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Live from MIM – Roberta Gambarini – Jazz Vocalist Extraordinaire!

Jazz has been called America’s greatest original art form, America’s classical music, and the soundtrack of America. In fact, jazz is global music, heard and performed in all corners of the world.

In December 2014 I was fortunate to visit with one of today’s finest interpreters of the American songbook, which includes memorable tunes by the greats such as Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, the Gershwins and others. Roberta Gambarini, a fabulous jazz singer, appeared at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix.

Roberta Gambarini and Dianemarie Collins

Roberta Gambarini and Dianemarie Collins

We visited on The DM Zone before her MIM performance, chatting about how she, a native of Turin, Italy has become a leading jazz vocalist, proclaimed by the late jazz pianist Hank Jones as “The Best since Ella Fitzgerald.”

Before the interview ended, Roberta graced me with an acapella verse of “Sunny Side of the Street.” I was spellbound to stand side-by-side with her and hear that incredible voice as she so casually tossed out perfection. She scatted the ending! Watch the video and you will hear what I mean.

Later, we took our seats in the intimate hall at the MIM. Roberta began the concert walking out on stage, following her trio of incredible musicians: George Cables (piano), Jimmy Cobb (drums), and Ameen Saleem (bass). Standing center, she then sang acapella, “So In Love” from the musical “Kiss Me Kate.” I was mesmerized listening to her wonderfully clear instrument, so flawlessly displayed.

I have to add, that in my book, Roberta Gambarini is not only one of the finest Jazz vocalist, but one of the finest singers. Period.

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A Virtual Book Tour – Author’s Point-of-View

Virtual Book Tours (VBT) are not a new PR tool for launching a book, but I believe that they are an effect way for authors to reach a lot of new readers in a short period of time. My client, author Saylor Storm is launching her fifth book, but on her first VBT. So I asked her to share her thoughts on the process. This is Day Nine of Saylor’s VBT launching book 2 of the Sue Kent’s series, Sue’s Rapture. Part of the success for a VBT should involve offering a special for the bloggers that participate and for their readers. So the end of this post, you’ll find a GIVEAWAY raffleticket_-_IMAGE

and a special price for book 1, Sue’s Seduction and Sue’s Rapture. The novels follow heroine Sue Kent through a journey where a daily pill takes her from a 50-something to a 20 year old. What happens next, will surprise and definitely entertain. Enjoy!

Author Saylor Storm

Author Saylor Storm

Saylor Storm tells her side of the story:

Here we are in the middle of my first virtual book tour and I just wanted to share with you what my experience has been like so far. If you are anything like I was before the VBT began, then you had absolutely no idea what a virtual book tour involved.

My publicist, Dianemarie (DM) Collins, patiently set up interviews with different bloggers for each day of the tour. Some of the writers were simply reviewing my book, Sue’s Seduction, while others sent me interview questions and several of the authors were interviewed back by me.

In spite of being warned by DM, I was quite surprised to learn how much work was involved in putting this all together. My website was utterly unprepared for this tour which involved a raffle. Scrambling at the last minute, with the help of a very web savvy friend, the site was ready, raffle and all, at the eleventh hour.

Answering the bloggers dozens of questions has been thought provoking to say the least. Questions like, “What would you like your headstone to read?” will really make you think!

Once the quirks are worked out and all the authors are participating on schedule, the process becomes quite enjoyable and not so overwhelming. My lack of computer skills has been a definite hindrance to my speed in this process.

Now that I know what is involved and what to expect, the next blog tour will proceed much more smoothly, quickly and with less stress! (Wishful thinking!)

Be sure to register to win the giveaway for a copy of Sue’s Seduction and Sue’s Rapture.     http://jbronderbookreviews.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/dc524-sue27s2brapture.jpgPageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00017]

You can also purchase both books during the blog tour for only 99c each at Amazon or  Barnes & Noble.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next installment of the blog tour at Reader’s Review.

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Blogger’s Block or Writing Your Blog Shouldn’t be Such a Chore!

I love to write … I really do. So why do I put up such blocks for myself when it comes to writing the DM Zone blog? I want to share the information I find on the web about what I love to do … Public Relations including Social Media, Blogging, Twitter … to others beginning the journey of reaching the media for your clients. I think it may do with the fact that I want each post to be perfect. Whoops, can’t be perfect … well then don’t write at all. Wrong!

To tackle my block, I have turned to the my favorite vehicle … the web and here is what I found.

Bridget (Weide) Brooks

Editor Resume Writer's Digest

Bridget Brooks, editor of Resume Writer’s Digest actually calls what I am struggling with “Bloggers Block.” She outlines some very specific steps to get by the block. I discovered, to my great surprise. is that I create posts to the DM Zone the way Ms. Brooks says to get past the Blogger’s Block. Read the entire article Bloggers and (Resume) Writer’s Block and you will find some great tips.

DM Zone has always been about finding solutions to problems encountered in the New Media (it’s not as new as when I began exploring the web back in 1991) and sharing those ideas on these pages. For instance, I have a very sweet client, an author, that can barely turn on a computer. But his is a worthy book needs promotion and PR.  In order for him to market his book, I created a blog tour and had him talk to bloggers and book reviewers.  It was a big success, and got me thinking he needed his own blog.

And so , we encouraged him to write his own blog (I explained that a blog was like a daily journal). And, as I am explaining to him what a blog is and how frequent to post, I realize it has been too long since I have posted to this blog. Back to the beginning of this post with the Blogger’s Block … I don’t have a block, I have a fear of not being perfect. My advice to myself … Get over it!

Mark Ivey lists 7 Steps for Overcoming Writer’s Block … the first listed being exactly what I just said:

“Many people struggle with writing. But I believe anyone can write and blog with the right approach. It’s not brain surgery, but it does take some work.

First, get over the idea that you have to write a blockbuster blog every time. We find in our training that many corporate bloggers are by nature analytical and perfectionists, which creates a lot of extra agony. It’s great to hit a home run, but mostly this is about hitting lots of singles and doubles”

This blog has always strived to put out information that others would find helpful and useful and to that point, my favorite advice I found on Blogger’s Block is by guru blogging expert, Darren Rowse, founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips. He writes in his article Frustrated by Blogger’s Block? Try this Exercise

“There are probably thousands of bloggers in your niche writing content to solve the problems of your readers, but I bet that in most niches, most of them don’t look after the feelings of their readers.

Acknowledge and work with those feelings, and you’ll be blogging with empathy—not only solving problems, but making emotional connections with your readers. You’ll also be connecting with different personality types than if you just write a dry how-to type post.”

Darren speaks to how I want my blog to sound, touch and help my readers. But if I don’t write, then how can I accomplish this? My advice to you and to myself. Just write and enjoy! If you aren’t having fun … what’s the point? 

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Road Trip – Client on Tour … Or if it’s Tuesday, it must be?

Media Relations or PR is interesting and can be challenging when you are in your own comfort zone geographically. But many times you must go with your client or meet them at a location for an event or tour. I am traveling on a ‘Road Trip’ to the Dallas-Fort Worth area this weekend.

 Western Artists of America is holding its Seventh Annual Show and Sale. And, this year it is being held at the Pearce Museum on the Navarro College Campus in Corsicana, TXDM Productions LLC is providing the media relations for the event.  We will shuffle artists to media interviews at various regional television stations, and help coordinate print interviews as well.

In addition to our media services, Studio Scottsdale, our video production company, is offering the attendees, America’s leading Western artists, a short video of themselves. The video will allow them to discuss, on camera, their work and what their participation in the WAA means.

We’ll host  the videos of each artist interviewed and provide a link for their websites. Adding a multi-media element to a website, or on-line media release, increases the chance of driving more traffic to a website.

The Studio Scottsdale team is providing the video service as a way of showcasing how they can take their services “on the road” as well. We have a 2800 square foot free-standing studio in, you guessed it, Scottsdale, AZ, where we provide a full-service digital studio.  Our video services range from conceptual through the finished product. We also offer professional photography services with our award winning photographer, Bonnie Adams.

But we can provide mobile services and have done so previously for clients. As the Western Artists of America are located around the country, Studio Scottsdale wants to let them know that we travel.

It is an exciting weekend with lots of activities, media and of course the videos. I am hosting the interviews providing the questions to the artist or sculptor. They are branded the same as this blog … and on each video … “You will have entered the DM Zone.”

My plan is to post new blogs over this road trip to keep you up with the comings and goings that can take place when you “hit the road” for a media tour with your client. Stay tuned!

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