Author: Jeanie Jacobson

A Word to Change the World

At the September Wordsowers meeting speaker/author Karen Watson enthralled us with her powerful presentation, "The Value of Your Testimony." In it she asked, "If you could change the world with one WORD, what would it be? So at the risk of sounding unprofessional, today we're laying it on the line. Yes, our goal here at Wordsowers Christian Writers Group is to help authors grow. But th...
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Wordsowers 2016 Conference

Mark your calendars for the nextWordsowers Christian Writers Conference.We're honored to welcome  Focus on the Family'sTroy Griepentrog as this year's keynote speaker.Troy is an editor at Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family magazine and FocusOnTheFamily.com. Please join us April 29-30, 2016atLifeSpring Church inBellevue, NebraskaWatch for details.Photo courtesy of author Angela D. Meye...
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Author-mania

Platform building includes meeting people face to face instead of simply on Facebook.   So earlier this year I slithered from the confines of my office and emerged into the real world. AKA, the one I don't create on my computer. Along with 100 other authors, I'd signed up for the Omaha Public Library's Author Fair. On the way there I pictured writers bashing each other in an All Star Wres...
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2015 Wordsowers monthly meetings

2015 Wordsowers Monthly MeetingsWe meet the LAST Thursday of the month from 6:00-7:45 PM at the Swanson library, 9101 W. Dodge Rd., Omaha, NE  Ready to enhance your writing career, or get it started? Join us for the Wordsowers monthly meetings.   May 28th: Breaking into Chicken Soup, author Jeanie Jacobson. Chicken Soup for the Soul is a wildly popular franchise. Six-time "So...
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Michael Hyatt

Writing a book before creating a platform is like cooking a banquet before we've created a guest list. We prepare the feast, throw open the doors to welcome everyone in, but nobody's there. We call into the void, "This is delicious. Come try a bite." Silence answers. It's the same with growing a following. First we create a platform, then we can share the goodies...in th...
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Turn Writing Dreams into Reality

We all know about New Year's resolutions. A new year equals a fresh start...until want-power overtakes will-power. I want one last slice of cheesecake before starting my diet. I want one more couch potato day before hitting the gym. I want to read one more novel before I work on mine. Here at Wordsowers we're turning our writing dreams into reality. And this is your invitation to j...
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Speedy Gonzales Syndrome

My daddy's parents came to the US from Mexico in 1908. They worked hard, studied hard, and became US citizens. Their descendants went on to become professionals, holding prestigious jobs in business and government. But it took my Tia Gracia, my Aunt Grace, decades to pass her citizenship test. She was almost 100 years old when she became a US citizen. In my writer's group some people are more p...
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Author’s Bio 101

While you're busy creating your platform, make sure you prepare your author's bio. It's a short summary paragraph of your writing credentials. Creating a bio can be a challenge for new, pre-published writers. Courtesy of Mister GC @freedigitalphotos.net Picture yourself in an arena. The bell rings, the announcer grabs the mike, gestures to your colleague and rattles off her ...
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Nail the Tagline

Courtesy of Gualberto107 @freedigitalphoto.net Ever hammered a nail into a board, only to have it bend half-way through the wood? And when you take another swing at the curved nail, it squashes flat against the board. It doesn't go deep to hold the construction together; it doesn't form a strong bond. Part of building an author's platform includes creating a tagline. A gre...
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Growing Your Bouncing Baby Blog

Courtesy of adamr @freedigitalphotos.net At the August Wordsowers meeting our guest speaker, the wonderfully funny and encouraging Kelly Klepfer, shared her insights on co-authoring and platform building. I started hammering away on platform construction last September, so I'm eager to incorporate her blueprints into my building plan, especially my blog. The blogging rul...
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