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How To Work With IBOToolbox Effectively Each Day

IBOToolbox Is Still Free… Since I started working with IBOToolbox (Independent Business Owner) again back in February of 2014, I have been working with it quite a bit to see how well it would benefit you as a marketer to advertise the sale of your books, articles, physical items or even your blog posts. 


See the article IBOToolbox Review.  IBOToolbox does seem quite a bit overwhelming when you first start out with it.  It’s almost unbelievable that a marketing platform with so much to offer is provided to marketers for free; but it is.  It started out free in in 2010 and in 2016, it is still free to use.  By being active on IBOToolbox you will earn ad credits or you do have the option to purchase credits but that is up to you. Your membership features are the same whether you earn ad credits or if you buy ad credits. Read the rest of this entry

9 Steps To Gain Control Of Your Business

9_steps_to_gain_control_of_your_businessFocus is a word that you will hear and read about online until it’s “done to death.”  However, it is a very important part of working online.  Until you decide that you are going to focus on and hold yourself accountable either in a group or create your own goals, then you are destined to spin your wheels and fail. 

We all make jokes about the SOS (Shiny Object Syndrome) but it is a very real monster that will creep in and take hold of you again many times over, if you keep allowing it to do so.

I came back to work full time on November 14, 2016 and as ashamed as I am to say it, the “monster” took hold on me again and I allowed it.



Before I realized what had happened, I had signed up for three different programs.  I was in the middle of a course about Pinterest (actually 2 of them) and I had created a new website, along with my already existing sites

Well as it happens and many times things just don’t work out as planned.  We found it’s very hard to find a full care Alzheimer’s unit in Indiana or at least close to where we wanted her to be.  So Friday, December 2nd, I will be flying up to Indianapolis to bring Mom back home.  Hopefully we will find a more suitable Alzheimer’s Care Facility here in SW Florida.

I will be caring for her again here at home until a definite and acceptable place can be found to ensure that she will not walk out of the facility on her own, as what has happened already.

focusBack to my point of this post, I took a good long look again at my business online. I realized I needed to scale back and decide for the last time what I am going to focus on and “NOT” change my mind.  I need to learn to ignore new things that come along and we all know there will be new things coming along.

Writing and Self Publishing will always be a priority for clients and myself. To start with, I listed all of what I was involved in and set a priority to each.  I then proceeded to drop the things that I thought I would work with but in actuality, I know I will never follow through with them.

As we don’t know how long Mom will be here at the house this time, I have to keep things to a minimum and in my “Bullet Journal,” I’ll plot out a weekly plan on what I will be working on and the most efficient way to do this.

9_steps_to_gain_control_of_your_business9  Steps To Gain Control Of Your Business

  1. Make a list of everything you are involved in.
  2. Go through the list and be honest with yourself as to what you are really interested in working with and delete or cancel the program, membership, etc.
  3. Assign a priority to each of the things you have left on your list.
  4. First thing each day – you should work on something that creates an income for you.
  5. Use a timer on each task that you work on.  The timer should  be mandatory for things like email, advertising, social sites and connecting with people.
  6. Be consistent each and every day working on the money tasks, blogging/writing and email and social media.
  7.  Don’t be discouraged if you are sidetracked by life occurrences but be very aware of any people or things that will distract you from your intended work for the day.
  8. At night, evaluate your progress for the day and list anything that distracted you and keep notes on things that you are prone to let get in your way.  I find that writing something down on paper seems to embed it deeper in my mind.
  9. Plan your “consistent tasks” for the next day and get a good nights sleep.

This is an example of my “Bullet Journal” for this next week.  I’m not done planning the week yet but this will give you an idea of my accountability system.



9-steps-to-gain-control-of-your-businessWeekly Business Priority List:

  1. MLE Blog
  2. Blue Jean Writer Blog
  3. Double Wedding Ring Quilts Blog
  4. Self-Publishing for clients and prep-work for publishing
  5. MCA – My Weekly Checks (aff.) (since I now have a car) 
  6. The Women’s Connection (aff.) encouragement and accountability) 


243px-lux_minute_minder_timerDaily Tasks by Priority (Using Timer):

  1. Writing (mystery novelette – release date planned for February 2017)
  2. Reading blogs and commenting
  3. Social Media
  4. Advertising
  5. Email
  6. Exercise and water intake

I hope I have provided some ideas for you to begin your own method of prioritizing and getting consistent and organized.

We are coming to the end of the year and a new year is ahead.  Now would be a great time to start thinking about how you can streamline your business and your life for 2017. 



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Published Author Roundup Three

Published Author Roundup Three

This is week three to feature some of the self-published authors I’ve worked with.  You can read the previous posts here:  Published Author Roundup Two and Published Author Roundup One 


The original question presented to the authors was: “What did it feel like the first time you saw your name on your first published book?” 


The previous two posts were more of a testimonial for me in helping these new authors get started and published, which I greatly appreciate but the last responses I received, they actually answered the question of how it felt to see their name on their first published book. 


The first author is Erika Mohssen-Beyk 


Erika-Mobeyklet-the-sunshine-in-erika-mohssen-beykErika has come a long way in terms of writing and blogging. She speaks about four different languages and so at first she was apprehensive about her writing and the English language but she was and is a determined lady and her progress is awesome. She has one book published and has another one finished but will be published in her own time. I have a lot of admiration for you Erika and you are an inspiration.


Hi Monna 🙂
It is a while now we did publish the book, it felt good to see it finished.
I did not sell any of them yet, but it is ok. It did what it was meant to do
for somebody I did write and partly translate it. This was the most important for me. And I had some people who got it for free from my blog. 


It is nice to have a little book with my name on it and as you know I have another one, which is finished, but I feel it is not yet time for it. Maybe I make a few changes.


I already did give it to some people as a PDF and they used it.  I will contact you for this when I feel the time is right. You did help me with the first one very much. Happy to have you around for help to publish.


Thank you, Erika


Another great lady that I had the pleasure of working with is Lillian De Jesus. She has her own online business lillian-de-jesus-virtual-assistancelillian-de-jesus-virtual-assistance-how-to-use-canva-like-a-proby the name of Tigerlily Virtual Assistance 


Lillian writes: 

Seeing my name on the front cover of my book was an amazing feeling! I felt accomplished and I never thought I could publish a book or would ever in a million years.


However, the only way it was done was by having help because there is no way I could have gotten it done by myself.


I’m so thankful I found Monna Ellithorpe to help me along the way. 


Thanks and have a wonderful 4th as well!


Alicia Osmera writes: 

Alicia OsmeraTerror In The North TowerI still want to pinch myself. Is this for real? Yes, it is real. I am a published author. When I saw that my book, Terror In The North Tower was finally up and live on, I started smiling, jumping up and down with joy. Finally, I had accomplished my goal. 


To see my name on the cover of a book is hard to describe.


Happy, ecstatic, overwhelmed, grateful and thankful to have the opportunity to see my creation come to life.


In addition to giving some extra recognition to these new authors, I want to also encourage anyone thinking about writing a book, short stories, poems or screenplays to “JUST DO IT.”


Step out of your comfort zone and start by joining a small writing group or taking some writing courses online. Udemy has lots of writing courses at reasonable costs. Start learning on Udemy today! (Aff.) 


There is a stigma associated with working online and you may not have support from your family or friends but please don’t let that stop you. Believe in yourself, work hard and do what you need to do to reach your dream. 


Look at the three women above and the two in my previous posts; look at me and many others who are now published authors. We didn’t let anything stop us.  Will You???


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Published Author Roundup Two

Published Author Roundup Two

This week I am posting number two of the Published Author Roundup. The original idea and first post was made last week and featured Joy Healey: Published Author Roundup One 

I had asked the most recent authors that I had worked with; “What did it feel like the first time you saw your name on your first published book?”

This post is from B.G. (Brenda) Jenkins – B.G. Jenkins Amazon Author Page (Aff.)

Thank you Brenda for your article to post on my blog this week.

bg-jenkinsI’ve heard it said that, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and that is true, but there can also be things left unsaid in a picture that cannot be captured without words to define it more clearly. Sometimes a picture needs words to add to the vibrancy, or the essence of it.

It’s for this reason I write. I write to leave behind a better picture of my life, to entertain, to leave lessons, to leave understanding, to inspire and encourage others, and to leave love.

It’s also been stated that, “Silence is golden,” and many times that can be true, but who wants to go a day without words like, “I love you,” or “Great job?” Words need to be spoken, and they also need to be recorded. That’s where this post comes in.

I would not have been able to leave these recordings in print without the help of my friend, and writing mentor, Monna Ellithorpe.

She helped me to format my books, to edit and to publish in a couple of different places. She willingly gave of her time and instructed me so that I could learn the process also. Not only did she hold my hand and help me through the publishing process, Monna also taught me some valuable lessons about writing.


These are some of the lessons I’ve learned:


1. Write free style (brain dumping or free writing). This lightens the load on the brain to help free up more creativity.

2. Organize and analyze your thoughts and then look at your work from the readers’ point of view.

3. You don’t have to know everything. You can outsource and learn as you go.

4. Work with people you trust, and who will be honest with you.

5. Write daily to improve your skill.

6. Read daily to improve your skill.

7. Develop your own style.

8. Listen to constructive criticism, but ultimately it’s your call.

9. Get a great editor.

10. Be kind to yourself in your writing, and learn as you go.

So, if you long to take this journey as I have, turn to Monna. Her prices are very reasonable. She will help you, instruct you and do an outstanding job for you no matter what you hire her for. If you’re looking to write and publish a book, Monna has my stamp of approval!




Thank you so much, Brenda for this wonderful recommendation. I love working with authors and helping them to publish their books. It’s especially thrilling when I know you have written another book and I get to help you with publishing.

Reading over the ten point lessons that you mentioned above is, I guess what I would call every “Writer’s Guidelines” and I believe every writer should print this and keep it where they can read it everyday.


To all new and wanna be writers, believe in yourself and have faith that with hard work, consistency and persistence you too can one day call yourself a “Published Author.”



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Because You Have A Book To Write

Because You Have A Book To Write

Does this statement apply to you? I think it applies to many people if they would really be honest with themselves. Think about it. Haven’t you had some thoughts and story lines running around in your head? I think you do “Because You Have A Book To Write.”


What is stopping you?

1. Maybe you lack the confidence.
2. Do you think to yourself, “Why would anyone want to read what I write?”
3. You wonder what you would write about.
4. What would you do after you wrote your book?
5. How would I get it published?


The Kindle version of my new book, “Secrets To Personal Writing For Digital and Paperback Books” is now available.

Table Of Contents

Create Yourself Through Writing and Marketing
What Does Today Hold For You?
What Are You Thankful For and Why?
Earn and Learn At The Same Time
Wipe The Slate Clean
Decluttering Your Mind
Start Your Own Autobiography
Are You Making Excuses to Procrastinate?
About The Author – Monna Ellithorpe


Written for the new writer in mind. A short book, about 33 pages (Kindle version) with encouragement, writing prompts and resources to help you begin your writing career and finally, tips on self-publishing your book with my guidance, if you choose.


Also provided, is a link to 26 blank writing pages for you to write your notes or ideas on.


Each and every day is a new beginning for all of us. If you just look beyond the obvious, there are so many ideas, story lines, twists and turns to weave into the pages of a book.


Maybe you are more inclined to write instructional books on how to do things. Go with what you are good at and have become an expert about.


If you think that maybe one more book on a certain topic has been done already; that’s true but a book hasn’t been written by you yet, has it? You have a different perspective and different ideas for the way your story will read or a different way to give instructions… Just Do It!


It would be greatly appreciated if you already have my book, to leave a comment on Amazon about it.


Share this post with your friends and associates and it will also be greatly appreciated.


multi-star-transparentAs a little gift to you, I’m sharing the link here to the 26 blank journaling pages that you can print out and start using. No purchase is necessary to receive the blank pages.


Put the pages to good use with your thoughts and ideas and keep them safe for that day you actually do start writing, “Because You Have A Book To Write!”

Don’t forget to get your copy of;
Secrets To Personal Writing For Digital and Paperback Books


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