J. F. Cole National Registry of Historic Places Airbnb Lifestyle

Slide8In Carthage in Central North Carolina within the Sandhills . . . resides the J. F. Cole National Registry of Historic Places Airbnb Executive Suite / Guest Bedroom. It is a gem among a multitude of treasures that delight the senses and sensibilities. It is our nugget in the stream of life and as proprietors we are happy to share with visitors to our area.

Airbnb Guest Room at J. F. Cole National Historic Registry Home

Mr. Jamie R. Hatcher and Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry are the proprietors of the J. F. Cole National Registry of Historic Places Airbnb Executive Suite / Guest Bedroom – we are a son and mother. Mr. Hatcher is a thirty-seven (37) year old traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor of over sixteen (16) years. Having sustained a work-related brain insult in 2003, Mr. Hatcher (Jamie) has been through the most well-received treatment programs in the nation and now is in community re-entry with supplemental equine and “other” therapies that make his life more enjoyable. He loves to talk with guests about the stars, conspiracy theories and politics but is also very good about letting folks enjoy their privacy when requested.

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Ms. Quesinberry is an author, consultant and publisher – as a solo-entrepreneur, Donna features two distinct business tracks:

  • dpInk Ltd. Liability Companyhttps://www.donnalquesinberry.com – featuring business development, capture administration and proposal solutions – this includes coaching, copywriting, document layout and design, editorial, graphics, process flows, program management, senior technical writing, and website design – etc.
  • DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C.https://www.donnaink.com – featuring thirty-six (36) authors as a small, woman-owned, traditional Indie publishing house – this includes cover design, editorial, formatting and layout, marketing platform, press kits, publishing, registrations, etc.

When guests arrive at J. F. Cole, even on our tight budget, Mr. Hatcher and Ms. Quesin-berry work to roll out the proverbial red carpet in hope Airbnb guests experience excellence in the Sandhills. Ms. Quesinberry is developing a book that identifies places to see and people to meet while visiting in the Sandhills as a phased project – initially, tried and true venues; secondly, unique finds; and third – unearthed treasures. There is a certain underground flavor in the Sandhills that J. F. Cole Airbnb guests deserve to have occasion to tap into.

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Apart from sights and seeing the interesting and/or unusual – the J. F. Cole Historic Home itself has an added layer of mystic. According to the owners original real estate showing realtor (not the listing agent purchased from), the J. F. Cole Historic Home is haunted! Now, Jamie and Donna haven’t officially seen a ghost or ghoul – they have seen a large orb manifest in the reading room and then move up the stairs and knock a picture off the wall but it was a fairly fast trek of light formation, which is nothing like what the realtor suggested of a malevolent ghost chasing another real estate agent from the upstairs bedroom that scared him and the buyers so much they wouldn’t return. While Jamie and Donna state, “Things do go bump in the night,” they share that only positive energies exist within the walls of the J. F. Cole Historic Home.

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In the future, new features are coming to J. F. Cole Historic Home, such as:

  • Author Readings and Book Signings
  • Book Release Launches
  • Craft Classes
  • Single’s Meet and Greets
  • Social Affairs
  • Etc.

And, more and more souvenirs and gifts for guests to consider from their stay in the quaint Town of Carthage in the Central North Carolina Sandhills!

To learn more contact: verylittlebookstore@gmail.com or jfcolehouse@mail.com.

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Audience

There was a time when I knew my audience innately and writing flowed to and Increasing Readershipthrough them but what happens if your audience changes? Recently, I’ve come to want more from my writing for the sake of audience and desire to include greater shares of readers. Albeit, this is altogether different than the audience changing, it is more closely related to an expanding horizon of readers.

 

How do you increase readership in a basic sense?
The answer is multi-fold. First, good writing. Second, consistent writing. Third, writing what you know and then, writing about what you know. It goes without saying, if you want readers to grow in number, your content must warrant them. In today’s quick-pace publishing landscape, how often do you see one novel from an author clearly well-edited that you thoroughly enjoyed; so much so, you research the author to learn more and find their website, blog, random media and additional materials. Taking a closer look you clearly note their Internet work is unedited and sometimes poorly written . . .  I don’t know about you but when this happens to me, I’m often disparaged and curious as to the variable. It makes for a tenuous budding reader interest on my part. The best use of every writer’s spare time is to “clean it up” on the Internet – make certain everything rings with a bell of clarity and consistency, with proper editing, featuring researched topics.

A mortal literary sin I’ve fallen victim to, is lack of consistency, not in relativity of accurate data but in seeming bursts of material followed by hiatus’ that can really put-off readers. And, I know it is a folly of mine, I’ve had since elementary school. When you have good writing that is relative throughout all your media with content you can even brag about – don’t stop there. Keep your eye on the ball, keep it in play, stay the course, move the game forward.

Expressly, if you are a blogger or entertaining syndicated columnist or features writer . . . don’t shirk readers with five weeks of effort followed by three weeks of off the radar. Readers have a synergy with writers, especially columnists and/or bloggers. People used to laugh at Internet bloggers when they came on the scene, the “Oh she’s just a blogger” was a chiding remark heard round about under the breath between others. Today, it is obvious, bloggers often experience take-off careers with par excellence! And, they earn them through consistent and loyal presentation.

Of course, writing Rules 101 states, “Write what you know.” Novice authors often think, “Well, I’m from XYZ, haven’t traveled the world, only know ABC, how can I write what I know and be compelling?” It seems like a reasonable question. Writing what you know is about morphing experience for reader consumption. For instance, you reside in a small town. All around you are characters and monumental visual imagery to share with readers – so many stories – so detailed and so riveting – so much so they entertain an entire landscape for generations. In writing what you know, take the bits and create original characters, combine some stories, take out the boring part, put your genre of spin on it and create a new community that is all your own that your readers will love to share. Or, if you are from the city, with its diversity, developing universal intonation when wielding the pen should come naturally, you can speak to the world – you know its characters.

So, content, consistency and knowing your story grabs readers who, in turn, share what entertains them and expands your reach.

How do you make a pivotal shift toward greater audience without compromising your writing style?
Your style is your own. Every writer is special in that regard. Many emerging authors start out wanting to write like a previously famous author and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing – eventually their own voice emerges – but for a surety, all writers have a method that is theirs. The glory of a literary or nonfiction writing career, is the art. Every keystroke belongs to the writer who strikes it – just as every brush stroke belongs to the artist holding the paint brush.

Expanding your audience isn’t a sell-out. I know a famous artist who has famous artists for relatives. His family members market their work and earn a great living doing so but my friend believes it is a sell-out to broaden audience through sales and marketing. He believes his art should speak for itself. It is the classic, starving artist syndrome and while I see both viewpoints – I know the art is best served viewed. Regardless of what comes first, art or marketplace, each is essential to the audience – without the art their is no market and without marketing their is no realization of the art’s existence. The same is true for writers. In thinking of audience, and growth, you are not duping readers – you are privileging readers to have greater awareness and access to your work!

It isn’t a sell-out to increase readership through expanding writs within and around genre, target and secondary markets.

It is my hope we all reap our greatest intended rewards regarding our art and our audience!

About the Author:
Ms. Donna L. Quesinberry is a mother, daughter, sister and friend. Donna
has five adult children and eleven grand-children. She also has two dogs
(Scuddle and Charlotte) from two states, and four cats (Cali, Garfield,
Jersey and Lucious), from three states. And, she’s thinking about getting a
goat and some laying hens in 2019. Ms. Quesinberry is also a federal proposal
and grant writer, business developer and capture administrator through dpInk
Ltd. Liability Company as Founder and CEO. She has a small publishing initiative through DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. as CEO and President. She has an inactive partnership, Developmental Arts and Community Services, L.L.P. as a General Partner and manages an Airbnb at the J. F. Cole House (J. F. Cole Mercantile, since 1889) in the historic district of downtown Carthage, North Carolina, where she is the Proprietor / Host along with her son, Mr. Hatcher who has a work-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) post-insult fifteen years. Donna has written and published works since childhood. She has over 10,000 published stories to her name. She is a former syndicated columnist, online university course instructor, author, poet and journalist/stringer and story writer. Her second volume of a poetic series is being released fall 2018 and a year plus over-due.