Making Sure Your Chapter Has a Structure

Sunday, July 25, 2021
We talk a lot about the structure of a novel or even a short story, memoir, or creative nonfiction essay.  The other part of a novel that really needs structure are your chapters. I know--it's a lot to think about. But if you think of each one of your chapters as a standalone piece that makes up a bigger manuscript, your writing will be tight, your plot will be top-notch, and your readers will be flipping through your pages and ready for your next novel. 

Like a novel, chapters also have a beginning, middle, and end. Here's what each part of the chapter should do!

Beginnings: 

Beginnings of chapters need to do two things:
  • Establish where and when the plot is continuing. Sometimes, chapter beginnings pick up right after the ending of the previous chapter, and sometimes, the characters are in a completely different time and place. Also, you can't assume that someone did not put down your book when he or she finished your chapter. It's always good to orient the reader at the beginning of a chapter. Look at how your favorite authors do this without you even noticing it, and use their methods.
  • Chapter beginnings should also catch readers' attention, just like the beginning of a novel does. The first line of a chapter is important, just like the first line of a novel. 

Middle:

Chapter middles must move the plot along and/or reveal something important about the character. Some chapter middles will introduce or wrap up subplots, some will get the main character in more "hot water", and some will ramp up the action to a climax while revealing that annoying flaw your protagonist has. 

Have a plan for each of your chapters and a reason why that chapter and its events are in there. This doesn't mean you need an outline or anything official, but think about your favorite books or TV shows, you can probably explain why the writers had each scene in there, right? Your readers should be able to do the same with your chapters' events.

End:

Your chapter endings are extremely important. Some writers have trouble figuring out where to end a chapter. That's why having a plan for your middle and a reason for the events in a chapter are important for writing. Your chapter should end on a hook when possible. This doesn't mean that your main character has to be falling off a cliff every chapter ending, but something should be there to entice your reader to not turn off the light, close the book, and go to bed when they finish the previous chapter.

If hooks are hard for you, study your favorite authors and see how they do it. What types of last lines do they use. How do they make you want to keep reading?

Another trick is write the chapter and stop where you think it should naturally stop, even if there is no hook. Then go about a half-page up and read there--if you decided to end the chapter a half-page up, then would there be a hook? Probably! You might have to rewrite a little, but at least you are stopping in the middle of a scene, and then you can put the rest of the scene at the beginning of the next chapter--but don't forget to orient your reader.

Paying attention to your chapter structure, like you pay attention to the structure of your entire manuscript, will help you write a successful, page-turning, well-read and loved book for readers!


Margo L. Dill is an author, writing coach, publisher, and writing instructor, living in St. Louis, MO. Her next novel writing class for WOW! starts on September 3. Check it out here. Find out more about Margo here on her website, https://www.margoldill.com




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Review of Your Next Level Life By Karen Arrington

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Today WOW! Women on Writing contributor Jeanine DeHoney rewards us with her review of Your Next Level Life by Karen Arrington. Part of an ongoing blog tour, this book is sure to inspire every woman, no matter what pathway she is on in her life. Visit more stops on this tour and follow along for other reviews by visiting our launch day post.

About the Book, Your Next Level Life

If you’re a Black woman in business and feeling stuck or trapped by other people’s expectations of what you can achieve, it’s time to stop playing small and start redefining what success means for you. It’s time to get that upgrade. 

Channel your black girl magic. Karen Arrington―author of Your Next Level Life, founder of the Miss Black USA Pageant, creator of the Next Level Women’s Summit, and mentor to thousands of confident, successful young black women―is your guide to getting to your next level life. 

Build a legacy of black excellence. How big do you want to live? With the seven simple rules in Your Next Level Life, you’ll learn how to bring your career, income, and lifestyle to that next level. Don’t settle for a life of invisibility and mediocrity. Set ambitious goals, reach for bigger opportunities, and know that you are brave enough to get what you deserve. 

Give the gift of confidence. Looking for inspirational gifts for aspiring black women in business? Your Next Level Life is unlike other self-help books for women. It’s a guide to opportunity that recognizes and celebrates the true magic of ambitious black women. 

Adopt the 7 rules of power, confidence, and opportunity and you can find success: 
  • Create all the money you need 
  • Position yourself like a star 
  • Connect with other powerful women
Review by Jeanine DeHoney

I am such a fan of Karen Arrington after reading her book, Your Next Level Life; 7 Rules of Power, Confidence, and Opportunity For Black Women In America.

Your Next Level Life has given me the advice and tools needed to shift my mindset and change my life after a year that has been testing for us all, and one in which for myself, was difficult to focus on my dreams and goals to position myself to live that next level life. 

Ms. Arrington has written an informative and inspirational guide for Black women to follow in this very much appreciated quick read. She lists seven empowering rules to elevate to your next level in a straightforward and friendly tone which makes it easy to visualize that purposeful and abundant life you desire, and to manifest it. 

I also love the fact that Ms. Arrington has a list of resources and pages with prompts at the end of her book. Your Next Level Life, is definitely a book that should be in every woman's library, on a coffee table, and gifted to a friend or relative. It is a must-read that won't disappoint.

Purchase a copy of this book on Amazon.comBarnes and NobleIndieBound, and Bookshop.org. Be sure to also add this to your GoodReads reading list.

About the Author, Karen Arrington


Karen Arrington is an award-winning author, women’s empowerment expert + global philanthropist + winner of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.

Karen’s coaching, mentoring + philanthropic work spans over 100,000 hours of service — including her position as a Goodwill Ambassador to Sierra Leone, her work as the co-founder of the first Diabetes Awareness Day in West Africa, and her role as the founder of The Miss Black USA Pageant.

She won a 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for her book, Your Next Level Life: 7 Rules of Power, Confidence and Opportunity for Black Women In America. She has also been honored by The Lifetime Network, Jones New York + other major media outlets for her tireless advocacy for women’s health, success + empowerment -- including a Red Dress Award from Woman’s Day Magazine for her efforts in the fight against heart disease, the #1 killer of women.

Over the past 20 years, Karen has helped over 1,000 women step into powerful careers in media, business, medicine + law — transcending hardship, abuse + financial limitations, and transforming their lives + communities. Today, Karen offers private coaching + global service retreats around the world for ambitious women who want to live their best lives -- only better.

Find out more about Karen by visiting her website KarenArrington.com, follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.
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Thursday, July 22, 2021

     As a writer, it’s crucial to stay green… to keep growing… to keep your craft fresh. If you keep doing the same thing, you’re going to keep getting the same results. Of course, if you’re Stepehn King or Jodi Picolt or Chuck Palahniuk, that’s not a problem. They sit down at their desk, and brilliance flows from their fingertips. For the rest of us, however, we have to change things up now and then.

I thought about this recently. In the summers, I teach a graduate class. It’s full of teachers who want to write. Too often, they find themselves bogged down by lesson planning and grading, along with teaching. Educators expect their students to write creative pieces. Teachers taking the time to be creative--to write memoirs and essays and memoirs? Well, it doesn’t happen too often. In this class, it happens every day for sixteen days, and the stuff that flows onto paper is inspiring.

I co-teach the class. At the end, we publish an anthology. Each of us chooses a piece to include. Usually I pick a memoir vignette, or a free verse poem. This summer, I wanted to try something different--something that would require me to stretch, and would also be something I could use with my middle-schoolers. But what would be something different?


                                                                              image by Pixabay

                                     A tree that's still growing is green. I try to stay green.


Googling “unique formats for writing” brought up an article that included this one: telling a story through footnotes. The point? Have the footnotes help tell the story. It was different enough to be appealing. Once I chose the format, the real challenge began.


I wanted it to be seamless. I wanted my audience to read the text on top, then read the footnote, and have the footnote connect to the next part of the text on top.


My first draft stunk. It sounded more like an encyclopedia piece. I’d decided to write about my journey as an author. In the piece, I got mired in the history that surrounded my recently-published book. Too much of the word count was spent on the facts that served as the foundation for my historical fiction. It dragged. It was lackluster and not engaging at all.


So, I switched gears and wrote about writing my book. But this time, I just wrote about the journey itself and not so much about what the book was about. The inspiration. The awful first draft. Getting it edited and getting told, “Your story sucks.” 2 Starting from scratch. Getting it edited (again). This time, getting, “Your story sings.” 3 Sending out over 140 queries. Getting despondent. Taking a risk and approaching my editor-turned-publisher. Getting a yes. Becoming a published author. 


When I focused on just the journey, the piece flowed out. And it’s definitely different.


When I share this piece with my middle-schoolers, I’m confident that at least some of my students will enjoy the process of writing asides via the footnotes. I know that some of them will have fun injecting their voice into their writing by using footnotes.


And I know that when they try this "unique way to format a story," they'll be stretching and growing as writers...


... which is what we all want to do.


 1 My book is about a massacre, and my first draft had no tension. Imagine--a book where hundreds of people get murdered, where 10,000 people are immediately homeless because their homes get looted and then burned down, where airplanes are dropping kerosene bombs onto people… and there’s no tension. My first draft stunk way more than those left-overs that have been shoved to the back of your fridge for the past two months.

2 Of course, the editor said it in a constructive, professional way.
3 No, my editor never said those words. However, the second editing was full of praise and finally, my editor was able to stop pinching her nostrils shut.

Sioux Roslawski is a freelance writer, a middle-school teacher and the author of Greenwood Gone: Henry's Story. You can see more of Sioux's writing by checking out her blog: https://siouxspage.blogspot.com
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Copywriter Wanted for Tinder and Other Job Listings

Wednesday, July 21, 2021


Wanted: Copywriter for tinder 
Hourly: Intermediate Est. Time: Less than 1 month. Hours to be determined. Looking for a good copywriter for my dating profiles 

 If you thought the above listing for a copywriter, shared on what I considered a reputable job search site for freelancers, was a joke, then you would be wrong. And yes, I know Tinder should be capitalized. But I wanted to share the listing exactly as I found it. This was only one of many gems I discovered when scrolling job sites this past week. Along with listings like this: 

Starting rate is non-negotiable and is as follows: 
$12 for 1250 words 
$18 for 2500 words 
$28 for 3500 words 

I’ll admit that 18 years ago when I was first starting out as a freelance writer, I wrote for a few “content mill” sites that paid me $12-$15 for a 500-word article. I was desperate for a byline and thought being published online, even on a site that didn’t get much traffic, was better than not being published at all. But then I started getting better paying gigs, including freelance writing articles and profiles and editing assignments that paid me $20-$25+ per hour, and I realized my work was more valuable than $12-$15 per article. 

Sometimes writers are asked to take on a gig that pays on a “retainer” or monthly contracted rate, and this is where you have to be careful. This week, I’ve had to make the decision to step away from an editing gig that pays me a flat rate, because the scope of the work has evolved over time, such as including the need for me to write more and more business profiles (sold as advertorials), while the pay has not. I found myself trying to juggle the editing of two (sometimes three) publications, writing articles, assigning photography and proofreading, with no colleagues in a position to assist me or paid vacation. There is no downtime. And this isn’t the first time I’ve found myself in this position. The difference is that as I’ve grown older and more experienced, I’ve learned choosing my mental and physical health when possible is better than running myself into the ground for a small paycheck. 

In a perfect scenario, I would have found a gig to replacement that income before I put in my notice. But in my case, I’ve been working so many hours I don’t have any downtime to look for any replacement gigs. I did create profiles on a few job sites, which is where I stumbled across the gems at the beginning of this post. It was discouraging at first, but then I told myself:
 
-I’m a seasoned writer and editor who has a large network and proven track record 
-I created a podcast all on my own and can monetize it to earn passive income 
-I have a platform I can use to sell books, e-books 
-I still have one contracted monthly gig that I can use as my “bread and butter” while I search for supplemental income opportunities. 

I know my worth as a writer. There are legitimate opportunities mixed in with the not-so-legitimate ones. I’ll be okay. Please don’t ever feel like you have to write 3500 words for $28 unless you absolutely have to. Your talent is more valuable than that.

Have you ever found yourself working on a writing gig that turned out to be much different than what you signed on for? How did you handle it? I'd love to hear your stories!

Renee Roberson is an award-winning freelance writer and editor who also hosts the true crime podcast, Missing in the Carolinas. Read more of her writing at FinishedPages.com.
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Interview with T.C. Kemper, Runner Up in the WOW! Winter 2021 Flash Fiction Contest

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

T.C. Kemper is an American author and poet represented by Amy Giuffrida of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. Her writing (scholarly, journalistic, literary, and satire) has been published in The Journal of Conflict Management, The Black Sheep, A Celebration of Young Poets, and various local news sources. She is a proud dog mom, doodler, and daydreamer, and as a life-long learner, is always working towards her next degree. By day, she works in higher education, and by night, she creates vibrant characters that won’t let go. When she’s not lost in a beautifully crafted story, she’s likely lost in the woods. T.C. Kemper lives in Kentucky with her husband, her rescue dog, and the ghosts that haunt her closet. Find her via her website: www.tckemper.com, on Twitter: @taylortac, or on Instagram: @tckemperwrites 

----------Interview by Renee Roberson



WOW: “Boxes We Build” features powerful imagery and a compelling narrator. What message did you most hope to convey to readers of this story? 

T.C.: I’m so glad the imagery came across with the power I intended! I wrote “Boxes We Build” from a place of vulnerability and frustration—as a perfectionist, I’ve continuously struggled with the concept of “good enough.” Appearance, career choice, income, education level, my role within my family, my journey as a writer, how others perceive me, how I perceive myself and how I define success—it’s a lot to carry, and I personally know many other women who feel the same pressures. Right after my birthday following a uniquely stressful year, I found myself in a place where I wanted to (figuratively) burn it all down. So, I wrote these characters as alternating parts of myself in a way—Daria, Evette, and my narrator have differing relationships with their boxes, and I knew Evette’s fiery revelation had to be the high point of this journey. Ultimately, I hope readers come away with the desire to inspect their own boxes more closely and choose what to burn. I know it’s something I’m constantly working on. 

WOW: I could definitely relate to the message of your story and know others will, too. Your bio mentions the “ghosts that haunt your closet.” We’d love to know more about this! 

T.C.: It all started with a very, very creepy marionette my husband and I received at a Christmas party in a “dirty Santa” gift exchange a couple years ago. Someone had wrapped up this somewhat horrifying donkey puppet they had found at an antique store, and it ended up coming home with us as a gag gift. The night we brought it home and stored it in our bedroom closet, mysterious things started to happen. Clacking hangers, weird noises, and then, around 2 a.m., the door just opened on its own. In the dark. Just, wide open like a big, shadowy mouth. Similar things have happened randomly since then, and we’ve just accepted that the donkey marionette carried a restless spirit into the house, I guess. The “ghost” doesn’t seem to mind the cramped space too much, and seems content to live amongst my old scarves and seldom-worn stilettos! 

WOW: Thank you for sharing that story with us. It doesn't get much more intriguing than a donkey marionette! You recently acquired an agent. What tips would you offer our readers who are going through their own agent search? Any “do’s or don’ts” you could share? 

T.C.: I am incredibly fortunate to have signed with the fabulous Amy Giuffrida of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. She’s a wonderful advocate for her authors, and she’s the best cheerleader I could ask for! The road to traditional publishing is hard, and the query trenches are perhaps the hardest of all since you’re at the beginning of the road, looking for that perfect advocate to shepherd your story into the hands of potential publishers. My advice is: 1.) Take rejection in stride. It’s a normal part of the process, even if every “no” feels a little like a punch to the spleen. This is easier said than done, I know! But the moment you accept that not every agent is the perfect fit for your career, the easier it is to step back, take a breath, and keep pushing. Your perfect advocate is out there. I found mine! 2.) Read widely in your genre and age category before you even start to draft the story in your head. If you pay attention to things like voice, trends, and themes as you read, it will make your own writing so much easier. I made the mistake of misclassifying my MG story as YA when I first started out, and I still cringe a little looking back! 3.) Have faith in your story. It will find its home as long as you don’t give up on it. 

WOW: Your current manuscripts are middle grade and young adult novels. What do you enjoy most about writing for these age groups? 

T.C.: I love kidlit because there's so much room to play with the more whimsical, vibrant parts of storytelling. Middle grade in particular sat at the heart of my love of reading growing up-- the fun character names, outlandish settings, and action-packed adventures were so fun! When I write MG or YA, the wide-eyed, rebellious, and impressionable parts of my youth are in the driver's seat, and it's always exhilarating to bring that energy to the page. 

WOW: How does your love of nature play into your love of writing? Does it help inspire new stories and ideas? 

T.C.: It definitely does. My middle grade fantasy, "Clementine & The Clock," features climate change as a primary theme. One of my favorite settings in the book is Natura, the isle of nature. It's a magical sanctuary where all living species exist together in peace under Mother Nature's care (think the most incredible botanical garden ever!). In my young adult WIP, the primary setting is a dark, tangled orchard with every kind of fruit imaginable. I love researching the natural world and bringing what I learn into my stories.

WOW: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions for us. We look forward to reading more of your work.
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H.R. Conklin's The Eternity Knot (of the Celtic Magic Series) Blog Tour, Author Interview, and Giveaway!

Monday, July 19, 2021


We are excited to be here today with H.R. Conklin and announce the blog tour of Book #4 in the Celtic Magic, The Eternity Knot. Join us as we interview the author, highlight upcoming spots on the blog tour, and give away a copy of her book. 

First, here is a little bit about The Eternity Knot:

Mairi has been shown the future and knows humans must change their ways. Continuing on their path of disconnect with Nature will cause the destruction of human life. Tasked by the Seelie Fae to save the human world, Mairi and friends seek out ancient wisdom in the stories of old. The Queen of the Unseelie Fae decides humans have to prove themselves worthy of the Earthly Realm, or die trying. Dark magic makes Mairi push harder to find the answers she needs, but the Undersea Faerie Queen is weighing in and Mairi is uncertain whose side she is on. When young people representing cultures from all of the continents share their knowledge, Mairi finally feels the seeds of hope. Deadly faerie magic is working against humanity, but humans and faeries are working together like never before. As humans begin seeing the earth through ancient views, they are waking up to their dormant powers. Now Mairi must put all the pieces together before time runs out for human life on Earth, and for once she's starting to feel worthy of the task. Join Mairi and friends in this exciting conclusion to the Celtic Magic series. 

The Celtic Magic series is a unique tale connecting modern day California to the Scotland of centuries ago. Join Mairi during a life-changing year in this eco-heroine's journey, following the Celtic wheel of pagan holidays through the seasons and time as she meets druids, witches, and faeries of both Light and Dark. Discover what role mythic stories play in saving the Earth from imminent destruction, and what happens when the world is inclusive of all people. This series includes The Trinity Knot, The Witch's Knot, The Faerie Knot, and just finished is book 4, The Eternity Knot! 

This book is perfect for teens and adults of all ages who enjoy a modern take on myths and fairytales! 

Publisher:  Independently Published (June 12, 2021)
Genre:  Coming of Age Fiction, Fantasy, Magic
Pages:  329 
ASIN:  B096TTR9PK  
ISBN-13:  979-8700673150

Purchase The Eternity Knot on Amazon, Waldorf Books, and/or H.R. Conklin's website: Wild Rose Stories. Be sure to also add this to your GoodReads reading list.

About the Author, H.R. Conklin 


H. R. Conklin grew up in the rural mountains of Northern California where her mother gardened and her father played the bagpipes, as well as spending long hours in the theater where her parents were a dancer and an actor. This undoubtedly led to her overactive imagination and love for nature. She currently lives in San Diego with her husband, two adult children, and three dogs. She used to teach kindergarten at a public Waldorf charter school in which she told many fairy tales to the children, and made up stories in her spare time. Now she is a Story Circle Leader and guides parents in homeschooling at a private Waldorf school.

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---  Interview by Crystal Otto 

WOW: Thank you so much for choosing WOW! to help promote The Eternity Knot and the Celtic Magic Series. I'm so excited to be here with you today! I'm one of the lucky few who had a chance to read the books already, so I'll try not to spoil it for everyone else. Let me just say our readers won't be disappointed in today's interview or any of your books! Let's get to it!

Tell us more about your Women's Story Circles

H.R.: My story circles came out of my realization that there are women who aren’t aware of any fairy tales other than the versions presented by Disney. There are even more women who don’t realize that fairy tales aren’t straight forward, such as the prince kissing Aurora in Sleeping Beauty isn’t actually a prince. He symbolizes a woman’s masculine side finding balance with a woman’s feminine side within her. Fairy tales are full of symbolism like that! 

So, I created a Women’s Story Circle in which I tell an original version of a popular fairy tale, then explain the symbolism while weaving in meditation and creativity such as journaling or art. 

WOW: That's really deep. I think you're right - there's many of us that haven't given much thought as to what lies beneath the surface. How exciting to have this new insight!

How has your writing evolved from your original dream? How do you stay true to your vision? 

H.R.: My writing has evolved from being about my own personal issues to being about world wide, human issues, mostly women’s, probably mostly white women because that’s what I know. I am trying to broaden my scope of understanding from all women’s points of view, though. I used to write short stories based on something I witnessed in my family, for example, and it would help me see the scenario in a more hopeful light. For instance, I wrote a story about a little boy with a loving mommy, but a roaring dragon lurked in the shadows. It helped me realize I needed to work on an ancestral lineage of yelling at our children that runs in my family. 

I sought help and working on my temper has been a lifelong endeavor that I feel has paid off by setting an example for my own children. Now I write about other people such as I’ve recently outlined a story about a woman who is running from an abusive boyfriend. This is not something in my own relationship experience, but it is something that is much too prevalent in the world. I’m in a book study for Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s book, Women Who Run With The Wolves. I was inspired to write it by her chapter on the fairy tale Bluebeard and the symbolism within it. I hope to find time to work on this new book series I have in mind. 

WOW: We may have come from the same ancestry...especially if you ask my children, but that's a topic for another day.

What advice would you give to other authors concerning their writing, publication, promotion, etc?

H.R.: Write all the time. Write down ideas when you don’t have time to write entire chapters. Watch people. Listen to other people’s stories. Put down the phone in public places and see how people move and interact. Take writing classes. Work on parts of your writing that you feel are weak. Don’t be afraid to set goals and go for them. Appreciate the people who are willing to read your books and tell you they are good even when a critique group might tear you apart, especially their internal critic. There are kernels of wisdom in our worst writing. Hold tight to those and keep writing. My mom is a painter. She doesn’t want to sell her paintings. She occasionally sells a print, or gives one away. She has helped me see that my art doesn’t always have to be a commodity. So, I write stories that don’t always do anything more than purge a thought from my mind. And I love that! It takes the pressure off to constantly be performing for anyone else. 

WOW: I hope everyone heard the part of setting goals and going for them even when you're afraid! That's such great supportive advice for all of us!

Speaking of support - who has been most supportive of you when it comes to writing and being published? 

H.R.: I’m lucky to be supported in my writing by a number of people. My mom is my biggest champion, but my husband and a handful of friends are a close second. I’m also working on being my own champion. I so often doubt myself and get in my own way. I find myself admiring people who take chances and seem to not mind wiping the dust off when they fall. At least they fell trying. They also get back up, which is key. So, I keep trying my hand at writing and publishing, such as the several times I’ve entered the WOW contests. I haven’t won yet, but I keep trying. I have gotten close, so that’s a boost. 

WOW: Thanks so much for entering. I love reading all the submissions and I know plenty of authors who swear by the feedback! I have a good feeling there's a win in your future! 

What would your current self say to the younger you? 

H.R.: When I was younger, I didn’t believe in working on your art for money because I thought it wouldn’t pay the bills so it wasn’t worth my time. Now, I would go back and tell my younger self to become a writer because it would still lead to paying the bills, though not necessarily with novels, and I would at least be doing what I wanted to do. However, I truly believe that everything happens the way it’s meant to, so I don’t really want to change anything about my younger self. I still became a writer, in my own time. 

WOW: You are so patient - that's such an interesting take on things.

When did you start writing and who or what helped you get to where you are today? 

H.R.: I started writing when I was young. I loved writing in English class. I was that kid who was stoked to have an essay test. Multiple-choice tests were so hard for me. I have so much to say. So, I’ve always kept journals and have written short stories my whole life. I became serious about writing a book in my thirties. I wrote the beginning of Celtic Magic and shared it with my dad. He was dying from cancer and I wanted him to know I was writing it. He seemed pleased and we had a wonderful talk about our family connection to the Celtic people. After he died, I took an Artist’s Way class that helped me realize I should still write my book even if I was sad about my dad. I took classes through San Diego Writer’s Ink and managed to outline the entire series and finish book one, The Trinity Knot. Knowing I really just wanted to hold my book, I recruited willing friends and paid for editors, and voila: I self-published. 

WOW: What a meaningful story about how things evolved for you.

Who is your favorite author and why? 

H.R.:  I really don’t have one favorite author. I enjoy most writers who are adept at mixing a touch of fairy tale magic to our ordinary world or who have a new way to look at fairy tales and myths. Here are a few that stand out for me. Sarah Alison Addison’s magical realism novels are perfectly believable. Kate Morton’s ability to transport me into several eras and create a complicated mystery that she clarifies completely in the end is remarkable. Nikita Gill’s poetry about goddesses and fairy tales is eye-opening to the inherent symbolism. 

WOW: Here's a tough question seeing as how you're doing so well with all of these - and maybe it's never happened to you, but I have to ask: How do you deal with rejection or a negative review? 

H.R.: When I first received a negative review, I went to some of my favorite authors’ websites and read their 1-star reviews. It helped me to remember that writers cannot please everyone and that’s okay. Now, I try not to take much notice unless there’s a kernel of truth that can help me improve my writing. 

WOW: That definitely reminds me of my dad and his great advice about not being able to please all of the people all of the time - you're spot on!

What does your writing space look like? 

H.R.: It rotates around the house. Mostly, I like to sit on the couch with my laptop. I do have a desk in my daughter’s room now that she’s gone off to college. Sometimes, I write at the dining room table or in a chair in the family room. 

WOW: So many of us can relate to a moving "space." You mentioned other authors - are you part of a writers group? Why or why not? 

H.R.: Sometimes I am. I have a hard time sticking to one group, though I always enjoy myself when I do, but life seems to get in the way. In part, I didn’t feel I was any good at critiquing other writers’ work when I first started joining, but I’ve improved so now I enjoy critique groups more. I hope to find one to stay with now that classes might resume in-person again. I’m not super keen on always being online. 

WOW: It's so hard delivering an honest critique, isn't it?

You mentioned the dragon story before and that made me think about journaling and real life - so let me ask, how does journaling play a role in your writing life? 

H.R.: I go through phases with journaling. I’ll be adamant about journaling for several months then take a break. I mostly use journaling to purge emotions from my body, or to work through a book I’m studying. I keep my ideas for more books in my journals and return to them when I’m seeking a new idea to work on. 

WOW: Oh those phases - I know many of us would say the same. Some periods I'm more intense with my journaling than other too. Before I let you go, talk to us about what's next. 

What's next for you? What are you working on now and what's on your list as a long term goal? 

H.R.: I’m working on a journal for girls and women that will follow a similar path to learning about yourself that my character Mairi took in the Celtic Magic series. It encourages women to delve into their ancestral culture and myths, to trace their maiden tree of family names (book 1), to discover the death rituals that their ancestors once followed (book 2), to work through journaling questions to reach deeper into their own shadowed corners (book 3) and to look outward into the world to find what passions they have or which activism might call to them (book 4). At the very least, it’s a journal I would have liked to access as a young woman or teen, so I suppose there are others who will also appreciate it. My long-term goal is to keep writing and finding ways to share my writing with the world. I hope to also establish myself as a Circle Guide for tweens, teens, and women. I’m off to a good start, so I’ll keep following my path.   

WOW: It's interesting that we came right back to journaling! I can't wait to hear all this new project - it sounds like something I can enjoy with my children! 

Thank you so much for being here and for your time and honesty today. I can't wait to hear more during the great upcoming stops on your tour! Thanks again for choosing WOW! 

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July 19th @ The Muffin
What goes better with coffee in the morning than a muffin? Today we interview Helga Conklin about the latest book in her Celtic Magic series, The Eternity Knot. You can enter to win a copy too!

July 20th @ Pages and Paws 
Today's guest post at Pages & Paws is an enlightening opportunity to learn more about storytelling and parents from H.R. Conklin. Enjoy today's guest post and find our more about Conklin's latest book The Eternity Knot - Part of the Celtic Magic Series! 

July 21st @ The Faerie Review 
Join Lily at the Faerie Review as she shares her review of H.R. Conklin's latest book The Eternity Knot; part of the Celtic Magic Series. This is a great book for anyone who enjoys a modern take on myths and fairytales! 

July 29th @ The Knotty Needle 
Judy at the Knotty Needle shares her review with readers after reading H.R. Conklin's The Eternity Knot - part of the Celtic Magic Series. Don't miss Judy's insightful review!

July 31st @ Author C.K. Sorens 
Fellow Author C.K. Sorens shares her review of The Eternity Knot - the latest release by H.R. Conklin and part of the Celtic Magic series. Don't miss today's peer review! 

August 1st @ Bring on Lemons with Cathy Hansen 
Wisconsin entrepreneur and educator, Cathy Hansen reviews the latest novel in the Celtic Magic series - find out what Cathy has to say about The Eternity Knot as she shares her thoughts with readers at Bring on Lemons. 

August 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina 
Fellow author Anthony Avina shares his review of H.R. Conklin's The Eternity Knot. This book is part of the Celtic Magic Series - readers of all ages will delight in this special story! https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

August 3rd @ A Storybook World 
Readers at A Storybook World will hear from guest blogger H.R. Conklin on the topic of Symbolism in Fairytales. Conklin just released The Eternity Knot - another 5 star book in the Celtic Magic series, but she's taking time to share her author expertise with readers today! Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to learn from Conklin! 

August 4th @ Author Anthony Avina 
Earlier this week, readers at Author Anthony Avina's blog read Anthony's review of H.R. Conklin's The Eternity Knot. Today, readers will hear from Conklin herself as she shares a guest blog post titled: "Symbolism Reflected in Stories from Around the World." Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to learn more about The Celtic Magic series!

August 5th @ The Knotty Needle 
Judy at the Knotty Needle shares her review of The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin. This is book 3 in the Celtic Magic series and it is guaranteed to delight readers of all ages! Don't miss Judy's review! https://knottyneedle.blogspot.com/

August 6th @ Beverley A. Baird 
Today's guest post for readers at Beverley A. Baird is written by H.R. Conklin. Conklin is the award winning author of the Celtic Magic Series and she recently released her latest title: The Eternity Knot. Don't miss a chance to read today's guest post titled: "Parenting Wisdom Shared Through Storytelling."

August 7th @ World of My Imagination with Nicole Pyles 
Nicole just finished reading The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin and can't wait to tell readers at World of My Imagination all about it. Don't miss today's review by Nicole to find out more about this title as well as the others in the Celtic Magic Series! 

August 8th @ Word Magic: All About Books with Author Fiona Ingram 
H.R Conklin pens today's guest post about fairies and mythology as she visits fellow author Fiona Ingram at Word Magic. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from Conklin and find out more about her latest release: The Eternity Knot; part of the Celtic Magic series!

August 9th @ Bring on Lemons with Crystal Otto 
WOW! Blog Tour Manager, Crystal Otto reviews the latest novel in the Celtic Magic Series - find out what Crystal has to say about The Eternity Knot as she shares her 5 star review with readers at Bring on Lemons. 

August 10th @ Bring on Lemons with Libby 
Libby is a young artist who enjoys many genres of books - she shares her thoughts with readers at Bring on Lemons today - her deep thoughts about The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin. This book is part of the Celtic Magic series and Libby is excited to read all the books. Readers will delight in her youthful perspective and her energy! 

August 11th @ Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews 
Lisa Haselton interviews H.R. Conklin about the Celtic Magic series and her latest release The Eternity Knot. Don't miss a chance to become better acquainted with this talented author! 

August 18th @ Jill Sheet's Blog 
Today, readers at Jill Sheet's Blog will hear from H.R. Conklin on the topic of "How Symbolism in Fairy Tales of Old Help Us Today." Stop by to learn more about The Eternity Knot (part of the Celtic Magic Series) and learn from this talented author. 

August 19th @ Wildwood Reads with Megan 
Readers at Wildwood Reads will hear from Megan as she reviews The Eternity Knot by H.R. Conklin. Don't miss an opportunity to learn more about The Celtic Magic Series and this latest release! https://wildwoodreads.com/

 
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7 Powerful Book Promotion Ideas for Self-Published Authors

Saturday, July 17, 2021
A passion for writing doesn’t always go hand in hand with a desire to monetize your work. However, if you’d like to share your writing gift with the world and still make money, it’s imperative to learn about the best ways to promote your book. It’s important to identify your goals beforehand because successful book promotion requires deliberate planning and execution. 

Promoting your book may seem like a daunting task at first but it doesn’t have to be. It involves communicating with your target audience in ways that make them want to buy your book. In this article, we’re going to cover 7 book promotion ideas that will help you reach your target audience and sell more books. 

1. Create a Blog or Website 

Nowadays, it's impossible to think about marketing without talking about content marketing. It's one of the most effective ways of gaining organic SEO and works for the long term. The same case applies to promoting your book. 

Having a blog that’s tailored to your target audience is a good way to attract readers that would have otherwise not heard about your book had you opted to market it using other methods. You should blog regularly on interesting topics and incorporate insights from your book. 

A blog also avails the opportunity to create a buzz about an upcoming book publishing launch. You can use the opportunity to give away free books or post a few excerpts which will leave the reader yearning for more. If all goes well, they’ll end up buying the book to read more. 

If you don’t know how to go about writing your blog, hire a writer who has specialized in your niche. 

2. Increase your Online Digital Footprint 

There are a few ways to increase your online presence. The first one involves creating accounts on different social media accounts. Social media marketing is one of the most effective methods to reach your target audience and one which won’t cost you any money. 

It's however important to identify which medium resonates with your target audience based on their demography. For example, Instagram is popular among young people while a more mature audience prefers Twitter. 

If you prefer to use over one social media platform, put out unique content instead of copy and paste. 

The second one involves guest posting on high-traffic websites. When guest posting, it's important to include a link that redirects readers to your website. One such site is wow-womenonwriting.com

3. Learn From Those Who Have Gone Before you 

"A fool learns from their mistakes while a wise person learns from other peoples’ mistakes” is a common saying but one that carries a lot of weight. Learning from successful publishers who have gone before you will help you avoid making the same mistakes they did. You can benefit from identifying what they are doing right and help you sell more books. 

Reading books from authors in your niche will help you identify the tone and phrases that resonate with readers and by doing so, it will help you sharpen your writing craft. Other things you should look out for is how they are doing their covers and designs and hopefully, this will help you when designing your books. 

4. The Power of Reviews 

Some marketers have termed reviews as the best form of marketing. One advantage of reviews is that they don’t cost you any money. One of the most effective ways to get quality reviews is by using former reviews and sending them a copy of your book. If you’re a new publisher, you can use Amazon’s top reviewers who are in your niche. 

When requesting reviews, patience is key. Sometimes, you'll have to request a referral more than once from the same individual. However, keep your tone friendly to avoid appearing being pushy. 

5. Write an Enticing Book Blurb 

Blurbs are short promotional pieces ranging from 100 to 150 words that go on the back cover of a book. You should use strong words to write the introduction to capture the attention of the reader right away. Follow it up with the core of the book without giving everything away or the readers might end up losing interest in the book. 

Last, the introduction should entice the reader to grab their copy to read more. You can achieve this by addressing who the target audience is and why they should get their copy. 

6. Invest in a Good Cover Designer 

When thinking about how to get a book published, don't forget about the cover! We have only one chance to make a good first impression. It doesn’t matter how good your book is if it’s not attractive to the eye. Investing in a good cover designer is one of the most effective ways to attract readers to buy and read your book. 

7. Maximize your Distribution Channels 

Amazon is one of the most popular distributors of books from traditional book publishing companies. They have also had 2 self-publishing subsidiaries. If you combine Amazon with iBooks, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, and Kobo, you’re bound to benefit from increased book sales. If you identify one is doing better than the other, it’s best to concentrate your effort there. 

If you opt for a traditional book publisher, they will not only publish your book but also promote it. All that’s required of you as the writer is to put out good content. If you’re self-publishing a book, you’ll require targeted promotion methods to capture your target audience. If you read this article and still don’t know where to begin when promoting your book, don’t be afraid to ask for help from someone who has gone before you.
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Friday Speak Out!: Reflections: On Writerly Presence

Friday, July 16, 2021
by Catherine Gentile

Writing, much like a loving relationship, builds upon presence, a willingness to commit to a process that runs the gamut from inspiration to dogged pursuit of the right phrase, dynamic themes, and engaging characterization. When I consider writing a new piece, a creative tension grows within me; I ask myself questions: What form will best suit this work? What do I need to know in order to convey my imaginings? When I’ve completed the final draft, will I like it? More importantly, will my readers?

Engaging in the writing process takes the kind of effort that reminds me of arranging a date with a friend for quiet get-together, that special time when you both silence your cell phones, then sip your favorite fresh-brewed cuppas, attention fully, completely trained on one another. Such depth of focus, whether real or imagined, opens the flood gates for my writing. Thoughts, ideas, hopes, secrets, tumble out naked, exposing themselves in conversation and later, on my computer screen.

Writing is a sensory experience, involving all the senses: the tactile of pen or pencil scratching against paper, the clack of the keyboard capturing the protagonist as she shifts her posture, her thoughtful eyes brimming with questions that, once I enclose them within quotation marks, stimulate yet another neural pathway, that of sound, intonation, language laden with implications crucial to the themes I’m developing within my story.

Presence urges me to turn inward, focus on my reactions to the praise and criticism generated from deep within. I watch for blips, warnings that thoughts that felt glorious when they were in their inspirational phase might need longer gestation periods. I have learned that my blips won’t be silenced until I agree to lose the glorious paragraph I agonized over. My inner voice will complain: That’s exquisite writing, especially in the portrayal of my character’s emotional being. My sense of commitment has little patience with the whining: What’s it got to do with this chapter? You must delete the little intruder before it distracts your reader.

I acquiesce. Clarity is of key importance, as is pushing unnecessary information aside so the reader can interact with my words, connect them with her experiences, and weave them into a deliciously complex tableau of give and take.

I sense when to withdraw my presence and seek sustenance in other reserves. I give myself permission to take a break, go into my garden or stroll along my favorite footpath. Oxygen floods my writer’s brain. Refreshes my writer’s soul. Helps break the bonds of tired phrases, opens me to explore new combinations, some overlooked in their obviousness and, others, refreshingly novel.

These are gifts, discoveries unearthed within the writing process. Be open to them, and they will move your writing relationship forward. They will renew the reserve that feeds your cherished writing relationship and with it, your writerly presence.

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Learn more about Catherine Gentile’s writing process and about the publication of her latest novel, Sunday’s Orphan: www.catherinegentile.com

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One Step Can Get You Unstuck

Thursday, July 15, 2021
Sometimes, we can all feel a little stuck. Being stuck can look like writer's block. It can look like a lot of unfinished projects. It can also look like never putting our butts in the chair. What do we do when we’re stuck? 

I’m not going to define exactly what I mean by stuck. We all have different versions of what this means. But if you're reading this right now and nodding along with me, then think of the way that you are currently stuck. And let’s try to do something about that. 

Lately I’ve been feeling very stuck in a few areas of my life. I decided life is too short to live this way. It’s too short to not make progress on a book. It’s too short to do a job that I don’t enjoy. It’s too short to continue with commitments that are not fulfilling. When I had this moment of clarity, I decided to do something about feeling stuck. It was just one small movement toward a better future. But as soon as I did it, I felt better. 

This summer, I’ve been working with three writers who are all writing for middle grade or young adult readers. Each one of them was feeling stuck this past week. I’m not sure if it had to do with the moon, the dog days of summer, or just a writing funk. But all three were stuck. 

Then on our biweekly Zoom call, each one of them reported they were unstuck and had made progress. So what happened? 

One of the writers couldn’t figure out how to write "the next scene" in her novel. She had worked on the chapter far longer than she wanted to. After talking to another writer, she decided she would try moving the timeline PAST this scene. She labeled the next chapter "3 weeks later," became unstuck, and solved her problem. 

The next writer was stuck on one scene also. She couldn’t figure out how to transition between an event she had happening in her novel and a more important event that needed to happen in a few scenes. She wasn’t writing. So instead of making excuses for not working on her manuscript, she decided to write a scene that was not in chronological order. As soon as she did this, it freed up her mind. She realized how to transition characters from point A to point B--she made forward progress. 

The last writer had a bit of a plothole. She wanted a surprise to happen in her science fiction teen novel. But the surprise really wasn’t making a lot of sense for that story world. When critiquing her work, I pointed this out, and she felt a little stuck. Then she realized why--she wasn't writing as the character--she was almost writing as herself. The main character was acting out of character, and it created a plothole and a stuck writer. As soon as she realized this and fixed it, she was back in business. 

If you’re feeling stuck, the number one thing that will not work is to do absolutely nothing. But if you can muster up the energy to do one thing differently whether it’s in writing or your job or relationships or commitments. Most likely, that one small thing will propel you into forward motion! The horrible feeling of being stuck will be gone. 

Pigs like to be stuck in the mud on a hot summer day. But that's not us! We aren't meant to be stuck. Take one step in a different direction and see what happens. 


Margo L. Dill is a writing teacher, coach, publisher, author, and editor living in St. Louis, MO. Find out more about her at https://www.margoldill.com or https://www.editor-911.com. Check out her classes in the WOW! classroom. The next one starts the first Friday in September.
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Being Transparent... and One Weird Bathroom

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Recently I went to a working retreat. The working part: we were planning professional development sessions for DESE (Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education). The retreat part: it was in a funky, charming hotel situated in a small town… close to walking trails and down the street from wonderful bars and restaurants. It’s a place this group has been to before, and luckily, I got the same kind of room I stayed in before--a room with a glass bathroom.


Yes, you read that right. In the corner of my room was a bathroom with glass walls. No shower curtain. The toilet, the shower, the sink--surrounded by two walls of glass. Since I was the only one sleeping in the room, I was fine. I joked that if someone else was in the room with me, I’d probably be constipated and have a brimming-over bladder for the two day stay. Plus, I might stink to high heaven...


Marveling over the bathroom, I thought about transparency. And trying to be like the great Cathy Hall--who connects everything she experiences to writing--I will try to connect that glass bathroom to writing.



1. Shower/use the throne/brush your teeth with abandon. As a writer, we need to surrender. We need to take our foot off the brake and let loose with our writing. In a glass bathroom, I had to embrace the openness… the vulnerability. There was nowhere to hide. If we hold back emotionally, our writing won’t be as authentic, as compelling. We have to be unafraid to bare our souls, our emotions. 


2. Embrace the view. Being in a glass bathroom was unique. Being able to see the bed, the paintings on the wall while I showered was a new experience. The bathroom’s glass walls were etched with birds and flowering trees. As writers, we have a unique perspective when it comes to our writing. We need to take the time when crafting a piece to look around. Look around from the viewpoint of a character (when we’re writing fiction) and really soak in the ambience, the people surrounding the character. Look around and “relive” the moments in our life when we’re writing memoir pieces. Look past what just went down on paper, and dig a little deeper into our emotions. How did that experience impact us? 


3. Use the transparency--make it a plus. I won’t say the glass walls were an advantage in any way when it came to what took place in the bathroom, except it was more interesting looking around while I took a shower. Also, it excited me--how different it was compared to my bathroom at home--and I even talked to several people I was working with about the glass bathroom. (Only two rooms in the hotel had bathrooms that were all glass. A few more had glass doors.) As a writer, it would help if we were transparent. What kind of feedback do we want? What part of the article/story/poem do we--deep down--think needs major revision? Where do we want to submit this piece? The more we’re clear, the more we can improve our writing, and the more others can help us.


I’m curious: what room/retreat center/hotel/house have you been in that’s been inspirational or was so unique, it impacted you? Nosey minds want to know…


Sioux Roslawski is the author of the historical novel, Greenwood Gone: Henry’s Story. She’s also a middle-school teacher and a dog rescuer for Love a Golden. If you’d like to see more of her writing, check out siouxspage.blogspot.com 








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Your Next Level Life Blog Tour and Giveaway

Monday, July 12, 2021
We are back again, announcing the launch of a blog tour event with author Karen Arrington, featuring her book Your Next Level Life: 7 Rules of Power, Confidence, and Opportunity for Black Women in America.

You'll have the chance to find more about this book—which won an NAACP Image Award in 2020—and more about the author, Karen Arrington, herself.

Join us as we celebrate this book and this inspiring author.

First, here's more about the book:

If you’re a Black woman in business and feeling stuck or trapped by other people’s expectations of what you can achieve, it’s time to stop playing small and start redefining what success means for you. It’s time to get that upgrade.

Channel your black girl magic. Karen Arrington―author of Your Next Level Life, founder of the Miss Black USA Pageant, creator of the Next Level Women’s Summit, and mentor to thousands of confident, successful young black women―is your guide to getting to your next level life. Build a legacy of black excellence.

How big do you want to live? With the seven simple rules in Your Next Level Life, you’ll learn how to bring your career, income, and lifestyle to that next level. Don’t settle for a life of invisibility and mediocrity. Set ambitious goals, reach for bigger opportunities, and know that you are brave enough to get what you deserve.

Give the gift of confidence. Looking for inspirational gifts for aspiring black women in business? Your Next Level Life is unlike other self-help books for women. It’s a guide to opportunity that recognizes and celebrates the true magic of ambitious black women.

Adopt the 7 rules of power, confidence, and opportunity and you can find success:

  • Create all the money you need
  • Position yourself like a star
  • Connect with other powerful women 

Purchase a copy of this book on Amazon.comBarnes and NobleIndieBound, and Bookshop.org. Be sure to also add this to your GoodReads reading list.

About the Author, Karen Arrington


Karen Arrington is an award-winning author, women’s empowerment expert + global philanthropist + winner of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.

Karen’s coaching, mentoring + philanthropic work spans over 100,000 hours of service — including her position as a Goodwill Ambassador to Sierra Leone, her work as the co-founder of the first Diabetes Awareness Day in West Africa, and her role as the founder of The Miss Black USA Pageant.

She won a 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for her book, Your Next Level Life: 7 Rules of Power, Confidence and Opportunity for Black Women In America. She has also been honored by The Lifetime Network, Jones New York + other major media outlets for her tireless advocacy for women’s health, success + empowerment -- including a Red Dress Award from Woman’s Day Magazine for her efforts in the fight against heart disease, the #1 killer of women.

Over the past 20 years, Karen has helped over 1,000 women step into powerful careers in media, business, medicine + law — transcending hardship, abuse + financial limitations, and transforming their lives + communities. Today, Karen offers private coaching + global service retreats around the world for ambitious women who want to live their best lives -- only better.

Find out more about Karen by visiting her website KarenArrington.com, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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July 12th @ WOW! Women on Writing
Join us as we celebrate author Karen Arrington and interview her about her inspiring book Your Next Level Life. You'll also have the chance to win a copy for yourself.

July 12th @ Pen and Prosper
Join Jennifer as she interviews Karen Arrington about her book Your Next Level Life.

July 14th @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads
Join Leelynn as she reviews Karen Arrington's book Your Next Level Life.

July 14th @ Addie Rawr's Blog
Join Addie as she reviews Karen Arrington's book Your Next Level Life.

July 15th @ Chapters Through Life
Join Danielle as she features Karen Arrington's book Your Next Level Life.

July 16th @ What is That Book About?
Visit Michelle as she features Karen Arrington's book Your Next Level Life.

July 17th @ Empish J. Thomas Blog
Join Empish as she reviews Karen Arrington's book Your Next Level Life.

July 20th @ Compulsive Reader
Join Maggie as she features Karen Arrington's book Your Next Level Life and hosts a giveaway so you can win a copy of the book.

July 20th @ This Black Girl Reads
Visit Lalaa at her blog today and she'll share her thoughts on Karen Arrington's impactful, inspiring book Your Next Life Life.

July 22nd @ A Storybook World
Join Deirdra as she features author Karen Arrington and her book Your Next Level Life.

July 24th @ The Muffin
Join Jeanine as she reviews Karen Arrington's inspirational book Your Next Level Life.

July 25th @ My Question Life
Kara interviews author Karen Arrington about her book Your Next Level Life.

July 26th @ The Mofo Chronicles
Join Shameika today at her blog where she features Your Next Level Life and gives away a copy of the book.

July 27th @ The Indie It Press
The Indie It Press features author Karen Arrington and her book Your Next Level Life.

July 30th @ Bougie Black Blogger
Join Cicely as she reviews Karen Arrington's book Your Next Level Life.

August 1st @ Look to the Western Sky
Visit Margo's blog as she reviews Karen Arrington's book Your Next Level Life.

August 2nd @ Sioux's Page
Join Sioux as she reviews Karen Arrington's book Your Next Level Life.

August 4th @ Lisa's Reading
Join Lisa as she features Karen Arrington's book Your Next Level Life.

August 5th @ Little Black Buddha
Join Ahlia as she reviews Karen Arrington's book Your Next Level Life.

August 9th @ Liberate and Lather Podcast
Join Angela as she interviews author Karen Arrington about her book Your Next Level Life and features the book and gives away a copy.

August 10th @ Chapters Through Life
Join DM Duncan and read a review of Karen Arrington's book Your Next Level Life.

August 13th @ The Frugalista Mom
Join Rozelyn as she reviews Karen Arrington's book Your Next Level Life.


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