April is going to be a very busy month for me. Lions Leaders Weekend, the year's most important public relations event for Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service, takes place on April 8th and 9th. As the incoming first vice president of that organization, I'll be involved in preparations as well as hosting. The next weekend involves three days of State Lions Convention in Chattanooga. Then comes a chance to get away for a short road trip with my husband — time to relax and indulge a bit. It leads me, however, to an invaluable research opportunity and a few days of access to documents I've been hunting for a long time. Then it's Easter, and the month is about over.
I'm looking forward to it all. Details are set, reservations made, maps assembled, and plans laid. Even the house and cats are taken care of. We're lucky to have wonderful house/cat sitters, who just take over, keeping the house lived in, dealing with mail and newspapers, administering meds to the 16-year-old cat, and endlessly entertaining the younger ones. No one will even know we're gone — except for my faithful readers and followers here in internet land. And here is where I need help, since I won't have much free writing time.
April is wide open with slots for guest bloggers. I'm particularly looking for articles that offer tidbits of advice to new researchers, writers, and self-publishers. Your experiences, your successes or catastrophes, your accumulated wisdom: all can provide helpful suggestions that my readers need. Here are some guidelines:
1. Blogs should fall into the range of 600 to 1000 words.
2. They must contain information that readers can use — not just blatant self-promotion of your own work. You may, however, provide links to your own works or website.
3. They should be well-edited. I reserve the right, however, to make spelling/grammar /punctuation corrections as necessary.
4. The blogs must be signed and should provide contact information in case a reader wants to get in touch with you.
5. Small illustrations are welcome, if submitted as separate files in .jpg or .gif format. You may also send your own picture if you would like to have it included.
6. You must be willing to allow further publication of your materials in a proposed e-book of tips for new writers.
7. I will promote you and your writings during the month. In return, I will expect you to link to my blog or website, so that your followers can find the blog.
8. The deadline for all potential blogs will be Wednesday, April 6th. That will just give me time to put you on the schedule and let you know when your article will appear.
Leave your offers and proposals in the comments section or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.