Twitter Tactics for authors workshop

If you are an author and not on Twitter, you are really missing out.

Here’s just a few things you can use Twitter for:

  • finding and engaging directly with publishers
  • collaborating with other authors
  • learning from some brilliant book coaches & mentors
  • disseminating your knowledge
  • samples of your writing
  • daily exercising of your writing muscles

If you think Twitter is a glorious waste of time, come along and find out how you can make it a glorious way to spend a little time!

Come and join me with @nicktadd and @4_walls in the beautiful Surrey Hills for a half day of Twitter training and netwalking focussing on making the right connections and measuring your twitter influence.

I will be also demonstrating how you can maximise the impact of your 140 characters …

When and where:

Date: 5th August 2009

Timings:

Arrive 13.30pm

Training from 2pm to 4:30pm

Walking & networking from 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Venue: Hurtwood Inn Hotel, Peaslake, Surrey GU5 9RR

Directions: www.hurtwoodinnhotel.com

Price: £33.00 (incl VAT)

Includes:

2.5 hours Twitter training with @nicktadd, @4_walls and @thebookwright focussing on making the right connections and measuring the results of your efforts. If there is someone or something specifically you want to be connected to or with, we will show you how during the afternoon!

You will also get:

  • 2 Free e-books VALUE £30.00 (“Blocks” by @thebookwright and @nicktadd ’s social media guide “Bunch of Fives”).
  • 3 month’s free membership of our new social media exponents forum
  • Guaranteed at least 39 new connections! (Max 40 people at the event)
  • Even more new connections and leverage from the other attendees’ followers
  • Increase of your business expsoure via our # hashtag event coverage!
  • A glass of Pimm’s after the walk (non-alcoholic also provided)

Bring your laptop and mobile for hands-on and practical experience.

And after the training, enjoy a stroll with your fellow Tweeters in the beautiful Surrey Hills – exercise your body and your brain in relaxed and peaceful surroundings as you network and forge new connections.

Photo courtesy of @ukheadshots

Who is this event for?

Anyone interested in growing their Twitter following and influence with the minimum amount of effort, from beginners to advanced.

How to register

Please pay here to reserve your place – places will be strictly limited to 40 so early booking recommended if you want to get ahead of the curve:

Make

If you have not already got a Twitter handle, please go and set up your account at twitter.com

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Is writers block really stopping you from writing your book?

We are all experts at creating reasons why we haven’t finished (or perhaps even started our book). How do I know this? Because I have been a master at inventing more important things to do than write. 

You can so easily become a ‘busy fool’ or, if you are like me, you put the needs of others (and your bank account) ahead of getting on with the writing of your books. There is nothing wrong or insidious about this, it’s just a fact of life especially in these credit crunchy days. 

Make no mistake, by writing your book there is no guarantee of instant riches and retirement. Like the lottery, you have to play and be in the written and published category to have any chance of ‘winning’. You will also learn your craft and about the vagaries of the publishing industry by writing and publishing something no matter how small. 

Perhaps it’s a collection of poems or short stories. The literary world is full of authors who only ‘made it’ through tenacity and persistence. Some also only achieve fame posthumously. While this might not be of any benefit to you, just think of how you can leave a cultural legacy for the world and perhaps a financial legacy for your family. 

Speaking personally, I cashed all my pensions in early before they lost even more money and I plan not only to make my writings my passive income but also to have life style that supports what is essentially a hobby. 

Apart from financial considerations, you may have a full time job or a family to look after. The latter of course being a full time job in itself. Of course, you may have both. I am sure you will be able to think of many factors that will contrive against you getting on with writing. 

For example, the physical space you want to write in may be messy and there’s a much needed clear out to be done. 

Now I am a great believer in the win-win situation as a motivator. Forgetting for a moment about the benefit of having a book published, this little exercise at the end of this article is designed to find out what will stop you from getting your book written.  In the second part of the exercise you will elicit the collateral benefits in other areas in your life you will achieve by writing your book. 

Exercise: Identifying Blocks

List the things that you think are currently preventing you from getting started with a book. Here are some examples:

  • Full time job
  • Family commitments
  • Untidy office
  • No computer at home
  • Needing to do some research first
  • Confidence in writing
  • Lack of self esteem
  • Fear of ridicule, failure or success

Now list things in your life you would like to change, perhaps some bad habits:

  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Watching too much television
  • Issues at work
  • Family or relationship problems
  • Playing computer games

Finally, write down how you would feel if you managed to not only write and publish a book but also deal with these issues in your life. 

You can find out about the numerous ways to banish writers block in my new book BLOCKS!

How to beat writer’s block – get in the groove!

The more you write, the better you get at it and, not only that, but you will find your vocabulary improves. Conversely, you can choose not to practice and you may get rustier.  

Like all mental activity, writing uses dedicated areas in the brain. Simply doing it brings blood with oxygen and nutrients to that part of the brain and the connections between neurons are exercised, strengthened and multiplied.  

If you want to run that marathon, you would start by building up stamina, muscle strength and endurance with some shorter runs. You may also meet and speak with some people who had done it to get some tips. Unlike marathon running though, you can stop for a rest anytime when writing and just begin again when the mood takes you.  

The exercise at the end of this article is to be repeated daily and is designed to work the bits of your brain that perhaps are somewhat neglected.  It’s a technique recommended by Julia Cameron in ‘The Artist’s Way’ which I shamelessly borrow here. By the way, I thoroughly recommend you read her book as there are loads of other great tips too.  

Julia recommends you write something every day, ideally just after waking and in a quiet environment. She calls them “morning pages”. If you want to make them your midday or evening pages, that’s fine too and feel free to write more than once a day. If you wake in the early hours, writing can be very cathartic and help you get back to sleep once you’ve downloaded those ‘inner thought’.

You may also find that writing a blog each day works for you. As mentioned before, many books have emerged from blog.  

What happens is that all of a sudden you see that a collection of your writings and musings can be collated into a whole book and, without knowing it, you’ve written it. They may be a selection of short stories or poems. It may be a self-help or personal development book like this one which came from a set of PowerPoint exercises I run in my workshops that I then scripted and narrated for an online course.  

Breaking the writing of a book down like this also allows you to serialise it, say either in a magazine or perhaps in an email autoresponder sequence. 

Exercise: Getting in the groove

Complete 2-3 sheets of your A5 reporter’s pad or a couple of sheets of A4 every morning. This exercise should be done every day in lieu of actually writing your book.

You can write anything you like and here are some examples:

  • Base your writing on your dreams
  • Describe the events of yesterday, especially what was good
  • Describe your ideal day ahead or be creative & make up your best day ever
  • Describe the room you are in–or the room you would like to be in
  • Have a go at the next chapter of your book you are stuck on
  • Write some poetry
  • Write a blog you want to post that day
  • Write a story in just Six Words or Six Sentences

Spend between 10 & 20 minutes on this exercise – or, if you find you get in flow, keep writing. You will be amazed what comes from this process.  

You can find out about the numerous ways to banish writers block in my new book BLOCKS!

Do you suffer from the dreaded writer’s block?

Introducing ‘Blocks’, the simple, easy-to-follow guide to unlocking your true creative potential.

This practical and comprehensive e-book takes you on a journey of the mind to help you banish your blocks forever and tap into an abundant flow of inspiration and creativity.

Who is this book for?

  • aspiring authors
  • established authors
  • copywriters, editors
  • artists, musicians, designers
  • marketeers
  • authors who have finished a book and looking for a route to publication
  • anyone who has to write for a living and gets stuck!

Anyone who writes regularly, whether professionally or for pleasure, will at some point have found themselves unable to get into their creative flow and achieve the literary results they are looking for.

This book is for you if you ever:

  • sit at the computer to write and completely freeze
  • find yourself avoiding your writing tasks and doing everything else instead (even the ironing!)
  • torture yourself about what you ‘should’ be writing but just can’t seem to get going
  • struggle to get all your thoughts and ideas out of your head and onto paper in a structure form
  • feel like your inspiration has just dried up
  • need a boost of energy, ideas and creativity
  • worry about what people will think of you

Being a great writer is your right! Right?

Whatever your goals and aspirations as a writer, I’m sure, like me, you will at some point have found yourself stuck, blocked, frustrated and perhaps despondent about your writing.

Now just imagine how great it would be to:

  • finish your book quickly and with ease
  • know exactly how to get into your writing into flow … and stay there!
  • be even more creative and inspirational in your writing
  • write more and better, and in less time
  • always feel confident in your ability to write well and with ease
  • never fear those dreaded blocks again!

Unlock your writers block with this new book

This immersive and innovative book gives you a complete set of tools and techniques to help you overcome your writers block, whatever the cause.

Learn how to get your left and right brains working in harmony and even how to write your book in your sleep.

This is more than just a ‘how to’ book, this is a manual for generating a creative mind. It will help you tap into inspiration at will and understand how to become a GREAT writer.

Steve TaylorSteve Taylor author of Making Time
This book offers some excellent strategies of overcoming writers’ block. It’s full of extremely useful and practical advice which will be of great benefit to any writer, both novices and professional.

I was heartened to know that I already follow some of your advice. When I have a full days writing ahead of me, I always meditate for half an hour or so.

ronHollandCroppedRon G Holland – Top selling author, The Billion Dollar Biker and Business Guru says BLOCKS is one of those books that not only works, but goes beyond what you expect.

Not only will it stimulate your creativity and free you from writers block but it will also inspire you to greater heights and motivate you into action as well.

This treatise could well be a turning point for you!

Wendy Salter, Author of Herstoria and Green Stones

You have really cracked this – it reads in a lovely chatty style, but in an informed and knowledgeable way, it absolutely works.

It offers prospective writers a fabulous hand-book to keep by them and real and relevant exercises and practices.

Congratulations on a great book!

Get your copy today witht the MP3 guided visualisation pack

For just £19.99, you will learn many simple innovative and easy to follow steps and exercises to keep your writers block at bay.

If you just read a chapter a day for two weeks, you’ll understand how to deal with writer’s block forever.

PLUS you will get six MP3 guided visualisations to help you enhance your creativity and tap into your inspiration at will. The visualisations are called:

  • Embedding Mind Maps in your Neurology
  • The Quantum Collapse of Thought
  • Becoming Fear-less
  • Re-minding Yourself
  • Future Entanglement
  • Journey to the Akaskic Records

MakeGet your copy of Blocks today by paying online here with PayPal or all major credit or debit cards. If you prefer, you can send a cheque or pay by BAC’s transfer – email me for details

P.S. And finally

There’s no need to be blocked – you can unlock your writers block now and in the future with BLOCKS!

Get your copy today for just £19.99 with the free guided visualisation pack.

Unleashing your author’s voice

I work with many authors who prefer to dictate their books than write them on paper or type them up.  I am sure that this is because they have a preference to the auditory side of their brains as opposed to the visual or kinesthetic.

For some this even manifests itself as a block that prevents them writing … if this sounds like you then help is at hand …

Many solutions exist for doing semi-automatic speech to text conversion but by far the best text to speech conversion system is another human being.

wescribeitlogoI had just completed another successful Unleash the Book Inside workshop where at least two attendees expressed this preference and, as if by magic, fell across an excellent online transcription service called WeScribeit on Friday.

Like all these things, I like to test them myself before recommending them to my clients and I did so. What’s a bit surprising and impressive is that it’s Monday morning and I have the results of the tests back already – their service is stunning !!!!

AND THEY DO ENGLISH AS WELL AS AMERICAN !!!

I tested them out on an audio file with some tricky stuff in it which also uses hypnotic trance which is unfair on anyone trying to concentrate on a cognitive task … have a look and listen for yourself to see if you are as impressed as I am

Here’s the source audio file:

and here’s the transcribed file

Well, I for one am really impressed and their rates are as impressive as their turnaround

Thanks to Melody and the folks at WeScribeit for providing yet another excellent resource for authors everywhere.

With specialist MP3 recorders being so cheap and virtually ever new phone being able to record audio, this is a brilliant way to rapidly draft a book.

Or why not combine it with the audio note facility on iMindmap?

P.S. I should mention I found WeScribeit on Twitter – if you are a serious author and not on Twitter yet, you are missing out on a whole load of serendipitous contacts

Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/thebookwright

Follow WeScribeit at www.twitter.com/wescribeit

A book is your best business card …

& how the Bookwright got his avatar & moniker …

For me, writing my first book – 100 Years of Ermintrude – ended up with my career taking off in a completely different and unexpected direction …  find out how in this short YouTube clip

Thanks go not only to Karen Skidmore as mentioned in this clip but also to Jenny Littlejohn, Jaquetta Trueman, Lisa Turner, Jo Simpson and Wendy Salter – I couldn’t have done it without any of your help ….

If you want your life and world to take off in a completely new direction, check out the dates for the next Unleash the Book Inside workshop

www.thebookwright.com/workshops

Want to write a book & get published in 2009?

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So you’ve always wanted to write a book.

Perhaps you don’t think you have the time or the talent.

Perhaps you think it’s well nigh impossible to get published.

Well in just two days in a luxurious and stunning environment in the Surrey Hills, this is what you will come away with:

  • An intimate knowledge of the publishing industry
  • The four routes to successful publishing
  • The start and ending of your book
  • A detailed mind map of its structure
  • Knowing how to write from a reader-centric perspective
  • Learning how to write while in a meditative state
  • Finding out how to synchronise your left and right brain
  • Finding out how to silence your inner critic
  • A strong connection to the superconsciousness
  • Any writer’s blocks blown away
  • Knowing how to entrance your reader & write a page turner
  • Several new life long friends and connections
  • A writing buddy

Check out the dates for the next Unleash the Book Inside workshop here