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Do you wish you knew the reason your grandfather left Poland? Did you ever ask him? Perhaps he was embarrassed or sad about leaving his homeland and family members there. Maybe he thought by not talking about the past he would be free to move forward in his new life.
Or, maybe, no one sat down and showed enough empathy and interest to gather the story.

Keeping Up With Artichoke Press

Hello readers! 

We wanted to let you know about some exciting updates that we’ve been working on here at the office of Artichoke Press.

First and foremost, thanks for reading! We put a lot of hard work into the books and blog posts that we publish, and your feedback and enthusiasm makes it all worthwhile.

Second, we wanted to make sure our readers are aware of all the ways Artichoke Press can help inform your life every day, and not just with our books. Our writers publish about three blog posts on a few different websites every week, and by tuning in on social media, you won’t miss a single thing! You can follow us on FacebookPinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, and Google+

You can also follow our three main websites, one of which is Artichoke Press. The others are www.judyhwright.com, the personal website for our publisher and author Judy Helm Wright, and Welcome Abundance, a website based on the principles of our book How To Make Fast Cash: Fun and Legal Ways to Earn More Money In a Weekend. This website is devoted to ways to help our readers earn and save extra money, while learning wise spending habits.

And last but not least, we have a new children’s book that will be coming out this spring! For more information and the latest updates, check our social media sites.

Once again, thanks being in our community of loving and caring people, and stay in touch!

Want To Be A Writer? Then Write

If you have always wanted to be a writer, then this is the perfect time in history for you.  With the current and upcoming technology, you can accomplish in hours what would have taken days before.

One thing to keep in mind is that today’s readers want condensed and to-the-point information.   They want to know how-to and where-to and what’s next.  The success of Amazon’s Kindle and other tablets and phones has made it possible to research and read almost anywhere on Earth, without touching a physical book.

Tips On Writing Fast & Editing Later

1. Don’t worry about literary style. Write your story as if you were sitting at the
kitchen table swapping tales. Be yourself.  People want conversational style more than ever.

2. Include lots of details. Remember what was going on in society, the family,
and the neighborhood as well as physically and emotionally with the people
involved in the story.

3. Remember the five senses. Sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and feel. Help the
reader relive the memory with you.  When you can paint a picture with words, you know that the reader is right there with you experiencing what you experienced.

4. Edit out 10%. You will be amazed at how much better it is when you take out
the extra words and phrases. Now edit out another 10%. Stephen King, famous author of many best sellers says that all his work is edited at least 9 times.

5. Let others read it for content, grammar and flow. Listen to their suggestions. If one or two people tell you the same thing it is an opinion, however if 3 or more tell you it is an observation that you should definitely consider.

6. Don’t allow others or yourself to criticize too much. You are your own worst
critic. It doesn’t have to be perfect or to please everyone. It just has to be
done. Many generations will be grateful you took the time, energy and risk to
record some small part of history.

7. Re-write or correct passages. Let it sit for a few days and then you may want
to tighten it some more.

8. Finish the thing! It will never be completely done, but bring it to a logical
conclusion, and be able to let it go and start on another project.

You are a writer -never forget it- just keep writing!

If you are interested in publishing an eBook or physical book, please contact us at www.ArtichokePress.com  – finding the heart of the story in the journey of life..

©Judy H. Wright, Author, Speaker and Wise Woman with a global message of respect, resiliency and responsibility –http://www.judyhwright.com

Mystery Shopping for Fun and Profit (EXPERT GUEST POST)

You won’t get rich as a mystery shopper, but it is a flexible and fun way to make extra money. Most shoppers do this as a sideline to supplement their employment or retirement income, and it is possible to make anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars a month in fees and reimbursements. For many shoppers, the reimbursements are the best part. For example, my husband and I often go out to dinner and have the cost of our meal paid because it was a mystery shop. See www.WelcomeAbundance.com for more information on the many ways to earn extra cash.

3 Tips To Make Friends & Gain Social Skills (EXPERT)

Along with the ability to show and receive empathy, it is important to listen, negotiate, compromise and look at situations from another person’s point of view. Of course, just as some people are more inclined to be gifted at music or math, there are those who have a talent for making friends.

Even if they are more outgoing or social, most people and children can increase the social skills needed to navigate through life in a pleasant way. Read these tips for increasing your “likeability” factor in life.

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Are You a Freelancer? Money Saving Tips For Free Lance Workers

Are You a Freelancer? Money Saving Tips For Free Lance Workers. If you are an independent entrepreneur, you have learned that money does not come automatically. This article talks about ways to budget, plan and predict where your income is coming from. More information in www.welcomeabundance.com for

2013 Holiday Reading

The holiday season is one of the best times of the year to read new books, whether they’re the ones that have accumulated on our desks and shelves in the last year, or a book with a phenomenal cover in the local bookstore you just couldn’t walk away from. To celebrate the reading season, here is a list of some of our favorite books we read this year!

1. Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie

2. How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran

3. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller

4. Peace Like A River by Leif Enger

5. The Saddlemaker’s Wife by Earlene Fowler

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

7. Healer by Carol Casella

8. The Orchard by Jeffrey Stepakoff

9. Behold Thy Mother by G. Bromley Oxnam, the story of Leonardo Da Vinci’s mother

10. The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee