Your Valentine – Sorted

Love is in the air! Cupid is hiding around the corner, arrow poised and ready for Valentine‘s Day, which is now fast approaching…
Have you got the perfect gift for your partner yet? I can help…
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And if you haven’t met the Mr or Ms Right in your life yet… Where do you find love?
Read my book Peachey Letters and find out…
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I currently have a Valentine special offer… You can buy the paperback on Amazon for £11.99 or as a Valentine’s treat you can get it on my website – here for just £7.99 including P&P… Happy designated Day of Love!
Featured in Psychologies Magazine and The Lady, it is also honoured as a Finalist in the International Book Awards 2015.

Here is just a small sample of the feedback that ‘Peachey Letters’ has received so far:

Wow! Beyond words, your writing is wonderful, your insights an inspiration, the gift of a Goddess & an honesty that is humbling … Your bravery is bold & simply brilliant. Thank you. ~ Lucie Bradbury

It’s fabulous the way you are able to express your feelings with sensitivity and humour, a real talent … your writing is so wonderfully poetic whilst at the same time being merrily mischievous, …  ~ Liz Ivory

What vivid pictures your words paint. It is never easy to put your feelings into words. Your deep feelings and gut reactions bubble up naturally seemingly beyond translation. Your words have become the sparkle in my eyes and the sun that shines through the window every morning beckoning me to wake, I love your writing. I always have, and I always will. ~ Vaibhav –India:

Rarely have I read such exquisite passion, such positivity, such zest for life has I have in your love letters. You express yourself so well, as you find just the right words for thoughts, feelings and experiences that so many of us find impossible to capture, or even know exist. You have THE GIFT … And you have imagination too. A mind able to fly and to dream. To truly know, to see in your mind’s eye, how beautiful things could be… if only… Yet, even in this imperfect world… a world fall of faults, pain, failings, evil and just plain indifference, you still see and appreciate the beauty. ~ David W

What a gift that is – coming through all your life and coming to this point of deep peace and love. And you’ve had the honesty to share it. I just feel so touched and humbled.  Thank you with all my heart. ~ Lyria Normington

Your letters are touching and inspirational – and so amazingly well written, they made my spine tingle …~ Lis Protherough

Making a perfect Valentine gift, the book takes the best posts from this blog, adds new content in and wraps it all together in a satisfying structure – that will make you feel the love, entertain and enlighten you.

It’s an easy yet satisfying read, which sees love in everything we do, crossing the boundries of the huge themes of life, and the tiny, trivial minutiae of it too.

Buy the paperback on my website – here for just £7.99 including P&P…

Or get it from Amazon for £11.99 and from all great book websites around the world.

You can also buy it in Kindle

Any which way, you and who ever you give it to, will LOVE it!

With love from
Sandra
Author of Peachey Letters – Love Letters to Life
~ Finalist in the International Book Awards 2015
~ Featured in Psychologies Magazine and The Lady

 


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Presland Gets You Published – an Interview with Cathy Presland

Cathy Presland

One of the best strategies I can recommend to get you published is to get professional support.  I am currently working with book coaches Presland Quirk on my second published work – a book collaboration with Damsels in Success.  Here I interview Cathy Presland – one of the partners of Presland Quirk – who shares her expert thoughts on writing and getting published:

Tell me three words that best describe you Cathy?
I’m fun, energetic and expert!

What is your experience of writing?
When I wrote my business book back in 2010, my husband had been encouraging me to write for ages. “It’s what you do” he said.

Yes, I’ve always written. I worked as an economist and policy adviser for a long time so I wrote policy papers, political briefs, and programme documents. Some of them very long and very boring!  And since then I’ve have websites and of course I’ve always blogged. In fact I find it really easy to put together a blog post of a thousand words or so.

But I didn’t think of myself as a writer – and for years I found the idea of writing a book too overwhelming to even contemplate.

But once I’d decided to do it, I actually found the process really easy.  I’m someone who likes structure, so it helps me to be structured and then I write in chunks, not necessarily in order – in fact absolutely never in order.  I just like it better that way.

What are your 3 top tips to getting started on writing a book?
People ask me this all the time and I tell them that the biggest mistake is not doing it. It’s not as hard as you think. And, with the right support, pretty well anyone can do it. And now – especially with the digital platforms like Kindle, books are becoming shorter.  That doesn’t mean you can throw anything up there – readers are still critical and they want quality.  But it does mean that it’s easier to publish than ever before.

Get support: Whether you join a group or go on a course, it’s so easy for “life” to take over and the next thing you know two years will have gone by, and your book will not be finished.  Declare your intention to someone that you are going to write and let them help you get started and finished.

I already gave away my third one which is around structure. I think the more structured your outline is, the easier it is to write. ‘Clear structure equals easy writing’, is one of my mantras.  And your structure can change, you don’t have to feel boxed in by it.  It just means you are not faced by that blank page when you sit down to write.

What is your experience of publishing?
I am all about self-publishing. I love the fact that we can be online with a blog in no time at all. And it’s the same with a book. You don’t have to be beholden to a publisher or an agent.  Just do it yourself and get your ideas out there.  This is what I teach and it is so empowering to see people putting their work and their experience out into the world.

What are the main obstacles to people getting published?
I think it’s mainly in the head. There are so few barriers now – especially with digital publishing like Kindle – it’s very affordable and it takes almost no time at all. But still people don’t publish and I completely get that. We think that it’s all been said or that we have nothing new to contribute and maybe we think our writing isn’t good enough. But I invite you to look at your own bookshelves and I bet that whatever your reading interests, you have more than one book on any given topic.  Maybe you have all the books by a certain author and at some level they are all telling a very similar story – but you buy them anyway because you love them. I’m not saying that you have nothing new to say but I am saying that people want to hear you say it in the way that is unique to you.

What is different about what Presland Quirk provides?
We are very clear that the book is just part of what we do. It’s a means to an end.  Whether that’s personal growth or business growth, for us books are the magic that create the transformation. And the two of us together (with Jacqui Malpass as my “partner in crime”) we have a completely unique set of skills that I don’t see anywhere else. We combine business and marketing experience (both online and offline) with being brilliant coaches and trainers.

Why are you running the Book Boot Camp Weekend?
We know that life gets in the way. That there might be work, business or family commitments that mean that your book idea gets put on the back burner. So this weekend is all about focus and time. Focus to get clear on what the book is going to do for you. And focus on getting it done. Three days of unrivalled small group access to us is priceless.

What results can people expect from collaborating with you over the Bootcamp weekend?
Complete clarity on what your book is about and why you are writing it. And prepare to be surprised – because the idea you have now might change.  Once we dig into some of the exercises to get underneath why you want to write a book, and how you see it working for you and your business, it may take on an entirely new direction.

And you will also get complete clarity on how to get your bestseller finished. We don’t promise that you will walk away with a finished manuscript but you will have everything in place to get it finished in a short space of time and we even follow-up with you to provide the support to get to that final draft.

Presland Quirk are running their next Book Boot Camp on 10 – 12 May at Newport in Wales.  In fact if you act quickly, you can take advantage of their special Easter offer – get even more motivated by taking a friend along, as they’ve got a ’2 for 1′ deal if you sign up by 3rd April. Follow this link for all the information and to book your place…

The Biggest Secret to Getting Your Book Out…

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The biggest secret to getting your book out is to do What Works for You…

Do you have a book in you, waiting to come out? I know I have 100s of book ideas crowding my head, waiting to make their way into the world.  Now I’m a published author I’m passionate about everyone having the opportunity to create their own masterpieces too.  I know that lots of things stopped me for so long and so I did some lightening research – asking around my social media contacts about the things that could get in the way of writing and also the strategies for getting on and doing it.

One of the major factors for me was the support that I got from Women’s Personal Development Community Damsels in Success and so it was with them, first of all, on a private forum, that I posted the blog entries which I eventually turned into my published book.

When I went back on the Damsels forum to ask for thoughts on writing, one member Sara Moseley, told me how she currently has 3 projects ‘on the go’ – “at the moment my photography business and family have a higher priority. I’m doing a little at a time on it, so it will get there eventually! I’m not in a hurry to get it finished…it is happening, just not at great speed.”

Fellow member Harriet Stack, a regular blogger, said “I had all sorts of thoughts of ‘not good enough’ and ‘no-one will be interested’ and yet now I am steaming ahead. I just ignore the negative thoughts now. I write when my life allows me to and don’t beat myself up when things get in the way, as long as I know I’m not making excuses!”

This is what I love about the Damsels in Success ethos of ‘Success with Ease’ – Sara and Harriet are 2 great examples of writing in the way that works for them and their lives – being creative, clear and happy with their choices and where writing fits into their lives.

To get myself started I set myself a public blog challenge, I know many people who have joined in public / group blog challenges in order to get themselves challenged and off the ground. Others are more structured and write for a defined period each day (for example for 30 minutes each morning).

Know what your patterns are, what motivates you and work with that.  For many of us, this is best achieved by having agreed goals set with others, teaming up with people going through the same experience and getting specialise expertise support.  You may have these in your circle or else can opt to work with book / publishing coaches, many of whom run courses and have specialised services to help you get your word out there.

In terms of getting published, anyone can self publish or else take the next step up and seek out community publishing deals.  If you want to go for a publishing deal with a traditional publishing house, start with the current edition of the ‘Writers and Artists Year Book’ to find agents that will fit your milieu or search around for resources on getting your manuscript from Pitch to Publication.  Amazon certainly has plenty of books on the subject and Google always nets results – though be careful before you commit to buying any products or services.

On my part, I chose to get professional support and so I can personally recommend the services of Mindy Gibbins Klein – AKA the Book Midwife, whose next course starts in April – check out the details here and Presland Quirk’s Book Boot Camp weekend – both where you will get the time, structure and professional support – to start writing and get published.  Heads Up: there is a two for one offer if you book the Book Boot Camp’ by 3rd April!  Follow this link for all the information…

Animal Magic Gets Julie Published

Julie Lines

Julie Lines – International Animal Ambassador, Intuitive animal communicator and facilitator of Animal Communication Play Shops / Retreats, has recently published a very special and unique book.  Here she tells us how she champions and channels the voice of animals and this gift has naturally developed into her becoming a published author for the very first time. 

Three words to describe me would be Intuitive, Creative and Stubborn(!).  A little known fact about me is that I have been a professional fund raiser for many years and have raised money for charities by completing challenging treks in the Arctic, Peru and Namibia.

My book, “The Purpose of Species – Animal Messages for Humanity in 2012 and Beyond” is a collection of 44 messages from different animal species for humanity – guiding our evolution and re-balancing as we move beyond 2012. I first began sharing these messages, as I received them, on my blog and the messages keep coming, so there will be more volumes to follow!

I channelled the messages from the collective consciousness of the different animal species. This book is unique and my aim is to share them with all those that are drawn to listen to them. The animals have so much wisdom to share with us and can help us greatly in returning to balance, living happier, healthier and more abundant lives.

Writing this book (becoming an author) has been something that I have always wanted to do – since I was a youngster. It means a great deal to me and I am keen to share the animal messages as widely as possible around the world, for the good of all.

Professionally, it is a strange thing, but as soon as you publish a book, people seem to treat you differently, it is almost as if you become an expert as soon as the book is available to buy. This is great as it helps me to spread the wisdom the animals have to share and to connect and work with more people.

My top three success tips for writing and publishing are:

1) Follow your heart

2) Be brave and do it anyway

3) Find people that will help you, that know what they are doing!

In terms of getting published I decided to go down the self publication route with Create Space (Amazon owned) and this has worked really well for me – it is free, flexible and pays a really high royalty compared to other publishers. They print on demand and deal with all the packaging and posting. You do have to be prepared and able to market your book for yourself though, or get someone else to market it on your behalf.

Find out more about Julie by checking out her website: http://voiceoftheanimals.org.uk and you can buy her amazing book on Amazon

How Author Sue Maggott Got Clever with Kindle

Sue Maggott

Sue Maggott – poetess and authoress, tells me how she has recently published two fabulous books on Kindle and shares her publishing tips and techiques: 

Sandra asked for 3 words that describe me and I came up with ‘peaceful, poetic, and true’…  Next she asked for a little known fact about me… Well – I also believe in the healing power of laughter and so MY little known fact  is that I am trained as a Laughter Yoga Leader!

In terms of writing, I have recently produced two books – the first one – The Gift of Inspiration for Female Entrepreneurs I co-authored with a number of inspirational female entrepreneurs; the other, Believe in You. Believe in Your Story, which complements the first book, relates in poetry and prose some of my experiences since taking early retirement from work.

I wrote the first book because I was inspired by a poem I wrote called “Believe!” This poem carried a powerful message to stand up, be bold and to express myself. It also carries an inspirational message to others to do the same. My first book ‘Believe!’ therefore, is a compilation of inspirational stories inspired by the poem.

Personally, the book has demonstrated how easily a project can come together when you collaborate with like-minded, committed people, and when you follow your own inspirational downloads..!

Professionally, I am now looking to develop the ‘Believe!’ project further. Both books are currently in Kindle format, and I am now developing the paperback version ready for launch. For me, the book provides a platform from which I will be able to develop further services around the theme of “Believe!”.

Here are my three top success tips:

1) If you have a great idea, believe in it, and go for it!

2) Get the right support – when writing my second book, I entered a Kindle book challenge operated by the ‘I Am Woman’ business network. This provided me with a deadline, a purpose and great support from a book and a business coach.

3) Be aware that your book may change as you go along, so it is great to have a framework, start writing, and review later.

My advice on getting published is that self publishing is a great option – it is very straightforward to get a book published on Kindle, and also there are lots of options for self publishing in paperback. I would urge people to consider this option, and if it suits your reason for writing a book (e.g. to get your story out to as many people as possible, to become an authority in your field etc), then go for it!

I’m delighted to say, that having mastered Kindle, I am now putting together the paper back version of The Gift of Inspiration for Female Entrepreneurs, which is being launched on the 10th of May and will include four additional uplifting stories.

For her second book Sue worked with a Book Coach from Presland Quirk who are are running their next Book Boot Camp on 10 – 12 May at Newport in Wales.  In fact if you act quickly, you can take advantage of their special Easter offer – by taking a friend along, as they’ve got a ’2 for 1′ deal if you sign up by 3rd AprilFollow this link for all the information and to book your place…

You can connect with Sue on Facebook and buy her inspirational books on Kindle

Writing Wisdom – An Interview with Jacqui Malpass

Jacqui Malpass

As a first time published author I’m delighted to already be working on my second published work – a book collaboration with my fellow Damsels in Success Directors and publishing experts Presland Quirk.  Here I interview Jacqui Malpass – one of the partners of Presland Quirk – who shares her expert thoughts on writing and getting published:

Tell me Jacqui, three words that describe you…

Inspiring, Workaholic and Writer.

What is your experience of writing?
I have written for as long as I can remember, from those silly stories about what I did in my summer holidays, to writing and publishing my own books. I feel as if I came out of the womb with a pen in my hand.

What I adore about writing is the truth that it reveals: the truth in your heart and how that connects to other’s hearts. I believe that writing has the power to change lives and no matter how you choose to express your writing it will heal and help you to grow as a person.

I turned to journaling when my life felt like it was in the pits and from my darkest prose, I found light, not only that, I found a way that I could help others to turn a corner, this enabled me to create a book called Writing to Heal.  But my dream was to write novels and to allow my imagination run riot and despite my journaling I was stuck until I penned my own memoir which I am releasing in April 2013.  As soon as I sent this off to be published it was like a weight was lifted and I am now writing my first novel and loving it.  My writing life will never be the same again.

What are your 3 top tips to getting started on writing a book?

«     Believe that you can write.

«     Create an outline first.

«     Know that first drafts are rubbish and the magic happens when you edit.

What is your experience of publishing?
I am a self-published author and what I like is that it puts you in control of your work. It is easy to set up, easy to use and it is empowering to know that the success of your book is your hands.

What are the main reasons that prevent people from getting published?
In my mind the main reasons are:

  • You think that no one will read your work, so why bother?
  • Fear of rejection, if you chase the traditional route.
  • Fear of technology, in as much that you don’t know how self-publishing works.

What is different about what Presland Quirk provides?
We have a unique blend between us, so our clients get all of the talents, skills, and experiences that we both have to offer. We are both very intuitive and spark off each other. When we are working with our clients we are both listening and watching intently, trying to make sense of what is being said to us, what we see and feel and then finding the best most effective way in which one or both of us provides the answer. It is in the power of our collaboration that our clients benefit.

We maintain that anyone can write and with the right support and guidance, that it will be a great book, one which will change our clients’ life and business. We believe that the book is more than just a book, it’s about their personal brand, business, or life story, and we look at how and why their book will help both their business and life be more successful as a result of writing and publishing one. We understand the cathartic process that a writer goes through from idea to publication. As entrepreneurs we know what it’s like to run a business and have to find the time to write and as published authors we know how important it is to write the right book.

Finally we allow our writers to find their unique voice and empower them to take control over what they produce and how they sell it. Best of all, because we teach our customers how to do write, edit, publish, and sell, they stay in control and keep all of the profit from the sale of their books.

I know that you run courses, including your upcoming Boot Camp Weekend, why is that?
We have a dream to inspire as many people as we can to write and this weekend is about helping aspiring writers to find their voice, the one idea and turning it into something that they will be proud to publish and sell. And in making the process easy and stress free, to build our writer’s confidence, so that walk away ready and able to get to first draft and beyond.

What results can people expect from collaborating with Presland Quirk?
They will discover that one book idea which is right for right now. They will know that they can write, have an outline, a writing plan, understand how they work as a writer, what their best strategies are and walk away inspired and motivated to write their book. They will know that we are with them every step of the way.

Providing they put in the effort and write, they will shortly become published authors and have ideas beyond their books for making their businesses more profitable and successful.

Presland Quirk are running their next Book Boot Camp on 10 – 12 May at Newport in Wales.  In fact if you act quickly, you can take advantage of their special Easter offer – so you can get even more motivated by taking a friend along, as they’ve got a ’2 for 1′ deal if you sign up by 3rd April. Just follow the link below for all the details…

Follow this link for all the information and to book your place…

Ten Top Tips for Writing a Book!

Paul Ribbons

As part of my ‘Get Your Book Out’ Easter series of blogs, I have been talking to published authors about their strategies for writing and publishing.

Here, author of ‘Hustle Your Way To Property Success’ – Paul Ribbons, tells us more about his book and then gives his top ten tips for writing a book of your own. Like me, Paul worked with ‘Book Midwife’ Mindy Gibbins Klein to get himself published and his word out into the world.  Here is his story:

My book is an account of how I became successful in property and has some useful tips for buying great property deals and a system you can use if you so wish.  Other than that, as a friends mother who is not into property said “I wish he was my minister at church – very inspirational”.

There are 2 reasons why I wrote the book. The first is because I have always struggled with education (I have no qualifications from school) so part of me wanted to prove I was not thick. Secondly I knew it would be good for business.

Personally, for me, the book has meant more than I thought it would. I feel very proud and now realize that people like what I write. Since then I have written 100’s of blogs, I write for trade magazines and generally write on a regular basis including 2 industry white papers. As my old friend James Lavers said, he loves my writing style.

And business it has helped in attracting JV business partners and positioned me where I wanted to be within the property industry.

Here are my top ten tips for writing a book:

  1. Have an idea. Have a clear and concise idea of what will be in the book.
  2. Map it out. Pick 10 main things you want to include and call these chapters.
  3. Break it down. Then write ten points to be included in each of these chapters.
  4. Start to write. Then write at least 400 words on each of those points.
  5. There you have a book with 10 chapters with 4000 words per chapter, = a 40,000 word book.
  6. A self imposed deadline is essential. I wrote mine over a 2-week period and set myself up with a deadline. I said to my publisher I would get it to her by a certain date.
  7. I did not edit each page, but edited each chapter, this is crucial other wise you won’t even finish the page you’re if you not careful.
  8. It does not have to be perfect. I know mine was not perfect (although my readers tell me otherwise). I could have rewritten it many times and being a perfectionist well!…. but just get it out and don’t worry.
  9. People will read it if it’s authentic!!! . My fear as a sufferer of dyslexia and having no education was, will people read it? Why would they take notice of me?
  10. Then cry your eyes out when the book arrives and you realized a dream.

Want to get started on your own book?  My top tip is to get professional support.  I can personally recommend Mindy Gibbins Klein – AKA the Book Midwife, whose next course starts in April – check out the details here and Presland Quirk’s Book Bootcamp weekend – both where you will get the time, structure and professional support – to start writing and get published.  Heads Up: there is a two for one offer if you book the Book Bootcamp’ by 3rd April!  Follow this link for all the information…