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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...
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Breaking the Mold of Coming of Age Novels

Breaking the Mold of Coming of Age Novel...

Like many Americans, I grew up reading coming of age novels and I cut my teeth on Huckleberry Finn in Junior High School before graduating to S.E. Hinton and the emerging genre of the young adult novel. Nearly all of these books were coming of age novels.  If you are an author who is considering writing a coming of age novel, here is my perspective on the genre and how I have adapted it to my own purposes. Those who study literature have a name for many of these novels – the bildungsroman.  Some of the greatest works in literature fit within this category – Jane Eyre,...
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Are You Having Trouble Writing?

Are You Having Trouble Writing?

What are you writing? Poetry? Short stories? Novels? No matter what you are writing, at some point you hit a wall; and finding a way over that wall can seem impossible. The best way to face an obstacle like this is from a strategic standpoint. Outline One of the ways that I move forward with writing is outlining each chapter of my manuscript. I have tried to just sit down and go off the top of my head before, but was soon out of ideas and without structure. So I outline. Even if it’s simply a skeleton; I have something to build upon. Outlining also helps ensure that you...
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What Were Your Worst Experiences As A Beginning Writer?

What Were Your Worst Experiences As A Be...

Learning the tips and tricks, rules, ins and outs of being a successful, selling author takes time and research. I was one of the crazies who assumed just because there was an audience for my book it would fly off of the shelves as soon as it was published. Just post about it on social media and viola’,  nothing more needed to be done. I would soon be off to signing books in the back of a Barnes and Nobles and reading in elementary school classes during Storytime. Amani Jackson was fast on her way to becoming an internationally known author.What a delusional...
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Have You Tapped Into This Highly Valuable Resource?

Have You Tapped Into This Highly Valuabl...

As an entrepreneur, you are your most valuable resource. However, networking is one of the best things that you can do for yourself and your brand.  All of the powerhouses in my life at this moment are the fruits of networking experiences. Whether our relationships have developed into strong bonds or remained strictly professional for me to learn and build from, I need them all. Often we cluster with like-minded people and fail to see the benefit of venturing out to connect with others who may not think like us, but have the experience and wisdom to educate us on our...
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Is studying abroad for you?

Is studying abroad for you?

I can remember a lot of things about college…the cafeteria food, my roommates, how big the campus was,  but what I remember the most was the summer that I spent in Europe. Studying overseas is an experience like nothing else you’ll ever have in life. It broadens your horizons, changes the way that you look at things, the way that you think about things and it changes you as a person. You may think you know who you are now, but leave the country and mingle with other communities and their natural setting and you will be surprised about how much you learn about...