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Shifting Sands Short Stories marketing & book signing

Local author Emma Palova at the gallery on Main Street in downtown Lowell with her new book.

I am very excited about my upcoming book signing of Shifting Sands Short Stories on March 10 @LowellArts from 1 to 4 pm.

It will take place on the magnificent backdrop of the West Michigan Regional Art Competition on display at the downtown gallery.

I will be talking about the marketing of your book using a blog to grow your audience, as well as other platforms.

Below is an example of marketing on the Goodreads platform for authors. The goal is to get as many people as possible to shelve your book.

Check out this book on Goodreads: Shifting Sands Short Stories https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35192820-shifting-sands-short-stories

You can also buy my book locally at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids and in Lansing.

I will have a few copies on hand to autograph.

The book is also available on Amazon in both formats:







I will be working on audio version.

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International Women’s Day, March 8

International Women’s Day honors women around the world with different events

EW Emma’s Writings

Czech Republic celebrates women on March 8th during the International Women’s Day (IWD). And it is definitely making a comeback considering all the posts on social media.

Check out my last year’s series IW Inspiring Women leading up to this event with the orchid logo. I profiled women from all walks of life: teachers, politicians, businesswomen, non-profit workers and long distance hikers.

Here are pictures of some of the women I wrote about in the series.

Former Lowell city clerk Betty Morlock.
Former Lowell city clerk Betty Morlock.
Chamber director Liz Baker.
Chamber director Liz Baker.
Carolyn Kane chaiperson
Carolyn Kane received an award in Washington DC for trail development in 2011.

It was a big day for women in former Czechoslovakia.

They received flowers, chocolates, cakes and nylons.


. It was also a reason for men to drink to our health.
What I love is that the country kept both the old observations of special days, while picking up on new ones like Mother’s Day. That way they doubled up on fun.

Globally, the International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political, economic achievements of women around the world while focusing on areas needing attention.
This year’s theme is, “Pledge for Parity.”
I’ve always been all about change in everything, but this area of change in women’s equality around the world has always been close to my heart.

Betty Dickinson penned ""Creating a healthy corner"
Betty Dickinson of Ionia

I lived in Africa for many years, where a woman meant nothing. I’ve seen women sit in the dirt at the markets nursing their babies with their older children running around them in the 110F heat. And they were all begging for money.
The well-to-do women wore long saris from head to toe.
The majority of dad’s students at the University of Khartoum were men.

Becka's Hike
Gail Lowe shows a quarter as a message from her daughter

In this election year democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton about equal pay for women.

I find it hard to believe that in 2016, there still isn’t equality in the workplace.

Helping impoverished women
Sow Hope president Mary Dailey Brown.

According to IWD 2016 hub, the vast array of communication channels, research, campaigns and corporate responsibility initiatives allow everyone to be an advocate inspiring change for women’s advancement.
Shocked by the life of the African women, I’ve always wanted to do my share to help the cause through awareness and writing.

And the local SowHope organization based in Rockford also believes in inspiring women around the world by promoting education, wellness and economic opportunities. This year’s IWD theme is Pledge for Parity.
“As I traveled I saw the plight of women around the world,” said president Mary Daily Brown.
This is the 10th year for the organization that has helped thousands of women through various programs such as literacy classes and health programs.

Lynn Mason 2016 Democratic candidate
Lynn Mason 2016 Democratic candidate

“We’ve had photo exhibits in the past to raise money, now we’re doing the documentary screening,” said Brown.
To raise awareness and money for women around the world, the event celebrating IWD was held on March 3. Brown talked about non-profit work with women in the Reflections speech at the Wege Ballroom.

Nancy DeBoer, Station Salon owner
Nancy DeBoer, Station Salon owner
Blogger Leigh Ann Dickey.
Blogger Leigh Ann Dickey.







related links: SowHope at http:// http://www.sowhope.org


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