Meet Shawn Robinson and His Website: “Self Publishing On A Budget” and This Post About Editing – Feedback…

I always love sharing other bloggers who have the same passion as I do in helping writers, authors, and bloggers. I found Shawn today and this particular has solid advice about how to get “feedback” while writing. Please visit his site for the whole post and let him know? CAT sent you!  Six Ways to Receive Feedback and WELL.

 

As a follow-up to Five Ways to Tell You Do Not Want Feedback, I wanted to share six great ways to show you do want feedback and to help you make good use of the time with your “Feedbacker.”  I’m sure that’s a word. Don’t look it up. I strongly believe that good feedback on my writing is like gold. It’s often rare, but it is so precious. 

I have valued the feedback from people more than I can express. Sometimes they tell me things I do not like. Sometimes they tell me things I can’t use. Most of the time, they tell me things that save me the embarrassment of poor writing and poor storytelling.

I think good feedback is so very important to an author. Here is some advice on how to receive it well:

 

1. Lean in

I mean it… physically, lean in! If you’re really into a movie or a book, you probably find that you’re actually leaning toward the screen or book. It’s the same with a story. If someone really has you on figurative the edge of your seat, look down. You are probably also on the literal edge of your seat.

When you are genuinely interested in something, you naturally lean in. So if you really want feedback, overcome the feeling of shyness and the fear of someone having found a problem in your writing… and lean in! Show yourself interested.

 


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So stop by Shawn’s website to read the rest of this amazing and helpful post for all writers and authors…


ABOUT SHAWN

I’m not going to bore you with major details… so I’ll be short and to the point.

I’m a writer, a husband, a father, a Christian, a hiker (or at least I was until some recent health problems), a lover of coffee, a biker (not the cool kind, but the kind that rides around on an old motorcycle and has a blast) and someone who enjoys watching movies with my sons and playing cards with my wife.

I have done a lot of writing in the past, but only recently has it become a focus and a hobby. Some life changes (health issues mentioned elsewhere) have been part of what I believe God has been doing in my life to refashion me.
The writing has been fun as well as somewhat therapeutic to me in my recovery.

If you’d like to know more about me in general, check out My Story.  If you want to know more about my Writing Journey, check out… well… my Writing Journey.

 

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So What Is Vance Up To? Our Book Is At The Half Way Point!

Hello, Cat’s Den Readers and Friends!

Finally, I have a new update on my writing project of Vance’s Memoir and Legacy. It’s not just about Recovery, it is about turning this GUY into a Writer Too! Lol. CAT! ~ Catherine

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“It seems my dear friend and writing partner has been traveling all over to speak and meeting closely with the Gov. of New Jersey for advocating some State Legislation on the reduction of opioid prescriptions from surgeons. “Also about the need to change perceptions and increase the types of other rehabilitation options and treatment, specifically long-term treatment, and the need for more facilities for the uninsured and Medicaid. New Jersey like other states need these changes as well as in and outpatient programs and facilities…but especially my state and the city of Trenton.”

AND?

“Inmates with substance-use disorders will soon be moving into the refurbished Mid-State Correctional Facility to participate in New Jersey’s first “treatment prison,” a clinically driven program that Governor Christie hopes will be seen as a national model.”  I am so proud of the work Vance is doing.

I can not express enough and while co-writing with Vance…

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Authors… Marsha of PR Insider & EMSI Public Relations Is Back With Year-End Sound Advice for all of us!


“Authors, with so many years of experience behind us – not to mention the availability of calendars – you would think we would be better prepared for what’s about to come. Yet, year after year, many of us act astonished and caught unaware by this annual, easily predictable time of year that still somehow manages to sneak up on us.”

Once again, it’s the last quarter! Suddenly, the holidays are here! And before we know it, 2018 will have arrived and just like in the past we’ll be wondering where those final months of the year went and whether we made the most of them when we had the chance.

And too often we will shake our heads as we realize that we could have accomplished so much more with the right planning.

If only…

So before 2017 really starts winding down – and disappears for good – let me suggest a few things you can do with your year-end PR efforts that will help you feel that you did indeed make the most of the moment:

  • First, put your marketing hat on. Think about the media outlets you can get your message in front of right now and in the coming weeks. Don’t limit yourself! Think print, both traditional and online. Think radio and TV. Think social media. Also, brainstorm on your own or with others to come up with ways you might be able to tie your message to the holidays, to year-end planning or to resolutions for the New Year. A financial professional, for example, could pitch something like: “4 Resolutions That Will Help You Become Financially Fit in 2018.”
  • Think about consumers. Understand that the end of the year is when many people could be in the market for what you have to offer. Obviously, people are in a shopping mood, but they are also having their own thoughts about what they need to accomplish before the year ends or what they hope to achieve early in the New Year. That means there’s a good chance they are thinking about the products or services that you provide, so this is a good time to make sure your brand is in front of them.
  • Act early. If you want to be part of the media’s holiday and year-end coverage – and you do! – you can’t wait until the holidays are upon us to start pitching your ideas to them. You can’t wait until two days before Thanksgiving to send a newspaper your great recipes for side dishes for the big meal. They already have such feature articles planned out far in advance. In that particular example, they probably would have already published the feature by that point. So don’t delay! When it comes to pitching the media with holiday and year-end ideas, you have to be like those retail stores that start displaying holiday merchandise long before many of us are even thinking about holidays. And Books make great holiday gifts!

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    So don’t let these final months, weeks and days of 2017 catch you unaware. When it comes to marketing and the last quarter of the year, we’re all somewhat like a football team in the waning minutes of a game. We may have accomplished a lot up to this point, but there’s still much to do before the final horn sounds.

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NOW, another area we need to think about now that 2017 is winding down?

Marketing, Tax Deductions And Making Plans For 2018…

Just this week I was talking with a long-time client who was looking ahead to the direction he wants his publicity to take when we all head into 2018. The client definitely is planning to be active and signed on for 60 radio interviews that won’t even take place until the New Year has begun. Maybe that sounds like he and his publicity efforts are getting ahead of themselves – after all, 2017 still has two months to go – but actually, it’s smart planning.

Getting your publicity strategy lined up well in advance is, of course, a good idea on its own merits, but there’s a bonus when you spend those 2018 marketing dollars before Dec. 31. You get an immediate tax write-off for 2017! Good promotion coupled with tax savings makes for an excellent start to any year.

Make Sure The Year Ends With A Marketing Bang – Not A Whimper

And the time to start thinking about your 2018 marketing is now. Publicity should not be a last minute add-on after everything else is set. It needs to be an integral part of your marketing plan as you set goals for the New Year.

Let’s take a look at a few reasons why:

Publicity has power. I can’t stress this point enough! Every day we see what it does for our clients when their names appear in such top-tier publications as the New York Times, USA Today, Forbes and others, or we land interviews for them on radio shows or TV broadcasts. And those who leverage that publicity and the credibility it buys have the greatest success in harnessing that power to build brand recognition.

Don’t forget social media. Traditional media is still very integral to your marketing efforts, but social media is also a key player that you can’t afford to neglect. For one thing, it’s an area where you have the greatest control over your message because you can tweet and post whenever you like. It’s also one of the best ways you can leverage your publicity. Sharing your media interviews and coverage with your followers provides social proof of your expertise and validity of your brand.

Past publicity can’t support you forever. Marketing is just one more area in life where you can’t rest on your laurels – or your press clippings! You quickly become old news if you don’t stay in front of your audience. Too many times I have seen people go heavy with a publicity campaign for just a few months and then sit back and think that should do it. Sadly, it just doesn’t work that way. You’re probably familiar with the adage “out of sight, out of mind.” PR works in the same way. If you don’t stay on top of things, there’s a good chance your competitors will and they will be the ones your potential clients or customers will encounter in the media!

So as you look to 2018 think about how marketing will fit in with your other plans and, if at all possible, pay for that marketing now and save the receipt for your 2017 tax returns. Spending those marketing dollars before the ball drops in New York might be one of the wisest financial planning moves you can make.

Foresightedly yours,

 

Marsha Friedman, CEO & Founder:

Marsha Friedman doesn’t like sitting still. As a prominent businesswoman, she has run her public relations firm successfully through prosperity and adversity, ironically having one of her best revenue years in the midst of 2009’s recession. As a publicity expert, she has authored the book Celebritize Yourself.
Marsha Friedman launched EMSI – in 1990. Her PR company represents corporations and experts in a wide array of fields such as business, health, food, lifestyle, politics, finance, law, sports, and entertainment. Some of the more prominent names on her client roster are Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane, and the famous Motown Group, The Temptations.

She consults individuals and businesses on a daily basis and is frequently asked to speak at conferences about how to harness the power of publicity.

 

I Welcome Writer and Author, Dr. Rev. Kevin Coughlin, Ph.D. to Cat’s Writing Den…

 

 

“My name is Reverend Dr., Provincial Superintendent Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D., most call me Rev. Kev. All that I have been, all that I am, and all that I ever will be is because of God’s grace.”

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Hello Everyone, and Welcome to Cat Lyon’s Reading & Writing Den, Writer Interviews.

My name Catherine Lyon, Author…Let’s get Kevin introduced to everyone and have some fun of the writer side of YOU! Now, of course, I need to begin that Kev helps others reaching out and those maintaining Recovery from Addictions. He is a Best-Selling writer and author over a bazillion books I cannot keep count! But each one is amazing…

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Tell who you are? Rev. Dr. Kevin T. Coughlin Ph.D. Provincial Superintendent, CIP, IMAC, DCC, DD.

 

Now I know loads about you, but tell readers a little of what you do?
Pastoral Counselor, Christian Therapist, Interventionist, Best-Selling Author, Award-Winning Poet, Writer, Blog Writer and Guest Blog Writer, Speaker, Trainer, Master Coach, Consultant, Addiction Expert.

 

Where are you from? – CT, FLA, now The Poconos, PA.

 

Tell us more about you? Like your education, family life. Etc.

I have a very extensive education.  I continue to do research for my books and articles.  I have numerous certifications and degrees.

Family life, my mother passed six years ago, my father is in a nursing home in CT with Parkinson’s, my sister is an RN in CT, my brother is a Contractor in FLA, I live with my two girls in the Poconos, Bella and Stella, my pups! I am currently disabled with joint disease, in a wheelchair for now.  I am a former State Champion Powerlifter, a Nine-Time National Champion and Two-Time World Champion, and I still hold several bench-press records.  My long-time buddy died last month at 12 years of age, Mr. Rabbit, he was a Bichon Frise that my mother had given me as a gift 12 years ago. I don’t care for cats very much, well maybe one! LOL. I love dogs especially Pitbulls!

Don’t LIKE CATS? WELL!….. LOL!

 

Do you have any latest news or projects? 

I’m closing in on 40 published books this year mostly non-fiction.  I am designing and selling products on Amazon besides books, such as coffee mugs, there is even one for writers! I’m doing a series on addictions called;  Ten The Hard Way; True Stories of Addiction and Recovery and the book one is already on Amazon’s Top 100 Best-Seller list, there were eight authors involved. We are getting ready to start Book 2 and are looking for people to submit stories on addiction from any point of view.

 

Are you a writer? YES!

 

When and why did you begin writing?
About 22 years ago as I wrote a poem when a young friend overdosed.

 

What inspired you to write your first book?
About 22 years ago.  I wrote a poem when a young friend overdosed and continued writing award-winning poetry.



How did you come up with the title?
I picked a title that people would relate to and use the keywords when looking for the type of book.

 

Do you have a specific writing style?
I write just like I talk and from feelings.

 


How much of your books are realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Just about all of it.

To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No.

Who designed the covers? I Do…

 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Usually.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?  Who is your favorite writer? Alana Haase, Emma Ashley, and her Amish books.


Outside of family members, name one person that supported your commitment to becoming a published author?
Melissa Manes and you.

 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Nope, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, doing our new book; Ten The Hard Way, The Amazing stories and strength of the authors in recovery.


If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Well, there are ten different people’s stories so the lead would have to be a real talent or storyteller, Nick Carroway who narrated The Great Gatsby, or Jim Carroll, American poet and author of The Basketball Diaries.

Any advice for other writers?
Keep writing you will get better and better, read, read, read, you will get better and better.  Use editors after you edit 15 times. Share one thing about you that will surprise readers…I’ve written almost 40 books in 18 months


Will you write another book?
No, I will write many more books! LOL.

What are you reading now?
I just finished Webs by Alana Haase, it was excellent!

 

Do you remember the first book you read?
Probably Curious George when very Young.

 

Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jesus, so I can get all the answers for everything!

 

Do you have any hobbies?
I used to be a power weightlifting champ, now I am writing to help others recover or train others to help those looking for treatment and recovery.

 

 

Favorite Music?
Rock n Roll!

Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Use a typewriter!

 

What do you want to be written on your headstone as part of your Legacy?
“We Can’t Find Him; He’s Still Alive!”

 

Do you have a blog or website where readers can visit for updates, events or updates?   Rev Kev’s Recovery World.

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Well, Kevin, I thank you for sharing with me and my readers the writer side of all the work you DO helping others and families from addiction. It was interesting to learn more “the writer side” of you, a MAN of very few WORDS! LOL. Where can my friends find and connect with you on Social Media?

I am all over!  On Facebook –  Tumblr – LinkedIn
Most Importantly my Video Series on YouTube

If you need an Intervention or Recovery Coaching visit my Recovery Coaching & Intervention too!


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And Don’t Let Kev Fool You, HE LOVES CAT!

My Daily Pet Journal Book;: I Love Cats by [Coughlin Ph.D., Rev. Dr. Kevin T. ]

 

Today’s Forgiving Fridays: Seeing through the Eyes of Peace

Happy Forgiving Friday Everyone! Debbie’s Blog IS one of my Favorites on Fridays! So all my friends, readers, and visitors need to know TOO!
CAT

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Happy #ForgivingFridays everyone! Yay! This is an opportunity for you to share about forgiveness & post about it ANY DAY this week! See guidelines below. ❤ You can post whatever inspires YOU to forgive and choose love. Examples: take a photo, or a situation you’re not at peace with, or share a quote or write a poem like I did!

***This post is my contribution for The Daily Post’s Peek and Frank’s Challenge, Broken. Frank I got such a gift from this photography – a whole new vantage point to recognize the fullness. WOW!!***

Today’s Forgiving Fridays is Seeing Through the Eyes of Peace.

I’d like to write a poem for Forgiving Fridays.  This poem is about seeing through the eyes of love….  Seeing that those places in ourselves that seem “broken” are actually beautiful and whole …. Realizing that they are giving us a peek into the great…

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Reviews – Kim Carter Mysteries – New “Clara and Iris Mystery” Series is Every Where!

Author, Kim Carter Book Launch Is Happening and Her Novel Series Has Released and The Editorial Reviews Are Here!

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ENAS REVIEW – Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle

A Mystery Suspense Thriller in every sense of the Word.”

With eminently admirable characters and exquisite imagination ‘Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle’ is a compelling read where Author Kim Carter crafts mounting suspense that overwhelms skepticism, as this Book One of her series prepares for.

Charming personality of renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Grant Chatsworth lures a small town waitress-Lizzie to a deceptive ‘blissful happy marriage’ until secrets confined within the walls of Buckhead’s finest estates elucidate Lizzie about the darker nasty shades of Grant’s propensity of crime and cruelty. Terrible adversity and troubled faith lead Lizzie to take refuge at her sister Maggie’s doorstep, where destiny has more alarming adventures in store for her.

Author Kim Carter’s read is a mystery suspense thriller in every sense of the word with an intriguing narrative that moves at a breakneck pace, skillfully combined with a writing style that provides vivid mental pictures of the settings and characters sufferings. While many things are not what they seem, everything amazingly connects in a surprising finale.

Entertaining enough to engage even reluctant readers, as ‘Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle’ is a Powerful5-star page turner that we highly recommended.
~Enas Reviews

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“Readers of Atlanta are in for a treat! If you are in Atlanta this Sunday? The Public is Welcome!”

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As Book Two of Kim’s Novel Series is Launched… And reviews are Fabulous for “Murder Among The Tombstones!” and is now “Nominated For a TCK 2017 Readers Choice Book Award”


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Editorial Reviews:

“The wait is finally over and Author Kim Carter has blessed the readers with another great suspense -filled read.” 

Her dynamic pen is one of the smoothest I have read. As a reader, I must be able to replay an author’s words in my head, creating a consistent, flowing movie full of action and emotion.  Carter has a gift for detail, dropping things here and there, just enough to give me a mental picture. She grabbed me and twisted me up in her world and kept me on my toes from the first paragraph. I felt myself running through the woods and experiencing all the anxiety and fear Jasmine felt. I felt like the detective trying to solve the crime with them.

Who was this man with those perfect white teeth and why did he do this to such a beautiful young girl. Private Investigators Iris Hadley and Clara Samples are my girls. These ladies are a great combination. There is never a dull day at Hadley and Samples Investigations. You would never believe they were in their 70’s.

Jessica Fletcher watch out!…The way they banter back and forth is hilarious. I love these two.

Quita is just the icing on the cake. Author Kim Carter developed the storylines so brilliantly before merging them together with such a smooth transition, causing nothing but pure drama till the end.From reading previous books from this author, I can see that she has not lost her touch. She has developed another hard-hitting read from start to finish.
I highly recommend anything this author writes.
~Reviewer Lissha Sadler

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Widows on The Case!

Two crafty septuagenarian widows turned private investigators; a crabby Atlanta cop recovering from a gunshot wound, and a cunning killer who dumps his victims rather appropriately in cemeteries. Those are just a few of the zesty ingredients in Murder among the Tombstones, the latest whodunit by Georgia-based mystery writer Kim Carter. It is a fast-paced, twister of a mystery that keeps you turning pages until the very end.

Private Investigators Iris Hadley and Clara Samples may be in their seventies, but don’t think they are over the hill. These ladies are witty, wily and with it. A Must Read!”

A former correspondent for The Chicago Tribune and Award Winning Author of The Billy Battles Trilogy ~Ronald Yates.


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MURDER AMONG THE TOMBSTONES by KIM CARTER

Detectives are investigating the murder of a young woman. She was found in a local cemetery wrapped in a blanket. The case goes cold when all leads dry up.”

The victim’s sister turns to private investigators for help. Meet Iris and Clara … brand new to the business. These women are not your typical investigators. For one, they are both widowed and both in their 70s.

When a second body turns up in a different cemetery, the ladies turn to the detectives, who incidentally have both been shot and are on medical leave.  Along with their office associate, Quita, the ladies are determined to stop at nothing to find the killer before someone else dies …. at least they will as soon as they figure out how their new I-phones work.

I have chuckled more with the antics of these very unique and quirky characters from the very first page. This is not a cozy. The mystery is solid, with characters that are credible. The interactions of Iris and Clara will have the reader shaking their heads, maybe remembering grandma or great aunt in their golden years.

I do hope to see more adventures of Iris and Clara. Many thanks to the author for the digital copy of this humorous crime thriller mix. (Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own)…  An Amazing Mystery Read!

~Linda Strong Book Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kim Carter, Author and prolific writer of contemporary mystery, suspense and thrillers introduces her new novel series that is nominated for a “2017 Readers Choice Award,” is a fan favorite among avid mystery readers and has an array of released titles relaunching soon for; “When Dawn Never Comes,” “Deadly Odds,” and “No Second Chances.” Now, her novel series titled; “The Clara and Iris Mystery” comes “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle” has re-released as book one of the series June 2017, and now book two is available titled; “Murder Among The TOMBSTONES” here on Amazon and published by Raven South of Atlanta, Georgia.

Kim has been writing mysteries for some time and has a large reader fan base who enjoy all her books, as shown with the many Amazon 5-Star book reviews given by her reader’s and reviewers. Kim enjoys interacting and engaging with them all. One of her favorite things about writing is the traveling and research required to bring her novels to life. Her research has taken her to places such as morgues, death row, and midnight cemetery visits.

Kim and her husband have raised three successful grown children and have vested in and love retired greyhounds. They enjoy attending the many events held annually for them, as well as educating others about their need for great homes and what great pets greyhounds make after they retire from racing.

She is a college graduate of Saint Leo University, has a Bachelor Degree of Arts in Sociology, and now has become a career writer and author. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Between reading and traveling with her beautiful family, she will continue to write mysteries for some time to come for her avid readers.

You can learn more and buy Kim Carter’s books, learn updates, events, come follow her now on her Amazon Author Page.

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My Spotlight With Writer, Kristin Walker of Mental Health News Radio and More…

Hello Readers, Authors, and Writers,

Please meet Kristin Walker of Mental Health News Radio Network! Even though she is an amazing host and mental health expert I feel, this post is about “The Writer Side of Kristin”… ENJOY!

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I am happy to welcome, Kristin Walker to Cat Lyon’s Reading & Writing Den’s “Writer Spotlight.” My name Catherine Lyon, Author, and owner of this Den!
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we?


Tell us your name and a little of what you do?

Kristin Sunanta Walker is my full name. I am the CEO of a behavioral health technology consulting firm, #everythingEHR and host/CEO of a podcast network Mental Health News Radio Network.


Where are you from? 
Huntington Beach, California but I now live in Asheville North Carolina


Tell us more about you? Like your education, family life. Etc.

My education is called the school of hard knocks. Severe and undiagnosed ADHD kept me from being any good at regular school. I also had depression and complex PTSD so I channeled all my energy into work. I started working full-time when I was 15. I am divorced…

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