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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

GUEST BLOG: SHARON LEDWITH

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Shouldering Author Morale


If you look up the word morale in any dictionary chances are it reads: the degree of mental or moral confidence of a person or group. For me, as an author, morale means much more than that. It is that needed punch in the arm authors give each other, that woo-hoo for a great review, that tweet or share or shout out to help authors with their sales, and that blog post comment to help them get on the cyber map.

So how do you go about bolstering author morale? Simple. Follow the Golden Rule. Treat other authors precisely as you wish them to treat you. If they don’t respond at once, keep at it, again and again and again. If there’s no response, no Esprit de Corps among them, then it may be time to move on and find another group of authors willing to help build your author platform with you. Then, once you’ve establish your team, you go the extra mile.

Going the extra mile is the state of mind you must develop in order to build morale and keep the momentum going in any endeavor. And going the extra mile makes you indispensable to others. You do for them what no one else does. And if they ask what they can do for you, tell them, and be clear about it. So the next time you find yourself perusing your favorite social network — go the extra mile and give an author a boost. Share their wares. Like their post. Tag their books. Tweet their stuff. Comment, friend, follow. Trust me — you’ll get it back in aces.

About the Author:
Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/YA time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, available through Musa Publishing. When not researching, writing, or revising, she enjoys reading, yoga, kayaking, time with family and friends, and single malt scotch. Sharon lives in the wilds of Muskoka in Central Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, a water-logged yellow Labrador and moody calico cat.

Find Sharon online at:

Sharon’s Website: www.sharonledwith.com
Sharon’s Blog: http://sharonledwith.blogspot.com/
Sharon’s Facebook Page:http://www.facebook.com/#!/seledwith
Twitter: @sharonledwith: https://twitter.com/?iid=am-82952056813386643146889016&nid=23+following_user&uid=525750371&utm_content=profile#!/sharonledwith
The Last Timekeepers Series Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Last-Timekeepers-Time-Travel-Series/373953795955372



When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they're given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn't a forgotten lawn ornament but an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis.

Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers--legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from the evil Belial--Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don't, then history itself may be turned upside down.

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to flex my writing muscles on your blog today, Judy and Marianne! You both do so much to support authors! Cheers and kudos!

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  2. Sharon, you are the epitome of a morale booster. I'm so glad to have gotten to know you online. You're always ready with the tweets and encouragement. I agree with what you've written. It's all true.

    Plus, your book is wonderful, I must say.

    Having respect for fellow writers is another good rule to go by, one that is referred to often on a writer's site I hang out on. It's also great advice.

    Writing can be a lonely endeavor; we need each other!

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    1. I'm glad you can't see me blushing, Margaret! Thank you for your kind and supportive words. In this publishing age, authors need all the help they can get and I'm glad your on my team! Cheers!

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  3. What Margaret said (she's always beating me to it:>). I couldn't think of anyone better to write this than you, Sharon.

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    1. Thanks, Rhea! You're one of the jewels in the Musan crown! Wink.

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  4. Oh, Margaret and Rhea beat me to the punch!! Sharon, you definitely practice what you preach!!! I hope it pays back big time for you. It's such a pleasure to work with you at Musa!!! LOL!!

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  5. Thanks, Arley! You are one of my first interviews on my blog, and I really appreciate you doing that for me! Cheers!

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