#23 Time Management For Authors –With Tom Dowd

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSDo you ever feel like you’re out of balance—like you’re always working, and not moving forward? Would you like to know how to get more accomplished in 40 hours than you’re currently doing in 60 or 70 hours? What if your success were simply a matter of working smarter not harder? Today we’re talking with Tom Dowd, and he is going to share with us a little about his experience with work/life balance and time management. Tom is a prize-winning speaker, award-winning author, and trainer—all spurred by his need to be more than a painfully shy and introverted individual on a roller coaster ride of success. Tom has taken the strategies and insights learned over 24 years in the financial industry in management and leadership roles to write his fourth book Time Management Manifesto: Expert Strategies to Create an Effective Work/Life Balance. This book teaches readers that time management is a disciplined mindset. Having control in your life is about commitment, routines, flexibility, adjustments, and planning. We do have more control in our lives than we think, and it’s important for you to manage your time– don’t let it manage you. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL DISCOVER: Why it feels like we work and work and never get anything done. (Are we really on a hamster wheel – or does it just seem that way?) The secret to getting more done in 40 hours than the 60 or 70 you’re working now. How to balance both a full-time day job and writing a book. How to develop good time-management...

#22 How Body Language Can Help Authors Succeed –with Sharon Sayler

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSDo you want to be true to who you are? Are you writing in order to make the world a better place? Would you like to show up with confidence and courage and have people buy into your ideas more often? Writers spend their whole existence trying to craft the right words, and often completely ignore the power of their other communication tools. Whether we want to or not, authors need to have face-to-face interactions with people—whether that’s meeting with agents, publishers, or interacting with fans. Today we’re talking with Sharon Sayler and she is going to share with us a little about body language, confidence, and being a writer. Sharon Sayler is an international best-selling author, communications trainer, and speaker. She is devoted to teaching professionals around the world how to become stronger, more influential leaders through strategic communication. She is the author of seven books and coauthor of two including Charisma: The Art of Relationships with Michael Grinder. Her body language book What Your Body Says and How to Master the Message, published by John Wiley and Sons has been released in six languages and is suggested reading in universities around the world. Her latest international bestseller Mindfulness in Action: A Hands-on Guide to Creating Peace Amidst The Chaos shows you how to live mindfully and intentionally to create a vibrant, energetic life based on real connection, trust, permission and love. You can learn more about Ms. Sayler and her groundbreaking work at www.SharonSayler.com  IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL DISCOVER: Why should writers bother to understand communication...

#21 How to Eliminate Distractions and Get into the Flow State –with Liam Martin

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSDo you ever procrastinate? Could you use a few more hours in the day? Do you ever wonder how you’ll manage to get your book finished with all the other stuff  you have to do every day? Today we’re talking with Liam Martin and he is going to share with us a little of his understanding of productivity and focus. Liam Martin is co-founder and CMO at Staff.com and Timedoctor.com. He has almost 10 years experience in remote team management, focusing on how to make teams work more efficiently online. He’s managed large teams across 9 different countries and is passionate about understanding business processes and how online collaboration happens. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL DISCOVER How to eliminate distractions and get yourself into the flow state. Just how much time we’re wasting every day. The biggest productivity blocks. Do we really not have enough hours in the day — or is there something else going on? How to stay focused for longer periods of time. How to stay productive without burning out, especially if you have a day job. How to get back on track after a major setback. LINKS and RESOURCES  Got a burning question for Liam about how to increase your productivity? Email him at liammartin@staff.com. Employee productivity software options, co-founded by Liam Martin: staff.com (particularly good if you are looking for work) timedoctor.com (productivity tool – email Liam for an extrended trial offer!) Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a Hungarian author referenced by Liam for his work and studies in “flow state”, a state of extreme focus....

#19 Ghostwriter’s Secrets for Starting and Finishing a Book –with Derek Lewis

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSDo you have a book in your head, and are confused about how to get it out onto the paper? Would you like a fun way to “trick yourself” into finishing your book? Do you ever wish you had a ghostwriter by your side to help you through the tricky parts? Today we’re talking with Derek Lewis and he is going to share with us his ghostwriter’s secrets for moving from idea to finished product as quickly as possible. Business ghostwriter Derek Lewis has worked with thought leaders from five continents on books spanning technology, leadership, and economics. His clients work with the International Monetary Fund (the IMF), DaimlerChrysler, SAP, Walmart, Microsoft, Disney, and the Red Cross. Derek is also the author of The Business Book Bible, the authoritative source on how to write a business book.  IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL DISCOVER What to do if your first draft is a total mess How long to let yourself stay in chaos, and how to get out of it  A simple 5-step process to go from idea to completed book How to you “trick yourself” into starting and finishing your book How ghostwriters work with clients How to avoid the biggest mistake people make when they start writing a book LINKS & RESOURCES Derek’s website: DerekLewis.com Follow Derek on Twitter: @DerekLewisInk Scrivener for Windows — Writing software mentioned in this episode Scrivener for Mac –Mac version of writing software mentioned in this episode DEREK’S BOOK:                      ...

#16 Treating Your Book Like a Startup — With Adam Dreece

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHave you ever wanted to quit your job and write full time? Do you ever look at authors who’ve done it and wonder how the heck they manage? Would you like to peek into the career of someone who’s in the early stages of someone doing just that? SO often we hear about authors who have already “made it”…they have successful careers and everything’s going great. However, I wanted to share with you someone who is at the beginning of that journey. Someone who’s still figuring things out. So today we’re talking with Adam Dreece and he is going to share with us a little his journey moving from full time software engineer to full-time steampunk author. For more than 25 years he shared stories he wrote with friends, and while he loved the idea of being a writer some day, he always focused on his technical career. He quickly went from being a software developer to a solutions architect, and found himself leading multi-million dollar projects, In January 2014, he started writing and indie published his first two Young Adult books: Along came a wolf and Breadcrumb Trail. Both books went on to become best sellers. His third book in the series—All the kings men—is being released in April, 2015. For 2015, he has challenged himself to write full-time and build a career as an author. Join us now as we take a look at how he’s planning for success by treating his business like a startup. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL DISCOVER: Why it’s important to periodically...

#15 Navigating the Memoir Journey (and How to Avoid Upsetting Your Relatives) –with Denis Ledoux

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSDo people tell you that your life story should be in a book? Have you had adventures or overcome obstacles that others should know about? Could your experiences help others live better lives? Today we’re talking with Denis Ledoux and he is going to share with us his experience with writing and independently publishing memoirs for nearly 3 decades. Denis has been helping people to write memoirs since 1988.  Denis started as a short story writer and has twice been honored with the Maine Writing Fellowship Award. It was a short and natural leap from his own family stories to helping others record their stories. His first book, What Became of Them and Other Stories from Franco-America, was independently published in 1988. He became aware that the average NY short story publication sold 2,000 copies. With a 10% royalty, he knew that the economics were against him with a traditional publisher. So he published it as an indie book, which went on to sell 2,200 copies providing him with about five times the income he would have received with a big house. From then on, he was hooked on independent publishing! A coach and editor, he manages a free membership site at www.thememoirnetwork.com Most recently, he has been writing a series of e-books for the Memoir Network Writing series. Each book tackles one and only one problematic area for the memoir writer–including Should I Start to Write a Memoir? and Don’t Let Writers Block Stop You. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL DISCOVER: What makes memoir such a unique form of writing. What...