Seneca Falls, NY is the home of the Women's Rights National Historical Park. Since this month, March, is National Women's History Month, and March 8th was International Women's Day, it only seems fitting to do a post on Seneca Falls and the Women's Rights National Historical Park. After all, I live only 45 minutes away.
There are many writers out there with stars in their eyes-- looking to self-publishing as the holy grail. I talk to many of them on a weekly basis; both locally in Rochester, NY, which is the print-on-demand hub of the world, and online, through email, or my blog at A-ha! These are writers who have a story to tell and who know they probably won't make it through the filtering process at a big publishing house. Or, they've tried that route and been burned.
A girl-friend recently mentioned a book on marketing she was reading-- a book she recommended I get my hands on since it offered a new approach, according to her. She told me a little bit about it, in reference to a project we were thinking of working on together, so...I did what anyone would do: I clicked over to Amazon to see what the fuss was all about.
A fun, happy, wondrous book, the sub-title gives it away, "How to have Fun with 860,341,500 words." Author Brandreth calls himself a "word freak" in an attempt to explain why he wrote this book, but, really now, we can't leave that alone. Wordsmith is more appropriate, being this is a new millennium, and all. Perhaps in his day people who played with words were freaks. One can only wonder.
A few months ago I printed off a report from Diversity Inc. titled, "What's Appropriate for Women to Say at Work?" The answer was: only PG rated stuff.
I just returned from the New Communications Forum: Blog University held in Napa Valley last week. The conference lived up to its hype-- it was international, it was educational, and it was fun.
Some entrepreneurs start out being too shy to entertain a worldwide view of their company. They limit marketing to their own "backyard." In their own backyard they can see if their products and services will fly, without losing too much face. But, eventually, they know they need to get out into the real world and see what the folks out there think. That means pressing some palms, greeting some strangers, joining business groups, and networking groups, and getting noticed.
What do Ray Kroc, the innovative businessman who took the Mc Donald’s hamburger joint worldwide, and is recognized as the acknowledged leader in franchising in the U.S., Dave Thomas, the man who single-handedly gave Ray Kroc a run for his money by opening a competing hamburger joint (which he named after his daughter, Wendy), and an early 20th century female entrepreneur with cascading long hair, have in common?
Author Lynne Truss doesn't fool around with punctuation. When she puts a comma in a sentence, adds an ellipsis, uses a semi-colon, you can bet it's a punctuation mark that belongs wherever she puts it.