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GUEST AUTHOR STEVE MARIOTTI ON DIALOGUE “PRIME TIME” THURSDAY

AUGUST 29TH, GUEST AUTHOR STEVE MARIOTTI ON DIALOGUE “PRIME TIME” THURSDAY LISTEN TO THE LIVE SHOW THURSDAY, AUGUST 29TH AT 3p PACIFIC STANDARD TIME or 6p EASTERN MEET GUEST AUTHOR STEVE MARIOTTI ON DIALOGUE “PRIME TIME” THURSDAY. Steve Mariotti changed career paths in 1982 when he decided to move from the corporate sector and become… The post GUEST AUTHOR STEVE MARIOTTI ON DIALOGUE “PRIME TIME” THURSDAY appeared first on Susan...

AUGUST 29TH, GUEST AUTHOR STEVE MARIOTTI ON DIALOGUE “PRIME TIME” THURSDAY

LISTEN TO THE LIVE SHOW THURSDAY, AUGUST 29TH AT 3p PACIFIC STANDARD TIME or 6p EASTERN

GUEST AUTHOR STEVE MARIOTTI ON DIALOGUE "PRIME TIME" THURSDAYMEET GUEST AUTHOR STEVE MARIOTTI ON DIALOGUE “PRIME TIME” THURSDAY. Steve Mariotti changed career paths in 1982 when he decided to move from the corporate sector and become a special education teacher in the New York City school system. Mr. Mariotti’s first assignment was in the East New York section of Brooklyn, and his last was in the Fort Apache section of the South Bronx.

Steve Mariotti is the founder of NFTE, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

While teaching in this hard-hitting environment for six and one half years, Mr. Mariotti gained insight into how to successfully motivate his tough students – teaching them how to run a business. His perceptions and learnings inspired him to create a program to bring entrepreneurial education to low-income youth. In 1987 the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed.

!!!JUST RELEASED!!!

Considered an expert in education for at-risk youth, Mr. Mariotti was a 2012 inductee into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. He received numerous awards, including an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Bernard A. Goldhirsh Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the New York Enterprise Report’s 2012 Founders Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the National Director’s Entrepreneurship Award from the Minority Business Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Association of Education Publishers’ Golden Lamp Award for the best curriculum in America in 2002 and 2010’s best curriculum in math for the 11th edition of NFTE’s Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, the ACE/Currie Foundation Humanitarian Venture Award, the USASBE Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year, the CEO Club’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and America’s Top High School Business Teacher. He has been the subject of many national media profiles on programs including ABC Evening News and 20/20. In addition, he is the co-author of 28 books on entrepreneurship that have sold over one million copies. Mr. Mariotti has previously attended The World Economic Forum and was a frequent speaker at Davos as well as other business forums.

A native son of Michigan, Mr. Mariotti received his B.B.A. in business economics and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has also studied at Harvard University, Stanford University, and Brooklyn College. He started his professional career as a treasury analyst for Ford Motor Company before founding his own company, Mason Import/Export Services. Steve is now a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Check out his column here.

About NFTE

Imagine…

if we could activate the entrepreneurial mindset of an entire generation. That’s what NFTE does. The program activates the entrepreneurial mindset and builds startup skills in youth from under-resourced communities to ensure their success and to create a more vibrant society.

NFTE offers schools and partners a unique combination of high-impact student programs with exceptional teacher training and support. The result? Entrepreneurship changes the lives of young people.

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NFTE Entrepreneurship Pathway: An Innovative Road to Success

In an innovation economy, there are no traditional paths to success. To activate the entrepreneurial mindset in young people, NFTE’s Pathway begins by igniting the imagination then takes students through the journey of creating and refining an original business concept. Students are guided by NFTE’s expert Entrepreneurial Teacher Corps, and supported by the entrepreneurs and business leaders who volunteer as classroom speakers, field trip hosts, business plan coaches, and competition judges.

For many students, the highlight of their NFTE experience is taking the stage in NFTE’s renowned business plan competition series, but no matter where they are on the Pathway, NFTE students earn recognition of the skills and concepts they are mastering, and advanced students ultimately have the opportunity to earn the first-ever industry-recognized credential to certify entrepreneurial mindset and startup skills.

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Work Your Fingers to the Bone, What do You Get?

When you work your fingers to the bone, what do you get? Bony fingers. Beware! This is a pity post. I work four distinct jobs/activities since Bob retired. So, it’s his fault. I just want to get that there up front so we’re all in agreement. Here’s what a typical week looks like for me.… The post Work Your Fingers to the Bone, What do You Get? appeared first on Susan...

When you work your fingers to the bone, what do you get? Bony fingers.

Beware! This is a pity post.

I work four distinct jobs/activities since Bob retired. So, it’s his fault. I just want to get that there up front so we’re all in agreement. Here’s what a typical week looks like for me.

Job/Activity 1 – Writing

work-your-fingers-to-the-bone-what-do-you-getI build my muscles when I write. Writing is what I consider my main job. It takes up most of my time. In fact, I write approximately 4 to 6 hours a day, five and sometimes six days a week. Monday, Wednesday through Saturday and sometimes Sundays (Shh! Don’t tell anyone because Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest for me). Currently, I’m finishing the second book of The Eschatos Chronicles, an apocalyptic, inspirational thriller series. The Lesser Witness launched the series in June 2019 and is book one. The False Witness should be out by the end of 2019, if not, January 2020. Concurrently, I’m working on an untitled climate catastrophe thriller which will be at the first draft phase by December. My editor is all lined up to look at The False Witness with the second untitled MS getting to her soon after.

With writing business, I not only have to write (duh) but I have to market my books and do administrative duties such as banking and taxes. No fun but a must these days. As books sell, money flows in, money flows out, taxes are triggered which means I have to do financial reporting as well. We must pay the big grinding wheel of bureaucracy after all, mustn’t we?

Job/Activity 2 – The Little Store

Since Bob retired, I’ve been spending up to 25 hours a week working either there or from my home on personnel and financial issues that arise daily. It’s Bob’s fault that this job has fallen into my lap. I ask him regularly if he misses working and regularly he gives me a big, fat “No!” I blame him for the extra workload. I remind him this regularly also. I remind him by giving him the stink eye, by wolfing down my meals, and by not resting until Sundays, sometimes when I only clean and do landscaping that has fallen short since his retirement. I guess he believes he’s retired from ALL work. Guess again, buddy.

When you work your fingers to the bone, what do you get? Bony fingers.

Job/Activity 3 – Deaconing

I love being a deacon. It’s good work helping good people who have fallen into hard times. The community outreach we do connects me to many people. I get to pray with people who might not normally attend church. The work is rewarding and important.

Job/Activity 4 – Authors of the San Juan Islands

Since August 2018, I’ve been the chair of a new membership organization called Authors of the San Juan Islands. You can learn more about AOTSJI at www.authorsofthesanjuanislands.com. This activity is the one that takes the brunt of my energy in that with all the other spinning plates, the AOTSJI plate tends to come crashing down first. And regularly. Before, I was performing too many tasks—membership, website updating, cashiering, programming for monthly meetings, updating the group on newsworthy events, events chair, yada yada. But since 2019, several amazing women have stepped up to take on many of these tasks making impossible for me now to NOT keep my own responsibilities in order…which they are not. Not yet. But soon.  work-your-fingers-to-the-bone-what-do-you-get

The Other Things Not Listed But Itemized For Your Convenience

  • Showering, shaving my legs (yeah, right), waxing my eyebrows, coloring my hair (back to its natural color)
  • Feeding animals, giving them fresh water, cleaning their poopy boxes, there is a herd of deer, and a clutch of raccoons that live with us (I’m not joking…they should pay rent!)
  • Vacuuming, moping and mopping, dusting, Windexing (yes, it’s now a verb), toilets, sinks, showers must be scrubbed (if not weekly and monthly then for sure yearly!), laundry (the mountainous pile in the closet needs picking from because I’m so tired of wearing dirty clothes…not really. I’d live in dirty clothes if I weren’t married)
  • Landscaping and gardening—I can’t even pretend these two things are getting done.

In Closing

My life has gone haywire fast. We don’t have a house cleaner or a landscaper. Instead, we have bills.

But I think the important take-away from all of this, this itemized listing of all my many activities here is that all of this is Bob’s fault. He’s fine with that. He accepts it. And I have to go because Bob wants another cup of coffee and a snack. Retirement is FLIPPING AWESOME!

Yeah. Right.

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How Do I Ignore the Noise?

SO, HOW DO I IGNORE THE NOISE? This past week has been a flurry of awards, books deals, and blog tours. Honestly, it’s all very distracting. So, how do I ignore the noise? Well, yesterday, I printed out the existing headers of another novel I’m writing. This novel will be the sequel to The Lesser… The post How Do I Ignore the Noise? appeared first on Susan...

SO, HOW DO I IGNORE THE NOISE?

HOW DO I IGNORE THE NOISE?This past week has been a flurry of awards, books deals, and blog tours. Honestly, it’s all very distracting. So, how do I ignore the noise?

Well, yesterday, I printed out the existing headers of another novel I’m writing. This novel will be the sequel to The Lesser Witness, which just came out in June.

THE LESSER WITNESS: AN APOCALYPTIC THRILLER

“THE LESSER WITNESS” is a remarkable read filled with riveting 
suspense that will keep you on your seat from start to finish. This is 
simply the must read book of the summer." - Sun-Sentinel

In the not too distant future, a bolide ignites an onset of 
earthquakes marking utter ruin on Earth. especially on one small island 
where Croy Justice lives. With a gang of virulent boys trailing her, 
Croy must outwit them or risk a gruesome death at their hands. Will she 
survive these end times? Or, will she be snapped up into satan’s grip? 
LAST WITNESS is a story about one young woman’s fight against evil.

how do i ignore the noise

This follow-up has the working title, THE FALSE WITNESS and tracks the perilous journey of Croy Justice through a world turned inside-out by the apocalyptic event that happens in Book One.

I’m currently at the 26,000 word mark and have needed to stop and review my progress. With only the beginning written, I feel like jumping to the end so that I understand the outcome, to see how my characters either make it out alive or not. As for the middle and the climax, I have a vague understanding of the main major conflict but I first want to write the end. What I’m talking about here is plotting. Because I’ve concentrated mostly on plotting to this point, when I write the end, the story will read thin at first—just a summary of action and resolution for the over-arcing story.

Which brings me to the next phase of my work, writing for characterization. To me, this is the most intriguing part of writing—analyzing each character, what motivates them, digging into their fatal flaws, understanding their fears and longings. Because writing my characters helps tell the front story even when I’m interjecting backstory. I don’t want this novel to read thin, I want readers to be able to sink their teeth into each person acting in each capacity of this tale. I know that when I read a novel, I want to understand the character first letting their special decisions guide them into action, conflict and resolution, and not the other way around. What I mean here is letting action and conflict control the character. Because, when we write characters this way, those characters could be anyone. I want to write what moves my character, write instances important to her alone. Answer questions like: Why has she ended up in this predicament in the first place? My point is this, what makes this story special because of Croy? Why is she integral to this story? Conversely, why is the story integral to Croy? In other words, why is Croy so important to this story that I had to write it? The answer might be as simple as: Because without Croy there is no story. Or as complex as: Croy will be the only person to save the soul of mankind. That’s pretty heavy. So, why can’t it be both? Aha! Well, it can.

Big questions like this should act like a virtual Ouija board to each story we write. Questions like these guide us every step of the way to the point we write “The End” to our novel. These questions should considered BEFORE we write anything in fiction.

After I write this note to you, I’ll be heading over to my writing studio and jumping into the book. I hope to have no fewer than 6,000 words written by the end of this week. So, how do I ignore the noise? Writing. Every single time.

I’ll fill you in on my progress next week. That way I can be accountable to you for my successes and failure.

Until then, see you on the flip-flop.

2019 Titles

The Dementia Chronicles by Susan Wingate

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MOST RECENT NEWS SENDS ME TO THE MOON

MOST RECENT NEWS SENDS ME TO THE MOON After a few weeks of negotiating, I’m thrilled to announce that MOON SPYER, my latest young adult novel received an offer for publication with Fitzroy Books (an imprint of Regal House Publishing) in a “nice deal.” The publisher has set the expected publication date for Spring 2021.… The post MOST RECENT NEWS SENDS ME TO THE MOON appeared first on Susan...

MOST RECENT NEWS SENDS ME TO THE MOON

After a few weeks of negotiating, I’m thrilled to announce that MOON SPYER, my latest young adult novel received an offer for publication with Fitzroy Books (an imprint of Regal House Publishing) in a “nice deal.” The publisher has set the expected publication date for Spring 2021.

The acquisitions editor, Jaynie Royal had this to say when she sent me the notification of acceptance for MOON SPYER: “I found it a powerful and compelling work and I would be delighted to offer you a contract.” Oh, joy of joys! Of course this news sends me to the moon!

MOST RECENT NEWS SENDS ME TO THE MOON


Do you have a book you want to publish? Are you looking for a publisher or an agent? If you need guidance, I’ve had a bit of experience in this area and might be able to help. If you’re interested in contacting me about this, go to The Writing Studio and see if any of my workshops or one-on-one instruction fits your needs.


AND I’M STILL REELING FROM LAST WEEK’S NEWS

Other news sends me to the moon and that’s news from last week. In fact, I’m still reeling. If you didn’t catch my July 9th blog post, well here is that news: I received a Book Excellence Award!

I am incredibly excited to announce that I have been recognized as a Book Excellence Award Winner for my book, STORM SEASON in the Thriller Category.

Out of hundreds of books that were entered into the Book Excellence Awards competition, my book was selected for its high quality writing, design and overall market appeal.

To view my complete award listing, you can visit:

CHECK OUT MY AWARD HERE

The book was released in January 2019 and is about Meg Storm, a woman who has nothing left to lose.

The book is perfect for readers who enjoy psychological thrillers like Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.

You can get a copy of my latest award-winning thriller at Amazon.com.

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Some Exciting News

Some Exciting News Monday marked a great day for me when I received some exciting news. I was checking my email and in the subject line of one read: Congratulations! You Won a Book Excellence Award! Honestly, I didn’t even remember entering books into any contests. After reading further, the revamped version, STORM SEASON (previously… The post Some Exciting News appeared first on Susan...

Some Exciting News

Monday marked a great day for me when I received some exciting news. I was checking my email and in the subject line of one read:

Congratulations! You Won a Book Excellence Award!

Honestly, I didn’t even remember entering books into any contests. After reading further, the revamped version, STORM SEASON (previously titled Death of Vultures) won the thriller category of the 2019 Book Excellence Award. That’s the entire category! I’m so excited.

It’s a huge honor when hundreds of authors enter a contest and your book is chosen for the award. I couldn’t be happier.

Some Exciting News

If you’re interested in picking up my latest award-winner, simply click on the photo. You can choose an eBook, paperback, or audio book. The audio book is narrated by voice artist Tamara Christians and still has the old title and book cover image. But it’s the same story that won this year’s Book Excellence Award. You can also check out other Amazon bestsellers and award-winners by going to my BOOKS PAGE.

And! So as not to dampen today’s news, there’s more exciting news to report on the horizon. I’ll send out another note next week on that.

REVIEWS YOU’LL FIND ON THE BOOK’S PAGE

“I’m still reeling after finishing Susan Wingate’s latest, [STORM SEASON].  Brilliantly written, here is a tale that grips you by the throat from the opening prologue to the gut-punch of an ending.  Both tender and brutal, intelligent and visceral, each page carries a reader further down a harrowing path to a conclusion both inevitable yet also shocking. This novel will leave an indelible mark on your soul.  Don’t miss it.” –James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Demon Crown

“In [STORM SEASON], bestselling author Susan Wingate delivers a spellbinding page-turner. Harrowing and heartbreaking, this is the story of a grief-stricken mother’s tenacity in her efforts to bring to justice the monsters responsible for her daughter’s drug overdose. Meg Storm is a heroine you can really root for. Once you pick up this riveting thriller, you won’t want to put it down.” –Kevin O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author

“The author writes with a shrewd, confident style…Violence is stark but fleeting, as the profound tale is more about loss than revenge. A bleak but undeniably affecting family tale.” —Kirkus Reviews, August 2, 2018

“In the tradition of GONE GIRL, Susan Wingate’s [STORM SEASON] is both layered and nuanced. Like a striptease. the story unwinds itself, building one fear above the other.  She has created a world both surreal and REAL, where regrets don’t just swallow you whole… They KILL you.” -JCarson Black, New York Times Bestseller, jcarsonblack.com

So those are fun. Anyway, onward and upward!

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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you find rest and fun with family and friends during your holiday. Don’t forget to slurp down a hotdog or two. Bob and I are planning an intimate BBQ, just the two of us, and a dog, six cats, birds and the rest of our animal crew. We’ll… The post Happy 4th of July appeared first on Susan...

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you find rest and fun with family and friends during your holiday. Don’t forget to slurp down a hotdog or two.

Happy 4th of July from Susan Wingate

Bob and I are planning an intimate BBQ, just the two of us, and a dog, six cats, birds and the rest of our animal crew. We’ll be grilling steaks on the barbie, with a side of mini-taters in foil slathered with butter and garlic. Num. And a leafy salad, to boot.

And if you need a book to read, you might want to check out any of my latest 2019 titles.

Read well, eat well, love deeply. Enjoy your day.

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