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iBloom: Finally, Real Help Without the Hype for Your Direct Sales Business

Posted by Julie on October 12, 2016 in encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Finally, Real Help Without the Hype for Your Direct Sales Business

iBloom presents real help without the hassle for your direct sales business.

iBloom presents real help without the hassle for your direct sales business.

We’ve all seen it.

A Direct Sales dream story where the work-from-home lady makes millions and travels the world on her own schedule without ever having to miss her kid’s soccer practice. We wonder if it is really just a dream?

BUT we’ve also seen…

The woman working what seems like 24/7, not making much return on her effort, always posting desperately on Facebook and then her friends start avoiding her. We wonder if all of the direct sales opportunities would become a nightmare like that?

For many women, Direct Sales is the answer to real life challenges. Maybe they:

  • Have a job they can’t stand but need to replace the income
  • Need to contribute financially while also caring for the kids or for aging parents
  • Have a child with special needs or an illness that requires more days off than a traditional job would allow
  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit and thrive on the freedom of building something all their own
  • Have debt they are committed to paying off once and for all and want to speed up the process
  • Had an unexpected life change through a spouse’s death or a divorce
  • Needing to retire but don’t have enough money saved to do so without drastically changing their lifestyle

Direct Sales can be a great solution to each of these needs! It offers freedom, a level playing field regardless of race, gender, education level, background, or track record. When Direct Sales is done right, it can change lives, help people achieve their dreams, and make it possible for them to give generously to others.

But you also know that one day you can see the vision and the next day, after a “no-show” or just a rude “no” you’re tempted to throw in the towel. It can be TOUGH building your own Direct Sales business. Don’t make it any tougher than it has to be!

Join me for a training where we will learn from the TOP Christian women leaders in Direct Sales. Why make our own mistakes doing it the hard way when we can learn from THEIR mistakes & successes and build our business much faster?

iBloom Direct Sales Marketing Webinar

Learn from the top Christian Leaders in the Direct Sales world.

Monday, October 17th, 2-4 PM ET

If you are in Direct Sales (or hope to be someday), come learn from the BEST and save yourself LOTS of unnecessary hassle & hustle. These women have built success on their own schedule…and YOU can too!

Recap: (Check which one you want)

______  Go slow by figuring it all out on your own, possibly taking years off of your life

______  Go fast by joining me at the iBloom Direct Sales Marketing Webinar and learn from the TOP Christian Women Leaders in Direct Sales

I really hope you’ll join me! Oh, and if you know someone in Direct Sales who could benefit from this FREE training, please share this post with her. The more the merrier!

(Disclaimer: I am SOLD on iBloom after purchasing their planner. I am now an affiliate, which means I spread the word about their events and products. If there is a purchase from my link, I receive a small payment that goes back into giving back and saving to buy ink, etc…to keep my ministry going.)

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Surrender Story: Surrender it to God by Annette O’Hare

Posted by Julie on February 18, 2016 in ACFW, encouragement, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

Surrender It To God


“I hate promoting myself and my work.”


This is a common mantra among writers, especially myself. After all, no one wants to tell a complete stranger or even a close friend, “Hey, you should buy my book. It’s really great!”


What is it about self-promotion that makes us want to run and hide in the closet? Maybe because it makes you feel like the greasy haired man with the pencil thin mustache, hawking fake Rolex watches in a back alley. Or does it remind you of the time you were picked last for kickball? Or even worse…remember when you received a “C” on a project you thought you deserved an “A” on?


None of these scenarios make us feel like God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved.


Unfortunately, as writers, self-promotion is something we have to do. Why, because, books don’t sell themselves. Unless, that is, your name happens to be Francine Rivers or Ted Dekker. So it’s up to us to get the word out. But how do we go about promoting ourselves and our books without feeling…dirty?


Surrender it to God…


There it is, easy peasy, one and done, right? Well, not in my experience over the past few weeks of promoting my first novel. I can attest that the phrase, “let go and let God” isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. But God in His mercy put a verse on my heart and now I know why.


The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24


I felt God saying, “I got this.”


Does this mean everything will be easy from here on? Will the words I write be loved and cherished by everyone who reads them? Will I receive piles of fan mail and only five star reviews? I seriously doubt it.


Marketing and self-promotion are scary! There is something I have learned through this totally amazing tribulation called publishing. I’m going to make mistakes. I’m going to get my feelings hurt. And I’ll probably want to quit. But I fully trust that the One who called me will be there to catch me when I fall.


Annette O’Hare – Bio

Annette-HS-2_editedGrowing up in Houston, Texas in the 1970’s, Annette loved the stories about ghosts haunting the Spaghetti Warehouse and the mysterious “blue light” cemetery. But it was “Devil’s Island,” the magical woods across from home where her imagination blossomed. She created fantastic scenarios to act out with her brother and the neighborhood kids where worlds were conquered and dragons were slain. Annette is still making up stories, and is looking forward to the release of her first historical romance with Pelican Book Group. Her love for the history and heritage of her home state of Texas shines through in her writing and she’s made it the backdrop for her book series. Annette is a longtime member of American Christian Fiction Writers and her local chapter, ACFW-Writers on the Storm. She lives north of Houston with her husband, Dan of 30 years. Dan and Annette are the proud parents of two Texas A&M graduates, one exceedingly imaginative high schooler, and two rambunctious, loveable rescue dogs.

Northern Light

Northern Light is Annette O'Hare's first release.

Northern Light is Annette O’Hare’s first release.

Civil War has robbed Margaret Logan of all she holds dear, including her beloved New Orleans home and her fiancé. When her family moves to the desolate Bolivar Peninsula to manage a lighthouse that is no longer there, all her hopes for a normal future are dashed. Her world is rocked once again when a wounded Yankee soldier washes ashore needing her help. Despite her contempt for the North, Margaret falls in love with Thomas Murphy. As their love blooms, Margaret’s sister is overcome with neurosis, and her mind slowly slips away. Bitterness, psychosis and depression yield a decision fueled by contempt. Will one fatal choice cause Margaret to lose the man she loves and condemn Thomas to death?


Annette O’Hare – Links


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Thankful Series Kicks Off

It’s weird, this year.

Each October I start promoting the need for guest posts from people from every walk of life to say why they are thankful. Most years I receive so many submissions they spill into December.

They have been short, long, from women, men, authors and readers. From Ohio, from across the pond.

This year, they aren’t coming in.

Are people too busy? Are they not seeing my invite? Or, are they no longer thankful?

Perhaps it’s a mix. Or, maybe God’s got a plan I need to roll with.

Maybe I’m supposed to share why I’m thankful.

Thankful_editedUnless I get more submissions, that’s what I’ll do. I’ll take every day I have a vacancy and share why I am thankful.

Starting today.

I’m thankful this blog exists. It’s the first evidence of my obedience to write as God leads. I wrote past the fear and in time, He healed me from worry and what people thought. Through the years I’ve received incredible feedback from people who read a post and thought I was in their window. Nope, just being obedient and writing as God directed.

These days this blog is only one of many things I do.  I’m in the middle of a three book series. I’m pondering writing a rough draft for NaNoWriMo. I market my work and enjoy cross promoting other authors. I’m still a wife and mom. I enjoy ministering to women and young ladies through my home church.

But this little blog is my baby.

And I’m thankful you read it!

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Entrusted as a Jigsaw Puzzle

Posted by Julie on November 20, 2014 in About Me, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

As I work on promoting Entrusted and creative ways to let readers know this book exists, I come across new websites. One of them was Jigzone. I played along and thought I’d share the front cover of Entrusted with you as a puzzle.

Click on the link and the puzzle should open up.

Have fun!

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The Writer’s Double Burden: Marketing

Posted by Julie on August 16, 2013 in About Me, Christians Read, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

It’s my week to stop by Christians Read and share my thoughts. This week I talked about marketing. The average reader probably doesn’t think about all an author needs to do to not just create a book, but persuade people it is worth buying.

check_it_outI also talked about my practice run into marketing.

I’d love for you to stop by, read, and leave a comment. While there, read the other posts, too. My favorite authors are there: Hannah Alexander, Elizabeth Goddard, Sarah Goebel, Kristen Heitzmann,Vicki Hinze, Maureen Lang, Yvonne Lehman, Kathi Macias, Tara Randel, James L. Rubart, and Lynette Sowell.

You can find my latest post here.

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Social Media and Writing–What? Why?

Posted by Julie on July 31, 2012 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

One aspect of therapy on my wrist that I didn’t anticipate was talking about my writing life. The therapist admitted she crafted a story and wanted to have it published, but didn’t want “everything else that comes with it.”

That everything else was social media. She admitted she was on Twitter but had no plans to ever send a Tweet. Facebook? No. Pinterest? Instagram? She didn’t even know what they were. Her hope was that a publisher would see her story, publish it, market it, and everyone lived happily ever after.

I think that is every writer’s dream, but reality is a different story.

The economy hit publishing outlets as hard as anyone else. When budgets are strapped, marketing departments get the squeeze. It is now more of the author’s burden to market their work than ever before. Social media is an easy and cost-effective way to get the job done.

What’s out there these days?

Facebook–Yes, it keeps changing, and it can be a time consumer. For me, it’s been a great way to promote my writing and gain an audience before my publishing goal comes to pass. I have a writing page where once a day I tend to ask a question with some aspect of surrender to it that will engage conversation. When someone new becomes my personal Facebook friend, I thank them and invite them to like my writing page. I have my blog auto-feed to both pages. If that was all I did, and yes, I tend to spend too much time on FB, I could be done in 10 minutes or less.

Twitter–This is similar to FB’s status updates, except you are limited to 140 characters per update, AKA a tweet. It’s important to be personal on Twitter, not always sharing links to your Amazon page, etc…It takes discernment, but it is possible to build a following that truly cares about your work and will interact with you. I use Tweetdeck, a grid of sorts with different categories I created to keep track of my followers. Forwarding or Re-Tweeting (RT) is a great way to be friendly and not spend a lot of time. Those few seconds it takes will pay itself back when you do have news that needs to be spread.

Google+I think this is another fast, easy way to share your work. Each day I share a link to my blog. I scan and give a + to other posts by friends I like. It isn’t a time waster. It isn’t very social in my opinion, but for marketing, a breeze.

Pinterest–Think of a virtual bulletin board where you decide what goes on your boards. That’s Pinterest. This should be an author’s dream because you can have a board where you pin your book covers, website, Amazon page, etc…Pinterest gives the flexibility to create as many boards as you want with as many “pins.” A pin is anything on the Internet (except FB) that you canput on your board after adding a bookmarklet. Anyone visiting your board can click on the pin and it will take them directly to the website where the pin originated. My boards are close to my brand–things that are good, bad, chocolate, or about surrender.

Instagram–This is fairly new to me and if I understand correctly, a product of smartphone apps. Again, created out of FB’s creativity, you take pictures and add them with a caption instead of writing a status update. This doesn’t seem to be straight marketing, at least not what I’ve seen. I added pictures from books where my work is featured, but most pictures I’ve seen are of nature, random moments, and loved ones. It’s a great way for potential readers to get a glimpse of you without constantly telling them where to find your writing. It’s another audience to find, and again, the time commitment is minimal. Like Pinterest, I suggest using FB as a means to find followers, etc…Saves time, and you know who potential followers are if they are current FB friends. Find me as JulieArduini.

LinkedIn–It’s a resume, as far as basic definitions go. I think in other fields LinkedIn is a must, and I’m on it, but I don’t use it for marketing beyond making sure my blog and Twitter accounts auto-feed.

And that’s the best advice I can give: Make sure you auto-feed your blog to your social media accounts. It’s an easy way to gain an audience and be that marketing department your book needs.

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