Cheryl Holloway Wishes You A Happy Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day to…all my family, friends and readers near and far!

I sent a Father’s Day prayer up to Heaven to my Dad. I’m spending the day with family and special friends.  I thank God for the many Blessings.

May you have a Happy & Blessed Father’s Day!  

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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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A Memorial Day Salute to Our Military Heroes from Cheryl Holloway

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A MEMORIAL DAY SALUTE TO OUR MILITARY HEROES

Memorial Day is the one holiday of the year when we are to remember and honor the men and women who are America’s Fallen Warriors.  It is not the official holiday for summer to begin; but it is a day of remembrance for our lost soldiers.

Today, I ask you to join me in remembering and honoring our family and friends who served in the Armed Forces and who lost their lives fighting to protect our homeland and our safety with their bravery and sacrifice.  There is a bevy of ceremonies, events and parades marking the occasion. Please take the time  to honor those who served.

I’m Proud to be An American/God Bless the USA

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Seven Sentence Sunday with Cheryl Holloway

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Seven Sentence Sunday

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 Wishes You A Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day to…all my family, friends and readers near and far!

I’m having a wonderful Mother’s Day with Family and Friends.  I sent a Mother’s Day prayer up to Heaven to my Love One’s and a special teddy bear to Shellie! I received Shari’s Berries, cards, gifts, pictures, texts, calls and love from Angie & the gang and all of my favorite people.  I thank God for the many Blessings.

May you have a Happy & Blessed Mother’s Day!  

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Cheryl Holloway Says, “An Author Website is Your Billboard to the World!”

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A Billboard is For Everyone to See What You Have to Say!

An Author Website is Your Billboard to the World!

If you are an author who is serious about your writing career, especially about making it a business and writing more than one book, then you need a website, so you can keep in touch with your readers and they can keep in touch with you. So, if you are a serious author, there is a requirement for you to have a website, because it is your billboard to the world!

Even in this age of social media, having a website is really very important to an author. Yes, having a website is one of the key ways readers can find out about new books by an author. Facebook and Twitter accounts help readers find an author, but in terms of new book discovery, author websites are much more influential and provide author credibility.

Nowadays, if you want to find an author, readers will usually just google their name. When you type in the author name, his or her website is the first thing that pops up. The first result in a Google search is reason enough to have an author website.

This visibility is priceless!

Having your own author website also gives you the opportunity to capture reader’s name and email address, so you can begin building your mailing list for future book releases or to build a newsletter list. The mailing list is extremely important for any author, new or established.  Readers who give you their name and email address are telling you that they are interested in you as an author and want to read your books.

If you have an author website, you can tell your readers facts about yourself that they may be interested in, which are not included in your bio. This creates a bond and friendship between the author and the reader. Today, many readers want connectivity with authors who write books that they love and cherish.

In a future blog post, I will share more information on an author website—a free website versus a paid website. Also, I will share more information on an author website with or without a blog connected to the website.

Just a thought…Authors Need A Website.

Let me know what you think about this topic.

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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 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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Seven Sentence Sunday

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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.

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Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Review for The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

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Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Review

Title: The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Short Story

Synopsis: If you love contemporary romance with real-life events…

Carol and Marvin love each other and have dated off and on for over ten years; however…Carol becomes jaded about the relationship when Marvin won’t ask her to marry him. Marvin’s commitment to the relationship never wavers despite being afraid to commit to marriage. Finally, he wants to move their relationship to the next level—on Valentine’s Day. After a heartbreaking event and crying for days, Carol is ready and at last she thinks he is, too. Will he ask her to marry him or does he have something else on the agenda? Will commitment-phobic Marvin take the plunge…

Smart and sophisticated, with a plot twist that will give the reader a jolt!

Similar to books written by Shirley Wine and Becky Wade.

Cheryl Holloway’s The Proposal: A Leap of Faith is inspired by a real-life women and real-life events.

Please read the wonderful 5 Star Review by Rosie Malezer at:

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-proposal

“This is my all-time favorite review of any of my books!”

 

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A Special Featured Video – Books by Cheryl Holloway

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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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Cheryl Holloway Celebrates Women’s History Month 2017

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March is Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month began as a Women’s History Week, originally held the week of March 7, 1982. In 1987, Congress changed the week to a full month of commemoration.

Although many of the accomplishments and contributions of women have been lost from the history books, women have played a vital role in the course of human civilization. From raising families to leading armies, women have made untold contributions to history.

Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid.

International Women’s Day

Many countries, including the United States, also celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, which began in 1911. After the 1914 celebration and push for equality, the day has become an annual staple for global awareness around women’s issues.

Here is Her Story about just a few Women in History

Nancy Woodhull was a founding editor at USA TODAY and worked to redefine how women are covered in the news.

Helen Keller, blind and deaf, and Anne Sullivan, her teacher and life-long friend. Sullivan helped Keller become the first blind-deaf person to graduate from college, and the pair advocated for people with disabilities.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the six-time Olympic medalist, is considered one of the world’s greatest female athletes and holds the world record in the heptathlon.

Graciela Olivarez is the first woman and Latina graduate from Notre Dame Law School. She fought for Mexican-American rights and worked to decrease poverty.

Tammy Duckworth is the first disabled woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and the second Asian-American woman in the Senate.

Simone Biles is the most decorated American gymnast, winning four gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published and became the best-selling book of the 19th century.

Gloria Steinem became a leader of “second wave” feminism and remains one today.

Margaret Butler was the first female fellow at the American Nuclear Society and advocated for women in science and math fields.

Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe and Sojourner Truth, among others, organize The National Council of Women of the U.S., the oldest American non-sectarian women’s organization.

Compliments of USAToday.com and History.com

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Happy Presidents’ Day 2017 from Author Cheryl Holloway

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Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. Presidents past and present. Washington and Lincoln still remain the two most recognized leaders, but Presidents’ Day is now popularly seen as a day to recognize the lives and achievements of all of America’s chief executives.

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Cheryl Holloway’s Special Valentine’s Week Book Video Feature

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Cheryl Holloway’s Special Valentine’s Day Book Feature

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Title: The Proposal: A Leap of Faith

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Short Story

Synopsis: Carol and Marvin love each other and have dated off and on for over ten years; however…Carol becomes jaded about the relationship when Marvin won’t ask her to marry him. Marvin’s commitment to the relationship never wavers despite being afraid to commit to marriage. Finally, he wants to move their relationship to the next level—on Valentine’s Day. After a heartbreaking event and crying for days, Carol is ready and at last she thinks he is, too. Will he ask her to marry him or does he have something else on the agenda? Will commitment-phobic Marvin take the plunge?

Smart and sophisticated, with a plot twist that will give the reader a jolt!

Cheryl Holloway’s The Proposal: A Leap of Faith is inspired by a real-life woman and real-life events.

Similar to books written by Shirley Wine and Becky Wade.

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Cheryl Holloway’s Blog Giveaway Winners Announced!

 

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January 31, 2017

Three Lucky Giveaway Winners Announced

  1. Ann 
  2. Patricia R.
  3. Kiesha 

Each Winner will Receive Two eBooks by Author Cheryl Holloway and $10 Starbucks Gift Card and each winner must provide a review of the books on Amazon.  

Note: Winners were randomly selected and will be notified via email.

A Special Thanks to Everyone in our Reading Community who Commented and Entered the Giveaway.

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Cheryl Holloway’s Giveaway Celebrating 500 Blog Posts

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January 17-27, 2017

Three Lucky Winners

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!

Rules:

  • No Purchase Necessary
  • Provide an email address
  • Limit One entry daily
  • Void where Prohibited by Law
  • 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.

Cheryl Holloway, Author

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Cheryl Holloway Wishes Everyone A Happy 2017 New Year

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My New Year Wishes for Everyone!

To My Writer Friends…A new year is like a blank book. The pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a ‘Beautiful Story’ for you and others to read.

To My Reader Friends…May you read many books and may one of them be written by me.

To My Blog Friends…May you continue to read many blogs and remain a fan of my blog.

To All of My Friends…Have a Promising, Fulfilling and Blessed New Year!

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Cheryl Holloway’s Best Writing Tip and Best Writing Advice…Ever!

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Cheryl Holloway’s Best Writing Tip Ever!

If you write 1 page a day (approximately 250 words) for one year, you will have more than enough pages (365) and words (91,250) for a book.

How many days will you spend writing in 2017?

Cheryl Holloway’s Best Writing Advice Ever!

There are 525,600 minutes in a year. If you write 60 minutes (1 hour) a day for 365 days, you will have written for 21,900 minutes

How many minutes will you spend writing in 2017?

My 2017 Wish for You “is you will find the time to write the book you were meant to write during 2017. You can go from being a writer to being an author.

You can make 2017 your best writing year, EVER!”

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