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How to Through A Larger Than Life Small Wedding on a Budget

This one is as simple as crowdfunding your honeymoon. It might sound strange at first, but do you really need another blender or set of dinner plates? Instead of having your guests purchase a bunch of things you’ll end up trying to return anyway, why not let them chip in for…

Tips to Spring Clean Your Home

With Spring arriving it is time to start Spring Cleaning your house.…

How Due Date Calculators Can Change Your Pregnancy for the Better

Learning that you are pregnant can be one of the most joyous occasions in a woman’s life. As many of us know pregnancy can happen spontaneously or after much trying.  Regardless of how a woman becomes pregnant, it is vitally important for her to know when she…


Aspiring Writers

If you are writing a book, have written a book, freelance or just love books in general, I am interested in getting to know you.
Provide a link to your favorite post and we will visit your site to read and comment.

Location: Aspen
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Latest Activity: Jul 13, 2017

Let's Network

Hi and welcome to group of Aspiring Writers. As a travel writer I have been quite busy writing for my blog, Aspen Real Life, but check in as much as possible to see what you are all up to. Come by and say hello. Also,  find me on Twitter and Facebook.

Discussion Forum

New here

Started by Sarah Ellen Coiner Feb 19, 2015. 0 Replies

I'm Sarah, and yes, I'm always writing some kind of Christian novel. Everything is on my thumb drive, nothing has been published. My writing blog is…Continue

Tags: posting, guest, Newbie

Writers' Rumpus blog & 2 writer-themed giveaways

Started by Marianne Knowles Sep 13, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi everyone, I just joined Mom Bloggers. I manage a group blog, Writers' Rumpus, with a focus on writing and illustrating for…Continue

Tags: critique, Rafflecopter, giveaway, books, picture

Happy Birthday to Me Giveaway

Started by Cynthia Tolbert-Wilson Mar 30, 2013. 0 Replies

By this time of the year, we are more than ready for the tilting of the Earth that heralds the spring equinox and better weather. It’s a promise that summer will soon be here.…Continue

Writing & The Road to Publishing

Started by Shana Johnson. Last reply by Rhonda Fischer Jan 2, 2013. 5 Replies

Hi Moms,I own a independent book publishing company and I was thinking about starting some video online sessions or a video online writing group for those who are writing and want some input or want…Continue

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Comment by Debbie Allen on September 22, 2010 at 2:23pm
CJ, I'm having trouble with the link to your blog.

Comment by Swati Bharteey on September 22, 2010 at 1:20pm
oh geez I am having a blast visiting everybody today :-)! and I am having heart attack over my 9 year old bringing up kissing (read at

Happy Wed!
Comment by Cj Poindexter on September 22, 2010 at 1:14pm
Hi all.
Ericka, great contest idea.
Maria LOVED your "one night stand" post. Really great.
Peryl - again you have stirred me up about mean judgemental people.
Debbie - maybe in 18 years I can retreat to that cabin in the woods.

I have added a post to It is about a recent disappointment I experienced. If you guys and visit and comment - it would be great.
Comment by Stefanie on September 22, 2010 at 10:50am
Check out the FREE ebook on my blog for writers! Tips on marketing, networking and branding. CLICK HERE!
Comment by Marina DelVecchio on September 21, 2010 at 7:45pm
I've written two books on the dark side of motherhood, and just secured an agent for one of them. Been rejected by 3 out of 12 publishers so far...still waiting. I'm now trying to break into magazine writing. Doing a lot of writing on the subject. Since this is an aspiring writers' group, I'd love for all of you to read my post on Literary Agents and One Night Stands. Sending out our work is a very vulnerable and sensitive issue, and the rejections make us feel like crap...but I compare the act of waiting for an agent to get me on a book like waiting for a one night stand to call the morning after he sees you naked.

Please check it out at

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Comment by Linda Boulanger on September 21, 2010 at 3:43pm
Hi Tesha,

I own a small publishing company and we've worked with several illustrators. From my experience, you are going to have a hard time getting an artist to take a percentage of sales. They usually want payment for a finished job. I would recommend negotiating where you do not pay the full amount upfront but partial amounts...say some upfront, then mid-way, and the final amount when done. You can request the illustrations be sent to you as they are finished (we do it all by scans and electronic transfer -- 300 dpi at least). I can give you more me at
Comment by Tesha Vann on September 21, 2010 at 3:27pm
I'm finishing up two children's stories and I'm curious to know the typical charges for illustrators, anyone have any insight? Also wondering if any of you have experience paying illustrators hourly/by project or did you pay them a % of the total proceeds of sales etc and if so what %? Many thanks for any insight.
Comment by Erika on September 21, 2010 at 3:19pm
Hi! I am beginning a writing contest for bloggers. There will be a ton of new blogs for you to discover and follow, plus you may win a prize!
It is open to all bloggers who write. More information can be found here:

Please join in on the fun!
Comment by Debbie Allen on September 21, 2010 at 11:33am
The Seven Deadly Sins for Writers:
Comment by Peryl Manning on September 20, 2010 at 12:48pm
Hey lovely ladies - I'm looking for your stories of being on the receiving end of unsolicited advice and judgement about your parenting for an article - here: You can leave your story anonymously or not as you choose - but if you leave me your URL, I will return the favor with lots and lots of comment love :). Thanks!!


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