Like most people, I started the year with plans to improve my health ("release" the extra poundage versus "lose" because I'm not looking to find it again once it's gone), relationships (you know, "make new friends and keep [some] of the old") and finances (wealth, not riches, is my pursuit). Although each of those goals is still prominent in my mind, my focus has shifted.
I declare 2012 as the year that I help 10,000 writers become published authors! Since speaking my intention into the atmosphere, the heavens opened releasing opportunities in abundance. Wait for it...woo hoo!
If you could accomplish any one thing in 2012, what would it be? Shoot me your reply and I may include it in my next newsletter.
If you haven't seen the movie Red Tails, you're missing a winner. The movie depicts the challenges of the all-Black flying squadron from World War II. These heroic men - who were defined by many US Air Force officers as incapable of flying or maintaining planes - flew over 1,500 missions and never lost an escorted bomber to enemy fighters. The only squadron to hold that title! Check out Facebook.com/RedTails for more history!
I had the awesome pleasure of sitting in the presence of four Tuskegee Airmen and a Caucasian bomber pilot at Sinclair Community College. They were promoting the movie and the documentary, Double V which portrays their victory against the Germans and racism on home soil.
Tuskegee Airmen Jan 14, 2012
Seated from left to right was a Red Tails pilot (his nickname is Cast Iron and he was hilarious), an engineer, a mechanic, another Red Tails pilot and a bomber pilot.
Following the viewing of the one-hour documentary, the audience had the opportunity to ask questions, most of which were directed to the Tuskegee Airmen. When the Caucasian bomber pilot was asked how he felt about being escorted by Black pilots, he said, "When the escort plane banked right under my bomber, the pilot waved at me and then took out the enemy. My only thought was 'Thank You, Lord!' Because of their bravery, I'm here today."
This story is more than just Black History. The bravery of these men saved thousands of lives and helped America defeat the enemy. That's American history all day long!
Black History Month - Pen of the Writer Style
In addition to sitting in the presence of historical greatness, I have been blessed to meet present-day heroes and heroines who use the pen as a weapon.
Andrea Foy, author of Hire Power - How to Find, Get and Keep a Job, is the recipient of Dan Poynter's Global ebook Award.
Hire Power: How to Find, Get and Keep a Job by Andrea Foy
Andrea's book provides relevant content for the first-time job seeker or seasoned employee in need of a refresher in this volatile economy. Visit Andrea at AndreaFoy.com.
Carenda Deonne, publisher of FAR Magazine, has been empowering Christian women with her quarterly publication. The magazine has won numerous awards including the 2011 Black Essence Business Award. Impressive.
The magazine which is published in print and online - reaches over 50,000 women. Click here for an online preview. While you're there, check out my cover story for stepfamilies! Contact Carenda for amazing advertising opportunities. Tell her that I sent you for a special gift.
Jo Magazine is the source for information on the entertainment industry from a woman's perspective. Interviews with actresses, musicians, authors, behind-the-scenes professionals and more!
Jo Magazine Jan 2012
The saxtress on the cover of the January 2012 issue, Pamela Williams, performed at Jo's one-year-anniversary gala. Phenomenal! Omar Gooding, actor and should-be comedian (this dude is F-U-N-N-Y), was the master of ceremony. For a complimentary issue featuring Omar, visit JoMagazineOnline.com.
Jo Magazine's First Literary Achievement Award Recipient, Valerie J Lewis Coleman, with Omar Gooding
Dayton Authors United
A few years ago, Judge Bill Littlejohn (now retired), brought a group of four authors together to network. Out of that meeting, Soul of the Pen was formed. As we met more authors and expanded our focus, Dayton Authors United was born.
To celebrate Black History month and promote literacy, several authors will be featured at The Meeting Place on Friday, February 10, 2012. From 5 PM to 8 PM, guests can enjoy readings, complimentary wine & cheese, networking and a chance to win prizes. In addition to authors, winter hand-care treatments will be provided by Shakena Campbell, Charlotte Brown will have Heaven Essence candles and Janet Corney, co-owner of The Meeting Place, will have costume jewelry.
The Meeting Place|904 East Main Street|Trotwood, OH 45426
Heart of Gold Award Recipient
The Lambda Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated chose me to be a recipient of the 2012 Heart of Gold Award. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon persons who have exceeded the norm to help individuals in the community, support organizations and promote positive opportunities for others.
The details for the awards ceremony are as follows:
Most of the interviews are call-ins, but on April 7 and April 10, I'll be in the studio. Join me live during any interviews and you could win an autographed copy of one of my books!
Oh yeah, I taped a segment on Writer's Nook that will air on Time Warner Cable and DATV. If you catch the show, email me the host's name and our topic. You'll be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Self-Publishing Made Easy!
Changing the world one author at a time!
My hope is that 2012 brings you love, peace and prosperity in abundance!
Valerie J Lewis Coleman
Restoring stepfamilies, empowering women, equipping writers to be greater!
Register for the seventh annual Write On! Workshop by February 15, 2012 and receive a free copy of Self-Publishing Made Easy (release date April 28, 2012).
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