My own personal Yoda

Starting out as a writer is not easy. Writing isn’t my day job. When I first started out, I didn’t know what POV stood for or or the difference between a literary agent and a CIA agent. I was pretty clueless. Back then, looking online at the requirements for a query letter, the daunting steps to enter a writing contest and how steep the competition was, I was pretty intimidated.

I’d love to say I have this incredible amount of innate talent that shines through, beats the odds and lights my way. The truth is I got lucky. I found amazing people who helped me.

There’s one person in particular who has helped me again and again. He’s like my own personal version of Yoda (without the cryptic talk). David C. Cassidy. I owe him. BIG.

He’s a writer and an author and a great photographer. To me, he was a lifejacket when I was sure I wasn’t going to make it. Today, I have a blog, a published book, and another on the way. None of that would have happened without him. I know that for a fact.

He helped me set up this lovely blog when I didn’t know how to tell a blog from a website or why I even needed it. He told me what resources to get on Social Media Marketing (I didn’t know what that was either) and where to get them. He also answered every question I had about publishing, marketing, programs and computers.

I didn’t pay him. All I did was thank him (and mention him on this post). He still helped me. Now, that’s Paying it Forward.

Here’s his site:

How about you? Did you have someone help you get started?




New tab

I have only been an author a very short time. During those months, I’ve managed to bungle things pretty royally. Thank the good karma in the universe that there are sites and blogs and communities online to help newbies like myself. Every time I found something new, I posted it on this blog. I figure, I need all the good karma I can get.

But this morning, with a fresh cup of coffee not making a dent on the horrid headache raging away in my head, I decided to clean house. I got all the posts that have hints or tips for authors and put them under a new tab at the top of the blog, for easy access.

Just click on Resources. Easy, peasy. Oh, and if you have any gems, pass them my way and I’ll post them there too (with your permission).

For bloggers

Here’s a link I found in Facebook and thought I should share. I have to give credit to Karthik Selvaraj for finding it! It’s 120 great tips for helping a blog grow. I thought it was really good and then I thought, other people might like it too.

Hope it helps. And thanks again to Karthik!

P.S. Here’s another helpful link from Karthik!