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January 2009 Blog Posts (278)

Secrets about Publicity

Check out my video on the #1 secret for getting

major national publicity at:


There's nothing like getting some major publicity

to make sales soar for whatever you're promoting.

In the publishing world, an appearance on a top

national TV show like Oprah, Today, Good Morning

America, The View or article in a… Continue

Added by Rick Frishman on January 31, 2009 at 7:56pm — No Comments

Women and Heart Disease Info for Heart Month

Heart disease remains the number killer of women in the United States; and the rate of decline in heart disease has been less prevalent among women. Approximately one woman dies every minute from heart disease in this country. Every year since 1984 more women have died of heart disease than men yet many women are still unaware of their biggest health threat. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s Red Dress/Heart Truth campaign which began in 2001 and the American Heart Association’s Go… Continue

Added by Carolyn Strimike on January 31, 2009 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Please Visit my Storytelling Blog on BlogSpot. Feel free to Subscribe.

First few topics:

How did I become a professional storyteller?

The 3 C’s: How to Become Comfortable, Confident, and Competent as a Public Speaker

The 7 Techniques Utilized By Effective Public Speakers & Storytellers

Making Good Eye Contact - The 1st of the 7 Techniques Utilized By Effective Public Speakers & Storytellers

No Distracting Motions - The 2nd of the 7 Techniques Utilized By… Continue

Added by Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons on January 31, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments


YOU can…“Conquer All Obstacles”


I have posted two new topics this week.



Inspired? Check it out and sign up for a FREE bi-weekly email that will automatically post for you. Just click on my blog site: and you are welcome to view all information.

(No worries about your email address: totally encrypted.)

Have a great… Continue

Added by Jo-Anne Vandermeulen on January 31, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

FALLEN by Cindy Holby ~ A Recommended Read


He was the product of illegitimacy, son of a noble house with no claim to its title or riches. For John Murray, the only hope of a decent life was his career as a British Officer.


Had she lost her heart when he rescued her from ruffians, or when she first looked into that face like a golden angel's? No… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on January 31, 2009 at 6:28am — No Comments

Please add a late vote for A Study in Red in 'Cover of the Year'.

As January comes to a close, so too does the voting in The Authors Lounge Best Cover of the Year Award. Please can I ask my friends to add their votes to my nomination by sending a blank email to with 'A Study in Red' in the subject line. That's all there is to it and I really appreciate all the supoort that all of you have given to my work in the last few months. Thanks again to… Continue

Added by Brian L Porter on January 31, 2009 at 4:15am — No Comments

New Book

Hey all,

I am writing my second book and I am very excited!!! The title and story idea was born out of a tragedy for me, but, I believe it will touch a lot of lives and possibly help heal some broken spirits. My current publisher, Publish America is considering publishing it. Good News!!!

So, even though are country is going through some tough economic times, it is so important that we continue to do what it is that we love doing, writing!!! Books are usually the least expensive… Continue

Added by Grace Heyward on January 30, 2009 at 11:24pm — No Comments

Contest for Self Published Authors

Vista Designworks will be holding a drawing for a custom book cover design for any self published author. Winner will be selected 4/17/09. In order to be considered, please send an email to contest[at] containing book theme, description, trim size and page count.

If you’d like to get a free quote about marketing your work, Self Publishing: Book cover design and page layout, contact Vista Designworks.

Vista… Continue

Added by Kira Bailey | Project Manager for Vista Designworks Page on January 30, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Excerpt of SUBURBAN WEIRD BY J. R. LaGreca, Fiction with Intrigue!


Chapter 1


Courtney Gold stirred in her sleep as the wind thrashed at her window. She could swear she felt a warm breath upon her cheek as she stumbled out of bed. Her golden-wheat hair was tousled around her shoulders while her high cheekbones deemed her suitable for silk and pearls. Dressed in an ecru nightgown, which reached to the top of her long drink of legs, Courtney was a svelte beauty… Continue

Added by J. R. LaGreca on January 30, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

How to improve your position in Amazon's search results

Learn how to improve your position in Amazon's search results, in the January issue of The Savvy Book Marketer newsletter at

Added by Dana Lynn Smith on January 30, 2009 at 6:35pm — No Comments

8 Approaches for Marketing Yourself and Your Business

If you are like most independent contractors you spend your days and nights distressing about how you will gain customers and grow sales. Even if your company does not have a formal marketing or business plan yet, there are many cost-efficient things you can do to market and promote your company's products and services.

Here are 8 simple approaches to put your marketing efforts on the right track:

1) Focus on Your Core Competencies:

Know your target market and the… Continue

Added by Kira Bailey | Project Manager for Vista Designworks Page on January 30, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Excerpt Of AFTERNOON TEA by J. R. LaGreca, Historical Fiction/Mystery, Fiction With Flair!


Chapter One

The Roses

The town of Clinton, Connecticut lay beneath mounds of freshly fallen

snow. A lone shadow against the New England landscape, Lawrence Gray’s

gnarled form veered alongside the cathedral to the Saint James Cemetery.

The skeleton trees exaggerated the old man’s pallor while the bouquet of

roses he clutched contrasted to the winter and season of his life.… Continue

Added by J. R. LaGreca on January 30, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

2009 Summer Programs For High School Students

Greetings Family,

(Contact Information At The Bottom Of The Page)

It's your friendly neighborhood "Digital Drummer"

The post below came from For those that don’t know… was one of the first Black owned and operated social networks. Before MySpace, FaceBook, and the thousands that followed. in it’s heyday, had a subscriber base of over 20,000 Black professionals. According to… Continue

Added by Jim Neusom on January 30, 2009 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Making Your Career Passion A Reality While Working 9-5

This week’s “Business Question Of The Week” comes from Jasmine Johnson, Los Angeles, CA.

Question - Many times people have to take a job because they have families to support or bills to pay. When they finally make the decision to follow their passion, but still have to keep their job to pay the bills, how should they go about this process?

Omar Tyree Answers:

That is an excellent question and indeed a tough situation to be in. Let me begin to answer the… Continue

Added by Omar Tyree on January 30, 2009 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Learn how to create the success necessary for your self-published book

Ever wonder why your desires to self-publishing your book come up short of creating the "success" you desire???

I have completed the introductory chapter to my non-fiction book project: "The Independent Author, a non-traditional approach to self-publishing." This book will help you understand the approach to independent book publishing and offer the procedural how-to steps critical to creating that success on a daily basis.

Click… Continue

Added by Bobby Ozuna on January 30, 2009 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Helpful site and newsletter for Self-Publishers

Dan's ParaPublishing

Added by Kare Anderson on January 30, 2009 at 1:25pm — No Comments

"What to Pray For" Wins Editors Award

I have just been informed that my poem "What to Pray For" was selected for the 2008 Pirene's Fountain Editor's Award. I'm honored.

The poem, which is included in The Moon Cracks Open: A Field Guide to the Birds, was written one evening sitting outside of the Red Eye, and was one of those "stumble-upon" pieces. I was lucky enough to be looking at the moon and the sparrows and the passing cars and listening with more than ears. The words were there for anyone really… Continue

Added by Marc Beaudin on January 30, 2009 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Free Football Clip Art Images for Last-minute SuperBowl Book Promotions

If you have a football- or Superbowl-related book, you might want to use this free football clip art in any last-minute promotions before the SuperBowl this Sunday.

And since the SuperBowl is the quintessential American game, you might also like this free American flag clip art.

Enjoy the… Continue

Added by Carla Chadwick on January 30, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Pantser, Plotter. Layerer, or Puzzler?

I'm thrilled to share that DISTRACTING THE DUCHESS has been nominated for an RT REVIEWERS CHOICE AWARD! My hero, Trevelyn Deveridge, was tapped for a BEST K.I.S.S. (Knight in Shining Silver) AWARD. The winner will be announced at the RT Convention in… Continue

Added by Emily Bryan on January 30, 2009 at 8:40am — No Comments

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