Alice Osborn’s Blog

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Who Made Up These Rules Anyway?

By | July 11th, 2016|Self Improvement|

I grew up in a family that had a lot of rules, like you had to take your shoes off as soon as you walked in the door; place perishables (milk, cheese, ham) back in the fridge ASAP after you use them or you’d get ptomaine poisoning. I couldn’t figure out why my husband didn’t [...]

Get Out There! Be Patriotic and Visit a National Park in Your Own Backyard

By | July 8th, 2016|Book Reviews|

After reading Danny Bernstein’s Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey Through the National Parks of the South (or FAB, for short) you’ll want to get up from the couch, lace up those sneakers, grab a water bottle and hit a national park in your neighborhood. Yes, there are national parks all over the place and many [...]

How Do You Book a Book Signing?

By | June 27th, 2016|Book Publicity|

When you’re a self-published author you have to book your own signing gigs, much like independent musicians book theirs. Even small press authors have to book signing gigs because their press doesn't have the manpower to book for them. How do you go about doing this? And how do you even get folks to come [...]

Get Skills Like Napoleon Dynamite

By | June 21st, 2016|Branding, Creativity|

You remember the famous Napoleon Dynamite from 2014 cult movie: “I don’t even have any good skills. You know like nunchuck skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills. Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills!”—Napoleon. Turns out Napoleon had a LOT of skills like milk tasting, drawing ligers (a cross between a tiger and [...]

A Simple Approach for Beating Writer’s Block

By | June 13th, 2016|Writing|

Dave Baldwin of Raleigh (author/editor and content producer extraordinaire) is my guest blogger today and gives four takeaways on how you can beat writer's block by taking the focus off of yourself. Enjoy this blog and learn more about Dave at the bottom of this post. In the last ten years, social media, YouTube, podcasting, self-publishing, blogging [...]

Brand Yourself Like Amelia Earhart

By | June 9th, 2016|Branding|

How well does your brand work for you? Will just the mention of your name make someone flock to you or send them scurrying to the exits? Recently, a stranger told me I’m “rude and self-serving,” mostly based on my social media posts. Does she know me? No, but she knows my brand and it [...]

How Do I Start My Book?

By | May 31st, 2016|Writing|

How do you start a book? A better way to put it would be, how do you eat an elephant? One page (or bite) at a time. Writing a book about your life is a daunting project and I’ve known some writers who started taking memoir workshops with me ten years ago and they still [...]

10 Open Mic Do’s and Don’ts

By | May 23rd, 2016|Performing|

I’ve had the pleasure of leading literary open mics in my writers’ community in Raleigh since 2009. After a few years’ break, I co-host the monthly Main Street Rag Raleigh Reading Series at So & So Books in downtown Raleigh a block from the historic Krispy Kreme.   I’m also been singing/playing a lot on [...]

How to Be Authentic

By | May 18th, 2016|Performing|

On Saturday morning I played my guitar and sang at the Western Wake Farmers’ Market for two solid hours. This was my first gig at the farmers’ market and I have four more already scheduled. It was a blast and next time I’ll even make sure the battery in my guitar works. On Sunday afternoon, [...]

How to Find Support as a First-Time Author

By | May 9th, 2016|Editor|

Dave Baldwin of Raleigh (author/editor and content producer extraordinaire) is my guest blogger today and gives new authors fantastic tips on how to find viable support in the big, beautiful-ugly world of publishing. It comes down to finding the right professionals on your team. Enjoy this blog and learn more about Dave at the bottom of this [...]