I have choices. I can choose to be happy or sad. Really, it is totally in my control. But, I never use to think this way...
In April of 2006, I was given a reality check. I’ll never forget the feeling:
...sitting on the examination table, the crisp white paper crinkling beneath my butt...the doctor turning while shaking his head, his lips mouthing in slow motion—the words I never wanted to hear...and then the sparkles of black dots cloud my vision...total darkness—perfectly numb.
Facing an unexpected illness and slamming hard into instant retirement is not what people usually see as an opportunity. Yet, we all have choices...and a few weeks after this drastic change in direction of my life, I knew I could either, wither up and die inside or I could turn this devastation into an opportunity.
Being a highly driven and productive person, I was not about to give-in. A councillor helped me by suggesting different options.
“What is one thing you’ve always wanted to do?” she asked.
“I’ve always wanted to write a book but have never had the time.”
“Well now you have the time,” she responded.
The start to my brand *conquer all obstacles*. The beginning to an amazing writing career that I now wonder how I ever lived without. A journey down a foreign path that has lead me to endless opportunities.
- Just this week, out of 3 million members at Goodreads, I’m rated number 23 most followed.
- About a month ago, I reached max 5,000 friends on Facebook so have been asking my friends to please join my NEW GROUP – “Fans of Jo-Anne Vandermeulen” (tell a friend) http://bit.ly/bkw2Yz
Within the past 2 years, I have:
- shared an inspirational testimony – How I turned a devastation into an opportunity and *Conquered All Obstacles*.
- acquired a following of over 25,000 in less than 6 months
- Started a Blog with over 200 daily visits and total hits of 30,000
- Gained Ezine Expert Author Status
- Titled Blog Expert
- Wrote and Published two, 5-star Amazon books
- Created a new online business called Premium Promotional Services (March 2/09) – a successful business with many very happy clients world-wide.
- Produced and hosted a weekly LIVE blogtalkradio show called “Authors Articulating with Jo-Anne Vandermeulen” with over 3,000 listeners—guests from all over the world.
- And the list goes on (just Google my name).
My latest release, “Premium Promotional Tips for Writers”, is a resource book filled with practical ideas authors can implement into their marketing plan.
A "must-have" ¬resource book filled with practical online marketing tips for those who have books or other products to sell.
I knew I had to begin my author platform and learn more about self-marketing. I read, and read, and read some more.
Just over a year ago, I didn’t even know what a blog was...or a widget for that matter.
Taking all that I learned, I created posts in a blog. Soon, the feedback from writers streamed forth. Authors were asking to hire me for my promotional services, guest posts, author interviews, blog guest, and others had tagged me with new title ‘ The Blogging Expert’. I submitted ‘marketing tip’ articles in various virtual and physical magazines. Social media sites, newsletters, blogs, digests, and magazines have featured my author platform. The list of most grateful opportunities goes on...
For me, supporting writers came naturally.
I had been a teacher and coach for 20 years, so helping others in an area of my recently found passion became a huge boost of inner joy. The appreciation from these new friends were endless. Relationships grew and these acquaintances instantly became my following.
The accumulation of these blog tips became my first edition to “Premium Promotional Tips for Writers”.
"If you are spinning at the thought of promoting your book or product or service, this book will plant your feet on the ground and point you in the right direction. The ideas here apply to everyone with a product or service to market." >Katherine Kane<
“Premium Promotional Tips for Writers” I encourage the reader to conquer these obstacles, yet my approach is gentle—inspirational.
“So much more than a book of tips for writers..."Premium Promotional Tips for Writers" illustrates the expertise and experience of the author in a way that will inspire and motivate you to get on the Internet and go for it.”>Brian Knight from PPS<
“It's everything that I had hoped for. Basic, easy to follow, common sense tips on how to market books in the digital and virtual age. Ms. Vandermeulen's clear, concise approach makes the almost mystical haze of online marketing easy to grasp for the most neophyte of Internet users. And just to be sure, she includes a very good glossary in the back of the book to help you understand strange, almost ethereal concepts such as "tags" and "blogs".” >James Holloway<
If I can conquer all obstacles, so can YOU!
Today I choose to be all that I can. I will listen to my body and consciously create balance in my life. I will keep my ‘eyes’ open for opportunities, and will have the courage to walk through each door.
Persevere and persist as if there shall be no tomorrow.
What do I do next?
To Purchase from the Author:
Women’s Fiction (suspense/romance) – “Conquer All Obstacles” - http://bit.ly/cVE4A6
Non-fiction Resource – « Premium Promotional Tips for Writers » - http://bit.ly/8X3xtX
*Both books can be purchased on most online distributor sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, etc.