Book Lover Gift Guide from Bookphoria

“I don’t know what’s in the box, but I love it. Unopened gifts contain hope.”
~ Jarod Kintz

As our neurons sparkle with the anticipation of the holidays, many of us appreciate some gift ideas around this time of the year. Got a book lover on your list or need to indulge your Inner Writer? Look no further than our Book Lover Gift Guide from Bookphoria. Get your Santa bag ready…

1. Flip a book! We love these fast flip books from Japanese company Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo. Dive deep into three dimensional space with their artful animation through cut-outs and negative space that create movement. You can read more about fast flip books here.


[Gifs via Travelry]

2. Color yourself happy! Coloring is not just for children, grown-ups can color too. Did you know that coloring helps adults combat stress? What a better way to do it than with humor? With over 200 comedy videos and 75 million YouTube views to their credit, Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen know how to make people laugh. These masters of offbeat Internet humor hilariously combine the mindless fun of children’s coloring books with the mind-numbing realities of modern adult life in their book “Coloring for Grown-Ups: The Adult Activity Book.”

“Coloring for Grown-Ups: The Adult Activity Book

3. Learn a fake language for brain health and fun! Living Language started offering courses of Dothraki, fictional language from Game of Thrones. Now, Game of Thrones lovers can boast their new language skills at holiday parties. And if you are not a Game of Thrones fan and couldn’t tell Mother of Dragons from Red Priestess before, you will understand even less now.

English: “Have fun storming the castle!”
Dothraki: “Anha zalak meme vallayafa yera, jin athvashar okrenegwini!”


4. Have kids, will cookreal recipes from Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s books. Would you like to try WILLY WONKA’S NUTTY CRUNCH SURPRISE? Pair it with Dinah Fried’s “Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals” for grown-ups to enjoy.

Roald Dahl's Revolting RecipesFictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals

5. Eat like royals from Goldbook square china dinner plates! This exquisite book-shaped dish set is wonderful for hosting a book club.

book dish set

6. We have a perfect cup of tea to go with your book! A Novel Teas box contains 25 teabags individually tagged with literary quotes from the world over, made with the finest English Breakfast tea: “Spend teatime with CS Lewis, Rita Mae Brown, Alice Hoffman, and more as they share their thoughts on the delights and comforts of tea and books on each individually printed tea tag.” Serve it in this cute one-cup book teapot.

Novel Teasbook tea pot

7. Why do old books smell so good? Science has the answer. Old books have a sweet smell with notes of vanilla flowers and almonds, caused by the breakdown of chemical compounds in the paper. Now, you don’t have to go to the library to enjoy the smell of old books. Get this Old Books – Book Lovers’ Scented Soy Candle instead. From the product description: “Ideal for bibliophiles of all sorts. The scent is a sweet and floral earthy smell with a hint of must. (Not mildewy, rotten old books!)”

old books candle

8. Bring an old-book feel to your hi-tech world. Books, coffee and iPhones unite in this Vintage Book and Coffee iPhone Case.

vintage book coffee iphone case

9. Become a neighborhood library builder. You may have seen them around – Little Free Libraries where people share their favorite books with their community. Take a book, return a book. They are artfully constructed by their creators and carefully curated by the community. What a beautiful gift that keeps giving to your neighborhood. Learn how to become a library builder at http://littlefreelibrary.org/builders/.

Little Free Libraries

Since our Bookphoria team can turn just about anything into a learning opportunity, we believe that authors, experts and speakers can learn even form a gift guide. Here is how you can be a good Santa too.

10. Do you have boxes full of your books waiting to be gifted or sold? Build a book tree from your books in your office and offer your books as gifts to your clients. Advertise your book tree on social media!

book tree

What other physical artifacts can you create based on your expertise that can help you tell the story of your brand and share it with the world? Post your ideas in the comments below or send them to info@bookphoria.com. You may even get a surprise gift from Bookphoria!

And above all, don’t forget to smile! Happy holidays!

P.S. To make your holidays even more “sane,” download the “Ultimate Online Tech Toolbox” that will help you minimize your stress while dealing with technology this season!

By | 2014-12-03T15:02:23+00:00 December 3rd, 2014|Books, Communication|0 Comments

World Class Speaking in Action

World Class Speaking in Action“If you want to thrive as a speaker, read this book.”
~ Les Brown

I am excited to announce the release of a fantastic new book, “World Class Speaking in Action.” Taking Craig Valentine’s World Class Speaking Coach Certification program and learning directly from a World Champion of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International was one of the best decisions I made to improve my skills as a presenter and propel my speaking business. Now, Craig Valentine, Mitch Meyerson and 50  certified World Class Speaking Coaches came together to share their best speaking practices in this amazing book. I am so proud to be a co-author and contributor of the chapter “From Presentations to Virtual Presence: Engage and Grow Your Audience in the Digital World.”

Get the book and learn how to:

  • Craft an unforgettable message that hits home with your audience.
  • Deliver your speech in a way that keeps you audience on the edge of their seats.
  • Sell your message so that your audience members take the exact next step that you want them to take.
  • Master leading edge technologies and speak to thousands without even leaving home.

If you purchase the book today, you will also get 30 Bonus Audios (all brand new) in addition to 50 content-rich chapters.

If you are a speaker, presenter or marketer, this is a must read!

Purchase the book and get your 30 Bonus Audios at http://www.WorldClassSpeakingInAction.com

UPDATE:  We hit #1 on Amazon Bestsellers list in Public Speaking! Congratulations to all the authors! So grateful to all our supporters!

World Class Speaking in Action

By | 2014-05-22T21:51:17+00:00 May 22nd, 2014|Books, Public Speaking|0 Comments

Our new book “SuccessOnomics” is out: Pathway to Success

SuccessOnomics You can define the word success. Webster did, he describes success as, “The fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect or fame.” But, is that what it means to you? The strange thing is, we all perceive success differently. Each of us has different goals we aspire to achieve in life or business to define ourselves as successful. However, navigating down that ambiguous pathway to success isn’t always easy.

Over the last eight months, I’ve united with successful entrepreneurs, professionals, and experts from around the world, including publisher of Forbes magazine, Steve Forbes, to bring you the guide to success. Each of us is successful in different areas, which means we’ve been through both wins and losses, and have taken action to claim the term success for ourselves. And now, we’re willing to share our methodology and mindset to guide and coach you to success in your own life.

This insight is brought to you in our new book, SuccessOnomics, and it’s out today! My chapter is on storytelling for grit and success.

You can get your copy HERE.

Check out all of the great bonuses you’re going to get if you buy it today: http://www.celebritypresspublishing.com/son_bonus.html

Just buy the book now, then send your receipt to bonus@celebritypresspublishing.com and you’ll get all the bonuses!

Thanks for your support! Enjoy the book!

By | 2014-03-27T22:03:53+00:00 March 27th, 2014|Books, Communication|0 Comments

7 Facets of Book or Expert Content Trailers that INSPIRE [Infographic]

Book trailers are video promotions for a book, similar to those of movie trailers. In the age of short attention spans and information overload an author or an expert cannot afford not to implement the most innovative marketing techniques to stand out from the crowd. Professional book trailers can instantly attract audience’s attention and ignite their curiosity, allow you to be viewed as an expert and can even go viral.

There are 7 main characteristics of a successful book trailer that one needs to take into account. We abbreviate them as INSPIRE. They apply not just to books but to any expert content that you may want to promote through a video trailer.

We created an inforgraphic to visually represent these 7 facets of an effective book trailer. Please feel free to print it out and share it with your social networks.

Want to develop your own book or expert content trailer? Sign up for our complimentary consultation at http://bookphoria.com/register-for-your-complimentary-consultation/

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By | 2014-02-26T16:36:03+00:00 February 26th, 2014|Books, Communication, Learning, Public Speaking|0 Comments

How to create your multimedia author or speaker bio

Media Impact QuotientOur goal at Bookphoria is to entice more authors, speakers and experts to explore the world of multimedia as a gateway to more dynamic and engaging presentations, growing readership and audience, greater impact and multiple income streams for your business. We want to give you practical tips and tools to start using multimedia in your book promotions and your business.

Bookphoria is all about learning and implementing your ideas.  To infuse your multimedia journey with some extra motivation, we are introducing a game (and reward) element to our Bookphoria blog series.  Watch the video and stay tuned to find out more.

First, let me ask you: “How do you buy books?” Chances are that you go online or to your local book store already with a book title in mind because somebody told you about the book or you read and enjoyed other books by the same author.  Fewer people nowadays have the luxury of wondering into a bookstore, browsing the shelves and finding something new to read.  Most people buy when they already have their next book in mind.  What does it mean to you as an author? You want to be that author that other people heard about from their friends and colleagues, in radio and TV interviews, on social media. In other words, you want to stand out from the crowd of other authors in similar genres and industries. You want your future readers know who you are, what books you have written and why. Before they learn from you, they need to learn about you.

This brings me to the topic of today’s video: the author bio (and if you are a speaker, it also applies to your speaker bio or speaker reel.)  Where do you usually find an author bio? On the book cover, that’s where! I am holding the book “Golden Climate in Distance Learning” co-authored by Dr. Marina Kostina and see her bio on the cover. But didn’t I just say a few seconds ago that your prospective readers should already know about you before they even see your book cover? If you are a speaker, you bio is typically read by event organizers, and as you probably agree, it rarely has en effect of a red carpet introduction.  So, what do you do? I challenge you to think about creating your own unique, exciting, dynamic, multimedia author or speaker bio in the video format. Your multimedia bio can include:

  • Video and audio clips from your book signings and speaking engagements;
  • Video testimonials from your readers;
  • You own narration of your bio and your mission;
  • Photos from various events;
  • Slides with pertinent information about your business.

Before you start pulling all these pieces of information together, however, I want you to come up with the main theme of your bio.

  • How do you want your readers to remember you?
  • What are the main attributes of you brand that you want to convey to your readership and audience?
  • Why should people care to read your books or listen to your presentations?
  • What do you stand for as an author or speaker?

As you ponder these questions, distill your ideas into a crisp and catchy statement that is memorable and shareable. It can become a theme for your video bio that will help you create a compelling story in in a digital format.

For example, as The Brain Alchemist and a certified World Class Speaking coach, I show presenters how to “Link and sync brains through storytelling.”  This is one of my themes. I also use the metaphor “Melt the ICE” to create Impact, Connection and Engagement (ICE is an acronym that is easy to remember).

It is now your turn to come up with your multimedia author bio theme. Share your ideas in the comments below. As promised, here is the game plan. Your catchy theme submissions will qualify you to receive our Bookphoria reward points, otherwise known as “bookmarks.” 1 theme submission = 1 bookmark. You have to email your submissions to info@bookphoria.com. As you accumulate your bookmarks for doing the fun work (more challenges to come in our future blog posts), you become eligible to get special discounts and gifts from Bookphoria, and most importantly, you start developing your own invaluable content for your bright multimedia future. Are you game?

Author Bio


By | 2014-01-16T13:45:11+00:00 January 16th, 2014|Books, Learning, Public Speaking|0 Comments