SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR SUCCESS

A few days ago a video of me for YouTube was shot advertising my new CD, FELIX THE STORYTELLER. It includes 38 of my narrated children stories. The interviewer was the brilliant entrepreneur, Jim Greenleaf, founder and CEO of ilive TODAY, whose headquarters is at Kings Photo Supply in Lancaster, CA, where Blvd Today Café is also located. The video is one of many that Jim and his Production Manager, Ben Andrews, shot of me that can be found on YouTube where I promote four of my children’s Books: “Horace the Great, Harmonica King” “Wobbly Bags a Thief;” “The Three Little Godfathers”; and “Guitar Cowboy.” “Diary of a Young Musician, Final Days of the Big Band Era,” my autobiography, can also be found on YouTube. I particularly like the three-part video Ben Andrews took of me reading “Horace the Great Harmonica King,” to a third grade class at Ocotillo School in the Palmdale School District, Palmdale, CA.

The above videos are a small part of Jim’s productions. He introduced me to Socialnomics, which is using social networking to increase my Internet footprint and social reach in order to drive more traffic to my websites, or through the front door of my enterprises, which is trying to sell books and eBooks.

When Jim first explained the concept of Socialnomics I was slightly confused but at the same time intrigued, sensing there was something there, so I decided to gamble and give it a try. It was a wise decision on my part because I’m beginning to see the results in my royalties, small right now, but it’s building bi-monthly. Ben Andrews was my teacher, and with extreme patients he showed me the ins-outs of the network. Shawn Downs, who has done some of the teaching, is doing an equally good job–I’m not the easiest student to teach at 81. Regardless of all their instructions, in the final analysis, I’m the one doing the daily work of promoting my books and eBooks by writing blogs (I’ve done 33), and twittering almost daily promoting each one of my 38 eBooks that are sent throughout the world by many outlets.

I’ve been self-publishing (Fideli Publishing) the past couple of years after having been with a small publisher who went bankrupt after the entire business was wiped out during an Indiana flood. It was left to me to sell my books and I find I’m better off social networking than being with a regular publisher. My books and eBooks will sell for years. As I mentioned above you must do all the work and be consistent if you want to be a success. I’ll inform you later this year in another blog how successful my ventures turned out. If I don’t write the blog and you don’t receive a Christmas card from me you’ll know the answer.

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