Saturday, November 22, 2008

Writer's resources, Small Business & Global Warming...

-- Writer’s Resources --

Some of you may already be aware of this, but if you look to your right on this screen you'll notice that I have a number of links there for authors, poets and readers to enjoy under "Favorite Blogs". You'll also find links to our radio shows which feature authors, storytellers, poets, playwrights, reviewers, publishers, publicity agents and more.

“…Marketing fiction and marketing nonfiction, I think, require a lot of different things. Being self-published and hiring a book publicist for fiction is not a great of a way to spend money. I would use that money to create a viral buzz online. …Where as if you have a nonfiction book, and it is a reference book like mine, having a publicist may have some benefit to the author. …Online advertising does not work well for fiction; the conversion rates just don’t work...”
~ Mark Levine 10/2/08

That is the kind of information that you'll find in our interviews - realistic, effective advice that you can employ in your career right away. This interview, with Mark Levine, aired on Oct 2, 2008 and can be found in the archives on the Conscious Discussions website - look to the right of that website, under the links.

Don't forget to browse the media, about us and writing pages of our main website,, where you can find book excerpts, interviews, discussions about the world of writing and more.

-- Small Businesses & Global Warming --

The size of the staff that encompasses a business is not the determining factor on the impact that business can have on the planet. Each business owner needs to take some time to evaluate their activities and consider how the business can be run in such a way as to create the least amount of waste. Simply looking at alternatives when placing orders can make all the difference; such as choosing take out containers that are made from biodegradable food starches opposed to Styrofoam containers is a huge step in the right direction.

I was reading the November issue of the Alok Holistic Health Newsletter, which you can find at: - and I thoroughly enjoyed the story about a mechanic’s garage he visited one day. Apparently the business offers bicycles to their customers to use while their vehicles are being repaired or serviced. The business also employs recycling as much as possible. What a great way to stimulate conscious thought and proactive action within the community!

By telling others, posting notices around the business and putting releases in local or in-house publications, the business will benefit by increased media attention, educating their consumer & find a way to help the business stand out from others. At the same time, the ripple effect of this kind of activity will be that other businesses in the community will realize that they better step up and show how they are trying to make a difference or else they might risk losing some of their profits to the conscious businesses in town!

-- Authors Read --

This afternoon, at 4 PM (Pacific) I have Dr. Mel Waldman coming in to Authors Read radio show to share excerpts from 2 of his books of poetry. Mel is a licensed psychologist, a poet, artist and a singer/songwriter - you might have seen him on TV discussing issues such as: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, therapy, the healing process, depression, adolescent depression, mental illness, Judaism, therapy, religion and spirituality. Mel was featured on Conscious Discussions talk radio show on Oct 23rd - which you can find in the archives.
Come hear this wonderful poet reading in his captivating voice - poetry from his books I Am A Jew -&- Dark Soul of the Millennium... just click on the hyper-linked show title here in the blog or look to your right on this screen for the link to the Authors Read radio show.

P.S. - there is still plenty of time to purchase one of our 3 non-fiction books as a holiday gift for those on your list this year! Visit our site for more information...

Find Dave & Lillian Brummet, excerpts from their books, information about their radio shows & free resources & articles at

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