The London Book Fair

The London Book FairThe London Book Fair is a must for authors who want to get to know and meet with the industry. I went last year and met the publisher of my first book – I just couldn’t have done it any other way.

It’s massive so book a whole day out to get around it all.

There’s also an excellent Masterclass on how to get published on the 12th April – details here

I plan to be there on the 15th April if you want to hook up with me

Book early to save money online

By the way, I’m not going on the 16th as that’s when my next Unleash the Book Inside workshop is running – details and registration here

Finding and maintaining your inspiration

Pile of booksThere is no question about it. Writing a book is a task that gives you immense pleasure when it appears in print and even more pleasure when you get reader reviews.

It is also a task that will require a not inconsiderable amount of dedication of your time.

So you had that initial inspiration to write the book. Perhaps an idea came in a dream – a whole story, plot and cast of characters. Perhaps you heard about how writing a business book could transform you into a guru in demand for interviews on radio and TV and as a speaker on the circuit.
Oft times I come across writers who just start but never finish. And I know this as I’ve been there too …
Writers will undoubtedly hit blocks throughout the process. Whether it is simply that ideas just dry up or, more commonly, that the hustle and bustle of life just gets in the way. Events conspire against the budding author that eat into the already precious time that has been allocated to writing.

The book is often a labour of love as opposed to a commissioned work. Advances from publishers just seem to be doled out to sport or pop stars (or their ghost writers) for the autobiography of a 21 year old.

It’s natural therefore when the family or the bank account demands your attention, writing that book falls by the way side.

The trick to all this is much deeper than simply having an idea and the time and space to implement it. The inspiration to write the book needs to be embedded into your DNA.

Using techniques modified from the worlds of Neuro- linguistic Programming and Time Line Therapy, we’ve come up with a process that seems to help and get consistently good results.

The process to go through is as follows:
– chunking up on the reason that you want to write the book in the first place
– aiming for the best possible end result
– clearing all negative emotional baggage (in this life and even previous ones)
– perceptual positioning to take you on the readers’ journey before, during and after they have read your book
– connecting your current self with the successfully published author you will become in the future
I call this latter phenomenon this quantum entanglement with the words you haven’t written yet …..

Entanglement

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You can learn more about the techniques I use at my regular workshops or on my home study course

104 Years of Sydney

This is a collaborative poem with a stanza each from the minds and pens of each of the attendees of the Guildford Unleash the Book Inside Workshop on the 12th March. Thank you for lending your cumulative life experiences to make such a composite life story.

0 years old

Suddenly her comfort went

The waters broke and out she came

‘Twas Tuesday in the midst of Lent

She coughed and cried and lit her Flame

5 years old

I’m quite grown up – in fact five year’s old !

I’ve started school and can tie my shoes

I paint and sing – my style is bold

I know everything now I can read the news

10 years old

For my first decade, I am a big girl

Daddy takes me to the Royal Opera House in a boat

My Mummy’s singing put my head in a whirl

Out there on the stage was soaring to make me float

16 years old

Sweet 16 and never been kissed?

Not on your life as I’ve been blessed

I’ve been here before and not a trick missed

I sure can kiss along with the best

21 years old

Sydney had come of age

Didn’t want to live in a boat

She had to find a regular wage

And so thought about milking a goat

30 years old

Now I’m 30 and feeling flirty

When will I meet that man to get down with & be dirty

Never mind, an early night and erotic story

I hope he comes before I’m forty

40 years old

When her birth certificate had passed 40 summers

Sydney’d sculpted and sung about chickens in prison

And caused such reactions that blew off their feathers

She found an erotic missions staring back from the chasm

50 years old

I promised myself I’d become a Divemaster

Couldn’t do it before because I had asthma

Broke throught that one, just a limiting beleif

So beautiful, the coral, the fish and the reef

60 years old

Now I’ve got grandkids,

What should I teach

Opera singing for sure

The high notes to reach

70 years old

I laid in a tomb inside a pyramid

I know you won’t believe it but it’s something I did

The climb to the tomb was steep and uphill

But nothing in my life has compared to that thrill

80 years old

I look in the mirror and don’t know the person staring back at me

Yet looking in her eyes, I see a soul whose life is rich in experiences & love which rings so true

And moving beyond the greying hair and paper parchment skin of my physicality

I see the spirit of adventure and joy that ensures I endure and keep following through

95 years old

As Sydney reminisced about her four and a half months in jail

She had spent her time on a boat sculpting patiently with love

Her lover, the opera singer, long ago her alter ego male

Now long ago it seemed 10:30am, 7th March as she now moved above

104 years old

Born Monday 7th March, 1904

Sydney’s been around longer than anyone I know

She lived through the Blitz and the First World War

What’s her secret? Her daily fix of the Richard & Judy Show

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If you enjoyed this, you might also like another poem from another group called 100 Years of Marion 

and of course, the poem that started it all plus an interview with the author, 100 Years of Ermintrude 

Writing a book to promote your business

Waterstones GuildfordIt’s not an April Fool. Tom Evans is appearing at Waterstone’s in Guildford on the 1st April to present to members and guests of the Surrey Business Club on how writing and publishing a book will transform you and your business.

He’ll be explaining how he ended up walking 26 miles around London in a bra with 15,000 women as a result of writing his first book. Also how it raised over £5000 for breast cancer charity and ended up with Tom teaching other budding authors how to get in print.

Writing a book on your expertise is one of the best ways you can get in the press, on radio and TV. With modern day publishing technology, print on demand and the Internet, it has never been easier.

He will also be proposing an exciting initiative all Surrey Business Club members can get involved with. Guests more than welcome.

Details and registration here