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Confessions of a sales pitch Junkie

It often seems today that in order to make it in todays competitive world of publishing, it's no longer enough to be just a good writer, you've also got to be passionate about and committed to, marketing your own works.

First of all, unless your John Grisham or JK Rowling, even the largest publisher is going to expect you to carry your own torch. And it can't be done halfheartedly either - plodding through it while thinking all…


Added by Ric Wasley on May 23, 2007 at 11:22am — No Comments

The Case For Cognitive Critters

Ok, I'll admit it. I lack what it takes to write serious literary fiction. Stephen King settled that issue for me in his book, On Writing, when he said, "You will never be a great writer unless you are born with it." Great writers must be passionate about something, right? I'm only passionate about things I shouldn't eat or drink.

So the arrogance of someone so lacking as myself, offering up a thesis that literary fiction doesn't sell and inferring that cognitive critters…


Added by Bill Stephens on May 23, 2007 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

Respect Your Elders

I do not if any of you have seen the recent attacks on two of our most precious resources. There were two stories recently in the news in which two elderly people were beaten up and robbed. The first was an elderly woman in her eighties who had her purse stolen and the second was a ninety two year old man who had been car jacked. The footage of the attacks was hideous. My first initial…


Added by Darryl Williams on May 23, 2007 at 6:22am — 2 Comments

A Successful Signing Means Greeting Everyone

This past weekend I left the big city of Edmonton for the smaller city of Red Deer, Alberta. I went there for a book signing at Chapters. The welcome and support I received there was phenomenal. God bless those smaller cities!

My husband drove the 1.5 hours there and back, so I was able to do something I rarely have time for—read a book. I’m reading Luanne Rice’s Angels All Over Town, and is it ever good! We arrived in Red Deer early (I hate to rush) and I wasn’t expecting things to…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on May 22, 2007 at 12:40pm — 1 Comment

Flags of Our Fathers

The movie, "Flags of Our Fathers," cast a whole new light on an encounter a couple of decades ago in San Francisco's North Beach Area. I didn't know it at the time, but I met a man in a cozy Italian restaurant that arguably changed the history of the world.

You can read the story behind the book, the movie, and my encounter with Joe Rosenthal at

Added by Bill Stephens on May 21, 2007 at 3:49pm — No Comments


I am sure you all have either read about the comments that former president Jimmy Carter made about President Bush calling it the worst administration in history. Most of the people that I spoke with whose race, gender, age and economic status were different totally agreed with President Carters statement. I read in the news today that Carter later corrects his statement and said the…


Added by Darryl Williams on May 21, 2007 at 12:24pm — 2 Comments

My blog

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You won't see many posts in this spot, my latest posts are to the left under the RSS feeds. I add them to my real blog and feed them so I'm not posting the same thing in multiple places.

Check that out, and you'll know what I'm up to.

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Added by Tracy Repchuk on May 21, 2007 at 9:30am — No Comments

CIPA - A resource for authors in Colorado

I just attended the CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishers Association) meeting yesterday. Held once a month in Denver, this group is a great resource for authors in Colorado. It actively promotes independent publishers, self-published authors and others involved in the business of books.

The expertise and depth of experience in this organization is amazing. If you are an author, or want to be an author, publisher or otherwise involved in books in Colorado, you need to join this…


Added by H. Court Young on May 20, 2007 at 10:38am — No Comments

Book Review: The Secret Ever Keeps

5/5 New – Fiction


The Secret Ever Keeps

Great story! Loved the flashbacks sequences!

Art Tirrell’s The Secret Ever Keeps is a modern Cinderella story, with a rum-running, sunken treasure twist. On the shores of Lake Ontario, Laurel Kingsford…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on May 19, 2007 at 11:51pm — No Comments

Author Bio

In a personal session with a medium in 2003, author Robert Schwartz was astonished to speak with nonphysical beings who knew everything about him - not just what he had done in life, but also what he had thought and felt. They told him that he had planned many of his most difficult experiences before he was… Continue

Added by Robert Schwartz on May 19, 2007 at 1:13pm — 1 Comment

The River and Whale Song: Hot Movie Ideas

Okay, I can smell fresh popped popcorn with extra melted butter...and a large ice tea to wash it down. There is nothing better than popcorn at the movies. Oh, wait! Yes there is! Eating popcorn at a movie...that is based on YOUR novel! At least, that is what I am imagining and have been for the past few years.

With three novels published and all three capturing the attention of the film industry, I think I may be on to something. Maybe all these years of visualizing my novels as…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on May 19, 2007 at 12:23am — No Comments

It’s Windy Out There

It is almost hurricane season once again here in the United States. This is a time of year when those people who live in hurricane prone areas have uneasy spirits. In a report gallop poll by USA Today most people said there families and local emergency agencies were ready to deal with a disaster but the federal…


Added by Darryl Williams on May 18, 2007 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Using Teleseminars to Create and Market Books

If you missed the live teleseminar, you can still listen in at:

On Wednesday evening, May 16th, I hosted a free teleseminar on how you can use teleseminars and webinars to create new content,

write new books, promote your books, and sell more books. The content and energy on the teleseminar was… Continue

Added by John Kremer on May 17, 2007 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Not There Yet

I just saw a report on work force discrimination that troubled my spirit greatly. The report which is put out by the U.N. in Geneva and is 128 pages long stated that The disabled, gays and lesbians, and people living with HIV/AIDS…


Added by Darryl Williams on May 17, 2007 at 3:37pm — No Comments

The Restless Natives Win

The natives are restless. Readers of the free serialized novel, Horizons Past ( ) are getting anxious as the novel approaches the midpoint of Act II. They want to keep the action going, rather than reading a chapter each week. The question, "How can we get a copy of the whole book" keeps cropping up.

For those unfamiliar with Horizons Past, here is a brief synopsis:

"Horizons Past examines the possibility of two…


Added by Bill Stephens on May 16, 2007 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Free One Page Fill-in-the-Blank Marketing Plan

Just thought I would share that our free Book Marketing Resource Kit includes instant online access to a one page fill-in-the-blank book marketing plan.

It is perfect for gathering your marketing ideas into one page that you can use to send to distributors or other book industry contacts who ask you for your marketing plan.

You can get it here:

Just request the Book Marketing Resource Kit… Continue

Added by Kim Dushinski on May 14, 2007 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Polygamy and Politics

I just read an article that spoke about republican presidential candidate Mit Romney. The article focused on the fact that he is a Mormon and his supporters are very concerned about the Mormons church views on polygamy. Romney expressed his opposition to the practice and that it was forbidden in the 1800’s. When I finished the article my spirit confirmed what I had known for quite some time. Our country is a very…


Added by Darryl Williams on May 14, 2007 at 4:59am — 1 Comment

Book Signing - The Orphan Boy, A Love Affair with Mining

I would like to let anyone who is going to be in the Ouray, Colorado vicinity that the Buckskin Bookstore in Ouray is going to have a signing for me on June 2, 2007. There will be a total of four local authors. It should be a lot of fun, so if you are in the area, please stop by.

505 Main Street, Ouray, CO - 970-325-4044


H. Court Young

Promoting awareness through the written word…


Added by H. Court Young on May 13, 2007 at 8:29pm — No Comments

Graduation at Virginia Tech.

The students, their families, faculty, and alumni at Virginia Tec will celebrate graduation today. As I think about all the things that are associated with graduate from college my thoughts fall upon the over all spirit of the graduation. The spirits of most graduates are filled with happy thoughts about completing a major milestone in…


Added by Darryl Williams on May 12, 2007 at 4:30am — No Comments

The 10 Common Traits of An Entrepreneur

1. Driven by an internal value or meaning - Example: my # 1 value that I want and need most in my life is freedom. Freedom of choice, freedom of expression, freedom to explore, for others it may be creativity they must express their creativity and can only do so in their own unique way. Others have a real value around making a contribution or to make a difference in the world.

I never see money as the #1 priority or driving force.

2. Natural Leaders - They are people who… Continue

Added by WinningTheGameOfBusiness on May 11, 2007 at 11:48am — No Comments

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