The Secret to Crafting Compelling Mystery Novels: Writing Tips
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by Cheryl Bannerman
2M ago
Close up of young cheerful brunette woman looking through magnifying glass, isolated over yellow background   Someone asked me in a recent interview what genre I enjoy writing the most. My response: mystery. Although I am dedicated to and write often about the awareness of mental health, domestic abuse, and other burning issues in our society, I also long to invite readers to solve mysteries by planting false evidence and backstories to guide them in the wrong direction and then shock them in the end. Oh, but I’m giving away the good stuff, before we even begin, sorry. Let’s first discu ..read more
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Making New Year’s Resolutions Stick All Year Long
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by Cheryl Bannerman
6M ago
  Sad Bored Glamorous Woman Having No Fun at Party The New Year’s party is over. Now what? Did you know that the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions has ancient roots and can be traced back to various cultures throughout history? In this first post of the New Year, I wanted to break down the history from past to present, in the US and abroad, of making New Year’s resolutions. Let’s start with Ancient Babylonians! One of the earliest recorded instances of New Year’s resolutions dates back to ancient Babylon around 4,000 years ago. The Babylonians celebrated the new year in mid-March ..read more
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Diversifying Your Distribution as a Self-Published Author
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by Cheryl Bannerman
7M ago
If you are a writer who self-publishes, and you are not a subscriber to my YouTube podcast called The Self-Publishing Corner, this blog post is for you. We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” However, as a self-published author, this is more like a mantra for success. At least for me it is. I had to maximize my distribution and find the platforms that gave me the highest royalty percentage. Every platform is good at one thing and not so good at others. I just could not find one platform to serve all my needs…and result in sales. So, after years of analysis and pl ..read more
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The Power of Words Over Life and Death
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by Cheryl Bannerman
1y ago
A yellow paper note with the phrase Words Matter on it attached to a tree branch with a clothes pin. Close up.                   Words Matter If you are a writer, like me, you may know all too well the power of words. But in this case, I am not only speaking about what you write and others read. As we hit the halfway point in 2023, I would like you to consider what you say to yourself and to others, what words you listen to, and what you fill your mind with daily. Words matter. As I grow older each year, I continue to embark on a personal journey ..read more
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Open for Press Release: Multigenre Author Cheryl Denise Bannerman Launches Her First Ever Rhyming Book for Children
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by Cheryl Bannerman
2y ago
On January 31st, 2022, award-winning, multi-genre author, Cheryl Denise Bannerman, surprised her readers with The Gecko Without An Echo. This beautifully illustrated children’s book of pastel watercolors done by illustrator, Anushka Bansal, opens the author up to a whole new group of readers – young children in the early stages of development. “This has been a genre I have been wanting to venture into for so long, but I wanted the message to be meaningful. In this first book, The Gecko Without An Echo, I am teaching young children the importance of meaningful friendships, appreciating those ar ..read more
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Words Have Power Part 2
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by Cheryl Bannerman
2y ago
Words have Power, but can they generate an income? I’ve struggled with this one for many years. The goal of my ‘words’ are to make an impact on readers’ lives and tell the world the stories that dwell inside my head. It seems that if you are an Indie Author looking to live off of your sales and royalties, you are in for a long wait. Not to say it is not possible, but you have to continue on with your ‘other’ career until that time comes. I myself, have chosen the Indie (self publishing) route, instead of Traditional, because I would hate to have someone tell me how to ‘edit my story’. To be ho ..read more
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Open for Press Release: Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Winner
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by Cheryl Bannerman
3y ago
For immediate release: Readers’ Favorite recognizes “Black Child to Black Woman” by Cheryl Denise Bannerman in its annual international book award contest, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08K3WJLW7. The Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities. Readers’ Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Sch ..read more
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The High Road
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by Cheryl Bannerman
3y ago
Have you ever been in a situation where what you ‘thought’ was real, ended up being fiction? How did you handle it? What would you have done differently today? Journaling your thoughts and feelings can be so cathartic for healing, as well as exercise for releasing those endorphins, and embracing other self-care activities you enjoy. This next post in the Words Never Spoken series will focus on Chapter 6: Unrecognizable. I thought my life was going great, I had a wonderful childhood, with wonderful parents, yet one day truths were revealed and I suddenly didn’t know ‘who I was or where I came ..read more
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Unspoken Words
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by Cheryl Bannerman
3y ago
It is often the unspoken words that hurt us the most. In order to break the silence of abuse, we must find our voice again. This is the first series of blog posts based on the topics in my books. Words Never Spoken is not just a book of poetry, but a story of hope, adversity, love, and triumph. And, for those of you who have read it, you know that there are several personal elements of social disfunction that you may be able to relate to. Life events that sometimes alter the course of our life. This first post will focus on Chapter 1: When I Was Me (Back When I Knew Myself). In order to NOT l ..read more
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Living With Chronic Pain: How I Got My Life Back
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by Cheryl Bannerman
3y ago
During one of the most stressful years of my life, while I was battling complications from Type II Diabetes, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Before I had visited the Rheumatologist, I thought it was just joint ailments and a touch of arthritis, since I was entering my 40’s and thought it was to be expected. However, when the pain of violent electric shocks began to affect every part of my body, I sought the help of a professional. It was becoming a debilitating condition that was affecting my personal and professional life. For several years after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I had b ..read more
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