Welcome to the Saturday morning post where bloggers who have recently followed the blog can introduce themselves. Each week I will share a small selection of bloggers at random.
Basically this is a watering hole for bloggers across all the areas of interest. Watering holes are very useful for meeting like-minded people and also a way to grow a supportive and sharing community.
If you are NEW to smorgasbord it would be great if you could introduce yourself in the comments.. a brief intro and then a link to the post that you feel best represents your blogging style.
If you are a REGULAR visitor to the blog then please do leave a link to your latest post too, so that we can visit and share.
The idea is to encourage more readers to your posts and an opportunity for us to get to know you better.
The community that kindly supports me is always welcoming, and you will find a great deal of support and encouragement especially for new bloggers.
I look forward to finding out more about you. Sally
Over the next few weeks I thought I would feature some of the bloggers and reviewers who have watering holes we should all gather around. Some for the very useful information that they provide to help you blog effectively, and others who accept books for review. There are also bloggers who offer an amazing opportunity to be seen around their watering hole in the form of guest posts. This brings new readers to the blogs you have worked so hard to research and write.
I have a list of bloggers that I already follow who offer these services and will be sharing over the following meet and greet posts, but please feel free to add your links to the comments section if you would like to be included.
This week Challenges and Book Reviews.
One of the best way to increase your visibility as a blogger and a writer is to participate in one or two challenges that are popular. Today I am sharing both a #writing and a #photo challenge organised by two very high profile bloggers and they definitely have watering holes you want to gather around.
The first is Charli Mills of the Carrot Ranch Literary Community.
About Charli Mills
Good to meet you! I’m Charli Mills. From riding horses to writing stories, I’m a born buckaroo wrangling words. I once won a trophy for goat-tying and later, one for story-telling.
With over two decades in freelancing, publications, sales, marketing, editing and speaking, my writing is published in magazines, anthologies and online. See my resume to learn how a buckaroo gained such worldly experience.
My byline has appeared in Montana Outdoors, Colours Literary Magazine, Edible Twin Cities and online at USA Today. I used to write wellness columns and foodie features about turmeric and cheese-makers. I published over 200 print articles and managed the award-winning Living Naturally for 15 years.
For a complete list of my writing, achievements and presentations, see my Curricula Vitae. Yep, a buckaroo with a CV!
Nowadays, I make up stories. My literary art includes historical fiction and sensory-rich nature essays. I write about rocks, furry and feathered critters, the west, copper miners, and women on frontiers. I research buried history, write character-driven novels, and embrace the 99-word flash fiction form as scientifically-based magic.
Carrot Ranch LLC now has an imprint and a publishing partner. Miracle of Ducks, my debut novel, independently publishes in 2018.
An archeologist. A missing soldier. His dogs, her mess. Dr. Danni Gordon knows science, not people. Her husband, Ike, believes he’s still a soldier and gives up retirement to go to Iraq. He leaves her with his hounds, his best friend who hates her profession, and an impending house foreclosure. It’ll take the kind of miracle Danni doesn’t believe in.
As lead buckaroo of this outfit, I build literary community through weekly flash fiction challenges. I host the Congress of Rough Writers and curate their creative writing into shareable formats (online compilations, Patreon podcasts, local open mic events, and published anthologies).
Our literary community’s debut is The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology, Vol. 1. (BOOK LINK COMING SOON!)
Thirty writers began with 99 words and forged literary feats. Vol. 1 explores the literary art of flash fiction through the earliest compilations at Carrot Ranch and a new flash fiction prompt. Some writers extended original 99-word stories into longer ones and the group’s memoirists reflected on how their practice of flash fiction impacted their nonfiction writing. Based on the experiences at Carrot Ranch, Vol. 1 offers tips to other groups interested in using flash fiction to build a literary community.
A Weekly Flash Fiction Challenge is posted every Thursday. Responses are due by the following Tuesday. Respond by comment of link. On the following Wednesday, Carrot Ranch publishes a compilation of responses arranged to artfully explore the prompt.
FF RULES FOR WEEKLY CHALLENGES:
- Follow the weekly blog post for each new flash fiction challenge.
- Respond with 99 words. Exactly. No more. No less.
- Title is not required or included in the 99 word count.
- Include the challenge prompt of the week in your response.
- Go where the prompt leads (it’s about creative problem-solving not accuracy).
- Post your response on your blog before the deadline and share your link in the comments section of the challenge you are responding to.
- If you don’t have a blog, or you don’t want to post your flash fiction response on your blog, you may post your response in the comments of the current challenge post.
- Keep it business-rated if you do post it at Carrot Ranch, meaning don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your boss to read.
- Create community among writers: Read and comment as your time permits, keeping it fun-spirited.
- Carrot Ranch will share responses with readers in a published weekly compilation.
- Authors retain full rights.
Head over and find out how you can hone your writing skills, get your blog noticed and possibly have your story included in an anthology: https://carrotranch.com/flash-fiction-2/rules/
The next blogger that offers a challenge each week is Sue Vincent with the Thursday #Photo Prompt. This is another very popular feature and you will be amongst the brightest and most talented writers if you participate.
The challenge rules.
Every Thursday at noon GMT, I publish one of my photos as a writing prompt. If you know where the photo was taken, please keep it to yourself until the challenge is closed. I usually share something about the place during the round-up.
Throughout the week I will feature as many of the responses here on the Daily Echo as space allows. Every week, a full round-up of posts will be published linking back to the original posts of contributors.
You can find all last week’s entries in the weekly round-up. Please visit and read the stories and poems and explore the sites of their writers. I feature as many contributions as I can on the blog during the week, but given the volume of contributions that will seldom be all of them!
The best way to ensure your post is featured is to send it well before the deadline but all posts will be included in a round up on Thursday 1st February.
Find out more on how to participate in this premier challenge: https://scvincent.com/2018/01/25/thursday-photo-prompt-woodland-writephoto/
About Sue Vincent
Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire born writer currently living in the south of England, largely due to an unfortunate incident with a map, a pin and a blindfold. Raised in a spiritually eclectic family she has always had an unorthodox view on life, particularly the inner life, which is often reflected in her writing, poetry and paintings.
Sue lived in France for several years, sharing a Bohemian lifestyle and writing songs before returning to England where the youngest of her two sons was born. She began writing and teaching online several years ago, and was invited to collaborate with Dr G Michael Vasey on their book, “The Mystical Hexagram: The Seven Inner Stars of Power” (Datura Press).
Stuart France and Sue Vincent are also the authors of the Doomsday series.
Find out more about their work together: http://www.franceandvincent.com/
Sue, along with Steve Tanham and Stuart France, is a Director of the Silent Eye School of Consciousness, an international modern Mystery School that seeks to allow its students to find the inherent magic in living and being. http://www.thesilenteye.co.uk
Some other books by Sue Vincent
Discover all of Sue Vincent’s books: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sue-Vincent/e/B00F2L730W
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Sue-Vincent/e/B00F2L730W
Read more reviews and follow Sue on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6551588.Sue_Vincent
As I mentioned last week, I get a great many requests to review books that I cannot unfortunately commit to. However, I have recently discovered this site that might be very useful to all authors. Reedsy is a publishing site but it also has very informative articles and a motherlode of links to book reviewing bloggers.
Find out blogs for your genre: https://blog.reedsy.com/book-review-blogs/
Crafting beautiful books is at the heart of everything that Reedsy does. We’re changing the way books are published by giving authors and publishers access to talented professionals, powerful tools, and free educational content. Reedsy was founded in the summer of 2014 by Emmanuel Nataf, Ricardo Fayet, Vincent Durand and Matt Cobb. Since then, we’re proud to have built a network of world-class publishing professionals and helped produce over 3,000 books.
Reedsy also has compiled a very extensive list of bloggers that review books and you can select sites that review books in your particular genre. You can select the criteria and for example there were 278 book blogs that feature reviews for indie authors.
This is a treasure trove of book and review sites and whilst you will have to check for submission guidelines I suggest that you consider using this invaluable service.
Reedsy also has a very informative writing blog and here is there latest post on the work of ghostwriters.
What’s it like to work with a Ghostwriter.
Katy Weitz is an acclaimed UK ghostwriter who has worked for some of the biggest names in publishing including Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Penguin Random House. She has had several bestselling titles and reached the coveted No. 1 spot in The Sunday Times’ non-fiction Bestseller List with her ghosted memoir Sins of the Mother. Today her books are available worldwide and she enjoys working with both commercial and private clients.
In this guest post, she pulls back the curtain to reveal what the collaboration between a ghostwriter and an author is really like.
Read the rest of this post on ghostwriters : https://blog.reedsy.com/work-with-a-ghostwriter/
Just a reminder that this too is a watering hole and a place to share your latest post and introduce yourself if you are new to the blog or would like to mingle with the other guests.
If you offer guest posts, reviews or other promotional services then please drop your contact or submission links in the comments.
Thanks for dropping in and look forward to hearing from you. Sally