Free Workshop: 13 Steps to Realizing Your Published Author Dream

Free Workshop: 13 Steps to Realizing Your Published Author Dream

publishing dreams

If you could use some motivation to pursue your writing dreams, then you will love the free workshop 13 Steps to Realizing Your Published Author Dream, which will be held June 18 at 1 p.m. EST in the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group.

I asked one of our longtime group members, Ann C.K. Nickell, to present this workshop as I noticed her inspirational and informative blog posts on social media and knew the group could benefit from her wisdom.

Here is a description of the workshop:

Do you want to become a published author but haven’t yet realized that dream? What’s holding you back? This workshop will inspire you and help you define your “why,” recognize the obstacles in your way, beat writer’s block, and finally claim the title of Published Author! Now is the time to realize your dream!

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More About Ann

Ann is an author, blogger, coach and survivor who founded Wonderfully Worthy to use her stories to help others overcome their obstacles, find their passion and purpose, realize their dreams, and live beautiful lives.

The workshop is pre-recorded and Ann will be available during the premiere to answer questions in the comments. If you can’t attend live, it will be archived in the group’s Units section with other guest workshops.

She is the author of books including the poetry collection Triumph and Tribulation.

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In life, there is tribulation, but there is also triumph, as light always overcomes the darkness. These poems will take you on a journey of love, loss, hope, fear, courage, despair, and faith.

Buy it on Amazon.

You can learn more about Ann at the below links:
AnnCKNickell.com
WonderfullyWorthy.com

 

Free Workshop: Creating A Map For Your Book

Free Workshop: Creating A Map For Your Book

creating a map for your book

We’re hosting another free workshop in the Shortcuts for Writers: Editing Made Simple Facebook Group on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Creating a map for your book can change your entire writing experience. Breaking down the process into doable segments opens the space for more creativity and flow. So let’s turn the overwhelm of the journey into mini-trips of joy.

Join Willow Green as she shares how to set yourself up for success and feel like your book wrote itself! You will learn how to create a map from idea to manuscript. Once you have your legend and journey all planned out, the words just flow through you easily and effortlessly! If you can’t attend the workshop live, the replay will be archived in the group’s Units section.

overcoming fear of writing

Willow is an author, facilitator and intuitive coach who works with individuals and groups around the world facilitating opportunities to experience true freedom and deeper levels of love. Willow is certified in NLP, has a degree in occupational science and a has lived with and trained with several spiritual guides. She has a very unique and diverse set of gifts that allow her clients to see exactly what they need to empower themselves and thrive. 

Find Willow at the below sites:

Website

YouTube

Facebook

Instagram

Free Workshop – How To Get Free Publicity For Your Book @Mayah_Riaz

Free Workshop – How To Get Free Publicity For Your Book @Mayah_Riaz

How to get free publicity for your book

Join us in the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group for a live workshop on how to get free publicity for your book. The event will be held May 21 at 11:00 a.m. EST.

The presenter, Mayah Riaz, is a celebrity manager who provides PR-to-the-Stars. She is on speed dial to many household names from the world of business, TV, showbiz and even royalty.

After 14 years of helping the rich and famous become even more famous, she now helps businesses and entrepreneurs to do their own publicity. Mayah teaches entrepreneurs all over the globe how to manage their own publicity without the need of hiring a big, fancy PR agency. Having helped hundreds of business owners with their PR, she finds this much more rewarding than getting a celebrity on the front cover of Vogue!

Mayah teaches businesses all the know-how that a PR agency has, so they can keep their profits in their business. She teaches on all topics of PR from creating relationships with the press, to sharing her top tips to getting a yes from the press.

.ow to get publicity for your book

To participate in the workshop, you must be a member of the Shortcuts for Writers: Editing Made Simple Facebook group. If you’re not a member, you can fill out the membership questions and request approval. If you can’t make it live, the replay will be archived with our other past guest workshops in the Units section.

More About Mayah

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

 

Biggest Writing Mistakes & Steps To Publishing A Book – YouTube Interview

Biggest Writing Mistakes & Steps To Publishing A Book – YouTube Interview

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I was honored to be a guest on Willow Green’s YouTube channel. We had a candid discussion about the biggest writing mistakes that beginning authors make; working with different kinds of editors and what to expect; the pros and cons of traditional publishing, indie publishing, and small presses; and the philosophy behind my self-editing course Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan to Making Your Novels Publishable.

Willow is an author, facilitator, coach, and creator who works with individuals, groups and businesses illuminating their experience, expertise and authenticity to build connection, trust and loyalty. Willow’s background includes an occupational science degree, Shamanic training, NLP and experiential. She owned a fitness club, authored the books I’m Sober, Now What?, Inside the Mind of an Addict, and Rewriting Your Reality, and works with people around the world shifting their energy and perspectives to unlock limitless possibilities.

Find Willow at the below sites:

Website

YouTube

Facebook

Instagram

​For more about my self-paced course for writers, Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan to Making Your Novels Publishable, visit the course webpage. Be sure to sign up for my free 5-day line editing class and to check out the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group.

Free Workshop On Copyright For Authors

Free Workshop On Copyright For Authors

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Copyright issues frequently come up for authors. You probably know that copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. But the specifics of copyright can be confusing.

For example, what is copyrightable and what isn’t? Can you copyright your characters? Can you include a snippet of song lyrics in your book? What can you do to avoid infringement?

As an editor, I get asked copyright issues by my clients. Sometimes I know the answer, but often I don’t. That’s why I’m thrilled to have an expert lead a copyright workshop in the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group.

Law professor Alina Boyte will teach a workshop in the group May 7 at 12:30 p.m. EST. Alina is a graduate of Stanford Law School and attended the University of Cambridge and the University of London in the United Kingdom. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and was awarded a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship at Stanford. She also earned a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship, is a fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society, and a member of the Oxford and Cambridge Society. She joined the faculty of the Mississippi College School of Law in 2007.

Alina teaches Property, Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw, and Law and Economics.

If you’re not a member of the Shortcuts for Writers group, be sure to request membership. There will be a replay archived in the group if you can’t attend live.

Alina is also the host of the Heart Centered Life podcast and YouTube broadcast. She recently interviewed me on how to write your first novel and get published. You can watch the interview here.

You can find Alina at the below links:

Website

Faculty page

Facebook group (Heart Centered Living for Busy Professionals, Entrepreneurs, and Educators)

Facebook page

 

 

Free Workshop On Tips For Creative Flow @URCreativeChord

Free Workshop On Tips For Creative Flow @URCreativeChord

Composer, poet, writer, and nature photographer Jenny Leigh Hodgins will be offering a free workshop called Tips For Creative Flow in the Shortcuts for Writers: Editing Made Simple Facebook group on Wednesday April 29 at 1:30 p.m. EST. She will do a live walk-through of her Keys For Nurturing Creativity And Creative Exploration Formula.

Jenny Leigh is one of the most creative people I know, so I encourage you to attend this event and learn from her. She will be sharing lots of amazing resources.

You need to be a member of the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook Group to attend the workshop, so feel free to answer the membership questions and request to join the group.

creativity workshopIf you can’t attend Jenny Leigh’s creativity workshop live, no worries. The replay will be available and will be archived in the group’s Units section with our other guest workshops. However, if you attend live, you’ll be able to get some special freebies.

Jenny Leigh is a 50+ new creativeprenuer, author, blogger and podcast host of YourCreativeChord.com and caregiver for her 80-year mother. She interviews creative and positivity experts, shares strategies for inspired living, and offers tips for developing self-care and a positive mindset.

With a philosophy sased on Buddhism’s spiritual optimism, she musters hope for transforming challenges and reaching goals through authentic creative expression and informed awareness.

YourCreativeChord offers quality content, a positive community, and support for those interested in nurturing creativity and inspiration. Jenny Leigh’s blogs, podcasts, videos, photos, music, and nature-inspired product designs emphasize the power of nature, positive affirmations, and self-care to rejuvenate, uplift, and heal. Be sure to check out her workshop so you can learn some ways to be more creative.

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Free Workshop On Journaling Benefits & Tips

Free Workshop On Journaling Benefits & Tips

Kat Caldwell, the author of Write Your Life: More Than Just A Journal, will present a short workshop on the benefits of journaling April 2 at 7 p.m. EST in the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group. She will discuss her path down the road of journaling, why she became so ardent about it, and why she thinks you should journal as well. For those who listen to the video, there are some goodies at the end.

It’s not necessary to attend live as the replay wil be available to group members in Unit 8. If you’d like to chat with Kat in the comments live, she will be there from 7-7:30 p.m. EST to answer questions. You need to be a member of the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group to attend. If you’re not a member, you can request to join the group here. Be sure to answer the membership questions.

Kat is a writer of historical fiction and fantasy fiction. She is not only passionate about writing the stories that come into her head, but also that other people write the story of their lives. She hosts a podcast for creatives and their businesses called Pencils & Lipstick and hopes to come out with her contemporary novel in the fall of 2020.

You can find her at:
https://katcaldwell.com/
https://www.instagram.com/katcaldwell.author/
https://www.facebook.com/katcaldwellauthor/

On Kat’s website, there is a Free Quarantine journaling bundle right at the top menu. You can also sign up for her journaling prompt newsletter here. If you are interested in more journaling prompts, be sure to follow her on Instagram as she posts different ones there.

Podcast

Kat also interviewed me recently on the Pencils & Lipstick podcast. The first 40 minutes discuss the ups and downs of my writing journey and what led me to this point in my career, and then for the rest of the podcast we talk about my online course Book Editing Blueprint and the common mistakes that writers make.

You can listen to our interview here.

Pencils&Lipstick is for anyone who is a writer, reader, or looking for encouragement to develop their creativity. Kat interviews writers, entrepreneurs, artists, and many others. You’ll get audio samples of new books coming out, and she tackles life issues that plague us all. You can also join her Pencils&Lipstick Facebook group, a growing community where creatives come together to encourage and connect.

Journaling Books

benefits of journaling

Here are a couple of Kat’s journaling books.

Write Your Life: More Than Just A JournalSometimes we can get into a rut when chronicling our lives. That’s why Kat wanted to make something where you could fill in some fun details about yourself without interrupting your personal journaling flow. This journal contains lined pages with prompts scattered throughout. Prompts like: what are your favorite foods now? What music are you into? Has the genre changed over the years?

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Push a Pencil: 40 Prompts to Further Develop Your Creative Writing – This isn’t just a book of writing prompts; this is a writing journal. With fun, descriptive ideas, space to write, and examples, this is a book you can take and use anywhere. The prompts range from a character waking up in a trench in WWI to a spell causing your character to speak as they write on social media. Cultivate Your Writing Craft is great for any writer, no matter what the experience, to get their creative juices flowing. Cultivate your craft using characters you already created or make up new ones. Use this book in a writing group and compare with your writing friends. Your imagination is endless, but sometimes you need a new idea to grow a story from. Use these prompts as a way to start a new story or add to one you already have.

Remember to check out the Shortcuts for Writers group so you can watch Kat’s workshop on journaling benefits and tips.

Giveaway: Enter To Win A Spot In Book Editing Blueprint & Free Edit #IndieAuthor #AmWriting

Giveaway: Enter To Win A Spot In Book Editing Blueprint & Free Edit #IndieAuthor #AmWriting

Win $500 in Editing Prizes
Finally, the Book Editing Blueprint launch is just around the corner. It will be launching in March, and to celebrate, I’m having a giveaway! I thought this online course was going to be ready last fall, but I kept adding more and more content to it. Now I’m just doing some final proofreading and working on my launch blog posts and videos. I can’t WAIT to open enrollment.

But before the grand launch, I decided to give away one advance spot in the course PLUS a free developmental edit of the winner’s first 50 pagesTo enter the giveaway, visit this link or fill in the below form.

The giveaway will run through Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m. EST. There are loads of ways to gain extra entries such as by sharing the post, following me on social media, and checking out a few of my blog posts and videos. Your odds of winning increase with every person you refer.

The prize pack is valued at $500. (A combination of the course enrollment and my editing fees.) This course is designed to help beginner and intermediate writers save time and money by learning to think like an editor. It includes:

  • 10 modules
  • 28 videos
  • 71-page workbook
  • 200 pages of transcripts
  • 25-page self-editing checklist
  • Interactive quizzes
  • Bonuses

It’s a self-paced course, and you can either binge through it in about 10-14 days or take your time. Plus as part of this giveaway, once the winner finishes the rewrites, I’ll do a developmental edit of the first 50 pages. So go ahead! Let’s see who will win the free spot!

 

 

Free Workshop – How To Give Your Writing Space A Makeover

Free Workshop – How To Give Your Writing Space A Makeover

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Join us for a special workshop  in the Shortcuts for Writers: Editing Made Simple Facebook group on how to create and organize your writing space—whether it’s an actual office, or a corner of the dining room table.
 
Diane Thompson will present this special video workshop on Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. EST. If you can’t make it live, no worries. You can always watch the replay. The workshop will also be archived in Unit 8 of the group’s learning center, where you can catch up on all the past guest speakers. Diane wants to know what your biggest struggle is regarding your home office.

🙁1. Clutter

🙁2. Lack of focus

🙁3. Distractions

🙁4. Not inspired

🙁5. Lack of comfort

🙁6. My office is perfect

🙁7. Something else

Post a comment and I will pass on your feedback.

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Diane helps mom entrepreneurs and side hustlers to create and organize their shared home office spaces. She knows firsthand that working from the comfort of your living room, dining room, or bedroom has a unique set of challenges, and is on a mission to make working from home easier for you.

She is a chemist by trade and an organizer by passion and has been organizing other people’s stuff since middle school. Several impactful life events gave her the courage to finally build the business of her dreams. She loves home-cooked dinner parties and spending time with her family, music, and dancing! For more information on her services, visit her website and Facebook page.

Not a member of the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook community? Head on over and answer the screening questions. Members can download the free toolkit 7 Simple Steps to Nailing Your Book Blurb, and you’ll get access to Diane’s free writers’ workspace workshop.

Managing Your Time In 2020: Announcing Time Management Boot Camp #10minnovelists #setthetimer

Managing Your Time In 2020: Announcing Time Management Boot Camp #10minnovelists #setthetimer


10 minute novelists

There has been lots of talk about time management in the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group lately. Writing excuses, distractions, lack of motivation—these are all issues that plague writers. Maybe you’re balancing writing with a full-time job or trying to write with kids underfoot. That’s why I’m delighted to share this guest post from the inspiring Katharine Grubb of 10 Minute Novelists. She has loads of tips to help you get that book done.

Katharine is an author, poet, homeschooling mother, camping enthusiast, bread-baker, aspiring MFA candidate, and believer in working in small increments of time. She leads 10 Minute Novelists, an international Facebook group of time-crunched writers. Katharine is hosting a Time Management Boot Camp that starts Jan. 20, 2020. I’ll let Katharine tell you about it below and explain what it means to be a 10 Minute Novelist.

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By Katharine Grubb

Since 2006, I’ve called myself a 10 Minute Novelist. I called myself that because I had five children less than eight years apart, I wanted to homeschool, and I wanted to write. I believed working in short spurts, 10-minute increments, was better than waiting until the house was clean, the laundry was done and the kids were grown.

This worked for me! I’ve written novels, I’ve conquered Twitter, I’ve created and managed a successful Facebook group, I’ve blogged and I’ve marketed myself in new ways. I got accepted to grad school. In all of this, I still maintained my household. I fed my family, washed their clothes, and kept up with general administration. At this writing, two children are thriving in college, one goes off this fall and the last two are chomping at the bit to be full-time dual enrollment high schoolers.

I did it! I met my goals, but I have to tell you. It wasn’t always pretty. Over the years, I asked for more opportunities which I ran the risk of missing. I asked for more challenges and sometimes I stared at them, convinced I couldn’t rise to meet them. All of the wonderful, amazing things I’ve asked for came with more responsibility.

 So I had no choice but to become more disciplined in my time, my attitudes, and my margins. I also had to understand who I was well, so that the limitations I put on myself would enhance these responsibilities, not restrain them. In his book Getting Things Done, David Allen explained, “When you start to make things happen, you really begin to believe that you can make things happen. And that makes things happen.”

I believe that this is true. Once I decided to write in 10-minute increments, the rest of my life became more manageable. My success in these small victories created a fresh drive in me to stay organized and disciplined. I learned a lot and I created Time Management Boot Camp to teach others how to do this too.

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Time Management Boot Camp

Time Management Boot Camp is a 10-week systematic webinar designed to show you how you can be more disciplined in every area of your life so you can meet all your goals.

My friend, author Lee Nelson said, “This isn’t a nuts-and-bolts ‘this is how you organize yourself,’ but rather . . . requires you to participate in how you organize your time and energy. I’ve found many times when I had to stop and meditate on her advice and suggestions. I’ve found that it’s encouraging me to re-prioritize my time so that I find more meaning in my life’s activities.”

Every Monday from January 20 to March 23, I will be sending a video to your email inbox instructing you on how to organize a specific area.

Week 1: January 20: Introduction / Knowing who you are

Week 2: January 27: Your Attitudes

Week 3: February 3: Your People

Week 4: February 10: Your Time

Week 5: February 17: Your Habits

Week 6: February 24: Your Stuff

Week 7: March 2: Your Tools

Week 8: March 9: Your Margins

Week 9: March 16: Your Fails

Week 10: March 23: Your Total Life

My friend, editor Rebecca Miller said, “While others can benefit from her practical advice, Katharine’s niche is empowering moms to live their personal goals. “

Webinars will be recorded live every Monday afternoon at 3:30 pm, with a half-hour live Q&A session. You’ll also receive a .pdf with application questions to help you apply the principles to your own life.

Join me for Time Management Boot Camp and let’s make 2020 the best year ever! Sign up here.

Free Motivation For Writers Workshop – Invigorate Your Writing

Free Motivation For Writers Workshop – Invigorate Your Writing

 
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Do you need to jump-start your writing in the new year? Special guest Hallie Avolio will visit the Shortcuts for Writers: Editing Made Simple Facebook group Jan. 6, 2020 at 3 p.m. EST to share some motivation for writers. Hallie will present an interactive video workshop on How to Get Unstuck and Invigorate Your Writing

If you can’t make it live to this inspirational event for writers, no worries. You can watch the replay. The workshop will also be archived in Unit 8 of the group’s learning center, where you can catch up on all the past guest speakers.

Topics will include:

– Knowing your why
– Creating a safe space to think
– Creating an affirmation
– Having self-compassion
– Managing your time
– Finding balance
And much more!

To join the Shortcuts for Writers: Editing Made Simple Facebook group, you must answer a few short admission questions.

Hallie Avolio is the president and founder of Sassy Healthy Fit, a lifestyle brand that empowers In Demand Women to prioritize themselves and unlock their sassy side without guilt. Hallie is a huge believer in the power of positivity, affirmations and taking action that is simple, sustainable and fun. She is the host of Sassy AF TV on YouTube, a writer, a speaker and a passionate leader for her growing community of In Demand Women. You can find her at www.sassyhealthy.fit and on social media @sassyhealthyfit.

Here are some questions Hallie would love for you to answer to help her gear the workshop toward the group members’ needs. Feel free to share your answers in the comments below.

✔️1. Where could you use the most support in shifting your mindset?

✔️2. What excuses do you have to avoid writing, editing, or working on tasks to further your writing career?

✔️3. What gets you the most stuck? Where do you need the most help getting unstuck?

✔️4. What questions would you like Hallie to answer?

 
Not a member of the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook community? Head on over and answer the screening questions. Members can download the free toolkit 7 Simple Steps to Nailing Your Book Blurb, and you’ll get access to Hallie’s free motivation for writers workshop.
Join The Free Tarot Card Workshop – Inspiration for Writers

Join The Free Tarot Card Workshop – Inspiration for Writers

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Intuitive coach Kerin Monaco is leading a tarot card workshop to provide inspiration for writers.

Would you like to decompress from the holiday craziness and get a special message from your creative muse? We’re doing something special in the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group today, Dec. 17, 2019. Come drop in for Tarot Tuesday led by special guest Kerin Monaco. She is going to do a tarot reading focused on inspiration for writers.

I met Kerin in another group, and when she offered to come visit us at Shortcuts for Writers, I immediately said yes. I’ve used angel cards myself and find them very insightful.

You will have an opportunity to intuitively pick one of three tarot cards in the morning, and then in the evening around 5 p.m. EST, Kerin will go live to reveal what your card means and how you can apply it to your creativity. The timing is extremely flexible. Just pop in to the group during the day and comment on Kerin’s post with your chosen card (left, right, or center.) Then you can either catch her live later in the day or watch the recording.

Are you reading this post past the Dec. 17 date and thinking, oh, no, I’m too late? No worries. It will be archived in Unit 8 of the group’s learning center, where you can catch replays of all our guest speakers. You’re welcome to comment with your card, or pick it silently to yourself, and then watch the video replay to see what it means. 

Kerin is an intuitive coach known for her ability to help women unearth their soul’s purpose and wild authenticity by addressing the spiritual beliefs that have kept them small. Those who work with her have shared that her connection to Source is “undeniable” and have experienced powerful shifts in love, business, confidence, and faith.

So, take a little break, focus on you and your creativity, and get some inspiration for the new year. If you’re not a member of the Facebook group, you’ll have to answer a few quick questions to gain admission.

You can learn more about Kerin’s services on her Facebook page.

I hope you will come check out our special Tarot Tuesday event and get some inspiration for writers.

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