Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday 3rd February 2020 – #PoetryDonation Colleen M. Chesebro, #Mexico #TravelInsurance D.G. Kaye, #Profilephoto Scott McCormick

The first post today is from Colleen Chesebro and she is soliciting contributions to a poetry ‘how to’ book she is bringing out later in the year. For those of us who have been participating in her popular weekly poetry challenges, it is an opportunity to share our work as an example of a particular format of Japanese poetry.. read on…

Attention Poetry Challenge Participants:

I’ve been working on a “How To” book, called Word Craft ~ The Art of Creating Syllabic Poetry with a goal to self-publish by April 2020. This will be a chapbook and great reference for all syllabic poets.

It’s occurred to me that I would like to include more syllabic poetry examples in the book. I’m looking for donations which I will feature with a citation in the Bibliography, including your name and the year written. You would still retain the rights to your work to publish elsewhere.

Head over to find out which forms of syllabic poetry Colleen is looking for and details on how to donate your work: Colleen M. Chesebro – Syllabic poetry donations

Colleen Chesebro, BuyAmazon US –  And:  Amazon UK   –   Goodreads: Colleen at Goodreads –  Website: Colleen Chesebro

Now for some news of a temporary hiatus on a blog as Debby Gies heads off to the sunshine of Mexico for a month. Also some tips on travel insurance as there are plenty out there willing to decimate your bank balance, including some trusted suppliers.

You know how shopper savvy Debby is…

Almost that Time! #Blogging Break Approaching and a Tip!

Just a short note to let you know this will be my last post here until mid-March. As our winter escape to Mexico draws nearer, there are so many loose ends to tie up, not to mention – packing! As some of you who have read my little travel book, Have Bags Will Travel you can appreciate that getting ready to travel for me is a temporary full-time job, lol. First I pick all the things I want to take (just about everything except the kitchen sink) then I get out the old scales and start purging backwards what won’t fit in the weight allowance. It’s a science and an art I tell ya!

Don’t even get me started with the new Coronavirus .

Head over to find out much Debby saved on her travel insurance…you will be amazed: Mexico, Blogging and Travel Insurance D.G. Kaye

D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon USAndAmazon UK    BlogD.G. WritesGoodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Now a post from author Scott McCormick about how important our profile photo is to our book marketing. That expression ‘Would you buy a used car from this man?’ comes to mind. Recommended by M.J (Marjorie) Mallon

People Judge Your Book By Your Headshot

Hunter S Thomson headshot

The goal of your author headshot is to cement your brand. At all times you should be asking yourself, “What kind of image am I trying to project to the world?”

We all know that people judge a book by its cover, but it’s also true that they judge a book by its author’s photo. That photo gives readers another clue as to what kind of tone one might expect from the book. Does the author convey a sense of humor? Does he/she look like a master of horror or mystery? Is the face staring out at you one of competence, friendliness, and/or compassion, as in someone you might want to take financial, lifestyle, or spiritual advice from? In other words, readers are looking at your headshot and asking themselves: Who is this author and do I want to buy a book from them?

When I had my first book published, my publisher asked me for a headshot. I didn’t have one, nor was I about to go hire a pro to get one taken. So I did the next best thing — or so I thought at the time — and I grabbed an old photo from my childhood and used that. It’s still up on my Amazon Author page.

Head over to read the rest of the post and find out some of the steps to take to ensure your author profile photo encourages readers to put their trust in you...People judge your book by your headshot by Scott McCormick

Scott McCormick headshot

Scott McCormick is the author of the Audible bestselling series, Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World, which has been described as “drunk history for kids,” as well as the Mr. Pants series of graphic novels. He also offers affordable editing services for authors. Scott can be reached at

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over to read these posts in full.. thanks Sally.

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