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The Learning Curve

June 27th, 2009 by judytalks

I’ve been to book marketing school for many months now, and feel I may never graduate. Classes are right here in my tiny office, usually on my computer, but sometimes in books, and occasionally outside in the form of groups and classes sponsored by others. Since I am an author, I realized I needed to gather as much information as I could to market and sell my books. Most authors aren’t good at this part of the process. The one saving element is that I love to learn, and so I approached it with my usual gung ho attitude. Imagine my surprise when I actually began to see some patterns and threads and the whole thing started to make sense.
Here’s what I’m learning: media attention, branding, social networking, personal appearances, radio interviews, website presentation, business management, I could go on and on, but the learning curve has affirmed one thing I’ve always known about education: You’re better going out than when you started. I’m still not crazy about the subject matter, but I see its relevance.
My writing subjects, as you may know, are grief, loss, and recovery. My book, A Child’s Grief Surviving the Death of a Parent will be out sometime this fall. currently, I’m reading Joan Didion’s excellent book, The Year of Magical Thinking. Now that makes complete sense to me. My magical thinking often creeps up on me when I least expect it. As I’ve said many times, “Grief doesn’t go away. We come to terms with it.”
Happy end of June,

Summer Vacation

June 10th, 2009 by judytalks

Summertime is often referred to as vacation time. Kids are out of school, parents look forward to sight seeing and relaxing, and the whole family packs up the car and goes.
That was once upon a time. Vacations usually lasted two weeks, giving adequate time to drive to a faraway place, state park or interesting city and really soak it all in.
Today, vacations can be as short as 24 hours or as long as a month or more. But the basic purpose of “vacation” hasn’t changed. Vacation means Vacate. Leave the familiar surroundings, work place, everyday routine and refresh yourself. Kick back with loved ones, friends, or go alone and make new friends. Get out of the house and into the playground.
Personally, I like to take several short vacations throughout the year. If I need rest and relaxation, I take 3 or 4 days and just crash. I love history, educational spots, and theme parks. These usually take a little longer. I know, it takes time and money to go on vacations, but one doesn’t have to fly clear across the country. Why am I writing about this? Some people never take vacations, and right now, many haven’t the money to spend. So, be creative. Go see the sights in your own neighborhood or nearby towns and cities that you’ve never visited. Go every other Saturday, or an evening during the week.
Refresh yourself. Relax. Learn something. Treat the mind, body, and soul to a change of pace and surroundings.
Happy Camping,

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