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As of this morning I have finished re-reading and double checking the changes made by my editor.  Along the way I’ve tweeted a few places to enhance the continuity of my story.  Should be finsihed reviewing the last 3 chapters later today, and then it’s off to writing anew.  Would like to have my next 2 chapters completed by Wednesday.



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Unfortunately, I couldn’t post the two listings for my book in one blog,

This is the listing for the popularity of names for people born in 1897.

Popularity in 1897

Rank Male name Female name
1 John Mary
2 William Anna
3 James Helen
4 George Margaret
5 Charles Ruth
6 Joseph Elizabeth
7 Frank Florence
8 Robert Ethel
9 Edward Marie
10 Henry Emma
11 Thomas Lillian
12 Walter Edna
13 Harry Bertha
14 Arthur Grace
15 Albert Clara
16 Fred Alice
17 Clarence Bessie
18 Willie Hazel
19 Roy Rose
20 Paul Annie
Note: Rank 1 is the most popular, rank 2 is the next most popular, and so forth.

As can see this site can be extremely in the selection process for the names of our characters.


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Every author in writing their book(s) has to face the dilemma of what to name our characters, luckily for us if our story takes place in the United States, we have a superb tool to help remedy the situation.   When we name our characters, we want their names to be appropriate for the time period the story is taking place, and of course it would be wonderful if we can know what the most popular names were for our characters when they were born.

In my YA story I want my characters to be around 13 years old which would mean they were born in 1997.  And since my story has a time travel element to it, I would also need to know the most popular names in 1897.

There’s a lot more fun stuff there…you can find out how popular your name has been since  you were born.  Here’s the link to the site.


Here’s the listing I got for 1997.

Popularity in 1997

Rank Male name Female name
1 Michael Emily
2 Jacob Jessica
3 Matthew Ashley
4 Christopher Sarah
5 Joshua Hannah
6 Nicholas Samantha
7 Brandon Taylor
8 Andrew Alexis
9 Austin Elizabeth
10 Tyler Madison
11 Daniel Megan
12 Joseph Kayla
13 Zachary Rachel
14 David Lauren
15 John Alyssa
16 Ryan Amanda
17 James Brianna
18 Anthony Jennifer
19 William Victoria
20 Justin Brittany
Note: Rank 1 is the most popular, rank 2 is the next most popular, and so forth.


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Each one of us, especially those of us, I feel, who are pursuing a writing career, in the hopes of one day becoming an author need to make ourselves known before making our debut as an author.  It is EXTREMELY to sell your book, if no one knows who you are.  You not only have to market/promote your book, you must now market/promote yourselves.

One way to accomplish the task of marketing/promoting yourselves is through the use of blogs. Each blog community will tract a different population of followers. Why? The answer is varied. The answer could be as simple as the functionality of the site, some followers simply like one site over another simply because of the way you work with.

The more blogs you have, the better chances you have in creating a base of followers who might/should be quite interest in buy what you have to offer in terms of your book.  So far, I have four.  This one being my latest addion.

The other blogs I have are =

TWITTER –  http://www.twitter.com/mypennameonly

WEBSITE/BLOG  –  http://www.mypennameonly.webs.com

BLOG  –  http://www.mypennameonly.blogspot.com

Might you, handling more than two, is not really for those who are faint of heart, it takes time, and when you consider your emails, and monitoring of a possible group, and of course writing your manuscript it can become a full time job without any real benefits except for your end product.

It addition to the above, I am the creator of a group on Linked In, which is an excellent place to be to learn and hopefully create a following from your interactions with the group in terms of your responses to posts and the posting of your own discussions.  My group is called

“Authors/Writers Helping Authors/Writers”  To get there, click on this link


Until my next post



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Mary is rather plain looking, and smart as a whip.  When Jonathan moves to her neighborhood and joins her class, she’s volunteers to help him with his studies so he’ll be able to join the school’s baseball team.

The relationship begins to grow, despite his becoming popular with the other boys in the school and most of the girls.  They both like each other for being themselves.  But their relationship comes to an aburpt end.  Mary has to move away because her father has gotten a promotion on his job.  She decides to do something special, and devises a plan to give him a kiss, the first kiss she had ever given to a boy.

Once in her new house, she quickly discovers that she has a specter living there as well. Their friendly relationship starts to grow.  When summer is over, she’s finally able to start making friends, everyone had been away at camp.  The only problem is they continually tease her about being haunted, and continually to go inside her house because of it.  Little do they realize the house does have a real ghost living there.

George helps Mary with her homework, and starts to take her in his past, the past in which he was still alive.  Eventually Mary begins to love going into past.  The problem with her friends never wanting to come into her house is there until Mary decides to have a Halloween party, a Halloween party for which no one could refuse to go to.  In the days after the party is over, her friends finally decide it would be okay go inside to play,

What does George do to help Mary with her homework?  What happens when George takes Mary into the past?  How does their relationship develop?  What happens at the Halloween party to make them change their minds to play with Mary inside her house?  Is there another kiss involved, and what happens if and when it does occur?  These questions and others will be answered when my book is finally published.

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