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Happy 8th Blogaversary


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“Happy 8th Blogaversary” by Joan Y. Edwards

It’s hard to believe that it has been 8 years since I started this blog. Oh my goodness! Thank you for reading and following my blog. I have had fun getting to know each of you who have responded in the comment area. I smile each time I receive an email saying that one of you subscribed to my blog. Those things mean a lot to me. They tell me that what I’ve written means something to you the reader. That’s an awesome experience and a great privilege and honor.

I started it on October 9, 2009. At the time, I didn’t know what I was going to write. I just knew that I wanted to write articles to inspire people to keep reaching for their goals and to never give up.

My focus has been inspiration, education, laughter for everyone.

For writers, I’ve placed special emphasis on articles about writing, revising, and marketing a manuscript. I developed PubSubbers plan with detailed steps to get a manuscript ready for submission. PubSubbers and Week 1 have received more than 2,000 views. I researched publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts and listed them in a blog post.

Pub Subbers
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

The last two years, I’ve added a focus on adding inspiration, education, and laughter for artists and illustrators because as I’ve needed a little help and encouragement myself as I’ve worked on the illustrations for my chapter book, Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.  It will have at least 15 illustrations – one for each chapter. I have 7 draft illustrations done. To celebrate today, I thought I’d share a draft of the cover. It’s not etched in stone. It’s a draft. I am self-publishing it when I complete the illustrations.

turkey chasing young girl

DRAFT Cover or Larry, the Terrifying Turkey Copyright 2017 Joan Y. Edwards. The book will be 5.5 x 8.5 inches, so the final cover will be narrower.

Selling Pitch/Blurb for Book Cover:  Larry, the Terrifying Turkey, Chapter Book, Ages 6-8, Grades 1-3

Scarred by her mother’s pet turkey and taunted by her third grade classmates, Sara Brown searches for a way to get back at him. Will she face the turkey square in the gobbler or will her parents ground her until she is twenty-one after she wrecks her mother’s new car?

I now have 422 subscribers. Thank you for all of you who have subscribed to my blog.

If you haven’t subscribed, please do. Subscribers get an email notice each time I post a new blog article. New subscribers also get 3 free gifts:

  • Never Give Up image
  • 20 Affirmations for Writers
  • Ten Time Savers for Writers and Illustrators

Here are the top 12 blog posts, each has over 2,000 views:

  1. 40 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts
  2. 22 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You
  3. How Many Words Should Your Sentences Contain?
  4. What Is the Purpose of Dialogue in Your Story?
  5. 7 Questions to Make Sure Your Plot Has Believable Consequences
  6. Family Sewing Projects – Jedi Robes and Princess Leia Ponchos
  7. What Are Easy Readers?
  8. Put Universal Conflict, Theme, and Emotions in Your Story
  9. Prayers for Writers and Patron Saint of Writers
  10. What Is Your Story’s Premise? Editors Want to Know
  11. About Me
  12. Twelve Ways to Get Over Disappointment

Do you have a favorite post from my blog? I hope you’ll share it with me.

To celebrate my 8th Blogaversary, I offered a choice of prizes for the lucky person chosen by Random.org who left a comment on this blog between October 9 and October 17…8 days. I decided to give a prize to TWO winners instead of one. Here are the names of the ten wonderful, delightful, fantastic people who left a comment. 

  1. Sandra Warren
  2. Claire Iannini
  3. Gretchen Griffith
  4. Dr. Bob Rich
  5. Linda Martin Andersen
  6. Maureen Crites
  7. J.Q. Rose
  8. Joan Reid
  9. Carol Federlin Baldwin
  10. Cat Michaels

Random.org chose two winners for me – #5 and #2. So, Linda Martin Andersen and Claire Iannini you may choose one of the four choices below for your prize for  winning the 8th Blogaversary giveaway. 

  1. A copy of Flip Flap Floodle.
  2. A copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide
  3. A critique of 5,000 words.
  4. An image of the winner or their favorite animal saying, “I Never Give Up.” 

Please email me with your choice at joanyedwards1 @ gmail.com.

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Believe in You
Never Give Up

Books to Enjoy
Flip Flap Floodle, Will this little duck’s song save him from Mr. Fox?
Joan’s Elder Care Guide published by 4RV Publishing. A great gift for a friend who is caring for a loved one.

Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2017 Joan Y. Edwards

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25 Responses

  1. You’ve been an inspiration to so many and helped so many through your blog. Keep it up!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Sandra,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you believe I’ve been an inspiration to many. That means a lot to me.

      I am very proud of all your accomplishments.

      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Eight years – good for you, Joan.
    LOVE YA!!
    Claire
    xoxo

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    • Dear Claire,
      It is so good to hear from you. It’s been too long. I love you very much. I hope you and Fred are doing well.

      Never Give Up
      Joan

      Like

  3. Eight years! Wow, that’s some accomplishment. More than the length, there’s the quality of your blog that keeps us coming back for more. That’s the real accomplishment.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Gretchen,
      Thank you for writing. Your daying ghat the wuality of my blogposts keeps bringing you back fills ny heart with great joy. I am smiling fa smile so wide that it might reach your home!

      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  4. Well done, Joan.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Dr. Bob.
      Thank you for writing! Thank you for subscribing to my blog. Thank you for reading my blog. Thanks for leaving sweet comments that make me smile.

      Never Give Up!
      Joan

      Like

  5. Happy 8th year with your blog!
    Congratulations!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Linda,
      Thanks for writing. Thank you for being my very first subscriber and for staying with me for 8 years. And thank you for your many encouraging comments on my blog. Wow! 8 years is a long time, isn’t it?

      I believe in you!
      Never Give Up
      Joan

      Like

  6. Happy blogaversary! Eight years is awesome. You are a treasure of positive encouragement.

    Maureen

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Maureen,
      Thank you for writing. Thanks for your congratulations for my 8th year with my blog. You add smiles to my face when you say that I am a treasure of positive encouragement. How sweet! Thank you very much.

      I believe in you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  7. Congratulations! You’ve been an inspiration and a giver of wisdom for 8 years. Thank you so much. I’m proud of you for not giving up and for the work you have accomplished in your own writing career. The turkey book cover is cute. I have a third grade granddaughter. Please let me know when the book is ready. She is an avid reader and this sounds like a fun book for her to read.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear J.Q. Rose,
      Thank you for writing. You are so sweet. I appreciate your congratulations! Thanks for following my blog. Thank you for saying the draft cover for Larry, the Terrifying Turkey is cute. I’m glad you think it’ll be a fun story for your granddaughter to read. I’ll be sure to let you know when it is “released.”

      I believe in you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  8. Happy Blogeversary! I’m so glad I found your blog several years ago and have shared with friends and family! Congratulations on your next book and best wishes to your next 8 years and beyond! 👍❤️😊
    Joan Reid

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Joan Reid,
      Thank you for writing. Thanks for your congratulations on my 8th year of blogging and hoping that I have 8 years and beyond more of blogging! I have enjoyed “talking” with you through my blog. You are fun! Thanks.

      I believe in you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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  9. I can’t remember if I posted or not–but congratulations and thanks for the wealth of info on your blog!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Carol,
      Thanks for writing. I love hearing from you. Thanks for saying that I put a wealth of information on my blog! Thanks for your congratulations!

      I believe in you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

      Like

  10. Woot, woot! Congrats on eight years, Joan-:D! Awesome and thensome!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Dear Cat,
    Thank you for writing. You are fun to congratulate me with a “Woot Woot! Awesome and Thensome.” Thank you very much.

    I believe in you.
    Never Give Up
    Joan

    Like

  12. To celebrate my 8th Blogaversary, I offered a choice of prizes for the lucky person chosen by Random.org who left a comment on this blog between October 9 and October 17…8 days. I decided to give a prize to TWO winners instead of one. Here are the names of the ten wonderful, delightful, fantastic people who left a comment. 

    Sandra Warren
    Claire Iannini
    Gretchen Griffith
    Dr. Bob Rich
    Linda Martin Andersen
    Maureen Crites
    J.Q. Rose
    Joan Reid
    Carol Federlin Baldwin
    Cat Michaels
    Random.org chose two winners for me – #5 and #2. So, congratulations to Linda Martin Andersen and Claire Iannini. You may choose one of the four choices below for your prize for  winning the 8th Blogaversary giveaway. 

    A copy of Flip Flap Floodle.
    A copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide
    A critique of 5,000 words.
    An image of the winner or their favorite animal saying, “I Never Give Up.” 
    Please email me with your choice at joanyedwards1 @ gmail.com.

    Like

  13. Joan, I can’t believe I didn’t respond to this post! (I thought I had) I am wishing you a very heart felt, but belated 8th Birthday to your Blog!! 🙂 Thank you for all your inspiring, encouraging, and informative posts you have graced your readers with these past 8 years. Sending a hug and love ❤

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  14. Dear Kathleen,
    Thank you very much for writing. It is so good to hear from you. Thank you for saying that I’ve inspired, encouraged, and informed readers during the last 8 years. I bow humbly. It is an honor to write for you.

    I believe in you.
    Never Give Up
    Joan

    Like

  15. Joan, A Very Happy 8th Blogaversary! You are the greatest for all your work & help.

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    • Dear Violette,
      Thank you for writing. Thanks for your kind congratulations on my 8th Blogaversary. I’m glad you enjoy my blog and find it helpful! If you ever need more information about a certain subject, feel free to write and ask me. I’ll see what info I can find for you.

      I believe in you.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

      Like

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