5 Things You MUST DO If You Want To Write A Good Nonfiction Book

One question I am often asked is, “How do I write a book?”, the answer to which can be quite long and involved.

In fact, I offer a membership program – Write-A-Book Club – which is dedicated to helping aspiring authors to write and publish their books because there is no possible way to answer that question in one conversation.

When a friend messaged me recently to ask me if I could offer her any guidance as she embarked on her own book-writing adventure, I offered her my best advice on how to set herself up for success.

There are a lot of books out there, and while I think there are not enough, it helps to approach this from the right space so you can have the biggest possible impact in return for the time and energy you are going to invest.

The following 5 things will help you write a good nonfiction book and have a successful publishing experience.

You just have to remember to WRITE

  1. W stands for Wisdom. You need to have some sort of knowledge or expertise that people will want to know more about. You also need to be passionate about sharing your wisdom and be willing to be vulnerable.
  2. R stands for Reader. You need to know who you are writing to and have a good understanding of what they are dealing with and what they are looking for so that you can write to them as if you were writing a letter.
  3. I stands for Intention. Be clear about the message you want to convey through your book and let that be your guiding light as you write your book.
  4. T stands for Transformation. Understand that the best nonficiton books are transformational. How will you use your book to transform the lives of your readers? Know what your point of difference is and why your reader needs to read your book as opposed to someone else’s book on the same topic.
  5. E stands for Execute. Create a plan to write your book and execute it. Schedule it in to your calendar and show up to write. Invest in the skills you need. Get the right help. Make it happen. Otherwise all that life-changing, inspirational wisdom you have will never make into a book and into your hands, let alone into the hands of those who really need to hear from you.

Let me know if you find this helpful, and if you have other questions you would like answered, comment below or email me. I’d love to hear from you.

deb@disruptivepublishing.com.au

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December Feng Shui and Managing Your Energy

I’m putting my Feng Shui hat on today and I want to talk to you about the current, and very interesting energies in our homes and workplaces that might be impacting your writing, your marketing or your business this month.

If it feels to you like everything is heightened then that would mean that you were tapping in to what is happening.

We currently have extreme energies in all areas of our homes and workplaces and when it comes to the good energies, that is fantastic.  When it comes to negative influences, however, that is not so good.

Moving into the heart of all of our spaces is an energy that at the very least brings conflict and quarrelling.  You might feel particularly prickly or super sensitive to the people around you and you might find yourself wanting to gossip uncharacteristically, or complain, or worse, attack others because they are triggering you.

Given that potentially everyone is tapping into this same energy and is prone to feeling triggered to some degree, I encourage you to take responsibility for the energy you bring to your day, your interactions, your responses, your reactions to the events of the day and to yourself.

Be mindful, be gentle, be slow to judge and question everything you think because just because you think something does not make it true.

If you are feeling tense, irritable, sensitive and your tolerance levels are lower than usual I encourage you to drink lots of water to flush toxins, walk to move energy through your body, talk to someone about how you feel and get things off your chest or write your thoughts and feelings in a journal to get them out of your head and out of your body.

Breathe and count to 3 before you re-act to something or someone.

And finally, do what you can to maintain a quiet and still energy at the centre of your home and workplaces.

If we all do this for ourselves then perhaps we might survive the month and keep our families in tact through the Christmas period. <3

Getting Known, Being Seen.

I was fortunate to be able to see Mark Bouris present recently and during his presentation he quoted Richard Branson stating that in building your business and your brand you need to seek opportunities to gain “notoriety with affection”.

Given that much of my work currently is with small business people seeking to set themselves apart from the crowd and build more meaningful relationships with their target market through storytelling and publishing, that concept really resonated with me and I understand the importance of being able to achieve that if you want a strong and profitable business.

You can imagine how excited I was then to be interviewed recently by Get Known Be Seen contributing author and journalist, Sally Eberhardt, for an article she wrote for the Redcliffe Guide.

Sally has done a remarkable job of making me sound quite affable and altruistic for which I am truly grateful, and I’m in awe of her writing talents. And photographer Ben McShea did a great job of making me look acceptable. Thanks guys. And thanks for the plug for MJL Publications.

If gaining notoriety with affection is all about lead generation and you need more leads to grow your business, where and how do you need to be seen in order to gain notoriety with affection on a larger playing field?

You can read the article here:

Listen To Julie Cross As She Shares Her Story At The Launch

Julie Cross is used to being in the limelight, talking candidly about her life, encouraging others to let go of their fears and shine brightly, and we have all come to love her for that.

It was wonderful to listen to her read her own story from Parenting A Child On The Spectrum for the audience at the book launch and so many people who were present related to her experiences.

Happily we were able to capture that moment in time so that others could benefit from it too.

If you would like a copy of Parenting A Child On The Spectrum click on the book below:

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