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Advice to Writers: Be Determined and Stay in the Game

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My tenth novel will be published in September. I began writing it more than four years ago. The delay in its publication is mostly due to the fact that I parted ways with my former literary agent as well as my former publisher. When I broke ranks with them I knew I was taking a risk: unless you are incredibly successful and have a stellar track record, it’s difficult to begin again in mid-career. Going out on my own actually turned out to be a lot more difficult than I realized. Part of this was coming to terms with the fact that the publishing business has more and more become like the movie business. I’ve said this before in other…

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Poet, Social Activist and Storyteller Cleo Wade Talks from the Heart

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The Cut called her The Millennial Oprah,  Fast Company named her one of the country’s 100 Most Creative People of 2017, and with featured articles and photoshoots in Elle, Time, and Entertainment Weekly, it is clear: Cleo Wade is not your average “Instagram poet.” A self-proclaimed social activist, poet, artist and storyteller, Wade isn’t just an online personality who wrote a book to cash in on her celebrity.  For her, this comes from the heart and her words of inspiration and advice are anything but run-of-the-mill; they’re art that speaks to both your mind and your soul. Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life (Atria/37 INK), Wade’s first book, is a poetry collection that reads more like you’re having a personal…

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BookTrib Q&A: Marc Demetriou Talks About the Amazing Courage and Wisdom He Learned from His Grandfather

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Sometimes the best advice is the advice that’s been handed down from others. Often coming from decades of trial-and-error, life experience and more, the lessons that carry the best advice are not only worthwhile, but they stand the test of time. Marc Demetriou, a nationally recognized mortgage banker and top-rated speaker, offers us a chance to learn about the best advice for success in his new book, Lessons From My Grandfather: Wisdom for Success in Business and Life.  Demetriou’s grandfather, Haralambos Georgia Pistis, or “Charlie,” left his country of Cyprus at the age of 16 and immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in November, 1929. He had nothing with him but a willingness to succeed, courage, and his wit – and on his…

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‘Getting to the Green’: How Playing Golf Can Help You Plan Your Financial Future

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Understanding your finances can be difficult when you have no experience, and financial planning for the future, even more so. Complicated and confusing, it’s easy to lose sight of the goal, whether you’re a beginner, or have some knowledge of finance and accounting. Altair Gobo, a certified financial planner and partner at U.S. Financial Services, takes on the task of explaining financial planning and helping you take control of your financial future, by comparing it to a game of golf in his book, Getting to the Green: Golf, Financial Planning, and Life, Not Necessarily in That Order. Golf and financial planning, as Altair Gobo found out, have many similarities, from the beginning challenge of planning and strategy, to the execution, and…

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Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them: Advice for Writers of Fantasy

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Where do you get your news? If you’re like me, it’s a combo of Twitter, Colbert, and as little TV as I can get away with. (And then, the shower-crying.) As we continue to build and populate our fantasy world, it’s worth thinking about where your beekeepers, wenches, and princesses get their information. Does your agrarian worker’s paradise have the internet? (Trick question: by definition paradise has no internet.) Is your steampunk city (so many gears!) equipped with a brass and glass version of telephones? Does your underwater domed kingdom communicate with its neighbors by courier-fish? As always, that’s one of the pleasures of a DIY world–there aren’t any wrong answers. However, there must be answers. (And some of them will…

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Live Interview with Alan C. Fox and People Tools for Love and Relationships

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Relationship expert Alan C. Fox has inspired thousands of readers with the invaluable advice and engaging stories in his two bestselling books People Tools and People Tools for Business.  Now he is back with the ultimate guide to a better life: People Tools for Love and Relationships: The Journey from Me to Us. Alan is a master at building relationships. In People Tools for Love and Relationships he reveals time-proven techniques that you can use to enhance your connection with your partner, your family, your friends and everyone who is important to you. Each chapter of the book illustrates a different “People Tool” using insightful stories and amusing anecdotes from Alan’s life. From learning how to talk about money with your…

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The Secret to Boosting Your Personal Brand

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We all know about elevator pitches but could you boil your personal brand down to three powerful, essential words? By knowing who you are, what you do better than anyone else and being true to that vision you can align yourself for success.   What three words make up your personal brand? Share in the comments below.   This post first appeared on April 20, 2015

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More Gab-Worthy Giveaways to Start Your Year Off Right

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This Week’s Giveaways are full of insightful books packed with good advice, sure to spice up (or keep you warm) during these chilly winter months. Enter to win, and take home one of these great reads! A God in Ruins: A Novel by Kate Atkinson A GOD IN RUINS tells the dramatic story of the 20th Century through Ursula’s beloved younger brother Teddy–would-be poet, heroic pilot, husband, father, and grandfather-as he navigates the perils and progress of a rapidly changing world. After all that Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge is living in a future he never expected to have. An ingenious and moving exploration of one ordinary man’s path through extraordinary times, A GOD IN RUINS proves once…

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Pack this! Lighten your load with these simple steps

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Here at BookTrib we know that sometimes you just don’t have answers to your problems. That’s why we’re here to pass along some insight and try to solve the question at hand with a few quick hacks and helpful advice. Each week, we’re tackling a new problem and answering your burning questions. For our first advice column, we’re discussing all-things packing. Get at us on our Facebook page if you’ve got a dilemma you just can’t get to the bottom of.     Q. Hi BookTrib! I’m having full-on meltdown. I’m days away from going on my dream Caribbean vacation for two weeks (Can you say excited?!) but I’m at a complete loss for what to pack and how to make…

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Got life questions? Ask Chelsea Handler

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“[E]veryone knows if I were left to my own devices, I could die.” So says Chelsea Handler in the final essay in her newest collection, Uganda Be Kidding Me (Grand Central Publishing, March). You might not think that someone like this would be able to give you very good advice, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Handler is a comedian, host of the E! late night talk show “Chelsea Lately,” and the bestselling author of Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, and Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. In Uganda Be Kidding Me, she recounts her own hilarious antics while on various vacations, along the way providing answers to your most pressing life questions.   How many…

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