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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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.

How to remove writer’s block in two days

The Book InsideBudding authors in Guildford are invited to join a unique workshop which promises to give them the tools to start their book within two days, and help kick-start a new career as a published author.

The innovative workshop, Unleash the Book Inside You, is being delivered for the fifth time in the area by author, poet and mentor Tom Evans on the 20-21st October in Guildford.

Tom created this successful workshop with the aim of helping would-be authors overcome some of the commonest obstacles to launching their career, the difficulty focusing the mind and the dreaded writer’s block.

Tom said, “They say there’s a book in everyone but, for most people, the thought of writing their best seller is so daunting they simply never start. Another reason people don’t pick up their pen is because they think they simply don’t have the time. There is a way though. The human mind is so powerful that your book can virtually write itself without your conscious control.”

He became fascinated with the phenomena of the ‘light bulb moment’ which set him on the creative road to publishing success. As an engineer, he started to research where they came from and how the mind generates them.

With what he then learned, he discovered how he can teach others so they can tap into those precious and magical ‘light bulb moments’.

He said, “The key to getting your book to write itself is to engage in “whole brain thinking”. Tom uses mind maps extensively to help authors synchronise both brain hemispheres. The left hemisphere is great at being logical and saying things like “don’t be stupid, you don’t have time to write a book and who would be interested in reading it anyway?”

“By mind mapping, this logical left hemisphere is kept happy as it has a structure to deal with. The right hemisphere can then unleash its creative juices while the left is kept busy. “

“With both hemispheres working in harmony, authors are then helped even further by introducing them to guided meditations to quieten the conscious mind and give them access to their unconscious.”

With the whole mind working in harmony, Tom then weaves some more magic to get the authors to tap into inspiration.

The whole process, which can sometimes include techniques such as Time Line Therapy and even Past Life Regression, helps authors find their guiding motivation, book title, plot lines and ‘words that write themselves.

The positive feedback to date for the course has been outstanding.

One client summed up the experience thus, “There is no other way to write a book. Tom injects a certain magic to the whole process. From thinking I couldn’t write a book to suddenly finding the words flowing was fantastic. An excellent balance of structure and creativity. Loads of practical info on how to write and get published.”

Details and registration here

Note that the workshop is also available as a correspondence course at the same price – and the course can of course be taken anywhere in the world.

Creating your Marketplace on Lulu

lulu logoLulu is possibly best known for its print-on-demand service which provides a cost effective self-publishing option for authors. There is no doubt that print-on-demand is not only a serious option for any author but it also is a green option. It means there is less pulping of books and the ability to test market short runs.

Slightly less publicised and obvious, is their facility to host your own customised marketplace. This is especially useful to authors without their own web presence or the ability to take revenue on-line.

You can create paperback and hardback books on the fly from your own documents or sell digital media such as audio books and PDF’s.

They also have several interesting marketing promotional tools and your home page can display RSS feeds (such as this one)

In the usual “Blue Peter” tradition, here’s one I made earlier where the e-versions of the 100 Years of Ermintrude series can be purchased.

My example storefront on Lulu

Using a blog to test market your book

In my opinion, if you are blogging – or at least blogging articles and thought pieces – you are a published author.

Perfect Living Now logoYou can take this to its logical and “green” conclusion and actually publish a whole book as a blog – Steven King has done so as have others that have subsequently ended up in print.

As an example and exercise on my own part, here’s my attempt at it – Perfect Living Now is a book in preparation and testing – here’s a few sample chapters in a blog

Your thoughts and comments as always much appreciated

Perfect Living Now – is it a blog or is it a book ?

Also see this post on people who are printing on demand straight from blogs – http://thebookwright.com/2008/04/01/is-it-a-blog-or-is-it-a-book/

Is it a blog or is it a book?

Maybe your blog is a book and your book is a blog

I’ve just come across this new site in the US where you can print a book straight from your blog – it had to happen.

Blog2Print

Blog2print

& yes, I know it’s April the 1st – better check it’s still there tomorrow