How to give people the claps

“To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.” ~ Victor Hugo  Sorry, Victor Hugo, I don’t agree. I want to thank people personally. I always get sweaty-palm nervous when I’m writing my acknowledgements for my latest book. [...]

Mello Monday melody [Moxie Monday!]

Let’s change the pace a wee bit this morning with some sublime jazz: Thanks to Rob from Everyone Loves Cartoons for this. He’s one of my Superheroes and saw the Alfredo Rodriguez Trio live in Japan a week or so ago, and recommended I listen to them. If you’re feeling a little like it’s a [...]

The Land Of Do As You Please

Did you ever read The Enchanted Wood and The Magic Faraway Tree books as a kid? I did. Over and over and over again.  I was a bit of a loner child and didn’t have that many friends, so my friends were characters like Moon-Face, Silkie, and The Saucepan Man. I recreated the Magic Faraway Tree in the countryside [...]

Not a shyt sandwich [new podcast]

In this week’s episode of The Business For Superheroes Show podcast,Joe goes on a verbal safari and refuses to let go of the concept of the shit sandwich.   In fact, he creates an artisanal club shit sandwich. Vicky fails to rein him in, and the whole podcast goes downhill from there. Buried in the artisanal bread safari, [...]

What happens when you buy a product or service or training course? Most of the time, you’ll get an email acknowledging your purchase. And that’s it. Sometimes you’ll receive a series of emails welcoming you and thanking you (hopefully) and telling you what to do next. But a few companies go further… and stand out [...]

The great escape…

Do you ever feel like the walls are closing in? Like you’re suffocating under the weight of your to-do list and all your unfinished ideas?  I do, sometimes. I love my home and my office, and I love that I don’t have to go anywhere to do the work… but just occasionally, I’m trapped. It’s [...]

“Where does inspiration come from?”

You ask, I answer! This week, Sarah asks where I get my inspiration and Joe and I ramble a little bit about what a huge question that is. Then we answer the question, with the help of another podcast featuring a famous figure skater whose name I forget. If you’re wondering where ideas come from, watch [...]

7 questions for you to ask your readers

Isn’t it frustrating when you ask for a review of your book, your product, or your service – and you get a one-sentence vague-post? Yep. Want to know how to get in-depth fascinating stories about how people found you, what they love about you, and how you’ve helped them? Of course you do. So I [...]

Is this the entrepreneur’s life?

It’s easy to convince yourself you’re living the lifestyle you want and doing the things you want to do. It’s easy to say, “I’m totally knackered but it’s worth it! This is the entrepreneur’s life!” And sometimes, it is. Like when I’m just at the end of a project. Now, for instance: I’m in the [...]

Kenda’s big book adventure [new podcast]

Kenda Macdonald has just published her first book and is fizzing with excitement – so I tied her to a chair and made her talk about it. This episode contains angst, truthy stories, a heroic victory, a fantastic idea for selling more copies of your book (or product or thing)… and sad parsnips.  If you’re [...]

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