Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Key to Success When Working Online

The key to success when working online ultimately is your ability to connect with others.
Online relationships are difficult to develop when marketing on the internet due to the lack of physical contact. Special effort must therefore first be put into developing trust which can be achieved by having a positive impact over those you come in contact with.

Here is a simple 5 step strategy one should consider adopting when marketing on the internet if you hope to become successful working online.

Know Tour 'Target' Audience

What makes them tick or why are they even looking around online! You cannot expect to 'forge' a relationship with anyone without first knowing a little about them. If you intend to be of help to them and make a positive impact upon them in some way it is best to be familiar with their needs.

Heck you may discover that what you have to offer is no benefit to your audience thereby you are wasting both your time and theirs.

Share Your Best Knowledge or Secrets

It's all about winning/earning their respect/trust! The most effective way to do this online is share what you know with them. Whether it is out of your own personal experience or something you picked up from someone else PASS ON THE KNOWLEDGE!

In order to become successful in just about any field you will need the support/allegiance and/or loyal following of others to do so. Helping others is a great start to forming a positive relationship plus the 'warm fuzzy' feeling you get does not hurt either!

Build People

Oh sure, social proof is a very popular approach to reassure others when they are deciding upon a particular direction to take. When 'asking' people to make a decision or take a 'direction' you want them to be comfortable. Sometimes however their hesitancy is based upon self-doubts that can only be addressed by encouragement. At these times go to the 'core' and help them realize 'they got what is takes just use it' - nothing is more convincing or true than that!

By making a positive impact in that way you are not only building a very solid reputation but just as importantly you are genuinely helping another!

Simplify the 'Complicated'

Do not get caught up in salesmanship when communicating with others online. Your 'blizzard of words' when trying to make the complicated seem simple generally only serves to further confuse or even alienate people.

When all things are considered there is really nothing involved in marketing on the internet that is rocket science. For every complicated issue there exists a simple explanation. Consistently communicate in a way that everybody can understand and you will likely attract many more people that way.

Light Their Fires

In the end it gets down to an individuals desire or needs they want filled and the most you can do is to make them aware you possess the means. Their willingness to 'openly' listen to your claims will be greatly enhanced by your reputation and the relationship you may already have with them.

Your long term internet success all comes down to trust and the effort you have invested into developing it with other people online.

The key to success when marketing on the internet is in your ability to build positive relationships with the people you come into contact with. To become successful working online you must first let people know they can trust you. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by having a positive impact on others. It is hard to ignore or dislike someone who is consistently helpful. The strategy discussed above aims to make you more aware that your attitude should be more of a giving than receiving one. As they say actions speak louder than words and this is what most 'impressions' are built upon. By sharing what you know or being helpful in some way that will have a positive impact on others helps to build the reputation you need to succeed.
About The Author
TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina.
To learn more about the key to success when building an online business and to also receive a free instructional manual that teaches valuable niche research techniques simply visit:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


LOS ANGELES _ The 2010 Los Angeles Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program honoring the best of the world publishing community.

The Los Angeles Book Festival will consider self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, business, spiritual, photography/art, poetry, foreign language, romance and mysteries published on or after Jan. 1, 2007.

Our grand prize for the 2010 Los Angeles Book Festival Book of the Year is $1500 cash and a flight to the awards ceremony in February.

Submitted works will be judged by a publishing panel using the following criteria:
  1. General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story.
  2. The potential of the work to reach a larger audience.
ENTRIES: Please classify your book and enter it in the following categories. Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate fee for each book.

  1. General Non-Fiction
  2. General Fiction
  3. Biography/Autobiography
  4. Children's Books
  5. Young Adult
  6. How-to
  7. Cookbooks
  8. Science Fiction
  1. Business
  2. Spiritual
  3. Photography/Art
  4. Poetry
  5. Romance
  6. Mystery
  7. Foreign Language
In addition to honoring the top selections in the above categories, The Los Angeles Book Festival will award the following chosen from submissions:
  1. Los Angeles Book Festival Author of the Year-Honors the outstanding book of the competition.
  2. Los Angeles Book Festival Book Design of the Year --- Honors outstanding and innovative design.
  3. Los Angeles Book Festival Independent Publisher of the Year-Honors the top publisher based on materials displaying excellence in marketing and promotional materials, as determined by our judges. 
TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. The Los Angeles Book Festival is part of the JM Northern Media family of festivals, which includes the DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books, the New York Book Festival and the Hollywood Book Festival. The Los Angeles Book Festival is sponsored by eDivvy, the Larimar St. Croix Writers Colony, Westside Websites and the DIY 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness on A Good Story is a Good Story tonight 8pm CST

I won't be on the show right away because my daughter has lit night at her school . . . can you believe it at the same time. But I will be joining the show asap after. I hope you all can listen it. This is a very important topic for all women.


Breast Cancer Awareness will be the topic Monday October 25, at 8 pm CST, 9pm EST, 6pmPCT - A GOOD STORY IS A GOOD STORY with Hosts Marsha Casper Cook, and Virginia S. Grenier. Their guests this week will be breast cancer survivors and some very special stories.Getting regular screening tests is the best way for women to lower their risk of dying from breast cancer. Screening tests can find breast cancer early, when it's most treatable. This show is dedicated to all those who have survived breast cancer. A very important portion of the show will include a representative from BRIGHT PINK Bright Pink is a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Please call in if you have any questions or if you would like to add your story or a story of a breast cancer survivor. 

Call in number (646) 595-4478 

Link to listen to the show

Friday, October 22, 2010

Interview Friday with Connie Arnold

Connie Arnold is an author and poet residing in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with her husband, has two married children and three young grandsons. She is the author of three inspirational poetry books. Animal Sound Mix-up is her first published children’s book. Her writing appears in several anthologies, magazines and newsletters.

VS: Connie, I want to thank you for being my guest here on The Writing Mama today. I know being a parent and writer can be hard. I find myself asking if I am giving my three children enough attention throughout the day. So to start my first question is . . . what is a typical writing day like for you?

Connie: Since my children and grandchildren live far away, I don’t have the distraction of them needing my attention through the day, although I’d love to have much more of that! On a writing day, I usually begin first thing in the morning while I’m sitting at the dining room table with a banana and juice. That’s my most creative time. Sometimes I have notes that I’ve jotted on a note pad as they have come to me, and that helps get my thoughts focused on what I want to write. I will continue writing as long as it keeps flowing, then put it away and come back to it later in the day to see if I can add to or improve it. When I have something that I know I want to keep, I go to the computer, type and save it.

VS: That sounds like a smart idea. Is your family supportive of your writing?

Connie: They are very supportive. My husband encourages me to write and is great for bouncing ideas off him and providing input about what I’ve written, seeing things from a different perspective. My children encourage me through emails, phone calls, and when we are together. My grandchildren just love to have something read to them that Nana wrote!

VS: That’s great they support in every way that they can. What inspired you to write?

Connie: Moving to North Carolina was a big inspiration for my writing. Leaving my children and friends behind and coming to a new area where I didn’t know anyone left me with a hole that needed filling. My health wasn’t good enough to get a job, and the quiet time at home alone was a perfect time to let the creativity flow.

VS: Sounds kind of, like how I started writing. Expect it was because I become a stay at home mom. Now you just published your first children’s book, what made you decide to start writing for children?

Connie: Having grandchildren and reading books to them got me thinking about what sort of things they enjoy the most, and when I had some ideas, I started writing them. Thinking of the joy on their little faces when listening to a good book being read was a huge incentive to me!

VS: I think it’s great you found another genre you enjoy writing. You’re also a poet. Can you share a little about your poems?

Connie: The beauty surrounding me in this wonderful state inspired a growing love of writing poetry, sharing that beauty through my writing. As a musician, it was a good background for the type of lyrical, rhythmic and rhyming poetry I write. The poems are uplifting and positive, offering encouragement to the reader.

VS: I will have to check them out. I am not a very good poet myself, but I enjoy reading it. Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If yes, how did you ‘cure’ it?

Connie: Yes, I think it happens to all writers sometimes! I just don’t try to write during those times because I’ve learned that when I try to force it, the writing is lacking. Instead, I try to do things that are inspiring and read things that keep my mind actively thinking along the lines of what I want to write. When the time is right and the inspiration is there, I write.

VS: I will have to try that next time I get stuck when writing. What was the first thing you ever had published?

Connie: Some of my early poetry was published in newsletters and a magazine called The Secret Place. My first book was a collection of poetry, Beautiful Moments of Joy and Peace, published in 2007.

VS: Can you share with us a little about your current book, “Animal Sound Mix-up”?

Connie: Can you imagine what it would be like if animals made totally unexpected sounds instead of the ones you expect them to make? That’s the crazy fun you can find in my new book! The illustrations by Kit Grady are bright, colorful and engaging. Guardian Angel Publishing is a wonderful publisher, and Animal Sound Mix-up fits nicely in their line of quality books for children.

VS: I really enjoyed your book when Stories for Children hosted you on your blog tour. It is a fun and very cute book. What type of book promotion works for you? Any special strategies you would like to share?

Connie: What works best for me is sharing some of my poetry online so people can read it and those who enjoy it are more likely to want my books. I have blogs for my poetry and for Animal Sound Mix-up, as well as websites for each. Sharing on Twitter and Facebook reaches many people. Doing readings and events where I can share from my books works very well. Guardian Angel Publishing, the publisher of Animal Sound Mix-up, had events last month in St. Louis where we shared our books with home school families at a children’s museum. I shared my book recently at a Fall Festival with a large group of preschoolers and their families. Being with people where they can see the books and experience what’s in them helps them to sell themselves.

VS: Some great advice for marketing. What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?

Connie: Thoughts float around in my mind for a while before they start taking shape and the right words come to me. I keep pencil and notepad handy, especially by the bed, since those middle of the night and early morning thoughts are often the best! Once I get the right beginning, I need to get it written down quickly and the rest can continue to pour out.

VS: I tend to use my voice recorder on my phone. It is always good to have something handy to get those ideas down. Do you have any other works in progress? Can you share a little about them?

Connie: I have two other poetry collections that I’m working on. One of them is almost finished and is mostly about the seasons. I have a couple of manuscripts that are hoping to become picture books, and another children’s book that I am in the process of signing a contract for with a different publisher. Hopefully, there will be good news to share in the near future!

VS: You will have to keep us posted. What would we be surprised to learn about you?

Connie: I received a music contract for a song I composed for my son’s wedding.

VS: Wow . . . and such a great surprise to learn about. What do you recommend my readers and I do with all those things we wrote years ago, but have never been able to bring ourselves to show anyone?

Connie: Get them out and read them again. Time can change your perspective, and you probably know much more about writing than you did then. Look for ways to improve what you’ve written, read it aloud to really get a feel for it, then find someone you trust to give an honest opinion about it and share. You may be pleasantly surprised and encouraged to keep working on it and submit it somewhere!

VS: I am going to print that and keep it next to my computer. Great words of advice. Is there anything else you would like to share with us about being a “Writing Mama”?

Connie: Pay attention to what your children say and do, and make notes about things they especially enjoy or that inspire you. If you’re like me, your memory will fail you when you had something perfect to write about if you don’t jot it down soon after it happens!

VS: Connie, thank you so much for taking the time to share with my readers about being a writing mama.

If you would like to learn more about Connie Arnold and her books, you can visit her websites.

Author website -
Children website -
Inspirational poetry blog -
Children's author blog -

Links to purchase books:
Amazon (page showing all 4 of my books) -
Guardian Angel Publishing (Animal Sound Mix-up) -
RPJ & Company (Abundant Comfort and Grace) -       

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Stories for Children Magazine Reopens Its Doors!

Stories for Children Magazine
a trademark of Stories for Children Publishing, LLC
An Ezine for Children (3 to 12)

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

For Immediate Release

Stories for Children Magazine Reopens Its Doors!

The exciting growth and changes continue to occur at Stories for Children Magazine and we are pleased to announce its reopening! This award-winning Ezine shut down for a short hiatus as their Founder, Owner and Editor-in-Chief VS Grenier gave birth to a wonderful baby girl.

“Being a mother takes a lot out of you, but now that my little girl is old enough to play in my office and my other kids are back in school . . . it’s time to reopen Stories for Children Magazine,” states VS Grenier. “I’ve really missed working with our great list of authors and illustrators. In addition, I am looking forward to working with the new SFC Team. We have a few of our old team members back, but we’ve added a lot of new faces as well.”

Stories for Children Magazine’s first issue is planned for April 2011. They are open to submissions and are looking for fiction, nonfiction, poems, crafts, activities, puzzles and youth submissions to fill their April, May and Summer 2011 issues. You can find their guidelines at under the contributors section.

Even though the relaunch issue is not until April 2011, you can still visit this fun, family friendly Ezine each month. “We’ll be posting book reviews, crafts, coloring pages and more for FREE each month,” states Grenier.

Stories for Children Magazine placed in the Top Ten for Best Magazine in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry in the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2008. So come take an adventure in the World of Ink with Stories for Children Magazine

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Article Wed: 3 Simple Steps to Developing Writing Ideas

New and fresh writing ideas are sometimes hard to come by if you write articles as part of your online marketing strategy. You want readers to be able to gain something useful every time they read your work. Of course, you want to write articles related to your topic or niche to make it more relevant for your readers. Well today, we are going to focus on how to write an article based upon how you complete a typical task that is common to your line of work. Now this task can be anything from setting up a website to composing email messages for your auto-responder as long as it is useful and relevant.

The following 3 steps will show you how to write an article by breaking down any work assignment and explaining how to successfully complete it.

Pick a Task, Any Task

Every business has some type of online marketing strategy, which is made of several different variables involving countless functions that need to be performed. The range of strategies and functions that go into operating an online business seem to go on into infinity. This also gives you a plentiful supply of topics to write articles about. I will not even go into the different problems that may arise and the steps or procedures that are required to address these issues. I think you get my point………

Outline Your Procedure

Take the task you select to be the focal point of your article and break in down into the steps or procedures involved in the completion of this task. This will be your article outline. Each step or procedure is now a new paragraph or perhaps the content found within a sub-title of your article.

Remember how we said the most effective articles are the ones that are relevant to your field? Well obviously, any task you choose to write about more than fills the requirement of having articles related to your field and relevant to your readers.

Describe Completing Each Step

At this point you are now merely 'filling in the blanks' as you finish writing your article. By taking the outline, you have already put together you simply and briefly describe how to complete each step. Remember it is just an article so your description does not need to be of great detail just a good overview.

Having a constant supply of fresh writing ideas is vital for anyone who writes articles as part of their online marketing strategy. Of course, to be the most effective you want to writes articles related to your field of interest to maintain relevancy for your readers. The 3 simple steps we discussed above show how to write an article based upon the steps involved in the completion of any work related assignments. When you consider the countless number of tasks involved in operating your own business you will NEVER be at a lost for ideas to write about.

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

For more tips about developing fresh writing ideas for your articles and to receive a free instructional manual that teaches valuable niche research techniques visit: