A fellow writer from The Working Writer’s Club, J.K. Maze, shares what new projects are in the works. This prolific mystery writer has no plans to slow down. (Oh, and don’t miss Joan’s special contest details at the bottom of this post!)
J. K. says…Considering the number of books and genres I have planned, I think I’d better live to be 100 – or more.
At any rate, I plan on having Murder by Spook finished and ready for the publisher by sometime this summer. The first draft is finished and ready for revisions. I will then begin the fourth book in the series, Murder by the Yard, which is about football, of which I know very little. Obviously, I’ll have to do a lot of research.
Murder by Spook, by the way, doesn’t involve ghosts, but is about spies. Ironically, I got the idea from a Halloween ad, mentally changing ghost to spook, which is the slang Read more
I never tire of listening to Simon Sinek’s 18 minute Ted Talk. Why? It keeps me in touch with my own “why.” Why do I do what I do? Because I believe every painful, comical, costly misunderstanding is rooted in communication…I believe in improving our “understanding”–one person at a time–to make the world a better place.
Here’s Simon Sinek’s take on selling with your “why.”
My current project is one I should have begun years ago – a written version of my Publishing 101 & 102 seminars. Those seminars are my most popular and attendees have often asked if I had book covering the topic. Using my original seminar titles, the book is called How to Publish & Promote Your Book Now!
From my extensive notes, it was easy to compose an outline and begin writing. Ive enjoyed being able to go into greater detail all of the aspects of publishing and promoting a book. Ive broken the chapters down into short, easy to follow segments, covering every aspect of my seminars. Each chapter also includes website links to more information, examples, and items an author needs.
Since there is far more presented in the book than during my seminars, I had to do additional research. The industry is changing so fast now with eBooks that I know I will be making last minute edits up to the very end. I hope to be able to update the eBook version every few months and offer it free Read more
It is with great pleasure that I host fellow author Dorit Sasson, on the last day of her virtual book tour.
I met Dorit in the Working Writer’s Club and was struck by her passion for helping others especially teachers. That passion is apparent in her current project, Pebbles in the Pond: Transforming the World One Person at a Time.
If you find yourself asking the question…What now? or How do I make changes? you might want to pay attention to your inner voice. Is your decision making hesitant? Is your path clear? Is your mission your motivator? If not, you’ll need to start there.
When your ‘big why’ is your big motivator then decision making is easier. Life is really nothing more than a series of decisions. but, decision making, especially when you have no clear goal, path or compass to lead you, can be taxing to the body, mind and soul.
Try operating as though you have blinders on. For instance, in an emergency your mind focuses on just one thing…the next thing that needs to happen! You don’t wander off wondering what to have for lunch or whether or not you should stop and tweet–NO–you just do the next thing in front of you. (True, you may not always do the best thing but you usually do the best you can.)
If you are a small business owner, a non-professional sales person or even an entrepreneur looking for investors, having a strong persuasive speech in your back pocket is critical to your marketing mix.
Huh? What’s that? If that’s what you’re thinking then listen closely. The fastest way to increase your cash flow and gain new clients (or investors) is by speaking to your ideal market.
Now wait. Don’t run yet. It’s not as difficult as you think and it can be learned.
If you spend any time at all networking and you are not also the featured speaker you are missing a huge opportunity. You can spend time connecting one-to-one (recommended for building relationships) or you can speak one-to-many and really leverage your time.
You might have even learned how to construct a persuasive speech outline some time in your school years. If so the outline that follows might look vaguely familiar.
Here’s what a persuasive or as I call it your “personal keynote” outline must contain: Read more
Assertive communication means you have the right to stand up for yourself while still respecting the rights of others. Aggressive behavior is when you believe you have rights but no one else does. Passive behavior is the opposite. You believe you have no rights but others do.
Assertive behavior is finding the balance between the extremes. Obtaining that balance isn’t always easy especially with aggressive or abusive co-workers. Here are a few tips to help when a colleague slips into aggressive communication.
1. Recognize that your co-worker may be suffering from stress that isn’t visible to you. Problems in personal relationships, money woes, challenges with children, health issues or even the morning’s miserable traffic are examples of stressful events that can trigger abusive behavior.
2. Do nothing. Let your colleague vent as long as you are not in physical danger. If you sense an altercation is about to escalate remove yourself from situation–immediately. If you feel the need to say something try, “Bill, this is getting out of hand. I’m leaving now. I’ll check back in a short time and we can continue once we cool down. Avoid saying, “calm down.” Only a 911 operator should use that phrase.
3. Remember that the first wave of anger is probably not the last. Use the pause to clarify what you heard and understood. Calmly state, “If I understood you correctly…” Your co-worker’s rage is usually associated Read more
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