Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Families Matter 07/25 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

BTR’s World of Ink Network show: Families Matter with hosts VS Grenier, Kecia Burcham and Irene Roth.
The Families Matter show airs live once a month on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6pm EST - 5pm CST - 4pm MST - 3pm PDT
The idea of this show on BTR’s World of Ink Network is to have guests and listeners (adults or kids) share information to help empower children and their families.

Our July show topic is Empowering Our Children.

This month we have a special guest...our own Irene Roth. She is a freelance writer for kids, teens and tweens. Irene writes about empowerment, drawing on her expertise from philosophy and psychology. She holds a Masters Degree in Philosophical Psychology and writes in the area of autonomy, authenticity and empowerment.

Irene has a series of picture books for kids 3-8. Her first book Courage will be released at the end of this year through Halo Publishing. Irene has also written an empowerment book for teens entitled Seasons of Empowerment. This book should be released in late 2012 as well through Halo Publishing. Lastly, she is working on a book for older teens entitled The 7 Habits of Empowerment.  This book should be completed by the end of 2012.

We invite our listeners to call-in or share through the chat room questions or their stories.
Learn more at the Families Matter blog http://familiesmatter2us.blogspot.com

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Families Matter 07/25 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

SFC Newsletter for Writers is Closing

For those who have known me since the beginning of my writing career know I have offered a free monthly, then later every other month a newsletter for writers. In 2009, SFC Newsletter for Writers was even in Writer's Digest as one of the 101 Best Newsletters/Websites. I was so excited and shocked when this happened. Even some of my blog posts I've written for this blog and others have appeared in SFC Newsletter for Writers; along with regular contributions from other writers, tips, market information and much more.

I've enjoyed putting SFC Newsletter for Writers together each issue. I've learned so much from working on it. It's hard to believe I started offering SFC Newsletter for Writers back in 2006 and now six years have gone by. It's been a fun run but with the demands of family and personal writing goals, I have decided to close its doors. I'm working on the very last issue to send to my subscriber list, which has doubled and tripled over the years. It will be sad when I hit the "send" button on this last issue but I see the positive as well.


I'll have more time to devote to my personal writing (maybe I'll get my next book out in the coming months). I won't be on the computer as much and will have more free time for my kids (who are growing up fast). I'll be able to balance my freelance jobs and not feel the stress of the newsletter needing to get out, among other things.

Doing a newsletter is still something I feel every writer should do if they have the time or can pay someone to put out. It builds contacts and your brand. I don't regret producing SFC Newsletter for Writers. I have enjoyed every issue and experience that came from working on it. I'm sad to see it go and maybe one day when I have more time...it will come back.

SFC Newsletter for Writers
 
If you never received SFC Newsletter for Writers or have only been a subscriber for a few months, don't worry as you'll be able to get all the past issue for FREE at the Stories for Children Publishing website.

The issues will be available at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com in the coming weeks.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Stories for Children Show 07/23 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Come join host VS Grenier and Irene Roth on BTR’s World of Ink Network's The Stories for Children Show July 23, 2012 live at 2pm EST - 1pm CT - 12pm MT - 11am PST

We bring children's authors together with their readers.

This week come meet author Dominick Domingo of the newly released young adult fantasy book The Nameless Prince released by Twilight Times books.


About the book: To find Elena, Seth embarks on an odyssey of riddles and self-discovery. Only in 'Interia' is it safe to discover the truth about his past, and the forgiveness that will set him free.
Excerpt and purchase link: http://twilighttimesbooks.com/TheNamelessPrince_ch1.html

Book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcYISQLNEFM
We will be chatting with Dominick Domingo about his writing and inspiration.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Guest Post Wed: Tips For Finding Your Own Writing Style

Be Yourself: Tips For Finding Your Own Writing Style

As a writer, you have to have some sort of individuality in order to stand out from the crowd. If you look at all of the successful authors, you'll notice they all have their own distinctive writing style. Here are a few tips to help you find your own writing style.

Keep a journal and an ideas book.
Keeping a journal will allow you to write every day and give you a place to express yourself. Writing in a journal every day will help you find your own style as a result. You can use a number of techniques (stream of consciousness, question and answer, periodic reflection), in order to find the writing style that is perfect for you. In contrast, you can write down all ideas you have in your ideas book. If you take it with you wherever you go, you will soon fill it up. So whenever you need something good to write for an employer, you will have a ready bank of ideas there to tap into!

Experiment every chance you get.
Experiment with your writing style on a regular basis. Try abstract writing, short sentences, long and descriptive sentences, and anything else you may want to try. It is all good practice!

Look for ideas wherever you go.
There are ideas to be had anywhere and everywhere. Looking for ideas will help you to refine your style because every idea you have will provoke passion and interest, the two things you need in order to succeed. They will also help you to find who you are as a writer!

Talk to other writers.
Other writers have been there and done it so ask them questions about how they found their writing style, the exercises they did and what they do now to constantly improve. They will often be happy to help. Go to book signings and talks to hear what they have to say and chat to them! Get online and find message boards and online forums where writers are.

Enjoy writing.
You need passion and interest to find your writing style. As a result, you have to enjoy writing to make the most of it! The day you start disliking writing is the day to get out of the business.

Copyright © Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ



Download an excerpt of The Authentic Self: Journaling Your Joys, Griefs and Everything in Between below:

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Revising Goals and Expectations


Over the last couple of nights I’ve been having trouble sleeping. I’m sure part of it is due to the crazy summer storms racking havoc in my desert home town. The electrons in the air have not only me, but also my whole family feeling restless. With this comes long hours of lying in bed, eyes closed and my mind fully awake. 

I don’t know about you, but when I’m in a half awaken state of mind I find my thoughts wonder to topics I normally don’t consciously think about on a daily basis. One of the topics my mind likes to wonder to frequently during these times are my writing goals and expectations. 
 
Lately, I’ve been wondering if I’m truly meeting or able to live up to the expectations I’ve made for myself as an author, editor and mother. It seems more and more demands are put upon us as writers, and even as editors, however the days are not longer so we sleep less. With this comes not performing at our desired levels with less sleep so how do we balance these demands… expectations? Then you add in family life and it seems there is no time left in a day to get everything done you need or want to accomplish, let alone good quality sleep. This can leave us feeling defeated, depressed, burnout…among other feelings as well.

I recently read a blog post back in June about writer’s needing to take time out and relax. The post really got me thinking about how I haven’t taken a real vacation in two years. I also started realizing my personal writing goals keep being put on hold as demands to expectations I’ve made for myself and freelance work keep growing. Talk about a combination for writer’s burnout or just feeling overwhelmed with life.

I do feel my life feels meaning full, but I realize I’m not taking time out for me. I’m not setting goals or expectations of better health. This isn’t a good thing. So as I laid awake these past few nights with my mind wondering onto all the things I need to do, would like to do and have accomplished so far, I realized the only way to get some down time was to cut back. Or in writer terms…REVISE my life, goals and expectations. 

I’m not sure what changes I’ll be making but revising my goals and expectations will be one of them.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Stories for Children Show 07/16 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Featured Show!
Come join host VS Grenier and Irene Roth on BTR’s World of Ink Network's The Stories for Children Show July 16, 2012 live at 2pm EST - 1pm CT - 12pm MT - 11am PST

We bring children's authors together with their readers.

This week come meet author Jo Linsdell of Out and About at the Zoo, a rhyming picture book for young readers.
Out and About at the Zoo is a rhyming picture book with colorful pictures showing children a fun day out discovering different things in the world around them. This first book in the ‘Out and About’ series is a wonderful introduction to a day at the zoo for children young and old.

We will be chatting with Jo Linsdell about her new children's picture book series, the writing life and inspiration behind the books.


The World of Ink Network has joined in helping to tour author Jo Linsdell’s first book from the 'Out and About' series of rhyming children's picture books, Out and About at the Zoo. You can find out more about Jo Linsdell’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/7jml423
 
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mom's Choice Honoree Media Release: Babysitting Sugarpaw


For Immediate Release: July 12, 2012
For more information, contact:
World of Ink Network
Marsha Casper Cook Email: mba3308@aol.com
VS Grenier Email: VSGrenier@gmail.com Phone: 435-625-1743
Author VS Grenier is available for Interview and Speaking Engagements.

The Mom’s Choice Awards® Names BABYSITTING SUGARPAW by VS Grenier
Among Best in Family-Friendly Products (or Services)

The Mom's Choice Awards® has named BABYSITTING SUAGARPAW by VS Grenier among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

BABYSITTING SUGARPAW, with its child-centered plot on getting to know others, is the perfect book for little ones scared of being left alone with a babysitter for the first time. This book delights young readers, ages three-to-eight-year-old, especially those who like to create mischief.

The book is all about a little bear named Sugarpaw hopes to get rid of his babysitter, Bonnie Whiskers, by getting her into trouble after making changes to his rules chart. As the story unfolds, Sugarpaw learns about honesty and friendship, in this fun loving story.

BABYSITTING SURARPAW
VS Grenier
Illustrations by Kevin Scott Collier

List $13.95
Paperback 32 pages Also available in Kindle and Nook
Publisher: Halo Publishing International; one edition (July 2009)
ISBN-10: 1935268066
ISBN-13: 978-193526806-2 (print)

Available wherever books are sold and online. For more information visit www.vsgrenier.com or halopublishing.com.

About the Author:
VS Grenier is an award-winning author and editor, and blog talk radio show host at the World of Ink Network. She learned how to hone her writing skills at the Institute of Children’s Literature and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators (SCBWI), the League of Utah Writers, and Heritage Writer’s Guild (chapter president).

A California girl at heart, she currently lives in Utah with her husband, their three children, and the family’s miniature schnauzer Taz.

About the Illustrator:
Kevin Scott Collier lives in beautiful Grand Haven, a quaint port city along the Lake Michigan shoreline with his wife and son. Kevin Scott Collier works for a daily newspaper and for 30 years has been Art Director. His lifetime interest with writing and drawing lead to becoming a published author of youth fiction chapter books, children's books and illustrator of over 130 picture books for kids.

About Mom’s Choice Awards:
The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is an international awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.

Parents, educators, librarians and retailers look for the Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality materials for children and families.

An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling author, Priscilla Dunstan, creator of the Dunstan Baby Language; Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute; Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., host of the Wright Place™ TV Show; and Catherine Witcher, M.Ed., special needs expert and founder of Precision Education, Inc.

MCA judges are bound by a strict code of ethics, which ensures expert and objective analysis free from any manufacturer association. The evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost.

To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five identical samples of a product. Entries are matched to judges in the MCA database. Judges perform a thorough analysis and submit a detailed assessment. Results are compiled and submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final approval.

The end result is a list of the best in family-friendly media, products and services that parents and educators can feel confident in using.

For more information on the awards program and the honorees, visit MomsChoiceAwards.com.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Is Entering Writing Contests and Book Awards Worth It?


I have been asked this question more than once during my writing career. At first, I gave the standard answer I learned from my instructor at the ICL…YES! The question you maybe be wondering is has my opinion changed since then…NO.

Entering writing contests (Free or Fee Based) is always a good thing. However, you want to make sure the contest you are entering is with a known company or group. I only say this because you want to make sure you’re not paying money or sending your manuscript somewhere no one has ever heard of and to never see again. With that said, I have entered all kinds of contests. Some have been through the Institute of Children’s Literature, Writer’s Digest, League of Utah Writers, Preditors & Editors, Mom’s Choice and other unknown local and national smaller groups and companies. 

Winning is always nice, of course, but that isn’t why I enter contests. I do it to hence my writing and submission techniques, to hone my talents and learn from my mistakes. Writing contests are a great way to improve as a writer.

There are also some great benefits to entering contests. If you win, you get some great marketing out of it, some more than others. You might win some money; that’s always nice. However, the best thing about writing contests is you build your byline/bio.

When my book Babysitting Sugarpaw came out, I wasn’t sure I wanted to pay the entry fees to submit my book to contests. I have done this with short stories and articles I had written, but was unwilling with my book. Not really sure why, maybe because the cost is a lot more than for a short story or article. The point is I waited and waited and waited. Then one day, I decided I was being stupid and submitted my little picture book with entry fee to the League of Utah Writer’s Award Program. I really did not think I would win; such the optimist I know. So you can imagine my surprise when my chapter president contacted me to share the wonderful news. See I didn’t even go to the writer’s conference because I really didn’t think my book would win and…IT DID! I won the 2011 Silver Quill for Youth Fiction. 

Okay, so my book has won an award I thought. This is great. But this is a state award, it won’t win again in a bigger contest. So with this thought in mind I thought, “Oh why not. Let’s see what happens with Mom’s Choice.” Off my book went at the beginning of this year with entry fee and all. 

After a few weeks and then months passed, I figured my book didn’t win or even make it into the final round. I contacted Mom’s Choice just to find out the bad news…instead I was told they had tried to contact me and that they were sorry I didn’t get the email. They resent it to me and guess what…My book won again the Juvenile ages 5-9 Fiction category Silver Award. I could not believe it. But that isn’t even the exciting part. My friend, and now agent, wants me to send her some manuscripts ASAP. Why? Because publishers will now look at my work a bit more seriously with a Mom’s Choice Award and Silver Quill Award. 

I’m not sure how many of my manuscripts will be published, but I do know more publishers and editors are willing to look and talk with me about my writing. I do have to say these two awards have really helped, but so have my other awards for my short stories, magazine and editing. Publishers see I am serious about what I do and so they are willing to give me a shot. 

So next time you’re not sure about entering a contest, stop and really think about what you might be passing up.

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Stories for Children Show 07/09 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

Come join host VS Grenier and Irene Roth on BTR’s World of Ink Network's The Stories for Children Show July 9, 2012 live at 2pm EST - 1pm CT - 12pm MT - 11am PST

We bring children's authors together with their readers.

This week come meet author Sands Hetherington of the Night Buddies children chapter book series.
Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare is the first in a series featuring John, a young city kid who isn't ready for bed yet, and Crosley, a bright-red crocodile who shows up in his room to rescue him and take him on an adventure.

We will be chatting with Sands Hetherington about his fun nighttime adventure series, the writing life and inspiration behind the books.


The World of Ink Network will be touring author Sands Hetherington’s nighttime adventure for kids,  
Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare published by Dune Buggy Press 
all through July and August 2012.
 
You can find out more about Sands Hetherington’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/6vgevbh
 
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The Stories for Children Show 07/09 by WorldOfInkNetwork | Blog Talk Radio

SFC Blog: Families Matter: July '12 Book Lovers Blog Hop & Giveaway

Book Lovers July '12 Blog Hop:
Make friends, share the love of reading and be entered to win a FREE book!

By joining the Book Lovers Blog Hop, you are automatically entered in our Book Giveaway! There will be two (2) winners for this Book Giveaway. The winners will win a copy of Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare.

Learn more at the link below and to join/enter!
SFC Blog: Families Matter: July '12 Book Lovers Blog Hop & Giveaway:

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Author Spotlight: Sands Hetherington

Sands Hetherington credits his son John for being his principal motivator. Sands raised his son as a single parent from the time John was six. He read to him every night during those formative years. He and young John developed the Crosley crocodile character in the series during months of bedtime story give-and-take. Sands majored in history at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.A. in English from UNC-Greensboro. He lives in Greensboro.

Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare by Sands Hetherington is an after lights-out adventure story that will delight young readers and middle graders who relish roller coaster fantasy and fun, filled with unforgettable characters and an astonishing and inventive collection of magical whatchamacallits.

The book is all about the nighttime adventures of a young boy named John (named after Sands' son), who is not ready to go to sleep, and his friend, a bright red crocodile named Crosley who turns up under John’s bed. 

Night Buddies is an astonishing and inventive adventure with unforgettable cast of characters that will make you laugh and win over your heart. The book has lots of thoughtful, multi-layered twists, giggles, and perils -- things kids can relate to and enjoy. 

Publisher: Dune Buggy Press; One edition (June 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0984741712
ISBN-13: 978-0984741717

Get a sneak peek of the book at http://tinyurl.com/7xxl8qw

In the book readers will find themselves sneaking out of John’s house using Crosley’s “I-ain’t-here-doodad” which makes John and Crosley invisible to John’s parents. They then embark on an adventure chasing down enemies and cleaning up one mess after another as they solve the earthshaking mystery: who stole all the pineapple cheesecakes from the only factory in the world that makes them! 

The investigation starts out fine but things get a little crazy when Crosley, who is allergic to water, gets wet. Hilarious things happen when Crosley’s allergy to water kicks in, and when they get to the pineapple cheesecake factory and meet Big Foot Mae, the investigation gets more complicated and zany than either of them bargained for.

About the illustrator:
Jessica Love grew up in California, with two artist parents. She studied printmaking and drawing at UC Santa Cruz, then went on to study acting at The Juilliard School in NYC. Jessica currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, toggling back and forth between her work as an actor and her work as an artist.

What People Are Saying

“This little book is a winner!”
 —Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer

“Hetherington seems to have the right ingredients for a classic children’s whodunit—talking animals, an unsolved mystery and a brave hero willing to face unforeseen foes…”
—Kirkus

“Stating that Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare is a creative, imaginative and delightful tale is simply giving it its just desserts. Yerk! Yerk! Yerk!”
— Drew Aquilina, International award-winning cartoonist and author, Green Pieces: Green From the Pond Up

“Night Buddies is a terrific story my second and third-graders would love to have read to them, complete with its colorful dialect. Thanks for the sneak peek!”
— Lorie Thompson, Principal, Haskell Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District


The World of Ink Network will be touring author Sands Hetherington’s nighttime adventure for kids, Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare published by Dune Buggy Press all through July and August 2012. You can find out more about Sands Hetherington’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/6vgevbh

Next Few Stops on Sands Hetherington's World of Ink Tour
July 6th
Home School Blogger - Book Review

July 8th
Utah Children's Writer Blog – Spotlight

July 9th
BTR’s World of Ink Network: Stories for Children Show
Live Radio Interview at 2pm EST at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork
You can also listen on demand after the show airs!

July 10th
It’s About Time Mamaw – Book Review & Giveaway

July 11th
Tidbits From A Mom – Author Spotlight & Review Book Giveaway http://tidbitsfromamom.blogspot.com

Writers On The Move – Spotlight/Interview

July 12th
Teresa Nordheim Interview