My Date with an Author

OutlanderI have to admit, I have a guilty pleasure. I’m hooked on the Outlander series. I mean the whole kit and kaboodle. Not just the books, but the TV show on Starz. This started years ago with the first book, Outlander, written by Diana Gabaldon. That was back in 1991. Since then, I’ve followed the author and her all of her books. There are a total of 8 (so far) in the Outlander series. There is also the Lord John Grey series not to mention the pocket books, etc.

Now that I’ve admitted this, I can now share that I read anything that is Scottish Highlander related. I did a quick search the other night and found a few books that were recommended for us “Outlander finding fraserObsessed” reader! There was one that really caught my eye, Finding Fraser, written by KC Dyer.

Now as many of you know, the main 2 characters in the book are Claire and Jamie Fraser. I needed to look into this further.

I then downloaded a free portion of Finding Fraser and liked what I read so I ordered the whole book and proceeded to read the book. I have to say, I was hooked.

The characters, although not Claire or Jamie Fraser were enchanting and a delight. The main character, Emma, is on a quest to find her own version of Jamie Fraser. As he is otherwise known as “The King of Men” you can image that this was not an easy quest. Jamie Fraser is every women’s dream. Romantic, chivalrous, brave, smart and mostly, very easy on the eyes!

As I am the curious sort, I did a quick and dirty search online for the author, KC Dyer and I found her on Twitter. I then tweeted about the book and how much I was enjoying it. And, much to my surprise, she did respond (that is key). We had a short conversation on Twitter and I then invited her to an Outlander group I belong to on Facebook (I said I was obsessed!).

The whole point to this post is that because KC Dyer responded to my initial post on Twitter she was able to extend the conversation to the group on Facebook. She answered questions and was truly engaged with us.

That is how you use social media to sell more books, products or services. You engage with  your audience. It’s that simple!!

Now, go get engaged! HAH….




Serenity VA Tweets of the Week–40 Sites to Discover or Promote Your Marketing Apps and Tools

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40 Sites to Discover or Promote Your Marketing Apps and Tools

How #authors become #experts and promote expertise

10 #ContentMarketing Mistakes That The Amateurs Make via @jeffbullas

Did you get your new Facebook Marketing Guide from @MariSmith? Download & follow along on May 19th: via #sbzclub

Are These 3 Points of Interest on Your #Marketing Road Map?

10 Awesome #Instagram Posts To Boost Your #Business | via @Mari_Smith

#Blogging Your #Business: 7 Steps to Maintain Content Creation — via @PRNewswire —

9 #SEO Ideas for Small Businesses on a Budget

30+ Tested Platforms To Distribute Content & Get Insane Traffic #contentmarketing #contentmarketingstrategy

How To Choose The Best #BusinessBlog Categories via @B2Community




Scheduling posts at Google+


I recently ran into this blog post by Louise Myers, a social media and graphics artist and I just had to share it here.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to schedule posts to my client’s Google+ profiles and it is not supported by Hootsuite. The only way you can schedule posts for them is if they have a Google+ page as I do.

I am sharing this almost verbatum:

Want to schedule posts on Google Plus?

GooglePlus hasn’t seemed eager to allow scheduling.

I was aware of two great scheduling tools that include scheduling for GooglePlus Business Pages ONLY:


If you have a G+ Business Page and that you’d like to schedule (and your other social channels too), I recommend you check out these tools. I use and love both. HootSuite is my mainstay and sanity saver.

But neither allows posting to G+ personal profiles. And neither do Instagram or IFTTT (2 more sanity savers!).

I thought Google plus didn’t allow offsite posting, until I discovered DoShare.

DoShare is a Chrome extension that lets you write and schedule posts on Google Plus Pages and personal profiles!

It features:

  • Easily share links to Google+ from any tab on Google Chrome
  • Create a post, and schedule it for later. DoShare will automatically send it
  • Supports sharing to circles, +mentions, notifying circle, link sharing, reshares, and photo uploads
  • Supports sharing to Google+ communities
  • Supports Hashtag autocomplete
  • Allows you to share a comment from the Google+ stream
  • Bring out your inner author with a distraction free rich text editor
  • Save a draft now, edit it into a post later
  • Share a post directly from the stream
  • Share a post directly from the notifications panel
  • Quickly share to your personal page from your page’s stream and notifications
  • Supports Multiple Google login
  • Supports automatic numbering of public posts
  • Automates creating of polls on Google+

I’ve just started using this tool for myself and clients. It really works!

Serenity VA Tweets of the Week–Twitter Partners with Google

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#Twitter Partners with #Google: What You Need to Know by @VerticalMeasure #SEO

@Bookgal brings us tip 43 in a series of 52 ways to market your book! #bookmarketing

How to Get Featured in #Mashable by @larrykim

How to Set Up Multi-Product Ads on #Facebook [Quick Tip]

The Two Sides of #SEO for Book Publishers

How to Create Your Guest #Blogging #Strategy [with a 5 step template] : @problogger

4 Steps to Create Share-Worthy #Content for Social Media

This Week in #ContentMarketing: A Net Neutrality Win | Stop Talking So Much About Yourself

10 Blog Ideas for When You’re Stumped #bloggingforbusiness #bloggingtips

Website Tools that Will Maximize Your Engagement #mondaymemo via @SusanGilbert




Serenity VA Tweets of the Week–Twelve WordPress Plugins That Boost Your Content Marketing Efforts

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RT @FX_Digital: Twelve WordPress Plugins That Boost Your Content Marketing Efforts #contentmarketing

9 Tips for Writing Copy for Social Media that Gets Shared #smm

Get others to write your blog for free (via @amabaie) #blogging via #sbzclub

5 #Event PR #Mistakes Every Newbie Makes via @webmoves_net @PublicityHound

10 Sites for Free, Non-Cheesy Stock #Photos Written by @CarlyStec

How To Get Influencers To Notice You by @Bookgal via @FutureofInk #bookmarketingtip via #sbzclub

The Six Biggest Benefits of Blogging For Your Business #businessblogging

7 Writing Strategies to Boost Traffic on Your #Blog

Increase #Business #Blog Traffic With These 5 Tips

Is Twitter Killing YouTube? 5 Top Reasons You Should Prioritize #Twitter



8 Ways to Build and Launch a Blockbuster Product

Following just these 8 simple steps, and lathering, rinsing, and repeating you can go from zero to a thriving seven-figure business with hundreds of joint venture relationships.

  1. How to immediately implement the “New Paradigm” and start generating profits by this time next week.
  2. Why Risk-Free product creation is the ONLY way to go if you want your business to succeed in the next few years.
  3. The reasons why selling BEFORE you build your product leads to higher sales, better conversions, and higher profits.
  4. The quick and inexpensive way that all-but guarantees your next product launch will be a breakthrough success
  5. A reliable, predictable and repeatable framework for launching just about ANYTHING (product, service, online course, book, etc.)
  6. A goldmine of ready-to-execute strategies to tap into what your audience wants, and more importantly, what they’re willing to BUY.
  7. The proven, more collaborative way of closing sales that completely obliterates the high-pressure, sleazy tactics that we’ve all grown highly suspect of.
  8. How to launch EXPLOSIVELY with profits and conversion rates that leave your peers (and competitors) baffled.

Over the past 3 years, Danny has built Firepole Marketing from nothing to a 7-Figure Leader in the Online Marketing Education Industry, with multiple block-buster products that have helped thousands of people create success and freedom online.

Now, for the first time, he’ll teach you the entire step-by-step process that he developed and used to launch blockbuster products that routinely gross as much as six figures before even launching, and seven within a couple years of launch.

Don’t miss this opportunity, because it won’t come again for a long time.

Product Creation Webinar 2015-02-04 08-12-49

I’ll see you on this FREE call.

Serenity VA Tweets of the Week–21 Rules for Content Marketers

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21 Rules for Content Marketers

The 6 Step Online Marketing Strategy Every Small Business Should Follow in 2015

10 Reasons Why You Should Have An Active Business Blog

Does Your Blog Pass the Blink Test? 3 Critical Blog Must Haves

500 Top-Tier Publishers Tell You What They Want from Content Marketers

7 Powerful Stats That’ll Make You Better at Content Marketing

Four Tools for Solopreneur Time Management

40+ Social Tools for Personal Branding Success

Authors: Plan Your Marketing with a Content Calendar

Publicity Tips–PR Services on a Budget

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Serenity VA Tweets of the Week–How To Use Twitter For Business

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How To Use Twitter For Business
Learning how to use Twitter for business comes down to knowing how to start using a SMARTER feed. Your feed is what people see, it’s what people follow, and if done right, your Twitter feed will make it much easier for you to grow your business or your brand. When a new customer or potential customer lands on your Twitter page you want them to see, a nice image, a nice clean header image and you want them to see an ACTIVE FEED.

Top SEO Analytics tools for 2015
Looking to launch your campaigns to the next level? Here are some tools to look at including SEO metrics, social media metrics, and link building tools.

4 Ways to Create an Engaging Blog Experience
If you haven’t evaluated your blog design in a while, it’s time to take a look. Find ways to incorporate these trends to make your blog easy to navigate, mobile-friendly, personalized and interactive. All of these elements will drive engagement with your content from your target audience.

How to get over your fears of posting, blogging and sharing about your business
Why would I talk about fear instead of Facebook or Twitter? Wouldn’t my readers like to read about the next greatest tip for Pinterest? Here’s the deal. Most people I meet think if they know Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest their business will take off. The truth is – it won’t.

What PR pros can learn from successful pitches
With today’s journalist shouldering more responsibility than ever before, it’s essential to master the art of pitching stories. Your pitches must immediately grab the attention of the targeted journalist if you want to get noticed and get coverage. Of course, not every pitch is going to be successful. Truthfully, many of your pitches will be met with radio silence. That’s okay. It’s inevitable. It doesn’t mean you wasted your time crafting what you hoped was the perfect pitch.

How to Set Profitable Pricing
After investing hours researching your new business idea, it is easy for the new entrepreneur to forget that the essence of business is not how eye-catching your business card is or how well-organized your home office appears.

The Nancy Reagan Approach to Content Marketing
Google has long since rolled out the red carpet for Panda 4.0, its newest algorithm update that weeds out thin, insubstantial, spammy content and press releases, sites that are keyword-heavy and contain out-of-context links, and instances of gross duplication.

How To Create A Content Marketing Plan That Quadruples Your Leads
There’s no denying the content marketing plan that quadruples leads is rare. Why? It’s an ambitious goal. And ambitious goals are usually not achieved without a plan. Most companies don’t have a content marketing plan. And most companies don’t succeed with content marketing. You can connect the dots.

2014 Action Item: Did Marketers Master Blogging?
We’ve all seen company blogs dash out of the starting gate like an Olympian sprinter. Then it’s a slow jog. A walk. A crawl. And, finally, a death. It stops entirely, and your latest blog post is from the days of the Bush Administration.

How to Start a WordPress Blog in 5 Steps
You decided to start a blog and you heard that WordPress is the easiest blogging platform to go with. Before that you had spent some serious thought into it as you are aware that blogging is a full time job.
It didn’t take you long before you decided to go through the path like most of us bloggers do; you know, starting a blog and finally, become a blogger. Here are 5 tips you need to know before starting a brand new blog

Serenity VA Tweets of the Week–Blog Post Writing Tricks To Supercharge Your Motivation

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Blog Post Writing Tricks To Supercharge Your Motivation
If business blogging keeps falling to the bottom of your to do list and never gets done, use some or all of these strategies to spark your motivation.

What were the worst PR scandals of 2015? A look back on the year’s mishaps:
Invariably, each year brings its share of PR crises and scandals, and 2014 was no exception. This year had a robust number of meltdowns, PR debacles and downright embarrassing episodes among some of the globe’s most recognizable brands. Here’s a partial list of some of the year’s worst PR crises.

What are the New Social Media Tools for This Year?
Here are 4 resources to help you improve your social media marketing and visibility online.

6 Tips for Managing PR Activity Time for Profitability and Efficiency
Small PR agencies, particularly, are given to servicing their clients until the job is done. The operative words, here, are keeping clients happy, and keeping clients, period.

What are Your Blogging Resolutions for 2015?
Well here we are again, folks – the start of a new year. The time when we’re usually bursting with motivation and promises to not repeat the mistakes of the past. I know I’ve learned a lot in the last 12 months (especially my bad habits, which I’ve vowed to ditch in 2015!)

So Why Should Smallbiz Be Using Social Media? [BECAUSE IT WORKS]
The most prominent reasons Small Business should be using social media are responding to customer questions, networking and education… but there’s more. To date, most small businesses have not been looking to help build the sales funnel through these channels.

How to get more sign ups on your newsletter list!
Make sure your subscribe form is visible on your homepage and on every page of your website: Ideally a subscribe form should be on the right hand side of your site, towards the top. Especially if your goal is to increase newsletter signups, you’ll want to be sure this is in a prominent spot.

Unusual Ways to Fund and Market Your Book
Some say the easiest part of publishing a book is writing it. It’s frustrating when you’ve toiled to create a well-written, thought-provoking, useful book then have it not sell as well as you’d like. In fact, few authors ever feel their book sells as well as they want.

Essential Strategies to Boost Your Visibility in 2015
What marketing strategies are working and what you need to consider as we move into 2015. If you want to be found by your ideal client, you need to online. But with myriad choices, what are the most effective strategies and tactics to put in place and focus on?

Social Media Audit – 3 Tips to Strategically Prep for 2015
This is a busy time of year, for both in business and in our personal lives. It may feel like an easy time to let up on your social media efforts, but that could end up biting you in the new year. You can take some simple steps now to make sure your online profiles start 2015 on the right foot.

SerenityVA Tweets of the Week-Special free e-book to you: The Best of the Publicity Hound’s Tips of the Week

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Special free e-book to you: The Best of the Publicity Hound’s Tips of the Week

Here’s a gift that’s perfect for small business owners, a nonprofit that needs publicity, authors who want to sell more books, or anyone who wants to self-promote on a shoestring budget and without an expensive publicist.

Say Goodbye to Bad Habits: Five You Should Ditch in the New Year

Ditch these bad blogging habits before the year is out. Replace them with smarter ways of driving your blog forward and increasing the enjoyment you get from it.

Blogging is just like having a conversation
Once you get the hang of talking to the world through your blog – it’s kind of addicting. I mean, who doesn’t like to hear themselves talk (blog?)

The Sweet 16: Business Wire’s Most Read, Viewed and Shared Content of 2014

As we look towards a PR-friendly new year, they wanted to share the articles, videos and blog posts that your communication colleagues turned to this year so they can help you launch successful communications program in 2015!

What Digital Marketing Might Look Like In 2015

If anything, we believe that 2015 will see much more disruption and challenges for the marketing industry. We are an industry in flux. For some, this is great news. For others… Enjoy the conversation….

6 Predictions On The Future Of Content Marketing For 2015

Some trends emerging recently and think that they point towards the overall direction content marketing will be headed in 2015. Here 6 predictions on the evolution of content marketing next year.

9 sentences that need a hyphen

Sometimes, a hyphen is simply necessary for a sentence to read the way the writer intended. Check out these examples.

Marketing Trends I’d Love To See In 2015: Part One

Professionalism requires paying attention to the small details, as much as it requires paying attention to the BIG idea. The big idea, delivered with daunting typos and dizzyingly poor word choice, is an idea that will fizzle and be rendered small, no matter the inherent value.

Where’s Your Social Media Traffic Coming From?

It’s always imperative that you design social media strategies around your business goals. If you are leveraging social marketing to ultimately increase the number of sales and leads, then you can rest assured that social media traffic should be measured.

7 Must-Know Tips When Starting a Blog

Here are the few tips that can help you start up your own blog as well as helping other clients to step in the blogging world!

Ten Hooks to Resuscitate the Press Release

Here are 10 hooks, reminders, if you will, for besting other releases that hit an editor’s desk, and ensuring your news gets read