Lately I’ve noticed a super large increase in the amount of unsolicited phone calls on both my home (the inn) phone and my cell phone. Despite being on all of the “do not call” lists, auto rejecting, and blocking unwanted numbers every – single – time, I continue to get annoying phone calls from telemarketers. All day long. (more…)
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Posted in authors, Baer House Inn, blogging, Family, Fiction, humor, Jansen Schmidt, vacation, words, writing, tagged annoying, annoying phone calls, blocked calls, do not call, free stuff, phone calls, random, random calls, rejected calls, sales pitches, salesmen, telemarketers, unsolicited calls on March 20, 2017| 16 Comments »
Posted in authors, blogging, drinks, Fiction, Jansen Schmidt, success, words, writing, tagged computer illerate, computer literate, computers, error messages, flashdrive, frustration, laptops, malfunctioning computers, new computer, passwords, photos, pictures, printer problems, printers, security questions, technology, thumb drive, transferring data, usernames, wireless on March 13, 2017| 12 Comments »
Nothing – and I mean NOTHING – makes me more crazy frustrated than computer problems. I HATE computers. No, strike that, I hate computers when they don’t work. I’m not computer literate. I can accomplish wonderful things with the limited amount of knowledge I possess. But, when things go wrong, I am totally lost and immediately frustrated. And that’s putting it mildly. Very mildly. Very, very mildly. (more…)
Posted in Baer House Inn, beer, blogging, drinks, Family, Fiction, food, friends, humor, Jansen Schmidt, Tequila, writing, tagged alcohol, amazing, amusing, B&Bs, bed & breakfast, beds, breakfast, eating, furniture, hotels, innkeepers, innkeeping, lamps, making beds, moving furniture, nightstands, open container, traveling on March 6, 2017| 16 Comments »
My life as an innkeeper is never dull. Most of the time my work is very rewarding. The average guest is very nice and respectful. And every day I see or hear something that makes me go:
Being an innkeeper has challenges for sure, but there’s an amusing side as well. And an even larger amazing component that most people probably don’t even think about. (more…)
Posted in authors, Baer House Inn, Birthdays, blogging, camera, costumes, diamond ring, directing, drinks, engagement ring, Family, Fiction, food, Free book, friends, grammar, humor, Jansen Schmidt, love, romance, short story, theater, theatre, Vicksburg, words, writers, writing, tagged antique medical tools, Army Corp of Engineers, book review, book signing, Civil War, Civil War Round Table, Climbing Jacob's Ladder, David Harris, Detectives Comedy Dinner Theater, Dixie Surgeon, ERDC, Free book, Kindle, Lee Brenner, medical tools, music video, pilgrimage, reading, Shannon Bagley, tour homes, Vicksburg Pilgrimage on February 27, 2017| 10 Comments »
Posted in anthology, authors, awards, beach, blogging, Family, Fiction, Free book, friends, humor, Jansen Schmidt, Paranormal, resolutions, romance, short story, social media, success, writers, writing, tagged authors, blog comments, book reviews, books, bookstore, e-readers, Free book, gifts, GoodReads, helping authors, Kindle, masterpieces, read books, reading, shop window, writing, writing process on February 20, 2017| 16 Comments »
Lots of people think authors live a glamorous life; sitting in a beach chair, toes in the sand, large floppy hat, cool beverage with little umbrella in the glass with a laptop or tablet on their lap, just tap, tap, tapping away on the keys until – BAM – 90,000 words later, a best-selling masterpiece appears. The next day someone slaps a gorgeous glossy cover on it and plasters it all over the Barnes & Noble front window.
Then, after several hours of tap, tap, tapping, said author dons oversized dark glasses and some sparkly flip flop sandals, gets into their luxury sports car and dashes off to some posh restaurant for lunch with their editor, agent, and some movie producer from Hollywood to discuss the details of turning your latest masterpiece into a Hollywood blockbuster.
Spoiler alert – that NEVER happens. Oh sure, JK Rowling probably does that NOW, but not when she first started. Steven King is a household name and James Patterson’s name gets tossed around a lot on movie sets and such, but seriously, that didn’t happen overnight.
So, how did it happen? I’ll tell you – I have no idea. Believe me, I wish I did. I wish I knew what secret, besides hard work and perseverance would shoot me straight up that ladder to the beach chair in the sun because God knows I would love love to dig my toesies into some white sand right about now. Not to mention that little umbrella drink.
Here’s what I do know, those people spent many, many long days and sleepless nights fussing over the right words, the parts they deleted and maybe shouldn’t have, the opening scenes that should work but for some reason don’t, a reviewers harsh comment, hours of endless re-writing.
In other words, they worked hard and they didn’t quit. They didn’t let disappointment ruin their vision.
And, despite how it seems to authors most days, they didn’t reach a certain level of fame alone. What? You’re saying others helped along the way? Absolutely. A lot of people probably helped and didn’t even know they helped. Strangers can help strangers. Readers can help writers. Here’s how:
Buy books, read books, talk about awesome books.
A great way to take it up a notch, is to leave a review. It’s easy, it’s free, it doesn’t take that long, and it goes a long way in helping authors’ careers. Here’s a few places where you can leave a review: https://www.goodreads.com/; https://www.amazon.com/; or http://allreaders.com/.
Go to book signings if you can and BUY THE BOOK, even if you gift it to someone else.
Spread the word on social media. A “like,” a “share,” a comment, helps boost that author’s visibility. It seems trivial, but like election time, every vote matters. (Please don’t make this political people. God knows we don’t want to go there again.)
Gift a book. A great way to help authors is to buy books for someone else. Especially in this day and age of electronic gadgets, almost everyone has an e-reader of some fashion. If not, you can download a free app to most smart phones. Heck, you can read books on your home computer. What better gift for a person who has everything or no longer wishes to “collect things?” Again, it’s easy and relatively inexpensive. Some e-books are less than a dollar. Gifting an e-book is super easy through Amazon or other on-line e-book retailers. All you need is the recipient’s e-mail address. What a lovely surprise for the recipient to open their e-mail and discover a gift! And it won’t clutter up a closet or shelf.
Here’s how I’m going to help some authors this week: Every person who posts a comment on this blog between now and Friday, February 24th, will be gifted an e-book of my choice. Simply leave a comment and mention your favorite genre so I can choose an appropriate book for you from one of my favorite starving authors. Some of you I can wager a pretty good guess about genre, but others not so much. If I don’t already have your e-mail address, send me an e-mail at email@example.com so I can make sure your e-book arrives. (Caveat: I will only be gifting from Amazon so you’ll have to have a Kindle in order to participate. Sorry to those who prefer other e-reader methods.)
You in turn can help the author of the book I gifted to you by posting a review and I strongly encourage you to do so. I’m acting on good faith here that you will leave a review. If you do not wish to write a review and post it on any or all of the sites I listed above, please let me know if the comments. (Caveat: If you absolutely hate the book I gift you, please do NOT leave a bad review. An honest review yes, but not a scathing one.) Remember, the purpose of this week’s blog is to help each other out. I’m helping readers, you’re helping writers.
That’s it. Easy peasy. You can pass the word to your friends if they want a free book all they have to do is leave a comment and their e-mail address. I’ll do the rest.
So, thanks in advance to all who post a comment and enjoy your books!
How do you help starving authors? Do you routinely leave reviews? Do you attend book signings? Do you have an e-reader?
Word of Day: Acroter
Fun fact about me: I have 3 e-readers but I prefer paper books.
Original post by Jansen Schmidt, February 2017. Photos courtesy Google Images.
Posted in blogging, dogs, Family, Fiction, first car, friends, humor, Jansen Schmidt, underwear, writing, tagged boxers, Corvette, dog strollers, hitches, jeans, pants, pretty girls, ripped jeans, sexy, tattoos, thong panties, thongs, trailers, underwear on February 13, 2017| 14 Comments »
I consider myself a reasonably intelligent and caring person, open to new ideas, non-judgmental and a variety of other adjectives. I see and hear things that make me go, “hmmm,” and I see and hear things that make me go, “what?”
And then there are things that make me produce the expression on Steve Harvey’s face above. (more…)
Posted in authors, awards, blogging, crock pot, Family, food, friends, humor, Jansen Schmidt, soup, writing, tagged antacid, charity, charity events, chili cook-off, Chili For Children, chli, food, food tasting, fundraisers, Lady Luck Casino, Mississippi, tasting, Vicksburg, Vicksburg Children's Home on February 6, 2017| 10 Comments »
Posted in authors, Baer House Inn, blogging, Family, friends, Jansen Schmidt, short story, writing, tagged ancestry, Baer family, cemeteries, cemetery, graves, graveyard, heatstones, Jewish, Jewish cemetery, Leona Baer, markers, monuments, muddy shoes, shoe, shoes, statues, Temple Anshe, Temple Anshe Chesed Cemetery, tombstones, Vicksburg on January 30, 2017| 14 Comments »
Posted in authors, awards, blogging, Family, Fiction, friends, goals, Jansen Schmidt, resolutions, words, writing, tagged controversy, downers, dreams, emotional strength, focusing on dreams, haters, media, motivation, mulligan brothers, opinions, positive attitude, positiveness, realizing dreams, rejection, rejection letter, sad, sad day, self-worth, social media, Youtube on January 23, 2017| 21 Comments »
My heart is heavy and I am saddened as I write this blog. Sometimes blogging material comes easily and quickly, other times I have to coax it out of nowhere or dig it out of bedrock. This week I had lots of things I wanted to blog about, but my spirit kept taking a beating and I didn’t have the emotional strength to post those things. I generally try to avoid controversy and I always try to take the high road. So, I guess that’s what I’ve decided to do by tackling more important issues – self-worth and ignoring haters. (more…)
Posted in authors, blogging, bull riding, dancing, Family, Fiction, friends, grammar, Holidays, humor, Jansen Schmidt, resolutions, romance, sports, success, words, writing, tagged balance, ballet, ballet dancer, bike, bike riding, bikes, bull riders, bull riding, cha cha, cowboys, dance shoes, Dancing, finding balance, Guilhermi Marchi, jitterbug, pedals, pianists, piano, piano playing, sports, western romance on January 16, 2017| 8 Comments »
How often have you heard the expression: It’s just like riding a bike? Something you used to do – and overall, do well – then you stop doing it, then you do it again. The concept is that you can just pick up right where you left off and still know how to do it. Like riding a bike. Right? Wrong. (more…)
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