Six Things You Need to Make Your Book a Best Seller by Cheryl Holloway

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Six Things You Need to Make Your Book a Best Seller

These techniques will work on any kind of book: fiction: romance, mystery, sci-fi, urban fantasy, thriller, etc.; or non-fiction: business or literary work. Any writer can implement these techniques no matter where you are in your writing process, from the first draft to the polished final draft.

  1. A Well-written Book
  2. A Positive Attitude
  3. Inspiration
  4. Motivation
  5. Determination
  6. Target Audience

A Well-written Book – Tell a wonderful story to make readers love you (Fiction). Provide useful information that readers can use (Non-fiction).

Hint: Pull on their emotions—make them laugh or make them cry.

A Positive Attitude – Do not underestimate the power of positive thinking when it comes to your writing. Learn and know your craft by building and enhancing your skills and developing your resources. As a writer, you must build and maintain a positive attitude. Don’t worry about rejections or negative feedback.

Hint: Everyone is not going to like your book.

Inspiration (definition) – the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative (such as writing). Find your inspiration and let it lead you on to better writing. It will also lead you from being a writer to being an author. What inspires most people is “an ordinary person who has done an extraordinary thing.”

Hint: Whether your inspiration is someone or something; big or small; let it lead you on to better writing.

Motivation – According to Writer’s Digest magazine, “Writing takes commitment, self-discipline, and desire.” My passion for writing is my motivation. What’s yours?

Hint: Find a quote about writing and put it near your PC or laptop where you can always glance at it.

My Two Favorite Quotes: 1) I live in my own little world. But it’s okay…they know me here! 2) If there is a book you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. Toni Morrison

Determination (definition) – a firmness of purpose; resoluteness. As a writer with a mission, you need an unflinching determination. You have goals and deadlines to meet—go for it.

Hint: Don’t give up! No matter what.

Target Audience – The Bible is the only book that is for everyone (and some people will question that). Know who should read your book: What type of people? (Christians, entrepreneurs, etc.) What type of groups? (shoppers, smokers, children, baby boomers, young adults, etc.) What other books do they read? (romance, sci-fi, urban, etc.) Know their demographics: age, income, education, race, gender, marital status, and/or occupation

Hint: Learn as much about your target audience as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am determined to make one of my books a best seller. I promote my books each and every day. It’s only a matter of time for me…how about you?

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Most of my blog readers and followers enjoy Seven Sentence Sunday and often request the short stories. 

I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. 

I’m in the process of trying to move/relocate. Well, this week has been a real dilemma for me or rather an eye-opening situation. We cleaned out the garage and shed, and next is the basement.

So, here is my epiphany.

Title: Baby Boomer Breakthrough

Whether it is decluttering, downsizing or just moving…dejunking is hard!

I’ve accumulated a lot of objects or furniture over time.

I’m holding on to STUFF out of a sense of obligation to the past,

I finally realized I have to let go to create a peaceful and stress-free space for myself.

I have to donate it, sell it, put it on consignment, or just give it away.

It’s so easy to accumulate and soooo hard to get rid of, but…

I have to just let go!

The End

Keep in mind that this is my perspective. 🙂

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Cheryl Holloway on Copyright Basics for Writers

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On Friday, I taught a Creative Writing Class for 15 new writers.  Some of the information we discussed was copyrighting your work. Since most of them did not know the copyright basics, today I am going to discuss it with my blog readers and fans.

What Is A Copyright?

According to U.S. Code and the website www.copyright.gov, Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.

“Original works of ownership” include literary works—a written piece of art—such as a book, a poem, a short story, or an article, etc.

The Copyright should include the following:

  • The copyright symbol,
  • Followed by the copyright year,
  • Followed by the author who created the work and who is responsible for and who is the owner of the copyright,
  • Followed by the phrase, “All Rights Reserved”

Published Example: © 2017 Cheryl Holloway All Rights Reserved.

Unpublished Example: Unpublished Work © 2017 Jane Doe

It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of the copyright.

Copyright Theft

The reason you will copyright your writing is that you do not want anyone to copy your “work” without your permission and steal it. In this day and digital age, there are many possible ways to copy your work—both in the U.S. and in foreign countries.  So, protect your writing from plagiarism by using the copyright law.

Keep in mind, plagiarism occurs when a writer duplicates another writer’s language or ideas and then calls the work his or her own. Copyright laws protect writers’ words as their legal property.

There are two ways to copyright your literary work:

  1. Copyright Registration with the Copyright Office using Form TX (Registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.) There is a Filing Fee ($35). For general/updated information about copyright, call the Copyright Public Information Office at (202) 707-3000 or 1-877-476-0778 Toll Free.
  2. Poor Man’s Copyright is a method of using registered dating by the postal service, a notary public or other highly trusted source to date intellectual property, thereby helping to establish that the material has been in one’s possession since a particular time. (Email me and I can send specific instructions.) No Fee

I hope this short blog post helped you better understand the Copyright Basics.

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Five Essentials of An Author Website by Cheryl Holloway

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Five Essentials of An Author Website

Since I wrote the last article on Author Websites, many authors have written me and asked the question, ‘What Are The Essentials of An Author Website?’ So, today, I’m going to answer that question to the best of my ability.

  1. Think About the future of your website

Think ‘Big’ and act like you’re already famous. I can’t remember who said this, but the idea stuck in my head.  I know, as a new author, you may be on a limited budget, but think about the future. Do not limit the design. I suggest getting a website with yourauthorname.com or if someone has your domain name, get yourauthorname.net (like I did).

You can also use a free domain, such as yourname.wordpress.com. Or use a free website, such as wix.com

I suggest that most writers do as I did and do it right from the beginning by hiring a web designer and put your best foot forward. Remember, you only get one first impression. I advise you to have one page done right and you can expand it later, once you start selling books. Brand yourself and make your website and blog look alike, so readers can recognize you.  All of this means something to the reader—you look consistent and you look professional.

  1. Your Book Cover is Extremely Important

Make sure your book cover is done by a professional graphic designer. Do not try to do it yourself, unless you are a graphic designer. The cover will define your brand as an author. It will be the primary visual brand for your readers to identify you. You must put your professional foot forward. Do not ask your niece, nephew or grandson to design it.  Pay hard-earned money to have your book cover designed. There is no exception to this rule!

  1. Make Sure Your Website is Mobile Friendly

Today, most people use their phone to google an author, then they check out your website on their laptop. A few readers may even use their PC, but be prepared and make sure that your website looks good on any of their devices. Check mine out. This isn’t hard to do for a professional web designer, and they can do it fast. So, once again, get it done right!

  1. Your Author Website is not a Catch-all

Your website should target only readers of your books. Do not mix your passion for crocheting with your books. Get a separate website for your crocheting. So, your author website needs to remain true to your goal—your books and nothing else.

The only exception to this is if you write in two very different genres, such as Mystery/Thriller and Romance, or if you write under two different pen names, then you will need two separate websites. Of course, you can always provide a link between the two websites. Keep your author website just that—an author website—preferably for one genre.

  1. Your Author Website is there to Connect with Your Readers

This author website says it all.

The main purpose of your Author Website is to connect with your Reader Fans. Do I need to repeat that? The main purpose of your Author Website is to connect with your Reader Fans.

First and foremost, your Reader Fans need a way to contact you. I have my email address pasted all over my website and my blog. You can easily contact me with my easy author email address. AuthorCherylHolloway@gmail.com Do not use cute email addresses, such as. Pookie52190@yahoo.com or Twinkletoes15@hotmail.com. Your readers are not going to remember the cute email address. Personally, my pet peeve is a website where I send the author an email, never knowing whether they will answer it in the next 90 days or not. I suggest using an email address that the Reader Fan can easily contact  you. Use one that you will check at least every 2 days. You can always say that you are in the middle of a big re-write and will get back to them in one week, but do so. Remember, your readers are your bread and butter. Treat them like family (or better!).

Second, you need to be able to contact your Reader Fans when you release your next book. You can contact them and tell about your New Book Launch. Better yet, you can send them a free or reduced price book and solicit book reviews on Book Launch Day. Most of the Reader Fans will buy your new book and those are easy sales that you made with just a few emails. You can sell hundreds of books this way. Plus, book sales and book reviews on Book Launch Day push you up on Amazon’s Bestseller List. This is a win-win situation.

And last, but not least, you don’t need to be a social media junkie to have a successful author website. Your author website can connect you to social media by having a link to your Facebook page and your Twitter page. You can make your website sharable to both Facebook and Twitter.

So, that’s my take on the five essentials of an Author website. Let me know what you think about the topic.

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Once Upon a Time

 

Most of my readers enjoy Seven Sentence Sunday and often request the short stories. 

I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. 

Note: According to USA Today, at least 22 people died and 59 were injured after a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device at a concert by the American pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena in northwestern England on Monday night.

This is dedicated to those parents who lost their children in the bombing.

Title: The Death of A Child

There are no words on this earth that can describe how a parent feels when they have to experience the death of their child.

The age of the child does not matter—whether an infant, a small child or an adult child.

The fact of the matter remains that the child was a special part of the parent.

I think, the strongest love on this earth is the love that a parent holds so deeply in their heart for their child.

The mourning period varies according to the person who is grieving.

The love for the child will remain in the heart of the parent, until they meet again—in Heaven.

To my daughter, Nichelle, rest in heaven, until I join you—someday.

The End

 

Keep in mind that this is fiction. 🙂

“Hello, my name is James Patterson,” said the voice on the phone.

He continued before I could say a word.

“I know you never expected a call from me, as famous as I am, but I’ve been given your name, as someone who can help me write a book.”

He paused again, as if waiting on me to say something, but I was in total shock.

“Cheryl, I want to write my memoir and they said that you are the best writer/editor in the U.S.”

“I know how to write fiction, but I don’t know how to write about my life, so, can you help me?”

As I said, “Yes, I can,” I woke up.

The End

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Cheryl Holloway on International Pay It Forward Day April 28, 2017

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International Pay It Forward Day

Today is International Pay It Forward Day and I pay it forward 365 days a year. I am Cheryl Holloway, author and writer, and I am always in the Pay-It-Forward spirit of gratitude,

As most of you know, I have been paying it forward to other authors for well over a decade. I began to pay it forward with the internet radio show, Just About Books Talk Show, where I provided a one-hour live interview with authors about their books. I started the show in 2005 because I had a hard time getting the information out about my book, A Forgotten Negro League Star: A Personal Look at Al Burrows.

Then, I started my blog in 2013 to promote my romance books: Cougar Tales: Father and Son; Cougar Tales: The Italian Basketball Player; Cougar Tales: Jamaican Love; The Proposal: A Leap of Faith; and A Sisterhood of Women Living Life: A Short Story Collection Book 1.  So, once again I decided to pay it forward with Guest Author Interviews for any author from unknown Indie authors to well-known celebrity authors.

Of course, I wanted to make sure that I interviewed the originator of Pay-It-Forward and asked Catherine Ryan Hyde to be a Celebrity Guest Author on my blog. She agreed and the rest is history.

You can read Catherine Ryan Hyde’s interview here: http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/2014/07/25/celebrity-guest-author-interview-catherine-ryan-hyde/

Remember: Every act of kindness creates a ripple effect that spreads from person to person with no end in sight.

So, on my 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.

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Most of my readers enjoy Seven Sentence Sunday and often request the short stories. 

I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. 

Title: A Closer Relationship With My Father

The young man had gotten into serious trouble and was afraid that his father would be mad at him.

His father saw him upset and crying uncontrollably.

The young man knew that his father would be angry with him—again.

But instead, his father forgave him, and comforted him with a firm hug; after all they had been through a lot.

He put his arms around the young man and told him that they would work it out together.

His dad told him how much he loved him and the young man realized that he and his father now had a better loving and understanding relationship than he had ever imagined.

The young man knew that his communication and relationship with his father was better than ever…his heavenly Father.

The End

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5 Reasons To Get Your Book Featured on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog Today!

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5 Reasons To Get Your Book Featured on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog Today!

Book lovers, readers and fans of Cheryl Holloway’s Blog are already visiting the blog to check out new and recently released books, so make it easy for them to find and purchase your books! Thanks to all of the authors who have been previously featured on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog!

Here are five reasons to get your book featured on Cheryl Holloway’s Book Blog.

Affordable- The number 1 reason is that it is F-R-E-E for any author. I pay it forward to authors all over the world. We have featured hundreds of U. S. authors (celebrities and unknowns) and over 60 authors from other countries. Join us!

Great Visibility- Let Cheryl Holloway find new readers for your book. Over the last 3 ½ years, Cheryl Holloway has gained thousands of new readers. Your prospective reader is here on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog, so make it easy for them to discover your book. We provide links to your book on Amazon, your Amazon Author Page and your website. (We link to Amazon because Amazon.com reaches over 102 million US people monthly.)

Convenient- The Guest Author Interview is entirely by email. I send the author 12-18 questions, and a reasonable deadline date. The author provides a recent .Jpeg photo or avatar and answers the questions.  Once you submit the information, you’re done. Our team does the rest and if there is anything missing, we will contact you directly.

Guaranteed Exposure- Receive guaranteed exposure to Cheryl Holloway’s readers and fans; be featured on Cheryl Holloway’s Facebook page, and Cheryl Holloway’s Twitter page. Gain new book buyers, readers and reviewers.

Indie Authors Welcome- Cheryl Holloway is not backed by any traditional publisher. We independently focus on promoting books that our readers will enjoy. Our goal is and will always be to connect readers with potential books and great authors—whether traditionally published or self-published.

Cheryl Holloway Says- Yes, I’m currently open for many guest author requests and a few book review requests from authors, publishers, and fellow readers. Please understand that I receive a great deal of requests.  I cannot possibly accommodate every book or every author. (But I try!)  I can’t wait to spotlight the next bestseller!

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Most of my readers enjoy Seven Sentence Sunday and often request the short stories. 

I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. This writing prompt is from my writer’s group, Accokeek Womens Writing Group.

Title: Spring Greenery—Symbolic of New Beginnings

I love spring because it is a refreshing and revitalizing time after a long, cold winter.

The trees and the grass are fresh and green with all of the plants and flowers blossoming.

It starts with the Cherry Blossom season that spills over with warm sunlight, bright colors and delicate fragrances.

Ahh…the smell of spring greenery brings a new beginning for nature and me.

I’m ready to make some changes that are long overdue in my writing and in my life.

So, I’ve begun writing a new book and I’m trying to get myself ready to recycle all of the old stuff.

Yes, I’m ready for a new journey…California, here I come.

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Most of my readers enjoy Seven Sentence Sunday and often request the short stories. This year is no different.

I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. Last night, as the TV was watching me write, I was inspired to write these stories. Of course, they are inspired by true incidents on the news. 

 

Title: I Told You So…

She had been physically abused by her husband for over ten years and she just couldn’t take it any longer.

He always showered her with gifts of love and apologized for hurting her.

She had prayed and prayed that God would intervene, but she finally had to call the police and file charges against him.

He came to court in his work uniform and always convinced the judges to let him go on some technicality.

She had taken enough and decided to get a restraining order.

She quickly and happily moved to safer quarters.

A week later, the police found her dead and next to her body was a note from her husband—the minister.

The End

 

Title: The Ball                    

The children were so happy, Santa had bought them a ball for Christmas.

It had snowed, but now in January the snow was melting and the weather was much warmer.

The boys begged their mother to go outside and play with their new ball in the yard.

She finally agreed after she had explained that they had to be safe and not let the ball roll into the street.

She carefully watched the children play from the front door and smiled as they enjoyed throwing the ball to each other.

The mother turned and ran into the kitchen for a split second to check on the dinner, when she heard a car’s tires screech.

Her sons ran into the house, and the older boy said, “Mom, we didn’t go after our ball in the street like you told us and the nice man stopped his car and got our ball for us!”

The End

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Cheryl Holloway’s Personal Writing Thoughts for the New Year

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Cheryl Holloway’s Personal Writing Thoughts for the New Year

Some of my fans and readers are on the One Year Book Plan. If you are you are, you should have written 8 pages or 2,000 words. Yay!

Some of my fans and readers are on the Write When You Can Plan, who tend to write most on weekends.

My thoughts are this, “I don’t care when or how much you write, as long as you write and you recognize that ‘Writers write.’”

Cheryl Holloway’s Personal Writing Thoughts

I firmly believe in My 3 P’s of Writing—passion, persistence, and practice. Here are my definitions:

Passion is a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something.

Persistence is firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

Practice is repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it.

 

Writing can be a lonely situation.

 

My downfall of writing is that I am alone most of the time, but at least I’m in good company. Since I am an introvert, it doesn’t really matter to me. When I come up for air, I visit with my writer friends, family and others. I have a sign in my office that reads: I live in my own little world, but it’s okay…they know me here!

When all else fails…I am still a Writer!

 

 

Cheryl Holloway Explains How to Go from Writer to Author

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How to go from Writer to Author and from Dream to Reality!

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Question: Have you ever wanted to write a book?

Fact: 82% of Americans say they want to write a book, but only 2% actually write one!

The Truth: Most people believe they have a book in them just waiting to emerge; however, they fail to ever write it. They only dream of writing a book. For most people, that dream never becomes a reality and a written word never reaches the page.

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Getting Started: What people don’t realize is getting started is easier than you think. And…I can show you how.

Fact: I know how good writing makes me feel, and I do believe that most people will benefit from writing their book…and seeing a completed product.

Learn how you can go from Writer to Author and from Dream to Reality!

I can show the writer how to produce written pages and how to begin book building.

Email me for the Accountability Writing Coach Survey, Is Accountability Coaching What You Need?

Remember: I offer Accountability Writing Programs for every level of writer and every budget.

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If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of writing the book you’ve always dreamed about, then you need to contact me and find out the secret that I have for getting started today and…completing your book in the near future!

Learn how you can go from Writer to Author and from Dream to Reality!

Email me for the Accountability Writing Coach Survey, Is Accountability Coaching What You Need?

Remember: I offer Accountability Writing Programs for every level of writer and every budget.

With the Program, You Receive:

  • 3 Easily Doable Tips That Keep You Accountable and Writing
  • 7 Steps to Stay Motivated, Encouraged, Accountable and Writing
  • 7 Important Tools Every Writer Should Have
  • An Accountability Writing Plan
  • Feedback from An Experienced Writer
  • Monitoring and Evaluating of the Writing Process

With the Program, You Find out:

  • The benefits of an accountability writing coaching.
  • What are the S.M.A.R.T. Goals
  • What are the W.O.W. Goals

 My Guarantee: If you follow my advice, I will help procrastinating writers to become debut authors.

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“I offer my clients insight and expertise. Accountability is Action.”                  ~Cheryl Holloway

 

 

 

If you want to take the next step to begin an accountability writing program, and get a FREE Consultation, then contact:

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It’s NaNoWriMo Time, Again!

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NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo Goal: writing 50,000 words in 30 days with over 300,000 writers

Fact: Only 14% complete the challenge

My writing life at the moment is far too busy to write a new book for NaNoWriMo this year.  So, I will join the Rebels in revising the book I wrote late year. With that being said, I encourage you to write a book—50,000 words—in 30 days. I was gung ho and tried it last year; however, due to difficulties, I only got about 33,000 words written. For me, November is a busy month with so many other things to do.

For those of you who are ready to get that book written, and hopefully published, here are the links to two great blog posts that tell you everything you need to know about NaNoWriMo with Patrise Henkel, our in-house expert.

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How to Succeed at NaNoWriMo

Link: http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/2014/10/27/guest-author-patrise-henkel-discusses-how-to-succeed-at-nanowrimo/

How to Succeed at NaNoWriMo, Year 2

Link: http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/2015/11/02/guest-author-patrise-henkel-discusses-how-to-succeed-at-nanowrimo-year-2/

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Accokeek Women’s Writing Group has some upcoming events in the Maryland Area. If you are nearby, please join us.

Here’s the link: https://womenspages.wordpress.com/2016/10/29/nanowrimo-at-awwg-beyond/

Yes, Patrise is participating again this year. After 4 years of rough drafts, Patrise has learned just how tough revising can be. So, for NaNoWriMo 2016, she’s joining the Rebels (those who aren’t writing a new novel) and REVISING her 2013 book, This Island Home.

Here is the link to get started: http://nanowrimo.org/

Please email me and let me know if you are participating; and of course, your title and the number of words you wrote. I will offer a Guest Author Interview to anyone who writes a book during NaNoWriMo and publishes it. Good Luck!

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Treasured Compliments From Another Author

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A Compliment for Cougar Tales Box Set Books 1-3 

It was a straight up, unsolicited, complimentary email sent for no other reason than to say, “Hey, I’m enjoying your book.”  I pay it forward all the time, but believe me when I receive a compliment like this I am overjoyed.

I have to tell you, that simple email put a big smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart. It made my day. And it probably only took her a couple of minutes to write.

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This is what transpired…

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Also, may I show my appreciation by purchasing, reading, and reviewing one of your books? Just let me know which one you’d like for me to review. Thanks again, Jada

Later that day…

I just purchased the box set and opened it in my reader. I immediately got drawn into Joi and Jon’s story. Wow, I’m just a few pages in, but it’s wonderful. Jon’s dad is getting on my last nerve 😉 I know what I’ll be doing tonight…spending it with Jon and Joi!

My response…

Thanks. I’m glad you’re enjoying the story. Cheryl

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 5 Stars Theme, Theory, and Trademark By Jada Ryker Verified Purchase

This review is from: Cougar Tales Series: Box Set Book 1-3 (Kindle Edition)

Joi is a smart woman who knows what she wants. She doesn’t settle for anything less than what she desires and deserves.

I love her three T’s…theme, theory, and trademark.

Her theme is age is just a number. Her theory is to enjoy who you enjoy and be happy. Her trademark is a purple rose. The rose looks fantastic against her ice-white suit.

The three stories explore Joi’s vitality and zest for life. Events take unexpected turns at times. Joi manages to turn with them. She is a survivor.

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Joi resonated with me, and I continue to think about her. You did a great job with her and her stories! Jada

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Believe me, an unsolicited compliment is powerful. I’m sure that every one of us comes across opportunities like this every day. But do we act on them?

Make someone’s day with an unsolicited compliment. It’s warm and touching like a virtual hug. 😉

And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this box set, I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Most of my readers enjoy Seven Sentence Sunday and often request the short stories.

I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. Today, when I went to church, the Pastor said something that triggered the following seven sentence story.

Title: Great-Grandmother’s Friends

There was a great-grandmother, who was getting up in age—97 years old—she always enjoyed telling stories to her great-grandchildren and the young children in Sunday school.

She often told stories of her youth, which the children enjoyed tremendously.

They were stories about her life and the various things that she had done long ago when she was a small child.

This Sunday’s story was about the ice cream socials after church and how the mothers of the church had several small ice cream makers and let the little kids hand-crank the ice cream, which was ready to eat almost immediately.

Her favorite flavor had been peach, while her best friend’s favorite flavor was vanilla, but her friend had died years ago and so had most of the old lady’s friends.

Her great-grandson thought about it and asked her where were all of her friends, now.

The old lady thought for a moment, and chortled, “They are all in heaven and they probably think I’m not coming to join them.”

The End

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Most of my readers enjoy Seven Sentence Sunday and often request the short stories.

I write a short story using only seven sentences. I also use this as a writing exercise in the writing workshops that I present. I woke up this morning with this story on my mind. Of course, it is inspired by a true incident. 

Title: Cancer, Church and Faith—What Do They Have in Common?

A few years ago my friend had breast cancer and she had the Chemo and the radiation treatments, but what’s most important is that she is a “Cancer Survivor.”

She believes in God and attends church on a regular basis, probably more often than myself.

We have celebrated her success with pink ribbons everywhere and been on many of the Cancer Walks together.

A couple of weeks ago, she told me that she has cancer…a second time.

We cried and prayed together and discussed how she would defeat the Big C, once again.

Then, she hit me with the news…she still believes in God, but she no longer attends church, because her faith has waned.

I told her that now is the time for her to have more faith than ever before, because With God All Things Are Possible!

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How Ironic…Amazon Bookstores

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How Ironic…Amazon Bookstores

Amazon was founded with the ambition of putting brick and mortar bookstores out of business. How ironic…Amazon is now opening its third brick and mortar bookstore—first, Seattle, then, San Diego and now, Portland.

In the last five years or so, they’ve driven Borders out of business, along with a lot of mom-and-pop/local bookstores. Barnes and Noble is the largest U.S. brick and mortar bookstore still in existence. Is Barnes and Noble in jeopardy, too? Who knows?

I heard that Amazon is planning to open even more brick and mortar bookstores. What is Amazon up to? Nobody really knows, but they are getting rich from writers and readers…is this a Monopoly® game? Should I pass Go and collect $200?

Well, I’m going to check out one of the Amazon bookstores.

I’m going to an Amazon brick and mortar bookstore on a scavenger hunt to find…a Cheryl Holloway book!

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Would I Still Write, If…

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Would I still write, if I never got paid?

My answer is “Yes! I love writing and I write every single day. Why? Because writers write.”

If you honestly believed that you would write, if you never got paid, then you obviously have a passion, a talent, or a need to write. So, you must discipline yourself to write every day. Preferably at the same time each day and for the same amount of time daily.

If writing brings you happiness, go for it. You will find a way to pursue your happiness and you might even make a few dollars along the way.  I’ve been writing all of my life.

I acquired a love for books and writing at an early age. My mother bought me little Golden Books once a week when I was three years old.  These books were to keep me occupied while my mother was pre-occupied with my new brother. Since I could read, I started writing and drawing my own little books. So, the rest is history.

Then at fifteen years old, I won my first Writing Competition. I wrote the winning essay on Crime Prevention for a statewide contest in Indiana. (I still have the trophy.)

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During high school and college, I was on the Newspaper and Newsletter staff. After college, I started writing for the Government as a Technical Writer and later became a Writer/Editor. So, I can proudly say that I have been a writer all of my life.

I wrote for Military magazines and was also Managing Editor—Road and Recreation; Flying Safety; Nuclear Surety; and the Proceedings Magazine, the oldest Military magazine in history.

For years, I had a business writing resumes for clients. I also freelanced as a writer for many magazines and newspapers from coast-to-coast. I even dabbled in writing poetry from time-to-time. And I landed a prestige Intern job working at the Smithsonian Press.

Now, as a retired Writer/Editor, I teach writing workshops and lead writing retreats. But most of all I write books for myself and my readers. So, the ultimate writing decision for me now—I write a blog—about writing and books.  My two favorite things.

So, as you can see, I have had my fair share of writing throughout the years. I am not rich or famous, but I can honestly say that I love writing and I had a good writing career as a professional Writer/Editor.

So, would I still write, if I never got paid?

Yes, do what you love and the money will come.

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