Aspiring Author and Entrepreneur LaShaunda Hoffman & Shades of Romance
I discovered Shades of Romance in 2002 when the website was touted by Writers Digest Magazine as One of the 101 Best Websites for Writers 2002.
And that’s when I connected with LaShauanda Hoffman. LaShaunda is a former member of our armed forces and the happily married mother of three. While she works on her own writing career, she offers to help other aspiring authors, and helps readers find new authors and their books through her website and blog. Here’s LaShaunda:
“Twelve years ago while on maternity leave for my second child, I created SORMAG. I’d always wanted to start a magazine but I didn’t have the finances to create a print one. After a lot research I decided to start one online.
I learned html and created the first issue of SORMAG. I prayed for visitors. Visitors meant someone was stopping by the site. The Lord answered my prayers and sent visitors. We became #1 in the google search for online magazines. My ultimate goal for SORMAG was to introduce readers to writers and their books. I believe I reached that goal and more.
I won’t say it has been an easy journey because it hasn’t. Some days I asked myself why are you driving yourself, then I’d receive a letter from a reader and I knew all the hard work was worth it.
I’ve met some wonderful writers who have shared their writing experiences and taught me so much about the business and the craft of writing. I’ve read so many books, I’ve lost count.
I think the best part about the magazine are the friends I’ve made because of it. My life has been blessed by these friendships. My personal life has had some ups and downs and these online friends have prayed me through. I can pop online and get encouragement, have a conversation, share a tip or learn about a new book and my day is complete.
As I go into the 12th year for SORMAG I will start a new journey. We are going digital. In October I will introduce the digital magazine. It will feature interviews, articles and a short story. The tablet is the future and we want to be a part of this new future. For those who like the feel of a magazine in their hands they will have the option to purchase a print copy.
I invite you to be a part of our new journey by joining our SORMAG community. As a member you will receive a copy of the digital edition and weekly eblasts promoting the latest in multi-cultural fiction. If you are an author, I have a few perks for you too. Join today and find out.
***For those reading this post, I’d like to offer you a chance to win a SORMAG Goody Bag or a Book Teaser Ad. Leave a comment or question below and I’ll stop by and select a few winners.***
Thank you to Lyn for having me today. She is one of the friends I met because of SORMAG. She has supported the magazine and I’ll always make it my business to support her. I’ve learned a lot about the Christian market from her and I appreciate our friendship.
Have a great day and remember to enjoy a good book.”–LaShaunda C. Hoffman
Facebook: LaShaunda Hoffman
LaShaunda is an advocate for authors, always ready to go the extra mile to encourage and help.
Click here for her blog: http://sormag.blogspot.com/
A complete listing of Shades of Romance’s Resources.
Visit it and see if you don’t find something there that interests you.
Through Shades of Romance I’ve discovered many new authors, such as
Sheila Lipsey– and her post here Little Copper Reminders
Patricia Simmons– and her post here What Has God Brought You Through
Rhonda McKnight– and her post here Perfection?
I love LaShaunda’s Shades of Romance because it brings me in contact with authors I wouldn’t run into usually.
I don’t like the fact that our society remains divided in many ways. And Shades of Romance, a truly multicultural website, bridges a literary separation. Thanks, LaShaunda, a lady I’m proud to call my friend!–Lyn
Now for the Question for comment: Who do you know in your life who has put a long-held desire into reality? Or have you ever visited Shades of Romance? Do you think you’ll subscribe to the new digital magazine?
PS-Kimberly and her guide dog Abby won Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Amish The Haven from last week. Congrats, Kimberly! (Hope Abby enjoys it too! 🙂