A good bit of conversation is around the paradox of story. Of how we learn the story of man vs nature and who will win. When the question is, why does either one have to 'win'? Why can't both gain and collaborate and learn to live in harmony? It's the self vs the collective good. Annette tells us how we need to accept there is no happiness without suffering.
As a content marketing strategist for coaches, consultants, and speakers worldwide, Melanie is on a mission to support and empower her clients to create clear messaging and content that shines a light on their individuality, skillset, and books. And she starts with herself. She shines like a million sunny afternoons at the park.
Mark Anthony Psychic Explorer (also known as The Psychic Lawyer) is a fourth generation psychic medium who communicates with spirits. Have I got your attention now? Being a medium, connecting with the spirit world, is in his DNA.
Anyone who knows me knows I highlight passages in books to return to, at later times. In this book, the first thing I highlighted in yellow was in the Introduction: “Think of this book as a toolkit.” For those of us who want to do better, be better communicators, this toolkit is invaluable. Let’s unpack it.
We served our authors as editors, guides, teachers, book designers, publishers, and to a small degree, marketers. At the time, we encouraged and taught them to blog. Back in the early 2000s, blogging was a successful way to get noticed. Much as podcasts are today. And we did other things to help them get noticed. The hard work, of course, was always at their end. That's just how it is. As the author, the work of marketing and selling is up to you - no matter who publishes your book.
Lucy believes we spend too much time 'intellectualizing' - and isn't that the truth? I know I spend a good bit of time justifying my behavior and the behavior of others by thinking it through, rather than allowing my 'intuition' or my 'heart' dictate how I should feel about a situation.
Deb's backstory of how she got started goes all the way back to when she was a toddler and loved performing for her mom and other family members. We all have those memories, don't we? It's good to share them on your website and in your blog because it can easily bring you closer to your core audience - people who will be touched by that story of you as a child, and will relate to it because they, too, have those memories.
"I was so excited to hold my book in my hand," a friend of mine told me. "It's just marvelous to have it here, done, and ready to be shared with the world. I can't even believe how heavy it is!" The awe in her voice was shining in her eyes, and I couldn't help but share in it. That finished book, that magnificent manuscript is so much more than a collection of words and paragraphs. Yes, it's an accomplishment few achieve, but it's also a birthing of a new you.
Ciaran has produced a masterpiece of fiction that is full of fact, insight, story, education, and illumination. For instance, what does adoption look like in the US, compared to ... oh, say, Switzerland, where there are no shelters or strays. Where you have to take a 4-hour course before getting a dog. Where... well, watch the video and learn more about the differences between them and us and... why WE, as a country, as a dog loving community, as a society, can finally win the war on puppy mills.
There I was, this frightened and fearful teenage, sitting at my dining room table with pencil and paper, pouring her soul into stories with happy endings, where the heroine always got rescued, knowing there was no rescue for me, in my home. But the very act of writing gave me the courage and determination to get through an other day, and another day, until ... I didn't quite know what the 'until' was, but I knew there had to be something. Something else.
"Write what you know," the professor admonishes. Because none of us have imaginations to write what we don't know or to invent what we would like. That would be...what? Interesting? Creative? Insightful? Oh well. Don't do that. (she said with tongue in cheek because yes, you should do that, just not right now.)