Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Come Visit My Author Page at Goodreads

See my books and
many others at
Hi all,

I have just set up my author page at Goodreads and invite all of you to come visit, join and become my friend there. If you love books, and are always looking for something new to read, then you will enjoy being a member of Goodreads.

What is Goodreads?

Goodreads is a site where you can find a good book, read reviews on books, share books reviews with friends and make friends with other book lovers. It is also a great site for "indie" writers, (writers who self-publish their novels) to share their books with others. If you are an author or a book lover, you should belong to Goodreads.

My History with Goodreads

Goodreads has been around for quite a while - I joined in 2008 to promote my books and then forgot all about it. Recently, when my two books were finally made into eBook format, I was looking for places to promote my books and found my profile on Goodreads. Now, I advertise there and have a free author profile there - visit my profile here. It is an excellent community for writers and readers alike and you don't have to be an author to join - you just have to be someone who loves books. It's free, it's fun, so why not?

Here is the link to my profile on Goodreads -
Stop by and visit - hope you enjoy the site.
Other Great Sites
While I am at it, here are three great sites to visit that may interest you. Not only do I like these sites, but I am also advertising on them - so yes, I am really into self-promotion today! Check them out:

The Compulsive Reader - Book Review Site

Woman Tribune - Woman's site full of great articles

Monday, November 28, 2011

Humane Society Needs Help

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Hi all,

I don't usually use my blog as a platform for topics other than writing but I wanted to get the word out that our local humane society will have to close its doors at the end of this year if it doesn't raise enough money to stay open.  Please visit this link to read an article on why the Beltrami County Humane Society may need to close their doors:

Like so many other organizations, the humane society has seen its donations go down significantly in this economy.  Grant money has also become scarce.  The Beltrami County Humane Society does not receive any Federal, State, County or City money to help support it.  They have been able to run the shelter on donations, adoption fees and fundraisers since they have opened their doors.  They currently have only one paid employee and depend upon volunteers to stay open.  There is no waste of money - they just can't keep up with the rising costs of everyday expenses with their donations at a all-time low.

If you love animals and would like to help this organization to stay open, please visit their website (Below) to donate.  Any amount would be appreciated. They need $40,000 to stay open, but if everyone donates something, we can reach that amount.  This blog currently receives around 5,000 visits a month.  Imagine if everyone donated $10 - that would be $50,000!  I know that won't happen, but it is a great goal to hope for.

To donate to the Beltrami County Humane Society go to:

Thank you.


Monday, November 21, 2011

A Mom Knows - New Website for Mom Writers

Hi all,

I just wanted to write a quick post to let you know about a new website that is looking for new writers.  A Mom Knows is a new site that publishes articles on all topics of interest to women and moms.  They are a revenue share site which started this year (2011) and are slowly building up a team of writers.  If you are interested in finding out more about A Mom Knows, click the link above.  I have just joined their site and plan to publish my first article there soon.  Hope to see you all there!

Happy Writing,

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My Books are Now Available in eBook Format

Now available in
eBook format!
Hi all,

My books that I self-published several years ago are now available in eBook format. Right now they can be purchased through the publisher and soon they should be available on and Barnes & Here are the links to purchase a copy of the eBook if you are interested:

Outlaw Heroes - Action/Adventure novel for ages 8 and up

Widow, Virgin, Whore - Women's Fiction Novel

You can read more information about these books by clicking the tab above titled My Books.

I had been searching for an eBook publisher when my original publisher sent an offer to publish both of my books in eBook format for free - how could I pass that up? I hope having them in eBook format will give more people a chance to enjoy these books. Outlaw Heroes, especially, is my favorite and I think any young boy or girl would enjoy reading it - maybe even mom and dad!



Friday, November 11, 2011

Examiner Earnings on the Rise

Photo: Laura Leavell
Hi all,

As you all know by now, I’ve been writing two topics forExaminer since October 2009.  Since then, I’ve seen my earnings rise and fall, rise and fall.  When Google’s Panda hit this past spring, my earnings at Examiner dropped drastically.  On top of that, I stopped adding to my topics on a regular basis because it didn’t make any sense to write articles for only pennies a day.  But now I’ve noticed that my Examiner earnings are on the rise.

Significant Rise in Earnings

Because my Examiner earnings had been so up and down, I didn’t pay much attention to the rise in earnings at first because increases happen occasionally.  But when I checked my daily earnings today, it hit me that the rise in earnings has continued for more than a day or two – actually, they’ve been gradually rising for the past two months.  My earnings have risen by 58% over the past two weeks and are up 76% since Panda knocked them down.  Considering I’ve only been adding 1-2 articles a month to my titles, this increase has more to do with Examiner than it does with my promoting articles there.  So does this mean that Examiner is rising in Google’s favor and will once again be a good money-maker?  I’m not sure, but it is certainly worth keeping track of. 

Continuing with Examiner

If my earnings continue to rise, I may begin to contribute to my Examiner titles more often over the next few months.  I’ve only been writing the minimum number of articles in order to keep my titles since I’ve already put so much effort into them.  But if the income is going to rise, then it would be worth it for me to continue with Examiner and write regularly.  My earnings rise even more when I add articles, so that will increase my revenue even more.   

Should You Writer for Examiner?

I started with Examiner when I was getting back into writing and it was brand new.  I had no idea how Examiner would do but at the beginning, the earnings were worth staying.  But like all the revenue share sites after Panda, Examiner earnings dropped dramatically.  Now that they seem to be doing better, I think Examiner may be a good place to start for new writers or writers new to internet writing.  You may not get rich, but you will get experience writing for the internet and writing clips that will help you move up to bigger and better writing jobs.  And if you do really well in the topic you choose, it may set you up to be an expert in that topic and lead to other writing gigs. 

Does Writing for Sites Like Examiner Matter?

There are a lot of people out there who will tell you that writing for sites like Examiner, Associated Content and Suite101 will only lower your status as a writer and you will never get better writing jobs, but that is not true.  I have written for those sites and use them on my writer’s resume, and I’ve been able to get writing jobs with larger, more professional and higher paying sites.  In fact, one large website saw one of my articles on Suite101 and contacted me to write an article for them which they paid very well for.  So don’t let the naysayers get you down.  As long as you are working to improve your writing and you continue to grow, you will land those plum assignments later on.

Have you noticed an increase in your Examiner income?  Would love to hear from you.

Happy writing,


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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Whoo-hoo! Finally Made Payout at FireHow!

Hi all,

Well, after a long time waiting, I finally hit payout at FireHow.  Considering I've had articles there for over two years, it's about time I reached that $10 minimum payout.  Yes - you heard me right.

Been Waiting a Long Time

I started writing for FireHow in August 2009 when I was trying different writing sites to see where I could earn the most money.  Because I was beginning to do so well at eHow, I figured that since FireHow was similar, it might eventually get a good following and the income might grow.  For me, that ended up not being true and I moved on.  I have about 20 articles there - not many I agree, but enough that they would have probably earned about $10 a month on eHow.  I just left them there and have been checking the site off and on for two years.  Today I see that I finally broke the $10 mark and hopefully I will be paid at the end of the month.

Is FireHow Worth Writing For?

I really can't say for sure since I only have a few articles there.  I know there are people there with hundreds of articles and they may be earning a good monthly income for all I know.  I do know that the income rate isn't as big as compared to eHow at its peek, but that doesn't mean that people aren't earning money.  I would think that if some of the writers there have been there for years, and continue to add new content, then they are certainly earning enough to make them happy.  But I assume it takes adding a lot of content to the site to earn a monthly income.

Anyway - had to share this big news with all of you.  If you are a FireHow writer, I would love to hear why you write for the site and if it is worth it financially for you.

Happy Writing,
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