~ Happy Halloweenie ~ and a Spooky Recipe for Writers by Tracey M. Cox


It’s Halloweenie and it’s time for writers to have a magical spell!!!!

It’s October 31st and I thought why should the kiddies have all the fun?!? I looked over some of my articles I had written over the years and I came upon a secret spell. One just for writers.

WHAT?!!!? you say. There are no magical spells to help writers?!!!?

Well, I beg to differ. *sly smile* See there are certain ingredients you can add, mix them together, and you have a sure fire way of honing your craft and becoming a better writer. See, I stumbled upon this one dark and stormy night…


… The crazed face, masked by the glowing embers, could not be of an ordinary writer. No, only one who had gone mad. A swirling cloud of smoke erupted from the large black pot as the writer flung out her arms. She shook a fist at the ceiling. “You said there was no such thing. Thought you could hide it? HA! You were wrong. Do you hear me? I’ll show you.”

Turning to the table the writer snatched up a worn tattered book. “The recipe? I found THE recipe,” she calls out to no one and everyone.

One yellow page turns after another. Finally her finger rests below a name. Her laughter echoes off the walls sending spiders and rats scurrying. “Waaahahahaaaaaaa. ‘How to Write Children’s Story and Get It Published…”

With a clash of thunder, lightning flickered an eerie glow on the room. The wind howled has it increased.

“…Bits of pencil lead, gallons of tears and sweat.

A character in trouble, an ending they can’t forget.

Dashes of plot twist to turn readers loop de loops.

Throw in a CWIM book and names of writer chat groups.

Conference notes, newsletters, an editor’s ear.

Bubble, boil, simmer and rejections you’ll never fear.

Let it cool off for a week, two, or three.

Add your critique group to point out what you didn’t see.

Five heaps of patience, determination, and trust as the words you pluck.

Rewrite, revise, then send it off and…Good Luck.”

www.Wednesday… Your Appearance Matters

Your Appearance Matters


I know several people have asked about setting up for video and what they should do. I thought, being the picture book writer that I am, I could SHOW better than TELL. *wink, wink. You see what I did there, right?!?*

So here is a video of how you don’t want to come across:


Yes, I went out on a limb. Nooooo, I don’t like everyone seeing me frizzy do.   😉    But I did it so you can see some big ol’ no-nos.

NOW, onto better things. What do you need to do and how do you want to come across? Let’s see if this is any better?

Better? I hope so.  🙂

Well you heard the video…

Let me know what you think of the videos. Did I do a good job???
What else do you do with your videos?
Questions and comments are welcomed!

Until next time…

Happy Writing!

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Platform Building… What Is It and Why Is It Important by Tracey M. Cox

 PLATFORM BUILDING… What Is It and Why Is It Important


Now that I have wrapped up my blog posts on Author Visits, I would like to go back to my regular schedule of post. 🙂

So Platform Building is still a hot topic. Below I have a video where I talk about Platform Building and Branding in general. As the weeks go on, I will go more into the different social media outlets and how to use them more effectively. Hopefully, with video! 🙂

So bear with me and I hope you get something out of it.


Let me know what you thought of my ideas and video.
Do you have a certain Social Media Outlet you would like to see?
Have questions about a Social Media Outlet that you would like to see addressed?
Let me know.

Until later…

Happy Writing!