What does it say on your business card?
Head of Acquisitions.
You're on the hunt for acquisitions, what makes a good prospective agency?
It’s a gift when I am introduced to a well-run, reputable company where the owners really have an appetite to sell and at the same time want to feel completely confident that their business will continue to be run properly when they hand over the reins. It’s an added bonus if it’s a lettings agency with mostly managed properties!
What is the most satisfying part of your job?
Most of the owners I meet are Independent. They started their business from scratch and nurtured it through thick and thin over many years. They have huge affinity to it and strong loyalty to their customers. The most satisfying part of my job is gaining their confidence and trust that we’ll do a good job looking after their customers by guiding them through the selling process and showing just exactly what we can do, and how flexible we can be. I’ve owned and sold my own business in the past and know what it’s like. Many owners carry on working with us in some capacity, depending on their exit strategy.
What is your prediction for the acquisitions market for the remainder of 2015?
I predict greater consolidation of the Lettings market.
Increased competition and the scale and regularity of new legislation, present lettings agents with worry, administration and added cost. I see more and more smaller businesses conceding that selling to larger organisations is an attractive option because they have the processes and infrastructure in place to deal with the increasing complexity of the lettings market.
Zoopla, Rightmove or OnTheMarket?
Rightmove on my mobile via their app. I’m on there all the time.
House or apartment?
House – being on the road or in big cities all day, I find coming home to my house in the country a welcome retreat.
City or countryside?
Countryside – see above!
Modern and stylish or period and original?
Modern and stylish every time.
Rent or buy?
I’m torn on this one. Buy… but because of my work… rent.
Completion or instruction?
Completion – there is nothing more satisfying than taking on a great business to get a win, win, win situation – the owner wins, their customers win and LSL wins.
Kirstie Allsopp or Phil Spencer?
Kirstie Allsopp – she’s a woman in property so I’ve got to be on her side. Although mainly because she’s always wearing fabulous high heeled shoes.
Welcome to my Sixth Meet The Author.
Today I’m talking to Ellie Hall, a sweet and swoony romance author who writes the most gorgeous novels to get swept away in.
Check out the interview below, and comment here or over on my facebook page to be entered in a competition to win an e-copy of Summer with the Marine, the first in the Blue Bay Beach Reads Romance series.
Thanks so much for joining me, Ellie.
1. WHAT IS IT YOU LOVE ABOUT WRITING ROMANCE?
I love writing period and have written in numerous genres, but what I adore about writing sweet romance are the firsts—the beginning of big, positive changes in the lives of the characters. It’s so much fun as a writer to explore what a character’s reaction and response is to the crush she has on a guy, or their first kiss, and then carrying the thread through the story’s beginning to their happily ever after. Bringing the feelings of love and hope, the ability to overcome and find happiness, to the page brings me so much joy.
2. IF YOU COULD TELL YOUR YOUNGER WRITING SELF SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and I have three answers.
One is I’d tell myself to have more patience. Finding my voice, honing my skills, getting book deals, page reads, the whole thing takes patience, humility, determination.
Two is to focus on one genre at a time, write a series, and pour everything into it instead of bouncing around trying to find traction in various genres.
Three is I’d tell myself nothing. Reflecting on my writing and publishing journey I’m not entirely sure I’d change a thing because if I did would I be where I am now? Would I have learned and grown in the ways I have? I’m not sure. I think the mistakes I made and the failures I had (along with the triumphs and successes) shaped who I am as an author now and I’m not sure I’d want to influence that.
3. WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD BOOK?
This is such a great question. I have a lot of favorites, but I’ll share the Babysitters Club series were my favorite. I wanted to be one of the girls in the club. Back then it was because they had each other and were so mature and cool—they had their own business. I devoured those books! Thinking more deeply about it though, the lesson I learned is that there’s always a solution. They faced challenges but came through them. To borrow from one of my favorite business entrepreneurs, Marie Forleo, “Everything is figureoutable.”
4. DO YOU READ YOUR REVIEWS?
As a rule, no. I don’t read my reviews. About five years ago, thinking I had thick skin, I read a few of them and ouch. I decided then and there that I wouldn’t even take a peek. One of my editors would scan them for me and give me the juicy bits. She was so sweet.
In reality? Now, my skin is thicker, and I understand that it’s not personal, and I actually do check them out every once in awhile to see if there’s anything I can learn from my reader’s feedback. I like to know what’s working and what I could improve on.
5. WHEN YOU’RE READING, DO YOU ALWAYS READ ROMANCE?
I don’t always read romance, but I do read a lot of it and I love it. Sweet romance is my happy place. I also enjoy fantasy, young adult, and non-fiction. I’m in an ongoing quest to improve my business, mindset, and writing skills. Whenever I’m done writing a book, I gift myself a book.
6. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT/TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW RELEASE.
Presently, I have a lot of irons in the fire. Amy Sparling, another sweet/clean author and I are working on a super-secret, super awesome, and hopefully super helpful project which we’re aiming to roll out later this month. It’s pretty epic and is the culmination of years’ worth of emails, brainstorming, and lessons we’ve learned.
I’m also in the process of writing a Christmas novella, which will be the last in the Rich & Rugged series and titled Christmas with a Mountain Man. Very excited about that. For the first time ever, I wrote the ending first. I have all the feels! I also have a series waiting for my attention that will debut in the new year. There’s also the constant administrative type tasks. Have I found a balance? Nope. Lol. I just make lists and try to plow through them.
My newest release is Summer with a Billionaire. It’s the third in the Blue Bay Beach Reads Romance series but can be read alone.
7. WHERE CAN READERS FIND YOU ON THE INTERNET?
Readers can find me wherever they are. I like to give options ;- )
In their email with my weekly newsletter: http://bit.ly/EllieHallNL
All the places!
8. TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE BOOK IN THE GIVEAWAY.
I’ll give away a copy of Summer with the Marine, the first in the Blue Bay Beach Reads Romance series.
He’s a marine who receives a sudden inheritance. She’s down on her luck and out of a job. When the childhood best friends reunite, he can give her anything she wants. But can she offer him forgiveness?
Oh, and there’s a recipe in the back for key lime coconut cream pie (featured in the story) that is delish!
Thank you so much for the interview, Katie and sharing sweet romance with the world!
Thanks so much, Ellie. It’s been great getting to know you.
Don’t forget to comment below or over on my Facebook page to enter the draw to win an ebook copy of Summer with the Marine
Until next time,
** Competition will close on the 30th April **
Internet Passionately Defends Mr. Rogers After Trump Staffer Mocks Tone of Biden Town Hall
The internet passionately defended beloved icon Mr. Rogers on Thursday night, after a staff member of President Donald Trump's campaign criticized the tone of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's town hall event.
"Well @JoeBiden @ABCPolitics townhall feels like I am watching an episode of Mister Rodgers Neighborhood," Mercedes Schlapp, a senior adviser to the Trump campaign, wrote on her Twitter account.
When asked why she thinks that's a bad thing, Schlapp responded by writing: "No hard questions for @JoeBiden from the ABC townhall."
Shortly after Schlapp's comments about Biden's town hall, Twitter users took to the social media platform to defend the children's public television host.
Twitter user Tom Corsillo shared a photo that read "Be the person Mr. Rogers knew you could be."
"Absolutely wild and telling that the Trump camp would compare Joe Biden to Mr. Rogers and consider it an insult. Here's something I actually tell myself pretty often..." the caption to his photo read.
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill also backed Rogers: "She says watching @JoeBiden feels like she's watching Mr. Rogers* as if being intelligent, thoughtful, decent & inclusive is a BAD thing. I like presidents who aren't unhinged, conspiracy-minded, white-nationalist fans. *misspells his name, of course."
Andy Isaac of the entertainment and pop-culture site Uproxx, wrote: "Yo Mister Rogers was a kind, sweet, compassionate man and honestly one of the greatest Americans of the last 50 years."
"Put some freakin respect on his name," his tweet added.
California Congressman Eric Swalwell responded to Schlapp's tweet, writing that "America would rather have Mr. Rogers," and compared Trump to "Mr. Hyde."
MSNBC News analyst Zerlina Maxwell tweeted: "I will fight over Mr. Rogers slander."
Several other Twitter users simply shared clips of Rogers, such as Ellie Hall of BuzzFeed News.
"I think a lot about what Mr. Rogers said and did when he accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 Emmys," Hall wrote with a video of Rogers.
In the clip, Rogers can be heard saying: "So many people have helped me come to this night, some of you are here, some are far away, some are even in heaven. All of us have special ones who have loved us into being."
Twitter user Erick Fernandez also shared a clip of Rogers "from 1969 of him testifying in front of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communication to prevent budget cuts to public television."
"After a heartfelt six minutes, he convinces the chairman to not cut the budget," Fernandez added.
Raychel Proudie, a member of Missouri's House of Representatives, responded to Fernandez's shared video: "Mr. Rogers is so wholesome that after watching him speak, you feel like you've prayed, had a sensible breakfast replete with oats and other grains, and a cup of appropriately sweetened coffee."
Trump and Biden held competing town hall events on Thursday evening on what would have been their second debate. Many critics felt that moderator Savannah Guthrie grilled the president before opening up the floor to questions from voters at Trump's town hall that aired on NBC. Meanwhile, others felt moderator George Stephanopoulos fed the former vice president softball questions during ABC's town hall.
Newsweek reached out to Trump's campaign, for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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