Opinion: Re-educating Groups in the Face of Racism

As a mixed American, I feel I have a lot to say about the outrage from George Floyd’s murder. Some good things, some things that people might not agree with, and even some things that could offend. This day in age, it’s hard not to offend someone, but the best course of action is to respect a different opinion and move on. The U.S. is the home of the free, not the home of the Read more…

How Authors Can Make a Difference In This World

Right now, our world is going through an incredible state of upheaval. From the coronavirus pandemic to the new wave of civil rights, everywhere we look there’s something to make us feel anxious about. As authors, this can impact us in the form of slowing our words or lighting them on fire. Regardless of which way the events take you, you might still be wondering… What can I do to make a difference? I’ve been doing a Read more…

7 Ways to Make More Money as a Writer

There is no magic formula or secret sauce to being a successful writer. However, there are things (that are within your control) that will up your chances of getting (and keeping) better-paying jobs. The #1 piece of advice I can offer you is this–Always do your best work and only your best work. Here are a few more Ways to Make More Money as a Writer Deadlines are sacred—never miss one. Your reputation and reliability Read more…

FREElance FREEdom: Using Your Love of Writing as a Side Hustle

(Taken from Rebecca Flansburg’s 2019 LAWA Fall Conference and Book Fair) Originally when I started out as a VA, my focus was on providing social media services and blogging to clients. Seven years later I have shifted away from those offerings and now focus on Project Management work, freelance writing for magazines, business coaching, and helping authors with marketing and book launches. Despite the steady income and work that I enjoy now, I never forget Read more…

The Lakes Area Writers Alliance Announces the 2019 Writers Contest Winners

The Lakes Area Writers Alliance is proud to announce the winners of their 2019 Writers Contest. Writers from across Minnesota entered their works in the categories of poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. The winners in the category of poetry include: 1st Place – Yvonne Pearson with her poem, The School Bus Driver. 2nd Place – Lina Belar with her poem, Tumbleweed. Honorable Mention also goes to Yvonne Pearson with her poem, Log Cabin. The winners in the Read more…

Low-Cost Giveaway Ideas for Author Book Signing Events

“Lure ‘em in with candy!” one veteran author told me in regards to how to arrange a customer-attracting table during a book signing. I love that idea. Who doesn’t like candy, after all, right? The downside to that is everyone else has candy dishes on their tables by their books too. Wouldn’t you rather set yourself apart from others? The idea behind author giveaways also called “swag,” Why Swag So why even bother with giving Read more…

CREATIVE JOURNALING

With the creative power of imagination, creative journaling is birthed from the mind’s eye flipping through pages of written words in a kept journal or diary. Without a shred of doubt, keepers of diaries and journals have over the centuries experienced and dreamt about being immortalized by their words. Although most discovered works were in oral form, more is attached to journaling than adding passages of great eloquence and power on paper. Often people have Read more…

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