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Rave Comments From Delighted Meeting Planners

“Both Jerry and I feel that you were a wonderful addition to our curriculum. Your presentation was enthusiastic, dynamic, and extremely informative–a real eye-opener! We’re looking forward to you joining us again.” —Arthur Lyons, Palm Springs Writer’s Conference, CA 

“We received great comments from attendees of the Jump Start Your Book Sales seminar, such as ‘…It was tremendous…I now have a complete marketing plan that I know will work…I wish I had heard them before my first book came out…They were so friendly and helpful even when I asked specific questions during the break…’”—Bobbie Christensen, Sacramento Publishers Association, CA

“Ms. Ross is an outstanding public speaker who knows more about self publishing and promotion for self publishers than you can imagine. I would heartily recommend this program to public /Libraries.” —Lou Petterchak, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO

“Marilyn was an excellent speaker with great enthusiasm, humor and practical experience. Her topic ‘Shameless Marketing for Brazen Hussies’ was an inspiring talk, relaying dozens of ideas for capturing more market share, plus PR and positioning techniques women can use to take their companies or careers to a new level. Her presentation was packed with information we could really use. She truly captured the audience and had the unique capability to speak to each individual one on one, thereby making her presentation relevant to each of them . Great job, Marilyn, thank you.” —Michelle Wiegman, eWomen network.com

“What you have to say is of vital importance to any author whether starting out or experienced. I personally have already actioned several of your ideas.” —Greg Gerrie, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), Vancouver, British Columbia

“Thank you for such an informative workshop conducted on June 10th for ASTD. The feedback since has been excellent.”—Linda E. Jackson, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), Atlanta, GA

“Thanks for presenting us with a wealth of valuable information delivered with the utmost professionalism.”—Angela Smith, Austin Writers’ League, Austin, TX

“Thank you so much for your excellent keynote address to our CIPA College. Not only did you share a wealth of knowledge with our group but set the stage for the rest of the day.” —Barbara J. Munson, Colorado Independent Publishers Association, Golden, CO 

“Marilyn and Tom Ross did an excellent job instructing two National University Extended Studies workshops. Both classes were highly regarded by the participants. The workshops were well organized, pertinent, professionally presented, and both Marilyn and Tom were extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the subject matter.” —Ellen Kaye, National University, San Diego, CA

“Not only was your message timely, your knowledge about self-publishing far exceeds many publishers and we thank you for allowing us in on your ‘secrets.’” —Valerie Cade Lee, Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), Calgary, Alberta

“Trinidad is still buzzing with talk about your seminar; people who were there stop me and talk about it almost every day that I’m downtown. Thanks, again, for an inspirational, information-packed workshop. I appreciate your flexibility in tailoring the class to our needs and your generosity in sharing your time and resources.”—Janie Kurtz, Trinidad State Junior College, Trinidad, CO

“Not only was your session (Shameless Marketing for Brazen Bookstore Hussies) one of the most well attended, but it also received more ‘feedback’ than any of the other educational presentations at our convention, all very positive. One bookseller wrote that you were ‘Wonderful! Lots of great ideas and spoke well. Would have loved to hear her much longer. She was the only workshop I partook of, and she was more than worth it. She gave me a real shot in the arm’.”—Thom Chambliss, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, Eugene, OR

“The evaluation sheets range from ‘excellent presentation with a new slant on a much misunderstood area,’ ‘very organized and very informative,’ ‘good positive attitude, I learned much about something I would never have before considered,’ ‘almost overwhelming in amount of information,’ to ‘Marilyn was a very specific speaker and very clear. She was terrific’.”—Sue Viders, Writing Seminars for ACC, Denver CO 

“Thank you so much for your participation in the awesome Publishing Workshop. Your contribution made such a difference. Despite my attendance at many writers conferences, I have never heard the consistent quality of both delivery and content. Let’s summarize briefly: YOU WERE MARVELOUS!”—Wendy Keller, NSA Publishing Skills Lab, Tempe AZ

“I know that our guests found your workshop ‘Street Smart Marketing’ very informative and idea-provoking. As partners in the event, The Gathering of the Goddesses, both Cristin and I have already used some of your valuable techniques in promoting and growing our business for next year.”—Maia Huckeba Anderson, The Gathering of the Goddesses, Vail, CO

“The Marketing for Success Symposium was a big success. In no small way that success could be attributed to your presentation. Attached please find a list of people who requested a copy of your book after the presentation. As you know, we had a standing room only crowd and did not order enough books in advance.”—Alan Darrow, National Air Transportation Association, Alexandria, VA

“The Successful Book Publishing Start-Up Strategies was very informative, inspiring, and valuable. In one fast-paced day, you managed to cover all of the important points about starting up a small press.

“You also did a great job of tailoring your presentation to us. Your information was relevant to our organization and your suggestions were specific to our needs. You certainly did your homework well!”—Barbara J. Munson, National Endowment for Financial Education, Denver, CO

“What a natural you are on the platform. At no time did I feel I was listening to a speech. More like a skilled pro who was sharing. Dynamite stuff.”—Rosita Perez, Creative Living Programs, Inc., Brandon, FL

“Your presentations were lively, informative and interesting. Marilyn, you voiced the battle cry of the SOHO movement when you said, ‘It isn’t a fad. It isn’t a trend. It’s a revolution.’ I appreciate your willingness to help and advise those of us who are still feeling our way through this new economy of ours. Thank you also for setting up shop and making a good selection of books available to conference participants.”—Dixie Darr, Rocky Mountain Home-Based Business Association, Denver, CO

“On behalf of the shameless hussies (of both genders in this case) we all appreciate the clear, practical, on-target advice, techniques and ideas you provided for marketing ourselves in print. Your willingness to share your tried-and-true approaches and your honesty about how to go about the sometimes daunting task of promotion through publication were just what many of our members needed.

“We also want to thank you for being so easy to work with. Your prompt response in getting materials and information to us to help us in our planning and publicity is most appreciated. The fact that you did all of this with a great sense of humor won us all over.”—Peggy Wolff, NSA Northwest, Renton, WA

“Thank you for your talk on ‘Creative Loafing’ as a part of our La Jolla Community Seminar Services. The response from the audience was overwhelming and many persons stopped me after the lecture and informed me how much they enjoyed it.”—Robert A. Johnson, San Diego Federal Savings and Loan Association, La Jolla, CA 

“Marilyn Ross was an energetic speaker yet with an easy going, friendly style of delivery that was very pleasing. The public relations and promotion ideas she presented were timely, innovative, and inexpensive–just the kind of information the small business person can utilize.”—Beverly Griffitts, Griffitts Jewelry, Alamosa, CO

“I would like to express my thanks to you for your outstanding performance yesterday at the NAPSA convention. I look forward to talking and working with you in the near future.”—Heidi Haefner, Conventions Unlimited, El Cajon, CA 

“Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation at our Spring Workshop, especially considering that you weren’t feeling well. You got rave reviews. We’ll be recommending you to other SCBWI regions for future speaking engagements.

“ ‘Marilyn was dynamic and had great ideas’ was a typical response on our evaluation forms. Other mentioned that you were ‘extremely inspiring’. Also, ‘Marilyn on What Makes a Good Signing was the most helpful session’.”—Phyllis Cahill, Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators