What a treasure of insights! Almost too much to digest in one reading. I tried to skim and let the recommendations float around in my head.
Several made me think, " I know that, but am I still practicing that?"
So, I'm spending today going back…"
"Smiling...thinking about all the stuff maids must have chuckled at in my years traveling with kids. Moms will do whatever it takes to adjust/modify/improvise.
My question is: how did the room service guy see your garments? I would opt to hang them…"
"While I've never done polls, I do casually sample about 10,000 folks who meet me at various speaking events and trade shows...mostly moms who plan trips for their family.
They (and I) most often look at hotel reviews, more specifically, a resort…"
Timing may be perfect. When in June 2013? I do have one speaking engagement in Virginia already.
Two websites with blogs are online outlets: www.kidslovetravel.com and www.casualgetaways.com (one family travel. one couples and girlfriend…"
"I set up a LLC for every biz i start. It costs $125 in Ohio. Reason: i've been self-employed for 20 years and it always looks more credible to form a LLC for tax and liability issues. It's almost like an insurance. If someone did come after your…"
"Kids Love Travel has e-books now and they, like Amazon, report a slightly higher buy rate vs. print versions in our online store. Don't ever become an author these days without also committing to marketing. I have always been a parent first, author…"
"I'm thinking parents, esp. moms, will eventually tire of the time it takes to scour dozens of reviews that tend to confuse you more. However, i think the deciding factor will end up being the fading of great deals as the economy strengthens and…"
"Ed, you're right, SM does keep your name out there. It's much easier to get a power blogger to review a new book when they already know my face and my style from being social on web. I just can't stay balanced doing it professionally on the road. I…"
"replying to Allan's comments about travel writers and SM time: after one year of frantic Twitter and then FB daily presence i came to the same realization: if you're commenting about where you are it's kindof like saying, "na, na, you're not here…"
"I don't mind these lunches to provide an overview but really, if i'm spending time and money to get to the luncheon promo, i want more for my time invested. The goodie bags are fun and do trigger my memories, once home and writing or speaking about…"
"I've tried twice to make arrangements and, after being bumped to several people, decided to venture elsewhere. I could tell it was going to be a struggle to work my "family-travel" bent around what is on the press pass. Meals and lodging were…"
"Wow, Janeen, this would have been so helpful a year ago when we were researching our KIDS LOVE MISSOURI book. STill, we visited a little and asked a lot of questions of folks while in Kansas City for the 2009 PRSA conference which I spoke at. I need…"
"Traditional Guidebooks in print are fading, not dead. I've researched and written guidebooks for 20 years. Its print hayday was until internet was in nearly every home. Even 5 years ago, you could just put lists together or organize info in some…"