Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Supportive Women by Karen Whiddon #RomanceGems

I've been wanting to write this post for a long while now.  Because my life is full of supportive women and I'm supremely grateful!

I'll start with in the writing community.  I've been trying to learn how to do the entire self-publishing thing as a side gig while still writing for Harlequin.  There's a LOT to learn.  One of my writing friends took me under her wing and is teaching me about how to promote.

Then there's this group of authors who do this blog.  Talk about supportive!  We cheer each other on, help each other promote, and teach each other things about the industry we might now know.  I'm so grateful to know you all - even though I've never met most of you in person.

On the fitness side.  I keep fit by doing challenges online.  Right now I'm doing a free one called Lean Body for Her.  We have a Facebook group and all keep each other accountable.  I've done the Oxygen 3 and 4 challenge and we have a Facebook group there too (Oxygen Challenge Alumni.)  We constantly cheer each other, even for NSV (non-significant victories) because sometimes it helps to celebrate the small things.   And as we prepare for the Oxygen 5 Challenge which starts May 5th, it's fun to have others with whom to share the anticipation and decisions over which coach to choose.  I have never met any of these people ever, but they're all my sisters in fitness.  We even call each other Oxysisters!

Writing is a solitary profession and my office mates are often other writers on Facebook.  I share their triumphs, both personal and professional, and without them I think I might be quite lonely.  Social media can be a huge time sink, but sometimes it keeps me sane.

I have a book out April 1st.  It's called Texas Ranch Justice and it's my 45th book for Harlequin.  You can purchase it here if you'd like.  Buy here

And here's the cover for your viewing pleasure.  I love this cover!

What is your favorite way to be supportive of other women?  I'd love to hear your sisterhood stories!

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  1. Karen, I agree about the writing support. You can't find any better cheerleaders than your fellow romance authors. Love the new cover!

  2. I've hated when my writers' groups have changed, for whatever reason, but I'm lucky to have found other wonderful online writer friends to step up. Great blog!

  3. Hi Karen, I never heard of Oxygen. I'll look them up. Yes, what would we do without our writing friends. It's a unique one when you find the right fit. Have a good day.

  4. I agree that the romance writing community has been incredible in helping me with my writing career. So many people willing to pitch in, give some advice or a kind word, and promote my work when I need assistance. I love being able to help new authors just trying to find their feet or ones who have been around the block but still need a pat on the back or an affirmation that their writing is loved! I'm so fortunate to have been invited to part of this very supportive group!!

  5. It is so nice not to be writing in a vacuum, to have cheers and support. Love the cover.

  6. Great cover Karen, and there;s nothing quite as special as writing or in real life.

  7. Being grateful for what you have is very wise. I'm sure you'll go far with all the support received (and given). Wish you lots of new readers and sales!

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  8. I think a great way tom support other women is to be accepting. Know that we all have a voice.


  9. I’m grateful for my circle of firehall families, women I work with, friends, family and friends that are family. I love being a cheerleader for those in my life and am always so thankful for the cheerleading others do for me. I am surrounded by a beautiful group from all walks of life who help fix each other’s crowns and as I work on moving my tarot reading from a side gig slowly into my next career, I know I have the support of this amazing group which will make the leap from a ‘corporate’ job much easier when the time is right. At a time when there are so many people tearing each other down, I can’t help but count my blessings for having so many that help raise us all. Glad you have those groups and it doesn’t matter if it’s mostly ‘online’. I know many people that have found some of their most important and intimate relationships that way. Congrats on your 45 novel too! Amazing achievement and a great cover!
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  10. I have friends on facebook that I message with. It helps both of us.
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  11. harperyn [at] outlook [dot] com writes:

    I've known some guild-mates for nearly 15 years now and I've only met one in person. We've lost touch with a few others but we're still on Discord. :D

  12. It's cool that writers are supporting each other! That has to be great to know you have others there for you.

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  13. Loved your post, Karen. Being with optimistic, ambitious women—whether in person or online—energizes me. Loved your post! Congrats on the new release.

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