Basic Punctuation Every Beginning Writer Needs to Know by Nikolas Baron

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Nikolas Baron/@Grammarly   ” Ignorant people think it’s the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain’t so; it’s the sickening grammar they use.” -Mark Twain   As we all know, grammar and punctuation can make or break a story. The way I see it, any writer can benefit from getting back to the basics. I am pleased to feature Nikolas Baron from the Grammarly Marketing team to talk about basic punctuation. Nick says, “Grammarly is one of the best websites to learn punctuation and grammar because of their teaching tools and grammar check. The grammar check especially helps to correct your most common errors and teach you how to avoid them. Always remember...

What Goes Into a Successful Pubslush Crowdfunding Campaign?

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” ~Mark Twain         Thanks to all the *generous backers for my Pubslush memoir campaign, I reached my goal and now am listed on the Pubslush website as a “Successful Campaign.” Both an honor and a thrill!       It also has been a lot of hard work, with moments of misgivings and excitement. Like any writer, I’m used to the hard work of focusing on goals and communicating a message. And like many others, I tend to shy away from self-promotion activities that scream “Me,  Me, Me.” I’ll put it right out there, it feels awkward to ask others for money.   So, how did I go from feeling like a self-promotion-phobic writer to being someone who embraced this campaign and joined in the...

My Journey of Defeating Fear to Help Others by Memoir Author Pamela Koefoed

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Pamela Koefoed/@JoyRideBook   Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway
- John Wayne     So often when we write a memoir, the story develops a life of its own and becomes a part of a larger cause.  This is certainly the case for Pamela Koefoed who began advocating for abused children and teaching audiences how to overcome a painful past after publishing her memoir. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Pamela whose memoir Joyride: Life, Death and Forgiveness is a riveting story of hope and overcoming child abuse.  Pamela will discuss how writing her memoir helped her to defeat fear and  find  her mission of helping child abuse survivors. My reviews can be found on Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari...

Author Attitude: What Is It and Why Do I Need It? WOW Women on Writing Book Tour with Nina Amir

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Nina Amir/@NinaAmir   “Success as a writer has always been a matter , in large part, of plain old hard work. But also smart work–knowing what to do and how.” Novelist James Scott Bell, from  the Foreword, The Author Training Manual.   I am very pleased to participate in Nina Amir’s WOW, Women on Writing Book Tour for her new book, The Author’s Training Manual. Nina has some very interesting advice about succeeding as an author by following WOOT! I hope you enjoy hearing about this as much as I did.   My book reviews can be found on Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari and LibraryThings   Welcome , Nina!      Author Attitude : What Is It and Why Do I Need It? In the...

The 3 P’s of Publishing a Memoir

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler    “If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.”  ― Roopleen   Now that the time is closing in on pushing that publish button for my memoir, Ever Faithful to His Lead: My Journey Away From Emotional Abuse, I can share some lessons I’ve learned in the process.     When I think of what has brought me from the desire to write a book to publishing a memoir, I think of the 3 P’s:     Purpose-driven Passion:   The desire to find a story then share it with the world requires every bit of stamina, focus and commitment one can muster. Once I found my story of getting into and out of two emotionally abusive...

My Writing Process Tour

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler   “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open vein.” ~Red Smith        My Writing Process Tour   I am honored to be a part of this blog tour challenge. I accepted an invitation to take part in the #mywritingprocess tour, an exercise in which writers share insights into their writing process. I continue to be a work-in-progress as I get ready to publish my first book, a memoir. But, I believe strongly, we can all learn from one another, no matter where we are in our writing lives.   I have enjoyed writing since I was about eight years old when I wrote plays for my maternal grandmother, Nan and all her little Italian lady friends. I can still see...

Google+ Hangout Interview with Memoir Author Nancy Sharp: Both Sides Now

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Nancy Sharp/@BoldLivingNow     “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” William Shakespeare     I am thrilled to feature Keynote Speaker and Author Nancy Sharp in this Google+ Interview about her memoir, Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living. This powerful memoir is about giving love and life your all then moving on with grace and strength to build a new life after loss and grief. It is a stunning tribute to the beauty of love and the resilience of the human spirit.    My reviews can be found on Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari and LibraryThings.      Both Sides Now has recently been selected  for The...