Guest Blog: Lessons from Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York City – How to Build Income

DeFinis Communications

Greenleaf Book Group is a publisher and distributor that specializes in the development of independent authors and the growth of small presses. We see it in the business world, hear it bandied about among authors, experts, and speakers, and we experience it in the social media landscape.

Growth of ebooks and indie authors

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Traditionally published e-book authors earn only 12%–17%. Every week, indie e-books top retailer bestseller lists, and hit the USA Today and New York Times lists. The print books are print on demand, through Lightning Source (now Ingram Spark for new indie authors) or Create Space. According to Publisher’s Weekly : Ten years ago, e-books accounted for less than 1% of the trade book market.

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Blackberry Etiqutte, Pt II…

Matt Eventoff

ValleyPR Blog – this is one of the most honest posts I’ve read in a long time, and the author, Charlotte Risch, should be commended for her honesty. The debate over “Blackberry etiquette&# in meetings has gotten quite a bit of ink since last week’s post … There were a number of very interesting takes in the blogosphere, some of which I’m going to share this week.

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Conference update from the American Society of Journalists & Authors

Joan Detz Speaker Services

May 5 – 6, 2017 Annual Conference Update By Estelle Erasmus, ASJA New York City 2017 Conference Chair I’m excited to make two announcements: that the big reveal of our conference program will be up on […]. No, you don’t have to be an ASJA member to benefit from ASJA’s terrific writing conferences. Read on.

GUEST POST: A literary agent reflects “On Authors and Book Talks”

Joan Detz Speaker Services

On Authors and Book Talks By Debbie Carter of Waverly Place Literary Agency Living in the hub of America’s book publishing capital, I see new books churned through New York’s publicity machine of readings and TV talk shows. Every new book competes for a slot in bookstores, libraries, bars and colleges.

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8 insights from Malcolm Gladwell that made him a better speaker

Manner of Speaking

Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian journalist author and speaker. All five made it to the New York Times Bestseller List. He has written five books: The Tipping Point; Blink; Outliers; What the Dog Saw; and David and Goliath. I have … Continue reading → Interviews Malcolm Gladwell Niall Ferguson public speaking Tim Ferriss

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Attack on academic freedom

The Communication Blog

2.25.2011 Attack on academic freedom Assemblyman Dov Hikind from Brooklyn has apparently (according to the Clarion , February 2011, Newspaper of the Professional Staff Congress/City University of New York) “demanded&# that the department of Political Science at Brooklyn College prevent someone from teaching a course on Middle Eastern politics because the proposed instructor was doing research on Palestinian suicide bombers.

"Bums" - Term in New York Post Headline to Describe Homeless

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" The author, Alexander Masters, dug into the DNA of various types of homeless. Well, in 2016, it is shocking, at least to this former doctoral student of linguistics, that today's New York Post headline refers to the homeless as "bums."

Guest Posting: Public Speaking for Introverts: 6 Essential Tips, by Susan Cain

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Susan Cain is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, which is being translated into 30 languages.

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Saturday, April 27, New York City

Joan Detz Speaker Services

I’ll present a session on “The Business of Six-Figure Speechwriting” at the American Society of Journalists and Authors conference. To learn the full agenda: [link]. Speechwriting

2013 ASJA conference in New York City

Joan Detz Speaker Services

On Saturday, April 27, I’ll speak at the annual American Society of Journalists and Authors conference: “So, You Want to be a Speechwriter? The Business of Six-Figure Speechwriting” [link

Book Authors Now Earn $17,500 Annually (Authors Guild Survey)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Being a book author was like being an English college professor. " Now, thanks to the digital revolution, very few book authors can make it financially. According to the Authors Guild survey, reports Yahoo , the average annual income for a full-timer is $17,500.

Indie Publishing Pot of Gold for Some, Work in Progress for Many

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

Marie Force is a New York Times best selling contemporary romance author. She is also a self-published author who is very active in the self-publishing community. She recently surveyed self-published authors and has post the extensive results of the survey on her blog. Survey responses from nearly 2,000 indie authors, half of them entirely indie published, give insight into the industry and advice on how indie authors can make a better success of their business.

Jean Stein, Iconic Author, Leaps to Death on Manhattan Upper East Side

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Here are the details in the New York Post.   It's amazing that authors can hold on long enough to leave something significant behind. Jean Stein might have been finished with writing, marrying brandname men, meeting interesting people - and living.

"Eat Pray Love" Author Splits From Husband

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Her new love had been Jose Nunes. The New York Post reports that Gilbert announced on Facebook the two were splitting. Elizabeth Gilbert leveraged her global travels to go from the heartbreak  of divorce to hope for becoming whole on her own. The result was her bestselling book "Eat Pray Love." " Women were attracted to the simple formula for seeking inner peace. And maybe even happiness. Also, we were given permission not to be preoccupied with calories.

Interview: Jason Kersten, Author and Journalist

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The afternoon session of Saturday’s Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association (NSA/NC) meeting featured a conversation between Craig Harrison and journalist and author Jason Kersten. An author and journalist since 1998, Jason has written features for numerous national magazines, including Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, and Maxim. He lives in New York City.

Interview: Jason Kersten, Author and Journalist

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The afternoon session of Saturday’s Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association (NSA/NC) meeting featured a conversation between Craig Harrison and journalist and author Jason Kersten. An author and journalist since 1998, Jason has written features for numerous national magazines, including Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, and Maxim. He lives in New York City.

Interview: Jason Kersten, Author and Journalist

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The afternoon session of Saturday’s Northern California Chapter of the National Speakers Association (NSA/NC) meeting featured a conversation between Craig Harrison and journalist and author Jason Kersten. An author and journalist since 1998, Jason has written features for numerous national magazines, including Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, and Maxim. He lives in New York City.

Names

The Communication Blog

10.10.2010 Names Here’s a study on names (you can access the entire study from the website given here/above) that has received lots of attention— Psychology Today , The New York Times , etc. She was a teacher for many years, has authored at least seven books, and is the process of researching and writing two other books. I don't believe there is any legal way for a woman in Italy, once married, to legally change her surname to that of her new husband. (I

Talking about Relationships

The Communication Blog

5.07.2010 Talking about Relationships The cover story in yesterdays AM New York was titled "Oh Boy!" ▼ 2010 (41) ► December (5) Communication Strategies: Metacommunication Cyberflirting etc Emotional Checker New Communication Words Communication Strategies: Feedback ► November (4) $5 Off Feedforward Politeness as a Theory of Relationship Development. If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview.

Relationships and Relationship Conflict

The Communication Blog

by Tara Parker-Pope in the New York Times Magazine (April 18, 2010). ▼ 2010 (41) ► December (5) Communication Strategies: Metacommunication Cyberflirting etc Emotional Checker New Communication Words Communication Strategies: Feedback ► November (4) $5 Off Feedforward Politeness as a Theory of Relationship Development. If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview.

Author: No tag line presented in Arizona

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I had to pump this author for more information.  That could include "My new nonfiction book X is in the 20,000s ranking on Amazon.com and I ghostwrite for Z politico."   The New York and D.C.

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You Have Not Seen New York Until You Have Seen It With Omar Khan!

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

I was never crazy about New York until I spent a couple of days with Leslie and Omar Khan. You have not seen New York until you have seen it with Omar Khan! He is the author of the newly released and highly awaited LIBERATING PASSION: HOW THE WORLD'S BEST GLOBAL LEADERS PRODUCE WINNING RESULTS. New relationships were created (the most critical thing you can’t do by Webinar), next steps understood, emotion engaged.

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Always the last to know: NEW YORK Magazine cites my Oprah Opining

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Mark Matousek , author of WHEN YOU'RE FALLING, DIVE, flagged me this morning that my opinings had been cited in NEW YORK Magazine.    I have used some of Matousek's thinking for a platform for my new book OVER-50: HOW WE KEEP WORKING.    As they say, we're always the last to know, not only bad things but good things.    I hunted down the mention.    In fact, it's from this blog.  And

Buzzwords of 2009

The Communication Blog

12.20.2009 Buzzwords of 2009 Here is the New York Times buzzwords of 2009; it includes a variety of "communication" terms, for example, sexting (texting sexual messages), vook (a digitized book with video), social distancing (standing away from others to avoid catching or spreading the flu), orphan books (books that are out of print, still in copyright, and whose copyright holders cant be found), and netbook (a small portable, personal computer).

Elections and Money

The Communication Blog

11.29.2009 Elections and Money One thing is clear from the case of billionaire Michael Bloomberg who won the election for mayor of New York City after spending over $102 million ($175 per vote), outspending his opponent, City Comptroller William Thompson, Jr., If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview.

Research?

The Communication Blog

While we teach our students the principles of research and the importance of consulting reliable sources, we read ( New York Times , 9/11/09, B5)that several of the most important medical journals published articles actually written by drug company researchers but used the names of respected academics as authors. For example, it’s estimated that the New England Journal of Medicine published 10.9 9.12.2009 Research?

Public speaking

The Communication Blog

9.15.2009 Public speaking A recent letter to the editor (regarding the op-ed piece in the New York Times where a variety of professors gave advice to students and posted recently), makes the point that amid all this good advice, no one mentioned the importance of public speaking. If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview.

e-books

The Communication Blog

8.17.2009 e-books An article published in the New York Times , “Moving into a digital future, where textbooks are history,&# discussed the changes taking place in education, specifically the move from written textbook to e-books. If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview.

Still Waiting for Your Breakthrough Moment? Author of The Happiness Project Says “Enjoy the Process”

Succeed Speaking

I asked Gretchen Rubin , author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Happiness Project , about that on Friday afternoon… with emerging speakers and authors in mind (and even those who are established, but have their sights set on the “next level&# ).

PowerPoint Surgery: Tips to create presentation slides that make your message stick, not suck -- Guest post by Lee Jackson

Speak Schmeak

Lee Jackson is a motivational speaker, PowerPoint surgeon, presentation coach and the author. He supports the New York Knicks, is a former youth worker and was once an award winning DJ.

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American Society of Journalists and Authors

Joan Detz Speaker Services

It’s always held on a spring weekend in New York City, and it’s always wonderful. . Since I began my teaching my speechwriting seminars in 1992, I have recommended the annual ASJA Writing Conference to all of my classes. Registration for the 40th Annual ASJA conference is now open! For more details, visit: [link

American Society of Journalists and Authors

Joan Detz Speaker Services

The 40th ASJA conference was held April 29-May 1 in New York City. Over the years, I have recommended the annual ASJA conference to every writer I know (and to would-be writers, as well). If you couldn’t attend in person, you can still benefit. Visit www.asja.org to order recordings of the panels and programs. The conference covered dozens of topics, including: Everything You Need to Know about EBooks. Health Markets. Writing Bios and Resumes that Shine. Stylish Sentences.

How to Write a Bestseller – 10 Lessons Learned from Jack Canfield and Steve Harrison

Succeed Speaking

” Now if you want to really tilt things in your favor, imagine if your book becomes a bestseller — especially a New York Times or Wall Street Journal or Business Week Bestseller. But Sue’s book was #7 on the New York Times Bestseller List.”

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NYT Bestselling Author: What kind of pull force?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's why this help wanted on Craigslist New York puzzles me.    The poster is, so the ad claims, a NYT bestselling author.  Even for writers who aspire to earn a living by writing their own work, one has to wonder how much they will go the distance for nexus to a writer who has made it.    Clearly, the marketplace has changed significantly in terms of the market value and influence of a known writer.

From the vault: So, do you start sentences with so? If so.

The Eloquent Woman

Is "so" really the new "um" -- and is that wrong? So" has many uses, according to this analysis in the New York Times. It suggests authority, and indicates an explanation is coming, which is why scientists may be using it.

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Best Selling Author Don Yaeger Endorses THE Executive Speech Coach

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

New York Times Best Selling Author Don Yaeger Endorses THE Executive Speech Coach Patricia Fripp. Yes, he is a best selling author and  Sports Illustrated for years. However, it goes both ways. Patricia Fripp recommends Don Yaeger. Don has a relationship with so many sports stars and has the ability to help his audience see their humanity and well as their greatness. On a personal note I am not interested in sports.

J.M. Coetzee - Another author being destroyed by himself

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Then there have been what Jonathan Dee calls  in THE NEW YORK TIMES Coetzee's "genre-bending autobiographies."  Coetzee's novel "Disgraced" was such genius.    Left-over acquaintances from my doctoral studies in the humanities, clients who read fiction, and book-store personnel couldn't stop talking to me about how Coetzee captured every human trait from arrogance to despair. 

4 Ways to Use Storytelling in Marketing That Have Nothing to Do With Heart Wrenching Videos

Duarte Blog

Author Claire Brooks explains in her book, Marketing with Strategic Empathy. Why did the traffic quintuple on your new site? For instance, Dropbox’s foundation story is about founder Drew Houston ’s bus trip from Boston to New York.

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Presentation lessons from Steve Martin's autobiography

Presentation Zen

Last summer I gave a three-hour talk for 300 managers at a famous financial firm in New York City. That presence and authority on stage came, but only after years and years of working on his craft. "My

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