Thursday, September 27, 2018

Professional Organizer Jokes

My upcoming mystery, Unstuff Your Stuff, features a protagonist, 68-year-old Millicent Hargrove, who becomes a professional organizer and amateur sleuth. She develops a mantra called GRR: group, reduce and reorganize. This caused me to find some professional organizer jokes. Here are two:
For people who dislike chores, you can organize them into three categories: 1. Things you won’t do now, 2. Things you won’t do later, and 3. Things you’ll never do.
You know you need a professional organizer when you say, “I know it’s good for nothing, but I’m keeping it until it’s good for something.”


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Does Size of Audience Matter When Giving a Presentation

As a speaker and author, I give presentations to libraries, service organizations (Rotary, Kiwanis, Optimist), retirement communities, book clubs and other groups. Does size of audience matter when giving a talk?

My objective is to give the best speech I can no matter what the size of the audience, It’s always good to have a large audience, but some of the best groups I’ve spoken to have had a small number of attendees.
So what do I get out of giving presentations? Some organizations pay an honorarium but most service organizations don’t have a budget for speakers. My only condition is that I’m allowed to sell books at the end of the presentation. The number of books sold may vary wildly. I recently sold 24 books to an audience of 11 people. I have also sold only a handful of books to large audiences. But there are secondary results as well. Some people later order e-book editions. I’ve also had numerous follow on requests for presentations from people who heard my talk. And by building readership through presentations, word-of-mouth about my books gets around. Another important aspect for me is that I meet wonderful people and give them a chance to have a good laugh with my humorous and entertaining talk.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Preparing for a Book Launch

With my next mystery novel, Unstuff Your Stuff, about a professional organizer being released in October, I’m preparing for my book launch. This includes lining up speaking and signing engagements at bookstores and service organizations such as Rotary Clubs and Kiwanis Clubs. I also have information to be sent to my email list of readers and a postcard produced to be sent to my regular mailing list of readers. I will also be putting out social media messages about the new book.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Upcoming Mystery Novel

My next mystery novel, Unstuff Your Stuff, will be released by Encircle Publications in October, 2018. It’s always an exciting time when a new book comes out. Along with the release of this novel, I will develop a new presentation to give at book stores, service organizations and libraries.

This mystery features a female protagonist. Here’s a snapshot: In Unstuff Your Stuff, 68-year-old Millicent Hargrove must deal with the murder of her husband as she begins her new life as a widow and professional organizer. She escapes attempts on her own life and figures out the mystery of the cryptic messages left by her husband. She discovers how to organize people’s stuff while sorting through the clutter from the secret life her husband led.

This book takes place in Boulder, CO, where my wife and I used to live. In doing research for the book, I had an opportunity to tag along with two professional organizers and experience the needed service they provided.