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New Sunday Show Interview series – The Ultimate Bucket List – A test run with Sally Cronin

What’s on your Ultimate Bucket List?

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

It is time to bring back the Sunday Show interview series after a summer hiatus, and as usual I have come up with a new theme. The Ultimate Bucket List. 

It is also a great opportunity to showcase your blog or books.

I was reading recently what the top ten activities were listed on the average person’s bucket list (things to do before you die) and this particular list caught my eye as it was both entertaining and seemed to include most of the common wishes that my friends have talked about.

If you have an author you have already achieved one dream that it seems most people desire.. at#8 is the desire to write a book. And for some of us (say she hopefully) at #10 is the wish to be successful at what we work at.

There are the usual madcap, highly dangerous, get you close…

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HOW TO – Link your Blog Posts to Goodreads & Amazon…

Here’s another great post for authors of any genre.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Extract of an article by author Maria Murnane on the CreateSpace Community Site:

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When it comes to author blogging, there are two questions I hear more than any others:

1. What should I blog about?
2. How can I get people to read my blog?

Regarding the content of your blog, that’s up to you. For the most part, I like to blog about grammar, book marketing, and the writing process itself, but other authors take a more personal approach and share details about their daily lives. Those who write nonfiction often blog about the topics covered in their books to present themselves as experts. For example, the author of a book on personal finance might blog about the best way to prepare taxes, while a cookbook author might share yummy new soup recipes for the cold winter months. A general rule of thumb is to provide interesting, helpful content…

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How NOT to promote your books on Goodreads – Guest Post by, Jemima Pett…

I thought I knew quite a bit about the Goodreads site and their system. Reading this article brought back some of the things I know but most importantly, introduced me to a few things I either didn’t know or had forgotten. Therefore, a very worthwhile read full of relevant information for authors especially.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

According to Goodreads, the site has over 55 million members worldwide. That’s a lot of readers. It doesn’t take much to understand why nearly every self-published person comes to the conclusion that they should be promoting their books on the site.

It’s a sensitive issue, and one that has changed a little since the original Goodreads was sold to Amazon. I notice more ways that Amazon and Goodreads use each others’ opportunities. Amazon now enables you to do giveaways… Goodreads has been doing that since it started. Goodreads now has an extensive list of marketing opportunities that it promotes to authors, which look like things in the Amazon school of marketing to me, but are nevertheless valid and valuable opportunities – so take them.

In researching this post, I was surprised by things I knew about but didn’t know about. I knew about giveaways, I’d seen themed months, and I…

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What Inspires You?

If inspiration is the engine, motivation is the fuel that powers it. Yes, of course there are potential arguments in that opening sentence. Every reader might interpret it in a slightly different way. But, if something inspires me, it also motivates me to do something about it.

Personally, I don’t support any religeous dogma because I believe for one that dogmatism denies development and two, we are children of the universe and we are born to follow the path of the soul and share the love we came with.

Hang on, I hear the blank slate argument raising its head. On that, I only agree that we are born as blank slates in the ways of the world and then, unfortunately, race disconnects us, religeon separates, politics divides and wealth classifies.

In response to the question; what surprises you most? HH the Dalai Lama said, “Man because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices his wealth to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Lots of philosophical debate starting to generate here but rather that, allow yourself to relax and take a look at the pictures in my Facebook ‘Motivate’ album. In my life, in one way or another, they are all relevant. What do you think? I would love to know and I welcome additions to the family. Post links in the comments and I will tag you in when I add them.

We all come across challenges that threaten our motivation so re-motivate with some great motivational photos

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