Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Lasting Legacy & Writer's Advice

-- Quote of the Day --

“…It is really easy for folks feel depressed and powerless but the answers are right in front of us in fact they are within us. And we have to recognize that we alone control our responses and our emotions as opposed to what is happening in the world around us around us. And we can take immediate action to change things for the better, we have that power. There are five steps to getting control of our lives… The 1st step is – get a grip. Realize that worry and fear only make things worse. Breath, when we get stressed, our breathing gets shallow…making us mentally confused – and then let it go… recognize that there is something bigger than you and it will work out. …Then think gratitude …there is so much to be grateful and when you can count your blessings the problems around you seem less significant. …The 2nd step is to get real – this is where you alone control your responses, emotions and your destiny… Realize that you can choose to be happy no matter what is happening around you. …The 3rd step is to do the math… and don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake, just pick yourself up and start again. The 4th step… Make yourself invaluable – such as showing your commitment to a company. …Become informed of new developments. …Brainstorm with coworkers in things like how they can save money around the office. …offer superior customer service… The 5th step …Get involved …and express kindness and you will have a happy, rewarding life regardless of what is happening around you.”
~ CJ Scarlet - May 28, ’09

The quote above originated from a discussion about leaving A Legacy of Global Kindness on the Conscious Discussions talk radio show. I encourage today's blog readers to check that interview out by clicking on the hyper-links above.

-- The World of Writing --

692.3 million books reported by Nielson BookScan as being sold in 2007
80% of business is from 20% of the client base
69% of today's consumers do research online prior to making a purchase
80% of sales are derived from word-of-mouth advertising

So what are you doing to make your book stand out in a crowd like a purple snowflake?
Purple Snowflake Marketing - How To Make Your Book Stand Out In A Crowd, is a reference guide for self-marketing authors who want to be noticed in a snowstorm of writers. With nineteen chapters and twenty-five appendices, this book is a means for authors to design an effective marketing plan and utilize frugal promotional tools with the click of their mouse. Whether it is utilized by order of chapters or randomly at the reader's discretion the book is a marketing plan in itself.

The new edition makes use of breaks and ample headings to break up the monotony of learning. Readers will find the multiple headings useful when they wish to refresh their memory on a particular aspect, and will feel encouraged to create a marketing plan that suits their unique situation. This e-book also provides over 900 resources – that will accelerate marketing efforts far beyond peers in the industry. Purple Snowflake Marketing provides reassurance to authors along with ample advice for avoiding pit-falls and setting a pace for marketing endeavors. This e-book was originally released in June 2007 and since then has made the recommended reading lists of more than a dozen writing courses. Authors of most genres will find this inspiring book an essential component for marketing their book.

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