When Motivation’s the Key to Success…

Many writers thrive best in a group environment, and I’d like to share a few reasons why this has come to work best for me as an author. Let me begin by thanking our leader Mimi Barbour for inviting me to join the gang, but in order for you to fully grasp how cool this was for me, perhaps you might listen to what Mimi had to say about The Authors’ Billboard, on a podcast hosted by Rolland and Craig at Hidden Gems.

During the podcast, Mimi explains how the Author’s Billboard originated and where we’re possibly headed as a group. The show is entitled Fully Booked – Rising Together: How Writer’s Groups Foster Community and Collaboration and you’re welcome to watch or listen to it here: https://www.hiddengemsbooks.com/podcast/writers-groups-foster-community-and-collaboration

Mimi is an inspirational and devoted organizer in charge, to say the least, and it took a tremendous effort to get such a large group of writers on the path to success. I’m one of about thirty-two others who are blessed to have benefited from her hard work and the combined talents of the other authors who make the Author’s Billboard Organization function so beautifully.

Being a proud member of this organization, I want to briefly mention a few thoughts of my own about our book business and my place in the Billboard that may surprise you. Mimi invited me to join the group in 2017 and, by agreeing to do so, this has become one of the best decisions I’ve made career-wise – and this tight unit of women also became the rock that anchored me after the death of my husband two years after I was aboard.

These women cared for me as a person and not just as a commodity. There have been a few of us who’ve suffered serious losses, including Mimi, and it’s my sincere hope I’ve reciprocated my consolation to the ladies who needed it, just as they did for me. Anyhow, back to our purpose as authors with the Billboard…  

Here’s one of our beautiful collections: UNFORGETTABLE BLESSINGS: UNFORGETTABLE MIRACLES, Book 26 of the series. (Remember, we started out with Book One). You can get it here for just 99 cents https://www.amazon.com/Unforgettable-Blessings-Miracles-Unforgettables-Book-ebook/dp/B09W1T9BSCUnforgettable Blessings

I’ve grown to love the process of storytelling with a writing prompt – that is when a suggestion is shared within the group about a premise – perhaps a new set may be about single daddies or bachelors who claim they will never marry, whatever. We as members have the option to either participate in a set or not. This is how collections and anthologies are conceived.

We’re also a group that invites other authors to share their books in our weekly newsletter, but we’d be out on our collective rear ends without the readers who keep coming back to us for more. So thank you all very much for being such loyal fans.

We are so lucky our fanbase loves to read Christmas stories all year long. Here’s a collection called IRRESISTIBLE – UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS which is still in the top ten in Christmas stories for just 99 cents, and you can get it right here: https://www.amazon.com/IRRESISTIBLE-UNEXPECTED-CHRISTMAS-Tamara-Ferguson-ebook/dp/B0BDVPXY3Christmas Romance

All of our sets are available through Kindle Unlimited all year long and thanks so much for joining me today. Please stop by and visit The Author’s Billboard page here. https://authorsbillboard.com/ We have new deals for May just ahead, so stay tuned.

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About Susan Jean Ricci

Susan Jean Ricci is a USA Today, Multi-Award-Winning Author, and is best known for her Cindy's Crusades Series, starring the hilarious duo Cindy and Jay DeMatteo. These characters were first introduced in the multi-award-winning novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems and return to entertain you in its sequel The Sugar Ticket. The third saga Don't Bruise the Bananas was released in 2021, and Ms. Ricci is currently composing the next story in the series Kissing Off the Maelstrom.    Cindy and Jay's mischief-making continues in these shorts: A Sweet Snafu, Christmas with Niagara, His Sacred Vow, Passion's Secret Ingredient, and Turning up the Heat. Ms. Ricci launched her new series Love's Salvation which includes other stand-alone works of fiction and short stories and, her pride and joy, the nonfiction, best-selling RONE Finalist Running On All Fours, and is penning Restoring Christmas Magic for her Love for the Holidays Series.     A member of the RWA, The Authors' Billboard, and the Independent Authors' Network, Ms. Ricci creates Women’s Fiction, Humor, Romance and Romantic Suspense. Many of her titles earned various awards and have been recognized as Novella and Holiday Novellas in the IAN 2022, Semi-Finalist in the Kindle Book Review Awards 2022, Novella Finalist with the IAN 2021, Outstanding Novella Award Winner with the IAN 2020, Gold Medal Award Winner in the Reader’s Favorite Awards 2020, and Finalist in the Outstanding Novellas Categories 2019,2018, 2017, the Women's Outstanding Fiction Winner in the IAN 2016, Bronze Award Winner for Humor in the Reader’s Favorite Awards and Silver Awards in the Global eBook Awards 2015.   

One Reply to “When Motivation’s the Key to Success…”

  1. I just found this blog – I’ve been remiss in checking them more often ( too many visitors ) but as soon as I read it, it warmed my heart. Thank you, Sue, for your kind words. Best day ever when we found you and you agreed to be with us at the Billboard. Big hugs…

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