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Spend 3 days with me that will change your authoring journey and lead to success

Spend 3 days with me that will change your authoring journey and lead to success

My internal time clock is wacko. I’m an early bird, so waking between 4 and 5 each AM is my normal time to settle in with my first cup of tea and catch up on reading; then the news … and then down into the office. Long before staff shows up and often before John rises.
Hawaii is three hours behind Colorado … and who knows what it is in your time zone. Here’s what I’m …

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Want money to produce your book? Here’s help…

Want money to produce your book?  Here’s help…

I’ve landed—yesterday was a major travel day (Denver to Kona, Hawaii is many hours) … but here’s what I view it as … QUIET time. I got to read a book for pleasure and I put together the infrastructure of not ONE, but TWO online courses that have been on my personal To Do list. Sometimes, just stepping away is what I need. No phones; no Internet; and no talking with others is just what …

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Author Savvy: Publish Smarter, Not Harder

Author Savvy:  Publish Smarter, Not Harder

Up, up, in fact, way up in the air you will find me today. I’m on my way to a few glorious days in Kona, Hawaii – a birthday treat from my dear friends Ellen and Glenda. Knowing what a beach and sun gal I am … a few days in it is just what my birthday body is looking forward to.
 
Oh, I’m not disappearing. I’m writing, working with clients while I’m away–but hey, why not …

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It’s Pick My Brain Day during Birthday Week

It’s Pick My Brain Day during Birthday Week

 

Well, this was a fun exercise: I loved the email I got about finding my rap name … all you do is put “Lil’” in front of the first thing you ate in the morning. On Saturday, my client Dale Lidicker came to my once a month AuthorYOU Circles where I do free author/publishing coaching in my home bearing delicious cupcakes.  I saved mine for my birthday… and a fun breakfast (OK—I get it, not healthy—but it’s just one …

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Continue celebrating my birthday week. I love the words in my book, Snappy Sassy Salty — sometimes fun!

Continue celebrating my birthday week.  I love the words in my book, Snappy Sassy Salty — sometimes fun!

Hello … I’m back–wowsa, what a fun day yesterday was … my usual coaching with authors in the morning (what a hoot—a chorus of voices from multiple states singing Happy Birthday – kind of together); writing the next day’s blogs for AuthorU and The Book Shepherd; participating in my guest radio spots for shows on the East Coast I do each Monday, and then the day started to morph. A girlfriend picked me up for …

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Is There a Radio Show in Your Midst?

Is There a Radio Show in Your Midst?

Radio has always been my favorite way to be interviewed for my books and expertise. It’s usually live; more time than a TV slot; and it’s ideal to push a soon-to-be event—such as a book signing. A signing that could be in your own city … or in a city, you are traveling to.
 If you have a book, the savvy author takes the time to know who’s who in the radio neighborhood. Daytime and during …

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Come celebrate my birthday with me!

Come celebrate my birthday with me!

Today’s the REALLY BIG day … followed with a full week of birthday celebrations and gifts to you. In reality, we started stated Saturday afternoon with a movie and then dinner with eight friends. Yesterday, my girls arrived for lunch and a great pair of new slippers and let’s go out to eat gift cards plus promised Girls Day to see the movie Beauty and the Beast with the other girls in the family next …

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Hey #Authors … Are You Ready to Expose Your Fun Fact Side?

Hey #Authors …  Are You Ready to Expose Your Fun Fact Side?

It’s time to “juice” up your website and have a little fun. The Publicity Hound Joan Stewart encourages authors to create a Fun Fact page on their website. I’ve heard her say this for years—in fact, truth be told—I did this exercise before; putting together 10 facts … and my computer ate it. I’m not sure what was on the list … I know that my #1 below was. I could easily put together another …

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