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Author Spotlight: Joy Don Baker & Terri Goodman

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We're constantly amazed by the clever, unique, brilliant and beautiful books and products our customers create. So much that we're putting them in the spotlight to share the details of their creations and the inspiration behind them. Today we’d love to introduce you to Joy Don Baker and Terri Goodman, co-authors of "The Wake-Up Call."   

The story behind the book

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

A: We are nurses, have known one another for years, and both wanted to write a novel. That desire to write became the foundation for our partnership. We realized that we could be successful working together and writing about something we know. We chose to start writing about our characters early in their nursing careers, therefore, creating unlimited opportunities for developing a compelling series, the Nurseketeers.

Q: What advice would you give for others creating products like these?

A: Be a hungry learner. Read everything you can, participate in writers’ groups, watch online videos, and attend conferences. Turn your writing dream into a goal and create incremental, manageable objectives that will make the dream come true. Identify key accomplishments or milestones on your journey and celebrate those successes along the way. Network with anyone who will discuss with you the various components of writing, editing, and marketing.

If you want or need a partner, choose one with skills that complement your own. Within the partnership, partners will need organizational skills, business acumen, and communication skills in addition to creativity and a solid command of language. Creating structure around the partnership motivates authors to take the work seriously.

Q: What do you love about your book?

A: Our book is entertaining, engaging, demonstrating the wake-up call that occurs for the student entering college and a nostalgic journey for those who have already experienced that type of transition. Readers have compared our book The Wake-Up Call to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Our book follows the suitemates' interwoven college life and sets the stage for readers to follow them through their careers as the Nurseketeers Series progresses.

About "The Wake-Up Call"

In 1970, pampered, naive, Philly-born Frannie is overwhelmed by the responsibilities of nursing school and college life in Dallas. A love-hate relationship erupts when Robin, her fiery, red-headed roommate, arrives from Chicago to find Frannie's belongings covering every inch of space in their room, and Frannie nowhere in sight.

Adding fuel to the fire, Frannie pursues a relationship with a sophomore hunk whom Robin insists is pond scum. She ignores her suitemates' pleas to join their study group, insisting her high school achievements will guarantee her success in college.

Frannie's wake-up call comes after nearly two semesters of disastrous decision-making. She finds herself flunking out and her nursing career ending before it begins. With support from an unexpected source, she faces the biggest decision of her life - one that no matter the outcome will up end her future.

Learn more

Learn more about Joy Don and Terri's book here: https://www.bakergoodman.com/books

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Author Spotlight: Amber Lilyestrom

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We're constantly amazed by the clever, unique, brilliant and beautiful books and products our customers create. So much that we're putting them in the spotlight to share the details of their creations and the inspiration behind them. Today we’d love to introduce you to Amber Lilyestrom…  

About the “Master Your Money Mind” book

If you’re like me, “money” has been a code word for “stress” for as long as I can remember.

Over the years, building a 7-figure business from scratch, working tirelessly on my personal-development + mindset, and identifying the limiting beliefs around money and my own self-worth that were holding me back, I’ve come to understand that our money game is changed in our MINDS first and that our wallets come after.

I wrote the book, Master Your Money Mind, for those who have been called to make a bigger impact and the income to match. The passionate soul on a mission who is here for more but feels stuck and overwhelmed when thinking about how to create momentum and more abundance in their lives.

Master Your Money Mind is a game-changing guide to transforming your mindset and daily habits around how you think about yourself and money. Many will teach you about the power of the mind as it relates to money, but few will dive in to the daily habits, rituals and exercises that will transform the entirety of your life, not just your bank account balance!

Master Your Money Mind focuses on how to: use your words to attract more money, apply the MYMM equation to change your life + career, get crystal clear on what’s blocking your abundance and create a daily money mindfulness practice.

The story behind Amber’s book

Q: What inspired you to create this book?

A: I wrote this book for the former version of me who was always operating from a place of scarcity. I knew my audience was missing out on experiencing the full depth and breadth of the abundance that was trying to make its way to them, so I knew I had to write the book that could help them find their way out of that.

Q: What advice would you give for others creating products like these?

A: Share the message that’s in your heart and don’t worry about saying it “right” or in the way that others want you to.  Also, carve out space in your days, every day that you can, to sit down and actively write. I know of so many amazing ‘would-be’ books that have never been written because there just wasn’t any time to write them. So make time!

Q: What do you love about your book?

A: It’s honest, it’s impactful and it helps my readers change their lives in a way they never dreamed was possible. I love that you can carry this book around anywhere you want with you and pull it out whenever you need it, and that you can read it again and again and pick something new out of it each time!

Learn more

Learn more about Amber’s book and business here: www.masteryourmoneymind.com

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Author Spotlight: Betsy Wiersma, CampExperience™ Network founder

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We're constantly amazed by the clever, unique, brilliant and beautiful books and products our customers create. So much that we're putting them in the spotlight to share the details of their creations and the inspiration behind them.   

About the Passion Planner, Angel Oracle Cards, Inspirational Art Cards & Postcards

I have always loved art and crafts and have used art as a connector in programs for my 5000+ tribe of women called the CampExperience™ Network. Before August of 2017, I would consider myself a casual crafter with some bead jewelry, collage and some sewing.  And then life changed forever.

In August of 2017 I participated in a week-long art retreat and immersed myself in learning some techniques.  My basic skills became faces and mixed-media pieces. The art that was in my soul came forth!  Soon I was diving in to mixed-media as a bliss-filled escape and creating “inspiration art” for fun!

It was the partnership with Vervante that really set my art free to serve the world!  Their team helped me not only produce my original idea of a Daily Insight Card Deck featuring my 36 pieces, but also led me to creating a Daily Planner, greeting cards, postcards and hardcover journals. The response has been fantastic! My CampExperience™ Network tribe has been buying my inspiration art for family and friends, my images are perfect for my marketing, and with Vervante I am on Amazon!  My parents are so proud!

The story behind Betsy’s products

Q: What inspired you to create these products?

A: I have been an event planner since high school and a public speaker, traveling to 20+ countries to uplift and educate my guests. In 2006 we began the CampExperience Network  consisting of 5000+ women gathering for uplifting events and positive messages. In August of 2017 the message just came to my canvas and I wanted to add it to the mix for supporting people to live lives of passion and purpose.

Q: What advice would you give for others creating products like these?

A: I would say just CREATE and see what happens.  I did not set out to create these products.  I let art out of my soul and the products became a natural way to share it!  Take a class and let one of the thousands of experts help you unlock your own inner talent.  And have FUN every day!

Q: What do you love about these products?

A: I actually cannot believe what has come forth when I let go and enjoyed the journey of the art. Mixed media art is messy and you just let go of the outcome, add more texture and color and see what emerges. I just love to see my art and products in the world and hear the feedback of my customers who LOVE the Sisters and friends.

Learn more

For a peek inside Betsy's planner, click HERE. You can also learn more about Betsy’s products here: https://CampExperience.com and https://betsywiersma.com/shop/.

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