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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Interview with Author Abigail Diaz Juan



How Me Found I: Mastering the Art of Pivoting Gracefully Through Life

Abigail Diaz Juan is a global citizen and world traveler. After coming to the United States from Afghanistan, she became a successful businesswoman, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. As a teacher and founder of the Diamond Quest Company, she assists others in walking their own paths to greatness. Visit her online at www.mydiamondquest.net.

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
It was not my idea to write How Me Found I: Mastering the Art of Pivoting Gracefully Through Life. I had never had the ambition to write a book. This book began with me waking up one night two years ago, compelled to go to my computer and start typing what turned out to be fully complete grammatically correct sentences. This initial experience then evolved from me being awakened up in the middle of the night to sit in front of the computer with my eyes closed and simply type for three continuous months. I was always astounded in the morning by what I had written the night before. Eventually, I accepted that this manuscript had extreme value regarding our very survival of the human species and our planet as a whole. It was imperative to bring this knowledge into the world to help those stuck or trapped in their present circumstances by offering an alternative path of proactive conscious thought on how to create and live a better life. It is in helping ourselves access our natural power can we save ourselves, our species, our planet.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
My targeted reader is someone who is stuck and has tried many venues; and yet finds themselves back in the same space again and again. This book, which wrote itself, is the key to breaking out of all the bindings that hold you static to growth. How Me Found I is a spiritually scientific self-help guide that helps the reader navigate their real-time life in a more progressively smoother, easier, and expansive manner. It is finding alignment with the greater forces of Nature and the Universe and maintaining that communication and relationship in an experiential way that creates and manages your everyday life in real-time.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
 I don't believe that my words are important. I believe that the concepts contained in How Me Found I, if internalized and actualized, can change every person's life that reads the book to evolve to a much better place than they were before. How Me Found I offers the reader a complete life and lifestyle change, not a temporary or quick fix 12 step technique of promised nirvana.

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
Follow your heart. If your book is not from your heart, it will never capture its audience.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
I think the present trends in the genre of self-help and human potential are more focused on either checking out from everyday reality or present unsustainable problem solution techniques - the quick fix approach. I feel that a vast majority of people have given up hope that a self-help book can deliver what it promises. They find the promise of relief from their day-to-day mundane circumstances leaves them empty after the initial embracement. It is like going to the gym to work out and lose weight in January after the holidays. You start with great enthusiasm and start to see the positive effects, but eventually over time, you stop working out and your body ends up reverting back to the way it was before you started going to the gym and then after the next holidays, you go back to the gym with new hopes and goals to change yourself once again.
The book, "The Secret" is a perfect example of huge expectations with unsustainable results. Most books do not break down the sciences of how life really works at the granular foundational level of creation. Nor do they lay out the steps on how to achieve a life of greatness in a manner that involves the cooperation of both the Ego mind and the Heart working together in counterbalance as partners in a dual system structure. The net result is that without true balance and vigilant adherence to the true principles of Nature, one cannot sustain themselves and their lifestyles without great effort.

The book publishing industry is becoming more democratized and self-publishing will continue to grow over traditional publishing.

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
Disbelief. In the beginning of this writing project, whenever I woke up in the middle of the night, sat at the computer and typed words that came into my head, I would question the validity of what I internally heard, until I realized the importance and value of the truth being spoken, then I would simply type as dictated to. Eventually, my disbelief turned into extreme curiosity as I waited for what would come next from my fingers on the keyboard.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
If one can conquer all aspects of fear and its many derivatives, one is free to face any and all adversities in their life, because the power to create and control their personal circumstances in life becomes accessible to them once they are able to move beyond the limiting confines of fear. And with that freedom, comes a peaceful joyful existence that many of us can only dream of.

My book, How Me Found I, is about transcending your fears and converting them into the positive changes necessary to quantum jump yourself into living your desired life in full cooperation and alignment with the Universe and Mother Nature.  

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. 

Visit Your Library & Become Its Advocate, Now!



February 3, 2018 is Take Your Child to the Library Day.  The first such day was celebrated in 2011.  But you don’t need a special day to appreciate what a library can offer a community and its readers.


There are many ways to celebrate our precious libraries.  Here are 8 things you can do:

·         Donate books to your local library.  Even better, drive a few towns over to a poorer neighborhood and donate your books there.  Consider donating money too.

·         Volunteer to help out at your library.

·         Make use of a library’s resources, whether in print, online, or with its collection of audio and video materials.

·         Bring your kids to the library and show them what they can do there and how it’s a safe haven to join a book–loving community.

·         Attend events and author appearances at the library.

·         Choose the library as a destination to read a book, do homework, or to look things up through its proprietary databases.

·         Talk to the librarian and pick his or her brain. Librarians retain a wealth of knowledge who can reduce time wasted on searches to nowhere.

·         Browse the shelves and randomly discover a book.  Flip through photography books, skim books on subjects you rarely expose yourself to, and thumb through some escapist fiction that may just hook you.  Be an intellectual pioneer.  Go on a wild adventure right in your neighborhood library.

If you want to introduce the library to a young child, consider reading picture books with a library theme, including these:

Lulu Loves the Library
Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian
A Library Book for Bear
Shelf Elf’s Guide to Library Etiquette
Jumping Off Library Shelves
How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Repunzel
The Lending Zoo
Library Day
Tinyville Town I’m A Librarian
The Not So Quiet Library
The New Librarian
If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t!
Little Library Mouse
Luna Loves Library Day
The Magical World of Libraries
Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book
Corduroy Goes To the Library
Dinosaur vs. The Library

To learn more about how to celebrate and honor libraries, consult www.ala.org.  The American Library Association sponsors National Library Week April 8-14, 2018.  

Misty Copeland, a celebrated star of the ballet and the author of a New York Times best-selling memoir, will serve as the honorary choice of National Library Week.

Among the things focused on during that pro-library week is National Library Workers Day, National Bookmobile Day, and Take Action for Libraries Day, The ALA store sells posters and bookmarks that highlight how librarians have been trailblazers on issues such as intellectual freedom, equity of access to books, and free speech.

Lastly, check out www.ilovelibraries.org to learn about things like recommended reading lists, how to start a book club, and how authors can get involved in supporting their libraries.  You’ll learn about key issues confronting libraries, from funding to marketing, and you’ll see how you can become a library trustee or a strong library advocate.  

Check out www.ala.org/advocacy/adules/federallegislation. Become informed and active!

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Trump Threatens Free Speech on the 100 Year Anniversary of the Sedition Act



President Donald Trump recently announced Fake News Awards while telling lie after lie and leading under a cloud of suspicion with the Russia collusion investigation hanging over his head.  He also recently called for stricter laws and penalties surrounding our libel and defamation laws, again, all while he potentially uses the media to defame others.  It is his goal is to silence his critics and threaten the free press or those who would speak out against him.  This all may seem fitting as we look back at the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Sedition Act of 1918.

The United States Congress, during World War I, passed the Espionage Act of 1917 and then extended it a year later, seeking to cover a bigger range of offenses, most notably speech and any expression of opinions that could cast the government or the war effort in a negative light – or interfere with the sale of government bonds.

It’s hard to believe our nation, which lives by the principle of free speech, would pass laws to silence Americans.  Luckily, it was repealed in 1920, but its legacy is lasting.

The Act had forbade the use of “disloyal, profane, scurrilous or abusive language" about the American government, its military, or that caused anyone to see the American government or its institutions with contempt.”

People actually got convicted and prison sentences ranged from 5-20 years.  The Act also allowed the Postmaster General to deny mail delivery where he believed appropriate.

Can Trump twist our laws to silence others? If not now, will he obtain broader powers during times of war, should he ever go to war?

Trump also wants to do away with Net Neutrality. Such an action will stifle free speech. The FCC has already repealed it, so it will be an upward battle to bring it back.

Hopefully cooler heads prevail, but there’s always a vocal minority that believes not all speech is equal, that the press has too much power, and that the Internet needs to be contained.  

In other countries, like China, we see censorship and speech bans in play.  But we hope America doesn’t ever return to its dark days, as experienced a century ago.

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Interview with Author Randi Brill



99 CREATIVE WOWs: Words of Wisdom for Business

At 14, Randi Brill announced she was going to be in charge of something—and she has been in charge of many creative “somethings” ever since. Randi defines herself as a “simultaneous entrepreneur,” and is currently at the helm of her design agency, QuaraCORE and her e-commerce site, Teacher Peach.  

In July 2017, Randi released her first book, 99 CREATIVE WOWs: Words of Wisdom for Business in both softcover and e-book forms to capture and share her business expertise and creative strategies under her own Randiland Press imprint. She’s currently creating 99 companion podcasts to underscore the strategy and application of each WOW.

Randi’s also an avid and entertaining speaker, podcast host, author and blogger—the latter activities occurring most often from 1 to 3 am in the morning when she’s still wide awake and working—to create her own luck. Stay tuned; Randi’s just warming up.

See www.99wows.com for more information

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
I wrote 99 Creative WOWs: Words of Wisdom for Business to capture—in one portable place—some of the many tough life and business lessons that I learned the VERY hard way. My goal is to help others benefit from my discoveries instead of also having to learn these life lessons on their own as I did. By putting myself in the shoes of potential readers, I knew that sharing the contexts of how I learned each WOW, though relevant to MY journey, would take too long to read to be rapidly helpful—in the moment—to their journeys. I worked to succinctly distill down each lesson into a logical, memorable summary statement, or by its more well branded label, a WOW (Words of Wisdom) lesson, by which I live so others can quickly grasp and embrace these WOWs—exactly when they need them!
After a lot of “You should put these ideas into a book, Randi; they could help a lot of people” comments, one colleague’s view confirmed my conviction: “These WOWs are familiar to you, Randi, but that’s because you live them; they’re going to be new and helpful to many others soon, they can live them, too.” So I began to shape this book, an interesting project for someone who had crafted the words of “other authors” for over 30 years. This time, as both author and designer, I applied my design skills to typographically underscore the meaning of each WOW. This visual, colorful book provides powerful shortcuts and helps readers MASTER and APPLY these concepts FAST, vital in today’s world.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?

Even though I’m a highly creative serial entrepreneur, it took me over 35 years to master and distill my hard-won business expertise into these 99 vivid and memorable wisdom-filled sound bites. 99 Creative WOWs: Words of Wisdom for Business is ideal for everyone from seasoned business professionals, newly minted graduates, start-up entrepreneurs, and everyone in between.
This clever and colorful book is brimming with 99 powerful secrets to business and life success. Today’s urgent, competitive world means few can afford to spend decades gaining such homegrown wisdom. 99 Creative WOWs: Words of Wisdom for Business delivers a rapid-fire jumpstart for everyone eager to develop, enhance and confirm their own creative business expertise—FAST.
Every business demands creative expertise. 99 Creative WOWs—Words of Wisdom for Business is also a motivating, unifying messaging tool for all businesses—from startups, the shop next door, and nonprofits to major conglomerates, B2C and global enterprises—and every iteration in between. Those who lead such organizations can inspire, encourage, and engage their teams—one WOW at a time.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
Experience is a profound teacher—both direct and indirect—when others can learn profound and applicable lessons in memorable, quick ways. From experience, we learn what works, what doesn’t, what to repeat and what never to attempt again. We learn from mistakes, missteps and crash landings. As an entrepreneur, I’ve personally experienced every one of these instructional models—often. Each WOW in 99 Creative WOWs—Words of Wisdom for Business falls into one of three primary categories: BUSINESS, CREATIVE and PERSONAL and are universal and overlap across all categories.
·   BUSINESS WOWs inspire, intrigue, and illuminate ideas for professionals ready to apply wisdom for a diverse array of business situations.
·   CREATIVE WOWs spark ingenuity and motivate business professionals to infuse creative problem-solving approaches, adding valuable results.
·   PERSONAL WOWs offer thoughtful perspectives when life’s challenges tax even resilient individuals, helping define the landscape for next steps.
I wouldn’t trade one moment of my own professional journey, yet a multi-decade itinerary is no longer practical. Today, new and seasoned business contributors as well as sharp creatives and entrepreneurs need to gain true wisdom—NOW.
Readers can browse through the WOWs to discover WOWs that are relevant and pertinent across a range of both urgent and ongoing situations. Because these WOWs are vivid and memorable, readers remember to reach for their WOWs to help them in work and life, finding many options that make them say, “WOW.”

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
·   Believe in yourself and all that you’ve learned on your journey enough to recognize that your wisdom is likely highly valuable to others.
·   Remember to stop, however, and apply your heard-earned wisdom to the vantage points of your audience and readers.
·   Your history is only relevant if it helps readers understand what they should do with your wisdom.
·   In my case, I worked to ensure these WOWs, in book form, do stand alone, open to the interpretations of others—in the context of their work and worlds. 
·   I also took powerful advantage of a range of media to reinforce and deepen the messages. For examples, I am currently building on the book by launching the 99 Creative WOWs PODCAST in early 2018 on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. Each podcast episode showcases one of the 99 WOWs to help readers grasp the universality, benefits, and applications of each WOW—with ways to apply each WOW in their world. In these podcast episodes, I connect the dots for listeners.
·   To further solidify the WOW brand, I also applied my graphic design savvy and that of my company to create brand expansion products that reinforce the 99 Creative WOWs. We not only sell the book and e-book, we also sell a companion tote bag, water bottles, and wall poster sets through Amazon.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
In today’s world, authors need to be smart about their work, rights, and value. Do your homework. Being an indy self-publisher is part of the wave of the present—and the future. It made perfect sense for me to self-publish; my background is in publishing. It makes equally terrific sense for those writers who may not have first-hand knowledge of this industry to explore this strategy.

Self-publishing resources abound; you do need to study them, scour the advice of experts for hidden hints, and apply smart common sense, as in all things new to you. Self-publishing your book does give you greater control over your product, your content, and the right to expand upon your work autonomously. It also means, however, you are directly responsible for much more than publishing—sales and marketing are also your responsibility.

Self-publishing may not be the right long-term solution for every writer, however, making the effort to self-publish and print on demand even a limited number of copies of your book might help you gain the attention of a more traditional publishers in your niche market.

In my experience, established publishers value the efforts to self-publish in advance of submission to them because it means that through this process, they’ll see a more polished, proofread presentation of your work so they can review your intentions and more effectively evaluate if your book is a match for their areas of specialization. Working with a formal publisher is about much more than shaping and producing the book itself; publishers can bring amazing value in terms of marketing, launch, and ultimately sales. There are multiple avenues to achieve these critical results.

My best advice: research carefully to discover the best options for you.

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
My biggest challenge was making and maximizing the limited amount of time I had with my hectic and demanding day jobs to focus on this book. I had to conceptualize, revise, start, revise, write, sequence, re-sequence, revise again, design, redesign, revise, refine, redo, and ultimately finish, and seek out the experts I needed to help me achieve success. And that was before delving into the areas I hadn’t done before! I’m not a publicist, for example, so I knew this was an area where I’d definitely need expert support. I also asked an array of business professionals to review the book for me and to candidly tell me their truths—anonymously. I learned so much! I was prepared to learn as I went along and that helped me a great deal, but I did often feel like the shoemaker’s kid—discovering how much I knew as well as how very much I did not yet know about independently publishing my first book.  The good news? As it says in WOW #33, “Whatever you learn is yours to keep.” And I shall.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
·   This book costs less than a movie ticket and a small bucket of popcorn! The residual effects and the instant and into-their-future impacts of 99 Creative WOWs—Words of Wisdom for Business will last much, much longer than both.
·   After all, no one has the 30+ years it took me to “home-grow” and distill this kind of learning. These days, those eager to succeed need to develop their wisdom—now—and in record time.
·   99 Creative WOWs—Words of Wisdom for Business has no shelf life; it offers new insights every time you pick it up. The WOWs meet you where you are NOW and will continue to be relevant when you reach where you’ll be NEXT.
·   The 2018 release of the 99 Creative WOWs PODCAST is FREE and powerfully extends the impact of this book with the WOWs, WHYs, and WHENs that surround and support each WOW.
·   This book makes a wonderful gift for every entrepreneur, wantrapreneur, recent grad, teacher and seasoned executive on your gift list. Pair it with accessories from the 99 Creative WOWs Collection
a tote bag, posters, and water bottles each add an extra dash of sparkle and reinforcement.
·   The WOWs in 99 Creative WOWs—Words of Wisdom for Business are timely—and timeless.
·   At less than 20 cents a WOW, who cannot afford to benefit? Now, that’s a WOW.

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Will Monkey Cloning Breakthrough Doom Authors?



With the announcement in January that Chinese scientists have cloned monkeys for the first time – the biggest cloning breakthrough since Scottish scientists created Dolly the sheep in 1996 -- are  we moving that much closer to cloning humans and if so, could the day come when we outsource our book writing from authors and creative artists to cloning farms?

Sure you scoff at the thought. 

First you think:  Well, the science to safely clone humans isn’t there yet.  Or is it?  

Second, you say it will be banned and made illegal to clone a human.  But some rogue nation or gang or terrorist operation or enterprising entrepreneur will get its hands on the technology and no doubt look to exhibit what will instantly be a trillion-dollar industry.

So now the question moves from could this happen to when?  

Then we must ask of its ramifications, not only for society at large – the security, health and psychological threats it poses – but for the role it could play in how books are created.

What chance does the amateur writer stand against an army of a thousand J.K. Rowling clones brainstorming together -- along with 500 James Pattersons and 300 Stephen Kings?  What can the typical writer do when Nobel Prize winners for literature are replicated faster than Apple mass produces the next generation iPhone?

With sports, we abhor steroid-using cheaters but many have infiltrated the game and fans are forced to either look away embrace a compromised and diluted product or quit being a fan.  For athletics competing at a high level, they are confronted with the choice of using drugs either to gain an advantage or to merely compete to the level of others – or to go natural but risk fame and fortune by not being able to keep up with their unnaturally bulked-up competitors.

Writers will soon be confronted with trying to write a book on their own vs. clones, and potentially groups of clones working together like a chain of super computers seeking to crack a secret code.  Worse than that, perhaps scientists will clone chimps that will also infuse language genes into them and create an army of non-human clones to produce great books.

Should society read and buy tomes penned by clones -- human or not?  Will society even know the truth?  

Some books are already compiled or enhanced by robots and technology.  Maybe one day authors will be some blend of robot and cloned monkey.

It sounds like a horror story, on so many levels, and thankfully it doesn’t seem like it will unfold next week, but the distant tomorrow is on the horizon and within our sights.  It’s no longer so far-fetched that humanity could displace itself through science, technology and drugs.

And cloned monkeys.

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