Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Something new - please read and help

Hi everyone!
I'm trying something brand new! I'm attempting to make this video go viral. My goal is 100,000 views, and I'd love it if you would help me. All you have to do is click through, start the video (watch it if you can) and comment in the comment section -- something positive - Loved it! So helpful! Good info!  etc. Are you in? I hope so. It may be something helpful to some of you in the future. Thanks a million!

I remember this moment so clearly – it was the moment that I thought "this is IT" "This is the end of my life".


 I was sitting under a huge beautiful Oak tree in a friend's garden at a celebration.  Must have been about 60 people there. My two youngest children next two me- a 6-month old baby in a push chair and my then two-year old son.


In this moment- almost everything went black.  I couldn't see.


To be accurate…it was only half blacked out –the bottom half. I could see the foreheads of both my boys. I could see the top branches of the oak tree… but everything else was black.

I knew I was in trouble. And I tried to communicate this to the person sitting next to me. But I couldn't articulate couldn't get any words out.


This was almost 20 years ago.  And I remember it now as clearly as it was then.

I was taken urgently to the academic hospital, rushed in for a CT scan and what I remember from lying in the tunnel of the scanner was an image in my head of being buried. I was so sure this was the end.  


Thank Goodness there was no brain haemorrhage, no clot ,no brain tumor- the things I was suspecting. (Its very hard as a medical doctor not to imagine the worst). After weeks and weeks of hospital investigations and possible suggested diagnoses, the diagnosis was called 

a RIND – Reversible Ischaemic Neurological Deficit- a term that is actually no longer used. Reversible but nevertheless serious.


Within about 48 hrs I recovered from the visual and speech disturbance. But this was followed by 6  months of severe daily migraines and at least a year of intense fatigue (a very strange experience). It took many years to regain my real strength. I had been a marathon runner. I had five small children and a very busy medical practice …no doubt I had been under huge pressure. But didn't quite realise. A disconnect. It was a frightening frightening experience.


Undoubtedly I had experienced a type of shutdown, a 'burnout', The term Burnout is not quite a medical or scientific one. However, it does describe that experience of hitting the wall. 


Is there anyone here who has ever experienced something similar? Maybe to a lesser or greater degree?


The moment where you hit the wall, you fall off the edge… and you know that something has to change?


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Friday, August 23, 2019

The Review-Getting Nudge by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Your Sales Rankings

The Review-Getting Nudge

By Carolyn Howard-Johnson,
Excerpted from the newest book in Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers,  How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career.

You need only a few essentials in your Amazon tool box to build the traffic crucial for your reviews to be seen—and to convince readers to buy your book. How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career helps you get the reviews that influence Amazon’s sales ranking and this section gives you everything else you need to maximize them.

Amazon sales rankings are dandy little aids for evaluating how your book is selling. Not that you should fixate on that, but having an indicator that your book might need a little sales boost is nice. And—when those ratings are nurtured—they prod Amazon’s algorithms to lead people who read books similar to yours to your Amazon buy page.

The problem is that most authors and publishers know little if anything about how those rankings come about. That isn’t their fault because I doubt if Jeff Bezos, the brains behind the entire Amazon model, knows exactly what his algorithms measure. If they’re anything like the rest of the Amazon site, they change from day to day anyway. You don’t need to know the magic behind them; you do need to know what they are and how to prod them a little:
§  Find your sales ranking (or rankings) on your book’s buy page under “product details.” Often called “metadata,” these details are the specifics for your book like ISBN, publisher, number of pages, etc. Scroll down a bit to find this section on your page.
§  If you have a ranking of 24,800, that means that 24,799 books listed in your category are selling better than your book and that up to millions of books in your book’s category are selling less well.
§  The lower your sales ranking number for your book the better. Sales rankings for your Kindle (e-book) page will not be the same as the one on your paperback page.

Note: When the pages for your paper book and e-book are digitally connected properly, your reviews will be the same on both pages. (There should be a link on each page pointing to the other.)

§  If you market and promote, your efforts may lower those rankings (lower is good!). If so, celebrate because this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes the marketing you are doing does not improve your rating at all, though it should contribute to your overall branding effort.
§  Don’t try to translate a drop in your ratings to the number of books sold. The algorithms are a lot more complicated than that.
§  Sales rankings fluctuate (sometimes wildly) during the day.

Warning: Do not spend a lot of time checking your ratings. They should be used as indicators. They shouldn’t become an obsession. It’s best not to obsess, but if you can’t avoid it, and others provide services available for pinging ratings to you in your e-mail box.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson brings her experience as a publicist, journalist, marketer, and retailer to the advice she gives in her HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers and the many classes she taught for nearly a decade as instructor for UCLA Extension’s world-renown Writers’ Program. All her books for writers are multi award winners including both the first and second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter and her multi award-winning The Frugal Editor won awards from USA Book News, Readers’ Views Literary Award, the marketing award from Next Generation Indie Books and others including the coveted Irwin award.

Howard-Johnson is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of “Fourteen San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen” and was given her community’s Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts. 

The author loves to travel. She has visited eighty-nine countries and has studied writing at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom; Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Charles University, Prague. She admits to carrying a pen and journal wherever she goes. Her Web site is

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If you love the movies

"If ever there was a Poet Laureate of the Movies, Betty Jo Tucker should receive that coveted award." --- Grace Blair, Award-winning author of Einstein's Compass: A YA Time Traveler Adventure
Cinema Stanzas Two: Poet Laureate of the Movies is a sequel to the award-winning Cinema Stanzas: Rhyming About Movies. This time, film critic Betty Jo Tucker explains how her wish to become the poet laureate of the movies originated, and the book emerges as a kind of audition. This second offering in the series presents over 70 movie reviews/film poems Tucker has written since the first book was published as well as several of her other poems that relate to cinema. She covers films of various genres -- comedy, drama, fantasy, horror/action/sci-fi, musicals, mystery/thriller, and romance. Along with major motion pictures and Oscar® winners like The Shape of Water and Roma, many small independent films -- and even one short movie -- receive Tucker's rhyming treatment. The book is written to serve as a resource for fans of both movies and poetry. 

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