Where Do You Hang Your Hammock? Peace of Mind for Writers If you want to be a happy and successful published author, you must show up, believe in your vision, and understand how to support yourself and your dreams. In this presentation you’ll learn how to navigate your writing and publishing journey from the inside out. We’ll take a deep dive into barriers such as fear, overwhelm, accountability, and self-sabotage. You will begin to see your hurdles as opportunities for personal and professional transformation and growth. These insights will help you complete your writing projects and share them with the world, even when faced with what appear to be crushing obstacles. You will come away with a fresh perspective that points you in the direction of your own wisdom.
Turn Your Blog Into A Book Have you ever thought about turning your blog into a book? If you’ve been blogging for years, you may have the substance of a book drafted. There are several great reasons to turn your blog into a book. Here are four: (1) Even your biggest fans may not read all (or even most) of your blog posts, and chances are, you have a lot of great content. (2) Organizing your work thematically, versus chronologically, creates a powerful impact. When you assemble like blog posts together under thematically related sections, each piece informs the others in ways that reinforce, expand, and transform your material. (3) Your readers will be able to identify subjects that they’re interested in without having to search your blog. (4) Revisiting what you’ve written over time and looking back at it through the lens of what you’ve learned since you wrote your original post enables you to deepen your understanding, hone your message, and share stronger writing. But stringing a bunch of blog posts together doesn’t make a book. This presentation will provide everything you need to make the leap from blog to book.
Writing Naked: The Benefits of Exposing Yourself Through Memoir I once heard a famous author say that the best way to get through writing a memoir is to be in denial that anyone will ever read what you’re writing. I understand this coping strategy. You need freedom to write. But beneath this directive lurks the disempowering notion that it’s not okay to speak your truth. This, of course, is untrue. I've seen reluctant writers blossom in many directions, find healing, and in some cases, make huge personal and professional transformations, by speaking their truth. It's a powerful thing to behold. In this talk I’ll discuss ways to navigate the inner critic that will bolster your courage and inspire you to share from the depths. We’ll discuss vulnerability and strategies for getting out of your own way so that what wants to be expressed through you is free to come forward. We’ll explore permission, authentic ownership, and releasing shame. You will gain new insights that will help you realize that what you write is larger than you are, and you can safely navigate the writing of your memoir from the inside out.
Speak, Sister! Book Promotion for Introverts It's one thing to write a book, another to get it published, and still another to promote it. This is true for authors across the board, no matter their path to publication, and can be a rude awakening for some. Many writers identify as introverts. Most would prefer to stay home and write. This was my position for years. But I’ve learned that the best way to approach promotion is as an explorer, with a lighthearted sense of adventure, curiosity, and joy. This talk covers how to do this. We discuss what it takes to show up authentically, with the intention to serve. You will learn how to reframe book promotion from a sales and marketing perspective to one based on connection with like-minded people discussing topics you both love.
“Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.” —Leonardo da Vinci