First Name O-Z

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  1. I agree. You have to market yourself. It’s just like selling a product.

  2. I had almost the same thing happen except they’re a big company and they took 6 months to pay! Ugh. It definitely took the fun out of it for me. By the time I could cash it, Xmas had passed.

  3. Sandra: And people wonder why I write online! I find the pay much more reliable!

    (Love your blog, btw!)

  4. Yvonne Perry | June 15, 2009 at 8:07 pm |

    Thank you for the privilege of being featured on your blog today, Cherie.

  5. Thank you for the wonderful interview experience !

    Lillian

  6. It was my pleasure, Lillian! I enjoyed “chatting” with you and think your answers are a great addition to this blog.

  7. I noted his idea of success: when others cite your work as being the most influential in their lives. No doubt a worthy goal to aspire to.

    Dawn Herring
    JournalWriter Freelance
    http://www.journalwriter.blogspot.com
    writing in genres of fiction, memoir, essay, devotional and poetry.

  8. Dawn,

    I couldn’t agree more!

  9. Bethany Hauf | July 28, 2009 at 2:31 pm |

    Ann Rice…. wow pretty racy there Mr. Peavy.
    I’m happy to hear you are perusing your dreams of writing. Why the Philippines? And what about your work as a pastor? And why is your book so darn expensive?

  10. Thank you so much for the opportunity to be here today!

  11. Great interview Kim and Cherie! It seems as if I’ve known you forever, but am always amazed at what a prolific writer you are. Two things that set you apart in my mind is your continuous positive thinking and that great get-it-done attitude! πŸ™‚

    Marta

  12. Cathy Southworth | July 28, 2009 at 11:10 pm |

    Dr. Peavy,
    I agree that “writing is the ink of immortality”. Although I am a practicing nurse now and rarely have time to write, my best form of communication by far, has been the written word. When I am no longer walking this Earth, I take comfort in knowing that my writings will live on for my children and grandchildren to read. ~ Cathy

  13. Kim, Thanks so much for come over to Working Writers! I loved what you said about writing in grade school about Thanksgiving. So cute. And how NICE that your mom kept that paper!

    BTW, we really have the same taste in authors! I’m currently reading one by CW Gortner now.

    And Marta, I’ll have to check out your books. If Kim likes your work I bet I would too.

  14. Each time I visit the stops on Kim’s tour, I’m entertained, learn something new about Kim, or get inspired in some way. Excellent interview! It’s conversational and interesting.

  15. Thanks for stopping by you guys! Susan, you are my biggest fan. Thank you for being so faithful!

  16. Thanks for stopping by, Jeffrey! I liked what you said about popular literature. I think if it resonates with people, it doesn’t matter why. People shouldn’t look down their noses at books or writers that are popular. There is no shame in selling lots of books!

  17. Great interview! I’ve known Barry online since he went on a virtual book tour with “Across the Pond”. It’s a fun read. Barry is so sweet and loves helping people. I truly don’t know how he does it all! Hopefully I’ll catch up with him in September when he attends the Big E, a large annual three-week fair held each year in Western Massachusetts.

    It’s nice to keep learning more about you, Barry. Best of luck with making time to writ Brit’s story.

    Cheryl

  18. Thank you so much for the wonderful review and fun Q&A. I had a blast answering your questions and hope your readers enjoy my responses. I’ve also really enjoyed reading your other interviews, especially the one with the fabulous M.J. Rose!

    I look forward to visiting again soon.
    All best, C.W.

  19. M.J. Rose IS pretty fabulous, isn’t she? But so are you! And I’m so happy you could visit here! I hope you’ll come back again sometime.

  20. Although it’s a ways off, I’m interested in this novel Yaro is thinking about writing. Why head into fiction?

  21. Yaro never says anything that isn’t useful. And if you read his blog you’ll see that his writing style is ideal for blogging: friendly and fluent without being flippant.

    Although I agree with him that writing talent isn’t paramount for bloggers (useful content being far more vital), as a writer I’m very frustrated by the prevalence of really poor writing among bloggers. I’d love to see bloggers adopt a code of practice with some minimum standards including:

    1 Don’t be boring.
    2 Don’t waffle.
    3 Keep it simple, stupid.
    4 Learn basic grammar.
    5 Proofread.
    6 Yes, proofread. It doesn’t take long!!

  22. Tim,

    I’m interested in it as well! Yaro’s blog is one of my favorites to read, I’m sure the fictional book will be as well.

  23. Steven,

    Very well said.

  24. I’m glad you liked it! But I didn’t coin BICHOK–someone else did but I like it so I use it!

  25. Meredith,

    I hadn’t heard BICHOK before but something tells me it will be my new favorite way of telling myself to get back to work.

  26. John,

    Great interview. It was nice to find out more about you, and I want to assure you that we are all a little mad…have to be to write and put up with rejections, reviews, and all the responsibilities that come with the doing what we love. Keep up the great work, and I wish you mega sales and great success.

    ginger

  27. Wow. In my book, this post is a must read. Definitely essential for all web content writers out there. Many thanks!

  28. “Hearing from someone that your writing touched them in some way is, too.” Hear, hear. This type of psychological pay goes a long way to offset the often-low financial pay.

    I’ve read your writings on AdoptionBeat and consider you a powerful, passionate writer.

    Your advice is spot on, too!

  29. Lori,

    I couldn’t agree more. Ann’s advice is very honest and truthful, and I hope writers take her message to heart.

  30. Ann is a talented writer. I am so glad to see this interview. I loved her newsletter, Times of Our Lives. It was a joy to read. I loved the part in this interview about writing to pen-pals. That was a popular thing to do back in my day. Write on–Ann!

  31. Love Deborah’s definition of a successful writer: Someone who is happy with what they write and who gets pleasure from writing, and what they’ve written.
    When you’re happy with what you write and gain pleasure from it, that’s the ultimate experience of being a writer.

    Dawn Herring
    JournalWriter Freelance
    Be Refreshed!

  32. Dawn,

    I couldn’t agree more. So often writers forget that, especially if they are freelance writers. Suddenly it becomes all about finding the work, and writing becomes a chore. But writing is a blessing, and Deborah’s definition hit it right on the head.

  33. Hi Cherie,
    Fellow Suite 101-er here.. Thank you so much for posting this.. Just found a certain website has a whole pile of Suite 101 articles. Will it be alright if I use your sample C&D letter to send to them?
    Thanks
    Prerna

  34. Prerna,

    Of course! I hope you get it straightened out. That is definitely one of the frustrating things about online writing. Go get ’em!

  35. Thanks, Cherie. Have done it and now waiting to see if they take the articles off. Whew!

  36. Hi Joan,

    You’re absolutely right about boring bios…and, I would caution writers to be sure to match the tone to the intended audience. Include some info about what makes you unique, but also include the basic info that the audience wants to know (who are you and why should they listen to you).

  37. As a ghostwriter and editor, I am in general agreement with most of your suggestions. Above all, I think it’s very important for writers — or any business, for that matter — to try out what they haven’t yet and then observe the results, the reactions of readers. For example, joining forums, social media and other networks where writers could contribute to ongoing debates. This is an excellent way to promote their businesses. However, I think it is equally important to do two things:

    (1) Hone your strategy — it takes time, observation and the wisdom of hindsight to avoid wasting time endlessly writing articles and blogs just for the sake of doing it;

    (2) Contribute intelligently — there is too much junk out there, recycled again and again.

    It’s almost too obvious to mention, but I would advise writers to think about what they are doing before wasting their and others’ time. Think before you take up space that would otherwise be occupied by good content.

  38. Rochelle Culmsee | October 3, 2009 at 3:11 am |

    Dear Don E Peavy Sr. It is hard for me to believe that you would leave and go to the Phillipines without so much as a word to let us know that you were leaving the ministry and the country. We have been friend for so many years and one would think you would keep in touch. I did recieve your Christmas card in 06 or 07 I sent you one last year and never heard anything. Please contact us.
    Congratulations on your many successes. What an adventureous life you have been living all these years! YOu are truely BLESSED!

  39. I don’t know If I said it already but …Great site…keep up the good work. πŸ™‚ I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, πŸ™‚

    A definite great read….

  40. Love Seth’s story. The last bit about writing what YOU want to read is the thing. If you do that, at the very least, you’ll enjoy your writing experience. Thanks for the interview!

  41. When I read The Sunday List of Dreams, I laughed and cried throughout. Kris, you quickly became one of my favs! I wish you the bests in all endeavors! I have been writing a mystery series but you have inspired me to try humor in the future.

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