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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.


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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On February 11, 2015  I signed a contract with a publisher but the publisher cancelled the contract. Now I plan to self-publish it with one color illustration for each chapter.

It may be a two book series of Chapter Books. The first one is “Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.” The second one is “Larry, the Terrifying Turkey Tames Billy the Bull.”

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?

When I was five years old, Mother had a pet turkey that flogged me badly. My older sister, Judith, helped us escape from him. In March 2010, my younger sister, Janet and I went to a writing workshop near Charleston and I wrote this story. It’s kind of ironical that it was a short story workshop. I told the instructor I didn’t know if I could write a story for adults. I wanted it for children. The main character in the story has no sister, so she has to trouble learning to fend for herself.

My granddaughters, Kylie and Kirstyn Hackett loved to hear me tell about my adventures with the turkey. My grandsons, Luke and Wyatt Chewning love the story, too. Wyatt wants a copy of the book to share with his classmates when I publish it. Isn’t that sweet? I’m dedicating the book to them because they listen and laugh at my stories.

A special thank you to my husband, Carl Lansdale Edwards for always believing in me, even when I haven’t been able to believe in myself.

Thank you to Pub Subbers group and all of you who read my blog and encourage me to submit my work. Thank you to my sisters, Janet Meyer and Judith Carolyn Thomson.
Thank you to the Savvy Wordsmiths and Illustrators critique group in Fort Mill, SC

This FREE GIVEAWAY contest for this blog post is over. Kathleen Burkinshaw and Michelle Karene Won a Free Critique. Congratulations to them.

Celebrate you.
Never Give Up

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Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards


Happy New Year!



May 2015 be filled with wondrous things for you including great health, wealth, and a wonderful sense of well-being.

I’d like to tell you a little about me today. Giveaway: Free critique for one lucky commenter. Details below this article.




I love Tweety Bird! He makes me laugh.

I love Woody from Toy Story. He makes me laugh. I have a Woody doll and a guitar for him to play, too.

I love cartoons that make me laugh…Dennis the Menace, Zits, Charlie Brown & Snoopy. You can sign up free to receive comics on a daily basis: http://www.arcamax.com, and Web Donut cartoons by Gruhn: http://www.webdonuts.com/

I like it when I can laugh at my mistakes.

I’ve discovered that I need a lot of prayers for healing and general well-being. 2014 taught me that I am indeed human. That even with a positive attitude, people get sick and have to have things fixed in their bodies. At the same time, it is extremely important to keep positive thoughts permeating your whole being. I need extra Vitamin B complex (for my nerves), Vitamin D3(for sunshine), Fish Oil with Omega Fatty Acids(to keep out bad cholesterol and oil my body on the inside).  I am blessed with wonderful doctors, dentists, and surgeons. I appreciate your prayers and good wishes for me. I pray for all readers of my blog and for those who leave me comments. I truly want to help each of you to reach your goals and fulfill your dreams as I reach mine, too. So that we all get to the finish line of one of our dreams at the same time, and plan new places to go and new dreams to achieve.  Just remember to live, truly live and celebrate God, you, your family, your friends, your community, and those you meet during your lifetime.

After "Get Your Blog Going" workshop at 2014  SCWW  Conference

After “Get Your Blog Going” workshop at 2014 SCWW Conference

In October 2014, I presented three workshops, two on blogging and one on ways to revise your manuscript for the South Carolina Writers Workshop Conference in Myrtle Beach. Doing this fulfilled a dream of mine which was to be a paid presenter for a writers conference. Now, my new dream is to be the Keynote Speaker for a conference. According to Mike Hourigan, a keynote speaker may use humor, audience participation, show funny clips, or even sing. A keynote speaker’s job is to weave your main conference message into their program in a memorable and fun way. That’s what I’d like to do. It would be an honor and a privilege to do that for an organization.

7 Questions to Make Sure Your Plot Has Believable Consequences Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

7 Questions to Make Sure Your Plot Has Believable Consequences
Copyright © 2014 Joan Y. Edwards

The busiest day of the year on my blog was September 30th with 960 views. The most popular post that day was 7 Questions to Make Sure Your Plot Has Believable Consequences. Wow! Thank you.


Joan Y. Edwards and Her Mother, Ethel Darnell Meyer

Joan Y. Edwards and Her Mother, Ethel Darnell Meyer

I am still working on editing Joan’s Elder Care Guide. The editor from 4RV Publishing wanted me to have more than the ten chapters I wrote at the beginning. So I now have 22 chapters. I’m working on finalizing them and the more than 60 handouts in the Appendix area (fill-in charts and information) and more than 450 references. It has taken me more than a year to make these changes and revisions. I believe it will be even more help for those who read it and make it more useful in making the lives of caregivers and elders across the world. It will be released in 2015. Please pray that I am able to complete this.

Pushed by my own Pub Subbers idea that it is extremely important to keep sending your work out, I submitted a manuscript at the end of September 2014. If I didn’t submit, I was going to have to give two critiques, instead of one, to my Pub Subbers group members who submitted manuscripts in September. Two weeks later, I received a contract from GMTA Publishing, Ravenswood Publishing Imprint to publish my chapter book  “Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.” If everything goes as planned, it will be released in 2015.

It’s based on a true experience I had when I was five-years old with my Mother’s pet turkey who flogged me. We’re still negotiating the contract, making changes good for both sides. But it’s great to have a contract in the works. There will be 3 books in this series. Here’s the pitch: 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 when she wrecks her mother’s new car?

Flip Flap Floodle cover 300 res 300x420 pixelsThank you to everyone who bought a copy of Flip Flap Floodle since April 2004. When I self-published Flip Flap Floodle the color picture books were very expensive $16.95. Times were difficult. Many people couldn’t afford to pay that much. I wasn’t able to get out and market it as much because I was caring for my Mother. I never regretted that. Substitute caregivers enabled me to give presentations for schools and organizations. I was virtually unknown.

Amazon bought BookSurge. In 2010, they decided to use CreateSpace to do the printing of their books, not BookSurge. When they did that, they placed the price at $10.00 for the paperback copies of Flip Flap Floodle. I also created an eBook for Kindle and Nook. I’ve sold more than 400 copies. I’ve given away 300 copies as Dan Poynter, self-publishing guru  advised self-publishers to do to help spread the word about you and your book. Since I did the blog post, 7 Reasons Why Flip Flap Floodle Is a Good Picture Book to Read to Your Child, I’ve sold 5 copies. A special thank you to those 5 people. So there are more than 700 copies of Flip Flap Floodle roaming the world cheering children and adults to Never Give Up and reminding them to keep a song in their hearts. It’s only $9.00 now on Amazon…a one dollar savings. Flip Flap Floodle, a little duck whose song saves him from the belly of mean ole Mr. Fox Paperback, Kindle and Nook I hope to reach 1,000 books sold in 2015. If any of you have seen the American Pickers, they do what they call a bundle. So I’m dreaming up a bundle to combine buying Flip Flap Floodle and getting something else with it…an ebook on blogging or an ebook on characterization helps.

A friend of mine says that when she reads Flip Flap Floodle to children, they sit on the edges of their chairs listening and singing the song with her, waiting for the ending and hoping it’s going to turn out okay. Which it does! It has a very satisfying ending!


To thank God for being alive and well in 2015, I am offering a free critique of the first 1,000 words of a manuscript and story’s pitch summary to one lucky person who leaves a comment between now and Friday, January 9, 2015 at midnight. Random.org will choose the winner. I’ll announce the winner in a new post on Saturday, January 10, 2015.


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Conferences and Markets

badge for Pub Sub 3rd Fri

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“Conferences and Markets”

Dear Pub Subbers:

I hope you are ready to submit your manuscript for the third week of this month. Attending online or in-person conferences can get you excited. They can educate and motivate you to do more writing, to share a pitch, and other fantastic things to spur your writing career. They may even offer you a chance to do a pitch with a publisher or agent.

In April 2010 I gave a pitch agent, Terrie Wolf at the Pike’s Peak Writer’s Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This conference gave attendees 10 minutes to pitch your story to a chosen editor or agent. She asked me to send her my manuscripts. She adored the manuscript I submitted to her entitled, “Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.” She had her associates review it. She said that Larry had captured her heart. I’ve dreamed of an agent or editor saying that about my work. I danced around for many days, but it didn’t work out. She didn’t offer me representation.

Find a good writing workshop to attend in person. Shaw Guides has a comprehensive list of writing workshops in all areas of the USA. You state writing associations may have conferences that will give you a chance to pitch your story to an agent or editor. Do it. Each time you give a pitch, you get stronger at this ability to give another person the right information to make them as excited about your story as you are. http://writing.shawguides.com/

If you can’t afford to travel, there are FREE online conferences that give you a chance to pitch one of your finished manuscripts. One online conference is the Muse Online Conference held in October.
Another online writers conference is Catholic Writers Conference Online which will be held in February-March of each year.
http://www.catholicwritersconference.com/ Register for the online conference in 2011 or go to the live conference in August 2010. You don’t have to be Catholic to register.
Register now for both of them. They may have a registration fee later. It’s hard setting everything up on zilch money. But Lea Schizas and Karina Fabian set up these conferences with a great deal of finesse and organization with no registration fee.
I learned a bunch from both of these conferences.

There is another conference for writers of children’s books called Write On Con at the following link: http://www.writeoncon.com/. It is held in the middle of August each year.

I hope each of you submits one of your creative works this month. The more work you submit, the better chance you’ll have of getting your work published. Each time you write a cover letter, you will improve. Each time you read over your proposal, you will see something to add to make it more appealing to the editor to whom you are sending it. Each time you submit, you will be getting better and better.

Here are a few helpful links for markets:
2010 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market (Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market) (Paperback)
2010 Novel-Short Story Writers Market

Free Fiction Factor Marketing information for writers of adult and children’s fiction. they have a section for Christian Fiction, too.

Free online Sally Stuart’s Christian Book Publishers

Free online Sally Stuart’s Christian Magazine Publishers

Subscribe (Purchase) Online Writers Market

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A one year subscription to the complete Writer’s Market database costs $39.99 (renews automatically until you cancel) and a two year subscription costs $54.99. Monthly subscriptions are $5.99 per month (renews automatically until you cancel). WritersMarket.com now offers one year niche subscriptions to Children’s Poetry, and Novel & Short Story for $19.99 (renews automatically until you cancel).

When you sign up for a one or two year subscription you will receive a 7 day risk free trial at the beginning of your subscription. If you cancel at anytime during your first 7 days you owe nothing. However, if you use a debit card to subscribe the funds may be held for 7 days. If you cancel during the risk free trial the funds will not be processed.

In case you’re not ready the third Friday of this month, I created a raincheck with an encouraging letter filled with quotes to help you get your submission in the mail before a month elapses. You can also print just the raincheck without the letter. If you go to my website: http://www.joanyedwards.com/pubsub3rdfri.htm/ You can copy a certificate, badge, or raincheck from there.

Steps for Week Three for Pub Sub 3rd Fri

1. Reread a hard copy of your manuscript. Make all necessary changes.
2. Print out your manuscript again. Read it out loud.
3. If you see any errors, correct them.
4. Print out the GO FOR IT copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal.
5. Put one copy of manuscript, cover letter, resume, and/or proposal in 9×12 envelope
6. Print out and save another copy in a folder called “Submitted Manuscripts.”
7. Make sure you give your snail mail address, phone number, email address, website, blog. If email submission, follow their guidelines about attachments.
8. Print out label for 9×12 inch envelope – use address as in publisher’s guidelines.
9. Put sufficient postage on envelope.
10. If guidelines ask for a self-addressed stamped envelope. Fix one and enclose it.

Pub Sub 3rd Friday

11. Put Pub Sub in snail mail or email. Say the “Our Father ” or another prayer as you insert your manuscript in the mailbox or when you hit the send button.

Reward yourself for each step you get closer to submitting! Go for it!
You can do it! God has faith in you. Have faith in yourself.

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Good luck with getting your work published. Please leave a comment or ask a question. I’d love to hear from you.
Joan Y. Edwards

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