"Required reading" for today's smart writer.

"Required reading" for today's smart writer.
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Monday, October 17, 2016

News & Avenues to Rock Your Dreams in 2016!

It's countdown time, folks.
Ready or not, before we know it, we'll be ushering in 2017.
In less than 90 days, the calendar flips on another year.
Factor in the holidays, and it's really less time than you think.

As we enter this last inning of the game, how will you position yourself to score more?
  • To take that writing class
  • To abandon your fear and guest post
  • To start a Blog
  • To finish your novel
  • To make money for your efforts
As a wise man once said: "If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting." Hello?

With this in mind, I have a few resources and opportunities to share today, that I believe will enhance your efforts, increase your reach, and provide a great end to this year.

Pencils ready?



As an extension of my mission at Pen & Prosper to help you to "learn more and earn more," I am launching a series of E-Books collectively titled, "The Bank on Success Series."
Over the years, I have had numerous questions posed by my readers and blogging clients on various  writing topics. This series will help writers to address commonly asked questions and specific challenges through how-to guides, blogging manuals, etc.

My goal is to share the tips, techniques, tools and strategies that have contributed to my success, in being recognized as a "Top Writing Blog" for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
And to support you in your journey, so you'll have fewer detours.
The series includes these 3 titles to date:

--6 Insider's tips to fast-track your blog in 2017
--How to rise above your size and make money!
--Avoid common pitfalls & Headaches by making smarter business choices

The price is $4.99 per title, or $10.00 for the series.
I am offering an "Early-bird" special, where you can purchase them for $3.99 for a limited time. Series is still $10.00.

For your convenience, a "Buy Now" PayPal button has been added to this site in the bottom right hand margin. Or, if you'd prefer, simply send PayPal payment directly to Gemsjen@yahoo.com
You will receive a receipt at the time of your transaction. Books are available on or around October 29th.

Writers, this series has the potential of saving you hundreds (maybe thousands) of dollars on books, classes, workshops, coaching and conferences. Order today, for a better writing future!

For your enjoyment and edification, I am also starting a series where I'll interview industry experts and you'll have the opportunity to send questions, receive feedback, etc.

Experts will include:
  • Agents
  • Writing Coaches
  • SEO Specialists
  • Self-Publishers
  • Designers
  • Motivational Experts and more!
If you're an expert, and would like to be featured, please get in touch. We'd love to hear from you. Send a pitch to: Gemsjen@yahoo.com or leave a comment at the end of this post.


As many of you are aware, November marks National Novel Writing Month.
It could be the start of something beautiful for you and your writing career.
Get more details and participation info here:


Beyond Your Blog is seeking guest editors for the month of December, to read and select submissions for their site. If interested, send your info to Susan@beyondyourblog.com.

Multiples Illuminated is accepting original essays for inclusion in an upcoming anthology.
The theme is life with twins and triplets. Compensation is $40.00 per essay.

Chicken Soup for the Soul has several themes and ongoing calls for submissions for your creative works. Authors receive contributors' copies in addition to generous pay.
Learn more at the Chicken Soup website.

This concludes Monday's post, folks.
Wishing you a week of great progress!

...Until next time.

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  1. Congratulations on your new series of books, Jen! Wishing you much success. Thanks for all the news and links. Happy Tuesday! :)