Newsletter, Blog, or Both?


Authors, check out these articles. I totally agree with having both a blog and an email newsletter. Further, I think an email newsletter will outdate Facebook, Twitter, and also your blog! If these go down in any way, you always have an email list. Even though people can subscribe to the blog via email, there’s a deeper personal connection with someone via the email list. Most of the people who follow your blog probably barely read your posts. While this can be because they follow too many people to support every blog they are subscribed to, an email list really narrows it down. I also wouldn’t complain if your email list is small like mine. The benefit of this is that you’ll have a higher open rate because these are the people who really enjoy your work. They are, as the article elaborates on, your real supporters. The people who, when you release a book they will (wait for it) buy it!

If you do have an email list, pay attention to open and click rates. This narrows it down even further. Of the 100 subscribers to your email list, how many of them open the emails? This is your real number. Or even if you have 3,000 subscribers, how many open your emails and click on your links? These are your real numbers. Also, I would try not to be all “businessy” (Made up word) in your emails. Personally, I try to be as genuine as possible. Emails are personal and the people who are subscribed are people who have already read your posts, and probably some of your books too. This means they are subscribed because they are looking for something different. They want to get to know the real you. Again, they’ve already read your blog posts so there’s really no reason to recreate the wheel. Make your email list feel special. Oh and another thing, email lists and newsletters are excellent for people who are not into technology! They may not like your FB,  follow you on Twitter, or follow your blog BUT they will open your emails!


Read The Article Here: Newsletter, Blog, or Both

Here’s another good one: 5 Reasons Every Blogger Needs an Email List

AND here’s another: The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Newsletter and Email List

Get to know the real me: Click Here.

This Month in Black History – September


This month sped by so fast I almost missed this month’s history wrap up!


September 5, 1859 – Harriet Wilson’s novel Our Nig is published

September 8, 1965 – Dorothy Dandridge found dead

September 8, 1986 – The Oprah Winfrey Show debut

September 9, 1739 – The Stono Rebellion, the largest slave uprising in the British mainland colonies prior to the American Revolution, occurs in South Carolina

September 10, 1963 – Schools in Alabama desegregated

September 11, 1977 – Roots wins 9 Emmy Awards

September 12, 1905 – Master Horseman John Ware is killed when his horse trips, crushing him and breaking his neck

September 12, 1913 – Jessie Owens is born

September 12, 1947 – Jackie Robinson named rookie of the year

September 13, 1885 – Alain Locke of the Harlem Renaissance is born

September 15, 1963 – The 16th Street Baptist Church is bombed in Birmingham Alabama leaving 4 little girls dead and one blind in one eye

September 15, 1978 – Muhammad Ali becomes the WBA Champ

September 16, 1794– The French Abolish Slavery. (Slavery is reinstituted under Napoleon in 1802 along with the reinstitution of the “Code noir”, prohibiting Blacks from entering French colonial territory or intermarrying with whites).

September 17, 1858 – Dred Scott dies of Tuberculosis 17 months after emancipation

September 18, 1850 – The Fugitive Slave Law is passed by Congress

September 18, 1919 – Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard is the first African American professional football player for a major team

September 18, 1970 – Jimi Hendrix dies in London (at the young age of 27)

September 20-24th 1830 – The First National Negro Convention met in Philadelphia

September 20, 1958 – Martin Luther King Jr. stabbed in the chest while signing copies of Stride Toward Freedom in Blumstein’s department store in Harlem

September 24, 1957 – Eisenhower orders the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock Arkansas to force desegregation at Little Rock Central High School

September 24, 1935 – Joe Louis defeats Max Baer at Yankee Stadium, Bronx New York

September 26, 1967 – Riots erupt in Tampa, FL after police shoot Martin Chambers, an unarmed  black teen

September 28, 1991 – Miles Davis dies

September 30, 1919 – Oct 1 –  The Elaine Race Riots (also known as The Elaine Massacre) occurs in the Elaine town of Phillips County Arkansas


In Case You Missed It: This Month in History – August

Discover My Top 8 Historical Reads (That you’ve probably never read!) Get it Here.

Yecheilyah’s Book Reviews – SICKER by Christa Wojo.


Title: SICKER – Psychological SICK Series Book Two

Author: Christa Wojciechowski

Print Length: 107 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1533513538

Publication Date: April 13, 2016

Language: English


*I did NOT receive a free copy of this book. I purchased it in support of the author and have decided to write a review*

This review is a surprise to the author (she doesn’t know I’m writing it, hee hee). Yes, I did finish reading this book months ago and yes, I did have to read it again for this review. However, I did say that I would review it and I like to stay true to my word (unless otherwise communicated).

That said, I’m amazed that John can be even sicker in book two of Christa’s psychological thriller than he was in the first book. In case you’re new to this blog, you can read my review of Book One in this series here (which I’ll recommend if you haven’t read the first book. My first review will give you an understanding that will help with this review).

SICKER is the second book to a 3-Book psychological suspense novella surrounding a woman with a very sick husband. Upon the close of Book One, Susan Branch has just discovered the truth concerning her husband’s constant illnesses and this is where we pick up. Illnesses that left her void of a happy marital life and sense of self. Illnesses that can be said to have betrayed the most intimate part of her: her mind. Illnesses that were the result of a sick individual that literally robbed her of what could have been.

John’s secret (which you’d have to read Book One to discover) is so bizarre that Susan is caught up in a wrath that consumes her and she is forced to question her own sanity. How could she, as a medical professional, miss so many of the signs that revealed the true nature of her husband’s illness? An illness that is far more superior than that of physical bruises.

SICKER focuses on the source of John’s obsession as he recounts a childhood that is riddled with sadness, loneliness, and trauma.

While my first impression was mental retardation from the first book, reading this one I feel differently. As crazy as this sounds, I almost feel sorry for John. You see, this book made me think about the importance of love in our lives. I believe the need to feel loved and to be loved is critical to our operation as well balanced and healthy individuals. People denied the privilege of this become the same people we deem crazy in mental institutions. Truth is, it doesn’t matter whether you grew up with a silver spoon in your mouth or plastic spoon, everyone everywhere at some point in their lives needs love, without which we are no longer human beings and can, therefore, be driven to do unspeakable things.

Plot Movement / Strength: 4/5
Entertainment Factor: 4/5
Characterization: 4/5
Authenticity / Believable: 5/5
Thought Provoking: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4 / 5 stars

SICKER is available  now!


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Eight Reasons Why Writers Should Use Twitter

Though I don’t have lots of followers, I happen to love Twitter. Probably too much lol. (@ahouseofpoetry) *Comments disabled here. Please respond to the original post*


If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I have more than 5,000 followers and frequently post throughout the day.

How frequently? Every two hours. But I do take a break between 10 pm and 8 am Eastern Time.

A typical tweet has a two-hour shelf-life. That’s not much. If you want to get your content noticed—whether you’ve written it yourself or you’re retweeting someone else—you need to tweet throughout the day.

TwitterBut why Twitter?

  1. If you’re active on Twitter, it will refer a ton of traffic to your blog and website. (Twitter is my #1 source of website traffic.)
  2. There’s a large community of Indie authors on Twitter who are willing to help you promote your book and form supportive alliances. Endeavor to meet other authors in your genre, share blog posts and promote each other on Twitter.
  3. Twitter will help you market your books.
  4. Twitter is where…

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Wait for Me


Would you let me ribbon tie my waiting into your lap?
Take me dripping in mistakes like I got flaws for fragrance
Can you wait for me to get it right?
This belly
filled to the brim with passion
like I got fire clenched in my fists and a furnace in my throat
As if you’d just emerged from the safety of your mother’s womb
would you wait for me
to breathe life into your lungs
to breathe logic into your conscience?
Let kindness touch you gentle,
soft like pillow talk
or whispering prayers in a bowl of incense
Touch me endurance
and I’ll dip my hands into purpose
and feed you hope through a straw
So let the storms begin
let the winds blow
and the nations rage
let the heavens chop off pieces of ice for our tribulation
let hailstones come bungee jumping from the sky to put dents in our joy
and I promise you
if you wait for me
I’ll command my words to stitch you a smile
and in time
we will simmer tragedy
into the polished pillars
of diamonds in the ruff.

Wait for me.

LIVE On The Magic Happens Radio With Annette Rochelle Aben


Join Annette and I and tune into The Magic Happens LIVE on Monday, October 3rd on your lunch break! I’ll be sharing my thoughts on how blogging has impacted my writing career AND  the major move that I hope will be a blessing to all Indie Authors! That’s right, my next move involves you. My official announcement comes Monday and I’ll also be discussing it on the show. Keep your eyes glued to this blog and stay tuned.

PS. If you’re following my email newsletter you will hear the news first! Before this blog and before the radio show. Join Here. I love my email subscribers and enjoy letting them get to know me on a more personal level than this blog.

PSS. My Facebook keeps freezing when I try to invite those of you on my page but that just means its not time yet. I’ll post it to my personal page soon. In the meantime here’s the direct link: Show Link

From the show page:

“Today, on Tell Me a Story, we welcome one busy lady. Yecheilyah (e-see-lee-yah) Ysrayl is the owner and founder of Literary Korner Publishing and has written eight books to date going back to 2010. A poet, book reviewer, and blogger, she is most noted for her Stella Trilogy, a historical fiction series about a woman named Stella and her family’s search for acceptance and racial identity. Yecheilyah is also the owner and founder of The PBS Blog where she blogs on a variety of topics from black history to poetry, biblical analysis, inspirational quotes, and self-publishing tips. Let’s tune into The Magic Happens Radio Network today and see what the woman, affectionately known as EC, is up to these days.”