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This blog is specifically written for my twitter friends, but I am certain anyone can benefit from it.  The things I would like to share with you apply to all facets of our lives.  In order for us to become successful, we must be willing to help others along this amazing journey in the circle of life.  There is a balance of nature; and as we learn from animals of the wild, only the strong will survive.  But taking that one step further we can conclude that a network of beings is more formidable that any single entity.  When the network stands together, even the strongest opponent against them will fall under their power.

It has been my good fortune to meet many wonderful people on twitter.  Since beginning the remarkable journey during the month of November of 2011, meeting incredible people there has brought me much satisfaction.  I like to think that others have gained from my presence as well.  You see, the meaning of life is much more than our selfish desires.  It is seeking the good of others and placing them above ourselves.  When we do that, we find this kindness coming back to us many times over.

Twitter is like that, whether we understand it or not.  This is an excellent place to network with others.  In the beginning, it was very difficult for me to realize how this powerful social media could possibly be useful to anyone.  It only took a few weeks for me to understand how this could, in fact, be an amazing opportunity to network with people all over the world.

The possibilities are unlimited if a person learns how to use twitter properly.  By properly I mean with kindness, as well as showing consideration for others and their needs.  Within these few short months, I have met people of all walks of life.  It’s to my surprise that many have been watching me and my approach to this process.  To be candid with you, I did not fully understand where it would lead when I first began the journey.  Now it is very clear that there is a network of people in my following and those I follow back.  When we have something important to say, others in our network quickly come to our aid and “retweet” the message to thousands of their followers.  Before long our message has been shared with literally hundreds of thousands of people, all through our network.  There are hundreds of millions of people on twitter, all wanting to meet others with common interests, networking if you will.

In the beginning of my experience, it became obvious to me that many of my followers were authors, all attempting to build their presence in the world of self-publishing.  Since I own a publishing company, they were in essence looking for some sort of guidance as to the process of getting their work recognized.  Some even told me they were hoping for some input from me.  I made the promise to share what I could as I unraveled the mystery of self-publishing.  Some of those ideas have already been shared through my tweets.

Many of you may be of the opinion that I have forgotten about this promise, but not so.  We have been researching and testing our ideas before releasing the details to others.  Most of you know by now that I am not one to offer advice that has not been proven.  Thankfully, after much hard work, we have something very valuable to share with you.

There are distinct differences between self-publishers and major publishing houses.  Our number one concern was to find those differences and see if we could mimic their strong points.  Surprisingly there are some major weaknesses in those powerful giants as well, things that self-publishers must avoid in order to be successful.  This ambitious project has produced some astounding findings.  We have taken those discoveries and written a book about them.  We also feel there are some distinct areas where self-publishers, as a whole, fall short of those giants in the business of book publishing.  But there is a way to use these weaknesses to our advantage.

Even big publishing houses will admit that only 5% of their projects earn back the advance paid to the author.  This would entail that the other 95% fail to turn a profit.  Can a self-publisher do a better job with that?  Of course we can, but we must work prudently.  Most emerging authors do not have the funds or the desire to throw money away on a loser.

One thing that we have learned from three decades of publishing newsletters is that every project must be fully tested before committing a large amount of capital to it, especially to something that is destined to fail.  So, why not test your book in the same way?  It can be done.  If there are flaws, then fix them before sinking thousands of dollars in the project that will never be recovered.

Do not be surprised if many well-known authors soon move into the field of self-publishing.  They can use the principles we have laid out for them to make the next release much more rewarding, all while managing the entire process in an orderly manner.  Hopefully, we will be finished with the final analysis of this project within the next few weeks, releasing the book on the subject shortly afterwards.  It will be available in both e-book and print format.

In closing let me say something about my friend Dr. Jimmy Star who goes by the twitter name @DrJimmyStar.  It has been my good fortune to be a guest on his show.  Soon afterwards I began to realize how powerful this syndication really is.  The Jimmy Star Show is being broadcast to 155 countries and is listened to by celebrities everywhere.  Known as the “King of COOL” among his own peers, Jimmy has his act together.  He knows everybody and everybody knows him.  After appearing on his show, my book sales skyrocketed and are still climbing.  Now how COOL is that!  Thanks, Dr. Star, for allowing me to become a part of your far reaching network.  In case you missed the show, here is the link to the entire podcast.  My appearance is about 40 minutes into the show, and don’t forget to hang around for Bubba of Forrest Gump right after me. http://bit.ly/QDaCz6 

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This phenomenal thing we call life is filled with many wonderful people.  I would like to take a moment to journey into the past to name a few individuals I was fortunate enough to meet.  After that, it is certainly appropriate to reveal several recent acquaintances, many of which were met on twitter. 

While I was in college, there were a number of individuals that I had the good fortune of meeting.  Since the list goes on and on, I am forced to pick only a few.  First of all, it was my decision to become a powerlifter which opened many doors for me.  Because of this competitive sport and the things we had in common, I met football legends like Pat Sullivan (Heisman Trophy winner), David Campbell (All-American), Tom Banks (legendary NFL center), David Langner (all I need to say is 17-16 win over Alabama), and Mike Kolen (“Rookie of the Year” at the Miami Dolphins, 8 seasons with Miami when they dominated the league, nicknamed “Captain Crunch”). 

Now that I have provided their names, let me reveal a few details about our association.  For those of you who do not know, powerlifting is a very competitive sport.  It never ceases to amaze me at what a well-disciplined body can accomplish.  That is where I learned concentration, persistence, patience, and positive thinking.  When you step under a bar holding hundreds of pounds of weight, you either succeed or become crushed.  So I learned to make a commitment before taking on the task.  You either do it or not – but never maybe.  That philosophy has stayed with me throughout life. 

On one particular afternoon, my friend David Campbell and I lifted weights in the coliseum at Auburn University.  It was when I offered him a ride back to Sewell Hall that I realized he was not only a legend but a giant of a man.  With the seat pushed back as far as it would go, his knees rested against the dash of my car, a Ford Galaxy.  Later a girl friend of mine sat on my left while David took a seat on my right.  Finally, unable to contain it any longer and after staring at him, she leaned over and said, “That is one more hunk of a man.”  I could not help laughing at the expression on her face.  Friendships come in all sizes. 

Another person I would like to mention in Mike Kolen.  After completing his first year in the NFL as Rookie of the Year, we lifted weights together one afternoon while he was on break.  He paid me a very nice compliment concerning my physical condition.  Imagine how that felt coming from a pro.  I would also like to mention legendary center, Tom Banks, an outstanding pro football player.  He lifted with us as a team in the state championship.  After completing my lifts, I was called upon to judge the competition for the heavier weight classes.  Once the lifts were completed, I – along with two other judges, provided a thumb’s up for a pass or a thumb’s down to signal a failed attempt.  Can you imagine looking up at Tom Banks to make such a call?  Everyone who knows anything about centers realizes those guys are gigantic.  But I survived, and winning the team trophy will remain a highlight of my life.     

A few years later I had the rare opportunity of meeting Hank Williams, Jr. in a private setting.  I did not recognize him at first; but when I did, he chuckled and we struck up a conversation.  Other notable people that I met in my business endeavors are Don Logan, Chairman of Time Warner, and Ken Griggy, Chairman and CEO of Wilson Foods.  All of these people, while very influential, were some of the nicest people you would ever hope to meet.  

On the business side of my journey, I was privileged to be featured in several national magazines which was quite an honor for me.  During my weightlifting career, I was even featured in the same magazine as Arnold Schwarzenegger – he a body builder and me a powerlifter.  My kids got a kick out of reading those articles and ended up making copies to take to school to convince their friends.  I also met several celebrities at the National Competition level including the residing Mr. America (that was before Arnold made it big) and the great power lifter, Terry Todd, holder of world records. 

The list goes on, but I want to get to the reason for this blog.  For years I have resisted joining twitter out of concern that this social media is a very powerful tool.  Would the people be kind or demeaning?  Well, I am happy to say it has been a wonderful experience.  I have found that twitter friends are so kind that it is only appropriate to take a moment to mention a few. 

When I first began this amazing journey, there was a kind person named Mary L Delgado (MaryLDelgado) who followed me.  You know her well as all America fell in love with Mary on “The Bachelor”.  She is a former Tampa Bay Buc’s cheerleader and a very beautiful young woman.  But it was twitter that has provided me with the chance to connect with her on a more personal basis.  I must say that Mary is a wonderful, considerate, caring individual.  She takes the time to tweet me back and is always a pleasure to speak with.  Like me, she is a competitor and has proven herself as we have already seen.  Mary is currently involved in several secret projects and has mentioned that we may see more of her soon.  However, what she would like very much is to be on “Dancing with the Stars”.  So, Mary, what do you think?  Are you up to the challenge?  I sense a smile – all the answer I need.  We hope to see you soon on DWTS.

In conclusion I would like to mention several close friendships that have developed as a result of twitter.  Caleb Pirtle (CalebPirtle) is a well-known author, screenwriter, with movie connections to Kenny Rogers.  Recently Caleb placed me in his “Author’s Showcase”.  (http://bit.ly/zSEQeh) Thanks to my friend, sales for the book he featured – SURVIVAL – are rising.  His showcase is providing me an opportunity to reveal my works to readers.  Thanks, my friend. 

Ann Marie Dwyer (AnnMarieDwyer) did an “Author Interview”  http://bit.ly/saWtay which gave the readers a chance to get to know me on a more personal basis.  

As many of you are aware, I am involved in a project intended to provide public awareness concerning human trafficking.  The Twelve SEALswas used on Dottie Laster’s TRAFFICKED, Here Women Talk Radio Show, for that purpose.  This guest appearance,  http://bit.ly/zDUkka, is archived if you would like to poke a little fun at my accent.

Now I would like to mention a very special person that came into my life on twitter.  Stacie (whatzMineIzYurz) is a true friend that I will be forever grateful to.  She has connected me with some very dear acquaintances:  Dottie Laster TRAFFICKED, Ana Herradon (AnaHerradon), KC Oliver (KC_oliver), Judy (jThomasross), Brian (CharlieNitric), and Mina (minamaya13).  Others special friends I have met on twitter that I would like to mention are Vonda Norwood (VondaNorwood), Raine Thomas (Raine_Thomas), Michelle Hughes (MichelleHughes_), Christine Warner (ChristinesWords), Brian Bohls (BrianBohls), and Ticia Verveer (ticiaverveer).  This by no means is a complete list, and hopefully in time I will be able to mention many more.  I have already run over the allotted space.  So, here is to my friends on twitter that scan the globe:  I am so thankful for all of you. 

There is no doubt about it:  twitter friends are the best.  

In loving memory of Stacie Dorego – a tragic loss of a true friend!

Roger

Donations are now being accepted by Johnston Firefighters Local 1950 – for Stacie Dorego’s children  http://bit.ly/zGFvQW

 

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