Writers’ Block-How to beat it!

confedd womanAs an author, there is nothing to dampen your writing spirit by just not coming up with a single sentence!  When Writers” Block rears it’s ugly head…This is what works for me…

Change your location.  Get up move around, jog i place, dance to music, in training, it’s a State Change.  Isn’t that what you’re doing?

Last resort is I take a walk outside, but I try to stay nearby if I’m suddenly inspired!

webI write just about everything by the computer.  I don’t write. I input. In a 60 minutes segment, it’s when Andy Rooney closed the show…He said that he feels writers lose something by not writing in longhand or having to retype ( as using a typewriter) the novel or really, any book, over and over embellishing an enhancing the story.  It caused a better draft and a better book.  Huh.

Answer a friend on Facebook, but if you’re the type to spend hours on social media…Not a great plan.

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“I can’t believe I can’t think of what to write. this is a silly way..” .Sometimes, just the mere act of inputting sparks something and words start to flow!

Outline what you want o say or draw your ideas.  Even if it’s stick figures…draw!  Being creative in another medium may get those creative juices flowing.

Or I truly get up and leave setting an alarm for 45 minutes.  So, I’ll know to resume my writing!

It’s Election Day! An end is in sight!

Trump pictureearth photohillarymiscommunicationToday has finally arrived!  I don’t know about but I’m sick and tired of hearing both candidates’ sniping.  Look, I won’t tell you how to vote.

Heck, you’re not even to talk about politics among friends or family.  I hope folks are decided.  It’s a bit late in the game to be on the fence!

So, go exercise your right to vote.  Many people-both Presidents, suffragettes and ones no one’s heard of…

Wear that I voted sticker proudly.

The” real skinny” about writing a book!

midlife_2There’s my book (coming out for the Holidays) “Turning Midlife into the RIGHT Life!” Gotta get that in whenever I can…and the perfect segue… There are basically 3 Top Marketing reasons given for having a book for sale…

Inspire-You have a message you want to share.  You really , truly want to help others by sharing that message.  What is the best way to do that?

Desire-You want to get that message out…Have everybody buy your book!  This is your path to being a NY Times Bestseller and on Amazon-choose your categories well!

Acquire- Even the word has a negative connotation!  But, in truth, it’s where authors end up Speaking and offering more-coaching programs or an audio of the book or some other, usually,a flagship product.  The book lends credibility. You are an expert on your topic!

You can also use your book as a business card.  Give to event planners.  When you want to do radio/TV or even for print media, contact ad begin your “pitch” it first with…I am the author of….Send the book to media you know, like and trust.  Don’t send your book to everyone, you’ll go broke!

I donate a book for a raffles at a fundraiser and try to attend the event.  Doorprizes are a great way to spread the word about your book.

But, regardless of why you’re writing a book…Start by writing! 🙂

5 Reasons to write a book!

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I went to Author 101 and we discussed the ideas of writing a book.  I know why I write-to bring a message of loving your Life and your work/business( in THAT order!)  But I digress-here are the top Five Reasons to Write a Book:

Bonus-it’s really cool to see your name as the author!

1.You have something to say.  You want educate, entertain, inspire and motivate your audience.writing-book

2. You want to be financially free.  Books are rare to be that lucrative.  We hear stories of Grisham or Deepak Chopra whose books put them on the map and sold millions of copies!

It takes a great deal of time and hours of writing so your topic should make your heart sing not just dream about cha-ching!

3..  Gives you credibility.  You can charge for speaking.  You can send event planners and get hired to speak on stage!

4. The book is part of your sales funnel-you always need lower price point items to lead customer/consumer to getting more from you.  You might, like I do, a group coaching program, then, a home study course maybe or one on one coaching.  You also want to think of different ways to offer your book-audio, video teaching or with a companion workbook or as a package.

5. Get on radio or TV.  A great side effect of getting media…you’ll sell more books!  Whether you self-publish or go to a big NYC publisher or somewhere in between.  You are marketing your book.  It is no one’s responsibility but yours.

My book, “Turning Midlife into the RIGHT Life!”  guiding you to smooth transition… will be available for the holidays.  To pre-order, email me at marcia@midlifetransitioncoaching.commidlife_2

 

Author 101, I highly recommend it!

booksFour days ago, I was in LA-I was awarded an EIPPY for a book I contributed to hitting Bestseller, “The Big Idea Book”!  You can get them through me, marcia@midlifetransitioncoaching.com  Just drop me a line- $20 and shipping is included!

What I really am dying to tell you about is Author 101.  It was for three days-full ones, as in bring snacks & plenty of water…Three whole days on Radio/TV guest spots-how to get them & what to say.  The importance of doing video was stressed and had a YouTube success story-he sold 50,000 books!

There were seasoned authors and just writers who want to be authors and everything in between!  We were able to listen to panels of literary agents and in a speed dating fashion, you got to sped pitch your book ideas or actual manuscript!

The pros & cons of traditional publishing, using create space or some other to self-publish or a hybrid POD-Publish on demand, publisher…Some extremely lucky & talented authors walk out with book deals, most don’t.  You make excellent contacts/connections. I’m friending folks I met and have their cards to further the connection.  Rick Frishman created this event and has 35+ years in Publishing.

I think I found my publisher, Perfect Publishing-back in Maryland where I am!  Ken Rochon, the Founder of Perfect Publishing, was one of the first people I saw…It took us to be in LA to reconnect!  How funny is that? 🙂

Authors from ten years to ninety were there. I came away inspired.  Ken Source of Lead Gen talked about online marketing…He had a Campaign Organizer for us to do at home and give to him.  He’ll critique your online presence. He so inspired me-I was up at 6am filling out the Organizer!

He also showed me how to do Facebook Live and I committed to doing at least one video each day til April 6, 2017,  Author 101 is at Hyatt Regency in LA near LAX!  The rooms are gorgeous and in the process of refurbishing the hotel!

I’ll see ya there! April 6-8, 2017.  LeadGen event is day before, then go to Author 101 for FREE!

 

Everyone deserves a Coach, a Mentor and a Mastermind! Don’t you?

 

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Jim Rohn said that the 5 people that you surround yourself have direct impact on your net worth/income!

So, we should surround ourselves with positive , successful people!  It is said that a person needs, in order to be successful, at least one coach, two is the best.  You should also have a Mentor.  I have two-one in my field and another in another industry, in his case, Real Estate.  Who can say I won’t invest in real estate some time!  Aslo, I have two Mastermind groups-I’m an overachiever…You only need one.  But one, I’m taking a leadership role in!  The other regularly puts me in touch with Multimillionaire mentors!

You guessed it-Global Mastermind from New Peaks.  The level of support and weekly calls with mentors with valuable information and a closed Facebook group to exchange ideas makes it a “must do”.  I get no kickback for saying this…I just want to share this!

So, the question is who are your five?!

Five Painless Marketing Tricks!

confedd womanTomorrow, I go to Mission To Millions-Life Directions in Orlando.  I’m going as a Coach with New Peaks that amazing Personal Development & Training Company-largest in North America and in many countries as well.www.NewPeaks.com.

I resolved a blog issue-Sarah W. was outstanding at WordPress.  Got manicure-after Orlando, I fly to LA-get an award for book for which I contributed a chapter then go to Author 101 and get to pitch my new book, “What the Bleep Is Wrong With Me??!”  about my journey to a diagnosis and starting a business at same time!

Who knows-may find a publisher!

Also thinking of what I can do to market my coaching business while away…

  • Sending out my newsletter….Hurray for my Virtual Assistant-but I can do it anywhere, too.
  • Leverage your know-how!  Lead workshops, create talks…you choose a date 6 weeks ahead and send announcement to register. Technology allows you to do this from anywhere!
  • look at online Networking groups and can keep up through social media-can create an event page for your workshops/webinars.
  • Can network with folks at the courses or meetings you attend-find them on LinkedIn/Facebook.
  • Be thrilled about your target market-love what you do and who you serve!

Transition Cycle (part 1)

clockThis is the first installment in a four part series on different types of transitions.  Transitions rarely come in neat boxes and often,more than one transition is happening at the same time.  You can think of transition as a process for how you deal with change.Some examples of transitions are

  • Divorce or separation
  • losing a job or being laid off or fired
  • change of job/career
  • a son/daughter leaves the home for college or work (empty nest)
  • health of a loved one or yourself decreases
  • promotion to a new job
  • getting married or living together
  • your child begins school
  • retirement of your spouse who is underfoot more or your own retirement
  • lifestyle changes such as trying to quit smoking/drinking or weight loss and eating more healthy
  • increased or decreased responsibility at work
  • starting or continuing entrepreneurial endeavors
  • Transitions are usually easier if we’re in control of the changes.  When it’s out of your control, more issues present themselves.  But any type of change will often evoke feelings of anxiety, self-worthiness-(example-am I worthy?)  Feelings of excitement, fear, foreboding and uncertainty are often common.  Each phase comes with different fears.

 

Adapted from my book, “Turning Midlife into the RIGHT Life!”  Available on Kindle!

Here’s a great Mastermind + Networking in an atmosphere of support!

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In this ever changing crazy world one thing is becoming very clear – Women want and need to support each other.  Men do, too.  Chicks Connect is open to men as well. Many of you have been involved with networking organizations and have reaped the benefits they’ve offered. But I wanted to tell you about an opportunity that is Refreshing, Unique, and Holistic.

My wonderful, outgoing, and successful friend Julie Muller, a woman with great passion and skill, has developed a membership Networking/Mastermind business that will blow you away…!  Chicks Connect is more than a membership; it is a movement.

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These women are agents of change, doing much more than simply supporting women in business with referrals and marketing ideas. Becoming a member requires one to look deeper within oneself to live a fuller, more vibrant life, while helping members take the time for self discovery and self-care on every level. Whether you’re a young mother with a home business, an on-the-go professional, or an empty-nester reentering the job market, Chicks Connect is supportive of your business, relationships and life’s challenges.

This is what Chicks Connect offers its members:

  • Connection, Action, and Accountability all built on a foundation of Love & Support;
  • Opportunity to connect with Chicks from other groups around the world.
  • Monthly Webinars with experts in the areas listed on the monthly themes.
  • 52 weeks of Turnkey Business Basics that you will implement weekly.
  • Facilitator Zone with materials to Chair “Chicks Connect” Mastermind groups.
  • (Training materials, support videos, & products)
  • Directory of Chicks – Name, Business Name, State, website link.
  • Money Making Affiliate Opportunity – Chick Magnets
  • Monthly Social Activities.
  • Annual Chick Retreat!
  • Additional Seminars and Courses available.
  • Opportunity to grow your business by giving and receiving referrals from other Chicks.

These groups will be small and intimate allowing for true connection and sisterhood. There are many ways to join. Be a member. Lead a group. Be an affiliate. You get to choose. No matter where you live…there is a sisterhood waiting.

Men are welcome, too If your business s in the womens’ market…Just saying…

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What I’ve learned while being an exhibitor/speaker at an event.

Whew, the event is over.  Time to break down the table, roll up the banner and pack up the boxes!  It was a great day.  Now’s the time to review and think what I’ve learned.One of the best things I’ve learned is that it’s a great time to build relationships with the other vendors.  I got two radio interviews and a speaking engagement!  I also got a bunch of solid leads.  Most people are willing to help!  I went to take a picture by my phone & left it on neighboring seat!  I was frantic!  Another exhibitor turned it in!  I flew to Registration.  Voila!  My phone was found and returned to me!  Whew!

You are responsible for your audience-invite as many as possible!  On average,you get 3-5-% response out of one hundred! also, when you contract with company hosting the event, read the fine print.  Several vendors assumed the event would supply extension cords.  A few vendors had to run to Walmart and felt rushed during the set up 2 hour window.

Plan out your booth ahead of time…Prepare all your marketing materials a week ahead of time!  Less stress!  I was printing til day of and my printer ran out of ink, requiring a quick purchase run.  Take it from me, plan ahead!  Plan for something to go wrong so you have a cushion in your schedule.  Have fun, make some sales, capture contact info of every person who stops by your booth through raffle & my newsletter sign up.  Smile.  Everything is energy!  Project positive vibrations.  It makes a difference!

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