Monday, August 11, 2008

Learn to Love the Life You Have - It could help get you out of depression or help you if you are starting over at any age!

The best books are those that...
Entertain us
Inspire us
And touch our hearts.

The Baglady's Guide to Elegant Living does just that! Women from all walks of life (and men too)have found a new favorite in this delightful parable. And you will too!

There was one passage in the book that I carry around and show to people. It's an explanation of how you should live your life. It was said so beautifully.

- Carolyn Timmins

I was pulled into the story in every way. It caught me from the first page.

- Cheri Conrad,

It made me want to go get a notebook and do the things with her (Angela). It was like the Baglady was talking to me!

- Rhonda Rhoades,
Worship Coordinator

It brings to your attention the many blessings in life that you otherwise take for granted. The Baglady was so accepting and taught by helping you see things differently. She showed you how to listen to yourself. The story applies to anybody. Especially people who tend to be negative could really benefit. Instead of avoiding them, I can give them the book. Maybe they will read it and see something in it because the Baglady teaches a lot of lessons we take for granted.

- Lourdes Ylagan,

Maybe you feel trapped,
or frustrated by the life you are living.
Possibly you have just lost your sparkle.
If so...
I've got a Baglady you really ought to meet!

It's a very inspiring book. Not religious and not self help, but kind of in between. I don’t know that much —about religion. It was interesting to read your take on how God works.

- Cindy Kotara,
Accounting Clerk


One of the things that really got my attention was the part about praying without ceasing. I had never thought of it that way. That was one of my favorite things. I have heard about praying without ceasing but I never realized that it is happening all the time with all my thoughts and actions.
I read it in 2 days and really enjoyed it. It makes you realize that things around you are not as bad as you think they are. It gives you a new perspective on the situations in your life. I also loved the cards with great sayings on them. I need little cards like those as a reminder.

- Amanda Johnson,
Elementary teacher and new mother

I Loved Rose. I could just picture her going through that bag. And those little cards she pulled out had a lot of good advice on them.

- Debbie Dillahunty
Mother and Secretary

What I liked best ....that it was a positive message that takes some of the fear out of exploring what else is out there. Women tend to be afraid to venture outside their comfort zone. The answers are so obvious that sometimes we don't see them.
The Baglady reminded me of a fairy Godmother. I think her reaching inside her bag was a great concept.

- Sandra Dollarhide,
Retired Spoiled Person

It was so uplifting and positive. As I was reading, I kept thinking of people I could give it to. I loved the Baglady. She was sweet yet firm. I liked the way she kept moving Angela forward. She reminded me of Della Reese in Touched by an Angel.

- Kimberly Boothe
Home schooling mom

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Successful Author Dina Dove Shares Secrets to Getting Your Book Published in Branson , MO

Discussion Topic

If you were to take a poll, you’d find that a huge percentage of Americans dream of writing a book, but they have no idea how to navigate the complex world of publishing. On Saturday, August 9th, Dina Dove will be leading a free workshop for aspiring authors.

After 30 years as an entrepreneur and business owner, she completely changed her focus and became an author. By using the techniques she teaches, Ms. Dove sold her book, The Baglady’s Guide to Elegant Living, to a major publisher in record time.

She will teach your audience: The power of a great title
Tips on defining your market
Writing the book proposal
What publishers are looking for
Developing your platform
The value of literary agents and attorneys
The best author resources

Talking Points

· What is the first thing you would tell people who want to get a book published?

· What are the pieces of a book proposal and why is it important?

· Why do I need a literary agent?

· What gets an agent’s attention?

· Can’t a person go directly to a publisher to sell their book?

· What is a publisher really looking for?

· What was the secret of your success in getting The Baglady’s Guide to Elegant Living published so easily?

Topic Overview

When asked if you’ve ever thought of writing a book, a huge number of people will give a resounding ‘Yes.’ We all have thoughts we’d like to share with the world and a book seems powerful, indeed. But for so many, the task of sitting down and putting it to paper is only the first hurdle.

Industry experts will tell you that less than 5% of people who write a book ever get a major publishing contract. On first blush, that might discourage you. The authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul were turned down by 140 publishers before finding one that said yes. Now that series is lauded as being the single most successful in the history of publishing itself. Though authoring books is not for the easily discouraged, you can get a major publisher and become a successful author if you learn the tricks of the trade, are willing to implement them, and keep a good positive attitude.

“First and foremost, you must have a passion for your subject and be able to convey your message in a powerful manner,” says Ms. Dove. “For me it took the form of a fable thru which I teach others what it took me so long to learn. While I was blessed with much success in my life, there was no time to enjoy it. Personal and business tragedies forced me to re-evaluate my life. I got a new perspective and learned to live in a more authentic way. It was then that I found true happiness and… true success.”

Branson Events

Ms. Dove is being brought in by Books A Million as part of their grand opening celebration at Branson Hills. She has 2 in-store events on Saturday, August 9th.
Book signing 2 – 5 pm
Aspiring Authors Workshop 7 – 9 pm


About Dina Dove
Since the mid 1970s, Dina Dove has founded several businesses and co-authored two multi-media life-coaching programs. But it was the life-changing circumstances in her own life that inspired her to write her first fable, “The Baglady’s Guide to Elegant Living.” At forty-one she walked into an uncertain future; broke, newly divorced, with no job, no unemployment pay, $250,000 in debt and the IRS knocking at her door. Far from the tragic devastation that she expected, she stepped into the world empty and found a life that was magical beyond her wildest dreams. As a life coach, inspirational speaker, and workshop leader, Dina Dove is dedicated to helping others find the blessings hidden in their lives. Through the work she does, people remember who they really are at their deepest core and discover their unique path to personal fulfillment.