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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.

 

LITERARY CLASSIC FINALISTS

So very happy to announce that my book, My Sister Is My Best Friend is a finalist in the literary classic award program.  Read press release below for details.

NEWS
For Immediate Release
October 1, 2012

Literary Classics

info@clcawards.org

Literary Classics announces youth media award winners

RAPID CITY, SD – Literary Classics announced its 2012 selection of top book finalists for children and young adults today.  The list includes finalists from entries received all over the world.  The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children’s and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.

A list of the 2012 award finalists follows:

Animalogy: Animalogy Analogies, Marianne Berkes

Fantastic Flight, Barbara Bockman

Black & White, Larry Dane Brimner

The King’s Ransom, Cheryl Carpinello

Walking Through Walls, Karen Cioffi

Shield Maiden, Richard Denning

Terple Always Dream Bigger, Richie Frieman

Stalked, Kristiana Gregory

Return to Finkleton, KC Hilton

The Casting, Joyce Shor Johnson

Griffin Rising, Darby Karchut

The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Drawn, Marie Lamba

A Box Story, Kenneth Kit Lamug

The Limit, Kristen Landon

Santa & The Little Teddy Bear, Peter John Lucking

Beautiful Wild Rose Girl, B. Magnolia

Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Athens!  Lisa Manzione

Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Cairo!  Lisa Manzione

Bella & Harry Let’s Visit London!  Lisa Manzione

Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes, PHC Marchesi

Caves, Cannons and Crinolines, Beverly Stowe McClure

Runaway Twins, Pete Palamountain

The Stone Child, Dan Poblocki

Clara’s Great War, Evelyn Rothstein

In Memory of Dad, Maranda Russell

Young Funny and Unbalanced, David Smithyman

Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep, Kathy Stemke
The Crystal Ship, CJ Carter-Stephenson

The Great Divide, Suzanne Slade

One Pelican at a Time, Nancy Stewart

Sea Turtle Summer, Nancy Stewart

The Orphan Ship, Sterling R. Walker

My Sister is My Best Friend, Nicole Weaver

All final award levels and categories will be announced October 15, 2012.

Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic children’s literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.  Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses the key elements found in well-crafted literature.

The Literary Classics judging committee consists of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing.   To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at http://www.literaryclassicsawards.com.