Guest Nina Amir author of Blog Your Book
Nina is an inspiration to creation coach inspiring people to combine their purpose and passion so they Achieve More Inspired Results AMIR –
She does much of what Catharine does in her coaching: motivates writers and non writers to create published products and promote their careers as authors as well as achieve their goals, fulfill their propose and live inspired lives.
Which is far more than I claim.
Nina what are some of your successes with your clients, how do you help writers fulfill their purpose and how do you help clients become writers?
How to Blog a Book.
Loved it, bought it. Tell me about the adventure of creating the book and Promoting this book.
Did you pitch Writer’s Digest or did they approach you? How did that work?
And give us and our listeners some ideas about how to approach a blog with the idea of a book in mind. You did this yourself, what kind of time line and effort is required with this kind of book writing approach?
So many of the writers with whom I work would like to make a difference with their writing. Some would like to create social change, some would like to help individuals make personal changes, and others would like to influence political or environmental change, for instance. Maybe you are one of these writers.
If so, you can influence others and inspire them to change with an essay, an article, or a book. It’s possible to author change. Maybe the simplest way to become a change agent as a writer, however, is as a blogger.
If you begin blogging, you can actually promote your cause by simply writing about it day in and day out and publishing your posts on the Internet. In the process, you develop a community of blog readers who are interested in your cause as well. They are likely to share you blog posts, effectively spreading word of your cause further.
Also, your blog posts effectively promote your cause. If you write and post consistently and often, your blog will rise up in the search engine results pages so it can easily be found among the top results on Google, for instance. This makes you “discoverable.”
If you have the desire to author a book that inspires change, you can do so on your blog. By blogging a book, you promote yourself, your cause, and your book all at the same time. And you get your book written, too, while creating an eager base of potential book readers (buyers).
If you are unsure about blogging, consider this: The average book today sells 250-500 copies per year and 3,000 copies in its lifetime. Your blog might have 250-500 readers per day and 3,000 readers per month; in fact, it could have 3,000 or more readers per day. That’s a lot of people you can influence in a short amount of time–many more than you possibly can influence with an average book.
Also, you can start touching those people’s lives long before you have published a book. I was getting emails and comments on my blog from grateful readers a year or more before my book,How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time, was published. I also get messages on my other blogs from appreciative readers who tell me I have changed their lives with my blog posts.
To become an author of change, though, you must be willing to be more than just a writer or blogger. You must be willing to be:
a change agent
If you lack any of these qualities, you must either create a team to help you–hire people who have these qualities. Or you must embark on a path of change first; you must author change in your own life before you can author change in the lives of others.
The world, however, needs change. Everyone has something to offer of value–including you. Even if you author a short booklet or ebook–even if you just blog–your passionate, authentic, inspiring message that moves people to action will touch someone and make a difference. I encourage you to consider getting your message out now.
Start a blog.
Write a short or long ebook or printed book.
Send out a query for an inspirational article.
Compose an essay and submit it to a magazine.
Submit an op ed piece to your local newspaper.
Don’t wait. Do it now. The world needs you authors of change.
Are you using Pinterest.com , one of the fastest growing social networks? This is a great place to “pin” blog posts, especially if you are using photos in your posts (which you should be). It’s a great place to gain some buyers, if you sell anything; users of Pinterest tend to spend money on the items they see there. It’s also super place to brand yourself as an author by creating “boards” with all sorts of photos that show fans what you like and are interested in. Here’s the best thing: Pinterest is easy to use! My challenge to you this month is to do just that–start using Pinterest.
As with all social media, you can use Pinterest to influence others–to be a change agent. Create boards that support your cause, that move people to action that support your efforts to author change. Do this with visual images rather than written words.
One word of caution: Don’t get addicted! Pinterest is a lot of fun and really interesting. Images are where the action is; people love to look at photos, and you will, too.
This month’s checklist:
create at least 5 boards based on your books, articles, speaking topics, and other interests
add photos to all your blog posts
pin your posts to Pinterest
follow friends on Pinterest
pin other related photos from articles, posts, etc.
follow experts in your niche and repin from their boards
Tweet your pins
Blog Your Way to a Book Deal Workshop
October 27 from 2-5 p.m.
Santa Cruz Mountains
Between Los Gatos and Soquel, CA
(15 min. from Soquel; 25 min. from Los Gatos)
Registration is limited to 10 people. (Only 5 spots left.) Register here.
Eye witness to history. You have a bit of history already. Chose an event that happened in your life time, write about it from your own perspective. For instance, I was alive when JFK was shot, but I only remember the incident from the huge black and white pictures published in LIFE magazine, our parents didn’t speak of it, at least not to children. That approach can be an excellent start to a story or novel.
Word of the Week:
A furbelow has nothing to do with fur. It may be a gathered strip or pleated border to an article of (usually) female clothing, or some showy ornament or trimming.
The word came into English in the early eighteenth century from the French word falbala for a flounce, decoration or trimming on a woman’s petticoat or dress. Though similar words occur in other European languages — such as the German falbel or Spanish farfala — nobody seems to know where it comes from, though I have seen it suggested that it might originate in the Latin faluppa for a valueless thing.
Almost from its first appearance in English, it has had the sense of something ostentatious or showy, to be avoided by ladies of demure disposition:
The costume is simple and plain, — close-fitting upper garments, without fuss of furbelow, and plain close skirts, met at the ankles by high buttoned boots.
Lippincott’s Magazine, Dec. 1885
These days it rarely turns up at all, but when it does it usually forms part of the set phrase frills and furbelows, which doesn’t by any means always refer to clothing:
We — of course — ate our way through a full, delicious, well-judged three courses and thought there were just enough frills and furbelows to reveal the kitchen’s talent without being so tricksy that it would put off repeat visits.
’ (London), 19 Nov. 2011.
“Most of us are here today because our parents did not die as children.”
“I am not one to believe in the feet or paws of animals.”
“I think Trekee’s are viewed as friendly and protective of their spaceship, which are qualities that a patient wants in their doctor.”
Chaos is the order that lives on, so it must be pure, and that is why it is the opposite of haste.” Don’t feel bad: I don’t understand this one either. Answering a question about The Name of the Rose, this student probably knew what she meant by this, but it makes no sense to me.
“One reason that there could be no tourists is that this is a town of vegetarians.” Well, at least it might explain why Carrot Top refuses to perform there. I think this student (who is interpreting a poem by African writer Yambo Ouologuem) is confused by the fact that the vegetarian narrator of the poem is wrongly accused of being a cannibal by his unthinking neighbors.
Bad Sentences These from http://chuma.cas.usf.edu/~pinsky/gallery_1.htm
From Dr. Michael Pinsky
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