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Loneliness–A Catalyst for Change

Elizabeth Head Black, a gifted writer, blogged again recently about loneliness. Elizabeth’s personal story is a story of loneliness–17 moves in 49 years. She turned to the Psalms for comfort and found God’s answer to her loneliness. A book emerged from her meditations on the Psalms–Hand in Hand: Walking with the…

 

Good Grief!

Take a close look at the labels on each of these three shelves at the Corpus Christi Barnes and Noble: Sexuality, LGBT, Family & Friends, Death/Grieving Death and Grieving, Self Score Tests Success Death and Grieving is sandwiched between Sex and Success. Does anyone think that a widow is going…

 

Defying Stereotype, Mixing Genre

As I scanned the crowd in the Wylie Theatre lobby, looking for a place where I could eat my box lunch, an attractive blonde on a nearby bench made eye contact and gestured that I could squeeze in beside her. I’m not good at striking up conversations with strangers, but…

 

Blogging, Social Media & Other Stuff

All to establish a brand, build a platform & get an agent to look at you When I started writing my book, Reclaiming Joy: A Primer for Widows, in summer 2014, I never guessed that I would need to engage in so much self-promotion just to get a literary agent…

 

The Semi-Colon Is Dead. Long Live the Dash!

After my reader reviewed the third draft of my book, the first thing she told me was that I needed to get rid of all those semi-colons. Editors trip on semi-colons. I wasn’t going to argue with her. She has edited 35 published books, and her own book is used by…

 

The Value of a Writers’ Conference

Writers’ conferences are on all the “to do” lists for aspiring authors, along with branding, blog, social media presence and the like. Finding community is two-pronged: Authors need to build community with both potential readers and with other authors, agents and publishers. I found the Moravian Writers’ Conference through Beth…