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Deb Damone
Location: Long Island, New York
Gender: Female
Born: May 3, 1953
Interests: Mental health advocacy
Member: Standard
Joined: October 2011
I am married to my high school sweetheart for nearly 41 yrs. We have 2 grown children in their late 30's and 6 teenage and pre-teen grand children, and one due in Feb. 2013. I am a life coach,graduated from Cornell, and have worked in mental health for 8 years. My first love has always been in music and writing. Currently I have 2 books(autobiographical) out and now I am working on 2 novels.Although I have many poems, and started writing them at 9 yrs old, won a contest in 1999, I have never really considered myself a poet, but this site is changing my mind:-)
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Deb Damone: Havent been here too often:-) Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season:-)

March 27, 2013 at 11:03PM

Deb Damone: I have been very busy putting together my website and all of the paper work to expand my life coaching, and my speaking presentations. I miss being here, but I have to promote my work and that takes a great deal of time. I will be back:-) Hope everyone is writing away:-)
February 15, 2012 at 12:23PM
    redrider6612: links are a no-no... wouldn't want you to get in trouble
    February 15, 2012 at 12:31PM
    Maureen's Pen: Have a great day my friend.
    luffya xx
    February 15, 2012 at 1:58PM
    Deb Damone: Oh....didn't realize that links were an issue. Why is that? Do you know?
    February 26, 2012 at 9:30PM

Deb Damone: The anthology book I worked on and contributed to last year just came out.... hot off the presses.

I got my copy of Mental Wellness: Stories from Survivors yesterday. The layout, graphics and cover came out amazing:-) Available on Amazon. The proceeds go to Family Service League, which is a full service mental health organization in New York.

Well dear writers....Night....till tomorrow:-) Hugs Deb
January 31, 2012 at 11:16PM

Deb Damone: I have been trying to gather my thoughts and decided to not write anymore till I knew where I was going. I think I have a better idea since the conference last week. And so I have prepared a plan of attack LOL. Hope all is well in your world:-)
January 28, 2012 at 4:59PM
    Melspoems: It's good to have a plan of attack.
    Hope it goes well.
    January 29, 2012 at 7:45PM
    Blue Diamond: Yes lovely Deb. A plan is good. May it lead to many enjoyed words on paper or digital backdrops. I send my love.
    January 30, 2012 at 3:41AM
    Deb Damone: hugs to you both Deb
    January 31, 2012 at 5:11PM

Deb Damone: As a self published author of two books I am starting to get that self publishing and digital books are the wave of the future. I was looking for a publisher to pick up my work, however the conference has changed my mind! While traditional publishing will always be around it may not be the mainstream in a very short time.
January 21, 2012 at 7:22PM
    purrfect tale: I have to agree with you. Most of the people I know now only read ebooks. I still prefer the feel of a book in my hand, but the price difference between the two is hard to pass up.
    January 21, 2012 at 8:16PM
    nor84: Particularly for the commuter, traveler or older citizen, ebooks are great! You can change the type size, they weight less and once you get "into" the story, they give the same feeling as the printed form.
    January 21, 2012 at 9:42PM
    R. J. Stewart: But they get expensive to self-produce. And what do you get out of it anyway? You're suppose to get paid for your writing, not pay out to get published.
    January 21, 2012 at 9:49PM
    nor84: I was talking from the POV of a reader, not of a writer. For an unknown writer, they don't get a thing. However, I know an traditionally published author who published 3 books and has changed to ebooks because he already has a following, and he says he's making more now than with traditional publishing.

    People who publish with print-on-demand companies can make money speaking and selling their books. Several in this small town are doing that, and guest speakers come from out of town to address the local writer's group and sell their books. Get rich? No, not for most of us.
    January 21, 2012 at 11:39PM
    Deb Damone: Yes no84 you are so right! the self published with an ebook can make allot of money. One of the guest speakers at the conference said he turned down a huge deal with St Martins press to self publish and do an ebook.
    I also understand RJ's point, but as no84 said it is not in books only that the money comes in. I know I am going to be looking for more speaking engagements:-)
    January 22, 2012 at 9:18PM

Deb Damone: Went to the Writers digest conference here in NY. Tomorrow is the last day. It has been an eye opener...not to mention I also met our creator of Fan Story there:-) Yes...I met Tom:-) Anyway tomorrow it starts at 9 ending at 1. While I did not stay to pitch to all the agents I got a great deal of new info for my tools chest:-)
January 21, 2012 at 7:20PM

Deb Damone: Mental Wellness: Real Stories from Survivors. Now on Amazon. And in the top ten. As one that aided in the editing and selection of the stories, I have read each one of the heart warming short stories. I encourage everyone that has ever had a BAD DAY to read these inspiring stories. Each story is unique and the writers come from different backgrounds and painful pasts. Fortunately they did not allow the pain to rule their lives. It is their tenacity, as it unfolds, that brings to life the power of hope for anyone who dares to reach for a better life. Get your copy today. You will be inspired in your daily walk, while helping the adult home project at the Family Service League. Go to Amazon..... Mental Wellness:Real Stories from Survivors
January 18, 2012 at 1:36PM
    Melspoems: Well done you!!
    Wish it was available as an ebook!!
    January 18, 2012 at 7:41PM
    Deb Damone: Thanks for your encouragement:-) Hugs to you:-)
    January 19, 2012 at 9:25PM

Deb Damone: Been off FS for awhile trying to catch up after the holidays:-)
Very happy to share that I will have inclusion to a new poetry book Stars in our Hearts:-) Also a book I helped edit Mental Wellness: Real Stories from Survivors. published by Hidden thoughts press. Now on Amazon:-)
January 12, 2012 at 4:59PM
    fireflylil: Deb, I also have an entry in the "Stars in our Hearts" Book on page 135. What page are you on? Lil
    January 12, 2012 at 5:16PM
    Deb Damone: Congrats Lil...I don't know maybe you can tell me LOL I didn't even know that I made the cut. I was just asked if I was interested in one of the five books left and that is how I found out. I didn't even know which poem. It is A tribute to the class of 71. Let me know where I am :-)
    January 12, 2012 at 5:42PM
    Melspoems: Congratulations Deb!! Well done :-)
    January 12, 2012 at 6:11PM
    Deb Damone: Thank you for your congrats:-) hugs
    January 12, 2012 at 6:43PM
    fireflylil: I don't see your name in the index, Did you enter in your name. Maybe there is more than one of these? It is called Stars in Our Hearts and says "Believe" on the cover with a pretty picture of a lake, tree at sunrise or set. Put out by World Poetry Movement.
    January 12, 2012 at 8:13PM
    Deb Damone: Yes I did enter in my name and the poem that won was A tribute to the class of 1971. I haven't received the book yet so I don't know how it looks. That is disappointing to hear. Yes it was the World Poetry Movement that contacted me to tell me that I won. I will let you know when I get it. I only just paid for it the other day. I guess if I'm not in the one you have...they must have more than one. Again...will get back to you shortly:-)
    January 16, 2012 at 4:35PM

Deb Damone: I am so honored that so many read Convictions Shoes and felt it was worth the blue ribbon...It is truly a blessing to be honored by such wonderful readers and my peers.
December 17, 2011 at 3:16PM
    Maureen's Pen: popping over to say hello! xo
    January 6, 2012 at 2:51PM
    Deb Damone: Hey Maureen, So glad to hear from you:-) How are you my friend?
    January 12, 2012 at 4:45PM

Deb Damone: Happy Birthday to my beautitul daughter Desiree' mother of a blended family of five.
December 16, 2011 at 1:35PM

Deb Damone: Thank God I finally have a pulmonary doc appointment today at 3:15. With all the steriods that I am and have been on I should have been knocking down and storming the gates:-) But still the air can't remember how to get to the targeted place....maybe it needs a map..LOL have to keep a sense of humor...this is a nightmare...maybe I will wake up and find it was one of those bad dreams I write about.
God Bless and take care of your is so precious
December 14, 2011 at 11:59AM
    Melspoems: Hope this doctor is able to find a way help you breathe.
    December 14, 2011 at 6:12PM
    Deb Damone: Thank the Lord....I prayed for the doc to have wisdom and I believe that he gave liberally. It was awful...our breath is so precious! Since yesteray I can feel the difference...I can breathe..not at a hight capacity...but still I am breathing! Thank you for your warm thoughts and for stopping by to see how I am...Be well...I hope to be on here more again:-) Hugs Deb
    December 16, 2011 at 12:53PM
    manicblue: I'm so glad you got to a doctor that can help you, Deb. That must have been so frightening! :( It's so good to hear you are on the mend. Blessings! :)
    Lucretia xx
    December 19, 2011 at 10:38AM
    Maureen's Pen: Still sending my prayers your way, keep healing Debs...xo
    December 29, 2011 at 9:07PM

Deb Damone: I have enjoyed spending the entire day here, meeting new friends and writing some thoughts:-) Good night and God bless:-)
December 4, 2011 at 10:59PM

Deb Damone: I so enjoy connecting with my fellow writers. Some of your work is truly amazing!
December 4, 2011 at 1:46PM

Deb Damone: Oh by the way it was the NaNoWriMo challenge, an international annual challege:-)
November 28, 2011 at 10:29PM

Deb Damone: Well On Nov. 1 I took the challenge to write a novel in a month. On Nov. 1st I began. The whole novel needed to be 50,000 words and completed by the 30th. Well today I wrote my last word at 2:05 pm. I wrote 50,541 words.And now I am a NOVELIST! So pleased:-)
November 28, 2011 at 10:28PM
    I am Cat: Congratulations Deb! That's so awesome! I'm so proud for you!
    December 4, 2011 at 5:30PM
    fireflylil: Deb, Since you inquired about these pics. I decided to give you one. Just click on it and it will take you to photobucket. PM me if you would like help from there.
    Nice too meet you my new friend. Stop in and check out my poems if you'd like. Lil
    December 4, 2011 at 6:24PM
    Deb Damone: Oh my goodness what a beautiful surprise Lil...I love it and how kind of you to send this. I will surely be stopping by and read your work:-0 Ditto:-0
    December 4, 2011 at 6:31PM
    Deb Damone: thanks so much for the encouragement Cat:-) It was a real challenge with this asthmatic occurance...but I was determined:-) Again thank you so much for that wonderful reinforcement Cat:-)
    December 4, 2011 at 6:45PM
    Maureen's Pen: Hi everyone- that is a stunning pic xxo
    January 6, 2012 at 2:50PM

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