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My Vision Board Movie

What does your Vision Board look like?

Do you have a bucket list?  What about a vision board?  This is my video vision board movie that I watch almost every day to keep me inspired and on track toward my goals, and also to keep me focused on my glorious now…

The best way to achieve your goals is to keep them top of mind – and a vision board, or in this case, a vision board movie, is the perfect tool to help you do that.

By watching your vision board movie every day, you begin to visualize your ideal life on a regular basis, and therefore activate the creative powers of your subconscious mind and program your brain to notice anything and everything that may help you get closer to what you want…

In my life, this has been one of the most powerful tools I have ever used – and I love it!  It’s amazing what starts to show up when you pay attention to your dreams!

If you are interested in creating your own vision board movie, I created this one in the free Window’s Movie Maker program and using my Bucket List as motivation for the images I used.

Shoot me a message to let me know when you create yours – I’d love to see it and hear your stories of how your dreams are coming true!

 

 

Quest: One week without disposable plastic

Can you go a week without acquiring/using any new disposable plastic items?

plastic-trashHow many disposable plastic bags, bottles, cups and utensils do you use in a day, a week, a year?

After watching a video by Jeff Bridges (I’ve embedded it below for you) I was inspired to take the challenge of starting with just one week – just one week – of not adding any new disposable plastic items into my world.

Sounds fairly simple, yes?  That’s what I thought!  I’m a reasonably planet-conscious person who recycles and prefers ‘real’ to ‘artificial’…  Should be a snap.  MAN, was I WRONG!

Here’s the video – watch this first and then I’ll tell you about my week of NO DISPOSABLE PLASTIC…

When did we become a plastic society?

Posted by Jeff Bridges on Monday, March 28, 2016

 

Day One – I didn’t go out of the house so day one was a success (kinda feels like cheating, but a success, nonetheless)

Day Two – A challenge was that I forgot to take water with me so called into a pharmacy to buy some – only to find the only water came in DISPOSABLE PLASTIC! So, I ended up buying a juice in a glass container… Then I was going to pick up some chicken on my way home but realized they would be putting the meat into DISPOSABLE PLASTIC bags… This whole challenge is actually more ‘challenging’ than I first anticipated!

Day Three – Decided to have breakfast on my way out this morning and called into a very cute-looking little cafe.  Ordered a yummy breakfast and an orange juice – only to have the breakfast delivered on a PLASTIC plate with PLASTIC knife and PLASTIC fork, and the orange juice served in a PLASTIC bottle.  It was all very tasty, but did rather dampen my enthusiasm for thinking I would be doing the right thing eating at a cafe that would have ‘real’ plates, cutlery and glassware.

Then on to the movies and I took my empty glass juice container from day 2 for them to fill with water – since they don’t like you bringing your own.  Unfortunately, while the only water they could offer me came in PLASTIC bottles, they were kind enough to fill my glass container with diet-soda (OK, so I know I wasn’t going to have any more soda while on my Kilimanjaro quest – but I felt like I would rather give up and have that one soda than buy a PLASTIC bottle during my one-week challenge.

Next, I called in to pick up some groceries and still baffled about how I was going to buy chicken and/or steak to cook at home without using any plastic, I asked to speak to the butcher.  After telling him about my quest, he said there was no possible way in any store he knew of where I could purchase meat without the use of plastic as even if I brought in my own container to put it in after he had weighed it, he would still need to put a plastic bag or sheet on the scales in order to do so.

SO, not one to be deterred, I went home meat-less.

Makes me think that vegans seem to be much less plastic-culprits simply by the very nature of the packaging of their food choices!

Am now home for the rest of the day…  Will see what tomorrow brings…

Day Four – I was home all day so no risk of adding to the plastic collection… however, I’m still baffled by many elements on this journey – mostly how it’s even possible to purchase the most basic of items without adding more plastics to the world…

Day Five – What a challenge…  Rather than purchase groceries that come in plastic packaging, I decided to forego breakfast, had a quick omelette for lunch (thankfully eggs come in paper-based packaging ALTHOUGH the cage-free eggs were ALL PLASTIC), and went out for dinner.

Day Six – Apart from an errand, decided to pick up some Chinese food – not something I normally eat but at least I knew their boxes were cardboard – so that I had enough take-out to last the final two days of my challenge…

Day Seven – after eating leftovers for breakfast, I hopped into my car and headed for Philadelphia to attend a conference,, foregoing lunch and having a delicious dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, the Moshulu (a turn of the century four-masted tall ship), knowing they would not be offering plastic!  🙂

What did I take away from this challenge?

In my experience, it is impossible to obtain what today we call ‘normal’ groceries without adding disposable plastic to the world.  It’s that simple.  It’s not a matter of purchasing at a different local store for this or that…  It’s simply not possible.  For instance, there were zero alternatives available to me in anywhere within a 50 mile radius (and yes, I went hunting) for me to purchase meats that were not packaged in disposable plastic.  Yes, I could purchase fruits and vegetables plastic-free, but that was largely where the quest ended.

So, unless I wish to exist on only fruit and vegetables at home and dining out for every other form of food – and to forego toothpaste, shampoo… the list goes on…

Even purchasing eggs – in the supermarket in the town where I am, the free-range (my preference) were all in plastic and only the eggs produced in ‘chicken-factories’ (that I tend to avoid) were in paper-based packaging.

I find it fascinating to look at the lives of people such as writer, Sarah Crisman – she, along with her husband, has chosen to largely immerse herself in the late 1800s – right down to everyday items.  As they state on their website, “We are NOT actors playing dress-up to portray “great men/women”, but just ordinary people choosing to insert as much of history into our present as we can, and using our experiences to teach others.  Sarah wears a corset 24/7, 365 days a year.  All of Gabriel’s current glasses date from the nineteenth century, from his 1850’s green sunglasses, to his everyday gold-rimmed spectacles, to his pince-nez for reading.  We don’t have cell phones, or watch television; Sarah doesn’t even have a driver’s license.  This is who we are.”

I believe it is only people such as the Crismans who are so removed from the 21st century who could possibly come close to a non-disposable-plastic existence.  For the rest of us…  I feel the best we can do is do the best we can to minimize the impact.

Quest technically over – yet I feel I have accomplished nothing…  Food for thought…

Leigh St John

Writing Competitions & Book Fairs – April 2016 Deadlines

Keyboard_typingTime to start writing and/or submitting your work for these April 2016 Deadlines!

Remember, continually promoting your book leads to greater awareness, increased sales and sometimes to opportunities you could never have imagined…

Here are the latest writing competitions and book fairs for you to consider – they each have deadlines of April 2016.

…and if you need any help or support, just reach out and we will be happy to assist wherever we can!

Btw, there is a larger than normal number of poetry competitions this month, but scroll through and you will find just about every genre listed, as well as an interesting array of book fairs for you to attend.


 

Kay Snow Writing Contest

  • http://willamettewriters.org/submit-your-writing/kay-snow-writing-contest/
  • April 30, 2016
  • The purpose of this annual writing contest, named in honor of Willamette Writers’ founder, Kay Snow, is to help writers reach professional goals in writing through a broad array of categories, and also to encourage student writers. In addition to cash prizes, winners will be listed on the Willamette Writers website, are honored at our Willamette Writers Conference held annually in August, and are automatically considered for publication in Willamette Writers’ new literary journal.

Self-Published Book Awards

  • http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-book-awards
  • April 1, 2016
  • Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 24th annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.

1st Annual New Deal Writer’s Competition

  • http://livingstonarts.org/new-deal-writing-competition/
  • April 1, 2016
  • The New Deal Writer’s Competition is a short story competition where the writer is asked to use a painting chosen by the staff of Livingston Arts as inspiration for their piece

Ware Poets Competition

  • http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware16.pdf
  • April 30, 2016
  • The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over.

2016 Bristol Short Story Prize

  • http://intercompetition.com/index.php/writing/ad/2016-bristol-short-story-prize
  • April 30, 2016
  • “The maximum length of submissions is 4,000 words, there is no minimum length.
    Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (Crime, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Children’s etc.).
    All entries should be in English.”

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

  • http://www.upress.pitt.edu/renderHtmlPage.aspx?srcHtml=htmlSourceFiles/starrett.htm
  • April 30, 2016
  • “The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems.
    You have to send one copy of your manuscript on good quality white paper, with no fewer than 48 and no more than 100 typescript pages. You should also include your curriculum vitae.” “7500 Thomas Blvd.
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260”

Spring 2016 Literary Festival

  • https://www.ohio.edu/cas/english/news-events/spring-literary-festival.cfm
  • April 6-8, 2016
  • Since 1986, The Spring Literary Festival has featured some of the world’s finest, most distinguished writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The three-day festival is held in May on the Ohio University main campus in Athens, OH.

2016 Bath Short Story Award

  • http://bathshortstoryaward.co.uk/
  • April 25, 2015
  • “Stories can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. They must also be for adult or young adult readers. Non-fiction and fiction written for children under 13 years is not eligible.
    Maximum length is 2,200 words.  Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a prize.”

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

  • https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free
  • April 1, 2016
  • Submit one poem only, with a maximum of 250 lines 351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222, Northampton, MA 01060

The London Book Fair

  • http://www.londonbookfair.co.uk/
  • 12-14 April 2016
  • The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. In 2016 the fair will take place at Olympia, West London, and cover all aspects of the publishing industry.

Ver Poets

  • http://verpoets.org.uk/
  • April 30, 2016
  • Poems must be no more than 30 lines in length. They may be on any theme and in any form. The competition is open to anybody aged 16 or over. Competitors may submit any number of poems for a fee of £4.00 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.

The Prestigious Claymore Award

  • http://www.claymoreaward.com/
  • April 30, 2016
  • Judges will consider any subgenre of mystery or thriller. Enter the first 50 pages of any unpublished literature “P.O. Box 680759
    Franklin, Tennessee 37068-0759”

Colm Toibin International Short Story Competition

  • http://www.focalliteraryfestival.com/the-colm-toibin-international-short-story-award/
  • April 1, 2016
  • “Entries must be between 1,800 and 2,000 words in length. Entries must be in English. Entries must be the original work of the author and must not have been previously published either in writing or electronically. Entries which have received awards in other competitions are also ineligible.” “C/- Focal @ Enniscorthy Library
    Lymington Road,
    Enniscorthy Co. Wexford Ireland”

International Short Story Contest

  • https://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/short_story_contest/
  • April 1, 2016
  • The contest is open to stories of any style and on any subject, but they must not be longer than 3,000 words. The closing date for submissions is April 1, 2016, and there is a reading fee of $9.75 / £6.50 per story. Alternatively you can enter two stories for just $8.63 / £5.75 each, three stories for only $7.50 / £5.00 each, or five stories for only $6.00 / £4.00 per story.

Momaya Press’s Short Story Competition

  • http://momayapress.com/momaya-short-story-competition/
  • April 30, 2016
  • Momaya Press’s Short Story Competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English and offers the opportunity for winners to be published in the Momaya Annual Review 2016.

The Bath Novel Award

  • 2016 http://bathnovelaward.co.uk/
  • April 10, 2016
  • Novels written for adults or young adults, first 5,000 words plus synopsis PO Box 5223, Bath, BA1 0UR, England, UK
    FanStory’s Character Writing Contest
    http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102630 April 29, 2016 “Write a short story that includes a character that is part of the scene pictured below. Creative approaches are welcomed. We are looking for ‘Vivid Characterization’ – well-defined, rich characterization. These are characters you can vividly hear, see, smell and care about as they are created by the writer. Minimum length 700 words. Maximum Length 7,000 words. Recommended length 2,000 – 3,500 words “

The Story House Ireland Presents “Poetry: The Craft”

  • http://www.poetryireland.ie/writers/opportunities/the-story-house-ireland-presents-poetry-the-craft
  • April 11, 2016
  • Coleridge said that poetry is the best words in the best order, but how do you choose the words and the order? Join experienced tutors, Nessa O’Mahony and Peter Sirr, for a week-long residential course that will guide you through the craft of writing poetry, from getting started, developing a daily practice of writing and reading, through drafting and redrafting, to finishing your work.

The Magpie Award for Poetry

  • http://pulpliterature.com/contests/
  • April 15, 2016
  • At Pulp Literature, we have an affinity for poetry, the hard liquor of literature. We like it strong, neat, and we don’t mind if it makes our eyes water. Our judges, will be looking for a fusion of musicality, imagery, feeling, and thought. May the best poem win!

Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry

  • http://www.sarabandebooks.org/morton
  • April 30, 2016
  • This contest is open to any poet of English. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books, Inc. are not eligible. Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, chapbooks of less than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and previously published collections are not eligible. To avoid conflict of interest, close friends of a judge or students in a degree-granting program with a judge are not eligible to enter a contest in the genre for which their friend or teacher is serving as judge.

2016 Poetry Chapbook Contest

  • http://www.omnidawn.com/contest/poetry-contests.htm
  • April 18, 2016
  • Open to all writers with no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. Submissions should be 20–40 pages of poetry, not including front and back matter. (Keep in mind that this is intended to fit in a 5.5 x 7 inch published chapbook of approximately 60 pages or less, although you can submit on standard 8.5 x 11 inch pages, and we will format to fit the smaller size.) Colleagues, students, and close friends of the judge, Hoa Nguyen, are not eligible. “1632 Elm Avenue
    Richmond, CA 94805-1614”
    Wax Poetry and Art http://waxpoetryart.com/contests/poetry.html April 30, 2016 “The work submitted must be wholly original to the person submitting
    the work.
    Simultaneous submissions are not allowed for this contest. Please do not
    submit the same poems anywhere else until the contest results are
    announced.”

RhymeZone Poetry Prize

  • http://www.rhymezone.com/contest/
  • April 12, 2016
  • For the first RhymeZone Poetry Prize, we asked people to write poems on the theme of “Understanding”. We received 3,556 submissions from more than 3,000 people from all across the United States and Canada. The poems touch on all aspects of the contest theme, and there’s a staggering diversity of styles, forms, meters, rhyme schemes, and topics.

Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards

  • http://www.poetrycenterpccc.com/awards/
  • April 1, 2016
  • Up to five poems per person will be accepted for consideration. Submit four copies of each poem for distribution to the judges. No poem should be more than two manuscript pages. Since the poems will be judged anonymously, sheets which contain the poems should not have the poet’s name on them. Include a separate cover sheet with the poet’s name, mailing address, phone number, email address and the titles of the poems. Poems cannot be returned.

Paterson Fiction Prize

  • http://www.poetrycenterpccc.com/awards/
  • April 1, 2016
  • A $1000 prize is awarded by The Poetry Center at PCCC for a novel or collection of short fiction which, in the opinion of our judges, is the strongest work of fiction published in 2015.

THE 2016 BEST FIRST NOVEL COMPETITION

  • http://www.delsolpress.org/DSP-NovelCompetition.htm
  • April 15, 2016
  • The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Genres we are looking for include literary and upmarket fiction, mainstream or general fiction, mystery/thriller or speculative fiction with a literary edge, serious women’s fiction, and unique experimental work. “2020 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Ste 443
    Washington, DC 20006”

Acrostic Poetry Contest

  • http://www.fanstory.com/contestdetails.jsp?id=102652
  • April 24, 2016
  • Write an acrostic poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word (downwards). The poem can be about anything. It can be based on one or more words. Creative approaches are welcomed. One entry per person. New entries only. Acrostic poetry only.

The Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize

  • http://ashlandpoetrypress.com/guidelines/snyder-prize
  • April 1, 2016
  • This poetry book series honors the memory of Richard Snyder (1925-1986), poet, fiction writer, playwright, and long-time professor of English at Ashland University. In selecting manuscripts for this series, Ashland Poetry Press editors keep in mind Snyder’s tenacious dedication to craftsmanship and thematic integrity.
    “401 College Ave.
    Ashland, OH 44805”

The Eastern Iowa Review Poetry Prize

  • http://www.portyonderpress.com/eastern-iowa-review-poetry-prize.html
  • April 30, 2016
  • The Eastern Iowa Review Poetry Prize will award three poets a prize for poems that reflect smart writing from a “good spaces” context suitable for a wide audience. No poem length or style restrictions. Prose poems are welcome as are found poems, free verse, haiku, rhyming poems, etc. All poems must be completely unpublished.
    6332 – 33rd Avenue Drive, Shellsburg IA

2016 Indiana Review Poetry

  • Prize http://indianareview.org/contests/
  • April 1, 2016
  • “Send no more than three poems per entry, 8 pages maximum.
    As of September 2014 we no longer accept hard-copy submissions.
    Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
    Cover letter must include name, address, phone number, and title. Entrant’s name should appear ONLY in the cover letter.” “Ballantine Hall 529
    1020 E. Kirkwood Ave. Indiana “

THE ANNUAL GULF COAST PRIZE

  • http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/gulf-coast-prize/
  • April 9, 2016
  • The contest awards publication and $1,500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre.

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize

  • http://www.writingranch.com/waterston-prize-for-desert-writers/
  • April 1, 2016
  • Now in its second year, the Prize annually honors literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy – with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the high desert of Central Oregon, a region that has been her muse for more than 30 years, the Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and human narrative. “PO Box 640
    Bend, OR 97709”

Beacon Street Prize

  • http://www.redividerjournal.org/submit/contests/beacon-street-prize/
  • April 30, 2016
  • We launched the Beacon Street Prize in 2012, in honor of our 10th anniversary, and writers and readers responded with such enthusiasm that we now hold it annually. Welcoming submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, the 2016 contest will open February 15 and close April 30.

Binsted Arts Poetry Competition

  • http://www.binsted.org/poetry-comp
  • April 17, 2016
  • Original unpublished poems are invited on the theme:
    A way through the woods

Ver Poets Open Competition

  • 2016 http://verpoets.org.uk/
  • April 30, 2016
  • Poems must be no more than 30 lines in length. They may be on any theme and in any form. The competition is open to anybody aged 16 or over. Competitors may submit any number of poems for a fee of £4.00 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.
    16th Poetry on the Lake http://www.poetryonthelake.org/page2.php April 30, 2016 “3 categories: Open & Formal (max 40 lines each), Short (max 10 lines)
    Mark category top right of each page. The same poem may be entered in two or more categories
    but will count each time as a separate entry. “

The Very Short Fiction

  • http://www.glimmertrain.com/pages/guidelines/very_short_fiction_guidelines.php
  • April 30, 2016
  • “The Very Short Fiction Contest is open to all writers.
    Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome.
    Maximum length: 3,000 words” “PO Box 80430
    Portland, Oregon 97280 USA”

The Fiction Open

  • http://www.glimmertrain.com/pages/writing_guidelines.php
  • April 30, 2016
  • Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers. Most entries run from 3,000 to 6,000 words, but any lengths from 3,000 to 20,000 words are welcome. “PO Box 80430
    Portland, Oregon 97280 USA”

2016 New South Writing Contest

  • http://newsouthjournal.com/contest/
  • April 15, 2016
  • This year’s contest will be be judged by Anya Silver in the genre of poetry and Matthew Salesses in the genre of prose. First place winners in each category will be awarded $1,000 prizes; second place winners, $250 prizes; and third place winners, a three-year subscription to New South. Your $15 entry fee also includes a one-year subscription to New South. You may submit electronically via Submittable ONLY.

2016 Frost Farm Prize

  • http://www.frostfarmpoetry.org/prize/
  • April 1, 2016
  • Poems must be original, unpublished and metrical (any metrical form). No translations. There is no limit to the number of poems entered by an individual, but an entry fee of $5 U.S. per poem must accompany the submission. You are welcome to submit a poem sequence (a crown of sonnets for example) but each poem must be entered as a separate file and will be judged individually. “280 Candia Rd.
    Chester, NH 03036”

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

  • https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest
  • April 30, 2016
  • Welcome to the 24th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $4,000 in prizes.

Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest

  • http://www.mcslibrary.org/program/edu/essay.htm
  • April 1, 2016
  • The rules of the contest are minimal. Essays must be typed and double-spaced. Contestants should provide contact information so they can receive notification of final results. Essays should be no longer than 2000 words. Quality of evidence, argumentation, and writing is more important than quantity of pages. “56 Norridgewock Avenue
    Skowhegan, Maine 04976 “

Twelfth International Short Story Contest

  • https://www.firstwriter.com/competitions/short_story_contest/
  • April 1, 2016
  • Welcome to firstwriter.com’s Twelfth International Short Story Contest. This competition is open to fiction in any style and on any subject, up to 3,000 words long.
    LitRejections Short Story Prize http://www.litrejections.com/short-story-prize/ April 4, 2016 “Our inaugural story prize is welcoming submissions from writers around the world for the chance to win cash prizes and publication on our website, a site with over 100 million web hits.
    We would love to read your stories and bring your voice to a wider audience of readers, agents, publishers, authors, and many leading figures from all of the other creative industries, who regularly visit our website www.litrejections.com”

THE LONG ISLAND BOOK FAIR

  • http://www.libookfair.com/
  • April 2 – 3, 2016
  • Featuring Books and Ephemera, with Paper in every category, Prints & Post Cards, too. 720 Northern Blvd. (NY25A) Brookville NY 11549

New York Antiquarian BOOK FAIR

  • http://www.nyantiquarianbookfair.com/
  • April 7-10, 2016
  • From April 7-10, 2016 book lovers will find a fascinating treasure trove at the Park Avenue Armory. Over 200 American and international dealers will exhibit at The ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair, bringing a vast selection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, illuminated manuscripts and ephemera. The diversity of specialties includes art, medicine, literature, photography, autographs, first editions, Americana, and much more. “Park Avenue Armory
    643 Park Avenue, New York
    Between 66/67 Streets”

Southern Kentucky Book Fest

  • http://sokybookfest.org/
  • April 23, 2016
  • Southern Kentucky Book Fest is one of the state’s largest literary events and is presented by Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Warren County Public Library, and WKU Libraries. Held annually in April, the Book Fest draws thousands of readers of all ages who welcome the occasion to meet their favorite authors and purchase signed copies of their books. Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101

2016 Virginia Book Fair

  • http://www.virginiabooksellers.org/
  • April 29 – 30, 2016
  • “40 of the country’s finest booksellers under one roof, offering books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, art and ephemera for every taste and budget.
    Admission is free, parking is ample, and the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is right next-door (with its award-winning café and restaurant). ” “428 N. Boulevard
    Richmond, Virginia 23220”

Bloomsbury Book Fair

  • http://www.bloomsburybookfair.com/
  • April 10, 2016
  • We welcome our regular dealers PLUS some new faces and Specialist Military Dealers! You can expect dealers in fine and rare books, ephemera specialists, map & print sellers, as well as auctioneers and bookbinders, be sure to mark the date in your diary! “Bedford Way
    London WC1H 0DG”

2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair

  • https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/
  • April 2, 2016
  • The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature.

The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

  • http://www.buffalosmallpress.org/
  • April 9-10, 2016
  • The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is a regional two-day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and other cultural workers (and enthusiasts) together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and peddle their wares. “Porter Hall
    453 Porter Avenue
    Buffalo, NY”

THE 2016 VIRGIN ISLANDS LITERARY FESTIVAL AND BOOK FAIR

  • https://vilitfest.wordpress.com/
  • April 21-23, 2016
  • The second annual Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair is set to kick off April 20-23 with events highlighting and celebrating literature’s role in culture and society. “University of the Virgin Islands
    St. Croix Campus”

Blue Ridge Bookfest

  • http://www.blueridge.edu/blueridgebookfest
  • April 22-23, 2016
  • The 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest is pleased and excited to announce that Novelist Ms. Sara Gruen, author of the widely acclaimed Water for Elephants, will be the 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest Featured Author. “180 West Campus Dr.
    Technology Education & Development Center
    (TEDC Building)
    Flat Rock, NC 28731”

Ohioana Book Festiva

  • http://www.ohioana.org/programs/ohioana-book-festival/
  • April 23, 2016
  • Since its inception in 2007, the Ohioana Book Festival has given readers the opportunity to connect with their favorite Ohio writers. Held each spring, the Festival welcomes roughly 100 authors and more than 3,000 visitors every year. Capitol Square, 75 E. State St., Columbus, OH 43215

Greater St. Louis Book Fair

  • http://www.stlouisbookfair.org/
  • April 28, 2016
  • Greater St. Louis Book Fair is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most popular charity book sales. For over 60 years, book lovers and collectors have enjoyed bargain prices on a diverse and quality selection of new, gently-used and rare books. Fair proceeds benefit local non-profit education and literacy programs.

Newburyport Literary Festival

  • http://newburyportliteraryfestival.org/
  • April 29-30, 2016
  • Founded in 2005, the Newburyport Literary Association, Inc. will host its eleventh festival April 29th and 30th. PO Box 268 Newburyport, MA 01950

Dayton Book Expo

  • http://www.daytonbookexpo.com/
  • April 30, 2016
  • For the seventh consecutive year, hundreds of book lovers will convene at the Dayton Book Expo. The all-day event includes panel discussions for aspiring authors, activities for children in the Kidz Zone and book signings! The event is free and open to the public. Great Hall – Building 12 444 West Third Street Dayton, Ohio 45402

 

* How to Become a Best-Selling Author *

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Imagine seeing YOUR book listed at #1 on Amazon!

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The screen-shot you see in the video above is from just one of my best-sellers and when the first of them hit #1 I was ever so excited – but the ranking itself was not why I was excited…

I wanted to prove to my students and coaching clients that without being famous and without promoting it to your email list (that is, even if you have one!) ~ if you follow the steps, and your book is actually what people want to read, you can become an Amazon Best-Seller!

Many people believe to become a best-selling author you need to be rich, well-known, and/or have a huge and responsive email list – BUT it’s nice to know becoming a best-selling author is still an achievable goal for those who are not already famous… 


Q:  OK, so does how much does it cost to become a best-seller?

There are companies that charge anywhere from around $5,000 to over $25,000 to turn your book into a best-seller, some guaranteed their services, some do not.

Our price is not even close to that – and we GUARANTEE the result!

Full details and pricing are listed below.


Q:  What types of books do you accept?

We accept all quality self-published books (excluding erotica).

At one time we were only accepting non-fiction, however we have had such success with our fiction writers that we now accept both.

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Q:  You said ‘quality’ books – how do I know if my book is good enough?

As authors, I think it’s in our very nature to be hugely self-critical of our work.

Yes, we only take on a very limited number of books in this program – it would not be possible to work with everyone – and before we start, we need to make certain your book is of a high enough quality to become a best-seller because we GUARANTEE it!

…but we haven’t had to turn down a book yet!  Every one of the authors that has come to us has a book that is worthy of becoming a best-seller.

Some are long, some are short – some are business books, some are fiction, some are memoirs…

…and some we have actually come across and contacted the author direct because we believe their book would be an excellent candidate to become a best-seller.

So, I have confidence to say that in 99% of cases, the fact that you are even considering becoming a best-selling author is a good indication that your book is better than perhaps even you think it is…


Q:  So you mean ‘real people’ can become best-sellers?

Yes!  Tina Benson is one such person who was able to achieve a best-seller ranking on Amazon…


Now YOU can become a best-selling author!

It took me a VERY long time and a LOT of trial and error to put together the exact process to be able to take a Kindle book through to best-seller status and to date we have achieved that status for many, many clients.

After originally only offering this service to my coaching clients, I decided to now also make it available to people who have already self-published a book on Amazon (or are about to!).

While we can’t guarantee a #1 ranking (although several of our clients have achieved that level), in the past twelve-months, every single client has achieved a ranking in the TOP 10 in at least one category on Amazon!

“Without publicity, a terrible thing happens ~ NOTHING!”

This quote by P.T. Barnum (of Barnum & Bailey Circus fame) is spot on the mark.  If no one knows you have written a book, no one will read it.

If you’re going to market your book, invest in something that actually guarantees you a result!


Q:  You said a ‘Kindle book’ – why only Kindle?

To achieve a best-seller status requires a HUGE number of people to get a copy of your book within a very short window of time.  We actually work with Amazon’s Kindle KDP promotion tools that allow us to do things that frankly we couldn’t do with a print book – and to get those all-important thousands of people to all get your book in a very short space of time.

While it is obviously possible to achieve a best-seller rank with a physical print book for someone with very little public following (if any), those services are literally tens of thousands of dollars and therefore out of reach of most people.

We focus on providing a service that guarantees to turn your book into a best-seller at a price that’s affordable – and therefore we focus on the Kindle version of your book.


Q:  What if I haven’t written (or finished writing) my book yet?

If you haven’t yet written your book, simply click here to learn how we can coach you step-by-step through the entire process and guarantee to get your book published on the world’s largest bookstore, Amazon.com!

If you have written your book, read on…


Q:  What if I published my book only as a print book, not a Kindle?

Even if you self-published a book some years ago as a print-only version , we can still turn it into a Kindle-version and get you that Best-Seller rank!

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Q:  My book was published some time ago, can it still become a best-seller?

Yes!  For instance, one of Chris Cooper’s books was published six years ago, yet we were able to take it to a #1 ranking on Amazon…  Watch the video to learn more…


Q:  Why is becoming a best-selling author important?

…apart from the fact that it feels AWESOME to see your book right there on the screen on the world’s largest bookstore as a best-seller..!

Imagine you need to see a Chiropractor.  Would you rather go to a general Chiropractor – or one who had written a best-selling book on chiropractic methods?

Imagine you want to do a book signing tour.  Bookstores will be much more receptive to a best-selling author than someone who has simply self-published.

Imagine you are a Conference Organizer looking for a Speaker for your next event.  I’m guessing you would rather choose a Speaker who had written a best-selling book!

Imagine you want to send a pitch to be on a talk-show.  While there is never a guarantee that they will even look at your pitch, Producers are more likely to consider someone who is a best-selling author than someone who simply published a book.

…and in many cases, people even feel comfortable paying MORE to someone who has already shown their expertise by becoming a best-selling author.

Being a published author in and of itself lends great credibility to any writer – but reaching that status of a best-seller puts you well above the rest of your field.

What you do with your new status as a Best-Selling Author is up to you – I had one client who was able to almost double their speaking fees after their book had reached the rank of a best-seller on Amazon.  


Q:  What is a ‘best-seller’?

The generally accepted definition of a best-seller is to be within the top 100 in a category.

…and many of the other companies providing best-seller services will correctly tell you that if you are in the top 100 in any category, you are a best-seller – and with the fact that according to a Forbes.com article there are anywhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books published each YEAR, that seems like a reasonable goal.

We like to aim a little higher than ‘reasonable’ for our clients…   :-))

Our goal is to pull out all stops and do everything we possibly can to make you what WE believe is a best-seller:  listed in the top #50 on Amazon in your category!

In fact – we GUARANTEE a top #50 rank or HIGHER!

 

…and while we guarantee a top #50, every single one of our clients in the past twelve-months has achieved a top #10 ranking in their category on Amazon.

Here is another one…

best-seller-3Dear Leigh, When we signed on with you to help re-release and push our first book to Amazon Best Seller we were hopeful. WOW…..

You exceeded our expectations and drove our book to #1 Amazon Best Seller in TWO categories.

That’s success. We are not sure that we can thank-you enough! Now it’s up to us to leverage the accomplishment. You are a master!  With the greatest of appreciation, Mark B. Given – Co-Author, Finding My Why Ernie’s Journey….A Tale for Seekers, Amazon #1 Best Seller


Q:  So, what is the process?

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The entire process takes approximately 60 days (although we have successfully done it in less) and during that time we give you some action steps, but most of what needs to be handled is done by us – meaning me and my amazing Team of Elves (well, that’s what I affectionately call them!).

Through the KDP Kindle Select program there is a feature allowing you to run a campaign to give the Kindle digital version of your book away for free for up to 5 days in any 90 day period of time to help you achieve a best-seller ranking and to get your book in the hands of as many people as possible.

For two months we strategically position your book ready for a three-day ‘Best-Seller Launch’.

Through a great deal or research, trial and error, we have developed a strategic KDP Kindle book-marketing process – a tested and proven plan – that involves first determining how to best promote your book (analyzing your competition, keywords etc) and second, posting, tweeting, linking, advertising, forums, partnering, and more to ensure your Kindle book gets in as many hands as possible during the three day campaign.

COVERED Front“Leigh not only helped me write and publish my book, and was there for me every step of the way, but she and her team turned it into a best-seller on Amazon even before the official launch!  I don’t know how you did it, but THANK YOU, Leigh, for helping to make my dream of becoming an author a reality.  And now I’m a “best-selling” author as well!  You are the BEST!”

 

We currently work with and advertise your book on over 300 partner sites and platforms that are all focused on making sure YOUR book becomes a best-seller!

From day 1 to day 57, all the magic and hard work happens behind the scenes…  Then on day 58 the real fun begins…  For three days (days 58, 59 and 60) we continue to promote your book and we watch with you as your book climbs in the Amazon rankings…


Q:  So, my book is available free during the launch?

Yes.  “Build a better mouse-trap and the world will beat a path to your door.” ~ actually, they won’t UNLESS they know you’ve built a better mouse-trap AND they know where to find you!  Simply making your book free for a couple of days won’t achieve anything unless you have a strategic and tested plan to go along with it that will ensure enough people – often in the thousands – download your book all at the same time.

That’s why we work with and advertise your book on literally hundreds of sites and platforms.

As a side-note, here is an excerpt from a post by Tim Grahl about his KDP experience (I’ve not met nor worked with Tim but have read his book – and as you will see, Tim also references the “top 100” most people refer to as a best-seller rank):

“Every author’s greatest enemy is obscurity, so the fact that over 6000 people have possession of my book now is a huge win for me.  My goal was to give away at least as many copies as I had sold so I definitely hit that goal.  Another win is I made it as high as #101 ranked free Kindle book.  And I’ll admit, I was pretty sad that it didn’t break the top 100.  So close!

Did my sales go up or down as a result?

Overall my sales have shown about a 10% increase in the two weeks since the campaign. As I assumed, and heard from other self-published authors, it never hurts sales to give your book away, and this has definitely been true for me.

Any other positive results?

There were two other positive results that came as a result of the campaign.  One expected and one unexpected.  First, as expected, newsletter subscription rates from book readers went up.  In Your First 1000 Copies I embed several links to my website for extra resources.  I am tracking those pages to see who is signing up for this email newsletter as a result of reading the book (you may be one of them!).  As expected, if you give away 3408 copies of your book, newsletter subscription rates from readers are going to go up and this has been the case for me.  Second, unexpectedly, it significantly improved the book recommendations around Your First 1000 Copies.  Before the campaign, my book was often paired with some of the spammier, “get rich on Kindle” books.  Now, it’s become a recommended book against Guy Kawasaki’s APE: Author, Publisher Entrepreneur and other popular titles.  I believe this will have a helpful, long-term effect on sales.

Any negative results?

None that I can tell.  …


Q:  Will this help me actually ‘sell’ copies of my book?

In some instances, yes – but not always.  Remember, the purpose of your best-seller campaign is to LAUNCH your book and begin the momentum, getting your book into the hands of as many people as possible in as short a window of time as possible, all culminating in that all-important “best-seller” ranking.

While we can never guarantee that becoming a best-seller will result in a certain number of book sales, many of our clients who actually do the optional activities we suggest (most of which are free) to further promote the book and themselves during the launch, achieve best-seller rankings in the paid store sometimes continuing up to weeks after the launch.

ROBYN HOOD ebook…and as an example, this client reached #2 during their launch and then the following week sent me this message to let me know their book had reached #1 in the paid store:

“This is so cool … Right now #1 in Time Travel – and I bet the book that was keeping us out of that spot – is 11.23.63 by Stephen King. I’m okay with being just behind him. 🙂

I just this morning ran into two people who saw the book in their Facebook feed this week.  It’s starting to get out there.   A friend just IMd me on FB – he picked up the book and couldn’t put it down until he finished it. 🙂

You have certainly more than fulfilled your commitment in getting Robyn Hood Chronicles: Beginnings launched, and I deeply appreciate your assistance.”


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Guaranteed Result – Guaranteed Low Price

…and we do all this for one basic fee – just two installments of 1,250 USD – the first when you sign up and the second a month later.  That’s it – there are no extras, no surprises, no royalties, no commissions, no hidden charges – and if you don’t achieve at least a #50 ranking in at least one category on Amazon, we will repeat the process for you for FREE!

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Q:  Why is it so cheap?

Good question!  We could make a lot more money by charging much higher prices – but that would put becoming a best-seller out of reach of even more people.

We have been doing this for quite some time and know that what we charge is a price that makes it affordable for those who have finally taken the leap of becoming a published author and simply need help taking the next step to turn their book into a best-seller – and it is a fair price we are happy to stand behind.

…and in certain circumstances, we have even helped out a couple of authors by allowing them to pay for the service in additional installments over a longer period.

Also, you won’t have seen any paid advertising for this service.  Why?  Because we get all our business from customers who are referred by previous clients; from people who have seen my articles and posts; and on occasion from reaching out direct to an author whose book we found online and we think would be an ideal candidate.

That means the money we don’t spend on advertising, we don’t need to pass on to our customers in order to recoup!


Q:  Are there any other fees or charges or anything else I have to pay?

None whatsoever.  There are no additional fees or charges on our end, and for Amazon, this is a digital product, so you don’t owe them anything either.

It’s funny, a lot of people, when we start talking about this process, are looking for any hidden extras or traps.  We have become so used to saying ‘yes’ and then actually expect the ‘upsell’ – as in, “well, you’ve bought this product, but if you just give us some more money, we will now give you all the bells and whistles that didn’t already come with it.”

I believe in telling you what you will get, how much it will cost, give you a guarantee and then stick to it.  Simple and straightforward.  I know it’s an old-fashioned way of doing business, but that’s the way we do things around here.”  ~ Leigh St John


Q:  Will you get me Book Reviews?

Book reviews are essential.

Many people will not even consider a book unless it has two or three reviews – and from our experience you need at least five reviews before most people take your book seriously – so if you don’t already have five reviews, we will give you tips and suggestions on how you can get a minimum of five reviews.

Not only that, but many of our partner sites require that a book has at least five x five star reviews as part of their quality assurance – so if you don’t already have five x five star reviews, we will work with you to discuss how you can obtain reviews to help you reach that goal.

“What if reviewers don’t like my book?” I hear you ask?

First, please remember that the vast majority of writers are highly self-critical – your book is most likely of a MUCH higher quality than you perceive it to be.

Second, we only take on a very limited number of books in this program – it would not be possible to work with everyone – and before we start, we need to make certain your book is of a high enough quality to achieve a best-seller rank of at least #50 because we GUARANTEE it!  So, just the fact that we have said “yes” to you is evidence enough that we believe in you and your book – and therefore the likelihood that a reviewer will also ‘like’ the book is high.


Q:  Are there any things that are not included?

Everything you see listed here is included in the price.  There are no hidden fees.

For one low price, we guarantee to turn your book into an Amazon best-seller and you into a best-selling author!

It is important to note, however, this process is not designed as a ‘get rich quick’ campaign – in fact you may not make money during the three days of the campaign.

What it DOES do, is to turn your book into a best-seller – and thereby raises YOU to the ranks of a Best-Selling Author – and we even give you the screen-shots to prove it!


Q:  What do I need to do during this process?

Although we will provide you with a list of action steps you can take in addition to the Best-Seller Program if you choose, there is actually very little you need to do..

We do it all for you!

We undertake a lot of research on your book, your competition, the best keywords…  We promote you and your book on several hundred different sites, platforms and services…  We post about it, tweet about, advertise it, and follow a carefully and strategically laid-out plan of action that we KNOW produces RESULTS!

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Q:  What will it cost me if I DON’T turn my book into a Best-Seller?

How does it feel knowing you put so much time, effort, and often so much of ‘yourself’ into creating your book, only to know that almost no one has read it…

If you are reading this page, it’s most likely that you fit one or more of the following:

  • You have published a book only to find it languish on Amazon and you’re feeling disheartened that no one is reading it
  • You know you could command higher prices in your business by becoming a best-selling author, but you don’t know how to go about it
  • You always dreamed of becoming a best-selling author – and you wrote a great book – but then nothing happened…

Think about how much more you would pay to a professional who had written a best-selling book VS a similar professional who hadn’t…  That difference in price is just part of what it is costing you to NOT turn your book into a best-seller.

How does it feel knowing you believe in your book and yet you can’t seem to get anyone to read it?

That feeling of dismay and possibly even regret is just part of what it is costing you to NOT turn your book into a best-seller.

We could list many other ways that by NOT turning your book into a best-seller that you are leaving money on the table; that you are not experiencing the joy around your book that you could and should…

The only real question is – what are you going to DO about it?

There is a quote you will notice I use on a lot of my websites, correspondence and social media:

“Will my future self thank me for my decisions and actions TODAY?”

Five years ago, you had dreams, made plans for what you would do in five year’s time…  Well, those five years have passed and the day you were dreaming about is TODAY!

…does it look the way you thought it would ~ and if not, why not ~ and what can you do differently TODAY to make sure your tomorrow is everything you imagine it will be?

Every conscious action is a choice…

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Q:  So, how much does it cost?

Just two installments of 1,250 USD – one now and one in a month’s time – to GUARANTEE your book becomes a best-seller on Amazon, the world’s largest bookstore.

That’s it – there are no extras, no surprises, no royalties, no commissions, no hidden charges – and if you don’t achieve at least a top #50 ranking in at least one category on Amazon, we will repeat the process for you for FREE!


Want to know more?

If you would like to learn more about how YOUR book can become an Amazon best-seller, please click here to schedule a time to talk – yes, actually talk!

Looking forward to it!

~ Leigh


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PS:  Would you like a free review of your book or unfinished manuscript?


Please note:  While we reserve the right to turn down any book we believe is not suitable for this program (and don’t worry, I haven’t yet refused a book), if we do accept your book into the program, we guarantee to get you within the top 50 on Amazon in at least one category or we will repeat the process for free!  (and even give you that guarantee in writing!)