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Did You Water the Garden This Summer?

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With the summer winding down and the school year around the corner, I always like to take a moment to reflect on my summer before preparing for the Fall. From vacations to the Grand Canyon to just being outside with nature and enjoying its presence, I’ve made fond memories with my family, and I hope you have too. But one thing I didn’t do this summer is go kerplunk. Let me explain. While it’s tempting during the summer to put off doing things that you know will make you successful in life and business, I’ve always advised against this. This summer we’ve talked a lot about enjoying your time off with family, but not ignoring the activities you know need to get done and to make sure you water the garden! Whether your a business leader, coach, speaker, or are working on your book, your business and livelihood depend on your work habits and more importantly, planning.

Get Your Plan For The Fall

As a book coach and public speaker, I know the importance of planning. If I don’t take the time to properly plan the content for my online writing courses, review editing projects, and prepare for my author’s upcoming publishing deadlines, I can assure you not only will these projects turn out sub-par, but I run the risk of hurting my credibility as a professional writing coach. And that is something I will not risk.

You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. 

-Zig Ziglar

If you’re not sure yet, how to plan for the Fall, check out a few suggestions by author and speaker Brian Tracy from his book Million Dollar Habits

  • Decide exactly what you want in a certain area, and write it down clear­ly, in detail. Make the goal measurable and specific.
  • Set a deadline for achieving the goal. If it’s a large goal, break it down into smaller parts and set sub-deadlines.
  • Make a list of everything you’ll have to do to achieve this goal. As you think of new items, add them to your list until it’s complete.
  • Organize your list of action steps into a plan. A plan is a list of activities organized on the basis of two elements, priority and sequence.

And my personal favorite: 

  • Do at least one thing every day that moves you toward your most important goal. Make a habit of getting up each morning, planning your day and then doing something, anything, that moves you at least one step closer to what’s most important to you. (Source)

If you take these suggestions into your Fall planning session and make time to plan, I’d love to hear about your success! If you or someone you know is ready to prepare for your future by taking the next step to enhance your career by writing a book, I’d be honored to help. Contact us today and we can show you how!


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10 tips to help writers stay focused

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In the lead up to National Novel Writing Month, BookBaby crafted this incredibly simple but powerful infographic to help you do the little things to stay focused on writing. Print it out and tack it to your wall, make it your laptop wallpaper, or add your own contribution in the comment section. Then stop dawdling and write!

10 Tip to Help Writers Stay Focused

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How to Write a Book, Step by Step

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how to write a book how to write a nonfiction book memoir biographyBy Nancy Erickson, The Book Professor

You’ve got a strong message, and if you’ve been thinking about writing a nonfiction book, you may feel hesitant because you don’t know how to get started. That’s no surprise. You can spend a lot of time spinning your wheels and burning precious hours if you don’t have a process to follow. But when you have a step-by-step method and follow it faithfully, you can systematically write a high-impact nonfiction book that will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best on the market.

You need a methodology that takes you all the way from the idea for your book, to a completed manuscript, to publication, to marketing, to repurposing your material for multiple venues.

METHODOLOGY: How you will write your book

1. Plan

If you’ve never written a book, you probably don’t know how to get started. Writing a book is much different from writing a blog, or an article, or even a short nonfiction piece. Before you start writing, we will develop two distinct BookMAPs, which are visual representations of everything that will be included in your book.

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2. Produce

During this production period, you will pour out your entire first draft. You know why it’s not hard? It’s because you’ll follow the BookMAPs you just created in the planning phase. Whether you have fifteen minutes or several hours, you can always contribute something to your book. You build your book brick by brick until you have a first draft of your manuscript.

3. Polish

When your first draft is complete, you’ll need to scrub it thoroughly to get it in the best possible shape before you hand it over to a professional book editor, who can give it that final polish and shine.

4. Publish

Your manuscript is now complete, and you’re ready for the next step—publishing. For my Executive Group Coaching clients and Personal Coaching clients who start with me at the initial planning stage, your book can be published through my nonfiction press, Stonebrook Publishing. We will design your book cover and the interior layout, set your book up for global distribution, and register your copyrights with the Library of Congress. You own all rights to your book and receive all the proceeds from sales. It’s all yours!

5. Promote

Books don’t write themselves, and they don’t sell themselves either! Authors must be involved in the process. Your book will be set up and promoted through Bookarma.net, the international book marketing platform, where authors help other authors market their books globally through shared social networks.

6. Repurpose

You already know that everyone isn’t going to read a book, but does that mean they must miss your message? Your finished book can now become the launch pad through which you deliver your message in multiple venues. Because you followed the methodology to construct your book in Chapter Silos, you can take those chapters and repurpose them for articles, workshops, seminars, keynotes, online courses, video training, podcasts, etc. That’s the extended value of this carefully constructed methodology.

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THE TIMING:

Some writing coaches suggest that you can write your book in ninety days, or in one month, or even in a weekend. That is not my approach. It takes a lot of thought and effort to construct a quality product, and that takes time. It’s going to take you about a year to write your book.

The point is this: Don’t subscribe to the write-a-book-in-a-hurry method. It wastes your time, your energy, and your dollars, and it will ultimately deliver a substandard product.

Your legacy is about the lives you touch and the change you create. When you share what you know, what you’ve learned, what you’ve developed, or 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 can do it!

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