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Famous writers journey to becoming authors… JK Rowling

JK Rowling was on welfare for two years while she wrote Harry Potter. Now she feels appreciative of the government and gives back to her country. She stays and pays because she feels she owes her country for her success.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-october-15-2012/exclusive—j-k–rowling-extended-interview-pt–1

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-october-15-2012/exclusive—j-k–rowling-extended-interview-pt–2

Though the seeds of Harry had been sown as early as 1990, Rowling didn’t put all of the pieces together and start writing in earnest until the mid-1990s when she was living in Edinburgh, Scotland, raising her daughter, Jessica, alone. Not able to afford even a used typewriter — let alone a computer — Rowling wrote the earliest drafts of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in longhand. “I knew I wanted to get published. And, in truth, writing novels is something you have to believe in to keep going. It’s a fairly thankless job when no one is paying you to do it. And you don’t really know if it’s ever going to get into the bookshops so I really did believe in it. But I was also very realistic. I knew the odds were not on my side because, an unknown author, you know? It’s tough. It’s tough the first time to get published, so I persevered. I loved writing it and I felt that I just had to try.”

http://januarymagazine.com/profiles/jkrowling.html

Between June 2007 and June 2008, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling banked an astonishing $300 million, easily making her the wealthiest writer on the planet. There have been whispers that Rowling is a sweet $50 million richer than the Queen of England, although Rowling has denied the claim.

The Casual Vacancy. Read the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/22/jk-rowling-book-casual-vacancy

http://www.jkrowling.com/en_GB/

 

Second place on the list goes to prolific author James Patterson who brought in a paltry $50 million for his efforts. Patterson’s new book, Cross Country, part of his wildly successful Alex Cross thriller series, is set for release on November 17th.

Fright meister Stephen King takes third place with a respectable $45 million. King is breaking new ground with his upcoming release, Just After Sunset: one of the book’s short stories, “N,” has been turned into a 25 episode digi-drama. Find out more and watch the episodes HERE.

Tom Clancy, best-selling espionage and military science writer, is in fourth place with $35 million this past year.

romance novelist Danielle Steele with $30 million.

rich authors include Nicholas Sparks, Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, Dean Koontz, and Ken Follet

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-world-s-five-richest-authors-and-i-think-we-all-know-who-s-sitting-pretty-the-top-spot

Nearly every author is a mystery or thriller writer, most of whom got their first book published in the last couple years. Not only would I have liked to see some non-fiction writers tell their story (surely non-fiction writers struggle with finding a publisher), but I would’ve liked to have seen authors from other English-speaking countries (is the process the same as in the US?) and from other fields of fiction; as well as stories from authors who have been published for more than a year or two…

http://www.amazon.com/How-Got-Published-Famous-Authors/dp/1582975108

Creative Facebook, blog and Twitter headers

Social media…been creating Facebook timeline headers, wordpress blog and Twitter headers…

here are a few examples:

 

 

Individual professionals, authors and business owners/companies can STAND OUT and speak to their customers and media with a combo of creative, fun, and personal images and words.

if you wanted to hire a dog trainer, pet sitter, dog walker, vet or canine rehab person, wouldn’t this catch your attention?

Risky business: tips to starting a biz

Millions of people say they want to start a business. Some go ahead and do it. Others are all talk and no action. Why? Starting a business after you’ve been an employee all of your life can seem very scary. Fulfilling your dream can be thrilling, exciting and seem death defying. In this economy, many people have felt that they did not have a choice. Start a business or be permanently unemployed.

Below are some tips on how to take a few baby steps and maybe even get your baby business off the ground.

Risk-Averse Entrepreneur’s Guide to Startup Success

7 steps on how to launch a business…

“If you decide to go for it and start a business, be committed to it. If you’re not passionate about what you’re trying to do, you probably won’t stick out the inevitable bumps in the road.”

http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/223215

Benefits of business: Tax write-offs

http://www.ehow.com/list_6747730_things-taxes-starting-new-business.html

Top Five Reasons To Establish Business Credit and Separate Personal From Business Credit
Even in these tough economic times establishing business credit can increase the chances that your business will stay afloat and help you beat the odds.

http://www.smallbusinessbrief.com/articles/creditmoney/002150.html

1000 Ways to Start a Business with $1,000 or Less

18. Create a newsletter that educates others

19. Create a Social Media following on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Digg, Reddit, Pinterest or elsewhere

(Note: Crucial to building a network of potential and actual customers/clients and getting the word out about your business)

45. Turn your job into a business. If you have a job now, see how you can turn your job skills into a business. If you keep the accounts accurate for your employer, you could start hiring your accounting and financial consulting services to other businesses in the area.

53. Decorate homes for the holidays. Everyone wants to have a pretty home for the holidays – lend a hand and earn some extra money doing it.

54. Decorate yards for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.

55. Start a dog walker, pet sitter, pooper scooper business (Only if you love dogs!)

56. Start a Renovation Company. Are you an auto mechanic or computer geek? Then you probably have all the skills necessary to buy and sell used and renovated cars or computers.

57. Start a tutoring business! Teach another language, musical instrument, computer, cooking, chemistry, whatever you have to offer.

58. Start a massage business

59. Start an aromatherapy business

60. Start an intuitive counseling business

Note: Thanks to CeliaSue Hecht for contributing ideas #53-60. Learn more from her and email to get her E-Guide to getting cold hard cash in your wallet  

http://www.squidoo.com/1000-ways-to-start-a-business-with-1-000-or-less

How to use social media to promote your events 

http://www.slideshare.net/crainssocial/use-social-media-to-promote-your-events

If you want to learn how to create Buzz about your Book, Events, Business, give me a ring at 702-225-8206.

job creators

www.upworthy.com

If you’re sick and tired of the GOP mantra that the super rich are the “job creators”, then you’ll want to watch and SHARE this! The Nick Hanauer talk so dangerous that TED almost wouldn’t show it. Find out why and decide for yourself.

http://www.upworthy.com/breaking-you-know-that-nick-hanauer-ted-talk-you-werent-supposed-to-see-here-it-?c=la2

Creating jobs for women

Creating jobs for women and other strangers…

Job creators care so much about creating jobs …

that they’ve been hard at work, very busy pressing forward with their agenda of creating jobs for women that pay less than jobs for men… and

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/28/living/vagina-politics/index.html

creating 1,100+ bills against birth control, abortion, contraception and women’s health care, as well as anti gay marriage…

The Republican Party, has long fought big government in favor of privatization, has turned to regulating women’s private parts and people’s sex lives…

and these bills of course have nothing to do with the economy and the taxpayers and money and the deficit and the GOP has nothing against women…the physical conservatives are very fiscal-minded you know…

http://jezebel.com/5910474/exactly-how-much-money-have-fiscal-conservatives-wasted-defending-unconstitutional-abortion-laws

so here are some of the jobs and business profits the Gray Old Pickles are creating…

HELP WANTED…

l.  Peeping toms… since they now have all of these bans and laws in TN, KS, AZ and MS, to name a few states, of course, they must be hiring folks to peep into people’s bedrooms so that everyone can rest assured that no hanky panky illegal business is going on in there

2. Spies, similar to PT’s but these folks tattletale and out gay folks who run for office (such as judges)

3. Signmakers and Truck drivers to drive around town with photos of dead fetuses (do you think that they will also create signs of dead women who died from coat hanger abortions (see 4 below)…

(we could not make this stuffup if we tried)

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/15/billboards-of-aborted-fetuses/

4. Babymakers aka sluts, if you have to resort to coat hangers for abortions, Bubba the pro-lifer is ok with you dying… coat hanger producers are expected to reap big profits gearing up to help you with your demise

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/15/mississippi/

http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/gop-lawmaker-applauds-coat-hanger-abortions-as-supporting-moral-values/politics/2012/05/15/39614

5. undertakers are on board

6. hiring pharmacists who will refuse to sell birth control to women

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-05-15/business/sns-rt-usa-abortionkansasl1e8gffnm-20120515_1_pharmacists-peter-brownlie-abortion-opponents

7. Psychics who can feel fetal pain and who know before a pregnancy begins are in huge demand in AZ and GA

http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2012/05/01/georgia-governor-signs-unclear-fetal-pain-ban-into-effect

8. Plus, folks to help you wile away the 72 hours before you can have an abortion are needed in Utah

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/54063308-200/wait-abortion-waiting-period.html.csp

9. Someone has to misinform women about abortion and tell teens to just abstain from sex, so a legion of Virgin Informers are being trained by Santorum as we speak

http://www.huffingtonpost.com%2F2012%2F05%2F15%2Fabstinence-only-sex-educa_n_1518903.html

10. Prayer warriors to pray away the gay is a growing occupation, too

Michele Bachmann’s husband is taking applications

Just for fun…

2012 Grammy nominee Linda Chorney joins Venga and Seamus Romney to tell the true story of Seamus’s ride on the roof of Mitt’s car.

http://www.dogsagainstromney.com/2012/05/ballad-of-seamus-romney-music-video.html

any other creative and interesting new jobs that the GOP are creating that you are applying for?

perhaps people to count the hidden millions/billions tax dollars they will not pay. They also need to hire humans to watch over their extra homes and cars or do they have robots for that? how about caretakers for their lobbyists? and lest we not forget the hordes of personnel protecting the moats of their castles, underground shelters and lunar planets, getaway islands to keep them from the unwashed middle-class poor peons?

working women

Paid sick leave, affordable child care, fair pay, access to reproductive rights, and yes, even the economy, are family issues, not women’s issues.

women in the workplace… women are starting businesses because the leading ladies run smack into glass ceilings.

Tips to Maximize Your Publicity

Good advice from the Wealthy Bag Lady, Linda Hollander… 
  • Give surprising answers and new information. People love media guests who bust traditional myths and offer new insights.
  • Bring gifts for the interviewer and their team. If you have a book, this would be perfect.
  • Send a thank you right away.
  • Take a photo of you and the on-air talent
  • Put your media interviews on Social Media including YouTube.
  • Use celebrity photos, media and publicity on your web site, marketing materials, even your sponsor proposal.

Linda Hollander is the Author of  Bags to Riches and the founder of the Women’s Small Business Expo.

http://www.WealthyBagLady.com

if you would like assistance with your PR, feel free to contact me at prmatchmaker  at yahoo.com

A tale of two mitties

Once upon a time and a Bible written by a bunch of white men

god jehovawitz created a bunch of human beings he hated and deemed only worthy of being smited… (smit?) (smut?) (smutz?)

so he persecuted all but the unborn who he deemed holey in his image (not yet human beings, see above), eggs come before chickens and are therefore better than chickens, except when chickens cross the road first

and sent his only son jeesus (who was really god in disguise) to earth to teach those human beings a lesson about fooling around with women aka sluts like Mary Magdalene and Eve

and told the little fetuses that it it is better to hate gay people and women and aliens and people with funny religions who worship other smaller gods.

Mormons, who marry many sluts and worship money and power and are greedy, are the exception and should GO FOR their reward on earth rather than wait for heaven to arrive… because driving several Cadillacs with their own elevators with dogs on the roof is better than riding a camel through heaven (everyone knows that cows belong in heaven not camels because camels have a hump on their back and god does not condone humping)

so it was with great joy and anguish that god said unto his chosen folks of the right religions (Christian, Mormon and Catholic), blame the poor, needy, middle class and war against women but tell the masses that you are doing the opposite so that they will believe you and vote for you and everyone on earth can go straight to hell in a basket

and ye of little faith, forgiveness, compassion, kindness, truth and love, GO FIRST into the Fire and pretend god will save you (which he will) but he will laugh his ass off as the others jump in. And for that sacrifice, you will be rewarded with a bunch of virgins and Cayman Island accounts full.

Flash forward to 2012 when the Wrath of god is upon us because we did not learn anything

Mostly, some of us think Christianity in America has gone barking-mad insane.

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/8711-the-weight

What’s the difference between a fetus, a corporation, and a woman?

The first two are considered people by the GOP.

Romneykins

Ann Romney has multiple sclerosis & had breast cancer SO WHAT have the Romneys DONE for SICK mothers who do NOT have the resources they do?  zip 0 nothing…

Mitt Romney said, without hesitation, that one of the first acts as president is “getting rid of Planned Parenthood” that serves millions of women with cancer screenings, contraception, and family planning, among others. He supported the Blunt amendment giving employers medical rights over women’s healthcare issues, and said he wants women to have dignity of working at the same time he fawns over his wife because she had the luxury to stay home and raise children. In Romney’s budget, poor and middle class women face massive cuts to programs that provide healthcare and food assistance for their children while the wealthy receive greater tax cuts. It is too late for Romney to “get the women” to support any Republican much less a wealthy elitist who promises to escalate the war on women if he is elected.

http://www.politicususa.com/republicans-have-awakened-a-livid-female-giant-who-will-make-them-pay.html

GOP’s imaginary war on women

Women have spent the past year watching Republicans redefine rape, vote for gender pay inequality, restrict their access to cancer screenings and contraception, and give employers the right to deny healthcare if it went against their religious beliefs

Virginia is now the 8th state with forced ultrasounds before abortion, along with AL, AZ, FL, KS, LA, MS, and TX.

NC has passed a forced ultrasound law similar to TX’s but NC’s law is currently unenforceable pending a court decision.

The Iowa Republican said the most important work is “raising children right,” and part of that means that “they get the message to be self-reliant, not to rely on the government, but to be self-reliant as Ann and Mitt Romney’s five sons are.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/19/house-republicans-low-income-moms-ann-romney_n_1438835.html

Romney’s self reliant sons received $100 million dollars from their father.

The problem, as Ann Romney is demonstrating, is simple: the fiscal conservative agenda of austerity that seeks to reward the investor class above all others is fundamentally incompatible with the social conservative agenda that promotes the idea of having a bunch of children and making sure that parents have time and money to care for them and allow them to succeed in life.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/29/1086789/-The-anti-family-effects-of-austerity

 

so womens UP and Vote against the GOP !!!

money and mommies: paychecks matter

There has been a clash of ideologies called the Mommy Wars between stay at home moms and working women all over the media and social media. ALL women are working, for pay or not is the elephant in the room, oft not stated. Ann Romney has many perks including staff to help with her duties as a stay at home mom. She does not receive a traditional paycheck. But lives a life of privilege most American women and mothers do not. It is disingenious for the Romneys to pretend that she is a typical stay at home mom. She is not.

What is also missing from the conversation in most of the media,liberal and conservative, is a discussion about the economic realities of women, both stay at home moms and working outside the home women. The two articles below give excellent facts, figures and info about how important women’s work is to our economy. And how women’s reproductive freedom factors into the mix. Without a woman being able to determine her own destiny and control her own body, there is NO choice NO freedom. And this impacts everyone.

If the GOP think being a mother is hard work, then why do they not want to pay mothers (some think equal pay is even a nuisance and should be repealed)…
“United States is the only remaining industrialized nation that doesn’t require at least some employers to offer a paid maternity leave.”

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/chris-hayes-if-republicans-think-being-a-mother-is-work-why-isnt-there-a-wage/

for all too many families, if mom didn’t bring home the bacon, there wouldn’t be any food on the table.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/13/the-myth-of-the-stay-at-home-mommy-job.html

 

“Why do women who contribute by producing the whole workforce have to plead for maternity leave that would allow them to recuperate from childbirth, get to know their children and their children to know them, and feed babies the best possible food?

Why are such basic and humane demands so controversial?”

http://womensenews.org/story/books/120414/unwaged-breastfeeding-small-farming-sustain-globe

Double standard? Romney wants poor mothers to work outside home, yet his own wife stayed home and never worked outside home (see below). Welfare to work has NOT worked, too much bureaucracy has caused mothers to do whatever it takes to feed  their kids including steal and stay with abusers

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/15/mitt-romney-mothers-welfare-moms_n_1426113.html

 
“The fact that the welfare rolls have risen less than 10 percent since December 2007 while food stamp use has soared by 40 percent—an amazing one in eight Americans now uses them—suggests that welfare isn’t reaching poor families: either women who apply are being turned away, or the programs are so minimal, or so onerous, that people aren’t signing up. How do they manage? Sharon Hays, author of Flat Broke With Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform, writes in an e-mail, “They get by in the same way the poor of New Orleans and Haiti are getting by, by cobbling together every available source of aid and support, and then trying to learn how to adjust to constant suffering and insecurity. Increasing rates of domestic violence are just one hidden story here.” And what about women who have reached their state’s time limit—two years, three years, five years—and can’t get welfare for the rest of their lives? Jane Collins, the author, with Victoria Mayer, of Both Hands Tied: Welfare Reform and the Race to the Bottom of the Low-Wage Labor Market, writes, “In Wisconsin, most people who have used up their time limits are simply out of luck.”

“Let’s pretend that Ann Romney is, like the 143 million other women in the country, not the wife of a multimillionaire Mormon Bishop and talk about her unpaid work as a stay-at-home mom. According to the Wall Street Journal, an average housewife would make $138,095 if she were paid for her labor (that is what she would have to pay someone else). Ann Romney is not your average housewife, but, let’s go with it. Ann Romney’s lost wages for 30 years of providing 24 hour unpaid childcare for her husband, running a household, nursing sick children, being a chauffeur, food shopping, cooking, being executive assistant to six boys and men and other assorted duties is $4,142,850. She also did this, graciously, while struggling with major illness. Ann Romney, like all “non-working” mothers, is not financially compensated for her labor. (She is however, also like other married women who work, taxed for her efforts.)…

“…INCREASED ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. Women’s ability to plan and manage their pregnancies — with or without men — spurs economic growth. This is true all over the world. Countries with high gender equity indices usually have stronger economies because they understand the value of the human capital that women represent. As noted here, “In mature economies, attitudes toward gender equality and the actual possibilities for combining parenthood with gainful employment are decisive. Countries governed by traditional male-dominant attitudes run the risk of long-term economic stagnation.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/soraya-chemaly/either-way-is-motherhood-_b_1424056.html

More than 50 percent of children born to women under 30 are born to single mothers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mothers works fewer hours, have to work part time more and cannot take on overtime.

Fully 55 percent of stay at home moms would like to work, for pay, out of the home.

“…The majority of men supporting children “by themselves” are in married relationships and have a spouse working to care for the children which adds tens of thousands of unearned income to the household. The majority of women supporting children by themselves are single and have no one contributing unearned income to the household, providing free childcare, and other types of stay-at-home services. However, the women are making only .77 cents to each $1 a man earns. They can’t afford to hire it either. Tell me again who needs to be making more to support their families – the men or the women?”

http://spiritwealth.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/why-equal-pay-for-equal-work-is-morally-right/

‎”The United States is one of only four countries in the world that doesn’t ensure new mothers can afford to stay home even for the briefest of times after they have a baby. Not surprisingly, millions of American mothers who’ve given birth go back to work before the six weeks needed just for healing. The majority of new mothers return before 12 weeks.”

 http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/04/13/1083244/-Stop-the-War-on-Mothers

“IF Mrs. Romney does move into the White House next January, she will be the only First Lady born in the 20th century to have “never worked a day” in her life, as Rosen perhaps clumsily put it.The last unemployed first lady was Mamie Eisenhower, born in 1896 and married to Ike at 19—the same age Ann was when she married Mitt. That makes Mrs. Romney as dubious an expert on the economic concerns of women as Mamie, an Army wife who moved 28 times, lived in a hotel during World War II, and played canasta and the electric organ.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/14/ann-romney-how-she-stacks-up-against-other-first-ladies-regarding-jobs.html