Thought of the Week
We don’t like to think of ourselves as substandard. But sometimes it’s as simple as we don’t have the right connection. Sometimes the person in front of us made the cut and filled the slot. Sometimes who and what we are isn’t the who and what someone else needs for the job. Sometimes we are square pegs for someone’s not-so-square hole. Better to spend your energy seeking square holes.
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The fact that you are producing your own fiction plus non-fiction books and FFW (in three different versions) 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.
I just wanted to say thank you for your faithfulness and dependability. You are more reliable than the Internet or cable t.v. or my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Thanks for much for your weekly newsletter and the high level of integrity that you maintain in keeping your commitments.
Your column is a tremendous encouragement, giving me the sense of being connected with a whole community of people sitting in front of their screen, struggling with words.
- Michelle Vachon
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!
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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June 2013 interview with C. Hope Clark by writer Dana Sitar. Enjoy!
By C. Hope Clark– When we are rejected, whether by an agent, or a conference, some person on Facebook or a nit-wit in a one-star review on Amazon, how we walk away from it is all on us. We determine how bad we feel when someone kicks us in the gut. We can double over […]
By C. Hope Clark– Here lately, I’ve been running wide out with deadlines and tasks atop of sick relatives, surgery, a new puppy, and the ice storm from hell. That not only throws me in high gear, but it also makes me sort at a glance much like an agent. Sort what, you might ask? […]
By C.M. Saunders- If you are serious about taking your writing to the next level in 2014, no doubt you’ve taken steps to maximize your efficiency. After all, time is money, and as Zig Ziglar said, “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have 24-hour days.” In the technological age, […]
By T.L. Champion– When we contemplate writing a book, we think about a novel full of mystery, intrigue and drama. But have you thought about writing a book that zeros in on your professional expertise, then packaging it with workshops to increase your monthly income? When I started a monthly workshop series four years ago, […]
By Brandy Lynn Maslowski- Kristy’s Quilt is a heartwarming quilt adventure based on a true story featuring 10 year old Kristy, a spunky little quilter who blossoms at the In Stitches Quilting Retreat. A picture book for ages 2-92. And I’m funding it on Kickstarter. Have you been wondering what’s all the fuss about crowd […]
By Dorit Sasson– In today’s ever-changing age of publishing, acquisitions editors at many publishing houses evaluate authors’ worth based on how many fans they have, how much publicity they can acquire and what kind of network they’re tapped into. According to Dr. Deborah Siegel, a writing coach and co-founder of SheWrites.com, the editor’s definition of […]
By C. Hope Clark – When I built my house almost nine years ago (friggin’ wow), I planted holly trees on two corners of the structure, one to the left of my study window. Because I love birds, I yearned for the day the tree grew tall and thick enough for me to see its […]
By Wanda Octave- I am a self-published, first-time author. Already, the odds are against me. Added to that, my website needs rebranding, I only have 26 likes on my Facebook fan page and 190 friends on my personal page. As much as I am trying to embrace social media, I prefer the personal touch. […]