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The Writestream Radio Network was founded in March of 2013 for the purpose of offering exposure to knowledgeable guests, and providing diverse programming and useful information for our listeners. Although Blog Talk Radio charges us $400 per year for the premium membership, we’ve never charged our guests a dime for appearing on any of our programs, and each of our hosts spends several hours per week on promotion of their guests, which includes booking appearances, creating the Blog Talk Radio episodes, and broadcasting across various social media platforms. Lisa Tarves and I put a great deal of time and energy into our individual shows Just Believe and Writestream Tuesday, and our mutual show Love Liberty & Lip Gloss – in addition to managing the Writestream and Love Liberty & Lip Gloss social media accounts. And this doesn’t include the effort we put into our individual businesses’ social media accounts.

WritestreamLogo-800x533We’re happy to do it, because Writestream benefits our guests, listeners, hosts, and individual businesses. All of this comes at a cost, however. It’s not just our time, but our resources. And for me personally, the time I devote to existing clients – whether I’m setting up a Word Press site, writing their book, or training them on social media – must be balanced with the effort to keep the client funnel full. That effort would be much easier with a marketing budget to enable me to do things like promote Facebook pages and sponsor tweets.

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So I decided to set up a Go Fund Me campaign, which you can read about in detail here. Any amount you can donate is greatly appreciated and will be applied toward our business goals. Thanks in advance!

And a big thank you to those who have already donated. I’ve reached out via personal email so I won’t mention names here but I genuinely appreciate the generosity of these individuals and look forward to making them proud with a tremendous growth year in 2015!

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For more information, visit GoFundMe.com/Writestream.

Wishing all of our listeners and supporters a very blessed Holiday Season!

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A Snobby Girl’s Professional Testimonial

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Many thanks to Maureen Miles Bucci for this wonderful testimonial of my work:

As a new author, my knowledge and contacts were limited and I was very uninformed with the process of publishing and utilizing social media to promote my book. I contacted Daria for some initial guidance and wound up hiring her on the spot. I am very pleased with her work and also impressed with her media savvy. She has placed my work on a level that I could not have achieved on my own.

Need writing, editorial, or social media services? Contact me here.

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A Snobby Girl’s Appeal

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Working with Maureen Miles Bucci on A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer has been rewarding and educational. Learning about her experience in overcoming ovarian cancer opened my eyes, not just to the physical and emotional traumas involved, but also the harsh realities of human nature and “charity.”

Author Maureen Miles Bucci.

Author Maureen Miles Bucci.

Without giving away book spoilers, I’ll just note that life’s hardships often provide illumination and discernment in terms of relationships once considered genuine and true. In Snobby Girl, Maureen discusses friends who can’t find the motivation to pick up the phone and offer specific, meaningful help — like cooking a meal or cleaning the house. Yet, they’ll walk, walk, walk for the cure or click the “like” button on Facebook in support of whatever famous charity is posting. Or some will publicly ask for sympathy when they receive news of a friend’s cancer diagnosis, yet fail to provide that friend with practical assistance.

For example, Maureen notes in her book that previously innocuous tasks like slicing vegetables in preparation for a meal, or vacuuming the carpet add an element of danger for a cancer patient. Why? The chemo and radiation treatments take a toll on the body, rendering cancer fighters much more susceptible to cuts and bruises — and therefore, infections. Compounded by other symptoms like “chemo head,” fatigue, and nausea the everyday tasks we healthy people take for granted become difficult daily challenges. For many women coping with various female cancers, a friend who truly wants to help can best express that desire by cooking them a meal or two, offering to clean their house (or perhaps paying for a professional to do it), taking them out for some “retail therapy,” and/or driving them to a chemotherapy appointment when they’re feeling too exhausted to drive themselves.

Lucy, the Snobby Cat.

Lucy, the Snobby Cat.

And they ought to take the initiative to pick up the phone and offer specific help, versus the “Whatever I can do, just ask” platitude. Be proactive and use common sense. Life doesn’t stop for the person fighting cancer: laundry still needs to washed and folded, meals still must be cooked, pets still need to be fed and walked, lawns still need to be mowed, etc. etc. Whatever else you might do, please don’t treat your recently diagnosed friend like a leper. I was incredibly disappointed to discover there are people in the 21st century who actually believe cancer is contagious, and that many of Maureen’s so-called friends would actually move to a different  pew in church (church!) to avoid sitting next to her! Unacceptable. And certainly un-Christian.

Yet when it comes to public declarations of “support,” these same folks will like, share, and post about how much they care about cancer on social media, along with photos of them walking for a cure.

I can definitely relate to Maureen’s experience, though (thanks to the grace of God) I’ve never dealt with a serious health issue. Many years ago, I worked for a non-profit in a health-related field. Among other things, my job involved organizing fundraisers and schmoozing the wealthy society ladies who donated money and time to these high-profile events. While I understand the need to raise money, it became evident to me rather quickly that these women were mostly concerned with having their pictures splashed all over the society page (with the camera capturing their best angle, of course), and attracting celebrity participants (with whom they could no doubt have a photo or two taken at the event).

Am I judging them for not caring about the patients this organization was serving? Of course not. I cannot get inside someone else’s heart and mind. But I can report that none of them to the best of my knowledge ever participated in actual programs this same charity conducted — programs involving interaction with real people suffering from the disease. I wonder now if any of these patients ever shared Maureen’s feelings.

While I applaud reputable charities for raising money for research and fully understand the need for fundraisers, my appeal here is that charity really does begin at home. By all means, walk for the cure. But if you want to take your charitable giving to the next level, why not donate your time by offering meaningful support to one woman coping with cancer (or any other debilitating disease)? For many people, it’s easy to write a check. Giving of your time and energy is a much bigger sacrifice but it also carries much more meaning for the person at the receiving end.

Call your friend and offer to do something specific and useful for her. We can’t help everyone but each of us can help someone. And that person will appreciate it more than they could ever express.

Please tune in to my interview with Maureen on Tuesday, September 30 for more.

 

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Social Media, Book Sales and Managing Expectations

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Although I originally broadcast this episode back in 2011, the advice is still relevant. It’s a delicate balance between budget, time, and expectations but if you’re going to make an impression and sell books as an independent author, social media is a necessary tool (in addition to “traditional” events like local speaking engagements). As someone who manages social media for individuals and businesses, it’s always a challenge to help authors understand its value when all they can see is the bottom line. I get it. You have limited resources and need to see a return on your investment asap. I wish we lived in a world where there was a direct correlation between effort (e.g. an appearance on a Blog Talk Radio show) and results (immediately following your interview you sell 100 books). Sadly, we don’t.

Then again, with traditional print advertising, there’s never been a guarantee that an ad costing X amount of dollars would directly result in X amount of sales. Either way, it’s a time commitment for the social media consultant hired to manage your blog and/or platforms so you can concentrate on the other more important obligations in your life — such as family and day job.

Anyway, I happened across the archived episode back when I was in a different business partnership. I hope it’s helpful for anyone curious about using social media platforms for success as an independent author. And let me close by adding I am very grateful to be in business with Lisa Tarves now!

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My Interview in The American Journal

Thank you to Delcan Finn for putting me in the spotlight:

Today, an interview with American Journal’s very own Daria DiGiovanni, discussing her various and sundry roles as journalist, talk show host, and ghostwriter.

1471925_10202487549011836_1698579178_n1. I guess the standard questions for the average writer should be asked first. Bare with me: “How do you get your ideas?” ”A writer, don’t you have a real job?” Feel free to insert any other dumb questions you’ve heard from the general populace.

DD: To me, life experience is the best source of ideas. My first novel is based on actual events not only in my life, but in the lives of people I’ve known, whether friends, family or acquaintances. Of course, the names have been changed to protect the innocent – ha!

As for the “real job,” I spent many years in the corporate world, mostly in the financial industry, in various capacities from corporate communications to marketing to community relations outreach to recruiting. One of my favorite positions was writing e-proposals for a company that specializes in digital marketing for the hospitality industry. That experience helped tremendously in honing my descriptive writing abilities to give the reader a full sensory experience of a particular place, character or plot point.

Even now, I provide social media services for a variety of clients including authors and small businesses. Among other things, this involves setting up blogs, managing social media platforms, providing content, and navigating through the independent publishing process.

Visit The American Journal to read the whole thing. Want to hire me for writing, ghostwriting, blogging and other social media services? Click here.

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