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I’ve been using CreateSpace (Amazon’s print on demand service) for several years now, and I have also been using Smashwords for ebook production. Both are great services- they do all the bookkeeping, collect and submit taxes and allow you to see how your books are doing…

I’ve recently looked into branching out into hard cover books as well – NookPress is now offering this service, making hard cover books available on the Barnes and Noble site.  I’m still doing a little research- and I have seen a couple of limits but I hope we’ll be able to work around those soon.

As I finish doing this research, and have some hard cover books available, I’ll post updates here.

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies

Birthday Surprise, a labor of love by author David Tadlock and artist Kayla Landrum,  is almost done! Within the next week, the soft cover book will be available on Amazon, and soon after as an ebook; we are also looking at the possibility of a hard cover version. (Edited: the book can now be purchased here in paperback. Hardback copies will be available shortly.)

I think two of the reasons I’m so excited about this project is that David and Kayla are good friends of mine- it’s so good to see such a sweet book come to life. The other reason- David and Kayla both have donated their services so proceeds from the sale of the soft cover will support the efforts of the Crenshaw County Animal Society.  You just can’t ask for a better blessing than to be a part of such a great effort.

Be watching in the next few days for links to purchase the book!

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Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,family and friends

How have I not told you about this book already?! Seven Little Postmen is the story of a little boy who mails a letter to grandma. What happens to the letter along the way? You’ll need to get it to see what happens.

I had never heard of this book until my own kids were grown and I had grandkids. In fact, I happened across a copy in a bookstore soon after my husband started working at the post office. I bought that copy then, and I’ve purchased several more for other grands since then.

A cute story with wonderful illustrations; I’ve often wondered why the post office doesn’t market this book and sell in local post offices since they sell other merchandise… they’re missing a marketing idea!

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,family and friends

Anger Management

31/07/17

Just a little humor this Monday morning – please do NOT handle the people you’re angry at by sitting on them!

Author: Beth R - Categories: humor

Transforming Minds by Larry D. Williams is a book of devotions that will transform the way you think about yourself and the life that God has given you to live. You have so much more power through Jesus Christ than you know! Take hold of that power and use it for the glory of God!

Transforming Minds is available on Amazon and other online bookstores and will soon be available as an ebook.

Do you ever get to the point where you’re involved in so many things you can’t decide if you’re coming or going?

You may have the same problem I have – knowing how to say “no, thank you”. When someone approaches me with a great idea that will help people, my first response is to say “Let’s do it!” The problem is, sometimes you are doing so many good things to help people, you’re not doing THE thing that you’re supposed to.

If you’re finding it difficult to get everything done because you’re over-committed, I’m going to do you a favor. I’m going to give you permission to say “No”.

One person can’t do it all- and if you’re trying to, you’re keeping someone else from getting a blessing by being involved.

Choose the things you KNOW you’re supposed to be doing – those things that God has given you a talent to do- and then find a way to excuse yourself from some of the commitments that have you overwhelmed.

I promise you, once you get lined back up where you’re supposed to be, you’ll feel better and you’ll be more productive.

Author: Beth R - Categories: getting things done,Living an intentional life

Marketing Fails

18/07/17

I enjoy doing a Google search for “marketing fails” when I need a good laugh. There are so many things you can do and have a great marketing plan, and there are also so many ways you can make a poor choice and fail miserably.

One example I’ve just seen lately is poor ad placement- one ad is asking for donations for a group of doctors who treat kids in other countries with medical problems such as cleft palate.  There’s a picture of several cute kids before their surgeries- heart tugging; makes you want to pull out your checkbook right there. And then across from that page is an ad for a cell phone that’s text-capable. The text on the phone says very clearly “I am laughing so hard right now!”

This awful mistake was not due to anyone’s marketing plan – there isn’t a thing wrong with either ad. But whoever put the magazine together wasn’t paying enough attention – and I’m sure the phone company got a lot of bad press about it.

How do you recover from that? And better yet, how do you prevent that?

Publications have to be very accountable for what ads they place in which location. But you can also be a little more pro-active in your marketing. When you purchase space in a newspaper or magazine, ask if you’ve got any choices on where your ad is placed. A little checking right before press time may save you a whole lot of time and money spent in recovery time.

Author: Beth R - Categories: marketing

I found a quote on Facebook that bears repeating and considering.

“I’ve got to remember that I’m supposed to fly with the eagles, not sit on the fence with the buzzards waiting for something dead to show up.”

Author: Beth R - Categories: Living an intentional life

Down This Dirt Road,  the second book from the mind of Danny C. Hall, is now available from Amazon at the link above or here.

Both this book and his first, “What Is It With Me?” are a collection of short stories that is reminiscent of other southerners like Jerry Clower or Lewis Grizzard. Some are knee-slappers, and some are thought-provoking; and then there are the ones that require a box of tissues nearby.

We believe you’ll enjoy this book as much as the first one.

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Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,the writers life

Book Clubs

07/07/17

If you’ve written a book, or are in the process of writing, you should consider reaching out to local book clubs. Like most other groups, they are always looking for new and interesting speakers for their meetings.

Some things to consider:

  • Ask if they are willing for you to bring copies of your book to sell – if so, make sure you bring someone to help you. They can sell and make change while you visit with the members and guests. (And make sure you get your new readers’ contact information. You may want to follow up with them about how they enjoyed the book.)  Another person to get pictures without interfering with the meeting is also a good idea.
  • Whether they allow you to bring your books or not, consider giving a copy of your book to the president as a “thank you” for allowing you to come.  While you are helping them, they are helping you even more, by allowing you to get your name and book in front of people.
  • Make sure your presentation does not “hard sell” your book. You are a writer, so they will expect you to talk about it, but instead of trying to sell your book, talk about how you came to write it, or what inspired you. Even better, tell them about a book you read that changed your life and outlook.
  • Take plenty of business cards with you- there are bound to be other budding writers who would like to correspond with you. You’ll be able to encourage them and you’ll both be better for the relationship.
  • Make sure you write a “thank you” note to the group for allowing you to come. Most folks today have lost a sense of gratefulness, so when you display it, it will stand out in people’s minds- and besides, it’s the right thing to do!
  • Check with the group’s secretary to see if submitting an article for the paper would be appropriate. It will be good publicity for you, but it will also shine a light on the group; make sure you include all the pertinent information about the group in case others are interested in joining.

My faith encourages me to help others; yours may do the same. Either way, it’s always a good thing to help others. Goodness rolls around and will eventually find it’s way back to you

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,marketing,the writers life
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