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The Aspiring Writers Workshop

The Aspiring Writers Workshop, focuses on the beginning stages of writing and self publishing, that also includes social media strategies to market your book. On February 18, 2017, I partnered with another author to host a workshop called, “The Aspiring Writers Workshop.” The first part of the workshop, was Brainstorming tips to help you move past writers block, outlining of your writing and various writing styles. Next, topic taught was the difference in traditional publishing and self publishing, as well as discussing self publishing options through Amazon’s Create Space & Kindle Publishing.  Most people are visual, they can understand things clearly by seeing visually.  The great thing is my co-host walked you through a test run of publishing your book on both platforms. Finally, the workshop ended with me discussing a couple social media platforms, that authors can optimize; content ideas to share on these platforms. I also touched on joining writing groups, and networking with other writers. We were very excited to host our 1st workshop about Aspiring Writers – becoming Authors. Often, the question of determining if you should attend a workshop comes up, so I decided to share a couple things to think about when debating on whether to attend a workshop. What is purpose of the workshop; Does it fall in line with my brand; Can it help me move forward; The goal when I host a workshop, is for the attendees to leave with workable tools, not just a handout or workbook, but to actually learn the content, as well as having the confidence to use the tools provided to them, from what was... read more

Authors are you doing Podcast interviews?

Authors are you doing Podcast interviews? Did you know it helps to give you, and your book more attention? Podcasting is one of the Top 10 ways to market your business. There are actually several podcasts dedicated to authors & writers. Podcast Hosts love to talk about books. They will often talk about a new book they have read, if they enjoyed it, and they will often times suggest that book to their audience.  So if you are an author, a Podcast interview gives you an opportunity to talk in detail about the following: What your book is about? Who it appeals to? Your process in writing the book. Why you decided to write the book. The followers or the audience of the podcast show, will oftentimes check out the books of the guest on the show.  To see if any of the books are of interest to them. Also, being a guest on the podcast gives you an opportunity, to fully explain your thoughts on the books. By doing this, those listeners can get a deeper understanding of your books.  Most times an author gets an opportunity to read an excerpt from their books. Podcast interviews are an especially relevant  way to market your book. The show host of the podcast will promote your book, a picture of you and possibly your website or site where your book can be purchased and contact information to reach you. If you are an author, and you are interested in doing podcast interviews, but struggle to find out how to do so, the best way to get on a podcast is to ask. Podcasts Hosts are often looking for people to interview, and most often love to interview authors.  Authors... read more

Growth – My word for 2017

2017 is the year of Growth for me, so I decided to pick a Power Word for the me. I knew the word had to be specific towards moving forward, because it was necessary.  My word for 2017 is Growth! Growth in Christ, Growth in Life & Growth in Business! I decided not to set Resolutions, instead I picked Goals! So here are my goals: Being Ambitious – stepping out a little bit more Realistic – with goal setting & being specific as possible Be Intentional – not just saying what I am going to do for 2017, but actually follow through in what I am doing to do with 2017. I understand not everyone will feel the same way I do, but it is my intention to make this year, totally different than the other years. So moving forward with these goals, will help me to crush 2017. Did you set any goals/resolutions for 2017? Share your goals with me.   Share... read more
The Driven Woman

The Driven Woman

Can you be content with what you have and still be driven for more? Does that make you ungrateful? Professional women who have families, are content with their families, but are driven to continue to move up the ladder. These women aren’t ungrateful, they are driven. Yes Professional Women can be driven to reaching a personal goal. The days of women, just working their 9 to 5’s and coming home to take care of the household is not past us, but more and more women are making the steps to entrepreneurship, as well as the women taking steps to move up the ladder and crash through the glass ceiling. Women being driven is never a problem or so it seems. Although, some women have the attitude that if I don’t do it, then it won’t get done, or it won’t get done correctly to her standards. Being a driven woman, does that hinder your work, life, play balance? Some would say it does, but if you are driven moving towards your goals. But there is a balance if you know Monday thru Thursday 8 – 5 this is what I am going to do –  and Friday, Saturday & Sunday I will devote my time to Family & Fun. It is a goal that is easily accomplished. After 5pm turn the phone off or send it straight to voice mail & make a promise not to handle work business till the next day. In the quest of a driven woman, we sometimes hit the glass ceiling that men don’t hit, but that doesn’t stop us from moving forward! Picture credit:... read more

Groups on Social Media

Are you a member of any groups on Facebook or LinkedIn? Since I have been on Facebook I’ve been in a number of groups, but I join them with  relation to my interest and business. I understand some people aren’t interested in joining groups on any social media platform, because they feel it would make them stay on social media longer. Staying on social media longer than you plan can be avoided by setting a time limit for each platform. Here are a 3 reasons why people join groups: Assistance – There are groups that are just there to help and assist with certain things i.e WordPress, Content Strategy, Speaker Assistance, DIY – arts & craft, creative writing, etc. Networking – Opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals. Connecting  – Work on possible collaborations I will share with you that I am a strong proponent for groups, and the reasons above are why I initially started joining groups and here is the reason why — It was over a year ago, when the subject of being a co-author came up in a group I was an active member in. The opportunity come around twice, the first time I didn’t think it for me as I wasn’t interested in it, but once it came around a second time, I really started to think of being a part of a book. So if I would have let that opportunity pass me by, I wouldn’t be part of an amazing anthology that became a #1 Best Seller on Amazon. If you’ve been on the fence about joining a group, I hope this blog post helps you to jump over... read more

Balancing working & being an entrepreneur

As a Toastmaster, we have a variety of speeches that we have to complete while pursuing our goal of Distinguished Toastmaster. I decided to share my notes from a previous speech, I shared 10 things that work for me as I balance a 9 to 5 job & being a entrepreneur. Delegate duties Know your limits Take breaks – work 5 or 6 days a week instead of 7 – all work and no play doesn’t help you to accomplish your plan you have set forth. Set aside time for Family or time for your self. It helps to ward off burn-out – rest your mind/body & refresh. Take 1 day of the week and make a to-do list of what you want to accomplish for the week. Stay on schedule – if you work a 9-5 make important business related calls on your lunch break. The calendar can be your best friend. Don’t over promise – take in mind that you work your full-time job, so know your time frame for responding to your clients request. Learn to say NO! It’s ok to decline invitations. Remember why you started. I hope these 10 tips are helpful to you, if you do anything different please let me know. Share... read more