Twenty First Century Authors and Future Authors

July 30, 2010

Speaking Engagements for Authors

Filed under: Speaking Engagements — themathlady @ 8:20 pm

Greetings Twenty First Century Authors and Future Authors,

One of the most rewarding things about being a self-published author is having the exclusive right to market your work.

As the legal owner of your work you are entitled to reproduce it and show case it in speaking engagements. You may offer your work for sale after your speech or incorporate it into a seminar.

Since 2008, the book “How to Help Parents and Kids Get Over the Fear of Math” has been used as a teaching tool in Fun, Interactive Math Workshops. For the first time this year, it will be used as the reference book for a SAT Math Boot Camp.

These events will be held at the Centerville Community Center in Snellville, GA.

Fun, Interactive Math Workshop

4th – 10th graders

Saturday, September 18, 2010

1:00pm – 2:00pm

SAT Math Boot Camp

11th and 12th graders

Saturday,  October 16, 2010

12:30pm – 6:30 pm

Centerville Community Center

3025 Bethany Church Rd.

Snellville, GA   30039

For more information visit the Math 1 On 1, LLC website at www.math1on1.net.

To register, contact the Centerville Community Center at 770 985 4713.

Enjoy the writing and speaking experience!

“The Math Lady”

Saundra Carter

July 21, 2010

Radio Interviews for Authors

Filed under: Radio Interviews — themathlady @ 3:54 pm

Greetings Twenty First Century Authors and Future Authors,

On Thursday, July 8th, I completed another radio interview.

I was the guest of Chief Visionary Natasha Davis-Bowen of Visionary People Arise (www.visionarypeoplearise.com).

After almost one year since my first radio interview with Phyllis Bennett of Joyful Praise on Station WWII – 720AM in Shiremanstown, Pennsylvania, I learned a few tips that I want to share with future authors who may have the opportunity to share their work with the world.

I call these lessons “The Be’s”.

–         Be prepared. Have notes of important topics and details that you want to discuss on hand during the interview.

–         Be informed. Listen to the interviewer interview someone else prior to your interview to understand the format of the program, purpose of the program,  and style of the interviewer

–         Be aware. Know your position. Are you to be interviewed alone, with someone else, or in a panel? Know the expectations that the interviewer has of you.

–         Be proactive. Prepare your interviewer. Send a biography, photo if requested, and suggested topics for discussion.

–         Be flexible. Remember, you are the guest in someone’s home. Ask what you should bring to the table. Make suggestions for topics for discussion, but be ready to discuss what the interviewer wants to discuss.

–         Be smooth. Know the art of the segue. Answer the question, but make sure that you present your points that are most important to you if the interviewer does not ask the question that you would like posed.

–         Be yourself, but not too perfect. The world does not like perfect people. You must be someone who people can relate to who has struggled in that area and has found a way to improve

–         Be your own advocate. Announce your interview within and outside of your network. More interview invitations may be offered as a result.

–         Be confident in yourself. Last year, my first radio interview was with a radio station in Pennsylvania. I questioned whether people would dislike my southern accent that comes out when I get too excited. That was nonsensical thinking. Obviously someone else found value in what I had to say and how I said it; otherwise, I would not have been invited.

–         Be relaxed. Have fun. If you make a mistake, keep it moving. The interviewer wants to make you look good. As a result, the interviewer will look good.

My next opportunity to put “The Be’s” into practice will be during a radio interview on…

Thursday, August 12, 2010

9:00 – 10:00 PM EDT

Parents Coaching Parents Network

Blog Talk Radio

www.blogtalkradio.com/parentscoachingparents

Host:  Michael H. Scott

Call-In Number:  (646)  929 – 2416

Parents Coaching Parents (PCP) is a community based program designed to assist parents and student-athletes in their pursuit of an athletic scholarship.  PCP strives to partner with parents to ultimately prepare all student-athletes for succeeding while pursuing their athletic goals.

The Math Lady will discuss preparing for the Math portion of the SAT.

Dial in and share the experience.

Twenty First Century Authors and Future Authors, your next radio interview may be right around the corner

Be blessed!

“The Math Lady”

July 14, 2010

Obtaining Book Reviews

Filed under: Book Reviews — themathlady @ 12:12 am

Greetings Twenty First Century Authors and Future Authors,

One of the great ideas that I learned at the Black Best Sellers Author’s Bash in April of this year is to have your book reviewed.  After sending many requests to several book clubs, I received an interested response from The Book Buff.

The review can be found at the URL below.

http://thebookbuff.blogspot.com/2010/06/how-to-help-parents-and-kids-get-over.html

When requesting a review, be sure to mention the genre, intended audience, and any other pertinent information that the reviewer requests.

Remember to be prepared for the response.  You asked for it. The review may or may not be to your liking. As authors that is the chance that we take when we open ourselves up to the world.

If you have a book reviewer that you would like to recommend, let us know.  The other authors would be glad to hear about it.

June 29, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE– AUTHOR WINS ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

Filed under: Press Releases — themathlady @ 8:55 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUTHOR WINS ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

Atlanta, GA (June 11, 2010) Business Woman and Author Wins Frasernet 2010 Power Networking Conference Elevator Pitch Olympics

Saundra Carter, known to her clients as “The Math Lady” returned to Frasernet’s 9th Annual Power Networking Conference held June 10-12, 2010 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in downtown Atlanta, GA.

In less than two minutes, “The Math Lady” proposed how her company Math 1 On 1, LLC would host a Math SAT Boot Camp for youth. This boot camp would not only educate students on Math SAT test taking strategies and math skills needed to earn more points on the math portion of the SAT, but also inspire young people to succeed. The pitch described how the youth would have the opportunity to interact with famous persons who have succeeded in the fields of math and science.

Last year she was runner-up in the contest. This year she won the competition by giving a two-minute dissertation to esteemed judges representing the best of the medical field, media, airlines, and the legal community as well as a live audience.

The elevator pitch was inspired by an actual SAT Math Boot Camp that Math 1 On 1, LLC is hosting on October 16, 2010 in Snellville, GA at the Centerville Community Center located at 3025 Bethany Church Road.  Carter’s first publication “How to Help Parents and Kids Get Over the Fear of Math” will be used as one of the teaching tools in the Math SAT Boot Camp.

Math SAT Boot Camps are needed because Georgia’s average SAT scores decreased for the third consecutive year in a row according to August 2009 statistics. As a result, Georgia maintains its ranking as 47th in the nation.  In 2009, Georgia students scored 491 out of a possible 800 points on the Math portion of the SAT. Additionally, Georgia students lag 24 points behind the nation in the Math portion of the SAT. [1]

The effects of not having basic skills in math decrease job opportunities and increase the economic cycle of poverty.  The Census Bureau reported in October of 2009 that an estimated 47.4 million Americans are living in poverty. That translates to one in six Americans.  Of that 47.4 million Americans, 13.3 million children live in poverty through no fault of their own [2].

This SAT Math Boot Camp will destroy 3 myths about math. The first myth is that “Girls CANNOT Do Math”. To learn the other two myths, Carter recommends attending the Math SAT Boot Camp.

As the winner of the competition, Carter is expected to receive a $50 gas card from Exxon/Mobil and one Frasernet Platinum Membership for one year.

Carter’s business coach Mr. Andrew Morrison of the Small Business Camp had this to say “As a former Electrical Engineer turned Motivational Speaker, I know from first-hand experience the importance of good math skills in a child’s academic development. Hats off to Saundra for taking the lead in bringing math to America’s youth.”

Carter stated “I am very thankful for the opportunity to enlarge the territory of Math 1 On 1, LLC at the Frasernet Power Networking Conference. More students will be helped as we make people aware of math workshops available for the youth.  We are offering companies both large and small the opportunity to sponsor youth to attend; thus, taking steps to closing the educational divide in regard to math.”

Kiara Williams a graduate of Southwest DeKalb High School had this to say after being personally tutored by Carter “My tutor was very helpful. I understand the math better. I have more confidence in my work. My grade increased and I passed my [Geometry] class.”

Kiara’s father, Ernest Williams stated “As a parent I am very thankful for the help that my daughter received during her session with her tutor. What a difference a grade makes! Just sitting there listening to the “one-on-one” relationship between my daughter and her tutor really put a smile on my face because it built confidence into my daughter knowing that she now could attack each problem and solve it. She ended her school year on the honor roll and because of your teaching she’s still on the march to being an “honor graduate”. Thank you so much for being part of her education.”

About the Winner

Saundra Carter graduated from Southern University A&M College with a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics in 1991. She also earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from The Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001.

She has 20 years of experience as an IT Professional with many Fortune 500 companies.  She has tutored math on a voluntary basis since 1990. In 2003, Carter founded a mathematics tutoring company, Math 1 On 1, LLC.

To learn more about the Math SAT Boot Camp and other Math 1 On 1, LLC events, visit

Math 1 On 1, LLC’s website http://www.math1on1.net for more information.

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[1] “Earlier preparation may help lift Georgia SAT scores”, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Nancy Badertscher, Published on: 08/29/09

[2] “1 in 6 Americans Live Below the Poverty Line” ABC Nightly News http://abcnews.go.com/WN/census-bureau-report-shows-americans-live poverty/Story?id=8875374&page=2

Note to Twenty First Century Authors and Future Authors:

Promote your accomplishments. No one tells your story better than you.

The actual press releases are on the following press release websites:

http://www.freepressrelease.com/author-wins-entrepreneur-award/41129/

http://www.pr.com/press-release/244487

They are free to use, but to have optimum exposure there is a cost.


May 27, 2010

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

Filed under: Publishing — themathlady @ 7:01 pm

Writing the book was the easy part of the journey. It is actually fun to just write and express myself. The publication aspect is a totally different animal. I had to determine the best publishing vehicle for me.

I always thought of myself as a non-conformist who likes to do things my own way. Like most people, I do not like rejection. The thought of shopping my book around to main stream publishers did not appeal to me. Furthermore, I did not have the time for this task.

Although the large publishing houses have the distribution muscle to put your book in front of the masses that the average person does not have, I wanted the freedom to write what I knew my audience needed without pressure to change one word of my book. My target audience is the parents and children that I tutor.

As a self-published author you own the right to produce other materials such as subsequent editions, CDs, and DVDs based on your book’s content.

Here is a video that I produced for the Small Business Camp for Teens earlier this month.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8AtTGE0KFM

You also have the opportunity to broaden your influence globally by conducting speaking engagements. Now that you have written a book, you are considered as an authority in your area of expertise.

There are tradeoffs to using the self-publishing approach rather than the traditional publishing approach. Traditional publishers assume the responsibility for distributing your book and offer advances. The downside is that traditional publishers have some level of creative control over the content, cover layout, etc. They are focused on a specific targeted demographic that they consider will buy a book with your content.

The author keeps between 7-15% of the profit from each book sold with traditional publishing. With self-publishing, the author keeps anywhere from 40-60% of the profit from each book.

If you decide to use self-publishing, the responsibility is all yours to publish, to promote, and to make your book as appealing as possible.

Are there any self-published or traditionally published authors who would like to weigh in on this conversation? We would love to hear from you.

The Math Lady

May 5, 2010

Burning Topics

Filed under: Uncategorized — themathlady @ 8:28 pm

Twenty First Century Authors and Future Authors,

Are there any burning topics that you would like to discuss?

April 20, 2010

Authors Bash- Saturday, April 24, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — themathlady @ 7:19 pm

Greetings Twenty First Century Authors and Future Authors,

The Delta Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority Inc. will be hosting a

Black Best Sellers Bash

Saturday, April 24, 2010

2:00 – 4:00pm

Cascade Library

3665 Cascade Rd SW

Atlanta, GA   30331

Click the link below for more details

http://blackbestsellersbash2010.eventbrite.com

I have never been to such an event before; however, I am always open to learning new ideas from other authors and networking.

Hopefully, I will see you there.

Sincerely,

Saundra Carter

“The Math Lady”

April 1, 2010

The Two Minute Introduction

Filed under: Networking — themathlady @ 3:22 pm
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Upon meeting new people you have the opportunity to learn about them and their businesses and to share information about you and your book. The order in which this is done is very important. First seek to know the other person and their business by asking their name and what they do. Second, try to determine if you can assist them or know of someone who can assist them. Third, share information about you and your book. This can be done effectively in two minutes.

When people ask, “What do you do?” this is your opportunity to share that you are a published author or are currently writing a book. More than 80% of the time, people will ask the title. If you happen to have a copy on hand, now is the opportunity to share it.

On Tuesday of this week, I had the opportunity to network with a lively and interesting group of individuals at a Networking Works meeting. These meetings are held weekly throughout Gwinnett County, Georgia. These entrepreneurs are exceptional at giving one to two minute introductions.

One of the most effective and memorable introductions was given by a rapping Mary Kay Lady who refers to “hips… lips… eyes… and thighs”.

During this meeting I was asked to give a 7 minute presentation.

I decided to speak on the topic…

“MYTHS ABOUT MATH…The first myth is ‘Girls CANNOT Do Math’ ”

If you would like to know what the other myths are, join us on your lunch break …

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 11:30am

Networking Works

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

11:30am – 12:30pm

Flagstar Bank

2775 Main Street West

Snellville, GA   30078

www.networkingworks.net

Remember to practice your Two Minute Introduction.

You never know whom you may meet!

Sincerely,

Saundra Carter

“The Math Lady”

March 18, 2010

Powerful Networking

Filed under: Networking — themathlady @ 2:06 am
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Networking Blog

For the 21st Century Author or Future Author, Networking is essential.  Usually, the new author does not have the contacts and media exposure to catapult his or her work to success.

Networking is done on a local level in part by attending Networking events.  As a networker your goal is to meet people, show interest in their businesses, share your business, and find ways to benefit others. If you focus on helping others, your reward will follow.

If you are able to attend an event as a vendor, remember this very important tip.  Ask someone to stand with you at your vendor table who is a client or customer and is familiar with your product or service. This person is your walking testimony.

In exchange, offer that person something such as a free product or service.  Both your company AND your client or customer will WIN.

As warmer weather approaches, there are many networking events occurring.

Check Math 1 On 1, LLC’s website for Networking Events in the Atlanta area by clicking http://www.math1on1.net,

clicking “Journey of a Modern Day Author:  An Intimate Look at the Secrets of Successful Self-Publishing” link,

and clicking on the “Networking Resources Obtained Along the Journey” link.

If you know of any other networking events that you want to recommend, share them with the

21st Century Authors and Future Authors blogging community.

Math 1 On 1, LLC will participate in the

Gwinnett Association of Business Entrepreneurs (GABE) Networking Event

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

6 -9 PM EDT

2 Willies Restaurant
3315 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30044

(770)236-0331

After attending my first GABE event in February, I was very impressed by the friendliness and professionalism of the organization and participants. At that moment I decided that this is the type of event in which Math 1 On 1, LLC should participate.

Come out; bring plenty of business cards; and NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!

Sincerely,

Saundra Carter

“The Math Lady”

March 5, 2010

Hello world! Authors Twenty-one has arrived!

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Saundra Carter

Welcome to the Twenty First Century Authors and Future Authors Blog,

You have been tagged because you either have published a book or have a deep desire to publish a book. With the advancement of the Internet in recent years, an unknown author can become a best seller overnight.

After tutoring math for more than 15 years on a voluntary and professional basis as a business owner, inspiration stirred in me and the result was my first book “How to Help Parents and Kids Get Over the Fear of Math, which was published in 2007. Armed with a small budget and fueled by a passion to help my students, this book sold several hundred copies in two years.

After writing my first book, many people asked “When is the next book coming?” The next book turned out not to be a sequel, but an intimate account of the journey that it took to produce the first book. It describes the successful promotional events and the not so successful promotional events. It describes my joys, fears, sorrows, and triumphs. It highlights a few life lessons that I learned along the journey.

This second book describes why the first book was written, what and who inspired the first book, and what was the best publishing option for the first book. It also details the timeline and marketing plan used for the first book. As a bonus, a simple cost model is included to help the author to calculate the price of his/her book based on cost input factors.

My second book entitled “Journey of a Modern Day Author: Secrets of Successful Self-Publishing is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2010.

Hopefully, after reading the upcoming book, you will be inspired to write your story and share it with the world.

We are waiting to hear from you!

In order to make this blog useful to everyone, let us adopt two housekeeping rules.

1) Give and Take –If you want to promote your book, feel free to do so, but give information that will help the body in regard to publishing and marketing, then take the opportunity to promote your book.

2) If you recommend a product, service, or event to the body relevant to publishing or marketing, state if you have tried it and recommend it. If you have not tried it, give the body a disclaimer and let us know that it is untested.

If anyone has any other housekeeping items, let us know.

Here are a few suggested Blogging Topics to get us started.

  • Why are you writing a book?
  • Self-publishing vs. traditional publishing
  • Branding
  • Marketing your book for the new millennium
  • Using the Internet to promote your book
  • We are not limited to these. What would you like to discuss relevant to publishing and marketing?

    Saundra Carter
    CEO
    Math 1 On 1, LLC
    http://www.math1on1.net

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