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Become a Published Writer…

Once a month I let Mom Peep talk. Here’s her Taylor’s Tips Newsletter for July. Enjoy, while I take in some sun.

CB August 2011 in HB 012

TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…

So, you want to be a published author. A writer who sells stories to magazines, writes devotionals, pens a great novel.

But they say you need a “platform,” and a well-written piece of work. You realize, like me, that you have a lot to learn and a long way to go. Should you give up now and say the heck with it? Should you discount the passion and drive you have inside? Should you curl up and let your talents wither away?

Take it from this guy:

Charlie Bear 1

The answer to each of those questions is the same: no.

Should you give up now and say the heck with it?
Charlie Bear was a mess when we adopted him. He threw temper tantrums, ferociously guarded his food, and didn’t like to be touched. But he had Potential (make that your new P word as you work on your Platform!). Start small and add to it weekly. Join Twitter, or Pinterest, or any of the social media sites. Layer your platform step by step.

Should you discount the passion and drive you have inside?
There was something about Charlie Bear when we first met him. He tolerated, and even liked, my husband stroking his soft fur after he jumped into my husband’s lap. They became passionately connected to each other. What are you passionate about? What drives you to write? Hang onto that when life threatens to get you down, like when you’ve received a non-acceptance, or an agent or editor isn’t picking up your book. Remember your gifts.

Should you curl up and let your talents wither away?
We could have easily given up on Charlie Bear the first couple of weeks. He snapped and growled at his tail. He didn’t like me touching him at all. And he attacked our big dog Rex, grabbing him by the throat. Poor Rex didn’t know what to do with this spunky monkey of a dog invading his golden year space. But Charlie Bear had talents: he made us laugh. He had good qualities: he loved my husband with joy and helped him get through a trial in his life. And Charlie Bear even helped me when I had to deal with loss and pain. Now a dog with just a few remnants of those early years, he’s settled into his life as a wonderful companion. What about you? Are you going to give up on you? Sure, you have things to work on…we all do. But there’s Potential for a blossoming Platform. A novel structured well enough to sell. Short stories formulated with P MS to a T. You have talent. You have gifts. Like Charlie, it just takes time to grow into the you that you are destined to be.

Look in the mirror and tell yourself I CAN DO IT. I CAN BE A PUBLISHED WRITER.

Then pick a word for your year (mine is COURAGE) and go after your dreams.

Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…

What’s Going On:

Fourth of July is here! Fireworks. Barbecues. Chilled Lemonade. Laughing Children. Grinning adults. Games. Fun!

While enjoying the summer, I’m also hard at work on my novel about a young couple, a little baby, and forty-nine days. If you glanced at a cover for the book, which would appeal to you more:

  • 49 Days (numerical)
  • Forty-Nine Days (spelled out)
  • or something else?

What does 49 days make you think of? Wonder? What questions are in your mind? Thanks for your input. You can reply via email to or comment on FB. Thanks!
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This review is from: P MS to a T: the winning formula for writing nonfiction short stories that sell (Paperback)

5 out of 5 Stars

By Diana Savage on June 6, 2015

It Delivers the Subtitle’s Promise

“B.J. Taylor’s friendly, conversational style makes reading this information-packed book a delight. Having experienced the same fears and rejections that intimidate other writers, this award-winning author freely shares the winning formula she now uses to write personal-experience stories that get published. I appreciate her concrete tips, step-by-step instructions, and numerous examples. The successes of writers who’ve followed her advice prove that the method works. I can hardly wait to implement her suggestions on my next manuscript.”

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Portland Book Review for: Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances

By B.J. Taylor
Inspiring Voices, 214 pages

Charlie Bear: Unexpected Love Dividends

“Hon, do you think the day will come when we don’t have any pets?” B. J. Taylor asks her husband when they lose their second cat in a few months apart. His answer, “I don’t think so,” is probably common for all animal lovers and it isn’t surprising that soon they decided to add a small dog to the golden Lab, Rex, the only pet left at their home. What is surprising that while looking for a dog like a Yorkie they spot a the photo of young Shih Tzu/Terrier mix rescued from the street and both fell in love with his cute appearance and decided to give him a trial. Was this a right decision?

‘“I need a home and someone to love me.’ How could someone not love this dog?”

Charlie Bear is adorable, but has a lot of behavioral issues. B. J. and her husband are responsible pet’s owners concerned not only with animal rights but with proper animal behavior as well. Would B. J.’s place be a good home for Charlie Bear? Can he trust his new owners? Read the book to find it out. Short “Charlie’s monologues” are funny and provide an additional charming aspect to the story.

Reviewed by Galina Roizman

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For Charlie Bear’s dog blog:

He’s also on Facebook: 
and on Twitter: @CharlieBearY2K.

P.S. Have a friend who might like to receive Taylor’s Tips? It’s easy…all they have to do is send me an email that simply says, “sign me up.”

B.J. Taylor


June 30, 2015 at 4:17 pm 2 comments

What She Learned from Being Suspended…

Charlie Bear here.

Charlie Bear 1

It happened the first time to Mom Peep in middle school when she ditched class, pushed open the side door facing the street, and trotted over to a Burger King to buy herself lunch. Trouble was, it was a closed campus. You weren’t supposed to leave at all during the day.

Three day suspension. Missed classes. She brought home heavy school books and had to study all day.


What did she learn? That skipping out of school didn’t mean she could skip out of school work. A hamburger in exchange for time at home with a set of books just didn’t equal out.

She was suspended the second time ten days ago when she sent out her Taylor’s Tips Newsletter to just over 500 people. (Mom Peep says: Thank you! to all of you wonderful people who have signed up to receive the unobtrusive email once a month.)

She sent six separate emails to small groups. Then Verizon sent her an email.

Your account has been suspended for violating the policy of sending more than 500 emails in one hour.

I guess that would be like overdosing on 500 chewy rawhide bones in a day. Anyway, she could receive emails, but she couldn’t send for 24 hours. Wow. That hurt.

She called (the man commiserated but said there was nothing he could do), she sent them an email using a different account (they never responded…robots on that end she says), and she railed at the fact that her hands were tied for an entire day.

I tried to tell her you can’t overload the system. I don’t gorge myself on too much kibble at one time or I’ll upchuck (oops, sorry for that visual). And I can’t run around in a tizzy or I’ll get dizzy and my tongue will hang out.

CB in Lake Arrowhead 010

But she doesn’t listen. She’s a rebel sometimes and likes to push the edges. Like when a New York policeman told her not to walk through a barricaded street. She did it anyway to get to the parade. Geesh.

So now she knows about Verizon’s policy. Did you know about it? Oh, sure, she can look into a different way to send her newsletter. But some of those ways cost money and Mom Peep is thrifty. So she’ll toe the line and play by the rules. After all, it only takes once, right, to learn a lesson?

Share a lesson you only had to learn once!

Wiggles & Woofs,
Charlie Bear

June 16, 2015 at 10:46 am 6 comments

I’m back…..

Charlie Bear here…I was gone for a while, but I’M BACK!


An unabashed flaunt of my own self on the cover of a book. Now isn’t that precious? Seriously, this would make a great father’s day gift – hint hint – for dads out there (and I do love my own Dad Peep). And it’s in hardcover, which isn’t available at Amazon or anywhere else.

Charlie Bear & Heart to Heart  2 Book Set

From the Guideposts website:

These two beautiful memoirs invite you into the lives of two different families. Each is a true tale of faith and lessons learned through the healing bonds of animals.

In Charlie Bear…
Marvel at what a headstrong rescue dog teaches us about life, love, and second chances.

In Heart to Heart…
Discover a delightful true tale of how humble barnyard animals teach us some of God’s most important lessons.

I’m super excited and just had to let you know. But don’t delay if you want to order. There are only so many of me.

Check it out!

Wiggles and Woofs,
Charlie Bear


June 9, 2015 at 9:03 am 2 comments

How to Write a Book Review…

Charlie Bear here.

Charlie Bear 1

Have you ever written a book review on Amazon? Did you know you can, even if you didn’t buy the book on their site? Or maybe you get those emails that say…please rate your purchase of….blank, blank?

It’s kind of like this:

Aubree and frosting

You tasted something. You liked it (hopefully), and now you want to tell the seller what you think about it. If this little girlie (Mom Peep’s Aubree) was asked, I think she’d say YUM!

You could say YUM on your book reviews too, or maybe not. Most reviews of books say something about:

♥ the content of the book (helpful, enlightening, entertaining?)
♥ the author’s writing (riveting, engaging, conversational?)
♥ what it did for you (moved you, educated you, touched you?)

Feel free to add other thoughts, like whether you’d recommend the book to others. Some reviews are a few sentences and some are two or three paragraphs. Write what you feel called to write.

Mom Peep says it’s best to look for the good in something…and there is always good in something, don’t you think? Like in me. Just yesterday I was sitting calmly on the arm of the recliner when I felt the need to jump off and start spinning and snapping at my tail. Sends my Peeps into a tizzy. But when asked about me, they talk about what a wonderful dog I am and then mention that I’m still working on “issues.” Aren’t they the greatest?

Three Hearts

So that’s a few ideas on writing a review of a book you read. Is it important to do? You betcha. Why? Cause the writers of books rely heavily on reviews to help other readers know how you liked it. Maybe you can write one the next time you read a book?

As for me, I just finished a package of Happy Hips Jerky Treats. My review: YUM!

Wiggles and Woofs,
Charlie Bear

Mom Peep:

P.S. Mom Peep wants to say thank you to her Taylor’s Tips Newsletter subscribers who are reading this a second time. Mom knows that some folks don’t read Facebook posts, or do Twittering, but they get emails. And the other way around. So thank you for allowing her to send it different ways. ; o )

June 2, 2015 at 7:54 am 4 comments

How to celebrate Memorial Day…

Charlie Bear here.

Charlie Bear 1

Today is Memorial Day. I have memory. I remember.

There are men and women out there who are fighting for all of us so we can remain free. Free to go where we want to (within the law, of course), free to do what we want to (again, within the law), free to eat what we want, sleep when we want, think what we want.

Charlie Bear with American Flag 001

Freedom. Let’s not take it for granted. I think we would truly miss our freedom if it were taken away. Let’s not let that happen.

Memorial Day is a time to remember. I remember.

Wiggles to you all,
Charlie Bear

May 25, 2015 at 6:51 am 2 comments

Moods of a Dog…

Charlie Bear 1

Charlie Bear here.

“I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods: happy, sad, cross, and concentrating.”      Mark Haddon

Okay, I get that.

Here are my moods:

Charlie Bear Relaxed

Charlie Bear after Doggie Spa 009

Charlie Bear (2)

Charlie Bear (28)

There you have it. We’re simple creatures (for the most part). A lot less complicated than you humans!

One last picture.

Charlie Bear Exhausted

Show me your dog’s moods by posting a picture and telling me what mood your dog is in.

Woofs and Wiggles,
Charlie Bear


May 12, 2015 at 10:57 am 8 comments

Why God Made a Dog…

Charlie Bear here.

Charlie Bear 1

Have you ever wondered where we came from, why we’re here, what our purpose is?

I love me. I know my purpose. Pssss….it’s the same purpose your dog has: to love and snuggle and give joy to our Peeps.

But if you want to know more, check out this video. It’s really cool:

Wiggles and Woofs to you,
Charlie Bear

April 28, 2015 at 9:56 am 8 comments

Leaning…do you ever need to?

Charlie Bear 1

Charlie Bear here. Do you ever miss something? Like you get so busy that something slips by you? Do you ever feel behind?

Mom Peep says it happens to her a lot. Me…not so much. I do the same things every day and I surely don’t miss a meal, or a nap, or a snuggle in Dad Peep’s lap.

So when these things happen, and she misses something important, she leans.

Like this…see how the flowers are leaning one way?

Tulip 1

And then how they are leaning the other way?

Tulip 2

We know why they do that, right? It’s the sun. The beautiful tulips lean toward the bright comforting light, the sustaining warmth that caresses them. Every day Mom Peep spins the tulips around. (She’s worried they’ll lean right on over and touch the table top! I said no, but she doesn’t listen.) Then every day the tulips lean toward the light again.

I think they’re onto something. Do you ever feel the need to lean? Mom Peep has learned that leaning on another’s shoulder for warmth, asking for comfort, a listening ear, helps her SO much.

Do you ever do that too?

Wiggles & Woofs,
Charlie Bear

April 17, 2015 at 9:40 am 7 comments

What’s Dog-Lit?

Charlie Bear 1
Charlie Bear here. I didn’t know about this so-called dog-lit. Did you?
That’s what Mom Peep calls our CHARLIE BEAR book. And her other stuff she writes, too. Huh. You learn something new every hour.

Northwest Christian Writers Association

B.J. Taylor’s Writing Is Going to the Dogs

Posted on April 8, 2015 by By Diana Savage, director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference

Award-winning author B.J. Taylor has loved writing most of her life. In grade school, English was her favorite subject, and spelling bees were her specialty. As a teen, she kept a personal journal and hid it under her mattress.

Now a multi-published author, she’s even written novels in a genre she calls “dog-lit.” She tells people to think of it like chick-lit, except the stories are for dog lovers. This genre is a natural blending of B.J.’s passion for writing and her passion for helping dogs to find forever homes. Her desire is to promote the spirit of keeping one’s canine pets, not only during the good times, but also in challenging circumstances.

“Many times we have to PUT certain things into practice in order to keep our cool under pressure when we rescue a dog or bring home a dog from a shelter,” she says. “They all need the same thing: Patience, Understanding, and Training.”

B.J. also knows a thing or two about patience, understanding, and training as a writer. And she uses those qualities when turning personal experiences into stories that sell. She serves as representative for Guideposts, Angels on Earth, and Mysterious Ways magazines.

On Friday, May 15, at the 2015 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal, B.J. will meet with writers in group appointments. If you would like to show her your work, please follow the guidelines concerning what she would like to see and what she’s not looking at right now.

At the Renewal, B.J. will also present two workshops:

1) Writing for the Guideposts Contest: Learn how to craft a well-constructed Guideposts story, how to properly submit, whom to submit to, what to include, and when to send it in. Two of the twelve writers chosen to attend the 2014 Guideposts Writers Workshop were in B.J.’s class at a writers conference and learned her tips and tricks. The next contest year is 2016, and there will be thousands of entries. Don’t miss out on the knowledge, experience, and secrets B.J. will share as the winner of her own coveted spot in the 2004 Guideposts Writers Workshop.

2) Making $$$ Selling Personal Experience Short Stories: Want to know the formula for writing inspirational stories that sell? B.J. Taylor’s writing has appeared in many publications. Numerous writers have learned B.J.’s secret formula, submitted to Chicken Soup and Guideposts, and are now published authors too. Would you like to make money in your writing career? Then come to this workshop.

B.J. has been published more than forty times in Chicken Soup for the Soul as well as in Guideposts, Angels on Earth, John Gray’s Mars and Venus in Love, Writer’s Digest, Romantic Homes, Victorian Homes, and many other publications. Her latest book is Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances. B.J. also compiled her own stories, plus the riveting stories of others, into Sunny Side Up: Inspirational Stories for Tough Times/Women/Dog & Cat Lovers. In addition, B.J. has authored a resource for writers, The Complete Guide to Writers Groups That Work.

Whether you want to find out more about writing inspirational stories, dog-lit, winning the Guideposts contest, or any number of other topics, you can learn a lot from B.J. Sign up today for the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal.


DianaSavageDiana Savage, a graduate of Northwest University and Bakke Graduate University, sold her first article when she was still in college, and she’s been writing ever since. Now the principal at Savage Creative Services, LLC, she is also director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference. Her latest book is 52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times.

Charlie Bear here again to say THANK YOU to Diana Savage for her lovely blog post on Mom Peep. Mom Peep has a surprise in store for the people at the conference. Shhh…I don’t want to give it away.

Woofs to you all,
Charlie Bear

April 9, 2015 at 8:29 am 4 comments

Do you like to …

Charlie Bear 1

Charlie Bear here.

Do you like to smile? How about grin? Maybe get misty-eyed and even cry a little? Mom Peep loves all those things. And isn’t it fun sometimes to laugh? Mom Peep likes belly laughs, the kind where you almost snort what you drank out of your nose cause you’re laughing so hard. Dad Peep likes the kind that make you smile and grin and laugh lightheartedly.

This link is from a guest speaker at an actual Conference on Aging in California. (Fritz Coleman…maybe you know of him?) He’s a weatherman, but SHOULD be a stand up comic says Mom Peep. No matter what your age, if you want a really good guffaw, listen to the whole thing (14.59 minute, but worth it~!).

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Check out this link to 8 minutes of several Budweiser Clydesdale Commercials. Mom Peep loves those horses, and says the Super Bowl commercials are the best part! (sorry football). Enjoy! The last one is super funny.

Wiggles and Woofs,
Charlie Bear


March 25, 2015 at 9:52 am 4 comments

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