Saturday, November 21, 2020

What is Socialism Really?

 


Many right-wing and conservatives - not only in the USA - are blaming centrists and liberals for "socialism", especially during the last election. They might confuse it with communism.  This from folks who have never experienced or lived in a socialism or communism regime - unless they are born in Cuba, the Eastern bloc, or in the former DDR.  Nor did they experience the way of social-democratic lifestyle that can be found in many wealthy European countries...

To bring in a bit of humor into the socialism debate, I am referring to a comedy I recently watched on German TV.  The topic was about right-wings that are fearing socialism. He ensured them that Joe Biden was for many years Senator of Deleware, a notorious tax haven, and held his hand over the finance industry - typical for a socialist!?  To expect him to turn the US into a socialist country is just absurd.  Then it was explained to Trump fans: Socialism is when children are taken care of by the government, politically brain-washed, later placed into the military, when people could only go into state-sponsored vacation places, and when the government builds a wall so that no one can leave the country.  And: if there were no Bananas available in stores  : )

It's called Real-Existing Socialism.  Did only work in the DDR for less than 50 years ...

.

Then What is Socialism Really?

so·cial·ism

/ˈsōSHəˌlizəm/

noun

It is a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

In Marxist theory: a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of Communism.  See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53vmQNVBm0w

.

Talking About Socialism

In National Review, Kevin Williamson wrote: “All this talk about socialism isn’t about socialism,” Williamson writes. “It’s about the status quo.” The idea that “capitalism” has failed us and that “socialism” is the answer relies on a cartoonish oversimplification of reality. 

.

Paying a living wage, offering affordable health insurance, and fair taxation is NOT socialism! 

It prevents people from the anxiety of uncertainty and it pays back and supports capitalism as it almost automatically generates higher tax-income for the State, and higher earnings for producers and retailers -  as average folks are able to consume a lot more on items they cannot afford with a minimum wage.

.

Profit is Privatized, Risk and Bailouts are Socialized….

Not only during this pandemic or through the financial crisis everyone had and has to chip in. However, the percentage of income tax is not the same for a worker as it is for a huge corporation that can afford expensive tax lawyers and accountants to make sure they pay barely any tax. Remember the amount Trump paid in a year, and how many years he paid no tax at all... Same for Apple, Google, Facebook or Amazon.

.

Those Who Are Damning "Socialism"...  are using public streets, airports, ports, schools, and teachers, government agencies, hospitals and doctors, public servants' and politicians' work, just to name a few of their own "social" benefits.  And then they often pay only the minimum wage to their own employees instead of a living wage - which would allow employees to earn enough income for a satisfactory standard of living and to prevent them from falling into poverty. Hypocritical?

.

Rigged Capitalism

Elizabeth Warren said: "I am a capitalist. I believe in markets. What I don’t believe in is theft, what I don’t believe in is cheating. That’s where the difference is. I love what markets can do, I love what functioning economies can do. They are what make us rich, they are what create opportunity. But only fair markets, markets with rules. Markets without rules are about the rich take it all, it’s about the powerful get all of it. And that’s what’s gone wrong in America."

.

<><><><><>




Saturday, November 14, 2020

Idling is for Dummies



The driver of this car idled for half an hour

On a road trip through British Columbia, Canada, on a sunny day in April, I had to wait at a construction site. I shut down the engine, not only because it looked like cars had to wait quite a while, but also there was a sign to do so.

I opened the car windows to give my dog and me some fresh air. A moment later I realized that the driver in front of me hadn't turned off his engine. I walked to him and friendly explained that I had opened my car's windows to give my dog some fresh air. And if he could please shut down his engine. His answer: "No, I will not!" I reminded him that it is also not helpful for the environment, as well as for his car's engine. No way that he obliged...
.

Why Do Drivers Idle?
Why are they not better take care of their cars, the environment, or of their purse?  It is beyond me.  And it gets worse: since everyone has a smartphone, drivers sit in their car for twenty minutes on the phone while their engine is running...

.
Killing Your Car's Engine?
A cold start means an extreme load for the engine, it leads to faster wear, because for example, the still viscous oil does not reach all lubrication points. 
On top of that, there is a higher emission of exhaust gases, because the fuel consumption is many times higher when the engine is cold.  Projected in this way, a gasoline engine would consume 25 to 30 liters per 100 kilometers.


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Publishing Newsletter November 2020

 


Tips for Successful Publishing - Newsletter November 2020

by 111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters


Dear Writer Friends,

With the election behind us and/or lock-downs in your country, November is the perfect month to write, write and write even more.
And don’t forget to market your books: Thanksgiving is only three weeks away and Christmas only seven weeks!


Ready for NaNoWriMo?

On November 1, thousands of participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel from scratch until  November 30.  NaNoWriMo provides support, encouragement, and a good old-fashioned kick in the pants (which some writers need) to write the rough draft of their novel in November. How it all works, is explained on NaNoWriMo’s website: 

https://nanowrimo.org/



Content:

- GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

- FREELANCE WRITING

- WRITING CONTESTS

- PUBLISHING TIPS

- AMAZON TOP REVIEWERS



GRANTS, FUNDING & FELLOWSHIPS


Woodcock Fund Canada

Emergency funding to professional Canadian writers in mid-project. Grants are $2,000 to $10,000. Must be a professional writer (minimum of two books published) facing an unforeseen financial need. Must be working on a project. 

https://www.writerstrust.com/programs/woodcock-fund-grant/

.


Jentel Residencies

Residents are responsible for transportation to and from Sheridan, Wyoming, and for transporting or shipping personal items, materials, and equipment needed for creative work. As part of the residency award, a $400 stipend helps to defray some of these expenses.

 http://jentelarts.org/applicants/



WRITING CONTESTS


Nine Dots Prize

Theme: What does it mean to be young in an aging world? The Nine Dots Prize encourages innovative thinking and engaging new writing. Entrants must respond to the set question in 3,000 words & provide an outline showing how they would expand their response into a short book. Prize US$100,000!

No Entry Fee. Deadline Jan 18

https://ninedotsprize.org/


.

Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition

€500 cash prize. Open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Theme: ‘Memories’, a maximum of 1,500 words. 

€10 Entry Fee. Deadline April 30

https://anthology-magazine.com/short-story/


.

2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

At £30,000 - the world's richest - is open for entries.

The award, for a story of 6,000 words or less, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland. Deadline Dec 4

https://shortstoryaward.co.uk/awards/2021/



FREELANCE WRITING


USA TODAY Newspaper

The Opinion section publishes analysis, argument, and essays on a wide variety of subjects. 550 to 750 words @ 50c/published word.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/12/04/submit-letters-columns-and-comment-social/2608825001/


.

NationSwell 

Looking for freelance writers to tell impactful meaningful solutions stories between 800-1,500 words. We take both video and written pieces. Pay is $0.50-.065/word depending on experience and subject matter. 

https://nationswell.com/careers/#pitch

.


Freelance Writing for Entrepreneur.com

Pieces typically run about 700-1,000 words. More expansive pieces that run over 1,500 words are welcome and will do better in search. Please use more than one example of a good company doing good things to illustrate your point (avoid any press-release-type promotion of one business that reads like ad content). Pay is around $1 per word.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/page/276150?_ga=2.74604242.1737486101.1537834177-1865186819.1537834177


.

PUBLISHING TIPS

17 Bestseller Tips – from Trade Publishers Copied

If you ever see Marketing and Advertising from traditional publishers, it’s for their Bestseller authors only, such as "Advance Book Reviews", posted on their book’s cover, Book Tours and Signings of celebrity authors, media coverage including reviews, speaking engagements, and placing at major bookstores who report to Bestseller lists.  How can author-publishers use the methods of global trade publishers to promote their self-published books?  

https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/17-bestseller-tips-from-trade-publishers/



Aim Top Reviewers on Amazon

Top Customer Reviewers are a promise for well-written, meaningful and thorough reviews for your book. Receiving a positive review from one of Amazon’s top customer reviewers is a great endorsement and credibility for your book. However, it is tough to catch this group’s attention. But the rewards are often worth the extra effort. As with book bloggers, take the time to build a connection with these reviewers prior to pitching them, and it will increase your chances of getting reviewed.


Do they have a blog where they post their reviews? How do they review other books in your genre? Check out the “Customers Also Bought Items By” section on the right. This section provides a list of authors whose topic or genre is similar to your own.  You can also find reviewers on Amazon’s top reviewer site

http://www.amazon.com/review/top-reviewers - however, to reach those who review your genre, chances are better at bestseller reviews that are recommended in your book category.


Clicking on an author's name will bring you to their author page, which will include a listing of their books and the customer reviews page. When you click on the name of a reviewer you can find the reviewer’s Amazon profile. Look for their contact info, such as an email address social media link, or a link to their website (not always provided). Follow them on social media and study their submission guidelines - as you should do with every book reviewer, before sending a pitch.


.

Have a great day, a productive rest of the month, and a fantastic Thanksgiving.


All the best, Doris



Books by Doris-Maria Heilmann:


"To the TOP" With Smart Free Marketing

a business guide for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08957T6XN/

At B&N, Apple, Kobo & dozens of other retailers via the universal link: https://books2read.com/u/mqv8Z1


111 Tips to Create Impressive Videos:

How to Plan, Create, Upload and Market Videos 

https://www.books2read.com/u/3GYnpa


111 Tips To Make Money With Writing

The Art of Making a Living Full-time Writing

An Essential Guide for More Income as Freelancer 

https://books2read.com/u/bWZMjz


111 Tips on How to Market Your Book for Free:

Detailed Plans and Smart Strategies for Your Book’s Success  

https://books2read.com/u/bMre1a


111 Tips to Get Free Book Reviews:

Best Strategies for Getting Lots of Great Reviews  

plus 1,200+ reviewer contact links 
https://books2read.com/u/mZ5nx5 


111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer

How to Create, Where to Upload, and How to Market Your Videos  

https://books2read.com/u/mVZkjr


Book Marketing on a Shoestring:

How Authors Can Promote their Books Without Spending a Lot of Money 
https://books2read.com/u/mZ5gdp




Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Kristine Rush’s Sound Advice in These Trying Times




Kristine Kathryn Rush's advice that applies not just to a freelance business or a commercial enterprise, but also to households:

At a minimum, draw up an income and expense sheet.
  • Predict how that sheet will look a month from now.
  • Predict how it will look six months from now.
  • Predict how it will look a year from now.
  • Predict how it will look five years from now.
Review those sheets every two weeks. Make changes as needed.

Businesses (and households) that have those sheets will do better economically than businesses that don’t have those sheets. That small bit of information and prediction will allow the business to remain nimble.

In addition, you need other things:
  • A plan for a bad scenario (losing your best client, for example, or your job).
  • A plan for a good scenario (getting additional income, which might result in more work).
  • A plan for a great scenario (more work than you can handle—which can be dangerous to an unprepared business).
  • A plan for the worst-case scenario (loss of a key employee, loss of a year’s worth of revenue like many arts venues are facing right now, and more).
If you do these things, you’ll be better off than people who don’t do them. You won’t scramble when the bad things happen. You’ll have a possible solution, which will give you something to start with.

You’ll find similar advice in "The Freelancer’s Survival Guide". You’ll also find advice like it in business blogs and articles across the web.  The one thing you won’t find, though, is this:

Learn how to pivot.  Sometimes I call that being nimble.  But it’s more than that.  At least you’ll have a game plan to haul out should the going get rough (or get worse).

Read the helpful article here:
https://kriswrites.com/2020/08/26/business-musings-pivot/

.
<><><><><>








Saturday, October 17, 2020

Writers: Lots of Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes for YOU

Amazing how many opportunities for writers and artists are out there at the moment.  Maybe the largest numbers we have seen in months...  Apply today!

 

Typewriter

Vancouver Writers-in-Residence
The Vancouver Public Library is seeking two Writers in Residence in order to highlight the importance of Canadian writing and creativity. In 2021 the library will host a Summer Residency and a Fall Residency.  Deadline Oct 29.
http://www.vpl.ca/writer

.
Oregon Literary Fellowships
These Fellowships are intended to help Oregon writers initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama (including scripts for television and film), and young readers literature. Literary Arts will award nine fellowships in the amount of $3,500. One of these fellowships is specifically for a writer of color.  Deadline Oct 30
https://literary-arts.org/2021-oregon-literary-fellowship-guidelines/
.
Vancouver Indigenous Storyteller in Residence
The Indigenous Storyteller in Residence will develop and lead exciting public events that promote intercultural understanding and story sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. They will support and provide advice to community members and aspiring storytellers through one-on-one consultations and group workshops. Contract terms: $17,000 for four months of full-time activity ($4,250 per month on a self-employed basis).
http://www.vpl.ca/storyteller

Jack Straw Writers Program
In its 25th year of the Jack Straw Writers Program, it has included more than 275 writers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond who represent a diverse range of literary genres.  Deadline Nov 2

https://jackstraw.submittable.com/submit/90532/jack-straw-writers-program
.
Shearing Fellowship
Visiting fellows will join a community of creative writers and scholars in a thriving literary scene in Las Vegas and on the campus of UNLV. For emerging & distinguished writers who have published at least one book with a trade or literary press, this fellowship includes a stipend of $20,000 paid over a 4-month period, eligibility for health coverage, free housing in the bustling district of downtown Las Vegas.
https://blackmountaininstitute.org/fellowships/apply/
.

The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction
Open to novels and short story collections first published in the UK or Ireland in the calendar year 2020. Fiction that explores ideas and issues, political themes, dilemmas, and injustices through imagined narratives. Prize: £3,000.00.
Deadline: Oct 30
https://www.orwellfoundation.com/the-orwell-prizes/2021-prizes/rules/

Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship
Open to fiction writers aged 21+ who have not yet published a book and have never been enrolled in an MFA program. The writer must not have a book under contract with an agent and/or publisher at the time of application. Prize: Free tuition for all of One Story's online classes and programming, a travel stipend of $2,000, and tuition to attend a week-long summer writers' conference in Brooklyn.   Deadline: Oct 30

https://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=fellowship

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
is the most prestigious literary award in the US. The authors must be living in American citizens. Self-published works not accepted. Genres: Novels, novellas, and collections of short stories. Prize: $15,000. Deadline: Oct 31
http://www.penfaulkner.org/award-for-fiction/submission-guidelines/

.
McLitterick Prize
Open to authors over age 40 on December 31, 2020. The work must have been first published in the UK in the year in which the deadline falls (and not first published abroad), or be unpublished. Prize: £4,000.00.  Deadline: Oct 31
McKitterick Prize
.
The Barbellion Prize
The prize is awarded annually to an author whose work has best spoken of the experience of chronic illness or disability. The awarded work can be of any genre in fiction, memoir, biography, poetry, or critical nonfiction from around the world - whether it is in English, in translation, traditionally published, or self-published. Prize £600. No entry fee.  Deadline Oct 31
https://www.thebarbellionprize.com/
.
Otherwise Award Fellowships
$500 grants for emerging creators who are changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative. If you think that description could apply to you, even if you are not working in a format most people would recognize as the science fiction or fantasy genre, you are eligible to apply for a Fellowship.  Deadline Oct 31

https://otherwiseaward.org/otherwise-fellowships/how-to-apply
.
Jack Straw Artist Residency Programs for Musicians
An accessible building in Seattle's University District - houses two recording studios, a New Media Gallery, and other exhibition spaces. Residents in the Artist Support Program have access to the studios, as well as the potential to borrow equipment for remote recording.  Deadline Nov 1
http://www.jackstraw.org/programs/asp/Residency_Programs_FAQs.shtml


The Gotham Book Prize
Awarded once a year to the best book (works of fiction and nonfiction are eligible) published that calendar year that either is about New York City or takes place in New York City. The winner will receive $50,000.   No Entry Fee. Deadline Nov 1
https://www.gothambookprize.org/

Quarterly West
The winners will each receive $1,000 and publication in Issue 102 of Quarterly West. To enter, please submit up to three poems or a prose piece (i.e., fiction, nonfiction, or any hybridization therein) through Submittable. Up to three poems per entry, no more than eight pages. Send one longer piece of prose or up to three pieces of flash prose (1,000 words or less) per entry.
$10 Entry fee. Deadline Nov 2

https://www.quarterlywest.com/submit

2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award
At £30,000 - the world's richest - is open for entries.
The award, for a story of 6,000 words or less, is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland.  Deadline Dec 4
https://shortstoryaward.co.uk/awards/2021/

.

Best of luck!  Always remember: if you don't apply you cannot get any of these benefits!

 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Is There a Light at the End of the Tunnel?


Passenger numbers in international air traffic have fallen by 92 percent in the last eight months compared to 2019.  According to the International Air Transport Association IATA, one of the reasons for this is that quarantine measures make travel impractical and the frequent changes to Covid-19 measures make planning impossible.

"The key to restoring cross-border mobility is systematic Covid-19 testing of all travelers before departure.  After IATA boss Alexandre de Juniac called for COVID tests for all passengers before departure, some airlines are getting serious about this issue immediately. Lufthansa manager Björn Becker explained to Reuters that LH is considering the use of rapid tests as early as October.

The Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines also wants to use such tests.  The Austrian Airlines spokeswoman Tanja Gruber confirmed and specified these plans: "The introduction should take place as soon as possible.  However, we are currently not able to give an exact date.  In the mentioned project we are checking the organizational sequence of the process. As soon as more details are available here, we will inform accordingly". 

As far as financing is concerned, one would like to see a "nationwide solution which is also taken over by the authorities", according to the Austrian spokeswoman.

A whole range of antigen tests is currently being launched on the market, which should at least partially replace the more expensive and more complex PCR tests, at least as screening tests.  They deliver the results within minutes and are also significantly cheaper than PCR.

.

<><><><><>

TO LIVE IS TO FLY: 

Memoirs of an Executive Pilot in Europe

from VIP Passengers to Emergency Flights 

https://www.amazon.de/dp/1988664349

https://books2read.com/u/mKYpGd

https://www.thalia.de/shop/home/suggestartikel/ID142447093.html


TRAUMBERUF PILOT? 

Piloten Ausbildung, Jobsuche und Berufsalltag

(in deutscher Sprache - print & ebook)

https://www.amazon.de/dp/1988664330

https://books2read.com/u/4DoxPr

https://www.thalia.de/shop/home/artikeldetails/ID81994834.html

.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Glimpse Into the New La Guardia, NYC, Airport




An amazing transformation from the old La Guardia airport to the new large-scale and spacious, almost posh ones happened during the last years. Enjoy these videos of the (almost) finished transformation - starting with new Terminal B:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh1T0dX7Nek&feature=emb_title

https://thepointsguy.com/news/laguardia-airport-video-tour


I Vividly Remember How I Once Experienced La Guardia:

One of the most memorable flights I ever had was during the ’90s into La Guardia: The sun was almost setting on a November afternoon and wrapped New Yorks’ skyscrapers into a warm, golden color.  The city buildings almost seemed to glow. It was such a fascinating, almost unreal light, that I totally forgot to grab my camera, and just stared at this amazing scene. 

However, after we landed, it became less comfortable: Hordes of strange men bombarded passengers with their offers of cheap taxi rides (certainly illegal cabs), some even offered drugs and whatever…  For a single female passenger it was frightening, and I tried to find a security person - but no luck.  Finally, short before the airport buildings exit I approached a uniformed lady and asked her, how these guys could enter the inner arrival building without a ticket.  She just flinched her shoulders. 

I got out of the La Guardia building, towards my hotel, and when I turned around, 
I saw a perfect architectural example of an art deco airport building facade. 

Entering my expensive airport hotel, I was disgusted and even a bit scared.  Hallways and rooms seemed to be from the fifties, outdated and filthy.  The lighting in the halls was insufficient, and my door lock not working.  I pushed a small book underneath the door and placed my two heavy suitcases onto the entrance door.  I wished I would have taken my shuttle already this night.

Wikipedia Wrote About La Guardia:

Terminal A, also known as the Marine Air Terminal (MAT), was the airport's original terminal for overseas flights.  The waterside terminal was designed to serve the fleet of flying boats, or Clippers, of Pan American Airways, America's main international airline throughout the 1930s and 1940s.  When a Clipper landed in Long Island Sound, it taxied to a dock where passengers could disembark into the terminal. 

Flying boats stopped carrying scheduled passengers out of New York after 1947.  The last Pan American flight left the terminal in February 1952, bound for Bermuda.

Airplane Shuttle to Boston

I had booked one of these hourly shuttles that were offering at least once an hour (or when the plan was full) a trip to Boston, among other cities.  They had an impressive service: Free breakfast including cappuccino, croissants, sausage wraps, and freshly squeezed orange juice, at the departure terminal, and small snacks in the air, plus free, posh magazines as much as one could carry to the plane.  Later I learned that I had flown in one of Trump’s shuttle airplanes. Grrr…


Ferry Service Into Manhatten

I also had read about a ferry service from the airport (which is situated next to the East River) into Manhattan.  I would have loved to take it, but as I had arrived late and needed to fly to Boston early the next morning, I postponed the trip. 

These days, the combination of extensive construction at the airport and a few stalled vehicles made morning and evening rush hours infuriating for thousands — including area residents just looking to get to work.

A ferry terminal was originally included in the $4 billion airport reconstruction plan — announced by Gov. Cuomo and then-Vice President Joe Biden in 2015.  But that aspect of it has seemingly fallen by the wayside.

Now, the Port Authority official acknowledged that interest in waterborne service has risen. Four new East River ferry lines launched earlier this year and have seen much higher than expected ridership - certainly to the addition to the AirTrain. 

However, there is no reason for the Port of NY Authority to create its own ferry service.  The city already operates a working ferry system.  They only need to step up and pay the subsidy required to operate a route to LaGuardia, and another one to JFK.

.

<><><><><>


.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Great 5-Star Reviews for "To the TOP"

Publishing businesses, entrepreneurs, and all kinds of start-ups who ask: "How can I market my books or other products, and services I offer, without incurring costs?"  Answers to this question: the business guide "To the TOP"
.


.
Read What Reviewers Say About "To the TOP"


Lesley Jones wrote:
In recent years, having an online presence for your business will make the difference between growth and stagnancy. But can you really build your business with little or no marketing experience and budget? Using the techniques throughout “To the TOP” by Doris-Maria Heilmann, you will learn how to build a marketing strategy for your business that will outshine your competition. Discover what are the attention-grabbing headlines that make the customer purchase and what you can do to grow a loyal customer community that builds you an evergreen income. 

By applying these proven strategies, you will uncover the numerous marketing platforms that other businesses have not yet discovered. Become the go-to person in your chosen field and discover how you can turn your knowledge into a recurring income while you sleep. With over thirty years in publishing and marketing, Doris-Maria Heilmann shares her detailed marketing blueprint that will turn your business into a professional-looking brand and bring amazing results no matter what your budget or marketing background. 

To the TOP by Doris-Maria Heilmann is a great resource for anyone who is struggling to grow their business. The techniques and ideas throughout gave clarity to many areas of marketing that I have avoided because they seemed too complex. In particular, I gained a lot of knowledge on Google ad words and SEO marketing. I loved that a chapter was given to each of the social media outlets, and I was amazed at how the marketing techniques differ on each of the platforms. 

The in-depth analysis of customer psychology was also fascinating and this can help greatly in building a loyal customer base that will return to you time and time again. Using the numerous marketing angles in this guide will most definitely grow your business organically, while at the same time lift your business above the competition. I have also discovered how to overcome the most common pitfalls by implementing very clever marketing strategies. This is an essential guide for anyone whose physical or online business is struggling to elevate to the next level.




Christian Sia 
To the TOP: With Smart Free Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed by Doris-Maria Heilmann is a compelling and content-rich marketing book for entrepreneurs and small businesses. In this book, the author shows readers and small business owners how to reach their target audience, get more customers, and grow their business — for free. No matter how good a product or service is, it won’t make a company grow without customers. So how do you get those customers and make them want to buy and recommend your products and services? The book answers this crucial question and provides valuable information and a strategy for growth and success in a competitive market environment.

In To the TOP, Doris-Maria Heilmann provides a cutting-edge guide on how to use customer service to boost a positive corporate culture, explains the power of video marketing, sweepstakes, podcasts, and email marketing and how to do them the right way, presents content marketing as a powerful tool to reach and win customers, shows how to use social media to advertise and reach new customers and a lot more. 

This book lays out a strategy for growth and tips that can help any business step up their game and expand quickly. What I particularly loved about is how the author talks about the power of a network. It is a secret tool that big brands have used to grow and To the TOP shows how to do it right. The writing is simple, down-to-earth, and easy-to-understand. If you want to know what you need to grow your business, then read this book.

.

.

Latest 5-Star Review for “To the Top” by Rabia Tanveer 

To the TOP: With Smart Free Marketing for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed by Doris-Maria Heilmann is a self-help book on how you can boost your business with networking and content marketing.  Most new entrepreneurs don’t know that their marketing strategies are more important and beneficial for their business than an advertisement campaign. 

The author shares tips for new business owners; how content marketing is great for business, how blogging, newsletters, podcasting, video making, social media marketing, and good customer service are a great way for any business to grow organically. 

The author educates readers on low-cost ways through which they can boost their business and receive long term results.  A perfect guide for promoting a business, "To the TOP" will support your business and give you insight into some of the best promotional strategies that can benefit your business. 

As a person who works in a marketing firm with a decade of experience, I stand by everything the author has suggested in “To the TOP”.  Your content marketing strategy can do wonders for your business and promote it at a level that reaches your audience more than any paid promotion. 

Doris-Maria Heilmann has done an incredible job of making sure the ideas she shares are easy to understand.  She doesn’t make anything too complicated and keeps the technical jargon minimal so that everyone can get the maximum information out of this guide.  The narrative flows easily, which is why reading this book is a pleasurable experience. 

It is resourceful, educational, and incredibly rich with useful information.


 
<><><><><>

.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Publishing Newsletter: How to Overcome Adversity

by 111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters

Maple-Leafs
.

Content:
- WRITER’S RESIDENCIES
- FREELANCE WRITING
- WRITING CONTESTS
- WRITER'S RELIEF FUNDS
.
Hello friends, I hope your summer has been filled with lots of reading and lots of sunshine. In many ancient cultures, the month of September was the beginning of a new year - new beginnings.
See here where next year's writing vacation could bring you, which freelance writing opportunities are out there, learn about writing contests, and even what writer’s relief grants are offered in these often trying times.
 
FREE WRITER’S RESIDENCIES:
.
Elsewhere Studios The Residency Program provides space and time for artists & writers.  We have set subsidized residency fees between $600 and $850 (depending on space).  March 1, 2021
.
Jentel Arts Residencies One month-long residency taking place January 15th – May 13th.  Any visual artist or writer over 25 currently residing in the United States or any US citizen living abroad is eligible.  Each resident receives a $400 stipend. The cozy and comfortable writer studios have Wifi access.  Location Banner, Wyoming.  Deadline September 15
.
The Siena Art Institute’s 2021 Summer Residency Program 
One month in the beautiful historic city of Siena, Tuscany, Italy, grants resident artists a studio space at the Siena Art Institute and a private one-bedroom apartment in the historic city center, as well as airfare.  Deadline Sept 30
.
Monson Arts’ Residency Program
Support for emerging & established artists & writers. During each of our 2-week & 4-week programs, 5 artists & 5 writers are invited to Maine’s North Woods.  Get a private studio, all meals & a $1,000 stipend.  Deadline Sept 15
FREELANCE WRITING: Shenandoah
Short stories and creative nonfiction (essays, memoir, etc.) should be under 8,000 words. Novel excerpts under 8,000 words will be considered with great enthusiasm.  Pays ten cents per word up to $500.  Deadline Aug 31
.
Smarter Travel
They accept multi-page slideshows and both short- and feature-length stories on a range of consumer travel topics, including booking strategies, saving money, avoiding scams, packing tips, best places to go, travel tech, travel trends, and travel tips that represent all kinds of travelers and travel experiences.  Payment: $500 for long-form articles and multi-page slideshows, and $100 to $250 for shorter posts.
.
Write for Colorado Life 
Colorado Life Magazine is a magazine that explores Colorado.  We are Colorado’s only statewide general-interest magazine.  From the prairies to the mountains to the western slope, we take our readers on unforgettable trips through the Centennial State.  Pays ca. $0.25/word.
.
Authorpreneur 
This issue will focus on how to be a career author, from planning your writing products to managing your list.  From taking care of your health and wellbeing to becoming a speaker and coach, from creating a sales funnel to earning passive income, and more.  Publication date: January 2021.  Deadline for queries: September 15
.
Wanderful
The magazine is committed to high-quality, interesting, and useful content to women travelers, conversations related to feminism, women’s safety and violence against women, issues concerning women’s bodies, and other subjects.  Payment $50 per article
.
Chatelaine The woman magazine is organized into five sections: Style and Beauty, Home, Health, Life & Food.  Feature articles are social issues, controversies, culture, crime, etc., while the Health section covers the latest news & studies, gives fitness & workout tips, and explores hot-button issues.  Pay is $1/word.  Pitch your idea first
.
WOW - Women on Writing 
Open to general queries, as long as it relates to the craft of writing and publishing.  All articles must have takeaway value for fellow writers."  Pays $50 - $75
.
Common Ground
Articles of 600 to 1,500 words will be accepted.  Articles can be enhanced with a compelling photo or graphic.  They pay 10c/word.  Common Ground is Western Canada’s biggest & best-loved monthly magazine dedicated to health, wellness, ecology, and personal growth.
https://commonground.ca/contributors-guidelines/
.
Lake Superior Magazine
The Magazine features generally paying $200 to $400.  Top dollar is earned by a well-written and researched manuscript-photo package.  Lake Superior Magazine is a bi-monthly full-color consumer magazine that focuses exclusively on the Lake Superior region – history, current events, lifestyles, environment, tourism. https://www.lakesuperior.com/aboutus/submission-guidelines/editorial-guidelines/

.
WRITING CONTESTS:
.
Writers Digest Personal Essay Awards
Grand prize $2,500, publication in Writer's Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the Writer's Digest Annual Conference.  Second prize receives $1,000 and publication.  Limit 2,000 words.  $25 Entry Fee.  Deadline Sept 15
.
The QueryLetter Writing Contest
Prize: $500 top prize for a back cover blurb of 100 words or fewer that sets the stage for a novel, establishes the characters, and raises the stakes in a way that makes readers want to find out more.  Prize: $500 top prize.  Deadline: Sept 15
.
Bodley Head/Financial Times Essay Prize 
Open to anyone between 18 - 35 years old.  "A dynamic, authoritative, and lively essay of no more than 3,500 words in English, on any subject."  Prize: £1,500 cash and an e-publication with The Bodley Head & publication in the Financial Times.  Deadline Sept 24
.
Victoria BC Literary Festival Writing Competition
Short story: 1500 words, taking into consideration the theme of the 2019 VLF festival: Hats Off.  Prize: First prize will receive 350 CDN$.  Deadline Sept 30
.
Chicken Soup for the Soul 
Stories about Self-care and Me Time.  Genre: True stories. Payment: $200. “We are looking for your stories about how you neglected your self-care and then how you realized its importance and so you now engage in it."  Deadline: Sept 30
.
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and publication.  The 2nd-3rd-place winners will receive $500 each.  Stories must be original unpublished fiction, max 3,500 words.  Open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more.  $15 Entry.  Deadline Sept. 30
.
Zoetrope Short Story Prize
First prize: $1,000.  Second prize: $500.  Third Prize: $250.  The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by several Literary Agencies.  All genres of literary fiction.  Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or fewer.  $30 Entry Fee.  Deadline Oct 1
https://www.zoetrope.com/contests/stories-2020/
.
Larry Brown Short Story Award
The winners will receive the following prizes: first $500, second $50, third $50, and fourth and fifth will receive a copy of the book Tiny Love: The Complete Stories by Larry Brown. Each prize winner will be published in the January 2021 issue of Pithead Chapel.  The submitted story must be less than 4,000 words.  $10 Entry Fee.  Deadline Oct 31
https://pitheadchapel.com/larrybrown
.
John Steinbeck Award for Fiction
Aesthetically, we are open to most styles and approaches, including experimental and literary.  All works should be stand-alone short stories, not chapters of a longer work. Please limit prose submissions to 5,000 words. $1,000 for the winning story.  $20 Entry Fee.  Deadline Nov 1
https://www.reedmag.org/john-steinbeck-award-for-fiction
 
.
RELIEF GRANTS:
.

.
Running out of resources?  Please, don’t despair.  Read this ebook how small (publishing) businesses or startups can use free marketing to grow their customers: 
"To the TOP"
Reviewer Analysis: The in-depth analysis of customer psychology was also fascinating and this can help greatly in building a loyal customer base that will return to you time and time again.
Also available at B&N, Apple, Kobo & dozens of other retailers via the universal link:
.
CERF and Relief Grant
Residents or work in the U.S. or U.S. Territories for the last two years?  CERF+ is launching the COVID-19 Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances from the COVID-19 crisis.  It will provide a one-time $1,000 grant to meet urgent food, housing, and health insecurities.  Deadline Sept 9.
Virtual Mini-Lesson Grants for Arizona Artists
Artists will be compensated $500 to produce one mini-lesson video, with the opportunity to produce up to three for a total of $1,500, plus an additional $125 stipend to attend virtual training.  Deadline Sept 10
.
Cullman Center Fellowships
They award up to 15 fellowships a year to outstanding scholars and writers— Foreign nationals conversant in English are also welcomed.  Award: A stipend of up to $70,000, an office, a computer, and full access to the Library's physical and electronic resources.  Deadline: Sept 25
.
Arts Council England Project Grants
Project Grants is open to anyone who needs funding for an arts, museums, or libraries project that shows public benefit.  Updated guidance to support more individuals and creative practitioners during the Covid-19.
https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news-and-announcements/NLPG-whats-new
.
StARTS Short-Term Artists Residencies - Illinois
The StARTS Program provides support of up to $4,500 to eligible Illinois not-for-profit organizations, schools, and school districts for short term residencies.  This is an open deadline program.  Applications must be received no less than eight weeks before the project start date as identified in the application.
https://arts.illinois.gov/starts-program-short-term-artists-residencies
.
Arizona Research and Development Grants
R&D Grants provide funding support to Arizona artists as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons, and deepen the impact of their work. Applicants may request from $3,000 - max. $5,000.  Deadline Oct 15
.
Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism Grants
Foundation grants give professional journalists the funding they need to cover issues of national and international importance with insight and integrity and help others refresh their skill sets or prepare for new careers in journalism.  Grants range from $5,000 to $7,500.  Grants requests must be submitted in writing by April 30 for consideration during the year’s first grants period and by Sept. 15 for second-half consideration.
.
Enjoy a long, relaxing Labor Day weekend, full of good books!
 
<><><><><>

More Books by Doris-Maria Heilmann:
.
Audiobooks for Success
Valuable guide book for authors, audiobook publishers, narrators, voice-over artists, and audiobook listeners. Learn how to create, produce, publish, and market your audiobooks.
.
111 Tips to Create Impressive Videos: How to Plan, Create, Upload and Market Videos https://www.books2read.com/u/3GYnpa
.
111 Tips To Make (More) Money With Writing The Art of Making a Living Full-time Writing – An Essential Guide for More Income as Freelancer https://books2read.com/u/bWZMjz
.
111 Tips on How to Market Your Book for Free: Detailed Plans and Smart Strategies for Your Book’s Success
https://books2read.com/u/bMre1a
.
111 Tips to Get Free Book Reviews: Best Strategies for Getting Lots of Great Reviews plus 1,200+ reviewer contact links
https://books2read.com/u/mZ5nx5
.
111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer How to Create, Where to Upload and How to Market Your Videos
https://books2read.com/u/mVZkjr
.
Book Marketing on a Shoestring: How Authors Can Promote their Books Without Spending a Lot of Money
https://books2read.com/u/mZ5gdp
.

Hello Friends, visit my Author Page for all books here too:
.