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Who am I? I am a Writer. Blogger. Light Worker. Medium. Reiki Practitioner. Motivator. Educator. Quote Keeper. Animal lover. Friend. And my main objective? To live life to the fullest!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tips for Writers on Boosting Your Presence in the World!

     I receive a lot of questions from other writers on how to market themselves and their work so I decided to share some pointers with you.
     A few years ago, I attended a writer's workshop that was facilitated by Author, Carol D. O'Dell. She urged us to start out by Googling ourselves to see how far back we had to go before our name appeared. The goal was to eventually build up our internet presence. When I went home, I tried it and I landed on page 25. What to do?

  • Do a Google search.
  • Sign up for all facets of social media...Facebook, Twitter, Tumblir, Pinterest, etc. If you are already published, you may wish to create other Facebook pages to suit your needs. (I have a personal page, an Author,Jodi Sykes page, and one devoted to my book - The House on Pancake Hill.) Try to keep the personal page strictly for family and friends. That gives you creative license on your other pages, if you so choose to go that route.
  • By all means, B-L-O-G! (Oh, STOP IT! I can hear the groans already!) I was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 2009 and began blogging about my experiences. My followers started saying, "This needs to be turned into a book!" so, I shut down the blog and listened to them. My book, Living La Vida (Lymphoma) was published in 2013 and I restarted my daily blog which now has over 42,905+ hits. I know this may be too much for you to handle all at once, so I promise that I will dedicate another post on the "how-to's" of blogging for you...not to worry!
  • Once you've joined the various social media venues, its time to start building up your network! Go to Twitter, Facebook  and Google -- do a search on anything that may pertain to your interests, goals, etc. For instance, I wrote another book, The House on Pancake Hill, which is my paranormal memoir. So, I used keywords such as "paranormal, ghosts, supernatural, ghost hunters" and started following and liking these Twitter and Facebook pages. Now they are following me. That's the beauty of social media marketing. Once you develop a friendship with like-minded people, they'll be willing to help you out, and you'll do the same for them with a re-tweet or to share their books or links on your pages. 
  • If you have a skill or knack for public speaking, maybe someone will invite you to be interviewed online, in public, or on radio shows. All of the opportunities I've had as a guest blogger or interviewee have come through via my contacts. If no one asks you, then by all means, reach out to them! Don't be afraid! That's what marketing is all about, dear hearts...you MUST be your own advocate and toot your own horn because NO ONE, I repeat, NO ONE is going to do it for you. There's a misconception nowadays that, if you are published the traditional way, the publishing house will handle all of your P.R....that is a BIG misconception. With the advent of e-book and indie publications on the rise, many of these publishers are hurting and don't have the time to spend on writers. (unless they happen to make the New York Times Best Seller list.) So, go forth and find digital radio shows and ask them if they'd be interested in listening to your story...the worst that can happen is they say, "No!" Then keep moving forward until you find someone who WILL let you!
     The whole idea of boosting your presence on the internet may seem like a daunting task, but I promise you, there are tricks-to-the-trade that will make it easier for you in this quest. I'll share more tips in a future post.
Take the social media challenge...


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I Need Your True Online Dating Stories!

I am working on another project and need stories about your online dating experiences! Maybe you have some friends who have told you about their funny dates-from-hell
Send them my way!
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Re: My New Book Project...A Call for Submissions!

As you know, I am working on my first fictional book project which is still in the research stage.

I am making lots of connections and trying to gather as much information as possible. If you live in the Adirondacks in New York and have experienced a true ghostly encounter, or know of some of the local paranormal lore in the Plattsburgh, Willsboro or Essex region, then please contact me!
Send me a tweet and I will get back to you A.S.A.P.!

Thanking you in advance!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What Are You Reading?

I just finished reading, Reconstructing Amelia!
It's a MUST-READ! 
Kimberly McCreight will have you hooked from the first page...
so many twists and turns!
Check it out:

Friday, March 21, 2014

HAPPY SPRING! Here's an excerpt from my book...

What a beautiful morning! The sun is shining, the birds are singing their morning song, and all is well! Have a great day, every one! Here is an excerpt from my book, Living La Vida (Lymphoma):
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Saturday, March 3
A Rest Stop
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
~Rabindranath Tagore

     Rose and I drove to our favorite place to walk, on the grounds of Our Lady of La Leche this morning. It was chilly. But, something was different. I was half-asleep due to my chronic insomnia. I pulled into the parking lot. All I wanted was to take Rose for her morning jaunt and get back to our warm and cozy cottage. 
     The first thing I noticed was the abundance of birds. The sky was swarming with them. The trees were filled with them. The ground was blanketed with them. I opened the car door and the sound of chirping was deafening. Rose and I were in bird-shock. I had never seen so many birds. Then, I remembered Kathleen telling me how, one day per year, robins return to St. Augustine before they migrate back home. I took a closer look. These were little robin red breasts en masse. It was 6:30 A.M. I called Kathleen on her cell phone knowing that she was on her way to work. I held the phone in the air to capture their rapture for her to enjoy. “What do you hear?” I shouted. 
     “Wow! Those birds are so loud!” Then she had her Aha moment. “Oh, my God! The robins are back!”  We got to share a precious moment. It was something that I will never forget. Robins twittered around Rose and me. The expression on her face was comical. Not only is she squirrel-obsessed, birds come a close second. Surprisingly, she sat there, frozen in place.
      We stayed for over an hour in awe of nature and her bounty. What a great way to start the day. And to think I had arrived at the park praying that fur-face would take care of business in a quick manner. Now I was thankful for just being there. Mother Nature had stepped in to give me a morale boost. I witnessed the robin’s migratory rest-stop, and I in turn savored my rest stop. I love when that happens.

Affirmation:  As new experiences unfold, I bask in their glory!

Monday, March 17, 2014

What are YOU reading???

To acquire the habit of reading
is to construct for yourself a refuge
from almost all the miseries of life.
― W. Somerset Maugham 
I would love to construct something like this 
to laze the day away on a fine Spring afternoon!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

♥ We All Need a Creative Space! ♥

I saw this and realized that, even as a child, I've always had my own creative space somewhere in my house.

I grew up in a three story house. My bedroom was on the top floor. Slanted ceiling, charming dormer window which overlooked the front of the house. I had a small table and chairs set up in the corner of the room and throw pillows on the floor. It was my place to sit and create and watch the seasons change. I produced many of my first early writings there, as well as a plethora of craft projects.

From that point on, no matter where I lived, I needed to have my own space. The cottage I live in now is the best by far...lots of natural light, my office painted a lovely shade of coral, everything I love surrounds me. Books. Photos. Mementos. Its where I come every morning (between the hours of 3-5 a.m.) to write and blog. I light some nag champa and candles. A big mug of tea. Quiet music playing as a backdrop. (Until the birds wake up to sing their morning songs.) My sanctuary!

Here are a few pictures of my creative space:

I would love to see some pictures of YOUR creative spaces!
Feel free to email them to me and I will feature them on this blog.

Have an AWESOME day! Go forth and