Melanie Rembrandt

Since our initial launch date, Melanie Rembrandt has been an integral part of the StartupNation team.

As the founder of Rembrandt Communications®, LLC,, Melanie is one of the country's top, public-relations consultants, an SEO copywriter and a published writer with over 20 years of extensive experience and an excellent track-record for success.

She specializes in helping entrepreneurs get the attention and credibility they need via targeted public-relations and SEO copywriting efforts (including Web site copy that sells, newsletters, eReports, social media, blogs, SEO press releases, e-mail auto responders, direct marketing, and more!).

Melanie offers tips and insights via her blogs and monthly newsletter, "Rembrandt Writes Insights®." And she provides in-depth training presentations to various businesses and organizations nationwide.

Melanie is also the author of "Secrets of Becoming a Publicist," published by American Writers & Artists, Inc., "Simple Publicity," published by 1WinPress, StartupNation's "7 Steps to Successful Public Relations," and the host of the SmallBiz America Radio Channel, "PR and SEO Quick Tips with Melanie Rembrandt."

A magna cum laude graduate of the prestigious UCLA School of Theater,Film and Television, Melanie is the official small-business PR expert for StartupNation and Pink Magazine Online. She’s open to your questions, comments and suggestions at and @rembrandtwrites on Twitter.

And you can also sign-up to receive her e-newsletter and reports packed with great information at:

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On Tuesday, I introduced you to fellow entrepreneur Jill Exler. When Jill had a challenging time publishing her own book, she decided to create a business to help others.

Today, self-published authors can sell their books at, and readers can find unique books and communicate directly with authors.

Jill used publicity to help start her business, and here are some more of her tips: 

Visit to sell your self-published work.
What benefits have you seen from your publicity activities? 
In less than a year of using a PR firm, I’ve been interviewed by and mentioned in several newspapers and magazines, I’ve had radio interviews, and I’ve had press releases sent out that I didn’t have to prepare. I’ve also had lots of great advice about how to spread the word about my company in ways I would not have come up with on my own.

What tips do you have for other authors and entrepreneurs who want to sell more of their products and services?

It’s not enough to just have a good idea. You need to work, and probably harder than you’d thought, to make what you’re doing successful.
My advice to everyone who thinks they have a good idea is to not just dream about it, rather to work hard to get it off the ground!

Thanks for your great words of wisdom Jill! And for anyone interested in selling a self-published work, Jill is offering free listings at now during her beta-testing phase.

And if you have a great PR success story you’d like to share, or have questions, please contact me directly at I also provide free PR and online copywriting tips via my newsletter at Thanks, and I look forward to talking to you soon!

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