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Friday, April 27, 2012

Birth of a Book: How a Hardback Book is Made

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Slightly Foxed have stepped aside from the e-book stampede to publish beautifully bound hardbacks that recall a bygone age – and sell like hot cakes. Watch Smith Settle bookbinders near Leeds bring one of their hardback books to life.

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Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Want to Know How to Start Writing Your Book?

Filed under: Author Tips,Getting Started,Guest Author Articles — Larry James @ 7:00 am
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Cristina Istrati, Guest Author

I am sure that you have grabbed the pen, for many times, being really ready and determined to start writing your book. You were so excited and happy about it but once in front of the white sheet, you stopped. What happened? What went wrong? The thought of not knowing from where to start froze you? I know, it can happen to every writer. As a matter a fact, I bet that only the experienced authors are saved from this unpleasant step in their lives.

writercartoonNevertheless, this does not mean, that we, as “newly arrived” in this field, have to put up with this “phenomenon”. Absolutely not! I did some research, added my own experience to it and… voila! The first steps you need to consider when writing your book are here! Be careful, though! Once you read them, you might want to write not only one book, but two, three, four….! 😉

So you want to write a fiction book, non fiction, a mystery, a fantasy, an autobiography: Whatever you want to write, all you have got to do is sit down and write it but when you do sit down to write, don’t ever worry about editing, don’t worry about misspellings, don’t worry about any of that kind of stuff. We`ll handle that later. Now, first thing is first:

How To Get Started

Often, getting started is the most exciting and interesting part of writing a book. In order not to get stuck on a difficult part, go ahead and skip anything that causes you trouble and write out the easy parts first.

Writing a book is just like any other business: you need a plan. The plan in this case is going to be an outline for your book. A well drawn outline will help you focus on your total project.

“If you want to be a writer. . . you must consistently bang the keys!” ~ Larry James

Outline Your Story Or Information (depending on whether it`s fiction or nonfiction). For fiction book writing, you need an outline of your plot, when to introduce your characters, the narrative path of the story… that is, what’s the beginning of the story, what’s the middle of the story and what’s the ending of the story all placed in the chronological order.

twiceuponatimeFor Non Fiction Book Writing: The same applies! Organize your information into a logical and useful order – and believe me when you put down all your titles, your chapters titles, that is a great way to start and then you just fill in the blanks. It helps keeps it all in order so you don’t have to go back and start searching for where this belongs or where that belongs.
Once these are done, you can go from there. As you get more into the writing, you can go back and revisit the challenging parts. You may also find yourself making changes to the storyline as you write.

Since most people who make a living writing start out doing it as a hobby, it should be something you enjoy. You should be enthusiastic about writing your book. Remember that if you’re not interested in what you’re writing, your readers won’t be either!

Write About What You Know

You should stick to writing about things that you know. If you want to write about a topic that you’re not familiar with, it’s going to take some research. Most writers do extensive research on their books before they begin writing them. This gives the finished work depth and makes it realistic.

It needs to be accurate and factual. You can do your research online using the Web or offline using books and magazines. You may also interview people with firsthand experience or expertise in your book’s subject matter.

Editing, Formatting and Publishing

The tasks that await after your book is finished are not nearly as exciting as writing the book itself. You’ll need to take time and great care to edit. The purpose is to make sure that it flows well and is error-free. You then need to format the book and design the cover. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to publish!

These are, let`s say, the first three steps when it comes about writing your book. Once you apply them correctly, they can be very effective and helpful. Follow them carefully and before you`ll know it, you`ll have your book written and ready to be presented to its readers.

Copyright 2012 by Cristina Istrati. Cristina Istrati is a published author, passionate about helping aspiring authors get their message out by helping them write a book and get published. She lives in Romania (Bucharest). She wrote her first book (a romance novel called Seductive Ambiguity) at age 21 and shortly after, she published it. The book was very well received by the critics and in January 2011, Cristina is rewarded with Mihai Eminescu International Literature Prize. Visit her Website!

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Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Impotence of Proofreading

Filed under: Video — Larry James @ 8:15 am

“The Impotence of Proofreading” was performed by Taylor Mail at the very first “Page Meets Stage” pairing at the Bowery Poetry Club on November 12, 2005. Poets, Writers, and English teachers everywhere will appreciate this fine peace of literary work on video.

If you rite for a living always be sur to doublde check youre work befor submiting it!

Tank u 4 walking! Hop you employed it! Isnt it grate to have a cents of humor? 😉

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Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Distinguish Yourself as a Speaker

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Bill Lampton, Ph.D., Guest Author

Your success as a speaker depends on avoiding predictability by distinguishing yourself from the hoards of speakers people hear monthly at civic, political, religious, government, business, and social events. Here are five ways to become a memorably distinctive speaker.

As the solo anchor of ABC television’s “World News Tonight” program for twenty-two years, Peter Jennings – according to fellow journalist Lynn Sherr – conveyed “a presence so commanding that dedicated viewers placed their confidence in him to convey everything.”

Shortly after Jennings’ death in 2005, one of his longtime colleagues, Tom Nagorski, pinpointed a major reason for Jennings’ success. Nagorski came on board with Peter Jennings as foreign editor for the program. He recalled a question Peter asked constantly, “What are we going to do today that will distinguish us?” Nagorski said of Jennings, “He despised predictability,” and “he loved it when we were able to do something, even if it was just an angle or a phrase in a piece, that he felt distinguished us.”

Let’s apply Jennings’ advice to giving speeches. Here, too, success depends on avoiding predictability by distinguishing yourself from the hoards of speakers people hear monthly at civic, political, religious, government, business, and social events. Here are five ways to become a memorably distinctive speaker.

FIRST: Never start by telling a joke

You have noticed that a vast majority of speakers try to crack jokes at the outset, hoping they will relax the audience and establish quick rapport. You’ve noticed also that many times this strategy fails. Why? The speaker botches the timing for the punch line, tells a joke listeners know already, or offends listeners through an off color remark.

Yes, humor during the opening minute can stimulate attention, but joke telling isn’t required. Simply offer a quip you thought of as you entered the room. Better yet, use self-deprecating humor. We like speakers who, with good taste, poke fun at themselves.

SECOND: Go note-less

Far too many speakers establish a paper barrier between themselves and the audience, either by turning pages of a full manuscript or by glancing down frequently at more abbreviated notes. This head-bobbing reduces audience attention drastically.

“But,” you object, “I’ve never given an important speech without notes.” Really? Did you read your wedding proposal to your beloved? Did you read your request for a raise to your boss? Of course not, because you recognized that unbroken eye contact would elevate your persuasive attempt.

Keep in mind that your speech should resemble a conversation instead of a recitation. Note as well that your audience has no idea what you mean to say, so if you leave something out or change the order, only you will be aware of the change.

No, you don’t need a teleprompter to go note-less, just mastery of your topic and an overwhelming desire to relate to your audience personally.

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THIRD: Use fresh language

Ordinary speakers will use words and phrases we grew tired of long ago, such as: 24/7, surreal, if you will, what he brings to the table, over when the fat lady sings, gone viral, game-changer, step up to the plate, same old same old, and sea change.

Avoid those examples, and avoid all other clichés that may have carried impact initially but have grown tiresome and even offensive.

FOURTH: Create the image that time has disappeared

Customarily, speakers remind their audiences of time as a limiting factor: “In the limited time we have together today,” “I wish I had more time to devote to this important topic,” or “I’m running out of time, but I’ve got something else important to tell you.”

Nonverbally, you have seen speakers create time awareness by looking at their watches. Did you notice how the audience did that as well?

This is ironic, but true: To make your message both timely and timeless, never refer to time in any way.

FIFTH: Share your inner self

In the vast majority of speech settings, we come away with a rather standard impression of the speaker without feeling that have become truly acquainted. Superlative speakers, though, reveal their inner selves, in ways related to the topic.

Renowned speaker and author Og Mandino changed his entire approach to speaking when an audience member challenged him after one of his keynote addresses. She told him it was easy for him to talk about motivation and success, because he traveled widely, speaking for big fees, staying in the finest hotels, and associating with celebrities. She said he knew little about the challenges ordinary people faced, because he had never been down and out.

After that conversation, Mandino vowed silently that he would never face another audience without describing his early life failures. As a young insurance salesman, everything was going well for him, his wife, and their child. However, he formed the habit of stopping “just for a drink or two” with friends after work. His dependency grew, and his family left him. Mandino painfully recalled the day he wanted to kill himself, but couldn’t afford the gun he saw in a pawn shop window. Can you imagine how strongly his convention audiences identified with him when he gave that frank, honest self-portrait?

Of course, my personal story and yours are not likely to be that dramatic. Still, we will become distinctive when we tastefully tell audiences who we really are – and even reveal what nobody would have guessed about us.

For your next speech, reword Peter Jennings’ question this way: “What am I going to do today that will distinguish me?” Then use these five key strategies that will make you delightfully different.

BillLampton Copyright 2012 by Bill Lampton, Ph.D. Bill Lampton, Ph.D., President of Championship Communication, “Helps You Finish in First Place!” As a veteran Communication Consultant and Speech Coach, he has served a top-tier client list, including Gillette, Procter & Gamble, CenturyTel, Ritz-Carlton Cancun, and the British Columbia Legal Management Association. Call him: 678-316-4300. Visit his Web site to purchase his book and audio CDs, and to sign up for his monthly newsletter: http://www.championshipcommunication.com. Dr. Lampton’s blog provides helpful articles, radio interviews, and videos: http://thecompletecommunicator.com

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Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

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