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Monday, August 14, 2017

Empowering Women - Angelina Jolie



Before I get to the post, I want to share some news...I did my first radio talk show on Friday with author Yvonne Mason. I was nervous but ended up having a blast. You can listen to it here: Off The Chain - Chrys Fey

Or here:



Every month I am highlighting an empowering woman. This month it is:


Angelina Jolie
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Angelina Jolie is far more than her looks (or her marriage/divorce to Brad Pitt). She is a major humanitarian and has received several awards for her efforts. She advocates for various causes including women’s rights, education, and conservation.

She joined forces with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and started visiting these areas to see what it was like for the refugees. She’s completed more than 40 field missions. To help ferry aid workers and food supplies, she got her private pilot license. In 2001, she became the Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR. And in 2012, she became Special Envoy to the UNHCR’s High Commissioner.

“I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us.”

What else does she do? 
- Pushes legislation to aid child immigrants
- Co-Chairs Kids in Need of Defense
- Has funded a school and boarding facility for girls at Kakuma Refugee Camp in NW Kenya.
- Jolie Legal Fellowship, a network of lawyers and attorneys who are sponsored to advocate the development of human rights in their countries.
- Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, a campaign against sexual violence in military conflict zones .
- Centre for Women, Peace and Security, which aims to contribute to global women’s rights issues including the prosecution of war rape and women’s engagement in politics.
Plus more!

All of this is on top of adopting three children and giving birth to three more, acting, and directing (In the Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken).

Unbroken:

I want to talk about Unbroken for a moment. I thought she was robbed when she wasn’t even nominated for Best Director. When I watched Unbroken, I was amazed at the power of it, the story, and the craftsmanship. Angelina directed a powerful movie.

I remember hearing her in an interview that she was going through a hard time when she read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and it changed her. Unbroken is about Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner, a Lieutenant in the US Air Force and a POW. (Jolie and Zamperini were actually neighbors!)

Cancer Prevention:

Angelina has also spoken out for cancer prevention. In 2013, she underwent a preventative double mastectomy after finding out she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer. She also had an oophorectomy (removal of ovaries) due to a 50% risk of developing ovarian cancer.

She wrote about her decisions in The New York Times:

“On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

“The Angelina Effect” started soon after as women all over the world did the BRCA gene testing. To further help at-risk women, she advocated for wider accessibility and lower costs. June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court greatly reduced the cost of the BRCA gene test.

Maleficent:

Angelina’s role in Maleficent won her a Kid’s Choice Award for Best Villain.

“I wanna say that when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told I was different, never good at fitting in. And then I realized something, something I hope you all realize—different is good.”


Angelina is a humanitarian, business woman, fighter, and mother. She’s a force to be reckoned with.



INSPIRING SONG:




QUESTIONS: Have you seen Maleficent or Unbroken? Are you a fan of Angelina Jolie?



Monday, August 7, 2017

Books for Writers - The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing



The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote and Sell Your Own Book 
by Marilyn Ross & Sue Collier. Now the title of this book is a tad misleading. While it is first and foremost about self-publishing, I found much of the marketing advice perfect for any writer, especially those writers (most of us) who publish with small presses/publishers. I found this guide when I was at Barnes & Noble hunting for books about marketing. I sat down and jotted many notes that I felt I could do, and when I got home, I started working on them.

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What advice did I find?

- Look for niche magazines about subjects or destinations your books cover. Write articles for them, ask for reviews or interviews, and/or offer them an excerpt of your book.

- Provide literary magazines with freebie chapters that include your promo materials at the end, such as full ordering information.

- If your book is a how-to, take a part of a chapter, alter it, toss in an introduction and conclusion, and you have a fresh article.

- Find a writing group in your area and promote together.

- If possible, team up with organizations. Sell your book to help them raise funds.

- At a book signing, wear a badge with your book cover on it, or one that says “Author” with your name.

- At an event, have a packet of sample reviews on your table for interested readers to look at.

- Put an author interview in the “From the Author” section on your book’s Amazon page.

- When writing reviews, sign off as “Author of XYZ.” Or put this at the beginning.

If you’re self-publishing, definitely get this book. If you’re looking for ways to promote that’s unique from 1001 Ways and Guerrilla Marketing…get this book!




QUESTION: What’s your favorite self-publishing how-to book?


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Give Me Your Questions! / IWSG



The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


For more info: Show Us Your Insecurity



ASK ME!


Do you have writing-related questions?

Editing questions?


Marketing questions?

I don’t claim to be an expert, but I love to share what I know and have learned, so please pose any questions you can think of in the comment sectionI’ll do something with them later. :D

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Contract:  I signed the contact for Flaming Crimes (Disaster Crimes #4) last month! YAY!!! 


LOGO: I have an author logo! The concept is a spark with the letter C acting as a fish hook, using a heart as bait. ;) It goes with my author tagline: Thrilling and Romantic with Heroines of Steel.




Insecuritiessss: I've been posting marketing videos on YouTube to help me get over my fears of public speaking and being seen as Chrys Fey.

Current videos since the last IWSG Day:
Marketing Spark 7: Blogging


All of this was to prepare me for something I'm doing for the IWSG:
On August 24th at 2:00 pm EST, I'll be participating in a LIVE YouTube interview with Evan Carmichael, an entrepreneur who I'll be interviewing about his book Your One Word and getting some great advice for authors and IWSG members.

You'll be able to watch the interview live HERE. Afterward, it'll be featured in the August 30th IWSG newsletter. 

I'm nervous! 

But with my own YouTube videos and an over-the-phone radio chat I'll be doing on August 11th with Yvonne Mason, I hope I'll be ready.

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BOOK CLUB:

For August/September, the IWSG Book Club on Goodreads is reading:

Marketing for Writers who Hate Marketing by James Scott Bell


Not selling books and marketing were the #1 and #3 biggest insecurities of our members in a poll we did on Goodreads, so we hope this book will ease your mind and give you ideas.

Author Interview: If you join our book club, you'll be able to pose a question to James Scott Bell about marketing. The best 10 questions will be sent to him.


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Personal Announcement: 

Due to personal reasons, I am stepping down as an IWSG admin. BUT I will be a partner, so the book club will continue and I'll be able to support the IWSG whenever they need me.



My last IWSG newsletter will be the August issue coming out on the 30th. After that, I'll be passing on the IWSG newsletter to Christine Rains, the newest admin. Congrats, Christine! And good luck! :)



Have a great IWSG Day!


COMMENT: Give me all of your writing/editing/marketing questions!


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