The Reinvented Writer Webinar

 

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I met social media maven Kristen Lamb about three year’s ago and she changed my writing world at a time when “blogging” wasn’t really on my writerly radar. Now I’ve come back from the awesome BlogPaws blogger conference for pet peeps, and recognize just how visionary she is. I’m pleased to have been invited to teach at Kristen’s “virtual writer’s college” WANA International, and share with other writers some of the hard-knock lessons I’ve learned.

I made these head-banging mistakes so you don’t have to!

Kristen asked me to guest post about this Saturday’s class (details below). I presented THE REINVENTED WRITER as a lunch workshop at the OWFI Conference earlier this month and wanted to make it available to a wider audience who maybe couldn’t afford the hotel room or time away from home. So you’ll be able to attend from the comfort of your sofa with a laptop and headphones…or telephone…and can wear bunny slippers if you like! (Shhh, nobody will know!). There’s also a deep discount if you put in the code.

Here’s the guest post about this Saturday’s class and details, below, about the webinar. Hope to see you there!  (I may even SING!)

THE REINVENTED WRITER WORKSHOP Saturday May 25, 2:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time

The Reinvented Writer workshop helps newer writers avoid mistakes, and established authors (especially those “traditionally” published) to reevaluate, re-energize and re-emerge stronger than ever in the always-changing “new world” of publishing.

Today authors must be masochists in order to endure both the real and imagined slings and arrows of writer-icity bullying. The time for head-banging frustration and gnashing of teeth is over. In this class you’ll learn how to put on your big-boy (or girl)-panties, suck it up–and succeed!

This live two-hour fun Power Point presentation offers easy to use tips on how to “brand” yourself; the benefits of collaboration; ways to build “tribes” and why you should; how to leverage nonfiction to transition into fiction; ways to create diverse revenue streams; and how to use multiple platforms (blogs, YouTube, kindle, POD, audiobooks and more) to build your audience and career. Oh, and you’ll see some cute puppy and kitty pictures, too. (Use the code “OWFI” for $25 off!)

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Do you have a new kitten and need answers? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest book give aways and appearances related to my  THRILLERS WITH BITE!

Tuesday Trumpet! Cute Kitten Pictures & Review!

Last summer I took an awesome email class from social media maven Kristen Lamb that connected me with some of the most savvy, brilliant, and innovative writers I’ve ever met, like Ali Dent! Some of us have the good fortune to already have books out, while others are on the journey toward their debut publication. Ali has an awesome “literature club” book project in the works that will benefit kids and encourage reading. How cool is that?

I have one paw in each world, actually. After pub’ing 23 nonfiction pet care books with high-profile New York publishers, I’ve only this past week received an acceptance on my debut novel. So I’m both an old hand at this publishing game (“old” being the operative word!) and a newbie to fiction.

The fiction wouldn’t have happened without the nonfiction going ker-FLOOOEY (that’s a techie word). If my nonfiction books hadn’t stopped selling, I wouldn’t have gotten rights back and re-released them to the world. And the success of my kindle-ization journey gave me the confidence to return to fiction.

COMPLETE KITTEN CARE book has nine lives, I swear! The original title was “Kittens for Dummies” but the “dummies” company was sold and the book orphaned and never published. Incidentally, a good friend and brilliant writer in her own right got the chance to write the “dummies” kitten book later so I celebrated for her–because I got paid for it anyway (yay, me!). And on top of that, I reformatted the manuscript with a new title and sold it to New American Library for another goodly paycheck. And now, the book has yet another a new life and is pouncing off the shelves!

I’ve shared some of the pictures from the book (below) as a taste because with spring comes kitten-season and a lot of folks out there will need this info (plus some SQUEEE! fun cat legends and suchlike).
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If you have a new kitten in your life, or know someone who does, see if the book might be a fit by reading a review (no, I didn’t write my own review! But hmnnn, wonder how I could get away with that?….) Today my WANA friend and awesome blogger Ali Dent has reviewed Complete Kitten Care, so after you stop drooling over these cute kitten pictures find out more about the book on her blog here.

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I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Do you have a new kitten and need answers? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with excerpts from the forthcoming THRILLER, LOST & FOUND, and pet book give-aways!

Feline Friday: Ask Amy & Old Loudmouth Kitties

My Seren-kitty has never been a touchy-feely lap snuggler. She’d rather find a puddle of sunlight (like Cappy-Kitty in the picture) for her heat treatment. It wasn’t until she became a senior citizen cat that Seren deigned to snooze on a human, and with the cooler weather that arrived overnight, she’s demanding more lap time these days. I don’t mind, it’s nice to have a furry hot water bottle to keep me warm.

As promised for National Adopt A Senior Pet Month, today’s topic focuses on some old-cat issues. A biggie is litter box issues. I’m fortunate that Seren has never had a problem maintaining her potty duty–despite the harrowing scary noise a week or so ago during the lightening storm that zapped our alarm system.

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Older cats also may lose some litter box allegiance after a lifetime of being faithful. “Going” outside the litter box is the top cat-behavior complaint of cat owners. Litter-box problems lose cats their homes and lives. But cats use urine and feces to “talk” to owners, even if humans misunderstand the stinky message. Cats have logical reasons for inappropriate behavior. Understanding the reasons they snub the box often reveals easy fixes that will keep your cat’s aim on target. It can happen with any age cat so for those with felines younger than “fogey-icity” here are five common reasons cats miss the box, and how to improve their aim.  And when you’ve got an old fogey cat, here are 7 tips for solving old-cat litter box problems.

Actually, potty duty is a way for cats to communicate. They don’t rely on yowls alone. (Hey how was THAT for a segue?!) Seren always wants to have the last word. She’s always been a vocal feline. After all, she IS a Siamese wannabe. But I’ve noticed just in the past several weeks she’s become even more of a loud-mouth. Hmnnn. She’ll be 15 years young in February.

Are your cats chatter-boxes or the strong, silent types? But the older your cat becomes, chances are he’ll also become more vocal. That can be a result of hearing loss–say WHAT?!  The yowls have other causes, too–especially for our golden oldie cats. The Ask Amy video mentions a couple of these issues.

What do you do about your adult cat-erwauling? Did a vet visit take care of the problem? Or are you still losing sleep? Hint: Ear plugs are your friend! What else can you add to the Ask Amy video advice? And yes, I’ve run this Ask Amy video before…need to create some more so feel free to suggest topics in the comments.

SPECIAL THANKS

This post marks my 250th blog post since moving over to WordPress! Wow. And this month as a special “thank you” to all my furry-fantastic-followers, I’ll give away a paw-tographed copy of Complete Care for Your Aging Cat and Complete Care for Your Aging Dog. To get in the running, simply post a comment in the blog about your special pet (old fogey or not) and I’ll draw two names at the end of the month. You can use these award-winning updated books as a resource for yourself or wrap up for a pet-friendly holiday gift to a fur-loving friend. And as an EXTRA-special incentive–and to encourage all of y’all to mentor each other and spread the blogging/twitter/Facebook love–the two winners get to name one purr-son who gives them wags of support and deserves a book, too!

#AskAmy Sweet Tweets

Folks who “follow” me on Twitter are the most awesome Sweet Tweets around–they love #cats and #dogs and #pets, many #amwriting. We’ve become a great community including those in the #MyWANA social network twibe hosted by the awesome @KristenLambTX.  So I’m stealing borrowing Kristen’s methods and creating my own hashtag. Just follow and include the #AskAmy in your tweets if’n you’re interested in pithy links to articles, books, blogs, experts, fictioning and sparkle-icity!

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with pet book give-aways!

Tuesday Tips: Karin Slaughter Thrilling Tips & WordPress-icity

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Those who frequent this blog already know about my 9-part Tuesday Tips series on DIY Kindle-ization. I’ll return to the topic from time to time and point y’all at shiny objects that catch my eye. Last week, though, I shared a video of the Thrillerfest interview with master author R.L. Stine, and today I’ve got more goodies in store from that event.  You can check out a boatload of Thrillerfest pictures here.

Although I’ve had 23 nonfiction pet books published–yes, I am a VERY lucky dawg!–that doesn’t stop me from green-icity envy attacks. See all those folks in that picture? They’re DEBUT THRILLER AUTHORS. That’s what I want to be when I grow up.

Well actually I want more than that as they do, and go beyond that first fiction thrill-ride (write). So the speaker at the Thrillerfest Debut Author’s Breakfast this past July offered some fantastic advice and tips for aspiring, debut, and established fiction authors. Even for old-dawg nonfiction authors. This video is only a small taste, of course, and you can get the full deal recording (and those of the other panels) of CDs, MP3s and DVDs of Thrillerfest here.

WORD PRESS FOR DUMMIES (Hey, that’s ME!)

I’m also a fan of Kristen Lamb’s blog and online workshops that teach folks how to blog effectively (hey there, folks, you can tell me…is it working?). But how do you get all the bells and whistles to work on WordPress? One of the current students, amazing writer/blogger Carrie Spencer posted some GREAT techie tips on the Romance University blog. Follow along on her series:

WordPress for Non-Techies Part 1

WordPress for Non-Techies Part Deux

WordPress for Non-Techies Part 3

WordPress for Non-Techies Part 4

WordPress for Non-Techies Part 5

WordPress for Non-Techies, The Finale

Are you an aspiring writer, a debut author, or an established professional? How did you start out as a writer? How do you define “success”–is it that first book, the fifth, increased sales, Mom’s approval? What words of wisdom can you add to help with the teeth-gnashing angst of pursuing a writerly dream?

I started out scraping crap off the bottom of dog and cat kennels, and then sold a few of my “how to” vet tech tabletop talks and personal experience stories to the pet press. These days, I still channel my furry muses.

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? I’m nearly ready to record a bunch of new ones, so be sure to get your requests in the comments. Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with pet book give-aways!

Monday Mentions: Writer-icity, Dog Surfing & PeePee Dance

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Those who read the last Thoughty Thursday blog know I’ve been struggling with my back. I’m not supposed to sit for long periods of time and over the weekend had to focus on creating more puppy-licious behavior content. So I plan to keep the blogs pretty short-and-sweet this week. That doesn’t mean they won’t be chock-full of content, though!

I’ve collected some of my fav blog, article and video posts for today’s shout out. Enjoy! And please post your own suggestions for future Monday Mentions in the comments section.

WRITING SCHTUFF

Horror author Thom Reese on Growing Pains in Publishing

Author and terrific blogger Jenny Hansen asks Are Writers Now A Company of One?

David Gaughran’s outstanding blog covers writing and self publishing, and today asks Have Publishers Lost the Backlist Battle?

Kristen Lamb’s latest killer blog on Mastering Plot by Getting Primal

Ellie Ann Soderstrom puts writing, life and humanity in perspective in her PeePee Dance Blog

PET SCHTUFF

Dog Walker 8 has an excellent blog post on Pet Poisoning Dangers, check it out!

Curfew for Cats in Australia–say WHAT?

It’s not just dogs and cats that need rescue. Get your tissues ready–happy ending and AMAZING photos in this horse cruelty case detailed in Sarah K. Andrew’s Zodiac Blog

Let’s end on a happy furry–and WET note with these fun videos, enjoy! Do your cats or dogs love or hate the water?


I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions–and to stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with pet book give-aways! By the way, I just updated the sidebar (on the right) with direct links to all the pet books–check ‘em out!