Nov 10 – Meet Rhode Island Author Steve Porter

Yesterday, in my haste to make sure I was keeping up with the “Meet Rhode Island Author” daily blog tour, I made a huge mistake.  I reposted this introduction to Steve Porter off of another site and did not take the time to read it.  What a dope.

I never post other people’s words without reading them first.  But I knew my day would be lost to my day job well into the early evening.  I panicked.

This ARIA Book Expo blog tour has helped me understand who my Association of Rhode Island Authors colleagues truly are outside of what I normally see.  More than people I attend meetings with, coordinate events with, and share FB posts with.  This introductions have help me learn something special about each person, that sliver of pure creative spirit  each one possesses and shares with their readers.  Steve Porter, founder of ARIA, is indeed one of those talented souls.

So my apologies for not reading Steve Porters post first.  I have since taken a little time (one more reason to give thanks on Veterans Day is no 9-5 work) and read about the man who really makes ARIA happen.  Other than meeting minutes and emails, I have never had the opportunity to see Steve’s work from a creative perspective.  So this little slice, this peek into who he is as an author has affected me as a writer and a reader.  I hope you will take some time to read about the President of ARIA who often puts his own goals on hold to keep the momentum of the organization soaring.

Nov 10 – Meet RI Author Steve Porter

Social Anxiety Be Gone!

anxietyWhen I first took the plunge and decided to publish A Girl from the Hill, I never considered the next logical step – selling A Girl from the Hill. I was clueless about the feelings that come from creating something, sweating and crying and laughing and agonizing over this baby of mine, only to then try to convince the rest of the world that it’s worth their time – and money.  Holy crap, I said to myself then and still say now. This marketing stuff is not easy.

I am not sure what I expected, for though I’m expressive, I’m just pathetic at networking, small talk, and walking up to people and asking them if they’d like to read my book. No, I’m the person who will sit with a million boxes of books printed and ready to sell in her living room, calmly waiting for the crowds to arrive. My ninety-year-old mother is a better salesperson than I am. “Didja know there’s a book about me?” she crows to anyone who will listen. And they listen.

So I’ve been trying to sell my book, and having all kinds of interesting adventures in the process. The best part of the selling process, besides making money, is, and I never thought I’d say this, meeting people. Not only meeting people, but talking to people. About me. And my book. And a whole bunch of other things that are important to us. Yes us. I am learning to become engaged, and hopefully, engaging.

You see, I often dread the thought of new places with new people. Even familiar places with familiar people. Call it social anxiety because that’s exactly what it is.  It isn’t apparent to people I work with, and I enjoy leading teams and projects successfully

Tonight, though, I wanted to take a moment to mention how incredibly fun it has been so far to talk to new people about writing and books, especially my book, these past eighteen months. Really, it’s been great therapy to share part of my life with others and not feel responsible for their happiness at the same time. Maybe they like me and my work, maybe they don’t. But I will not pass out and die if they don’t approve of me. Who knew?

The other aspect of this whole marketing thing that I’m grateful for is the writer friends I have made along the way. Whether it’s my blog buddies who write great stuff and urge me on when I blog, or the writers from ARIA or  ASTAL who share their work and their advice with me, and whose work provides me with the inspiration I need to keep writing even if it’s for 5 minutes a day.

So thank you all, who I’ve met so far on this journey, who write, read, share, and who have helped me grow as a person and a writer. Looking forward to next weekend at the Scituate Art Festival, when I’ll get another opportunity to reach out and find some more reasons to feel grateful and inspired.

Finding My Creative State of Mind

 

Trudy has found her niche

Trudy has found her niche

Happy 2014.  I’m happy here blogging after a long absence.

I did it to myself.  I gave myself little to no time to write, post, or read over the past six months. Why eliminate my passion, what I enjoy most in life? What about Pound Cake? Will my next book ever get written?  Sadly, where I once used research and reading and writing and staying in tune with all of my blog buddies for relaxation, I recently discovered the addictive false high of Candy Crush, Bingo Blitz and reality TV, and have indulged at every and any idle moment.   

Writing is not like exactly like riding a bike.  You never forget how to use language, but the less you read, write, participate in discussions, the more you have to ramp up to get back in the groove.  As you can see, I’m trying to ramp up now.  I proclaimed creative progress as my goal all week; and now, on Friday, I struggle to run my wobbly bald tires up the wooden plank to take a high jump.  Before it’s too late.

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Stepping Into More – Book Launch – Perfectionists Welcome!

Happy Sunday Everyone! February 28th marked the official book launch day for Stepping Into More by Rachel Karu!  To celebrate the launch, the author is organizing a giveaway with awesome prizes!

I just started reading this today and I said to myself- that’s me!  I don’t know if the same will ring true as I read on, but so far the voice, the style, the words are all wonderful.

I will be writing a review for Stepping into More and posting in one week on Sunday March 10th.  So please stay tuned!!

Stepping into More by Rachel Karu

Life is meant to be lived
with purpose.

Before Rachel Karu could speak, she longed to be a singer and
performer.  But like all of us, Rachel was born with Gremlins – inner voices that hate change and demand the status quo. These perpetual tapes clung to her mind like shackles threatening
to derail her at every turning point. At the lead of Rachel’s gang of Gremlins was the toughest of them all: Perfectionism.

In STEPPING INTO MORE: Lessons from a Recovering Perfectionist, Rachel details her personal journey of wrangling and ultimately co-existing with her Gremlins. We are born with strengths and development areas. Our goal is to create a fulfilling life. But we all need some guidance along the way.
Intended as a tool, this guide offers support as you grapple with your own Gremlins and higher self, so that you learn how to make clear, conscious choices that lead to a wonderful expansive life.   Rachel’s story and the reflective questions at the end of each chapter are designed to serve as a stepping stone for you to reconnect to and honor your passions, values, and dreams.
Advance Praise
“Rachel writes this books as only a recovering perfectionist can!  In an unabashed, tell-it-like-it-is
style she draws you into her story and reveals the peaks and valleys of her journey.  Through colorful narrative, she brings her story alive and, in so doing, helps you ponder yours. Only
read this book if you’re not afraid to have your dreams come true!”
~ Sharon Jordan-Evans, executive coach & keynote speaker, co-author, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em:  Getting Good People to Stay and Love It, Don’t Leave It:  26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work.
“With candor and humor Karu shares the fears and insecurities experienced by so many
women and instills hope that you really can step into more.”
~ Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office
“Rachel’s book is a fantastic read for anyone who is struggling from being a perfectionist.  As a business coach I often see this personality type and people struggle to satisfy themselves and the lives of others around them.  Rachel has brilliantly shared her life long story on how to recover
with amazing self improvement questions at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend this book because let’s be honest, nobody is perfect!”
 ~ Tammy Burnell Business Coach

 

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Top Ten Benefits of Becoming a Published Author

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St. Augustine writing, revising, and re-writin...

St. Augustine writing, revising, and re-writing: Sandro Botticelli’s St. Augustine in His Cell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you thought about the benefits of writing a book? About how it could increase your visibility, help you get paid speaking engagements, or perhaps bring awareness to a cause you are passionate about?

My colleague Lisa Tener just published a new blog post about the top ten benefits of becoming a published author. She illustrates how ten authors succeeded in developing demand for their services by attracting more clients, raising awareness (and funding!) for causes that were important to them, and becoming thought leaders in their industry, all as a result of the visibility their book created.

I would like to encourage you to read the post and consider what benefits YOU can achieve by writing a book this year.

You can read that post here:

http://www.netofficetoolbox.com/app/?af=1481683&u=www.lisatener.com/2012/08/reasons-to-write-a-book

At the end of the post you will find a link to enroll in Lisa’s upcoming teleseminar “Birth Your Book: From Inspiration to Author” with Linda Joy on September 18 where Lisa and Linda will illuminate the path to becoming a published author. Lisa is very generous with her valuable writing tips and industry knowledge. I know you will benefit from participating in this call.

I have been working with Lisa for almost 2 years and she has taken me from someone who always said “I should, but I’m not good enough,” to someone who is saying “I am doing it for real.” It’s an amazing and gratifying feeling. And I can vouch for Lisa’s integrity – there is nothing hidden – it’s all for real.

Should You Be Writing a Book?

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Should You Be Writing a Book?

by Lisa Tener Published Author and Book Coach http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=1481683

 Is a book in the cards for you?
As a professional, you’ve probably noticed that those people who’ve written books in your field are often the ones who get the best opportunities–speaking engagements, motivated clients, more income and publicity. They’re often seen as the experts. What would it mean for you in your life to be seen as one of those experts? What changes would it bring to your career and lifestyle–more fun, more money, more time, motivated clients, public exposure?

As someone who’s been in your field for a while, you probably know a great deal and there may be many people who could benefit from your expertise and knowledge. Does that mean you should be writing a book? No. Not everyone is capable of writing a book for one thing. Also, it may not be worth the time you put into it, especially if not executed properly. Many books are unpublishable–and many that are self-published should never have hit the presses. You wouldn’t want to write a book that makes people think badly of you–yet that is exactly what happens when someone publishes a poorly organized book with typos and grammatical errors. I see that all too often.

Let’s take a deeper look at whether you could write a quality book to help meet your goals, and whether the project can be a savvy investment.

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I’m a Blogger Now

Dahlia Lydia Fiore, Junior High Graduation

Dahlia Lydia Fiore, Junior High Graduation

This is a huge step for me.  A blog.  I am becoming a blogger.  It doesn’t sound pleasant, and I can’t stop thinking of Harry Potter’s Quidich team and the bludgers- those big black iron balls  that try to knock the players off their broomsticks.  My goal here is not to knock anyone off his or her broomstick, but I do hope I leave you with a positive impression and a reason to read, comment and interact with me and others who follow these posts.For the past year and a half I have been working to put together my mother’s memoirs.  I figured the task would be an easy one and would help me get my feet wet in the world of real writing. Not writing that I scribble out on a pad and then shove in a shoe box in the back of my closet, and not writing that I bang out in a fury and then save to a file folder that I’ll never refer to again.  Real, grown up writing.

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