Gifting Genie Inc. - business card -

Here’s our business card for Gifting Genie, Inc.

Back in May I wrote you a little poem about being busy making the website for a new business I was starting with a friend:

Well the website is finally finished, and the business up and running.

With so many occasions, YOU’LL HAVE A LOT MORE TIME if you let the Genie take care of the gifts for you!”

Sure you can give gifts cheaper if you do it yourself, but think of the time you spend thinking up what might make someone happy, shopping for it, wrapping it, going to the post office and paying for shipping (or trying to hide it at home, if it’s for a close family member).

Multiply that time by several people on your shopping list, times two or three occasions per year.

Think of the stress and hassle when you don’t remember an important occasion until it’s almost too late to buy a gift.

What about grandparents who would like their growing number of grandchildren to each receive special gifts throughout the year, but aren’t physically able to do that much shopping?

Fill out our questionnaire, choose the amount you want to spend, and pay securely through Then put your mind and your time to other things—the Gifting Genie will take care of all the hassle and make sure your friends, family or colleagues receive gifts on time, on your behalf.

Fill out the questionnaire only once, and we can keep sending gifts year after year if you like. Cancel at any time.

Please take a look and see what you think…


…And now I have to get back to my regular type of posts—absolutely free helpful/interesting ideas & information 🙂  I hope you read the rest of my blog.




Read Between the Monsters

October 20, 2011

…Monster sized books, that is. In libraries and bookstores alike, look between the multi-hundred paged eye-catchers, and you may find smaller books hiding a much better value.

Maybe if you are looking for something entertaining to fill endless hours of a hum-drum life, you might want to buy books by the pound; but when you need information, the fewer the pages the better.

How many times have you been frustrated with the time necessary to read through huge books only to find that their texts did not live up to their titles, and after having a few points hammered into you over and over again, you still don’t know the information you were looking for? So many books seem to be a big waste—of time, paper, money, shelf space, and potential. The existence of speed-reading and skim-reading methods does not excuse unnecessary bulk; they are valuable strategies which would be equally valuable if applied to books of fewer words.

Many publishers want authors to pad their manuscripts with extra words, so that they’ll take up more real estate in bookstores (pushing out competition and attracting the buyer’s eye), and so that customers will feel they are getting their money’s worth. I find it SO annoying when an author spends half of every chapter telling me what they will tell me in the next chapter if I keep reading. Many publishers feel they can charge more for higher page-count books, even if it’s all fluff and reiteration on the inside. It would be insulting to the buying public if so many buyers didn’t fall for it.

Personally, I think book prices should be based on the value of their content, which has nothing to do with word or page count. In fact, if an author can convey the right information in fewer words, that should actually increase the value of his or her book, because it won’t waste the reader’s time.  I’m attracted to thin books that get to the point and let me get on with using the point. I don’t need an author to tell me the same thing six different ways, as if I were a little kid; I can read it once and decide if I want to remember it. I also find it appealing when an author is honest enough to write a small book, rather trying to make it look like everything you could ever want to know is inside one cover.

Next time you are shopping for a book, try not skipping over the slim ones. Maybe they can save you money and time, save the world trees, and encourage the minority of respectable authors.

© 2011 NPM