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Winds of Change at Aware & Fair

Site Announcement:

I’ll be changing things here at the site by combining a few interests and projects. I want to focus on fiction writing, but will still curate real-life progressive politics and activism (which play in the background of my stories).

With a snarl of blogs and social networking accounts, which I have already expanded and pruned many times, I’m trying to find a nice streamlined workflow. Meanwhile, Fauzia Burke, author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors, says book writers should set up an author’s website well in advance of (God willing) publishing a book. So…

The web address here is changing to — and will serve as my author website. It will include posts related to my broader personal interests, while still embracing activism and the progressive movement. I hope my dear Aware & Fair readers will continue to follow me!

As I shift over to an author’s perspective, I’ll be experimenting and trying different things. However, I expect to post and curate on topics like:

  • The Chester Chronicles (my stories)
  • Writing and blogging
  • Dogs and animal welfare
  • Progressive politics and activism

I don’t think the new web address will affect WordPress followers. For other people, expect it to change by September 7th. Meanwhile, I’ll be experimenting with different themes and site organization.

A lot of you are are poets, novel and/or non-fiction writers, and original blog content authors — if you have any helpful tips, I’m all ears!

Here’s to the winds of change… Happy blogging, everyone!


About The Author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. smilecalm

    may the winds
    of change
    blow softly
    on your heart 🙂

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thank you, SmileCalm!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks, Rosaliene! I’ll be feeling my way along.

  2. Su Leslie

    Good luck with your re-organisation, and with your book.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks so much, Su! It’s bit by bit.

  3. Robert A. Vella

    Interesting change which I’ll look forward to. Like everything else it seems, getting a book published has become a highly competitive and formulaic process. My experience taught me that unless a writer has previously published works (which received monetary compensation), their chances are reduced to: 1) convincing a publisher that the book can successfully reach a targeted audience, or 2) capturing lighting-in-a-bottle with either an exceptional story or a stroke of good luck. I achieved neither, and decided to go the self-publishing route which severely limited the exposure; and, my self-advertising efforts proved futile.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thank you much, Robert. I have a friend who has self-published several books on Amazon (did you go the Amazon route?) and he is still trying to crack the code of review sites, etc. I suspect building a network with other writers (online and local) is helpful. Hang onto your manuscripts — we might yet figure something out. 🙂

      • Robert A. Vella

        My book is on Amazon, but I used CreateSpace to publish. A writers network would be helpful, thanks.

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