Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Make Your Writing Essential Reading

If you’re a writer (whether you’re paid or not,) then you want to make sure that you’re producing the best version of your message possible!

If you’re hoping to get paid for your writing then
you MUST produce the best version of your message possible.

Readers have to not only comprehend your message,
but they also need to understand the tone, the voice,
the context in which your words are speaking – to THEM!

You know that English is a “living language” with new words added to the dictionary every year (over 1000 were added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2015 alone- and that’s not including sub-entries…) and new phrases becoming part of the lexicon.

And communicating is a shifting landscape. 
It’s ok to start a sentence with “and” now. Given the right context. ;-)

So we’ve made it easy for you to stay completely abreast of what you need to know, when you need to know it, to get the most out of your writing. Our friend (and bestselling writer, Nick Daws) has put together a tremendous “cheat sheet” for anyone who takes their writing seriously.

You can get it right here >>>>

Come and see how much value Nick has packed into an easy to use, definitive reference guide to Writing English: The Essentials of English- For Authors.

If anyone can cut through the jungle that our language has become, it’s Nick. Let him give you your own “machete” to cut through the noise, have your voice heard, your message understood, and have your point taken.

The Essentials of English –For Authors will become any writer’s best friend. I know it’s become mine. I keep it on my desktop and refer to it daily- at least once.

Come check it out >>>>

It’s Essential for a reason!

The best in Writing
Trent Steele, Editor
Write Street Newsletter
http://www.writestreet.com/
Part of the Self Development Network

Afraid No One Will Take You Seriously as a Freelance Writer?

Afraid No One Will Take You Seriously as a Freelance Writer?: Do you feel like a fraud, putting yourself out there as a freelance writer? Here are some concrete steps to take to present yourself with confidence.

Five Reasons Why Your Writing Matters (Even if No-One Will Take You Seriously)

Five Reasons Why Your Writing Matters (Even if No-One Will Take You Seriously)

Ten Grammar Rules Every Writer Should Know

Ten Grammar Rules Every Writer Should Know

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Writers, Position Open: Are You Interested?

Hi Writers,

We are looking for some people that are interested in working from
their home on a part or full-time basis.

If you want to earn $100, $200 or even up to $500 a day, and you
don't mind writing some short opinions up, this is the perfect
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We work with hundreds of companies such as 20th Century Fox,
Paramount Entertainment, Ford Motor Company, Google and more!
We recruit people to fill 1000s of jobs for companies like this
every year.

Many of these jobs are simple online writing tasks, such as blogging about a movie that you recently saw, commenting on what your opinion is of a certain kind of car, proof reading simple documents and more!

Click here to check out this opportunity >>>>>>>

These companies are fighting for exposure on the internet and know the more people blogging about them, means the more exposure they are going to get, and ultimately the more money they are going to make.

There has been an explosion in the need for online writers,
regardless of skill. These companies are more interested in your
honest genuine opinions when you're writing blog entries about their company... not if you are a very talented writer.


If you're looking for work, or just want to make some part time
money on the side, please come check out the jobs we have available.

We are currently accepting new members. Sign Up Right Here.

To Your Writing Success!
Trent Steele, Editor
Write Street Newsletter
http://www.writestreet.com/ 
Self Development Network 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

If you’re a serious writer…or want to be…







Then you simply must have this incredible software!

If you’ve ever written anything longer than 4 pages, then you can actually create an e-book out of that content!

Sure, you could make it a PDF, or just a Word Doc, but let’s be serious-

If you want to be taken seriously, if you want your content to be considered “real” then you need to present it in a professional format!

I faced this very problem when I first started writing and used the internet for distribution. I had no idea how to take a book galley or a manuscript and turn it into something that people would actually read. (or even find easy to read!)

But that was years ago, and since then, my team and I have created the most incredible “Publishing” Software available. This software will output your documents in actual “e-book” format. With title graphics, with copyright notices, with Cover Images, with a forward, an afterward, references…with whatever you need for your particular E-Book.

Stop “faking it” and step up to presenting yourself in a professional manner.

--->Come take a look at this downloadable software right now.

The difference between “pretty good” and “great” isn’t that far- and you can CHOOSE to go from good to great with this software. Be the Pro you’ve always wanted to be. Don’t let your image be tarnished with a product that isn’t the best.

It will make everything you write look like a million bucks! (and give you a chance to make that kind of living with your writing…)

Come be part of the Electronic Publishing Revolution >>>>

Put your best foot forward, put your best e-book forward!

Trent Steele, Editor
Write Street Newsletter
http://www.writestreet.com/
Part of the Self Development  Network

Monday, November 21, 2016

Make Writing a Daily Ritual by Trent Write Street

You’ve been hearing about blogs for years by now. If you haven’t started one then you’re missing out on one of the best ways to hone your craft as a writer, earn a decent return on your time, and begin building what every writer needs more than anything: an audience!
We’ve gotten together with some of the best “internet writers” (bloggers) and extracted their step-by- step, phrase-by- phrase, word-by- word instruction on exactly HOW to make blogging work for you- and it’s all right here.

There’s no “magic formula” but there are a number techniques that the best and most successful bloggers use to keep their ideas flowing, their keyboards producing, and their bank accounts full – and they’re happy to share them with you today!

The internet is a big place. It doesn’t have to be scary. There’s a place in it for you and we can help you get there.
Come and start your journey to becoming a successful blogger today. We’ll show you exactly what to do.


Yours in Writing 
(and making a living at it!)
Trent Steele, Editor
Write Street Newsletter
http://www.writestreet.com/
Part of the Self Development Network

Five Myths of Being a Screenwriter

Five Myths of Being a Screenwriter

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

#Giveaway: One-of-a-kind Hand Made Dragon Book by Kate Wrath

Author, Kate Wrath released the first book in her new contemporary fantasy series at the beginning of November. To celebrate the release, she's giving away a hand-made edition of Fairytale Evolution: Flipped. The hand-made edition will feature acid-free, archival quality paper, a hand-sewn waxed linen coptic binding, and, if that's not enough, a sculptural cover. The special edition is being made by the author herself, and she has released two videos detailing the process. The following picture shows the cover in progress.




Wrath's giveaway is hosted by Rafflecopter, and is open to US residents. See the Official Rules for details. In addition to the art book, Wrath is giving away 25 Kate Wrath ebooks, (open internationally). Entrants can get points in the giveaway by supporting Wrath's humorous "Equal Rights for Gnomes" campaign, taking character personality match quizzes, and more. The giveaway runs until November 28th, 2016.

This is not the first time that Kate Wrath has given away a hand bound edition of one of her books. In 2015, Wrath created a hand bound edition of Jason and Lily, the prequel to her dystopian series (shown below). "I wanted to give away something special that readers couldn't get anywhere else," Wrath says, regarding the art book giveaway. "I put a lot of time and love into doing something like this, and I think that readers connect with that on a deep level."


 Flipped is a whimsical contemporary fantasy with a dark side.


The big city is no match for a blue-eyed farm girl with impressive Zung Pow skills and a flair for unconventional magic. At least, that's what Honaia tells herself when she's unexpectedly assigned to a handsome city mage for apprenticeship. The problem is, she never really expected double agents to be involved. Or dragons. Or crazy rips in the Space-Time continuum, for that matter. But when it comes down to it, none of those things expected her either. Flipped is the first book in the Fairytale Evolution series. Contains: Language, violence, faeries. Purchase on Amazon





Meet Kate Wrath:

 Kate Wrath Kate Wrath lives in the Southwestern US. Much like other authors, she has both a [family] and a [pet]. [family] = three crazy-but-lovable, exceedingly adorable people with longer eyelashes and better sense of humor than Kate [pet] =lovable-but-crazy giant German Shepherd who seems to be able to read, but pretends not to understand when something is required of him Kate is the author of The E Series: E (Book #1), Evolution (Book #2), Eden (Book #3), Jason and Lily (prequel), Elegy (Book #4), and Endgame (Book #5). Flipped is the first book in her new Fairytale Evolution series. The second book, The Dark Road, is written and currently in editing. Kate believes in literature as an art form, world peace, and animal rights, but aspires to write total trash that is full of senseless violence, with characters who eat house pets.



 You can connect with Kate on her Website, Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter. Share to Twitter, Share to Facebook.  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, November 14, 2016

Get $20,000 to film your short film script & screen at 3 film festivals!

Put your writer's cap on and write an original 7- to 10-page short script that can be readily filmed in St. Petersburg or Clearwater blockbuster locations. 
  
Final Deadline is Tomorrow – Enter Now!

Stage 32 has partnered with the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission to turn your short screenplay into a produced short film that will screen at 3 festivals. The amazing team at St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission is providing a $20,000 production grant to one lucky winner who will have the opportunity of a lifetime! 
  
  
WHAT YOU'LL WIN 

  • The winner and director will be flown out to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida to film the winning short script, where Hollywood films such as Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenSpring Breakers, Dolphin Tale and Magic Mike were filmed
  • Production will be mentored by award winning director/writer JT Mollner
  • The winner will receive a Movie Magic Bundle (Scheduling & Budgeting) from Entertainment Partners
  • Zacuto will prize the winner with a Z-Finder
  • All production will be professionally managed by Tampa Bay-based production company Digital Caviar
  • But wait, that’s not all! The winner's short film will be showcased in Stage 32’s short film program, featured at the 2017 Hollyshorts Film Festival, the 2017 Richmond Film Festival and the 2017 Sunscreen Film Festival, plus a special online global screening on Stage 32.

Get your short script submission in by Nov 15th, before it’s too late! 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

MOTIVATIONAL PRESS TO PUBLISH I, BULLY BY ROY DIMOND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Carlsbad, CA - 10-28-2016) –Motivational Press today announced an agreement to publish I, Bully by Roy Dimond, which offers insight into why a bully chooses to hurt and intimidate, what victims experience, and why they are victims.





For release in Spring 2017.
I, Bully addresses the serious issue of cyber bullying. What makes this story unique is that it is told from the perspective of both the bully and the victim.The two main characters, the victim, Hannah and the bully, Eric, learn from each other in ways they could never have imagined.Hannah is a typical young girl in grade 8. She's completely focused on friends and feels her family doesn't understand. Hannah also feels invisible and her perception is that her older sister gets all the attention. It’s a good, middle class family, but struggling.Eric is also in grade 8, but his family is dysfunctional. Dad drinks and mom is barely keeping it together. Eric is filled with rage and takes it out on everyone.Eventually, spirit quests and restorative justice help build relationships that lead to enlightenment and reconciliation.Roy Dimond's exciting new novel I, Bully will empower and touch all who read it.

Motivational Press is excited to work with Roy Dimond to share with readers:
    Insight into one's own actions
    Understanding behavior from another's perspective
    Learning to laugh at oneself
    Experiencing the consequences of one's behavior
    Exploring the culture of the Elders

About The Author: 
Roy Dimond lives with his wife in Victoria, British Columbia, a small community on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada. 

In his first life, Roy had the honor of helping at risk children and their families. He worked at all levels of education as a Youth Worker and Parenting Worker. Roy presented workshops to post graduate students at universities as well as seminars to beginning teachers. 

In his second life, Roy is pursuing his love of travel and writing. Having explored cities on four continents, from Cuzco to Kyoto, Santorini to Tsumago, his wanderings have all found a way into his stories.

Roy’s first novel is called, The Singing Bowl and his second is titled, Silence and Circumstance. As you read this, he is already working on his next adventure.

About Motivational Press:
Motivational Press is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Motivational Press is a broad-based publisher with strengths in business books, self-help books, health, wellness, sports, narrative nonfiction, reference, pop culture, design, and religious and spiritual books. Motivational Press is consistently at the forefront of innovation, using digital technology to create unique reading experiences and expand the reach of its authors.  Its divisions include Motivational Press Adult Publishing, Motivational Press Children’s Publishing, Motivational Press Audio, Motivational Press Digital and international companies in Australia, Canada, Germany, Brazil and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.MotivationalPress.com

Monday, October 24, 2016

Andrew Joyce author of YELLOW HAIR, discusses Doing Research for a Book

Our guest author today is Andrew Joyce. He left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written five books, including a two-volume collection of one hundred and fifty short stories comprised of his hitching adventures called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS (as yet unpublished), and his latest novel, YELLOW HAIR. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, tentatively entitled, MICK REILLY.










How important is research when writing a book?

I would say that it’s very important. In my first book, which takes place in the last half of the 19th century, I made two mistakes. I had the date of an event off by one year and I had my hero loading the wrong caliber cartridge into his Winchester rifle. I would have gone blissfully throughout life not knowing how I had erred if not for my astute fans. Both mistakes were quickly pointed out to me in reviews of the book. One guy said he would have given me five stars if not for the wrong caliber bullet mistake. I had to settle for only four stars. Lesson learned!

How did that change the way you approached your next book?

My second book was a western and the protagonist was a woman. The research took about three months. I had to know everything from women’s undergarments of the late 19th century to prison conditions for women in those days. (I sent my heroine to jail.) That kind of research was easy. Thank God for the internet. But then I had to do some real research. Molly (my protagonist) built up her cattle ranch to one of the largest in Montana, but she and her neighbors had nowhere to sell their beef. So Molly decided to drive her and her neighbors’ cattle to Abilene where she could get a good price. She put together the second largest herd on record (12,000 head) and took off for Abilene.
That’s when I had to really go to work. I wanted my readers to taste the dust on the trail. I wanted them to feel the cold water at river crossing. I wanted them to know about the dangers of the trail, from rustlers to Indians to cattle stampedes.

This is how I learned about all those things and more. First of all, I found old movies that were authentic in nature. I watched them to get a feel for the trail. Then I read books by great authors who had written about cattle drives to soak up even more of the atmosphere of a cattle drive. That was all well and good, but it still did not put me in the long days of breathing dust and being always fearful of a stampede.

That’s when I went looking for diaries written by real cowboys while they were on the trail. After that, I found obscure self-published books written by those cowboys. Then it was onto newspaper articles written at the time about large cattle drives. That’s how I had Molly herd the second largest cattle drive. I discovered that the largest was 15,000 head, driven from Texas to California in 1882.

Are historical facts all that is needed to be researched? What about geography, indigenous people, weather patterns, and the like?

My next book took place in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. Here new elements were added such as wolves and the extreme weather as adversaries. Dogsledding was also involved. I have seen snow only three times in my life and I have never dogsledded. I knew even less about wolves. I had to learn about those things. I had no idea what it was like to travel across a wilderness on a dogsled at seventy degrees below zero. I also had to acquire knowledge about the dogs themselves, especially the lead dog. I learned about all that by doing the same things I did for my second book. The old diaries were the most helpful. As to the gold rush, there was plenty of material in the form of self-published books by some of the participants. Some were never even published, but I found copies of them in the archives of universities and historical societies. Again, newspaper stories printed at the time were very useful. Concerning wolves . . . I read everything I could get my hands on about wolves—their habits, the pack hierarchy, the alpha male, and the different jobs or tasks the males and females have while hunting.

Did you do anything differently for your current book, Yellow Hair?

The book is about the Sioux Nation from 1805 to 1890 and I had to know both points of view, the white man’s and the Sioux’s. Getting to know the whites’ take on things was easy. There are many, many books (non-fiction) that were written at the time. I even found a book written by Custer detailing his strategy for wiping out the Sioux entirely. That was hard reading. And, again, there were universities and historical societies whose archives were a great help.

As to the Sioux’s point of view, there are a few books that were dictated to newspapermen years later by the Indians that took part in the various battles that I weave into my story. I found a lot of material from Native American participants of the Little Big Horn, written twenty to thirty years after the fact.
But I wanted to immerse myself in the Sioux culture and I wanted to give them dignity by using their language wherever possible. I also wanted to introduce them by their Sioux names. So, I had to learn the Lakota language. And that wasn’t easy. There is a consortium that will teach you, but they wanted only serious students. You have to know a smattering of the language before they will even deign to let you in. I had to take a test to prove that I knew some Lakota. I failed the first time and had to go back to my Lakota dictionary and do some more studying. I got in on my second try.

In conclusion, how would you sum up your thoughts on doing research for a book?

It’s time-consuming and sometimes frustrating. But it is also a blast. Every new discovery is like finding the mother-lode.

Any last thoughts?

Only that I would like to thank you for having me over, and by the way, the three books I alluded to above are:
·         Molly Lee

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Good Shows About Bad People: Five Tips to Writing Wonderful Terrible Characters

Good Shows About Bad People: Five Tips to Writing Wonderful Terrible Characters

Secrets of Creating a Profitable Blog

Hi,

Did you know that:

·         People are actively seeking blogs to search for information?
·         A blog can be turned into a money-churning machine?
·         Advertisers are always on the lookout for popular blogs?

Here’s the good news…

We found this amazing blueprint on creating a profitable blog, that you can follow step by step, it will walk you through exactly how to get free traffic to visit your site, and more eyes on your blog always means more value. 

Finally, you can create a long-term online income.


This blueprint, in the right hands and with the right actions taken,
is almost guaranteed to generate results beyond any ink of
imagination you can have…

You can do this regardless of without much experience, many skills or very much knowledge.

To Your Writing Success!
Trent Steele, Editor
Write Street Newsletter
http://www.writestreet.com/ 
Self Development Network 

Make a Living Writing Workshop

It all starts today and tomorrow with some awesome free training from best-selling author Jeff Goins on how to make a living writing. 
If you aspire to make a living writing, Jeff is the guy to learn from.

But sign up quickly. Even though there are multiple times to choose from, Jeff’s trainings traditionally fill up very quickly - so get your name on the list now.

During this workshop, you’re going to learn:
  • Jeff’s step-by-step process for escaping your day job and making your first $1000 as a writer.
  • What it takes to tap into your writing voice and share it with the world.
  • How to get A-list authors and bloggers to promote your writing.
  • The process every writer can use to get your first 10,000 readers.
..and that’s really just a tease. Jeff packs his trainings with great information. You’re really going to love this! 
I highly recommend you get in on this workshop if you’re at all serious about making a living writing.

Jeff’s offering the training at several times today and tomorrow - so there’s bound to be a time slot that’s convenient for you. Plus, it’s totally free.


Jeff says he’s holding nothing back in this workshop. He’ll be telling you exactly what he did to start making seven figures per year writing - and how his process has helped thousands of other writers build an audience and make money with the written word. 

Get in before it fills up!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bob Selden discusses his new book, “Don’t”

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.

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