What a blast Mary Laudien had at Hazelgrove School in Surrey last week! The students must have read her Author Visit flyer because the Grade 4’s, 5’s and 6’s (all 300 of them!) arrived at the sessions ready to have fun. They laughed during the blog readings, they related to the pet owner wanna-be Ethan, and they enjoyed hearing about the chaotic mis-adventures that the thirteen year old main character and his quirky and conniving grandmother get themselves into.
Sharing what inspired the author to write the Frenchie series and exploring the elements of creating powerful blogs set them up for a Give-Away Contest. Four signed copies of Frenchie’s Best Friend-Follow the Blog were left with the teacher-librarian … Read the rest
Such a revelation! A couple of weeks ago a neighbour mentioned pre-booking one-on-one tutorials and group workshops at Apple Stores from an App on iPhone. Who knew?
Travelling to Portland for a few days each month, the app was downloaded and an early morning workshop booking made on Social Media for Businesses. The “buzz” and crowd generation evident in the Apple Stores had been previously mistakenly dismissed as product excitement. Wrong!
Arriving early to the workshop, one-on-one tutorials were already in progress and a greeter personally approached participants outside the store to invite them in. The atmosphere in the store at seven thirty a.m. was already charged, purposeful and welcoming. Personnel (besides the presenter) circulated making connections with participants before … Read the rest
Picture a new author trying to break into the world of self-publishing. Such a messy journey! Writing novels is exhilarating! Preparing an Author’s Platform is challenging! Solution: meet a high school computer genius… Enter Yasef !
Yasef took one look at this author’s website, www.twocandobooks.com and immediately diagnosed the issues… No doubt about it, this writer absolutely needed his expertise. Yasef advertises as a Web Designer / Host and Computer Consultant. Imagine a 16 year old running a company while attending high school! How amazing is that?
This techy genius immersed the author of Frenchie’s Best Friend into the world of changing servers, setting up backlinks for blog commenting, forums, and directory submission. The most difficult task was coming up … Read the rest