The past few weeks have included some exciting happenings, so I wanted to take this week’s Conversation to share the news with you:
First, on Wednesday, November 30th, I was up pretty early poking around on TimMaurer.com to prepare an upcoming post when I saw what I thought was a mistake. It appeared that by 7am eastern that morning, the site had already enjoyed a flood of viewers—almost 1,500, shattering any past single day record, before most people have even had their morning coffee!
It turned out that USA Today had released a review of the book I co-authored, The Ultimate Financial Plan, which, of course, filled me with anticipation wondering whether or not the review was actually…positive. Practically covering my eyes, I navigated to the online review, overwhelmed to see the headline: “Ultimate Financial Plan lives up to name.” Jim Stovall and I have believed in this project since its inception, but I must admit my eyes started welling up as I received the hearty affirmation from one of the world’s most prominent media voices. You can read the full review by clicking HERE.
One of the new realities in publishing, however, is that even after getting positive reviews in The New York Times and U.S.A. Today, we’re not guaranteed any level of success in spreading this entertaining education we believe to be so vital to individuals and households across the country, especially in these difficult financial times. As you are probably aware, Amazon.com is now the primary driver of the dissemination of books, with and without covers, so I’m going to ask you a rare favor to help us further build momentum for this project: If you’ve read and enjoyed The Ultimate Financial Plan (or its “first edition,” The Financial Crossroads) would you please consider sharing your thoughts by reviewing the book on Amazon? If you’d be so kind, you can do so by clicking HERE.
Second, that same week, I had the privilege of forging a new relationship with one of my favorite media outlets, Forbes. Forbes may have published its first magazine issue in 1917, but along the way they have also become a leader in new media, including blogging. So when they asked me to begin blogging as a Forbes contributor, it was an easy decision for me. You can check out the new blog by clicking HERE, and if you click on the picture bearing my mug, it will give you the opportunity to “follow” me, receiving updates when I post new content. Initially, you’ll recognize some similarity between the content on TimMaurer.com and on Forbes, but I will also be creating wholly new content, like this week’s post, “It’s 10pm…Do you know how your advisor is getting paid?”
I’m very thankful for these new opportunities, but especially for YOUR support of my mission to change the way people view and interact with money. Thank you for reading, commenting, questioning and sharing. And as always, I look forward to your helpful suggestions about how I can make this correspondence better serve you.