Fearing that you are not writing a good book can make it difficult to commit to working on it. You’ll probably find yourself sitting down with determination to get started on your book then the fear that this whole idea is wrong or not going to deliver the result you want will begin to creep up and you’ll get stuck again.

Are you writing a good book?

January 5, 2017 |  by  |  Book Concept, Book topic, Research, Writing  |  Share

Fearing that you are not writing a good book can make it difficult to commit to working on it. You’ll probably find yourself sitting down with determination to get started on your book then the fear that this whole idea is wrong or not going to deliver the result you want will begin to creep up and you’ll get stuck again.

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You really can publish your book

July 20, 2016 |  by  |  Kindle, Publishing, Self, Writing, Writing a book  |  Share

You may not realise it but you really can publish your book - because you already have what it takes to get the job done. Although writing a book has several stages and looks complicated and long, if you take it one step at a time and make the most of your experience and natural abilities, it is far easier than you think.

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Are you time poor or just disorganised?

March 18, 2016 |  by  |  Organisation, Schedule, Writing  |  Share

Manage your priorities and you'll manage your time. Manage your priorities and you'll manage your time. If that’s the case, and you want to write a book, you need to put ‘write a book’ at the top of your list of priorities at some point, otherwise it will never get done. It’s easy to think you are too busy but the truth is that you haven’t made a decision that you going to follow through with your desire to write a book. In the absence of that firm decision, your book drifts. Something else comes along and takes up the time you could have spent on it.

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Get Inspired and Write Your Book

It's simple. When you get inspired, you will write your book. Starting a big project like writing a book is challenging. No matter how much we want to do it, sometimes we cannot break through the fears and doubts so we can get started. If you are frustrated by your own procrastinating habits when it comes to getting started with your book, you need to learn how to get inspired so you can finally get started with your book.

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Do you read as well as write?

October 2, 2015 |  by  |  Reading, Writing  |  Share

It's a simple question: do you read as well as write? I only ask because it is easy to forget to read when you are focused on becoming an author. In fact, you may have actively decided not to read while you write in order not to muddle your mind - and book - with the opinions of others.

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Could you write an eBook in 7 days?

September 13, 2015 |  by  |  365 Day Blogging Challenge, 7-Day eBook, Kindle, Writing  |  Share

Could you write an eBook in 7 days? Well, the simple answer is yes: you could very easily write an eBook in 7 days. It is a surprisingly achievable goal and you could do it in just a few hours each day! But why would you want to write an eBook and why would you want to do it in 7 days?

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The Power of Perspective

August 13, 2015 |  by  |  Revising, Writing  |  Share

The power of perspective is invaluable in resolving many business issues, but it’s especially useful when it comes to revising a book. That’s why I always advise my authors to take a break from their book after they have finished writing it so they can gain a new perspective on it before they begin the job of editing and revising.

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Are you ready to write your book?

Are you ready to write your book?

August 7, 2015 |  by  |  Starting your book, Writing  |  Share

Are you ready to write a book? If you want to write a book but haven't started yet, it may be because you are not ready. Or you may be ready but just think you're not. But how do you know the difference and how do you know whether you need to push through any resistance you have or whether to shelve your plans and wait until it's a better time.

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Why publishing a book requires partnership

As a self-publisher, you may think that partnership is going to be the one element you will miss by producing your own book. But that is not the case. The opportunities for partnership are still there.

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How to choose a book topic

Some entrepreneurs I meet have lots of ideas about what topic they want to write about in their book. In fact, sometimes they have too many. Others have none, though that's not always because they cannot generate ideas but more often because they haven’t had the time or space to think of any.

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Chipping away at your book

April 30, 2015 |  by  |  365 Day Blogging Challenge, Writing  |  Share

You have probably heard the metaphor about not eating the whole elephant but approaching it one mouthful at a time (though why you would want to eat an elephant I have no idea!). You probably have also heard the phrase ‘chipping away’ and ‘one step at a time’. They all convey the same message: take small steps to complete a big job. But how easy is it to work this way?

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5 Secrets of Successful Authors

There are probably more than 5 secrets of successful authors, but these five secrets are critical and if you do everything listed here you will publish with far greater success. There are exceptions to every rule, but there are also patterns that recur. When it comes to success in publishing, there are always stories of authors being rejected time and again who go on to be multi-million bestsellers. J K Rowling and Agatha Christie are two names that spring to mind. Publishing isn’t always logical; there are often surprise successes – and failures. That’s what makes it exciting.

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Revising your first draft

April 16, 2015 |  by  |  Copy-editing, Revising, Writing  |  Share

If your book has got stuck at the first draft stage, it’s probably because you are struggling to do your revisions before you send it off to an editor. Revising your first draft is one of the most difficult stages in writing a book, but one that can make all the difference to the quality and readability of the end product. It will also reduce the cost of editing because your editor will need to do less work for you.

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Get your first draft finished

Do you need to get your first draft finished? If you are struggling to maintain your momentum and get your words on the page you are probably feeling frustrated and stuck.

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Overcome writer’s block

April 2, 2015 |  by  |  Book topic, Resistance, Writer's block, Writing  |  Share

Writer’s block can affect us all, no matter how much we write or how little. There are many ways to overcome writer’s block, and I am going to share one here that is really just a bit of fun. And after all, the best way to overcome a problem is by having fun and getting into a lighter, brighter space in our heads.

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Choosing your book publishing format

March 26, 2015 |  by  |  Format, Kindle, PDF eBook, Planning, Print, Schedule, Writing  |  Share

Choosing your book publishing format is not something that most authors think about very much. But the publishing format you choose for your book can have a huge impact on what you can achieve by becoming an author.

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Writing resistance

December 1, 2014 |  by  |  Resistance, Self, Writing  |  Share

Are you in a state of writing resistance? Are you holding back from writing your book? I ask not so I can sell you this solution or that solution, but just to make you aware of your own answer. And also to say, I too have been holding back with my work; with my business, with my books – and with living my life. I have been so lost in resistance that I have been static for a long time. I feel like someone living in a snow globe, just when I find some peace, everything gets shaken up again. I have lost my way. But last week, I had an epiphany; three realisations about my life came from three distinct events, each of which has brought me to a place of deeper understanding and realisation about why my life is not working out the way I want it to and what I need to do to change it. Resistance Whenever I say the word ‘resistance’ I always think of the Borg in Star Trek. When they are about to capture their prey, they advise each that ‘resistance is futile’. In other words: don’t bother resisting us, we are stronger than you. Of course, resistance is also futile because it literally gets you nowhere. When you resist, you are stuck. You are paralysed and unable to move and when you are stuck, everything can feel futile. This can lead to an ‘all-or-nothing’ mentality, which keeps us stuck because it makes only big actions feel purposeful, when in fact, baby steps are what we need to take if we are to break free. Another phrase I heard about resistance this week was from a self-builder on the Channel 4 television programme, Grand Designs. She and her husband wanted to clad their building in a special blue brick,...

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Four keys to maintaining momentum with your book

Maintaining your momentum with your book is critical but when you are busy and distracted, this can be difficult to do. As I discuss in my free eBook 10 Simple Steps to Writing and Irresistible eBook that will Launch Your Business and Grow Your List Fast, publishing a book requires you to wear many different hats: business owner, writer, editor, publisher, sales manager… (to name but a few). This is why maintaining momentum with your book can be such a challenge. While one hat may fit you perfectly, others may not feel right at all.

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Should we write for ourselves or our readers

When I read this question ‘should we write our books for ourselves or for our readers?’ the answer seems simple: we should write for others. This stance stems from marketing indoctrination that says we must know our reader, our market, our niche…that fundamentally, we must write for someone other than ourselves – and at all costs or we risk failure.

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Dream Seed Magic – a book-writing journey

Dream Seed Magic is the title of Diane Leigh's first book. It is a memoire describing her personal journey from extraordinary woman living in the UK to even more extraordinary woman living her dream in Paris. If you ever need inspiration to follow your dreams and make things happen, read this book. It's a ripping tale and it had me hooked from the start to the finish and I can't wait for the next installment!

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