Periscope How-To for Authors

Periscope is one of the best things happening on social media right now. I’m just getting started, but I’ve looking forward to the possibilities! Pericope helps authors send their message into the world in a personal way. Who better to tell your story than you can? Who better to share your content or your passion? When people SEE you, they also see your authenticity. If people like you they’ll be interested in your books, your message, your heart. As of {Read More}

My Favorite Marketing Tools for Authors

My Favorite Marketing Tools for Authors You think that writing a book is the hard part, right?! Getting your book noticed (and appreciated) by readers is a whole new thing. Here are ways I’ve connect with readers and have grown my fan base … without being annoying! Just a few quick tips that have worked for me… Marketing: 1. I’ve hired a nearly full-time assistant to help with marketing. She posts my blogs, formats my newsletters, sends out packages, etc. {Read More}

Making Pinterest-Worthy Graphics for Your Blog

  I’ve been blogging for many years. I write to encourage, educate, and inspire. I love to hear from readers. I like to know my words are getting out and making a difference! Over the last year, Pinterest has revolutionized my blogging. Blogs that used to get a few hundred readers get readers in the thousands or tens of thousands. Most of these readers come from Pinterest and Facebook. Readers are inspired, educated, and encouraged by my words, but the first step to {Read More}

The Sights and Scents of Life

  The Sights and Scents of Life Recently on my Facebook page I asked, “What scent or sound immediately takes you back to childhood?” I love the responses that came through. Here are a few of them: Carolann E: The smell of a live Christmas tree. I used to lay on my tummy and play with the little plastic town and the train that my dad set up every year and sing Christmas carols. Jennifer C: The smell of burning {Read More}

Trivia Answers from the ‘Simple Things’ Chat Party

Thanks to everyone who showed up last night for the “Simple Things” author chat party! If you missed out on it, you can re-read through the highlight and comments here. Trivia Answers I wanted to share with you the correct answers to the trivia questions. Some of them were tricky! How did you do? 1. All Amish have church in their homes. False. In Somerset County, Pennsylvania they have meeting houses. 2. Amish women do not wear makeup. True. 3. The vast {Read More}

You’re Invited to My “Simple Things” Facebook Party

As we look ahead to the closing of one year and the beginning of another, let’s pause for an evening of encouragement and fun. Let’s share how we can hear God’s voice in the simple things—both during this busy holiday season and throughout 2014. Grab your copy of The One Year® Book of Amish Peace and a warm winter drink and join me for an author chat party on Wednesday, December 4th at 8:00 PM EST (that’s 7:00 Central, 6:00 {Read More}

Snap It to Win It Contest!

We all have that moment when we realize our lives are too stressful, too busy, too filled, and instead of feeling content with ourselves, our relationships, our lives, we end up disappointed, overwhelmed, and burnt out. Sometimes even the simplest reminder—whether it’s a photograph or a page of encouragement from a book—can help us de-stress and re-prioritize our lives. My new book, The One Year® Book of Amish Peace, taps into the wisdom of the Amish in order to help us draw {Read More}

Social Media Success: What’s All the Attention About?

Recently Chipotle had a hack on their Twitter account. Someone got onto their stream and posted nonsense tweets. It turns out, they did it themselves, for a publicity stunt. After all it worked for Burger King who did the same think and gained 30,000 followers. Read more about the stunt. Thirty thousand is a lot of people. In the eyes of business, that’s a ton of new customers. Yet is that the point of social media—to get attention? To build “the numbers”? {Read More}

Mom Blogs You Don’t Want to Miss!

There are a new type of world changers these days. These women serve God, serve their families, and also use their words to impact the world for Jesus Christ. I’ve been a blogger for seven years, but after attending the Allume conference I’ve built amazing friendships with other mommy bloggers. Below is a list I compiled of Mommy Bloggers that you don’t want to miss. Take time to check out their blogs and connect with these amazing women! (And for {Read More}

More Must-Follow Pinterest Boards for Readers

You can read my last set of must-follow Pinterest boards here. I loved looking through the Pinterest boards, and I got ideas for my own board. Here are even more must-follow Pinterest boards. Bookish Vignettes by Amanda Dykes. The board is is a visual tour of little snapshots of reading. The goal of the board is to help readers wonder, where has that person been transported to in the words on their page? They’re each in beautiful or interesting settings, physically—but {Read More}

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