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FINDING TRUE FRIENDS: for Friendship to work you have to really want IN

Is Paying for Book Promotion Worth it?

Andrew Updegrove: Tales of Adversego logo 75One of the more difficult issues the author of a self-published book faces is whether to pay others to help promote their book. Broadly speaking, such services fall into three categories: creating sales materials (postcards, posters, press releases), reaching out to influencers (reviewers, bloggers and interviewers) and direct selling (via mailings, social media and advertising). Most print on demand (POD) publishers offer at least the first, some provide the second, and a few may provide some of the third.

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Friendships in a foreign land: Part II

The Slog Years

This is a continuation of a post I made earlier. In this post I am going to give you some tips to make friends when moving to a new city or a new country. Some of you might think this is pretty lame coz you have to just go with the flow to make friends. But sometimes, it is not that simple, especially when you’re new to a place. Just like good relationships, building friendships take time. So here go some dos and don’ts and some tips to become comfortable in your new city.

  1. Be friendly with your new colleagues, even if they seem cold and distant. Be persistent in acknowledging them when they come in to work every day, even if, actually especially if they don’t acknowledge you.
  2. Sign up and participate in group activities in your office/department.
  3. Go to after-work or weekend social gatherings organized in your work…

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You Were Cool by the Mountain Goats

The Lightness of Human

This song is for all the good people I’ve met throughout my life who might have gotten – and perhaps are still getting – chipped away by life. Be it by strangers or by friends and family.

It matters to remember that sometimes those who corrode us do so involuntarily as an overreaction to their own fears and insecurities. We all want to feel safe. We all want to belong – we want to feel happy and loved. The ones who try to consume us are often no different. They simply, for whatever personal reason, don’t know how to express those wants without hurting their surroundings.

Remember that it gets better.

Life blossoms. Don’t forget that ❤

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