Is Instagram for Lawyers?


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Instagram is for Lawyers

“What is Instagram?” Lance asked Jennifer, an associate at L & L Law Firm. “It’s a social networking app,” she answered. “It’s made for sharing photos and videos from your smartphone.”

“Some of the lawyers were taking pictures around the courthouse this morning,” said Lance. “They said they were going to post them on Instagram. Should we be doing that?”

Instagram is a visual platform, based on pictures and videos. Like other social networks, you can interact with users by following them, being followed by them, liking, tagging, commenting, and private messaging. According to Instagram’s website, there are over 800M users and 500M daily active users. Eight out of ten users follow at least one business.

Instagram is good for building your brand by creating a visual story of your life in and out of the law. While the law may not be photogenic, the people working with the law are. Take pictures of the people behind the scenes at your office. Share a picture of a new associate coming in the door ready to work, or upload an image of your office manager blowing out the candles on their birthday cake.

Look for pictures of the firm’s community involvement. Take photos of lawyers and staff running in a marathon or distributing bicycle helmets. Some images might be connected to your legal expertise, such as a short clip of you speaking at a seminar. Others could connect to your niche practice, such as landscapes for environmental law, or office buildings for employment law. For a few ideas, spend some time researching to see what other lawyers are posting.

The law is a service business that’s all about building relationships. Using Instagram can help build a complete picture of who you are as a person and as a lawyer, making you more accessible to your clients.

How to Get Noticed on Instagram

Instagram users categorize their images using #hashtags. These hashtags help users find your posts. To help their search, the caption of your picture and the hashtags should be related. You can check out a hashtag before posting it by using Instagram’s search feature to see what other images and posts appear. You may find more hashtags that are applicable to your post.

Remember, Instagram is a social network, so keep ethics rules in mind, follow people, comment on their posts, and reply to the comments you have received.

Instagram is another marketing tool to have in your social media tool box. If you have clients who are in businesses such as food, fashion, design, or hospitality, they may be active on Instagram. Simply commenting or liking their post will help build a relationship with that client. Consider posting your own images and take some time to enjoy the images posted by others.

Roberta GubbinsAfter years practicing law, Roberta Gubbins served as editor of the Ingham County Legal News. Since leaving the paper, she provides writing services to lawyers ghostwriting content for websites, blogs, and articles. She is editor of The Mentor, the SBM Master Lawyers Section newsletter.

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How to Turn Your LinkedIn Headline from Blah to Memorable Part 1

How to Turn Your LinkedIn Headline from Blah to Memorable

Ana Hoffman

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Ever tried to pat yourself on the back? Awkward, right?

So why are you still doing it in your LinkedIn headline?

I, me, my…

I am glad (and not suprised) you know who you are, but I am here to see what ‘who you are’ can do for me.

You see your LinkedIn headline should really be all about me.

When I read an ‘I, I, I…’ headline, I want to connect with you to see what I can do for you.

When I read a ‘You, you, you’ headline, I want to connect with you to see what you can do for me.

See the difference?

So how do you create that perfect headline that says ‘connect with me because of what I can do for you‘?

LinkedIn Headline Need-to-Know’s

First things first: what’s your LinkedIn headline?

It’s what appears right under your name.

A few quick LinkedIn headline pointers:

  • Your headline is the 1 – 3 lines underneath your name.
  • you have 120 characters including spaces for your headline.
  • Don’t just describe who you are and what you do.
  • Write a headline that contains a benefit to the viewer.
  • Use keywords others might use when needing your services.
  • Use commas or vertical bars (|) to separate phrases.
  • I suggest to avoid using symbols like ◊, ➤, etc – they certainly make your headline pop out, but not always in a good way.
  • NEVER use all uppercase letters.

Also, according to LinkedIn User Agreement, you agreed that you wouldn’t:

Add content that is not intended for, or inaccurate for, a designated field (e.g. submitting a telephone number in the “title” or any other field, or including telephone numbers, email addresses, street addresses or any personally identifiable information for which there is not a field provided by LinkedIn);


  • Don’t add your email address, phone number, URL, etc. to your headline, since that’s not what it’s intended for.

Your LinkedIn Headline = Your “So What”

Here comes my favorite part of the post – the part where you and I are likely to disagree on.

When you first create your LinkedIn account, your LinkedIn headline is populated with your current job title and company name.

If you think that’s what your LinkedIn headline is for, you are sorely mistaken.

When I see headlines like that, I say to myself “So what?” and quickly move on.

Now some of you might’ve gone a step further and actually updated your LinkedIn headline to ‘better reflect who you are and what you do’.

Unfortunately, now you are just one of the multitude of…

  • Digital Marketing Experts,
  • Entrepreneurs,
  • Speakers,
  • Brand Evangelists,
  • Social Media Consultants,
  • SEO Consultants,
  • Internet Marketing Consultants,
  • Founders,
  • Coaches,
  • Experts,
  • Gurus,
  • …and so on and so forth.

I say that’s the quickest way to bury yourself among LinkedIn’s 30M users.

A successful LinkedIn headline should tell me what your value proposition or your ‘so what?’ is.

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Social Media Consultant? So what? So I can show you how to master social media presence no matter what your niche is.

Coach? So what? So I can help you see the bottlenecks in your business you are too close to home to see.

Speaker? So what? So I can convert your next conference attendees into your brand’s raving fans.

See my point?

Feature (who you are) vs benefit (what you can do for them).


Examples of LinkedIn Headlines that Stand Out

You know that LinkedIn tool that shows you examples of what other users in your industry are using for their LinkedIn headlines? (it’s accessible in the ‘Edit Profile’ mode after you click on the headline editing pencil)

I think it’s a great tool to see what not to do.

However, I wouldn’t recommend trying to learn how to be memorable from those examples.

I did find a few interesting headline examples that stood out to me as I was going through comments on my latest LinkedIn posts, specifically the one about dumping Facebook.

(yes, it pays to comment on my posts… always!)

So here we go – the LinkedIn headlines that stood out:

Dan Stuart goes right for the benefit in his headline

Dennis Brown (one of my favorite peeps on Google+) – benefit-driven headline as well, even though I’d work on polishing it a bit more.

Russell Faust – definitely memorable, made me want to click on the link to learn more about him.

I also pulled some interesting headlines from my fellow takers (the challenge is headed by Sarah Santacroce).

Not surprisingly, our first challenge was to create a memorable LinkedIn headline.

Let’s see how we did.

Susan James – short and to the point.

Catherine Crow – a great alternative to a ‘Social Media Consultant’, don’t you think?

Stephanie Calahan – creates powerful imagery through great descriptives in her LinkedIn headline.

Angela Edwards – if you want your team to be strategic, productive, and profitable, you can’t pass that headline.

About Ana Hoffman: 90% of your problems can be solved by smart marketing. Solving the other 10% just requires good procrastination skills. Can’t help you with the latter, but I do know a thing or two about smart marketing.Want me to prove it? Get my free “Mommy, Where Does Traffic Come From?” traffic report and we’ll go from there.

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Positions Aspiring Black Authors to Ink Their Next Bestseller

Thursday, July 26, 2018


Positions Aspiring Black Authors to Ink Their Next Bestseller

Red Ink Conference for Black Authors

Authors attending last year’s event

Atlanta, GA — Whether you’re an aspiring author with only a creative idea for a book, or you have 20+ books published and you’re ready to take it to the next level, The Red Ink Conference – the premier conference for authors and editors is for you!

This one-of-a-kind conference empowers attendees to write, edit and market their next bestseller – at a fraction of the cost. It all takes place in Atlanta, GA at the Hilton Garden Inn–Wildwood on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Attendees can expect a time of quality information, food and fun as they experience on-screen editorial exercises, writing prompts, professional headshots and an industry-specific vendor showcase!

The conference will cap at 96 attendees. Collectively, conference speakers, Tenita “Bestseller” Johnson, Sulondia “Sue-Ham” Hammond and Lakeisha Dixon have over 30 years of industry experience and run successful businesses that support indie authors nationwide. Attendees will learn new, innovative information that will position them to build a solid platform as an authorpreneur and speaker.

Complete with information on marketing, crafting a solid professional bio and book synopsis, as well as self-publishing industry secrets that save both time and money, writers will leave inspired to take their book from the page to the stage and beyond, if they so desire.

Early bird tickets are just $97 until July 1, and general admission tickets after July 1 are $167! VIP registrants and vendors will receive an on-site professional headshot photo shoot.

To purchase tickets, visit For interviews or more information, please contact Tenita Johnson at, or 313-999-6942.   from

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Social Media & Lawyers in 2018 By Roberta M. Gubbins

Clear & Convincing Feature Article

Seven Common Mistakes

The lawyer sitting next to you at the conference is busy writing a tweet, another is taking a selfie to post on their Facebook, LinkedIn, or SBM Member Directory profile. It seems to you that everyone is busy using social media to market their practice. You could be right.

Although the legal profession has been slow to jump on the social media bandwagon, the 2017 Legal Technology Survey by the American Bar Association showed that more lawyers are maintaining a social media presence. Consider that 81% of lawyers use social media for professional reasons and that 77% reported their firms also maintain a presence.

The survey asked about practice areas and found that:

  • Employment and labor law lawyers are the most active (93%).
  • Personal injury and litigation next (84%).
  • Commercial law is third (82%).
  • Contract law is fourth (81%).

Career development, networking, and client development were the most popular reasons given for using social media.

What Social Media is Most Popular with Lawyers

The social network most used for professional purposes was LinkedIn; 90% have a LinkedIn profile, Facebook was second with 40%, and Twitter came in third at 26%. 99% of law firms with 100 or more attorneys used social media for career development while solo practitioners reflect a still impressive 81%.

The Advantages of Using Social Media

  • Social media builds relationships.
  • You will reach consumers that never come to your speaking events, read your newsletter, or view your blog. Your tweets can find new readers who will comment or retweet your message to their followers.
  • You gain name and brand recognition.
  • People come to know you by your choice of words, style of writing, and the topics you pick. Use an easy to read style, offer real information, and show them you are approachable and they will be loyal and frequent readers.
  • Use visitor analytics and reader comments to learn more about your audience. Knowing their interests will help you find topics for them.
  • You can post a link to social media on your website and your SBM profile, making it easy for readers to find you.

The Disadvantages of Using Social Media

  • Time is money and time spent on social media is not billable, which means if you start a social media platform be sure you understand that time must be set aside to continue posting.
  • Content must be written, edited, and revised.
  • Social media creates demands on your talent, so posts must be relevant to your practice and interesting to a wide variety of readers. Fortunately, you have access to many topics with the weekly e-Journal and SBM NewsLinks posted daily.
  • You lose control of your content, since everything is available for comment.

Statistics show that 81% of the surveyed lawyers thought that the advantages of social media outweighed its disadvantages. If you decide to add a social media account, you’ll be in good company.

Roberta GubbinsAfter years practicing law, Roberta Gubbins served as editor of the Ingham County Legal News. Since leaving the paper, she provides writing services to lawyers ghostwriting content for websites, blogs, and articles. She is editor of The Mentor, the SBM Master Lawyers Section newsletter.

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Celebrate Fathers! Share Your Story.

Father’s Day does not get the same overwhelming celebration as Mother’s Day. Fathers have an important role in the family and in the lives of their children. There are many quiet good  fathers and specifically good black fathers  and we  need to celebrate them . This month as we celebrate Father’s Day let’s honor and pray for fathers, who may not be perfect, but who love their children, train their children, protect their children and have good relationships with their children. The week prior to Father’s Day I challenge you to share positive comments and reflections about your father, father figures, grandfathers, mentors and committed men. Please share your story and comments.


A couple of years ago on Radio station 1200 AM in the city of Detroit, John Mason, of Mason in the Afternoon, was asking for positive reflections and comments about one’s father, grandfather or a father figure. One reflection, by a man who called into the radio station to comment, touched my heart. He stated that his father taught him many things by his actions. ” I learned how to be a father and the protector of my family from my father”, he proudly said.  He went on to  explain that “When I was about 7 years old I went “trick or treating” on Halloween with some friends”, said the caller. “ A bigger boy stole our bags. All I could remember was seeing a flash go by and jump the fence. Next thing I knew I had my Halloween bag back. It was my father who jumped that fence. He had been watching and covering me all the time”.

That story brought tears to my eyes because the actions of the father symbolized the love the heavenly Father has for us in that he watches over us and protects us. For the now grown caller it taught him how to watch over his family. Another gentleman called in and stated he “learned how to respect women because of how he saw his father respect and treat his mother”.

The admiration Kim Bracey has for her father shines through every time she speaks of him. Kim Bracey will tell you she thought her father was “God” for the longest because he provided for her and was there every time she needed him. Rene Wallace shared that her over 70 year old father , who has now passed, still talked as if this middle aged daughter was his responsibility. Jeanette Johnson’s father has been dead for over 20 years but she talks about her father frequently with love and respect. Her honor and respect for his wisdom radiates from her heart for this man who only had a third grade education, but was full of wisdom, strength, and integrity. Her father was a “good Provider” for his children and adored his wife. He owned land and property and feed neighbors who were poor. When Jeanette speaks of him you can hear and feel the respect and honor she has for him. It  touched my heart to  hear their comments.

Please share your positive experience with your father and what your relationship means to you.

Linda Fegins , The Prayer Leader or

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Mission -driven, heart-led:Stormy Wellington shares surviving the storms

Mission-driven, heart-led: Stormy Wellington shares surviving the storms

by Roz Edward

Girl Hold My Hand Event converges in Detroit, June 22-23, will feature Eric “ET” Thomas, Marvin Sapp, Chanita Foster, Annetta Powell, Dr. Missy Johnson plus national motivational speakers that will inspire others to live their dreams


“It’s not how you start, but how you finish,” is the motto of Stormy Wellington. Her beginning was indeed “stormy,” but she is now a multimillionaire living in Atlanta. She was born in New York where her mother initially wanted to have an abortionm but ultimately gave birth and named her child “Stormy” because she that felt captured her pregnancy.

Stormy Wellington refused to let her past dictate her future. “I believe that faith is power. No matter how bad things got in my life, I knew that nothing was impossible,” said Wellington. She now instills that belief system into everyone around her – which is why she created the “Girl Hold My Hand” Tour to spread the message of hope, inspiration and motivation.

The “Girl Hold My Hand” weekend is a two-day event for women to gain clarity and confidence to live their dreams. Attendees can expect networking, giveaways, study materials, local vendors, rejuvenation and more. “It’s a way to have women to connect, collaborate and celebrate each other,” said Wellington.

The first event of this kind was held in Atlanta in March. “That event was amazing and more than we expected. Feedback from everyone said it built their confidence and helped them create connections that they know will last a lifetime. We are more alike than different.  We are all wives…mothers…sisters…daughters…grandmothers…aunties…and bosses – and when we hold each other’s hand, there’s synergy and power,” said Wellington.

Detroit hosts, speakers and panelists include:

  •        Annetta Powell, serial entrepreneur, author
  •       Chanita Foster, star of BET’s “From the Bottom Up”
  •       Eric Thomas, known as “ET” The Hip Hop Preacher
  •       Bishop Marvin Sapp, Grammy-awarding winning artist
  •       Tony Gaskins, celebrity life coach and author
  •        Kimberly Jones-Pothier, known as Real Talk Kim, author and entertainer
  •     &n bsp; Bishop Sheldon McCarter, spiritual leader
  •       Sabrina Peterson, founder of Glam University
  •       Mary Sheffield, Detroit Councilwoman
  •       Fauna Burks, socialite, entrepreneur
  •       Tiffani Rose, author, entrepreneur

For tickets to the event and access to VIP luncheon, go to For sponsorship and vendor opportunities, call 888-369-GHMH (4464).

by Roz Edward

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No Holds Barred

Write Now Literary is pleased to be coordinating a blog tour Stephanie Nicole Norris.

Title: No Holds Barred

Genre: African American Contemporary Romance


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Meet Stephanie

Stephanie Nicole Norris is an author from Chattanooga Tennessee with a humble beginning. Always being a lover of reading, during Stephanie’s teenage years her joy was running to the bookmobile to read stories by R. L. Stine.


After becoming a young adult, her love for romance sparked leaving her captivated by heroes and heroines alike. With a big imagination and a creative heart, Stephanie penned her first novel Trouble In Paradise and self-published it in 2012. Her debut novel turned into a four book series full of romance, drama, and suspense. As a prolific writer, Stephanie’s catalog continues to grow. Her books can be found on Amazon dot com. Stephanie is inspired by the likes of Donna Hill, Eric Jerome Dickey, Jackie Collins, and more. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and two-year-old son.


About the Book

Love was no longer on the menu for Camilla Augustina. After her fiancé calls off the wedding not once but twice, Camilla’s had enough. In a brazen move, she takes a new position in the windy city of Chicago; leaving her parents, friends, and ex in a bittersweet goodbye. Adapting to her new surroundings isn’t easy but as Camilla settles in a chance encounter with an infamous playboy throws her off balance and rattles her world. She hadn’t expected to be drawn so meticulously to another but denying the magnetism that lures her is a futile fight.

As President of VFC Energy, a fortune 500 company, Hunter Valentine is at the top of his game. The renowned bachelor holds no secrets about his risqué rendezvous, and his allegiance is saved for family only. However, when Hunter spots Camilla Augustina, dining alone at the breakfast hut in his building, he can’t explain the adulation that runs through his core and shakes his entire world. Lust never weakened him like this, and the inclination of love at first site was silly. But when Hunter decides to prove the sudden rapture is unreal, he may find himself enamored by love.


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3 Smart Business Investments by Pam Perry

3 Smart Business Investments You’re Probably Not Making

I get it. You’re a solopreneur – or working full-time and you want to grow your business so you can quit your job. 

You’re proud of the fact that you are building business from the ground up, tackling every task that comes your way. You built your first website, dove in and learned how to edit and upload videos to YouTube, figured out how to format your email newsletter, and even wrestled your landing pages and Aweber.

But that feeling of pride that comes from doing the work yourself comes with a price. Too many small business owners are working too many hours, suffering from burnout and frustration—not because they’re not good at what they do, but simply because they’re unwilling to truly invest in their business.

And please, stop taking your own pictures. “Selfies” are not professional. GET A REAL PHOTO SHOOT.

If you want to increase your business, grow your income – you have to quit the “DIY.”

Really, it’s fear and a scarcity mindset. You gotta believe in yourself. Quit hiding. It’s time to shine! 

You’re letting a scarcity mindset prevent them from taking the steps—and making the investments—that will have a massive impact on your business.

Here are three ways to free yourself (and your business) to SOAR and SHINE:


By far the biggest objection to outsourcing you’ll hear is “I can’t afford it.” Perhaps you’ve heard—or even said it. But the fact is, if you’re a serious business owner, you can’t afford not to outsource.

The time you free up by not doing those mundane, everyday tasks is time you’ll spend more profitably, by:

  • Creating new online programs.
  • Upping your content marketing game.
  • Recording video and audio content.
  • Connecting with your audience through email and blogging.
  • Working with clients either one on one or in a group setting.
  • Or just enjoying your life!

Outsourcing should never be looked at as an expense. In fact, if you’re not getting a return on your outsourcing investment, take a hard look at what you’re outsourcing and to whom, because there is likely plenty of room for improvement. I use several VAs and they help my life; not just my business. 


Most online business owners start out using low-cost tools with limited features. For example, you might be using PayPal exclusively for product sales, and manually adding buyers to your mailing list each time you receive a payment. While that’s an acceptable solution when time is easier to come by than money, you’ll quickly outgrow it. The problem is, too many entrepreneurs fail to recognize the benefits of true automation.

Not only is trying to “make do” with a pieced-together system costing you sales, but it costs actual dollars, too. You (or your VA) will spend extra time simply getting it all to work, rather than letting the tools do the heavy lifting.

Recognize when it’s time to uplevel your marketing tools to include true funnel automation, and watch your income increase dramatically!


It is possible to build your business solely on your own. You can pay attention to what others are doing and reverse engineer their systems. You can read books and blogs and maybe invest in a few carefully chosen training programs.

But there will come a time when your growth will flat line, and you’ll struggle to reach that next level. That’s when it’s time to invest in coaching. And yes, even coaches have (and need) coaches. I have several coaches.  A coach can help you see past your own blind spots, work through the blocks that are holding you back, and build a business you love—on your own terms.

Don’t be afraid to invest in your business. Wise investments such as coaching, automation, and outsourcing will pay for themselves many times over.


Pam Perry is an award-winning communications professional. She teaches and mentors authors, speakers and entrepreneurs on how to build a platform and attract major media and publishing contracts. She is also the publisher of SPEAKERS MAGAZINE.  Inquire about Pam’s Mentoring Program

After working with Pam, her clients have been featured on CNN, TBN, The Word Network, Radio One, Oprah Magazine, Tom Joyner Morning Show, Essence, Ebony, Black Enterprise, PBS – and many other major media outlets. Her clients have been offered major publishing contracts, and have created successful full-time careers as “authorpreneurs” earning six-figures.

She is also author of Synergy Energy: How to Use the Power of Partnerships to Market Your Book, Grow Your Business and  Brand Your Ministry.

Known as the master of connecting the right people, for the right project, at the right time – Pam Perry PR works hard to help her clients brand (and get paid) like a superstar.


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Write Now Literary is pleased to be coordinating a blog tour for fiction authors Angelia Vernon Menchan, Michelle D. Rayford, Naleighna Kai and Pat Simmons. This book blast tour will run March 22, 2018.  Follow the tour here.   Book your own tour here.


About The Author

Angelia Vernon Menchan is wife, mother, nana and mentor. Since January 2006, she has published 34 printed books and an additional 124 ebooks through her small publishing company, MAMM Productions. She is also the Co-founder of Honorable MENCHAN Media, through which she has published books for 15 authors to date.  Her personal motto is, ‘There is abundance through God for all of us; we simply have to be open for our blessings.’

In 2017 she decided to add her hallmark phrase “Just LOVE” to coffee mugs and tee-shirts. This phrase has taken on a life of its own! In addition, Angelia is a prolific public speaker and mentor to women of all ages. She resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and cover designer, Maurice Menchan.








About The Book

Kent and Cina Markham are returning home to start their own business with the thirteen year old son, Kente. Kent has decided that though Kente is a good kid with great grades he is too soft. To correct that he tells Cina ‘hands off’ he’s taking over from there. Cina is miffed but concedes. The thing is who is really schooling whom? Not only that who assists Cina when Kent is mostly focused on his son? Schooling His Son deals with complex father and son and husband and wife issues, realistically.

Genre:  Fiction





About The Author

Michelle D. Rayford knew she wanted to write books the moment she won a literacy contest in the fifth grade. The writing seed was planted. It only took a couple of decades for that seed to bear fruit. Michelle was never good at gardening.

Even while pursuing a degree in Business Administration, working a government job, getting married and having two daughters, the stories didn’t stop churning in her head. Some even made their way into print in the form of poems, short stories and blog posts.

Michelle lives in a Southern city where she spends any free time reading, writing, listening to 80’s music and playing NBA2K. She can be contacted at or through her website








About The Book

Adrienne always wanted a child. Too bad her husband, Logan, doesn’t.

When Adrienne decides to have the baby, her marriage is tested in new ways. Her husband’s reluctant acceptance of their son comes at a price Adrienne doesn’t know she is paying. She has the life she always wanted. So, why isn’t she happy?

Logan’s focus has always been on taking over the family law firm. Having a beautiful woman as his wife completes the picture. When a wealthy client comes to town, Logan seizes the opportunity to surpass his father and put the law firm on the map. If only he can keep his wife in line and his own secrets from coming out.


Genre: Fiction




About The Author

Naleighna Kai is a national bestselling and award-winning author of several controversial novels, contributor to a New York Times bestseller, and the E. Lynn Harris Author of Distinction. She has penned Every Woman Needs a Wife, Loving Me for Me, Was it Good For You Too?, Open Door Marriage, She Touched My Soul, Rich Woman’s Fetish and other contemporary fiction novels that plumb the depth of unique love triangles and women’s issues.

In addition to successfully cracking the code of getting published and landing a deal with a major publishing house, she continues to “pay it forward” by organizing the annual Cavalcade of Authors which gives readers intimate access to the most accomplished writing talent today. She also serves as CEO of Macro Marketing & Promotions Group which offers aspiring authors help with editing, publishing, marketing, and other services to jump-start their writing ambition. Additionally, she is Editor-in-Chief for Naleighna Kai’s Literary Café Magazine and Acquisitions editor for NK Recommends—a mail order book service that caters to a select audience. She was born and raised on the Southeast side of Chicago, the setting for most of her novels and where she is currently working on her next books: Slaves of Heaven and Mercury Sunrise.




About The Book


Michael “Magic” Arrington’s sudden fame and startling climb up the music charts skyrocketed him into the world of Hollywood glitz and glamour. While all was exciting and wonderful at the beginning, the shady undertakings of the music business caused his life to take a downward spiral, ultimately separating him from his family and his hold on reality. Then he met Maya.

Maya Gervais has completely distanced herself from her past, even going as far as changing her identity to protect her from the one man who wants her dead. She is a civic-minded lawyer who champions for clients who are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. So trusting someone enough to fall in love was never a consideration, especially since it could cost her much more than she was willing to give.

After the two have a chance meeting at a concert, a daring escape leads to an exploration of pain and pleasure that sets them both on the path to healing and an into an unlikely romance. However, the path to blissful happiness is never an easy one, as they both have their own demons to confront, including Michael’s jealous manager and Maya’s reluctance to deal with things she would rather forget.

She Touched My Soul is a gripping, engaging novel of loss, love, and everything in between.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction


  About The Author

Pat Simmons has penned more than thirty-five titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a three-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has been a featured speaker and workshop presenter at various venues across the country. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.




About The Book

Three sisters living in three different cities (Baltimore, St. Louis, and Nashville) make a pact to share responsibilities for their aging relative after authorities find Aunt Tweet across state lines. Her destination had been a neighborhood grocery store. The siblings soon learn the definition of caregiver includes a cup full of patience, a slight sense of humor, and when to cry out for help. Women juggle between career and family all the time, but Tabitha Knicely (St. Louis) is struggling to find a balance. Romance is the last thing she is trying to add to her list. The Aunt Tweet she knew all her life is not the same one who is residing in her home when she accepts the role as a caregiver for six months. Overwhelmed can’t begin to describe her emotions. Marcus Whittington is an opinionated, successful business owner, but he has a soft side when it comes to the elderly. They remind him of good memories of his grandparents. When Aunt Tweet is the mystery woman who stakes out his porch, he becomes concerned that she is not being taken care of properly. He sheds his misconceptions about what Tabitha isn’t doing right when he discovers that every caregiver needs a caregiver. Marcus knows in order to win Tabitha’s heart; he has to charm Aunt Tweet’s too.

Genre: Christian Romance

Releasing:  April 3, 2018. For information about this book visit the author’s website:

Book tour hosted by Write Now Literary Book Tours



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Hello Greatness! Win, Rock and Rule !!

Hello, greatness!

So I was recently named a Top 25 Leading Woman Entrepreneur. Much of the response was either “well deserved” or “how did you do that”. Now I can’t tell you what went on in the back room of the nominating committee, however, I will share this insight IF YOU ARE THE woman who aspires to be a successful profitable flourishing and celebrated entrepreneur.

Below are the seven things I THINK went into me BECOMING a leading woman entrepreneur, and I believe this insight may do the same for you.

1. Create a vision

I quieted the voices in my mind that brought up negative reactions, assumptions and predictions so I could envision a business without limits. When you think of your future … who you want to be, what you want to have and do, you need to silence the doubts that might come up to your ideas. You want to do something that hasn’t been done before, something new and bold, and that requires defying the limits you set for yourself. Ever since I can remember being a young 20 something I had a vision committed to paper. Is your vision beyond what you see right now and is it committed to paper?

2. Invest in Yourself

Once I had my vision, I had to be bold and do what needed to be done. It takes audacity, courage and strength to act on the vision you’ve created. Lots of people have dreams and ideas … what has to separate you from them is your willingness to step out in faith and play bigger and pursue the vision. Ignore the doubts, fears and worries so you can own your vision and make it a reality. This required me doing my own personal development work. Working on yourself will help you get clear on who you are which will help you build courage and increase your confidence. How much time are you investing in your personal development daily?

3. Show up

As a young professional I had a very natural curiosity and was attracted to networking (meeting people and learning new stuff). Much later after networking my way down to the Obama White House (seeing the fruit) I became much more strategic about showing up offline and in-person to connect with leaders, influencers and interesting people who I could learn from and grow with. As a result, I was introduced to the organization that essentially names the top 25 leading women. If I hadn’t connected with them I wouldn’t have known about the award and they wouldn’t have known about me. The best jobs, leads and access come from connecting with people … you have to be visible. Do you hide behind your computer and rely on Social Media to connect with people? How many times per month are you attending networking events?

4. Be persistent (not pushy)

I didn’t succeed because I never faced any hard times and everything was easy. I’m realizing seasons of perpetual wins because I’ve stayed in it long enough to outrun failure… and long enough to be celebrated. I never gave up although I had a near meltdown just the other day (like real tears). There will be trials, hard times and even mistakes, but you must stay the course. When the fear rises or a situation looks impossible, push past the panic point and continue on. Are you persistently pushing past the breakdown, meltdown point? You have to build in your back-end system (your mind) a solid resolve that quitting is not an option.

5. Build around your gifts

Business is not for the faint at heart. It’s can be difficult although it’s sooooo worth it. The difference maker is I built a business around my gift, passion and purpose. When you are on purpose you can’t quit… the work is bigger than you and that is the juice you need to get up and go for it. Every day I’m working primarily in my core genius. I’m not in a business that doesn’t fit me. You have a core genius too. Instead of building a business around what you think you should do or your family wants or what would make the most money, develop your business around your natural gifts. Do what you’re already good at and you’ll be celebrated.

6. Give back

Another key part of my business model is I always give back. Even while I was scaling my business, I made sure to serve, to volunteer, to give back. If you want to build influence and become a standout entrepreneur, give without expecting anything in return. In fact, I’ve volunteered early with a girl’s program, then I served my church for many years, then I founded an organization Girlfriends Pray and for over eight years I’ve been serving there without expecting anything in return. But you know what? Giving my time to serve women through Girlfriends Pray is how I gained access to The Obama White House which made me a “person of interest”. Are you giving your time and talent to some charity? This is how you add value to your character and expand your conversation beyond business.

7. Be a disrupter

Last year, after I announced the launch of a new brand Money Power & Respect one of my friends says “Dee you are officially a disrupter”. I had never thought about it before that moment but looking back I could see it. I had done what was typical, normal and predictable in the growth and development space. I have my core business in leadership coaching for professional women and diversity consulting with big businesses, but then I was invited to step out of my comfort zone and do something unusual … I built an entire brand to empower men, even though my experience had been in working with women from the very beginning. That brand solved a problem and filled a void. That’s a disruption to the market… doing something that hadn’t been done before pre-cursor to other big brands and then being invited to a big conference like Black Enterprise Black Men Xcel to be a part of their first conference for men. You have to see a void in the market and be willing to step into it, take the risk and disrupt the ordinary.

So while I can’t be certain how I became TOP 25 LEADING WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR this is what I believe to be true and my advice if you aspire to do the same. In fact, Leading Women Entrepreneurs recognizes Intrapreneurs, Entrepreneurs and SocialPreneurs every year. If you think you think you are ready let us know and we’ll pass along your name.

See you at the top! by Dee C. Marshall

PS. Do you have a goal that requires you to increase your visibility, expand your network? Email and ask how we can work together.

March 6-8, 2018 Win Rock & Rule Live Stream Summit, Online Event
March 16, 2018 TNJ 25 Influential Women in Business Guest Honoree, NY
March 19, 2018 WBENC Guest Speaker, TX
March 28, 2018 Win Rock & Rule Women’s Empowerment Host, NJ


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