Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dec. '10 World of Ink Tour with author J.D. Holiday




~World of Ink Tour Schedule for J.D. Holiday~
 
December 1st 
The Product Review Place http://productreviewplace.ning.com/profiles/blog/list?user=0lnk96wyqr6ya

December 2nd
Book Marketing Network
http://thebookmarketingnetwork.com/profiles/blog/list?user=VSGrenier&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_url

December 3rd

The Writing Mama http://thewritingmama.blogspot.com

December 4th
VBT-Writers On The Move
http://vbt-writersonthemove.blogspot.com/

December 5th
Utah Children's Writer Blog
http://utahchildrenswriters.blogspot.com/

December 6th
RRRadio-Stories for Children with hosts: VS Grenier, D.M. Cunningham, Tiffany Strelitz Haber and Beth Navarro.
Live Radio Interview at 11am MST (10am PST, Noon Central and 1pm EST) http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio
Call in number (646) 595-4478

December 7th
KidsRead Blog
http://kidsreads.wordpress.com/

December 8th
Stories for Children Magazine FG Interview

December 9th
Families Matter Blog Book Review
http://familiesmatter2us.blogspot.com
 
December 10th

December 13th
The Maggie Project
www.themaggieproject.blogspot.com

December 14th
Families Matter Blog Interview
http://familiesmatter2us.blogspot.com

December 15th
One Zillion Books
http://www.onezillionbooks.com

December 16th
Irene Roth Book Review Blog
http://rothsinspiringbooksandproducts.wordpresscom

December 17th
Terri Forehand's Blog
http://terri-forehand.blogspot.com/
Writing and other ways into the heart of the matter . . . for kids! 

You can learn more at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com/J_D_Holiday_WorldofInkTour.aspx

Sunday, November 28, 2010

3 Quick and Easy Ways to Generate Story Ideas

by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ (mailto:shery@writesparks.com)
 
 
There are many ways you can generate ideas you can use for your stories, articles 
and other creative pieces. Start with the three ways given below:
 
 
1. Put Your 5 Senses to Work
 
A simple but effective way to generate fresh ideas from a single concept, idea or 
object is to describe or illustrate it using the 5 senses -- sight, smell, touch, 
taste, sound.
 
For you to do: Generate 5 specific images or concrete examples (one example for 
each sense) for the following:
 
- vindication (what's the smell of vindication? how does it taste? how does it 
sound? what does it look like? how does it feel?)
- hesitation
- celebration
 
 
2. Take Advantage of Your Conflicts
 
Conflict is a part of life. It's also a source of creativity. You only need to 
look at yourself and examine your experiences to come up with ideas based on 
conflicts.
 
For you to do: What's stopping you from doing something? Who is in the way of you 
getting what you want? What's stopping you from taking a career leap? Brainstorm 
for conflicts in your life and come up with at least 15 in your list.
 
 
3. It's OK to Call People Names
 
Generate nicknames or terms that capture the lifestyles, attitudes or 
characteristics of certain groups of people.
 
For example, the nicknames I came up for the kind of people I encountered on the 
bus when I used to commute to work and back were: space-hog, slumper, fidgeter and 
refined. The terms described how the people on the bus behaved as they sat. 
[They were useful because I was able to avoid the space-hogs and the fidgeters when 
choosing a seat. Sitting beside a slumper was all right, since most slumpers kept 
their slumps within their space ;o)]
 
For you to do: Generate nicknames or terms for the following groups of people:
 
- cashiers
- waiters
- teachers
- employees
- actors
 
 
Begin using these 3 simple ways of generating ideas today. Before long, you'll be 
churning out one idea after another with ease. That's creativity at work!
 
 
Copyright 2004 Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ
 
Shery is the creator of WriteSparks! - a software that generates over 10 *million* 
Story Sparkers for Writers. Download WriteSparks! Lite for fr*e -  
http://writesparks.com 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

VBT Writers on the Move Guest Kevin McNamee


Kevin McNamee is a writer and poet living in Yonkers, NY.   He primarily writes for the children’s market.  He has several children’s picture books published including If I Could Be Anything, The Sister Exchange, Lightning Strikes and The Soggy Town of Hilltop.  These books are available at Guardian Angel Publishing, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble or ask your local bookstore.  Look for other titles coming soon by Kevin including Lightning Strikes, What Is That Thing, My Brother, the Frog, and more.

When Kevin isn’t writing, he spends his time playing hide and seek, at the insistence of his five year old daughter, and at his day job, at the insistence of his wife.  When time permits, Kevin also enjoys fossil hunting, home-brewing beer, and gardening.  He is currently engaged in an epic battle against roving gangs of crazed squirrels who are digging up everything in sight.  Kevin notes that the squirrels are winning.

To find out more about Kevin, please visit his website at http://www.kevinmcnamee.com or visit his blog at http://www.kevinmcnameechildrensauthor.blogspot.com.   

VS: Please tell us Kevin what you are most passionate about outside of writing. 

Kevin: Outside of writing, I would say that I’m the most passionate about my family.

VS: That's wonderful. As you can see, The Writing Mama blog isn't just about writing, but my family and other writer's families as well and how we balance it all. So with that in mind, Kevin what is your most precious memory? It doesn't have to be about writing.

Kevin: Recently, I came home from work and I was completely exhausted. My five year old daughter wanted me to play our usual games, tag, hide and seek, and some other game of her own creation which involves me chasing her while she’s wearing a plastic firefighter’s helmet and carrying a beach ball. But I was tired and really wanted no part of it. But my daughter was insistent and I found myself losing patience and I yelled at her. She climbed up on the couch, threw her arms around me and said, “I love you Daddy. Now you can be so happy.” I melted.
VS: That is a wonderful memory. Children really do have a way to remind us what is important. What is your most embarrassing memory?
Kevin: My most precious memory and my most embarrassing memory are the same, when I think of how selfish I was being.
VS: Wow, that was very honest of you. But don't feel you are the only parent like that. I find myself doing the same thing with my children. After I blow up, I stop and realize they are only a child for so long and my writing can wait a few minutes or a couple of hours. Work will always be there, but my children will not. Now Kevin, if you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

Kevin: Right now, I still have a day job. Unfortunately, writing hasn’t been my means to self-sufficiency yet. I’m still trying to find that balance between work/family/writing/everything else. It’s a challenging juggling act, but so far, I’ve been able to keep all the balls in the air.
VS: It is very hard to balance it all, however, the rewards are worth it. I think it is important for many new writers starting out to know you can't just quick your day job. Two writing friends of mine just finally were able to say that after having more than 4 books published with medium presses. So what are your future goals for your writing?
Kevin: I’ve been focusing primarily on picture books and I would like to branch out to middle readers and Young Adult novels. I have two middle readers in various stages of completion.

VS: I think it is great you are willing to try different genres in children's writing. Kevin, can you describe a typical writing day for you?

Kevin: There’s no such thing as a typical writing day for me. I try to do something writing related every day. But what I’m doing may vary. Sometimes  I’m writing new material, sometimes I’m revising, sometimes I’m critiquing, sometimes I’m researching, sometimes I’m promoting. Due to the demands on my time, I’ve needed to adopt the philosophy of doing what I can, when I can.

VS: Very valid point. I don't know many writer's who get to just block out X amount of time each day for their writing. I tend to write in 5 to 10 minutes busts. I do all my editing late a night when the kids are in bead and can't bother me. I need to focus so this works great for me. Kevin, what writer most inspires you?  Why? 

Kevin: I would say that the writers that I meet both online and in person inspire me the most. They all share the same passion and dedication as I do. They understand the struggles and sacrifices involved in being a writer. 

VS: Well said Kevin. Now please take as much space as necessary to speak to my readers—what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

Kevin: I think that writing for children carries a lot of responsibility and it’s a challenge that I try to rise to. The world can be a confusing enough place as it is for adults, how much more so for children? If I can help children understand the world around them and help them make sense of various situations that effect them, that would be the most rewarding thing of all, for it would be something that they could carry with them long after they have put down my book.

VS: Thank you so much Kevin for your words and taking the time to share with my readers and me about being a writing "DAD". This is the first we've had a dad on the blog and it was a blast having you.


Kevin McNamee's Books:

If I Could Be Anything by Kevin McNamee.  Illustrations by Marina Movshina

Print ISBN: 978-1-61633- 011-8
eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633- 012-5
 
If I could be anything, what would I be? 
I think that eventually I would be me.
A boy pretends to be different animals in this warm, rhyming, picture book. In the end, he chooses to be exactly as he is. Love is the anchor that draws him home.

This book is available as a print book, a downloadable e-book, or a book on CD from guardianangelpublishing.com

Books are also available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or ask your local bookstore.
 

The Sister Exchange by Kevin McNamee.  Illustrations by Kit Grady.

Print ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-015-6
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-016-3

Chatta?  No thanks.  Rackette?  No way!  Toecheez?  Ewwwww!
 
Brianna wants to trade-in her sister at The Sister Exchange.  But will she ever find the perfect sister?
 
This picture book deals with sibling rivalry in a fun and creative way. The Sister Exchange reinforces the bond between siblings, and increases reasoning skills through comparison.


This book is available as a print book, a downloadable e-book, or a book on CD from guardianangelpublishing.com.

Books are also available from amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or ask your local bookstore.



The Soggy Town of Hilltop by Kevin McNamee, Illustrations by Eugene Ruble
Print ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-041-5
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-042-2

“You want us to do what?!!!” 
This fun, rhyming picture book teaches more than just a new way to drink water. 

The High Council of Hilltop wants the people to learn a new way to drink.  But when the people find out why, everyone has something new to learn. 


This book is available as a print book, a downloadable e-book, and a book on CD from guardianangelpublishing.com.

Books are also available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or at your local bookstore. 


Lightning Strikes by Kevin McNamee, Illustrations by Eugene Ruble
Print ISBN 13: 978-161633-095-8
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-096-5

“Lightning Strikes, I count to ten.  I don’t hear thunder until then.” 

Science and Math come together to educate and entertain.  This fun, rhyming counting book will help teach children to count backwards, and to understand the principles of lightning and thunder.

This book is available as a print book, a downloadable e-book, and a book on CD from guardianangelpublishing.com.

Books are also available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or your local bookstore. 

Reviews:

"I am fast becoming an avid fan of children's author Kevin McNamee. I was trying to think exactly what it is about his two new children's books The Sister Exchange and If I Could Be Anything that won my heart. I believe I know the answer - His writing keeps the reader grounded as to what is of utmost importance in life. Before you read the last sentence of his books, you realize, more than you ever did before, just how precious and important family and loved ones are." – Dixie Philips – Writing4littleones


"The author has a great knack for turning something seemingly ridiculous into an engaging story for youngsters." - The Children's and Teens' Book Connection

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

3 Time Management Strategies to Boost Productivity

Developing effective time management strategies is critical to anyone who wants to get the most out of their efforts to increase productivity. Generally speaking that would pretty much be everybody! Who out there does not feel the time crunch every day presents to us as our 'to do' list continues to grow without the benefit of additional time to manage it? It seems obvious that since time can not be 'fabricated out of thin air' we must therefore learn to better manage what we already got.

Here are 3 time management techniques anyone can apply immediately to squeeze the most out of their efforts leading to an increase in personal productivity.

Self-Imposed Deadlines

By placing a time limit on your work this serves to increase the 'pressure' on you which 'encourages' more focus on your part. We all know that when the pressure is on we tend to concentrate more on the source of the pressure itself. With a higher level of concentration we are able to increase productivity since our efforts are more focused and efficient.

Minimize Objectives

What I mean by this is focus on a smaller number of tasks. By overloading our 'to do' list we tend to be distracted by jumping from one incomplete tasks to the next. This lack of focus and increase in distractions drains our time and makes our efforts less efficient. In order to increase our personal productivity it is often times best to complete one task at a time to ensure a quality effort. It makes little sense to attempt to do too much which usually ends up resulting in the total completion of absolutely nothing!

Avoid 'Analysis Paralysis'

Effective time management includes 'doing your homework' first before making any decisions or attempting to complete any challenging or unfamiliar tasks.

Once you have completed your information gathering, review and analyze the information you have compiled. Based upon your findings or evaluations make your decision or complete the task at hand.

Do not obsessed over a myriad of different scenarios but stay focused on what you know to be fact, complete your work and MOVE ON!

Developing effective time management strategies is one of the most realistic ways to increase productivity. Everybody is familiar with experiencing an ever growing list of daily demands without the benefit of any additional time to manage them. The only solution to the time crunch we find ourselves in is to make better use of what we already got. The 3 time management techniques we discussed here can be applied by anybody for any circumstances. By using these techniques you can sharpen the focus of your efforts which will lead to an increase in your personal productivity.

About The Author
TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina.

For more tips about using time management strategies to increase your productivity and to receive a free instructional manual that teaches valuable niche research techniques visit:http://affiliatequickstart.com

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Need a Book Review or Help Promoting Your Book?

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The SFC review team at Stories for Children Magazine and the Families Matter blog is very interested in reviewing your book. Our magazine site posts book reviews monthly and lists all reviewed books in our SFC Bookstore. We will also email you the book review for use with your book promotion and marketing. All books reviewed by the SFC review team at Stories for Children Magazine and Families Matter blog will be donated to a local children's library or charity so more children can enjoy your work.

If you are interested in Stories for Children Magazine's Book Review/Donation program, please visit
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Please put "BOOK REVIEW/DONATION PROGRAM" in the subject line when contacting one of our many SFC Reviewers. They will send you mailing instructions and requests for anything other information needed.

This is a great way to get your books "out there" and help more children discover the World of Ink. Visit Stories for Children Magazine to take an adventure in the World of Ink at http://storiesforchildrenmagazine.org. The relaunch issue will be available April 2011!

If you are looking to get the word out about your book with a book trailer or tour, SFC Publishing is here to help. You can learn more about our services to help share your book in the World of Ink at http://storiesforchildrenpublishing.com under the "Services" section.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Interview Friday with Katie Hines

Katie Hines has been writing snippets here and there as long as she can remember. When in 8th grade, she wrote a short story called, “Underworld.” Then, in high school, she wrote several poems that were published in an anthology.

Marriage and raising two children contributed to putting away writing for a few years, but she came back to it while in her 40s. Since that time, she has been a contributing feature writer and columnist for a local newspaper, has written several features articles for another area newspaper, and wrote religious and humor articles for an online Catholic ezine.

Since the release of “Guardian,” in January 2010, Hines is currently working on another fantasy novel as well as a couple of chapter books, and is extending “My Name is Bib” into a full young adult novel.

VS: Katie, it is so great to have you here today to chat about your love of writing. Now you’ve been writing for a very long time. However, you didn’t get serious about your writing until you decided to write a memoir. Can you share with us a little about what inspired you to write the memoir?

Katie: Actually, I was a stay-at-home mom that was bored with her life. The kids were in high school, could drive themselves. I was looking for something that would add meaning and enrichment to my life. During my 20s, I had journaled extensively, and my husband suggested I make them into a book.

VS: How funny what inspired you to write a memoir is what got me into writing to begin with. I think it is important for stay-at-home moms to have something to do. Now Katie, is your family supportive of your writing?

Katie: Yes, absolutely, my husband especially. We have spent many hours together reading and brainstorming, and he is almost (but not quite, you understand) my co-author.

VS: I totally understand what you mean about almost but now quite. My husband has helped me brainstorm a few of my novels. He helps me see things in a different way. Now you had your first book, Guardian published by 4RV Publishing come out January 2010. Can you share with us a little about your book?

Katie: Be glad to. Drew Newman is ready to tell his friends a secret, but two strangers burst on the scene, demanding an ancient, magical book. He plummets into a world of uncertainty and fear as his home is invaded and he desperately tries to find the book.

Aided by the mysterious Jean-Paul, Drew’s search takes him and friends to Oak Island, Nova Scotia, where he continues his search. Joined with his Grandpa Ian and cousin, Zea, the tension ratchets up when Drew is kidnapped and he encounters the head of a sect that wants the book, a magical talisman and a treasure, for themselves.

Sprinkled with magic, Guardian explores the commitment of a boy determined to fulfill his promise to his mother and claim an uncertain destiny.

VS: Sounds like my type of book. I’ll have to pick up a copy for my own personal reading. Okay, Katie you did a blog tour of your book to help promote it. Can you share what is was like visiting so many blogs in a short time frame? Any special strategies you’d like to share?

Katie: It was a bit hectic, that’s for sure. Networking ahead of time is so important when it comes time to be hosted on others’ blogs! You want to choose blogs where you will get the most exposure, and that target your niche audience.

VS: I couldn’t agree with you more. I’m getting ready to do a tour myself so wish me luck. Now many writers can always share what their favorite part about writing is, but what do you find is the most difficult part of writing?

Katie: Creating the first draft. It’s always work for me, and sometimes I feel like I’m pulling out my soul.

VS: LOL. I was just asked to write not one, but two guest blog posts about writing first drafts. I about had a heart attack because I also find that the hardest part of writing. Katie, do you have any other works in progress? Can you share a little about them?

Katie: I do. I’m currently working on another middle grade urban fantasy called, Glassblower, and plan a third. I also have two chapter books I’m working about the hilarious Grandma Helga. Finally, I am working on a young adult novel about a girl whose sister was murdered. A chapter from that book won me a first place award with the Highlights Foundation.

VS: That’s so wonderful. I always feel you can learn a lot about a writer’s style from their writing desk. Katie, please share with us about your writing space?

Katie: It is very organized, and everything has its place. I hear of writers whose desks are heaped with papers and all. I would find that impossible to work with. I’d be busy cleaning right off the bat!

VS: We seem to have more in common beyond writing. I’m the same way when it comes to my writing space. When you sit down to write, what is the first thing you do to help get those creative juices pumping?

Katie: I re-read the last 5-10 pages of what I have written. I also make sure that there are no other possible distractions, like the telephone, or family members coming and going. My office has a French door with 15 panes of glass so I can see them, but when it is closed; my family knows not to bother me.

VS: Katie, can you share with us what you feel are the basic ingredients of a story?

Katie: For me, the first thing I work on is my characters...always assuming I already have an idea about the story and where it is headed. They need to be varied, rich, humorous, have depth and be a person the reader can relate to. There are several ways to accomplish this, but I think that “The First Five Pages” by Noah Lukeman is a great book to give you ideas on how to give your character its own voice.

The plot is, of course, key. For me, I use the hero’s journey “template” for my books since they are plot driven as opposed to character driven. The hero starts out on his journey, encounters many obstacles, overcomes them, faces a final obstacle or crisis and then after the climax of the story, it all wraps up in a satisfying conclusion.

With point of view (POV), you need to decide whether you are going to write from a single person’s POV, or from multiple POVs. This can be tricky for a new author, for if you write from a single person’s POV, then that means the story can only be told from what that person can see, hear, touch, smell, or speak. For example, a scene from a single person’s POV means that if a character turns his back on the POV character and say, moves a ring from the right hand to the left, you can’t talk about it unless the POV character actually sees the move.

The famous old “show don’t tell” rule can be a slippery slope for all writers. For example, the writer could say, “There were horses in the corral.” That’s telling. Showing would be “Horses wheeled about in the corral, seeking to escape the confining rails.” Which is most interesting? The one that shows, of course.

VS: Katie, it has been a blast having you here today. Is there anything else you would like to share with us about being a “Writing Mama”?

Katie: I think that if you have a passion for something, you should definitely find some way to funnel that passion, whether it’s writing, or something else. That is a way you will find fulfillment apart from your family. I liken it to having a job that just happens to be at home.

VS: I want to thank you Katie for taking the time to share with my readers about being a writing mama.

You call can pick up a copy of Katie’s book Guardian at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble online and the publishers website. The ISBN is below. Also, make sure to swing by Katie’s sites. She has a lot to share about the writing and her blog always has something new, interesting and unique. 


ISBN: 978-0-9840708-8-6

Katie Hines’ Sites

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Back Story of "No Justice"


 
What's the back story on the big story for "No Justice"?
 by Darcia Helle
 
Some time ago, I served on a jury for the murder trial of a man accused of raping and murdering his girlfriend. While I had known that our justice system had flaws, this was a close-up view of those injustices behind our justice system. We, the jury, were not allowed to hear anything about the plaintiff’s past. His life was a locked box. The victim, however, had no such privacy. The defense attorney gleefully flaunted the victim’s past, including her sexual history from as far back as her teen years. I will never forget the look of anguish on her parents’ faces.

The defense did a great job of spinning the tale and making the victim out to be less than virtuous. After a week of this, when we were sent to deliberate, only two of the 12 jurors initially voted for murder one. I was one of them. The other 10 wanted involuntary manslaughter, citing her behavior and his cocaine use as “excuses”. I should mention here that the man had left his dead girlfriend in his bed, while he went out and partied with friends all night. Also, according to witnesses, he was quite sober at the time of the murder.

The other juror and I fought for, and eventually won, a murder one conviction. Before we left the courthouse, the judge spoke to us privately. She congratulated and thanked us for the conviction. At that time, she was now able to tell us what had been carefully kept from us throughout the trial; the man we’d just convicted had a long history of abusing women. He’d already been convicted of several assaults and one rape. An involuntary manslaughter charge would have been little more than a slap on the wrist. He’d have been out in no time, free to rape and murder yet another woman.

My husband and I were discussing this one-day; that case specifically and the justice system in general. That’s when the character Michael Sykora was born. In many ways, Sykora is my husband’s alter ego. (But, to be clear, my husband does not moonlight as a hit man!) 

As for the specific plot, that developed from a combination of the characters’ voices and the conversation with my husband. I don’t write from an outline. I start with a character and a vague idea. Then I listen and follow where that leads me. About midway through writing No Justice, I realized that I had way too many plots and subplots going on. At that point, I knew that Michael Sykora needed to be a series. He wasn’t happy with one book. I stripped down that initial manuscript and told the story of where I thought the series needed to begin. 


No Justice Blurb:  
How far would you go to right a wrong? 

For Michael Sykora, killing started as blind rage. Then it became something he's 
good at. To most of those who know him, Michael is a software designer, a smart 
but average guy with a workaholic nature. To a chosen few, Michael is a part-time 
hit man whose specialty is eliminating hard-core criminals. 

Michael has managed to keep his two personas separate. Until now. When Nicki, a 
close friend, gets into trouble, Michael steps in to help. Having lost his fiance 
to a brutal crime, Michael will do whatever necessary to keep from losing another 
in his life. 

At one time or another, don't we all wish we could do the things our Justice 
system cannot or will not? What would it take to push you over the edge?
 
 
About the author:
Darcía Helle says she writes because, "My head gets cluttered with characters that 
demand their story be written."

A suspense author, she has written 6 novels: Enemies and Playmates, Hit List, No 
Justice, Beyond Salvation, Miami Snow and The Cutting Edge.

Darcía grew up in Massachusetts but has lived in the Tampa Bay area of Florida 
since 2002. She is married and has two sons. An animal lover, Darcía has two very 
spoiled dogs and two equally spoiled cats. 
 
 
To learn more about or to follow Darica Helle visit her sites below:

My Website: 
http://www.DarciaHelle.com or http://www.QuietFuryBooks.com

My Blog:
http://www.QuietFuryBooks.com/blog

Twitter:
http://www.Twitter.com/darciahelle

Facebook:
http://www.Facebook.com/darcia.helle
 
My Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/Darcia-Helle/e/B002LTMF7O/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
 
My Smashwords Page:
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/DarciaHelle 

Monday, November 15, 2010

WHY - SELF PUBLISH?

Why Self Publish? - A Good Story Is A Good Story – Tuesday November 16, at 12 Noon –CST- Host Marsha Cook – Listen in while you have lunch. This weeks show is about the controversial subject - traditional publishing verses self publishing. Writing is a business and time is money. Special guest Robert Raymond, author of Entrepreneurs Guide to the Universe. Virginia Grenier will be joining Marsha Cook as well as Denise Spooner for a lively discussion. This show is as always informative and entertaining. The great discussions that come from a show like this are the conversations that can make a difference. Callers are always welcome and the chat room is always open with help from Denise Spooner. Please call in and tell us what you think.
Phone -656-595-4478 - Call the same number to listen in -

LINK TO SHOW -There is a podcast after live show -

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rrradio/2010/11/16/a-good-story-is-a-good-story-with-host-marsha-casp

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Article Wed: Managing Time When Working Online


Managing time efficiently when marketing on the internet is arguably the single biggest contributing factor for business success online. In addition to the myriad of responsibilities associated with an online business the internet also presents entrepreneurs with an ongoing atmosphere of change. This change in turn leads to new policies and techniques that need to be learned and addressed. When running a business these changes and challenges require the establishment and use of certain time management strategies. Of course the strategy you adopt needs to best fit your particular skills and preferences but some type of approach does need to be put in place.

Here are 3 time management strategies that you can choose from to help you efficiently tackle the different challenges that may face you on a daily basis. These strategies mainly address the best times to 'schedule' any routine, difficult or unfamiliar tasks or challenges as they arise.

Tackle New Challenges Immediately

As new 'challenges' arise or changes take place when is it best for you to tackle these issues? Are you more comfortable putting them off till later or perhaps you are one to dive right in.

When marketing on the internet you can easily, and should, develop a routine. By 'tackling' any new changes or additions to your workload at the beginning of your day you are fresh and likely at your best insofar as energy level and ability to focus. This could very well accelerate the speed with which you are able to complete these new responsibilities. This now leaves the rest of the day to complete tasks that are more routine and familiar to you.

Complete 'Routine' Tasks First

Another strategy you can use is to begin your day with the completion of any routine tasks that require completion first. Having these 'accomplishments' under your belt may leave you felling more relaxed and ready to devote time to new challenges. Time management strategies such as this rely upon a relaxed state of mind to help increase your focus. This results in you being able to 'master' anything new that much quicker.

First Determine Time Investment Required

Some people may prefer to address new or more difficult issues early on in their day to simply just get an understanding of what it involves and NOTHING more. After becoming familiar with what it will take to complete these tasks you can than 'schedule' them into your plans when it best suits you. The objective of this approach is to simply get an idea of the degree of difficulty and time investment that will be required first. With this knowledge plans can than be made to complete it in the future.

I use this particular strategy quite a bit myself since I like to know what I am getting involved in.

One of the biggest requirements for business success online is consistently managing time in an efficient manner. Marketing on the internet presents an ongoing atmosphere of change to entrepreneurs. These changes only increase the challenges people are faced with concerning their ability to effectively manage their time. The 3 time management strategies we discussed above serve as suggestions as to how to best approach your daily challenges both new and old. The approach you choose is dependent upon your personal preferences and skill set. In any case it will be necessary to establish some type of systematic approach that will allow you to smoothly operate and grow your online business.

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TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina.

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