Monday, August 14, 2017

Decisions, Decisions


Who do I choose for my webinars? Getresponse.com where I can also get e-mail? Zoom.com? I have to know these things before I can get a landing page. All businesses need a landing page. I need a landing page and then a website. One thing at a time.

I also have to decide what book signings/festivals I will attend next year. So far I have the Ann Arbor Book Fest. Which is pretty much a given. But I have all these choices, too: Detroit Book Fest, Great Lakes Book Bash, Once Upon a Book, The Blue Water Author Event, and of course my local stand-bys, Charlin's Book Nook and possibly one in West Branch or Rose City. Time to get on the calendars now!

Then there is Coach's big tour she does every year. I really want to be in three cities at three events with her. So, I need to get on her calendar.

I also need to get on the calendar at the local library to speak to their teen writing group. They only meet during the school year. I suspect nothing will happen there before January. Only because I'm going to be in limbo for a couple of months coming soon.

There are pros and cons to all of them. The logistics to be worked out. I know when I step back, this will start falling into place. I need the landing page before I can launch anything.

Along with all of this I need new head shots I can use. It's time to update everything. Big thoughts. Think I'll take a break and go back to working on Macy book four.

TTFN


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Excitement is Builiding


I am not sure if I know where to start. I had lunch with a dear friend today and talked about my new venture. It's always good to talk to like minded people. When I got home I had an offer to do a speaking engagement with a teen writing group at the local library. I will contact them and see about setting it up. They wanted to know my speaking fee...help!

In class tonight we talked about how to produce more product without inventing the wheel. I got it. I'll have a list and dates on a calendar by next week, because I will be starting by November. Yes, November. Excited about it! I asked Coach in the Q & A what to charge, she told me to ask their budget and get a booklet prepared to sell. For now she says to get it typed and printed at a local print shop and have them run a plastic spiral through it. I can do this. I even have some ideas for what to put in it.

I made an executive decision to be at Coach's launch in 2018. Which means a few more coaching sessions, but I'm ready for whatever she throws at me. I am going to make this happen.

Had back to back classes with her tonight. Have a couple of classes I can do on my own. Am going to set a budget for the future. It's like the whole thing has blossomed in an afternoon and evening.

Hang on to your hats, the ride is starting.

TTFN


Friday, August 4, 2017

The Kind of E-mails I love to See


An old book updated and with a new cover. This is a good one and I'm happy it's back on the shelves. 

If you have a teen or are the parent of a teen, this is a must read. Won't take you more than an hour. Good way for starting frank discussions with your child.

TTFN

Monday, July 31, 2017

Wow! Just Say Wow!

Week four and I am defining my brand, putting together product, learning to make a landing page. Now I need a website. Things are smoking along at high speed.

Focus is the thing. I've been reading Think and Grow Rich. It has a workbook/journal to go with it. I highly recommend this book. Why I haven't read it before this, is beyond me. While written in 1937, all the things mentioned in it are true today, 80 years later. What an eye opener.

I have my brand, I am working on products at different price levels. I have the basics for a landing page, but need a website before I can do it. I have 13 different launches ready. I have the books for three virtual courses in the works. I'm even planning freebies. My author website is in the works, it will however be different from this side of the business. 

For the first time in years, it feels like everything is coming together at the right time, in the right place. I am actually being patient as each piece of this puzzle comes together. 

While I wait I am reading and the reading list is growing. If you are waiting to follow your dreams, start now. Start reading about business, about the thing you are most passionate about, start building your dream, NOW! There is nothing to hold you back. 

TTFN

PS. Feel free to ask questions. I'll try to answer them.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Three Weeks


Every journey begins somewhere. Mine started three weeks ago when I decided to expand my business. I started a class on how to do just that. It's been an adventure and it looks like more to come.

I'm up to my eyeballs in books to read and programs and services to create. And I'm loving every minute of it.  My homework for this week was to come up with themes I can  use to create the products and services. Over achiever, me, has come up with thirteen. One or two will get changed title wise, but the essence of the program/product will remain the same. 

I have a new website being developed for my books I write. Which will be exciting. I'll be getting a new website for the business I'm creating. Super exciting.  


It really is. Seeing all the potential opportunities unfold, seeing what you can do, watching everything align itself to be exactly what you have always wanted. It's an amazing feeling. I am there. This has been the best decision I have made in the last forty years. 

Follow me on this journey as I grow. Ask me questions about how I'm doing it. Join me as it happens.

TTFN


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Two Weeks in and Big Plans



Two weeks of class, I have written three e-books which will be the basis for my virtual writing classes. I am working with my publisher to get them in both e-book and workbook form. I have identified the people I will serve and written my mission statement for me. I have a good idea what my products will be and when they will be launched. 

     I had a wonderful conference with my accountability team today. The ladies seem to have their goals and they are moving forward. We meet to keep each other on track and to bounce ideas off each other. I also had a 1-1 session with Coach. I came out of feeling like I am on the right road.


It will be a work-in-progress for a while. I'm going to do some things with Facebook live. I'm holding meetings on zoom and will be learning to navigate PeriScope. I need to find the best one for my classes. I have an idea how to charge for the classes which will include the e-book and workbook. I have a focus. 


I'm going to be doing a lot of this for the next three or so months. I'm also going to be journaling and working in workbooks. Yes, this is a for real class. Complete with homework.

Aside from the books I'm editing, the slew of Lee Child, Nora Roberts, and I'm not sure who else, I'm going to be reading the following: Tribes, The Science of Getting Rich, You are Bad Ass at Making Money, Think and Grow Rich (with a workbook), The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles(with a workbook), The Year of Yes, with a journal of the same name, The 4-Hour Work Week and Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable.

I have a coaching class in my future. Stay tuned for updates on it. If you are looking for me and can't find my, my nose is probably in a book. I'm sure the reading list will grow. I have a money journal the cover reads: The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create it. Which is exactly what I am doing. 

I try to limit my work to between 8am and 5:pm. Mike leaves about 7:30am and gets home between 4:30 and 6pm, depending on whether or not he has to work overtime. Since he is currently THE maintenance crew, there has been a lot of overtime. Since we both love to read, I can read the heavy stuff or the leisure stuff in the evenings. (If I am not pursuing the real estate sites for another piece of property in Kentucky).

Is your head spinning yet? Join the club.

TTFN





Friday, July 14, 2017

New Happenings

 I am building a new career. Nope, I haven't given up writing. I'm expanding it. Watch this blog for new programs, books, events, and other exciting things. 

I'm starting off with an e-newsletter. If you want to sign up, there will be a chance to do so later. It's all in the getting started stage. 

The big launch when it comes will most likely be in January, 2018. I'm taking a course with a business coach right now and she is opening my eyes to the possibilities. I am ready. I am stepping out of the box. It is time. Which I had known about her seven years ago. But, I know about her now.

If others are making money, why can't I? That's the big question she is asking. It's not just about making money. It's about using my strengths to create things to help others. I'm just no longer going to do it for free. No one should.

Change means to make or become different. I'm not changing me, I'm changing what I do.

Change is a coming!


Be on the look out for some change. 

TTFN



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rescue Mountain---Release Day


After months of hard work, Rescue Mountain is making it's debut. It is the product of a James Patterson class I took a year ago. The style of the writing is different and the characters and setting are fresh and new.

No spoilers other than it's a suspense novel. You can get it here: http://bit.ly/2pRnvMU

TTFN


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A-Z Blogging Challenge-Letter I

I is for inquisitive.


We need to ask questions. Inquisitive people question just about everything. They are curious as to the whys of things.

Don't be afraid to let them ask. Don't be afraid to point them in the direction of the answer. Sometimes they just want to know where to look. Or how to find the answer on their own.

Sometimes I think we forget when toddlers grow up, they are still trying to find out about the world. They will not necessarily want the red crayon for the flower. They may see it in a rainbow, or in some other shade. It doesn't mean they cannot follow directions or are color blind, their minds think differently.

Different is not a bad thing. It's part of what allows for inventiveness later on.

Are you inquisitive? I know I am.

TTFN

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A-Z Blog challenge---letter H

H is for honesty. Something this world is lacking.

I am tired of all the lies, thievery, and dishonesty. I don't know how to stop it. One thing I am sure of, is if you lie to me, we no longer have a relationship.

I've  been lied to by the best. I can spot a lie. After the past 48 hours, I've had it up to my eyeballs in dishonesty. So, I'm over it.

Be honest or go away. It's that simple.

TTFN

Monday, April 10, 2017

A-Z Challenge-Letter G

G is for gotcha

While I'm sure gotcha is slang and not a real word, it fits today.  I was scammed on my computer last night by some company who filled my Google Chrome with viruses and looked like they were Microsoft. Foolishly I called the number. It was going to cost me $199.99 to get everything fixed.

This morning I learned of the scam, called my credit card company and have a new card coming...before they could bill it or charge to it. I now have a password on my computer, two spyware systems for the next thirty days, plus my Windows Defender. I am leaving nothing on it to work on, I'm shutting it down every time I walk away. All my passwords for everything have been changed.

I have learned my lesson, thankfully before anything catastrophic could happen. And the audacity of this place, they called me back today. Really? Like I am going to talk to them. I called them on being scammers and hung up. Blocked the number I'm so done with them.

Don't get caught. If they freeze your computer, just shut it down. Don't call them.

TTFN

Decisions, Decisions

Who do I choose for my webinars? Getresponse.com where I can also get e-mail? Zoom.com? I have to know these things before I can get a ...