Bloggerdise is a new social networking site that helps promote numerous types of businesses, including literature. The New York Post published an article about this website that was launched two months ago, bloggerdise.com connects businesses searching for free publicity with bloggers searching for something to write about. The site is the brainchild of a pretty savvy team that includes Jesse Cohen, Omar Padron, Jin Park and Eric Rogow. Jesse Cohen, talked about how he and the other co-founders figured out there was a need and filled it. “In this cash-strapped economy we just wanted to be able to help an artist, charity, or small business be heard through the unique voices of our bloggers,” he said.
In the Life is Too Short Collection by Connie Sokol women find solace, peace and reassurance sprinkled with humor. I love the format of short two to three page stories that illustrate a point and give doable guidelines to follow. This inspirational tool comes in paperback and Kindle versions.
Here is one example of comfort I received from reading Life is Too Short. Ms. Sokol describes a long sleepless night with a fussy child in one of her stories. “I realized she had stuck pieces of paper and bits of crayon up her nose some time during the previous day. In the dawn’s early light, I sat with tweezers and her head between my feet to pull out the contraband.
This story reminds me when my son stuck a dry pinto bean up his nose and it sprouted. I wondered for days why he stank – no matter how many times I gave him a bath. Then is nose became swollen and he started dripping green gook. I took him to the ER doctor when he started running a fever. He looked up his nose with his scope, grabbed a long pair of forceps and removed the bean that had roots connected. Being a registered nurse I was absolutely mortified. Reading Connie’s vignette I felt like perhaps I wasn’t such a terrible mother after all.
Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, a local and national presenter, a regular speaker at Education Week and a contributor on KSL TV’s “Studio 5” and “Motherhood Matters” blog. She is a former columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine, and former TV and radio host. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including 40 Days with the Savior, Create a Powerful Life Plan, Motherhood Matters, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, and the romance, Caribbean Crossroads. She is also a member of Writers Unite to Fight Cancer. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.
Today is the beginning of the 2nd Annual WUFC Writing Contest. Our theme for this year is: The Drive to Thrive. Digital submissions may be sent to email@example.com. Paper submissions may be sent to: Writers Unite to Fight Cancer 1146 N. Mesa Dr. #102-233 Mesa, AZ 85201. All entries must be received by midnight, August 15th, 2013. [Read more...]
A Book Bomb is an event where participants purchase a book on a specific day (in this case, today, Wednesday, April 10th) to support the author, or a young person in serious need: Ben Wolverton.
Ben Wolverton, age 16, was in a tragic long-boarding accident on Wednesday the 4th, 2013. He suffers from severe brain trauma, a cracked skull, broken pelvis and tail bone, burnt knees, bruised lungs, broken ear drums, road rash, pneumonia, and is currently in a coma. His family has no insurance.
Ben is the son of author David Farland, whose books have won multiple awards, and who is widely known as a mentor to many prominent authors, such as Brandon Sanderson, Stephenie Meyer, and Brandon Mull.
Information on how to help can be found below, in this post and the following website: http://www.gofundme.com/BensRecovery.
WHAT BOOK SHOULD I PURCHASE?
David Farland’s young adult fantasy thriller NIGHTINGALE has won SEVEN awards, including the Grand Prize at the Hollywood Book Festival–beating out ALL books in ALL categories. It is available as a hardcover ($24.99), ebook ($7.99), audio book ($24.99), and enhanced novel for the iPad ($9.99).
You can get the enhanced version complete with illustrations, interviews, animations, and its own soundtrack through iTunes: Order on iTunes
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Some people sing at night to drive back the darkness. Others sing to summon it. . . .
Bron Jones was abandoned at birth. Thrown into foster care, he was rejected by one family after another, until he met Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognized him for what he really was–what her people call a “nightingale.”
IS IT GOOD?
Authors such as James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn), and Paul Genesse (Iron Dragon series) all PRAISED it. Nightingale has 4 and a half stars on Amazon. Read what other people are saying here:
Or, purchase the novel and find out for yourself.
WHAT IF I ALREADY OWN NIGHTINGALE? OR I’M NOT INTERESTED IN IT?
If you are a writer, you may want to consider purchasing David Farland’s MILLION DOLLAR OUTLINES. It has been a bestseller on Amazon for over a month and is only $6.99.
As a bestselling author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such #1 New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time), James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).
In Million Dollar Outlines, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel so that it can appeal to a wide readership, giving it the potential to become a bestseller. The secrets found in his unconventional approach will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.
Thank you! Ben and his family greatly appreciate your support, and so do all who love and care about them.
Sarah M. Eden used skillful crafting at its best in recently released Drops of Gold, a Regency Romance. People in the waiting room must have thought I was crazy as I alternated between crying and laughing out loud while I read the novel because I was so immersed . The receptionist gave me an odd look when I came up to the desk for a third time in an hour to grab more tissues to mop up my face. I felt as if I were in England, on river bank, in the nursery, at church and wandering through the meadows the descriptions were so real. The emotions caused by hidden secrets of both hero and heroine engulf the reader and won’t let them close the cover until all problems are satisfactorily resolved. Caroline, the four your old daughter of Layton that Marion cares for, is so real I could smell and feel her and wanted to hold and protect her. [Read more...]
For those who want to attend Time Out for Writers – the 21st Annual ANWA Writers Conference this weekend, but cannot make it on Thursday and Friday due to your job, or other reasons you may want to consider coming for the Super Saturday Deal which include a Screenwriting Contest, this Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 only to the Mesa Hilton Hotel at 1011 W. Holmes Ave. Mesa, AZ 85210.
Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. Conference begins at 8:00 a.m. Cost: $80 (a steal!)
Great for teachers (who qualify for up to 6 hours of Professional Development that can be applied to the AZ Educator License), working professionals, and people looking for a quick, but very juicy bite of the writing world.
I Have a Dream
A Writing Workshop/Retreat
21 January 2013
9 am-3 pm
Lost Dutchman State Park
Cholla Ramada in Saguaro Day Use Area
Discover how to break the bondages that block us in life and in our writing. Then deepen sensory awareness in mini-classes to observe the reactions in our own bodies and make multiple senses come alive to our readers. After lunch write to your heart’s content surrounded by the healing and inspiring desert landscape. Before saying good-bye we’ll gather around the “campfire” to share our writing and experiences.
Dress in layers for the weather. Forecast is for warmer
NOTE! Propane heaters will be available!
Items to bring
light, foldable chair, easy to carry
writing paper and utensils
clipboard or something firm to write on
blanket, if desired
Cost: $40 for 2 people plus park entrance fee*
Sign up quick because seats are limited.
*$7 per vehicle, so carpool if you can
Time Out for Writers has expert faculty presenting at the Conference! Some of the Class Titles are listed below. Register NOW; some classes have limited space!
- The Key Components of a Young Adult Novel
- Dialogue That Speaks Volumes About Your Characters and Pushes Your Plot Forward
- Your Online Path to a Bestseller: Step One is “Branding
- How can I get more “eyes” on my book? – Online marketing
The How’s, Where’s and Why’s of Research – And is it Really Necessary?
- Creating Characters You Love – Or Hate!
- The 10 Biggest Mistakes Writers Make
- The 10 Biggest Mistakes in Querying an Agent
- Archetypes, not Stereotypes: Nailing Down Your Main Characters
- Shine Up Your Story with Conflict
- Self-Published? How to earn a 6-figure Income Giving Your Book Away for Free
- Historical Fiction: One Genre That Is Here to Stay
- Life After the First Draft: Steps to Self-Editing
- Write from your Inner Truth (but don’t wreck it)
- Free Verse Poetry: A Secret Weapon for Improving your Prose
- Designing a Winning Screenplay
- The Importance of Eggs Benedict to your Career as an Author
- Building A Personal Mythology
- Crafting a Can’t-Put-Me-Down First Chapter
- Worldbuilding: The Invisible Foundation
- Writing Romance Editors Want to Buy
- The 5 Things You Should Know Before Submitting Your Manuscript to a Publisher
- The Indie Author: No Longer a Stepchild in the Publishing Family
- eBooks: The Rising Generation in the Publishing Family
- Writing Cross-Culturally
For More Detailed Class Descriptions, go to
For the Schedule of Classes offered during the Conference, go to
Printable Class Schedule
Register now for the 21st Annual ANWA Writers Conference in Phoenix/Mesa, AZ by going to the website at