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Friday, 10 October 2008

The award winning Quest specials as seen on PBS,  present powerful insights to unlimited joy, health,  relationships, love, abundance, and what it really takes to achieve authentic success. The very essence of the world's wisdom traditions.

Over the next several days, I will be sharing with you information on what has to be the most inspirational program in existence at the moment.  You've heard of The Secret--now it is time to go above and beyond with Quest For Success!

If you would like a sneak preview, please visit:

Don't forget to bookmark this blog and visit over the next several days.  I'll introduce you to the incredible lineup of people involved in this project and share with you bits and pieces from the program itself.  What is your success and happiness worth??  Keep that question in mind as we explore.

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Thursday, 9 October 2008

Today, email marketing expert, Winton Churchill, shares some advice for business authors.  Much of this can be adapted to other areas of writing.  Enoy the advice!


3 Strategies Business Authors Can Use To Cut Through
The Clutter In These Turbulent Economic Times

The Chinese symbol for "crisis" is the combination of 2 meaning "danger" and the other meaning "opportunity."

Hard economic times, especially as severe as we are experiencing right now, create disorientation in the minds of your audience, clients and readers.

As a non-fiction author, whatever advice you've dispensed through your writing, as successful as it has been, is all subject to review in light of these new realities.

With the bottom falling out of the financial markets, gas at unprecedented highs and inflation rearing its head, everything you have written or said needs to be re-thought in light of these changes. It is important for you to answer the question, "Given what has happened, what would your advice be now?"

It is actually a great time to build your list and your following by providing perspective and recommendations for your readers, prospective book purchasers, prospective clients, etc.

The Approach

One approach I like and am recommending to our clients is the "7 Critical Mistakes..." format.

The strategy goes something like this:

1.      Create a report on the 7 critical mistakes people in your target audience are likely to make as they adjust to the new economic realities AND how they can avoid making those mistakes. (I usually recommend that you dictate this and get it transcribed to make it conversational and fast. Use a service like if you don't have time to edit the transcription into its final form.)

2.      Prepare an article highlighting 2-3 of those mistakes with a mention in the resource box at the bottom that readers can get the entire report on your site. Include a link to a squeeze page.

3.      Prepare a press release announcing the availability of the report and send that out through a service like Include the link to your squeeze page in the release along with your photograph (this will raise your visibility).


Some people in your audience are traumatized by these current events...others are, at a minimum seriously concerned about their personal finances. This is not a time to be flip...but frank is fact even preferred!

You can "tell it like it is!" more than you might in calmer times.  Your readers will appreciate your unvarnished insight.  When they watch politicians, spokespeople or newscasters they get such a sanitized, politically correct version of events that it is often hard for them to get a clear picture of what is unfolding.

Speed Counts...

In this day and age, a crisis can pass quickly (this one may not) but it is important that you move quickly on this or much of your impact will be diluted. Your audience is trying to make sense of current events today and the more you can help them with that, the more appreciative they are of your insights.

About the Author:

Email Marketing & Sales Lead Generation Expert Winton Churchill improves the efficiency and effectiveness of sales and marketing efforts for thousands of businesses. Now, if your company wrestles with complex sales cycles and if you want to increase sales with more effective lead generation programs then GET YOUR FREE SNEAK PREVIEW of his new book: "Email Marketing for Complex Sales Cycles" at:

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Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Email Marketing for Complex Sales Cycles by Winton Churchill
Topic: Blog Tours

Yesterday, I introduced you to email marketing expert, Winton Churchill.  Today we will take a look at his book, Email Marketing For Complex Sales Cycles.  In this book, Mr. Churchill shares his vast knowledge with us in an easy-to-understand manner that allows readers to put the advice to use readily.  Let's look at the book!

About Email Marketing for Complex Sales Cycles

The principles in this book have helped thousands of business people and entrepreneurs increase sales and reduce stress and aggravation...Will you be the next one to benefit?
  • Why not generate more sales, more quickly?
  • Are you burnt out on sales and marketing activities because they are so labor intesive and unproductive?
  • And all the glib conversation and backslapping in the world won’t close the deal until your prospect feels, “You’re the one that can help me the best!”
  • It’s hard to convince prospects, but easier than you think to help them select you.
  • This book gives you proven methods to help you slash the time and effort required to turn your prospects into clients.


  • It’s hard to convince prospects, but easier than you think to help them select you.
  • This book gives you proven methods to help you slash the time and effort required to turn your prospects into clients.
  • The principles in this book have helped thousands of business people increase sales and reduce stress and aggravation... Will you be the next one to benefit?
You Will Discover: œ 3 keys to improving the quality of your leads œ 5 techniques to increase the number of leads you get œ 3 little-known conversion tactics that turn leads into revenue œ 1 mistake that dooms most lead generation to anemic results œ 2 unconventional ways to shorten your sales cycle œ 3 ways you’ve been brainwashed when it comes to email œ 6 special needs shared by all complex sales cycles œ 3 critical stages of success (and what to do at each one)

œ 18 essential components you need to get going

œ 8 indispensable “fast track” strategies to get you on the road to success

Level the playing field!...Compete with your strengths.


Paperback Edition

Hardcover Edition

Winton Churchill is offering free gifts for every person that purchases his book Email Marketing. Visit for full details about how to download all of these free gifts.

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Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Winton Churchill and E-mail Marketing
Topic: Blog Tours

In today's high-tech world, anyone with a product or service to sell needs to spend time doing so on the Internet.  Potential customers are as close as an email away, even if they live half way around the world.  Our guest for the next few days, Winton Chruchill, has written a book to help succeed in email market, Email Marketing For Complex Sales Cycles.  So, who is this Winton Churchill and why should you listen to him?

Winton Churchill has more that 25+ years experience developing, planning, organizing, and executing sales and marketing programs targeted in markets with complex sales cycles.

In addition, Winton has written and lectured on a broad range of information technology and Internet sales and marketing topics. His opinions are frequently quoted in a variety of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Marketing Sherpa, Inc. Magazine, SoftwareCEO, Sales & Marketing Management and a number of industry related business, Internet and software related publications.

He is the author of Email Marketing for Complex Sales Cycles (Morgan James Publishing)

He has been a key player in a number of successful growth stage software companies. He was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Contact International Corporation, Inc., the developers of ACT! software, the world's leading sales contact management software.

Prior to Contact International, he was Vice President of Marketing and OEM Sales for Spinnaker Corporation, the world's 10th largest supplier of PC software during his tenure.

In addition to Contact International he has been involved in a variety of senior sales, marketing and management roles for Apple Computer, Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Legato Systems, and Netfish Technologies (now IONA).

Winton is Past President of the South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce. The SBACC serves 18 Chambers and more than 53,000 businesses in coastal Southern California.

For his efforts there, he received a Congressional Commendation at the national level and high praise and formal recognition from the California State Legislature and the Mayor of Los Angeles for his work with the Aerospace/Defense and Intelligence Community.

Pretty impressive credentials! Tomorrow, we will take a look at Winton Churchill's book, Email Marketing For Complex Sales Cycles.  In the meantime, if you'd like to take a look at this informative book, please visit:

Barnes and Noble -

Paperback Edition

Hardcover Edition

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Monday, 6 October 2008
Trockle Is Upset!!!
Topic: Blog Tours

Trockle was all excited about talking with you guys yesterday and today and is very upset that Tripod made it impossible for most of you to ask him questions.  His Mama told him that he will have a chance to talk to you guys at the following tour stops:

October 7:

Janet @ Janet’s Book Nook

  October 8:

Kimberly @ All About Kimberly

  October 9:

Jen (Pantheistic Mom) @ My Terrene Reality

  October 10:

Elysabeth Eldering @ the Junior Geography Detective Squad

  October 11:

Ron Berry @ The Surreal Writer

  October 12:

Lynne Thompson @ La Vida Es Un Sueno

  October 13:Wrap-up by Holly Jahangiri and Jordan M. Vinyard


and you would still have the chance to enter this contest:


Grand Prize:

A customized Halloween short story featuring your child (or grandchild, niece, nephew, or friend) with Trockle - written by Holly Jahangiri and illustrated by Jordan Vinyard. 

Second Prize:

A $20 gift certificate to To enter, complete the following steps: (1) Purchase a copy of Trockle directly from 4RV Publishing ( ) between 12:00 AM October 5 and 11:59 PM October 13, and

(2) Send an email to with your answer to the question posted at You may enter as often as you like, but all completed entries must be received before midnight on October 13! Winners will be announced at  and at . 

The winners will be chosen randomly from all correctly completed entries (see "To enter" above) and winners will be notified by email. IMPORTANT NOTE: The Grand Prize winner will need to work directly with the author and illustrator to create a memorable gift for that special child. To include the child's likeness in the illustration, you will need to provide a digital photo upon notification that you have won. Every effort will be made to deliver the prize prior to Halloween, but circumstances beyond our control may prevent that and we do not guarantee that it will arrive by October 31


He still wanted everyone to have a chance to get pumpkin-carving stencils, coloring sheets and a chance at a book packed with Halloween recipes and crafts. He was so upset he was biting his green fingernails and they were becoming all worn down :-( Trockle's Mom talked to me and asked what I could do.


Anyone who emails me the rest of this month with the words "Trockle's Mom says" is the subject line, will receive the coloring sheets and pumpkin-carving stencils--and will also be entered into the drawing for the book of Halloween crafts and recipes!!  In addition, I'll include a booklet of pumpkin recipes! 


Please visit the above store stops and let Trockle cheer Trockle up!!


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Sunday, 5 October 2008
Trockle Wants You to Win!!!
Topic: Book Review
Not long ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Trockle, the little monster that lives under Steven's bed.  This is Trockle:

I had the chance to read Trockle's story, written by Holly Jahangiri. Here is the wonderful cover, created by Jordan Vinyard (she does all the illustrations for the book):

Trockle is a book I wish had been around when my son was younger.  I tried monster stay-away, songs, funny stories, music--but the monsters came back night after night.  This book, written in a fresh style shows how much Trockle and Steven are alike.  Knowing that the monsters living under the bed like Choco-Tacos and sleep in dirty socks is sure to make even the most nervous child and fall asleep unafraid. 

Holly Jahangiri writes with a true understanding of what children can relate to.  Her wonderful imagination brings to life one of the most precious monsters I have ever known.  Ms. Vinyard does an excellent job bringing Trockle to life in pictures.  These two women have a way of bringing out the best in each other.  I look forward to more of their work.

For anyone with children or grandchildren, this is a must-have addition to your bedtime story collection.  It is destined to become a classic among children's picture books.

This fine-looking monstress (is that a word?)to the left is Trockle's mom.  She is the one who helped Trockle understand who the monster above his bed was so he could feel safe.  She wanted me to let you know about some free gifts you can get by simply leaving Trockle or her a question in the comment section.  She also wants me to announce a contest, so here goes:

Everyone who leaves a question or comment for Trockle or his mom (and an email address) will receive both a book of pumpkin-carving templates and a book of Halloween coloring sheets to print out.

In addition, here is a contest you won't want to miss:

Grand Prize: A customized Halloween short story featuring your child (or grandchild, niece, nephew, or friend) with Trockle - written by Holly Jahangiri and illustrated by Jordan Vinyard.

Second Prize:

 A $20 gift certificate to

To enter, complete the following steps:

(1) Purchase a copy of Trockle directly from 4RV Publishing   between 12:00 AM October 5 and 11:59 PM October 13,


(2) Send an email to with your answer to the question posted at

You may enter as often as you like, but all completed entries must be received before midnight on October 13!

Winners will be announced at and at

The winners will be chosen randomly from all correctly completed entries (see "To enter" above) and winners will be notified by email.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Grand Prize winner will need to work directly with the author and illustrator to create a memorable gift for that special child. To include the child's likeness in the illustration, you will need to provide a digital photo upon notification that you have won. Every effort will be made to deliver the prize prior to Halloween, but circumstances beyond our control may prevent that and we do not guarantee that it will arrive  by October 31.

Please return tomorrow to find out where else Trockle will be visiting--every stop you visit gives you another chance to find out the answer to the contest question!  You will also want to come by and see what Trockle and his Mom have to say to your questions!!!

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Saturday, 4 October 2008
Vern For President--The Best Candidate
Topic: Character Interviews

Hey, Vern, I hear you are running for President!! Okay, so you aren't (so you say!) but....

1.  What platform are you not running on?

"Leave me alone" works for me, but for some reason, people think that makes me Libertarian.

2.  If you happen to win this position you're not running for, what would you like to see happen for dragons everywhere?

Riotous laughter? Hiding their heads in shame? Traditionally, dragons take a more advisory role. I'd prefer it stay that way. I'd also prefer to charge hefty fees for my advice. Take a note, guys.

3.  Vern, would you be willing to tell me what you think of your who are running?

They're only human. What more is there to say?

4.  If you were running (I know, I know, you say you aren't) but if you were...what would you like to tell the voters?

Make a responsible and moral choice-and while you're at it, live responsible and moral lives. Makes running a country easier.

5.  President Vern...I like the sound of that...are you absolutely sure you aren't running?  I bet you have plans on what you would like the world to be like...can you share some of those thoughts??

Edible. And interesting. Of course, most of the world is like that for me already. I would mind it a little less annoying-and better paying for annoyances I have to deal with.

Grace, however wants me to add something more applicable to you humans, so:

--People wouldn't depend on government programs to care for the poor-those with means would do it themselves.  Those with the means to work would work, regardless of how demeaning they think the job is, and get paid enough to eat and have a decent place to live, though not necessarily a car, cable, cell phone, Wii, and all the things you Mundanes think are "necessary."

--Kids would work hard for their grades and get the grades they deserve.

--People would obey laws and accept their punishment if they didn't.

It comes down to personal responsibility, and you can only legislate that so much.

Oh, and everyone would realize that no matter what color your skin is, what accent you speak with, where you or your ancestors come from, on the inside, you're all just meat. Think about that the next time you want to annoy me.

Psst....if I tell everyone to vote for you, will you insist they buy a copy of Storm when you win???

My ethics committee (snicker) says I can't do that, but I can put a plug for it here:  "Life isn't about surviving the storm, but learning to dance in the rain" Let Storm teach you to dance in the rain!

Now, if I don't run, will you promise to tell everyone to buy a copy of "Magic, Mensa and Mayhem" when it comes out in February?

Most certainly, Vern!!!  I've read parts of it and am looking forward to the rest--it is a fun book :-)  Folks, stop by and read some more about Vern!!!

Don't forget--everyone leaving a comment gets a book of pumpkin-carving patterns and a chance to win a book of Halloween recipes and crafts!

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Friday, 3 October 2008
An Interview With Jo Linsdell about Writers and Authors
Topic: Author Interview

What is Writers and Authors?

A place for people in the writing industry to gather and share experiences, tips and advice. Not to mention promote their latest work and discuss various topics related to the writing industry. Included in this blog you will also find; links to sites for writers, competitions and contests, interviews, writer and book event listings and more...


Why ‘relaunch'?

My baby son was born in December 2007 after a difficult pregnancy, so I've been away for a while. Having to spend 8 months on bed rest meant I had a lot of time on my hands, which I used to work on my various writing related projects. The Writers and Authors site was a big success and my plan is to make it even better now I'm back online. To make sure everyone gets the chance to take part and see the great opportunities on the site I thought it was a good idea to have a big relaunch party to celebrate and spread the word.


What changes have been made to the site?

The new format will be as follows:

Mondays: Opportunities for writers. This will include paying markets, competitions, online courses etc...

Tuesdays: Featured Authors. This  will include author interviews and samples of their writing.

Wednesdays: Publishers, editors, etc... This section will include interviews with publishers, editors, etc... and explain how the industry works and give helpful advice on the more technical aspects of the writing industry e.g. what they look for, how to query, etc...

Thursdays: Book reviews. This will include reviews about any type of book. I'm particularly looking for reviews about self help for writers books (and related) but will also post reviews about fiction, poetry and basically anything else.

Fridays: Upcoming events. This section will include dates and details about conferences and other events for writers online. Also author chats online, virtual tours etc...

How can people get involved?

For those of you interested in being interviewed for the 'Featured Author' section please send me an email ( giving some details about yourself and your writing. Please also include your website address.
The same applies for publishers, editors, etc...

As you can see, I also want to include a section with book reviews. You are welcome to review any type of book (e.g. self help for writers or a fiction or poetry book). In fact I'll be all the happier to have a good mix. If your new to writing reviews and want some pointers check out for some tips. Please send your review in the body of the email to with 'Book Review' in the subject line.

How can people support Writers and Authors?

Nominations (e.g. Writers Digest 101 best sites- any others are good too J), blog postings, interviews, putting a link on their sites, spreading the word to others.


Tell us about the Virtual Tour?

To relaunch this site in it's new format I'm organising a virtual tour starting from October 1st 2008. Anyone who is interested in hosting me for an interview or featuring the Writers and Authors website on theirs, please send me an email to the new address with virtual tour in the subject line. I will post a copy of the Virtual Tour calendar soon so you can keep track of the events.


Folks, don't forget that every commet gets you 12 pages of pumpkin-carving templates and an entry in the drawing for a Halloween craft and recipe book!

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Thursday, 2 October 2008
Re-launch of Writers and Authors
Topic: Miscellaneous

Jo Linsdell has returned to the Internet at full-speed.  Her re-launch of Writers and Authors   is seeing wonderful changes.  Just look at what you can find there:

  • Links to sites for writers
  • Link to dictionaries, thesaurus, idioms, etc...
  • Writer competitions
  • Tips and advice from people in the industry (e.g. writers, publishers,   editors, etc...)
  • Upcoming events
  • Book reviews
  • Writing prompts
  • The site will continue to grow and is a wonderful resource for writers.  More features are being added regularly, including author interviews.  This site promises to be not only a resource for those wishing to hone their craft, but also a place for promotion of author's work.

    Tomorrow, Jo stops by to answer some questions for us.  Please stop by, read and ask your own questions! For today, let's find out just who Jo Linsdell is.

    Jo Linsdell
    Born in Gillingham, Kent (UK) in September 1980. Married name Joanne Denise Feliciani. She uses her maiden name, Linsdell, as her pen name. Having passed 10 GCSE’s, she went on to study Business Studies, History and Art A-Levels at Yateley 6th Form. She left England and moved to Rome, Italy in June 2001, where she now lives with her Italian husband and their baby son. She has had various jobs including working in hostels, being a tour guide and teaching English as a foreign language. She now works full-time as a freelance writer. She writes regularly for various websites, newspapers and magazines. Her books, Italian for tourists and A guide to weddings in Italy plus her ebooks; Il dolce Natale: Christmastime in Italy, Some risks are worth taking, INSIDE.OUT, La Befana and The Patron Saint of Lovers are all available to buy at . Visit her at  or or  

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    Wednesday, 1 October 2008
    Rosemary Chaulk and Nissitissit Witch
    Topic: Blog Tours

    This is what Rosemary Chaulk has to say about Nissitissit Witch on her website:

    NISSITISSIT WITCH has been quite a challenge on many levels and even approaching the surreal. One morning, as I prepared to go out and deliver the last few books of my first shipment, I got up to leave and knocked over a glass of water above the keyboard, and it ran down onto the keyboard. I wiped things up and turned the keyboard over to dry. When I came back home and turned my computer on, an email from my publicist was the first thing to come up. I opened it, read it and when I touched the keyboard to reply, the computer went nuts with programs and numbers flashing up on the screen. I did a hard shutdown and took the batteries out of the keyboard.

    Now, the above incident seems insignificant, but the very same glass full of iced coffee was in the same spot a year ago when I started doing research. I had all the research in the spot where the keyboard was this morning. After reading the research a year ago, I uttered to myself, "I don't think there even was a witch." When I said it, the iced coffee spilled, ran down onto the area for the keyboard and completely surrounded the research materials going right up to the edge on all four sides touching the old newspapers, yet when I picked up the news clippings they were completely dry. Not a speck of iced coffee. First, I was stunned that somehow the coffee spilled, and I did not react quickly so the stuff sat there a moment. Then thinking the stack was completely ruined, I was upset as I had just borrowed the  stuff. Then I was amazed to find the stuff all completely dry. So, I said out load "Okay, you do exist."

    From that day forward, I was mesmerized. I had a character in mind prior to doing research, and that character jumped right out of the research. She was a spot-on fit for the main character that I had envisioned, frighteningly close. From then on, the book consumed me. One Thursday afternoon, I began typing and then suddenly it was Tuesday morning, and I had typed almost four days straight and only stopping for fitful two-hour naps, which were filled with vivid dreams about North Village.

    That's how it all happened, and how I find myself with books flying off the shelf as though self-propelled.  Seems I'm not alone in my interest of The Nissitissit Witch!

    What People are saying

    A book you can't put down, one minute you are sitting on the edge of your seat then you fall off, rest and befor eyou know it, you are still reading and its the next day. The chrarcters are so real and the eerie feeling you feel is so real. --Barbara

    The mystery, history and the story of Sarah which comes to life, you can actually see it play out before your eyes and leave you craving for more. --Cheryl


    See the Book Trailer!

    Purchase Nissitissit Witch today:

    ISBN: 98-1-4389-1713-9(SC)
    ISBN: 978-1-4389-1714-6 *NC)

    Pre Order now - books will be shipped Oct 5.
    Mail check or money order to Rosemary Chaulk
    PO Box 406
    West Groton, MA 01472

    Visit Rosemary today at

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