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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

FREE Airline Tracking in Realtime

Filed under: Airline Tracker in Realtime,Author Tips,Speaker Tips,Video — Larry James @ 8:00 am
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Authors and Speakers: Never wait for a late flight again!

Now, you can find out the current status of any commercial flight currently in progress in real time. Just type the airline name and flight number, and in seconds you’ll see if the flight is on time (and if it’s not, how late it will be and more). Track a flight from any computer in the world. This is really cool. Tell your friends. Remember to bookmark this page.

Click here! – www.FlyteComm.com

Click here! – www.FlightArrivals.com

Click here! – www.1800flights.net – 1.800.Flights is the one number to call to check the flight status for commercial airlines nationwide, toll free.

Click here! – www.flightstats.com

Head over to the Weather Channel. Start by checking the weather at your destination city. Then, read the tips for safer travel. There are tips to make your trip go more smoothly.

For example, the preflight checklist will get you through security without a hiccup. Don’t miss the advice for cutting your chances of getting bumped. Finally, you can check on your flight. Find out if it is delayed before you head to the airport.

Farecast.com is a travel Website that helps you make airfare predictions. It can tell you if you should “buy now” because fares will go up, or “wait” because fares are going to drop.

www.SeatGuru.com – Most major airlines permit you to choose your seat when you are buying a ticket online. Do you want a seat with extra legroom? A seat with a non-restricted recline? A seat that is extra quiet? This Website shows you the seat configurations offered by many airlines by aircraft type. Speakers and authors can determine which planes have laptop power at which seats.

Know an author or speaker who is afraid to fly? Tell them about the The Fearless FlightKit™!

Have a S-M-I-L-E from “The Carol Burnett Show” – No Frills Airline – Tim Conway is put through the ringer by Carol because he’s in the No-Frills section of the airplane while Harvey Korman gets special treatment one seat ahead in First Class.

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Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Getting Into Bookstores? – 7 Tips to Help You!

Penny Sanseveri, Guest Author

Let’s face it, regardless of the odds we authors still want to get into bookstores. But if you’ve been having a hard time with this, take heart. It’s getting harder and harder to get into stores but not impossible. We’re going to look at some of the possibilities here.

bookstoreeventFirst, it’s important to understand the pressure stores are under right now. With the increased focus on publishers to get their authors out there, bookstores are being given most of their marching orders by their corporate office. Bookstore shelf space is bought and paid for by the New York publishers makinggetting on the shelves or display racks a bit tricky if not impossible. So here’s a game plan for those of you trying to survive outside of the traditional market.

1. Get to know your local store. I know this might sound obvious but you’d be surprised how many authors don’t really know the people in their local store. The thing is if you know them, they know you and when you’re ready to promote your book they might be more open to having you in their store if you have taken the time to get to know them.

2. Start to follow the types of events they do at the store. Get an events calendar or get on their email list. You’ll start to see trends emerge. For example they might have an independent author night you could participate in. Also be cautious for big releases like the recent Stephanie Meyer events many stores had planned. If you are trying to capture the attention of a store when they’re in the middle of a major book launch you’re likely to get ignored.

buyingbooks3. Buy a book. Don’t just wander the store trying to make friends: shop there. Support your local stores regardless of whether they are a chain or independent. You’d be surprised what a difference this makes when you’re trying to get to know the folks who could book you for an event.

4. Book signings are boring, offer to do an event instead. Events are a draw, book signings aren’t unless you’re a celebrity. Plan to do a talk, educate, entertain, or enlighten. This will a more attractive pitch to the bookstore and will draw more people to your talk.

5. Get to know the local authors in your area and then offer to plan events for them. Here’s how this works. Bookstores are inundated with local authors asking for a time slot but what if you went to the bookstore manager and said that you’d be willing to coordinate a once a month event featuring all the local authors. The bookstore could just refer all local Independently published authors to you, you could coordinate this and guess what? Not only are you helping the store but guess who’s getting a monthly showcase in their store? You. You can do this with more than one store if you have the time but keep in mind that with cut backs often one store manager will oversee a few locations so you might only have to go through one person.

6. If they won’t let you coordinate a monthly event, suggest that they have an Independent author night if they haven’t already started this. If they have an Independent author night you should definitely participate, it’s a great way to gain exposure not to mention network with some local people.

7. Try as best you can to funnel everyone to one store to purchase your book. If you’re having a tough time getting shelf space (and aren’t we all), funneling folks to one store might prompt that store to keep a few copies of your book on hand. Whenever you do local speaking or media, let them know by name and address where they can get your book. Stores have been known to take in books that they’re getting lots of requests for, regardless of how they are published, so if you’re sending people to one store instead of fragmenting them to a bunch of different ones you could start building an ongoing interest in reorders.

Getting into bookstores isn’t impossible but it does require a dash of creativity. Keep in mind that if bookstores aren’t receptive despite after you’ve tried the tips in this article then maybe you’re sitting in a tight market. Areas like Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago might be tough areas to get noticed because these are often the first stops traditional publishers seek when planning author tours. If you’re near those areas try looking outside of the city for alternatives that are often overlooked by New York.

If that doesn’t work for you then consider non-bookstore events. Over the years we’ve planned events for our author in all sorts of non-bookstore venues such as: video stores, electronics stores, gyms, even grocery stores so if events are your focus, keep an open mind and remember: often the biggest piece of getting an event in a bookstore are the relationships you build with them.

PennySansevieriCopyright 2012 – Penny C. Sansevieri. Penny C. Sansevieri, is CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert and an Adjunct Instructor with NYU. Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most cutting-edge book marketing campaigns. She is the author of five books, including “Book to Bestseller” which has been called the “road map to publishing success.” To learn more about Penny’s books or her promotional services, you can visit her website at http://www.amarketingexpert.com. To subscribe to her FREE eZINE, send a blank e-mail to Penny’s e-mail

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Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

An Incredible Resource for Authors and Speakers!

Filed under: Author Tips,Speaker Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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If you are an author or speaker you need to know about SpeakerNet News!

SpeakerNet News (SNN) is a global resource for speakers, trainers, consultants, coaches and authors. SNN produces a weekly ezine of best-practice tips from its 10,000 worldwide subscribers, as well as bi-weekly teleseminars and webinars interviewing industry experts. The only “fee” to subscribe is a contribution of two tips per quarter.

Additionally, SNN produces eBooks on key topics, like how to be a great emcee and travel tips from road warriors. Each issue features items sent in by the newsletter readers:

• Tips on subjects like sales and marketing, travel, technology, great resources, saving money, PR, conducting better presentations, and other topics key to the speaking business
• Requests for information and advice
• Want ads (equipment and other items for sale)
• Services and products of interest to speakers
• Teleseminars
• Webinars

SpeakerNet News Compilations – Items which are too long to put in the weekly newsletter are put onto Web pages for easy viewing.

Subscriber Bonus! – When you subscribe to SpeakerNet News, you will receive a copy of our special report “51 Best Marketing Tips from Speakers, Trainers, and Consultants Around the World,” submitted by SpeakerNet News readers. You can Subscribe for FREE!

Larry’s Note: I have been a subscriber to SpeakerNet News almost from its inception and have found it to be one of the best resources you will find for authors and speakers anywhere.

Copyright 2012 by Ken Braly & Rebecca Morgan. Ken Braly and Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC have been co-publishing SpeakerNet News since 1996. It has become known as a key voice in the industry as it has many more subscribers than any other entity with its focus. Follow them on Twitter.

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Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Add Larry James as a “friend” to your Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/larry.james
Follow Larry’s “once daily” Relationship Tweet at: http://www.Twitter.com/larryjames
Follow Larry’s “Relationships” BLOG at: http://CelebrateLove.wordpress.com
Follow Larry’s “Networking” BLOG at: http://NetworkingHQ.wordpress.com
Follow Larry’s “Weddings” BLOG at: http://CelebrateIntimateWeddings.wordpress.com

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