The Art of Making a Living With Full-time Writing

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How can you wring the most royalties out from your book?  And how to make money from writing – other than books in order to quit your full-time job?

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The Art of Storytelling: “WE ARE HARDWIRED FOR STORIES” by Sarah-Jane Murray, Used by Permission

Storytelling is an art form.  I found a video from Sarah-Jane Murray this morning on Twitter and knew I had to share it!  Sarah-Jane Murray is a dynamic lady who holds a PhD from Princeton University in the Department of Romance Languages and Literature.  Click on the link on her name above for the full details of her career and links to her sites!  The content and the way she presents the art of storytelling is captivating! I found myself listening to every word as she demonstrated the techniques on TedX.  Excellent job Sarah!

Here is another video I found as well.

Dancing with Frogs – Pondering Life in General

As we sat by the pond this morning marveling about how much water the pond is finally holding, I hopped inside to grab the camera.

Surprisingly enough, the frog stood still just long enough to let me get 6 great shots of him!  I think this one just may be one of my masterpieces!  Every time that you walk up to the pond, they all jump in!  They are amazingly camouflaged with their heads green and the back part brown so that they appear to be leaves floating in the water.  This is because if they don’t, the hawks will swoop down and snatch them from the “drink”!!  They all sing at night.  It is truly magnificent.

Pond Frog

Pond dynamics are wonderful!  For 2 years we have been trying to keep water in the pond…you will remember The Pond Saga and associated video where our 6 year old grandson’s pond actually held water…how humiliating!

This month we are trying again to get the pond to hold water.  We added several bags of clay and for the “piece-de-resistance” added 3 bags of concrete mix.  Seems to have worked…for now.  They say we need to add bentonite and that will be the next step.

We are eternal optomists!

Frog eating fly

 

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston – An Insight into the Terrifying History of the Ebola virus

We watch the news daily about the horrifying effects of the current outbreak of the Ebola virus.  It breaks my heart to see the happenings around the world in response to the outbreak.  On the other hand, it gives me joy to see the art of science in action saving lives with new research.  My training and expertise within the medical field makes me shudder to watch and read the CNN clip today about selling the blood of survivors on the black market.  I cannot even explain to you the ramifications of this practice and what it could mean to the world.  Pat and I have both read “The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston and highly recommend it to everyone to get a glimpse of the terror this virus could bring to the world.  We both HIGHLY recommend this book.  I read the book in one day and could not put it down, it was that moving.  I am attaching the book picture that you can click on to take you to the Amazon Kindle location.  My hope is that in some way this can be a wake up call for everyone on how this could be just the tip of the iceberg at this stage of the outbreak.  May God Bless and keep you safe…Sandy Jones

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Update on The Author’s Summer Hospital Adventure!

Good Morning Everyone!

I wanted to make sure to provide an update on Patrick Jones this morning.  He has had an incredible summer adventure so far!  I am sure he does not think it incredible, but he is alive nonetheless!

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Patrick Jones, author

Earlier this year, Pat had a bought with pneumonia, or so we thought.  It turned out to improve somewhat, but the antibiotics and steroids did not do the trick after 2-3 regiments.  Thus began a series of Emergency Room visits that all ended with sending him home with no resolution.

Finally, we changed the ER room to another hospital, where the adventure began!  They immediately found an issue with the bladder as well as with the heart.  They could not fix the heart issue until they resolved the bladder issue because they did not want to introduce heparin after a cardiac operation for bleeding reasons.  So he, in effect, got a double “whammy” with this illness.  He had bladder surgery the first of June followed by a CABG x 5 procedure on June 10th.  They refer to the cardiac bypass operation as a “CABG” which means cardiac artery bypass graft.  Having studied some of the technical information, I have found this to be an extremely complicated and life-saving procedure.  I have also googled the cardiac bypass information and watched one of the videos on how they actually perform the procedure.  It is incredibly impressive how they even know how to find all of the vessels to fix.  Pat had 5 arteries bypassed.  He is alive.  He was fortunate not to have had a heart attack or stoke beforehand…that is for sure.  This also provided him the advantage in the healing process.

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Pat was in the hospital for a week with the bladder and then a week and a half latter went through the CABG procedure.  He has been out of the hospital now for a week and a half and is not quite ready to begin writing at this point.  He is progressing as expected, but it is a long road to recovery.  His biggest problem is wanting to go out and mow and weed whack and work in the garden, but the strength he will need is to NOT do those sorts of things right now.  It is kind of like keeping a wild animal caged!!  🙂  He is learning to follow the rules albeit reluctantly, but the extra exertion reinforces the need for rest!  For being out of the hospital for a week and a half, he is doing fantastic!

I look forward for him to begin writing again soon in the next couple two or three weeks.  Right now his focus is on healing and resting.  He wishes everyone well and misses all of you and is anxious to get back in the saddle.  Until then, I thought I would write a quick note to let you know why he hasn’t been blogging and writing lately.  He should be bionic soon!

Take care and stay well.  More information to follow.  MM900283559

Sandy Jones

Book Cover Design 101 OR, “That which does not kill me, makes me stronger” – Friedrich Nietzsche

The Linden Chronicles

By Sandra L. Jones, wife of The Author, Patrick Jones

SO…He wrote a book…Now what do we do??

As The Authorand I continue on through the Indie Author self-publishing platform, it is very obvious that the process typifies a continuous learning model.  It never ends!!  We continue to read, learn and implement our strategy toward discovering new and better ways from the ground up. The publishing industry changes logarithmically, and the speed at which the current “Information Age” progresses is unprecedented.

This particular project has taken us about a year to complete.  Anthony Wessel with Digital Book Today suggested that we recount our journey so that others in the industry may learn from our experience.  Collaboration is essential in the process of brainstorming.  That is key to the equation.

Significant Points to Consider:

  1. We worked with a print on demand publisher, Create Space.  We continue to have…

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