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#PMInc Guest Author: Babs Hightower

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Taking Care Of You: ME Time.

Being a single mom during the week and working with various authors, my day can be hectic. Not to mention my week.  My husband works out of town and only home on the weekends.  I try to leave those days for family time.  We have 5 children ranging from 8 to 23. The two oldest are out on their own which helps but we also have two grandchildren with two on the way.

During the week, after getting the kids off to school, I come back and get the house straightened up and laundry going.  Next, I sit down at the computer and get to work helping authors.  Some days are better than others depending on meetings, new releases, cover reveals, blog tours, parties - you get the point.  To make it even more interesting I started working with New Degree Press and helping 15 college kids with editing their books and helping them get ready to publish in December.

Stress can get to me pretty darn quickly if I let it. I try to get most work done while boys are at school so I can help with homework and snacks.  It hardly happens. I end up going right back to work after their time.  Thankfully my boys understand and try and help me as much as they can with little things around the house.

To help me unwind and de-stress I read. I love reading and it is nice to let myself go into another time or place.  I forget what bothered me or the hard work I have put in.  When the boys go to bed usually around 9 to 9:30 pm that is ME time.   I look forward to it. I can relax and let my mind go or at least I try to.  Some days are hard when I am waiting on a response from someone or I can’t turn my thoughts off.  Reading comes in pretty handy.  I have to take care of me to take care of my family.


About Babs

There is a lot about me most people do not know.  I am very shy until I get to know someone.  I do not like crowds as they scare me and always have.  I am more of a loner than anything.  I have been through a lot in my life, but I came out stronger than ever.  I have survived cancer when I was younger, lost two babies Morgan and Kincaid, my dear angels, watched my husband fight his cancer, and him losing sight in his right eye, to taking care of us all.  I would not change a thing.  I adore my life and my family.

 I love to write.  I have written 2 novellas  and a children’s book in hopes of getting them published.  One of these days I hope that dream will come true.  I did have one poem published a few years ago.  One of  the novellas is a mystery of course.  The other one is a romance/mystery about one of Jane Austen’s characters.  How could anyone think otherwise?  You will have to stay tuned as I am working on my 3rd novel which is a sequel to the first book I wrote.  You can click on the my regular website section and see what they are all about.

I also enjoy working on my crafts, puzzles, cooking, baking, gardening along with my reading and writing of course.

If you haven’t figured it out I am a big fan of Jane Austen.

Babs Book Bistro


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#PMInc Guest Author: Pamela S Thibodeaux

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#PMInc 11th Anniversary Guest Author:
Pamela S Thibodeaux

When I was invited to write for Personalized Marketing Inc’s blog, I wondered what on earth could I say that you haven’t already heard or, for that matter, something I haven’t already said and/or written about. So I thought I’d just recap some of my most valuable writing advice. Here goes….

Read. Read extensively in your genre and out. Take note of phrases & descriptions that capture your imagination or make your heart sing and mind race. I’ve yet to meet a writer who isn’t an avid reader!

Write. Doesn’t matter if it’s daily, weekly, or 2-3 days a month, just make time to write consistently. Don’t worry if it’s dribble to begin with just write. Whether you’re at a desk, the kitchen table, the library, or a coffee shop, get in the habit of sitting in your writing space and putting words on paper (or computer, or notebook, or i-pad)…You get my drift. Forget the rules and write the book you want to read! You can always check for publisher guidelines and edit/revise your project to fit, but those first drafts can be whatever you want them to be!

Edit. Most projects need a minimum of 3 edits…. Initial where you layer in descriptions, the five senses, etc. Second pass where you check for plot holes and pacing.  Third round where you check for grammar, punctuation, etc. Make sure you take at least two weeks to a month between edits! If you don’t, chances are you’ll miss mistakes that could cost you a contract or precious time in edits after the contract. While you’re letting this one cool, start another! Keep several projects in the works at all times so you don’t worry this one to death.

Query/Submit. At some point you’ve got to turn that baby loose. Even if your initial submission is to a critique partner or group, don’t let fear stop you from getting the feedback necessary to help you grow as a writer and produce the best work you can. Read the last two sentences above – they apply here too. Keep writing while you wait to hear back from your submission.

Revise, Re-submit, Resale. This applies mostly to articles and essays but sometimes you can even revise/rewrite a story and sell it elsewhere. Make sure you abide by any current or previous contract limitations and if someone doesn’t normally take reprints, be sure to let them know the extent of changes you’ve made that add a whole new twist to the version you’re querying about or submitting to them.

Promote. Okay you’ve sold a book or two or a dozen articles. There will be no (or very few) sales, reviews, or new opportunities, if you don’t let people know! Set up a website, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon Author Page. Spend a few hours a week building your fan base and readership. When you do a book signing or speaking engagement, ask for the name and address (email too) of everyone who buys a book! This is your readership. Ask to add them to your mailing/newsletter list. Don’t bombard them but keep in touch on a regular basis, whether that is monthly, quarterly or even annually.

These tips and hints apply to the craft of writing but here are a few more….

Keep good records. Writing is a business and even unpublished authors can claim business expenses such as office supplies, ink, business cards, etc. Check with a CPA or tax preparer and don’t miss out on these valuable deductions especially when you begin to make money!

Take Care of Yourself. Sometimes life throws us a curve ball or hand grenade and we have a hard time focusing on writing. Don’t worry about your career at this point. Take the time you need to recover and/or regroup and start over. Real writers never quit. We may take an extended leave of absence but at some point, we always return to our passion.

And last but certainly not least…

Don’t Quit! Writing is a gift and a talent given to you by God. Don’t hide your gift or bury your talent.

Blurb: Rancher Craig Harris and veterinarian Tamera Collins clash from the moment they meet.  Innocence is pitted against arrogance as tempers rise and passions ignite to form a love as pure as the finest gold, fresh from the crucible and as strong as steel.  Thrown together amid tragedy and unsated passion, Tamera and Craig share a strong attraction that neither accepts as the first stages of love. Torn between desire and dislike, they must make peace with their pasts and God in order to open up to the love blossoming between them.  It is a love that nothing can destroy when they come to understand that only when hearts are tempered, minds are opened and wills are softened can man discern the will of God for his life.

Make sure to visit Pamela at her website

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#PMInc Guest Author: Raven Starr

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Taking Care Of You: Self-Love.

Hello out there in the ethereal realm I call the internet. My name is Raven Starr and I am so pleased to be able to share how and why I take care of myself. I personally think we should all learn self-love and how wonderful it is to take care of yourself. Life is full of stress and even though we all try to grin and bear it, it builds with each passing day. A few years back I was fighting chronic pain, I had so many doctors and all they wanted to do was push pills down my throat, and at first I agreed because you know I’m not a doctor, but the drugs never made me feel better. I was lost in a cycle of pain and depression with no visible way out.  On the outside, I looked healthy but it’s totally different on the inside. It would bother me when people would stare at me with suspicion in their eyes it all made me feel terrible about myself.

Our culture has been built upon on our faces, just because we can smile doesn’t mean we always want to. So, for years I thought if I was smiling, I was happy or seemed to, but I wasn’t. I had to learn to love me on the inside. Figuring out how to self-love yourself from a place of love and not ego takes a strength that will test you at every turn.

One day when I woke up feeling the same pain, I decided not to hide it but to deal with it. Not everything that I’ve gone through in my life has been physical I suffer from some intense mental trauma as well, but instead of taking a lot of pills I decided to do what I felt was best for me. Little by little I started to learn how to do things for myself like I would buy some face treatments and new nail polish and have a spa day. Or I would order something new, believe me it took a long time to accept the fact I deserved to do something for myself.

What do you indulge in?

There are so many options to choose from when thinking about doing special for yourself doesn’t have to cost money. I love walking in nature, when I’m outside listening to the birds I feel at peace. I take my shoes off and allow the earth’s energies surge from the soles of my feet. My point is there’s nothing wrong with taking care of yourself inside and out and do it for you because you deserve it.


I want to thank, Dee, for thinking about me to guest blog here today and please check out my latest book, ‘Daughters of the Night’ by Raven Starr on Amazon. Thanks again.


‘Daughters of the Night’ by Raven Starr


Here is a story of three. Sisters of mythology are thee. From one story to the last enjoy the words and the atmosphere, in the dark, these three do watch, so be careful of the sins you create of death will be your fate.


"Each story is like a surprisingly twisted Chinese meal, with each story is like a succulent bite into the profound and morbid that both pleases and leaves you hungry for the next story. A set of three stories that you may want to consume again and again, just not in a dark room." 5 stars




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Pamela S Thibodeaux

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Pamela, welcome to PM Inc's Blogger, we are happy to have you here. Please tell us a little about yourself?

Thank you so much for having me!

I am a mother, grandmother and in my day job, a Licensed Insurance Agent. I sell home, life and Medicare Insurance. I’ve been writing for nearly 40 yrs. and published for 20+.

What do you find is the hardest part about writing and promoting yourself?
Finding the time to write consistently and the money to market/promote effectively.

What do you do to unwind? 

READ. Mostly. I also like to camp and fish, walk and dance. Sit with a cup of coffee or glass of wine and bask in nature – whether that is at home, on a beach or in the mountains. My favorite place in the whole world to visit is Bandera, Texas.

How do you make time for 'You'?

By doing those things mentioned above, even if that means leaving the computer behind – which I have been known to do for a long weekend.

I noticed that you are an author, editor, promotions expert, speaker and life coach, how do you keep up with yourself? 

Who says I do? LOL! Seriously the thing that helps me juggle everything is being organized. I have a monthly planner & a ‘To Do’ pad on my desk and I use them  faithfully!

Do you enjoy writing articles or books more?
I simply enjoy writing. Articles for a local publication are quick, easy and pay well. Short stories are also quick and relatively easy to write but not always quick to sell. I write the blog posts for the company I work for. I just love to write! Give me a topic or an interview candidate and I enjoy gathering what I need and presenting it in a fun yet informative way.

Do you have a preferred genre?
I write Edgy Inspirational but read just about anything Romance. I also read a lot of spiritual non-fiction.

Audio books, love them or hate them? Do you feel that they do your stories justice? 

I enjoy audio books on occasion. If done well, an audio book is the perfect way to reach broader audiences. I recently had my first published novel, Tempered Hearts released in audio and I’m as thrilled with it as I am with any new book or any previously published work I re-release in a new venue. Audio books are beginning to garner larger and larger pieces of the overall publishing pie so I would never disparage an author having their book(s) done in audio.

Pamela, I personally must say how impressed I am at the mention of God and Blessings on both your site and emails. Did you have a personal experience you wanted to share?

I began writing in 1982 – romance; plain and simple romance. In 1989 I recommitted my life to Christ and committed my writing to Him. My faith is what has pulled me through some of the toughest times in my life, including my husband’s death 10 yrs. ago. I am nothing without my faith….well I wouldn’t say ‘nothing’ but so much stronger, more patient and more loving when I stay connected to the source of Love – for me that’s God.

Thank you once again for being here with us today and we look forward to having you back during the month long 11th Anniversary Celebration here at Personalized Marketing Inc. 

Thank you so much for having me and CONGRATULATIONS on your 11-year Anniversary! I certainly wish you the best of luck and God’s blessings for another successful 11 yrs and many more after that!


Make sure to visit Pamela at her website

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