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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Review of “The City Kittens and the Old House Cat”, by Mrs. D.

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Reviewed by   KATHE REE

It's Christmas, and one of the most fun, but most difficult, holidays for Nydam, an old cat who is very set in her ways. She loves to see friends and family visit, and especially loves the special treats she gets. The cold days outside make her grateful for the warm, cozy house she lives in.
The difficulty with the arrival of two kittens, pets of one of the daughters. True, they visit from the city often, but Nydam feels that Christmas should be a time when she gets all of the attention. The kittens are too rambunctious, too pettable, too cute for her tastes. She thinks that they are spoiled, privileged little kits who should know better than to harass an older, more respectable cat.
Until she happens to overhear the tale of the kittens' origins. Found in a garbage pile behind a store, they were part of a starving litter. Their mother was too weak and sick to take good care of them. The good-hearted daughter takes them to the vet, finds homes for all of them, and ends up keeping these two little ones.
From then on, Nydam's opinion of the little ones changes for the better, as she realizes that these wee mites have had a much harder life than she ever will- and that all of them were very lucky to have become a part of a loving family.
Once again, I have to praise Mrs. D's books to the skies. Such a lovely tale-and it's obvious that it takes place in her own home at some time in the past. The pictures are lovely, and so true to life. I have had cats since I can remember, the faces and the artist are priceless. They really fit the animals' emotions. Little ones will love the color and friendly pictures. Truly a work of art, in words and drawings. This is one I will give my great-nephew for his birthday.

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About  Kathy Ree

Author of paranormal / horror novel "Be Not Afraid." Currently prepping prequel ("Unholy Trinity") and sequel ("Resurgence: The Rise of Judas") for publishing. The first is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powells - hardback, softcover, and e-book.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

The 3 Biggest Mistakes of Beginning Bloggers - Published in CreateSpace

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The 3 Biggest Mistakes of Beginning Bloggers
By Joel Friedlander

You've read the articles, heard the incredible success stories and seen other authors burst on the scene attracting interest, gaining authority and making waves.

You know that a lot of these authors have used a blog as a means to get these great results, and everyone says you should start blogging as soon as possible. Marketing gurus like Seth Godin say you should start blogging three years before you publish, and traditional publishers are encouraging their authors to blog, too.

So off you go to start your blog. Maybe you have a good idea of ​​what you'll write about, or maybe you think you'll figure it out as you go along. Hey, there are lots of roads that lead to success when it comes to blogging.

But there are even more roads that lead to failure. And that's too bad, because many of the mistakes authors make when they dive into blogging are easy to avoid if you know how.

There's nothing I find more depressing than running across blogs have been abandoned by their authors. You see the archives: lots of posts for a couple of months fading to a trickle, until there's one left post that starts with plaintive something like, "Sorry I have not posted in a while ..." and then silence.  I do not want that to happen to you.

Let's take a look at the 3 biggest mistakes I see authors make when they start blogging. If you can get these things right, you're much more likely to stick it out, find readers and build a community you'll enjoy - and profit from - for years to come.

Three Ways to Fail at Author Bloggin

  • Not knowing who you are writing for
The most important question to ask yourself when you start blogging is "who am I writing for?" Exactly who do you have in mind that will read your articles? I do not mean to say that you will not discover more about your audience as it grows and learn exactly who is attracted to what you're writing about. But if you do not know who you're writing for, how will you know what to write and how to write it?

  • Not marketing your blog
Even if the author has studied blogging and has excellent written content, the biggest problem with many author blogs is that the author never markets them. Half of blogging is writing, and the other half is marketing. Contrary to what seems to be many people's expectation, even good content does not magnetically attract hordes of readers. After all, if they do not know about it, how can they discover, read, enjoy and share it?

  • Not creating a posting schedule
Early bloggers started out writing what were basically personal journals, so lots of authors think that writing a blog is about telling the world about their own day-to-day activities. This casual approach to blogging extends to the frequency of your posts. Authors who write these "personal" blogs seem to post whenever the inspiration hits them. Sometimes weeks go by without an article and sometimes they'll post every day for a while before going dormant. But a publication (your blog) intended for public consumption has to have a schedule of some kind. You would not subscribe to a magazine if you never knew when - or if -  it would arrive, would you?

Luckily, it's not that hard to get a grip on these problems when you first get going with your blog. Here are some suggestions that will help you avoid these newbie mistakes and encourage your blog to grow.

  1. Your audience . This is easier for nonfiction authors, because you can research your audience and then "listen in" on their conversations. For instance, searching for online forums, discussion groups, Twitter chats, Google+ communities and other places people gather will lead you to on-going discussions in your field. You can also research successful blogs in your field and take a look at the guest authors and the readers who leave comments to get a good idea of the audience. after all, These blogs have already succeeded in the same field, so they are a great place to learn more about your audience.
  2. Blog marketing . The research you do on your audience is going to lead directly to the beginning of your own blog marketing. Why? All those forums, discussion groups, blogs and other places you found your audience are the same places you're going to start marketing your own insight, expertise, knowledge - and blog articles. Also they will supply you with great opportunities to contribute to your community and to meet and network with other bloggers and thought leaders in your community. You'll turn up guest blogging opportunities, and lots of communities where you can start to become known, leaving links that will build into a steady stream of traffic to your own blog.
  3. Publication schedule . This is a personal decision, and it's one of the best ways to de-stress your approach to blogging. When you're new, set a schedule that you absolutely know you can stick to no matter what. If that's once a week, start with that. As you get more proficient as a blogger, you can always increase the frequency of your posts, and that's usually a good way to increase your traffic and readership. An easy way to do this is to have specific features you publish at specific times. For instance, you can add a shorter post every Tuesday with tips for your readers. People will start to look forward to your "Tuesday Tips" posts, and you'll have pretty effortlessly increased your schedule. You can also create several of theses posts and use your blog's scheduling function to schedule them all at once, another great way to maintain a publication schedule.

So follow these tips if you're just getting started blogging or if you have not had the results you want. Blogging is one of the greatest marketing and engagement devices ever invented. Authors are perfectly positioned to make the most of blogging technology, and if you avoid the three newbie errors, you'll be off to a much better start.

This article was written exclusively for CreateSpace by Joel Friedlander. Joel  is a paid contributor and the proprietor of Marin Bookworks in San Rafael, California, a publishing services company where he's helped launch many self-published authors. He blogs about book design, writing and self-publishing at . Joel is also the author of the newly-published  A Self-Publisher's Companion: Expert Advice for Authors Who Want to Publish .

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