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Saturday, July 8, 2017


I work with a lot of new and not-so-new writers, and I hear about all sorts of tools and sites they find helpful all of the time. Here are a few I hear are really helpful. And even though I'm not a writer myself, I find them useful, too. (When one works with writers, one should try not to look too illiterate, lol.)

I know as an artist, ideas and inspiration strike when they want where they want. Not always when we are at the desk or drawing table. The LiveScribe 3 smartpen uses Bluetooth technology to send your sketches and ideas to your smartphone or tablet. When combined with the LiveScribe notebooks they create a special pattern on the paper and record your pen strokes. And to go a step cooler ... the pen also takes dictation!!! The pen records audio with a built-in microphone. (I wish I had this when I was in college.) Check it out ...

Grammarly is used by my whole family. For me, it helps me think more about what I'm writing than worrying about looking illiterate. Grammarly can be used as a free extension for Chrome, Safari, or Firefox web browsers (I use it for every blog post), or the online text editor. Grammarly Premium, a paid service, checks for a broader range of errors, detects plagiarism, detecting passive voice, and offers style and vocabulary enhancements.

In today's market, we all have to self-promote to some extent, even authors and artists with big-time agents and houses. But unless you went to business school for marketing, you're likely to feel lost as to how to write good content. Even authors can find it a challenge because content writing is not the same as novel or story writing. Content helps with organization, ideas, and more. Though they were designed with big companies in mind, there is a lot of benefit for the little-guy, too.

4 Twords
'Twords is the web app that nudges you to write.'  Track your writing: Build a graph of your writing progress and identify your best days over time. Learn stuff: Practice styles, techniques, and tone with writing prompts. Get support. Help your friends reach their writing goals as they encourage you to finish yours. At the very least, try the free trial. 😀
Another software syncing tool that helps us creator-types ......take advantage of when inspiration strikes anywhere. Evernote lets you capture, nurture, and share your ideas across any device. Organize your life, be more productive, and take better notes.

So what ya waiting on? Got to finishing that book so I can do the rest :D

Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven


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*Blurbs and quotes provided are not edited by WillowRaven but posted as provided by author/publisher.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A FAMILY FOR LEONA by Beverly Stowe McClure (@beverlymcclure) takes GOLD in the 2017 Children's Literary Classics Book Awards

I just got the exciting news and had to talk about it and show off the book and cover, again.  A Family for Leona is a middle-grade historical fiction novel all ages will love. And it's taken the GOLD!!!

Excerpt from the awards site:

The 2017 Literary Classics International Book Award recipients have been announced. Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience. In this highly competitive industry these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.

The competition this year was tremendous and we congratulate all honorees for their outstanding and inspiring work.  All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony, formal gala, and other related events in Rapid City, South Dakota, to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, Labor Day Weekend, 2017.


A Family for Leona  
Beverly Stowe McClure
4RV Publishing LLC

The Literary Classics judging committee is comprised of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing.

Available in both paperback and hardcover, A Family for Leona is a true Beverly Stowe McClure tale, it runs the gamut of emotions while exploring an amazing story.

Blurb for A Family for Leona ...

Ten-year-old Leona Chapter doesn’t understand why her papa left his six children at the Brooklyn Home for Homeless Children after their mother’s death in 1921. Each day she prays he’ll return and take his children home. God, however, isn’t listening. Her brothers and sisters are either adopted or run away, leaving only Leona and Baby Mildred in the orphanage. Leona promises she and Mildred will be together for always. A promise she cannot keep, for Leona, along with her friend Noah, who she defends from the bullies Hiram and Jehu, and several other orphans, are soon on a train headed to Texas, while her sister stays at the orphanage. Leona vows she’ll go back to Brooklyn, the first chance she gets.

A couple other 4RV books Beverly has written have won Children's Literary Classics Awards, too: Life on Hold (Silver in 2013) and Star of the Team (Gold in 2015).

Needless to say, I love working with Beverly and her characters. I can't wait to see what we are doing next. 

Be sure to visit the 4RV Publishing website and bookstore (in the tweens & teens section) for your discounted copy today. Also available on Amazon at a slightly higher retail price. (Bulk and wholesale orders must be made through 4RV directly.) The full collection of Beverly Stowe McClures works with 4RV Publishing ...

4RV books Aidana WillowRaven created the covers for.

To connect online with Beverly and learn about her other books:

Twitter       Website       Google+       Facebook       Blogger

Onto wrapping up the next book :-D
Until next time ...
Aidana WillowRaven


This post edited by Grammarly* ~ NOW FREE FOR CHROME USERS!

*Blurbs and quotes provided are not edited by WillowRaven but posted as provided by author/publisher.