Happy New Year – 2007

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. So many things you wanted to accomplish but didn’t, and the many things you were able to accomplish. This year was special for our family and an exciting time. Our youngest daughter had bought and moved into her very first townhome in January 2006. When she knew it was hers, she stated she would be hosting Christmas 2006 in her new home! What an exciting time it was. How she decorated, prepared the meal and entertained us all. To see her grow into an independent woman this year has been
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Veterans Day 2006

Thank you, Veterans, Thank you!!! Many years ago and even today our troops fought, gave lives and gave limbs to give us the wonderful freedoms we have today. They endured and are enduring situations and circumstances we can’t even imagine, yet still they honor their country and honor us by serving and protecting. I wholeheartedly support our troops and what they are doing. Yes, I would rather there not be the need for them to be on foreign soil or certainly not in harm’s way, but the need is there and because of their unselfish acts, we are free in
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Follow Up Contacts – Commerical Freelance Writing

Follow up contacts are by far much easier to initiate than cold calling due to the fact the people you are contacting already know or have heard about you from the initial contacts made. This means: 1) You aren’t having to spend as much time to initiate the contact 2) You already are known by the business/person you are contacting 3) Your name is in front of them again if they need you 4) Each contact is another step in building and strengthening your relationship with the person you are reaching Make sure when you are making either initial or
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A Moment In Time

September 11, 2006 marks the 5 year anniversary since September 11, 2001. We all have memories that come rushing back to that eventful day and that exact moment, myself included. My daughter, Stacey, and a friend of hers were in NYC that day. It was her first trip to NY, she had been there 5 days and was to board the airplane at 6:30 the evening of September 11 returning home to Charlotte, NC. It didn’t happen that way. Stacey was only 30 blocks away from the WTC when all this took place but didn’t know anything had happened! Although
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Cold Call Campaign Update

Even though cold calling sends shivers down some spines and cause some to break out into cold sweats, it really does work. In Peter Bowerman’s Well Fed Writer: Back For Seconds cold calling is a subject he endorses extensively due to it’s “law of averages” for success. Granted you must be making, as Bowerman puts it, “….a TON” of calls for the averages to work, but the point is, it works! The beauty part of it is you are just saying a 20 second message and it’s amazing how receptive the prospects can be to receiving the calls. The more
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Beginning a Cold Call Marketing Campaign

I know many writers have a problem making cold calls and would rather go to the dentist for a root canal than make the calls. For me, the cold calls are very easy. This is because coming from a dental front office background I made confirmation calls to confirm dental appointments everyday for years. One of the easiest ways to make cold calls is to have a short 15 – 20 second message (script) stating the purpose of your call. I have two scripts, one for actually speaking with the contact and one for leaving a message on their voice
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