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Spotlight and Review|Pinterest for Business: a Complete, Updated Guide for Ultimate Success

In Guest Blogger, Pinterest on July 12, 2013 at 1:19 am

If you are not already on Pinterest – you should be. Personally, I am fast becoming addicted to this image-driven site, but it has often occurred to me that perhaps I am not using it to my best advantage, and I should really be benefitting from this phenomenon; not just having fun. After all, this is one of the fastest growing sites on the web, where users just love browsing image after image; it just screams “use me well”.

So I am more than pleased to welcome my guest, and dear friend, Christine Corretti, with her new book about just that subject. Knowing of Christine’s expertise on Pinterest and seeing her fast-growing numbers of followers, I couldn’t wait to buy this. And, I wasn’t disappointed.  (Please scroll down and read my review of this very insightful book).

Welcome to my blog, Christine, and thank you so much for being here and sharing your invaluable know-how.

Pinterest for Business - Book Cover

And now over to Christine to tell you a little more about her must-have book

Have You Joined Pinterest Yet?

Whether you are an author, small business or other entrepreneurial minded individual, you should consider joining Pinterest.  Why?  Simply put, the visual nature of Pinterest will take your advertising and promotion to new levels of efficacy.  As my new book, Pinterest for Business: a Complete, Updated Guide for Ultimate Success (2013) explains, there are many ways to design and curate a Pinterest Page that will attract and keep a massive consumer base.  Most of the methods I present in this text are new.  They are the result of much personal experimentation and truly work.

For example, if you are an author, your book boards should entice potential readers through strategic juxtapositions of word and image.  Consider creating one board for your first novel, cover included, along with a note about what inspired you to become an author and what your current writing projects are.  Book trailers are ideal as pins because they too make a lasting (visual) impression on the viewer.  Another board might feature a novel that has just been released.  Here, offer a plot “summary” whose ending can only be found on your website, where the reader will find an invitation and link to purchase the novel.

In short, Pinterest boards should not only drive traffic to your website, but also be windows that open up to little worlds of images that tell stories, offer friendships, etc. — all while showing who you are and what you do.

Now, I’d like to invite you to click on the following link to my book, open it and get a glimpse of what Pinterest has to offer you!  Amazon

Connect with me on Pinterest  and my website

About the Author

Christine Corretti, Ph.D. is an art historian, artist, author, and Pinterest expert. Her appreciation and love of all things bookish and beautiful inspire her work and nearly every aspect of her life. “Pinterest for Business” is Christine’s second book to appear on Amazon. “A Father’s Wish: the Tale of King Big Bear the Fat,” which includes illustrations by the author, was her first. Both titles are available in paperback and digital editions on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
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My Review of Pinterest for Business: a Complete, Updated Guide for Ultimate Success by Amelia Curzon

A lot of people find Pinterest a little overwhelming, and consequently are put off using it; and some… well, they just don’t get it. And, of course, many of us love it. Whichever camp you have a foot in, ‘Pinterest for Business’ explains simply and clearly the steps needed to succeed; from getting started, for absolute novices, through to maximizing your boards to increase your sales, for the more experienced pinner. In short, there is something for everyone. The book explains the value and the power of Pinterest, and how to harness that power. It gives a completely fresh take on how to make best use of the vast range of possibilities there are. It gives little known proven ways to get traffic and sales, and some impressive background information on those who have already succeeded.

The text takes you through each part step-by-step with the author using visuals of her own boards to illustrate just how to engage your audience by pinning strategically and in an aesthetically pleasing manner. It is hard to go wrong. If you are in business it is a godsend. Though primarily it is for businesses, authors are not left out. Authors can learn how to build and make best use of their boards.  Simply uploading a book cover is no longer enough, but Christine proffers some very specific ideas on how to optimize your boards to draw traffic to your blog, and how to portray yourself and let people get to know you. It’s a bit like Facebook really, but with pictures. And, to quote the author; “in the near future Pinterest’s following will be explosive. So now is the time to establish your Page and curate your best content”

I like the way this book is written; reading it was like having a tête-à-tête with the author. I bought the book not just to find out how to use Pinterest properly, as I am fairly new to it, but also to learn how to make the most of it. And I have learnt a lot. Though there are other books on offer addressing the same subject, Christine’s book on Pinterest is the one I have found easiest to understand, and the most helpful, and the one I now constantly refer to. Since I have been using it I have, slowly but surely, increased my followers and am getting hundreds of repins every day, and referrals to my website. I consider that a success. Kudos to Christine for her originality here as well.  A great book!

 

 

Another wonderful 5 star review for Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

In Book Reviews, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor on June 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Huge thanks to ‘diebus’ for this fantastic review.

Educational and entertaining by diebus

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor - Book Cover

“Mungai and the Goa Constrictor” by Amelia E. Curzon is as lovely a story as it is serious. Written for children and adults alike it should provide a good base for adult – child discussions on the ethics of animal welfare and nature preservation.
With a hint of Animal Farm and The Jungle Book this is a wonderful moral tale about two animals, one a boa constrictor, the other unspecified, and their ploy to use other animals and nature reserves to have an easy and wealthy life. Told from an animal perspective
There are beautiful scenes where animals use their natural abilities to create a mill and constructions and only gradually does it dawn on them what they do to their own habitat and environment.
The characters in the story are well-developed and make the story richer than just a moral tale, which I found quite a relief after reading the blurb. This is unique and intelligently written, exposing the idea behind the manipulating two, the naivety of the animals and the book distinguishes between the good and the bad ‘two-legs’.
Pleasantly sophisticated it may be too much for the very young readers, but could well be transcribed into a picture book with the right illustrator. It is a story and a book worth exploring.

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Guest Post: The Heretic in Me by Kathleen Maher

In Guest Blogger, writing on May 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm

To quote the very eloquent Kathleen Maher, “Readers’ taste in fiction is so subjective, and the writing of it so difficult, that it still takes all my nerve to continue. Yet I can’t imagine stopping”. This will probably strike a chord with most writers, it certainly does with me, so I am thrilled to be able introduce Kathleen with this great guest post. Welcome Kathleen, and thank you.

Kathleen Maher - AuthorMany thanks to Amelia for giving me this platform to write about my passion, which is writing fiction.

I wanted to write fiction, it seems, as soon as I knew what is was. As a child I could see that fiction presented life as art. It distilled and validated my impressions. In contrast, non-fiction was interesting but rarely affected me to the core.

When I first attempted creative writing in elementary school, I earned praise without knowing why. This encouraged me, but, without guidance, it took years to find my way. I didn’t stop because the challenge of writing fiction filled me with such adrenaline that hours passed like minutes. Readers’ taste in fiction is so subjective, and the writing of it so difficult, that it still takes all my nerve to continue. Yet I can’t imagine stopping.

In the late 1990s, I woke up one morning with the character of Malcolm Tully, the diarist of Diary of a Heretic, at large in my mind. His comical sincerity, self-scrutiny, and hypersensitivity would not let me rest.

Malcolm is a reluctant cult leader, so I researched cults, and as the plot grew palpable (albeit vague as usual) I wrote the first draft. As thoroughly as Malcolm had claimed me, putting his story in words took me five years.

Rewriting has always been especially difficult for me, because sheer passion is not enough to carry it off. So in 2006, I created a blog, named after Malcolm’s diary (Diary of a Heretic), and began rewriting his entries as posts.

Serial online fiction is not especially popular, but serves me well. The form forces me to construct every line toward the conclusion. Online episodes cannot carry a superfluous word, let alone a tangent; few atmospheric descriptions or overwrought introspection. Diary of a Heretic, being a diary, depends on both. But the blog forced me to pick up the pace. Malcolm’s voice remains florid, but the final version, imperfect as it is, improved because of the blog’s forced discipline.

I rewrote Diary of a Heretic many times and put it away, I thought, indefinitely. My husband, who’s a wonderful writer and editor, revived it, because after reading it countless times, he still finds it entertaining. He formatted it for Amazon’s Kindle. Now I am reading it with fresh eyes, and although I see much to improve, I am happy to see my character Malcolm alive on the page.

Much of Malcolm’s diary is unsuitable for a family blog, but here is a short passage that conveys a bit of Malcolm’s (and my) passion:

We both stared at our feet until I couldn’t stand it, and blushing horribly, tried this: “Is it just me or what? Remember when people would say that?”

She smiled, answering, “When I was fourteen, I said, ‘Is it just me or what?’ And, ‘Whatever.’ And, ‘As if.’ ”

“‘As if’ came later, I think.”

We hugged. I pressed my cheek into her hair, which wasn’t as blonde as I remembered it, but much softer and straighter, smooth and reassuring. A veil of pure silk dried in balmy air after a fresh rain. I rubbed my cheek there and my hand played with the feminine waves. A sigh escaped and she pulled away. “I missed you, too, Malkie.”

…I never know what’s going to bring on a crying jag. “Is it just me or what?” was never, before or after its currency, said in earnest. People never said it unless they were referring to something indisputable, guaranteed to draw consensus.

So which do you think? Is it just me or does the irreversibility of time never let up? Is it just me or are there days when you, too, can’t get past every moment lost? I want every moment back: The good because they passed too fast, and the bad because perhaps with another chance, I could make them right.

Kathleen Maher is the author of Diary of a Heretic, a novel available on Amazon Kindle, and Underground Nest, a novella available in most e-book formats. She is a lifelong writer, with a number of short stories published in literary journals, print and online. Her fiction has won finalist and semi-finalist status in numerous literary contests, including the Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction, and the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her blog, Diary of a Heretic (www.diaryofaheretic.com), features serialized short stories and novellas.

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Diary of a Heretic on Kindle
Underground Nest on Kindle
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Twitter: @kathleenmaher

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Children’s Book Authors – We Want You!

In Hurricane Sandy on April 6, 2013 at 12:19 am

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Author KS Brooks profile pictureMy name is K. S. Brooks and I’m the founder of Indie Authors for Hurricane Sandy Libraries. We’re a group of over 100 authors from around the world who have mobilized to provide libraries devastated by Hurricane Sandy with new books.

With more libraries signing on each week, we are now in need of new authors to supply books, especially children’s. We have opportunities for authors to get their works into major library systems as well as elementary and high school libraries.

Please keep in mind not all books are accepted – they are vetted to make certain they fit the specific criteria provided by each library.

If you know of any authors interested in participating, please have them join the IAHSL Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndieAuthorsforHurricaneSandyLibraries/. I would greatly appreciate your assistance in spreading the word.

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on March 1, 2013 at 1:50 am

This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my website. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my varied choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week

No Boys Allowed by Marilyn Levinson featured on mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.me

No Boys Allowed by Marilyn Levinson

Other Books I Have Reviewed

Wolf Facts and Pictures by P.K.Miller

Adventures of Percy the Pig by Tori Gilbert

Adventures of Frosty (The Strange Thing) by Waide Marshall

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on February 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm

This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my website. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week

Big and  Little featured on Carte Blanche by Amelia Curzon

The Tales of Big and Little: Doom of the Three Stones by Josh Kilen

Other books reviewed

Raindrop’s World by Carl Pettit

My T-Rex Has a Toothache by Elwyn Tate

Sock Full of Pennies by Danny Dean

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on February 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm

This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my blog. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week

Wise Bear William – A New Beginning written by Arthur Wooten and Illustrated by Bud Santora

Wise Bear William featured on mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.me

Other Books Reviewed

Warriors Book1: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

Magic Molly Book 1: Mirror Maze by Trevor Forest

I Love My ABCs by Mary Lee

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on January 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my blog. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor  where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week

The Issy Books by Pat “Gigi” Calfee – Illustrated by Isybilla Gee

Other books reviewed

Kiwi in Cat City by Vickie Johnstone

Switch by Karen Prince

A Tale of Four Birds by Gramps Doodlebug

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on January 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm

This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my blog. Please drop by and see them. I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

"What if I Don't Understand" - Children's Book of the week on Carte Blanche by Amelia CurzonChildren’s Book of the Week: But What If I DON’T Understand? By C. P. Siebenhuener

Other books reviewed:

Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat by Greta Burroughs

Kevin and the Seven Lions by Martin Tiller

Song for Papa Crow by Marit Menzin

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on January 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Welcome to another week of children’s book reviews. I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at http://mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.me/ where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

A Blue Poetry Paintbox book cover featured on Carte Blanche by Amelia CurzonChildren’s Book of the Week: A Blue Poetry Paintbox chosen by John Foster

Other books reviewed:

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

A Wolf Pup’s Tale by Rachel Yu

The Rat Who Didn’t Like Rats by Blythe Ayne

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