Posted on September 7th, 2014 No comments
From time to time I like to share with you inspiring interviews from authors. I’ve been looking forward to this interview with Ellen Violette. I believe you will walk away from reading this interview with inspiration to get busy writing your own best seller. Read carefully. Ellen provides you some very useful tips! Ellen Violette is well known as the eBook Coach. She has helped many authors realize their dream of becoming a published author.
Carol: Ellen, how did you become known as the eBook Coach?
Ellen: I was a Grammy-nominated songwriter and a producer, winning a lot of awards, but not making much money. My parents were supporting my husband and me. We built a world-class recording studio in the house I grew up in and we had a blast.
But, then the Northridge earthquake hit and our house was severely damaged. We lived close to where the Santa Monica Freeway collapsed. Then, my parents both passed away within 11 months of each other and we were left with the damaged house. And that was the only potential equity in their estate-if we fixed it up.
So we spent a year doing that. We sold it, made good money, and came down to San Diego just as the real- estate market was taking off her. Since we did so well on my parent’s house and we enjoyed the process, we started buying, fixing, and selling houses. But, then the market got too hot and there was nothing to buy; all the investment money dried up too.
So, we took a property management job back in Los Angeles and I got online. I’d always wanted to write books but I hated the idea of having to write a book proposal and wait for someone to give me permission to publish. I had done that for 20 years in music and I was so over it.
Then, I found eBooks, and loved the idea that I could get directly to my audience and nobody could stop me! It was totally liberating and I just knew it was the right path for me. So, I wrote my first ebook from an ebook and it was extremely frustrating, so I went looking for an eBook Coach, but there weren’t any so I decided to become one. In fact, I was the very first eBook Coach, and several of the coaches out there have created their programs from mine.
But, since I was the first, I often refer to myself as the Original eBook Coach. And I’ve been blessed.
I decided I could create a better program than anything out there so I created my 3 Days to eBook Cash Authoring Program. I then created my eBook Profit Marketing Secrets Program and my business took off immediately.
I made over $13,000 in the first 6 weeks and a 6-figure income on 2 ½ years. I now have clients who are making a high-6 or 7-figure income and doing it in less time than it took me because they don’t have to make all the mistakes I made. And, I’ve streamlined my processes even more over the years. Also, many of my clients have become Amazon best-selling authors which is very rewarding for me! Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on September 5th, 2014 No commentsLast week my wonderful sister in-law shared this recipe on her Facebook page. I shared it to my Facebook page so I could go back to it later when I had a chance to print it out. As Fall approaches i’m feeling the urge to bake, do crafts and move into winter mode. The cool thing is the last four years I lost my love for doing most things. I was so drained due to becoming anemic that I actually slept A lot! I wrote about it last June. If you want to see my whole story you can get the complete scoop here! This year I’ve felt fantastic. My old loves are returning to me. (By that I mean scrapbooking, baking, writing, ect. I only have one true love. Mr. Lawrence.)Last weekend I baked these bad boys up. Oh my gosh they are so delicious! I’ve made banana bread for years. It’s a favorite around our house but these bars got rave reviews over and over again. Randy is requesting I make them already again soon. For variety and some added nutrition I added some freshly grated zucchini from my garden. I also added in a little cinnamon. Next time I’ll toss in a small handful of chocolate chips. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did.I wish I could give the original author credit but the name of who put this delicious concoction together is unknown to me.This recipe was shared on Facebook over 455,000 times.Banana Bread Bars
1-1/2 c. sugar
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. butter, softened
1-3/4 (3 or 4) ripe bananas, mashed
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)Brown Butter Frosting:
1/2 c. butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. milk1. Heat oven to 375F. Grease and flour
15×10-inch jelly roll pan.1. For the bars, in a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour
cream, butter, and eggs until creamy.
Blend in bananas and vanilla extract.Add flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for 1
minute. Stir in walnuts.2. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20
to 25 minutes or until golden brown.3. Meanwhile, for frosting, heat butter in
a large saucepan over medium heat until
boiling. Let the butter turn a delicate
brown and remove from heat4. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract
and milk. Whisk together until smooth (it
should be thicker than a glaze but thinner
than frosting). Using a spatula, spread
the brown butter frosting over the warm
bars (the frosting will be easier to spread
while the bars are still warm).The frosting is easier to make then it sounds and it is sooooo good!If you love to cook you might want to follow my Yummy Food board on Pinterest!Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.What’s your favorite fall recipe?
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AND INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING CITATION AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE!Carol Lawrence is the owner of Social Media Help 4 U , a virtual based business that supports authors and businesses based on integrity. Social Media Help 4 U offers conscious business services, providing intuitive and skill based social media management, product reviews & consulting. Carol and her team manage their clients social media accounts. They assist their clients in building their online presence, engagement and connections with like minded people, customers and clients. They are fully aware that their clients online reputation is at stake. With the values of integrity, honesty and dependability being their top priority. Looking for social media assistance to grow your online presence and provide top notch customer service? Look no further. Multiple packages available. Perfect for the business on a tight budget and for the company who knows the value of a marketing budget and needs help putting their company on the social map!
Posted on August 31st, 2014 No comments
This post is part of my series. A Day In The Life Of A Social Media Manager.
5 Signs You Are Experiencing Burnout And What To Do About It.
Sometimes life can get so crazy busy we forget to slow down. When we keep going we eventually burn out.
Here are five tell-tell signs i’ve reached my limit. Maybe you recognize the same symptoms within yourself.
I’m a giver. What can I say I come by it naturally. I tend to do everything else then take care of myself. Since I turned 40, I’m 45 now … I’ve felt my inner self calling to me more and more to put myself first.
I’ve learned it’s ok to say no. I’ve become real selective with how I spend my time and who I spend it with.
Time is precious and very valuable.
#1. I can’t sleep.
When I’m overly exhausted I start to feel like I can’t get enough sleep. My mind won’t shut up at night and distracting thoughts rumble through my head keeping me awake. This is a sure sign there is something deeper bothering me. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on August 30th, 2014 No comments
10 Tips For Reaching New Customers On Facebook
1. Post a sign in your store. Place by the cash register or on the door so your customers know you are on Facebook.
2. Customize your receipts to invite your customers to like your page on Facebook.
3. Email your current customer list. Invite them to like your Facebook page.
4. Sign into your Facebook Business/Fan page and like other pages from your page. Do this on your computer or laptop.
5. Make sure your link is on all your print advertising. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on August 24th, 2014 No comments
Social Media Business Taboo #1 — Setting up too many social media accounts. Your business doesn’t need multiple Facebook pages or Twitter pages. Keep it simple. Less confusion for your customers the better! Give your all to your main pages.
Social Media Business Taboo #2–No Communication! Pages that just sit there are not growing their business, providing excellent customer service or growing their bottom line. Get active. Engage and provide top notch customer service. You built your page for a reason. Don’t just let it sit there.
Social Media Business Taboo #3–Making your social media presence all about you. If all you do is promote and advertise, your audience is going to run away screaming. Alright maybe not screaming but they are going to run away. Share relevant content, fun content, be creative. Use memes, trivia, customer stories, photos, ask questions, share your personal side, etc. Add in products intermittently. Experiment to see what works for “your” audience. What works for one company doesn’t always work for another. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on August 17th, 2014 No comments
Wow, can you believe summer is almost over? I can’t. The summer has flown by. I’m not ready for it to end just yet. After spending the summer taking care of our clients social media platforms, writing multiple social media assessments and numerous consulting calls it has come to our attention we are filling a large need for social media assistance and training. But, you want more! You asked and we listened! After many requests this summer we have created a new package for businesses who are either on a tight budget or need a smaller amount of assistance than our much larger packages provide. We have created an affordable solution to assist busy business owners, keep their content active and engaging but allow room for them to jump in and share the fun stuff. Our special package is limited to the first seven businesses that sign up. We offer detailed top notch service so it’s imperative we never take on more than our team can handle.Package #1 – Due to High Demand. Help Me Get Started Package. For the owner on a tight budget! You asked and we listened.
- 3 Facebook updates per week
- 4 Tweets per week on Twitter or 2 updates per week on Pinterest or Instagram
- Accept friend requests on two networks, follow up on messages.
- Follow up on incoming comments, feedback, questions that require your attention keeping you connected to your audience.
- Follow up on inbox messages.
- Very basic client building.
- Audience building
- Email communication as needed.
By the way we offer multiple other services such as set up of Facebook Business Pages, Twitter and Pinterest accounts to help you get started.
Contact me right away to learn more. Email me directly at email@example.com
No spammers please!
Carol Lawrence is the owner of Social Media Help 4 U , a virtual based business that supports authors and businesses based on integrity. Social Media Help 4 U offers conscious business services, providing intuitive and skill based social media management, product reviews & consulting. Carol and her team manage their clients social media accounts. They assist their clients in building their online presence, engagement and connections with like minded people, customers and clients. They are fully aware that their clients online reputation is at stake. With the values of integrity, honesty and dependability being their top priority. Looking for social media assistance to grow your online presence and provide top notch customer service? Look no further. Multiple packages available. Perfect for the business on a tight budget and for the company who knows the value of a marketing budget and needs help putting their company on the social map!
Posted on August 15th, 2014 No comments
Hey everyone, I hope you are doing well and your businesses are rocking it! I share a lot of memes on Facebook and Twitter and I keep getting asked how I create my own memes. Memes are not only eye catching, shareable on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest but they are a great way to get your name out there. Authors like Annie Kagan and James Van Praagh are really creating buzz with their eye catching memes. Memes can be made with Photo Shop or by a graphic artist. But let’s be honest. Some people are on a tight budget or enjoy the creativity of making their own memes. If you like being creative then you need to check out the places I’ve listed below.
There are multiple places to go on your desktop and apps to choose from on your smart device.
Here’s a quick list of my favorites.
Canva.com – There are a variety of free backgrounds to pick from and a larger list of paid backgrounds that cost $1.00. You can also pick 11 backgrounds for $10.00
UseChisel.com – UseChisel is free. It supplies a variety of photos and automatically adds attribution to the photographer in the bottom right corner of the picture. You can upload your own photos as well to use in your memes or submit for others to use. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on July 27th, 2014 No comments
Build Your Brand – Expand Your Reach – Engage With Your Audience – Be Authentic – Gain Customers Trust – Then Share Your Product.
In today’s fast paced world people want results and they want them quickly. There’s not much patience anymore. There’s a new addiction. The need for instant gratification!
When it comes to growing your business, especially an online only business your going to have to pace yourself and prepare for the long haul. Success marketing is all over the internet. “Look at my new car!” “See me vacationing in Hawaii.” “Look at all the cash I made this month.” There is tremendous success taking place right now. Heck, I’m having success in my own business. I celebrate those have found a way to make it all work, but for those struggling or just getting started there are a few things I encourage you to think about.
You will need to build up your brand. Set it all up and put everything in place first. Your website with logo, Facebook page, Twitter page. etc. Put together your social profiles. Have your website technician add social follow buttons to your website so your new website visitors, clients and customers can easily follow you on social media. Be sure to have sharing buttons added as well so people can easily share your content with their friends on social media. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on July 20th, 2014 No comments
Recently my writing partner and best friend of 28 years Stacy Toten and I reviewed the book “The Afterlife Of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved To Me There’s Life After Death.” Today we bring you a short interview with the author of The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, Annie Kagan.
“A real life, inspiring, engaging, emotionally involved, deliberate, well-informed-highly intuitive book.” ~ Stacy Toten and Carol Lawrence
The Afterlife of Billy Fingers will draw you in and keep you engaged until the very last word.
A real life, inspiring, engaging, emotionally involved, deliberate, well-informed-highly intuitive book. This book will expand your minds and take you to places some of you may have never gone before. And this is a good thing. Annie Kagan will illuminate life and death by taking you on a vivid, colorful ride of her life through the impactful messages received from her brother in the after life.
Carol and Stacy: What is your book “The Afterlife of Billy Fingers” about?
Annie: It’s the story of how my brother Billy began visiting me after he died and convinced me to accompany him on his journey through the mysteries of the afterlife. That experience changed the way I thought and felt about everything.
Carol and Stacy: How did your brother Billy first appear to you? Did you physically see him or hear him or both?
Annie: A few weeks after his death Billy woke me at dawn. I was in bed and heard him call my name from above me. It was my brother’s unmistakable voice calling to me like he was at the top of a long stairway and I was at the bottom. I didn’t see him then, but I did later on. How he communicated changed, as he changed.
Carol and Stacy: How did hearing from your brother make you feel? Was it scary?
Annie: It was the opposite of scary. Billy was my bad-boy brother so when he told me he was drifting through the universe and all his pain was gone I was relieved. And while Billy spoke, the bliss of his world flowed into me and made me feel almost euphoric.
Carol and Stacy: Why do you call Billy your “bad-boy” brother?
Annie: All his life, Billy had a romance with the dark side. He was in and out of drug problems until finally, his addiction brought him to an addict’s death. But Billy was also fun and adventurous and charismatic. His favorite thing was helping people and that’s what he’s doing now; helping. In a way being a drug addict gave him a different understanding of life. He didn’t do well at life but he sure learned a lot about life’s difficulties.
Carol and Stacy: Your book has become an international bestseller and has now been translated into many different languages. Over 120,000 people from more than 50 countries are following you on Facebook. Why do you think Billy’s message has resonated with so many people?
Annie: I think it’s because Billy’s giving us spiritual knowledge in a street-cred kind of way. Billy wakes up what we knew in the higher realms, before we were born. That knowledge empowers us to be ourselves and live by our truth, not by society’s rules.
Annie Kagan began writing songs at the age of fifteen and began performing in New York City cafes and clubs. After ten years as a songwriter and performer, Annie became a Doctor of Chiropractic and opened a successful private practice on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Attracted to Eastern spiritual traditions, Annie studied yoga and pursued an intense meditation practice. Following her inner voice, she left her career as a doctor and abandoned her hectic city life in search of serenity in a small house by the bay on the tip of Long Island. Soon, her brother Billy died unexpectedly and began speaking to her from the afterlife. She brings together her talents as a lyricist, performer and healer in order to touch the lives of others with Billy’s communications from the other side. www.anniekagan.com.
Together intuitively Carol and Stacy are fulfilling a calling and a passion to write children’s picture books. They are assistant editors for the family and parenting community at All Things Healing. They provide nurturing tips and encouragement for parents walking an intentional spiritual conscious parenting path by supplying an inviting platform for their established parenting community. Visit Intentional Conscious Parenting for author interviews, book reviews, and conscious parenting articles.
Posted on July 13th, 2014 No comments
“Conscious Business.” Companies that build trust with their customers and align with their customers values are going to way out succeed their competition. People are becoming more choosy with how they spend their money. Does the company care about the environment? Give back to humanity? Make me feel a connection to them? Show me the real side of them? Are they real or just fluff? How was the purchasing experience for my friends?
The more real you are and the more you share the inside of how things run at your business the better! I know if you have a large company it can be really confusing on what employees can and cannot share on social media. Social Media Examiner recently wrote a really superb article explaining how to break through the confusion and write a social media policy to empower your employees. I particularly liked tip #6. Address professional and personal use. The clearer your policy is the easier it will be for your employees to help your company grow online. Do you have a small business? Are so busy the thought of breaking out on social media sounds daunting? Have you created a Facebook page, Twitter page or Pinterest page and it’s just sitting there looking vacant? No worries, my team and I have you covered. Contact Carol today to learn more!Social Media Help 4 U is a virtual based business that supports authors and businesses based on integrity. Social Media Help 4 U offers conscious based business services, providing intuitive and skill based social media management, product reviews & consulting. Carol and her team manage social media accounts. They assist their clients in building their online presence, engagement and connections with like minded people, customers and clients. They are fully aware that their clients online reputation is at stake. With the values of integrity, honesty and dependability being their top priority.