Friday, December 28, 2007

How Do You Achieve Your Dreams?


“Every step I take brings me closer to the realization of my dreams."

This is the passage out of the new book by Judi Moreo called YOU ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH ACHIEVEMENT JOURNAL. I have the book and I am love love loving it. I can't wait to fill it out. But anyway, I am partaking of her virtual book tour and what I have to do is write about how I have achieved my dreams or how I am achieving them.

Of all the writing prompts I have ever gotten, this has to be the easiest because this year has been phenomenol for me, not to mention doing it as a boomer chick *grin*.

I have taken something that started from a phone call from a desperate author to help her promote her book and she would pay me MONEY for doing it into a booming virtual book tour business (we set a record in February with 13 or 14 authors going out).

Anyway, after I laughed my ass off because I'm not a publicist, I thought to myself, I kept thinking of what that money could buy (the greedy, poor little boomer chick that I am), so I took her up on her offer. I wasn't sure what she wanted me to do, only she wanted me to do for her book what I wrote about in an ebook I wrote called THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PROMOTING & SELLING YOUR SELF-PUBLISHED EBOOK. Even though it's basically for self-publishers, the rules of the game are outlined in black and white and can be used for any kind of book.

I'm not even sure what happened after that point, but I had heard about virtual book tours and I thought why not represent authors doing these as this is what I did for my ebook and it sold copies right well. But, it wasn't just virtual book tours, per say; I wanted to incorporate SEO and other marketing tools in with these tours so that they would have tremendous online exposure and so that people could find these authors' books on the first page of Google for their certain set of key search words.

I know, technical stuff, but this stuff is what makes Pump Up stand out from the others, not to mention the lower prices while not sacrificing quality.

I knew what I wanted to do with Pump Up, but I had no idea it would require so much work. I calculated how many hours I put into this and it's about 80 hours a week. Do I sleep? Well, not by much because there is just so much to do.

But...it's all about achieving dreams.

Before 2001, I never even touched a computer. I had typing skills, but the computer? Not on your life. My son stayed on it 24/7, and I could not understand how he could sit there that long without getting a headache.

Well, I learned and, no, I don't get headaches, lol, because it's all part of my business and the more I work at perfecting that business, the more money I make.

Achieving your dreams can mean different things to people and to me, right now, it's about taking an online business and making a success of it. And, not to mention, enjoying the hell out of it in the meantime.

So, yes, Judi, I'm achieving my dreams tenfold. I wish you luck on your virtual book tour in January and I'll see you on the tour circuit!

Incidentally, if you would like to know how her tour got started, visit my marketing blog at http://www.bookmarketingbuzz.wordpress.com/ and the whole story is there...it's quite interesting.

If you would like to be a part of Judi's tour, visit her tour page here!

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4 comments:

  1. It's always interesting to learn how someone takes a simple idea and turns it into a success!

    Good luck and God's Blessings!!

    Pamela S Thibodeaux
    "Inspirational with an Edge!"

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  2. It's been fun to see all you've achieved this year, Dorothy. I'm proud of you for taking a new idea and running with it to success.

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  3. Thanks, Pamela...I believe in creating your own luck, working hard and believing in yourself and trusting your instincts. ;o)

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  4. Thank you, Mary Emma! It's been a great ride and I hope the ride never ends. ;o)

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