Three Line Tales – A Fatal Underestimation

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Image Credit: Annie Spratt

Got the inspiration for this little tale from Bikurgurl at  https://bikurgurl.com/2017/01/12/three-line-tales-waiting/

Here’s my two cents. Or should I say, three line tale:

 

I tried to smile

although upon my entrance, the recluse I thought harmless

double-bolted the front door.

Pamela D. Beverly

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#Authors – If you’re SERIOUS about Marketing in 2017 – Read this article…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

My good friend and author Tina Frisco kindly included my contribution in a recent post on her blog.

However, in case anyone didn’t get the hints I gave, let me be clearer.

I created my blog, in April 2013, to be a FREE TO USE Independent Author Promotions Platform and Resources Hub for author’s, writers, poets and readers.

Since it started, the viewing stats have stunned me:

2013

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2014

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2015

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2016

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As you can see, 2016 saw a staggering (to me) number of blog visitors and followers, leading to viewing stats exceeding 500,000 over the year(as of 29th December).

Note: the number of direct WP followers = 4,000+, but because I use WP Publicize to upload also to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, the blog has a total number of followers = 10,500+ (many of who re-share the posts on their blogs and/or other media)

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2017

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Here it comes

2017

Not the Fourth of July or Halloween.

What do you have planned

for the New Year?

Most will say

holding their loved ones near.

But my mind keeps straying

to the world at large.

I hope that the President-elect

doesn’t barge

into a nuclear arms race.

I kind of like the world on its face.

Although I’d be the first to say,

it needs some work

whether or not

you consider him a jerk.

We’ve got to start

considering an alternative

to bombing and all that goes along with

that

and that’s a fact.

The earth as a whole is

on the precipice of disaster.

You can’t say no unless

you don’t think lives matter.

There is nothing else

except for extinction.

I think not–we can try to save it in

some way.

“In what way?” you ask.

I haven’t a clue.

I will say a lot of consideration

is due.

Don’t mean to get

all grim up in here

’cause I’m still going to hope

for a Happy New Year.

© Pamela D. Beverly

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FORMATTING A PRINT BOOK #amwriting #selfpublishing #bookformatting #KDP

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FORMATTING A PRINT BOOK

Formatting a print version of your novel can be tricky, so when it came to tackling my own book I approached this task with caution. I own a kindle so I was comfortable in self-formatting the ebook version, and have been putting my own books on a kindle for review purposes for many years. Printing a book is very different, and you never really know what it will look like until the book is sitting in your hand.

I have recently published my paperback through KDP Paperback (Beta). I will be covering details of my experience using this in my next article Publishing a book with KDP Paperback (Beta), but I will also make some reference to it below in the context of the formatting.

Formatting – Font

Getting the font right on a print book is vitally important, and perhaps more so than with an ebook where the reader has an option…

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My Latest Scholastic Kids Press Corps Article: Writing for Kids — This Kid Reviews Books

Hi there blogosphere! I would like to tell you about my latest Scholastic News Kids Press Corps article. It is about conversations I had with four middle-grade authors at the Lititz Kid Lit Festival in Lititz PA. Here’s the blurb – “Four authors talk about the joys and challenges of writing for middle-graders.” Find out […]

via My Latest Scholastic Kids Press Corps Article: Writing for Kids — This Kid Reviews Books

The Election 2016

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Hard to believe.

Among the turning of

the leaves,

we will be choosing

a President

of the United States.

Amongst the chaos

and the strife,

the fussing

and the fighting,

we’ll be doing the picking.

Time’s a-ticking.

What do you think?

Do you think our choices stink?

The road’s been long

and hard.

Frankly, I’m tired of this “race.”

I’m glad to see the quickened pace.

Although only one candidate

will win,

it’s scary to realize

this is only the start

of what will at least be

a

four

year

bid.

Copyright by Pamela D. Beverly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Interview with VaLerie Irene, Author of the Children’s Book, Raffi and Friends – The Lunch Box Mystery

Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Washington, DC and am the youngest of five siblings. I am a Federal government employee by day, with over 32 years under my belt. I love to read and am thankful that the e-book came about (to contain my book collection) although I still buy plenty of physical books.valerie-irene-2 I like to travel, read, garden and I dabble in photography. I hope to one day produce a coffee table book of, or a coloring book based from, some of my photos.  

I know you and you’ve never been interested in writing. What made you write this book?

I have wanted to write a book for a long time. In past attempts, the topic just didn’t seem right  – I didn’t feel like I had a “novel” inside of me. So I asked myself, what is the one thing that always makes me happy; that would be fun to write about. There, in front of my face was my collection of stuffed animals. Some of them I’ve had since I was five years old, and they’ve really made me happy over the years. There are four characters in my book – a giraffe, an owl, a turtle, and a monkey. Two of the characters, the owl and the turtle, I’ve had since I was at least five years old – and they look like I’ve had them that long. The giraffe, Raffi, I crocheted about four years ago when I was teaching myself how to read crochet patterns, and I have a collection of about 30 monkeys, so I had to have one of my monkeys in the book.

What is the name of the book?

Raffi and Friends – The Lunch Box Mystery.

Without giving too much away, what is the book about?

The book is about Raffi, the giraffe, who loves to eat grilled cheese sandwiches (so much so, he could eat them every day) who loses his lunch box with his grilled cheese sandwiches inside. Raffi’s three best friends – Owie the Owl, Torrey the Turtle, and Marlon Monroe the Monkey use their individual qualities while helping him search for his missing lunch box.

What do you hope the readers of your book learn from reading it?

I hope my book can help teach young children basic, wholesome qualities associated with being a good friend.

That’s so sweet. Where can people purchase or pre-order copies of the book?