The Power of Three

by Author, Editor and Book Coach, Wendy Yorke

What is your reader's call to action after reading your book?

What is your reader’s call to action after reading your book?

Becoming a published author is a transformational journey of massive learning and tremendous growth and having a Book Coach and Editor to help you along the path is invaluable. A 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!

At the November Authorcraft event, at the Institute of Directors in London, Wendy provided an entertaining and interactive book coaching session, to demonstrate the power of three, critically important book coaching questions.

Wendy started her session with a quick quiz using three questions, about three famous authors, whose personal stories each had a relevant message for new writers.

  1. Write for your chosen niche; Michael Morpurgo, won the J.M. Barrie Award 2016 for his contribution to children’s literature. Since the 1970s, he has focused on his niche with140 published titles to his name, the most famous being, War Horse.
  1. Make your manuscript stand out; J K Rowling, who was rejected 12 times before being published by the Bloomsbury Group. However, it is claimed that she was discovered because she used a colourful manuscript binder, which attracted the attention of eight year old Alice, who demanded more than the sample chapter from her father, the commissioning editor.
  1. Never give up; Paul Beatty, who was rejected 18 times before being published by an independent husband and wife team and won the 2016 Man Booker Prize with his American satire, The Sellout.

Wendy’s three critical, book coaching questions for all WRITERS who want to become published AUTHORS are:

What is your purpose? Your purpose for you and your purpose for other people, what will you benefit from writing your book and what will other people benefit from reading your book?

Who are you doing it for? Who are your ideal readers? Research and know them really well so you can write for them. Be specific about their age and gender, their habits, where they live and where they go on holiday? Wendy suggested giving names to your ideal readers and making a Vision Board of images to represent them, to help you write specifically for your target audience.

Why you rather than someone else? What is it that will make a person buy your book rather than the books on either side of it on the bookshelf? What is your USP and your special offering that no one else has provided yet?

Plus one bonus question:

What is your call to action for your readers? What is the one thing you want readers to do as a result of reading your book; or are there several actions they can take; what are you giving them that will help solve their problems and pains; and what is it that you have, that they want?

When you have 100% clarity about these answers, writing your book will flow effortlessly and the results will be magical. If you’d like help to identify and resonant with your book purpose, passion and commitment, please contact Wendy; for help, support and guidance on your personal journey from being a writer to a published author. Visit her website www.wendyyorke.com or call her now on + 44 (0) 783 1930 786.

 

 

 

 

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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.

Oh what a feeling!

Bottle Brush AustraliaOk, so this is my first blog and I’m really excited! I feel energized and full of good things to share with you and to write about, to support, motivate and inspire you.

Embarking on this new global adventure, I feel just like this photograph I took some years ago of a Bottle Brush in bloom in Fremantle, Western Australia; clear, colourful, radiant and shining!

I recently gave up my day job to focus on my training and coaching business and this is making me so happy! To be doing what I want to do, what feels right, following my direction and fulfilling my purpose, at last!

And this is why I am sharing this with you today. Wherever you are and whatever situation you are in, your own potential for success and happiness is right inside you now. When you are ready, you can set yourself free to shine. I know, I have just arrived! So, if you are with me, my first tip to help you is to ask yourself these three key questions

1. What do I want to be in my life?

2. What do I want to do with my life?

3. What do I want to have in my life?

The being, doing and having questions are known, in coaching terms, as goal setting questions.

Answer these questions for yourself and once you have the answers that feel / look / sound / taste / and smell, right for you, then make sure that everyday you are doing things that get you closer to achieving these goals.

In fact, you can ask yourselves these questions everyday! For example, What did I achieve today that gets me closer to what I want to have; who I want to be; and what I want to do?

And you know what will happen – the universe will respond and this is the really exciting bit. If you are true to yourself and if your answers (your goals) are aligned with your personal values (your beliefs and attitudes) – you will be successful and happy.

Like me now, doing what I want to do = supporting, motivating and inspiring people through my work; having what I want to have = my own training and coaching business; and being who I want to be = a catalyst of change and empowerment; helping other people to create exciting new futures for themselves. Join me – it’s a wonderful place to be!