FREE Promotional Options For Author

I have made some major changes to the blogs I’m offering in March and I pdated this list to reflect those changes. These changes should make it easier to find information and give additional exposure to every one who submits information about their books and themselves.

ANY published author is welcome to submit these questions and answers to promote their books. To use any of these blogs – click on the link, click on “how to submit” in the top corner of the blog and follow the instructions. I ask that you send the questions and answers as an RTF file. It is also good to send a jpg file of your book cover – no PDF files for the cover art. When you complete the interview, send to with the interview title in the subject line and I will add you to the list for that blog.

I have divided the blog lists for fiction and non fiction books to make it easier to find the ones you need. I’ve added several new blogs lately – so if you’ve been here before – there are some new options.

The print and digital edition of Book Promo 101 are available. The print book is oversize 8″ x 10″ and the layout is gorgeous. The print edition of Book Promo 201: Harness the Power of the Internet with Web 2.0 and Social Media Marketing will be available May 2009. If you would like details about the contents of this book visit

I offer a wide array of promotional services to authors. Feel free to take a look at the possibilities and contact me with questions. If you are interested in something that you don’t see listed, let me know and we can talk. For a list of these services visit –

I offer a wide assortment of virtual book tour options and the current list is located at and I offer virtual blog tours which coordinate and enhance Amazon Best Seller Campaigns – there are a number of options and price ranges and we can talk about other options. I’m planning to add more services in 2009. If you’d like to be added to my mailing list to get the latest updates, send me a message at I am also adding a wide variety of social media marketing options to the things that Promo 101 Promotional Services offers.

This is the full list of promotional blogs – the name, the blog link and the link to full instructions are listed for each individual interview.

Promotional Blogs for Fiction Books

Are you an “outside of the box” promoter? I’d love to share your ideas on this blog –

Share your furry writing companions –
How to Submit – – Details about story setting.
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Animals in Your Book –

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Villains in your book.-
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Heroine in your book.-
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Hero in your book.-
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Best Friend –
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Share Book Details –
How to Submit – – From Books to the Movies
If a movie was made about your book, which actors and actresses would play the main characters? This is your chance in case a movie of your book and it can be a lot of fun.
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Interview a Male Character –
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Interview a Female Character –
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In Detail With Nikki Leigh –
Give potential readers more information about you and your background.
How to Submit –

Before I Was Published –
Tell us about what you did before you were published and especially include anything that relates to your books and your writing.
How to Submit – Can you tie a topic or element from your book with current events? This is the place to submit them. Send them to me and I’ll review them.
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Do you have interesting promotional ideas and suggestions that you would like to share with other authors?

How to Submit – – Share your book cover.
How to Submit – – Share your First Chapter
How to Submit – http:/

Promotional Blogs for Non-Fiction Books

Are you an “outside of the box” promoter? I’d love to share your ideas on this blog –

Share Book Details –
How to Submit –

Share your furry writing companions –
How to Submit –

Animals in Your Book –

How to Submit –

In Detail With Nikki Leigh –
Give potential readers more information about you and your background.
How to Submit –

Before I Was Published –
Tell us about what you did before you were published and especially include anything that relates to your books and your writing.
How to Submit –– Can you tie a topic or element from your book with current events? This is the place to submit them. Send them to me and I’ll review them.
How to Submit
Do you have interesting promotional ideas and suggestions that you would like to share with other authors?

How to Submit – – Share your book cover.
How to Submit – – Share your First Chapter

How to Submit –

I reserve the right to refuse to post any submissions, but so far I haven’t needed to turn anyone away. I did edit a couple of first chapters to maintain a PG-13 rating for my visitors. That could be one of the reasons why some have such a long waiting list. All the blogs are listed on my Blogger profile which is located at –

Nikki Leigh
Author of the Book Promo 101 Series
Author Promotional Services –

Calling "Outside of the Box" Promoters – Share Your Most Unique Ideas

I’m starting a new thing on my promo articles and tips blog and I wanted to know if you would like to participate – this is the blog and it is being promoted in my new book (Book Promo 201: Harness the Power of the Internet with Web 2.0 and Social Media Marketing) and is where I will post all new promo tips etc that I discovered and continue to discover after this went to the publisher. This is also an award winning blog 🙂

Here is what I need – I’m getting people to share the most unique, unusual or outlandish thing they have done to promote their book – details about what it was, how it worked, and if it was a success. My hope and goal with this is to get people to start thinking “outside of the box” with their promotion. I’m tired of hearing about people just giving away free copies of their book – so I want to share some great examples of using creativity in their promotion. Would you like to contribute something? More than one is a possibility too 🙂

If you have something to share – send it to

Nikki Leigh

Publish Post

Let's Talk About How to Get Started on Twitter

Tuesday May 5th I’ll be talking about Twitter on my radio show at – – we’ll be on air at 4 pm EST. My guest will be Lizzie T Leaf – hear what she has to say about the call 😉

I always thought I have a face for radio and now I get to prove it. Nikki Leigh has invited me to be a guest on her Blogtalk radio show and she will strive to answer my questions about Twitter. Come share Nikki’s pain as she attempts to educate a very non-techo author (that would be me) on one of the latest social networks available to all of us these days. and the call is May 5, 2009 at 4 pm EST — people can visit the page and click “reminder” on the show listing and BTR will send them a reminder about the call. Very cool service 🙂

Look forward to your support!


And – my response —

“Share Nikki’s pain” — wow – I better prepare really well for this show 🙂 All right folks – I need support and the show will give you a chance to ask your questions too — so definitely come visit on Tuesday. If you can’t make it live – you can also download the show after it airs. I plan to share lots of great information to help people get started on Tiwtter, to learn their way around the site and to talk about some of the tools that make it easier to participate. I have a feeling we will even talk about why you should even be on Twitter. Is it worth the effort? You will have to tune in to hear more 🙂

Nikki Leigh
Author of Book Promo 201: Harness the Power of the Internet with Web 2.0 and
Social Media Marketing

Get Ready – We Talk Sex with Dr Ava – Wednesday April 29th 7 pm PST

Ash Joie- Lee hosts on the Dan Fogelberg Tour

See the review on Ash’s blog Tuesday.
April 28th- Ash Joie-Lee at her blog –

If you leave a comment on ANY of these blog posts during this Virtual Blog Tour, then your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a “Lost Session” Interview CD, never-to-be-released; over 45 minutes long of Dan with Fred!!!
You CANNOT purchase this ANYWHERE else!

For the month of April, these are the blogs that will be visited by the new release of Dan Fogelberg’s Retrospective Interview 2-CD Set hosted by Fred Migliore of FM Odyssey fame!

Kelly Kravitz – Tour Coordinator
Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours
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Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore – Virtual Blog Tour

In May we will bring you the second book in actress, Julianne Moore‘s, Freckleface Strawberry series. This is Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully. We all knew that bully is school – he was big and mean and made most of the other kids miserable. In this book, Freckleface Strawberry is face to face with the school bully, Windy Pants Patrick, on a rainy morning. What will she do? How can her story help your children face bullies?


Acclaimed actress, and now beloved picture book author JULIANNE MOORE and bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join talents again for FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY AND THE DODGEBALL BULLY. This time, their perky, loveable seven-year-old encounters a bully on the playground—Windy Pants Patrick—during a game of dodgeball. As the brute prepares to hurl his might at Freckleface and her friends, she must figure out how to summon the courage to stand up to him. Ms. Moore tackles this all-to- prevalent problem with both humor and grace.

It is Ms. Moore’s infusion of hilarity and heart that has won her praise from booksellers, educators, reviewers—and most importantly young readers!—for her debut picture book Freckleface Strawberry, a charming tale inspired by a childhood experience.

Nicknamed Freckleface Strawberry when she a young girl, Ms. Moore disliked the title as much as she disliked her red hair and freckles. “As a child, my hatred of my freckles was only matched by my love of reading,” said the author, who eventually grew to tolerate her red hair and freckles and find amusement in telling her own kids about her childhood nickname. Dodgeball isn’t based on personal experience, but creating a feisty character who makes the best of a bad situation—and does so with style and wit—is essential to Ms. Moore.

To Order Your Copy Today –

Download Your Own Freckleface Strawberry Activity Kit –

Julianne Moore is U. S. Ambassador for Save the Children working with children and families in rural areas, focusing on literacy and early childhood education. She successfully launched the Save the Children Valentine program in 2008 whereby children’s book illustrators donated art work for cards, with the proceeds benefiting poverty in the United States. She is also a member of Reach Out and Read, a children’s literacy organization dedicated to educating parents on the importance of reading to their children, as well as an acclaimed actress who has appeared in such movies as -family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-1610611985 1107304683 0 0 159 0;} @font-face {font-family:”Century Gothic”; panose-1:2 11 5 2 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:647 0 0 0 159 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:””; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”,”serif”; mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} –>

The Hours, Far from Heaven, The End of the Affair, and Boogie Nights. Ms Moore was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting from Boston University’s School of the Performing Arts. She now lives with her husband and children in New York City.

Links to Video with Julianne Moore about the Book

The Virtual Blog Tour Schedule for Julianne Moore and Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully

Tuesday May 26 – Margay Leah Justice shares her Freckleface Strawberry review . Its been interesting to see how this story is “transporting” the adults back to the tough times we all had in school. It is interesting how a story about a spunky little red headed girl and a bully. Stick with us during the tour and you will have plenty of chances to share your stories and to hear stories from other people who had a bully in their life.

Wednesday May 27 – Margay Leah Justice shares information about Freckleface Strawberry and Julianne Moore on her blog – . Did you miss her review? It is posted on her other blog –

Thursday May 28 – Shelly Burns is a teacher and she shares her review and comments about Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully. From the outside this looks like its “just a picture book for kids”. But as an adult turns the pages and reads to the special child or children in their life – it turns into a great tool to help children understand some ways to deal with bullies and to accept people who are different. Take a look –

Friday May 29 – Julie Peterson shares her review (and her young son’s thoughts) about Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully –


Monday June 1 – Susan Wingate hosts Julianne Moore and Freckleface Strawberry –

Tuesday June 2 – Cheryl C. Malandrinos hosts Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully on her Book Connection blog today –

Wednesday June 3 – Share Nikki Leigh’s review for Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully by Julianne Moore –

Friday June 5 – Paige Visintin shares her comments about Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully by Julianne Moore

Monday June 8 – Lesa Holstine shares her review of Freckleface Strawberry –

Tuesday June 9 – Natasha Maw shares information about Freckleface Strawberry on her blog

Wednesday June 10 – Debra Gaynor and her two grandchildren share their review of Freckleface Strawberry

Thursday June 11 – Dyan Garris shares her thoughts on bullying and taking your power back. She also shares her review for Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore ––freckleface-strawberry.aspx

Friday June 12 – Linda Merlino shares her review and comments about Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgball Bully

Monday June 15 – Stephanie shares her thoughts about Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully on her blog – As an added bonus, she was able to meet Julianne Moore at BEA (Book Expo America) a couple of weeks ago and she shares the pictures she got of Julianne Moore.

Tuesday June 16 – Karen Syed, an author, publisher and former pre-school teacher, shares her review and thoughts about Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully –

Wednesday June 17 – Karen Syed asks “Who Does Windy Pants Patrick Think He Is” on her Teen Seen blog this morning as she shares thoughts and a review for Freckleface Strawberry by julianne Moore –

Thursday June 18 – Carolyn Howard Johnson shares her review for Freckleface Strawberry today on her blog –

Friday June 19 – Mary Cunningham shares her thoughts about Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully –

Christine Verstraete shares her comments about Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully –

Chelle Cordero hosts Julianne Moore on her Women in Charge blog and she will share information about Freckleface Strawberry –

Are Celebrities Causing Twitter to Evolve or Devolve?

Attracting Thousands of Followers, But Following Few

You’ve no doubt been exposed to mass hoopla surrounding Twitter and celebrities starting Twitter accounts, racing to get the most followers, etc. There’s no question that celebrity Twitter use is good for expanding the social network’s user base, but what’s it doing to Twitter as a communication tool?

Is Twitter evolving or devolving as a result of celebrities taking it over? (Tell us what you think.)You have celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Jimmy Fallon, and Oprah who have gained massive amounts of followers, but are not following too many people themselves. Is Twitter just part of their respective PR machines?

Twitter Followers for OprahAre they actively engaging in conversations with their fans? Maybe a little, but how many of Kutcher’s million plus do you think are regularly getting responses from him when they send him tweets? Look at Oprah’s account. Granted, she’s only been on since Friday, but she’s already got nearly half a million followers and she’s only following ten people. So far she’s sent replies to Demi Moore, Shaq, Larry King, and Evan Williams. Hardly communicating with the fans I would say.

To be fair, I’m not saying that there aren’t celebrities using Twitter who do communicate with their fan bases. Perhaps even Oprah will if given enough time. Some celebrities (like Arnold Schwarzenegger, MC Hammer, and Britney Spears have thousands of followers themselves (though who knows how many fans were manually followed back and how many were simply added as a result of some auto follower).

I think Neville Hobson puts it well when he says Twitter is for listening. When Oprah joined Twitter, Twitter’s daily market share of Internet visits skyrocketed. Jason Miller discussed this at WebProNews.

Daily Market Share of US Internet Visits

Oprah has a lot of fans, and they flocked to Twitter because they are interested in listening to what she has to say. Twitter the company is certainly happy to have celebrities participating. But if Twitter was once about two-way communication, it seems to be more about one-way listening now.

Don’t get me wrong. Two-way communication is still an option, and there are still many people doing it, but some celebrities and marketers are changing the face of Twitter.

Luckily, there is still value in listening. Twitter has often been referred to as microblogging, and that’s really a good way to look at it. You read blogs because you’re interested in what the bloggers have to say. You read tweets for the same reason. They’re just smaller. Blogs have comment areas for two-way communication that can go two-way or one-way depending on whether or not the author takes the time to respond. The same applies to Twitter.

There is plenty of value in listening from the business perspective as well. Hobson writes:

Neviile HobsonDon’t think of the increasing user numbers we keep hearing about as just so much more noise you have to filter out if you’re on Twitter yourself. Remember, Twitter is an opt-in idea: you decide whether or not to open an account and then who to follow or not. You’re in control!

Instead, think of the stunning growth in people signing up to Twitter as more amazing listening opportunities to find out who’s saying what about you, your product, your brand, your client, or whatever it is that interests you in finding out what people are talking about online.

I can tell you that a good place to find people in your niche to listen to is our own Twellow. Just don’t go too crazy because Twitter has placed a limit on how many people you can follow in a day (1,000). If you’re really there to listen, this probably will not affect you too much. There is a bit of a debate going on about whether this limit is a good or a bad thing too.

Do you think celebrities are changing Twitter for the better or for the worse?

Do You Write Articles? Learn a Shortcut to Twitter for Your Articles is a section of EzineArticles that we created to showcase our authors who gain extra publicity for their articles by having us automatically update their Twitter accounts with their latest published articles.

Go to

How can I be featured here?

  1. If you haven’t already, sign up for an EzineArticles account and a Twitter account.
  2. Log into the EzineArticles Members Area and edit your biography by selecting Profile Manager and Edit Author Bio from the main menu.
  3. Enter your Twitter account information into the fields “Twitter Username” and “Twitter Password.” This information is the same information you use to log into Twitter.
  4. Complete any other sections of your biography you wish and click the button at the bottom of the page to save your changes.
  5. Submit a quality, original article through the Members Area.

That’s it. Your Twitter account will be automatically updated when your article is approved by the EzineArticles editorial staff and you will be listed here.

To watch the video, visit

Thank you to Kathleen Gage for passing this along 🙂 and

Interview With Patti Ogden Author of Keoni's Big Question

Tell us the book title and your author name.

Keoni’s Big Question

Patti B. Ogden

What inspired the book?

A story told in several sermons of William Branham

What makes this book special to you?

Keoni’s Big Question is very special to me because it tells such a sweet story of a curious little boy that just wanted to know more about God. The little boy reminded me of myself. As a child I was very curious about the deep questions of life and I was just as determined to find the right answers.

What makes this a book that other people MUST read and WHY?

Keoni’s Big Question has a beautiful message with a surprising answer that will impact it’s readers for a lifetime.

What people NEED to read this book and WHY?

This 32 page fully-illustrated book is a wonderful book for all children, but I have had its meaning inspire parents as well. It’s an endearing story of faith, Christian values and the how and why of reaching out to God for answers in our life.

What sparks your creativity? Any tips to help others spark their own creativity?

They say good authors are good readers and I agree with that. My mind often starts to form ideas after reading inspirational items and great literature.

What has been the biggest stumbling block in your writing? Can you share some tips to help others get past similar problems?

One of the biggest stumbling blocks is coming to a word road block. You know what you want to say but the correct words or phrases escape you. The on-the-tip-of-my- tongue problem. That is frustrating! I get past this by going for a long walk to clear my head and then flipping through reference tools like my Thesaurus.

What do you think motivates people to become authors? What motivated you to get into this unusual industry?

This is something I wanted to do since a high school creative writing class. I think the motivation is the basic human desire to express ourselves. Writing is a channel that we can freely do that.

FICTION – If there is a setting, tell us how you decided on that setting and what you did to create a complete and vivid setting for your readers?

Keoni’s Big Question is centered around a fishing trip Keoni takes with an old family friend. The setting was easy as it was a part of the original story told by William Branham. Yet that was only an outline and I had to fill in the gaps with fiction. I decided that the fishing trip had to become dangerous to make a way for Keoni to communicate with God so he would come naturally to the answers to his big question.

FICTION – What inspires you about the hero or heroine in your book? What makes them memorable for the reader? What motivates the hero and/or heroine? You can include information about both if you want.

Keoni inspires me because he never gives up. He knows there are correct answers to his questions and he persevered until he was satisfied in his soul. I admire that. It shows great faith.

FICTION – Is there a villain or something that causes friction in your story? Tell us about what or who it is and how that contributes to the story. Any details about conflict and friction is good information to know.

The friction in this story are the many disappointing answers that Keoni receives when he first begins his search for answers. Sadly, this is too often seen in our modern society- people who are too busy to sit down and have serious conversation with children. Keoni begins to feel rejected and pacified and the reader will soon feel great empathy to what he is going through.

Is there a way to tie your book topic to current events? If so, tell us about how you could do that. I have a blog to feature information and examples about tying books into current events that might be a good place for you to promote your book.

Keoni’s Big Question and it’s message is very important – now more than ever. Headlines and current events are becoming more fearful about the state of the world, the economy and the prophecy of the end of times. Children are especially sensitive to these things, they see their families worried about job loss, higher bills to pay, etc. This book helps them to realize there is a higher power to call upon. One that can instill peace and joy.

If there’s anything else you would like to share, this is the time and place.

Watch for the Keoni’s Big Question book trailer in May.

I also have two more books that are coming out this year.

“Shamgar and the Ox Goad” is scheduled next. I am very excited about it! It is a very imaginative tale of the little known story of Shamgar, who was only mentioned twice in the Bible, yet greatly used of God. Taken from one verse in the book of Judges, this is a story of one man and how delivers Israel from the hand of the Philistines. This is the first volume in our Untold Heroes of the Bible series and is a powerful, intriguing story tha
t teaches children the virtues of Godly character and faith.

“Momma, Am I Pretty?” is about a young girl who deals with her first experience of religious persecution and how the wisdom of her mother helps her through her emotional reaction. Illustrator and designer Robert Sauber is busy working on this project and we hope to have this one out by late summer.

Thank you for visiting with me and in closing, give us your website address and a link to order your book.

Thank you! It was my pleasure.

Keoni’s Big Question is available at : –

I would like to invite readers to stop by our website.


Heart of Marketing by Judith and Jim – Virtual Blog Tour

Promo 101 Virtual Tours is excited to announce a great new marketing book that we will promote the week of May 11 – 15. You may wonder why this is only a one week campaign – that is because the authors are doing an exciting Amazon best seller campaign. Each person that buys the book on May 14th will also get $1000’s of free gifts from their joint venture partners. We are coordinating a virtual blog tour during that week and it is very easy to participate. We can also let Judith and Jim know if you are interested in being considered for a spot in the joint venture. Take a look at the information listed below and let me know if this campaign is of interest to you. If you would like to talk about being part of this tour, contact me at


Nikki Leigh


Virtual Blog Tour – There are a number of ways to participate in a tour

  1. Write a review for the book (we supply a copy of the book)
  2. Send interview questions for the author to answer (based on information from their blog, questions about their writing or the topic of their book).
  3. The author being a guest for a day – about their book, writing, background or book topics.
  4. Post an excerpt from the book.
  5. If you have a radio show or podcast, our authors love to do interviews.
  6. If you have another idea, let me know. I love promoting – outside the box.



About The Heart of Marketing

“The Heart of Marketing” is a book about marketing. But more important, it’s a book about soft sell marketers, and their desire to market and sell their products and services online or off without compromising their personal and professional values or integrity. “The Heart of Marketing” emphasizes respecting people in the commercial marketplace without sacrificing the desire to create a large income and a substantial profit.


Understanding if You are a Soft Sell Marketer – It’s all about the difference between ROI and ROE. Additional Book Details and ROI vs ROE Details –

 People Who Need to Read


  • Marketers
  • Sales people of all stripes
  • Care-givers to teacher
  • Coaches
  • Therapist
  • MDs
  • Interior designer
  • Musicians
  • People who help others with life-experience shifts and life enhancement.


        Topics That Are Discussed in


  • The difference between ROI and ROE
  • Selling Is Spiritual Service
  • The interdependence of all human beings necessitating a shift in commerce
  • That the seller-buyer relationship is at the center of the commercial transaction.
  • The intent to resolve the conflict between care-giving and making money.
  • That on or offline, marketer is composed of two dimensions


About Judith and Jim —

Judith Sherven, PhD and Jim Sniechowski, PhD are a husband and wife psychology team. With no background in sales or marketing they’ve created an expansive online career in less than four years. The leading voice for the soft sell approach to marketing and sales, they are best known for producing the only Internet marketing conference for the Soft Sell Community which they call “Bridging Heart and Marketing.” They founded the Soft Sell Marketers Association (SSMA) to provide support, training, and community for fellow soft sell marketers. The SSMA is dedicated to helping you grow your business as you grow you Self.

Additional Bio Information 



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