Feb 242016
 

 

IMGAmerican English is my native tongue, although my family is of Italian origin.

I’m a word-aholic and like to muse frequently on the origins of words and their meanings.

One thing I like to play with from the three-pound lump of tofu between my ears is the origin of people’s surnames.

I must interject here how it surprises me that most Americans do not know the meaning of the word “surname,” using instead the term “last name.” I remember being instructed to use the word surname when I was in elementary school and have rarely heard it since.

So many English surnames are based on professions or skills. Because way back when people spoke Middle English they did not have family names, they were referred to by their profession. Ergo, John Carpenter, Jack Baker, Etc.

Not to mention, Butler, Butcher, Farmer, Chandler, Spencer (There’s an interesting story here), Faulkner, Porter, Turner (What did the Turner turn, one wonders?), King, Earl, Duke, Dyer, Prince, Priest, Bishop, Doctor, Nurse, Tanner, Weaver,  Webb, Webster and so many more. Such as: Bookbinder, Brewer, Thatcher, Cheeseman , Cook, Hunter, and Miller.

Do you have any others to add?

And then there’s a huge list of surnames based upon animals. First the birds:

Bird, Robin, Partridge, Nightingale, Wren, Peacock, Hawke, Partridge, Swan, Finch, Parrot,  Condor (just joking), Dove, Pigeon, Sparrow  and Starling. And then there’s Swift, and Crow. What else?

Now for the mammals:

Fox, Lyon ( Okay, the spelling changed but it’s still a lion), Wolf, Beaver, Lamb, Horse,  Bear, Bullock,  Lamb.

And the fish:  Fish, Pollock, Pike, Spratt,  Haddock,  Bass, Troutt.

If you can think of any others to add to this list– without resorting to Wikipedia or an online search, please– let me know.

If you respond, I will tell you a story about my surname, which will probably surprise you.

Feb 122016
 

The Biz Whiz Writes

–How To Write The Book To Boost Your Business—

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The most obvious reason for writing a book about your business is to establish yourself as an expert and promote your services and products. You want to sell and you hope your book will help you do just that.

More and more entrepreneurs understand the stiff competition they face in marketing and promoting their products and services. A book with your name on it is obvious evidence that you are a master of your area and well-placed to give advice to readers on how to make choices in your field.

Envision yourself offering a book with your name on it to a prospect instead of or in addition to your business card. Doesn’t that make a statement?

Envision yourself selling your books at events and venues where you speak. Won’t that make you feel good? And how about selling it at events where you speak? More satisfaction and more sales.

Besides attracting more clients, you will gain visitors to your website. Your book might lead to other books, such as a workbook or audio/video media.

When you have authored a book, other things happen: you feel great about yourself. You attract media attention. Your book can inspire a reporter, broadcaster or blogger to ask you for an interview.

You are now among the tier of people who can be invited to panels and symposia along with competitors and other authors.

You have not only established yourself as an expert, you have strengthened your credibility and your brand.

This blog is meant as an introduction to an upcoming e-book entitled,

The Biz Wiz Writes –

How To Write The Book To Boost Your Business—Even if You Are Not a Writer

This e-book will sell for $9.95 upon publication.

Or you can order it now for only $7.75.

PayPal to Francine@francinebrevetti.com.

I offer anyone who asks a 20-minute complimentary consultation. Just ask.

I am Francine Brevetti, an author, journalist, ghostwriter and book coach. My website is www.FrancineBrevetti.com.

 

 

 

Feb 042016
 

 

The Biz Whiz Writes

–      How to Write the Book to Boost Your Business –

Even if you’re not a writer

stock-photo-19668496-noir-style-journalistAre you up to writing a non-fiction book?  Perhaps a book about your business.

Ask yourself these questions – and answer them!

Do you have a deadline for yourself? Would you rather establish regular goalposts for completing the writing?

Do you know how you want it published? Whether you want it traditionally published for self-published, are you prepared to do the research necessary to undertake either of these roads?

On a scale of 1 to 10, how committed are you to achieving a book in the next 12 months? Or six months?

What are the biggest results you would like to see in producing a piece of literature about your products and services?  How do you want it to change your life or your business?

What is stopping you from writing your book? Are they internal or external pressures?  How are you going to manage them?

If you have any qualms about answering these questions, I can help you.

I am Francine Brevetti, author, journalist, ghostwriter and book coach. My website is www.FrancineBrevetti.com. I offer anyone who asks a 20-minute complimentary consultation on how to strategize his or her writing process.

I am preparing a nonfiction book:

 The Biz Whiz Writes

–How To Write The Book To Boost Your Business—

Even If You’re Not A Writer

 

Upon publication, it will sell for $9.95. If you want to preorder it, please send $7.95 to me through PayPal at this address Francine@francinebrevetti.com.

 

 

 

Feb 032016
 

 

cnds-header-2014The Ides of February is upon us!

Did you know that the ides of February –in the Roman calendar –is February 13?

And it just happens to be the day before St. Valentine’s Day,

the day when you buy and give your copy of

Cat Naps and Doggie Snorts– The Joy of Sleeping with Critters,

to entertain, amuse and honor your loved ones.

 

Cat Naps and Doggie Snorts – The Joy of Sleeping with Critters  is a funny, touching, maddening collection of 75 stories from people who sleep with their pets. And vice versa.

If you have a friend or sweetheart who likes the fuzzy, living warmth of animals, here’s a unique gift to present on St. Valentine’s Day.

A  copy of  Cat Naps and Doggie Snorts – The Joy of Sleeping with Critters will be much appreciated! You’ll probably get a hug or kiss of gratitude and that’s warm and fuzzy, isn’t it?

Order your copies now for the animal lovers in your life from www.catnapsanddoggiesnorts.com.

Or log on to Amazon.com and read the five-star reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Naps-Doggie-Snorts-Sleeping/dp/0975335111/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453745170&sr=1-3&keywords=Francine+brevetti.

Meow, arf, tweet.

www.francinebrevetti.com

francine@francinebrevetti.com

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 012016
 

 

 Do you need a ghostwriter or a book coach?

stock-photo-19452060-frustrated-writer-womanIf you want to write a book but don’t know how, you may want to engage the services of a ghostwriter or a book coach.

What’s the difference between them?

In both cases, your name appears on the book as the author. You own the copyright and have full authority over what goes in it.

A ghostwriter can write your book completely, certain parts of it or will rewrite an existing manuscript.

Folks look for ghostwriters when they feel they don’t have the time or the skill to write their vision. Your ghostwriter will need to interview you extensively and will need your direction on research to accumulate and other sources to interview.

Instruct the ghostwriter about how much writing, interviewing and research he or she must assume. The ghostwriter’s fee will match those requirements.

If you are writing a book about your business, your science, art or philosophy, you will want to find a ghostwriter who has experience in these areas.

While this professional is doing research and writing your book, he/she is taking the burden from you, enabling you to produce a book you probably would not have done otherwise.

On the other hand, a book coach helps you write the book yourself.

Sometimes a person is truly motivated to write their book themselves but perhaps needs discipline, structure, brainstorming, or just confidence.

A skillful book coach shepherds the author/client by helping them strategize the creation of content and the structure of the book. The coach then helps the client set goals and milestones for accomplishing a manuscript phase-by-phase.  The coach keeps the author/client accountable by reading whatever the client has produced during the agreed-upon time span and making suggestions.

For instance, when I work with such client I help him/her conceive of what he/she can achieve in the next week. Then my client writes that material and sends it to me to read before our next conference. When we reconvene, I comment on the work and make suggestions on how to go forward. We set another goal to be accomplished in the next time span we have agreed upon.

I have extensive experience writing people’s nonfiction books, as their ghostwriter or coach. By careful, nonjudgmental listening and questioning, I help people express ideas sometimes they’d never been able to articulate.

This post is an introduction to an upcoming e-book,

Boost Your Business  with a Book

–Even if you’re not a writer–

 I offer anyone who asks a 20-minute complimentary consultation.

I am Francine Brevetti, an author, journalist, ghostwriter and book coach.

www. FrancineBrevetti.com

Francine@FrancineBrevetti.com

Feb 012016
 

 

Does your sweetheart like fur?

No! No, we don’t mean a fur coat. We mean live fur like a cat, or a dog or you name it.

If you have a loved one who likes the fuzzy warmth of animals, here’s a unique gift to present on St. Valentine’s Day.

A  copy of  Cat Naps and Doggie Snorts– The Joy of Sleeping with Critters –wfb_3D_doggie_ebook_cover_mech_05ill be much appreciated! You’ll probably get a hug or kiss of gratitude and that’s warm and fuzzy, isn’t it?

Cat Naps and Doggie Snorts– The Joy of Sleeping with Critters  is a funny, touching, maddening collection of 75 stories from people who sleep with their pets. And vice versa.

Order your copies now for the animal lovers in your life from www.catnapsanddoggiesnorts.com.

Or log on to Amazon.com and read the five-star reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Naps-Doggie-Snorts-Sleeping/dp/0975335111/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453745170&sr=1-3&keywords=Francine+brevetti.

Meow, arf, tweet.

www.francinebrevetti.com

francine@francinebrevetti.com