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“We never hear about what’s going on at Men with Pens.”

Jeff (the gentle, kind soul that he is) pointed out that fact to me recently during a conversation on future goals, amazing plans, business ventures and ultimate world domination involving oceanfront property, beach houses and frosty daiquiris sipped to soft jazz playing in the backgr-…

Sorry. Delusions of grandeur. They get in the way.

Jeff had a good point. People are curious and they like being in the know. So exactly what is going on at Men with Pens these days? Allow me to tell you:

We’ve overhauled, revamped and created a truly extraordinary resource for fiction writers everywhere, and we’ve packaged it up into a very entertaining and useful book called How to Create Believable Characters. You probably didn’t know about this treasure, because I forgot to blog about it. Sorry.

We’re hiring. Yes, the Men with Pens team is in full expansion, and we’re ready to bring new team members into the fold. If you’re interested in learning what kind of person we’re looking for (and possibly becoming that new teammate who’ll rock our socks off), check out the job postings right here. All copywriters and graphic artists welcome.

We’re going to be creating some wicked stuff for you this year, dear readers. You’ve been clamoring and begging for more MwP goodness in the form of books, resources, and courses, and we aim to please. There’s even been talk of audio bandied about, but that discussion happened over a glass of Shiraz and can’t be considered a reliable rumour.

Not that rumours are reliable to begin with, mind you. Onwards.

In an endeavour to win the award for the site that changes its look the most while still looking perfectly familiar, you’ll notice some design and usability tweaks, changes and rollouts over the coming weeks. In short, we’re experimenting. And it’s our site, so we can do that.

We’ll also be experimenting with the blog. What we write, when we write, how we write it and who writes it. Or, maybe we won’t – half of all great ideas (and possibly more) never see the light of day, mostly because they sound great until someone actually realizes there’s work involved.

Your turn: What are you hiding behind the scenes? Any projects you’d like to drop hints about? Go for it; we’re all ears.

Or maybe you have a suggestion for our blog. Why not let us know what you’d like to see around this joint? Our site is here for you as much as it is for us. Want more of this? Less of that? It’s all good. Just drop us a comment and let us know.

Post by James Chartrand

James Chartrand is an expert copywriter and the owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words, the game-changing writing course for business owners. She loves the color blue, her kids, Nike sneakers and ice skating.

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  1. Well, that’s an awful lot of awesomeness to deliver in a few short months and weeks!

    I too have had much on the go. I recently celebrated my 100th post, but forgot to tell anyone about it, so will be celebrating my 200th post in a few months…

    I have a few site design tweaks I want to incorporate, so I’ll be contacting you in a few weeks.

    More importantly, I have my first ebook launch next week, which is very exciting!

    Consulting promotion in June, but our biggest project delivery to date will be the birth of our first child scheduled for June 19th…all go!
    .-= Matthew : Big Red Tomato Company´s last blog ..Wednesday Wisdom =-.

  2. I can’t wait to see some of the new changes, designs and resources. I love the design as is and hope the changes are minor indeed but alas, whatever you guys do will be great. Although my first comment here (I think), certainly not my first reading. Thank you!

  3. You could run a competition James, “Spot today’s tweak!” with prizes and all! LOL.

    What’s happening behind the scenes at SuperWAHM? I recently ran a pilot course for a Two Hour Business Plan that went really well – it’s nice to be surprised when something goes heaps better than planned! I’m now in the process of tweaking, rewriting, adding bonuses and doing a separate website to launch it in a big way mid-june. (anyone wants to be an affiliate and help promote, drop me an email via my site – shameless self-promotion happening here. Thanks James!)

    Writing an ebook on Email Marketing 101 that was intended to be one of my EZ-Notes ebooks, nice and short, and it’s got a serious case of scope creep. So it’s about to become the first in a series of SuperGuide 101 ebooks.

    The rest of my behind the scenes stuff has had to be put on hold temporarily as I’ve been snowed under with assignments and assessments from a course I’m doing, other volunteer positions and family stuff. Thankfully that’s all calming down now and I can be back in business full force. :-)
    .-= Melinda | SuperWAHM´s last blog ..How not to receive feedback =-.

  4. You guys never cease to amaze me!

    As for me, I get to write in front of a lake this summer. I am finally working on a real book, teaming up with a barefoot waterski champion–which means I get to write off all my barefooting trips. Life is good. :)
    .-= Karen Putz´s last blog ..Find a Mentor to Get You Where You Want to Go =-.

  5. That IS a lot going on! Me? Since I’m sadly short of copywriting clients at the moment (I blame my almost-nonexistent promotional efforts for this), I’ve been concentrating on fiction lately. At least I’m writing something, right? Finally got my “current” book past the plot-point brick wall it’s been facing for (gulp) over 5 years and got that manuscript DONE, and am now looking at the one I was working on just before that book got me distracted and off-track, because it’s still an entertaining idea, too.

    Because, writing anything at all is better than writing nothing.

    (And, hmm, you’re hiring?)
    .-= –Deb´s last blog ..Good Writing is About Discovery =-.

  6. Wow, you guys/gals have been busy. I am definitely going to have to take a peek at your job board.

    You have a very valuable service that you are offering and I wish you the best for the rest of this year. I think it’s going to be a good finish for all of us in on-line marketing.

    -Joshua Black
    The Underdog Millionaire
    .-= Joshua Black | The Underdog Millionaire´s last blog ..7 Sexy Sales Secrets to Get Your Customers Swarming Like Lawers to an Oil Spill =-.

  7. @Joshua – Peek away! And thanks also for the kind words. I agree with you that 2010 is looking pretty up for everyone!

    @Deb – I’ve always considered some free time the most valuable time of all. For freelancers, that’s prime to do some marketing, make some tweaks and changes, build an info product and all kinds of good stuff. You could even learn a new software – speaking of which, have you checked out the Writer’s Cafe software? Good for fiction, I hear.

    @Karen – Damn, that DOES sound like life is good! I think you just gave me new ideas on how to work this summer ;)

    @Melinda – That was funny. “Prizes? Spot the Tweak? Hey, that’s… a really good idea!” (steals) I had to laugh too about the small project that grew into something bigger. You go, that’s awesome.

    @Farnoosh – I promise with all my heart that it’ll still be, look like and feel like the Men with Pens everyone’s come to love. Only better. With strawberries. Everything’s better with strawberries.

    @Matthew – Okay, yeah, NO WHERE in that post did I say I have to respect my own deadlines. I made myself accountable to you readers – now you want me to actually deliver?! Sheesh!

    Very congrats on the new Little Tomato joining the family. May your ebook fund his or her full education and then some.
    .-= James Chartrand – Men with Pens´s last blog ..Want a Peek Behind the Scenes? =-.

  8. Sounds like you guys are going to be busy! As someone who is always tweaking and testing, I’ve got to say that it sounds like fun.

    I had to laugh out loud (no, really, I did!) at your witty line about great ideas never seeing the light of day because of the work involved–I think most people have been there. :)

    Well, have fun changing things up a bit.
    .-= Chris Mower´s last blog ..You Want Me to Change?! Holy Smokes! =-.

  9. I am looking forward to your strawberries. I am working on half a dozen different projects and trying to find the focus to bring at least one to completion this month.
    .-= Tammi Kibler´s last blog ..Writing Career Goals – I’ll Show You Mine if You Show Me Yours =-.

  10. James: I have a secret plan in the works. There’s this assassin that I know who is knocking people’s socks off, while knocking off his marks. I have a secret plan to capture this assassin and hold him hostage until he writes a book about his adventures.

    He may have bullets, but he can’t compete with my pestering.

  11. So many ideas, so little time to write them well. At my blog, I admit I use a less professional tone than Men with Pens, but I love to visit here to see how it’s done really well. I have a tendency to write blog posts that just jump to the front of my crowd of ideas when I sit down at my laptop, but I probably should write them out first in word, then copy and past them into my blog posts after I’ve given them a good revision.
    Someday. Maybe. For now, I’m just excited to have been blogging for a year, and improving a little each day on this adventure. It tends to boosts my fiction, poetry, and devotional writing to a new level as well.
    .-= Tyrean´s last blog ..Plans =-.

  12. “…book called How to Create Believable Characters. You probably didn’t know about this treasure…”

    I did! I did! I found it and bought it and read it and loved it ;)

    As for plans, finally starting a blog was a huge step for me. Now I´ll have to see what I can make of it.

    But you guys, bring on the awesome! I look forward to watching you grow. Even if I´m not one of your copywriter-followers I come here almost every day for good stuff, just because. ;D

    ThoreyO
    .-= Þórey Ómars´s last blog ..Too late =-.

  13. Wow, big year coming up by the sounds of it. I have already contacted 3 of my friends about the advertised positions. All the best with your expansion.
    .-= Ian´s last blog ..Baby Sign for Puppy – A Dad’s Story =-.

  14. I can’t wait to see what you have planned for the website and I wish you continued success!
    .-= Yvonne´s last blog ..BBQ Packs =-.

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