Matt & Erin had 19 wedding party members to be introduced in an outdoor setting…so we opted for a format called “Who’s Getting Introduced Next?” which was submitted by Randy Bartlett as a creative idea in the Grand Entrance chapter of my book, “The Best Wedding Reception…Ever!” It should be no surprise to note that Randy is a Wedding Entertainment Director™.
On December 1st, I was invited by Sherrien Shui of Twogether Events to bring copies of TBWRE to sell and sign at the AAWPA (Asian American Wedding Professionals Association) meeting held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Fullerton, CA. We gave away a few copies of TBWRE as raffle prizes and I helped Sherrien give away the rest of the raffle prizes.
On November 22nd, I presented “The Starbucks Effect” to a packed house of wedding professionals at the Vendor Blender event in Holyoke, MA. We had so many people show up…they had to bring in 20 more chairs! The event was hosted at the Delaney House in Holyoke and everyone enjoyed drinks, amazing appetizers, and some truly delectable desserts. Big thanks to Lisa Powers for helping to get this event organized and promoted!
My good friends, Jim Darby & Bettie-Jeanne Rivard-Darby (with DreamView Productions) from Ellington, CT. The show’s producer, Lisa Powers, met me over a year ago at the Wedding MBA show. We have already discussed scheduling for me to speak at their Spring Bridal Show in early March 2011.
On November 19th, my publisher put me in touch with a reporter for Publisher’s Weekly who was working on a story about Authors who had landed publishing deals after first self-publishing and self-promoting their book themsevles. I was on a layover in Cleveland, OH on my way from Louisville, KY to Hartford, CT and we spent 30 minutes on the phone discussing exactly how I had put together and promoted my self-published version of TBWRE to the point that I had been able to sell over 11,000 copies in just over two years. I then shared with her how I had written up an overivew of the strides I had made with TBWRE (International Readership, TV Interviews, Speaking Engagements, Etc.) along with a marketing plan once it became a published work. We talked about how I sent it to 6 hand-picked publishers and received 3 rejection letters followed finally by an offer to publish from Sellers Publishing located in Portland, ME.
The completed article will be spotlighting 5 or 6 Authors and is due to published on their web site on December 21st.
On November 16th & 17th I presented “The Professional Process” (my 2-Day intenstive training program for wedding entertainers) in Louisville, KY. It was attended by about 14 people. A few were attending for the 2nd time and one attendee (Patrick Durham) was there for the 3rd time since last year.
I have currently trained over 110 wedding entertainers from the U.S. and around the world through this program.
November 15th I spoke at a luncheon for about 30 wedding vendors at the Wedding Loft…a combined office space shared by Brandon Lindsey (of Hey! Mr. DJ) and Kathy Piech-Lukas (of Your Dream Day) in Cincinnati, OH…and then I spoke there again that evening for a group of about 10 people…mostly brides and grooms. I sold and signed a case of TBWRE books. Kathy also drove me to the local Barnes & Noble boosktore where I signed the copies of TBWRE they had in stock. And then we dropped of a signed copy of TBWRE for a news producer with WCPO Channel 9 as they scheduled me for a TV interview about me book for the 18th.
On November 12th, I mailed out two signed copies of TBWRE to my good friend, David Louis, (owner of Dynamic Sounds in Hawaii) as he recently made a connection with a relative of Kathy Ireland who is next door neighbors to Oprah Winfrey in Santa Barbara. Kathy has been on Oprah’s show several times and she’s currently developing some wedding venues in Hawaii…so we gave it a shot. One copy was signed for Kathy Ireland and the other was signed for Oprah Winfrey.