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A Diverse Picture Book that honors Zora Neale Hurston | Zora's Garden

A Diverse Picture Book that honors Zora Neale Hurston | Zora’s Garden

Guest post by Rae Chesny Not nearly enough people in this world are aware of who Zora Neale Hurston was. Zora was an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She portrayed racial struggles in the early-1900s American South and published research on hoodoos. The most popular of her four novels is Their Eyes Were Watching God, …

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Authentic Human Connections Through Storytelling|Storytelling Legacy Book Review

Authentic Human Connections Through Storytelling | Storytelling Legacy Book Review

Everyone has a story to tell. As humans, we are fascinating and complicated. Many of us have weathered storms that others can’t even comprehend or accomplished feats that have made the world a better place. I’ve always found it interesting that the most interesting people I meet usually don’t think they are interesting at all. …

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5 Simple Things to Keep in Mind when using Social Media

Audrey Press has been prevalent on social media for many years now and we have to admit that sometimes it’s a love/hate relationship!  But also know that, from a marketing and connection standpoint, it is an indispensable way to get books in front of readers. Marketing 101=promote where your ideal customer is hanging out. And …

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Making The Choice to Heal and An Excerpt from Thrive

We make choices that are correct for ourselves and what our bodies are needing, instead of trying out the latest fad, method, diet, etc. All of those things exist outside of us. Inside of us is where the jewels lie, the gold nuggets to our healing.~Valarie Budayr ​Thrive means to prosper, be fortunate or successful, …

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I\’m in the Garden! {And Craving some Porridge}

\”I\’m in the garden!\” The Secret Garden to be precise. 🙂 This time of year in the Secret Garden, the earth is sleeping under a cloak of beautiful white snow. The birds have migrated off leaving the garden quiet from birdsong. This is the time of year when we clean up the garden when snow …

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Pandemic Pivot: An Entrepreneurial Rockstar Music Teacher Creates Tools for Success

For the past 25 years, Noreen Wenjen has been committed to helping her private piano lesson student excel. As the years flew by, Noreen\’s reputation as an exceptional piano teacher for students of all ages grew. A full and successful studio with a two-year waitlist draws students with a high level of commitment.  Students tend …

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The Realities of Writing: Emerging Author Advice from Hannah Rials

I am often asked by budding young authors what my best advice for becoming a published author is. If I were to advise anyone dreaming of writing their book, I would tell them that persistence is critical. Writing a novel is the hardest thing I have ever done, and the degree of difficulty is pretty …

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The Ascension Trilogy by Hannah Rials

How a 12-Year-Old\’s Book Idea Ultimately Became a Popular Series

{guest post by author Hannah Rials} I was 12 years old when I started my first book in what would later become the award-winning Ascension trilogy. I remember waking up from a dream with the idea of writing about a community of vampires. It was around when the whole Twilight series was hot, and binge-reading …

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Hybrid Book Buying | The 10% Shift Challenge

Many years ago, there was a Buy Local initiative called 10% Shift Challenge: A Small Shift Can Make a Big Difference. The premise behind this campaign was to encourage people to shift 10% of their weekly buying AWAY from online sources and spend those dollars with local independently-owned businesses instead. Why? Because a 2003 study …

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