Happy 5th Birthday to The Smart Cookie Philes!

It all started with a dream five years ago…just like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was not going to let anything come between me and my dream of helping authors and artists get the right exposure for their project.

Like a fairy dust kiss from above, only one month after launching the site, I got the news that I was selected as a member of Rachel Platten’s Wildfire Tour Crew.

And I will never forget her words before she sang her anthem “Fight Song” the night of the concert. They had me tearing up and I knew without a doubt that this was what I wanted to do, where I belonged, and I wanted others to feel this way too.

So I began by building my audience. I started posting book and music reviews that nobody paid me for. And I launched both my Twitter and Facebook page so I could network with the people in my niche: other writers, musicians, and people who were just looking for a place to express themselves freely without any judgement.

I created a hashtag game to get people aware of my brand messaging without cramming it down their throat.

#ESPRESSOYOURSELF was a trending hashtag on Twitter when the game launched and it was fun for a while.

Yet, it became more of a burden than a blessing and I ended it in 2018. Yet, the site began to get offers for affiliates, brands that wanted to work with us, and even a queue filled to the brim with review requests.

I took a leap of faith the following year and launched my PR firm in hopes that I could be paid to do the work that I earned a college degree in. Turns out, authors were willing to work with me because they knew me to be a genuine supporter of all things creative and especially authors. (I am a bibliophile to my core).

Today, my first ever signed client is still with my firm!

In 2018, I wanted to begin giving back in a new way so I created a merchandise line through Teespring that is 100% cause based. Each design is created with love for a cause that I believe in. And I felt like maybe there were other people who would believe in them too. In 2021, we now have over 19 products currently available and 6 cookie based designs that 100% came from my brain, although I hired an artist to create them for me, and 7 causes that they 100% support.

In 2019, I gained the most clients I ever had at one time in my firm but sadly lost most of them at the beginning of the 2020 pandemic. Yet, do to supportive donations and an ad campaign featuring my dogs, I was able to withstand the stormy weather and I learned how freeing it is to dance in the rain.

My reviews and marketing services are sought after from traditionally published authors, independent authors, other publicists, and even independent music blogs and musicians. My clientele and brands that we’ve worked with span from small to huge but it hasn’t at all changed the reason why I began this site: if I have a dream and a vision, chances are other people like me do too so why not work together to create a community that is inclusive and welcomes art and projects from people of all walks of life.

This year I am excited to announce that my goal for 2021 was to READ MORE and Worry Less.

With that being said, I am making reading a daily priority this year because books are the world I choose to live in, and I refuse to apologize for that. Yet, this is a business that I truly care about and want to continue to see it succeed which is why I am revamping all my services this year.

First I am launching my review service for a nominal fee and you get a lot for a little chunk of change (As always). And this week only, if you request a review for your book, I will guarantee you I will get it done in 20 days or less or it’s free. For me, I want to be accountable this year and every year to come so this guarantee will allow me to do that to start. The guarantee is only good for this week only. After 1/24/21, it’s $40 regardless of how long it takes me to read your work. Sign up here today! This unfortunately means I will no longer offer free reviews so please let people know that I no longer offer those.

Second, I am re-launching my PR services. There will be two types I offer: freelance and contract.

My freelance services are perfect for artists or authors on a limited budget or local businesses looking for marketing assistance.

Lastly, I am pleased to announce that I am raising my publicist fees. Anyone who now signs with my firm will now be required to sign an annual contract and agree to the monthly retainer fee to secure me as your publicist. Big time agencies charge way more than I am but I am willing to believe the value of my work is worth every single dollar. And besides, every dollar earned is always re-invested in making my services or my brand more curated to fit the needs of any and all clientele, and with these new prices I hope to do that but I honestly also hope to attract clients that value my services 100% and want to grow together, and trust me above anything else.

Before I end this rather long personal statement, I wanted to announce that The Smart Cookie Philes is featured in a Book Promotion Directory for 2021. It includes 180 bloggers who will feature your book as well as 40 companies (mine included) who want to help you promote your work at affordable efficient rates.

As always, you can reach me by email at smartcookiepr26@gmail.com 24 hours a day!

And thank you to everyone who has allowed me the chance to work with you, given you a safe haven to belong to, and supported me and this dream for five years!

I am so glad I took a page out of Dr. King’s book and boldly declared “I HAVE A DREAM…”

To the unicorns, the outcasts, and the dreamers,

We welcome you and I just want to say thank you all so much for sticking around.

It means so very much to me!

So much love,

Chelsea DeVries

Publicist and Founder of The Smart Cookie Philes

Willie Handler LIVE on the Beyond The Trope Podcast…

Resident funnyman and Canadian author Willie Handler will be LIVE on your favorite streaming platform on Beyond The Trope Podcast in one week from today. The episode will be available on I Heart Radio, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.

If you have not listened to Beyond The Trope Podcast, it is the perfect excuse to let all your nerdiness out.

You can find out more about the podcast here and keep up to date with Willie Handler here.

Listen to the episode here or on the above platforms.

#SuicidePreventionMonth: Four Reasons You Should Vote For Jen Ervig for Book of the Year!

Why hello there!

If this is your first time on my site, I welcome and offer you a virtual yet warm chocolate chip cookie welcome. 🙂

In case you didn’t hear, Jen Ervig’s amazing book When My Mind Winds Up is up to win Book of the Year!

Here are four reasons why

Vote now HERE and make sure after you vote you check your email and verify otherwise that vote you just placed does not count toward Jen’s rank in the contest.

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#SmartCookiePR: Willie Handler to Appear on Between The Lines Podcast

Willie Handler, resident funny man and friend to Martians, will appear on Between The Lines Podcast with Corine La Font.

They will discuss his science fiction novel Loved Mars, Hated The Food.

You can find all previous episodes of the podcast here and check out his book here.

Make sure to connect with Willie at all the networks below and subscribe to his email newsletter. Sources say he doesn’t give out top secret government information but you would only know if you subscribe.

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#SmartCookiePR: Inspirational author Jen Ervig set to appear on Living and Thriving with Rustie MacDonald

Author of When My Mind Winds Up and When My Mind Unwinds Jen Ervig is set to appear on Living and Thriving with Rustie MacDonald.

The podcast offers listeners insight for the mind, body and soul.

You can find all previous and current episodes of the podcast here and check out Jen’s books here

Connect with Jen at all these networks below.

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#SmartCookiePR: Willie Handler to appear on Ghostman Podcast

Willie Handler, Author of The Road Ahead and Loved Mars, Hated The Food will appear on Ghostman Podcast and the episode will be available soon after the recording date of June 13.

Ghostman Podcast discusses horror stories, paranormal stories, and all things extraterrestial.

You can find all episodes of the podcast here and you can check out Willie’s science fiction novel here.

You can keep up to date with Willie at the networks below:

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Willie also puts together a very informative email newsletter so if you are a fan of his writing, his humor, or his cooking, make sure to subscribe. He doesn’t provide recipes but he does have all the ingredients necessary to keep up to date with him and his books.

You can listen to the podcast here: https://ghostmanraines.blogspot.com/2020/06/willie-handler-author-wwwwillehandlercom.html?m=1

#SmartCookiePR: Jennifer Ervig to bring her message about defeating anxiety to Dove and Dragon Radio

For Immediate Release

 

May 24, 2020

 

Chelsea DeVries 

 

Publicist

 

When My Mind Winds Up: Book where Author Shines a light on her own struggles with anxiety to help you defeat your own.

 

Author to Appear on Dove and Dragon Radio Podcast Hosted by M.L. Ruscsak

 

  Award-nominated author Ervig writes with a conversational and authentic tone sharing about her own personal struggles with anxiety while like a best friend lifting you up with encouragement and hope to help you defeat your own. Her episode of Dove and Dragon Radio will be recorded on June 9, 2020 and available soon after. Dove and Dragon Radio is hosted by Author M.L. Ruscsak. A

podcast where you can find out what the world of indie and small press publishing is up to.!

 You can listen to all episodes of the podcast here: Blog Talk Radio .

 

About When My Mind Winds Up:

When My Mind Winds Up is a unique help for the reader who finds their mind constantly tangled up in anxiety. Jen brings her faith and personal journey with open hands in hopes that she can take what’s helped her and “pay it forward”. You’ll be shocked at what you read and it will hurt, but hopefully it will “hurt so good”.

 

About the Author: 

Jen is a Seattle area pastor, wife, mom, event speaker and award nominated author. Her book, As My Mind Unwinds, has been heralded as a hilarious, non fluffy, unique take on a devotional surprising even non Christian readers again and again. She loves to laugh and firmly believes that “Jesus doesn’t care about your happiness if your joy is at stake”.

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#SmartCookiePR: Dove and Dragon Radio to welcome children’s book author and inspirational leader Oscar Redden IV

For Immediate Release

 

May 23, 2020

 

Chelsea DeVries 

 

Publicist

 

Albert The Albatross Taking Flight In Quarantine

 

Debut Children’s Author To Appear on Podcast Dove and Dragon Radio with M.L.Ruscsak

 

  Oscar will be sharing an inspiring and encouraging message with all listeners of the Author Talk with M.L. Ruscsak. His episode will be recorded on May 26, 2020 and will be available soon after.Dove and Dragon Radio is hosted by Author M.L. Ruscsak. A podcast where you can find out what the world of indie and small press publishing is up to.! You can listen to all episodes of the podcast here:Blog Talk Radio. A live book review of Albert The Albatross will be available after June 4, 2020.

About Albert The Albatross:

Albert the Albatross is on a journey sharing wisdom and Knowledge while traveling around the world.On the way he will meet and greet lots of his friends and we will learn what they do, and why they do it ( and what Albert thinks about it all )A rhyming story for the young and old !

 

About the Author:

Oscar Redden IV is the author of “Albert the Albatross: Attitude Equal Altitude”- a book developed to function as a blueprint to teach and inspire the youth about the values of integrity and respect.  Oscar grew up in Sanford, Florida- a close-knit community where everyone knows each other, and family is monumental. Oscar has a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Leo University and has spent over 6.5 years in Logistics with Walmart Supply Chain. Oscar believes that a positive attitude is more important than all skill-sets and is the X-factor to achieving your dreams. Recently, Oscar transitioned his career and is now a 5th Grade: Math and Science teacher. There he continues to share his influence about the power of a positive attitude and motivates the youth to be the best representation of themselves. He currently lives in Ocala, Florida with his Wife. Please visit his website at Albert The Albatross.

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#SmartCookiePR:Oscar Redden Is Helping Kids With his Book ‘Albert the Albatross: Attitude Equals Altitude’ (Be A Force Podcast)

The Be A Force podcast featuring children’s book author Oscar Redden IV talk about helping kids with his book Albert The Albatross teaching children the power of a positive attitude.

You can listen here:

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