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New Picture Book is the Fourth in a Delightful Series for Children PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marketing Services   
Friday, 18 January 2013 09:16

Anna and Andy Hummingbird are back for more fun adventures in author Linda P. Young’s latest tale

LAS VEGAS – (Release Date TBD) – Young readers, especially fans of a lovable pair of hummingbirds, have something to look forward to as author Linda P. Young brings Anna and Andy Hummingbird back in the fourth installment of her engaging series of picture books. The Adventures of Anna and Andy Hummingbird: Book 4 Stories 14,15,16,17 and 18 lets readers in the birds’ fun new escapades.

In this book, The Nice Lady teaches Anna and Andy about bees and what they do. The hummingbirds also experience fear when they witness men cutting off the branches of their trees with a saw. They wonder if they are going to lose their home. The next adventures take Anna and Andy a little farther away from home and introduce them to new friends. They also get to experience for the first time, how frightening and dangerous it is to be in a storm.

Featuring vibrantly colored illustrations and a delightful plot, The Adventures of Anna and Andy Hummingbird: Book 4 Stories 14,15,16,17 and 18 will make a wonderful addition to any child’s personal library. Parents can bond with their young ones as they follow the exciting adventures of Anna and Andy Hummingbird.

For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to www.Xlibris.com.

About the Author

Linda P. Young was born in Iowa City, Iowa and spent most of her life in the Midwest. She moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, twenty years ago, where she met her husband, Jerry. She owns a sign business and stays very busy with it. Her husband has worked in the woodworking industry most of his life. She wrote these books out of the enjoyment they would get watching the Hummingbirds on their back patio.

 

The Adventures of Anna and Andy Hummingbird * by Linda P. Young

Anna and Andy meet the Grandchildren Book 4 Stories 14,15,16,17 and 18

Publication Date: 10/24/2012

Picture Book; $21.99; 38 pages; 978-1-4797-2211-2

Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 38 pages; 978-1-4797-2212-9

 
How Writing a Book Can Help Your Business PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 15:42
Professionals Shares Tips & Tricks
By: Penny Carnathan

Writing a how-to business book or CEO memoir has become a recognized tool for business professionals marketing and branding themselves and their companies. It helps them establish their expertise while sharing useful information appreciated by readers. Plus, it can introduce them to a vast new audience of potential customers.

It’s a phenomenon public relations professional Marsha Friedman first noticed years ago.

“Everything else being equal, I saw that it was much easier to get clients invited on TV and radio talk shows if they'd written a book,” says Friedman, CEO of EMSI Public Relations, (www.emsincorporated.com), in Tampa, Fla.

“After exploring the reasons, I realized just about anyone with the right message can use a book to boost their visibility,” she says. “Professionals can do it; people interested in securing public speaking engagements; philanthropists; homemakers who turn their books themselves into a business.”    

So Friedman wrote her own book, “Celebritize Yourself,” explaining her three-step process for developing and using a book to get publicity.

Today, more than 11,000 business books alone are published each year - and that doesn't include self-published e-books, according to the authors of “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time.”

"Whether you're using your book to generate media, speaking opportunities or new customers, it is the most powerful marketing tool in your arsenal," says Adam Witty, CEO of Advantage Media Group, an international publisher.

"When you consider that the average book sells less than 2,000 copies, getting rich off of book sales becomes a far away fantasy. But if you use your book to get a feature in your industry trade journal, what is that worth? If your typical customer is worth $5,000, and you use your book to attract and generate new leads into your business, how much more valuable does your book become?"

You don't have to be a great writer to produce a great book. But, as New York Times best-selling author Michael Levin, CEO of Business Ghost, Inc., explains, you do need to make sure the end product is clean and professional.

"You wouldn't walk into a sales call with a stain on your shirt, and it's the same with a book," he says. "The last thing you want to do is publish a book full of typos that gives people the impression you're sloppy."

If you don't have the time or skill to tackle a book on your own, you can hire someone to put your ideas into words.

Levin offers these tips for selecting a ghostwriter:

• Make sure ghostwriting is their primary business. Many writers list ghostwriting as one of the services they provide, but if you dig deep, you may find that they have never written a book or have only written a few. Don't let them learn how on your dime!

• Read the blurbs on the ghostwriter's website. Are they from famous people, top business leaders, celebrities, and the like? Or is there a run-of-the-mill feeling to the testimonials? Or worse, are there no testimonials at all?

• Contact at least three prior book clients of the ghostwriter. If the ghostwriter can’t give you three names of satisfied customers, game over.

The next step is publishing. While e-books are an inexpensive self-publishing option, Friedman says printed copies are best for marketing.

"As an author, you simply need to determine which publishing model best helps you reach your goals," says Witty of Advantage Media Group.

He offers these thoughts to consider:

• Ownership of rights and intellectual property: If you plan to re-purpose the content of your book into articles, blog posts or other products like home study kits, ensure your contract gives you that freedom. Typically, traditional publishing contracts don't; self publishing or working with co-publishers (where the publisher and author or investor share expenses) oftentimes do.

• Speed-to-market: How quickly do you want your book to be published? With self publishing, it is really a matter of how fast you work! The traditional publishing process can take the better part of two years. Co-publishing options often turn a book around in three to six months.

Friedman concedes that the idea of writing and publishing a book can be daunting, but it’s worth the effort for its marketing value, she says.

And there are even greater rewards.

“Having written and published my own, I can tell you it was one of my proudest accomplishments and worth every bit of my time and hard work,” she says. “The greatest feeling - one I never anticipated - was hearing from readers who said that my book had made a difference in their lives.

“That's priceless.”

About Penny Carnathan

Penny Carnathan is the Creative Director/Lead Writer at EMSI Public Relations. She is a journalist with more than 30 years experience; a former national award-winning editor, reporter and columnist at The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Fla., and currently a bimonthly columnist for the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fla.  You can find her on Twitter, @DigginPenny.

 
Finalists Announced in Video Contest Promoting a Positive Midwestern Narrative PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Marthaler   
Friday, 11 January 2013 14:48

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Midwestern Governors Association (MGA) announced four finalists in its “America’s Smartland: Let the Midwest Surprise You!” video contest. The video contest is part of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s promotion of a positive Midwestern narrative during his tenure as MGA Chair. In addition to highlighting the strengths and unique qualities of the region, these finalists were chosen through a public voting period.

Finalists include:

“Flyover States” by Steve Muntz (Iowa)

“The Midwest” by Chris Wentzle (Ohio)

“The Midwest: America’s Smartland” by Aaron Johnson (Minnesota)

“What is the Midwest” by Jerrod Roberts (Illinois)

To view these videos, click here.

“Congratulations to all of our region’s talented filmmakers on the excellent videos they submitted that showcase why the Midwest is a great place to live, start a business, work, raise a family and get an education. These video finalists provide a wonderful narrative spanning the wide scope of the Midwest’s collective strengths and the excellent character and skills of Midwesterners,” said Branstad.

Jesse Heier, Executive Director of the MGA, said, “These videos are awesome! Thank you to all of those who submitted entries and voted for their favorites. I encourage any business, person or group that wants to promote the strengths of our region to post and share these videos.”

The MGA’s video contest, which was launched in May 2012, features submissions by Midwesterners that tell the Midwest’s unique story. The goal of the video contest is to draw attention to the collective strengths of the Midwestern region and all it has to offer. The Midwest is the crossroads for much of the nation’s economic activity with a strong work ethic and climate for business and job growth that reflect a diverse mix of industries. Midwestern states are proud of their high-quality schools and colleges with tremendous research capabilities; a stand-out standard of living, which includes vibrant cities and towns, affordable housing, cultural recreational and sporting activities; incredible opportunities in agriculture and the biosciences; and four distinct seasons and breathtaking natural wonders.

The winning entry will be announced in February.

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The MGA is a nonprofit, bipartisan organization that brings together the governors of Midwestern states to work cooperatively on issues of importance to the region. Current members of the MGA are Gov. Pat Quinn (Ill.), Gov. Mitch Daniels (Ind.), Gov. Terry Branstad (Iowa), Gov. Sam Brownback (Kansas), Gov. Rick Snyder (Mich.), Gov. Mark Dayton (Minn.), Gov. Jay Nixon (Mo.), Gov. John Kasich (Ohio) and Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.).

 
Nichole Flink announces the release of ‘Nikki’s Wit’s’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marketing Services   
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 09:36

COVINA, Calif. – With a burning passion for writing and the support of her friends and family, young author Nichole Flink has pieced together “Nikki's Whit's: New Dimensions” (published by AuthorHouse) – a collection of short stories.

Throughout the book, readers will enter multiple worlds that will allow them to feel a range of emotions from intense despair and sadness to pure ecstasy and joy. Each story, however, has one common thread: utter excitement. Each story has been woven together from her memories and her everyday interactions. With each story bringing a new theme and characters, every reader will find a story they connect with.

An excerpt from “Nikki’s Whit’s”:

I’m afraid to stand and fight. I’m afraid to lose and die. I’m afraid because I’m only human loosing blood, blood which is red and not green or blue or yellow, blood which is the color red and only red. Bruises lay on my body, stabs, thrusts, and slices cover me to keep me from winning. A game which has to do with fighting, to the last person standing out of a group of twenty. How did I survive the first thirty seconds of this bloody battle? How did I become second on top? A human, a weakling, a girl, a little girl. How did I end up on another planet fighting for my life, a fifteen year old girl?

“Nikki's Whit's”

By Nichole Flink

Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 128 pages | ISBN 9781477256602

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 128 pages | ISBN 9781477256619

E-Book | 128 pages | ISBN 9781477256596

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

A sophomore in high school, Nichole Flink loves to write, play sports, play music in a band and be involved with her family. She is inspired, challenged in all that she does, communicative and friendly. This is her second book, but she plans for many more to follow.

For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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New library programs this week! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Library   
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 16:33

Tomorrow: History of the Ignaugural Address

The media is abuzz with plans for the newest presidental inauguration, but what's the historical importance of these speeches? Join us tomorrow, Jan. 9, as Dr. Steve Klien of Augustana College presents -

 

American Identity and Inaugural Addresses, Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 6:00 pm in our Main Library.

 

Featuring Dr. Steve Klien of Augustana College's Communication Studies Department, the program will consider the role of these speeches in shaping American political and cultural identity. From words by FDR to John F. Kennedy, some inaugural speeches have played a lasting role in American culture.

 

Join us, as we take another look at a national ritual 224 years in the making, with highlights from some of the most powerful and important orations in US history!

 

Teen Fun @ Your Library

 

Read to Survive, Survive to Read Teen READ challenge is Jan. 6-Jan. 26. Forms are available all Rock Island Library locations. Read, survive and win!

 

After you pick up your challenge form, take part in a Teen Read Scavenger Hunt, at 6:00 pm THIS Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Rock Island Main Library.  Test your survival skills and see if you have what it takes to follow the clues and stay alive in this battle of endurance and wits! Come and try your luck for a chance to win great prizes! Ages 12-18.

 

More teen fun in January:

Jan. 17: Teen Trivia Night, 6:00 pm, Main Library

Jan. 22: Teen Gaming Night, 6:00 pm, Main Library

Jan. 31: Teen Iron Chef, 6:00 pm, Main Library.

 

Do You Have An E-reader?

 

Try our second session of Getting Started with Downloading eBooks for help with checking out free books for your eReader, tablet, computer or smartphone:  5:30 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 15, SOUTHWEST Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road.  Free, no registration required.

Looking for something to do with the kids next Friday?

Friday, Jan. 18 is an early dismissal day for Rock Island/Milan school. If you're looking for something to do, bring them to our Friday Fest movie at the Main Library.  "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" starts at 1:00 pm in the 2nd floor Community Room. It's rated PG.

 
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