Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Non Toxic Mold Killer

I just discovered the best way to clean mold in my shower! I used to struggle with baking soda and vinegar, but no more. Mix hydrogen peroxide, a little eco-friendly soap and baking soda. Apply to mold, using a scrub brush, mold instantly dissolves. This mix is safe on stone and tile.

Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet is now in its second printing! Go to book to purchase your copy.

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Reusable Tote bags

I have been using reusable tote bags for shopping for years now. I keep them in my car and just grab a bunch when needed. (I also keep one that folds into itself in my purse.) Aside from the obvious benefits of helping the environment by choosing reusable over plastic or paper bags, reusable totes are far stronger than throw out bags. Stronger means no fears of bags breaking and spilled stuff all over the place. If you live in a city and have to schlep bags any distance, this is especially convenient.

Up until the last few months, I rarely saw anyone else in the grocery stores with reusable totes. That is changing and fast! I can happily report that in my oh-so-suburban town about an hour north of New York City, it is now common to see people with their reusable bags.

Most of the grocery stores in my area give back a few cents for every reusable bag, and I think that's great, but the next step is to charge people for each paper or plastic bag they use, and eventually, ban throw-out bags altogether.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Writer's Workshop

October 3-5th, I will be doing a writer's workshop called "Sell Your Book Like the Pros!" It will be held at My Retreat, 90 miles NW of New York City, in South Fallsburg, NY. For more information, go to: Writer's Workshop.

Friday Night
Round table discussion on what participants are working on and what they want to learn over the weekend. Norma discusses her journey through publishing.

Saturday Morning
The business of publishing in 2008

  • Three routes to publishing; traditional, subsidy & self-publishing: the real deal
  • Brick & mortar and online bookstores
  • Website/blog & other venues for your books

Saturday Afternoon
How to create a book proposal that sells your book

  • Discuss custom strategies for individual participants
  • Target market audience

Saturday Evening
Group discussion of topics covered

Promoting your book: What everyone needs to know, no matter how you’ve been published

  • Pre-publication: reviews, creating buzz with a website and/or blog
  • Post-publication: reviews, book awards, Internet strategies, book tour
  • Ongoing: marketing for long term sales

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