Release of 5 New Children’s Read Along Animal Picture Books by J. Bruce Jones

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

I am pleased to announce the release of my 5 new children’s read along picture books for the holidays. The 5 book series called Animals Love includes picture books of our favorite animals, cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, horses and elephants. Each book focuses on the fun and interesting things that these animals love to do. Play, run, eat, play in the water, get petted, and be with their friends. Each 36 page book is perfect for early and beginning readers with large type and beautiful color pictures. The books are available at Amazon.com in paperback and on any Kindle reader. I will be releasing more info on each book along with a series of videos on how I produced the books.

5 New Children's Read Along Animal Picture Books by J. Bruce Jones

5 New Children’s Read Along Animal Picture Books by J. Bruce Jones

Cats Love to Play
Cats Love to Play, is from the new Animals Love To series by J. Bruce Jones. In this new children’s picture book we get to play along with our favorite cat or kitten as they do all the things we love so much about them. We see them run, eat, play with string, sit up high, sleep on the sofa. With beautiful pictures and text this book is perfect for beginning reading with your young child or cat lover at heart.

Available at Amazon.com Cats Love to Play (Animals Love To Book 1)

Dogs Love to Play
Dogs Love to Play, the second book in the Animals Love To series by J. Bruce Jones. In this fun children’s picture book we get to play along with our favorite dogs and puppies as they do all the things we love so much about them. We see them run, eat, play with their favorite toy, sit on sofas, sleep on the bed. With beautiful pictures and text this book is perfect for beginning reading with your young child or dog lover at heart.

Available at Amazon.com Dogs Love to Play (Animals Love To Book 2)

Cat and Dog Buddies
Cat and Dog Buddies is the third book in the Animals Love To series by J. Bruce Jones. In this fun children’s picture book we get to see some very cute cat and dog couples. This children picture book is filled with pictures of two friendly pets. Each page has a beautiful picture of a cat and dog that is engaging with the reader. The couples are all named with some of our favorite pet names. This book is great for story telling and sharing with your favorite cat or dog lover.

Available at Amazon.com Cat and Dog Buddies (Animals Love To Book 3)

Horses Love to Run
Horses Love to Run is the fourth book in the Animals Love To series by J. Bruce Jones. In this fun children’s picture book we get to see some beautiful, powerful and amazing horses. My children’s picture book is filled with pictures of horses in all kinds of settings. Each page has a beautiful picture of a horse that is engaging with the nature and the reader. The horses are up close and beautiful. This book is great for story telling and sharing with your favorite horse lover.

Available at Amazon.com Horses Love to Run (Animals Love to Book 4)

Elephants Love Their Families
Elephants Love Their Families is the fifth book in the Animals Love To series by J. Bruce Jones. In this fun children’s picture book we get to see some powerful and amazing adult and baby elephants. This children picture book is filled with pictures of elephants in all kinds of settings. Each page has a beautiful picture of an elephant that is engaging with the nature and the reader. The elephants are upclose and active. This book is great for story telling and sharing with your favorite elephant lover.

Available at Amazon.com Elephants Love Their Families (Animals Love To Book 5)

Interview with Stephanie Bavaro, The Making of a #1 Best Seller

As a graphic designer these days we are called upon to help with many aspects of a project. Not only must we do design, but also marketing, social media, video, all kinds of stuff. Having a love of publishing and now selling around 300 books a month on my own, I get asked to help with a lot of book projects. As was the case recently with Stephanie Bavaro where I was asked to step in and help with her book launch. The result was that Stephanie’s book went to #1 international best seller status in 4 countries. Very cool.

Stephanie was very nice and granted me an interview on the process of making a best selling book. Some great lessons here. In this interview Stephanie takes us through the process of how she made her new book “GREATful Woman Talks!: Volume 1: Giving From Your Overflow Starts with Self-Care!” and brought it to #1 best seller status in 4 countries and 6 categories.

Stephanie talks about putting the book together, building her publishing platform, social media, launch day, her team behind the scenes, what has happened since and lessons learned.

GREATful Woman Talks, Vol 1 is available at Amazon.com

Collection of Interviews includes:
• Giving From Your Overflow Begins with Self-Care with Lisa Nichols
• How to Rise Above Mediocre Status Quo Living and Become the Woman God Created You To Be! with Dee Marshall
• Getting Fit and Sassy from the Inside Out! with Kate McKay
• Mother’s Self Care! with Mia Redrick
• Telling Your Authentic Story: How to Access the True Power of Who You Really Are! with Christine Kloser
• Creating a Sacred Space to Unlock Your Highest Calling! with Nikki Klugh
• Life Balance for Success: Your Body, Bedroom, Babies, and Boardroom! with Tanya Penny
• The H Factor: Using Your Heart, Hustle and Humility to Make it Happen! with Vasavi Kumar
• Up Level Your Life and Change the Game of Your Success! with Allyson Byrd
• Living Strong, Lean & Flexible with Stephanie Bavaro

To learn more about Stephanie Bavaro please visit
http://greatfulwoman.com

Show 7 Making a Living as a Freelance Designer • Bruce Jones Design Show

Show 7, focuses on making a living as a freelance graphic designer. I talk about, in a presentation that I gave at a local college, how I use my design skills and knowledge to build products that I can sell and supplement my income. Anyone who creates for a living like a graphic designer, writer, photographer, really anyone can do this can use what they do in their day job to make a parallel line of products. I will be talking more about this in future shows but this is a good place to start.

Notes from the presentation

Using Your Design Skills to Make Money for Yourself

Key Points 1
• The Gate Keepers to Publishing, Video, Marketing and Distribution Have Fallen
• Everyone Gets the Same, Window to the World
• Products Can Be Produced Almost Free with Print-on-Demand

What Kind of Products Can You Make
• Books, Physical & Electronic
• Video, DVDs & Online
• Music
• Consumer Products, Household
• WebTV, Training, Information
• Advertising Revenue

Key Points 2
• Print on Demand / Electronic
• No Inventory Cost, No Shipping Costs
• Little Bits of Money Add Up
• Perfection Freezes Progress

How Do You Create Products
• Any program that can make a pdf file, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
• Any program or camera that can make a video file: iMovie, Screenflow, Camtasia
• Online templates, CreateSpace, Lulu, CafePress, Zazzle

How Do You Sell Products
• Amazon, #1 Place to Sell
• Books: CreateSpace, Lulu, Blurb, Kindle
• Products: CafePress, Zazzle
• eProducts: eJunkie, Your Site
• YouTube

Where Do You Get Ideas
• Your Own Interests
• Amazon.com / Bestseller Lists
• Listening to Customers
• Magazines, Stores, Etsy, Real Life
• Re-purpose Content
• Look at Your Stats

Key Tips
• Amazon, Bestseller, TOC, Reviews
• Keep it Short
• Electronic Format/Print on Demand
• YouTube and Video
• Free Shipping
• Use the Post Office,Fedx, UPS Packaging
• Pay Attention to Stats
• Perfection Freezes Progress

Key Take Aways
• Begin Small and Keep it Short, but Begin
• Amazon is King, Books are Easy, CreateSpace, Kindle
• Act Local / Think Global
• Print-on-Demand is Very Powerful
• Video and YouTube are the Future
• Perfection Freezes Progress
• Easy to Change

Show 4, How to Interview Someone Using Video, 2013 Predictions and Blog Idea

Show 4, 2013 Predictions, How to do a Video Interview, Blog Idea, Bruce Jones Design Show, with your host Bruce Jones

2013 PREDICTIONS AND TRENDS
• Fall of the Gate Keepers in publishing, video/broadcasting, marketing and distribution
• The merging of personal and business in Facebook and other social media platforms
• The explosion of video in all areas of marketing
• If you are a content producer this is your golden age
• The power of Amazon in all areas of commerce

VIEWER QUESTION
“I have the opportunity to do a quick video interview with a top celebrity in my field at an upcoming conference. They do know me but will be a quick on the fly kind of thing. He may be surrounded by other fans, so I many only have 1-2 minutes with them.”

My questions are about how to make the best of my short interview opportunity?

1. In addition to a quick interview question, I would love to get a quick video testimonial for my latest project, can I ask that?

2. Eye Focus — should I have this person look straight at me, at the camera, or off to the side, interview style?

3. Should I shoot this person myself while I ask him questions, or should I hand the camera to someone else and show me interviewing him.

4. Should I use the mic from the camera or have a separate one?

1. If this is going to be a public video and you only have a very short amount of time to act, think what would be the one or two questions people want to know about your subject, and ask those. At the end of the interview ask if you can get a quick testimonial for your project, but base it on how the interview went. If it went well than grab a testimonial if it did not go well maybe just grab a picture. They don’t know your project so be careful of putting them on the spot.

I try to have my questions written down so that I won’t forget them. Your interviewee will appreciate it and you can quickly move from question to questions. Remember to get at least a video ok for you to use this recording on you website or YouTube, people don’t like to be trapped.

2. Have your subject look at you but have the camera close to your face. My goal with interviews is to always treat the person nice if you have a 2nd mic you can use it but often people don’t know what to do with it. Just keep the camera are nice and close and your audio should be fine.

3. Never hand anybody your camera, you only have one shot at getting this interview and you don’t know what people are going to do with your camera. People can do strange things with the camera, they want to take over and be a director. They may try to move you around and take different pictures. They don’t shoot what you want, they move the camera around too much, they cut off heads and they don’t push the record button.

In a case like this where you have a celebrity you want to go for the sure thing. You just want to shoot the shot straight on so you know you have it and hopefully it isn’t too noisy, and the lighting is okay. Sometimes you can swing the person around to get better lighting. Moments like this you always want to go for the sure shot, forget about being creative.

4. I usually use the mic in the camera or a shotgun mic that I have added. I shoot a lot of TV for local public access and I’m always doing interviews on a run and gun style and don’t have time to mic someone up. You only have one time to get the sound bite, usually on-the-fly, often in a parking lot or the library, parade or classroom. The goal is to get the soundbite and get out. The mics in today’s cameras are excellent and if the room is fairly quiet you should be ok. If you have a handheld be sure the person holds it up to their mouth like an ice cream cone.

A key thing here is never to turn your camera off once you start. You can always cover up some footage with something else but you can’t go back and get more video. When you go into the interview have the camera rolling, never say okay let’s get started 3 2 1. Just have the camera on before you need it and don’t turn the camera off until the person is gone. Best quotes come after the interview was over and here is. And here’s one of my rules, be nice to them and thank them when your done and then leave.

BLOG IDEA
Post questions and answers that your customers should be asking but don’t.

2013 Predictions from the Boston Marketing Meetup Group

The Boston Internet Marketing Meetup Group which I am a co-director meets in a Google Hangout on a regular weekly basis as well as at live events. The three directors, Lew Sabbag, Keith Spiro and myself, recently met and pulled together our predictions for 2013 and where we see the internet going for the next year.  Using Google Hangout has been an excellent way for us to meet and it has also given us the ability to broadcast live over YouTube. Our predictions meetup was also matched  with a live event where we polled the audience for their views.

Predictions included
1. The continual falling of the gatekeepers for publishing, marketing, video broadcast and distribution
2. The merging of personal and business in social media, specifically in Facebook
3. The power of Amazon as it moves through all areas of commerce
4. The power of graphic designers and English Majors, or as I see it, anyone that can create content is going to win and be able to distribute
5. Mobile and Local merging together
6. Publishing will be redefined