Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Donna McDine, Guest Author at Red River Writers Live Tales from the Pages

I'm excited to announce...I will be a guest (along with Lea Schizas) at the Red River Writers Live Tales from the Pages:

Hosted by Barbara Ehrentreu

Thursday, January 28th at 4 pm EST

Call-in #: 646-595-4478

Hope you can tune in.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Nancy Sanders, Virtual Book Tour

Just in time for Black History Month, Nancy Sanders is pleased to announce her virtual book tour, February 1st through 12th.

Join in on the fun and be sure to check out Nancy's virtual book tour schedule at and stop by for a spell and learn more about this fascinating time in American history.

I'm thrilled to announce Nancy will be visiting my blog The Golden Pathway - on February 10th as part of her virtual book tour.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Two Writers Burst Through Cyberspace and Meet In-person for the First Time

Thanks to the Muse Online Writers Conference writers from all walks of like have the opportunity to meet without leaving home. Many times the friendships developed have no barrier of distance. And other times a pleasant surprise may drop in your lap of connecting with a writer from your own neck of the woods. This happened to me at the 2009 conference. Even though Barbara Ehrentreu and I had met before through cyberspace, neither of us ever asked the other "where do you live" until in a chat room at the 2009 Muse Online Writers Conference. We were both pleasantly surprised and delighted to learn we lived about 30 minutes from each other. It took us to overcome a few scheduling conflicts, illnesses, the holidays, and Barbara's displacement from an apartment fire next to hers. Don't worry she and her family made it out safely. To read about her very personal account visit her blog

Now on to our wonderful in-person meeting at where else a Starbuck's (located in Briarcliff Manor, NY). As we easily hit it off in cyberspace we did so in-person. Hugging each other like long time friends. We chatted about everything under the sun. Our families, our experiences in writing, what we did prior to our writing, etc. Our time together flew by with our easy conversation and our wishes to meet again soon rather than later.

A heartfelt THANK YOU to the creators of the Muse Online Writers Conference, Lea Schizas and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. For without such a wonderful forum we may have never met in-person.

Be bold, when you connect with a fellow writer on-line ask them where they live. Even though you may think you are chatting it up with someone far away, you may be as surprised as we were actually be from the sane area.

I'd love to hear how you have made connections with fellow writers and what you do to keep the friendship going.

Till then...wishing you all a blessed day!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Write About Now blog by Sherrie Petersen

Cruise on over to Write About Now blog by Sherrie Petersen and learn all about the authors of Indie-Debut 2010.

Thanks for your interest!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Indie-Debut 2010



M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Amy Allgeyer Cook, Author

For Immediate Release

Indie-Debut Authors Join Forces in 2010

Indie-Debut 2010 blasts into the new year to announce the impending arrival of debut books from Small Presses across America.

Come along to learn about these talented debut authors and their publishers through blog tours, virtual launch parties, and interviews. The fun doesn’t stop there. Once you learn about each author you may be pleasantly surprised to find out they reside in your neck of the woods, providing you the opportunity to meet them in person at a local event, such as a book fair, school visit, or book signing at your local book store.

Without further ado the Indie-Debut 2010 group consists of:

January 2010 ~ Connection by Jo Ramsey

March 2010 ~ Brigitta of the White Forest by Danika Dinsmore

Spring 2010 ~ Owen and the Dragon by Carla Mooney

Spring 2010 ~ The Bug that Plagued the Entire Third Grade by Lori Calabrese

Spring 2010 ~ The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine

Spring/Summer, 2010 ~ The Flute and the Dagger by Miriam Forster

July 2010 ~ The Invisible Sister by Amy Allgeyer Cook

Summer 2010 ~ Mice Don't Taste Like Chicken by Scott Heydt

February 2011 ~ Dogsled Dreams by Terry Lynn Johnson

Interested in learning more? Visit Indie-Debut 2010 at or contact the Indie-Debut 2010 creator, Amy Allgeyer Cook at
Thank you in advance for your interest. We look forward to your visit.


More information is available upon request electronically.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Guest Author, Donna McDine at Claudette Young’s Creative Corner

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Claudette Young, Children’s Author

For Immediate Release

Guest Author, Donna McDine at Claudette Young’s Creative Corner

Claudette Young explores the written word through ever changing creative corners at Come along with Claudette on her weekly interviews of professionals in the trenches of writing for children.

Stop by Monday, January 11th and visit with Claudette’s guest author, Donna McDine. Donna will be checking-in throughout the day to chat and field any questions you may have.

Thank you in advance for your interest.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010 Goals

Here we are six days into 2010 already. The kids are back at school and the normal "routine" is back in full swing.

I've never worked off a weekly marketing plan to keep myself focused before, even though I've done a daily check-in with a writing buddy to keep me focused on my tasks (thanks to Kristi Holl). Coupled with the weekly marketing plan suggested by Suzanne Lieurance at the CWCC I began the new year in full swing with breaking down each day with specific categories. And I have to tell you it felt great to sit down yesterday to re-visit my previous goals in 2009 and to get rid of what wasn’t working and to expand on what has been working. It truly provided me a game plan to hit the ground running or should I say the good old pen, paper, and keyboard.

My main goals for 2010:

  • Network: visiting and commenting on blogs, conducting interviews for my monthly newsletter, and book reviews
  • Develop my marketing plan for The Golden Pathway to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing
  • Complete the monthy assignments with the CWCC
  • Attend the weekly teleclasses at the CWCC
  • Finish the edits on my historical fiction manuscript
  • Finish the rewrites and edits on my picture book
  • Keep my blog fresh and exciting

I'm also learning not to put too much on my plate so I don't become overwhelmed and not accomplish a thing because my list becomes too daunting.
What are your writing and marketing plans for 2010? I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year!