Saturday, June 30, 2012

Mission: Impossible: Teach Copy Writing in Eight Minutes

I have been tasked with presenting an eight-minute mini-course on copy writing at the end of July during a networking meeting. Whatever possessed me to say yes?  It's sheer lunacy!

I'm going over a manuscript I wrote several months ago to see what I can pull out of it to use as a quick "tips and tricks" kind of lesson. Naturally, the idea is to show expertise in eight minutes so that people will be interested in hiring me (or referring me to others they know who need a great copywriter). But I have another reason for agreeing to be a featured speaker, too.

Michael McCoy (NuSkin and Empower Network Associate)and I have already been talking about offering a paid writing session re: social media and the Empower Network, so this eight minute intro will segue nicely if we can come up with a date and time not long after the eight-minute session to announce on the 31st. At that time I can actually roll out the entire 24 page document and use it to teach the class... but for right now, I just need to choose some quick talking points. Eight minutes goes by very, very fast...

In Other News....

We're just eight days away from the debut of SETTLE FOR BEST: SATISFY THE WINNER YOU WERE BORN TO BE, my seventh book. My publisher, bless her heart, has been racing against the clock to get the manuscript numbered as a PDF file so we can upload it for the final time. Today she got it to happen but some of the chapters start on the left-hand side of the pages, which is a no-no... so she's back to the drawing board...

When I got the initial galley proofs I noticed that the back cover photo looked yellowed with age and blurry, something the original photo isn't. I asked for some tweaking to see if we could fix that and, if not, if we can swap out the photo for one that doesn't misbehave. But my publisher loves the photo that's on there now (see it below) so we're trying to do what we can to keep it... Pray for success!

On July 16 I'll be able to announce something else that's happening in my life right now, even as I write this, but I have to keep it under my hat until then. I'll be taking pictures of all that's happening right along so you can re-live it vicariously "after the fact" on the 16th stay tuned!

My new "goaties" are doing fine. They used to live in a small pen, so they arrived extremely rotund. After just four weeks they've slimmed down noticeably ; Curly (who we estimate is about eleven) can run real fast now and no longer acts as arthritic (stiff-legged in the rear) as he did. The exercise he gets in the larger pasture seems to be doing him a world of good.

Laverne now has three goats to boss around, so Shirley has some leisure time that she hasn't enjoyed before. She's also pretty bossy with the smaller boys--but the boys don't seem to mind all that much--they follow along like puppies wherever Laverne and Shirley go and just make sure they MOVE OUT whenever either of the "boss ladies" give them the bum's rush.

Our hens are about two months away from laying their first eggs, we estimate. They're practically pets, too: we let them out of their hen pen and they follow us around like imprinted ducklings... It's pretty funny.  We have three Rhode Island Reds and three Black Sex Links (a cross between a Rhode Island Red and something else...)

What else? I'm delighted that the Affordable Care Act was upheld by the Supreme Court. Hallelujah!  I pray that this bodes well for President Obama's re-election in November... We're pulling out of the rut as a nation. We're aren't out yet,  but we're getting there. Obama is headed in the right direction and is picking up speed. 

I say let's actually follow the leader for once and see what he can do for us in the next four years without being hamstrung by naysayers.  I hope the Tea Party-hamstrung GOP is soundly defeated in November so they wake up and smell the coffee and we can get on the same page in D.C. for the first time in decades to get something done for the American people.  The present quagmire is totally unacceptable.

Friday, June 22, 2012



“SETTLE FOR BEST: Satisfy the Winner You Were Born to Be” Debuts July 7th 2012


Today the President of FutureWord Publishing, Cheryl Haynes, announced the upcoming July 7th release of SETTLE FOR BEST: Satisfy the Winner You Were Born to Be by author and copywriter Kristine M. Smith.

Smith’s seventh title, ‘SETTLE FOR BEST: Satisfy the Winner You Were Born to Be’ is loosely based on Napoleon Hill’s seminal bestseller “Think and Grow Rich.” The book details twenty commonalities that “up by the bootstraps” millionaire philanthropists shared during the first part of the last century before, during and after the Great Depression. Each chapter title reveals one of the commonalities; then, Smith takes it from there, inspiring and encouraging readers to think and act boldly while so many others are hunkered down, thinking and acting scared, diminished and defeated.

Publisher Haynes’ announcement reads in part, “Smith’s books is an eye-opening look into the ways successful entrepreneurs think and behave their way to success. ‘SETTLE FOR BEST: Satisfy the Winner You Were Born to Be’ debuts at a particularly apt time in our nation’s history, when so many people are out of work and finding it hard to land a job in the public and private sectors. Smith encourages these folks to use their time of unemployment to dig deep into their souls and re-establish the dreams they had about setting the world on fire when they were children, teens and young adults."

Author Smith says, “Now is the time to use your free time to consider whether your career ladder has been leaning up against the wrong wall. If so, there’s not a thing in the world to stop you from forging the career you want out of your freed up time and energy. You’re the only one standing in your way. Kick it up a notch! Move!”

Smith’s 2011 title, ‘SERVAL SON: Spots and Stripes Forever’ reached the #2 and #4 spots at Amazon in two niche categories when it debuted and landed among the top 1000 books sold at Amazon among the more than 5 million titles offered at the site that day.

Kristine’s earlier titles include ‘DeForest Kelley: A Harvest of Memories,’ ‘The Enduring Legacy of DeForest Kelley: Actor, Healer, Friend,’ ‘Let No Day Dawn that the Animals Cannot Share,’ ‘Purposeful Christianity’ and ‘Floating around Hollywood and Other Totally-True Tales of Triumph.’

SETTLE FOR BEST will be available at and at on or before July 4th. Not long after, it will be available at all online bookstores and on Kindle™. It measures 6 x 9 and will be perfect bound.


Futureword Publishing publishes award-worthy fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. Find out more at or Author and copywriter Kristine M. Smith is an author and well-regarded copywriter who writes for businesses globally. Discover more about her at

The cover photo is much better/sharper on the actual book. This is a low resolution version of it.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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My business and books are spotlighted there this week....

Friday, June 1, 2012


Today I spoke at Hunt Elementary to two classes about writing and the writing life. I spoke for about 50 minutes; the students and teachers were with me all the way--asking great questions.

Wendy videotaped the whole thing; Phil will send me a disk of the presentation so I can post it to YouTube or my blog or wherever else I think it'll do some good. I'll make several copies of it on DVD, too, so I have back-ups... If you'd like copies, let me know...

I want to thank the teachers for the opportunity and the kids for being so great! It was a lot of fun!