Saturday, May 30, 2020

quote of the day

Quote of the Day 

"Healing takes courage, 

and we all have courage, 

even if you have to dig a little."  

~  Tori Amos


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Friday, May 29, 2020

Recommended Resources

Recommended Resources

Yup - time for another group of recommended resources to check out... featuring 2 non-profit  organizations in breed-specific animal rescue:

Dogwood Rescue Society is run through a network of volunteer foster homes and rehoming animals for over 30 years, without a shelter. The dedicated, compassionate individuals involved focus on larger breeds deemed "sporting, hunting, racing, guard or gun" dogs. 

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada: How cool is this? I love donkeys! We once had a neighbour with one and they swore it kept the bear and cougars away from their property. He was loud and cute, clumsy and adorable, hungry for treats and always curious when anyone walked by. So of course I had to tell you about this wonderful non-profit rescuing donkeys through a network of caring farmers. 


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Thursday, May 28, 2020

World of Writing - Author Interview

World of Writing - Author Interview

* Shout out to Nicole Ballengee of for connecting us with today's guest.

Sasha Olsen is a 10-year-old author, environmental activist, ballroom dancer, bookworm and pianist. Sasha enjoys anything artistic and easily finds new hobbies and creative things to do, which usually ends up in her trying to juggle everything that she is interested in. The experiences she had while on vacation in Asia and being raised within close proximity to the ocean fed her passion for the environment, which is one of the reasons why she became an author. 
She lives with her family in Florida (US) where she also spearheads the conservation non-profit: I Want My Ocean Back. Attending beach clean up events and writing articles to spread the word about the project keep her quite busy. We are honoured to feature Sasha today and invite her to share some of her experiences with her first book: Legends From Mom’s Closet 

Q: When you started your book, did you plan on writing it as a series, or did it just grow into one?

I began Legends from Mom’s Closet last summer when I had to spend time indoors because of stormy weather. The idea came to me because I started dressing up in my mom’s clothes as different legendary people that I learned about. I love reading books, especially biographies. I hope everyone loves the first one, so we can release more soon!

Q: What age group did you write for?

For everybody of course, but if I had to say a specific age group, probably 9 and up!

Q: Why did you write for this particular age group?

I wrote for this age group, because I was 10 when I started writing this book, so I want other kids my age to read it and get inspired to be creative and try it out.

Q: Did you find it difficult to choose the right language, images and writing style for reaching this age group?

Of course! The photos my mom helped me with. I’m obviously still learning and working on my writing skills, so my cousin Narmina gave me a lot of advice and helped me publish my book.

Q: How do you plan to promote this book (or series)?

I’m definitely telling all my friends and family about it! It was actually a big surprise to my dad, who always inspires me to work hard. I also have a website, use social media and have a YouTube channel, where I post other legends and videos about my book.

Q: Is there anything in your book that is based on a real-life experience?

Yes, the whole book is pretty much a true story! I actually did spend my summer indoors, because it was raining a lot and I couldn’t go outside much. Like I said, I love reading biographies, so after reading about these legendary women, I wanted to dress as up as them to pretend like I was living their life. Then, I felt like I wanted to share it with other kids because it’s so much fun to bring your knowledge to life! That same summer, I actually also started I want my ocean back, my movement to help save the oceans. I learned a lot about how fast fashion hurts and pollutes our oceans. That made me realize that we should use what we already have to dress up and create ideas, which is why I want my book to also show everyone that we need to buy vintage and secondhand!

Q: What makes a good story? 

There are a few things that make a good story: 

- A strong character. 
- An author that believes in their story. 
- A plot that makes you feel like you’re a part of the story. 

Depending on the type of book, I also love colourful photos and something interactive.

Q: Do you have any suggestions to help others become a better writer?

Definitely! My suggestions are to never give up and don’t be afraid to ask others for help.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is interested in your topic/genre?

Try to come up with a unique idea! Use your imagination and think outside the box.

Q: What are your thoughts on the publishing industry?

It can be challenging to self-publish but it’s definitely possible, especially if you believe in yourself.


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Sunday, May 24, 2020

benefits of self-publishing

Benefits of Self-publishing

* Today's article was written by: Shalini Mittal

So, your book is ready. You have done all the revisions and editing. And now comes the most important and final stage: publishing. When it comes to publishing, you have two options to choose from. You can choose the traditional method or the modern one, which is self-publishing. To make the best choice, you may want to weigh the pros of each. Without further ado, let's take a look at 6 benefits of self-publishing.

1. Better Creative Control

First off, self-publishing gives you better control over the whole process of publishing. Generally, the process involves 4 stages: writing, reviewing/editing, design and the final stage called printing. You can hire a professional or carry out the whole process yourself.

2. Greater Financial Rewards

In traditional publishing, you have to pay to the publisher as well. However, if you self-publish, you will get all of the money that comes from the sale of your book. You can use the money to meet your advertising expenses.

3. Pricing Control

Another benefit is that you can decide on the price of your book. Keep in mind that if you set the price too low, it may be hard for you to recover your costs. However, the lower price will attract a lot of readers which will earn you a lot of loyal readers.

On the other hand, if you set the price too high, very few readers will be willing to pay for your book. So, It's better to set a reasonable price.

4. Networking Opportunities

While working on your eBook, you go through a lot of production stages. You can talk about the book with your friends. Moreover, you can read up on advertising and marketing methods to get the word out about your work.

5. The Self-Publishing Guarantee

Big publishers publish only those books that they think will earn them a good deal of money. Actually, they work mostly with successful authors. On the other hand, self-publishing allows guaranteed publishing. There is nothing stopping you from making your book available to the world.

Once your book is ready, you can use an online publisher, such as Amazon to publish your book. You don't need to ask for anyone's permission.

6. Reputation building

Usually, popular retailers don't stock self-publishers with single book. If you have the money to publish your first book yourself, you can build your reputation as an author. In the future, this will help you use the traditional publishing route as well.

Once you are done with the whole work yourself, you are ready to see your book in the hands of your readers. You don't have to rely on others to see your hard work in the form of a book that can truly benefit your loyal readers. That's where self-publishing steps in. You should be proud, respect your creation and put it out there for the whole word to enjoy.


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Saturday, May 23, 2020

quote of the day

Quote of the Day 

"Nor rural sights alone, but rural sounds,

Exhilarate the spirit, and restore

The tone of languid nature."

~ William Cowper


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