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Monday, January 23, 2012

Presentational Skills for the Next Generation
Welcome to my blog Ginger.  Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions about yourself, your book, business, marketing, and publishing career. 
Congratulations on your book ‘Presentational Skills for the Next Generation’


 
Q. Tell us about your latest worktitle, genre, etc. and why you wrote it?
A.  Presentational Skills for the Next Generation - BUS; MKTG;
Why a book on presentational skills? Why would I want to author it? The answers to these questions are complex but it all boils down to the dire need for an authoritative source of information that addresses the issues of today’s technology.
Much has changed over the years in the public speaking arena. We have so many new and challenging tools at our disposal that we are no longer consigned to countless hours to travel from city to city to share our knowledge.
The Internet has opened the doors to people from all places and races. At the click of a button, you can share your information in many forms of multi-media. With the availability of hosting online conferences and collaborations in both text-only and A/V environments, as are offered by Skype Conference™, Hot Conference™ and desktop sharing applications such as Yugma™, as well as teleconferences, the modes and means are so plentiful that more and more savvy business owners are venturing into the public speaking arena.

Q   What draws you to your genre(s)? Why is this type of story compelling to you?
A.  Having owned and operated businesses from multi-million dollar surgical facilities to a local bar-b-que has given me over 30 years of knowledge on business and marketing. Sharing that knowledge gives me great joy.

Q.  What is your writing process like? Do you map the whole thing out or do you just let it unfold?
A.  For me, writing comes naturally. Many relatives on my mother’s side of the family are writers and public speakers, including both my mother and her stepsister, for many generations. Therefore, I would have to say the process for me is likened to the blooming of a rose; unfolding petal-by-petal until it is fully in bloom.

Q.  You mention that many of your family members are writers.  Did they write fiction or non-fiction?
A. Most all of the writers in my family history wrote, and some still do write, for publication such as magazines, newspapers and journals. Some also wrote historical and historical fiction as my mother has in her books Pioneer Potpourri & Footprints Under the Pines, both of which available at www.DawnCreations.net.

Q.   What kind of research was involved in writing your book?
A.   Surveys and interviews as well as Internet research are always very helpful in investigating new topics. For this subject I relied on the expertise of a few professionals in both the public speaking and technology arenas.

Q.   How do you balance the need to have time to write with the needs of family, society, etc.?
A.  As an Aquarian, I have a tendency to want to finish things with no interruption. However, that is really not feasible when writing a book. Therefore, I have to sometimes jot down a basic thought and flush it out later. Sometimes I find myself leaping out of bed in the wee hours to pen an inspiration or thought, so as not to forget. Yes, I’m of that age. *wink*

Q.   Have there been any authors in particular, that inspired your writing?
A.  While I enjoy reading, as much as writing, I could not pick just one or two from whom I garner inspiration. It seems I favor the classics and mysteries for reading and marketing gurus for my business writing inspiration.

Q.   Is there a story you want to tell behind or about your work(s)?
A.  While writing this book, I contacted some well-known authors in the field and was pleasantly surprised by their welcoming responses. One such reply was from not just one, but two, PowerPoint® gurus and For Dummy series authors. The takeaway here is don’t count yourself out before you ask.

Q.  What other projects are you currently working on or about to start?
A.  At this time of year, for the last four years, I have published my Weird & Wacky Holiday Marketing Guide. It is the most fun books that I write. It is a business-marketing calendar of ideas with suggestions & templates surrounding unusual holiday throughout the year. You will find it in PDF format on www.HolidayMarketingGuide.com.

Q.  Have you ever wanted to or thought of writing a fictional book?  If so, what in genre and what is/was your inspiration?
A. My forte is in business writing. As I am a 30+ year veteran of business ownership, and having owned a mom & pop bar-b-q as well as a multi-million dollar surgical clinic, my vast knowledge of personal & business growth serves as my inspiration. The closest I ever came to fiction was when I wrote a couple of poems. One of which I was told I should submit for publication.

Could you share some of your marketing strategies?  Which ones are the most effective in your opinion?
A.  Of course, the absolute best marketing strategies are found in my Weird & Wacky Holiday Marketing Guide. Other than that, I would have to say it is a matter of keeping at it. Usually, it takes motion to create momentum.

Q.  What would be the top five, (or 3 or 1 or however many) things you would tell aspiring authors?
A.  As a publisher and author, my suggestion to aspiring authors is to map out your marketing plan before you write your book! Begin promotion prior to your publication date and keep at it for two or three years if you want to see your book reach the masses. You are the one closest to your work, and unless you commit to sharing its availability, it won’t sell. So stay committed and you will be successful.

Q.  When you are able to take time away from your business what do you do for fun and relaxation?
A. This may sound trite, but my business is my joy. I have the unique opportunity to help business owners from all walks of life with both their publishing and design needs. Designing marketing and business pieces, as well as book covers and layouts is both rewarding and fulfilling. However, I do enjoy pencil drawing, which means time out-of-doors for inspiration, and crafts in my free time. I have sold some of my artwork on CafePress at http://www.cafepress.com/documeant. The crafts I enjoy are macramé (yes, I know this dates me, *wink*), cross-stitch, crochet and knitting. Last but not least, singing and playing the piano have been a part of my repertoire of fun and relaxing things to do since the tender age of four.

Again, thanks Ginger for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. We appreciate you and your work.

Good luck with your current and future publications.

For more information:  Ginger Marks
Email:                           ginger.marks@documeantdesigns.com
         Phone:                          727-515-8500


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23 comments:

Ginger Marks said...

Dee,
I wanted to thank you for inviting me to share. I love inspiring and helping other. As such, I invite your questions and comments.
Ginger
PS My 'word verification' is "gingeri" couldn't have imagined that coincidence. ;)

Wendy said...

Great blog post. This woman knows her stuff...so I would imagine her book has valuable info in it.

Dee said...

Thank you Ginger. Look forward to many people asking more questions.
"gingeri" I like that!

Dee said...

Hi Wendy, Yes Ginger has been a great help to me and has much knowledge to share. I recommend her book to all.

Ginger Marks said...

Thank you Wendy & Dee for your kudos. I just love helping people!
Ginger

Tasha Turner said...

Great interview with Ginger. I just had to share this blog post on my wall.

Ginger Marks said...

Tasha,
What did you find helpful?
Ginger

Tasha Turner said...

Ginger, where you said contacted famous writers and they responded back. This just resonated with me. We tend to be afraid to contact someone famous because why would they want to talk to little ole me when in reality many times they are thrilled to hear from someone and more than happy to help out.

2nd cousin, Linda said...

Congratulations on your new book. That must be exciting for you. I know my mother, Rosalind Batterbee Bundy Westcott was very excited when her book,'Pioneer Potpourri,' was published in 1995, only months before her death.

Ginger Marks said...

Tasha,
Yes, I leaned many years ago that what you don't ask for you will never get! What's the worst they can say? No? If they say no, have you lost anything by asking?

Linda,
Isn't it nice to be part of such a family of writers and authors. I am happy to see you here. Your mom's book is also compiled by my mom and available at www.DawnCreations.net.

Dee said...

Thank you for commenting Tasha & 2nd Cousin Linda.
Linda your Mum's book looks fascinating! I'll have to get a copy.
Dee

Ginger Marks said...

Dee,
My cousin's mom was a writer when it wasn't fashionable to be one. Her true-life stories of families and events of those times is truly interesting, and it was the history behind my own mother's book and soon coming sequel.

I am certain you will enjoy it and can get you an autographed by the compiler copy if you so desire.

Ginger

Dee said...

Sounds like M's Mum. Do let me know how I can get a copy..and wow, and authographed copy!
Thanks. Dee

Dawn Batterbee Miller said...

Wow, what can a mother say? I'm proud of my daughter, Ginger.

Dawn Batterbee Miller said...

Linda, I get soft feelings every time I think about Aunt Rosie's book, Pioneer Potpourri. It gives me such pleasure to have this done for her. Go to dawncreations.net or Amazon and take a look at her bood as it is now.

Dawn Batterbee Miller said...

Dee, you may get a signed copy of Pioneer Potpourri at dawncreations.net. Or contact me at batterbee@aol.com.

Ginger Marks said...

Dee,
Dawn's book is well worth ordering if I must say so myself. She is an awesome writer, even if she is my mom. You should interview her sometime. Have a listen to her excerpt reading. She's intriguing to say the least.
Ginger

Dawn Batterbee Miller said...

Thanks Ginger for the recommendation. I'd love to do an interview about my book, Footprints Under the Pines. It's the story of a family and their struggle to survive in the lumber camps of the 1990s and it is getting rave reviews from readers.

Dee said...

Dawn, I would love to interview you. I will contact you about getting Pioneer Potpourri.
Thanks Ginger for a great interview and lots of interaction with readers.
Dee

Anonymous said...

Dee, waiting for your contact.

Ginger Marks said...

Dee,
Thank you for hosting me. I have truly enjoyed my visit and interaction with your readers.
Ginger

Dee said...

You are welcome! And thank you for such great content. Thanks to all readers you stopped by and interacted with Ginger or just stopped by. Hope to see you all again for our next author interview February 6th. A weeks break as we are moving apartments!
All the best, Dee

Luis said...

Hi Wendy, Yes Ginger has been a great help to me and has much knowledge to share. I recommend her book to all.