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The One Thing I Learned about Rejection from 60 Days of Crowdfunding My Memoir

June 26th, 2017|courage, crowdfunding, defining moments, dreams, memoir writing, new books, new memoir, pain stories, Uncategorized|

Today I want to talk a bit about rejection and how it affected me personally as an author specifically with crowdfunding. When I finalized the decision to go the crowdfunding route for my second memoir Sand and Steel: the Spiritual Journey Home, I was a bit hesitant. I had already published an award-winning book called [...]

6 Top Lessons I Learned to Plan for Creative Success in 2017

January 2nd, 2017|author platform, authorship, content building, courage, creativity, crowdfunding, marketing, Uncategorized|

Writing a book is fun and wickedly creative. But once you enter the publishing door, you don't realize how book promotion will start taking your full attention, loads of creativity, tons of energy, and sometimes a little (or a lot of) money. You learn how to cultivate a following. You are not known in your [...]

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10 Experts Weigh in: Author Platform Building Mistakes to Avoid

December 9th, 2016|author platform, courage, creativity, crowdfunding, faith, hybrid publishing, marketing, message making, mindset, Uncategorized|

Many of the authors with whom I come into contact with have unanimously said that the biggest frustration with getting online fans for the launch of their upcoming book is knowing how to identify those fans first and engage them. As one who has built my author platform  from scratch for the launch of my [...]

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Are You Using Passion and Curiosity to Build an Author Platform and Why Should You Care?

November 17th, 2016|author platform, authorship, blogging, branding, content building, content marketing, courage, curiosity, Podcast, social media, target audience, Uncategorized, vulnerability|

"Creativity, decisiveness, passion, honesty, sincerity, love. These are the ultimate human resources and when you engage these resources, you can get any other resource on earth." -Tony Robbins Let me let you in on an insight about passion and curiosity I didn't quite understand 10 years ago when I first started blogging: I didn't think [...]

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How to Get Your Readers to Care Enough About Your Book

October 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|

  15733920 - a boy full of question This is what I see happening a lot: 1. Using Facebook live, an author starts announcing to her network her book. "Buy my book! It's on sale for $4.97. It's available at x bookstores!" 2. She waits. 3. A few minutes later, several "likes" on [...]

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How Do You Drive Customers to Your Book Talk or Event? The Courage to Use Your Social Media Voice

July 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|

More and more venues like Barnes and Nobles and even libraries are asking for a marketing plan that shows how you will drive "customers" to their venues. Our local library had such a low turnout for a well-known local author event, that they are starting to evaluate authors on a case-by-case basis on whether they [...]

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Having the Courage to Drive

July 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

See that picture of me smiling?  Notice the exhilaration on my face? I decided it was high time to start driving again after a five year hiatus. I live in a 99% walkable area. Why drive?   But I had to get back behind the wheel again. Here's why: I needed to feel comfortable and [...]

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Creating an Experience for Your Readers Help Sell Books and Courage

April 28th, 2016|blogging, courage, Uncategorized|

Sooner or later, the topic of selling books was going to come up now that I've got an incentive to sell my own inventory for my soon-to-be released memoir Accidental Soldier: A Memoir of Service and Sacrifice in the Israel Defense Forces. Although selling books is purely a numbers game, books do not sell themselves. [...]

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The Courage to Grow as an Author

April 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Yesterday was a big day for me as an author. NINE (yes, nine!) boxes of books were fork-lifted from a semi-trailer containing 278 books of my soon-to-be released memoir Accidental Soldier: A Memoir of Service and Sacrifice in the Israel Defense Forces. I felt a rush of emotions. With excitement and a thrill leading the [...]

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The Courage to Believe in Your Book

April 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Our upcoming trip for Israel is just around the corner, and naturally, I thought of my Israeli English teacher friends who still remember me and work at a small regional High School called Emek Hahula in the Upper Galilee, a place I have written about for my upcoming book Accidental Soldier: A Memoir of Service [...]

Do You Have the Courage to Brand Your Business?

March 28th, 2016|branding, courage, Uncategorized|

When I interview various business owners for the articles I feature over at Huffington Post, I always want to know what these businesses are currently doing that will help them be better known and stand out from the crowd. It doesn't matter if I'm working with a health organization or an author trying to figure [...]

The Courage to Become a Better Writer

March 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|

"While vulnerability is the birthplace of many of the fulfilling experiences we long for --  love, belonging, joy, creativity, and trust, to name a few  -- the process of regaining our emotional footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values forged." Dr. Brene Brown, Rising Strong Last Friday [...]

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Can My Body Heal? The Courage to Believe…

March 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Almost a week ago, I sat on the sidewalk in front of our Jewish Community Center with my Toastmaster's speech in one hand, and my scraped hand on the sidewalk trying to comprehend what just happened. I had fallen and slipped on an icy sidewalk. I sat in the rain for 60 seconds, trying to [...]

7 Things I Learned about “Doing It Scared” in 2015

December 18th, 2015|courage, Uncategorized|

  When it comes to changing any parts of your life, many top notch leaders and entrepreneurs are suggesting that with a leap of faith comes with that unwarranted: "Just Do It Scared." Nike of course, started this phenomenon with its well-known logo and branding, "Just Do It" and then somewhere along the time, the [...]

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Lessons Learned from Serving with the “Enemy” in the Israel Defense Forces

September 9th, 2015|courage, new memoir, Uncategorized|

By the time I was inducted in the Israel Defense Forces on February 12, 1991, I was already making space for "something new," -- learning to coexist with an Israel culture as an American, and yet, I was running on "something borrowed" which turned out to be stale girlhood energy from years past. I'm a [...]

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