• Author Blog,  Words,  Writing Advice

    Are Facebook Author Takeovers Right for You?

    Facebook Author Takeovers What are they? Whether you have published a book or not, there are still many ways you can begin self-branding on Facebook. One of the easiest ways is through Author Takeovers. Let me clarify, an author takeover is not the same as an event. One is a networking tool, the other is a marketing tool. In brief, Facebook takeovers are great tools for building your fanbase, gaining readers, and getting your name out there. You don’t even have to be published yet to do one. On the other hand, a Facebook event is a marketing tool to bring awareness to your new book and create sales. Since I am huge…

  • Words,  Writing Advice

    Even Though: No Fear Writing

    You can’t let fear dictate your life. On Monday, July 2, 2018, my mother sent me a text. It goes something like this: “Police just arrested a guy planning an attack during fireworks! In Cleveland! Please be safe and stay home.” Is that scary? Most definitely. Even though Cleveland is 3 hours away. Even though I could get shot walking down the street. Even though finish the sentence here. Even though. We still went out and celebrated with the rest of Columbus on Tuesday, even though my mom’s words lingered in my head. We stayed til the end, even though we were surrounded by tall buildings and a heavy police…

  • Life Blogging,  Words

    On Happiness: Someone to Watch Over Me

    Someday… I will don that cap and gown. I have graduated from high school, but I didn’t attend graduation. I had only been at the school for a month and didn’t see the point. I was bitter, too bitter. Life was an uncoated aspirin that always stuck in my throat; the acrid taste ebbed on the shore of my tongue and refused to leave. Decisions I made in order to survive were whirlwinds of change, downdrafts of life’s tornadoes, most of which I was not prepared for. I needed help, desperately, only I didn’t know it. I was 18, a legal adult, and ready to take on the world. Or…