Do you want to write a book? Have a clear purpose

If you are going to all the effort of writing a book, I think you’ll agree it would be a good idea to write ‘a great book’.

Many people approach the writing of a book from a business or financial angle.

While this is a laudable aim and great benefits can be achieved from publishing a book, I believe there is a healthier and more productive approach to making your book a success. 

The two main benefits to be gained from writing a book are the personal transformation you achieve as a writer and the enlightenment and entertainment you impart to the reader.  When you succeed in delivering both of these, the financial reward you seek will come easily and effortlessly.  Be prepared to be surprised though exactly how it comes in as it might not just be from book sales. 

From a personal perspective, the journey of researching or dreaming up your book is rewarding in its own right. The sense of pride when each milestone is reached is simply amazing. 

As you go from 1st draft, to edited manuscript through proof reading and typesetting and on to publication, you will grow in pride, stature and sense of purpose. 

As a published author, your friends and family see you in a new light as do work colleagues, partners and clients.  You become a domain expert in the eyes of the press, TV and radio. New doors will open for you as your book connects with people who you simple otherwise have met. 

Your book becomes the best business card you have ever had and you will be surprised at how having written it brings in revenues not only from direct book sales. This is equally true for fiction as well as non-fiction books. 

When you start to receive your first reader reviews, you begin to get a sense of the second benefit to be had by authors.  When you find how your words affect other people, people who aren’t your friends and family, you cannot help but beam with pride.

I remember when one man said about my first book, “Stunning, I cried. That’s all.”

I felt like I had arrived on the scene as an author. I could evoke feelings in people I had never met just from the power of the word. 

 This quote and the many others and was what got me really hooked and inspired me to write even more. 

You can find out more about writing and publishing your own book in my free Ebook – How to write a book and get it published.

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Do you want to write a book – what’s stopping you?

It’s a commonly held belief that it’s difficult, or well nigh impossible, to get published.  This misconception stops many people starting to write in the first place. 

The reality is that it has never been easier and as inexpensive to get published. To get into the written and publisher quadrant, all you need to do is to write and then use the numerous options and routes now open to authors to getting your words in front of readers.  

With new print on demand technology, you can even have a printed book in your hand within a week. 

Better still, if you upload your writings to one of many ebook aggregator sites and you can ‘publish’ instantly. You can also upload your book so it can read on the new breed of ereaders from the likes of Sony and Amazon. The new breed of smartphones also allow ‘books’ to be read on the move.

There are several authors who have blogged their books and have got advances from publishers as a result.  There are even some intrepid scribes who are now using Twitter to the same end.

Even the traditional publishers are now getting in on the act and have set up social networks for writers to pre-publish their work. The ones that get the best reviews get picked up by editors and get commissioned. 

It’s important though not to put the cart before the horse though.

Before deciding on your route, or routes, to publication it is important that you discover what exactly are you going to write … and why? In my free Ebook – How to write a book and get it published – I talk more about this subject plus further information on the pros and cons to the many routes to publication

Unleash the Blog Inside You workshop

startBlog_thumbHave you ever fancied writing a blog but haven’t known where to start?

Do you find all this Internet technology overwhelming & it all leaving you behind?

Do you want to spend a day with two really knowledgeable & helpful chaps who will show you how to publish interactive & dynamic looking web pages?

Well, you can find out how to do this and much, much more the 1 day Unleash the Blog Inside You workshop.

Your presenters are Nick Tadd, Social Media guru and Tom Evans, specialist in removing writer’s blocks & helping you tap into your creative muse.

In just one day you will not only learn how to self-publish your own content on the Internet but also find out how to create and maintain a blog that stands out from the rest. Nick and Tom will also show you how you can start to earn revenue from what you write in the form of articles, ebooks and even a publishing contract.

The day is divided up into easy to follow theory and interactive practical exercises.

In the morning you will learn:

  • What is a blog
  • Why is RSS so important
  • How to start a blog
  • How to navigate the ‘dashboard’
  • How to select a theme
  • How to add ‘widgets’ such as Twitter, events calendar, RSS feeds and free text boxes
  • How to write a ‘page’
  • How to write a post
  • How to tag a post
  • How to categorise a post
  • How to aggregate a post and a whole blog
  • How to publish their blog over multiple platforms
  • How to export an RSS feed
  • How to set up a Google Reader
  • How to import pictures using Flickr
  • How to import video using YouTube

Armed with this new knowledge, you will enjoy an fun and interactive afternoon session, where you will learn:

  • How do you find a great name for your blog and Twitter profile
  • How to write inspiring blogs that get readers and traffic
  • How to engage your reader in the first 10 seconds
  • How to clear any writer’s blocks
  • Creative blog titles & tagging
  • How to write a blog that becomes a book
What people have said about previous workshops:

“After thrashing around for months previously with two false starts,your approach to the subject was dynamic, creative and inspirational. I left at the end of the day knowing how to use WordPress.” – Jayne Owen

“Your training was exemplary. You delivered in a spirit of fun and generosity. It seemed that nothing was too much trouble.” – Liz Labrum

“The one great tip was about the ‘fold line’. Like all great tips it’s obvious once you’ve been told it, but not so obvious when you have to work it out for yourself. – Mary Waring

“Unleash the Blog came at exactly the right time in my life. Just the title motivated me over my basic block – that a blog would be a weight around my neck. Through the pre-tasking process I found Tom’s excellent Wordlube e-book, which gave me permission to consolidate my morning writing routine into a proper ‘job’ – another block overcome.  The technical level was pitched exactly right for me.” – Sally Relton-Shakespeare

The next workshop is running on the 16th September in central Guilford, Surrey, UK

MakeThe cost is £147 per person including VAT and includes teas, coffees and lunch. You will also get copies of Tom’s ebook Blocks on unleashing creativity and Nick’s ebook “A Bunch of Fives’ on social media, worth £30

About the presenters

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Nick Tadd is a social media maestro and expert in blogging, Twitter and all things web 2.0 and web 3.O. As a full time property investor, Nick has been able to dedicate the last three years of his life to understanding and engaging with social media to the extent that he is now the preferred social media training expert for the business networking site, Ecademy.

Nick started his own blog three years ago, and has built it up to a readership of over 30,000.
With his wealth of experience and expertise, and his renowned teaching skills, he can show you how to make your web presence really stand out and speak to your audience, quite literally.
As a self-confessed gadget freak & Mac-aficionado, Nick has his finger well and truly on the pulse of the next trend that is going to take off.  In fact, he is most likely involved in creating it!

You can find out more about Nick & his work by joining his interactive community www.socialmediagraffiti.com

and follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nicktadd


tomEvans_blogunleashTom Evans is an author, bookwright and mind map master trainer who mentors other authors/bloggers how to unleash the books/blogs inside themselves. He specialises in removing writer’s block and helping authors/bloggers tap into unlimited creativity.

His 30 year career in the broadcasting and Internet industries has given him considerable commercial acumen as well as a deep appreciation and understanding of advanced technologies.  He has a knack for making these both simple to understand and empowering for others.

Have a browse around the rest of this blog site to find out how Tom uses it to disseminate information and follow Tom on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/thebookwright

Clearing Writer’s Block with Mind Maps

They say we only use 5% of our brains. If so what’s the other 95% doing and how do you tap into it?

Well the answer to this lies in learning the art of Whole Brain Thinking and a really simple way to do this is to use mind maps – this brief video explains how to start …

Come along to my workshop or take my home study course to find out how to go from idea to 1st draft of your book and why one attendee said:

Duncan Bolam thumbnail“Taking on the dream of writing a book can be intangible so many would-be authors float around frustratedly, lacking structure feeling anchorless. I left Tom’s course energised with a spring in my step. More importantly I had 13 well-engineered mind maps instilling a sense of shape to my plan and a bearing upon which to set my compass. Tom is a skilled facilitator who gave a great deal of himself. It is rare that I walk away from a workshop so energised – truly rare. You are a prime example of what I would call someone who is in the zone, centred and filled with innate conviction.” – Duncan Bolam, Career Dovetail, Surrey

How to write a book and get it published

tbwGuideToWritingYourBook_220I am discovering more and more recently  that it’s not just aspiring authors wanting to write their first book who need my help the most. It’s also authors who may be on their 2nd or 3rd book and are stuck for inspiration and held back by the dreaded ‘writers block’.

I’ve also having great success with those that hadn’t seriously considered writing a book before but who I have helped to unleash their creative writing talent and to build the confidence to get stuck in and have a go (and many have gone on to write and publish their first book)!

And although I have been blogging for ages and sharing chunks of my knowledge and experience about book writing & publishing and creativity, until now I hadn’t put it all together into a neat and easy to read little ebook that summarises the basic but fundamental steps to writing and publishing your book.

So here it is at last, and it’s called, funnily enough, “How to write a book and get published”.  It does what it says on the tin.

What’s in the book?

  • How to write a great book
  • When to write your book
  • The pros and cons of the four routes to publication
  • Loads of useful links to resources for authors

And the good news is you can download it – absolutely free!

Follow this link to claim your free copy

I hope you enjoy and I’d be really grateful for your feedback and suggestions.

Creative Writing with iMindMap v4.0

iMindmap version 4 is now available and has some enhanced features that are really useful in the creative writing process.

Audio notes

I come across many writers who would rather “speak” their book rather than write it. Now you simply record your thoughts and even the text for your book for later transcription.

Box Branches

Sometimes the single word mode which is recommended for mind map brainstorming can be restrictive. The new box branch mode allows long text strings like chapter titles to be entered and to really stand out.

Presentation mode

As your maps and child maps grow in complexity, it can be difficult for someone new to the material to grasp your thinking. This new feature simplifies the sharing of even the most complex ideas about your book to an editor, literary agent or to readers at a book presentation or signing.

Text Mode

The revamped Text Mode allows interactive editing of your Mind Maps really quickly.  You can now edit any text, graphics and even links whilst in Text Outline Mode.  Combined with an enhanced Word import, this is one of the fastest ways to create a map from existing material.

Upgrade v3.0 or get a trial copy of version 4.0 today

Watch this video to see all the new features

Voiding Karma

In my work with writers clearing blocks, I am increasingly getting involved with dealing with karma.

It is as if the aspiring writer actually embarks on a project to write their book to expose and address issues in their lives. When they hit a block with their writing and we clear it, a corresponding block in their lives seems to disappear. At the same time, a new perspective is attained which can be used in creative writing – a sort of win-win-win.

Then more learnings and experiences come along – onwards & upwards …

As we approach a new phase in human consciousness, this simple exercise is designed to clear old, unwanted patterns so you can take part in the new vibration  …

This is best done using paper & pen for best results, so click on the mind map above to print out a full size version & list the following:

1. Your goals for the year – and beyond

2. Old habits you want to break

3. Blocks that currently stop you achieving your goals

4. Actions you are going to take

5.  As and when your habits and blocks are removed, make a note on your mind map of what learnings you might get.

6. When the map is completed, use the visualisation Embedding Mind Maps in your Neurology

7.  Next,  put your map on a wall where you can see it daily.  Then forget about your goals, blocks and habits and just take the actions you’ve listed and wait for the abundance to flow

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Note if you want to use iMindMap or Mind Manager to complete the map, you can download the templates below – it’s vital you print the map out for best results though …

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P.S. the alternative is of course to ignore this blog completely and A-void Karma – these short stories on Six Sentences might add a new perspective …

http://sixsentences.ning.com/profiles/blogs/voiding-karma-part-1