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. šŸ™‚

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: Oscar Redden IV Featured Guest on Be A Force Podcast

For Immediate Release

 

April 27, 2020

 

Chelsea DeVriesĀ 

 

Publicist

 

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Debut Childrenā€™s Author Appearing on Be A Force Podcast Hosted by Melissa Lopez

 

Ā Ā Oscar will be sharing an inspiring and encouraging message with all listeners of the Be A Force Podcast. His episode will be recorded on May 2, 2020 and will be available soon after. Be A Force is hosted by CBS Radio host Melissa Lopez and is presented by BSquared Mgmt. A podcast where you can hear and share amazing stories about being a force in your industry!. Find out about artists, bands, musicians or creatives with new music or an incredible story of POWERFORCE! You can listen to all episodes of the podcast here: https://beaforce.podbean.com/

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 ā€œAlbert the Albatross: Attitude Equal Altitudeā€- a book developed to function as a blueprint to teach and inspire the youth about the values of integrity and respect.Ā  Oscar grew up in Sanford, Florida- a close-knit community where everyone knows each other, and family is monumental. Oscar has a Masterā€™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-set 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 fiancĆ©e . Please visit his website at Albert The Albatross.

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#SmartCookiePR: Albert The Albatross Makes A Trek Across Florida

Released on April 23, 2019 Albert The Albatross is a bird with quite as much if not more wisdom than an owl. His words are short, they rhyme, and he speaks truth about life to both the young and old.

The author Oscar Redden IV returned to his hometown of Sanford, FL to do his first book signing at the Sanford Jingle Jam and saw a turnout of 5000 people. Following this, he and his pal Albert ventured over to Brooksville, FL to march in a Christmas parade which had a turnout of 3000 people. His final stop in Florida in 2019 was back in Sanford for the Food Truck Fiesta which saw around 2500 people.

Young and old were ecstatic to meet Albert and his pal Oscar especially being a hometown hero. Below you will see the author pictured before each event began ready to introduce the young and old to Albert The Albatross.

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And here are some lovely new friends that Albert and Oscar made at each event. On behalf of the author, we are overjoyed and extremely grateful for the support of the message behind Albert The Albatross.

Look for new chances to meet both Albert and Oscar in 2020.

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Aren’t in Florida or even the USA? Great news Albert can fly just about anywhere because he knows the heights you reach with a positive attitude. Get your copy available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Below you can see Albert even flew to a family in the UK. There is no distance too far for Albert because his attitude carries him very far.

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Here is a comment that was shared by a new friend after meeting the author at the Food Truck Fiesta on December 21, 2019.

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Albert The Albatross was recently recommended by Little Tykes and Tots Book Club.

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#SmartCookiePR: Albert The Albatross Returns To Sanford, FL For Food Truck Fiesta

For Immediate Release

 

December 12, 2019

 

Chelsea DeVriesĀ 

 

Publicist

 

Albert The Albatross Taking Flight In Sanford, FL

 

Debut Childrenā€™s Author Appearing at Hometown Festival for First Book Signing

Ā Ā Ā Ā Ā Oscar will be signing copies of his debut childrenā€™s book for children, parents, and grandparents alike at theĀ  Sanford Food Truck Fiesta on Saturday December 21, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come out and let Albert teach your children the heights they can reach with a good and positive attitude, the power of kindness, and the great gift of friendship. The festival is open to all members of the community at 307 E 2nd St, Sanford, FL 32771.

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 ā€œAlbert the Albatross: Attitude Equal Altitudeā€, a book developed to serve as a blueprint to teach and inspire the youth about the values of integrity and respect.Ā  Oscar grew up in Sanford, Florida; A place where your last Name meant something like a reputation. Oscar has a Masterā€™s in Business Administration from Saint Leo University and has spent over 6 years in Logistics with Walmart Supply Chain. Just as important as skill is, a positive Attitude is the X-factor to achieving your dreams. He Currently lives Oscar in Ocala, Florida with his fiance and exotic plants. Please visit his website at Albert The Albatross Amazon Page.

 

To schedule an interview with the author or to schedule him for a public appearance, please contact his publicist Chelsea DeVries at smartcookiepr26@gmail.com

For more on the event, please contact Kim Colgrove at kim@ladies327.org

To download this press release, click Food Truck Fiesta Sanford, FL

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