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Want To Win A Writing Prize? Think… Write… Believe

April 27, 2010

Here’s an utterly inspiring story from one of my subscribers, Douglass Davies. I loved this so much I wanted to share it…

When Douglass first started writing screenplays, he used to hold up an All Star baseball trophy in the mirror believing and feeling it was an Oscar.  In his own words, “I was just a rookie firefighter”.

Yet that year, he received his first paid screenplay contract for a movie produced for under $1million, entitled COACH. The producer had mortgaged his farm to finance it – a massive risk for him.

The film was made and completed. That year it was considered with 43 films produced internationally through the Christian Distributors Association.

One Sunday morning, nearly a year later, a producer phoned Douglass to inform him that he he’d won Best Screenplay at the ceremonies in Hawaii.

Within days, he was holding in his hands a gorgeous (and heavy) Oscar-like statue. He placed it next to the baseball trophy in his office.
It was a defining moment for him.

Speak it and believe it. Extraordinary things can happen if you do.

Last Call For £2K Writing Prize: Midnight Tonight

February 1, 2010

Hundreds of entries have been flooding in for this year’s writing prize…

Our dear postie has arrived with his shoulder bag weighing him down for several weeks now.

The poor bloke will no doubt be delighted when the deadline runs out at midnight tonight!

Entries have been coming in from all around the world… Australia, America, Canada, New Zealand, Israel, Egypt, South Africa, France, Italy, to name but a few.

We won’t get down to looking at the entries properly until tomorrow. And then we are going to be REALLY busy.

I’m so excited about the prospect of working with the winner on their book and their writing over the next 12 months.

My aim will be to get them thinking and acting like a professional writer as quickly as possible. In other words, I’ll be helping them find the shortcuts that it took me over 20+ years to discover!

There’s little I love more than seeing writers set themselves huge goals and then helping them achieve them.

Don’t forget, there are additional prizes worth another £1,500K for the runners up.

If you haven’t submitted yet, there are just a few hours left…  The deadline is midnight tonight folks!

‘All Publishers Are Idiots!’

January 13, 2010

Imagine walking up to a stranger in the street… and asking for £1K.

“I’m going to the races,” you say. “When I come back I’ll have doubled or even tripled your money. Hell, I might even surprise you and make a cool million.”

Do you think he or she is doing to hand over the money? Erm. Tough one, but probably not.

Ok, this is the type of letter that I regularly receive in my mail box and I never know whether to laugh or cry:

“What iswrong with the publishing industry is they are stale, they won’t tyake a chance with none published writers. I have never had a bad letter about my writings only (enjoyed your book good luck) or words to that efect. If they enjoy my stories (children’s stories) why not take a chance!?!”

Shall I answer or would you like to?

Why do publishers and agents reject books? Hmm. Tricky.

Writers Block

January 13, 2010

Writers often ask me: “What about writer’s block? What do I do on days when I feel less inspired than normal?”

Well here’s my answer. I’m not a big fan of ‘writer’s block’. It smacks too much of ‘can’t do’ for my liking. I’ve never been one for letting things hold me back – life is far too short.

So consider this. What if you don’t feel like getting out of bed in the morning? Or if you don’t feel like taking your kids to school? Or if you don’t feel like going to work or speaking to your clients?

You just get on with it of course!

Of course there are going to be times when we feel less vibrant, less energetic, less inspired than others.

But it is essential is to keep going. It’s important to keep writing – even if it’s for only 30 minutes per day – no matter whether you’re feeling inspired or uninspired.

Treat your writing as a ‘career’, not a hobby.

If you’re feeling particularly stuck try a change of scenery. Write in a different room. Or if you’re used to sitting in front of your keyboard, try speaking into a dictafone.

Just treat this as a temporary challenge that you intend to blast through.

Before not too long, you will have that same creative spark glowing bright again.

A Bestselling Book… In Just One Day

November 23, 2009

Woo hoo! I am so excited to tell you about the launch of a new book I’ve been featured in, ‘The Power of Persistence’ by Justin Sachs (Motivational Press, November 2009).

Last week, we released the book to over 500 thousand people in one of the largest Motivational Press book launch promotions to date.

Our goal was to have our title be a best-seller in its category by the end of the day! 🙂

And guess what? It climbed the charts and we reached our goal by end of day! How cool is that?

It has been an exciting process of getting some of the most extraordinary authors, athletes, speakers, and experts to come together to write stories for the book and I am very proud to say that the finished product is an incredible inspiration for people to see how powerful persistence can be in creating success in your life.

We have developed some incredible partnerships and have put together over $3,500 in bonus items for everyone who would like to buy a copy of The Power of Persistence.

We have some exciting bonuses from people like Jack Canfield, Loral Langmeier, and many more!

Check out the book by going to http://www.PowerofPersistencebook.com.

Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested in creating more success in their lives!

Publication Day – The Most Disappointing Day Of Your Life?

September 26, 2009

I was chatting to a senior commissioning editor at a publishing house this week.

“What we really should be telling authors is that the day their book comes out will probably be one of the most disappointing days of their life,” he said.

Why – when publication  considered is the ‘pinnacle’ of success for so many writers?

Sadly, for many authors, publication is a huge anti-climax.

Amidst all the hype about getting a book published, this is something that’s rarely talked about openly.

This is because many authors, when they hand over their manuscript, also hand over responsibility for marketing and PR of their book.

They may be hoping for lots of reviews in mainstream media or a flurry of readings. But these don’t always materialize.

Too often these days, I hear from disillusioned authors who feel that their editor or agent has done “next-to-nothing” to publicize their book.

Or they don’t like the marketing angle or the ‘genre’ chosen by the marketing team.

The solution? Take matters into your own hands at least three months before publication date.

Compile a list of people to send review copies to. Write your own press release and get interviews on national and local media.

Leave posts about your book on relevant forums. If you haven’t done it already, contact celebrities to get endorsements for your book.

Learn as much about marketing and PR as you can – and apply it. Write a blog. Set up your own newsletter. Organise a virtual book tour.

Give away sample chapters or free reports to mailing lists that are likely to be interested in your subject matter.

In short, create hype and excitement in the run-up to your launch.

Your book is your baby. No-one else is going to love it, nurture it, or cherish it as much as you are.

Never leave the responsibility for promoting your book in someone else’s hands, even if they are a mainstream publishing house.

Make sure your publication date is a day of excitement and celebration – the big event it deserves to be.

Writing a book does not end with its publication – this is exactly when the hard work begins!

Writers – Want To Sell More Books?

August 30, 2009

Want to sell more books? Many writers focus on the media to sell their books. They send out press releases to newspapers, magazines and radio stations.

This is a scatter gun approach. You’re aiming your marketing at everyone who reads or listens to that particular media outlet.

If you want to sell more books, then you need to target your publicity at the exact people who are most likely to read your book.  This is precision target marketing.

If you really want to make a successful career as a writer, you need to think about ‘joint ventures’ to sell or promote your book. Don’t be put off by the business jargon – this just means looking for business people who can help publicize your book.

So, for example, if you’ve written a book about travel, are there any professionals who could promote you to their list of clients? If you’ve written a book about cars, are there online clubs or experts who could promote your book to their members or customers?

Importantly these clients are already interested in your subject matter – therefore they are much more likely to buy your book. What would you prefer? Promoting your book to 100 thousand people who aren’t remotely interested or to one thousand people who are passionate about the same thing?

You might wonder why businesses would help you. The answer is simple.  If your book ties in with their service, and helps their clients, why wouldn’t they do it?

Here’s the important thing – some businesses have hugs ‘lists’ with hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions of people on their database. On the other hand, many many publishers are happy if they sell five thousand books – this is thought of as a ‘successful’ print run!

Are you feeling nervous or a little intimidated? Good.  If your goals aren’t making you even a little nervous, you’re probably not setting yourself big enough goals!
Breaking through this ‘fear barrier’ is what separate out the winners from the rest.

Even if 100 business owners say ‘no’, and 10 say ‘yes’ this could make an enormous difference to your book sales.

Is this book your passion? Do you want to get your message out there? Go on, make a list of 50 potential joint venture partners today. It’s a simple but incredibly effective strategy. Try it.

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August 30, 2009

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