Grand Poobah Resigns: Wanda the Amazing Pug is Large and in Charge Now!



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Grand Poobah Carl turns over the reins to Wanda the Pug.

Chew on this: Niche Media HQ has gone to the dogs. No bones about it. We have been working really hard and we’re dog tired, so we have decided to turn the reins of the organization over to Wanda the Amazing Pug. (But just for today—don’t tell her. She has a very big ego for such a little dog.)    

Periodically, Wanda has given her sage advice here on this blog over the last couple of years. She’s actually quite popular. At least she thinks so.

In any case, we’ve asked Wanda what she will do with the company in our absence. Here are her top 5 agenda items to help niche publishers: [Read more…]

Wanda the Amazing Pug says: “Let Go of Your Fear, Take a Leap!”



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Wanda the Amazing Pug waxes philosophically about niche publishing and risk-taking.

(Well sometimes Wanda takes a leak instead of a leap, but that’s another story…….)

What do red wine, pugs and niche publishing even have in common? Grand Poobah and I were chatting over a nice bottle of red the other night about risk-taking in general and how fear stops most people from moving forward in life.

And the fact that about 99.9999% of niche magazine publishers are entrepreneurial risk-takers, willing to face the fear and plunge ahead.

About the same moment that our wine wisdom got truly deep, our little Wanda—pug of very short stubby legs—quickly and quite gracefully took a giant leap high in the air, over the cat, to get to her favorite landing pillow.

We laughed when she did it, because our black, furry, feisty Felix is a pretty darn big kitty-cat with ninja reflexes and very sharp claws. Didn’t stop Wanda though, not even for a moment. She truly sees no obstacles. No fear of failure whatsoever. With focused vision, always go straight for the goal. (Or the doggie treat, whichever comes first.)

Seriously, though, let’s think about some of the key qualities that define a successful entrepreneur: [Read more…]

Wanda the Amazing Pug’s Summer Reading List for Niche Magazine Publishers



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Wanda is much more excited about her new summer wear than she appears in this photo. Trust us. Well, at least you can trust us about this summer reading list.

Wanda doesn’t really read, but she is poised for fun in the sun and a rockin’ tiki party this summer.

And since it’s Free-for-all Friday, we (and Wanda) thought would share with you some of our favorite go-to’s for what all niche publishers need: cool ideas and inspiration for great content.

Seth Godin, CEO of Squidoo.com and author of 14 bestsellers, including Purple Cow, Linchpin, and The Icarus Deception.

His latest post is about handy dandy online tools to make your life easier. Check out this handful of nifty resources – for everything from taking the pain out of reviewing resumes to finding creative commons photos.

Dave Pell is a savvy, snarky storyteller who also happens to curate the latest news stories out there and brings together some of the best, in our humble opinion. Yes, it’s free.

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