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Parenting Book Story Deadline

Parenting Book Story Deadline

The deadline to submit stories for the anthology “Not Your Mother’s Book . . . on Parenting” is December 3, 2012, so hurry! And if you don’t get your story in on time, don’t worry because we have more than 30 books in the works that need your true stories! Too late for the Parenting book? Try “Moms” or “Family.” The funnier the better! And if they are a little edgy, great! Give us a good laugh. If it’s no racier than PG-13, it’s not too edgy for us. Story length: 500-2500 words. See http://www.PublishingSyndicate.com for story guidelines and a list of books seeking stories. I have two more books in the works: Not Your Mother’s Book on Grandparenting and a new title: Not Your Mothers Book . . . on Working for a Living. I’m waiting for your stories!

Two of our books are already published, and a third will make its debut in December. Already available in bookstores and as eBooks: Not Your Mother’s Book . . . on Being a Woman and the hilarious Not Your Mother’s Book . . . on Being a Stupid Kid. Can you believe I’ve read each one THREE times? Seriously, I have! And I’m still laughing. I can’t wait for Not Your Mother’s Book . . . on Dogs in December, NYMB . . . on Travel in January, and then MY first book in the series, on Parenting in March!

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November 28, 2012 · 1:29

Writing with My Daughter and Granddaughter

I love to write, but what’s even more fun is to write with my daughter and my 12-year-old granddaughter. Writing with your children pays off. My daughter and I wrote together when she was a child. She won an essay contest when she was around the age her daughter is now. I run into her essay from time to time when I clean out the file drawers, and it always brings a smile to my face.

My daughter surprised me last year by writing a book. I didn’t even know she had ever considered writing a book, and suddenly there it was . . . all 300 pages of a young adult fantasy. Wow! I didn’t think I cared much for fantasy, but this one grabbed me and wouldn’t let me go. It wasn’t just that my daughter wrote it. I forgot all about that as I got lost in the story. After I read it, the characters and their lives stayed with me for days. I thought about them and wanted more. I’m helping my daughter edit, and then it’s on to the publisher!

Speaking of publishers, Publishing Syndicate has a really unique publishing offer. They have designed a program to help you get published, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, either! We will definitely see what they can do for my daughter after we polish her book. This company is worth checking out: http://www.publishingsyndicate.com.

My granddaughter and I have written stories together for several years. When I edit our creations, she watches and sees how I think about a writing project . . . how I move things around, delete unneeded words and even whole sentences, and look up a word when I’m unsure of the spelling. We talk about the changes I make. She’s becoming a good writer, and is developing the skills that she needs to become a great writer.

This summer, my granddaughter will try writing for publication. Publishing Syndicate (www.publishingsyndicate.com) has three new anthologies: One for kids, one for pre-teens, and one for teens. It’s called OMG. My Reality. This will be a test of the skills she has learned, because she will be on her own; parents and grandparents cant help.  Whether or not her stories are published, writing with the hope of publication will strengthen her skills even more. And if she is published, it will look great on scholarship and college applications, along with her other activities and her good grades.

Write with your kids and grandkids. I do, and it’s great!

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New Book on Depression…Written by my Writing Instructor!

January 2, 2008
Today is an exciting day for my writing instructor Julie Fast! Her book “Get it Done While You’re Depressed” was released today, and she’s working hard to achieve a high ranking on Amazon. See her letter below mine. Maybe you can help.
Julie, whose bipolar disorder kept her from working until she created and published her own treatment plan at age 35, is the best-selling author of “Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder.” She is a writer,speaker, teacher, and friend, someone you would admire for her hard work and determination in spite of huge obstacles.
To order “Get it Done While You’re Depressed” or “Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder,” today, go to www.amazon.com and enter “Julie Fast” in the Amazon search. Everything Julie sells today on Amazon will boost her ranking on the site and will add to her success with this book. I ordered copies of both books and can’t wait for them to arrive. If you want your books autographed, I’ll be glad to take them to class with me.
I just hope Julie doesn’t become so successful that she doesn’t have time to teach writing classes!
Oh, by the way, she appreciates all orders, not just those placed today.
Pat Nelson
…………………..LETTER FROM JULIE:
Hi Friends,As you may know, my new book Get it Done When You’re Depressed comes out
today. I’m very excited about this. I gave myself a challenge to sell 5000
books on this first day and I’d love your help! When you sell a lot of books
in one day on Amazon.com, your sales numbers help boost the book to a higher
ranking- which means that when someone types in depression, my book can come
up in the top five. I can also reach my goal of being the top selling book
for my publisher for 2008. I will do it!I’m really proud of this book- I think it’s helpful even if you don’t have
depression. As you know, I use the strategies pretty constantly! I also want
to say thanks for your support in my daily life. It means everything to me.

Here is the link to buy the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Get-Done-When-Youre-Depressed/dp/1592577067/ref=pd_bbs
_sr_1?i.e.=UTF8&so=books&quid=1198867514&sr=8-1

The button on amazon says preorder- but it is officially on sale today.

It would also be great if you would forward the link to anyone you think
would appreciate the book- especially health care professionals!

With great love and appreciation,

Julie ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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Writers are for Real

Writers at conference©South County News/The Daily News

Sure, Woodland’s a small town, but that doesn’t mean you won’t bump into a writer. When my husband and I were out to dinner one night with friends, a man and woman approached the table and started visiting with us. The woman turned out to be Pam Young, author (along with her sister Peggy Jones) of many books including Sidetracked Home Executives™: From Pigpen to Paradise; Get Your Act Together; Sidetracked Sisters Happiness File; Sidetracked Sisters Catch Up on the Kitchen; The Phony Gourmet; and I’m Okay…but you have a Lot of Work to Do.” The sisters have experienced every writer’s dream by appearing on Oprah as well as CBS Morning News, Today, and other popular shows. They have probably written more books than these, but the long list was enough to make me want to rip up my writer business cards and hide in a dark room; I felt I had wasted too many years and left too many words unwritten.

That’s one thing about a lot of us writers…it doesn’t take much for us to feel unworthy of the title, just because someone else has been in the business longer or published more work. In 2006, I took online writing courses from Eva Shaw at www.ed2go.com (which, by the way, you can enroll in at our Woodland branch of Lower Columbia College). I was so impressed with Shaw’s teaching that I attended the 2006 Cape Cod Writers Conference in Osterville, Massachusetts, where she presented workshops.  Thrilled to meet Shaw, but feeling insecure, I said to her, “I feel like a pretend writer.”

Eva Shaw, who has published more than seventy books and 1000 magazine articles, replied, “We all feel like pretend writers.”

That was a turning point for me. That’s when I had my business cards printed; I started wearing an “author in progress” t-shirt; I presented a Write the Stories of Your Life workshop to Woodland’s Red Hat Tamales; I helped inspire young writers in my granddaughter’s first-grade class; I started submitting work.

Once I started feeling like a writer, things started happening. I began writing this weekly column; my stories about Woodland began to be posted on www.lewisriver.com; my story Indian Summer appeared in the just-released book Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause; I attended the Whidbey Island Writers Conference and the Willamette Writers Conference; I got to know other writers, and I took more classes; I started thinking about reprinting the book I published thirty years ago.

In August, I attended the Willamette Writers Conference with Klazina Dobb, a Woodland acupuncturist. At the Lelooska Foundation fundraiser last spring, I purchased a gift certificate for a massage at Klazina’s clinic. When I met Klazina and I told her I would soon be going to a writer’s conference, she said, “I ‘m glad you’re here. I want to write a book, but I’m not sure how to get started.”

Klazina and I attended the conference together and enjoyed sharing mealtimes with other writers, agents, and publishers. At the closing banquet, we shared a table with Kristina McMorris of Portland, who was presented the first place Kay Snow Writing Contest award in the Adult Fiction category for her novel Between the Lines. Through meeting Kristina McMorris and other published authors, we learned more about the business of writing, and we made new contacts.

At that conference, both Klazina and I took a writing workshop taught by Julie Fast, best-selling author of Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder and Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder. We enrolled in her Proposal Writing course through Portland Community College, where we learned that nonfiction writers must first write a proposal to find out if an agent is interested before writing the book. Klazina is working on her proposal for a book about healing for health-care workers; I am working on my proposal for a book about a tuberculosis sanatorium where my family once lived and worked, and today’s re-emerging tuberculosis.

I’ve read about Woodland author Alan Rose’s book The Legacy of Emily Hargrove.  Woodland resident Suzanne Taylor Moore Faveluke recently sent an email containing verses she wrote a number of years ago for greeting card companies, and in 1974, she published a book called Coffee. While interviewing Jill Yates at the Lower Columbia College Woodland campus, I found out Jill has written Tales of a Teacup and Coffee Lovers Bible. I’m sure there are many other writers in Woodland whom I haven’t yet met.

I picked up a flyer at the college on the Write Your Life Story class held each Wednesday at the Presbyterian Church, which is led by Carmen Web. The class is currently full, but another session starts January 9.

There are many writers in Woodland: some are published, some would like to be published, and some just want to write. We all have something in common…the drive to put words on paper. Everyone has a story to tell, and no one who writes is a pretend writer.

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