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100+ Followers! Yay, yay! Hip Hop Hooray!

Thank you to all my followers for helping to inspire me to keep writing every day.

I wasn’t expecting to gain many readers and I like to think I would keep writing anyway. However, having readers to interact with definitely gives me that little extra oomph — so thank you all for that.

Here are links to my most recent followers.

https://tamaradrazic.com/

https://wordscantfathom.wordpress.com/

https://johngrecoauthor.com/

In the future, I’ve been considering posting “Shout Outs” to my most interactive followers. 🙂 Everyone deserves some extrinsic motivation! 😀

Happy Friday everyone!

 

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Dear WordPress Followers, Thank YOU!

When I first started this blog I didn’t really know what I was getting into. My intention was to encourage myself to write more, connect with other writers and readers, and build a platform for my “brand”.

Gaining followers that not only shared interactions with me, but also inspired me with their own writing, which is just icing on the cake!

Thank you one and all!

 

2017 Year-End Reflection AND 10 Reasons Why I Plan on 2018 Being Even Better!

Soon, the year 2018 will roll on in. Looking back to all that I’ve accomplished, in spite of the struggle and medical hardships (yup, maybe I’ll share that someday), I can finally admit that I’m amazed and proud of myself.

Before I sat down to type this post, I had to think back on every single thing I did in order to own this feeling and not dismiss it. My mother and father raised me to always strive to be better. So, I blame them. Thank you, Mommy and Daddy. Thank you ever so much. Lol.

For most of you that know me on a more personal level, you know it’s hard for me to express such affirmations and truly, TRULY own them.

So, without further adieu, here are 10 Accomplishments in 2017 I’m MOST PROUD OF:

1. Attended various local author events at bookstores, libraries, and conventions.

2. Republished Forbidden as an e-book (now if only I can finish it up as a paperback)!

3. Independently published my first middle grade book (Waking Dream Series). Due to the fact that I struggle with marketing books like other Indie authors, I’ve decided that WHEN (not if) I become traditionally published, I’ll still put 100% into social media and marketing, but I hope that I’ll have more time to dedicate to writing. Being an Indie author is HARD! And yes, the stigma of independently publishing books is slowly disappearing it isn’t completely extinct!

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Read more about Being an Indie Author here.

4. Celebrated my sons’ birthdays (17, 5, and 2).

5. Wedding Anniversary – 🙂

6. Submitted several manuscripts to agents and publishers! Sure, I received rejections! But if you don’t try, you won’t succeed!

7. Applied for artists grants.

8. Sold my FIRST PAID short story, “Bondye Bon” to FIYAH Literary Magazine. Learn more so you can purchase your copy in January here!

9. Created YouTube Channel that’s in need of some serious, serious attention! 😉

10. Connected with more bloggers, readers, writers, and friends all over the world!

With you and your stimulating social interactions, I’ve become a better writer!

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The Priceless Importance of Leaving a Book Review!

I have a lot of New Year’s resolutions for 2018 and I plan on sharing them in upcoming posts!

One of goals is to write more often on this blog, even if it’s really brief. Another goal I have is to write more book reviews. It’s important to support other authors. Books are important and I’m going to make sure my actions speak this truth.

After all, I had mentioned that I would be doing reviews for books (for example, Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older) I recently read. Unfortunately, I was also in the process of republishing my first book that was orphaned after my publisher went out of business. And then when I tried to be an Indie publisher (mind you, with a full-time job, and three sons) I got disheartened with how poorly I felt I was doing compared to other authors like this guy. My husband ADORES Chris Fox. Chris has a lot of good advice, but he’s no longer in the trenches like little old me so . . .

Anyway, if you write reviews, you’re awesome sauce.

If you’re an avid reader and aren’t putting in that extra effort, please consider it! Writers NEED YOU!

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I’d prefer the review any day, hands down, because then I can reward myself with a slice of pie.

Thank You Recent Moonstruck Purchasers!

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My first middle-grade fiction novel was released about 10 days ago! 🙂

So far, I’ve had two purchases! 🙂 🙂

Whoever you are, I thank you much! I’d be honored if you wrote a review.

On Monday, my proof copy arrived and I’m looking forward to writing the second book of the series, “Moondust”.

Much gratitude,

Monique