7 Days of Great Canadian Giveaways – Day 1

I am excited to be a contributing author to the “7 Days of Great Canadian Giveaways,” taking place February 6 to 12, 2017. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to win an amazing prize package donated by outstanding Canadian Christian authors and recording artists. Please note that Canadian citizens living in Canada ONLY qualify for this particular promotion.

For each day you comment on the blog AND click on the link to go to the author’s Facebook Page, you will be entered into both prize packages for that day. You can enter any time during the contest period for any or all of the days. Contest runs from 8:00 am CST February 6, 2017 to 10:00 pm February 12, 2017. Entries submitted prior or after that time period are ineligible for the giveaways. For complete contest rules, please go to the event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/614924578714278/.

My prize package is featured on Monday, February 6, 2017


Thank you for your interest in this contest and for supporting Canadian Christian authors!

While it is not a requirement to enter the contest, you are invited to sign up for my monthly newsletter where I share my work in progress, some helpful tips, and pictures.

Much of my time in the past few weeks has been taken up with starting some projects that are very exciting for me. Last year I started coaching some writers. I am continuing that this year. Along with the coaching, I am working with Janis Cox on publishing some of her books.

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Tuna Pot Pie

Tuna Pot Pie

Tuna Pot Pie

I made tuna pot pie for lunch today – something I used to eat at my Grandma Beam’s table. This is a comfort food, but provides a balanced meal that the whole family can enjoy on a cold winter day. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Hopefully you will also build many pleasant family memories that will come to mind as you savor it.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup raw carrots
  • 1 cup raw potatoes
  • 3 tbsp chopped onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 can tuna (184 g or 7 oz)
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup lard
  • 1/4 cup water

PREPARATION:

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Peel and dice the first three ingredients. Place in a saucepan and add the 1 cup of water and cook over medium heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add the peas and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. NOTE: You can also use 2 cups of your favourite combination of frozen vegetables.

Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan. Add the oil or water from the can of tuna. Stir in 2 tablespoons of flour. Add 2 cups of liquid (the water off the vegetables and enough milk to make the 2 cups) and salt and pepper. Cook until thickened. Add the vegetables and the tuna. Turn the mixture into a 6 x 10 x 2 inch baking dish.

Place 1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/3 cup lard into a mixing bowl. Use a pastry blender to cut lard into the flour. Add enough water (about 1/4 cup) to form a soft dough. Roll dough into the shape of the baking dish. Place pastry over the tuna mixture.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until pastry is flaky and browned. Remove from oven and serve.

 

 

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Celebrate my Birthday!

My brother spent several years in a country where they celebrate birthdays differently than we do in North America. The person who is having a birthday throws a party for his or her friends. I thought I would try that this year.

The price you see listed includes shipping. I think it’s a win/win. You are able to get some new books to read at a super discount, and I’m able to share some of my writing with you. I hope you join the celebration at http://ruthlsnyder.com/shop!

The books include:

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Diving into Marketing

Happy New Year!

Motivate your readers to buy
As I reflected on 2016, I decided that I wanted to be more intentional and consistent with my blog in 2017. One way I will do that is by blogging my way through 1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer. Twice a month I will be sharing some nuggets from the book.

Two fundamentals of marketing: product and distribution

Let’s start with some fundamentals of marketing (covered in Chapter 1):

  1. If you want to sell books, you have to motivate readers to buy them.
  2. The two most important activities you need to do to market books are letting people know about the books and making sure the books are available.
  3. You need to do your homework!
  4. Each part/step of publishing a book should contribute to marketing the book.
  5. Marketing doesn’t happen overnight; it requires consistent effort over a long period of time (at least 18 months).
  6. You need to commit to marketing your book and stick with it.
  7. Marketing involves presenting a clear image to your audience.
  8. The foundation of marketing is building relationships.
  9. Remember your goal!

Never stop marketing as long as a book is in print

I am excited to be helping a fellow author with some publishing and marketing this year. If you are interested in being coached, or need help with publishing or marketing, I’d enjoy chatting with you.

Best wishes in 2017!


Christmas Wishes and Looking forward

Here it is four days before Christmas. I’m sitting at our local library enjoying a few quiet moments of reflection and catching up. It’s the last day of school for my children, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with them and making some new Christmas memories.

As I think about Christmas this year, I don’t have the same sense of anticipation I have had many years. I am not caught up in chasing the glitter and harried pace. But one thing remains the same – God my Father loves me, and Christmas is the time we celebrate the selfless love He demonstrated in giving up His one and only Son so that I could receive the gift of salvation.

  • Although I experience pain and confusion, He gives me peace.
  • Although I experience grief, He gives me comfort.
  • Although I experience weakness, He gives me strength.
  • Although I experience brokenness, He makes me whole.
  • Although I have so many unanswered questions, He is the answer.

At this Christmas season, I don’t know what you are experiencing, but God does. I do not wish you happiness, which is a common sentiment at this time of year. Instead, I wish that you accept God’s gift of salvation, His peace, comfort, strength, wholeness, and that in Him you find the answer to all of your unanswered questions. What about you? What is your wish for others this Christmas season?

If you are experiencing a difficult Christmas season, or know someone who is, you may be interested in a recent post I shared on InScribe Writers Online – When Christmas Isn’t Merry.

Yesterday I received a free pass to all national parks in Canada. You can get a free pass as well – it’s part of celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017! Our family is looking forward to using this pass several times in the coming year.

In January I will be celebrating my 50th birthday. Watch for some special deals and help me celebrate! Here are some goals I have set for my 50th year:
  • Submit 50 pieces of writing for publication
  • Write 50 Haikus
  • Share 50 Memes on Social Media
  • Write 50 blog posts
  • Write 50 thank you notes
  • Share a list of 50 books I’ve read and would recommend
  • Share a list of 50 people who have influenced my life
  • Add at least 50 people per month to my mailing list

What are you looking forward to in 2017?


Morning Inspiration

It was a tough morning. One of my sons insisted on refusing to do what I asked:

  • He refused to eat his breakfast
  • He refused to drink water
  • He refused to pass anything to anyone

In addition, he spilled water on the table and floor, swiped his lunch kit onto the floor, and glared. I told him he could not go to school until he ate his breakfast, drank some water and apologized for his behaviour.

After I put my other children on the bus, I asked my son to join me on my morning walk with our dog, Olaf. He put on his shoes and came.

As we walked, there was little conversation. I focused on breathing deeply and enjoying the beauty of nature. The theme of the morning turned out to be wild flowers.

The first flower that caught my eye was an Alberta Wild Rose. Once I paid attention, I noticed many other rose bushes scattered throughout the area where we walked.

Wild Rose

On our walk we also spotted blue bells, flowering Saskatoon bushes, and dandelions – both blooming and going to seed.

Our walk only lasted fifteen minutes, but my perspective shifted a hundred and eighty degrees. When we arrived back at our house, my son cheerfully complied with my requests and I took him to school with a smile on his face.

Perhaps I should implement a morning walk for him more often 🙂

What have you discovered in your parenting journey that has surprised and delighted you? Please share!


Try out my 10-Day Social Media Challenge to build networks and increase engagement.

Day 10 – Wrapping it all Up #10DaySMChallenge

Social Media ChallengeWelcome to Day 10 of our 10-Day Social Media Challenge!

Please use #10DaySMChallenge when sharing on social media.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing during this challenge:

Day 1 – Get Ready!

Day 2 – Automate & Systematize

Day 3 – Hashtags Matter

Day 4 – Events & Promotions

Day 5 – Share Your Content (Let your followers know what’s happening right now)

Day 6 – Evergreen posts (Tell new fans about your best stuff from the past)

Day 7 – It’s not all about you

Day 8 – Images, quotes, and inspiration

Day 9 – Your Social Media Plan

Day 10 – Wrapping it all up

Wrapping it all up

Thank you for following along for these 10 days of the social media challenge. I have appreciated the input and discussion, especially in the Facebook group. During this challenge you have received information, templates, and encouragement. What you do with it is up to you. Marketing is always a work in progress. As I mentioned yesterday, you will need to continue to check analytics, see what is working, adjust, and carry on.

I thought Kimberley Payne’s comment summed it up well:

We can have all the tools and resources in the world, but if we don’t use them, they are useless. So, my challenge to you today is to decide which information and templates will work for you, make time in your calendar to use them, and then adjust as needed.

I also have a request. Please take a few minutes to give me feedback on this challenge:

  • Was it too long, too short?
  • Were daily posts good, or would you prefer weekly posts?
  • Was the information helpful?
  • Was anything missing that you think I should add?
  • Would you recommend the challenge to others? If so, would you be willing to write a short endorsement (I will share your picture and a link to your website if I use your endorsement.)
  • If this was a course, would you be willing to pay for it, and if so, how much?
  • What would you like to see from me in the future? More challenges? More templates? Coaching? Something else?

Other Helpful Information

Day 10 Assignment

  • Decide which information and templates will work for you as you develop your social media plan.
  • Make time on your calendar and schedule both planning and posting times.
  • Leave me feedback about the 10 Day Social Media Challenge, either in the comment section below or in our Facebook group.

Best wishes in your social media marketing journey. Now it’s time for me to go do my own planning 🙂