Your Story or Your Family? by Memoir Author Saloma Miller Furlong

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Saloma Miller Furlong/@SalomaFurlong   “My responsibility as a poet, as an artist, is not to look away.” ~ Nikky Finney I am very please to introduce you to Memoir Author Saloma Miller Furlong. Saloma and I met in a LinkedIn discussion in the Women’s Memoir group. She has recently launched her second memoir, Bonnet Strings:An Amish Woman’s Ties to Two Worlds, which is about her struggles within her Amish community and her eventual decision to leave. Her first memoir, Why I Left the Amish,  was a finalist for the 2011 Forward Reviews “Book of the Year Award” (BOTYA). My reviews can be found on Amazon ,Goodreads., Shelfari and LibraryThings:   Welcome, Saloma!    ...

Social Media Management: So What Does a Social Media Manager Really Do? by Frances Caballo

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Frances Caballo/@CaballoFrances   “Social media is no longer an option for writers–it is a required element of every author’s platform.” Frances Caballo   I am very pleased to feature author social media strategist Frances Caballo in this Wow!Women on Writing book tour for her new book,  Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers Who Want to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write. I know this is a very timely topic as many of us are struggling to find our own way through social media channels and still have time to write. Frances has graciously agreed to give away a copy of her book to a commenter whose name will be selected in a  random drawing. My reviews...

Social Media: Friend or Foe? 8 Lessons I’ve Learned About Using Social Media

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler   “ By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen destination.”  Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)     Since establishing an online presence has become an essential task for any writer who seeks publication, the topic of how to handle social media comes up a lot these days. In fact, I have received several requests to do a blog post about how to manage both social media and writing.   I do not profess to be a social media expert. There are plenty of people out there, many whom I have learned a great deal from—Dan Blank, Joanna Penn, Jeff Goins, Jane Friedman, Porter Anderson, Nick Thacker, Christina Katz,  Nina Amir, Alexis Grant, Michael Hyatt,Kristen Lamb—to name...

Finding My Way From Memoir to Fiction by Author Doreen Cox

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Doreen Cox /@mothersitting   “When in deep water, become a diver.” The Book of Runes, Ralph Blum         I am thrilled to feature author Doreen Cox in this guest post about her experience of writing fiction after writing her memoir. Doreen is the author  a memoir, Adventures in Mothersitting and a novella, Sacred Journey. We initially met through a mutual friend and author Madeline Sharples and began following one another on Twitter. I love it when good friends meet through good friends!  I’ve read and enjoyed both of Doreen’s books so much that I asked her to do a guest post on what it was like to switch to fiction writing after completing her memoir. My reviews of both...

Narrative Medicine and the Fine Art of Listening: A Memoir Moment

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler   “The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.” Richard Moss, MD   The field of Narrative Medicine has emerged gradually over time.   Dr Rita Charon, professor of medicine and executive director of Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine program defines narrative medicine as “medicine practiced with narrative competence to recognize, absorb, tell and be moved by the stories of illness.”   She is the author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness.     When I attended nursing school in 1964-67, we studied ‘interpersonal relationships and therapeutic communication.” It was a given that the nurse’s role was to consider the individual person in caring for...

A Memoir Writer’s First Year in Blogging Adventure by Marian Beaman

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Marian Beaman/@martabeaman   “I don’t really know how things will turn out until I start making them. They don’t always look like I thought they would, so sometimes I’m surprised.” Lifewriting Author and Teacher Sharon Lippincott from her post “Discover by Doing”.   I am thrilled to feature Memoir Writer Marian Beaman in this guest post about her first year in blogging.  She has some interesting ideas about what inspires her blog posts, a term she calls “blogspiration.” Marian describes herself as ” a plain Mennonite girl who turned fancy while seeking a simpler life.”  Marian and I met through fellow Mennonite memoirist Shirley Showalter. It is truly wonderful to meet new...

7-in-1 Blog Award Nomination

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler   The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. Friedrich Nietzsche     I’m honored to be nominated by author and blogger Cate Macabe for the 7-in-1 Award—a collection of seven shiny awards all rolled in one.     The blog-o-sphere is full of inspiring people and their stories. Meeting them is one of the best parts of the blogging experience.   Cate is the author of This New Mountain: a memoir of Al Jackson as told to Cate Macabe.  This memoir takes you into the life of a female private investigator in the Southwest. Cate is also a member of the board of directors of SouthWest Writers. She blogs at thisnewmountain.com.   Here are the rules for the Seven Awards:   Display the logo...