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...

Does Your Memoir Title Pack a Punch?

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler   ” Next in importance to books are the titles.”  ~Frank Crane     We all know that a book’s title and its cover need to pack a punch right away. No matter how great our story may be, it will be the title and cover that sell it to the reader. The title and the book cover are a promise to our readers. When I think of my own reading habits and what goes into my decision to read a new book, I know the title and book cover matter. I’m going to think out loud here and then ask for your input. In the five years I have been writing my memoir, I have accrued a list of working titles that seemed to fit at the time. These two stuck for a while, the latter has been my current working title until...

Guide for Memoir Writers: Twitter Hashtags to Market Your Book + How to Use Them by Ann Smarty

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Ann Smarty/@seosmarty   It is my pleasure to introduce you to Ann Smarty. Ann is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann’s expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com. Since writing our books is only one part of our role as writers today, I’m thrilled Ann has agreed to help us all out with using social media to extend our reach.   Welcome, Ann!     Utilizing Twitter Hashtags Before you start reading this article, you need to check out Kathy’s post “Using Twitter Strategically: It’s All About Making Meaningful Connections” because it discusses the initial stage of...

Reflections on Hands: A Memoir Moment

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler   ” The heart is the toughest part of the body. Tenderness is in the hands.”  Carolyn Forche, The Country Between Us.     I just returned from a women’s weekend retreat where I participated in a session on working with clay. The purpose of the session was to experience the transformative power of molding something out of a mound of clay so as to get in touch with the artist within. I started rolling the lump of brown clay into a ball feeling the soft clay against my palms and fingers. As soft music played in the background, Sister Sue spoke in soothing, measured phrases about getting in touch with our own creative energies and all our God-given gifts that need to come forth....

8 Tips for Being Kind and Gentle When Writing Memoir by Ken Myers

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Ken Myers/@kenneymyers   “Feelings are everywhere–be gentle.” J. Masai   It is my pleasure to introduce Ken Myers to you and feature him in this guest post. Ken describes himself as an executive in the care industry–childcare, senior care, pet care–a poet, a Christian as well as a husband, father and entrepreneur. He contacted me to do a guest post and I initially told him I didn’t think his message matched by brand. But when he told me he was working on his own memoir, it was BINGO! I like what he has to say about this universal concern all memoir writers have. I hope you will enjoy it and will share your thoughts.   Welcome, Ken!     Be Gentle and Kind When...

Crossing the Cultural Divide: From Insanity to Serenity

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler I am honored to be over at Janet Givens’ blog this week with a guest post. Janet is writing a PeaceCorps memoir, At Home on the Kazakh Steppe” about her time in Kazakhstan. She wrote about the challenges of writing a Peace Corps memoir  in this guest post. As she  loves to point out, cultural differences, are all around us.  And those that cause her to gasp and yell, “Oh, no” are among her favorites. Janet says, “depending upon where and how we grew up, the ways in which we view the world — even among Americans — can vary tremendously.  What we see as  right and wrong, good and bad, fun or not, are moderated by what we came to believe was “normal.” “How we maneuver...