November 21, 2019 · 6:00 am
I can’t believe it’s this time of the year already, but November is National Caregiver Appreciation Month.
Supporting caregivers is one of the issues I’m most passionate about. Having been a family caregiver for my parents, I know how tough it can be. So I’m always happy to participate in the annual National Caregiver Appreciation Month eBook Sale & Giveaway hosted by AlzAuthors. All books will be discounted from Nov. 21-25, with many books priced at 99 cents and some books will be available for free. You can get my award-winning book, The Reluctant Caregiver, for just 99 cents.
AlzAuthors is a group of more than 200 authors and bloggers who write on the topics of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Many of the authors are family caregivers. I’ve seen this group grow and participate in many wonderful events over the years, and I’m honored to be a member.
In addition to books, AlzAuthors has a fundraiser going on through Nov. 25. Buy a cozy fleece jacket with the lovely AlzAuthors logo for just $44.99. These would make great holiday gifts for the caregiver in your life! All proceeds will support the continued outreach of AlzAuthors.
November 9, 2015 · 9:05 pm
I attended the Atlanta Writers Conference this weekend and learned interesting tidbits about the publishing industry and enjoyed hearing about other writer’s projects.
Raymond L. Atkins, an author and guest speaker at the conference, told about how he handled a situation where the publisher selected a cover image that he felt didn’t fit the plot of his novel. The publishing house wanted to market the book as a mystery, when the author knew his book was a romance.
The chosen cover featured an ominous barn. The author was puzzled because there was no such building in his book.
The publisher said they knew that, and wanted him to add a barn to the story.
The author didn’t really want to, but according to his signed contract, the matter was out of his hands and at the discretion of the publisher. So he added the darn barn.
Two pages later, that barn burned down.
To me, this was a great example of “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”
As caregivers, we may find ourselves following advice we question but feel powerless to challenge. But we always have power over our own actions and our attitude.
Don’t be afraid to burn barns, figuratively speaking, of course!