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How to Write a Nonfiction Book When It Hurts

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This year, our focus is to find 117 Solutions to our most difficult problems, an effort we call 117 Solutions in 2017. I’m encouraged by the response we’ve had, but I also feel humbled when I’m asked how to write an inspirational nonfiction book when it hurts. Not all stories are pretty, especially those about child abuse.

Sean Carney is one of my heroes. He’s a big, burly man, tough in a kind-hearted way, and he has the kind of laugh that would get you in trouble at church. Deeply generous, Sean lives large, and he shares his blessings inspirational nonfictionwith everyone around him. He should have died when he was 20.

Inspirational Nonfiction; A Painful Story

Sean wasn’t sick, but he grew up in a sick environment that was punctuated by regular incidents of the worst kind of child abuse, inflicted on him by his uncle. The son of a violent father and a depressed-to-the-point-of-being-disabled mother, he had to take the family reins when he was just twelve years old, getting his brothers up for school and cooking their dinner at night. It’s no wonder he became angry and violent, and at 13 he started using drugs: pot, PCP, crystal meth, alcohol, cocaine, and heroin. At 17 he became a father. By the time he was twenty, he was on the needle. Even though he drank and drugged, he could not escape the PTSD from the sexual abuse.

Sometimes you can’t tell when children are in trouble. Sean’s family looked like the richest people in town. He was an All-Star in Little League and hockey, he played army, went to the beach and played in the woods, and he was even a track star. He looked like the run of the mill mid-western kid, but Sean had a secret that burned a hole inside him. His rage was always just under the surface, and it frequently exploded.

 

A business owner since he was 17, by the time he was 20, despite his drug use, Sean’s strong work ethic made him a phenomenal success. But inside his head, the abuse still tormented him. He was full of self-loathing and felt he was never good enough. Angry to the point of planning his uncle’s murder, he was a loose cannon. How could he feel any different? Look what happened to him.

But that’s not the end of the story. Sean turned his life around, and he is writing an inspirational nonfiction book that will encourage other down-and-outers and show them that they can turn their lives around, too.

What’s the Purpose?

The purpose of Sean’s book is to show people who have lost faith in themselves and feel hopeless about their future, that no matter what’s happened to them or what they’ve done, that they don’t have to be defined by their past but can be prepared by it to live out their unique purpose and become the person they were truly meant to be.

There are over 27,000 reported cases of child abuse every year, but how many more don’t get reported? Hundreds of thousands of adults carry those scars, and I’m grateful that Sean Carney  stepped up to tell his story and offer hope and help to others. Living with the after-effects of child abuse is a problem, and Sean offers a solution. His inspirational nonfiction book may be painful to write, but it will be the voice of hope and help to those who have suffered similar situations.

117 Solutions in 2017

How about you? What do you know, what have you been through, what have you discovered or developed that can help others? What inspirational nonfiction book could you write that will bring hope to others? Please join us in our effort to find 117 Solutions in 2017!

The purpose of 117 Solutions in 2017 is:

  • To create a groundswell of solutions to problems that have, until now, seemed too big or impossible to resolve
  • To unleash the answers that are trapped inside of people
  • To change lives, save lives, and transform society
  • To use your life and your gifts and your resources to MAKE THINGS BETTER. Not because you must, but because YOU CAN!

 


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How to write a nonfiction book in small steps

How to Write a Nonfiction Book in Small Steps

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By Nancy Erickson, Book Coach

Have you been thinking about how to write a book, how to get published, or how to write an autobiography? Whether you’re a writer or not, is it your dream to start writing a book and becoming an author? Your dreams on how to write a book, how to make a book, or even how to write an ebook aren’t out of your reach!

When you’re learning how to write a book, you have to understand that it’s a large project, and it’s not something you’re going to accomplish overnight. So what’s the key to large projects? You break them down into tiny little steps. You’ve heard people say how do you eat an elephant. The answer is one bite at a time.

Well it’s true; what you do is you break down the task of how to start writing a book into bite-size chunks. When we do that, we develop a Book Map, which is a visual representation of your entire book. I can contend that if you only have 15 minutes, you can actually develop your strategy on how to write a book in 15 minute increments because it’s broken down in such small pieces that you can take those pieces you can write and assemble them into a comprehensive manuscript.

Your experience is unique. In fact, no one else has your story or lived through what you’ve learned. You are the only one who can do this, but if you’ve never written a book before, you probably don’t know how to get started. And how would you know? If you want to know how to start a book, how to publish a book, or how to write an eBook, The Book Professor is here to help.


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Local St Louis leader publishes self-help book

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self-help-book-publishing-kimberly-burkeKimberly Burke is a woman on a mission. She sets goals and nothing, but nothing, can stop her from achieving them, and she shows other how to do it in her book The Code to Greatness. Kimberly Burke is a growth coach, goal getter, and transformational speaker

She is the founder of QKE 4 Growth and she facilitates a Personal Growth Series that focuses on these four areas: financial literacy, goal setting, leadership development, and personal branding. Kimberly’s realistic experiences, cutting-edge growth strategies, innovative tools, and comprehensive workbooks are all used to meet the needs of her clients.

the code to greatness self help bookKimberly reached out to me for final editing and publishing guidance for her book – bringing me a complete manuscript for editing. In 2015, she published The CODE to Greatness. The self-help book highlights Kimberly’s challenges and the guiding principles she’s used to overcome them and become stronger and more successful along the way. Despite being forced to leave home at age 16, Burke continued to find ways to move her dreams forward. She put herself through Florida A&M University while working 3 jobs, stayed active in her community, and even earned recognition as a young leader in 2015 when she was highlighted as a 2015 Young Leader by the St. Louis American Foundation. 

 

In her book, she reveals how she used her CODE (an acronym that stands for Clarity, Options, Discipline, and Execution) to keep her life moving forward – and how others can do the same.

For more on Kimberly and her book, visit www.TheCodetoGreatness.com.

To work with our book coaching experts to bring your self-help book to market, click here to contact us today.


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CPA publishes nonfiction book to save middle-income families money

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Published Author, Lisa Bushur, CPA

Lisa Bushur wrote & published Tax Path for Middle-Income Families through online writing & publishing program

CPA Lisa Bushur came to me because she wanted to write a book that would help families save money on their taxes. The Fenton, Missouri-based CPA started her accounting career at Price Waterhouse as a Controller, but over the years found a passion for helping everyday people save their hard-earned money.

We worked together to develop her book, Tax Path for Middle-Income Families, the first in a series Lisa has planned. The book helps individuals and families at middle income levels find savings on their income tax. Rich with information such as:

  • How to accelerate deductions
  • How to postpone income scenarios
  • How to get Uncle Sam to help pay for college with college income tax credits and deductions
  • Retirement plan tax implications & more

How to write a business book - tax path writing a business bookAs a CPA, Lisa’s gift was in the numbers, but as a novice writer, she required guidance and expert assistance to write and publish a nonfiction book. Over the course of one year, Lisa worked to write and publish her book through  is now a published authors and wrote her book through my group book writing & publishing program – an all-online course – where she was able to work with other peers and directly with an international book coach – as she moved forward with her book step by step in 2015.

Since it’s release, Lisa’s book has been optioned by Thompson Reuters, to be used as part of a continuing education course for CPAs.

Interested in learning more about how you can save and grow your money? Read a free preview of her book in iBooks by iTunes – or click here to purchase on Amazon!

 

 


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Design your exceptional story for your nonfiction book

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nonfiction book writing coach book writing and publishing consultant DESIGNING-YOUR-EXCEPTIONAL-STORYIt is my honor and my calling as a non-fiction book coach to help a great many people including business and community leaders transform their experience into a story that moves people to action. I am a believer that the wisdom and power to create real change is trapped in the minds and experience of leaders, community builders, and everyday people all over the world. 

As a book writing and publishing consultant, my role is to connect people like these, who have solutions for the world’s problems, with the people who need those answers. I do this by coaching them to write a nonfiction book that makes an impact – a book that will give them a broader platform to share those ideas.

I had the great honor of speaking at an Arête – HPA event in January. Arête is a truly exceptional group of leaders who have exceptional stories to tell.  In this presentation, I talk about how to go about designing your exceptional story.  

Enjoy!

What about your story? You’re the only one who can do it.

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author-coaching-book-coach-online-writing-class-get-my-book-outAbout Nonfiction Book Writing & Publishing Expert Nancy Erickson

Nancy Erickson is better known as “The Book Professor,” a writing and publishing consultant who specializes in helping aspiring nonfiction authors bring their book ideas to market. Nancy works as a book coach assisting authors that write self-help books, biographies, business books, and other nonfiction books through online courses and book coaching. Contact Nancy with questions or to have her speak at your upcoming event by clicking here.


Find out more about Arête HPA

Arête provides the most essential life, leadership and relationship tools for your personal growth and the development of your business.  We believe that the best way to build long-term relationships is to actually develop and establish real authentic connections.  Our Exceptional tools help you do that, click below to start Designing Your Exceptional Life, Company, Story, Idea, Network and Career.


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Be the Solution: Change the World With Your Book

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by Nancy Erickson, The Book Professor

change the world with a book write a bookDo you ever feel like the world has gone mad? We have so many problems, and they are so complicated that it’s hard to even define them anymore, much less solve them. We know that top-down, organizational approaches rarely fix anything and, in some cases, they make matters worse or spawn bigger problems. You may be tempted to think there are no answers.

That’s not what I think. I firmly believe that the answers are trapped inside of people like you. You know what you’ve been through, what you’ve overcome, and what you’ve learned, but you may not realize how valuable that is.

Delivering HOPE and HELP with your book

There are two things that people cannot live without: HOPE and HELP. But what we need is real hope and real help, not false platitudes that say, “This, too, shall pass” or “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” When you open up and share your story—what you’ve been through, what you endured, what you discovered, what you survived, what you’ve developed, what you’ve learned—you offer real hope and real help to people who are looking for and longing for your answers. You impart real hope to the reader who sees you walk through adversity and come out on the other side. You offer real help as you show them the steps you took to make it through.

My job is to give everyday people the courage to tell their truth and the tools they need to write a high-impact nonfiction book that will save lives, change lives, or transform society. Everything I do in my life and work is based on what I believe is my God-given purpose, which is to connect people who have solutions with people who, in some cases, are literally dying while waiting for that solution. On one hand, there are people like you who have solid solutions to the problems you’ve overcome. On the other hand are people who need your help and are seeking that solution. I’m simply the hallway that connects you.

Only YOU can tell your story

You probably have a book inside of you but think, “I’m not a writer. I can’t do this.” Here’s what I’ve discovered: People who write nonfiction aren’t writers. They’re livers. They’ve lived through something, they’ve been through something, learned something, discovered something, developed something, and they’re busy living their productive lives. They’re not writers because they’re doers, and they’re out accomplishing things.

Your legacy is about the lives you touch and the change you create. When you share what you know, what you’ve learned, and what you’ve overcome, you can make a lasting impact that extends far beyond yourself. You can change the world, one reader at a time, simply by telling your story.

You’re the only one who has your story. You’re the only one who can do it. Your message is bigger than you think it is and will go further than you can imagine.

Be the solution!

If you need help writing your book, let The Book Professor help. Through one-to-one consulting, self-paced online classes and group executive coaching, we have options for everyone. Click here to contact us – or – subscribe to our newsletter below for tips on how to write a book delivered to your inbox.


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"But, I'm not a writer."

“But, I’m not a writer.”

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book professor uniquely you nonfiction book how to write not a writerYou probably have a book inside of you and you/re thinking, “I’m not a writer, I can’t do this.”

Well, let me tell you something; this is something that I have discovered.

People who write nonfiction are not writers. They’re what I call “livers.” They’ve lived through something; they’ve been through something, learned something, discovered something, developed something, and they’re busy living. They’re not writers because they’re doers, and they’re out accomplishing things.

So, if you fall in that category, no worries! That’s why I have developed this iterative step-by-step process to help you learn how to get your book out there. If you keep it trapped inside, you can only affect a small circle. But when you know how to write a book, you establish credibility, you attract an audience, and you gain a following. So if you’re interested in promoting the vision and  passion inside you, but you don’t think you’re a writer, come on board! That’s exactly the type of person I work with.

Your experience is unique. In fact, no one else has your story or has lived through what you’ve learned. You are the only one who can do it, but if you’ve never written a book before, you probably don’t know how to get started. And how would you know? If you want to know how to start a book, how to publish a book, or how to write an eBook, The Book Professor is here to help.


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Break It Down: Writing Your Book Bit by Bit

Break It Down: Writing Your Book Bit by Bit

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writing your book bit by bit book map how to organize a nonfiction bookWhen you first learn about writing your book, it’s important to realize that it’s a large project. It’s not something you’re going to accomplish overnight. And you know the key to large projects, don’t you? You have to break them down into tiny little steps.

Have you ever heard anyone say, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is one bite at a time. And that’s true. You have to break down the tasks writing a book into bite-size chunks.

When you work with me, we develop a BookMAP, which is a visual representation of your entire book.

And when you have a BookMAP, I contend that you can actually start writing your book in 15-minute increments. Your BookMAP is broken down into such small pieces that you can write those small bites and ultimately assemble them into a comprehensive manuscript.

Your experience is unique. In fact, no one else has your story or has lived through what you’ve learned. You are the only one who can do this, but if you’ve never written a book before, you probably don’t know how to get started. And how would you know? If you want to know how to start a book, how to publish a book, or how to write an eBook, The Book Professor is here to help.

Reach out for personalized help on your book project. Your options include one-on-one coaching, group executive book coaching, and self-paced learning. We can help you move your project forward.


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