Monday, October 31, 2011

Recipe for Success? Affinity Groups & Kandie Delley

    I am so pleased today's guest is here. 
    Author/Song Writer/Music Producer Kandie Delley is a super lady, has a terrific mind for business and enough talent to sustain us with entertainment alone, for months on end if we were stranded on a deserted island. 
    Lucky for us, we don't have to go through all that to benefit from what this amazing lady has to offer. 
    She's accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in the writing industry and is here to share some of it with us. 
    I'm turning Sealed with a Kiss over to her, so get your pens and paper ready.... 
    Kandie, they're all yours!!

Thanks Robin! I’m so happy and honored to be here on your blog! 

Since I have gotten so much great advice from people I have met by joining groups, I wanted my first guest blog of my Spooktacular Web Tour  to consist of reminders to writers about, affinity groups, being consistent and setting reminders.

As you know, writing can be an autonomous lifestyle.  You really have to remind yourself to socialize and get active—connect with others, especially likeminded individuals. 

One thing I missed severely in my twenties was befriending likeminded people who had a similar passion for the written word.  Joining online communities such as yahoo groups,,, and, have helped expand my literary circle.  However, don’t limit your groups to writing; any affinity groups will help.   

I have been a pupil of Candace Haven’s (Fast Draft & Revision Hell) online courses, , received writer pep talks, and tips from online communities featuring Nikki Duncan, .  I have bartered services and exchanged ideas, blogs and critiques with amazing authors like Judith Leger, , Su Halfwerk, , and Shelia Goss ;  while developing fast and influential friendships with writers like Kait Nolan  and of course, Ms. Robin Badillo (rock on girl!) 

I have HOTMAIL calendars for my overall social plans, workouts and business meetings but ALSO have a calendar for WRITING.  You can print daily, weekly, or monthly calendars and post them on your bulletin or cork boards at home or at the slave…I mean…*clearing throat*, DAY job.  Hotmail allows you to choose the email address of where to send reminders and/or choose to get mobile alerts.  This keeps you accountable to your writing goal.  It’s a great way to get that subtle nudge every now and then without relying on other people for that extra push.

To assist with this challenging gig, I choose to write with PAGE count goals versus Word count goals.  It’s just a matter of tricking your mind and finding subtle ways to stay motivated.  For instance, if you say, “My goal is to write 2000 words today” vs. “My goal is to write 2-4 pages today,”- which of those numbers is more appealing  to you?  Bingo….  Writing 2 or 4 pages instead of a 1000 words.

These are invaluable associations and they have made me a better writer.  Dig into your social media and organic groups today and truly find that jewel who can be that ‘bosom’ buddy!

Since Robin and I have a musically influenced kinship, I wanted to offer 3 song downloads.  These are songs I wrote and produced.  Feel free to download and share!

Kan’s Music

Leave a comment and be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of my eBook, Getting Started on the Web for Writers!  It guides in diversifying your talent to create multiple streams of income and helps you manage your digital brand!

Thanks again for allowing me to visit your blog and have a blessed holiday season! 

About Tempestuous Tales:
An urban legend becomes a nightmare when three women face tragic consequences:  an unexplainable vanishing, a sadistic marriage, and a visit from beyond the grave, after an ancient talisman grants their wishes.  Tempestuous Tales adds a modern twist to three classic short stories: The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs, Night Drive by Will F. Jenkins and Bluebeard’s Bride by Sarah Holland, based on the works of Charles Perrault.

Paperback coming November 2011.  Download a free Tempestuous Tales mobile phone or desktop wallpaper here!


  1. Thanks for having me Robin! You ROCK HARD! Love ya & have a blessed week. Whoooooo (okay, that was supposed to be cheesy scary, since it's Halloween and all! LOL)

  2. This was interesting. Thank you! Sometimes I write like an insane person and other times I need motivation. Setting goals and daily number of pages sounds good.
    BTW I really like the songs on here. The one I recognized: At Last. How did you get songs to play on your blog? That's so cool!

  3. Hey Zoey!
    So glad you stopped by.
    If you scroll all the way to the bottom of this page, you'll see a box in the footer that has a place where you may click to create your own playlist. Blogger has a way to add widgets and you can add a playlist manually. The site is easy to navigate and the music can be changed to suit your mood. My mood this week was for strong women with pioneering spirits. It changes often. LOL!
    If you have a website or blog of your own, that music site may be compatible.
    Have a terrific week!

  4. Kandie/Robin, thanks for your post. I dont have any trouble with motivation to write, but this promo lark is new territory and very scary to a technophobic. But by following advice you've given, I'm another step forward, thanks so much for that

  5. Anne,
    Kandie has given sound advice and as a woman involved in so many aspects of publishing, she's someone to listen to. Be sure to check out her books and website. She has a plethora of information just begging to be utilized. Come back soon and good luck with your writing. I'd love to read your stuff!
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Have a great week!

  6. OH wow! I've been sooo busy preparing for the paperback release that I didn't realize I got some commenters! Yeehaw!

    @Zoey-- thanks for the feedback on my song. Be sure to download (free) and share with whomever. You're a blessing! That keeps me encouraged!

    @Anne- Believe it or not, I have so much going on, that's motivation to (tell a story) wasn't my BIG thing to overcome, it was 'motivation' for discipline & consistency.

    @Robin--girl...what can I say? You seriously ROCK. Thanks for having me on your blog!