Blog | Karen Williams Book Mentor Librotas - Part 2

Client interview: Helen Monaghan

helen monaghanWhen Helen Monaghan became a client to write her first book, she didn’t just write one book, she wrote two! Now’s she’s writing a third and an accompanying workbook to her second book.

Like many of my clients, Helen has dreamed of writing a book for many years. She knew that she wanted to help more people, and with limited time available, writing books was the perfect solution.

And after reading the first chapter of Your Book is the Hook, she hired me for support to write them!

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Fed up with putting your book on the back burner?

writing retreatIn September 2017 we take our annual trip to South West Spain for our writing retreat – 5 days in the sun to focus on your book.

I’d like to give you advance notice of this event, so that you can schedule it into your diary!

Here’s the link to more information: www.writingretreats.co.uk.

If, like many people, you have good intentions to write your book, but it’s always going on the back burner, then do read on.

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What makes a good book title?

book titleI was recently agonising over the book title for my next book. I had a working title, but as I did my final edits, I found it didn’t fit anymore, and I was starting to call it ‘The Book With No Name‘.

Although I had many ideas, none of them were giving me the wow factor and making me feel excited. And if I felt that way, how could I make an impact with it? What’s more, as I talk about choosing the right book title in the book, I really do need to lead by example!

With a book title, it needs to grab the attention of your ideal reader. In this instance you’re appealing to two very distinct groups of people – those who are already in your community (where the book title may not be so important), and those who don’t know you yet, who need to be able to find your book, and will be influenced by the book title and what people say about it.

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Client interview: Sian Young, The Gutsy Entrepreneur

Sian YoungWelcome to the second client interview in this short series with Sian Young, The Gutsy Entrepreneur.

After attending the Planning and Writing Mini-retreat in 2016, Sian has been focusing on writing her second book. After spending 7 tough years on the streets of Scotland and later experiencing burn out, she is now an award- winning health coach. Her inspiration is to support entrepreneurs who are so determined to build their dream business, that they forget to take care of themselves!

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Client interview: Louise Evans, author of 5 Chairs 5 Choices

Louise EvansI’ve recently been talking about how I can help you to plan, write, publish and market your book. I’ve can offer you books, online programmes, events, retreats and one-to-one mentoring. But don’t just take my word for for I can help you. 

A few of my clients have kindly given their time to tell you what they think about working with me, how their book has helped their business, and their advice to those embarking on the journey. You can listen to the first interview here.

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7 tips on writing a business building book

tips on writing a book

If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you’ll know that anyone can write a book. BUT it takes the right strategies to write a successful business building book. This was something that I talked about in this week’s book masterclass where I shared my tips on writing a book.

There’s nothing worse than spending your time and energy writing a book, then finding that nobody buys it.

I’d hate for you to have a cupboard or garage full of books that you can never sell.

Most importantly I’d like to ensure that your book builds your business.
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How to create an effective book structure

book structure

Many business authors find themselves stuck when getting started with their book.

They have lots of ideas, many things they could share, but no idea how to create the framework and start writing their book.

And some do start writing. But then they get frustrated when they’re not sure where to take their words next.

That’s why I’m running my next Book Masterclass on Monday 9 January, and will be talking about the 10 things you need in place to create a book that sells (click the link above to listen to the recording).

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A plan for writing a book

plan for writing a bookDo you have a plan for writing a book?

As Benjamin Franklin supposedly once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

You’ll know this is true if you had a grand plan for writing a book this year, and it simply hasn’t happened.

There are all sorts of things that can get in the way – not enough time, not enough focus, lack of structure, overwhelm, or simply not making it a priority in your life.  Continue reading

You can’t write a book in a weekend

write a book in a weekendIf you started this January with the thought that you were going to write a book this year and get it published, how’s it going?

There are a lot of people talking about writing a book at the moment. And there are many people claiming to say that they can help you.

I’ve lost count of the number of so-called experts telling you that you can write a book in a weekend, and setting unrealistic expectations.

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How to get a book published

How to get a book published - Karen Williams Book Mentor Librotas

Writing a book has become common place in the business community over the last few years. The question ‘how to get a book published?’ is one asked by many.

With the rise in partnership publishing, self-publishing, and eBooks, it’s easier than ever to see your name on the front cover of a book.

Most well known ‘experts’ have published at least one book, as they know it’s a great way to reach more people and build their credibility. But it can be a struggle to get clear on your message, know who you’re writing a book for, and using your book to attract more clients and grow your business.

So what are the steps you need to take to get a book published and who needs to be on your book publishing team?

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