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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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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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Writing a book the easy way

writing a book the easy way

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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The problem with running a writing retreat

writing retreatIt’s Sunday morning and it’s 3.30am. I wake up suddenly and it’s quiet, too quiet and the room is pitch black. The silence is occasionally interrupted by a donkey baying in the distance. And then my mind starts whirring, ideas flying around in my creative brain.

After 30 minutes of thinking, I know I have to write them down before I forget them. I don’t feel tired despite going to bed just 3 hours earlier after celebrating the 40th birthday of one of our clients.

The unexpected ideas, the sparks of inspiration, and the aha moments: That’s the only problem with running – and attending – a writing retreat!!

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Book events coming soon

Writing retreat book eventsI hope you had a lovely summer. I had a great August running the 10,000 Word Summer Book Challenge. This will be back again next year. But don’t despair, as we‘ve got some great book events coming up soon. Here’s your monthly list of what’s happening!
 
If you are in the South of the UK, we’d love to see you at our Author’s Journey networking event on 12 September. I’m also really looking forward to the writing retreat in Spain!
 
We’ve also confirmed our dates for 2017. If you’d like to guarantee your place now, you can book to join us and pay £100 deposit to guarantee your place. We will be in Portsmouth, Edinburgh and SW Spain.
 
If you would like to join me online, I’m also one of the speakers on the Woman: Unleash your Potential telesummit starting today!  Continue reading

Join me in Spain for the writing retreat

Writing retreat

When you write a book that is the hook to build your business, it’s not just about producing an effective marketing tool, although that’s part of it.

The journey an author goes on to write the book is where the real magic happens. You are forced to gain clarity of your knowledge.

It challenges you to be confident in what you are saying.

And when you have clarity and confidence, guess what? You’ll attract more clients.

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What does a book mentor do?

Five dollar tip for a great job done

If I had a fiver for every time someone told me that they’d started but not finished writing their book, then I’d be on the way to becoming a millionaire!

The aim of writing a book is to ultimately publish it, reach more people, and make money from writing it, and use it as a brilliant business tool.

It seems like an easy thing to do, but when you get going, there are multiple things that you need to think about… like Continue reading

Why I love running writing retreats

IMG_3691I love being with my clients, and there is something special about working intensively. Like on this year’s writing retreat, spending time with 5 lovely ladies in a beautiful village nestled in the Andalucian Mountains.

You might be interested how these events came about as this is the second time I’ve run my writing retreat.

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