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Sailing Magazine Needs an Editor

If you love to sail, and you can edit and write, this might be the perfect job. Sailing magazine, published in the town where I live in Port Washington, Wisconsin, is looking for an assistant editor.

The job can be either full time or part time, and you'll be working in a picture postcard town of 10,000 people, on the shores of Lake Michigan. #sailing   #magazine   #jobs
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New Product Publicity Ideas Needed, Makes Shoveling Easier

Can you help a Pennsylvania inventor get publicity for his new invention? It's a spring-form handle that attaches to a shovel and makes shoveling snow and dirt easier because you don't have to bend over.

It turns a plain straight-handle shovel into an ergonomically correct shovel--perfect for people who live in snowy states, people with bad backs, tall people and gardeners.   

When the inventor, Howie Rosenshein emailed me for advice, I featured it as a Help This Hound question at my blog and in my weekly email tips, and asked my readers to offer their best advice. We'd love to hear yours.

Getting publicity for a new product is sometimes difficult if you can't think of enough good ideas for a product PR campaign. That's where you can help. 

You can share your best idea below or in the Comments at my blog at

If you have a publicity question you'd like to submit, you can email me at with all the details.

#newproductPR #productpressrelease #HelpThisHound      
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Free Media Contact Information at

If you can't afford one of those expensive media directories, here's a great alternative. It's USNPL, the giant database where you can find contact info for thousands of newspapers, TV stations, radio stations and campus newspapers in the U.S.

You can search by state. It gives you links to the Twitter feeds and Facebook pages of media outlets. You'll also find the key contact so you aren't pitching blindly.

I created a three-minute video that demonstrates how it works and embedded the video within a blog post that explains 7 ways to use this directory. You'll also find a helpful slidedeck and link to an in-depth article on how to get local TV, radio and newspaper coverage for your business, written by +Marc Prosser of +Fit Small Business    
Have fun with USNPL. Two paws up, way up, for  +Michelle Tennant Nicholson of Wasabi Publicity who tipped me off to this valuable resource.

  #mediadirectory   #freepublicity   #mediacontactlist  
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How Authors Can Become Experts (Even Nonfiction Authors)

Anyone these days can be an author. But not everyone can be an expert. What's the difference? An author writes a book. 

But an expert author does more than one of these:

--Writes a book.
--Speaks for free or for a fee.
--Teaches classes, online or offline.
--Guest blogs.
--Serves as a source for the media.
--Appears as a guest on other people's podcasts.
--Coaches or mentors.
--Emails a tip of the week or an ezine. 
--Creates how-to videos.
--Has a following on social media.
Those are only a few of the many things you can do. Yes, I said DO. Expertise isn't only about what you know. More importantly, it's also about what you do with your knowledge.

Book shepherd +Judith Briles interviewed me recently for her popular +AuthorU (niversity) podcast.

Listen to the dozens of tips we both shared on how to be a recognized expert in your field, even if you write fiction. Download the podcast here:

One of my favorite tips is courtesy of +Nina Amir who recommends that fiction authors start building expertise by crossing over and publishing a nonfiction book that ties into the topic of the fiction novel. So smart!

If you're an author who speaks, I recommend you read "The Expertise Imperative White Paper" published more than a decade ago by five speakers in the National Speakers Association: Alan Parisse, Rita Risser, Bob Treadway, Robert Tucker and Alan Weiss. You can find the White Paper at Allen's website at

Questions about author expertise? Ask here. I'll be happy to answer.

#expertauthors   #expertise   #bookmarketing   #bookpublicity  

Questions about expertise? Ask here and I'll be happy answer.     
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I love all your rich content, +Nina Amir  
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DIY Book Publicity & Book Marketing Tips for Fiction & Nonfiction

If you're writing a book, launching a book or trying to breathe life into a book that's on life support, check out my series of book publicity and marketing tips.

I shared them with ghostwriter Julie Anne Eason when she interviewed me for her podcast back in January. I enjoyed the interview so much that I decided to have it transcribed and featured as a series of four articles at my blog.


Part 1: How authors can start do-it-yourself publicity

Part 2: How to identify the target market for your book

Part 3: How to get book publicity from newspapers, TV

Part 4: More book marketing tips for fiction and nonfiction   

If you'd rather listen, go to

Have questions about book publicity and marketing? Ask them here. I'll be happy to help.

Note to Content Creators:

This is a fabulous way to repurpose content. I paid about $35 on to have a 40-minute interview transcribed.  

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Why Authors Shouldn't Turn Up Their Noses at Local Library Events

Too many authors dislike libraries because "why should I want hundreds of people to read my book for free?" So they exclude libraries from their marketing.

That's foolish thinking.

Local libraries are marketing machines. If you can do a book signing or an author talk, those librarians will work their butts off promoting it, even if you aren't a big rock star author.

I've identified 7 ways local libraries can help you sell more books. But it's not always the book sales that are most important. It's the publicity and the exposure to audiences that might never have heard of you. Those include:

--Members of your local Chamber of Commerce. 

--Customers of local businesses that might want to partner with the library to bring you in and then maybe host an event a few weeks later at their own stores.

--The many people associated with Friends of the Library, the library's marketing arm.

--Thousands of readers who subscribe to your local weekly newspaper. Librarians will make sure those papers know about your event. 

Read all the other reasons you should walk, run or drive to your local library right now, even you're an indie author.

#bookpublicity   #authorpromotion   #booksigning     #libraries  
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Your Advice for Donald Trump Can Put You in the News 

Like him or hate him, Donald Trump isn't fading---at least not yet. If you're a leadership consultant, speech coach, hair stylist, makeup artist, or fashion consultant, use this opportunity to piggyback onto the GOP presidential candidate with sage advice on what you think he should to with his:

>>> Hair

>>> Branding

>>> Language

>>> Wardrobe

>>> Debate Style

Even if you don't have advice, you can do interesting comparisons on the candidates, like +David Meerman Scott did when he crunched the numbers of social media followers and concluded that Donald Trump is leading the social media primaries by a landslide:

One of my favorite ideas, mentioned in the blog post below, is for hair stylists. Use a hairstyle makeover app to show us how you'd redo his hairstyle if he sat in your chair.  Or do a few makeovers, post them on Facebook and ask people to vote for their favorite. 

I also show you how image consultant Sandy Dumont critiqued Trump's clothing, body language and even his hair.  

Publicity Ideas:

---If you're a coach, consultant or even a hairstylist, call your local TV station and see if they'd like you to comment the day after the next debate. Tell them you're "the local angle."

---Offer your expertise to reporters at National Public Radio who are covering the candidates.

---Don't overlook women's magazines.

Just a few ideas to help you market your small business...
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Publicity Cheat Sheet for Authors Who Do Radio Interviews 

You'll love this short video from Publicist +Sophia Lazare of +Smith Publicity on what to do before, during and after a radio interview. 

You can turn these publicity tips into a little cheat that you take to the station with you. Keep it nearby in your office in case a radio guest booker calls. 

Here's my radio publicity tip: Let guest bookers, talk show hosts and producers know they can call on you in an emergency if a guest cancels. If they call, move mountains to be on the show. This one of the best ways to build the relationship and get invited back again and again... 
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How to Market Your Consulting and Your Expertise

In my 15 years as a consultant, I've heard one sob story after another from fellow consultants who either can't get their business off the ground, or they can't attract enough clients to keep the business afloat.    
One reason why might be because they're promoting their tasks instead of their expertise. I've listed 11 ways you can flaunt your expertise by doing some good, old-fashioned PR online and offline in your own community.

--At networking events, use the word expert instead of your job title in your 15-second elevator speech.
--Start your bio with the word expert like "Privacy Expert John Smith..."
--One of the most clever ideas I've seen is to write the words "(Fill-in-the-Blank) Expert" on your nametag when you're at a networking event. 
--Refer to yourself as an expert everywhere on LinkedIn: In your profile, in Groups you've joined, and in invitations to others to connect. 

You can read about all the others at my blog at

If you're a consultant, how do you market your expertise? What have you relied on, other than paid ads that usually aren't very effective?
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Radio Publicity Tip: Call Talk Radio Shows

The best way to generate publicity on the radio for a product, service, cause or issue is to be booked as a guest on a talk show. The second best way is to call a talk show and join the discussion on the air.

Your first big test will be to make it past the call screener. That's why you have to be ready to "audition" as soon as the screener takes your call.

Here's my best tip: Open with a quick, succinct summary of your strong position on the issue the host is discussing. Don't ramble!

And don't even think about saying, "On the one hand...but on the other hand..."  Talk radio relies on controversial issues, callrs with strong opinions, a give-and-take between the host and callers, and discussion that's never boring. 

In this post at my blog, you'll find more tips on how to shine when you're calling a talk radio show and also learn where to find a valuable list of the 2015 Talkers Heavy Hundred radio shows:

Add the tip to your toolbox for radio marketing and for an overall publicity campaign. 

#radiopublicity   #talkradio    #radiopromotion   #radiomarketing  
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Authors: 7 Ways to Make Blogging Fast and Fun

Authors love to write. But so many hate to blog. So they don't.

Or they start a blog and abandon it a few weeks later when they don't see traffic. 

Some can't think of anything to write about because they think "I've covered it all in my book." 

Your blog post doesn't have to be the Great American Novel. It doesn't have to be perfect. And it doesn't always have to be about business. Some of the most popular posts at my blog are those on personal topics:

>>> How afraid I was when I was diagnosed with a rare voice disorder several years ago.

>>> How I know all the words to "Talent Roundup Day" on "The MIckey Mouse Club" TV show in the 1950s.

>>> The long-lost photo of my two younger sisters and me, which turned out to be the perfect present for them this past Christmas.

That's just one of 7 different types of posts readers love. If you're an author who blogs---or even if you haven't started a blog yet---join me and +Joel Friedlander for a free webinar from 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Feb. 26. It's on "7 Fast, Easy Ways to Pull Readers to Your Author Blog."  

Register at

We'll share dozens of tips on blogging, and we'll show you our favorite posts, the kind our readers love!
#bookmarketing   #bookblog   #bookbloggers  
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Hey, +Tom Snyder and +Marjie Snyder, congrats on your partnership with  BOSI. Sounds like a great team!
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I love showing off Port Washington to out-of-towners, and Newport Shores has become my family' s special request for Friday night fish. Salmon and perch are our favorites. Cozy in the winter. Party atmosphere in the summer. Lots of fishermen and people who have been out on their boats all day eat dinner there, so come as you are. Try the Schaum Torte for dessert. When they brought this giant mountain of strawberries and whipped cram to our table, everyone in the restaurant gawked. Great place to watch Packers games.
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A truly memorable meal. Perfect restaurant for a special occasion, or if you're in downtown Port Washington in jeans and hankering for a great meal. --The Crab and Artichoke Baked Fondue came with 7 pieces of toasted crostini. Perfect for a cold winter night! --I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I ordered the Asian BBQ Atlantic Salmon. Fabulous! It was pan-seared and had a light crispy exterior. The sauce wasn't too sweet, and it was sprinkled with white and black sesame seeds. --House salads featured a beautiful combination of greens. The Orange Honey Dill vinaigrette was light enough that it didn't overwhelm the taste of the greens. --And those desserts! If you love cherries, order the Cherry Crumble. It comes warm, topped with an oatmeal mixture, with a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. I felt like I was back in Door County. I've already made plans to eat here again in March when my family is in town. I'm so proud to live in Port Washington where I can walk to the Twisted Willow.
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My family, a bunch of cheese curd junkies, visited from Ohio this weekend and I planned a surprise visit to your store. I told them I was taking them somewhere fun but didn't tell them where. As soon as they saw the giant yellow "Cheese Store" sign on the side of the building, they got excited. It was the highlight of their trip. They had a blast tasting the samples, and they loved picking out some of the packaged soups and dips, planning meals they will make when they return home. In the back of your store, all 7 of us each donned a different Cheesehead hat, and a customer offered to take our photo. It will be a fun reminder of a fabulous weekend. I'm so proud to live here and show off places like Cedar Valley Cheese Store. Where else can you find a Cheesehead sombrero?
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ZING is way more than just a local shop where women of all ages can find fashionable clothing that doesn't look mass produced. Owner Deb Neulreich works her magic on any customer who needs help creating the perfect outfit. She has a daring fashion sense and loves to mix patterns. She's chosen outfits for me that I'd never choose for myself, and I hear compliments galore when I wear them. I never feel rushed. If I have an outfit that I bought elsewhere I'll sometimes bring it in and ask her to "do the Deb thing" and choose the scarf or jewelry that pulls it all together. The shop is an explosion of color and textures.
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This is on my "we have to go here" list when friends and relatives from out of town visit Port Washington, WI. They love the place, and I try to leave at least an hour for everyone to browse around. Guys, bring the women! Work and casual clothing for men and women, travel and outdoor gear, delicious hand cream and even a few toys for the kids. Inside the store, there's an entrance to Smith Brothers Coffee Shop, the perfect place for lunch. Try the fried perch sandwiches. Eat in the shop or get it to go, and find a picnic table outside, overlooking Lake Michigan. In the winter, the coffee shop has a cozy fireplace.
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