How to Hold a Book-Related Event

How to Hold a Book-Related Event

Sometimes when you write a book, you find yourself standing there—holding your beloved masterpiece in your hands—saying “Now what?”

If you want to reach an audience, to inspire or educate, then you can hold an event where you discuss your book. I just held a book-writing workshop this weekend (not related to my books), so here are some of the things I did to plan and get ready for the event. Continue reading

Author Interview: Kathleen Bowers, A Sacred Silence

Author Interview Kathleen Bowers, A Sacred Silence

My neighbor Kathleen Bowers is also an author, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to sit down with her and chat about her book. She actually said that she had no intention of writing a book until she knew she had to tell her unique story.

What lead her to discovering that she had a unique story was a unique series of events in itself. One day, she happened to email Oprah about her friend who inspires her because Oprah’s website asked for people to share that with them. The producer of the show contacted her and invited Kathleen and her friend to attend the show, which would be the twenty-fifth and final Favorite Things show.

Everyone who attended the show was gifted a Caribbean cruise! On the cruise, though, Kathleen noticed that several people had issues with their documentation. Even her husband ran into a problem when the image that popped up in the ship’s system for his ID wasn’t him. “When we got home, we started talking about what our next trip would be. I wanted to make sure our travel documents were in order, so we wouldn’t have any issues.”

Kathleen contacted the State’s Department of Vital Records for their original birth certificates. “This is when I found out that my birth record was sealed. I was 55 at the time, and I was surprised.” Phone calls to several other offices yielded the same answer. Even worse, no one was allowed to tell her why it was sealed. This led Kathleen on a journey to discover why the answer. “I had unearthed a buried family secret.” Continue reading

When You Just Want to Get Your Story Out There

I was talking about the publishing process with a client recently, and we were pinpointing his goals. When I started out talking, I went straight to that “the-sky’s-the-limit” mentality and mentioned some different ways that he can use his book to reach the audience he wants to reach.

I stopped myself partway through this conversation, apologized, and asked him what he really wants to do with his book. Maybe he didn’t want to do speaking gigs and meet with groups of people to help them out.

He took a deep breath. (I think I had overwhelmed him a bit.) He wants to help people who have been through the same difficult situation he’s been through because he didn’t find many books to help him out at the time. Then he said, “Honestly, I’m not looking to write the next great American novel. I just want to get my story out there to help people. After that, I’m not sure. I just want others in this situation to feel like they aren’t alone. Other people have been through it, too.”

I’m sure that plenty of people want to do the same thing. You just want to help others because you felt alone, scared, or like you were the only person going through what you did.

And that’s beautiful. Continue reading

Interview with Author Joanne Jamis Cain: Ordinary is Extraordinary: Reframing my Life in Purpose and Gratitude

Interview with Author Joanne Jamis Cain: Ordinary is Extraordinary: Reframing my Life in Purpose and Gratitude

I met Joanne Jamis Cain through the Pittsburgh Women’s Mastermind, of which we are both members. She’s a wedding planner who specializes in handling the coordination of weddings exactly as the bride envisions her day. I’ve never been to a wedding handled by Joanne, but I’ve seen images, especially of the lovely barns that she transforms into magical venues for the happy couple, and they are certainly gorgeous.

Joanne is also the author of Ordinary is Extraordinary: Reframing my Life in Purpose and Gratitude, a book for those seeking peace and serenity in their lives. The book description says that “Through her stories of grace, love, and parking spaces, she tells us how reframing our experiences helps us recognize the blessings in our lives. Embracing a life of purpose and gratitude is a game changer.” Continue reading

Interview with Lillie Leonardi, Author of The White Light of Grace

Interview with Lillie Leonardi, Author of The White Light of Grace

Author Lillie Leonardi has been writing since she was 16, but rather than a piece she intended for publication, a journal she began as part of treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) eventually became her first published book.

At the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America, Lillie was a responder for the FBI, Pittsburgh Division, and she was among the first to reach the scene of the Flight 93 plane crash in Shanksville, Pa. When she arrived, she witnessed a legion of angels encircling the site. “You would think seeing that would alleviate the stress from the event,” she said, “but it actually made it worse.” She and many of the other responders became afflicted with PTSD. Continue reading

Interview with Jess Branas, Author of Zero to Ninety

Interview with Jess Branas, Author of Zero to Ninety

My friend Jess Branas is a dating coach who recently released her second book, Zero to Ninety, which focuses on the first ninety days of a dating relationship. Jess’s book outlines ways to stay authentic when embarking on a new relationship, something that I’m sure many of us didn’t think about when we were dating. She examines dating from a psychological perspective. If teenagers can do it, then does it really need to be thoroughly studied? Do we need books about this? Absolutely! I dated for 15 years (minus the years I was married the first time), and I’m certain that I wasn’t focusing on myself and what’s best for me the whole way through. Books like this help people cut through the trial and error by listening to an experienced dater share her secrets. Continue reading

Interview with Kristie Knights, Author of Unsung Heroes: Deconstructing Suicide through Stories of Triumph

 

Interview with Kristie Knights

As a member of the Global Sisterhood, I have been privileged this year to meet so many inspiring women who are changing the world for the better. One of these women is Kristie Knights, the vice president of the Sisterhood, who is a psychotherapist in the Pittsburgh area, as well as a new author with her first book to be released on December 14.

Her writing journey is based on her passion, so I wanted to share it with you, especially the coaches, experts, and those with inspiring stories who want to write a book. The impetus for her book—and the resulting non-profit—was unusual. It began with a Facebook post. Continue reading

Stop Feeling like a Fraud so You Can Share Your Story

Stop Feeling Like a Fraud so You Can Share Your StoryIn the fall issue of Inspiring Lives Magazine, my friend Kristie Knights (a therapist in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area) talked about impostor syndrome. I’m sure we’ve all felt it before, though we didn’t necessarily know what it was. Basically, it’s when you feel like you don’t really know what you’re doing, even though you are in a high position or you have earned honors for your work or you have other indicators that should be telling you that you’ve made it. You consider the awards to be flukes. You think that you lucked into your position. You feel like your success wasn’t deserved.

Sound familiar? It’s a feeling that can keep you thinking small. You might be afraid that others will spot you as a fake. How long before they ask the right question and realize that you have no clue what you’re doing? I don’t like to admit that I felt that way for years about my books and my job. Working for myself, though, and finally pushing forward with selling my books this year has helped me regain some confidence and own where I am in my writing journey. Continue reading