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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Six Ways to Be a Team Player #indie #author


Independent authors and entrepreneurs don't have to go it alone, according to Lucy Adams. Take it away, Lucy!

Six Clever Ways to Be a Team Player as an Entrepreneur

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Whether or not you like teams, they're all around us. Of course, there are exceptions (night watchmen, for example), but the number of jobs based on teamwork grows year by year. Even if you’re an independent author, you have teammates including beta readers, critique partners, editors, book designers, marketing assistants, and most of all, READERS. You need solid communication among teammates to achieve the best results.

If you're an excellent team player, you’ll be in demand, your opinion will be highly valued, and your ideas will be accepted.

So what are the qualities and skills that will make you a brilliant chain link? Below are the 7 most important by Lucy Adams, an outsourcer from the British essay writing service.

#1 Strive to be an Example for Others


Instead of complaining about the incompetence of others, take the matter into your own hands and become an example for the rest of the team. Don’t be afraid to take on responsibilities – hard work and passion will make you a living legend!

Besides, by showing your best qualities, you’ll raise the bar so that the teammates will have extra motivation and develop as professionals. For example, if you notice writing errors, first raise your own literacy. People appreciate, trust, and respect those who lead by example.

#2 Help Your Team


Any person, even the most powerful, endures difficult times, in both private and professional lives. Develop your communication skills to find the right approach for each member of your team.

The company’s strength is defined by both the strongest and the weakest link. Improve your skills to help the rest of your team to grow professionally and mentally. Build the corporate spirit around mutual support and unity.

Share positive emotions and energy with your employees. Morale works not only in war but also a commercial company. Avoid Debbie Downer moods even if something doesn't go as expected. Even if you're angry and struggle to cope at work, leave it all behind the office door. Develop your emotional intelligence.

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#3 One for All, and All for One!


The most effective entrepreneurs always put this principle at the forefront. They work hard to develop themselves and their teammates. The hardest part of adopting this concept is in reining in selfish urges. Even if you're a best-selling author, remember that you’re nothing without your team. Seek ways to help fellow authors market their books, and all will benefit.

#4 Build Favorable Relationships


Good relationships are the core of any team's effectiveness. To determine whether the relationships in your team are favorable, conduct an anonymous poll. Include burning questions like:

· What needs to improve on the team?

· How comfortable do you feel when communicating with the team?

· What do you estimate is the current psychological climate of the team? What is one thing you could do to improve morale?

Get to know your teammates on a deeper level. Strong relationships mean spending time not only on work but also establishing backgrounds, companionship, and understanding. Share vulnerabilities with each other to develop trust. You may be smart and competent, but if you haven't achieved trust within your team, you won’t be as effective. 

#5 Be Fair and Humble


You and your staff will make mistakes, and that’s ok – the key is to achieve harmony and bounce back quickly, which is possible only in an atmosphere of trust. So create it!

According to studies, more than 90% of great leaders are modest, and some even shy. These leaders take responsibility for mistakes, and sincerely believe that nothing would be achieved without the strength of the team. The arrogance of genius looks great in the "House" TV series but has nothing in common with business realities.

You can’t build good relationships without trust. The atmosphere of distrust and suspicion brings chaos and helplessness. The best leaders treat their employees as family members and allow trust to grow.

Be honest, reliable, and open-hearted!
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#6 Listen Carefully and Accept Criticism


Ignoring your staff inevitably leads to the collapse of the company. On the contrary, if you’re a good listener, you become aware and well-informed.

Treat criticism as an opportunity to become better – this will allow you to stay open to new opportunities. Harsh reviews can sting, but sometimes offer sage advice for improving our writing. 

If you need to point out a mistake to a teammate, couch the feedback with observations of the teammates successes.

I wish you the best in your entrepreneurial endeavors!

Bio:

Lucy Adams is an essay writer and blogger. This generalist is always in touch and ready to take the most exciting ideas of yours. Feel free to suggest Lucy a few intriguing topics, let her choose one or two that she likes best, and wait a week or so to get an in-depth research on the matter!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March Madness $250 #Giveaway

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

#IWSG Dusting Off Old Manuscripts


Happy March Insecure Writers Support Group!


Hop over to Alex Cavanaugh's blog to join us.

Co-Hosts:

I'm late to post this month because work has been so busy and my friends are going through some big changes. One friend's husband just died, and another good friend (my swimming buddy) is moving to Nashville. *sad face* But it's good to hang with my writer pals in the support group!

March IWSG Day Question: Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

Well, I'm actually doing that right now so the outcome is yet to be seen. I started a romantic suspense novel titled Twin Sacrifice back in 2009, and I'm dusting it off to rework it. I haven't had much time to write lately but I hope to get cranking soon.


Write on, friends!

Monday, February 20, 2017

How to Make Your #Arguments Effective--Guest Post by Lucy Adams


How to Make Your Arguments Effective to Convince People
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Welcome to Lucy Adams from BuzzEssay, here today with a guest post.

There are a lot of different books and training on how to be successful. Many aim to achieve it through thick and thin, but very few notice that all that they need is the skill of convincing. Yes, convincing and nothing more!

Knowing how to manipulate and change opinions of others, you’ll easily reach personal goals. So if you’re dreaming of becoming a master of conviction, this article is just for you!

To begin with, let’s state that the structure of persuasion consists of three key elements – thesis, arguments, and support. Use them wisely, and you’ll be able to change the position of others towards what you say and do.

#1 Thesis

A thesis is the point of view you want to convey to the audience. Try to state it briefly, clearly, and within one sentence. For example, let’s imagine you say, "Fast food is unhealthy." Of course, that’s not enough! Explain why you think so. People usually take little for granted, except the well-known axioms that are difficult to argue.

#2 Argumentation

Argumentation is the most complicated stage of convincing, which is carried out to change the position of the interlocutor. It’s used with respect to the social context (if you’re the boss, it’s unlikely that you’ll convince your subordinate of something as you can just put him before the fact).
There are also situations when a person simply does not have enough information to change his position. And when you disclose some additional data, he changes his view. Actually, in this case, you just give information, not using any other tricks.

Argumentation can be either theoretical (based on logical reasoning) or empirical (relying on practice or experience). So how to build your proof? The rules are quite simple:

·     First of all, you should prepare in advance. Approach to the matter seriously – write down all your arguments, and then distribute them into four groups:
o   Safety (for example, a guarantee).
o  Respect (how the person will fill after taking your point of view or buying your product).
o   Independence (the positive implications).
o   Perfection (how the person can use his potential due to the change of his/her previous point of view to yours).

At first glance, these concepts are quite abstract and in some cases even stretched, but they are actively and quite successfully used in sales when you need to convince a potential customer to buy some product or service.

·    Once you divide all your arguments into the four groups, check whether they give comprehensive answers to the following questions:
o   What problems does your statement/thesis solve?
o   Is it convenient for the opponent to take your point of view? Will it be worth much to the interlocutor?
o   Have you provided the interlocutor with enough information so that he/she can safely take your position?


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If you have clear answers to all these questions while the arguments are backed up and related to safety, respect, independence and perfection, most likely, you’ll be able to persuade the other person.

Now let’s get back to the example. You should explain the thesis using several arguments, ideally three. These may be:

·      Substandard products are used for cooking.
·      Fast food contains many preservatives.
·      Fast food contains harmful flavor enhancers.

#3 Support

Any argument becomes much more significant if you prove it. For this purpose, you can use statistics, personal experience, reviews, references to authoritative sources, documents and so on. For example:
·      After I had lunch at a fast food restaurant, I had a stomach ache.
·      The doctor said that consuming a lot of cheeseburgers leads to gastritis.
·      According to "XXX" documentary, fast food restaurant use poor-quality raw materials.

The main requirement at this stage is that the provided information must be truthful and not contrary to the arguments.

Some oratory masters believe that the three stages of conviction should strictly follow each other, some say that this sequence is not important. Also, there is the following technique:

·      Thesis->Argument no.1 + Support no.1, Argument no.2 + Support no.2, Argument no.3 + Support no.3, summary concerning the thesis in the beginning.


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Well, the most important is that all these strategies work! The main point is that you should rely on your personal experience and context of the particular situation when choosing between them.   

Bio:

Lucy Adams is a blogger from BuzzEssay – a website that provides research paper writing and many other writing services. She’s an aspiring author who never refuses to cover intriguing themes, regardless of their origin. Education, literature, business, psychology – whatever – if you have something exciting to suggest, Lucy will bring it to life! Contact this diligent author at lucyadams@buzzessay.com

Thursday, February 16, 2017

FORBIDDEN by @FeatherWrites #NewRelease #Thriller #Free

Welcome to Forbidden’s book launch celebration hosted by F. Stone

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February 14th to 18th at AMAZON

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Year 2047, City of Samarra, capital of the Republic of Islamic Provinces & Territories Fifteen American travelers have vanished. Surrendering to Mayor Aamir's demands, Captain Sharif becomes the reluctant keeper of his city’s bloody secret – and the witness, Eliza MacKay. The devout Muslim is horrified to discover that if he exposes the cover-up, his family will suffer dire consequences. The CIA has the lying Sharif in their cross hairs. Sharif’s only hope is to prove his country's government is free of guilt. Secretly, he hunts forensic evidence. Cryptic messages, backstabbing informants, and corruption threaten Sharif’s resolve to see justice served. When he discovers the shocking truth, he and MacKay become the targets of a ruthless killer. Sharif is tortured by his attraction to the impetuous Eliza MacKay. In spite of her struggle with PTSD, he’s drawn to her vivacious personality. Islam forbids the intimacy he craves. In desperation to save Eliza, Sharif plots an act most forbidden and fatal.

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February 13:

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February 16:

Review and Showcase with Nicki Elson
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February 17:

Showcase with Nancee Cain
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February 18:

Review and Showcase with Yolanda Renee
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Romance Under Fire Author Feather Stone / F. Stone / Judy Weir:

1-b078f2221d6ec0463539f01708b9e727On our cattle ranch, when an animal was in distress or injured, I was put in charge of nursing it back to health. Never mind that I was just a kid and hated the sight of blood, but I had to muster up the courage to apply home remedies. My survival rate was pretty good. It seemed like a foregone conclusion that I would progress to nursing – humans. After one year into nurses training, I bolted. Bed pans and chronic diseases pushed me in different direction; a career of dealing with drug addicts, murder, suicide, fatalities, and biker gangs. In 1983 I graduated with honors as a paramedic and worked in the City of Edmonton’s Emergency Services.The Guardian's Wildchild For the next twenty years, I came face to face with scenes most people would rather not think about. I loved it. Having experienced life in the most deadly and gut wrenching events, and work alongside the police service, I gained the fodder for creating intense novels. My first novel, The Guardian’s Wildchild, was published by Omnific Publishing in 2011. The setting is on a naval ship, under the command of a surely man who is under suspicion of treason. When a battered woman is brought to his ship for execution, he has no idea that she is about to turn his disciplined life into chaos – and that she is no ordinary woman. The Guardian’s Wildchild has a rating of 4.1 at Amazon.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

February #FREE for All Event #Sports #Romance BLOCKED

Welcome to the February FREE for All Event February 5-9, 2017!


BLOCKED is FREE for a limited time.

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Thank you for being loyal readers! To show their appreciation, your favorite authors have come together to offer a book for FREE. Download one or all. Maybe you'll find your next favorite author.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#IWSG How Does Writing Affect Your Reading?


Welcome to February's edition of Insecure Writers Support Group, the brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh. Hop on board at Alex's blog!


How was your January? I had to replace my furnace/AC/water heater and let's just say I'm relieved I don't have to survive on my measly author income after getting that bill. Luckily the system died when we had unseasonably warm temperatures in Ohio.

Are you ready for Singles Awareness Day on February 14th?



February Question: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

Positive change: A greater appreciation for well-written books.

Negative change: Less enjoyment of many books. Before starting as a writer, I didn't notice misspellings (like blond/blonde) or excessive verbiage. In the past, I skipped over cliches and telling instead of showing. Now those errors disgust me.

I feel fortunate fellow authors had the patience to read my debut novel, considering all my fledgling writer mistakes. I just re-edited With Good Behavior and chopped off 33,000 words, yahoo! The manuscript is with my publisher for a copy edit before we re-release it.

Speaking of revising, my website is over six years old and in need of an overhaul. Any web designers you'd recommend?

Thank you to this month's co-hosts:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WHEN IT HITS YOU (It Series #1) by @NickiElson3D #contemporary #romance #NewRelease


I'm so pleased to have my critique partner, NICKI ELSON, here to tell you about her new book! I adored this book (see my 5 star review.) Thank you to author Darcia Helle for this f'in blog post idea. Take it away, Nicki:

Thank you, Jen, for having me over to celebrate the release of WHEN IT HITS YOU (a new edition of the novel formerly known as Vibrizzio). Reacquiring my rights to this story allowed me to re-brand with an emphasis on the love story. I'm so excited to have it join its sister books in The It Series: WHEN IT HOOKS YOU and WHEN IT HOLDS YOU.

For today's post, Jen gave me ten F-words to relate to one of my characters. I chose Lyssa Bates, the lead in WHEN IT HITS YOU.


F'ing Lyssa

Something about Lyssa that is...

1. Frightful - She dumps a shocking amount of cream in her coffee.

2. Favorable - She's the kind of friend who'll whisk your drunken ass away from embarrassment.

3. Flamboyant - She gets saucy on the dance floor with the sexy cousin of the groom.

4. Factual - She's' a youngest child.

5. Fanatical - She becomes a little too attached to her battery-operated boyfriend.

6. Feisty - Her first line of defense: sarcasm. Lots of sarcasm.

7. Formidable - She'll rise to a challenge, whether it's taking the lead in the boardroom or rocking "the lawnmower" on the dance floor.

8. False - She pulls on a fake smile when her mother and sister get under her skin.

 9. Fierce - She's not afraid to call people out...unless one of those people is her mother or sister.

10. Frustrating - She can't see herself the way Hayden does.

WHEN IT HITS YOU

Electronic. That’s how my love life was supposed to stay. Just me and my B.O.B.s (battery-operated boyfriends, if you don’t know). I didn’t expect to get partnered at work with the Adonis in Ralph Lauren. And I certainly never thought he’d turn out to be anything but an arrogant jerk.

Lyssa Bates doesn’t need a man. The twenty-six-year-old financial analyst is more than fulfilled by her career, friends, and a ready supply of double-A batteries. Her relationship with Hayden King is purely professional—and that’s how she intends to keep it. But accidental kisses in Dallas, all-nighters in Chicago, and hot tub confessions in Baltimore mess with her head and shake her resistance. Especially when he turns his charms full on her.

Why is it that whenever you’re not looking for love, that’s exactly when it hits you? ~Lyssa

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

#IWSG Writing Rules


Happy New Year! Time for January's Insecure Writer's Support Group.



Join us! Sign up at creator Alex Cavanaugh's website.

How's your writing? I decided to re-edit my debut novel, With Good Behavior. It's taking me a long time because it's so bad! Adverb abuse abounds.

JANUARY 4TH QUESTION: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?

Since I got into this writing thing as a lark, I haven't been big on rules.

One rule I wish I followed more was to limit adverbs. *see above*

But one rule I wish I'd never heard?


My day job as a psychologist doesn't leave me the time or energy to write every day, and all this "rule" does is to jack up guilt. 

I agree that writing is a muscle--the more we write, the better we get. But we each need to find our own writing schedule.

I mostly write on weekends, and that works for me. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Midwinter's Eve #Giveaway Hop



Welcome to the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop! Thanks to Mary from Book Hounds for hosting.

I for one am excited the days will get longer after Winter Solstice. The short daylight is my least favorite part of winter. But I love cozying up in fleece and sipping hot drinks.

I'm giving away a $10 gift card and a Jennifer Lane ebook of the winner's choice. I write sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. Check out college volleyball romance BLOCKED for only $.99.



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