Category Archives: Promotion

Let-downs and pick-me-ups: On the road with “The Power of Ownership”

People often ask me, “How’s your book selling?” I am happy to report “just fine, thank you.” It’s the “THANK YOU” part that I can’t stress enough! Your support, reviews, likes and tweets are what keep this new author going strong. Sure, I like good sales numbers (who doesn’t?) but it’s hearing your many stories of struggle and success during my roadshow that makes promoting “The Power of Ownership: How to Build a Career and a Business” an incredibly humbling and rewarding experience.

Just this week, The Detroit Free Press published my very personal take on the downfall of former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. This is a respected newspaper that I helped many a professional client “get in” during my years in public relations. This time, I was the one with a voice. Kilpatrick’s tale is well-known, so I won’t rehash it here. What I wanted to remind readers was to respect the opinions of others, especially the wiser ones, and not just your friends’. Be honest, stay true to yourself, and don’t be greedy. Such simple advice for complex times. The younger version of Kwame I first met showed me such promise. The older, shameful Kwame will walk away from federal prison years from now, wishing he had taken my advice. Continue reading

Networking and its importance to you

Don't miss your shot: John Bailey presents during a public relations networking event in Detroit, 2013.

Don’t miss your shot: John Bailey presents during a public relations networking event in Detroit, 2013.

When I started John Bailey & Associates Public Relations in 1996, I knew that my network of people in business, comprised of persons I of course liked and kept in touch with during my (then) 30-year career, would be important.

I had been a successful PR professional and knew hundreds of people in business, media, government and the community in general. I was confident these people would be willing to help me as I opened my new business.

However, as I opened the doors to JB&A, I quickly found that I had underestimated just how important my network would be to my success. I didn’t just happen to know these people. They upheld my very reputation in the community. Former clients, colleagues and such spoke about “John Bailey” and “John’s new agency” to others, which helped to land new contacts (and eventually, contracts). This continued for years. I became known as a person who said what I meant and did what I said. Continue reading

Kindle version of “The Power of Ownership” on sale for $4.99

"The Power of Ownership" displayed on multiple Kindle-ready devices

“The Power of Ownership” displayed on multiple Kindle-ready devices

Amazon KindleThe Kindle version of “The Power of Ownership: How To Build a Career and a Business” is now available! On sale for $4.99, you can download the entire book onto your Amazon Kindle or any device enabled with free Kindle Reader software. That means you also can purchase “The Power of Ownership” for your iPad, smartphone, PC or Mac—even in the “cloud.” (Not an actual cloud, but Kindle Cloud Reader for your web browser. Though, if you find yourself up in the clouds anytime soon, the book makes for great in-flight reading…)

Read the Amazon and Goodreads reviews and see for yourself what others are saying about “The Power of Ownership,” then buy your copy for Kindle or in paperback today!

Light summer reading: “The Power of Ownership” by John J. Bailey available on Amazon; reviews, press and more

A reader poolside with 'The Power of Ownership' available on Amazon, now shipping

A reader poolside with a new copy of ‘The Power of Ownership’ available on Amazon, now shipping

Warm weather is here, and so is my book! At last, “The Power of Ownership: How to Build a Career and a Business” is available* on Amazon for $14.95 $13.09. See, this saves you the trip to the bookstore! Buy online from poolside or anywhere on the planet. While honest and good business is hard work, purchasing my book is very easy!

And yes, I will be signing books in the coming weeks, first with the Troy (Michigan) Chamber of Commerce on June 25, then after my Corp! Magazine “Economic Bright Spots” symposium keynote in Metro Detroit on June 27, and later at the Detroit chapter of the Public Relations Society of America on July 16. I will be sure to keep you posted of appearances in other cities and markets. It would be an honor to autograph your personal copy!

Things are busy here, as I humbly continue to honor interview requests and work hard to keep people informed. I will appear on “The BIG Show” in Grand Rapids, Mich. with Michael Patrick Shiels on June 19. I’ll soon recap my interview with Tom O’Connell of Business Wire, and will link to other press coverage as it becomes available.

Also, the reviews for “The Power of Ownership” are coming in! I am thrilled that Joseph Serwach, a respected public relations expert, has offered his opinion of my book in the popular book recommendation network Goodreads. And reporter Rick Haglund, freelance journalist and former business writer at Booth Newspapers (now the MLive Media Group) offers his own kind words:

“I thought the section on how you started, grew and sold your business was great. You explained the challenges well and gave a lot of inside detail on the operation of your business. Your views on ethics and on trading off some profitability for employee well being were fascinating. I think this will be valuable reading for anyone who is thinking of starting a business or who is currently running one.”

Lastly, I can’t thank enough all of you that have purchased or intend to buy my book, as well as my 600-plus (and growing!) Facebook fans, blog subscribers and Twitter followers. You truly inspire and amaze me, and I am glad to see that so many of you are ready to take your career and business to the next level.

Happy reading!

* Currently available in paperback. Hardcover and Kindle availability arriving this summer.