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Why I became a book mentor

book mentor summer challengeAre you working on your book this summer? 

I find many people shift their focus this time of year.

You may have some downtime and use this opportunity to focus on your business and your books.

So I thought I’d take a moment to give you an update of what’s coming up and how we can help, and share a podcast where I was recently interviewed by a former client.  Continue reading

Steve Preston – from stuck and procrastinating to writing 60,000 words in a month

I recently interviewed Steve Preston, the Career Catalyst. After writing and publishing his first 2 books, he was struggling with his third. Last summer he was feeling stuck and fed up with procrastinating, and decided to sign up for the 10,000 Word Summer Book Challenge.

The challenge was the catalyst that helped him to get his focus back, gave him clarity and the motivation to finish what he started.

Remarkably, Steve went from a standing start to 20,000 words in the first week and ended with 60,000 words at the end of the challenge.

It was the kick start that he needed and Steve published his book, Portfolio Careers in May 2017.

Interview with Steve Preston

I’ve known Steve for many years and in our interview, he shares his own personal story and the motivation behind writing his books, as well as many tips that will help you on your book writing journey, whether you’ve just started or are experienced in writing books.

He finishes the interview with his top 3 tips for budding authors.

So settle down with a cuppa or go for a walk with us in your headphones, and listen to this inspirational interview.

And if you want to be like Steve and focus on your book this summer, whether you want to write 10,000 words or 60,000, then here’s the link to sign up for the Summer Book Challenge.

How to find time to write a book

time write a bookThere are 7 challenges that many business authors face when they decide to write a book.

I’ll be talking about these in more detail in my upcoming Book Masterclass, and in the meantime, I’d like to mention the fourth one in this week’s blog post and give you some tips if you’re struggling in this area.

One thing that many of my clients struggle with is finding time to write their book. Continue reading

10 ways to make money from writing a book

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Writing a book takes a lot of time, right?

And what happens? You start with good intentions to write your book then life gets in the way. Attracting client work takes priority as you can see how that can bring in an income to your business, and the book keeps on going on the back-burner.

Sound familiar?

So how would you like to see how you can make money from writing your book at all stages – whether you’re still writing it, are in the finishing stages or have already launched it?  Continue reading

Should you give away a free book?

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Why would you give away a free book?

My top tip for day 26 in the Book Marketing Challenge is to give away free copies of your book.

What do you think about this strategy? Are you horrified or does it make some sense?

Writing a book to build your business isn’t just about making money from sales.

Of course, I’d advise you follow the strategy to get to no. 1 on Amazon.

I’d advise you to sell your book at events and via your website.

I’d also suggest that you carry a copy with you at all times, that you can use as a networking prop or sell to anyone who wants one.

And there is something nice about getting a royalty payment in your bank account, or taking cold hard cash for the sale of your book.

In this blog, I’m not saying that you can’t or shouldn’t sell your book – as I do, and encourage my clients to do the same – but there are other ways to use it as a successful business building tool and there are times when I suggest that you give away a free book. Continue reading

How to create an effective book plan

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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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Writing a book the easy way

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If you’re writing a book, would you prefer to do it the hard way or the easy way?

A book is a big project and it’s not one to be taken lightly. It will take you time to write it. It will be a big part of your life for many months or more. And then you’ve got to publish it and market it!

You need to be committed to writing a book. You need time in your diary, and you need to have a plan to get it done.

And if you’re not sure where to start, here are my tips to help you to do it.

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How to create new opportunities by writing a book

opportunities stepsTonight is the second webinar in the 10,000 Word Summer Book Challenge. Just by stepping up and saying they are writing their book, many of my writers are already creating new opportunities!

Actually, I could give you lots of examples of how my clients have created new opportunities – many before they’ve actually finished (and published) their books.

The act of stepping up creates new opportunities

  • It helps you to realise how much you know, which builds your confidence.
  • When you start to tell people about your book, they become interested in what you have to say.
  • Your book will put you in a different league to your competitors, right from the moment you start to write it.

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Writing your book creates clarity in your message

writing your bookI started running the 10,000 Word Summer Book Challenge on Monday morning, and initially I’ve been focusing on how to get started with writing your book.

Before you start to write, you need to get clear on your message. You need to know who your book is for, what your readers want to hear from you, and then you can get clear on what you’re going to say.

Getting clarity of your message has multiple benefits. It will help you with your book. But it will also help with your overall communications – what you say when people ask what you do, how you present yourself via your website and social media, and how you build your community of people who can’t wait to buy your book! Continue reading

Stop procrastinating and start writing

Stop procrastinating and start writing

Are you procrastinating over writing your book?

You’ve got the ideas, knowledge and expertise, but do you find that the actual art of sitting down to write your book doesn’t get done?

Is there always something better or more important to do than actually focusing on your book?

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