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Reviewers, Go To WaAr

Book 1Want free books, voraciously reading friends to discuss them with and prizes? Then you may want to go to WaAr—Wanda’s amazing Amazon reviewers. WaAr is an online group that combines their love of books with motivational challenges, all while helping authors get much needed exposure. WaAr is the creation of Wanda Hartzenberg.

In 2011 she was a newbie reviewer who held a massive page giveaway for Christmas 2010 all on her own with another soon after the following April. The Christmas event she did solo with more than 100 authors contributing and over 4,000 participants.

“I was exhausted even though I did the Easter Hop with a friend the Christmas one I did on my own,” says Wanda of the experience. ” I was ready to retire from the book promoting world after the Christmas giveaway let me tell you.” A friend and avid reader, Angie Edwards, started pushing Wanda to do more. Wanda responded by opening a review page.

“It was fun but seeing how little people it reaches it kinda left me feeling disconcerted,” says Wanda. “So I started Wanda’s amazing Amazon reviewers in May 2012. I had plenty of authors but not that many readers so ALLL and EVVVERY person that came across my FB wall was harassed….”

If you are an avid reader that would enjoy free books, good friends and the chance to help your favorite authors, consider joining Wanda’s reviewer group. You can find their group on Facebook here.

“Do you read?  Want free books…?” asks Wanda. Then WaAr is waiting.

Panhandle Focus, now bi-monthly

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 12.07.09 AMJust finished the September issue of the Panhandle Focus and there was so much material it was going to be a whopping, overloaded affair.

Instead, I’ve decided to share the love over the month and simply go to bi-monthly publication now. It’s been suggested and requested that we go bi-monthly many times since the first issue Aug. 1. The issues will now come out on the first and fifteenth of each month.

Enjoy this September 1 issue—it’s packed with fashion shows, charity, women making a difference, archery, animals, cornhole… we do a lot in the Panhandle worth talking about!

To view the paper, simply follow this link (The Panhandle Focus) or visit PanhandleFocus.com. You can also always find it available to the right in my sidebar.

Why HWA?

Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 6.48.34 AMA quick note for those who like their writing and reading dark: now is the perfect time to join the Horror Writer’s Association! Because of the pro-rated dues schedule, membership just prices dropped—$37 as an Active/Affiliate/Academic/Associate member or $27 as a Supporting member for the rest of the year.

HWA is the best thing I ever did for myself as an author. It’s like a non-dysfunctional family—the more experienced authors are happy to guide the newbies. There is a strong sense within the HWA community that the stronger the parts, the stronger the whole.

In the short time since I’ve joined I’ve benefitted: I’ve had the honor of having one of my poems selected for publication in an upcoming electronic chapbook featuring poets from the second HWA Horror Poetry Showcase, great exposure. I’ve taken advantage of the mentor program, which is worth the pittance of a fee alone, but with so many great advantages of joining I still find the most valuable benefit is the community.

Having a large group of like minded people like HWA behind you, pushing you to to do your best and enjoying your efforts is an amazing experience. If you love the horror genre, either creating or absorbing it, I advise you to join this community and meet me in Las Vegas next May for the first ever StokerCon 🙂

From Lisa Morton, HWA President: (If you) haven’t yet joined HWA, today’s a great day to do it because our pro-rated dues schedule means prices dropped today – just $37 as an Active/Affiliate/Academic/Associate member or $27 as a Supporting member for the rest of 2015. Remember, you get access to our monthly Newsletter, our Mentor Program (which is now ready to take new writers!), our book promotional opportunities, local chapter events, our Grievance Committee, our discounts page, and so much more.

Bearing fruit…

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Review: SHARKK Backlit Ultrathin iPad Keyboard

IMG_20140630_201815_999After three tries I finally found the perfect keyboard for the iPad: the SHARKK Backlit Ultrathin iPad Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard by this progressive company called SHARKK.

I love writing with this new set up. It syncs up to the iPad almost instantly for quick typing and the response is immediate.

The keys just feel good and they are back lit with a range of zazzy colors to choose from. The keyboard clips to the iPad securely and easily with magnets and the sleek aluminum profile looks good, feels good and is professional without being boring. I can’t say enough good things about this keyboard. It’s so fun to work with I bet it even cures writer’s block ;D

Here’s my video review on the subject – thanks to first time camera man xmonkeydoox for helping me create it!

Journal Jabber – Alicia Sparks – Radio Show 6·1·14

jj1After a few glitches and a lot of learning, the new Journal Jabber shows are starting to come out.  Listen in as Alicia Sparks heats things up as we chat about her newest release, “Sin Bin,” hockey and her birthday.

Journal Jabber on YouTube!

Here it is – the first Journal Jabber show in it’s new home, nestled comfortably on the Ember Spark channel.  What a great first show as well – four authors of microfiction pit pen and prose against each other in a battle of words to see which will walk away as the Iron Writer 2014.

Future shows will be posted on the channel and we will start posting the archives as well.  We will have more freedom to do extra shows and be much more creative than our former platform allowed.  Please have a listen, like and share.  Subscribe to catch them all!

Thanks Ember for hosting Journal Jabber on your channel!


How Google+ gets writers noticed

google-+Google+ has made it easier for writers to grow their audience by adding two new visibility features for Google+.  First, Google integrated with Google+. Sign in with the company’s Authorship program, which automatically associates articles with a writer’s Google+ profile.  This means that a writer’s information will will surface when their content appears in Search, News or other Google products.

At launch, the Google+ Sign In integration is only available for WordPress and Typepad, but should be expanding to more sites soon.  In addition to growing its Authorship program, Google introduced embedded posts, a functionality that is always available on Twitter and Facebook.

~from “Website Magazine,” Nov. 2013