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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Success Showcase Publishing (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965096556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965096553
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,421,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


...I think everybody that has something they love and are passionate about should be a shameless self promoter. -- Mark Victor Hansen, co-author & creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul

...too modest with the title of her book, which should be, Confessions of Shameless, Sensible, Successful and Solid Self-Promoters. -- Jay Conrad Levinson, Author, "Guerrilla Marketing" series of books

Confessions of Shameless Self-Promoters (tm) is packed with a wealth of information and shamefully successful marketing secrets. -- Mark Victor Hansen, Co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul

Five stars for Confessions of Shameless Self Promoters! Debbie Allen did us all a big favor... -- Raleigh Pinskey, author of 101 Ways To Promote Yourself and 101 Ways to Promote Your Book Online

From the Publisher

"Confessions of Shameless Self Promoters" is definately the Self Promoters Bible! What an incredible gathering of creative marketing ideas! - Success Showcase Publishing

Customer Reviews

I read this book in slow bites.
Irene B. Levitt
The book uses traditional marketing concepts and applies them to the art of self promotion......Brilliant!!!!
Thomas Murrell
I'm buying this book as gifts for the holidays!
Marsha Petrie Sue

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2003
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Maybe it was my fault for not reading the book description better, but I really expected a lot more from this book than what it was able to deliver. The book is essentially a hodge-podge of stories from 68 different "marketing gurus" (mostly speakers and business "coaches"). Unfortunately, there are very few sections that are universally applicable. Instead, the book contains war story after war story -- a very few of which might actually be relavent to you and your business. However, the work required to dredge up this occassional "nugget" isn't worth the effort. Instead, I strongly encourage you to pick up a copy of C.J. Hayden's "Get Client's Now!" For anyone interested in building a personal brand, I would also recommend Robert Bly's "Become a Recognized Authority..." Finally, for consultants and other business service professionals, I'd recommend Brody, D'Angelo, Kerley, and Zick's "Power Marketing for Consultants," Shenson and Wilson's "138 Quick Ideas to Get More Clients," and Robert Gentle's "Consultant -- Market Yourself." In short, this book has been a huge disappointment. In fact, I suspect that most of the positive reviews are from some of the "68 marketing gurus" and not from objective readers. Overall grade: C-/D+
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
In Confessions Of Shameless Self Promoters: 68 Marketing Gurus Share Secrets, Strategies, And Unique Ideas That Will Take You To The Next Level Of Success, Debbie Allen presents a coherent explanation of self-promotion and why it works in the business world. She goes on to show the reader how to build a strong referral base of shameless fans; give away one's services or products in order to create more business; how to network as a means of showcasing expertise; why brand identity and business is crucial to success in today's competitive marketplace; the use of unique direct-mail strategies to make anyone stand out from the crowd of competitors; cutting-edge Internet marketing secrets to high-profile a business; acquire a wealth of media attention; even why the readers themselves should write a book for self-promotion -- and having written one, how to market it. Confessions Of Shameless Self Promoters is packed with useful, usable, practical and effective information, strategies and tactics that would benefit any entrepreneur regardless of the nature of their service or product.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Randy Gilbert on May 26, 2001
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Debbie Allen has done a great job writing and assembly 68 other marketing gurus to create a wonderful book; it will be a must-have promotional resource and reference for years to come. Needless to say, Confessions of Shameless Self-Promoters is already playing a huge role in helping me to be a successful writer, speaker, and consultant by helping me become a better SELF PROMOTER. Debbie Allen's wisdom is easy to follow - but more than that it is right on! I guarantee that if you read this book you will have tons of ideas for promoting yourself - it's incredible.
Debbie Allen has put together ideas from other proactive thinkers; they cover each topic using: smart thinking, system thinking, futuristic thinking, and positive thinking. Proactive thinkers are highly motivated, achieve their dreams, recognize opportunities, overcome failures, have exceptional values, and promote good change. If you are truly seeking the kind of success and abundance that makes your life 100% livable - you must get this book. Some of the ideas she promotes are found in SUCCESS BOUND, another book built on learning how to live a proactive life by eliminating the fear of failure.
I found myself jumping around to various sections of the book because there were so many areas that I wanted to read right away. I will be going through this book on a daily basis for many days, weeks, and months ahead. I recommend you read it and absorb the wisdom and truths of this book and let them seep deep into your subconscious mind. Then step out and BE A SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTER.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 27, 2003
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As I was about to read this book, frankly, I was somewhat deterred by its title just as I was before reading Marilyn Ross's Shameless Marketing for Brazen Hussies. Titles such as these seem so blatant, so self-serving, so crass, so....
In fact, the same can be said of the content in these two books as well as in Allen's Confessions of Shameless Internet Promoters. And that is precisely the key point: because each of us receives each day (on average) about 3,000 (or is it 30,000?) "messages" of various kinds, it is more difficult now than ever before to penetrate all the noise and all the clutter. We now live in what Tom Davenport and John Beck call "the attention economy." The most valuable currency is gaining the interest and attention of others and then, over time, earning their respect and trust.
As a result, we should feel no shame when aggressively promoting ourselves if we do so with honesty and integrity; people buy from other people, not from companies. Nor should we feel any shame when aggressively promoting a product or service if it is of sufficient quality, fills a legitimate need, is priced fairly, and delivers substantial value. To those who complain that women seem "brazen" when doing so, I say "Get over it."
In this volume, Allen introduces each of the 13 chapters with her own thoughts about the given subject (e.g. "You Cannot Not Market" and "Building Your Unique Brand Recognition") and then several of the 68 guest contributors share their own thoughts, feelings, experiences, advice, etc. Inevitably, the value of individual segments will be determined almost entirely by the specific deeds and interests of each reader. All of the contributors' comments are worth sharing but not all of them are immediately relevant to each reader's circumstances.
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Debbie Allen, The Expert of Experts has been ranked as one of the top 3% of professional women speakers worldwide. She has presented before thousands of people in 28 countries around the world. Debbie is an award-winning entrepreneur and bestselling author of six books including her newest book The Highly Paid Expert. She has built and sold six million dollar companies in diverse industries.

Today, she supports clients in developing brand domination around their expertise. Debbie works with small business owners, entrepreneurs, coaches, speakers and experts of all kinds. Learn more and sign up for her free online training programs at

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