Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Culture Clash or Crash Course For Women’s Success In A Man’s Business World?

In Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans (launches tomorrow, Wednesday, the 28th), Elaine Schmitz writes about the lessons she learned from her Greek grandmother, Yiayia, in her essay called, “Culture Clash.” She attributes success as a female in a male-dominated business world to Yiayia.

Her grandmother preached the patriarchal philosophy of ancient Greece and taught Schmitz how to iron, embroider, and to value the wisdom of her elders. However, the greatest impact was Yiayia’s actions that “spoke louder than words.”

Schmitz describes the contrast between what was said, “the man is the head of the household” with how her grandmother boldly managed her own husband, her siblings and their spouses, and six nieces and nephews. A scene from Schmitz’s youth dealing with her teenage male cousin gives a glimpse of the determination Schmitz had developed.  She’s grateful to Yiayia for passing on “the will and fortitude to thrive in a challenging world.”

This essay can inspire speakers to:

  • tell a family philosophy and show a contrast with opposite actions by them
  • use a childhood memory to illustrate a point
  • to show positive outcomes for women in today’s business world

Elaine Schmitz has published several short stories and a book, Recipes & Recollections of My Greek-American Family. Click here to order.

If you click to order the Greek recipe book tomorrow, you can order the print version of Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans for a discounted price. Click here to order.

I appreciate your taking time tomorrow to order my book since the more orders on the launch date, June 28th, the closer the print version can get to the #1 Amazon bestseller ranking.

Readers can enjoy the twenty essays in this new book.




Writers can review the elements of good storytelling that are described in the intros to each life experience.





Thank you all for ordering on the 28th, tomorrow,

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

J.K. Royce Author of PILZ has a Life Experience Published in Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

J.K. Royce

J.K. Royce’s essay, “Writer’s Slump” is featured in my book, Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans. Presenters and authors can look for the sensory details Royce included, for example: her husband regards her with the “worried eyes of a deer sniffing the scent of a hungry wolf.” She laces the essay with snippets of subtle humor and metaphor.

During a cell phone call from her mother, Royce said she thought her mother was “about to morph into a cell signal, burst through the phone, and reconfigure herself in front of me so I wouldn’t miss what she was about to say.”

You’ll find out what her mother says when you order the eBook, Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans on it’s launch day, May 31st, for only $.99.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Written Across the Genres

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

Award-Winning Comedian Stacey Gustafson Is Featured In Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

Comedian Stacey Gustafson

In my new book, Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans,

# Stacey Lowrey Gustafson‘s story “Five Minutes as Stand-Up Comic” is featured with nineteen others.

She published a book ranked #1 Amazon Best Seller in Parenting & Family Humor, called Are You Kidding Me? My Life With an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives.

Her many awards include Erma Bombeck Humor Writer of the Month, Best Comedian at Tommy T’s Comedy Club Open Mic Night, and 2nd place winner in 2015 Toastmaster’s Humorous Speech contest.


My book will launch in a few days. I’ll keep you posted when it’s available so you can find out about Stacey’s path to becoming a comedian.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Written Across the Genres

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

Hada’s Fog

St. Patrick’s Day Special Jordan Bernal Books The Keepers of Eire Discounted

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

Here’s a reminder that Jordan Bernal’s fabulous fantasy books are discounted in honor of this St. Patrick’s Day. Click here.

Lucky news is that she recently published a middle-grade version (without the sex scenes but still lots of dragons).

The sale is  going on now. Don’t miss it.


Get a print copy or eBook copy for yourself or for gifts.


How did you celebrate the day?


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres,

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans,

and author of Hada’s Fog




Contagious, Why Things Catch On Book Recommendation

Contagious promotionLani Longshore shared her copy of Contagious, Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger with me today. She had put orange-tabs on pages that might interest me (the orange tabs match the cover color).  Click here

On the back cover, Discover stated, “The practical companion to Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point.” The book is about why online content goes viral.  Berger provides “a set of specific, actionable techniques for getting things to catch on.”

As usual when I get a book I haven’t read, I open it up without looking and this time I read page 195 to 196.

“When trying to generate word of mouth, many people forget one important detail. They focus so much on getting people to talk that they ignore the part that really matters: what people are talking about.

That’s the problem with creating content that is unrelated to the product or idea it is meant to promote. There’s a big difference between people talking about content and people talking about the company, organization, or person that created that content.”

Lani LongshoreThanks, Lani, for the loan.

Lani Longshore’s Blog

Mastering the world, one stack at a time

Click here.



Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author Hada’s Fog