Finding Time to Read & Review: Beasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala My rating: 3 of 5 stars To my fellow indie authors, I think we’ve been going about this traditional publication process all wrong. HarperCollins accepts short stream of consciousness manuscripts. By the way, don’t worry about paying exorbitant amounts of money for a professional copy editor, because HarperCollins accept manuscripts with absolutely no …


Get to Know Me on Smashwords

Enough of pushing my books, plays, and consulting business, it’s time to get to know Melda. Smashwords offers an opportunity for their authors to create an interview that allows readers to get to know the writer behind the novel. I invite you to get to know me beyond, “Lime” and “My Soul to His Spirit” on Smashwords. You can read about …


Free Book Promotions

To my fellow indie authors: I’m sure you can attest that writing our book(s) is only half of the work. The other half, and often the most challenging, is marketing our book(s). Unless we are able to afford a publicist, we are the publicist. Marketing and promoting our book(s) is another full-time job. It is stressful and also rewarding when we finally connect …


Let’s Get the Conversation Started…

      So, your book club read Lime and now everyone is dying to share their thoughts, but you don’t know where to begin. Start here with these engaging “fill-in-the-blank” conversation starters. We’ve done the work for you; however, feel free to either use these, change them up, and/or add your own. Once you get started, you will see how much fun these “fill-in-the-blanks” …


Lest We Forget…

  October has come and gone, but not before it taught me about some worthy and rather interesting causes. Did you know that breast cancer, domestic violence, lupus, and diabetes are given national attention in the month of October? Likewise, popping popcorn, being sarcastic, and eating country ham share national space in October as well.  I’m sure popcorn, sarcasm, and …


To Help or Not to Help?

From my understanding, karma is an effect from cause. There is good karma and there is not-so good karma. The point is we should always strive to impart good karma so that we receive good karma…effect from cause.   Let’s take the verb “helping”  as an example of imparting good karma.If we follow the karma principle, when we help someone, help or …


Passion or Day Job?

I recently posted this question to my fiction writing group on LinkedIn: What is the reality of becoming a full-time writer and live or should I keep my day job? The responses were informative, practical, and depressing 🙁 I was referred to an online article in the May 2012 The Guardian from the United Kingdom. Much like my LinkedIn writing community, …