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

Bullying. No Way!

If you, or someone you know, has ever been the victim of bullying behaviour then you will more than likely be aware that this Friday 15th March is the National Day Of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

To coincide with this event, we are excited to announce that our most recent MJL Author Sue Suchocki is launching her new book, The Emotions Behind Bullying Behaviour.

Sue offers ways to understand and approach bullying behaviour that will bring about healing and change for everyone involved and it has been really exciting helping her to bring this book to life.

If you are looking for a way to take action against bullying and violence on this National Day of Actions Against Bullying and Violence then click on the book below and grab a copy of Sue’s book right now from Amazon.

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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:

Is this the opportunity you are looking for?

If you are in business and know that having a book is a great way to reach your target market but don’t have the time or the money to write a whole book on your own then listen in.  You might be my 10th author for our first Business Warrior compilation project.

Click on the book below to go straight to the Business Warrior project page

See you in class in January 🙂

 

MJL Publications/My Juicy Life wins MBCC Best Small Business Award 2016

A wonderful thing happened for MJL Publications and My Juicy Life on the weekend. We won the MBCC Best in Small Business Award.

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To be nominated by one of our authors, Trish Springsteen, and then to be in the same category with two of our authors Marney Perna and Paula Burgess was so exciting.

Truth is that MJL can’t exist without it’s wonderful authors sharing their beautiful stories and without many others in the background bringing the books to life and getting them noticed. Continue reading “MJL Publications/My Juicy Life wins MBCC Best Small Business Award 2016”

MJL Publications Nominated for a Small Business Award

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I am so excited to tell you that MJL Publications is a finalist in the MBCC Business Awards thanks to one of our gorgeous and talented authors Trish Springsteen.

Trish has nominated MJL for a Small Business Award and I am not only over the moon that she would take the time to nominate us, I am blown away by what she had to say about her experience whilst contributing to our compilation book Parenting A Child On The Spectrum. Continue reading “MJL Publications Nominated for a Small Business Award”

ADHD Is Up For Discussion This Month

fullsizerenderIt’s ADHD Awareness Month and on the weekend I was honoured to be the Master Of Ceremonies at the official book launch for Beyond The ADHD Label written by Paula Burgess and published by MJL Publications.
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If you or someone you know is living with ADHD please check out this upcoming 2 Day conference hosted by Paula Burgess which has been significantly discounted in celebration of the successful launch of her book.

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Video of Today Extra talking to MJL Publications Author Randa Habelrih Goes Viral

Randa Habelrih was given the opportunity to talk about her School MATES program on Channel 9’s Today Extra yesterday (confusing isn’t it) and her message has resonated with so many people that the video has gone viral.

Randa is doing wonderful work for children on the spectrum and her message is clear.  She wants people to take awareness to a new level that practically facilitates INCLUSION for people on the spectrum and she has created a simply program called School MATES that will show people how to do that in schools.

Great work Randa.

Redcliffe Herald Acknowledges MJL Publications Authors In Two Separate Articles This Week

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What a week for MJL Publications with authors featuring in two separate stories in this week’s Redcliffe Herald.

First we have the article about the launch of Parenting A Child On The Spectrum featuring Leah Adams, Paula Burgess and Deborah Fay.

The launch will be held at Redcliffe Library this Saturday 30th April starting at 2.30pm followed by the lighting of the Victoria Bridge for the second time to mark the official launch and to wind up Autism Awareness Month.

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There was also an article featuring MJL Publications Author Marney Perna who is doing amazing work in the community in her role as President of the Soroptimists International Moreton North Inc. (SIMNI).

Congratulations on all the worthwhile work you do Marney.  We are very proud of you.

Marney in R Herald

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