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Ever Wish Things Happened RIGHT NOW?

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Charlie Bear here with a monthly newsletter from Mom Peep (I have to let her have her say once in a while…I guess). Anyway, even if you’re not a writer, you might get something out of it. Here it goes…

TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…

Dear Friend,

Do you ever wish you could have things done RIGHT NOW!? As in yesterday, last week, a month ago?


My new book P MS to a T: the winning formula for writing nonfiction short stories that sell is ALMOST ready. But the background color for the cover is still being decided upon so it’s not quite done.

The new domain name for my website ( and the refreshed website are under construction.

I know they’ll get done. The outcome will be terrific and all will be well, but right now, I’m eager and a little frustrated. Ever feel that way?

Okay, nothing I can do about it today, so I’m going to tell you something you can do right now. You can decide to invest in your writing career by attending a wonderful conference. I’ve said this before, but this is my Springtime Conference Push to help you to choose. If you can afford it at all (check out the websites for scholarship opportunities), pick one of these and be there. You owe it to yourself to invest in learning your craft to be more successful. And you can attend my classes and learn how to MAKE MONEY — sell one story to Chicken Soup for the Soul and you’ve paid yourself back for the conference fee!

Here are the two I highly recommend. One is in April, one is in May.

In April in Southern California you’ll find the Orange County Christian Writers Conference. Check out what’s being offered:

  • Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Magazine & Blog Writing
  • Childrens & YA Writing
  • Drama & Comedy
  • Working with Agents
  • Publishing & Marketing
  • New Sessions, New Faculty
  • Dine with Faculty
  • One-on-one Consultations

All of that for one low fee? Unbelievable. The dates are Friday April 24 and Saturday April 25. I’m leading two workshops: Make $$$ Selling True, Inspirational Short Stories, and GPS for Writers: How to Get Where You Want to Go. Will I see you there? Shoot me an email to or reply on FB and let me know so we can hug and say “HELLO!”

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In May in Redmond, Washington (just outside of Seattle) you’ll find the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal. Check out what’s being offered:

  • 21 Workshop Sessions
  • 16 Workshop Presenters
  • Appointments with Editors and Literary Agents
  • 2 Keynote Addresses by Angela Hunt
  • NEW this year: Personalized WriteCoach Labs
  • Manuscript Critiques
  • Reality Panel of Experts
  • A Newly Expanded Vendor Avenue
  • Dessert Reception with Angela Hunt
  • Book-Signing Party for Authors in Attendance
  • Valuable Prizes Awarded Throughout the Conference

All for one low fee? Again, unbelievable. The dates are Friday May 15 and Saturday May 16. I’m doing group editorial appointments for writers and leading two workshops: Writing for the Guideposts Contest, and Make $$$ Selling Personal Experience Short Stories. I hope to see you there. Shoot me an email so I can look for you and we can hug and say “I know you from online!”

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If you are not a writer, what are you passionate about? What would you like to achieve this spring that will springboard you into your own personal success?


Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…

What’s Going On:

P MS to a T: the winning formula for writing nonfiction short stories that sell We’re fixing a few quirky errors in the manuscript before we turn it loose on Amazon for print. My wonderfully talented team from is doing the revisions. This is the original cover I went with, but I’m considering a different background color. Any comments or suggestions?

P MS to a T

What Writers Say About the Formula:

“This formula worked so well for me that I was able to use it to write a story that was accepted by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope and Miracles.”   – Judee

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B.J. Taylor

March 31, 2015 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

Are you happy about it…or sad?

Charlie Bear here. It’s coming whether we like it or not, right?


It’s the day before New Year’s Eve and some people are happy. Like Mom Peep. She loves December 31 rolling into a new year. For her it’s a fresh start, a new resolution, a new “word” (more on that in a minute). It’s a time to take stock of what the year that is leaving did for her, what she wishes had happened, and how she can make it happen in the new one.

How about you? Do you find it sad to see this year leave? Or happy, like Mom Peep? Do share what it is you are looking forward to in 2015.

Mom Peep’s word for 2015 is COURAGE. Like the lion in the Wizard of Oz, pulling on his tail, twisting it all around, blubbering and choking out the words, “All I need is some courage.” That’s Mom Peep. She has lots to accomplish in 2015 (maybe you do, too?) and she wants to have the strength, determination, and fearlessness to go after her dreams.

Comment and tell us what you are doing for 2015 and maybe your word for the year.

Wiggles and Woofs a day ahead.

Happy New Year 2015

Charlie Bear and B.J. (aka Mom Peep)

December 30, 2014 at 8:33 am 8 comments

Give ’em…

Charlie Bear here.

Ever hear the expression…let them eat cake? Where the heck did that come from?

happy birthday dog wagging tail

Or how about this one…Give ’em what they want.

That one pertains to Mom Peep. She learned this little lesson (maybe not such a little lesson) a long, long time ago. Here’s what happened to her.

John Gray had just released Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus and was looking for ordinary people to tell him how his book had made a difference in their lives as a couple. Unpublished, full of hope, but not optimistic, Mom sent in her five pages of manuscript, single-spaced.

When a letter arrived from his editing staff asking for permission to publish her work, she was on cloud nine.

Cloud Nine

She couldn’t believe it! How did she make it past all those who submitted? She knew the answer. She used the terminology from the first book John Gray wrote and she made references to his techniques.

She gave him what he wanted.

Her happiness soared even higher when the galley of her work arrived by Federal Express. This was the stuff she’d read about that happened to other writers. Not to her!


Mars and Venus in Love was soon released. She still can’t believe she’s in that book. Her. Little ‘ole her. He didn’t pay her a dime. He didn’t give her a byline. But hey, she knows she’s in there, and that’s what matters.

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It’s been a long time since that first “sale,” and she’s been published numerous times since then (some of them have even paid her…good thing, so she can buy me more treats). Sometimes, she said, it’s been hard to keep going. But she knew that if John Gray liked her writing, then maybe she could make it out there. She didn’t get paid in cold hard cash, but she got something even more valuable. A boost to her ego. A lift to her self-esteem. Those things were worth more to her than a fistful of green dollars that she would have blown in a fast food restaurant or the nearest grocery store.

That first sale was priceless.

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So there you have it. How Mom Peep learned to “Give ‘Em What They Want.”

Have you learned this? Maybe in writing, maybe in your job in sales, maybe as an employee, or in your work in public relations? Tell us how this has worked for you.

Wiggles and Woofs,
Charlie Bear

October 21, 2014 at 9:54 am 12 comments

Sweater Weather and You…

B.J. here with a special…

TAYLOR’S TIPS for a more productive you…

It’s October. Time for sweater weather (some of you already have sweater weather), pumpkin seeds for roasting and munching (my favorite part of carving), ghosts and goblins hanging from the trees (they’re already here and scare the dickens out of Charlie Bear on our walks).

How was your summer? Do you remember the Summer Challenge?


  1. PLAN –
    Dream in Clouds
    Pick 3 things to accomplish.
  1. PREPARE –
    Things to Do
    Gather the materials you need ahead of your work time.
  1. PERFORM –
    Energizer Bunny
    Get busy when a window of time opportunity opens.

How did your Summer goals go? Did you hit the target bulls eye every time or were you just a bit off the mark?

target with many arrows

Here were my goals and how I did this summer:

  1. Chicken Soup entries. My goal was to submit two stories. Done. Did that.
  2. Blog Posts. My goal was to write them in advance and have a few in the pipeline for when I was super busy. Done, but not to the extent I wanted. I still struggle with time management and sometimes I’m ahead on my blog posts and sometimes I’m behind.
  3. Outline upcoming book. I’m about halfway there. I have the structure, chapter headings, some chapters written, the forward, and I’m working on more each week. So I’d say my goal was halfway met.

How about you? Did you achieve all your goals? Some of them? Reply back to me and let me know how your summer challenge shook out. And if you want to, let me know your fourth-quarter goals. Mine? Sort of the same, with a little twist.

goals people

Sweater Weather Goals:

  1. Chicken Soup entries—submit two by the end of December.
  2. Blog Posts—write at least four in advance of needing them.
  3. Write complete P MS to a T book by the end of December.

I’m not afraid to say I didn’t quite make a goal. The key for me is to regroup, restructure my writing time, and rethink what is important. As the holidays approach, family is most important so I’m going to work on achieving my three goals WAY before a fun December. How about you?

Hugs and love, and blessings on your work.

Follow your dreams…

What’s Going On:

Northwest Christian Writers Renewal I was just asked by the conference director for a description of the classes I like to teach and I had two responses: Writing for the Guideposts Contest or Making $$$ Selling Inspirational Short Stories. The conference director was going to pick one. He emailed and asked if I’d teach both. I said YES! Do you want to be there? Start saving now. May 15-16, 2015 in Redmond Washington (near Seattle).

Orange County Christian Writers Conference This was a great conference in 2014 with new directors and people in charge of the event. It ran smoothly and met the needs of writers looking to enhance their writing and their writing career. The 2015 conference will be held on Friday, April 24 (5:30–9:30), and Saturday, April 25 (8:00–5:00). Location: Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, California. Come on down!

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A review of Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, and Second Chances (Kindle Edition)

Beautifully Written!

By Gloria J. Field “V-Star girl”

Definitely worth reading. Beautiful story, well written. Buying copies for friends to enjoy this Christmas. Highly recommended for you, too.

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B.J. Taylor






October 1, 2014 at 9:24 am 6 comments

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