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A Writer’s Gift Guide – Meaningful Gifts To Inspire Authors

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This season we take some time to think about gifts. There are gifts we give and gifts we receive and sometimes, gifts that can encourage both.

We each have meaningful gifts inside us that allow us to create beauty in the world and to change the lives of those around us for the better.

This holiday season, I encourage you to consider how you can foster the talents and ambitions of your family and friends with the presents you give them.

Here is a short 2015 writer’s gift guide that features items packed with meaning and practicality and are ready to be applied as soon as your author is ready to write!

2015 Writer's Gift Guide - The Book Professor - Scapple

1. Scapple – $14.99 –  This is the perfect tool for anyone who has felt like they had too many ideas and too little organization for them. You would be amazed at what an easy tool that works like mind-map can do to help organize thoughts and allow a writer to progress quickly on their writing!

About Scapple: “Scapple is an easy-to-use tool for getting ideas down as quickly as possible and making connections between them. It isn’t exactly mind-mapping software—it’s more like a freeform text editor that allows you to make notes anywhere on the page and to connect them using straight dotted lines or arrows.”

 


 

2015 Writer's Gift Guide - The Book Professor - Scrivener

2. Scrivener – $45 – This tool is like the big brother of Scapple which is appropriate as it is developed by the same people! This platform is designed to minimize distractions as it help writers organize their long-form manuscript.

About Scrivener: “Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.”

 


 

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3. 1 year gift subscription to Writer’s Digest – From $9.96 – This is a great publication that provides resources and a robust community for writers to develop their craft and connect with one another. You can choose to gift a digital or print format based on what your writer prefers!

About Writer’s Digest: “Our charter publication Writer’s Digest literally “wrote the book” on writing and getting published. For more than 90 years, the experts at Writer’s Digest have been publishing books, magazines, competitions, conferences and distance education materials for writers who want to polish their skills and hone their craft.”

 


 

You Should Write a Book - Gift Certificate from The Book Professor
 

4. Special consultation with The Book Professor – $89 – As an international book marketer, Executive Book Coach, international speaker and author advocate I help everyday people write high-impact nonfiction books that will save lives, change lives, or transform society, and this holiday season I have a very special offer!

For a limited time, gift certificates are available for a short coaching session for prospective authors who need guidance from an international book writing and publishing coach. Consultations are available at a discounted rate to help those who are ready to move their non-fiction book forward.

 Click here for more information and to purchase your gift certificate!

 


 

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5. Inspirational mug – $17.95 –

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

I just love this simple quote that is packed with inspiration and meaning. Nonfiction writers have the wonderful opportunity to explore the moments of life more than once! Your writer will be uplifted and reminded of why they do what they do while they enjoy a holiday beverage from this mug!

 

 


 

2015 Writer's Gift Guide - The Book Professor - Moleskine Notebooks for writers
 

6. Moleskine notebooks – From $3.58 – These notebooks are always a joy to receive. They give writers a beautiful, functional way to record their thoughts and ideas wherever they may go. And they don’t even need to recharge or be connected to wi-fi to be ready any time!
 
 


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TO WRITE YOUR BOOK SHARE YOUR GIFT with The Book Professor nonfiction book coach

To Write Your Book: Share Your Gift

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by Nancy Erickson, The Book Professor

TO WRITE YOUR BOOK SHARE YOUR GIFT with The Book Professor nonfiction book coach
 

I love the fact that you don’t have to be following some grand plan or know exactly where you’re going in order to be on the right track, even if you don’t realize it. We all carry gifts within us that can be our guides and that we can share with others along the way.

Let me explain.

I’ve spent a lot of time – years, actually – pursuing things that weren’t really my thing but that I could do fairly well. In other words, I spent a lot of time trying not to be me.

Ultimately, my true gifts pulled me back, and that’s when life got amazing.

 

I really did spend a lot of time trying not to be me. I majored in English and Communications in college, and I did everything I could during those four years to avoid math and the sciences. When I started college, I wanted to become a feature-story journalist who wrote true accounts of amazing people that would inspire others. Yet, when I graduated, I took a job as a Systems Engineer with IBM and found myself implementing solutions that required a good working knowledge of Assembler programming. I spent hours analyzing core dumps to find programming errors and working with customers on software implementation plans. The money was great, but the work cramped my brain. I could do it, but it was hard, hard work!

After my children were born, I stayed at home with them until they were in Middle School, and during that time, I started writing again. It felt like magic, and it fed my soul. I wrote a series of children’s Bible study curricula and developed the program into a nonprofit ministry where we conducted after-school Bible clubs in public schools across several states. Then, some missionaries took the program overseas, and we went international.

When my daughters reached the seventh and eighth grades, I went back to work part-time as a web designer. Once they started driving and became more independent, I was lured by the six-figure-plus income and dove back into the high-tech world to sell enterprise software for Oracle Corporation. That didn’t feel like work, it felt like hell! It was hell.

Multi-million dollar quotas, sleepless nights, last-minute travel, and the endless pressure to squeeze every last dollar out of my customers, even if they didn’t need the product, caused me to lose a substantial amount of weight and a great deal of my hair. And then, when I was the #2 rep in the entire country, I got fired. The reason? No pipeline.

I had a couple more technology hops before I really went off the deep end and became the owner-operator of a paving company. Yes, paving. Asphalt and concrete. I owned a number of dump trucks, a couple of pavers, several rollers, and a bobcat or two. My union employees had to be drug-tested, and they often quit on the spot when it was their turn for a random sampling, when only minutes before they’d been driving one of my dump trucks at seventy miles per hour, fully loaded with two tons of hot, sticky asphalt.

That was a nightmare.

 

Sometimes it takes dire circumstances to snap you back to yourself, and that’s what happened when my father was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and was given seven months to live. I immediately shut down my construction company and sold everything at auction, so I could spend those final months with my parents. Those were precious days.

After he was laid to rest, I came home and thought, “Now what?” My daughters had graduated college, so the financial pressures were relieved, but I had no idea what I wanted to do. Maybe I’d start writing again. Perhaps I should get some formal training, even though I had no idea how I would use that training.

When I was 48 years old, with one married daughter who had already earned her Masters degree and another daughter in medical school, I became a student again. I felt old and afraid, but during my first class in graduate school, I touched the real me again.

It was literally a spiritual experience. I felt alive and electrically charged, fully connected with something inside me and something beyond me that gave me such extreme pleasure that I thought my heart would burst from happiness. That felt like Heaven! I had come home – home to my body, home to my gift, and home to my purpose. For the next two years I was I immersed in language and writing and, at 50 years old, I walked across the stage to accept the degree I had earned: a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing.

I had no idea what I would do with that degree, so I simply followed the next thing that presented itself. I taught writing at the University I had attended, and when someone asked me to help a Holocaust survivor who went to school with Anne Frank to publish her book, I started my nonfiction press, Stonebrook Publishing. When another set of writers approached me to publish their book, I accepted the project and even got back-cover endorsements from two high-profile celebrities for that book.

With these two feathers in my publishing cap, I thought I was well on my way as a publisher, but that wasn’t the case. Deep in my spirit, I felt God say “STOP;” that this was merely the training ground for my real work. Rather than publish one or two books a year, I sensed that my role was to help thousands and thousands of people write their own books and offer solutions that would heal the world, one reader at a time.

So I put the publishing business on ice and spent the next eighteen months writing a curriculum and developing a methodology to help everyday people write high-impact nonfiction books that will save lives, change lives, or transform society. That material is delivered in three separate modules that are each sixteen weeks, for a total of 42 weeks.

Each lesson has its own HD video and downloadable handouts to guide you through writing your book, from your first idea to the end. This method is working for all kinds of writers, and because I have channeled all my energy into the unique gifts I have to offer, I have never felt more alive or more fulfilled.

Why am I telling you this?

 

I’m telling you this because I spent too many years bringing untold grief upon myself because I refused to be me, and I’m amazed at how many other people do the same thing. They have no idea how powerful their own story is or how it could be such a gift to others. I guess it’s easy to undervalue what’s inside us because it’s what we know. It doesn’t seem special. It doesn’t seem significant.

Don’t fall for that. Think about what you’ve learned, what you know, and what you’ve developed, and be willing to give it to others.

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

Be you! That’s all.

 

Do you know someone who also has a big story to tell? This holiday season, give a gift that will help them share their own gifts as they start to write their book. Consider this special offer for the aspiring writer in your life!

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Special Holiday Gift Certificate for Aspiring Nonfiction Authors

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When you set out to find the perfect gifts to share with your loved ones during the holiday season, it can be a difficult process. How do you approach this search?

Do you start with what they love or would benefit them in the coming year? Do you then think about sales or promotional offers to get them these gifts at the best price?

Do you think about a gift that could change their life?

Consider this next question:

Do you know someone who absolutely NEEDS to write a book?

 

The Book Professor Holiday Gift Certificate is an excellent gift for aspiring writers. Gifts for writers and writer gift guides
 

  • Maybe they have a great story to tell but they have never been able to get their memoir off the ground?
  • What if they have particular expertise in their professional field but they have stuttered to start their guide?
  • Perhaps they’re well into their first book, but just need some guidance to get it to the finish line?

This holiday season I am pleased to offer a simple gift that can give your writer the support they need to finally tell their story in the new year!
 

For a limited time I am offering gift certificates for a 30-minute consultation with me to kickstart the work of aspiring nonfiction authors.

 

This is the gift for the person in your life who needs to:

  • Establish themselves as the expert they are
  • Increase their professional credibility
  • Share their powerful life story!

They can make an impact with their message. With the right guidance they can maximize their time and create nonfiction books that change lives, save lives, and transform society.

And what better gift to give someone than empowerment to finally tell their story?

If you know someone who has struggled with clarity or struggled to start that first book, but you know they have something to share that people NEED to hear, this is your chance to help them crystallize their vision and write a book that is TRULY POWERFUL.

Are you interested?

For more information and to purchase your gift certificate, please click the image below!

Holiday 2015 Gift Certificate from The Book Professor


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Helen Gennari is this month's Featured Author that recently celebrated with her book launch party for From The Heart of an Abandoned Daughter

Gennari’s autobiography launch party benefitted shelter for battered women

At the end of October my sweet friend and client, Helen Gennari, had a fabulous book launch party for her first book, From the Heart of an Abandoned Daughter: My Personal Journey Through Family Violence and Beyond, which benefitted Woman’s Place in St. Louis, a shelter for battered women. It has been wonderful to see her share her story about growing up with and surviving family violence and her desire to help others that struggle with similar situations.

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Write a nonfiction book with The Book Professor

Friend to Friend – Our Trusted Partners

Where would we be without our friends?

 

FWrite a nonfiction book with The Book Professorriends encourage us, support us, listen to us, and care about what we care about—and we do the same for them. We are, indeed, rich when we are rich with friendships.

One of my favorite things to do is to introduce my friends to each other. As a way to thank them for actively promoting my new program for nonfiction writers, Get My Book Out, I want you to know about these incredible people who will treat you right and help make your book shine.

You may look at this list and say, “Those aren’t people, they are companies,” but don’t be fooled. Yes, these are successful companies, but behind that name and logo is a person who has made that company successful, in part, by being a good friend.

 



Write a nonfiction book with The Book Professor

BookBaby is a one-stop shop for producing your eBooks and print books. Their services range from cover design, eBook design, distribution, book printing, and book promotion. They offer a complete self-publishing package where you can get everything you need to create and sell your eBook and print book.

On Twitter: @BookBaby

 


 

Write a nonfiction book with The Book Professor
Where Writers Win
is a collaborative team of experts in social media, website development, video book trailer production and media training who met in the publishing arena, then began brainstorming how to bring each of our services together, in an economical way that would make sense to emerging authors. Our cumulative experience wWrite a nonfiction book with The Book Professorith a variety of publishing platforms and the wide range of skills we provide allows us to deliver turnkey solutions to emerging authors!

CEO and creator of Where Writers Win, Shari Stauch has been involved in publishing, marketing and PR for 30 years. She is the co-creator of Pool & Billiard Magazine, celebrating 30 years as the sport’s oldest monthly magazine. In 2004 she retired from the Women’s Pro Billiard Tour after a 20 year career as a top player and marketer/co-creator of the tour (inducted into the WPBA Hall of Fame in 2007).

On Twitter: @WhereWritersWin

 


 

Write a nonfiction book with The Book Professor

FundsforWriters is an online resource for writers. You can be a thirty-year veteran or a part-time wannabe, but at FundsforWriters (FFW), they consider you a writer none-the-less. Under the direction of C. Hope Clark, they emphasize finding money to make Write a nonfiction book with The Book Professorwriting a realistic career.

While other websites provide guidance on how to write, how to query, how to format manuscripts, and so on, FundsforWriters gives you direction on the funding streams. They focus on markets, competitions, awards, grants, publishers, agents, and jobs for your writing abilities, with motivation chucked in.

On Twitter: @hopeclark

 


 

ingram spark publish a book

IngramSpark is the only publishing platform that delivers fully integrated print and digital distribution services to the book industry through a single source. What does that mean? Once you finish and format your book, Ingram Spark makes it possible to share it with the world.

• With access to over 39,000 booksellers, online retailers, and libraries around the world, IngramSpark is the missing link.
• They print your books as their retail partners order them. No more ordering copies for your direct customers or for a special event—they’ll ship books directly for you.
• IngramSpark connects your book to every single major e-book retailer in the world; the big boys like Amazon Kindle, iBooks, and Kobo as well as 70 emerging e-book retailers.

On Twitter: @IngramSpark

 


 

Write a nonfiction book with The Book ProfessorVernon Ross

Vernon Ross has a fabulous podcast that shows you how to communicate your message and helps you to “Crush it” in business and in Life.

Through his top-ranked “The Social Strategy Podcast”, his blog and life experiences, Vernon offers advice that is useful and can move you closer to your goals.

 

Click here to listen to the episode where I was featured

On Twitter: @RossPR

 


 

Write a nonfiction book with The Book ProfessorBrett Blair

Let me introduce you to my friend Brett Blair. Brett is a fabulous Life Coach, who is changing lives for the better!

I believe in the power of INSPIRATION. We all need to be inspired, and we should all be a source of inspiration for other people.

I believe in GROWTH. In life-long growth. I believe that a life of continuous, ongoing growth is the best way to be happy, healthy, and successful.

I’m excited to help people at all points in their lives.

With a passion for younger folks, I’m here to help individuals figure out their purpose, their passion, and pathways to achieve their dreams. Having been there myself, I can help mid-career professionals regain balance and re-start or accelerate their personal and professional growth.

I have huge respect for the roles of leaders, and I provide coaching and development for leaders at all levels, to become their very best, knowing that it is through excellent leadership that we can all make the biggest positive impact on the world.

On Twitter: @CoachBrettBlair

 


 

Write a nonfiction book with The Book Professor

Influence & Co.

Influence & Co. specializes in extracting knowledge to create and distribute content that fuels companies’ executive branding and content marketing efforts.

Executive Branding: We work with you to get you published in targeted online publications that showcase your expertise to your exact audience.

Content Marketing: We work with you to create a cohesive content marketing strategy. We create and publish content on your blog, as well as outside publications.

Custom Content Projects: We work with you to extract your expertise and create in-depth, premium pieces of content that accomplish your specific business goals.

On Twitter: @InfluenceandCo

 


 

Write a nonfiction book with The Book ProfessorBook Logix

BookLogix is a non-traditional publisher (a publisher that offers a variety of publishing methods other than traditional publishing) with a mission to change the publishing landscape.

By producing quality work and educating authors on the necessities of publishing standards, we contribute to a market in which independently published books stand toe-to-toe with traditionally published books.

We’re not a service provider—we’re a publisher dedicated to helping authors understand the industry and what it takes to make it.

Click here for details about our joint webcast on December 7 and to register now!

 

On Twitter: @booklogix

 


These are my friends, and I hope you make them yours, too!

 

 


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Get A SNEAK PEEK Of Get My Book Out! TOMORROW At 2 Pm CST!

Get A SNEAK PEEK Of Get My Book Out! TOMORROW At 2 Pm CST!

webinar how to write a book nancy baumann ericksonTomorrow afternoon, I’m hosting a SNEAK PEEK webinar, “Write your nonfiction book: Save time, energy, and money.”

If you haven’t yet enrolled in Get My Book Out!™, but you are considering it, there’s a good chance that you’re feeling unsure about whether or not you’re ready to jump in and write that first book.

I completely understand.

Since you still have a few days left to decide (registration closes October 22nd) I thought it would be helpful to give you an opportunity to preview the type of guidance you’ll get throughout Get My Book Out!™.

My webinar will be PACKED with practical guidance for aspiring authors looking to write that first book, and it will give you a sense of my approach, how I help authors create books that change lives, save lives, and transform society – all in LESS THAN ONE YEAR.

If any of these apply to you, I hope you’ll join us tomorrow:

Do you want to write a book and don’t know how to get started?
Did you start writing and get all tangled up?
Has anyone ever told you that you should write a book?
>>Click here to grab your spot for this SNEAK PREVIEW.<<
-Nancy

P.S.
For this initial launch of Get My Book Out!™, enrollment is limited, so be sure to enroll by October 22nd!


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It's time to tell your story. Introducing... GET MY BOOK OUT!™

It’s time to tell your story. Introducing… GET MY BOOK OUT!™

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Three weeks ago, I quietly launched a VIP preview of my new program Get My Book Out!

Today, I’m THRILLED to announce that I’ve officially opened up enrollment for Get My Book Out!™  for EVERYONE who wants to get their first nonfiction book out of their head and into the hands of readers!

Get My Book Out!  is unlike any other program I’ve ever seen – the culmination of nearly 25 years of publishing experience, resulting in a comprehensive program that will show you exactly how to write your nonfiction book in order to:

  • Establish yourself an as expert
  • Increase your professional credibility
  • Share your powerful story, and
  • Make an impact with your message!

If you’ve struggled with clarity – or felt like you’re stuttering to start that first book, but you KNOW you have something to share that people NEED to hear, THIS is your chance to crystallize your vision and write a book that is TRULY POWERFUL.

Get My Book Out! is a step-by-step online system that will guide you through writing your first book. When you enroll in this program, you will receive:

  1. A FULL YEAR OF ACCESS TO ALL 3 MODULES. Taken one per week, your course (and your book!) will be complete in 42 weeks. With 12 months of access, you will enjoy an additional 10 weeks to refer back to any of the lessons that got you to the finish line.
  2. LIFETIME ACCESS TO ALL COMPANION MATERIALS. Each module comes with companion guides, worksheets, checklists, and other materials to help you through the process of writing your book. Download these guides and refer to them often!
  3. ACCESS TO A MEMBERS-ONLY SUPPORT COMMUNITY. As an added support for members of this exclusive first-launch group, we are providing access to our private Facebook group, where I’ll periodically post resources & advice. In this group, you’ll have the support of all of your fellow writers who are going through every step of this process WITH YOU.

If you’re ready to hold your book in your hand, and release that knowledge to the world, I am ready too! I’m holding open registration for this initial launch through October 22nd. If you are ready to get started, click here to register now!

As an added bonus to those who enroll in this program, I’m will be providing 4 BONUS VIDEOS that will help you start to develop that story. These will be delivered in your first 30 days as you develop and clarify your story.

Click here to join Get My Book Out!™  and to start writing your first nonfiction book today!


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How do you tell your story? 1

How do you tell your story?

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All you have to do is tell your story. But how do you explain who you are? How do take your entire life and create a crystallized message?

The first step is to build a foundation for your story, and you can do that by answering these two questions:

1. What’s the purpose of your story?

You probably have some general ideas about what you want to say, but I challenge you to distill those ideas down to a single Purpose Statement before you start. Your Purpose Statement should say, “The purpose of my story is to _________________________________.

Complete that sentence. Bear in mind that it’s one sentence, not a paragraph.

Let me give you an example using my own purpose statement: The purpose of my story is to inspire others to use what they know and what they’ve experienced to make a positive, lasting impact on the lives of other people.

2. Who’s the audience?

If you don’t know your audience, it’s a lot like playing spin-the-bottle in the dark. Don’t you want to know who you’re going kiss before you pucker up?

Likewise, you need to envision your audience. Who do you interact with? What’s their age, demographic, marital status? Are they male or female, conservative or liberal? How do they identify themselves? Complete this sentence: The audience for my story is __________________.

Example: The audience for my story is entrepreneurs and business people.

Pull it all together.

Now pull these components together into a single statement.

Example: The purpose of my story is to inspire entrepreneurs and business people to use what they know and what they’ve experienced to make a positive, lasting impact on the lives of other people.

write your story from the perspective of your reader

Now that you have your Purpose Statement, you will write your story from your audience’s perspective, not yours. What do they want to know? What information are they seeking? What new message or perspective can you deliver? Compelling content always meets the need, and your job is to deliver what your audience is seeking.

To crystallize your message, include only the parts of your story that drives your audience to realize that purpose. Everything you write should drive toward that message, that audience, and that purpose, in order to achieve that result.


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Join my VIP List for the early access to "Get My Book Out!" 1

Join my VIP List for the early access to “Get My Book Out!”

get my book out online class how to write a book the book professorNancy Erickson, a St. Louis-based international book marketer, executive book coach, and international speaker known as The Book Professor, makes her mark by helping aspiring authors write high-impact nonfiction books that will save lives, change lives, or transform society. Her clients include motivational speakers, business leaders, civil rights proponents, public figures, and everyday people.

The Book Professor will be launching an online course this October. “Get My Book Out!” will lead clients through the entire writing and publishing process, from initial concept, to a draft manuscript, to a finished manuscript, in under one year. The course contains three modules, which participants can work through at their own pace. Each module contains 16 lessons. When participants complete one lesson per week, they will finish their manuscript in well under 1 year.

The class is designed for everyone from busy executives who want establish themselves as an expert in their field and build their credibility, to everyday people with inspirational stories that will benefit others. Nancy’s program gives them a concrete step-by-step process that moves them from their initial concept to producing a high-impact nonfiction book.

While some writing coaches suggest that you can write your book in 90 days or even one month, The Book Professor program is designed to construct a quality product over time. The end result is a book that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any book on the market.

“I’m thrilled to bring this class to a larger audience. I believe the answers to so many of the world’s problems are locked inside of everyday people. My role is to help them bring their solutions and stories forward and to help them take their message to the world,” said Erickson.

The class will open for registration to the public on October 12, 2015, but Erickson has made a sign-up page available for interested individuals at www.thebookprofessor.com/WaitingList. Those who register for the VIP Waiting List will be granted limited early access on a first come, first served basis.

For a preview of the course, Erickson will be hosting a free webinar September 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM. Participants in the event, “Write Your Nonfiction Book: Save Time, Energy, and Money” will get a sneak peek at the program and will have an opportunity for early enrollment. Register at bit.ly/bookprof by September 28 to participate.


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How to Become an Author: Time Block

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By Nancy Erickson, The Book Professor

Congratulations! You’re going to write your book and are ready to start. But how will you find the time? The rest of your life hasn’t changed, and your schedule was already full.

You’ve heard about The Law of Attraction, haven’t you? The Law of Attractions says that what you think about is what you attract into your life. Your dominant thoughts will find a way to manifest. When you change your thoughts, you change your life.

So what will you think about—that you’ll never get your book written or that you don’t have enough money to pursue it? Of course not!! When that nagging voice in your head says, “you’re not good enough, you’re too busy, this is too hard,” you have to knock it down. You know what I do when that voice attacks me? I stand up and shout out loud, “ STOP LYING TO ME!”

You didn’t wake up one day and say, “Oh, I think I’ll write a book now.” No—something put that seed inside you. And it’s been growing over time. This desire came from something bigger than you, and its effect will be bigger than you, too. Your message can change the world, and that’s exactly how we change the world … one reader at a time.

Life is busy, and time is precious. You’ve got work, the kids, vacation, responsibilities, blah, blah, blah. That little voice that whispers sweet defeat in your ear even before you even get started needs to be put in its place. Tell it you ARE going to do this and you DO have enough time. This is a challenge, but you’re up to it.

So how do you find the time to write your book? I use a method for organizing my time called Time Blocking, and it can work for you, too. When you Time Block, you divide your time into blocks so that you can use it wisely and be productive. Of course, you have to be efficient when you carve out the time for writing, which means that you take a look at EVERYTHING you do, evaluate all your responsibilities, and organize the tasks into specific blocks of time. That’s how you get everything done.

Become an author by having a time block planTime Blocking also means that when your calendar is set, you HONOR the calendar, that you ENFORCE the calendar, and LIVE BY the calendar. It takes discipline, but it’s very effective once you get the hang of it.

When I was first introduced to the idea of time blocking, I thought Good Grief! I’m going to have to get up at 5:00 am in order to get everything done. I’m not suggesting that your days be as long as mine are, but on the other hand, if you need to pack more in for the short term in order to can get your book written, then so be it.

Notice how I block my time. Everything is color-coded, and you can see that I devote large blocks of time to my tasks– not just fifteen minutes here or there. I organize my time so I can concentrate fully on one thing, then move on to the next.

Every week, I have to schedule time to plan, write, deliver, and produce my classes, as well as coach my clients, so I calculate how much time I need per week for those tasks, and schedule everything in blocks throughout the week.

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Fill your Fall with an especially meaningful project

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With the start of September, there are long lines and crisp school uniforms lined up at the bus stops near my house and parents of children headed back to school have more time on their hands than they’ve had in months. Those new-found hours soon become filled with the honey-do lists that have piled up all summer long, but have you considered doing something more with your time?

NOW is the time to write your book!nonfiction book writing coaching book writing coach executive book coach how to write a book

I spent this summer busy at work on some new tools to help aspiring authors get those books out of their head and into the hands of their future readers. The first tool I’m wanted to share with you is my new guide, “How to Prepare Yourself to Write a NonFiction Book.” Click here to download the guide and get started!
In addition to this FREE guide, there are opportunities for you to go back to school as well. I am holding two free webinars in September. Please check out my event calendar for details and to sign up. I will also be announcing a new class starting this October. Watch your inbox for more news soon!I can’t wait to see what you write next!
All the best,
Nancy-Erickson
The Book Professor
@TheBookProfesso

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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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