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Q&A Interview With Jim Cox, Midwest Book Review

Written on June 12, 2017

Q. Jim, you started Midwest Book Review in 1976. That is over forty years ago. Why do you think Midwest Book Review has been so successful? A. The three key elements to the success of the Midwest Book Review are: 1. We always provide authors or their publishers with a copy of our review of  Continue Reading »

Interview With Author & TV Personality Michael Alvear

Written on February 3, 2017

  BIO: Michael Alvear is the author of The Bulletproof Writer: How To Overcome Constant Rejection To Become An Unstoppable Author (Woodpecker Media January 2017). LINK: http://writingforaliving.us/how-to-overcome-constant-rejection/ He’s been a frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his work has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, The New York Times,  Continue Reading »

Blogger Lands Traditional Contract Without Proposal

Written on August 13, 2016

Meet Yuwanda Black. This author’s “story” is one that many of us only dream of. “Once upon a time” she was just a blogger, Internet marketer and SEO expert, doling out writing tips through weekly posts at her site, Inkwell Editorial. Fast forward, a traditional publisher landed upon her site, liked her Bio, hashed out the details, and subsequently offered her the opportunity  Continue Reading »

Bringing Stories to Those Who Need Them Most

Written on January 20, 2016

An interview with Karen Thomson – CWA’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient By Christina Rodriguez When you think of book groups, you typically think of a bunch of women sitting around, talking about a book they have chosen to read and their thoughts about it. For some, it’s an exciting experience. To others, it seems like  Continue Reading »

Healing Through Writing

Written on January 19, 2016

An interview with author Kelley Clink – CWA’s 2015 Book of the Year Award Winner for Non-Fiction, Non-Traditionally Published By Christina Rodriguez Losing a loved one is one of life’s hardest trials. It leaves you walking around with your heart at your feet. Walking into any reminder kicks grief into gear. In a different kind of  Continue Reading »

An Old Heart Still Beats Strong

Written on January 18, 2016

An interview with author Peter Ferry – CWA’s 2015 Book of the Year Award Winner for Fiction, Traditionally Published By Christina Rodriguez At some point of your life, after you have done all the right things (and plenty of wrong), you finally have the chance to right the things that haunt you and follow your true  Continue Reading »

Prose and Cons

Written on January 17, 2016

An interview with author Dean Jobb – CWA’s 2015 Book of the Year Award Winner for Non-Fiction, Traditionally Published By Christina Rodriguez Every Chicagoan knows the stories of corrupt early twentieth century Chicago. In the era of gangsters like Al Capone, you had every scam, swindle, scheme you could dream of with men who made you  Continue Reading »

Not All Clowning Around

Written on January 16, 2016

An interview with author James Finn Garner – CWA’s 2015 Book of the Year Award Winner for Non-Fiction, Non-Traditionally Published By Christina Rodriguez Writing a series is never an easy feat, especially when you dive into a world of crime with clown shoes. James Finn Garner manages to do it with flare and a ton of laughs,  Continue Reading »

Q & A With Author Marcie Hill

Written on May 3, 2014

Meet Marcie Hill. She’s a speaker, author, blogger and social media guru, joining us today to share her thoughts and expertise. Q.  If you had to describe your writing business as a  “brand” what would it be? A.  I use my pen and platform to educate, elevate and empower others and teach companies and professionals how  Continue Reading »