Thursday, October 20, 2016


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Write Street Newsletter 
Self Development Network 

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

With Bob Selden’s wife snaring a marvelous job in Switzerland in early 2002, he decided he needed to take some change of direction in his career.  So, in addition to continuing coaching and training managers (in both Europe and Australia), he decided to write about how managers, and particularly new managers, might take on board some of the lessons he’d learned as a manager and organizational consultant.

The result? 

In 2007 he self-published (through Outskirts Press in the US) “What To Do When You Become The Boss: How new managers become successful managers”.  It started to sell well immediately with a lot of marketing on his part.  Shortly after, it was picked up by McMillan’s in India and later by Hachette in Australia and the UK.  At time of writing, it’s sold around 55,000 copies and been published in four languages (English, Chinese, Polish and Portuguese – the later for the Brazilian market).  In Australia, it’s now in a revised edition and 4th reprint (approx. 9,000 copies sold).  Major Corporate such as Sun Alliance Insurance, the CSIRO and Rocla issue it to all their new managers.

He has now penned a new book, still in non-fiction and a different genre.  The title is “Don’t: How using the right words will change your life”.  Principally it’s about how the words we use can impact our own and others’ behavior – either positively or negatively.  

D.O: Welcome Bob Selden. Thank you for joining us today on Authors’ Curtilage Book Dialogue.

B.S: Thanks Damilola, glad to be here.

D.O: We have some eager blog audience here today looking forward to talk to you about things that bother them base on your book.

Question from blog audience: It is my understanding that your book is about how the words we use can impact our behavior both positively or negatively. Is the book also about the do not use phrases that can have a negative impact on one’s career?

B.S: In a nutshell, yes.  The book is about becoming a far more positive person by using positive language. Positive people tend to see opportunities that others miss and are prepared to take advantages of these opportunities (they always express obstacles or barriers as “challenges” rather than “problems”). Also, positive people tend to see others in a more positive light and are consequently liked more often by others. The result? People who are positive and well liked tend to get selected more often for promotion than those who are negative.

D.O: What was your main reason for writing the book “Don’t?”

B.S: I’ve been using the ideas in “Don’t” for many years in both business and personal situations and have found that they really work. The success of my earlier book gave me the motivation to put pen to paper and get these messages out there as well.  Plus I got a gentle nudge from my wife who suggested I should write about it rather than just talking!

D.O: “Don’t: How using the right words will change your life” This is a deep label I must say. Bob, what inspired the title of this book?

B.S: Titles for books are often difficult. Although “Don’t” was one of the first I came up with, as a positive person I felt that it may seem too negative.  However, after much brainstorming (with friends/colleagues) and soul searching on my part, I revisited the golden rule for naming non-fiction books – “The title should pose the question/problem and the sub-title should answer it”.  I was also helped by my former business partner who suggested the tag line “Unlock the do in don’t”. Both of these are on the cover.

D.O: Wow! That was clever steps you took there. How can a person 'perfect' the more successful parts of their own behavior through words in order to reproduce more positive language using the book “Don’t?”

B.S: There was a recent study conducted in the UK where over 40,000 people responded to a questionnaire about what led to their success.  Number one response was positive self-talk. There are a number of references and suggestions in “Don’t” on how one can practice using positive self-talk to reinforce one’s strengths. In particular, one chapter covers expressing personal qualities/goals/targets in the present tense as “I am …” rather than “I will …” or “I am going to …” Doing this tricks the brain into thinking that it’s already happening!  Mohammad Ali was very good at that.

D.O: In one of our email exchanges, you said you think much of the content of “Don’t” should be taught in our schools. From my own discovery average schools nowadays by their very nature, are breeding grounds for rudeness including the use of negative language. So are you saying “Don’t should be read to students as text books or be integrated into the schools’ virtues curriculum?

B.S: Not necessarily the book “Don’t” (although that would be nice for me as the author), but the principles outlined should be. For example, getting rid of “Don’t” and replacing it with the positive action you want to happen, and also phrases such as “But”, “Yes, but”, “Don’t you think that …” and many more negative phrases that tend to lead to confrontation or conflict rather than cooperation.

D.O: Hmm. I hope school owners around the world are reading this. Looking at the day to day challenges of life that make people easily give up and become all negative on themselves, what are the structures you put in place in “Don’t” to help your potential readers sieve their behavior of negativity and concentrate on the positive part of life using optimistic words in difficult times?

B.S: Each chapter in Part One has a number of exercises that people can apply immediately, for example “getting rid of don’t”, “using positive metaphors”, “replacing ‘but’ with ‘and’” and more.  Additionally, there are two strategies I suggest:
1.    List out 20 things that you are grateful for in life (and revisit this list regularly)
2.    Each day, find someone who is doing something well and thank them for it.

D.O: One of the circumstances I think prompt people to apply the do not use negative language is failure. Is there any content in “Don’t” that boost people’s courage?

B.S: The practical exercises at the end of each chapter are designed to do just that.  So, for people who are a little unsure as to whether these strategies and tactics will work, some are very simple and bring immediate results. Seeing positive results from one’s behavior produces further positive results.

D.O: What is the process of adopting positive behavior or language?

B.S: The best way is to start by writing out some of theDon’t” statements you are likely to use during a normal day.  Then write out the positive alternative. Whether you’re a parent teacher, manager – whatever your role - in the heat of the moment, it’s very easy to use a “Don’t”. Writing out the alternative gives you much more time to work out what you will say when the situation arises rather than reacting on the spur of the moment.

D.O: How can a person completely stop unhelpful or destructive patterns of thinking and usage of negative language?

B.S: Use all the principles outlined in “Don’t”! Seriously though, our patterns of thinking develop from the words we use, so making the changes I’ve suggested will definitely prevent these unhelpful or destructive patterns from occurring.

Question from blog audience: I am an entrepreneur. I face challenges from different sources that depress me. And sometimes I tell myself I’m a failure over and over, before picking up myself again to continue pursuing my goals. Do you think this kind of acknowledgement can prevent success in my final destination?

B.S: “Failure” like “Don’t” is a word that should be eliminated from one’s vocabulary. Using the word “failure” immediately brings to mind situations where one has failed and so the brain says “here we go again”.  When receiving feedback such as this, one could say “Well, that was less successful than I’d hoped. Let’s see how/where I am doing it differently” You’ll notice that sports people such as tennis players when they miss or fluff a shot they immediately replay the shot with an air swing the way it should have been played.  In this way the brain registers the good shot rather than the poor one.

Question from blog audience: When writing your books, what do you have in the back of your mind, the riches and fame or impacting peoples’ lives first?

B.S: I only think about the topic and how my words can help people improve their lives.  Everything else comes from doing a good job with the book.

D.O: [SMILES] that’s a good one! Did you encounter any sort of obstacle when you started out with writing this book?

B.S: Not really. The research was very time consuming and also enjoyable.

D.O: This is for those willing to write a powerful book as yours. What is the best way to write this kind of book, "pitch" it to a publisher and protect the idea?

B.S: That’s a tough question and probably needs another book to answer! In short, a book such as mine starts with an “idea” – an idea about what issues/challenges most people have and then finding simple ways that they can be met. For example, many managers I’ve spoken with over the years have said something along the lines of “When I have to give a person some difficult news, I always seem to get the words wrong” So helping these managers “get the words right” started me down the path of looking at the impact words have on behavior.

As to pitching it to a publisher? Well, my experience has been to get the book reasonably well completed first with heaps of feedback from friends, colleagues and fellow authors. This feedback will provide you with the weak spots in the book (which you can correct) and the things you like (these you can use in your pitch). 
Not sure about protecting the idea, apart from registering the name, domain name and getting an ISBN.

D.O: I’d say getting feedback on the ideas is very important. In the screenwriting world we call this story note. With this story note, a writer is able to build subsequent draft from the feedback until they have a polished draft they can put in the market place for optioning or other forms of contract. Well, your first book has sold 55,000 copies and been published in four languages – English, Chinese, Polish and Portuguese. And you are on your way to another huge success with “Don’t” what’s next on your agenda? 

B.S: Good question.  That’s what my wife often asks too! There are a few ideas floating around and I may have to get back to you on this.  In the meantime, I’m working with a colleague to develop a course on “How to write and publish a book” which can be completed remotely – very exciting.

D.O: Hmm. I can’t wait to host that on the blog. Do you have any final thoughts to share with those struggling to use positive language?

B.S: I go back to the points I made earlier …

1.    List out 20 things that you are grateful for in life (and revisit this list regularly)
2.    Each day, find someone who is doing something well and thank them for it.
These two things are sure to keep you on the right path.

D.O: Thanks once more for joining us today Bob Selden. I wish you all the best.

B.S: My pleasure. Thanks for inviting me Damilola.

D.O: Goodbye everyone and remember to pick up your personal copy of "Don’t." from the following buy links.

Bob Selden joined the Authors’ Curtilage Book Dialogue via email from Cross Nest Australia.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Culled from

Thursday, September 15, 2016


General Information:

Hazard of Shadows: Chronicles of the Goblin King Book Two 


The World Below: Chronicles of the Goblin King Book One  

Dawn of Ages   


Reign of the Nightmare Prince

Synopsis: Hazard of Shadows, Chronicles of the Goblin King Book Two               

The enchanted creatures of legend still exist, hidden away in the secret places of the world. They take refuge from an age of camera phones and government labs, from people who won’t let them live in peace. One of these last places of safety is known as the World Below.

Ancient powers are at work. The Lords of Faerie seek to revenge the death of Baron Finkbeiner and recover the mysterious Blade of Caro. Hidden in the shadows, they await a chance to strike. The chance arises when an old enemy escapes the splinter realm in which he is imprisoned. Anxious to settle the debt, the Faerie Lords send him to finish the Lady Elizabeth and her Champion once and for all.

After leading the revolution against the despotic ruler of the World Below, Mitch Hardy has taken the throne. He never wanted to be king. The whole idea of a government by right of combat sits poorly with him. Growing evermore uneasy with his new position, he begins laying the framework for self-rule. The enchanted peoples have known nothing but kings, but are adapting quickly to this new idea of governing their own affairs. It goes well, but Mitch’s plans are interrupted by the arrival of old enemies. Soon he is fighting for his life against a hellish enemy, the likes of which he never imagined.

Synopsis: The World Below, Chronicles of the Goblin King Book One         

In ancient times, magical creatures inhabited the earth. They lived on mountaintops, in fields, at the bottom of lakes and rivers. But that was long ago, before the human race declared war on the creatures they feared and hated. Now the enchanted peoples are all but gone. The only place they can hide from the ever increasing number of satellites and smart phones is in the World Below.

Mitch Hardy is going through a hard time in his life. In his early twenties, he was working his way through college when he suffered an accident that left him flat broke and physically deformed. When Mitch decides to make a fresh start in a new town, things start looking up. He finds a place to live, a decent job, good friends. He even meets a nice girl. Unknown to Mitch, his new girlfriend is one of the Elder Race, what some call the Faerie Folk. Mitch doesn’t know that Elizabeth is looking for a father she never knew. The key to finding him is somehow tied up with the mysterious Blade of Caro. Desperate, she steals the Blade from its protector, the despotic ruler of the World Below, the Dragon of Worms, Baron Finkbeiner. When Elizabeth is kidnapped by the Baron, Mitch is pulled into a world or magic and monsters he never imagined.

Author Bio:                                                                                                                  

Mike Phillips is author of Hazard of ShadowsThe World Below, Dawn of Ages, and Reign of the Nightmare Prince. His short stories have appeared in ParAbnormal DigestCemetery MoonSinister TalesBeyond Centauri, the World of MythMystic Signals and many others. Online, his work has appeared in Lorelei SignalKzine, Bewildering StoriesMidnight Times, and Fringe. He is best known for his Crow Witch and Patrick Donegal series. Please visit Mike at

Guest Post: Modern Monsters                                                                                     

Hello everyone, and thank you for reading my guest post. My name is Mike Phillips and my new book is Hazard of Shadows. For this guest post, I was asked to talk a little about the magical creatures in the book. One of the more unique aspects of the story is my use of goblins, so I thought it might be interesting to explore that.

In folklore and literature, goblins have always been evil creatures. To this day, goblins are hiding in our closets and under our beds. They are wicked monsters that are no happier than when they are burning fields or robbing cradles. In The World Below, Mitch Hardy unknowingly rescues a goblin from getting hurt in a storm. Living on the fringes of society as they must to avoid camera phones and governmental laboratories, goblins lead harsh lives. By a small act of kindness, Mitch makes a true friend. Later on, this kindness is returned. I don’t want to spoil the fun, so let’s just say a pan-dimensional, man-eating garbage dumpster is involved. Friends like that are hard to find! Once they have been won over, goblins are the best sort of friends. They may have terrible manners, they may say awful things, they may smell bad, but we can all be that way sometimes. In the end, my use of goblins helps us see the best in humanity.

Writing about goblins was a riot! Goblins live on the fringes of human society. They make their homes in junk yards, abandoned buildings, sewer systems, and anywhere else people try to avoid. Once they find a likely spot, the get to work. Goblins are clever with tools and machinery. They will use and repurpose anything they can get their hands on, so many of their dwellings look like they were designed by frat-boys. Not always the best of neighbors, goblins have to take security seriously. They construct elaborate pitfalls to keep themselves safe from enemies like collapsing tunnels, pongee pits, and mechanical traps.

Goblins, like their human counterparts, each have a unique personality. They live in what they call crews, a sort of family, a lot like college dorm-mates. Each goblin has a special skill. One might be a bully (a most desirable skill in the goblin world). Another might be crafty at making traps. Some use sorcery or poison. Others are good at machinery. Some just eat a lot (another desirable skill). Goblins, in general, have a loose sense of morality. If it doesn’t hurt another member of the crew, with the obvious exception of fighting, then it’s usually okay. Fighting is always acceptable behavior, though if an enemy is around, a goblin is expected to stop fighting the other crew member and start fighting the enemy. Common sense rules like that are the cornerstone of goblin society.

That brings us to the topic of goblin social structure. Goblin society is feudal. They organize in crews, bound by familial ties or friendship. These associations are loosely formed, and if a goblin wants to go it alone, no one holds a grudge. A crew may have two or three leaders at a time. It is not unusual for goblins to disagree, so sometimes they have no real leader at all. Though they fight with each other like crazy, but they are deeply loyal in times of trouble and would do anything for the other members of their crew. No female goblins appear in Hazard of Shadows or The World Below, but that is a topic for another time.                   

Thank you so much for joining me. I hope you enjoy Hazard of Shadows and The World Below

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