Friday, September 12, 2014

Baby Hearts Press News

Dear Heart Friends:

Keeping up with social media on the internet is quite a job! I have just created a storefront for Baby Hearts Press on Google+. I still have things I'll need to do to spruce it up, but at least I've started!
I've also learned how to use Buffer to disseminate short messages that I can send to people who are linked to me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ and the most exciting part was that I was able to schedule these messages to go out when I want to. This means that I could sit down and come up with my messages today and schedule them for the next week and a half -- all for free! I highly recommend everyone check out Buffer App. It's terrific!

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The last thing I've done this week that is very exciting is that I've created 4 internship positions for the radio show "Heart to Heart with Anna." If you go to the "Heart to Heart with Anna" and look at the Volunteers tab, you can see the 4 job positions that are now open. Now that we are entering our 3rd Season of "Heart to Heart with Anna" we are ready to expand the reach we have established in the congenital heart defect community. Let us know if you'd like to be part of the team!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Celebrating New Writers!

Dear Heart Friends:

I usually write blogs about topics of interest in the heart world or about what's happening with Baby Hearts Press but today I have to write about 2 authors who play very important roles in my life.

My son, Alexander, who was born with a number of congenital heart defects which culminated in him having the Fontan procedure (and then a revision of that Fontan 16 years later) has written his first book. I am so excited for him! It's still in the editing stages, but it's complete! In fact, it's to be the first in a series of books and he's in the process right now of mapping out the plot for the other books. I'm so honored he allowed me to help with the editing process. We'll attend a Writers' League of Texas workshop later this month that should help him make some decisions regarding what he wants to do with his book regarding publishing.

The other author I'd like to talk about is Mary Black. Mary and I met at a Writers' League of Texas event and we became each others' accountability coaches shortly after that time. Mary is the person who helped me create a whole new website and it was while I was at her house working that I got the phone call that changed the course of my life and turned me into a talk radio show host.

Mary has completed her book, Peyote Fire, and has even set a publication date for later this fall. I'm so excited for her! I'm excited to have been part of the birthing of her book and now she has honored me with one of two proofs she had printed so I can help her with the line editing.

I think one of the most exciting things about being an author and a publisher is that I really know how Alex and Mary feels about completing their manuscripts and preparing for the next step to accomplish their dreams. Once the covers of the books are complete and the books are actually available, I'll let you know!