10 Rules for Writing Like a BOSS

BOSSDo you desire to write a book but have no idea where to begin?

Or perhaps you are in the process of writing a book and find yourself stuck and not sure how to move the story along.

If you answered yes, to either of these questions your prayers have been answered and HELP has arrived!

Being an author of eight books I have learned some things along the way that I believe will be extremely beneficial to you.

Below are 10 Rules for Writing Like a BOSS!

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  1. Be Authentic – The #1 way to connect with your audience is to be YOU! People can spot a fake/phony from a mile away. Remain true to who you are by allowing your personality to be expressed through your writings which in turn will make your reader feel as if they are actually getting to know you.
  2. Be Strategic- Before you begin any project you should not only know WHAT you desire to do but HOW you desire to do it as well. In making it happen you must have a strategy to make your book a success. In doing so this may or may not include (a.) Hiring a coach or (b.) Working with a publishing company. I have seen countless numbers of people trying to do it on their own only to have a really cool story loss between the pages of a book that no one is buying.
  3. Be Specific- Before you begin writing it is essential that you know WHO you are writing to. Many tend to just write the intention of everyone reading their book. Truth is more books are sold when they are geared toward a particular group of people/audience. Also, always write as if you are speaking to one individuals although thousands within your target audience may actually read your book.
  4. Be Organized– One thing that plagues many aspiring authors is the lack of organization. All many of them is that they want to write a book, not really sure on what topic or what the overall purpose of the book is. Within my training course, Write the Book Already I share a step by step guide on how to write a best selling book in 7 days! It is the exact blueprint I have used with each one of my books. It helps me organize my thoughts and prevents me from being all over the place in my writings. You can learn more about this course by clicking here: http://carlacannon.com/write-book-already-writers-coaching-program/.
  5. Be Fully Present- I encourage all writers to schedule a time to write in an atmosphere that is conducive to bringing out their creativity. This environment should be free of noise, food and clutter. While in this space you want to ensure you are fully present mentally and physically. Also, I encourage you not to spend no more than (3) hours at a time writing because honestly after staring at a computer screen that long it is wise to give your eyes a break.
  6. Be Focused- Enter into your writing space with your blueprint (I share this within my training course; click above to learn more and own yours today), and know ahead of time how long you will be writing. Set your timer, remove your cell phone, house phone and turn off all notifications on your phone to minimize distractions. If your spouse and kids can’t seem to keep the noise down, try rising up early before everyone else does, or stay up late writing once they are all asleep. If all else fails take time and go to your local library to write and be sure to take your thumb drive with you and oh yeah, leave your cell phone in the car and set the timer on your watch to inform you when your time of writing is up.
  7. Beware- Be aware of the needs of your audience. When someone picks up a book, their #1 thought is, “What is this book going to do for me?”
    This is why I believe the top areas individuals look at when determining whether or not to purchase a book are: (1) Title & Subtitle (2) Colors (3) Table of Content and (4) Content on the back of the book. If they are not intrigued by all 4 of the above more than likely your book will be put back on the shelf. This is why you muse beware of your audience as well as intentional about getting your message out to the masses.
  8. Be Resilient– The moment you make a decision to write your book, expect everything that can go wrong to go wrong. This is simply a distraction. Anytime you are giving birth to purpose you must endure labor pains. You see, your manuscript is more than just words on paper; it is your baby and it will cost you to deliver it if you expect your message to impact the lives of others. I like to say it like this: If you expect a small number of people to be impacted by your work then expect small amounts of opposition. But if you desire the world to be impacted by your work expect tremendous experience. Greater the impact; greater the labor pains. The question is will you abort or go through with the delivery.
  9. Be Ready– Through Inspiring Hearts Coaching Institute I have taught, equipped and activated dozens of individuals into not only discovering their life purpose but also learning how to profit from it in the process. Within my institute I also teach, when you write a book you launch your business. Therefore, be ready to speak publicly regarding your work. If your work touches the lives of others trust me someone is going to want to book you as a speaker to have you come and share your story and key principles in front of a live audience. Writing is one thing; but speaking is a another skill that can be developed and nurtured this is why you must understand that when you write a book you launch your business!
  10. Be Honest– If you are going to share your story you must commit to being completely honest! I built my entire business off of sharing my life experiences; some funny while others were extremely painful. However, both enabled my audiences to connect with me and desire to work with me or invite me to speak on their platforms. This rule is congruent with Rule #1: Be Authentic.

If you found the above tips to be helpful I’d love to hear from you, simply comment below and share with me what point resonated with you the most!

Also, this Friday, my new book: TURBULENCE: A Practical Guide on How to Remain Resilient in the Midst of Every Storm will be available at Amazon.com!

If you desire to write a book and are seeking a publishing company where you can maintain ownership of your work and receive 100% profit, visit http://www.cannonpublishing.net!

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Are You Executing or Making Excuses?

Do you often find yourself daydreaming about the shoulda, coulda, woulda’s? You know what these are. Perhaps you say to yourself, “I should of hired a coach!” “If I did I could be much further than I am now.” Or maybe you have said, “I would do _______ if only I had _____________.

The three things I have witnessed so many women fill that last line with is: support, time and money. As a business coach I often hear women say, I would pursue my dreams but I don’t have a good support system. Or I would work out but I just can’t seem to find the time. Or I want to hire you as a coach but I do not have the money.

There are two types of people in this world: Those who watch things happen and those who make things happen. The word “make” here doesn’t mean that these individuals hold all power in their hands but what it does mean is they take intentional steps and make intentional sacrifices in order to make their dreams a reality. This is what I want to encourage you to do today. Refuse to allow another year to pass you by while others make time to pursue their dreams which in turn helps them provide a better quality of life for their family.

What if I told you there was a way you could still spend time with your family or at your local church as well as pursue your dreams? What if I told you that the excuses you are making will only cause you to remain stagnant while others move forward in purpose tackling giants that arise in their life head on? What if I told you life is about choices and we can choose to make excuses or we can choose to execute!

Truth is everything you need to live a meaningful life has already been presented before you. What you have to do is experience a change in your perspective. You have the money you need to get started. You have the support you need to launch out. You have the time needed to create a legacy for your family but it’s up to you to realize it.

Choose today to no longer allow lack to be your portion. So often we say, “I can’t afford this” or “I can’t afford that.” Meanwhile, our hair and nails are done. We eat out with our co-workers on a consistent basis and we are always rocking the finest apparel. Truth is, we pay for what we want. The Good Book tells us that where your “treasure” is there your money will be also.

I can assure you that if it is coaching that you need or to hire a new graphic designer to assist with marketing a virtual event you want to host, you have the means to do so.

Coming to this realization begins with one thing: How bad do YOU really want it? Some things in life we simply do not want bad enough. Because when you want something bad enough you are willing to eat oodles and noodles, hot pockets, beanies and weanies for months if that’s what it takes for you to pursue your dream! Unfortunately success will cost us our time and money. Although it doesn’t take money to make money you can definitely generate ways to use what you have to produce the income you need.

Grab a pen & pad & answer the following questions:

  1. What are 3 things I can do without right now for the next 6 months in order to pursue my dream?
  2. What do I offer for free that I could and should be charging for?
  3. Am I willing to sacrifice picking up a 2nd job to pay for the coaching/training I need to position myself to live the life of my dreams?
  4. What is ONE thing I can do now that can change the trajectory of my life?

Take a moment and answer the above questions and answer them honestly. Next, I want you to pull out your check book or log into your banking account online and make a list of all of the unnecessary transactions you’ve made just today or the previous week, or last month. How much of that money could have been used toward having your website created? How much of that could have been used toward the creation of a new product?

Now put your pen down and reflect. Do you see how you have had everything you have needed all the while? You actually CAN afford to pursue your dreams. You CAN afford to hire a coach. You CAN go back to college to further your education. You DO have time to work out. You DO have time to spend with your spouse and your loved ones while doing what you love professionally.

Always remember, when you are serious about your future others will work with you but no one is handing out freebies. Matter of fact you shouldn’t even want a hand out! Statistics prove that individuals who invest in themselves tend to be more successful than those who are handed a free pass. If everything in life were handed to you and I we wouldn’t value anything.

So what is it that you need to do right now? Regardless of what it is or how much it cost, determine if it is worth the investment by asking: (1) Will doing this one thing help change my life? (2) Am I willing to do the work? (3) Am I really sick and tired of being sick & tired?

Once you answer these questions truthfully you will know if you still want to play around or if you are desperate for change and are willing to do what it takes to see it manifest in your life! To experience success it will cause you to have to experience temporary discomfort as you are creating the life you desire or deserve. All of the greats from Oprah Winfrey to Bill Gates even to Warren Buffett had to experience uncomfortable circumstances as they took the stairs to success.

Make a decision to minimize and even eliminate all excuses and position yourself to EXECUTE!

2017 is the year to UNLOCK, UNLEASH & ACTIVATE! You have what it takes you just need to get out of your own way!

*If you are ready to snatch back your life and get on a path to discover your purpose in the fullness of what God intended I’d love the opportunity to mentor you. Trailblazers Coaching Academy was strategically designed for individuals like you who are sick of self-sabotaging behavior and are finally ready to get out of their own way! If you are serious and in desperate need of permanent change visit http://www.trailblazerscoaching.org and sign up today!

First Steps to Writing a Book

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Are you interested in writing a book but have the first clue as to where to begin? I personally know how that feels because when I set out to write my first book two years ago entitled, The Power in Waiting I had no clue what I was doing. Actually, just like you may have done, I also sat down and just started typing until I ran out of words for that day then when done I would put it down and pick it back up the next day.

What I did not know was that just like anything else in my life I needed strategy. I knew I desired to write a book but in order to make this dream a reality I had to put my faith into action and execute! I like to say it like this:

A goal without a strategic plan of action is simply a wish!

Anything you desire to do in life you must first have a game plan! One of the key things I teach in my company, Inspiring Hearts Coaching Institute (where I teach aspiring authors step by step how to become published authors) is that before you can write the book you must first identify the following:

  1. What do you have to say? Before you can write a book you must first identify what you have to say and why should anyone care? I know that may sound cold but it’s quite the opposite. These are hard truths that you must answer BEFORE you set out to write a book. Always identify a solution you are providing to a specific problem. Now sure, you can provide several solutions to multiple problems but be careful not to be too vague that you are unable to identify your target market specifically.
  2. Know who you are talking to- Who is your target market? What are their demographics (statistical data relating to the population and particular groups within it)? What are their psychographics (the study and classification of people according to their attitudes, aspirations, and other psychological criteria, especially in market research.)
  3. Identify the strategic plan of action you will implement in marketing this project- Too often I see authors who have a great story line or content, phenomenal graphic design for their book site and a website you just love visiting but yet they aren’t selling any books. Why is that? Because they waited until after the book was written to develop a marketing strategy. This is a big no no!! You do NOT wait until your book is complete before you are talking about it, hosting live readings about it, teleconferences; etc. That is just like a film director waiting until the movie comes out before they advertise it. No! The reason we run to the movie theater is because we have seen the same commercials over and over and each time our anticipation grows stronger and stronger. What is this called? Marketing strategies. Now the only way you don’t have to market a project prior to release is if your name is Beyonce’ and you have half the world who already knows and loves your stuff. I know that was pretty cool when she did this back in 2013 and her fans went crazy and she sold millions of records in a matter of hours when she released it without a warning.

The only way you don’t have to market a new project is if your name is BEYONCE’!

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If you enjoyed this tips head over to http://carlacannon.com/bsb7program/ and check out my upcoming Write the Book Already Two Hour Writer’s Intensive Teleseminar in I will be hosting for the first time ever on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 7-9pmEST.

During this tele-seminar I will be taking you step by step on how to write, publish and market your book as well as teaching how when you write a book you actually launch your business!!! I also teach you how to prevent writer’s block FOREVER! I’ve been writing for over three years professionally and have NEVER ran out of words to say or drew a blank. Don’t miss it! It’s going to be epic!

When you sign up you receive full access to this one of a kind teaching, my book: Write the Book Already absolutely FREE (that I am only offering via this program) along with a 30 minute Breakthrough Coaching session with me absolutely FREE! Head over to http://carlacannon.com/bsb7program/ now to learn more and sign up! Trust me it will be well worth the investment!

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