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Next Training TuneUp: How To Become A Published Author, With Kelly O'Connor McNees

Tin Shingle knows of your secret dreams to be a published author. Some of you already are published authors, and you have pumped it up to market your books. This is why we tapped into Katie's first friend during her Harper Collins days, Kelly O'Connor McNees. Kelly and Katie started in book publishing as editorial assistants, and went on to publish FOUR books. Yes four.

Money Monday: Resolution Accomplished! Removed PMI From Mortgage

Now in its second year, the practice of making and keeping New Years Resolutions here at Tin Shingle falls into a category of doing something specific. Some call this goal oriented. I call this - just more fun. For instance, a resolution do not take the form of: "I will get rich!" Rather, it takes the form of "Refinance House And Eliminate PMI" (PMI is that mortgage insurance that some people need when purchasing a home, and for our family, has been an extra $150/month for a number of years).

Member Update: Tin Shingle Getting a Mini (but Major) Makeover

It's happening...changes to Tin Shingle main architecture that helps you do two major things:

Quickly access all of your member benefits.

Promote your brand.

At long last, Tin Shingle's membership benefits are going to take over the main navigation of the website. Call it a "navigation takeover." The Tin Shingle website as you know it is going to be known as the Training & Promotion Center.

You should notice the changes within the next few days, and when that happens, we want to know your feedback, to make sure you're able to find everything as we intend.

#MoneyMonday: How To Get A New Filing Cabinet For Free

Today's Monday Monday is brought to you by your filing cabinet. The one that you hopefully have in the corner that you treated yourself with from Pottery Barn or West Elm or even Target - some place that officially says:

"I am organized. I care about my things. I will stay on top of these money matters. And I will kick butt.'

Special Opportunity: Press Kit Examples - Submit Yours or Your Client's Best Press Kits

Tin Shingle is preparing a special TuneUp webinar dedicated to Press Kits, to show small business owners and marketers what they should look like. We will be showing examples of good looking press kits that hit the mark in terms of design, presentation, content and copy. We want to feature yours! Your business name, website and contact information will be featured along with any Press Kits that are selected.

#MoneyMonday: Just Donate!

Monday's around here at Tin Shingle are filled with motivation. Sometimes we channel that motivation into the theme of getting money things done - like pitching a new client or advertiser, or designing a financial class with money experts who specialize in working with entrepreneurs and artists (yes, look for that signup opportunity!) It could even mean sending out invoices, paying invoices, or signing on with a new ecommerce tools at your website (yes, that's going on over here!) We call it #MoneyMondays.

It's Super Bowl Weekend, Can Your Business Still Get PR Around This Timely Topic?

Maybe you've been planning to use the Super Bowl as a trending topic to get press around, yet maybe you put it off. Or perhaps you thought it wasn't for you - this sport may have nothing to do with your business. But there is an important factor to the Super Bowl that we did not discuss during February's TuneUp: unpredictability.

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