Blogfest for Solopreneur & Small Biz Bloggers

Are you a solopreneur/small biz blogger? If so I hope you’ll join my Blogfest. As you may know, I recently published my first proper book, called Your Biz Your Way. I wondered if you do that, run your own business in your own way? And if you’d like to blog about it on your own website and then be featured on mine and on my Facebook Page and in my newsletter as a way of carrying on the conversation that my book starts? Your Bit – Please take care to follow all these requirements for participation. I know us entrepreneurs […]

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Me and Writing and Pain

What is it about me and writing and pain? My body gives me messages when I write and, so far, they have all been painful ones. I have no idea yet how to interpret these messages. I shall let you know when I do. Last summer when I was writing my first proper book, Your Biz Your Way, I found myself in terrible sciatica pain which delayed the book by about a month. I have no idea why this happened. It became excruciatingly painful to sit in the writer’s chair. All I could do was lie down flat as a way […]

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Book Report

It’s a month since I published my first “proper” book, called Your Biz Your Way. Here’s my first book report… er, my first report about the book I mean! Words, eh? I monitor CreateSpace (where you publish print versions on Amazon) pretty often because what you measure increases and sales there in month one total 36. Similarly, I monitor (and regularly ask for) reviews on both Amazon UK (13) and US (2), total 15. Digital versions sold via my own online shop at Selz total 29. So grand total book sales in Month 1 = 29+36 in month one, and […]

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My First Proper Book

Three weeks ago I had a mini epiphany when I was out driving the car, as often happens. Driving in a trance has become my new shower equivalent when it comes to creative ideas generation and excavating solutions to problems, mine or yours. I’ve been thinking for what feels like ages about writing, writing more and becoming a writer first and foremost in the sense that I would put Writer in my passport instead of Coach. And yet I am SO not ready to give up coaching and mentoring, in fact I am enjoying that work more than ever right […]

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Doin’ Me

Yo! Sorry. Going to go a bit street on you today, because this post has been inspired by a rapper. Yes, I know! And me (technically) a pensioner. I am a sucker for an empowerment song. I know this about myself. And one whiff of this song during a TV ad break and I was hooked. Doin’ Me by Mikey Mike. I shared it on Facebook. Clearly I am alone in this as it drew precisely zero interaction. No, I lie. One Like – ha! Presumably everyone else was ff-ing through the ads? OK, some of the lyrics and ideas […]

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Podcast Ep 133: Book Marketing for Authors

Wonderful astrologer Sally Kirkman sent me this salutary reminder in one of her recent newsletters: Before you rush off to write your life story, it’s worth noting that current (2014) statistics state that 93% of all books written never sell more than 500 copies and a book’s success is dependent on 5% writing and 95% marketing!” I have several clients who are writers, all of whom operate different business models. Thank you to all of your for your inspiration to me as a writer too. One of them is published by Hay House with whom he has multiple books, and […]

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You Can Shove Your Shoulds

I am just one celebratory month shy of ten years since I last left the house to work as an accountant. It was only one or two days a week and it was absolutely lovely in all ways but one, that one being the reason I had to give it up in the end. The Boss kept sending everyone who worked for him, in whatever capacity, emails with the word SHOULD in them. We should think this, we should feel that, we should do the other. And last week One Famous Man wrote an important open letter to Another Famous […]

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The Stuff I Love to Share on Facebook

My love/hate relationship with Facebook rumbles on. The last ten days since 20th January 2017 have been perhaps my hardest ever, and over the weekend I have already begun investigating an alternative for my Facebook groups. That’s a discussion for another day. Today’s discussion is about the things I love about Facebook, some of which I would miss if I were not on FB any more (which I do not rule out right now): Things that make me go Wow! Things that seem funny to me (often me, one of my greatest sources of amusement) Woo woo – Feng Shui, […]

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Oscars 2017: Stickiness Underfoot

I love cinema, so did my Mum. She transferred that love to me via Gone With the Wind (an asbolute marathon at the cinema with interval sandwiches!) to Saturday afternoon movies together (one of the few things we did share as the antidote to the interminable sport on TV at our house) to old black and white ones (still love B&W, me) to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Her favourite actors included Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, Alan Ladd, Cary Grant and many more. She had an eye for the chaps, it must be said, and in her heyday she could […]

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What’s in My Current Notebook?

My December/January notebook is described by Amazon as an A5 soft touch notebook in neon pink. I’ve had it in my stash for most of 2016 and decided to spoil myself and use it for December! I often review what’s in my notebooks, especially just before I move on to the next one. I don’t save the old ones for very long as I mostly write notes in them of my calls with clients, simply as a comprehension aid at the time. I do go through the content before throwing the current notebook away and starting a new one. I’m […]

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