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July 2007 Blog Posts (164)

I'm Signing at Hanover Book Festival in Virginia August 4th

I'll be one of over 100 authors signing at the Hanover Book Festival,"Open A Book - Take A Journey". This event will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2007 from 10:00 AM until 2:30 PM at the VFW Post 9808, 7168 Flag Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. It is being sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 9808, the Hanover Writers Club, Hanover County Parks & Recreation, and the Virginia Writers Club. The event is free to those coming to see the authors and there'll be doorprizes,…

Added by Pamela K. Kinney/Sapphire Phelan on July 28, 2007 at 8:52am — No Comments


just discovered this very cool collaborative working environment this week

thanks to Michelle Ulrich of The

Virtual Nation
. Now that you've got your virtual team in place, how do

you make sure everyone is on the same page? can…


Added by Donna Gunter on July 27, 2007 at 8:32am — No Comments

How to Hire Some Help and Give Yourself a Raise

"There's no way I can hire anyone to do what I do. No one can do it as well as I can."

Do you resemble that remark? If so, you've got much in common with most other

business owners in the world. We never think that anyone else will give

something the time, attention, and dedication that we will. And, you're right,

to some degree. No one cares as much about your business as you do. However, if

you don't choose to delegate those…


Added by Donna Gunter on July 27, 2007 at 8:31am — 1 Comment

Thanks for helping in my survey last week!

Thanks for the great feedback I got from those of you who participated in the survey last week. The winners of the Women's Writing Summit passes were:

  • Lisa Brady
  • Julie Pianto
  • Melinda Anderson
  • Christine Frank
  • Tina…

Added by Donna Gunter on July 27, 2007 at 8:30am — No Comments

O'Reilly Conference Plots Pathways through the Digital Frontier for Publishers and Authors

I was pleased to cover the scintillating O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing

conference that was held last week in San Jose for eContent magazine.

It was a worthy conference filled with leading edge thinking (at least


My executive summary-style coverage is here:… Continue

Added by jleland on July 27, 2007 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Last Harry Potter: An Ethicist's Perspective (I won't spoil the surprise)

Both as a long-time fan of the series and as someone who writes regularly about ethics both <a href="">in my blog</a> and in my award-winning sixth book, <a href="">Principled Profit: Marketing That Puts People First</a>, I want to talk for a minute about <em>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows</em>.

There's so much I could say about this latest (and final) Harry Potter… Continue

Added by Shel Horowitz on July 26, 2007 at 10:39am — No Comments

Hot Off The Press

Hi all,

I am so excited to announce that my latest (4th) book is hot off the press, entitled How To Kick Your Customer Service Up A Notch: 101 Insider Tips.

Here's the best of my press release.

Customer Service Expert Gives Out the Secrets for Customer Service Success that Most Companies Don’t Know Including…


Added by HumanTech on July 26, 2007 at 9:08am — No Comments

Exhaustion suffocates creativity...

Today was hot and horrid, as days go. Nothing particularly bad happened, just one of those days that beats you to a pulp and leaves you struggling for air.

When I got up this morning I had many things on my todolist for today. I figured I'd whip them off one by one and be done by noon, when I needed to start playing taxi driver for the kids, but that didn't happen. About an hour into my list the phone began to ring, life began to get in my way, and I suddenly realized God had a…


Added by Jan Verhoeff on July 26, 2007 at 3:40am — No Comments


August 18, 2007

If you happen to be in or around Lamar, Colorado -

there's a day long seminar for writers

at Shore Arts Center

$25.00 per person if pre-registered

$35.00 at the door

Speakers N.T. Betz, Dianne E. Butts, and Gayle Gresham will be speaking on the craft of writing, publication, and overcoming the obstacles of getting your book published.

For $5.00 you can have a table all day to sell your books and be part of the sales…


Added by Jan Verhoeff on July 26, 2007 at 3:38am — No Comments

Getting the Word Out About Your Book Tour

Just discovered a great way to let the world know about your book-related events:

It's free and also makes it possible for bookstores and community groups to contact you about potential readings.

Added by Mark David Gerson on July 25, 2007 at 8:42pm — 1 Comment

Are You a Book Marketing Liar?

I've been reading Seth's Godin's great book, "All Marketers Are Liars." The subtitle offers a more accurate description of the contents: "The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World."

The title…


Added by Bob Baker on July 25, 2007 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Hi all,

First of all, Hello!

Second, I have a question based on the recent note in John's newsletter about people sending in less than polished letters to edtiors etc.

It continues to amaze me that writers do this, especially when they have more access to editors than the average person. I'm wondering if people don't seek out editing because they feel embarassed they need help writing as a writer, or if it's to save time, don't know who to turn to etc.

Whether you'd like to…


Added by cpickett on July 25, 2007 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Just outside the vacuum...

This morning I was busy posting to my website a new article I'd written and I realized I hadn't edited it completely. There was a paragraph at the bottom that didn't make as much sense as I had hoped it would. My cutsy details were missing definition and comprehension, so I took them out.

Then I considered how often I find myself editing out a 20 second slot of work on a book... It's pretty often. When the reality is that what I wrote to begin with belongs in the book. But, editing…


Added by Jan Verhoeff on July 25, 2007 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Writing is not the real challenge

I always thought writing was a challenge. It was my passion, but at the same time I felt it was challenging. How could that be? What I learned is that it wasn't really writing at all that was a challenge, it was myself. What I mean is that is was pracrasination, doubt, inconsistancy, can I really accomplish this, and the like.

I am happy to say I've gotten past that. Well, at least for the most part. I now read a lot and I write a lot to improve my craft of writing. And I only think…


Added by Tinisha on July 25, 2007 at 10:12am — No Comments

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Added by Wendi McNeill on July 25, 2007 at 10:00am — No Comments

Release set for "The Reckoning of Asphodel"

Aspen Mountain Press has announced that Celina Summers' debut epic fantsy novel "The Reckoning of Asphodel" will be released on August 10, 2007. More information can be found at or

I'm having a contest on my blog at ! One lucky reader can win a free copy of…


Added by Celina Summers on July 25, 2007 at 9:30am — No Comments

New venue and review for Fraterfamilias

Apologies for neglecting this page for the past week or so. I will try to reply to everyone's messages as soon as I can.

Fraterfamilias is now available on Fictionwise.

Also, it has been reviewed positively by GUD (Greatest Uncommon Denominator).

Added by Paula R. Stiles on July 25, 2007 at 5:38am — No Comments

Just today ---

I finished a report I wanted to share with my business leaders about Multi-streams of Income. You can get a copy of the report at

I'm actually rather excited about this one. I've been putting out reports and articles online for several months now, and this one has been a high-impact seller in just one day. When I checked my sales earlier I was amazed at the number already sold, and not even…


Added by Jan Verhoeff on July 24, 2007 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Editor Who Requested My Proposal Didn't Remember Who I Was

The publishing industry amazes me that they're able to turn a profit, even as long as I've been involved with it. I called a publisher today to find out the status of a proposal that they had requested. The Executive Editor didn't know who I was, didn't recognize my book proposal, and didn't know where it was. She then asked me, "Are you in a hurry to get it back?" Well, yes, another publisher is interested and I need it.

And this is a recognized industry leader in the quilt book… Continue

Added by Maria Peagler on July 24, 2007 at 6:42pm — 2 Comments

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