Blogging, Literature, Career blogs

Murder in Common blog

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Murder in Common blog 

Murder in Common blog (MiC)) is about crime fiction books and their authors. Mainly, it features debut and mid-list writers, with the occasional personal post. MiC also includes links to my published Flash Fiction.

The blog started as a project for a University of Toronto social media program. My classmates were supportive of the idea and as I love crime fiction, it was a natural pairing.  Since then, I’ve joined Sisters in Crime, SinC Toronto, and was a panelist at Bouchercon – Toronto. All in all it’s been very rewarding.

Submitted by: June Lorraine Roberts

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Blogging, Literature

Nicholas Rossis blog

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Nicholas Rossis blog

Nicholas C. Rossis blogs about all things books, with an emphasis on book marketing. It all started when he published his first book. As all authors, he was hoping for the world to swiftly recognize the brilliance of his work.
That first month, he sold eight copies, all to friends and relatives.
The next one, none.
He then tried some inspired book marketing, including posting on Facebook a rather pensive picture of him with a piece of paper saying, “please buy my book. It’s only $2.99.” Although that
particular post got over 1,000 likes, it generated not a single sale.
Coming from an Internet marketing background, Nicholas then realized he had to get serious with book marketing. Four years and fifteen books later, he has sold enough books to buy a jet, which he keeps in the top drawer of his desk. He shares every new trick he learns on his blog, believing you need to help a hundred people find success before you deserve your own. As he loves books and all things pertaining to them, he also blogs on a number of related topics, like writing tips, news from the world of publishing, and free stories.
You can find out more about Nicholas on http://www.nicholasrossis.me

Blogging, Health, Literature, Women Blogs

Untangled blog

My blog is named Untangled

I write about mental health, and living with PTSD, with a bit of poetry sprinkled in along the way. I’m honest in my writing, and come from a place of hope and optimism. I’m passionate about continuing the conversation about mental health as we work together to try and end the stigma of living with a mental illness. 

Initially I began blogging because that was one of the ways to market a book. I had just written my memoir, and I heard blogging was a good avenue to reach more people. What started out as a marketing approach soon  became a fabulous avenue to connect with people from all over the world. Blogging has been a truly amazing experience. I`m grateful for the people who I’ve met and have yet to meet. Come and visit my blog! 

Life, Literature

From Private to Public Blog

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From Private to Public Blog

  From Private to Public

 My blog isn’t about one thing in particular. And to be honest, I’m not sure what it’s about, exactly.  What I can say—and this is rather selfish—is that my blog is to help me improve as a writer. My goal, whether it takes months or years, is to create a novel that lasts. I will not attempt to publish something that I feel is not my best work, at the time. I want to publish work I am proud of; work I feel is important; and work that brings enjoyment to anyone who reads. I do, at times, write on education, as I am a teacher. And some of my stories are geared towards children.

    Clients and readers of my work, have called my style, humorous, controversial, unique, clever, imaginative, fresh, classic in ways yet contemporary in others.

So, my blog is about connecting with writers, learning from them, receiving feedback, and using that feedback to grow every day.

It was the end of June, 2017, and I stumbled into my small apartment, exhausted yet relieved that school had ended and summer break would begin. Ah, summer break. One of the reasons I became an elementary educator—not the only reason, but a main one (I was in my early 20s, after all). But this summer was different: it was the first summer I would spend as a married individual. Normally, I would spend my summers reading, playing video games, going out—you know, being lazy. This particular summer, though, I had a much more important priority: to provide for my wife. I had no summer job, and no way of bringing in money to pay the necessary bills. Yes, exactly—not good!

Just a month before that summer began, my wife noticed a passion in me, that I did not see in myself. She saw in me, a love for reading, writing, and storytelling. What she did next, would change my life. She gave me a journal (one very special to her), and told me to pursue my dream. So, I did. And that same summer, I ended up ghostwriting for ten different clients, who all gave me incredible feedback, appreciated my writing style, and paid me very well. Thank—goodness!

I continued this trend, until my current pursuit of a Master’s degree took top priority. It was then, that both of my professors questioned why I don’t have a blog; and why I was not sharing my writing. They, along with my wife, encouraged me to begin this blog. It’s now been close to three weeks, and already, I am hooked (too hooked at times. Whoops!).

Submitted by: Ronald German 

Culture, Literature, Parenting, Science

Written In Geek Blog

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Written in Geek Blog

Written In Geek Blog

The key to my site, is to give people a chance to take a break in their day. I try to keep my posts at a reasonable length, and the content can vary between a poem that I wrote, to NASA articles.

My blog is about things that interest me, focusing on writing, geek culture, astronomy and once in a while, something on parenting. I’ve made a lot of changes since I began in April 2016, deciding on what I wanted to cover, how often I wanted to post, and whether to have a logo or not. I scrapped my logo a little while ago, and only post on Wednesdays and Fridays now.

I’m what you would call an introverted extrovert. While I love to meet new people, I’m generally shy. I began my site to help build my confidence, and to also get back to writing, something that I had stopped doing a long time ago. In this “journey of self-discovery”, I’ve made new friends, have become more confident in myself, and returned to writing. While the writing began with NaNoWriMo, and the goal was to write a novel, I’ve found that poetry is more my thing. Blogging has given me the chance to share my work, as well as getting the “job” of writing dark poetry for a horror site (http://www.theboldmom.com/). I’m a “mature” Library Tech student and now work at a rural library, so, between that, this site, and a fantastic family, I guess that I can say that I’m living my dream life! 

Submitted by: Tina McFarlane