PRESS RELEASE: How Did You Get Started Book Launches Today!

PRESS RELEASE: How Did You Get Started Book Launches Today!


October 23, 2018 | Knoxville, TN

14 Knoxville business professionals join forces to publish new book to share INSPIRATIONAL start-up stories

How Did You Get Started book“How Did You Get Started?” book launches October 24, 2018, on with free gifts – one day only.


KNOXVILLE, TN – Felicia Slattery, the Amazon #1 best-selling author of now five books, has brought together a baker’s dozen of successful business professionals (plus herself) from all around Knoxville to share their inspirational stories of how they got started doing the work they love to do. The book, entitled “How Did You Get Started? – Volume 1,” is now available on and everywhere books are sold.

All members of Networking Today International, a networking group with dozens of chapters across the country founded in the Karns area of Knoxville in 2013 by Rich DeForest, all but Slattery are first-time authors and are excited to have their stories included in this new book. DeForest also has a chapter in the book and has written the foreword. He says, “It is my hope every word of this book encourages and inspires readers to take the next step in their journey of entrepreneurship and business success.”

Possibly the first of its kind published exclusively with Knoxville-area business professionals, this anthology-style collaborative book is likely familiar to readers. According to Slattery, “You can think of this book as a sort of ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ but specifically for professionals who are looking for their next big thing. Success leaves clues and the stories you’ll read will show you there is no one single path to success – it can be a straight line, but usually it’s a long, winding road with multiple detours along the way!”  

Available only on Wednesday October 24, anyone interested can access three free bonuses provided by the publisher, which include:

  • An upcoming free webinar to teach attendees how they can share their own stories in their businesses,
  • A free mp3 audio about using the business’s origin story in a Signature Speech™ used to promote the business, and
  • A free infographic with 30 story prompts and ideas to help a business owner use their own personal stories to stand out in the marketplace.

In addition to Slattery and DeForest, the local authors included in the book are Janet & Dean Palombi of The Palombi Real Estate Team; Dano Deck of Deck and Associates / Primerica; Vince Thompson of Master Remodelers; Sharon Cawood of N2 Publishing; Allen McMichael founder of Fostering Hope TN; Chris Trezise of Brainstorm International; Manuela Scott Ptacek distributor for Arbonne International; Mark Field from the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Shana Sparks of Knoxville Chiropractic Solutions; Matthew Libby licensed insurance agent at Health Markets; Jim Johnson, distributor for Nerium International and freelance video producer; and Keith Galloway, business, leadership and motivation coach.

Slattery hosts a weekly radio show called “The How Did You Get Started Show with Felicia Slattery” each Saturday morning from 11:30 AM – Noon in Knoxville on 92.3 FM / AM 760. Some of the authors have been guests on the program.

The bonus gifts and more information is available at 




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