The Book

Book Publishing Process – Getting Things Ready

Many of you asked that I write about my experiences in getting a book published because you are writing or thinking about writing a book.  Gladly!  So here is the first in a series of posts giving a look behind the curtain. I hope this glance gives you the kick you need to move forward to publishing.

A while back, Tate Publishing offered to publish my book, my first book, based just upon an outline and draft Introduction (you can get more details by clicking The Book in Categories in the left column). It took me about 15 months to write the book.  During my writing process, I asked a close friend read the book and offer suggestions.  I’m so glad I did.  As a writer, you know what you are saying but sometimes forget details that help the reader fully understand what you saying.  My friend helped me to see the gaps in my book. I highly recommend taking this step.  It will add time to the writing process but will be worth it in the long run.

When everything was in place to begin production, Tate assigned a production manager to me.  All contact I have with Tate about my book Continue reading “Book Publishing Process – Getting Things Ready”

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Getting Better

It’s Hard To See The Picture When You Are In The Frame

I’m doing a re-posting because it’s important to know that although you don’t feel different as you walk your journey and make changes in your life, don’t give up.

It’s August….the heat has let up for now….it’s not raining today…  Whatever the reason, I thought I would do some self-assessment this week.   If you read my blogs, you know I believe self-improvement is critical in anyone’s life.  You know I read motivating books and magazines, and listen to positive tapes.  (if you don’t know, you can click Books on Personal Development in the top Menu).

Recently, I attended a leadership boot camp.  For my company, boot camp means honest talk and guidance to get you to the next level in your personal development; to get you out of your comfort zone so you will become a better person, a better leader.  As Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, says, “The most important actions are never comfortable.”   Continue reading “It’s Hard To See The Picture When You Are In The Frame”

Motivation

New New Year’s Resolution

It’s almost the beginning of a new year with new resolutions so I thought this post should be dusted off and shared again….

 

JUST AS a young man’s fancy turns to love in the spring, it’s January of a new year and people’s fancy turns to New Year resolutions.  People resolve to change – lose weight, make more money, exercise more, eat healthier, save more money, etc.  People resolve to do, or not to do, things that will improve their lives and give themselves a year to make the change.  Resolutions are good and people are sincere in making these yearly resolutions.  But statistics show that by the end of February, most people have forgotten their resolutions only to remember them again in December when it’s time to make New Year resolutions again.  This is not good.  I propose a new New Year’s Resolution: instead of only treating the beginning of a new year as a time to make resolutions, treat the beginning of a new day as a time to make resolutions.

I call my proposal New Day resolutions.  Continue reading “New New Year’s Resolution”

Getting Better, Leadership, Reading4Champions Book Club

Reading4Champions: The Traveler’s Gift

Hello Champions!

We have read many books over the past year.  Each book has helped us to re-think the way we view ourselves and life so we can become better individuals.  I highly recommend that you re-read these books a year or two from now.  You will find you that pick up concepts you didn’t on your first read.  I know that is what I have experienced.  Now, to our book for the month of January.  I am giving you this book now because it might influence the New Year’s resolution you make.  It did for me.  Besides, the book is a great read for champions.  The name of the book is “The Traveler’s Gift” by Andy Andrews.  

This book really resonated with me.  Although it is a story, I found myself Continue reading “Reading4Champions: The Traveler’s Gift”

Reading4Champions Book Club

Reading4Champions Book Club

It is a new month so I thought I would start something new on my blog and on Twitter.  I have written before about the value of reading, and listening to, self-improvement, motivational books and tapes.  That is why I have a list of books on personal development on this blog.   So to motivate you to read, once a month, beginning this month, I will highlight a book from my list and tell you why I recommend you read it.  Now, I am not a book critic so don’t expect to read about the pros and cons of the book.  This endeavor into reading will be called the Reading for Champions Book Club!

I know from my experience, as well as the experience of others, that consistently taking in positive information will help you develop into a better person.  But I also know it is easy to come up with excuses why you can’t read.  Let me address those excuses because there are bogus and are holding you back from greatness.

     1.  I don’t have time – Yes, you do.  30 minutes a day is sufficient; 15 in the morning and 15 in the evening.  Try reading during your lunch hour or your daily commute. Or be radical – get an audio book and put it on your Ipod.  You can download books at Audible.com. 

      2. I don’t have the money to buy books. – There is a place in this country where you can get books to read for free.  It’s called a public library.  Use it.

If you follow me on Twitter, http://twitter.com/SharmansJourney (or @SharmansJourney), you will see tweets with the hashtag #reading4champions when I reference the book for the month. (If you are not familiar with Twitter, a hashtag in front of a topic will put all the tweets with the hashtag into one file and make a topic popular among other Tweeters. For example, #followfriday and #quotes are popular Twitter topics). If the author has a Twitter account, I will give you his/her link so you can follow. I follow quite a few of the authors of the books on my personal development book list and they all share valuable information in 140 characters (like texting, Twitter has max characters).  My goal, in using the hashtag, is to create a book club via Twitter that extends well beyond the readers of my blog into the entire world. My goal is to create a world of champions through reading.

I hope you are excited about the Reading for Champions book club as I am!  Look for the post about the first book before this week is out and every first week of the month thereafter  By the way, I will still do a weekly post on my self-improvement.  In the meantime, I want to leave you with this thought:

      “The great ones have a world view that says happiness is learning, growing and becoming. School is never out for champions.” Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class.

Question for Comment: Since you graduated from high school, do you read books? How often and what kind of books do you read?

(originally posted September 2, 2010)

Getting Better

It’s Hard To See The Picture When You Are In The Frame

It’s August….the heat has let up for now….it’s not raining today…  Whatever the reason, I thought I would do some self-assessment this week.   If you read my blogs, you know I believe self-improvement is critical in anyone’s life.  You know I read motivating books and magazines, and listen to positive tapes.  (if you don’t know, you can click Books on Personal Development in the top Menu).

Recently, I attended a leadership boot camp.  For my company, boot camp means honest talk and guidance to get you to the next level in your personal development; to get you out of your comfort zone so you will become a better person, a better leader.  As Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek, says, “The most important actions are never comfortable.”   Continue reading “It’s Hard To See The Picture When You Are In The Frame”

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What Am I Thinking???

 A former co-worker once complimented me on my attitude. She said I was different from the other people at work; I was so positive. After thanking her, I told her I didn’t watch the news (people will tell you bad news whether you ask or not) and I read lots of self-development, self-improvement books. She asked for a list of the books I had read. I started going through my library to make the list and, to my surprise, I had read a lot of self-improvement books.

You see, it wasn’t that I was not a reader. After college, I read plenty of romance novels (you know, the ones with a picture of a woman with big hair and the silhouette of a shirtless buff man in the background on the cover). But I had started a business in 1999 and my business partners, my mentors, encouraged me to read books that would improve me as a person. Books that would change my thinking for the better. And since I wanted to be successful like them and I read the books they read. However, before my co-worker said something, I didn’t realize the books had affected me. Continue reading “What Am I Thinking???”