We are hearing stories every day about the Syrian refugees. Americans are afraid to let them in the country because of terrorism. However, where are the stories about refugees contributing and finding success?
As many know, I will be moving very soon.
We are just getting to know our new home. If anyone is planning to visit GR, here are a few of the main attractions.
1. The Grand Rapids Public Museum. They have a wonderful exhibit about King Tut at the moment.
2. The Meijer Botanical Gardens
3. The beer and wine scene!
4. Several book publishers including Harper Collins and Thomas Nelson
For more info go to: http://www.michigan.org/hot-spots/grand-rapids/
Good afternoon all!
There is big news in the world of Lien Public Relations. After being located in Minneapolis, MN for 5 year, we are moving to Michigan. As of November 18, I will be operating my business in Grand Rapids, MI. It is a very vibrant and creative city in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan or LP!
I’m looking forward to soaking in the local restaurants, culture, and beautiful weather.
If you are interested in more information about the area go to http://grcity.us/Pages/default.aspx.
I’ve spent some time on a blog writing about stories that need more attention. Sure, we all love to read about Kim Kardashian’s exploits and who Blake Shelton is dating, but many times real hard news stories get lost in the shuffle. Here I will mention three stories I feel need more attention.
1. Greek authorities say five more migrants were found dead in the eastern Aegean Sea. The story is big news in the world but we seem to bury it after who is dating the latest hot celebrity.
2. The death toll rises to 26 after Pakistan factory collapses. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/06/world/asia/death-toll-in-pakistan-factory-collapse-rises-to-20.html?_r=0
3. Russia to suspend flights to Egypt after crash. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/06/putin-suspends-russian-flights-to-egypt-after-sinai-plane-crash
4. Will Smith said he will tour again with DJ Jazzy Jeff. (OK, I had to get one in!) http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2015/11/05/smith-says-hes-planning-first-real-tour-dj-jazzy-jeff/75232012/
Have a great weekend!
Amazon announced this week that they are opening a brick and mortar store in Seattle.
Very interested considering many bookstores are closing because of Amazon.
The store will include customer ratings of books alongside the book. The store will also encourage customers to buy later on Amazon.
Or CDs…. or Downloads.
Or is it Streaming…?
I don’t know but I do know I love music. Today some great music was released. A few months ago the music industry decided to start releasing music on Fridays instead of Tuesdays.
Sounds great to me.
So today be sure to listen to these new albums:
“If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra”
“We Love Disney” – Various Artists
“Get Up” – Bryan Adams
This album was one long rock tribute. It is clever, fun and always good.
Also, listen to Adele’s “Hello” again.
Happy Halloween and November!
I will be at a fun event on Saturday morning. If you live in the Minneapolis area, I will be at the Edina Pottery Barn Kids doing a storytime for Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak at 11 AM. We will have treats and a craft. Bring you kids and dress up. I’ll be in mouse in the storytime area.
Many people love Halloween. One of the greatest things about this time of year are the movies, books and TV surrounding fall and Halloween.
Here is a list of some of some of my favorites:
TV: “Sleepy Hollow” There is nothing like the 1940s animated version narrated by Bing Crosby. I was transfixed when I saw it last night after many years.
Movies: “Watcher in the Woods” This is a creepy movie no matter your age. It has Bette Davis, a English mansion and a mystery in the woods. Enough said.
Music: Go to Spotify and listen to stories read by Boris Karloff. Genius.
Books: I love anything by VC Andrews or Christopher Pike. I grew up reading their horror and fantasy books.
Happy Friday all!
Today I read some great articles about PR. The first is about getting the media’s attention and the next is about blog tours and blog hops.
What strikes me most about the media article is the great advice that I often see not taken. For example, one should say yes to a reporter if they wish to interview you that day.
It’s short notice but do it no matter what.
Also, treat journalists with respect. They are doing you a favor and that favor can be taken away very quickly.
If authors want to succeed, it takes work. Again, success is hard work and there is no way around it.
Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday!
This week it was announced that Amazon would be suing more then 1,000 sellers of fake product reviews.
They targeted account holders on Fiverr.com where jobs are sold for $5 and up.
For new authors, getting any positive review is a wonderful accomplishment. Knowing it may be fake is horrible.
When looking for reviews, make sure the person who will review is not taking money for a 5 star review. One wants an unbiased review.
The lines can be fuzzy as many web sites do take payment so a person can get a faster review, but always make sure the review is unbiased.
Never a dull moment in the world with Amazon around.