Reaching Billions as an Artist: Social Media

Using Social Media Social Media such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat can be instrumental in locating markets for your website. There are other social media platforms that you may or may not be using, such as Flickr, Ello or TikTok. All of them work differently, so it is important for you to understand […]

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Reaching Billions as an Artist

Reaching Billions as an Artist

How Do We Reach Our Audience? Have you ever been curious about the number of people on the web? If not, why not? If you own a blog, have a Facebook or other social media account, own a website, or are thinking of developing one you might want to be curious about the number of […]

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A Celebration of Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday

A Celebration of Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday

It has been 200 years since the birth of Walt Whitman. Why is Walt Whitman so important? If you read poetry, he is considered one of America’s most important poets…in the same class as Emily Dickinson. A recent article in the New Yorker talks about his life and his work. The son of a house […]

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A Memorial Day Tribute from Another Veteran

If you have not served in the military, you have not experienced what it is like to truly offer yourself, your life and your freedom to serve. That being said, it was the military that allowed me to “kickstart” options in my life that I never realized I had. We All Had a Reason to […]

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A Mother’s Day Tribute

A Mother’s Day Tribute

Many of my Meetup members, friends and family have been talking to me about contributing to my site again. It looks like they have won. I can’t think of a better day to start than on Mother’s Day. My mother turned 95 yesterday (May 10th, 1924). Notice that I did not mention that she “celebrated” […]

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Hangin’ with Dr. Marissa Pei

Hangin’ with Dr. Marissa Pei

If you haven’t heard of Dr. Marissa Pei, you will. I met Dr. Pei while I was working at the store in February. We talked briefly about her book “8 Ways to Happiness”, and what it takes to sell and promote it. Take one look at Dr. Pei’s website and you will see hard work. […]

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My Ode to My Wife

My Ode to My Wife

I wrote a poem for my wife. Not just any poem, but lyrics for a song. It has been over 15 years since I have written any kind of poetry, but I felt moved to do so. At the urging of my fellow 5Artz Creative Affiliations members, I have decided to post the first draft […]

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How an Image Can Sell Your Book

How an Image Can Sell Your Book

I just received an email from Martin Cavannagh from Reedsy about book covers. It was a simple, concise letter that reminded me how important a book cover is when selling a book. As a bookseller with over 30 years of experience, I know too well, how books are sold. I cannot count the number of self-published […]

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The Hero’s Journey: A Measure of Success

The Hero’s Journey: A Measure of Success

Tonight’s workshop at Barnes & Noble, Summerlin was a measure of success. By the looks of our workshop attendees, I believe I can safely assume that it was by far, a great measure of success. Yes…you are correct. I am the dumpy-looking one in the background, next to Bill Guthrie. If you don’t know Bill […]

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The Hero’s Journey: Storytelling 101, the Big Day

The Hero’s Journey: Storytelling 101, the Big Day

The day is here. Our first night of a packed venue, our second Meetup at Barnes & Noble, Summerlin. We may not be on the schedule, but after tonight, I hope that our store managers will place us on the map as a regular occurrence at the store. We will be discussing the “Hero’s Journey“, […]

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