The WBMG Radio Show with DJ Gatsby

DJ Gatsby a/k/a The Voice Of Urban Lit is back with his WBMG Radio Show Da Spotlight. This week he has Author Haikeem Stokes on the show. Haikeem is making his first appearance on the show and we are excited to have him in  “Da Spotlight”.

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This South Philly native is the eldest of three brothers and three sisters, who first fell in love with writing in the fifth grade. He produced several short stories and also illustrated and penned a series of comic strips. By late junior high he used those creative-writing skills to transform short stories into rhymes. While in high school the rhyming evolved into poetry. He has taken his passion for word play, literary arts and finally cultivated it into realizing the dream of writing.


Recognizing The Power Of Forgiveness

Forgiveness: Letting go of grudges and bitterness

When someone you care about hurts you, you can hold on to anger, resentment and thoughts of revenge — or embrace forgiveness and move forward.

By Mayo Clinic Staff


Nearly everyone has been hurt by the actions or words of another. Perhaps your mother criticized your parenting skills, your colleague sabotaged a project or your partner had an affair. These wounds can leave you with lasting feelings of anger, bitterness or even vengeance.

But if you don’t practice forgiveness, you might be the one who pays most dearly. By embracing forgiveness, you can also embrace peace, hope, gratitude and joy. Consider how forgiveness can lead you down the path of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

What is forgiveness?


Generally, forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge. The act that hurt or offended you might always remain a part of your life, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help you focus on other, more positive parts of your life. Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy and compassion for the one who hurt you.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you deny the other person’s responsibility for hurting you, and it doesn’t minimize or justify the wrong. You can forgive the person without excusing the act. Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life.

What are the benefits of forgiving someone?

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Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for happiness, health and peace. Forgiveness can lead to:

  • Healthier relationships
  • Greater spiritual and psychological well-being
  • Less anxiety, stress and hostility
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Fewer symptoms of depression
  • Stronger immune system
  • Improved heart health
  • Higher self-esteem

Why is it so easy to hold a grudge?

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When you’re hurt by someone you love and trust, you might become angry, sad or confused. If you dwell on hurtful events or situations, grudges filled with resentment, vengeance and hostility can take root. If you allow negative feelings to crowd out positive feelings, you might find yourself swallowed up by your own bitterness or sense of injustice.

What are the effects of holding a grudge?

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If you’re unforgiving, you might:

  • Bring anger and bitterness into every relationship and new experience
  • Become so wrapped up in the wrong that you can’t enjoy the present
  • Become depressed or anxious
  • Feel that your life lacks meaning or purpose, or that you’re at odds with your spiritual beliefs
  • Lose valuable and enriching connectedness with others

How do I reach a state of forgiveness?


Forgiveness is a commitment to a process of change. To begin, you might:

  • Consider the value of forgiveness and its importance in your life at a given time
  • Reflect on the facts of the situation, how you’ve reacted, and how this combination has affected your life, health and well-being
  • Actively choose to forgive the person who’s offended you, when you’re ready
  • Move away from your role as victim and release the control and power the offending person and situation have had in your life

As you let go of grudges, you’ll no longer define your life by how you’ve been hurt. You might even find compassion and understanding.

8 Avoidable Reasons People Will Unfollow Your Brand


Avoidable Reasons Why Brands Unfollow You Never Ever Back Together
Twitter marketing is about more than just follower numbers, and business success is about more than just being liked. With followers being 67% more likely to buy from a brand they’re following, it’s always worth doing what you can to hold on to them. 55% of people will follow a brand on Twitter because they like them, but if things go bad they’ll have no qualms about changing their mind. If your brand isn’t careful there may come a time when people simply don’t want to be mates with you anymore.

You don’t want that to be your brand, Twitter (and business as a whole) is better when you have a positive ongoing relationship with your customers. But you can’t stress over every tiny factor that could cause someone to might unfollow you. So to keep you focused, here are the main reasons why people will unfollow you which can be totally avoided without much hassle:
You’re Aren’t Interacting

21% of people will unfollow accounts with no conversational Tweets. While your brand isn’t necessarily there to be the life and soul of the party (unless that’s in your brand strategy), if you can’t find the time to acknowledge the Twitter users who interact with you then they’re likely to find the time to unfollow you.
You’re Not Helpful

55% of Twitter users expect questions on Twitter to be answered within an hour, this rises to 72% when it’s a complaint. 34% of customers are also more likely to make a repeat purchase from you if your response is timely. If you’re dawdling and not getting back to people with swift, helpful answers then don’t be surprised to see those people disappear from your follower count.
You Spam

Every brand is allowed an amount of selling of some sort on their profile. It’s expected. But 47% of people unfollow for too much spam, and 48% do it for too much self-promotion. So if you’re constantly shoving links out to your buying pages and not mixing up your Tweet content, then you’re likely to annoy after a while. Seek conversations that are relevant to you, interact with people Tweeting about you, and post things that your audience are likely to find useful or interesting. Then when you do want to advertize yourself, it’s not an unwelcome intrusion to your followers timeline.
You Use Bad Automation

Automation done well can have personality, serve a purpose, and ultimately help your marketing if it’s unrealistic for you to do all of the work yourself. If it feels robotic then people may decide that they’d rather follow a human instead of a machine. Be ready to respond to scheduled Tweets, include an offer or freebie in any automatic messages to followers, and use a variety of messages.
You Give Nothing Back

33% of people follow brands on Twitter for the freebies and 52% for news on discounts or promotions. While you don’t have to desperately buy Cadillacs and ponies for every person who clicks ‘follow’, giving out offers, free samples or even ‘exclusive’ updates occasionally will keep those 52% of people on board and help you win over some others too.

You Never Tweet

A common reason people will go on unfollow sprees is to balance their follow:following ratio, and inactive followers will be trimmed. If you never Tweet, people may assume you’re not active on the service and you’ll probably be first in line for an unfollow. A worst case scenario would even be that they think your business isn’t even operating anymore and don’t visit you in future, eek!
You Weren’t There For Them When They Needed You

Approximately 60% of people will follow a brand on Twitter for customer service and support. If you’re not giving it to them when they need it, then they may unfollow you. If you can’t be responding to people around the clock, let people know when you will respond in your bio. If you don’t use Twitter for customer service, make sure your bio lets people know where they can get in touch with your team for help.
Your Brand Is Your Personal Soapbox

What you believe in your free time is up to you. But if you start Tweeting controversial political views from your brand’s account, or streams of social commentary that’s nothing to do with the brand then prepare for people who don’t agree to depart swiftly.

You can’t please everyone all of the time, so don’t worry about each and every unfollow. But by being aware of what switches people off, you can minimize the unfollows while having an engaging and entertaining Twitter account. What other avoidable things are there that brands do, which cause you to unfollow?

DJ Gatsby & WBMG Publishing Presents “All Of My Favorite Stories (A Children’s Book) by Madlen Namro

All Of My Favorite Stories (A Children’s Book) by Author Madlen Namro.

Order a book today Available At Amazon On Kindle & In Paperback


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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute. September 11, 2014
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After his owner falls ill and releases, Lonek a Maine coon cat, he travels on is way to find a new home. He first runs into Stephanie, a fox, who allows him to stay with her in her burrow. Stephanie attempts to teach Lonek how to hunt, but Lonek who is domestic, used to being served, has a hard time killing other animals. Lonek felt bad that Stephanie had to do the hunting for the both of him, so he felt it would be better to say goodbye and find a more suitable home for himself.
This is a very cute story about a coon cat’s travels. I found it amazing sweet and at times funny. The author did a very good job of placing you in the story.
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I bought it last week and downloaded it for my 6 years old daughter….She has her own Kindle since 3 months… She devoured All of my favorite stories during the week-end !
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These stories remind me of some from when I was younger. Very sweet and nice stories! Love the illustrations! Thanks for publishing this book!
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“Fiction versus Non-Fiction” Do Your Readers Know The Difference ?

Fiction v. Nonfiction


The distinction between fiction and nonfiction has been blurred in recent years. Novelists (writers of fiction) have based stories on real life events and characters (nonfiction), and historians (writers of nonfiction) have incorporated imagined dialogue (fiction) to suggest the thoughts of historical figures.

Texts are commonly classified as fiction or nonfiction. The distinction addresses whether a text discusses the world of the imagination (fiction) or the real world (nonfiction).

Fiction: poems, stories, plays, novels
Nonfiction: newspaper stories, editorials, personal accounts, journal articles, textbooks, legal documents

Fiction is commonly divided into three areas according to the general appearance of the text: stories and novels: prose–that is, the usual paragraph structure–forming chapters

Poetry: lines of varying length, forming stanzas

Plays: spoken lines and stage directions, arranged in scenes and acts
Other than for documentaries, movies are fiction because they present a “made up” story. Movie reviews, on the other hand, are nonfiction, because they discuss something real—namely movies.

Note that newspaper articles are nonfiction—even when fabricated. The test is not whether the assertions are true. Nonfiction can make false assertions, and often does. The question is whether the assertions claim to describe reality, no matter how speculative the discussion may be. Claims of alien abduction are classified as nonfiction, while “what if” scenarios of history are, by their very nature, fiction.

Article courtesy of: Dan Kurland’s
Reading and Writing Ideas As Well As Words

Marketing Tips For Authors : Reach Out to Book Clubs

Marketing Tip: Reach Out to Book Clubs

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on May 13, 2014 5:02:52 AM

Book club organizers are always on the lookout for what to read next, so why not throw your hat in the ring? Offering to attend a book club in person is a great way to spread the word about your work and establish a personal connection with your readers. Plus it’s a lot of fun! Most of the book clubs I’ve attended have never met an author in person before, so they’re just as excited as I am about the whole experience. A win-win!


Here are two great ways to find book clubs:


1)    Do a search on


I love this site! You can search for appropriate book clubs within a specified radius of where you live, then send the organizer a friendly note about your book and yourself. (Note: This is why it’s good to have basic marketing materials prepared – you don’t want to have to reinvent the wheel every time you reach out to a potential reader.)


2)    Contact local college alumni chapters


Go to the national alumni page of your alma mater, which should link you to the pages of local groups across the country. Many chapters have a book club and include the contact information for the person in charge. As a fellow graduate, you already have a legitimate connection, so send a note and introduce yourself. Don’t be shy!


As with any outreach strategy, it’s important to attack your book club “campaign” realizing that not everyone will respond to you – in fact, most people won’t. But if you contact enough groups with a compelling, targeted pitch, you will get some replies. Just like sales (and dating!), book marketing is a numbers game. You just have to keep at it until you find the right match.



Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor. She is the award-winning author of the romantic comedies Perfect on PaperIt’s a Waverly LifeHoney on Your Mind and Chocolate for Two, and Cassidy Lane. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Learn more