Archive for January, 2010

What is a Blog? Why?

January 26, 2010

Blog  is the abbreviation for  weblog (you can have a blog inside a website or as a stand-alone blog)

Verb:  To blog = to write posts (entries) in, add material to, or maintain a weblog.
Noun:  A blog = a shared on-line journal where you can publish your posts (entries about your experiences, observations, expertise, and hobbies); the most recently published post appears first to readers; readers are given the opportunity to submit comments.

Examples:

I have a blog that Webmaster Linda Lee http://askmepc.com/ added to my website http://writingcoachteresa.com

This post you’re reading is on my second blog (a stand-alone blog ) https://writingcoachteresa.wordpress.com/ which I started on Dec. 28, 2009.

I have a third blog http://www.redroom.com/author/teresa-leyung-ryan at Red Room http://redroom.com/ (a wonderful website where authors can sign up to receive a webpage as a Red Room Author)

Why multiple blogs?  Because I want my work, my colleagues’ and my clients’ work to be found via multiple sources.

To get comfortable submitting comments to other people’s blogs,  click on the title of a post in my blog (in order to see the entire post); scroll down to get the comment boxes.

I’d encourage any writer who do not have a website to get a blog from http:wordpress.com (so that you’ll have an on-line address for the world to see).  These days, a blog serves as an answering center (give your fans a chance to find you and to communicate); you don’t have to publish your email address.

After you get your own blog and write some posts, remember to copy the keywords and key phrases (tags) in each postnd add them to the tag box for each post. Your blog will compile a list of your tags.  Help search engines help people find you and your work through the tags.

Sincerely,

Writing Career Coach Teresa

Teresa LeYung Ryan

http://writingcoachteresa.com

Coach Teresa’s  Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published is available  $22.

Invite Coach Teresa to conduct “Major League Tryouts to Build Your Name” at your writers’ club or group.

Form a study-group, split the cost and hire Coach Teresa to:

* coach you in name-building to attract the right agent or publisher or more fans
* guide you in designing and growing your blog (to showcase your expertise and experiences)
* show you computer-navigating shortcuts and how to easily “find stuff” on the World Wide Web

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MLK Jr. Day of Service Turns Into Speaking Up For a Friend

January 18, 2010

Monday night, January 18, 2010
Three weeks ago, I thought I would be working today at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. REGIONAL SHORELINE in Oakland. However, because of overwhelming registration, the organizers didn’t need me.

In a way, I did have a Day of Service. I made phone calls on behalf of my friend (to report elder abuse from a home-care agency).

The phone numbers below came from mental health advocates from Alameda and Contra Costa counties; they encouraged me to file reports.

Adult Protective Service 925-646-2854 serving Contra Costa County, CA

http://www.cdss.ca.gov/agedblinddisabled/

Disability Rights CA 510-267-1200 (formerly State Protection & Advocacy) http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/

Consumer Assistance 1-800-779-0787

After I made the phone calls (left voicemail at the second & third numbers; a person answered at Adult Protective Service and told me a social worker would call me back even though today was a holiday…so professional and reassuring).

Jan. 22, 2010

I learned from  Adult Protective Service and Disability Rights CA that because  home-care services are “businesses”I would need to make a complaint and also report abuse http://ccld.ca.gov/ as well as contact Better Business Bureau http://www.bbb.org/us/ Complaints: http://www.bbb.org/us/Consumer-Complaints/

While researching, I found http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/home-care-services/HO00084 Mayo Clinic website which has and answers regarding home care services. The text below inside [   ] came from the Mayo Clinic website:

[ If you’re considering a home care services agency:

  • How does the agency hire and train caregivers? Does the agency provide continuing education?
  • Are the caregivers licensed in their fields and insured?
  • How closely does the agency’s supervisor evaluate the quality of home care?
  • Do the agency’s employees seem friendly and helpful? Make sure you feel comfortable with the agency’s representatives.

If you’re considering a home health aide:

  • Does the home health aide have a good temperament? Make sure you or your loved one feels comfortable with the home health aide. ]

http://www.hcbs.org/ which I will review later.

Jan. 18, 2010

I’m blogging about this because: 1) I want to share those phone numbers and URLs; 2) I think writers make for great advocates (writing down our observations; reporting the observations); and 3) I need to remind myself to be true to myself and honor the powerful voice of the written word.

On Saturday, 40 writers at California Writers Club-SF Peninsula Branch heard how VP Linda Okerlund introduced me.

“Teresa LeYung Ryan wears 3 hats . . . [the third hat] She is a community spirit who uses her first book Love Made of Heart to inspire adult-children of mentally-ill parents to speak openly and unabashedly about the stigmas their parents suffer.”

To speak openly about illness and stigmas and continue being aware–these are my duties.

Today after I made the calls, I was rewarded by wonderful comments on my blog post from the writers at Saturday’s “Major League Tryouts for Building Your Name.”
I thought about my mom (who’s my biggest angel); I remember how she needed someone to speak up on her behalf.

I’d like to think that Mom is watching over me, inspiring me to use words to help people. Writers need help too. A dear writer-friend said to me today: “How do we find time to blog and build our names when we’re writing books?” My respond was: “Our books deserved to be read by people. But, how would people read our books if they don’t know that our books exist?”

To all writers who want others to buy your work, read your work, talk about your work, I encourage you to tell yourself this everyday: “My work deserves to be read by many. My work deserves to be promoted; I’m the best person for the job.”

Sincerely,
Coach Teresa
Teresa LeYung Ryan

I Wish to Own the 22-day Playbook

January 17, 2010

If you wish to own the 22-day playbook Build Your Name, Beat the Game, click on the title of this post so that when you scroll down this page you can see the boxes to submit your comment.

Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published $22 plus postage.

“Thank you, Coach Teresa! This 22-day playbook is a treasure full of insightful information delivered in manageable segments culminating in a masterpiece.” Mary E. Knippel, Creativity Mentor who helps busy women embrace simple shifts and celebrate change with grace and gratitude. http://openuptoyourcreativity.com

“Coach Teresa, my brain has been on fire since the coaching session. There is so much I want to do with my blog and the ideas keep on coming. Thank you!” Yolande Barial, a sensually spiritual writer who knows that with God all things are possible! A contributing author in If Women Ruled the World. http://yolandebarial.wordpress.com

“Coach Teresa, you are such a bodhisattva! You have always been available for help, and now you are finally putting all you know into your new manual. Gratitude!” Lynn Scott, author of A Joyful Encounter: My Mother, My Alzheimer Clients, and Me; Oldham Street http://LynnScottbooks.com

I cheer for hard-working writers who deserve to be recognized and honored.
Sincerely,
Coach Teresa
Teresa LeYung Ryan

Who Were There Today? At Major League Tryouts for Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published

January 16, 2010

If you were there today, click on the title of this post so that when you scroll down this page you can see the boxes to submit your comment.

Coach Teresa & 40 fabulous writers at Major League Tryouts: Build Your Name, Beat the Game - at California Writers Club

I am so elated that you and 40 other writers from California Writers Club showed up today at Belmont Library, CA for the first “Major League Tryouts with Coach Teresa– Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published”

Let the world know that you were there . . . by filling in your name, email address, website or blog address (if you have one)

In the big rectangular box, tell the world what your “tags” are.
Review what you typed, because, as soon as you press the Submit Comment bar, your comment will appear on my post for the world to see. You won’t be able to edit it after you press the Submit Comment bar.

My blog alert will send me an email, notifying me that there’s a new comment waiting for me to view. For You Fabulous Writers Who Were There Today, if you press the Submit Comment bar by accident and want me to delete your comment, I will do that for you. Ask me . . . by submitting another comment. This is good practice for writers who have never submitted a comment on a blog before.

Also, if you have a quick question for me, submit a comment. Even if you don’t have a question, submit a comment anyway. I want to hear from you.

I’m cheering for you!

Coach Teresa

Teresa LeYung Ryan

Coach Teresa wants you to have a blog. Why? You can showcase your writing style, “tag” the keywords and key phrases in your blog posts — to attract agents, publishers, more fans.

Ann Foster, on CWC Peninsula Branch executive board, writes historical fiction set in Texas

Apala G. Egan (Apala, check out http://wnba-sfchapter.org)

Arnette Bourla (Arnette, where were you sitting yesterday?)

Bardi Rosman Koodrin, a visionary communicator! Bardi is Publicity Chair for CWC Peninsula Branch

Bel M. Rennels, author of A Gift Not Wasted – organ advocacy, joy of gifting life

Carmen Lee, founder of Stamp Out Stigma. Read about famous people with mental illness http://www.stampoutstigma.org

Catherine Byrne (Where were you sitting?)

Christopher Wachlin writes fiction, scripts, poetry. (Chris, thanks for helping Coach Teresa yesterday!)

Darlene Frank (Do you have Playbook #12?)

Darlene Rose DeMaria, spiritual mentor, Catholic Buddhist Wisdom

David Hirzel writes about Arctic, Antarctic, explorations, Tom Crean http://davidhirzel.net

Diane Warner is NOT a clown anymore.

Eve Visconti says “Personal growth through movies!”

George Jensen writes engaging stories.

Georgia Platts writes about “Having it all without doing it all” for moms whose careers are at home or outside the home.

Geri Spieler, author of Taking Aim at the President, is an investigative journalist and award-winning speaker http://gerispieler.com

Ida S. Lewenstein, author of a delightful children’s picture book.

Inés Villafañe-León salutes immigrants; she’s fluent in Spanish; author of 2 books http://inesalicia.com/

James Hanna writes about prison riots.

Jess Roat (Where were you sitting?)

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Joyce Robins, author of Aunt Lydia’s Trousseau

Kimmelin Hull was there.

L J Anderson specializes in writing about health http://LJANDERSON.com

Laurel Anne Hill, author of Heroes Arise, writes about forgiveness, inner turmoil, unlikely heroes http://www.laurelannehill.com

Lenny Robins is Joyce Robins’ adoring husband.

Linda Okerlund, VP of CWC Peninsula Branch. (Linda, thanks again for inviting Coach Teresa to deliver “Major Leagues Tryouts for Writers to Build Your Name”)

Lisa Meltzer Penn, author of The Siren Dialogues http://LisaMeltzerPenn.com

Margaret Davis, author of Straight Down the Middle – surrogate parents http://MargaretDavisBooks.com

Martin Shane Dowd (Martin, always a joy to see you!)

Mary E. Knippel helps busy women rediscover their creative-selves http://openuptoyourcreativity.com

Mary Hanna, author of You May Already Be a Wiener! and columnist – Second Half is a running commentary on everyday life for Baby Boomers and those who love them. http://maryhanna.com/  (Mary, thanks for telling me about tags revealed or in cloud!)

Ollie (what is your last name?)

Patricia Costello writes crime fiction, with an American female protagonist in Latin America. (Patricia, thanks for asking questions.)

Riley Costello (Thanks for attending with Patricia!)

Ruth Silnes says: “Education through art.” 2 books   http://RuthSilnes.com

Tia Creighton, female social satirist http://tia-creighton.livejournal.com

Tory Hartmann, a cool leader, engaging story-teller, writes about Catholic humor http://ToryHartmann.com

Valerie Lee, author of The Jade Rubies – about slave girls (Wow, Valerie!) http://ValerieLeeWorks.com

Virginia W. Thomson, author of history, Bible, Judgment Day

Everyone who was there yesterday . . . I’ll add your name if you submit a comment to this post. Let the world know you were there yesterday.

I Acknowledge, Thank, and Tag You

January 16, 2010

January 16, 2010  I launched Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published, a 22-day playbook for the Major Leagues for Writers.

I wish to thank these folks by “tagging” them in my blog posts in the coming weeks:

Mary E. Knippel for “testing” the playbook during the busiest time of the year!

Lynn Scott & Yolande Barial for reviewing the exercises and being courageous with blogging.

Martha Alderson for “plotting” guidance.

Lori Noack for “organization” guidance.

MasterMind Group (Linda Lee, Mary E. Knippel, Luisa Adams, Martha Alderson, Lori Noack, Rebecca Martin) for giving me target-delivery dates.

Elisa Southard for being my Talking Tagline Coach.

Former Critique Gals Lynn Scott, Marcia Naomi Berger, Judith Marshall.

Tea Foursome – Diane Warner, Margaret Davis, Mark E. Knippel and yours truly.

Kim McMillon for being there.

California Writers Club friends

Women’s National Book Association friends

Save the Libraries friends

My sister & brother-in-law, always in my corner.

My darling husband, who’s working hard himself.

My clients for giving me a reason to create the Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published (a 22-day playbook for the Major Leagues).

This list will be growing.

Sincerely,

Writing Career Coach Teresa

Teresa LeYung Ryan

Your January & February Writer’s Resolutions

January 14, 2010

What are your January & February writer’s resolutions?

Click on the title of this post. Then scroll down and fill in the boxes.

I’m cheering for you!

Sincerely,

Writing Career Coach Teresa

Words are Powerful

January 12, 2010

I am so upset; I don’t get upset often.  I heard words that made me angry for my friend.  Today, my friend told me: “My doctor says I’m demented.”

I could not believe my ears. What happened to “Be impeccable with your word” in The Four Agreements?  Didn’t this doctor read the book?

In that little powerful book, Don Miguel Ruiz gives readers [ Agreement #1. Be Impeccable With Your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. ]  http://www.miguelruiz.com Ruiz’s books are based on Toltec teachings.

When I see my friend, I will show her another beautiful book.  Learn to Power Think by Caterina Rando, published by Chronicle Books. The book’s subtitle is: A practical Guide to Positive and Effective Decision Making.  On the back cover, the words “change your thinking change your life” make me smile.

Words are powerful–our using them can create compassion or contempt, peace or war.

May all healthcare providers and receivers (including yours truly) get to practice all 4 agreements in The Four Agreements and the wisdom in Learn to Power Think.

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung Ryan

“I encourage everyone to transform your experiences into powerful stories.”

A Year of Blog Prodding Pays Off. Thanks, AskMePC Coach!

January 11, 2010

I was visiting my Cyberspace Coach Linda Lee’s website http://askmepc-webdesign.com/ and came across photos of her at WordCamp 2009 San Francisco with buddy Rebecca Martin of Dear Jane http://www.dearjane.info/ and Matthew Mullenweg who is the founding developer of WordPress. On the “About Matthew Mullenweg” page http://ma.tt/about/ Matt says: “WordPress, the blogging software that runs much of this site and millions of other sites around the world. The website says WordPress is ‘a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform’ but more importantly WordPress is a part of who I am. Like eating, breathing, music, I can’t not work on WordPress. The project touches a lot of people, something I’ve recently begun to appreciate. I consider myself very lucky to be able to work on something I love so much.”
Today is his birthday. Happy Birthday, Matt! Thanks for developing such a useful program http://wordpress.com–especially for my clients, my colleagues, and me–writers who need a place to build our platforms (our names/fan base) while we write our books.

Back to Linda Lee http://askmepc-webdesign.com/. Special cheers to Linda Lee who “prodded” me to blog over 2 years ago. It wasn’t until November 2008 when her advice finally sunk in; I guess yours truly needed to hear something 7 times over a year. That same month Martha Alderson asked me to comment https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=31672110&postID=6520769433476476003 and share my expertise about building a platform/promoting novels; then Nina Amir  http://writenonfictioninnovember.wordpress.com/2008/11/16/how-to-make-your-manuscript-compelling/ asked me to be a guest-blogger on “How to Make Your Manuscript Compelling” and so I wrote “How to Look at Your Manuscript with an Editor’s Lens”

AskMePC Linda Lee

Nowadays, I look forward to blogging–sharing my observations

with writers who want to build their names and have fun doing it.  Thanks, Coach Linda!

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung Ryan

http://WritingCoachTeresa.com

Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published Hall of Fame

January 10, 2010

This post is dedicated to the writers who have completed the work in the guide Build Your Name, Beat the Game: Be Happily Published.  My heart feels light and joy for you. I celebrate you.

I invite you to sign in the “Build Your Name Hall of Fame” with your acceptance speech [ click on the title of this post and scroll down to get the comment boxes ] by:

  1. Introducing yourself with your new mission statement.
  2. Telling us the top 3 exercises from the guide that were most useful to you.
  3. Giving us a glimpse into your hopes and dreams for your illustrious writing career.

After you sign in the Hall of Fame, do your writer-friends a favor; tell them about the guide and how they can build their names too.  You’re on your way to other endeavors, and, because you’ve developed a new wonderful habit, every project you touch will benefit from your new energy.

I am available for individual coaching and group coaching. To E-mail me, key in WritingcoachTeresa then @, then Gmail.com In the subject line–show your full name and purpose of your e-mail.

May your work be read by many and preserved in libraries!

Sincerely,

Teresa LeYung Ryan

Who’s the Talking-Tagline Queen?

January 8, 2010

My friend and colleague Elisa Southard and I met on Wednesday to outline our presentation for the San Francisco Writers Conference in February.
Conference registrants have described us as “The Elisa & Teresa Show” because we do skits to demonstrate our points, and, our sessions are always interactive.

“Writing-Career Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan & Talking-Tagline Coach Elisa Southard love helping authors hook attention from agents and publishers.”

This year, SFWC creators Elizabeth Pomada & Michael Larsen want us to present: UPPING YOUR PLATFORM: Building Your Visibility Online and Off with YOUR Talking Tagline.
Fun! As a pre-conference exercise, I ask registrants to Google our names and see what our talking-taglines are.

Elisa Southard IS the Talking-Tagline Queen and the author of  Break Through the Noise: 9 Tools to Propel Your Marketing Message.

She’s my coach when I need to hook attention. She even dreamed up the main part of the title of my new guide !  Build Your Name, Beat the Game.  What a gift!
Elisa’s working on a new book herself. Meanwhile I’d like to remind all writers (and anyone who has a service to provide) to visit her website.

http://breakthroughthenoise.com/

Elisa is often quoted as saying, “Don’t kill a marketing moment, execute it.”

Happy New Year, Elisa!  And Happy Writing your new book!

Sincerely,

Teresa