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Would you write if it meant you risked getting your fingers chopped off?

Mammy Prater, 115-year old ex-slave. Image originally from Library of Congress is no longer available from Amazon

Imagine you want to write a letter to your husband. There is no Facebook, Twitter, email. As a matter of fact, there is no internet. It's 1830, you are an African American slave and every aspect of your life is controlled by your master. Even if you happen to know which plantation your husband has been taken to, you have several problems. 1. Not only is it against the law for slaves to read or write, but it's against the law for anyone to be caught teaching you to read or write. This 1830 North Carolina statute was typical. AN ACT … [Continue reading…]

9 Steps to Writing and Publishing a Book


Aspiring authors have many fears, uncertainties, false notions, and misconceptions. Who can blame them?  Until recent years, the inner workings of the publishing industry were mysterious to us … [Continue reading…]

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How to Use LinkedIn Publishing Platform

http://youtu.be/dg-O15iCRug LinkedIn is now giving you another way to increase your visibility with its new LinkedIn publishing platform. It's being rolled out to all LinkedIn users, but if you … [Continue reading…]

It’ll be all over on Sunday


I can't believe it's real. A friend urged me for years to share my love of cooking and trying new recipes. I finally did it. I gathered 50 yummy Easter recipes and created Quick and Easy Easter … [Continue reading…]