something, you get tested and either fail or realize that you didn’t know as much as you thought you did.  Since I love my fellow writers and understand the struggle of getting an audience that appreciates both your work and voice, I’m going to share my lessons. I launched Queendom Magazine for with two groups in mind; women and writers. I decided that if I could promote, inspire and educate women, the world would be a better place.  Also, if I promote and assist writers, the world would be a better place.  The...
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Love Is Magic

Love Is Magic

I’ve always been too consumed with the magic of love to bother myself with the realities of it.  Love songs are constant theme songs for scenes that play out in my mind.  My Romeo, holding me in his arms as we sway to soft music without a care in the world. The world was just he and I anyway. Yet, this is not how it is in reality. At least not every second of every day.  And while it may seem whimsical or downright adolescent (I have decided to use nice words to protect my own feelings) to hold these beliefs, some are set to view love this way.  I learned that this is a...
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What Are Memes and Why Should I Care?

What Are Memes and Why Should I Care?

I saw these things popping up all over Facebook and I thought, ‘These are kind of funny, but, what are they?’ They were memes. Where did they come from and why were people suddenly into them? When dealing with social media, I rarely understand the value of some of the trending behaviors that I see. To me, it’s just people jumping on a bandwagon; and I don’t do bandwagons, I fall off.  Only months later do I hear the social media ‘gurus’ explaining what the techniques are and how they help you brand or spread your message.  So, true to form, I was once again months behind...
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How and Why I Became HashTag Happy

How and Why I Became HashTag Happy

I’m not a ‘techie’ or ‘gadget’ girl. Never have been and I doubt that I ever will be. I’m from the time when pagers, or beepers, were the fad and I barely caught on to that.  As sad as it is, although my age places me in the population of people who should be well adept with technology and its trends, I personally struggle. However, as a person building a brand and marketing a product, I understand that my desire to succeed mandates that I develop a functioning knowledge of how to manipulate social media. My social media coach, because I’m so challenged that I need one,...
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Are You Promoting Your Books Properly or Wasting Energy and Time?

Are You Promoting Your Books Properly or...

Finding successful ways to sell your writings can be a grueling task. I have tried everything from networking events to book expos, from book signings to social media. While I have found benefits from each source, you should research which is best to reach your target audience. Yes, there can be a difference. This is what I have experienced. Networking Events The potential issue with networking events is that people rarely purchase anything at the event. Normally, individuals mingle, discuss their products or services and exchange information with individuals that they...
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Another day in the life of a writer

Another day in the life of a writer

Per my daily routine, I continue to sharpen my skills and study my craft to guarantee my success in this literary realm that I have placed myself in. The magazine launch is going to be an amazing point in my writing career; but it will only be the beginning of something monumental. In order to protect it from the multiple defeats that lay in wait….I prepare. Content It’s a magazine! So the most important aspect is having amazing content. How else would I expect to gain and retain readers? Aside from the labor of love that finding content is and writers, once the content...