Mary McGuire launches her first book Coming Home To You

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Mary’s launch was held  at Kerala Kitchen in Dublin, Ireland and gave her guests a flavour for what, Coming Home to You offers with personal transformation tips and tricks.  As well as hearing the Mary McGuire’s motivation for the book,  Joy Dent gave a heartfelt endorsement for the woman behind the story and Vikki Roberts read a selection of her wistful and beautiful poetry.

Invited guests experienced – first hand, facilitated by the author – a selection of the practical exercises straight from her book, Coming Home to You, including a taster in mindfulness.

‘Inspiring’, ‘Thought-provoking’, ‘Relevant were used to describe the event and Alison Bird of ACB Creations captured the unique and friendly atmosphere of the evening with the photographs above.

Coming Home to You – A Handbook for Personal Transformation is available as paperback and e-book.  You can buy at all main online sellers.  Click the buttons below to order your copy:

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Brilliant new career manual – Mind Flip – by Zena Everett

Zena Everett and Wendy Yorke

One of my local Forest Hill authors, Zena Everett launched her brilliant book Mind Flip at the May AuthorCraft event at the Institute of Directors, London.Mind Flip is a new must-read career manual helping anyone looking to change jobs, achieve promotion or find more fulfilling work. Written for all career stages from Graduate to Granddad, including Mum Returners, over 50s, women in business and the newly self-employed. It is the culmination of Zena’s many years of working in recruitment and  career coaching.Mind Fipping is the new and effective process of to flipping your focus away from yourself and instead look outwards – on to the value you add – and the problems you, uniquely, can solve for other people.

Comedian Graham Norton believes this philosophy can help you transform the way you look at your career – forever! The book provides you with everything you need to fire up your career, including a foreword by DeeDee Doke, Editor of Recruiter Magazine, on the future of recruitment and talent management.

Mind Flip is 304 pages long and costs £14.99. It is available to buy from Amazon, to order in all good book shops, and the Filament bookshop, as well as Zena’s website.

Zena is an international executive coach, with a rare cocktail of entrepreneurial, headhunting, organisational psychology and coaching experience. She started and ran her own recruitment business and became fascinated with why some of her candidates were more motivated, confident and successful than others. To figure that out, she sold her business, completed a Masters in Career Management and Counseling, and undertook further post-graduate coaching training. She now helps ambitious people to achieve career goals they didn’t know they had, or were capable of until they

The Power of the Reader Report

Wendy Yorke, Author, Editor and Book Coach presented to the September 2016, Authorcraft event at the Institute of Directors, London on The Power of the Reader Report. She provides the following support to help writers on their journey to become authors. Wendy works with Filament Publishing and the international Susan Mears Literally Agency to help authors publish.

Remember, there is plenty of help to transition from being a WRITER to being an AUTHOR. When you start working with a Book Coach and Editor you begin to make up your book team, before you add a publisher, designer, publicist and book business mentor to your book production team. And we all know that within a TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More!

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Becoming a published author is a transformational journey of massive learning and tremendous growth and having a book/writing coach and an editor to help you along the path is invaluable. This professional and experienced book buddy supports, guides and helps you to develop your manuscript…to make it into the best book it can be and…makes sure you never give up, or duck out!

One of the most helpful and powerful support services your editor provides you with is a Reader Report. This is a professional, unbiased, objective opinion on your manuscript and its commercial potential before you submit your publisher or literary agent book proposal.

Writers can be too close to their own work to step back and be objective, but your editor is better placed to do this for you. They know what ‘good’ looks like and what publishers and literary agents are looking for.

A Reader Report is a supportive and informative critique of your written work. It provides you with an honest appraisal of your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses and it recommends the next step of your author journey.

A Reader Report helps establish a practical, understanding relationship with your editor and helps to motivate and give you confidence to continue with your book publishing goal.

A Reader Report is a short, clear, honest assessment of your written work, focused on the following key aspects of every manuscript.

  • Does the manuscript achieve its author’s purpose?
  • Does the fictional manuscript engage the reader, with convincing intrigue?
  • Does the non-fictional manuscript engage the reader, establishing the author’s credibility and building trust, as well as providing solutions, answers or new techniques to solve the reader’s pains and problems?
  • Plot, character development, storyline (fiction)
  • Key message and or solution (non fiction)
  • Author’s voice, style and tone
  • Chapter weight, balance and flow
  • Editorial development potential
  • Grammatically correctness
  • Publisher or literary agent likely interest.

Every author needs to have complete clarity before they start to write; when they self-edit their manuscript; and when they brief their editor to provide their Reader Report. Having a book coach early on your journey to help you identify the answers to several critical author questions, helps every writer to become an author with more clarity and more quickly than doing this alone.

Can you answer the following questions or do you need the help of a book coach and editor to help you, before you invest in a Reader Report for your manuscript?

  • PURPOSE: What is your purpose in writing books?
  • AUDIENCE: Who are you writing your books for?
  • MARKET: Why will they buy your books rather than someone else’s?
  • STRUCTURE: How you have written your book?
  • PASSION: What is your key message, what value, solutions are you giving your readers?
  • CLARITY: What is your readers’ Call to Action

Receiving your first Reader Report can be a very exciting moment for every writer, because it probably provides you with your first professional feedback and is an important step in accepting constructive criticism on your work. But what do you do with your Reader Report?

Firstly, the Reader Report informs fictional writers where you need to develop your copy or make changes to key elements, in particular with your plot and character development. For non fiction writers, it informs you where to restructure, add/delete content, check facts, references, add an index for example and generally strengthen your manuscript as a commercial project.

Secondly and most importantly, all professional publishers and literary agents will need a copy of the Reader Report to be submitted with your Book Proposal.

Contact Wendy for help, support and guidance on your author journey, via her website www.wendyyorke.com or by calling her now on + 44 (0) 783 1930 786.

Great Action Planning Tool

Coaching Tool

My X and Y Action Planning 2013 to 2014

Do you have something you really want to achieve in your life and are struggling to get started or make it happen ?

Well, here is a really great Action Planning tool to help focus your mind and your attention, so you can have what you want and achieve that goal.

I learnt this coaching tool from the lovely Pam Lidford, a Performance and Confidence Coach and trainer with the Coaching Academy of London.

Now to get started, all you need is a packet of colourful Post It Notes, a good pen and a clear, blank wall.

Take the first Post It Note and write a large X on it and today’s date. Stick this on the far left side of the clear space on your wall.

Take a second Post It, write a large Y on it. Underneath that write down the particular goal you want to achieve and the date you want to achieve it by.

The goal must be stated in the present, personal and positive. For example: I am running my own business by June 2014 with 6 clients a week; I am a company Director by  October 2013 earning an annual salary of at least £120,000; or I am an author with my first book published by April 2015; or I have a loving partner who I can trust by December 2013; you get the idea. Stick this Post It on the far right side of your wall.

Now, think of all the steps you need to take to achieve your goal. Add as much detail as you can; facts; figures; dates, people and place names etc.

Write each step on a new Post It and stick these on the wall between the X and Y posts, in whatever order you like. You can always move them around later and you can add more as your thinking about your goal develops.

Then, stand back and admire your handiwork. Notice how good you feel and empowered to start taking the actions on the wall!

Of course, I take this exercise one step further! After the Y note, I add colour pictures of the rewards that I will give myself once I have achieved my goal.

And remember, as you achieve the steps along your path to success, you can take them off the wall and see your progress as you advance along the wall towards your goal and its completion date. It’s very cool! You can also collect the achieved Post It Notes as success milestones to celebrate along the way.

This motivating tool is about activating the Law of Attraction to work for you, so you get what you want. By getting your goals and actions out of your head and onto the wall, with dates and time frames, and in a logical order, you are making them a reality. You are attracting the universe to respond to you; and you are helping to build your clarity, courage and commitment around each goal and action. This can help lead you to your success. If you believe in achieving your goals you will.

This works really well for me – please let me know how it works for you.