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Share My Elves! (Virtual Assistants)

elves virtual assistantsI smiled when I saw this as that’s what I call my virtual assistants – my “Elves”!

Many people realize the benefit of having virtual assistants – and I could not live the Luxurious Nomad lifestyle I do without them – but it is a scary journey for some to actually find someone reliable – and who speaks English – and then to navigate the payment situation, their hours, whether you are getting what you paid for…

Since they are ‘virtual’ – meaning they are not there with you in flesh and blood, so to speak – many get dismayed with what seems like a daunting prospect of even knowing where to start in the virtual assistant hiring process, and so continue to do it all themselves.

Not long ago, my Chief Elf and her Elf (yes, even my elves have elves!) came up with the idea of me sharing them with our clients – since many of our clients are also in need of virtual assistants.

What started with that simple idea has now become a reality where we have several clients using the services of my Elves.

Since I already have a team of Elves in various disciplines, we have come up with a straightforward way you can use the services of my Elves without all the drama and worry of having to find your own.

All the details are here:  http://luxuriousnomad.com/elves/

Here is a list of the types of services with which my Elves can assist:

  • Book Marketing (submitting your book to literally hundreds of sites, competitions, forums; posting your author profiles, requesting reviewers and much more – essentially the majority of action items in my book marketing book)
  • Data Mining (research for contact details, websites and businesses)
  • Data Entry
  • Online Research
  • Simple Video Creation (using animoto and windows movie maker with provided files)
  • Basic Photo Editing (Photoshop, Gimp2)
  • Basic WordPress (posting, uploading images and videos, installing plug ins)
  • Social Media Maintenance (posting provided posts/tweets, scheduling using Hootsuite, creating posts using Canva for Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram)
  • Marketplace Listing (such as Ebay, Amazon, Shopify…)
  • Classified Ad Posting (Craigslist, Backpage, and other free classified sites)
  • MLS
  • Directory Listing (for websites and businesses)
  • Forum Posting 
  • PowerPoint Presentation (from provided information)
  • Word Processing (Pdf to MSWord, typing, transcription)
  • File Organization (for google drive)
  • Other tasks – willing to be trained where required

Most of your questions will be answered on this page http://luxuriousnomad.com/elves/ and if you have any other questions, feel free to reach out!

Looking forward to my Elves becoming part of your glorious life as well…

By Leigh St John aka Luxurious Nomad


“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.”

Tom Landry

One of my greatest delights is seeing my clients achieve what they set out to achieve!


Entrepreneurs, corporate clients, and those who have developed a reasonably high-profile need to work with someone who has been there!  Someone who knows what it’s like to have achieved a high level of success ~ who knows what it’s like to have a dream and build it from scratch ~ and someone who knows that every now and again, you need a strategic adviser to help you get to the next level.

Coaching and consulting to meet these challenges and more:

  • You need assistance developing your leaders and/or your leadership team
  • The leaders in your organisation face challenges attracting, developing and retaining key talent
  • You’ve wanted to write a book for as long as you can remember but don’t know how to achieve that goal (or just need someone to make you accountable so you actually finish it!)…
  • You are looking to re-brand yourself and/or your business and need strategic input into your decision-making process…
  • You need assistance on how hire an awesome team of outsourcers so you feel supported and can focus on your brilliance…
  • You need more effective means to get honest feedback or time to evaluate yourself and your people…
  • You need assistance fine-tuning your presentations and/or media skills

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Hashtag 101 for Writers and Authors

When did a hashtag become a hashtag?

There really was a first moment when someone essentially said, ‘hey, let’s use a hashtag as a way of organizing things!’

That someone was Chris Messina and on August 23, 2007 he posted the following:



What is a # hashtag?

A hashtag is what many of us know as the pound sign (found at shft+3 on most keyboards).

When the pound sign is placed before a specific word or phrase – with no spaces or other characters – that’s a hashtag.

How do hashtags work?

Hashtags are used as a way to group together information so that people can easily find the information they are seeking.

Just as the index in a book groups together mentions of a certain word so you can easily find that for which you are searching, hashtags group together mentions of keywords or key phrases.

When you want to find something in a book, you turn to the index.

When you want to find something online, you turn to the search bar.

To find items that have been posted in social media, you search with the pound sign before the word.

It’s a common misconception that # hashtags are only used in Twitter!  Today almost every form of social media is using hashtags to organize content.

In this example I will use Google Plus – by the way, I know a lot of people have heard of G+ but are not sure how to use it.

If you’d like to attend a free webinar to learn about the basics of Google Plus, simply click here:  http://leighstjohn.com/webinar-googleplus101/

Searching for hashtags

For this example of searching for hashtags, let’s look at volunteering:


…and this is the result…


As you can see, my hashtag search not only gave me info on volunteering and various volunteering organizations on Google Plus, it also provided me with a list of other suggested hashtags I might like to try.

Hashtags for Writers and Authors

Here are just a few to get you started…


Writing can be an isolating experience, and Twitter is a great way of connecting with other writers – after all, it’s us and a keyboard that is usually connected to the Internet, yes?  #amwriting is a hashtag started by Johanna Harness as a way of supporting writers and developing a sense of community.

For instance, here’s a tweet that I just made using that hashtag:


Not only that, but within a few minutes my tweet had been favorited by someone obviously interested in the topic of my book:


This gives me the perfect opportunity to connect with that person (a potential purchaser and reader of my book!):



Friday Reads has become a good way of promoting your books if you can persuade your friends to include you in their #fridayreads!

Ideally, include the Twitter @username of the author and if the book has a hashtag use it as well, and a link to where they can buy the book. If you have an Amazon Associates account, you will even earn money if people click the link and buy the book!

And if someone else gives a shoutout to one of your books, make sure that you retweet it on your own Twitter account, and add it to your ‘Favorite’ tweets.


Running a book giveaway on Twitter? Use #bookgiveaway to help people discover it.

Here are some more to keep you going…


Connect With Other Writers and Authors

  • #AmEditing
  • #AmWriting
  • #BookMarket
  • #IndieAuthors
  • #LitChat
  • #MemoirChat
  • #PoetTues
  • #ScriptChat (Screenwriters)
  • #WordCount
  • #WriteChat
  • #WritersLife
  • #WriterWednesday
  • #WritingParty
  • #YALitChat
  • #ZineChat


General Writing Information

  • #AskAgent
  • #AskAuthor
  • #AskEditor
  • #BookMarket
  • #BookMarketing
  • #BookMarketing
  • #EBooks
  • #GetPublished
  • #IndiePub
  • #PromoTip
  • #Publishing
  • #PubTip
  • #SelfPub
  • #SelfPublishing
  • #WriteTip
  • #WritingTip


Inspiring Creativity & Productivity

  • #1K1H (write one thousand words in one hour)
  • #Creativity
  • #StoryStarter
  • #WIP (work in progress)
  • #WordAThon
  • #WritingPrompt


Connect With Readers

  • #BookGiveaway
  • #BookGiveaway
  • #FreeBook
  • #FreeDownload
  • #FridayReads
  • #Kindle
  • #LitChat
  • #MustRead
  • #MustRead
  • #Nook
  • #StoryFriday
  • #TeaserTues


Book Marketing

  • #99c (to offer or pick up an eBook bargain)
  • #AuthorRT
  • #BookGiveaway
  • #BookMarketing
  • #FollowFriday
  • #FreebieFriday
  • #FreeReads
  • #Novelines (to quote your own work)

If you’d like to attend a free webinar to learn more about the basics of hashtags, simply click here:  http://leighstjohn.com/webinar-hashtags/

You can purchase Leigh’s book, “Hashtag 101 – Hashtag Basics for Non-Geeks” on Kindle for only $0.99:  http://bit.ly/hashtag101book

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