Does Everyone Have a Book in Them? #selfpublishing

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At the beginning of March, I attended the Women In Business Conference in Coventry hosted by the team at Socially Shared. I wrote about the day over on my motivational blog; you can read that post HERE.

As well as attending this empowering event, I was also honoured to run a couple of the afternoon workshop sessions on the topic of self-publishing. Getting me to talk about writing, publishing, or books, in general, is an easy thing to do, but trying to shut me up can be quite a challenge. As it happens, I had forty-five minutes per session to share my knowledge, experience, and tips with my audience, so keeping it brief was a necessity.

Normally, when I attend various fairs and author talks throughout the year, I am inundated with people telling me how they would love to write a book. Some people are still shaping an idea, others have begun getting their story down on paper, and a few have reached the stage where publication is the next step. At the self-publishing workshops, there were only two ladies who were thinking about or had started to write. I was initially surprised by this feedback, but the more we got into the session, the more I realised how difficult it could be for people to know how or where to start.

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As I write non-fiction, it was easy to base my talk on writing to enhance your business. My first two books were based on personal development classes I ran as part of my holistic health business; Meditation for Beginners and Vision Boards for Beginners.

Choosing a section of your business and turning this into a guidebook, a how-to book, or even a memoir can add another income stream to your company. It also works the other way too, as I am now asked to run talks and workshops based on my book How I Changed My Life in a Year.

Talking through the process of publishing via platforms such as KDP, Smashwords, Lulu, and Createspace showed my attendees how easy the procedure could be. We didn’t discuss dominating the best seller lists, or hitting huge sales targets; this workshop concentrated more on writing a book to use as a promotional funnel, sales tool, or a corporate giveaway.

I was delighted at the end of my sessions, to hear the majority of the ladies tell me how inspired they were to write. I was equally excited about the ideas they had unlocked throughout the forty-five minutes I’d been talking.

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Does everyone have a book in them? Yes, I believe that’s true. I’m also fully aware that not everyone has the skill, time, or desire to write. However, it only takes one idea. A concept that can be cultivated into something wonderful, even if it means employing a ghost writer to pen a book with you.

I thoroughly enjoyed running both workshops and received incredible feedback during and after the event. I hope to continue to support the ladies who were inspired, and hopefully, in the future, run more self-publishing and writing workshops.

The photographs included in this post were taken by the event photographer, Faye Green. You can find Faye on Facebook HERE.

Let me leave you with a couple of questions. For the authors – is there a book you long to write but haven’t started yet? For the novice writers – do you believe you have a book in you, and if so what genre would you like to write for?

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#TuesdayBookBlog Interview – meet Tracy Hewitt Meyer #AwardWinning #YA #Author (@TracyHMeyer)

 

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Today, on the Big Blue Takeover, I’m delighted to introduce award winning, YA contemporary author, Tracy Hewitt Meyer. Over to Tracy…

The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

I grew up in a small town in Almost Heaven West Virginia. I have since traded rural living for city-dwelling, but travel back to visit my family every chance I get.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Drum roll…I wanted to be a writer. I am also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, but that was not my childhood dream.

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Guest Post from author, @LisaShambrook #wwwBlogs 7 Reasons Why You Should Be You…

 

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Today’s guest on the Big Blue Takeover is, Lisa Shambrook author of the beautiful ‘Hope Within’ series and blogger at The Last Krystallos. Over to Lisa…

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Author Interview – Meet Lynn Gerrard #Poetry #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I am joined by poet, Lynn Gerrard, a keen activist for mental health awareness, newly anointed stand-up comedian (Stand Up To Stigma), and a serial worrier who enjoys a strict diet of fingernails and chocolate.

Over to Lynn…

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The Fun Five:

  • What part of the world do you come from?

I was hatched in the northern town of St.Helens, Merseyside, England where I remain. The dank and dreary weather here serves to suit the dark moods of my alter ego, The Grumbling Gargoyle, perfectly!

  • What did you want to be when you grew up?

All the conventional occupations seemed coma inducingly tedious to me! I just wanted to sit in my own little den and write stories that would, hopefully, frighten the hell out of people. That’s still my aim today.

  • List three words to describe yourself.

Moody. Maudlin. Mad. Rebellious

  • Who would play you in a film about your life?

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