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Book Review: Lists that Saved My Business by Angel Tuccy and Eric Reamer

I am a prolific reader. I read mostly fiction. I am not a huge fan of non-fiction books. To date, I have read only ten books on marketing, but Lists that Saved My Business by Angel Tuccy and Eric Reamer is by far the most practical book I have read on the subject of marketing. I love their motto: “No matter what business you are in… You’re in the Relationship Business!”

This quote makes so much sense to me. I began reading Angel’s and Eric’s book with an open mind, even though I am not an official business owner. I am a children’s author and the one thing I need help in is finding ways to brand myself as an expert in the field of foreign language. I was pleasantly surprised with all the real-life advice and tasks anyone wanting to change for the better can do.

For example, in chapter 13, the authors talk about hosting your own workshop. This is, in my opinion, a brilliant idea. As a trilingual children’s author I can see the benefit of hosting a free workshop for parents interested in teaching their children a foreign language. I love this explanation as to why it is a good idea to host your own workshop: “Hosting your own workshop sets the stage for the most perfect form of marketing: Customer conversation. Customers will draw attention to the benefits, and ask questions that allow you to show off your expertise.”

After reading this section in chapter 13, I knew right away what I need to do to help expand myself as a trilingual children’s author. My second favorite chapter is chapter 18, “Tools for the Trade.” I think we all can use some common sense advice when it comes to staying organized. Again, the authors used a very powerful example to simplify the necessity of staying organized. I am a visual learner, and the example drove the point home for me. Angel and Eric used the following quote taken from author Stacey Platt’s book, What’s A Disorganized Person To Do?:

 

“If I came into your home and asked you to show me your birth certificate, would you know where to find it? What about a safety pin, an extension cord, or your checkbook? You might be able to find most of these without too much digging around. But if I were to ask you for a fork, you would know exactly where to find one. The system for organizing your flatware demonstrates four organizing principles:
1. Forks are kept with forks.
2. Forks have a single and consistent home.
3. Everyone in the household is in agreement about where the forks belong.
4. Forks are put away after they’ve been used and washed.”

I plan to implement the principles I have learned from reading Lists that Saved My Business because I believe I will benefit greatly from doing so. If you are a business owner, and you need some fresh, practical ideas on how to take your business to the next level, I recommend you buy a copy of Angel’s and Eric’s book. If you would like to learn more about Angel and Eric, please visit their website.

Article first published as Book Review: Lists that Saved My Business by Angel Tuccy and Eric Reamer on Blogcritics.

 

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Book Review: My Beginning by Melissa Kline

I normally do not read science fiction, but I am so glad I read Melissa Kline’s young adult novelMy Beginning. This futuristic novel had me hooked after reading the first page.

Author Melissa Kline has created a descriptive story with all kinds of twists and turns. The love story between the main character Ivory and Aidan is tender and sweet. This coming of age story will captivate the hearts of all teens 15 and older.

The narrator, 16-year-old Ivory, has spent her life in an institution. The human race was nearly wiped out by a plague, and now young children, and teenagers are protected within the walls of the institution. Ivory meets a young man named Aidan and soon falls in love. Unfortunately, love affairs are strictly forbidden in the institution.

Aidan and Ivory soon find themselves on their own outside of the institution. It is then that they discover the truth about themselves and the nature of the institution.

There are several lessons young people can learn from this well-written book. I always judge a book on what one can learn from it. Here are the things that stand out:

• Perseverance: The main character Ivory never gives up on her dreams. Even though she encounters many obstacles, she remains steadfast and could achieve her goals.

• Loyalty: Main character Ivory could have turned her back on Aidan, but her pure heart allows her to see things in the proper perspective, and she places her life in danger in order to help Aidan.

• Accepting differences: When Ivory learns for the first time the identity of Aidan, instead of judging him, she accepts him for who he is. This is a great lesson for young people to learn. Too many times, we hear of incidents of bullying and how other kids are teased mercilessly because of race, religion, and sexual orientation.

Kline has written 10 novels, and My Beginning is the first one of her manuscripts to be published in book form. My Beginning has won The Halloween Book Festival 2012 Award. I am looking forward to reading her future novels.

Melissa Kline is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and founder of Rocky Mountain Women Writers, a Denver based writing group created to inspire women to write from their dreams.  You can learn more about Melissa here.

Article first published as Book Review: My Beginning by Melissa Kline on Blogcritics.