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A Fish Story … Filmmaker and Author Roger Seiler’s “Master of Alaska”

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Blog Tour Stop Number Five:   THE DM ZONE

Interview on The DM Zone shares the tale of his family and growing up in Alaska,             the beautiful 49th State 

My website, not linked to this blog, is where I post videos of  The DM Zone.  On the Internet TV show, I get to interview creative and talented folks from all different genres and walks-of-life. I have interviewed politicians, musicians, artists, actors and yes … authors. Today as part of Roger’s Seiler Blog Tour for MASTER OF ALASKA, I visited with him at his home in Nyack, New York for the story of how he came to grow up in Alaska.

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Watch the video interview. It is an informative, interesting and funny tale of Roger’s youth, his family, flying float planes, and fishing.  (Roger Seiler, Above)

Now the author has written a historical novel about Alexander Baranov, the first governor of Alaska who was sent from the Catherine the Great, Czarina of Russia at the time of George Washington. Rather than being a dry history lesson, Seiler has formed an exciting and page-turning tale of the early days of what is now the state of Alaska.

This is the true saga of Alaska’s first and greatest governor, sent to be chief manager for 5 years, but stuck there for 28.  He built a northwest Russian empire that stretched to California and Hawaii.  And were it not for Baranov, today Alaska would be Canadian instead of America’s 49th state.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE SIGNED COPY OF MASTER OF ALASKA

Critics rave about Historical Novel by Author Roger Seiler based on historical documents

“In this gripping tale of historical fiction, a man faces a brutal landscape and forms alliances with the native tribes… An informative, exciting read that stays true to its real-life inspiration.”

– Kirkus Reviews

Author Roger Seiler is giving a signed printed copy of MASTER OF ALASKA. Also during the blog tour, the eBook is only 99 cents. The direct links are below.

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CLICK HERE TO GET ‘MASTER OF ALASKA’ eBOOK FOR ONLY 99 CENTS

About Roger Seiler, Author & Filmmaker

Award-winning filmmaker and author Roger Seiler grew up in Alaska from age three.  His love of adventure comes from both his parents. His father Edwin was a civil engineer eventually becoming an Alaskan bush pilot. His mother Josefina was born in Puerto Rico and was a writer and Alaskan sport-fishing lodge manager with the hobby of Flamenco dancing.  In his late teens, Roger was a king salmon sport fishing guide on Alaska’s Naknek River, and a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay.

He attended Deep Springs College and graduated With Honors from UCLA with a BA in Theater Arts – Film. His first film work was for UCLA’s Automotive Collision Research project, including a film for TV, “Safety on the Road,” which he wrote, produced and directed. While attending UCLA, Roger also worked with actor Karl Malden and famed director Francis Ford Coppola.

Roger currently lives in South Nyack, NY with his wife Sally. Roger is a devoted reader and supporter of libraries. In 1977 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Nyack Library (Carnegie funded in 1879) and has continued to serve for 40 years, 16 as Board President. Master of Alaska, a Historical Novel, is his second book and whose publisher North Face Publishing is subsidiary of Motivational Press Publishing.

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Blog Tours For Book Promotions … Still a Great Tool for PR

Blog Tours are not new for book promotions. I firmly believe that they are a very useful tool for authors to kick-start any book launch. How do they work? Grab a group of bloggers willing to exchange blog posts with you, the author promoting your book, and away you go.

… Well, it’s more work than that, but that’s the basic premise. I feature a “Double Blog, Blog Tour” where the author featured interviews the blogger of the day for a double hit each day. It is a lot of work for the bloggers and the author, but it is very effective promotion with a potential for a good deal of web-talk about the book you are launching. It also creates reviews for your Amazon and that is crucial for increasing your book sales.

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I am including the press release for the book blog tour currently in action for Roger Seiler’s latest book: MASTER OF ALASKA. The book is a historical novel based on the first governor of Alaska … sent by Russia. Very timely of a topic considering what is in the political news of today.

Feel free to visit any of the ‘blog stops’ along the tour to see how it works. Thanks!

Master of Alaska … Blog Tour Timed with SesquiCentennial of Alaska Statehood

Critics rave about Historical Novel by Author Roger Seiler based on historical documents –

“In this gripping tale of historical fiction, a man faces a brutal landscape and forms alliances with the native tribes… An informative, exciting read that stays true to its real-life inspiration.”

– Kirkus Reviews

(June 11, 2017 – New York, NY) -Nationally known bloggers, authors and reviewers join author Roger Seiler on the rip roaring adventure and love story.  Told as a historical novel, the Tsar’s first Governor of Alaska, Aleksandr Baranov, makes up his mind: he will not be defeated by the Alaskan wilderness. Kirkus gives the book a four-star review.

This is the true saga of Alaska’s first and greatest governor, sent to be chief manager for 5 years, but stuck there for 28.  He built a northwest Russian empire that stretched to California and Hawaii.  And were it not for Baranov, today Alaska would be Canadian instead of America’s 49th state.

About Roger Seiler, Author & Filmmaker

Award-winning filmmaker and author Roger Seiler grew up in Alaska from age three.  His love of adventure comes from both his parents. His father Edwin was a civil engineer eventually becoming an Alaskan bush pilot. His mother Josefina was born in Puerto Rico and was a writer and Alaskan sport-fishing lodge manager with the hobby of Flamenco dancing.  In his late teens, Roger was a king salmon sport fishing guide on Alaska’s Naknek River, and a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay.

He attended Deep Springs College and graduated With Honors from UCLA with a BA in Theater Arts – Film. His first film work was for UCLA’s Automotive Collision Research project, including a film for TV, “Safety on the Road,” which he wrote, produced and directed. While attending UCLA, Roger also worked with actor Karl Malden and famed director Francis Ford Coppola.

Roger currently lives in South Nyack, NY with his wife Sally. Roger is a devoted reader and supporter of libraries. In 1977 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Nyack Library (Carnegie funded in 1879) and has continued to serve for 40 years, 16 as Board President. Master of Alaska, a Historical Novel, is his second book and whose publisher North Face Publishing is subsidiary of Motivational Press Publishing.

 

Participating Blogs in order of the blog schedule:

 

Monday, June 12                              Celtic Lady’s Book Reviews

Tuesday, June 13                              Lisa Queen of Random

Wednesday, June 14                       Hogwash

Thursday, June 15                            The Book Adventures of Emily   

Friday, June 16                                  The DM Zone

Monday, June 19                              Lily Iona MacKenzie’s Writer’s Blog

Tuesday, June 20                              The Author’s Show

Wednesday, June 21                       Reading to Distraction

Thursday, June 22                            Mythical Books

Friday, June 23                                  Mara Purl

Saturday, June 24                             What Cathy Read Next

Sunday, June 25                                Reecaspieces

Monday, June 26                              Kerry Adrienne

Tuesday, June 27                              Rosepoint Publishing

Wednesday, June 28                       Buddy Hollywood

Thursday, June 29                            Tired of Talking About Myself

Friday, June30                                   Hope C Tarr

 

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Author Video Promotion Works aka 50 Shades of Grapes

Author Saylor Storm wanted to describe her writing style and content. I suggested a video that we could add to her website. The video would be about a minute long, short and concise. But, that’s where my input ended. Saylor came up with a story, to be told visually while she spoke of her writing. Her idea was to entice the viewer to learn more about her and her books.

“I had this idea that I would be casually talking about my books, while the viewer would get an entirely different thought and story from what was being portrayed on the screen.”

Together with HD Broadcast AZ studios and Millennial spokesperson Harry Danilevics, we were able to make Saylor Storm’s vision a reality. And, I think it really works.

 

Today is Day 11 of Saylor’s Virtual Book Tour promoting the launch of book 2 of Sue’s Journey Trilogy: Sue’s Rapture. The tour is focused on book 1, Sue’s Seduction so that the reader would understand the story from the beginning. Both books are currently only 99c during the tour.Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00017]http://jbronderbookreviews.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/dc524-sue27s2brapture.jpg

There is also a raffle that readers can win a copy of both books. Visit Saylor Storm’s website for all the details, and links.!

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I Love Lists! Especially When They Work …

I do love lists! I make one each evening for my next day’s tasks. I use them for shopping, for errand and just about everything in between. So, when I found the list in the article Social Media Daily To-Do List: 10 Essential Tasks by Digital Marketing Consultant Saman Kouretchinan, it struck a chord. It really works for me. This post is over a year old, but that doesn’t really matter, the advice is solid.

I LOVE lists!

I LOVE lists!

 

We all know how much time Social Media takes from our daily schedule and if you’re like me you put it off. Saman explains that Social Media is not like a website that can stay static … well duh, but the problem for me seems to be getting the whole thing organized enough that posting to your sites doesn’t take over your entire life.

Enter Saman Kouretchian’s list. Three of the 10 points that I NEVER miss daily are pretty basic:

  • Sign In
  • Post fresh content
  • Reach out to three new contacts

The 10 tips are basic and easy to add to your daily routine. And, they do save time. Read the entire article here.

I have used these “10 Essential Tasks” combined with other my other PR strategies for several my PR clients with great success as well. Recently, I took one new client that had less than 30 Twitter followers, not much FB activity and almost non-existent website visits. Using the Saman’s list for two weeks, and an hour each day from my staff, we boosted Twitter to over 500 followers (real not purchased!). We also increased Facebook followers and likes by triple and website page visits went through the roof.

As I said, I love lists. And this one really, really works! Thanks Saman!

 

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The DM Zone Blog – Golf Anyone?

This guy knows real grass!

This guy knows real grass!

Blogging only about using Social Media, new trends, how to’s and such has become more of a chore than a pleasure. As I tell my clients, blogging is like a journal that you share with the public. It should flow from your thoughts and activities, be they about your company, your career or your life in general. And, hopefully fun to write in the process!

I have changed my blog, The DM Zone, to mirror and relate more to The DM Zone my Internet TV station and will now cover anything that feels right to share.

Besides working in Public Relations, I am lucky that I get to interview famous, nearly famous and want-to-be famous folks. I have the best time doing this. And, I have a gift helping make those individuals not feeling all that comfortable in front of a camera, feel like they are just having a conversation with me, sans the camera.

My videos are produced by HD Broadcast AZ video studios located in Scottsdale, Arizona. The team over there do an excellent job of editing.

These videos have been shared and have been viewed by more than 250,000 times. I know, surprises the heck out of me too!

At a recent golfing event taking place in Peoria, Arizona, I met a group of young women visiting us to play golf. Held at the Westbrook Village Golf Club, the NCAA Division I Women’s Spring Invitational included 14 teams, mostly from the “flyover states” that currently are covered in snow. The teams come to Arizona to play on the first grass of the season. They practice back home in garages or special practice indoor facilities … but no real grass.

Watch these NCAA Division 1 Women’s Golf Tournament interviews.

The event wasn’t covered by local media, and I found that a shame. But the event was well run, all by volunteers, and was great fun for everyone involved.

If you enjoyed the interviews, give me a holler on Twitter – @DMCollins – Thanks!

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Author Karen Baldwin (Ruby’s World – My Journey with the Zulu) Travels to the Blogosphere and Stops at The DMZone

I like people. It is the number one reason I started working in public relations. And sometimes, you get to work with people you really like. They have a story that touches your heart, and you believe what you do for a living makes a difference. Karen Baldwin, my guest today is one of those stories.

Karen is on her first blog tour and in her words, “having a blast!” doing it. I love introducing her and allowing her to tell how we came to work together. I consider us the lucky ones. Enjoy!

Author Karen Baldwin (Ruby’s World – My Journey with the Zulu) Travels to the Blogosphere

Blogosphere Day #5: Who are Your “People”?

Silly me!  When I sat down to write Ruby’s World, I thought it would be easy.  After all, I kept copious journals in Africa.  All I need to do was clean them up a bit and I’d be   good to go.  Right?  Wrong!

It turns out there’s a huge difference between simply recording the thoughts, feelings, activities and conversations of myself and others … and actually turning that recorded information into a story that others might enjoy.  So I had to get “people.”

Taos, my home while I wrote Ruby’s World, has a community of fine writers who took me into their fold.  We shared our work out loud every week, offered critical feedback, and listened with sympathetic hearts to each others’ struggles.  Whenever I moaned and groaned about how hard it was to put my story to paper, those who had already been published assured me that writing the book was the easy part … promoting the book was the hard part.

They had to be wrong.  Surely.  With a publishing contract already in hand, it would be different for me.  I plowed on, finished the book, went through the editing process, and voila – one day last December a carton of Ruby’s World books arrived on my doorstep.

I was so excited I nearly peed my pants.  I had a fabulous opening night at Lenny Foster’s Living Light Gallery in Taos and did a few private book club events in town.  I was on cloud nine.

Then, when all the hoopla died down, I realized my writing people knew what they were talking about.  I was overwhelmed at the prospect of promoting my book.  Once again, I needed people!

Fortunately, I have good angels.  I accepted an invitation to sit in the Author’s Pavilion at the Tucson Festival of Books this past March where I was approached by the fine folks at DM Productions, LLC – now my marketing agent and public relations gurus.

Douglas and Dianemarie Collins have gently guided me from novice to pro … from written press to television … from one published book to two!  (If you haven’t already downloaded your free copy of my second book, Unlocking the Dream, don’t waste another minute.  ClickHERE.)

This Ruby’s World “Blogosphere Tour” is their brainchild.  And despite not even knowing what a blog was six months ago … I’m having a fabulous time.  I can’t wait to see where we “cruise” next.  Pun intended.  They are currently promoting me to the major cruise lines and next spring I look forward to sharing my writing, dreaming and global volunteer expertise on the oceans!

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Over Used, Trite and Just Plain Annoying …

… Words that are used by publicist, spokespersons and corporate communicators that should be forbidden. A while ago, I was trolling the internet (we all do that), when I came upon a glossary of terms I found fascinating. The reason is because it is a list of over used, trite and just plain annoying words that are included in too many media releases. Buzz words for lack of a better description.

And, I must confess, there are times when a client has said to me that one of these words was the perfect choice of words, and that it must be included in their release. And as I cringed, I included them in the ‘News-breaking’ release that I sent out to the media. Because that was what the client felt best described what they wanted to convey to the public about their product or service.

I am listing these words with the hope to once more to educate our clients, to not offend journalist, and to improve our profession. I have rated them based on least offensive to the worst. Enjoy!

Runner ups:  All-in-One, Attention Mode, Bandwidth, Best Practice, Blogosphere, Client-driven, Cloud, Complete Approach, Core Competencies, Critical Mass, Customer-Centric, Dashboard, Digital Solution, Dynamic, Earth Shattering, Easy-to-Use, End Product, Enhancement, e-Tailing, Ever-Changing, Evolving, Excited (in a quote), Exclusive, Expert, Fierce, First-of-a-kind, Full-Service, Fully scalable, Global, Green, Groundbreaking, Honored (in a quote), Hottest Trend, Human Capital, Integrated, Intuitive, Long Tail, Market Leader, Mashup, Next Generation, Next Level, Off the Grid, Offline, Optimize, Out-of-the-box, Platform, Pleased (in a quote), Press Release, Presser, Proactive, Raise the Bar, Reality TV, Redefine, Result-Oriented, Rightsizing, Robust, SEO, Smarter Measurement, Spin Room, Streamlined, Sustainability, Symbiotic, Thrilled (in a quote), Tipping Point, Top-of-Mind, Trend, Utilize, Web 2.0, Win-Win, World-class

Oldies but goodies:  Award-Winning, Disruptive, Evangelist, Industry-Leading, Mission Critical, Pioneer, Real-time, Scalable, Thought Leader

Thought Leader – “It was a good word; the concept of Thought Leadership as part of a PR strategy is very important. Yet, like most useful concepts in PR, the term devolved into a buzzword that gets thrown around like confetti.” Kevin A. Mercuri

Classics: Best-of-Breed, Bleeding Edge, Influencer, Rock Star, Seamless, Turnkey,
User (User-Friendly

Best-of-Breed – “I didn’t realize we were promoting purebred animals.” Adam Novak

Stellar: Guru, Innovative (Innovator), Leading-Edge, Paradigm (Paradigm Shifting), Social Media (SM Expert), Unique

Guru – “Guru for sure needs to be buried, and anyone who self-proclaims to be a guru will see their reputation get buried too.” Julia Zunich

Give-me-a-Break: Buzz (Buzzwords), Revolutionary

Buzz – “Unless you’re in the honey bee industry, buzz can be subject and acts as a filler word.” Jolene Loeschter

Stinky: Leader (Leading), Solution, State-of-the-Art, Synergy (Synergize)

State-of-the-Art – “When you think about it, this doesn’t explain anything. I’d much rather be specific and state why the technology, process, etc. is heads above the rest.”  Renee Rosiak

Top of the Heap: Cutting Edge, Game Changing

 

 

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