My First Byline in ‘The Happy Times Monthly,’ (Happy Herald)

My First Byline in ‘The Happy Times Monthly,’ (Happy Herald)

Someone once said that the only reason to look back is to see how far you’ve come. In terms of my writing and publishing career, I just realized it has been 20 years since my first article was published in a local South Florida paper known as ‘The Happy Times Monthly,’ now the Happy Herald.

Back then, the internet was not as advanced as it is today and believe it or not, I didn’t even own a personal computer. I actually typed the article on a typewriter and snail-mailed it to Founder/Publisher Brigitte Lang, after a good friend suggested I should start putting a writing portfolio together. Funny thing is, weeks went by and I never heard anything back from Brigitte. Then, one hot summer day in Boca Raton, another girlfriend called me to share the news that she’d just been in Whole Foods and had seen my headline article (along with the photo I’d submitted) in a stack of free papers. She was nearly out of breath, she was so excited. Having known about my brother Ralph, she was thrilled to see his story in print.

Not only had I finally been published, but my first article was chosen to be the headline. And, although it had not been my motive for writing it, the piece captured the attention of someone else – the man on whom Ken is based in Water Signs. When he saw it, he called the newspaper for my number to congratulate me. Since Brigitte maintains an excellent policy of keeping her contributor’s phone numbers private, she took his name and number and promised to share the information with me. Which she did.

I described the mixed emotions I felt back then in the novel, especially upon discovering Ken was now a father to a baby girl. On one hand, I appreciated the pride he expressed in me, knowing it had been a lifelong dream; on the other, I relived the pain of what had happened, mainly because of an inability to communicate. Ironic, I know.

Anyway, fast-forward about 11 years later, and this real-life event became a pivotal scene in Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal:

Beneath the headline ‘My Brother – My Hero,’ and the byline bearing the author’s name, Madeline and Louis smiled back at him, seated at a round dining table. Wow. She’d finally achieved her goal of becoming a published writer. He well remembered the endless conversations, by the ocean, snuggled up on the couch, or wrapped up under the satin sheets of his waterbed, during which Maddy would eloquently share her dreams for the future. In spite of everything, he still missed that connection.

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The Writestream with Daria Anne Welcomes Book Publicist Michelle Kulp on April 5

The Writestream with Daria Anne Welcomes Book Publicist Michelle Kulp on April 5

Please join us on Wednesday, April 5 at 11 AM Eastern:

According to Forbes Magazine, your book is your new business card. Are you a busy entrepreneur looking to enhance or expand your business by publishing a book but don’t know where to begin?

Tune in for the debut of The Writestream with Daria Anne on Wednesday, April 5 at 11 AM Eastern when she welcomes Michelle Kulp, author, book publicist, entrepreneur and 6 Figure Woman.

Michelle Kulp, Is an International Book Launch Expert, Book Publishing Specialist, And #1 Bestselling Author.  Michelle Teaches Women (And A Few Select Men) How to Build a Business That Nourishes Their Soul & How to Become a Highly Paid “AUTHOR-ITY” In Their Field!

Motto: Work Less, Make More

Michelle Kulp helps experts, entrepreneurs, consultants and coaches write, publish and promote their books and become #1 bestselling authors!

Through her “Amazon Bestseller Program” she helps authors create a back-end income stream with their bestselling book as well as leverage their new bestseller status. Her Amazon Bestseller program is a one-stop shop for authors who don’t have the knowledge, expertise or skill-set to publish and market their own books. Michelle takes her 12 years of online experience and provides a much-needed service to experts who want to use a book to attract new clients, elevate their credibility and create a new income stream.

Michelle is the bestselling author of several of her own books on Amazon including: #GirlBoss In Training, Quit Your Job and Follow your Dreams: A 12 Month Guide to Becoming Joyfully Jobless; I Love Myself When; Woman Take Hold of Your Power, Ocean Writing, Never Work Again: 6 Secrets to Earning a PlayCheck Instead of a Pay-Check, & Bestseller in 30 Days.

Quote from Michelle: “Having a bestselling book is the best way I know to instantly elevate your credibility and reach thousands of new followers.”

Michelle also works with a handful of entrepreneurs in her 12-Month Mastermind Program, “The Rising Stars”, where she guides them in fast tracking their business goals and dreams in a supportive and action-oriented environment!

Michelle teaches, “Do the work once and get paid over and over because that’s how you leverage time. Without it, you are always going to be trading hours for dollars and there are only so many hours in the day.”

Michelle knows about this first hand as she left a 17-year career in the legal field as a paralegal and legal secretary in 2000 because she was burnt out working in a high-stress environment; through the journey of recreating and reinventing herself, Michelle learned to trust her intuition, put herself first and to believe in and follow her dreams!

She also learned that there is no such thing as an “overnight success” and that you have to put in your 10,000 hours, like author Malcolm Gladwell says in his bestselling book, Outliers, “It takes about 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at anything!” Although putting in your 10,000 hours won’t guarantee success it will help stack the cards in your favor; that’s where Michelle’s gift of helping women learn to identify their strengths and outsource the rest comes in!

Many clients of Michelle’s have gone on to create successful online businesses. Unfortunately when it comes to making money online, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” So whether they are new to making money online or have been online and just haven’t cracked the code to making 6-figure, Michelle has been where you are and can show you the quickest path to achieving your goals through her guidance, support and mentoring.

To stream the episode through your computer, click on this link to The Writestream with Daria Anne Welcomes Book Publicist Michelle Kulp, on Wednesday, April 5 at 11 AM Eastern. We welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246.

Download the FREE eBook, Your Book Is Your New Business Card at Writestream Publishing.com.

(Image Credit: Kimberly McGath).

 

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Writestream Publishing’s New Audio Promo

Do you have a story to tell? Writestream Publishing’s newly released promo explains why Writestream Publishing offers our clients the very best value in the independent publishing industry. Although we knew this when we put together our packages and launched the company back in June, hearing a rundown of services by an incredibly talented voice-over artist really drives the point home.

Take a listen below:

Ready to professionally produce and release your book? Contact Writestream Publishing to schedule your no-obligation phone consultation.

This ad will soon be playing during all Writestream Radio Network broadcasts.

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Independent Publishing and Managing Expectations

My latest blog post at Writestream Publishing:

In talking to clients and potential clients, invariably the following logical questions arise in one form or another:

  • Can I really make money from my book?
  • How much money can I earn from my book?
  • How long will it take to recoup my investment?
  • Can you guarantee book sales?

These are all perfectly acceptable and understandable inquiries; after all, if someone is considering hiring us in the form of one of our Publishing Packages or for Ghostwriting, they want to know if their outlay of hard-earned money will be worth it. While it’s gratifying to see your work in print, for most of us it’s not just about the accomplishment of producing a book; it’s about reaching your audience, connecting with your readers, building a following and yes — selling as many copies (in paperback and Kindle) as possible.

There are many pros to choosing the independent publishing route with Writestream Publishing:

  • You keep all of your royalties once the book is released
  • Depending on the package you select, you also benefit from our social media presence including Writestream Radio Network (which provides a non-threatening opportunity to develop your ability to discuss your work)
  • Your book and social networks become part of our regular social media posting rotations
  • We offer plenty of Add-Ons to help you market your book both in person and online

That said, we cannot offer a guarantee that doing X will result in Y. As much as we’d like to, we simply cannot promise that you’ll sell a certain amount of copies within a specified amount of time — even if you actively promote on social media, host book signings in your local area, speak at various community events, garner hundreds of reviews on Amazon, and participate in regular interviews on internet radio. While we highly recommend a combination of marketing efforts the truth it takes consistent, daily action over a long period of time (which can range anywhere from a few months to several years) before you’ll start selling books, breaking even on your investment, and eventually seeing a profit from your book.

What can we guarantee?

  • You will receive a no-obligation, free 30-minute phone consultation to discuss your project
  • If you choose to hire us, you will receive everything promised in your selected package or add-on services in a timely fashion
  • During the course of our partnership, you can call us at any time and receive personal, individualized attention
  • You’ll work with Writestream’s contracted professionals to achieve the perfect book cover design and formatting for paperback and Kindle
  • Your book will receive professional editing, which is included in all packages (a stand-alone value of $2,500)
  • You’ll receive the benefit of our social media promotions via Twitter, Facebook, Writestream Radio, Google Plus, and LinkedIn
  • Depending on your choice of package, you’ll have exposure as a guest on Writestream Radio Network

Still not sure we’re a good fit? Read these testimonials from our clients. We are more than happy to provide you contact information for clients who have graciously agreed to share their feedback about Writestream Publishing with you privately.

Ready to set up your free, 30-minute consultation? Contact us here.

 

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