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21 Book Marketing Tips for Authors


21 marketing tips for authors

“21 Book Marketing Tips for Authors” by Joan Y. Edwards

Writing a book is a wondrous feat and getting it published is another great accomplishment. Selling your book is the next step and it is a very interesting endeavor today. You have to plan and take action. To make money; you have to spend money and/or time. You must be creative. Choose things to do that are fun for you. I suggest you work on three of them at a time. Choose two that you can do without any problem and one with a little challenge to it. Reward yourself for each step you complete.

I’ve read through many online sources and books about marketing to sell both Flip Flap Floodle and Joan’s Elder Care Guide.

I listed the resources I’ve found helpful. These marketing tips are ones I’ve used personally, witnessed other authors use them successfully, or plan to take action to make them a reality myself.

1. Place a profile on About.me. Mark Coker recommends this as a way to put all of your information in one place that many people look first. Place an About Me file on your website and blog.

2. Make a Facebook Author Page and a Facebook Personal profile page.

3. Twitter  – Open a Twitter personal account. Post about things relating to the book you’re writing. Follow and retweet other people’s tweets relevant to your favorite topics.

4. Set up pre-orders for your book. Helps build tension so people anticipate the big release date. After the release of your first book, as soon as you get the second book ready, do a pre-order for it. On the last page of your first book, let people know about your second.

5. Create a Video Trailer for your book.

Joanna Penn. “How to Create a Book Trailer:” http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2011/01/07/how-to-create-a-book-trailer/

Sandra Warren. “Book Trailers Made Easy:” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/01/book-trailers-made-easy.html

6. Send out a News Release before your book launch. Put your press releases on your website. PRlog sends out free press releases (https://www.prlog.org/)

Sample Press Release

Rob Bignell. “Press Release: Advice on Day Hiking with Children:” https://www.prlog.org/11593433-new-book-provides-valuable-tips-advice-on-day-hiking-with-children.html; 

Stephen King. “Book Release American Vampire:” http://stephenking.com/promo/american_vampire/press_release/

7. Obtain 50 reviews of your books on Amazon, GoodReads, and Barnes & Noble. Use 50 as your top goal but be happy and celebrate each review you get. According to Brooke Warner Huffington Post, you need 50 reviews for Amazon to give you special notice. Be willing to give people who commit to review your book  a free PDF, Kindle, or paperback copy for their review.

If it’s an ebook on Kindle and you belong to GoodReads, Kindle asks you to review the book when you finish it. It posts it on both Amazon and GoodReads for you at the same time. 

It’s exciting to watch your book ranks after your book is released. To find statistics about your book sales and book rankings:

Sign into Amazon’s Author Central. It gives you the number of books sold. http://www.amazon.com/authorcentral

Check the listing of Best-Selling Authors from top down: https://www.amazon.com/author-rank

Ranks Amazon Book Sales  – website and app. https://www.novelrank.com/; 

I have 14 reviews on Joan’s Elder Care Guide and 18 for Flip Flap Floodle. So I need a lot more reviews to hit the lucky number of 50 reviews for each. If you’d be willing to do a review of either book for me, please let me know. I’ll send you a paperback copy. I’ll be willing to do a book review for you, too.

Put whole reviews or snippets of reviews with a book cover image and a link to purchase your book on your blog, website, emails, Facebook, Twitter, and your favorite social media.

8. Create Slide Presentation for your website. Linked-In has SlideShare where you can create and share slides about you, your writing, and your books. This SlideShare can be embedded on other people’s websites or blogs. You can even share it on your personal website or blog, too. To do the Linked-In SlideShare, go to Robert Sisson’s step by step directions: https://www.slideshare.net/RobertSisson/how-to-upload-your-powerpoint-slides-to-slideshare?qid=e74460bd-5446-41d3-894b-37cffb952803&v=&b=&from_search=11

9. Blog Tour – Ask 10 or more bloggers to interview you as a guest. Stagger the interviews. Have one each day for a week or two weeks. Include one review or snippets from 3 reviews with an image of your book cover and a link to purchase your book.

10. Book Blitz on the day of your book release – Ask 10 or more bloggers to put a copy of the specialized Book Blitz notices (format similar to a news release) on their blogs.

Sample Book Blitz:

Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive by Joan Y. Edwards

New Book? Spread the Word with a Blogging Book Blitz

11. Have a Book Launch Facebook or Twitter party

Lori Taylor. “10 Tips for a TweetWorthy Twitter Party:” http://lorirtaylor.com/top-10-tips-for-a-tweetworthy-twitter-party/

Lynne Hinkey. “Virtual Book Party” https://writerswin.com/virtual-book-party/

Katherine Mayfield. “Hosting a Book Launch Party on Facebook:” http://fundsforwriters.com/hosting-a-book-launch-party-on-facebook/

12. Create a book club study guide or teacher’s study guide for your book. Rob Bignell says this is a good way to entice book club members to buy copies of your book.

Sample Study Guide

“Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide:” https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/unit-plans/teaching-content/charlottes-web-teachers-guide/

13. Make and distribute promotional materials: bookmarks, postcards, and business cards. You can print a coupon on the back of some of your business cards that say. If you’d like a free book, ask me for details. Willing to do a review – Free copy of book or something similar. Ask me: How can I get a free copy of your book?

14. Place a copy of you book in waiting rooms. Rob Bignell says to write a note inside your book that says, “Please leave for others to enjoy.”

15. Get your book into at least 2 local bookstores. If you or your publisher does not have a return book policy, you may want to see if local bookstores or businesses related to the subject of your book would sell your books on consignment. If your publisher has a return book policy, it will be easier to get your books on the shelves in a store.

16. Have a book signing event. Do a reading or a presentation. Mingle with the people in the store. 

17. Have contests to win copies of your book or give away copies of unpublished writing.

18. Do a joint venture advertising campaign with 2-4 other authors with similar subjects or genres or who live in your area or travel together to different states.

19. Ask your readers to write, call, and visit your local library and ask them to order your book. Make sure your ISBN number is on your business card or on your website.

20. Write articles for organizations, newspapers, blogs, ezine articles, HubPages. Rob Bignell says they pay freelance writers for writing. Perhaps they will allow a byline and add the title of your book, a book cover image, and a link to purchase it.

21. Set up a Google Alert for you book title, book subject, and your name. They will email you daily or weekly articles that contain the words you designate. This may help you find blogs or magazines with articles about your subject. Then you can pursue writing for them, doing a guest blog, etc.

Jessica Knapp. “How to Set Up a Google Alert and Why It’s a Good Idea:” https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-to-set-up-a-google-alert-and-why-its-a-good-idea/

RESOURCES

  1. Advisory HQ. “Top Free Press Release Distribution: https://www.advisoryhq.com/articles/top-free-press-release-distribution/
  2. Authors’ Community. “Marketing Your Books:” http://authorscommunity.net/category/marketing-your-books/
  3. Blog: Books on the Knob. “List of free books, coupons for Amazon:” http://blog.booksontheknob.org
  4. Book Enthusiast Promotions. “Release Day Event:” http://www.bookenthusiastpromotions.com/release-day-event/
  5. Bookmarket.com. Reputable Mailing Lists. http://www.bookmarket.com/lists.htm
  6. Brandon Cornett. “54 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success:”
    http://www.bookmarket.com/postcardmarketing.htm
  7. Caitlin Muir. “89 Plus Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life:” http://www.authormedia.com/89-book-marketing-ideas-that-will-change-your-life/
  8. Carolyn Johnson-Howard. The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or partnering with your publisher (The HowToDoItFrugally Series) ebook https://www.amazon.com/Frugal-Book-Promoter-partnering-HowToDoItFrugally-ebook/dp/B005G5L3DC/
  9. Carolyn Johnson-Howard. How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career:  https://www.amazon.com/Great-Reviews-Frugally-Ethically-HowToDoItFrugally-ebook/dp/B01MQCKRF5/
  10. Daniel Kehrer. “10 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success:” http://www.bizbest.com/10-tips-for-postcard-marketing-success/
  11. Daniel Newman. “Here Are 12 Must-Use Apps for Marketers:” https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/246047
  12. Danny Iny. “7 Book Marketing Lessons for the Self-Published Author:” https://www.inc.com/danny-iny/7-book-marketing-lessons-for-the-self-published-author.html
  13. David Gaughran. Let’s Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let’s Get Publishing Book 2):  https://www.amazon.com/Lets-Get-Visible-Noticed-Publishing-ebook/dp/B00CPQ6YYI/
  14. Erin Bowman. Publishing Crawl. “How to Support an Author Beyond Buying Their Book:” http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2015/04/20/how-to-support-an-author-after-buying-their-book/
  15. Erin Entrada Kelly, Book Publicist. “YOU DID NANO. NOW WHAT?” http://www.smithpublicity.com/2015/12/you-did-nano-now-what/
  16. Debbie Ridpath Ohi. “Want to support an author’s or illustrator’s new book but can’t afford to buy it?” http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/6/19/want-to-support-an-authors-or-illustrators-new-book-but-cant.html
  17. Derek Haines. “What’s the Best Way to Promote My Self-Published Book:” https://www.justpublishingadvice.com/whats-the-best-way-to-promote-my-self-published-book/
  18. Diana Urban. “119 Book Marketing Ideas That Can Help Authors Increase Sales:” https://insights.bookbub.com/book-marketing-ideas/
  19. D. Jean Quarles. “5 Tips to Writing Your Author Bio:”  http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/09/5-tips-to-writing-your-authors-bio.html
  20. Enticing Journey Book Promotions. “Release Day Blitz:” http://www.enticingjourneybookpromotions.com/p/release-day-blitz.html
  21. https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2016/08/authors-boost-book-marketing-with-these-5-apps/
  22. https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2010/03/27/marketing-your-first-book-graham-storrs/
  23. Greg Scowen. “A Few Indie Book Reviewers:” http://www.gregscowen.com/a-few-indie-book-reviewers/
  24. HubPages. Search for writing gigs. HubPages. 
  25. Huffington Post. “The Top 10 Things All Authors Should Know About Amazon:” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/brooke-warner/the-top-10-things-all-aut_b_6744386.html
  26. “Indie Authors: 17 Book Marketing Tips to Sell More Books:” https://www.amarketingexpert.com/indie-authors-17-book-marketing-tips-to-sell-more-books/
  27. iuniverse. “10 Tips for Marketing Your Book:” https://www.iuniverse.com/Resources/Book-Marketing-Self-Promotion/10TipsForMarketingYourBook.aspx
  28. J.C. Saucedo. “20 Book Marketing Tips and Tactics for Self-Published Authors:” https://blog.placeit.net/20-book-marketing-tips-tactics-self-publishing-authors/
  29. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 1: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book):” http://writersrumpus.com/2014/01/03/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-one/
  30. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 2: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book):” http://writersrumpus.com/2014/02/07/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-two/
  31. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 3: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book): http://writersrumpus.com/2014/03/07/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-three/
  32. Jessica Knapp. “How to Set Up a Google Alert and Why It’s a Good Idea:” https://www.bloggingbasics101.com/how-to-set-up-a-google-alert-and-why-its-a-good-idea/
  33. Joanna Penn. “How to Create a Book Trailer:” http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2011/01/07/how-to-create-a-book-trailer/
  34. Joanna Penn. How to Market a Book Third Edition: https://www.amazon.com/Market-Book-Third-Joanna-Penn/dp/191210587X
  35. Joan Y. Edwards. (Book Blitz) “Joan’s Elder Care Guide: Empowering You and Your Elder to Survive by Joan Y. Edwards:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/joans-elder-care-guide-empowering-you-and-your-elder-to-survive-by-joan-y-edwards/
  36. Joan Y. Edwards. “New Book? Spread the Word with a Book Blitz:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/new-book-spread-the-word-with-a-book-blitz/
  37. Josh Funk. “How Can You Help an Author?” https://papajfunk.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/how-can-you-help-an-author-im-so-glad-you-asked/
  38. Josh Funk. “How to Buy a Picture Book without Buying a Picture Book:” https://papajfunk.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/how-to-buy-a-picture-book-without-buying-a-picture-book/
  39. Kate Tilton. “Bloggers Resources (contains blogger reviewers):” http://katetilton.com/bloggers/
  40. Kimberley Grabas. “71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book:” http://www.yourwriterplatform.com/promote-and-market-your-book/
  41. Lori Taylor. “10 Tips for a TweetWorthy Twitter Party:” http://lorirtaylor.com/top-10-tips-for-a-tweetworthy-twitter-party/
  42. Mark Coker.  Smashwords Book Marketing Guide – How to Market Any Book for Free (Smashwords Guides 2)Kindle Edition: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XR57PE/
  43. Melinda Brasher. “Strategies to Get Book Reviews:” http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/04/strategies-to-get-book-reviews.html
  44. Monique Danao. “Four Simple Ways Free Lance Writers Can Find Gigs Fast:”  http://writersweekly.com/this-weeks-article/find-new-writing-gigs-fast
  45. National Pen Company. Personalized, colorful, distinctive, smooth writing promotional pens, stylus, magnets: http://www.pens.com
  46. New York Book Editors. “5 Tips for Marketing Your YA Novel:” https://nybookeditors.com/2017/08/5-tips-for-marketing-your-ya-novel/
  47. Nonfiction Author Association. “How to Get Book Reviews – 50 Resources to Generate Book Reviews:” https://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/how-to-get-book-reviews-50-resources-to-generate-book-reviews/
  48. Pam Perry. “25 Tested Marketing Tips for Self-Published Authors:” http://www.pamperrypr.com/25-tested-marketing-tips-for-self-published-authors/
  49. Press Release Log. https://www.prlog.org/
  50. Publicity Insider. “Special Report: The Ultimate PR & Publicity Secret:” http://www.publicityinsider.com/freesecret.asp
  51. Rachel Abbott. “Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Scams:” http://rachelabbottwriter.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/reviews-the-good-the-bad-and-the-scams/#
  52. Richard Ridley. CreateSpace blogger. “Social Media Swap:” https://forums.createspace.com/en/community/community/resources/blog/2015/02/02/social-media-swap
  53. Rob Bignell. 7 Minutes a Day to Promoting Your Book [Kindle Edition]: https://www.amazon.com/Minutes-Day-Promoting-Your-Book-ebook/dp/B00B4XD6FI
  54. Sandra Warren. “Book Trailers Made Easy:” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/01/book-trailers-made-easy.html
  55. Sandra Warren. “Tag Team Marketing – Authors Helping Authors (contains additional marketing information related to book stores, retail stores, and organizations):” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/03/tag-team-marketing-author-helping.html
  56. Sandy Smith Publicity. “101 Book Marketing Ideas to Promote Your Book:” http://www.smithpublicity.com/101-book-marketing-ideas-promote-book/
  57. Scholastic. Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide: “Charlotte’s Web Teacher’s Guide:” https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/unit-plans/teaching-content/charlottes-web-teachers-guide/
  58. Smith Publicity. “How to Hold a Social Media Contest:” http://www.smithpublicity.com/2015/12/how-to-hold-a-social-media-contest/
  59. Tim Grahl. “Book Marketing Plan – The Definitive List:” https://booklaunch.com/book-marketing-checklist/ 
  60. Valerie Peterson. “Book Signings and Book Tours – A Reality Check for Authors:”http://publishing.about.com/od/BookPublicity/fl/Book-Signings-and-Book-Tours-A-Reality-Check-for-Authors.htm
  61. Valerie Peterson. “Part 1 – Getting Your Book into the Bookstore:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/a/How-To-Make-Booksellers-Love-You.htm
  62. Valerie Peterson. “Part 2- Make Booksellers Love You:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/a/Make-Booksellers-Love-You-P2.htm
  63. Valerie Peterson. “Part 3- Getting Your Book Into a Local Bookstore:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/fl/Getting-Your-Book-Into-a-Local-Bookstore.htm
  64. Vistaprint.com. Business cards, post cards, posters, car signs, etc. http://www.vistaprint.com
  65. Writing Career. “Publishers and Magazines Ask for Stories. Help writers get writing gigs:” https://writingcareer.com/
  66. Zairmail.com. Direct Mailing lists, post card templates. http://www.zairmail.com/

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10 Paths to Inner Peace


12 paths to inner peace

12 Paths to Inner Peace image  Copyright 2017 Joan Y. Edwards

“12 Paths to Inner Peace” by Joan Y. Edwards

The older I get, the more I realize that we human beings want control of ourselves and others. We want control of our environment. Guess what! It’s very tricky.

Inner peace is an absence of mental anxiety! Do you find it difficult to go with the flow? Do you find your inner peace stifled or trampled daily? Do you want to stop things from going the way they seem to be heading? Are you on a path to Crashville?

1. Pray to your creator and Trust in Him. He has a plan for you.

Pray to God and ask him for help. Tell him all of the things that are bothering you. Tell him every single thing that is bugging you and keeping your from being at peace.  Visit your church, synagogue, house of prayer, temple, mosque, etc. I find that when I go to church and pray that I feel a little closer to God.  However, I know that God is with me all the time. It helps me to emotionally be calmer to make a visit to the church.

2. Rest. Meditate. Say Positive Things Aloud and Silently.

Visualize images of beauty and calmness. Play music that calms you. Say good things about yourself. Take time to rest.

I am lovable. I am kind. What I do matters. What I hope for matters. My emotions are real; neither good nor bad; neither right nor wrong.

3. Accept Things as They Are.

What’s odd is that in order to change things, you first have to accept them as they are. For this reason, it’s good to go with the flow. If you’re in a tube going down the Tuckasegee River, I can tell you from personal experience that it’s easier to float downstream if you’re going with the flow.

If you’re walking down a busy sidewalk, it’s much easier to go with the flow – everyone walking on the right hand side. Otherwise, you end up weaving in and out of people and bumping the whole way.

Many times you may have difficulty accepting others as they are. You desperately want to change them. Perhaps that’s why I became a teacher, hoping I could persuade children with problem behaviors to change. I thought that if they were educated with the pros and cons of different types of behaviors and their consequences they would choose healthier, more positive behaviors. But you see, you can’t change other people. Those other people have to change themselves.

It’s nice to have people agree with you every once in a while, it gives you a good feeling of belonging. However, it’s not good to give up your strong beliefs that you know are right to be in agreement with others.

Some people are power hungry…more money…more power. More power, more control over others.

4. Love Yourself and Others. Take time for you.

Peace is being happy with who you are and your circumstances, whatever they might be. I love to hear the scripture that says that God created each of us for a certain purpose. Without us, the world would not have something that it needs to survive.  The name we were given at birth is significant for us. God gave new names to people in the Bible when they came to an aha moment. 

5. Forgive Yourself and Others 

The greatest gift you can give yourself and other people in your life is your forgiveness. Each day you carry anger around, it makes a negative impact on your health. Lighten your load. Take steps to let someone you’ve been angry with for hours, days, months, or years off the hook. Realize that they are human, just like you. And that just like you, they are not perfect. If there has been anger on both sides of the fence, your releasing your anger and allowing them to be as they are, may give them the freedom to change, too.

6. Perform Three Simple Tasks

Make a list of things that need to be done for your home surroundings or for yourself. Then choose three activities and do them. It’s amazing how getting things done makes you feel empowered. You realize that you can control doing a few things. It also frees your mind to think of solutions. It frees your mind to think of other things.

7. Research to Find Alternative Beliefs and Solutions to the Problems at Hand

Look up information about your problem online, in books, or through talking with others. Sometimes through explaining the situation to another person, you come to the solution in your mind. 

8. Watch Funny Movies and Television Shows. Read Funny Books.

Laughter is healing. It releases endorphins that help you feel calmer on the inside. It releases the negative emotions: sad, mad, powerless feelings that seem to be stuck. Even fake laughs help loosen the grip these emotions have on you. Laughter is like oil for your car. It’s essential to keeping you going.

9. Walk. Exercise. Breathe.

Exercising the body releases endorphins that help you feel calmer on the inside, too. Walk inside your house or outside your house. Walk around the outside of your house. Ride an exercise bike. Walk to the corner and back. Walk around the outside of your house. 

10. Eat the Right Foods for You. Eat Healthy.

Eat. Drink plenty of water. Too many carbs, too much sugar, too much caffeine!  Look out for these and other foods that can put you in jeopardy. They can steal your joy.  Try to stay in the Goldilocks section. Not too much. Not too little. Just right.

11. Focus on What You Want

What you focus on is what you get. What you spend your time, thoughts, and spoken words on is what you’re going to get. Accept that the opposite could happen. Accept that the bad thing that you’re so afraid of could happen. But then also accept and focus on what you want to happen. Then take the necessary steps to start the ball rolling in that direction.

12. Meet with a friend. Call for Help. 

We need social connections to survive. Being with other people gives us endorphins, too. If you’re overwhelmed, call for help. Ask a friend. Join a support group. Ask for professional help if you need it. Everyone may need counseling at some time in their life. I went through counseling one time in my life. Everyone needs help once in a while. You don’t have to go through this alone. You’re not alone. Others care about you.  

Resources

  1. Daily Mind. “How to Go with the Flow:” http://www.thedailymind.com/how-to/go-with-the-flow/
  2. Free Dictionary. “Definition of Peace: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/peace 
  3. Huffington Post. “10 Kind Things to Tell Yourself Every Day:”  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/kind-things-to-tell-yourself_n_4570376.html
  4. I am Fearless Soul. “5 Steps to Finding Peace within Yourself:” https://iamfearlesssoul.com/5-steps-to-finding-peace-within-yourself-and-how-to-keep-it/
  5. Learning Mind. “Effective Ways to Find Peace within Yourself:” https://www.learning-mind.com/effective-ways-to-find-peace-within-yourself/
  6. Mountain Crisis Services. “34 Things You Should Know about Yourself:”  http://www.mountaincrisisservices.org/domestic-violence/34-things-you-should-kno
  7. Operation Meditation. “5 Tips to Finding Peace within Yourself.” http://operationmeditation.com/discover/5-tips-to-finding-peace-within-yourself/
  8. Psychology Today. “Smashing the Brain Blocks: 4 Ways to Go with the Flow Even When It Seems Impossible.” https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/smashing-the-brainblocks/201606/4-ways-go-the-flow-even-when-it-seems-impossible
  9. Thesaurus. “Go with the Flow:” http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/go-with-the-flow
  10. Tiny Buddha. “8 Tips to Feel at Peace with Yourself.” https://tinybuddha.com/blog/8-tips-to-feel-at-peace-with-yourself/
  11. Wikihow. “Go with the Flow:” https://www.wikihow.com/Go-With-the-Flow
  12. Wikihow. “How to Release Endorphins:” https://www.wikihow.com/Release-Endorphins
  13. Your Life, Your Voice. “101 Positive Things to Say to Myself:” http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/Pages/tip-101-positive-things-to-say-to-myself.aspx
  14. Zen Habits. “12 Practical Steps for Learning to Go with the Flow:” https://zenhabits.net/12-practical-steps-for-learning-to-go-with-the-flow/

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St. Catherine of Bologna and St. Luke, Patron Saints of Artists


 

“St. Catherine of Bologna and St. Luke, Patron Saints of Artists” by Joan Y. Edwards

Sometimes you need to call in for reinforcements to believe more in yourself and your abilities to do what you believe God wants you to do in life. Talking with God and asking him for help is a great plan. Also, looking for others in the present time or from the past to discover how they coped with life may help inspire you to keep on going.

In case you are like me and in need of a little encouragement in your artistic skills, I discovered the patron saints of artists for you to study and gain inspiration from their lives and experience.

St. Catherine of Bologna, Patron Saint of Artists

St. Catherine of Bologna – Feast Day March 9th
Abbess & Painter (1413-1463) 
Catherine was born in Bologna, Italy. She dabbled in writing, poetry, dancing, and Latin studies, but her forte was painting. She is a patron saint of painters and those who suffer from doubt.  In 1432 together with other young women of Ferrara, she founded a monastery of the Order of Poor Clares founded by St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi.

 

Saint Luke, the Evangelist Patron Saint of Artists

St. Luke, the Evangelist – Feast Day October 18th

The Roman Catholic Church and other major denominations venerate him as Saint Luke the Evangelist and as a patron saint of artists, physicians, surgeons, students and butchers. He wrote one of the four Gospels. Saint Luke painted a picture of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Catholic Culture.org says that the flying ox is a symbol of St. Luke the Evangelist, anticipated by Ezekiel. The ox, recognized as the animal of sacrifice, applies to St. Luke because his Gospel emphasizes the atonement made by Christ’s sacrifice of himself on the Cross.

References for St. Catherine of Bologna:

  1. St. Catherine of Bologna.org. “St. Catherine of Bologna:” http://www.stcatherineofbologna.org/86
  2. “St. Catherine of Bologna – Patron of Artists:” https://www.youtube.com/F3-wQVpWCr4
  3. “Saint Catherine of Bologna Patron of Artists Live Drawing & Prayer:” https://youtu.be/acnu-C2NEB4 
  4. “St. Catherine of Bologna:” https://youtu.be/-wKY-xYTrAc
  5. Wikipedia. “Catherine of Bologna:” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_of_Bologna

References for St. Luke, the Evangelist, Writer of one of the Gospels.

  1. Catholic Saints Info. “St. Luke:” http://www.catholic-saints.info/patron-saints/saint-luke.htm
  2. SlowTrav. “St. Luke, Patron Saint of Artists:” http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/annienc/2008/05/st_luke_patron_saint_of_artist.html
  3. Walter Hayward Pitman. “Saint Luke, the Patron Saint of the Worshipful Company of Painters, otherwise Painter Stainers:” https://catholicsaints.info/saint-luke-the-patron-saint-of-the-worshipful-company-of-painters-otherwise-painter-stainers-by-walter-hayward-pitman/
  4. Wikipedia. “Guild of Saint Luke:” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guild_of_Saint_Luke
  5. Catholic Culture.org. “Winged Ox:” https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/index.cfm?id=37196

Thank you for reading my blog. You honor me by being here. Look over the blog posts listed to the right. You might find another post to interest you. Please leave a comment to tell me an artist who inspires you.

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Are You Thinking Straight? Check Your Beliefs.


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“Are You Thinking Straight? Check Your Beliefs.” by Joan Y. Edwards

I was searching through papers from my teaching days yesterday, looking for pictures that might need scanning, when I came across a paper I’d saved with hints for clear thinking from Dr. Albert Ellis, a famous pyschologist in the 1950’s.  He designed a therapy called Rational Therapy. Dr. Ellis believed that Rational Therapy was more direct, efficient, and effective than pyschotherapy.  Later they changed the name of his therapy to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.

Dr. Ellis said there are 12 false thoughts or beliefs that are prevalent with people that lead to problems in our thinking. If our thinking is faulty, our emotions may be out of whack, too. I’ll bet you’re familiar with at least one of these faulty statements.  Dr. Ellis wrote them as we-statements; I changed them to I-statements. I added what I believe are healthier ways of thinking for each of them.

(Hint for Writers: You can use one or two of these erroneous thinking statements as flaws for your character(s) in your stories.

  1. Faulty way of thinking: I must be loved by everyone and everyone must approve everything I do. Healthier way of thinking: It’s okay if some people don’t love me and don’t approve of everything that I do.
  2. Faulty way of thinking: I must be thoroughly competent, adequate, intelligent, and achieving in all possible respects. Healthier way of thinking: I don’t have to be thoroughly competent, adequate, intelligent, and achieving in all possible respects.
  3. Faulty way of thinking: Certain acts are wrong or wicked or villainous, and people who perform them should be severely punished. Healthier way of thinking: Certain acts are wrong or wicked or villainous and people who perform them will be punished by God. It is not my job to judge them. Judge their actions, not them as a person. The authorities who govern the area where they live are in charge of  judging and punishing them for their actions, if deemed necessary by the law.
  4. Faulty way of thinking: It is a terrible catastrophe when things are not as I would like them to be. Healthier way of thinking: Things can be okay even when things are not as I would like for them to be.
  5. Faulty way of thinking: Unhappiness is the result of external events and happenings that are forced on us and that we have no control over. Healthier way of thinking: Happiness is the result of my internal beliefs and thoughts about external events and happenings. I can control the thoughts and beliefs on which I focus.
  6. Faulty way of thinking: We should be greatly concerned about dangerous and fearful things and must center our thinking on them until the danger is passed. Healthier way of thinking: I should be concerned about dangerous and fearful things, but I should center my thinking on surviving the dangers and facing my fears.
  7. Faulty way of thinking: It is easier to avoid difficulties and responsibilities than to face them. Healthier way of thinking: It is easier to face difficulties and responsibilities than to avoid them.
  8. Faulty way of thinking: We need a person stronger than ourselves to rely on. Healthier way of thinking: I am as strong a person as I need to be to do what I need to do. I don’t need someone stronger than me to rely on. God will help me.
  9. Faulty way of thinking: Because something greatly influenced us in the past, it must determine our present behavior;  the influence of the past cannot be overcome. Healthier way of thinking: Even if something greatly influenced me in the past, it does not have to determine my present behavior. The influence of the past can be overcome.
  10. Faulty way of thinking: What other people do is vitally important to me, and I should make every effort to change them to be the way I think they should be. Healthier way of thinking: Sometimes what other people do is vitally important to me. I should accept them as they are. If their behavior harms you in some way, explain how you would prefer for them to act. Realize that they may or may not do it. Behavior is a choice.
  11. Faulty way of thinking: There is one perfect solution to every problem, and if it is not found, the result will be terrible. Healthier way of thinking: There is more than one solution with good results to every problem.
  12. Faulty way of thinking: I have virtually no control over my emotions; I am their victim and cannot help how I feel. Healthier way of thinking: If I change my beliefs and thoughts, I can change my emotions. I am a victor; not a victim.

Resources

  1. Ann Jorn. Psychcentral.com. “Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy:”
    https://psychcentral.com/lib/rational-emotive-behavior-therapy/
  2. Famous Psychologists. “Albert Ellis:” http://www.psychologistanywhereanytime.com/famous_psychologist_and_psychologists/psychologist_famous_albert_ellis.htm
  3. Smart Recovery.org. “Basics of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy:” http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/library/For_Family_Volunteers_Professionals/basics-of-rebt.pdf
  4. Good Therapy.org. “Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT):” http://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/rational-emotive-behavioral-therapy

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“Don’t Tell God How Big Your Problem Is; Tell Your Problem How Big Your God Is” – Author Unknown


Don’t Tell God How Big Your Problem Is; Tell Your Problem How Big Your God Is.”
…Author Unknown

Many times during my life, I wish I had been familiar with this saying: “Don’t tell God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big your God is.”

In his homily during a February 12, 2017 weekday Mass at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, Fr. Casmir Maduakor from Nigeria told us: “Don’t tell God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big your God is.”

Today I’m reminding you that your God is bigger than any problem you have now or ever will have. Trust that He is going to bring GOOD out of every problem situation you ever have. Tell your problem how big your God is. It will crumble before your very eyes. Watch a solution show up. See your problem disappear. 

In the year 2000, when I was driving Mother from Delaware to Charlotte, NC after they repaired her left hip, I couldn’t get her back in the car. She had gotten out but was walking like Tim Conway as the Oldest Man  or Mr. Tudball on the Carol Burnett Show

She walked for ten minutes and moved two feet. So I had to call for help. I called to a man on the sidewalk in front of the car, “Sir, sir. Would you help me, please?”

He said, “How can I help you?”

“I got my Mother out to go to the restroom, but she’s not moving very fast and doesn’t have any energy. I need to get her back in the car. I have a blanket. If you could pull her from this side to the other on her blanket, I would appreciate it very much. She’s limp and can’t pull herself.”

So I sat Mother down on her blanket and he pulled her to the left side of the car. He stopped and said, “Is this far enough?”

I said, “No. Her feet are hanging out the door.”

He smiled and said, “Then I believe I need to pull her a little farther.” And he did. Then he put a pillow behind her head and shut the door.

When Mother’s feet were inside the door, I covered her with another blanket, and closed the other door. 

I thanked the man and asked him if I could give him a hug. He said, “Yes.” So I walked around the car to him and gave him a big hug. But it was me who needed the hug. The man told me I was welcome and headed on his own path.

There were many times when I was caring for Mother that God sent someone to help me. My problems disappeared. 

Believe and it will be given to you.
Ask and you shall receive.
Trust that God will hear your voice and help you.

I pray that you always have the help you need.

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Install New Confidence Software


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“Install New Confidence Software” by Joan Y. Edwards

When computers were first able to send emails and get return emails in minutes, they hooked me right away. Computers fascinated me. I took a class to learn to program a computer. Oh my goodness! It took about 10 pages of programming to get the computer to add 1 plus 1 = 2. 

Computers enabled me to communicate with people far and wide. That was fun. I enjoyed teaching my students how to use a computer. There have been many times in my life when I lacked the confidence I needed to do something that seemed to hold a “fear” or a”don’t be ridiculous, you could never do that” voice in my head. I needed more confidence.

There are many times in my life when I needed more confidence. I wish I could just download it and install it that would install new confidence in me. I’ll bet you’ve wish the same thing. I’m here to tell you that there is an app to download to your heart that will fill you with confidence. It’s called “Love Yourself as God Loves You.”

Love yourself as God loves you.

Here are definitions to ponder: download means to transfer (software, data, character sets, etc.) from a distant to a nearby computer, from a larger to a smaller computer, or from a computer to a peripheral device…say from God faraway to you, wherever you are.

Install according to Merriam Webster means to set up for use or service. That’s definitely what I want to do. I want the confidence set up to serve me to use for my benefit and the benefit of others that I meet on my path in life.

Notice the word “Soft” in software. Soft like a pillow, like a cotton ball, like a balloon filled with air, like a velour towel, like a baby’s skin.

The “ware” in software means an immaterial asset or benefit, such as a service or personal accomplishment, regarded as an article of commerce. So software from God will enable me to perform a service and to carry out personal goals. 
Once you download this software  into your psyche, your subconscious mind, it starts working. Just press the Belief power button. Good luck. (When you press here, it takes you to Gospel devotionals I wrote that may help give your more confidence and faith in yourself.)

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I haven’t done a new post in a while. I worked on my taxes. I efiled them with Turbo Ta for Home and Small Business on April 18, 2017 about 3:30 p.m. EDT. I am thankful that I was able to get the taxes done on time. I loved using that software.

I promised myself that I would begin anew on the illustrations for Larry the Terrifying Turkey after I submitted my taxes. When I get the illustrations near the final draft, I might share with you. I’m shy about sharing my drawings and paintings. So I may do a few blog posts about illustrating and drawing.

Thanks for reading my blog. If you have any subjects, you’d like for me to write about, let me know.

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23 Ways to Control Your Attention to Succeed


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“23 Ways to Control Your Attention to Succeed” by Joan Y. Edwards

Most of the information in this blog post came from a handout Copyright © 1988 from Bjorn Secher Achievement Systems in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1988. I’ve reworded some of it to make it more meaningful.

You are today where your attention has brought you.
 You will be tomorrow where your attention takes you.
You cannot escape the result of your attention.
Attention is your most vital tool…Bjorn Secher

Is your focus scattered with distractions? I’ve had a little trouble focusing my attention lately, too. So I thought I’d read over notes I saved from Bjorn Secher. He was an expert in focusing attention in the 1980s. Reading these ideas might help you focus your thinking and feelings to achieve your goals.

Thought is the key to your success — and thoughts start from a single source…your attention. For increased health, happiness, and success, a change in your attention is essential. In the following, review how your attention influences every moment of your life.

Write 3 of the following statements that appeal to you on a 3″x 5″ index card. Refer to it 10 times a day for a month. It will help to activate your self-awareness and thereby automatically instigate positive behavior changes. Attention is the flow of your thoughts, consciously or unconsciously, in one direction or another, either positive or negative.

  1. When you focus your full attention on something with your thoughts and your emotions, you give it strength, energy, and power. It automatically becomes your priority.
  2. What you relate and identify with becomes your reality, positive or negative, depending on the focus of your attention.
  3. Any road can become a scenic route, depending upon your attention.
  4. Your attention creates the way you perceive the world around you.
  5. The direction of your attention determines what you see, think, hear, and feel.
  6. In any given situation, two interpretations of the same situation exist. Your attention with its beliefs and emotions decides the outcome.
  7. You are not responsible for other people’s actions, but you are always accountable for your own reactions. Your reaction depends upon how well you control your attention.
  8. Control your attention and you control your destiny.
  9. No event, situation, or circumstance can influence your thinking or emotions before you allow your attention to dwell upon it.
  10. When you deliberately change the focus of your attention, it is the first step for a discovery of possibilities that have existed all along.
  11. Attention with its beliefs and emotions is the basis for all decisions.
  12. By changing your attention, you automatically change your mood and attitude.
  13. Depending upon your attention, the problem will appear as an opportunity or turn an opportunity into a problem.
  14. Changing your attention with its thinking and emotions is the beginning of challenging any belief that you assumed was true in the past.
  15. To loosen shackles of your negative assumptions, place your attention on the concept of possibility.
  16. There are always new possibilities, answers, solutions, and techniques for a person with creative, open-minded attention.
  17. Attention creates images — and images are life’s controlling mechanisms.
  18. When you change the focus of your attention, you enter a whole new world and ways to think and act.
  19. Your good intention gets the job started; your controlled attention finishes it.
  20. Commitment and attention are synonymous. It’s very difficult to have one without the other.
  21. Your attention is your constant companion.
  22. In your attention lies the secrets to your strength, determination, and endurance.
  23. The most important thing to remember is wherever you fully put your attention, you will succeed.

When you concentrate your energy purposely on the future possibility that you aspire to realize, your energy is passed on to it and makes it attracted to you with a force stronger than the one you directed towards it.
― Stephen RichardsThink Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free

Thoughts Become Things… Choose The Good Ones!
― Mike Dooley

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
James Allen

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope these ideas help you focus your attention to receive what brings you joy!

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Random.org chose Number 2, so Carol Baldwin you win a free logo image with the favorite saying from this post or a saying of your own to help focus your attention. Please email me at joanyedwards1@gmail.com to let me know so I can create it for you.

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References

  1. Bjorn Secher. Your Appointment with Success: The Way to Get Rich:
    http://www.amazon.com/Your-Appointment-With-Success-Rich/dp/0811901971/
  2. James Allen. As a Man Thinkethhttps://www.amazon.com/As-Man-Thinketh-James-Allen/dp/1514698692/
  3. Joan Y. Edwards. “God Will Show You How” by Mary L. Kupferle public domain:  http://wp.me/pFnvK-1c
  4. Mike Dooley. Choose Them Wiselyhttps://www.amazon.com/Choose-Them-Wisely-Thoughts-Become/dp/1582702330/
  5. Stephen Richards.  Ask and the Universe Will Provide: https://www.amazon.com/Ask-Universe-Will-Provide-Straightforward-ebook/dp/B01FWWKSSY/

 

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