Goodbye Scully Love Promo, Hello Bodacious Copy

When I first got involved with social media management back in 2008 and started Scully Love Promo, it was because I wanted to work with musicians.  After all, I have been a music fan my entire life, and having the privilege of working with so many amazing recording artists has been one of the great pleasures of my life.  I don’t know what I was thinking but it was never my intention to become a marketer, I simply wanted to help artists with their social media.  However, as we now know, today, it’s all about marketing.

After one of the most challenging, if not the most challenging year of our lives, I have decided that I need things to change and I need my life to be less stressful because my hair has been falling out.  I’m committed to doing what it takes to make that happen including a change of diet, change of residence, and career change.  I will be 57 years old in January and I can no longer work 12 hours a day at my desk, and in fact, I find seven hours a day to be a challenge, both physically and mentally.

You may already know that I have been working as a copy editor for some time and so far, this year, I have had the honour and pleasure of editing four books.  I invite you to visit my new website for Bodacious Copy at bodaciouscopy.com for details.  I want to do more of this work because I enjoy it and I’m planning to study editing through Queen’s University, beginning in January, to become accredited for the skills I have developed over the past 35 years. You may ask why I am calling my new business Bodacious Copy and the reasons are twofold: “Bodacious” has been a nickname of mine since my college days, and creating bodacious copy is what I do.

As of January 2021, I will be offering my services as a social media marketer using Twitter ONLY because I can no longer keep up with the constant changes and frustrations of the Facebook and Instagram platforms.  I have personally had the most success using Twitter without having to spend money on ads than with any other platform.  I have a strategic plan for how I can best assist musicians and writers with their goals, using Twitter.

These days, it’s more important than ever that musicians get as many listeners and followers (followers are most important) on Spotify and YouTube as possible, particularly for those who have monetized their YouTube channels.  So, it makes sense that we should be using Twitter to connect with Spotify playlist curators and other music curators (because there are many out there), radio stations, and podcasts who will play your music.  The connections that we can make on Twitter with music industry professionals who could be helpful to your career are significant.  You simply need a plan to utilize this platform to the best of your abilities and this is what I want to focus on moving forward.

For first-time or self-published authors, it is important to connect with capable industry professionals who can assist with copy editing, proofreading, interior layout, book cover design, and marketing, as well as with publishing houses, university and literary presses, literary agencies, bloggers, and other online publications who will publish your work.  And of course, you’ll be looking for readers.  I can help you find them.

If you know of any musicians or writers who would like to have assistance with their Twitter marketing, or of anyone who needs an experienced, capable copy editor, I would be delighted if you would share my contact info with them. I can be reached at christinebode@hush.com. Or, just write me a note and let me know how you’re doing.

Thank you to everyone who has trusted me over the years with your social media marketing and copy editing. You know who you are.  You have enriched my life and allowed me to fulfil my dream of being my own boss, and I am deeply grateful.

My best wishes to you for a happy holiday season despite whatever challenges you may be facing.

With gratitude,
Christine Bode

Vote For Scully Love Promo in The 4th Annual Mashable Awards!

I must confess that I’m entering The 4th Annual Mashable Awards contest rather late in the game, but I thought I would give it my best shot and ask you, my readers, and anyone who has read or LIKED Scully Love Promo’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ScullyLovePromo where I share great tips about social media, fabulous authors, musicians and other artists, to vote for me in the category of Best Social Media Service For Small Business. All you have to do is click on the icon below and it will take you to Mashable’s Awards site. You can vote once every day for Scully Love Promo in this category. Please share this information on your Facebook page or on Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., and let me know if I can vote for YOU in a different category. I will be happy to help as much as I can!

Thank you for your time and your interest in Scully Love Promo!

ONLINE TIMELINE FOR AWARDS

Nominations: September 27th to November 29th, 2010

For the 4th Annual Mashable Awards, due to popular demand, Mashable has extended the nominations period until Sunday, 11:59 PM EST, November 29th, 2010. Nominations have already begun as of September 27th, 2010.

Final 5 Voting Round: December 1st to December 15th, 2010

There will only be one round of voting this year and it will last until Sunday, 11:59 pm EST, December 15th, 2010. The nominations will be counted and verified and only the top 5 nominees in each category will move forward to the voting round.

Winner Announcements: Thursday, January 6th, 2011 at the Mashable Awards Gala

Winners will be announced at the Mashable Awards Gala, live and via web cast on Thursday, January 6th, 2011 from 8pm to 10pm PST. For details on tickets, please see our Mashable Awards Gala Events page

Get to Know Christine Bode of Bodacious Copy

Copy editor Christine Bode

Well, it’s time for me to toot my own horn for just one blog so that you can get to know a bit about me.

Born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, I have lived here for most of my life, minus the two years I spent in college in Belleville, where I took Television Broadcasting at Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Technology (1982-1984), one year in Vancouver (1994-1995), and ten years in Toronto (1985-89 and 1998-2004) where I worked primarily in medium and large-sized law firms as a legal assistant. I have also worked as a secretary and administrative assistant in a variety of industries, including advertising, television, architecture and engineering, city government, and medicine, among others.

At the peak of my legal career, I was a legal assistant for Michael A. Levine, Canada’s leading entertainment lawyer and a celebrity in his own right, at Goodmans LLP in Toronto. I enjoyed working for the force of nature that was Mr. Levine (he is now retired from the law), but because of a two-year run of unfortunate personal circumstances—I resigned from my position with Mr. Levine in 2004.

Blessed with a wide variety of creative experiences, including being the Vice-President of Student Programming while attending Loyalist College and booking all the talent for special events and pub evenings, I have also been a photo model for a print ad, worked as an extra while living in Vancouver (my first job was as an extra on The X-Files in The Red Museum episode in Season 2), volunteered as a theatre usher, promoted musicians and actors, and even co-produced a play. I had a website called The Celtic Poet (2001-2004), where I wrote reviews and posted my photographs, as well as a photography business called Celtic Poet Photography for a couple of years, exhibiting and selling my work in Artisan’s Alley in Kingston in the summer of 2006.

In March 2008, I manifested a lifelong dream of working with musicians and authors when I founded Scully Love Promo, a digital promotions business offering social media marketing and virtual assistance. It was successful until December 2020, when due to the pandemic, musicians could no longer tour.

I have written about and posted photographs I took of Bob Geldof at www.boomtownrats.co.uk—one of the biggest thrills of my life was meeting him in Toronto at the Palais Royale on September 20, 2002! I was a Senior Entertainment Editor/Writer for a local entertainment website called PartyinKingston.com (*Note: no longer in existence), and for many years I wrote book reviews for Simon & Schuster Canada and HarperCollins Canada, as well as reviews and articles for online entertainment magazines. 

Since I was a teenager, I have been writing poetry and song lyrics because I am a huge music fan. My first poem, about Shaun Cassidy, was published by Scholastic Book Services in Rock’s Biggest Ten and 16 Magazine in 1978. Encouraged by a personal letter received from Bob Geldof in 1987 and mentored in the early 2000s by Canada’s legendary broadcasting icon, author, actor, and Renaissance man, Patrick Watson, I continue to write and almost understand the meaning of metre. Some of my work has been published in local newspapers, various American anthologies, and on the Internet.

In June 2007, I self-published my first book of poetry and lyrics entitled Eden Refugee, which is available for preview and purchase on Lulu.com.

Many of the original versions of the poems and lyrics in Eden Refugee have been edited.

EDEN REFUGEE viscerally reflects the experiences of a young woman consumed by sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, unrequited love, and a constant quest for spiritual enlightenment.

Eden Refugee
Eden Refugee ~ Poems & Lyrics by Christine Bode