Monthly Archives: March 2012

Good bye to Betsy the Beemer

Yes, my first book is nearly finished.  It went to the editor last week.  A wonderful Disney illustrator friend of mine is working on the illustrations, two talented writers are helping me with press releases and I’m busy writing several magazine articles for submission.  I hope all efforts from my team come together as well as any rewrites I need to do and we meet our deadlines and are published in June.
It has been a very interesting process ~ the writing of which I started back in October of 2011.  

I am working very very very long days now getting some of the PR and marketing in place which is my forte and I am loving the process.  Although this is a very new genre for me.  This book is supposed to be the first of a series of 5 or 6, so I have lots of writing to do.  

For some strange reason, my inspiration and writing power always comes to me between 3-4 in the morning, but I consider that early morning wake-up call a gift from God and I never complain.  I just get up and begin writing…I am meeting very interesting people in this writer’s world.  I have joined the Denver Press Club and it’s all so new and fascinating.  I am busy preparing for a press tour and also a radio station tour.  I am working with a fellow who submits material to 750 radio station producers and I have hired him to help promote my work.  I have an interesting subject matter for call in radio shows.  And those call ins I can do from my home so I don’t have to travel.  I am also preparing a “program pitch” for several television shows ~ another first.  Actually, these all are firsts for me.

I have always loved reading as did my ex husband and both of my children and now 2 of my 4 grandchildren.  Being a good writer is a talent which I don’t know yet whether or not I have, but I am sure sales at the cash registers and on Amazon.com will soon let me know.  I have always written a lot but never for anything but my journals.  I love words and their power.  I have loved this journey.  
When I lived in Chicago, I dated a fellow who used to always get so mad at me for telling such long involved stories; but now it is paying off.  I love the weaving of the story line not just the getting to the point.

On Friday, I met with the #1 best selling author on amazon.com.  She is an amazing lady and we had a wonderful, fun lunch.  In addition to being #1 on amazon.com her ebook is #1 in England, #1 in France and #5 in China.  She is a first time author and we hit it off.  We are contemplating some collaborative marketing efforts as she doesn’t have a background in marketing and really don’t yet know how to capitalize on her great sales success.  Such a fun story behind her, our meeting, and who knows where it goes from here.  
It has been an interesting weekend.  My cleaning lady is in desperate need of a car.  And my 14 year old 1998 Betsy the Beemer just continues to run like a champ but it is getting older.  It has just turned 100,000 miles but still after all these years has had almost no mechanical problems.  
But I did a little searching in my heart and knew I could really make a big difference in Coral’s life if I gave the car to here and got a new one.  I have thought about getting a new car off and on for several years, but just hated to spend the money when I don’t drive a lot and my car works fine.  This car should easily drive another 100,000 miles.

Finally, I did decide to help Coral and she is getting my car either on Monday or Tuesday of this week.  We spent the weekend car shopping.  Oh my…what a daunting decision.  We test drove beautiful Lexus sedans and Acura sedans and my dear beautiful solid German made BMW sedans.  They are all fine quality cars, fast engines, great responsiveness and well built with lots of fun bells and whistles.  

I think we have decided on the Lexus.  Their reputation for repair-free driving is maybe pulling me away from BMW ~ although my heart is still with BMW.  Even though I have had nearly repair-free driving with Betsy, I know of so many who don’t have that experience and they are very expensive to repair.  At any rate, we’ll hash it over some more today and make a final decision probably go get the Lexus on Monday night.  

It really feels so good to be helping Coral and she works hard and deserves a break.   

However, for some strange reason, looking at Betsy in the garage just makes me so sad to see her go.  She has been my constant companion since driving her off the showroom floor 14 years ago.  She has been so dependable and reliable and never let me down.  But I guess my life continues to move forward.  She is kind of my last link to my married days as I was married when I bought her although it was only about 6 months after that purchase that I moved to Chicago and a new life started.  

And so life goes…on and on.

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Peyton Manning or Debbie Martin

Two very impressive people came into my view in Denver this week.  Peyton Manning has signed to become the new Bronco quarterback ~ impressive, especially if Denver also acquires some receivers; but to me, even more impressive is my meeting tomorrow with Debbie Martin.  You may not have yet heard of Debbie; but she is the #1 Best Selling Author on Amazon.com.  Additionally, once her book went out in ebook format, it became #1 in England, #1 in France, and #5 in China.

AND…we are meeting tomorrow.  We had a glorious phone call this week and believe there are more than just a few synergies.  I’ll report back after our meeting.

I will also get you her direct order information so you can get her amazing book directly from the author.

Can you stir things up to make something special? Both Peyton and Debbie can certainly answer “Yes” to that question.  They are stirring up their worlds in BIG ways.


Magic happens when you combine things in unexpected ways. You may think that certain parts of your life aren’t related, but in reality it’s all connected. By combining strengths, you’re multiplying their effects and creating something new. Try throwing a talent of yours in the pot with a hobby or interest and see what happens. Try finding a personal goal that can be joined with a social goal. I find by digging into my old journals and file folders, I find inspiration for ideas that work.  It seems the connections I am making each and every day are leading me in quite a new direction.  And, as usual, I’m loving the ride.  

The recipe for success is different for each of us, but we have all the ingredients we need. So have fun and experiment with the combinations you can make in your life. Besides, it’s just fun to watch things get mixed up a little bit. 

Today is a very special day…Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter, Suzanne.  This is her first birthday as a new mother and it has been a heart-filled year to watch her blossom as a woman, a mother, a daughter, a wife; and so much  more.  I know now that she is a mother, she truly understands the love of a mother toward her child.  We overlook much; we offer whatever we can; we are filled with love when it comes to our children.  Suzanne, you have been such a wonderful journey and you have not disappointed.  I love you!!  Happy Birthday, Honey.

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Time is Flying By…I’m hanging on by my toes…

So much has been happening on the book front, I scarely know where to begin.  I have had not a spare moment to blog and I am so happy to see how many emails I have received asking for more updates.

The man hired to desire the front and back cover as well as the spine of the book has not yet received his manuscript.  Even though the post office says it has been delivered!!  Urgh.

And Best Of All, the editor of my dreams has agreed to edit the manuscript.  She is a seasoned veteran from one of the “old” famous publishing houses and she is excited about this manuscript.  I am excited to work with her and to learn from her. 

I also am working with a talented lady to help me “serialize” this book.  This is really an exciting turn of events.  Who ever thought this book might become a serial of 6 books. 

In the meantime, a trip to and from Durango to surprise Don for his birthday was a huge success and we had a ball.  I had a very talented literary gal read a galley copy and was encouraged by her comments. 

Since I last blogged, I have continued to work on the marketing piece of this puzzle.  As many hours as I spent writing a 43,000 word book, I think that time will be at least doubled on marketing efforts.  I was thrilled today to have a phone conversation with the author of the current #1 best seller on Amazon.com.  She is a wonderful lady and we found many common grounds.  She is also #1 in the UK, #1 in France and #5 in China…well, she isn’t…but her first book is!!  Very impressive.  We are planning a face to face meeting in the next week or two and I can hardly wait to meet her and see how we can add to each other’s efforts. 

Yesterday was a great productive meeting with the illustrator.  He is a very acclaimed Disney illustrator and I am honored to have him accept this assignment.  We came up with a brilliant marketing piece to include in my media packet.  Can this get any more fun???…or expensive!!  Such fun!

This remains such a wonderful journey and I hope you are enjoying the journey!

Happy 30th birthday tomorrow, March 20, to my niece Anne.  Anne is a talented business lady and mother of three beautiful little ladies and we send our best wishes.

More later…

 

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Believing In Yourself

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.  John Wooden

Limitations can either define us or give us a challenge to outwit. When you look at your abilities, do you see boundaries and limits, or do you see possibilities and potential? Obsessing about weaknesses can blind us to the untapped abilities we already have. You have talent. Everyone does. The secret to success is to find that talent, develop it and push it as far as you can. Grandma Moses might have been a lousy bowler, Einstein probably couldn’t sing a lick, Michelangelo could’ve been unable to speak well in public. So what? They knew what they were good at and rode that pony. Your talent might be right in front of you: where do you get the most compliments? What seems to come easily to you? What do people ask your advice for? Live there. Don’t let the rest get in the way.

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Illustrations are next on the agenda

Working now to get the illustrations nailed down.

Spent a few hours in Barnes and Nobel this afternoon ~ even though it was near 70 outside.  I am finalizing the competitive profile and wanted to make sure I still knew what was on their shelves.  Also spent considerable time in the magazine section (there are SO many) making my short list of magazines I want to send my media release to in the near future.

And finally, started reaching out to social media groups who might be interested in my speaking for a brief time (15 minutes or so) and then having Q&A as well as a book signing followed by some free giveaways.  Interesting that I am already getting responses there.  Also pleased to know that Barnes & Nobel will hold a book signing and allow me to hold the same type of event there.

Thanks to Jan at B&N for all her helpful guidance.

It feels a little weird to be writing all the marketing materials and no longer actively writing on the book…however I am sure that will change when I get the edits back.

Such fun.  Spring is in the air and the birth of a book is drawing nearer.

Happy Birthday to Bill.  So great to talk to you and MJ.  Have a grand time welcoming a new year and BE GOOD!!

 

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Request to print lyrics was declined…

Just a little setback.  I received an email back from one of the two agents who represent the two men who wrote the lyrics to the song I was hoping to include in my book.  Actually, I wanted to use 3 verses.  The email says my request was declined and no reason was given.  Fortunately, the book will be just fine without the lyrics; I  thought they added a little fun and whimsy.

I have been exchanging emails from Shel Horowitz and hope we can talk over the phone today.  One can only accomplish so much via emails.  I have five specific projects I would like him to undertake.  My friend, Ana, met with him in Massachusetts over the weekend.  So, thank you to Ana for paving the way for his accepting my call and my project.

On the schedule for this week is write a pitch proposal, two versions of a press release, and make inroads to completing the media kit (used to be called a press release/press packet in the old days)

We had the joy of babysitting for Zane Saturday morning…what a sweet, beautiful little boy ~ who is quickly learning what he does and does not like!  But his smile beams through any short lived temper flareups!!

Steve and KC came for either heavy hors d’oeuvres or a light dinner on Friday.  Always fun. No accountant has ever had as much personality as does Steve.  When he wants to stop doing taxes, he can always get a gig as a stand up comedian.  After leaving, they went to try out the new dance club in Cherry Creek called Cherry.  Steve texted me his comments yesterday and I can’t reprint them here.  But they were something about women’s body parts not being restrained!

Saturday night was a cork fest with Susan and Sandra from Boulder.  We enjoyed planning a September trip to Spain and Susan had a shopping bag full of travel books for Spain and Portugal…now, I have to find the time to wade through them all.  She also had the idea of stay in old castles or convents rather than the Four Seasons.  I think it will be fun to have a more country-centric flavor added to the trip.

And to top it all off, she is planning to join us for some portion of the trip.  I hope the country is ready for her!!  And the Spanish men better be eating lots of oysters!

Had brunch at a great new place ~ Brian invited us to join him at Madison Street.  It’s a fun hole in the wall and we had a great catch up.  Interestingly, it used to be a 7-11.

Then a tour of his gorgeous new home ~ perfectly staged.  So perfect it looked like a show home rather than a place where he and Annette hang out.  Thanks Brian for a fun Sunday.

In Honor of Steve and KC: We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.  Nietzsche

This week, let’s focus on Finding and celebrating the joy in life

Each day is a new chance to find joy and to dance. If you let it pass or think it useless, the chance is gone and you’ll never get it back. When was the last time you played? Or just did something for the sheer fun of it? Joy is not found in the world around you, it’s within yourself. You can make your own joy, especially during those dark times when you need to really feel alive again. Fun and play are healthy antidotes to taking life–and ourselves–too seriously. They’re proven boosters of immune systems and mental health and make life worth the trouble. So do the twist. Sing in the shower. Learn a magic trick. Watch a cartoon. Challenge some kids to a game. Don’t let a single day go to waste.

In the keeping of not wasting a day, I should close this blog by letting you know I am once again on hold with United Airlines.  I have been holding for 66 minutes!  However, I did learn my lesson.  Thank God for speaker phones.  During this hold, I have showered, washed my hair, shaved my legs, dried and styled my hair, written this blog and called and ordered a part of my BMW and scheduled an appointment time to have the part installed.  So…Celebrate the Joy of Today!

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Persistence. Persistence. Persistence.

The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke.  W. J. Camero

 

We keep hearing about how persistence is often the key to success. But what do you do when you’ve been striving for so long that it seems like your goal is never going to see light?

How do you deal with the fear that you’re about to fail? Simple. Give it just one more shot. And then one more. Think about the sweat and time you’ve committed already.

You’ve come this far, you’d be unfair to yourself if you quit without a fight. Even if the odds are way out of your favor and you can’t see how it can possibly help, reach out and take one last swing. You never know what will happen. Big, meaningful achievements don’t just happen when everything goes your way. How many times have you seen tennis players make miraculous winning shots while lunging for a ball that seemed impossible to reach? Sometimes, you can find victory in the effort.

For me, having been born in Iowa and deeply instilled with the “Midwestern Work Ethic”, I don’t allow myself to contemplate throwing in the towel.  I hope you won’t either.  Writing a book is a new adventure for me.  I’m learning much and have read nearly a dozen books to try to learn how to do what I want in a way which may bring commercial success; but there is no guarantee.

Hence, I am truly enjoying the journey so commercial success or not, I’ve loved this life adventure.

Once with book is “birthed”, I think it would be wonderful to take a few classes at DU or Uni of Colorado on writing a manuscript.  Might as well learn a little more after the fact!!

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