Five ways to harvest trade show success

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 27 September 2016 | 1 Comments

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It was a glorious autumn day, perfect for harvesting or anything else that didn't involve being behind a table inside a conference room. Yet, that's where I was, at a conference, waiting and hoping to promote my story, my services and ... yikes ... myself as author, publisher, expert worth hiring... The creative side of me was screaming to go for a walk on the beach or hide at home with - you got it - a good book. The business part of me, however, knew this was the perfect place for me. I was at a conference of library personnel, folks who have dedicated their careers to the love and promotion of books, reading, writing, and all those things I, too, am passionate about. But how to connect with them, with only a display table and a few moments of their time to work with?

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Longest night: Day of Doritos and Gratitude

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 18 December 2012 | 16 Comments

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Longest Night. For winter-loving folk it sings a chorus of skis and hockey. For me, it is Shortest Day, SADS on a stick, jabbing me with icy spears of dread while growling threats of carb cravings and cabin fever that even the writer's cure-all - wine - can't silence. But this year it may be different. And I have my muse to thank.

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From the mouths of babes and their favourite shirts

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 17 December 2012 | 10 Comments

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It was a Sunday morning fight I just didn't need. Morning comes too early anyway, and the battle between my warm cozy nest and the rigid hardwood of a church pew was raging in my head long before Youngest Daughter twirled proudly in her self-made Sunday best: jeans and a T-shirt. Now, I have accepted that my willfull third-born will no longer tolerate the sweet dresses and matched outfits of toddlerhood. Main goal today is to get her to church with a Christian demeanour still intact. The Lord doesn't care how you look as long as you show up, echoes in my head. Jeans I could live with. The shirt, however, was another story - a tiny pink tee with Tootsie candies proclaiming Let's Roll!, guarded defiantly by its eight-year-old owner despite its faded fabric, cracked decal, and seams meant for a torse two sizes smaller. Bravely, I suggest another shirt. Eyes darken and lips extend in a pout that will ease only after someone cries. With a single bead of optimism, I align three lovely shirts on the bed, extolling their virtues as an auctioneer wooes his audience. This one has a butterfly, see? And this one is purple; you love purple. A glimmer of hope, and the pout relaxes. Maybe purple would be okay. It is my favourite colour, and the Advent candles are purple.

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For whom the jingle bells ring

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 9 November 2011 | 28 Comments

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Our Christmas craft show season begins with the first whiff of Thanksgiving turkey (October in Canada, eh?), but seasoned pros spend the entire year stockpiling inventory, planning displays, and banking vacation time from their 'real' jobs to enter the frenzied lottery that is the craft fair market.

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Trick or Treat: What this writer is really afraid of

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 31 October 2011 | 0 Comments

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It's the season of scare and I've already had my fill. Goosebumps erupted with a vengeance at the sight of snow on my deck during Sunday's nor-easter. My hands gnarled in torturous anticipation of having to turn my demanding 10 year old into a watermelon superhero using nothing more than a shirt, a pillowcase, and an obscure prayer to the Patron Saint of Costumes.

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W-Day: A Fresh Start

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 19 October 2011 | 21 Comments

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In cyber-time, I haven't posted a new blog since I-Pad 1s ruled the Apple store, so this is long overdue. I'm easing in slowly, committing one day a week. Wednesday. W-day, for cool women I've met or hope to meet.

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Finding Maria first blog post

Posted by Jennifer on 22 October 2010 | 13 Comments

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Welcome! This is an event of firsts for me.

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