Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mobile Marketing & Mobile App Development for Authors

You can do a lot more with your mobile phone than just talk and text. With thousands of apps for Android and BlackBerry smartphones, and even basic mobile phones.

Innovative platform is a simple & inexpensive way for any author to build and manage their own app. Why do you need an iPhone and Android app? To sell your books, promote your tour, share resources with readers, and to engage your fans on a personal level. Sound good?

App Inventor for Android: - Step by step instruction to create apps for Android phones.

Book Marketing Network mobile website: - Access this social network with 6,000 book authors via your cellphone.

DotMobi: - Provides tips & resources for designing & testing websites designed for use w/cellphones & web-ready mobile phones.

iPhone Stimulator: - To see how your mobile website or app will work on an iPhone (from your home computer), simply go to or, better yet, simply add your mobile website URL to the end of the .com. Easy to use, and very effective.

Mobi Ready: - This website offers a free report that scores your mobile website (1 to 5). Provides an in-depth analysis of pages to determine how well your site performs on a mobile device.

Friday, January 14, 2011


Green Education Foundation (GEF) is seeking experienced and
talented science writers to complete online text resource for
a national 11th/12th grade hybrid online course in green building.
GEF is launching its Green Building Course in partnership with
the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) and in alignment with
its LEED certification process. Write content for virtual text,
which integrates a focus on green building and is aligned with
the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) guidelines. Revise and
edit previously developed content to meet standards outlined by
project manager. GEF is currently seeking writers who have the
knowledge and expertise to focus on the following areas:

Materials and Resources
Sustainable Sites and Landscape
Environmental Quality

Important Dates in February

February 1 — National Baked Alaska Day
February 1 - Robinson Crusoe Day
February 1 — Serpent Day
February 1 - Women's Heart Health Day
February 2 - Bonza Bottler (2-2) Day
February 2 - Groundhog Job Shadow Day
February 2 — Home-Baked California Kiwi Fruit Day
February 2 - Brew Hog Day
February 2 - National Heavenly Hash Day
February 3 - Dump Your Significant Jerk Day
February 3 — National Carrot Cake Day
February 3 — National Men's Grooming Day
February 4 - African American Coaches Day
February 4 — Create a Vacuum Day
February 4 - National Girls & Women in Sports Day
February 4 — National Stuffed Mushroom Day
February 5 — Disaster Day
February 5 - More Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, PA Day
February 5 - Weatherman's (Weatherperson's) Day
February 5 - National Chocolate Fondue Day
February 6 — National Frozen Yogurt Day
February 6 - Pay A Compliment Day
February 6 - Wear Red Day
February 7 — Charles Dickens Day
February 7 — Love Your Robot Day
February 7 — National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
February 7 - Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor's Day
February 8 - Boy Scout Anniversary Day
February 8 — Kite Flying Day
February 8 - Laugh and Get Rich Day
February 8 - Man Day
February 8 - World Marriage Day
February 8 - National Molasses Bar Day
February 9 — National Bagels and Lox Day
February 9 - National DAV (Develop Alternative Vices) Day
February 9 — Toothache Day
February 10 - Leadership Success Day
February 10 - Plimsoll Day
February 10 — Umbrella Day
February 10 - National Cream Cheese Brownie Day
February 11 - Be Electrific Day
February 11 — Don't Cry Over Spilt Milk Day
February 11 — National Inventor's Day
February 11 - National Shut-in Visitation Day
February 11 - Satisfied Staying Single Day
February 11 — White T-Shirt Day
February 11 - National Peppermint Patty Day
February 12 - Darwin Day
February 12 — Home-Baked Pancake Day
February 12 - National Lost Penny Day
February 12 — National Plum Pudding Day
February 12 - Oglethorpe Day
February 13 - Black Love Day
February 13 - Get A Different Name Day
February 13 - Blame Someone Else Day
February 13 - International Skeptics Day
February 13 — National Tortini Day
February 14 - Congential Heart Defect Awareness Day
February 14 - Ferris Wheel Day
February 14 - National Have A Heart Day
February 14 - Pre- Will Hayes Movie Day
February 14 - Quirky Alone Day
February 14 - Race Relations Day
February 14 - Romance & Remembrance Day
February 14 - National Cream Filled Chocolates Day
February 15 — National Gum Drop Day
February 15 — National Sea Monkey Day
February 15 - Susan B Anthony Day
February 16 — Do a Grouch a Favor Day
February 16 — National Almond Day
February 17 — Championship Crab Races Day
February 17 - My Way Day
February 17 — What Shall I Be? Day
February 17 - World Human Spirit Day
February 17 - National Cafe Au Lait Day
February 18 — National Battery Day
February 18 — National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day
February 19 — National Chocolate Mint Day
February 20 — Harry Potter Day
February 20 — National Cherry Pie Day
February 20 - Northen Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day
February 21 - International Mother Language Day
February 21 — National Sticky Bun Day
February 22 — Be Humble Day
February 22 - For the Love of Mike Day
February 22 - Joe Cain Procession Day
February 22 - National Margarita Day
February 23 - Curling is Cool Day
February 23 — International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
February 23 — National Banana Bread Day
February 24 - International Pancake Day
February 24 — National Tortilla Chip Day
February 24 - Paczki Day
February 24 - Spay Day USA
February 24 - National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day
February 26 - For Pete's Sake Day
February 26 - Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day
February 26 — National "For Pete's Sake" Day
February 26 — National Pistachio Day
February 27 — International Pancake Day
February 27 — International Polar Bear Day
February 27 - National Kahlua Day
February 28 - Floral Design Day
February 28 — International Floral Design Day
February 28 — Public Sleeping Day
February 28 - National Chocolate Souffle Day
February 29 - Bachelor's Day
February 29 - National Surf and Turf Day

Weekly Dates to Remember

February 1-7 - International Coaching Week
February 1-7 - Publicity for Profit Week
February 1-7 - Willie Covan Loved to Dance Week
February 1-7 - Women's Heart Week
February 1-7 - Children's Authors and Illustrators Week
February 1-7 - Get Paid to Shop Week
February 1-7 - International Personal and Business Coaching Week
February 1-7 - National Consumer Protection Week
February 2-6 - National School Counseling Week
February 6 -14 - Sitter School Week
February 7-8 - Corvette Days
February 8-14 - Boy Scout Anniversary Week
February 8-14 - Cardiac Rehabilitation Week
February 8-14 - International Table Manners Week
February 8-14 - Jell-O Week
February 8-14 - National Family, Career & Community Leaders of America Week
February 9-15 - Celebration of Love Week
February 9-15 - International Flirting Week
February 9-15 - Freelance Writers Appreciation Week
February 13-15 - "Braveheart" Scotts Days
February 14-21- National Condom Awareness Week
February 15-21 - Build A Better Trade Show Image Week
February 15-21 - Heart Failure Awareness Week
February 16-22 - Live to Give Week
February 22-28 - International Friendship Week
February 22-28 - National Pancake Week
February 22-29 - National Eating Disorders Awareness Week
February 22-29 - National Engineers Week
February 21-28 - National FFA Week
February 17-23 - Nostalgia Week
February 21-23 - Second Honeymoon Weekend
February 29 - March 6 - Telecommuter Appreciation Week

January Monthly Observances:

Book Blitz Month
Bath Safety Month
Birth Defects Month
California Dried Plum Digestive Month
Celebration of Life Month
Cervical Cancer Screening Month
Financial Wellness Month
International Change Your Stars Month
International Creativity Month
International Quality of Life Month
International Wayfinding Month
International Wealth Mentality Month
National Be On-Purpose Month
National Bird Feeding Month
National Clean Up Your Computer Month
National Get Organized Month
National Glaucoma Awareness Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Mail Order Gardening Month
National Mentoring Month
National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month
National Poverty in America Awareness Month
National Radon Action Month
National Skating Month
National Soup Month
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
Oatmeal Month
Rising Star Month
Self-help Group Awareness Month
Shape Up US Month
Thyroid Awareness Month

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

One of my heroes is Teddy Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, a creative writer and a great man of letters and of action. Here is one of his famous quote for the new year:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

So let’s make 2011 a great year. Here are 4 starters:

1 - Be open to change as it is a constant as is your competition's resistance to it is probable.

2- Think BIG because BIG ideas have more potential but can be trimmed, small ones don't lend themselves to growth,

3 – Think WILD and Outside -the-Box otherwise you'll never get a BIG idea

4 - Don't talk about it ... do it!