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Living, Breathing, Writing [Kindle Edition]

VBT to go…

Your book is a reality and you are anxious to get the buzz going. Maybe your “local” bookstores are few and far between, or you e-published your work and it’s not so easy to display, or you just can’t take the time away from your family or “other” job to travel to multiple sites and sit for hours. Then again, sitting in a bookstore may only generate a handful of responses and limited contacts.Thanks to our current technologies and the World Wide Web, planning a Virtual Blog Tour (VBT) is a cost effective and time efficient option. For those who may not be familiar with the term, an author “visits” a number of blogs during a specified amount of time with guests posts, excerpts, interview responses, blurbs and more. The tour period can be as short as two weeks or as long as six months and there can be as few as fifteen stops or as many as one-hundred. Your “visit” remains there long after you’ve “packed up” and gone home so many, many people all over the world can see it.There are professional VBT organizers and promoters and many are worth their weight (and fee) in platinum – the key to what these pros offer is organization and time. A Virtual Blog Tour is something you can do for yourself as well if you can stay organized, focused and disciplined.

Whether you hire a professional to plan out your tour or do it yourself, there is still a lot of work that YOU must do: write up guest posts on various topics, answer several interview questions (often just a few questions per site), make graphics such as book covers and author shots available, write up a short bio, and most important of all, visit EACH site the day of your appearance (and for a few days after) to respond to comments.

Start by scouring the web for blogs that attract your audience (for instance, a romance reader probably wouldn’t be frequenting a blog with scientific journal articles) and query the blog owner (via email, NOT comments) if they would consider being a stop on a blog tour. (You might want to offer reciprocation, more on that later). If they say yes decide on a date and be clear about word count, what they expect from you (promo, no promo, graphics, interview, etc) and the date they need your submission.

It’s a good idea to keep a calendar or “assignment book” and list the date or your appearance, the URL of the blog, the specifics of what you are to provide and the “due date” so that you do not miss any deadlines or opportunities. Once you have a list of dates and appearances, post this list on your own blog or website, and publicize it through forums, email lists and social networks. The advantage to the person hosting your visit should be increased traffic to their site so publicize it thoroughly; ideally they will also be publicizing the event.

Be sure to stop by each blog on the day of your visit, and perhaps for the few days following, and be sure to respond to any comments visitors have left. Responding to comments makes the tour very personal and followers will feel that they have had a chance to get to know you. Don’t be disheartened if there are not a lot of remarks, some authors offer free books or other giveaways to generate comments. Be sure to post your own comment thanking the host for having you there.

If you have your own blog (and you definitely should as an author), you can offer reciprocal visits and benefit by increased traffic to your site. Use key words or tags and help search engines pick up your postings more readily. Each time a new visitor comes to your site because they are following another author you are hosting, you have gained exposure and may even find someone new following your regularly scheduled blog.

Keeping the buzz alive and making stops at other blogs can and should be continuous; it doesn’t always have to be a new book that you are promoting. Promote your backlist on an anniversary date, a milestone, or use a current news item to promote a theme. You can post a widget from a site like *BookTour.com and have a running list of both live and virtual appearances for blog visitors to see.

Writing exercise: Write an instruction guide for a common, everyday chore (housework, driving, dressing, making a phone call, etc.). Avoid making a simple list and using mere phrases. Write this instructional guide in the form of paragraphs and complete sentences. Make it detailed so that even if someone has never used a telephone they will know how to make a telephone call, etc.

Writing prompt: Using the seven numbers of your telephone number, in any order, write a very brief story about people sitting around a dinner table (how many people, how many dinner rolls, etc).

(*note: this post was first blogged in 2010 – BookTour.com no longer exists)

Amazon Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Author in Residence  
Having Chelle Cordero’s blog on my Kindle is like having an author here in residence with me. She gives inspiration, motivation, and best of all, practical advice and solutions. I love the “writing exercises” she offers at the end of each blog, as well as the “writing prompts”. I’ve already used them myself and with my 6th grade writing class!
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus Reyes wrote 
I have tried other writing blogs on the web, but this one is the best I have read so far.
Very much enjoyed the sample and attempted to order – unfortunately I have the Kindle Fire and the blog isn’t available on the Fire.
Just Google Chelle Cordero’s name and you will see that she knows what she is talking about – her byline has shown up on many articles all over the country in newspapers and magazines. And she has authored multiple novels and short stories as well.This is a terrific chance to learn from a pro. Until now only a few have been able to attend a writing workshop led by Cordero because of location, now so long as you have access to the internet or a Kindle you can benefit from her amazing tips. Her workshops have been so helpful.
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60+ Days to Live, Breathe, & Write

…offers two complete months of lessons
about the craft of writing and being a writer based on
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60+ Days to Live, Breathe, & Write
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 60+ Days to Live, Breathe & Write by Chelle Cordero

The lessons and writing exercises in this
collection have been used in
libraries,
writing workshops and classrooms
throughout the country.

Due to demand and the overwhelming desire of her readers for more great information about being a successful and productive writer, Chelle Cordero and Vanilla Heart Publishing present 60+ Days to Live, Breathe, & Write – previously published as Living, Breathing, Writing, Volumes 1 and 2. This combined collection gives both the aspiring writer and the accomplished writer two complete months of lessons about the craft of writing and being a writer, from time management to social networking, organizing queries to publication, the business of being a writer, and more. Includes more than 100 brain-starting exercises, business activities, and prompts to help you get those words on paper, and create your successful writing career.

These short lessons and activities have been previously published as part of the acclaimed Amazon Kindle blog Living, Writing, Breathing available by subscription for Kindle owners, and consistently in the Top 100.

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“Having Chelle Cordero’s blog on my Kindle is like having an author here in residence with me. She gives inspiration, motivation, and best of all, practical advice and solutions. I love the “writing exercises” she offers at the end of each blog, as well as the “writing prompts”. I’ve already used them myself and with my 6th grade writing class!” ~ J. B. Naylor

“I have tried other writing blogs on the web, but this one is the best I have read so far.” ~ Jesus Reyes

60+ Days to Live, Breathe, & Write
available in Paperback & Kindle e-book from Amazon

60+ Days to Live, Breathe, & Write
available in Paperback from Barnes & Noble 

Living, Breathing, Writing Amazon Kindle Blog
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Kindle (2nd Generation); Kindle (1st Generation) & Kindle]

Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson A Day
Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson A Day, Volume 2
available in multiple e-book formats

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All about writing and being a writer…

 

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Living, Breathing, Writing

 

A weekly writers’ workshop and the convenience of your Kindle, together!

Every week download a new writing lesson, a terrific writing exercise and creative writing prompt ~
AND NOW, NEW ~ an in-depth Writing Challenge.

This is a terrific chance to learn from a pro.

Kindle blogs are fully downloaded onto your Kindle so you can
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Chelle Cordero has conducted several in-person workshops
and her Amazon Kindle Blog & her writing books
have been used in classrooms and libraries throughout the U.S.

5 starsAuthor in Residence reviewed by J. B. Naylor
Having Chelle Cordero’s blog on my Kindle is like having an author here in residence with me. She gives inspiration, motivation, and best of all, practical advice and solutions. I love the “writing exercises” she offers at the end of each blog, as well as the “writing prompts”. I’ve already used them myself and with my 6th grade writing class!
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I’ll be at the Rose Memorial Library in Stony Point NY on Thursday, August 8th at 5pm for a Teen Writing Program

(from the summer 2013 newsletter)

Writing Group– Pro Advice
Thursday, August 8th at 5pm
At this special writing group meeting, local author,
Chelle Cordero will join the group to offer
storytelling advice. Not to be missed!

Rose Memorial Library
79 East Main Street
Stony Point, NY 10980
(click for directions)

 

Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson A Day, Volume 2   by Chelle Cordero
Price: $5.99 USD. 21520 words. Published by Vanilla Heart Publishing  on August 5, 2011. Nonfiction.

In celebration of Volume 1 going to print edition due to demand, Chelle Cordero and Vanilla Heart Publishing have put together another complete month of lessons about the craft of writing and being a writer, from time management to social networking, organizing queries to publication, and more. Includes more than 50 brain-starting exercises and prompts to help you get those words on paper.
 Hyphema    by Chelle Cordero
Price: $4.99 USD. 56270 words. Published by Vanilla Heart Publishing  on April 18, 2011. Fiction.Hyphema: Bleeding in the eye caused by trauma… Matt Garratti, a paramedic from New York, moves his wife and son to North Carolina to work at his dream job as a flight medic. Pakistani born Sudah, his wife, receives frosty stares and insensitive comments from their new neighbors… Matt wonders if he is pursuing his dream or bringing his family into a nightmare from which they may never wake.

Price: $5.99 USD. 22710 words. Published by Vanilla Heart Publishing  on October 28, 2010. Nonfiction.A complete month of lessons about the craft of writing and being a writer, from time management to social networking, organizing queries to publication, and more. In the Bonus Section of this book you’ll find more than 50 brain-starting exercises to help you get those words on paper.

Price: $4.99 USD. 74520 words. Published by Vanilla Heart Publishing  on March 20, 2010. Fiction.What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas… this time it follows Brandon and Caitlyn across the country and into a world of espionage and danger. The one thing that Brandon knows for sure is that he can’t afford to lose his lucky charm, Caitlyn.

Price: $4.99 USD. 71170 words. Published by Vanilla Heart Publishing  on December 16, 2009. Fiction.Layne Gillette’s world is turned upside down when a man she has never met shows up to lay claim as the father of her 6-year old son. When Layne’s abusive “ex-husband” shows up, they are torn apart by danger, kidnapping and lies.

Price: $4.99 USD. 59430 words. Published by Vanilla Heart Publishing  on October 31, 2009. Fiction.Ben Johnson was hired as a bodyguard for a rich widow and her kid, but he never expected to be working for the woman who had abandoned him just when he had needed her the most. Damn it all, he still wanted her. Samantha Chaunce never thought she would have to explain why she married the rich man instead of Ben. Or that her husband had been murdered…and Ben was the prime suspect.

Price: $4.99 USD. 72450 words. Published by Vanilla Heart Publishing  on July 20, 2009. Fiction.Life was hard after the hurricanes swept through, destroying her parents’ home and livelihood… An errand for her boss – a chance encounter with a crew of bank robbers – a kind man who tried to help her … a man who isn’t all he seems…no, he is so much more

Price: $4.99 USD. 84500 words. Published by Vanilla Heart Publishing  on June 13, 2009. Fiction.Deputy Sherriff Commander Jake Carson has his hands full… investigation of a brutal multiple homicide, a troubled son and a vindictive ex-wife. He meets young, free-spirited paramedic Julie Jennings. When Julie becomes the subject of an obsession, it puts both of them in danger…

Price: $4.99 USD. 79380 words. Published by Vanilla Heart Publishing  on April 12, 2009. Fiction.COURAGE OF THE HEART shows us that sometimes love is the only cure for the very deepest of emotional wounds. The story of the two lovers takes a series of unexpected and fast paced turns where lives, sanity and love are put in jeopardy. Their commitment to one another results in a spirit that binds them together and helps them to overcome physical and emotional dangers.

Price: $4.99 USD. 73480 words. Published by Vanilla Heart Publishing  on April 12, 2009. Fiction.Tom gave up on ever falling in love again the day that he buried his high school sweetheart and fiancé. He started a career in law enforcement just so that he could find her murderer and rapist. Just when he is about to see justice done, he meets Alli Davis-the defense attorney for the murdering rapist who took his love from him.

Price: $4.99 USD. 55810 words. Published by Vanilla Heart Publishing  on April 12, 2009. Fiction.Bartlett’s Rule shares the story of Lon and Paige’s love affair; a romance filled with hardship, emotion, danger and triumph. Falling in love was never the challenge; being there for each other, knowing just what to say and making it work is the real test. Paige and Lon are real; they are human, they cry and they laugh. Paige has to learn to trust. Lon has to learn to be patient.

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All about writing and being a writer

 

Kindle blogs are fully downloaded onto your Kindle so you can read them even when you’re not wirelessly connected. And unlike RSS readers which often only provide headlines, blogs on Kindle give you full text content and images, and are updated wirelessly throughout the day.

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here is a recent sample post from this weekly lesson:

When Life Gets in Your Way

We live in a world of constant distractions, some necessary in our lives and some from our own idle invention. There is a oft-read humorous story about a woman who starts her day with a “plan” but as she moves through her day she finds things she also “should do”. At the end of the day her car is unwashed, her bills aren’t paid, her lawn isn’t watered, she can’t find her car keys and the TV remote is missing. She was busy all day and yet never got anything she planned to do done.
Many of us start out the same way and writers with their vivid imaginations and the ability to throw ourselves into a world of make-believe are certainly prone to the unintentional procrastination. Freelance writers working from “home” have added temptations and distractions.
How often has a terrific idea flitted through your mind and you’ve thought “one day I’ll get this written down in book form”, yet the day never seems to come. Instead you sit at your computer intending to start that inevitable best seller and first stop to check your email and Facebook, and wander from there to Twitter and Google.
By the time you’ve finished your surfing, your best friend calls and you take the time to chat. Then you remember to throw a load in the washer and you grudgingly remove the clean laundry from the dryer which of course now must be folded. Finally the kids are home from school and the house is no longer work conducive.
Where did your day go?
Here are a few things you can do to help increase your productivity: Schedule your work hours and actually GO TO WORK in a designated spot; it can be a separate room, a specific corner, a desk that is used ONLY for work, or even an easy chair IF you can control a mindset that you are there to work. Make a list of the things you must get done FOR WORK. Any to-do list that involves housework, social engagements, doctor’s appointments and family commitments should be kept separate.
Next assign a time allowance for each of the more mundane tasks such as 30-minutes to check and respond to emails and give a cursory look at Facebook and Twitter (Freelancers especially should not ignore the internet altogether since this is a major way for clients to reach you). In planning your work, if you really are more productive during the night, then work at night and sleep during the day – but still work by a schedule.
If you have a second phone or cell phone, use one only for important family communication during the work day and put an answer machine on the other to avoid wasting time with annoying telemarketers or chatty neighbors. Some of the things you might want to schedule into your workday might  be specific writing time for assignments and deadlines, research time, submitting new queries, and composing blogs.
Allow a large portion of time for free-writing which you can use if necessary to meet a deadline or simply to finally get that great story on paper. Don’t forget to schedule a lunch break and a time to end your workday. There may be times you’ll want to “bring your work home with you” but don’t let it happen too often or you’ll feel guilty for stealing family and personal time.
Schedule household chores on your days off just like any 9-to-5’er. You are WORKING and do not have to excuse your determination to get through the workday. Others just have to understand it. While unexpected emergencies will crop up in every one’s life and throw schedules out the proverbial window, don’t allow neighbors to use you to provide frequent day care or collect deliveries while they commute to work.
Stick to your schedule, record the work you did and check off each task you finish. You’ll find a pattern and make only the modifications you need and at the end of the day you will have that gratifying feeling of accomplishment.
Writing exercise:  Free write a crowded scene such as a bar at happy hour, a sub way car during rush hour or a store during a holiday sale. Use only your senses to describe the setting and action, what you see, hear, smell and touch.
Writing prompt:  Write 2-3 sentences starting with: (1) “I was walking down the street when suddenly I saw …”; (2) “I could swear I locked my car door last night, but this morning…”; (3) “The last time I was in prison I…”

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5 stars

Author in Residence December 26, 2009

By J. B. Naylor

Having Chelle Cordero’s blog on my Kindle is like having an author here in residence with me. She gives inspiration, motivation, and best of all, practical advice and solutions. I love the “writing exercises” she offers at the end of each blog, as well as the “writing prompts”. I’ve already used them myself and with my 6th grade writing class!

When we last tuned in, or at least on February 25th, I posted a list of movies where the weather made a significant difference to the story and I challenged folks to guess which one of the movies I never saw.

I even thought I might help out with a hint that I thought would effectively eliminate about half of the movies listed. Alas, no one guessed the correct movie!

I’ve seen Twister, The Wizard of Oz, The Perfect Storm, The Day After Tomorrow, Groundhog Day, Forrest Gump, Gone With The Wind, The Shining, The Truman Show, Casablanca, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

The one movie I NEVER saw was Key Largo

But since I really want to give away some books, I’m emailing out a few .pdf copies of my Living, Breathing, Writing books anyway. These books are based on my successful Amazon Kindle blog Living, Breathing, Writing.

Cover for 'Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson A Day'      Cover for 'Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson A Day, Volume 2'

You can download a FREE sampler of this book at http://bit.ly/qMTvLU
(includes sample chapters & writing exercises)

PURSUE YOUR PASSION – “PAM AND I”

Please enjoy this write-up about the Living, Breathing, Writing Amazon Kindle Blog  and the Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson a Day e-book

Thanks to Pamela Newman for her fantastic comments!

Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson A Day
by Chelle Cordero

It’s an all new and improved edition! Based on the weekly Kindle Amazon blog http://bit.ly/pILcG  This e-book contains a full month of lessons and plenty of writing exercises. And right now it is at the introductory discounted price of $5.99!

“Having Chelle Cordero’s blog on my Kindle is like having an author here in residence with me. She gives inspiration, motivation, and best of all, practical advice and solutions. I love the ‘writing exercises’ she offers at the end of each blog, as well as the ‘writing prompts’.” ~J.B. Naylor

And now, Kindle owner or not, writers are able to get in on the fun and active lessons from the Kindle Blog—Living, Breathing, Writing, by Chelle Cordero.

Welcome to a complete month of lessons about the craft of writing and being a writer. In the BONUS Section of this book you’ll find more than 50 brain-starting exercises to help you get those words on paper.

These short lessons and activities have been previously published as part of the acclaimed Amazon Kindle blog Living, Writing, Breathing available by subscription for Kindle owners, and consistently in the Top 100, for just 99₵ a month.

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