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10 – 4 Tuesday

05 Jun

Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday!  This is a forum where we’ll feature either an author or someone in a position related to publishing, promoting or a service that is author related.  I will only be offering this forum on occasion, and if anyone wants to be featured, email me to set up a date 🙂

For 10 – 4 Tuesday I will ask our guest 10 questions about themselves and their service and then 4 questions for fun 🙂  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to feature Florence Price who is a virtual assistant.  Her site, MY GIRL FRIDAY, is awesome and a virtual haven for all authors 🙂   Florence is offering a giveaway to one lucky commenter…so don’t forget to leave a comment & your email address to be eligible.

Hi Florence, thanks for joining us for 10 – 4  Tuesday 🙂

First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

Oh boy…Well, in my past professions I’ve been a bookkeeper, an executive assistant, a paralegal and the director of PR for a small press publishing company. I live in Michigan, which is awesome because, in addition to all the fresh air and the beautiful four seasons we experience, Mackinac (Mackinaw) Island is my absolute favorite vacation location! I’m married with three kids (two of them still at home). Oh, and we have two very spoiled pets, Ellie (border collie/Australian shepherd mix) and Olivia (our fat black rescue kitty). I’m a Sci-Fi Geek and also an unpublished author. My current WIP is a Celtic YA Fantasy set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

What exactly is a virtual assistant and how do your services help authors?

A Virtual Assistant is someone who usually works out of her home performing various tasks and services via computer and internet, and not all Virtual Assistants work with authors. My services, however, are geared toward helping authors free up more of their time to concentrate on their writing and to help promote their books.

What are some of the services you offer?

I’m pretty much a Jill-of-All-Trades. I design and maintenance websites, supervise social media venues, produce book trailers, design trading cards, business cards, banners, badges and buttons. If there’s a service that’s not listed on my site, I can either figure out how to accomplish that task or find someone who can help the author with that service. I also spend quite a bit of time doing research in order to keep up with all of the bells and whistles of up-and-coming technology and social media available to authors. Oh, and I hope to very shortly be able to offer author interviews on a Blog Talk Radio Show, so that authors can use the pod cast for promo and/or be able to embed the interview in their website.

Do you offer packages or is everything ala carte?

I do offer monthly retainer packages, and for my clients who sign up for the retainer packages, I offer discounts on my other services, such as designing business or trading cards, banners, etc., but I also offer my services ala carte.

What is a service you offer that you feel sets you apart from other virtual assistants?

I think I’d have to say my book trailer productions. I don’t think there are many VA’s that offer this service. Also, I spend a lot of time on a book trailer to make sure it’s not “cookie-cutter” but it’s a quality trailer that gives an accurate, dynamic and exciting depiction of the book.

You are so creative and have some beautifully crafted websites that you’ve built…but do you also spruce up existing websites?

Absolutely! I’ve actually done exactly that for some of my clients who already have a website that they’re more or less happy with, but just want an update to their design so it reflects their writing more accurately.

If someone wanted to get more information about what you can do to assist them, how would they contact you?

They can contact me directly at MyGirlFriday.VA@gmail.com or they can go to my website and contact me through the Contact Form.

What is the service that you offer that seems to get the most response or requests?

So far it’s pretty much a tie between website / blog site design and book trailers.

Can you share a price list with us for some of your most popular services?

Sure! I charge $20 per hour for individual tasks such as: Twitter, Facebook, Amazon Author Page, Library Thing, Goodreads and Pinterest setup, design and maintenance; Social Media & Marketing Management; Promotion and Research of promotional materials; and Assistance with a current website / blog site. Business, trading card and banner designs are $35. Or you can sign up for a Retainer Plan of:  5 ~ 10 ~ 20 ~30 ~40 Hours per Month @ $15 per hour / with a 5 hour minimum.

I know that you wanted to offer a free service to one lucky commenter, either a banner design, trading card design or business card design.  Could you please share an example of each?

BANNER:

 

 

TRADING CARD:

FRONT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUSINESS CARD:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now the 4:

If you could invite 5 people from the present or past to a party, who would you invite?

Jane Austen would definitely be my first pick – Didn’t even have to think about that one! Then I’d invite my Grandma Gibson (she passed away when I was 18, and I’d love a chance for just one more hug), then I’d invite Abraham Lincoln, Leonardo da Vinci, and Edgar Cayce.

What’s a talent you don’t have but wish you did?

I’d love to be able to sew my own clothes! Maybe design my own dresses, window dressings, replace zippers or reupholster my furniture. Unfortunately, I suck at sewing. I even own a sewing machine (which is sitting in my office right now collecting dust), but the best I can manage is to repair any minor rips in seams and sew on buttons or Boy Scout badges.

Share something with us that you do when you are alone (like singing in the shower or the car etc).

Oh, I definitely sing in the car. I can’t do that when my sixteen-year-old son’s with me though, because it annoys him. He likes classic rock, which is what I listened to when it wasn’t classic, so I know all the words to all the songs. If I forget, and start singing, he’ll turn the music up to drown me out, the dang whippersnapper!

If we opened your refrigerator right now, what would we find?

Ha – I just went to the grocery store yesterday, so it’s packed! And it’s the beginning of the week, so there’s no real leftovers yet. Five gallons of 2% milk, two cartons of International Delight Iced Coffee (vanilla), two cartons of Chocolate Silk Soy Milk (light), a pitcher of pink lemonade, a container of homemade Hummingbird nectar, six cups of strawberry soy yogurt, a large container of light vanilla Yoplait yogurt, two containers of cottage cheese (the good kind, not the yucky low-fat cottage cheese), a container of sour cream (that’s the good kind too), four cans of diet caffeine-free Pepsi, sliced deli turkey, chicken salad, eggs, two bags of grated sharp cheddar cheese, sliced cheddar and jalapeno cheese, flour tortillas, six ears of corn, a bag of baby carrots, two heads of lettuce, one red pepper, one cucumber, two bags of apples, a bag of grapes, real mayonnaise, three bottles of salad dressing, and an assortment of condiments. And then of course there’s the freezer, but I’ll save that for next time.

Thanks again for visiting 10 –  4 Tuesday Florence and for being a good sport…and for making me hungry by the items in your fridge…lol 🙂  Before we wave good-bye, please share the links to your website and any other links we might find interesting so we can find you online 🙂

Thanks so much for the opportunity to stop by Christine – It was really fun (as always) visiting with you! Here are some of my links:

Website url is http://www.MyGirlFridayVA.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MyGirlFridayVA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/MyGirlFridayVA

Book Blogs: http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/FlorencePrice

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73 responses to “10 – 4 Tuesday

  1. Nettle

    June 5, 2012 at 5:37 am

    If i didn’t live in the UK, I’d be knocking at your door riglht now, Florence, help you out with that fridge of yours lol. What a great job you do too, sounds really interesting and your designs look fab! Nice one and thanks Christine for the interview.

     
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Thank you Nettle – The work (and the people too) make my job fun and different every day! And don’t worry about the fridge full of food – by Saturday it’ll be practically empty. My son goes through milk like crazy (growing boy you know). It’s great to meet you and thanks so much for stopping by!

       
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Thanks for coming by Karen! (And we can raid her fridge together! lol)

       
  2. Larissa Reinhart

    June 5, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Interesting interview! I can see where a virtual assistant can be very helpful. Thanks for the information!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Most definitely Larissa…thanks for stopping by:)

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Thanks Larissa – Yup, I’m here to help!

       
  3. Cheryl Yeko

    June 5, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Hi, Florence! And thanks for creating my website for me, I love it! And I see you used my banner as an example. It is very beautiful. But, I’m not biased or anything…LOL.

    Good luck with your VA business!

    -Cheryl

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Great to have you pop in Cheryl….nice to hear you’re happy with Florence’s work. She does create some beautiful websites. Gotta respect her talent 🙂

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Hi Cheryl – Yes, I think your website and banner are beautiful too! (But I AM biased LOL!)

       
  4. Tereasa Bellew

    June 5, 2012 at 8:41 am

    What a great interivew! Your talent is amazing, Florence! I have some of the trading cards from retreat and have seen several of the great websites you’ve put together I had to laugh at you knowing the words to ‘their’ music. So true!

    Great job!
    Tere

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Hey Tere…love the testimonials for Florence’s work….thank you for coming by!

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 10:14 am

      Thank you Tere (*blush*) It is funny about the music – My son is beginning to know what Aerosmith and VanHalen songs sound like!!!

       
  5. Tory Michaels (@ToryMichaels)

    June 5, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I love your design work! So happy to meet you, Ms. Price!
    (torymichaels(@)live(.)com

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Great to see you Tory…thanks for dropping in 🙂

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Thanks for stopping by Tory – It’s so nice to meet you too!!!

       
  6. Karyn Good

    June 5, 2012 at 9:49 am

    You do lovely work! I had no idea what a virtual assistant could do to help out so thanks for the great interview!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 10:05 am

      Thanks for coming by Karyn…I love all the services Florence offers…what a time saver for writers!

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Thank you Karyn – I love your web site’s design – Beautiful!!!

       
  7. stevenloweryauthor

    June 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Very interesting Florence and am impressed by your work! Thought it was so sweet that one of your top 5 people would be your Grandma Gibson. My Grandparents have all passed on. Best of writing to you.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 10:06 am

      So glad you dropped in Steven!

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Thanks Steven! Yes, my Grandma Gibson thought I could do anything. I wish my kids could have known her – I miss her…

       
  8. Rosanna Leo

    June 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Hello Florence! I am happy to learn more about you through your interesting interview! You provide a terrific service. Nice to meet you. 🙂

     
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Hi Rosanna – Nice to meet you too, and I just joined your Room! I love your book cover 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

       
      • Rosanna Leo

        June 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

        Thanks Florence! I’m quite proud of my Greek god! 🙂

         
  9. ChristineWarner

    June 5, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Hi Rosanna, thank you for coming by…and you are so right, Florence does provide some great services…and if you check out her website you’ll see how terrific her work is 🙂

     
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Awww – Thanks Christine!!!

       
  10. Ally Broadfield

    June 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Florence, your work is gorgeous. I didn’t know there were author-specific virtual assistants. I’ll definitely be keeping your information for future use.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Glad you came by Ally…and even happier that 10 – 4 Tuesday helped you discover an author service 🙂

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks Ally! I think it helps me understand my clients a little better that I’m also an author (although still unpublished). And I’m the current president of the Mid-Michigan chapter of the RWA, so I’ve got a lot of friends who are authors 🙂

       
  11. Mirriam Smyth

    June 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

    The trading card is amazing! So nice to meet you, Florence. Your range of services is impressive and your rates are pretty stellar. I’ll have to bookmark you for future use!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Thanks for coming by Mirriam!

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      It’s a pleasure meeting you too Mirriam! And I returned your “Follow” on Twitter – Thanks so much!!!

       
  12. Sheri Fredricks

    June 5, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Your marketing work is simply amazing. Not to mention all that you do for your clients! As I near my debut release date, I can certainly see a need to have a Virtual Assistant in my life. With all that is expected of an author these days, it’s almost a necessity! Christine, thank you for introducing us to Florence.
    sherifredricks(at)charter(dot)net

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Glad to help Sheri!

      And I’m looking forward to your release…WOOT WOOT!

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you so much Sheri and congratulations on your debut release!!!

       
  13. Jerri Drennen

    June 5, 2012 at 11:14 am

    You do good work, Florence. Loved the interview.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Glad you enjoyed the interview Jerri..thanks for coming by.

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you Jerri – It’s a pleasure to meet you!!!

       
  14. D'Ann

    June 5, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I think next to being an author, your job would be next on my list! Sound fabaroo!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 11:26 am

      I agree D’Ann…but I don’t think I’d be very tech savvy on the ‘puter…lol. So glad you came by!

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks D’Ann – It can be a hoot sometimes, that’s for sure!

       
  15. Ceri Hebert

    June 5, 2012 at 11:39 am

    What a fantastic business idea! I so need an assistant, virtual or otherwise!! As soon as I make some money with my writing LOL. Best of luck to you. Now I’m off to check out your website. 😀

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Hey Ceri, glad you came by and hope you enjoy Florence’s website! She offers some wonderful services 🙂

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks Ceri – I”m glad you could stop by!!!

       
  16. Calisa Rhose

    June 5, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Hi Florence and Christine!
    Hm. That banner looks verra familiar… *winks at Cheryl* Great jobs, Florence. Thanks for sharing your talent!

    I learned a tip you might use…lemons go inside the fridge for freshness, while apples fare better outside the cold. 😉 I’ll be needing a new banner soon, so I hope I win! 😀

    Oh- I’ll be emailing you, Florence. I’ll put *webdesign help* in the subject line.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      WOOT WOOT…thanks for coming by Calisa…glad you’ll be contacting Florence. Can’t wait to see what you have her do for you 🙂

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks Calisa – I look forward to hearing from you!!! 🙂

       
  17. Sharon Cullen

    June 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I am definitely going to bookmark your site for future reference!

     
  18. Florence

    June 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks Sharon! Love the pictures of your kitchen remodel, and your book cover for Her Dark Knight is AWESOME (hot flash alert)!!!

     
  19. myrahmcilvain

    June 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Thanks, Christine, for sharing Florence. She’s the person we need to do all that stuff that’s soooo hard. I’m checking out her site.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Agreed Myra…enjoy her site, she has a lot of great services and info 🙂

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Hi Myra – Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by!!!

       
  20. kristinaknightauthor

    June 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Your graphics are gorgeous! And Christine, thanks for the introduction!

     
  21. Brenda

    June 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    What a cool interview.
    All I can say is WOW!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Brenda 🙂

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Wow right back at ya Brenda – You have a gorgeous blog site!!!

       
  22. Robin Bielman

    June 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Hi Christine! Hi Florence! Great interview and great information – I’m in awe of talented people like you, Florence.

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Hi Robin…you and me both! Thank you so much for coming by 🙂

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Robin – Love your cover for Worth the Risk – Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!!

       
  23. Jennifer Lowery

    June 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Florence! How nice to see you here! Your talents are amazing 🙂 Thanks for sharing them with us!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Glad you came by Jennifer…thank you 🙂

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Hi Jennifer – Nice to see you here!!!

       
  24. Melissa Limoges

    June 5, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Very nice interview, ladies. Florence, you sound like an awesome and talented lady. 🙂

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      That she is Melissa! Thank you for dropping in 🙂

       
    • Florence

      June 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      You’re too kind Melissa, thank you! 🙂

       
  25. sarahballance

    June 6, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Hi, Florence! While I’m over at your house raiding your fridge (ahem) perhaps you could tell me where you get all those extra hours in the day I don’t seem to have? (Hey! You’re not taking *mine* are you? LOL!) I’ve enjoyed this visit, ladies. Great to meet you, Florence!

     
    • ChristineWarner

      June 6, 2012 at 7:33 am

      LOL Sarah…Florence must be stealing both yours and mine! Thanks for coming by and glad you enjoyed the interview.

       
  26. bn100

    June 6, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Very nice post. That would be a fun dinner party.

     
  27. ChristineWarner

    June 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    AND THE LUCKY WINNER IS SARAH BALLANCE….Congrats Sarah…I can’t wait to hear what you have Florence design for you.

     

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