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Marketing: The Goliath of an Author's Life

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We're pleased to welcome Staci Stallings to the blog today. She shares about an awesome new program she's started - be sure to check it out.
Marketing the Goliath of an Author's Life
by Staci Stallings
Let's face it. Most of us authors did not take marketing in college. Many have no background in technology or social media. Almost no one has a full publicity team behind them to do promotions for them while they sit back and write their next blockbuster.
No. Good or bad, most of us have to do at least some of our own promotions--especially online.
So what's our solution?  We do what we hear about. We set up a blog, try to post interesting articles hoping like Kevin Costner that if we build it, they will come. When they don't, we're not sure what to do next. Sometimes we tweak our content. Sometimes we branch out into Twitter or Facebook, Google+ or Christian Chirp.
Only to find the learning curve for each one is steep and bending upward. About the time we learn one…

Exploring the Constitution (Part 3) - The Senate

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Last week, we looked at Section 2 of Article 1 of the Constitution, which established the House of Representatives. This week, we'll look at Section 3, which establishes the Senate. My comments are [in brackets] like these.

Section 3.


The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.
Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting o…

What Are Policemen Made Of?

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I am attending a Citizens' Police Academy, and this week, we studied the Uniform Patrol Division. Our instructor handed out an article written by the beloved Paul Harvey, and I intended to post it here when I got home. But when I looked it up online - to check on copyright issues - I discovered someone had put his actual broadcast to a video, so I decided I'd share it with you this way.

If you see a policeman or policewoman anytime in the near future, thank them for their service. It's a thankless job, but we should all be incredibly grateful for men and women, like the ones I've met the last six weeks, who serve in law enforcement.



Exploring the Constitution (Part 2)

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Last week, we examined the Preamble, and today, we'll begin to explore the rest of the Constitution, one small chunk at a time. Article I consists of nine sections. We'll look at the first two sections today. My comments are in [square brackets like the ones surrounding these words.]

*This Constitution is reprinted from the original, with the spellings and word choices remaining as originally written.


Article I
Section 1. All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
[This first section, simple and short as it is, establishes our Congress, and defines its members as the Senate and House of Representatives. This division was similar to British parliament, but in the U.S. our Congress is comprised of individuals elected to office, while in the UK, the members of their House of Lords are nobility and clergy.
The second section spells out the details about the House of Representat…

Exploring the Constitution (Part 1)

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Last week at the Citizens' Police Academy, we discussed the Constitution of the United States. The detective leading the course has such passion and such conviction about this document I was inspired to explore and study it on my own. He said, "Don't let ANYONE tell you what is in the Constitution. Read it for yourself, study it, learn it, and interpret it to the best of your best ability. It doesn't take a law degree to do it, and if you are a citizen of this country, YOU need to know what it says."

So we're going to do that here every Monday. Section by section, we'll read the document in its original wording and spelling, then research it and discuss it. I encourage you to join in the discussion, but please, play nice.
The Preamble
When I was a child, we had a decoupage copy of the Constitution hanging in our house. It was a replica of the original document, and difficult to read past the first three words. But at some point in school, we were taught the …