Cheryl Holloway Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day on April 29, 2017

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                    Independent Bookstore Day, Saturday, April 29, 2017

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

A Special Thanks to www.indiebookstoreday.com.

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Cheryl Holloway’s Blog Giveaway Reminder

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To Celebrate this milestone of 500 Blog Posts and 500 Tweets, I am going to giveaway these prizes to three lucky winners! All you have to do to enter this amazing giveaway is to:

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Cheryl Holloway’s Giveaway Celebrating 500 Blog Posts

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Win Two eBooks by Author Cheryl Holloway and $10 Starbucks Gift Card

To Celebrate this milestone of 500 Blog Posts and 500 Tweets, I am going to giveaway these prizes to three lucky winners! All you have to do to enter this amazing giveaway is to:

  1. leave a comment below to win and email me your email address;
  2. after you win, review the books on Amazon

It’s just that simple!

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  • US, Canada, and Worldwide, 18+ years of age

Winners will be randomly selected on Jan 28. Winners will be announced and prize delivered on Jan 31.

Thank you for helping me to celebrate this accomplishment.

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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday and Remembering Others

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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday 

Every year, I want to celebrate MLK’s birthday by doing something different. So, this year is no different. I thought about his question, “What are you doing for others?”  Of course, I pay it forward to other authors, but I thought, What else can I do?

I thought about his March on Washington and I decided to join the 2017 Women’s March on Washington on January 21. You already know what the march is about and I don’t need to add anything.

I have been an activist for many years, and I presume I will always be one-it’s part of me and my legacy.

Please enjoy your holiday and remember others in history—past and present.

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Cheryl Holloway Invites Everyone to the Blog’s 3rd Anniversary Virtual Party

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Cheryl Holloway, author and blogger, throws a Virtual Third Anniversary Party.

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How to Write a “Great” Book Review Workshop

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How to Write a “Great” Book Review Workshop

About this FREE workshop:

This hands-on workshop will explore writing tips and strategies for creating unique and engaging book reviews. We will look beyond just writing a book review and I will effectively help you to write a great book review. In addition, you will learn how to better express your personal response to a book you have read. 

Takeaways:

  • Improve your book review writing skills
  • Learn what to include in a great book review
  • Learn how to plan and structure a quick and easy book review
  • Write and publish a great book review of your own on Amazon

Pre-requisites and Preparation:

Basic understanding of writing a book review

WHEN: Friday, March 18, 2016
WHERE:
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INSTRUCTOR:
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Note: If there is enough response, I will have a free webinar class for this workshop.

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On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                              ~ Cheryl Holloway

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Father’s Day Writing Contest for Military Kids Sponsored by NavyRackPacks

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NavyRackPacks Essay Contest

Best Dad on the Seven Seas. Tell us why an active duty Sailor, Coast Guardian, or Marine you know is the best Dad. Post a 40 word essay here for two chances to win a complete set of NavyRackPacks and a $25 NEX gift card. One winner will be selected by the most likes, and the second winner will be selected by a panel of professional military writers. Rules: only unedited essays will be considered, so post carefully. Contest runs now to midnight, EST June 15. Winners will be announced here Sunday, June 21. Father’s Day. Children may dictate essays to parents for submission.

Sponsored by: NavyRackPacks at: https://www.facebook.com/navyrackpacks/photos/a.366973353373572.80331.137508356320074/875331199204449/?type=1&fref=nf

I support the Military and their children!  Happy Writing!

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On this blog, I “Pay it Forward” to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too “Pay It Forward” to any other author.                                                                                                                       ~ Cheryl Holloway

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Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday and Remembering

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I wanted to celebrate MLK’s birthday by doing something different. So, I went to a matinee movie  to see Selma. I want to congratulate the writers who intertwined various parts of history to make a wonderful movie for generations to enjoy the African American legacy.

The movie reminded me of so many historical events that I participated in and organized in several states.  From Gary, Indiana when, as a teenager,  I helped in Mayor Richard Hatcher’s first election.  Then years later in Sacramento, California, I helped to organize the Black History celebrations at the Chapel on McClellan AFB. When I was a reporter for the Precinct Reporter newspaper in San Bernardino, California and I wrote feature articles on Rosa Parks and John Carlos (1968 Olympics Black Power Salute). Then in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I was part of New Mexico’s African-American Legacy: Visible, Vital, and Valuable-a community history project.  At the National Maritime Center in Virginia, I organized some of the very first African -American events for the Coast Guard. These are just a few of the events throughout the years.

I have been an activist for many years, and I presume I will always be one-it’s part of me and my legacy.

Please enjoy your holiday and remember some special part of history.

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Christmas Means Giving…So Give A Gift That Counts!

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I am challenging each of my readers and followers to give one simple gift that will count (less than $5)—a package of disposable razors (6 or 12-count), send it to: Support the Troops, P. O. Box 7560, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544.

This non-profit organization sends care packages to soldiers around the globe.              Bob Williams started Our Troops Online out of his respect for what our U.S. troops do to protect our freedom. They send nearly 1,000 monthly care packages. I randomly selected this organization because of their dedicated support to the troops. OurTroopsOnline.com

The troops stationed in remote areas, do not have convenience when it comes to getting something they need in a timely manner. Some of the troops are in need of basic toiletry supplies. I am asking that you help make a soldier’s Christmas a little brighter—I’m sending some packages and ask that each of you send at least one package of disposable razors.

Let the soldiers know that the people back home still remember they are away from home fighting.

 I challenge each of you to give a gift that counts!

Thanks,                                                                                                                                Cheryl

If you have any questions, experiences or thoughts on the topic, please leave a comment below. 

Honoring Veterans Who Served Our Country

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I’m from a military-oriented family and we support our troops!

We represent almost all of the branches of military service. My father served in the Navy in World War II. My ex-husband served four years in the Marines in Viet Nam and 30+ years in the Air Force. My brother served 20+ years in the Army.  I have two uncles who also served 30+ years in the Air Force.  My nephew and his wife are currently serving in the Army.

Hey, don’t think I’m left out—I worked for the military—20 years for the Air Force             and 4 years for the Coast Guard.

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The Purple Heart is a United States military award that is presented in the name of the President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving on or after April 5, 1917 with the U. S. military. The Purple Heart is the oldest military award that is still given to members of the U.S. military. Both my father and my ex-husband received Purple Hearts.

And…our family has an authentic combat sword from the Civil War that has been passed down for generations.  My ancestors have told me that my grandfather served in World War I.

So, when I say, “Hats off to those who have served our country,” I think of my family first, and then, I think of the many families like mine who are dedicated to serving our great country.

God Bless All Veterans and God Bless America!

Happy Veterans Day 2013.

Cheryl

November is National Novel Writing Month

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Imagine thirty days and nights of literary abandon!

I strongly support National Novel Writing Month and encourage any writers to write everyday for at least 30 days during the month of November to show their support.   A contest is held at NaNoWriMo.org with a goal of writing 50,000 words for a novel. I just write as much as I can all month to support the efforts of other writers. The holidays help me to write even more (and eat less on Thanksgiving…LOL).

 Writers, I challenge you to turn on that laptop and go for it. Write, write and write some more!

Thanks,                                                                                                                                 Cheryl

Domestic Violence Awareness

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Today, I was late in posting my blog because I went to a Domestic Violence Awareness Program. After returning home, I decided to write about Domestic Violence instead of the planned blog.

Fact: A greater awareness of problems leads to better understanding and better solutions.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a time established to draw attention to this unspeakable crime and continue efforts to raise awareness and stop the violence. Domestic Violence Awareness Month was established in October 1987. The intent was to connect battered women advocates across the nation. They were working to end violence against women and children.

I went to my first Domestic Violence Rally in 1988 in California. Do you remember the Jessica Gonzales case in 1999?  She was the first case brought by a survivor of domestic violence against the U.S.  And, we have had tremendous progress since then.

Today, the men and women at the program shed a lot of light on domestic violence—from victims feeling ashamed to victims accepting it as part of their life.  The program accentuated the fact that everyone knows someone who is affected by Domestic Violence.

Since the problems of domestic violence permeate across all economic, racial, and ethnic groups, it is everyone’s problem and not just a problem for a certain group. Education and awareness are the components that lead to change.  Please, do your part in ending Domestic Violence and I will do mine.

Thanks,

Cheryl

 

Part II: What Can We Do To Support Independent Bookstores?

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What do these two authors have in common with the average author?                            We all support independent bookstores!

Fact: Independent Bookstores answer directly to us, the readers and customers that they see on a regular basis. By supporting the booksellers, we are helping to keep alive our literary culture.

James Patterson                                                                                                            According to Carolyn Kellogg’s article in LA Times, “Bestselling author James Patterson wants to support independent bookstores, and he’s putting his money where his heart is. On Monday (September 16, 2013), he pledged to give $1 million to independent bookstores in the next year.”

“We’re making this transition to e-books, and that’s fine and good and terrific and wonderful, but we’re not doing it in an organized, sane, civilized way. So what’s happening right now is a lot of bookstores are disappearing,” Patterson told CBS This Morning. Patterson says he hopes the funds will support everything from raises for staff who haven’t gotten them in years to larger projects.

Sherman Alexie                                                                                                            According to Elizabeth Knapp’s article in Bookselling This Week.  “Acclaimed author Sherman Alexie has launched Indies First, grassroots movement that calls on authors to show their support for independent booksellers by signing up to work at their favorite indie bookstore on Small Business Saturday, celebrated this year on November 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.” He is supported by the American Booksellers Association.

BookNuts Bookstore Owner, John Warsinske                                                               So, what can you do as an author?  Price your books competitively with the price you’re charging on other venues.  Recommend customers to us (Independent Bookstores). Carry book marks or business cards from the store and refer customers to us. If you’re having a book signing, actively advertise on your own to make the event (more) successful.  Authors who have web sites, mention us as a source for purchasing your books. And finally, (remember) “Part of the ‘Ecosystem of Literacy’ is the relationship between writers and independent booksellers. It is a two-way street.”

Cheryl Holloway, Author                                                                                                  Your personal libraries are full of books that wouldn’t be there if not for indie booksellers who have suggested great books to read. Those booksellers are struggling to stay open and to pay the bills. That’s why it’s so important to support the one in your area. Since writers are everywhere, if we all make a serious effort to support independent bookstores, then we will ultimately support them all over the world!

I challenge you to support your local independent bookstore.  I’m supporting mine. Visit them and buy some books: www.booknutsbookstore.com and www.Facebook.com/BookNutsBookStore

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 Cheryl and John, owner, at BookNuts Bookstore.

And when you’re in southern Maryland, stop in and say, “Cheryl Holloway sent me to support her local indie bookseller.”

Thanks,                                                                                                                                Cheryl

 

Part I: We Need To Support Our Local Independent Bookstores—To Keep Them Alive!

Independent bookstores have always offered so much more than “just a bookstore.” They have always been a community outlet with poetry readings, celebrity author book signings, new author readings, story time with Dr. Seuss, and even music. Yes, it used to be a family outing that offered something for everyone. I used to take my children to Tower Books in Sacramento, Ellie’s Paperback Books in Waldorf, Books of Interest in Santa Fe, and The Tattered Cover in Denver (to name a few).  We could be at any one of these bookstores for hours before the kids complained.  I always found extra money for a book that I hadn’t decided to buy, but was glad that I did. There were customers who would recommend an out-of-the-way author or staff who suggested books and authors I had never heard of by saying, “You’ve got to read this.”  Yes, our local bookseller’s have expertise and influence when it comes to introducing great books to our community.

However, there are fewer bookstores, today. Why? Tangible books—hard cover and paperback books are disappearing. Giant online retailers tell us that digital books are better for the environment, more convenient, and cheaper to buy and distribute. But me—I would rather hold a “real” book and “turn the page.” My ebook reader is OK on occasion.  So, where do I go when I want to read and touch a “real” book? I go to my local bookstore. Where I live, there is only one independent bookstore in the whole county, BookNuts Bookstore in White Plains, Maryland.  Plus, they are author friendly and make space for every local author who has asked for an author reception.  (My kind of local bookstore.)

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I spoke with the owners, John and Siobhan Warsinske, and they said, “We value our community—the community of readers in particular, but the entire ecosystem of literacy. We are committed to supporting the communities of writers, readers, teachers, students and others.” He said that readers are always welcome there.  But John also had another valid issue. He said, “The bottom line is economics.  We have rent, electric, insurance, IT and phone bills to keep a store open.  (Let’s just ignore that ‘salary’ thing!)  That translates back into having customers in the store who buy from the store. The reality is that if you want independent booksellers to be open, then they need people to buy books from them at a price that allows them to pay the bills.”

I agree with John. So, as readers and authors, we need to support our local bookstores! Don’t just browse, buy a book, or two, or three. We need to show more support with dollar bills.

Visit them and buy some books: www.BookNutsBookStore.com  and www.Facebook.com/BookNutsBookStore

Next week, is Part II: What Can We Do To Support Local Bookstores?

Thanks,

Cheryl

Why Writing Retreats Are Important!

Since I am preparing to host a writing retreat on April 27-28th, someone recently asked me, “What is a Writing Retreat?”
I responded, “It is a rare opportunity to just write!”
I laughed and added, “But most writers are afraid to make it happen.”

“Yes, most writers are afraid…to take time out of their busy schedule…to stop what they are doing…to hang out with other writers and to do what they all enjoy most—WRITE.”

Well, here is my long answer to the original question, “What is a Writing Retreat?”
A writing retreat is a peaceful and inspiring place where writers go to isolate themselves with other writers to work on writing projects away from their phones, the Internet, the emails, their jobs, the family, their friends and any other distraction that normally keeps the writer from writing in their day-in and day-out world. Writers who go on writing retreats want to stimulate the thought process and break the writer’s block into tiny pieces. And it doesn’t matter what they write—fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, novels or articles. They enjoy the camaraderie and connection with other writers who are like-minded in their creativity. These writers often want to exchange ideas or just talk “writing stuff.” They want to encourage and inspire each other without judgment. They want to learn something new or be reminded of something old. They want to delve into the 3 Rs—rejuvenate, re-ignite and refresh. A writing retreat is very different from a writing conference or a writing workshop. It is essential for your mind, your body, your soul and your writing.

I hope that’s an “aha moment” for you.

Earlier, I said they are afraid. Yes, each writer has a million reasons why he or she cannot go on a writing retreat. The #1 reason is time and the #2 reason is money. But I think, the #1 and #2 reason is F.E.A.R.—false evidence appearing real.

Now, let me tell you what I think…A writing retreat is important because it makes you a better writer and it makes your writing better because it takes your writing to a new level. Writing retreats are important because each writer owes it to himself or herself to go on a writing retreat at least twice a year.  A writing retreat should be your #1 priority. However, it can often be challenging trying to juggle schedules and make time for a writing retreat, but it is worth it in a million ways.

The average U.S. Writing Retreat is 4-7 days and costs about $1,000.00. And a Writing Retreat outside of the U.S. is usually 7-14 days and costs about $2,000.00 and up depending on the location.

I have created a Mini Writing Retreat for two days on a weekend. It is all day Saturday and Sunday to accommodate your busy schedules. It costs a minimal fee of $149-199, which depends on the location. But you don’t have to attend my writing retreat.

I just want writers to attend any writing retreat. Only because I know for a fact that writing retreats will take your writing to amazing places. If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to go to one and see what happens to your writing!

Thanks for listening to my spin on the subject.

If you are thinking about attending a writing retreat for the first time and have questions, feel free to post them in the comments below. Or if you have been on a writing retreat before, please share your experience with us.