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

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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

Making Time to Write

timedistortion_200There are two really common reasons why authors get writer’s block.

The first is a lack of inner confidence about their writing ability.

The second is a belief that they simply don’t have the time to write.

The blocks caused by lack of confidence can be caused by an innocent criticism of something written earlier – like an essay that got a black mark at school perhaps.

These types of blocks are something we deal with in my Unleash the Book workshop and Home Study course.  The solution is to identify the old gestalts and replace them with new patterns that are much more useful.  Note though that this doesn’t mean deleting bad memories though as these are useful source material for a writer.

To deal with the second type of block, there are many excellent books on how to improve your time management.  One I specifically recommend for authors is Time Management for Dummies by Clare (no relation) Evans.

Books like this are brilliant at pointing out where you can claw back time by better managing your day.  Additionally, I would like to propose a more lateral and fundamental approach to time management – and that’s to change the perceived speed of time itself.

Now this might seem far fetched, or in the realms of Doctor Who or Back to the Future, but scientists are coming to the conclusion that our reality – our space and time – are linked to our consciousness.  In fact, it’s more accurate to say that it’s our very consciousness that actually creates our reality.  So all you need to do to change time is to make a change in your consciousness.

I am sure you have heard about athletes who have been “in the zone” – a sort of timeless place – or perhaps you have had a light bulb moment where in less than a second, you get a flash of inspiration – a whole picture for a new idea.  If you were able to MRI scan your brain at this moment, you would see both the right and left hemispheres light up in synchronism.  For that split second you were Whole Brain (or even Whole Mind) Thinking.  A brain scan would show that your brain was generating alpha and probably even theta waves.

Now you can access this state while meditating. When I mention this to authors, their first reaction is that they don’t have time to meditate.  I know it sounds counter-intuitive but I can testify that 20-30 minutes meditation before a writing session will deliver not only the time back by a factor of 3 or 4 but also much better quality writing.

“But I can’t make my mind go quiet,” is normally the next protest swiftly followed by, “I’d like to meditate but I don’t have time to learn how.”

Myebook - Unleash Your Book Inside with Meditation Machines - click here to open my ebookWell, if you hear yourself saying this, help is now at hand.  You don’t need necessarily to enter an ashram for two months. Although, if you did, it might well be time well spent …

Meditation machines are now available that help get you into both alpha and theta states.  I have been using a for over a year now and even though I am reasonably adept at meditation, I can testify that they really do work.

I’ve written a free companion guide for users of meditation machines to specifically help authors through writer’s block and to tap into their creative muse …

… you can access it online here

After a few weeks of use, you will even find it easier to enter the meditative state without a machine and while you are in what is normally thought of as the waking state.

For a writer, this become significant as time seems to stretch out so that in a single hour you write what would normally take a whole morning or afternoon.

The benefits to your productivity are therefore immense and you will be amazed at your output in all areas of your life.  People who have used machines even get comments of how well they look.

So, if you’d like to take the time to try a meditation machine, they are available from Meditations UK on a 30 day money back guarantee …

http://www.meditations-uk.com/main/choose_meditation_machine.html

Addendum:

I’ve just finished reading Steven Taylor’s excellent book called Making Time – it explains in great detail on how this all works and how you can start to control time to your advantage.

More details here …

At last a cure for Writer’s Block

Myebook - Wordlube - writer's block removal in 5 days - click here to open my ebook

As part of my author mentoring work in workshops, online and 1-2-1’s, I spend a fair amount of time dealing with writer’s blocks.

For the most stubborn blocks, I use techniques such as hypnosis, past life regression and therapies using time line and releasing karma.

For the run of the mill blockages, less drastic action is needed and I’ve just written an ebook with a set of simple exercises that can be done over a series of 5 days to help authors connect with their creative muse.

My inspiration for this was using a can of WD-4o at the weekend to free up a stubborn padlock in the garden. It got me thinking. What if there was a spray we could use to unstick writers?

Wordlube was born and you can access it for free here on the excellent Myebook platform … the YouTube for writers & publishers …

http://www.tinyurl.com/wordlube

The book has been out for just a week and this is what people are saying about it already ….

“A very creative piece of work Tom! Imagine what an impact this could have on unleashing creativity. Well done!”

“A fantastic product. Simple, easy to apply, very engaging and transformational. I love it.”

“Four fifths of the new book completed and people waiting! Oh the stress! This is just perfect for taking that nasty flappiness away so we can enjoy the writing process again. You are fab.”

“Really diverse in helping you overcome the “block”. Mind-mapping is the way to go!”

‘Hand in Hand’ children’s book publishing

splodgeSplodge Publishing is now working with The Bookwright to bring a new and fresh approach to authors of books for children.

Splodge Publishing is now looking for new authors who wish to publish their children’s books a different way.  Unlike most other publishing houses who deal with authors wishing to self publish, Splodge are very happy to commit their time, money and resources into your project. Providing your material fits with our overall ethos they will happily consider giving you their full commitment.

Self-publishing usually means that authors design, print and market their books at their own expense.

So what is the difference with ‘Hand in Hand’ publishing?

Well it’s basically an agreement to make a commitment, together with you, to produce your work to the highest standard that it can be, and to give it as much time and energy as it needs to make it as successful as possible. Your part is to write the book and, in terms of monetary outlay, to pay for the design and print costs.  Splodge, in turn, will pay for all the rest of the production costs and all the post production marketing and distribution.

Why do Splodge want to do this?

Well firstly because they are actively trying to increase our product range and are looking for new writers, but also we are a fairly small company without millions behind them.  What they do have behind them though, is ethics and passion, time and skill.  So they ask you to cover the printing and design costs and they will do everything else including actively marketing your product by picking up the phone and letting people know that your product is ‘out there’.  They are a small company with a big mission. They understand that there are new authors out there with beautiful, channeled material that need representing and they are happy to look at everything submitted to us providing it meets our criteria – which is:

To educate and inspire children.  To teach them about issues which will help them grow into happy well-rounded adults.

With subjects such as:

Self-awareness

The environment

Spirit

Community

Responsibility

Writing a book (especially one with a wonderful message) and seeing it produced is both a challenging and exciting adventure – but it’s also complicated with a lot of admin and leg work – that’s why Splodge are here to help you along the way.  There must be nothing worse then putting your heart and soul into a project and then allowing it to be produced by a company which has no moral ethics, doesn’t care about the subject matter and is only interested in taking your money.

That’s why Splodge are different – because they want to make a difference!

To submit your work please send a covering email

with your manuscript to:

submissions@splodgepublishing.com

and for more details, visit:

www.splodgepublishing.com