Help Me Publish My Book & Help More

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As the adage says, “Those who can no longer do, teach.” 

I’m Alene Keenan, the Yacht Stew Guru.  I was a yacht steward for over 2 decades, but a severe, progressive back condition ended my onboard career. I have compression and stress spinal fractures from many years of hard physical work, and I've been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and  advancing spondylolisthesis.

During the recovery period of my initial diagnosis in 2012-2014, I wrote my first book, “The Yacht Guru's Bible: The Service Manual for Every Yacht”

My condition is deteriorating, and I’m writing another one.  My goal is to publish the next book and build a business around it that will add as much value back to others and to the industry as I've received.

Luxury hospitality education is my passion now,
Self-publishing & printing my first book 
was incredibly costly and time consuming. Because I am not blessed with a savvy literary agent or major publishing house to back my work, I’m hoping you’ll help me this time around.

My working title is “The Yacht Guru’s Book of Lists: Checklists, Schedules, and Systems to Simplify Life at Sea”.
I’m seeking funding to meet the costs of editing, self-publishing and printing as well as creating products & systems to improve service onboard yachts, estates, private jets, hotels, and other sectors of personalized luxury service.  

As a best practices consultant to yacht owners, Captains, and crew, I see the need for something more, and I want you to be a part of it.  My books and products will make it easy and affordable for anyone to master the details that make service the luxury it is meant to be. With the number of new people coming in who need training, now is the time to act so you can spend less time training and more time enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Many service professionals use my first book as a guideline.  It is currently in print and found on every well-managed yacht on the water.   You can order it at Amazon.com:
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=yacht+Guru%27s+Bible

As an advisor, I contribute monthly columns to The Triton, Nautical News for Captains and Crews, the voice of the yachting community that strives to provide Captains and crews the information required to manage senior level service careers. You can find them at: http://www.the-triton.com/category/career/stew-cues/

I currently hold a position course-writing and teaching Yacht Interior courses at Maritime Professional Training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Check out the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) approved 800-numbered Yacht Interior Courses I wrote and teach at  http://www.mptusa.com
We offer beginner:
http://www.mptusa.com/course/803-PYA-Yacht-Interior-Introduction
through advanced:
http://www.mptusa.com/course/804-PYA-Yacht-Interior-Advanced-Service-Level-1
Yacht Interior courses, along with the STCW, US Coast Guard and MCA required courses to advance your yachting career.

Through my books, education, and consultation services my goal is to improve service on land and sea, by training and mentoring the next generation of service professionals and motivating them to achieve the highest standards. Please visit my website, www.yachtstewsolutions.com.

As a proud member of the time-honored steward department in the maritime industry, I am pleased to provide value and promote excellence in service in hotels, restaurants, estates, aircraft, and all areas of luxury hospitality, not just in yachting. 

For every chief stew, solo stew, cook-stew, and deck-stew as well as Captains, owners, estate managers, and yacht management companies, this system is for you.  So, get onboard…help me help service professionals serve you better, and help me publish my book and build a business that will help me keep giving back to the industry I love!


thank you Suki@YachtingToday/TV and Cris @Aqualuxe Outfitting for images.
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Thank you to the friends and family who continue to support my goals, especially in these uncertain times. I am grateful to be safe from the storm and out of harm's way, but still uncertain about what tomorrow may bring. Praying for the safety of everyone in the path of the hurricane and hoping for the best.

Thank you again to my dear friends in far away places. Time and distance may come between us but the memories never fade.
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gracious thanks to my most recent donors! I couldn't do it without you!!
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Thanks again to everyone who has contributed to my campaign to edit, publish, and print my second book and then create educational products and build an online business.

I would like to invite you to visit my new and updated website, which is the first phase. A website is an important marketing tool for a business, and it will be important for creating interest in my second book several months before it is launched.

We are still working out the kinks, but please visit www.yachtstewsolutions.com to have a look.

I hope you enjoy the content and the blogs that I have posted. Thank you all again for your support and encouragement.
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So incredibly appreciative of all of the support I am receiving and a special shout-out to Yachty to Yachty and maritime industry contributions. Every dollar donated brings me closer to providing more ways for me to help you to improve service on land as well as at sea.

In yachting we have an amazing lifestyle and incredible perks and we all want to live our dreams. But your life can change in an instant. A recent situation in my family has made me determined to use my skills and expertise to finish this second book and create more products to make luxury service education accessible and affordable for everyone. By helping you, I help my family and myself.

My hope is that I provide value that exceeds your expectations. Thank you again for your support.
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