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Be willing to genuinely meet people. Don’t hide in a string of twenty authors. Be willing to smile and share a minute with a stranger. Don’t forever hide behind your screen. Yes, the world is huge, but making the effort to shrink it and stretch your social skills with a handshake and real conversation forges long-time fellowship. That’s the strongest platform you can create. And you don’t have to travel the globe to find it. Your hometown venues work just fine.

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 Thank you so much for your authentic thoughts. What a breath of fresh air! You said everything I’ve been secretly thinking for years, that there is no direct, linear path to book success. It’s all about that intuition and doing what feels right. Thank you so much for being a beacon in the “white noise”. Your words always inspire me.

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The FFW newsletter came today. I read it first–there are so many useful bits, top to bottom. No disappointments. Every edition of FFW gives me key questions for my career, elevating writing tools, new mentors, and great market targets. You’ve given this old guy some career smelling salts. People like you change ‘could’ to doing good.

-Bill Walles, Henderson NV

When I  succumb to that bummed out feeling after having spent hours messing with yet another effort with measly rewards, I’m going to reread your wise words. I’m going to revisit your editorial, check out that great smile of yours, and get back to work. Thanks, Hope, for doing just that…renewing hope in myself and my instincts.

-Catherine Gentile, http://www.catherinegentile.com

The fact that you are producing your own fiction plus non-fiction books and FFW AND blogging, Facebooking and tweeting all those helpful links multiple times daily is nothing short of miraculous. I don’t know of any other writer doing the range of things you do, and doing it all so well!  You are a true mentor and that’s invaluable to the rest of us.

Shannon Selin

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Barbara Hollace

I look forward to Funds for Writers emails like I would a message from a friend. I love every bit of information you provide, every minute I spend reading the emails and all the pieces of wisdom you share as they are true gems, indeed. One week you posted “Retreat for the Writer’s Soul.” Something about it spoke to me, and, on a whim, I reached out. The experience was wonderful – a total retreat for my soul. Thank you, Hope, for being such a source of network and inspiration. You have changed my life!

-Amy Jones, womanaswolf.com

I work a minimum wage job and I don’t take on any unnecessary expenses. What a gift to try your services for free first–  and what services!  I’ve entered several contests, now, placed in some, and got some great feedback!  I am just over the moon! Forgive the overuse of exclamation points… but I think you probably understand:  Your site has made a huge difference for me, and I am ever so grateful. Thank you!

Laura Lindsay

I always send people to my friend Hope. She’s like going to a train station for writers. Her knowledge can take you anywhere you want to go.

Bob Perks, Author “I Wish You Enough” www.bobperks.com

C. Hope Clark is a lot of help when it comes to keeping it short. You follow her advice, and writing becomes, like, the most organic thing ever. It’s refreshing to get this newsletter every week and learn a little bit more about staying true to my craft.

Kevin A.M. Lewis

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