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Blogchatter's ebook carnival introduces 35 FREE ebooks culled from 2017's AtoZChallenge, offering diverse subjects from parenthood to travel.

ebook carnival has changed my life

“I take on the baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival from Amrita Misra Basu , whose Ebook Picky Eaters is also a part of the mix.
 
About Amrita’s Ebook: Picky eating makes moms worried. Did you know, what you eat during pregnancy could change your unborn child’s eating habits? Knowing when to worry and how to handle picky eaters, is what this book is about. Easy actionable hacks to make life easier for moms.

Ebook Carnival is part of blogchatter.com, which was part of 2017’s AtoZChallenge. If none of this makes sense, bear with me.

Until the last week of March, I knew nothing about the annual AtoZChallenge, which is a blogging challenge—twenty-six blogs posted in April on a theme of your choice. Obviously, starting with “A” and ending with “Z”. I joined through blogchatter.com, which I didn’t know at the time, was based in India.

Blogchatter's ebook carnival introduces 35 FREE ebooks culled from 2017's AtoZChallenge, offering diverse subjects from parenthood to travel.

Fast forward to April. I’m writing and blogging almost every day and reading and commenting on >10 blogs as well. I’m learning a lot, a ton, a gargantuan amount about the people of India.

Fast forward to May. Blogchatter has generously offered its marketing muscle on its website and through Twitter posts to anyone who wants to consolidate their AtoZ blog posts into a FREE ebook.

Cue the trumpets. I’m in. I spent a couple of days formatting all twenty-six posts, getting rid of repetitive end material (thank you for reading, sign up for my newsletter, etc), then sent a .pdf file, bio, blurb, and cover to blogchatter.

BlogChatter calls the project ebook Carnival, and it has changed my life.

The best things about ebook carnival:

  • I can revisit my favorite blogs from the challenge in a condensed version. No more waiting until the next day to read Anami’s poems, or learn Geethica’s lesson of the day, or try one of Tina’s desserts. No more missing posts. Every post is there, complete, and ready for my enjoyment.
  • I’ve learned a bit about Indian culture. I’ll admit I’m naive about much of the world. I’ve lived in three states:Michigan (conservative), Hawai’i (diverse) and Arizona (diverse). Reading essays of Indian life has opened my eyes to the beauty of the land, the culture of a great people, and how different we are. But, we’re alike as well. Parents still worry about their children and want to raise them right. Children honor their parents (perhaps more than in America), we all want good grades in school, to find the perfect mate, to pay the mortgage, to have a good life. We’re more alike than we are different. A lesson we need to take to heart in these troubled times.
  • ebook Carnival gave me the chance to blog a book, something I’ll do again in the future. Since editing, formatting and sending my Writing Tools 26 Tips on How to Improve Your Writing to BlogChatter, I’ve taken another look at the other non-fiction books I’ve written: The Plot Thickens: 21 Ways to Plot Your Novel, and Birth Order, Adding Depth to the Characters You Write. I’ve learned much since writing them. They need to be reformatted, with new images and new covers. In fact, while making a book cover for Writing Tools, I decided to give all of my current and future non-fiction, writing-related books covers that compliment each other. I have designs on Canva.com waiting. I also have plans to bog a book on how to create characters. Thanks, ebook Carnival!
  • AtoZChallenge and ebook Carnival stretched my boundaries, tested me, and made me realize that writing, whether through blogging daily, or writing a romantic paranormal comedy, is an integral part of who I am. I need to feed it, nurture it, and not be afraid of where it will take me. This is especially important, as this year I’m starting (and hopefully completing) a book outside my normal genre. The idea has brewed in the back of my mind for two or three years. I didn’t think I was brave enough to try it. But with the confidence I’ve gained from AtoZ and ebook Carnival, I’m ready to tackle it! Yeah, me!

In conclusion

I’d like to hand out a great big THANK YOU for the organizers at blogchatter. Your work is amazing, tireless, enthusiastic, encouraging, and wonderful. I cannot say thank you enough. Bless you, every one.

Cheryl

“I pass on the Baton of Blogchatter Ebook Carnival to Ankita Bhoye, whose Ebook Getting the 21st Century Home is also a part of the mix.
 
About Ankita’s Ebook: ‘Getting The 21st Century Home’ is an e-book that I created along with Blogchatter’s A-Z challenge. It is a compilation of 26 articles with different styles, spaces and techniques of Interior Design that will help you set-up your home and make it a 21st century home.

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How can you reach your goals when daily life intrudes? By making them S.M.A.R.T. goals.

Today’s June 1st blog post is brought to you by June 4th

How can you reach your goals when daily life intrudes? By making them S.M.A.R.T. goals.Reasons. That’s my excuse for a three day delay in posting this blog. You may like to think of it as “Cheryl’s on vacation”, or “There’s granddaughters to hug and grandsons to cuddle”. No excuses. <segue> Just as there can be no excuses when you make a goal and don’t achieve it. If you use S.M.A.R.T. goals, you’re five steps ahead of the game.

June. Summer. Kids out of school. Vacation. Sounds good, right? I bet your little old writer’s brain is thinking, “long, uninterrupted blocks of time when I can finally start/finish/edit my book.”

Sorry to break your literary heart. Summer is the antithesis of productivity. Vacation time? Spent running from one theme park to the next. The beach? Stop and listen to the surf. Kids out of school? Endless carpooling and answering the whine of “There’s nothing to do.”

Your best time to write, Buttercup, is when you’re busy with everyday life. Truly. No time to write forces you to write. Squeezing words into little corners of time is a surefire way to get it done. Having all the time in the world=”I’ll do it tomorrow.” Take it from one who knows.

So how do you write when your daily life intrudes?

Use S.M.A.R.T. goals to get your work done

What are S.M.A.R.T. goals? S.M.A.R.T. stands for:

  • Specific. Is the goal clear, explicit, firm, detailed? “I’m going to write a book” is not any of those attributes. It’s too nebulous of a goal. Define it further. Write down (and it’s always best to write down your goals) what genre you’ll write. What subgenre. How long will it be?
  • Measurable. Will you write 500 words this month? 50K? How many queries will you send out? How many writing-related books will you read or on-line writing courses will you take part in? Make sure you have a tracking system, whether it’s a spreadsheet, an online tool, or an old-fashioned notebook. You wouldn’t say “I’ll lose 10 pounds by the end of the month” if you never stepped on a scale, right?
  • Achievable. It’s all well and good to say you’ll write 50K words or query 5 editors a week, but are you being truthful or stretching your capabilities? Which brings us to:
  • Realistic. If you’re working three jobs and your mother is dying, your significant other left you, and the dog’s throwing up, you might not have time to write 5K a day. How fast can you write? Can you improve in some way? (dictation, outlining so you’re not sitting down at your computer and thinking “now what?”) Break your goals into smaller, more achievable bits.
  • Time-based. Give yourself a deadline. Will they be daily, weekly, or by the end of the month? Are you looking at word count totals or time spent writing (pick word count)? Throw some milestones in there while you’re at it. If you want to write 500 words a day, and you have 2K written by June 15th, you’re probably not going to meet your goal of 30K by June 30th.

What’s stopping you from making your S.M.A.R.T. goals?

Do you fear failure? Or maybe success? Do you lack ideas? Or have too many and can’t decide on which one to pick? Does your writing normally sizzle out halfway through your book? Is finishing a book tantamount to having a root canal?

Don’t let doubts stop you. Every writer writes a crappy first draft. Every writer, at some point, wants to kill all their characters in a fiery car crash.

You won't have to kill your characters if you use S.M.A.R.T. goals.

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The keys to achieving your S.M.A.R.T. goals

  • Consistency.When I participated in the AtoZChallenge, I committed to writing a 800-1200 word blog post for twenty-six days. Yes, it took time away from my “regular” writing, but I learned I could write quality pieces every day.
  • Commitment. I made a promise to myself to finish the challenge. I not only finished twenty-six blogs, I turned them into an ebook.
  • No vague, open-ended goals. Which will get done? “I’m going to write a book.” OR “I’m going to write 500 words a day on my epic, high fantasy novel, committing to at least an hour a day, turning off TV, the internet and all distractions, including my family.”? Having clear, specific goals will help you achieve them.
  • Keep track of your progress. Make it visible to motivate you to continue.
  • Check in often. Are you on track? What steps do you need to take to stay on goal? What’s keeping you from achieving your goal?

Using S.M.A.R.T. goals will clarify what you want, when you want it done, and how to go about getting it done. Don’t be like me, and let a little vacation and a couple of grandchildren delay you from writing your Thursday blog on Sunday. Make your goals S.M.A.R.T., write them down, and go forth and write!

Blessings,

Cheryl

p.s. Check out more AtoZChallenge ebooks, now FREE, at blogchatter.com.

And mine, specifically, here.

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Writing tools, 26 ways to improve your writing is now available as a free download

Free download of Writing Tools 26 Tips on How to Improve Your Writing is available

Writing tools 26 tips to improve your writing is now available as a free downloadIf you follow this blog, you know that in April I took part in the #AtoZChallenge through blogchatter.com. One of the benefits of using blogchatter as a platform was the opportunity to turn my blogs into an ebook, Writing Tools 26 Tips on How to Improve Your Writing, and have them market it on their website as a FREE download.

Blogchatter has thirty-five books from AtoZ blogs currently available. Find them here. Download my book here.

AtoZ blog mentioned in HuffPost article

For a month-long project, I’m still feeling the effects of my work. An unexpected bonus came today, when a proofreading tip I used in “R” is for Revise Your Rough Draft blog was mentioned in a HuffPost article, written by a fellow AtoZChallenge author.

I’m a little stoked!

FREE ebooks are varied to match your reading taste

As part of the free marketing exchange on blogchatter (considerable, especially on Twitter), I’ve agreed to read and market three books. Future blog posts will include at least three book reviews. (I’ve selected more, but don’t know if I’ll have time by the June 23rd deadline).

I’m currently reading The Power Within, a collection of essays. I’ll have my review up next week (I’m visiting family, so my regularly scheduled blog posts, heck, my regularly scheduled schedule is out of whack).

If essays aren’t your game, how about parenting advice? Or delicious recipes? Or poetry? The ebooks published by the blogchatter group are diverse enough to meet any reader’s taste. There’s a little something for everyone, and I urge you to scroll through the offerings and download a few. Did I mention they’re FREE?

Limited Offer, Act Now!

By the end of July, the right to publish reverts back to the original authors, and the ebooks will no longer be available as a FREE download. I plan on sending Writing Tools 26 Tips on How to Improve Your Writing to Amazon and other distributors to join another of my non-fiction writing advice books, The Plot Thickens, 21 Ways to Plot Your Novel.

In fact, working on Writing Tools 26 Tips on How to Improve Your Writing has inspired me to reformat The Plot Thickens, adding images and a new cover that will compliment what I’ve used on Writing Tools 26 Tips on How to Improve Your Writing.

In double fact, I’ve decided to add several other non-fiction writing advice books to my brand. I’ll cull some from past posts, write original material, or combine both. Subscribers to my newsletter will get a FREE preview, so ***sign up below.****

As always, I appreciate your time and interest.

Blessings,

Cheryl

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