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Dave Ramsey has a new book! Smart Money Smart Kids

Dave Ramsey has a new book! Smart Money Smart Kids“Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze are offering $50 in FREE extras to help you raise money-smart kids!”

Pre-order their brand new book, Smart Money Smart Kids by April 22nd, 2014 and they’ll toss in this $50 bonus.  Details HERE!

I sure wish this book had been around when my kids were little.  Dave Ramsey knows his stuff!
 
 
 
 
 

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ck_thumbnailConnie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or Just Plain Tired of It All. Check out her other blog, Side Gig Chronicle: The Inside Scoop to see what she’s up to in her spare time. Join her maybe?

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Sheila Applegate Receives Pinnacle Book Achievement Award

Congratulations Sheila Applegate!

Congratulations Sheila Applegate!

 

Well this is certainly “BuzzWorthy” news…author Sheila Applegate received notice recently that her book was chosen “one of the NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winners for Summer 2013.”  Congratulations Sheila!  As Laura Ponticello noted in a congratulatory email, “The pinnacle Award is very noteworthy.”

Nice work for a first-time author wouldn’t you say?!

Sheila Applegate

Sheila Applegate

I can’t help but get caught up in the excitement over this announcement.  As I mentioned in this previous post, I have the distinct pleasure of working with Sheila (yes, I’m her social media Buzzmeister; I’m quietly working behind the scenes supporting her with authors’ virtual solutions).  We’ve been collaborating ever since the launch of her first book, Enchanted One: The Portal to Love. when together we organized her virtual book tour.

Notice I said first book?  You may want to keep an eye on Sheila Applegate.  She’s quite gifted – in more ways than one.  Tap in to Sheila’s vibrant energy and one day you might discover that “you have the ability to create for yourself a world free from struggle.”

BUZZ ON!

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Connie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, solopreneurs and small business owners who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start.

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Author Sheila Applegate, Crowd Pleaser at Barnes and Noble

As a social media “Buzzmeister”, I mean as THE Buzzmeister (what? do you know any other Buzzmeisters?!) I have the pleasure of working with first time author, Sheila Applegate.  Sheila has written a beautiful book, Enchanted One: The Portal to Love.  I recently attended a reading she gave at our local Barnes and Noble and have to say I was truly impressed by the crowd in attendance, especially for a first time author.  Sheila commented on the “wonderful energy in the group” and I, too, could feel it.

Laura Ponticello and author Sheila Applegate

Laura Ponticello and author Sheila Applegate

Laura Ponticello of Laura’s List Books for Women started the event with a warm introduction after which Sheila read a chapter from her book, then led the audience in a guided meditation.  Sheila radiates a certain warmth and sincerity and as a silent observer of the interactions between Sheila and the people around her, I am full with wonder by the way people seem to gravitate to her, and I am no exception.  We both live in central New York and I’ve had the pleasure to meet with Sheila on several occasions now.  Each time I have, I’ve walked away from our exchange with a strong sense of “gee, this is a person I’d really like to get to know…”  I just feel good when I’m around her.  Plain and simple.  She’s introduced me to a “kind” of spirituality I’ve given little thought to in my life and I confess, I struggle with certain aspects of it.  There is, however, a certain something about her that just kind of pulls you in and in my case has piqued my curiosity and opened my mind to possibilities…

According to Sheila Applegate, “The world we live in might not be free from pain, but you have the ability to create for yourself a world free from struggle.”

I think if anyone can teach us how, it’s Sheila.

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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Connie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, solopreneurs and small business owners who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start.

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It Takes a Village to Sell a Book: Tips to Help Your Favorite Author!

Now that books can actually be published online with a few key strokes (compared to bygone days) chances are you know someone who has written a book.  Or an eBook.  Think about it for a minute.  Browse the shelves of a library or your local bookstore or on Amazon.com and you’re looking at exceptional efforts made by some extraordinary individuals, each with a passion to share his or her message with the world.  Granted, some books are better than others but that’s another story.  Story – get it?!

Not everyone has the inclination or ambition to make such a mark on the world.  For those of us who don’t, unless you know an author personally, it is very easy to take their efforts for granted.  A book, just one book, represents hours, months, sometimes years of toil and trouble. While some consider it a labor of love, others may consider their book the worst “assignment” ever.

Stephen Kuusisto, Deep in Thought

Stephen Kuusisto, Deep in Thought

I know; I’m married to an author.

So if you know an author, or if you have a favorite author you’d like to support, what can YOU do to make a difference?  If you’re reading this post, I’m assuming you have an interest in doing so.  Well then, here are some ideas for meaningful things you can do to help spread your enthusiasm for any author dear to you.

  • Check out the author’s web site and buy a book!  Buy another one and gift it to a loved one.  Or a friend.  Or both.
  • Buy another copy and donate it to your local library.
  • TALK about the book.  Word-of-mouth advertising is priceless!
  • Follow his/her Virtual Book Tour.  But don’t just read the introductory blog posts.  Click the links!  Visit the hosts’ blogs; write comments.  Show some love!  Bloggers LOVE comments!  Internet search engines love links.  Follow an author on a virtual book tour, participate, and you’ll help make “noise” online.
  • If he or she is offering a reading at a local bookstore or other venue,  GO!  Ask him/her to sign your book.
  • Bring a friend with you! Treat him/her to a copy.
  • Help arrange for a reading at a local venue.
  • Write a book review
  • Visit Goodreads.  “Like” the book.  Recommend the book.  Leave a comment/review.
  • Visit Amazon.com. “Like” the author.  Like the book.  Recommend the book.  Leave a comment/review.  Same goes for any other online book seller site…
  • Are you a Twitter user?  Connect!  Then borrow a link from the book tour and share with your followers.  Or share your favorite quote.
  • Are you on Facebook?  “Like” the author and/or the book and tell your friends why you like it.
  • Are you a blogger?  Ask your favorite author if he/she will provide a guest post.
  • If you are a blogger, offer to interview your favorite author and publish it to your blog.
  • Make a video of your interview and post it to YouTube
  • What other social media platforms do you use?  Google+?  Pinterest?  Use them to help spread the word.
  • Share the book with your book club.
  • Start a book club!
  • Contact your favorite author and ask “what can I do to help spread the word?”
  • Check out this blog post by Jody Hedlund for some more well thought out ideas.

What ideas do you have?  Do us all a favor and share them by submitting a comment below!  I’d love to hear from you…

Are you an author looking to broaden your audience?  Have you considered a Virtual Book Tour?  As your Buzzmeister, I can assist you with that.  Contact me and we chat about possibilities.  After all, it takes a village to sell a book!

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Connie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or for Those Who Feel They Have Better Things To Do with Their Time.

 

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A Clever Tease Leads to More Than One Secret

Daniel Scocco hosts a very smart blog he calls Daily Blog Tips to which I’ve subscribed.  Yesterday I received an email titled: “Here’s the Strangest Secret in the World”.  If this had been a random spam-type message I would not have clicked the link.  But since I knew it was from a reliable source, I decided to follow through.  (I’ll bet you’re in the same “boat” I am in that you often decide not to waste time reading every email you get….).

In this instance, I’m glad I did follow this link because in the end I received more than I bargained for.  I’ll spare you from the guessing game: this “secret” is a recorded message from Earl Nightingale that according to Mark Victor Hansen “…became the basis for the Nightingale-Conant Corporation.  Many thousands of people have attributed this recording with turning their lives around and helping them make their fortunes in the world.”

Mark Victor Hansen, “America’s Ambassador of Possibility”, used this MP3 recording on his website as a clever tease to highlight his own ebook, Chronic Profitability – How to Make Money All the Time.

So why am I telling you all this?  It’s because this book is being offered as a FREE download.  I don’t know about you, but I can learn a lot from Mark Victor Hansen.  This is definitely on my must-read list.  ASAP.  I thought you might appreciate knowing about this opportunity as well.

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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Connie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, solopreneurs and small business owners who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz?  Here’s a good place to start.

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