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Top Five Successful Self-Published Authors

Successful Self-Published Authors

The definition of success is ‘the accomplishment of an aim or purpose’, so if your aim is, or was to publish a book, and you do so, then you consider yourself successful, don’t you?

In the world of self-publishing, there have been some extremely successful authors. It seems, however, that success can be measured in a range of ways.  Success may be selling the largest volume of books worldwide.  To some, success comes in the form of money.  Some authors view success as their novels being made into a series, the satisfaction that people are connecting with their story line and characters, so much so that they want to read about them again and again.  In our modern world where success is often measured by television and media exposure, one might say that you have made it as an author when your book is adapted into a film. For others, they cannot think of anything worse and their only desire is to see their lovingly crafted words on the paper page. As an author, you may feel that success is measured by the achievements of the words, for some, exposure for themselves as individuals is what they seek.

Over the last two decades, indie authors have achieved all of this which shows that with hard work, talent, dedication and a sprinkling of luck, self-published authors can achieve the levels of success they desire.

Here are some of the most notably successful indie authors:

James Redfield, author of The Celestine Prophecy was a former therapist of abused adolescents.  He published his first book in 1993 and sold 100,000 copies from the trunk of his Honda before Warner Books agreed to publish it.

Redfield went on to sell over 20 million copies of his book and spent 165 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.  Not only this, his book has been adapted into a film with three sequels.

 

If money is your aim, Amanda Hocking author of the My Blood series and Trylle Trilogy was the first self-published novelist to make over $2 million publishing only e-books.   At the time, she had sold over a million copies of her nine books, and was averaging 9000 book sales a day.   Hocking then went on to sign a conventional publishing contract in 2011 valued at a further $2 million including a four book YA paranormal series called Watersong.

 

 

Some author’s dream is to reach as many people as possible with their writing and Lisa Genova was certainly successful in this.  A trained neuroscientist whose debut novel, Still Alice, is about a women with an early form of Alzheimer’s spent over 40 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into a phenomenal 25 different languages.  Still Alice has also adapted into an Academy Award winning film starring Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore.

 

As you can see, there have been quite a few self-published books adapted into films, none more well-known however than E.L James50 Shades of Grey trilogy.  A lot of people don’t know that the trilogy started out as fan fiction of the Twilight series and then later developed into the erotic trilogy we know today.  The self-published book quickly spread being dubbed as ‘mummy porn’, its popularity perhaps due to its escape into an exciting and forbidden world of desire and intrigue.  Soon after the books had become a worldwide sensation with a movie adaptation on the way.  This example is an interesting one, as many have criticised the quality of the writing, however there is no denying that if your novel is something people want to read, you have the opportunity to do magnificent things.

 

Our final example shows how sometimes the focus can be more on the individual, than the actual writing itself and this is very much down to the personality of the author behind it.  David Chilton published his book of financial planning advice in 1989 out of his own basement. The book still remains today one of Canada’s best-selling books of all time. The easy to follow style of the book made it accessible and appealing to millions and in 2008 Chilton wrote the sequel The Wealthy Barber Returns.  Chilton not only found success in his book, but as a result of his down to earth tone and supportive nature found success as a celebrity and he is now one of the dragons starting on CBC’s Dragon’s Den.

 

But what should I write about to be a successful self-published author?

Hopefully, by now, you will see that all self-published authors are different.  Their journeys are different, as are their levels and measures of success. There is no magic equation to write the perfect novel as a self-published author, no guaranteed key to success.

All the authors we talk about in this blog have written about different topics, and all of them have found success in one way or another.  Some of the authors wrote about their jobs, giving their writing a sense of depth and expertise. Sci-fi and fantasy is another popular choice allowing authors to let their imaginations run wild and creating alternate worlds and mythical beings that perhaps they have carried with them for years.  Many self-published authors write fiction, getting lost in creating new characters and blending their life experiences into the authors own.

How did they start?

All self-published authors will begin at different points and their self-publishing journey will take different paths. They will have all started in the same place though – with an idea.  How that idea is brought to life is up to you! You can see that some of our successful authors spent years building their novels and selling them out of the trunks of their car for example. Others rose to fame very quickly, their novel catching like wildfire and becoming an overnight sensation.  The point is however, all of them started somewhere.  If you are unsure of where to start, why not book a free consultation to talk things through?

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Putting things in perspective

For the point of this blog, we have highlighted some of the MOST successful self-published authors in the last twenty years. It is important to remember however, that each year there are hundreds of thousands self-published novels produced. In 2015 Bowker Self-Publishing Report shows that 727,125 ISBNs were assigned to self-published titles.  Success to this level is like anything, in the minority.  This doesn’t mean to say  that it is not attainable, or that you shouldn’t try.  It is about putting things into perspective.  The first thing to do is to manage your own expectations and consider what YOU consider successful. What is important to you?  I am sure none of the self-published authors we discuss today started out thinking that they would reach these levels of success.

A parting note is to remember “Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success.  If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer.

 

Written by our lovely Claire Lockey from the Conscious Dreams Publishing Team. She is an amazing VA and budding author. Do check out her blog Claire Lockey’s Blog 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Top Tips to Getting Your Book in the Press

1. Find out the name of the person you are contacting!

Press get 100s of emails a day promoting organisations, events, products, authors, movers and shakers so it’s important to get noticed. People will always respond to a personal touch rather than a blanket email entitled “Dear Sir/ Madam” or “Hi!”

2. Find out what that person and brand like.

You want the person to be interested in you and your product so it is vital to show interest in them. What attracted you to choosing The Voice over The Daily Mail. Was there an article in there that interested you? Do you or your book have anything in common with the person you are writing to? Mention it. Example: “As a lover of bikes, I thought you might be interested in my book XXX. The lead character rides a Ducati Monster!”

3. Write an innovative email title

Instead of writing a blanket email entitled (NAME OF BOOK in NAME OF MAGAZINE/NEWSPAPER etc.), use your research to find out more about the person and brand. To mark the end of 2015, I had a full page spread interview featuring my book Mr. Wrong. How did I do it? I found an article in The Mail Online based on relationships and I entitled it Re: Jo, I loved your article Why Men Cheat.I went on to tell her about my book and I received an instant reply. This approach has worked far better than Mr. Wrong in The Daily Mail.

4. Three Things: Who. What. Why.

Send three short paragraphs that succinctly answer these three questions. 1. Who You Are. 2. What You Do 3. Why People Should Care. You have a short space of time to get across who you are and what your “noble intention” is. Connect to the person you are writing to. How can your book assist, contribute and add value to others in a way that similar products cannot. What makes your book different? Send three short paragraphs that succinctly answer these three questions. 1. Who You Are. 2. What You Do 3. Why People Should Care. You have a short space of time to get across who you are and what your “noble intention” is. Connect to the person you are writing to. How can your book assist, contribute and add value to others in a way that similar products cannot. What makes your book different?

5. Press Release

A press release is an official statement issued to newspapers giving information on a particular matter.  In this case…your book? If you chose to sign up with a PR company they will write you a professional Press Release and send it to contacts in their media database. They will be responsible for scheduling interviews, meetings and getting you features for radio, magazines, TV, newspapers and blogs. Alternatively, if you are on a budget or if you prefer, you can do your own PR with the database you have and sourcing contacts through networking and research. Some people say that Press Releases are outdated and that the press now prefer a more personal approach, however, my belief is that it is good to have as it is a professional CV for your book.

6. Attachments

Remember to send attachments such as author headshot, bio, cover of the book, press release and a PDF copy of the book for them to read.

7. Have Hope and Follow Up

Now that you’ve fired off your emails, be patient and wait for a reply. Whilst waiting, have hope and faith that what you have to offer is of value and that the media you have contacted can benefit from what you have to offer on their show/magazine/paper, etc. Remember though, that they receive 100s of requests a day so it is important to follow up.  polite email such as,

Dear Joanna Blogs, I hope you are well. I recently contacted you in regards to my book Mr Wrong. Have you had a chance to read it yet? I would love for you to consider featuring Mr. Wrong (the book, not the man!) on your show.

Have a great day

Daniella

8. Contact Details

Remember to attach your contact details under your signature such as phone number, blog and website and if you wish, any nominations for awards you have received. It just gives an extra bit of information on you and allows the recipient to follow you on Social Media and check out your links!

For more on our services or to purchase a copy of The Book Journey Mentor’s Guide to Self-Publishing  (extract taken above) visit  www.consciousdreamspublishing.com

To attend the third session of The Power of Your Story Workshop, book your tickets at http://www.tinyurl.com/yourstorydb

Want to know how to get your book in the Press? Do you have a book published by no media coverage? Well Haddy A Folivi is your woman. I am excited to announce that Haddy will be guest speaking and leading a session at “The Power of Your Story” workshop on 18th Nov. Her session, “How to Get Your Book in the Press” will show you :
📚How to pitch your book to the media, without seeming salesy
📚How to identify the relevant media angle
📚How to give a captivating media interview

Haddy, PR Guru and FounDer of Clarity Media, is phenomenal at what she does. She has secured pieces in Forbes magazine, Cosmo and Marie Claire and is responsible for over $2.5 million worth of media coverage in 46 countries. Want to learn from her? Book her session today! Visit, www.tinyurl.com/yourstorydb

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A Night to Remember..

Liverpool is an amazing place. One of those places you need to visit again and again to get the real feel of the place. It is full of culture, history and vibrancy. But why were we there? We were there, of course, to attend the National Diversity Awards.  The National Diversity Awards is a prestigious black-tie event that recognises, honours and  celebrates roles models, charities, organisations and entrepreneurs that are dedicated to enhancing diversity, equality and inclusion.

And I was amongst them…

I was honoured to have been nominated, let alone shortlisted from 22’000 applicants, to receive an Award for “Entrepreneur of Excellence.” Although I did not win, it was amazing to have been recognised and I appreciate all those that voted.

The Journey

My partner Dean and I jumped in a taxi with a couple we heard were going to the same place as us. We immediately clicked. As we got talking,  it was clear that we were sitting amongst two very special people. James Sutliff told us that he suffered from dystonia, a rare disorder that affects the neurological system as the body suffers from abnormal and repetitive spasms. This means speaking and eating can be a real challenge for James. It’s an invisible disorder. He said he just woke up one day feeling unwell. After he took a nap, he woke up and realised that his speech was slurred and severely distorted. He has been living with it for nine years.

His wife Sam is a phenomenal woman and never have I met a couple so in sync. The intuitive connection they both have was quite moving. Although we could understand most of what James was saying, Sam seamlessly filled in the gaps and interpreted. James told us in the car that he was nervous and that he hadn’t planned a speech. He had been nominated for Role Model for Disability.

Having an understanding of what it is like to live with a disability or disorder, James knows what it is like to feel marginalized. He is now a Disability Fitness Coach and model who coaches those who have severe autism, suffer from low self-esteem and have disabilities. He works on their physical fitness as well as their confidence at an emotional level and he achieve results! He is on a crusade to raise awareness about dystonia. By the time we left the car, we wanted James to win and were excited to have met such a down to earth and incredible couple. Read more of James’ story here:

James’ story

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Dean Williams, James Sutliff, Samantha Sutliff, Daniella Blechner (me)

The Cathedral

On entering the cathedral, we were greeted with champagne and canapes. It was a glamourous affair and it was refreshing to be amongst movers, shakers and change-makers. I have to give kudos and respect to Paul Sesay, The Founder, for having the vision to create this event to celebrate so many people making a difference in the world. We took a few photos and I practiced my pose on the cathedral stairs (still working on it)  before we made our way to our table. Table 37!

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Table 37

Now, I have to say,  I think we had the chattiest table in the whole cathedral. What I loved the most was that it truly was diverse. Each and every one had a story and a cause that was important to them and the support and cheers from the table were particularly touching. We had only known each other for the space of a few hours but were rooting for each other to win.

Here are a few of our table buddies who were up for nomination

  • Faye Waddams – Positive Role Model Award for Disability (her blog is here).
  • Revd. Andrew Foreshaw-Cain – Positive Role Model Award for Race, Faith and Religion
  • Kerri Swindells – Community Organisation Award for LGBT (National Ugly Mugs)
  • Gary  Pollard  –  Community Organisation Award for Gender (Men Tell Health)

     –(taken from Gary Pollard’s blog Men- Tell Health) Read here: Gary’s blog

Other table mates were Kieran Bohan, Dell from Ugly Mugs, Luke Levine and Jacqueline Pollard (Gary’s lovely wife.) It was also great to finally meet my Facebook friend Sarah Lovatt-Ellis from Hyper-Fusion Theatre Company in the flesh who had also been nominated for an Award as well as the lovely Leanne Armitage, a young woman with a huge vision.

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Table 37

Two hours in, and we were ecstatic that Gary won it for Table 37…er I mean..all the fantastic work he has been doing. On a serious note, his organisation, “Men Tell Health is a male-focused mental health Community Interest Company. Their aim is to reduce male suicide and to help men understand, manage and accept their own mental well-being. They do this differently to almost everyone else. They do it in the way they talk about mental health, initially by using humour to destigmatise and to engage. This extraordinary organisation is the brainchild of Gary Pollard who lives with PTSD, depression and acute anxiety. What started out as a blog expanded to fill a major gap for men struggling and looking for help, creating a site that talked to people like a friend would, not like parents or Doctors. Men Tell Health are now the only men-specific mental health organisation in the region of Teesside, running three different types of men-only groups including SpeakEasy, PopStart, and ReBoot. Their life changing work has not gone unnoticed.”- NDA website.

Gary is a legend and truly deserves this Award and I know he will go on to help many more men. Men need outlets just as much, if not more so than women, as they are often taught to “suffer in silence” or grow up with the notion that “Big Boys Don’t Cry” or told to “Man up.” My belief is it is this very conditioning that suppresses a man from expressing himself and therefore leading to expressing himself in a much more harmful way further on down the line. What I love about Gary’s work is that he offers men a safe space to share their story and anxieties without judgement and with humour.

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Gary Pollard, Founder of Men Tell Health

 

Another highlight was seeing my good friend Robyn Smart. I first met Robyn when I interviewed her on my Periscope Show, “Book Journey Mentor Uncut” on WOWTV. See interview here Interview Part I    Interview Part II    Prior to that, I remember spotting her at The Mind, Body and Spirit Festival quite a while ago now and being impressed with her plight to empower young children who were going through and overcoming an illness. I also loved her mission to empower young girls of Black Caribbean and African Heritage by creating strong protagonists, celebrating their culture and putting them on the map of  Children’s Fiction in the literary world!  She too had been nominated for an Award and was up for Positive Role Model for Gender.  Ten minutes before the second half of the Award ceremony, Robyn was saying she did not think she would win…

Screams exuded from our table when her name was announced as the winner! Well done Robyn. Well deserved!

 

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Robyn Smart and I. Amazing woman!

The Learning

Taking the opportunity to explore Liverpool, we visited the sites, one of which was Slave Museum. Having visited many similar museums and exhibitions before, I wondered what would be new. What struck me most was not the horrific abuse my ancestors faced but that the long-lasting effects of slavery still hang in the air. Reading the accounts of some of Liverpool’s residents (1940s-1970s) was heartbreaking. The overriding thought at the end of it all was, how much has really changed?  In school we are taught that slavery was “abolished” in 1807, however, slavery in British Colonies was only brought to an end in 1838 and 1865 in the USA, 1869 in Portugal and 1888 in Brazil. The ending of the slave trade did not end slavery itself. I look at the world today and wonder how free are our minds? Although the physical chains and shackles were removed, racial prejudice and systemic racism are very much alive and kicking today.

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Stories from men and women growing up in Liverpool during 1940s-1970s

What this reinforced to me, is that we still have a long way to go in terms of equality but  it is up to us to put ourselves out there, break the mould and make a change. If our image cannot be found in mainstream books, if there are no Black literary heroes, if we are not celebrated and portrayed positively in mainstream media, then it is absolutely up to us to not sit back, to not complain about the way things are, but to make a real change and break barriers in a space of unity and strength through collaboration and with the spirit of “umoja” (Swahili for togetherness/unity).   As Martin Luther King said, “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.“~ Martin Luther King, 1963

 

What was reinforced to me was the importance of the journey. It was great to have been nominated and it would have been amazing to have won, but my appreciation and gratitude are rooted in the steps that it took to get there. Conscious Dreams Publishing started off as a seed, an idea sprung from meeting so many women with powerful messages and stories that went unheard as well as a desire to place the unseen and unheard in the spotlight so that we can become our own storytellers, game-changers and change-makers. It started with a dream and the dream is coming true.  Three years ago, I published my first book looking for validation from mainstream publishers and getting “Nos.” I knew nothing of the industry but my determination to share my message with the world was stronger than my desire to stop. Stopping would have meant that 25 valuable stories and books would not have been published.

Journeys in our lives count. It’s easy to stop when the journey gets tough, but we mustn’t. No matter what we are going through, push on. Meeting James was a humbling reminder that, no matter what we face in our lives, we can turn it into a positive; we can turn it into a way to lead the way for others. Meeting James reminded us to never take anything for granted and to appreciate every step of the journey for tomorrow, as we desire it, is not granted.

And, as he graced the stage to accept his Award, Dean and I knew that our night was complete. Our cab companion we met at the start of our journey, who was so nervous about getting up on stage and speaking, won the Role Model Award for Disability, and as we cheered him on, I couldn’t think of a more deserving winner!

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James Sutliff: Award Winner for Role Model: Disability

 

For more on National Diversity, visit their website www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk 

If you have a powerful message or story to share with the world and have a strong desire and urge to publish your book, book your consultation with me here:

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3 Reasons People Fail to Publish their Book

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1.Lack of Knowledge

Entering the world of publishing can seem like a quagmire. You’ve spent years writing and perfecting your manuscript and now it’s crunch time. There is a plethora of information on the internet offering a variation of different ways to publish. If you are not well versed in the world of publishing, this can be extremely daunting and an easy place to simply become stuck. It is often on this highway of information, many authors stop due to a lack of clarity, understanding and direction.

My advice is to research, research, research. Get familiar with publishing terms and the different avenues you can take. If you are really passionate about your book, become an expert at it and create a vision for its journey. Writing a book is like having a baby; you have to gain and equip yourself with the key tools, knowledge and resources to raise it. Gaining knowledge is the first step to elevating your book from manuscript to publish.

2. Lack of Money

I can’t count the amount of times I’ve heard someone say, “I can’t because of money.” or “finances are tight.” Whilst this may be true, we have to understand that these concepts are first formed in the mind before they manifest into reality.

Publishing a book is costly. I can tell you that because I have been through it. The question you have to ask yourself is, do you really want to publish this book or not? How passionate are you really? Having a dream means achieving it by any means necessary and sometimes we have to get creative about how we achieve that dream; this includes how we fund it. I strongly advise starting a Crowdfunding campaign. I raised £1’100 in six weeks through setting up an Indiegogo campaign. Contributors contributed money in exchange for a copy of the book and other perks. We, in turn, now help other aspiring authors to do the same.

We need to remove the stigma of asking and see it as a valuable exchange. A donation to see your book come to fruition in exchange for the completion of the book is a win/win situation. You can do a sponsored walk, have a book sale, set up a book club, and/or have a pre-publish book event and raise money that way. You can seek sponsorship or partner JVs who may pay for advertising space in your book, if you wish to do it that way. There are never ending ways to make money. Money doesn’t always have to come from our 9-5.

3. Lack of Belief

We all suffer from fear and doubt at times especially when we are attempting something new. Writing and then publishing a book is a huge feat and accomplishment and it is natural to feel uneasy at times. What I will say though is never allow fear or doubt to penetrate your mind. You were born for purpose and if writing and publishing a book is your life-long dream, don’t let anything stand in your way. Not even lack of belief.

When ‘fear’ and ‘doubt’ tell you ‘No’ you tell them “YES!” When they tell you “you can’t” you tell them “I CAN AND I WILL.” When you feel doubtful or lack in belief, make sure that you can call on positive people who support you.

Surround yourself with the right people. As Oprah Winfrey says, “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”

Lack of self-belief can be soul sabotaging and the thoughts you tell yourself on a daily basis become our reality. Make sure you are surrounded by those who challenge you when you are doubtful and support and celebrate your successes. Their voices, whether positive or negative, will have an impact. Make sure it is positive. Even when you may not “feel the part”, acknowledge that that is where you are but dress up and show up anyway!

You cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.”~ Zig Ziglar

Conscious Dreams Publishing is passionate about assisting aspiring authors through the self-publishing process and showing them how they can stay in control of their book’s journey. We believe there are far too many women with powerful messages and stories to share with the world to unheard. If you have a powerful message or story to share with the world and are not sure how to get it out or are daunted by the process, do get in touch as we offer one to one mentoring and publishing services and have a workshop with lots of value and content coming up in October. The workshop is and intimate workshop for women who are serious about publishing their book.

Visit The Power of Your Story Workshop to book. There are 9 spaces left!

Have a beautiful day and remember, “You CAN and YOU WILL.”

Daniella Blechner

AKA The Book Journey Mentor

“Be the author of you own destiny.”

www.consciousdreamspublishing.com

You Will Never Be An Author…

 

You Will Never Be An Author…

Unless You Make A Choice To Give Birth To The Book Inside You!

This Is The Time For You To Share Your Story

What is your Story? What unique, talents, gift or skills do you pose that can have a positive impact on others? How are you going to make sure that your story does not die with you?

With all the unrest that is happening in this world, it is more imperative than ever for you to tell your story. Your voice could be the calming factor that helps someone to make the right choice or decision that will ultimately lead to a positive impact. Let me ask you a few questions.

  • Have you had to overcome adversity in your life?
  • Have you kept going even though you wanted to give up and reached your goal?
  • Have you told your story and it has impacted one life?

If you have answered yes to just one of these questions, then now is the time for you to tell the world your story.

Your story can no longer stay inside of you. This is your gift to the world and the people who are waiting to hear it. Let’s start your journey today.



What We’ll Discuss For Your Journey 

During the free phone consultation, we will ascertain where exactly you are on your book journey and offer expert advice no matter what stage you are at. The 30 min phone consultation will include;

· Assisting you in discovering your “why” behind the book

· Assisting you in creating a structure for your manuscript

· Creating a vision for your book

· Offering and strategizing promotional and marketing advice

This Was Meant To Be…

JAN MAYFIELD

“Deliberating about what I wanted to ask Daniella, my phone rang on the dot and all thoughts and questions disappeared! I like to chit chat and she reigned me in and took charge of the call..:D BOOM! She is interested in what I have to say about my book, she likes the sound of it and I felt she understood the concept.

Knowing that I am close to finishing my book, this call gave me the kick up the ass that I needed to get on with the last few pages. Daniella shared lots of her knowledge with me and was very open and empowering. If you are thinking about speaking to Daniella, all I can say is do it! I came off the call, 100% more positive about publishing my book; I know it is for the people but just needed that push to carry on. Thank you from the bottom of my spiritual heart. You know I love you and always recommend you.”

Is NOW a Published Author and enjoyed success in the Top 10 Bestseller List in 3 categories and was No2 in Hot New Releases with her book Zoetic Soul!

​~Jan Mayfield, Author of Zoetic Soul, UK

Professional All The Way

PAUL LAWRENCE

“The world of self-publish is filled with those claiming to offer us writers the perfect service. When I decided to write 101 Lessons I Taught My Son, what I needed was a guide and 

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r. Someone who took as much interest in getting a quality product into the public domain as I did. Someone with the time and expertise to ensure I was not frustrated as I walked this new and unfamiliar path.

Dani and her team were always available and never made me feel my request were too much. Her suggestions and tips really help form the book and much of the positive public response to the book is directly linked to Dani’s input.

Truly a professional and personal service”

~Paul Lawrence, Author of 101 Lessons I Taught My Son, UK

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More Than A Coach and More Than A Mentor

JANINE CUMMINGS

Daniella worked with me over 6 weeks on a programme which had clear structure, goals and completi

on deadlines. Throughout the process, Daniella had a firm but compassionate approacand exercised great patience particularly with me being a first time author not yet fully proficient in the industry. Her coaching techniques are achievement and target driven, and I felt confident in her leadership and professionalism.

Daniella delivers great value and the coaching programme supported my growth as I developed a greater understanding of what is required a self-published author.that transform, inspire and empower. We want to read non-fiction manuscripts from authors who can offer new and fresh ways of exploring new ideas and provide” information that heals and elevates. With a can do approach and endless positive energy, Daniella Blechner is by far a leader in the Coaching to Publishing industry. At the end of the 6 week programme, I was equipped with great support and a wealth of knowledge as I published my first novel. It is without question that I will be returning to her services again with the publication of my second novel.

A five star service that delivers. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the 6 week Coaching to Publishing programme and would highly recommend Daniella Blechner to those getting ready to publish a book. Hitting the Top Ten in three categories on Amazon when I released my book Everything was amazing! Having the support of Daniella; being taught a simple but strategic approach to getting my book on the Bestseller List was invaluable.”

~Janine Cummings, Author of Everything.”

About The Book Journey Mentor

Hello, my name is Daniella, founder of Conscious Dreams Publishing and I will also be your Book Journey Mentor. I am passionate about empowering you through the self-publishing process and assisting you in fulfilling your vision. Publishing a book is not so much about the physical process of publishing but the journey you have planned for your book’s life. Almost anyone can publish a book, however my mission and vision is to coach and publish authors with stories and books that empower, educate and inspire.

In 2014 I accomplished my biggest achievement to date (next to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro in 2000 and getting to the top with the flu!!) and published my debut book Mr Wrong. Mr Wrong hit 3 Best Seller Lists rising above The Joy of Sex, Women Love Bitches and the infamous Steve Harvey’s Think Like a Man, Act Like a Lady within hours of being published. I can share with you strategies that boost your chances of getting that sought after Best Seller status too! I have since gone on to publish poetry anthology 7 Shades of Love and a Mr Wrong Workbook.

My belief is that we all have a unique story and that we can use our stories and experiences to engage and ignite others. My clients have found that having a Book Journey Mentor has allowed them to achieve a greater understanding of the self-publishing process, accelerated their growth as an author and raised their profile within their chosen fields.

 

Your Story Can Impact A Life, So Make Sure You Share It. 

Copyright Conscious Dreams Publishing 2017

3 Essential Tips Before You Publish Your Book

BJMFor those of you who do not know, I have an online Periscope Show called, “Book Journey Mentor” Uncut on WOWTV (Women of Worth TV) Women of Worth TV is a highly successful channel on Periscope set up by my very first mentee, Janine Cummings who is now UK No1 Female Live Streaming and Social Media Media Strategist and Author of Everything.

Book Journey Mentor Uncut is all about providing insight tips and advice into the self-publishing and writing process as well as a platform to interview, showcase and promote new and upcoming authors. Tune in every Tues 7pm GMT/2pm EST. You can watch by following @womenofworthtv on Twitter and view via Periscope or Twitter

My 1ST Show: 3 Essential Tips Before Publishing

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3 Essential Tips Before Publishing

1.Know Your “why”

Everyone has a story inside; a unique journey and purpose. We all have our reasons for wanting to do things and a desire to fulfil goals and dreams in our lives. But what is our “why?” Simon Sinek, visionary and author of “ Start with Why ,” believes that success does not stem from what we do but why are doing it. So many of us go to work every day with no idea as to why and end up feeling unfulfilled when we know why we are doing it and are more than comfortable with the answer, we are in a much better position to connect, inspire and empower others.
What is your book’s raison d’etre?

Three important questions to consider before you read any further are.
1. What is your “why?” Why are you writing the book?
2. What is the message you want to convey?
3. What impact do you want your book to have on the reader?

These three questions are key to aligning your book, your message and your raison d’etre/purpose with your valuable readers. If you are unsure, find a trusted friend or loved one and ask them to support you in

2. Create a Clear Vision

We must remember that our book is not just a way to get our message out there but also a marketing tool. It is important to think about what we want our book to do for us. Having a book can open many doors so it is essential we know what doors we want it to open. Have a think about what organisations you may want to approach, what JVs (Joint Ventures) you may want to create, what events you wish to speak at or press you can see your book featuring in. Make sure though that these are all in alignment with your vision, mission, why and purpose. For example, I was approached by a glossy magazine having heard of my book Mr. Wrong. They wanted me to “dish the dirt” on exes and send in pixelated images of myself with them to feature in their magazine. Had they read the book, they would have realised that it was not about scandal but more so about accepting responsibility for choices we have made and forgiving ourselves in order to make better choices. Whilst this would have boosted my readership or visibility, it was more important to me to attract the right audience and opportunities that were in alignment with my core values and mission. When you are clear about your values, vision, mission, why and purpose you will attract the right opportunities for you and weed out the ones that are not. Integrity is key.

 

3. Know Your Audience

Many aspiring authors I speak to say that their audience is women. That may be true but the more specific about your audience you can be, the more likely you are to serve them well. There are 3.52billion women in the world. Is you book for ALL of them? What are their interests, employment status, background, culture, beliefs, pain points? What problems are you solving for them if any? What things make them laugh, entertain them make them think? Where do they hangout. If you want to have a successful book and ensure it reaches the right hands, research is key. Find out exactly WHO your audience is and find out where you can find them. Wherever it is, you and your book should be there too!

 

To get an interview on Book Journey Mentor Uncut, message us at info@consciousdreamspublishing.com with the subject line WOWTV together with your bio, headshot and PDF of your book. Alternatively, fill in the contact form below.

Daniella Blechner

AKA The Book Journey Mentor

“Be the author of your own destiny.”

 

12 months, 12 books, 12 workshops, 6 Bestsellers, 1 Book Journey Mentor

This year has been a phenomenal year for us. And it all started with a simple dream. I had a dream of creating a platform where our powerful stories and messages could be heard. I had a dream of working with aspiring authors who want to see their ideas through to fruition. I had a dream of using our powerful stories, experiences and journeys to empower others and the dream has now begun!

 

What I want to stress to you is that no dream is ever attainable by man or woman alone. A dream is only as big as the team one chooses to surround themselves by; this includes your support system as well as the physical team you choose to hire within your business.

 

Conscious Dreams’ foundation is passion fused with the belief that we are living in a world where so many of our stories are silenced by gatekeepers who are looking for the next “best thing.” Self-publishing, however, is an honourable way to get started. In fact, 58% of ebooks are written by self-published authors. What sets us apart from the rest? We care about your journey and our aim is to empower you through helping you to understand the self-publishing process and create a vision for your book that doesn’t just end with publishing. Your book should always be seen as a passport to somewhere else so the clearer you are on your vision, the more successful your book will be. We help you to create that vision and stay in control of your book sales or royalties. We don’t act as a middle wo/man.

Successes!

 

Reinvent You!

Since we launched in May, we have run two six-week workshops for women who are serious about getting published.  Since our first six-week workshop in Oct-Nov, The Power of Your Story one of our attendees and mentees, Divorce Recovery Coach, Zina Arinze, (AKA Reinvention Queen!) went on to publish her book, “Reinvent You! How to Move From “We” to “Me” After Divorce” and went on to reach No8 on the International Bestseller List in the Divorce category! Reinvent You! is a testimony to Zina’s own story of overcoming a painful divorce and relationship and offers real insight and practical advice for recent divorcees in such a warm and friendly manner. We helped Zina to set up her own publishing brand, “Believe and Live Again” so that all her forthcoming books can now be published under her own brand! Congratulations Zina!

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Poetic Surds

Sat 14th January was a very special day indeed for our youngest author, Micah Dolphy. Micah came to Conscious Dreams Publishing- after I visited her school and was blown away by her poetry- with a dream and a vision. She simply told me, “I am ready to publish my book.” She had written over 100 poems in honour of her late father who always used to encouraged her to read and write her poems. Her book Poetic Surds, is a collection of poems that address issues such as, mental health, being “different,” grief, loss, nature, self-worth and spirituality. Micah is wise beyond her years and testament to the fact that you can never be too old or too young to stand in your purpose and live your dreams. Not only did Micah become a published author on her father’s birthday, but she became an International Bestseller. No 1 in Women’s Fiction and No 2 in Women’s Poetry as well as making the front cover of The South London Press! Congratulations Micah!

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Zoetic Soul

 Zoetic Soul, written by Psychic Medium Jan Mayfield, is a very interesting read indeed. This book took slightly longer to birth but came out just when the time was right! Zoetic Soul gives the reader real insight into Jan’s live as a psychic medium. Jan Mayfield channels the energies and voices of souls who have evolved and transcribes them. Read the dialogue of the souls who pass on valuable messages and worldly predictions. Regardless of belief of faith, there is no doubt that there are some powerful messages all of humanity can take heed from and apply to their lives in order to live in a more harmonious and enriching world.  Jan was on the Bestselling List for over 1 month in 3 of her categories and was the first Author from Conscious Dreams Publishing to be featured on Amazon’s Hot New Releases! Congratulations Jan!

 

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Full collection of books published and/or mentored by Conscious Dreams Publishing include

reinvent you                           101

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tears                              words

                            Poetic Surds by [Dolphy, Micah]

bestseller                                                     bestseller

 

Crazy Not to Dream                 PTFP

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Jnaien Cummings Everything     Conscious Dreams Publishing

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MR WRONG WORKBOOK           

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If you would like to be Conscious Dreams’ next published author or attend any of our workshops, do get in touch with us at info@consciousdreamspublishing.com
I am also offering free 30min phone consultations to discuss your book and help you gain clarity with your vision and direction. Book here: www.tinyurl.consciousdreams30mins
Have an awesome day and remember no dream us ever too big to achieve!
Daniella Blechner
AKA Your Book Journey Mentor
“Be the author of your own destiny!”

National Diversity Award!!

DANNII am honoured to have been nominated for Entrepreneur of Excellence at The National Diversity Awards. If you like the work Conscious Dreams Publishing has been doing and finding our content of worth and value, please vote!

This year has been a busy year for us since I relaunched CDP last May. I started with a dream. That dream was to provide a platform for as many women (mostly) as possible yo have their voices and stories heard and transformed into books of significance and value. Why? Because there are TOO MANY stories out there unwritten, unvoiced and unheard and it is my belief these powerful stories and messages are not only unique but ones that could greatly impact and transform the lives of others.

If you like what we do and want to see more, click below and vote.

VOTE HERE!

NB: You will receive a confirmational email. You must click on the link within to confirm your vote. Thank you to all who have supported! 💖📖💖📖💖📖💖📖💖

 

NDA.jpgThe National Diversity Awards 

Charities, role models and community heroes will be honoured at the ceremony showcasing their outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion; thus embracing the excellence of all our citizens irrespective of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.

The concept for the National Diversity Awards arose when The Diversity Group identified an urgent need for more positive role models to be actively promoted, with the aim to empower and inspire the wide breadth of diverse communities across the UK.

If ever there was a time to celebrate and elevate the truly staggering diversity of talent the UK has to offer, it is now – opportunities are thin, and deprived communities need motivation and inspiration.

These awards are for people who inspire other individuals through their work, through their commitment to helping others, through their infectious personalities and through adversity.

VOTE HERE!

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I am so humbled and touched by the votes and endorsements so far but more than that, they serve as a strong and powerful reminder as to why I do what  I do and when things get tough, as it does in  the entrepreneurial world, I look at these to remember who and what I am here to do.  What do you dream of?

If you see the worth and value Conscious Dreams Publishing brings to others, please take that time to vote so we can reach even more people

VOTE HERE!

Votes and Endorsements – 54 vote(s) 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – “Daniella is a superb businesswoman. Over the last year especially, her publishing coaching business, Conscious Dreams, has gone from strength to strength. She encourages, inspires, and is a champion of all her mentees. She works tirelessly to push the brand and take it to new heights. She herself is a bestselling author and I was fortunate enough to work with her during the process of putting together and publishing my debut collection of poetry. Daniella is all about uplifting the voices of women and helping them to tell their stories. “

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – “Danni is a true entrepreneur who retains a passion to help others whilst maintaining excellence!”

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – “Daniella sets standards we all aspire to. She elevates, motivates and her bubbly manner makes her a great character. A tenacious and savvy business woman running in her own lane.”

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – “Daniella Blechner is the first professional book publisher who gave me professional consultation regarding my book project. With her professional & personal approach, understanding her role & responsibility. I honestly felt quality within her customer service. I am an aspiring Author with the vision of an independent feature film. The support from Daniella & her organisation, has brought my goals & actions into fruition* since 2016. I love & cherish her as a professional & wish this business all the very best in prosperity. Good luck to her & her team.”

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – “Daniella’s passion to support others is evident in all that she does, her commitment and care and desire to want to see others share their dreams is apparent in the organised workshops and her moral support throughout the whole journey. She gives of herself 100%.”

 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – “I’ve never met Danni in person but she has still had a profound impact in my life. Her unwavering entrepreneurial spirit is beyond inspiring and I love that she’s dedicated to helping people along the way.”

Monday, March 27, 2017 – “I am Voting for Daniella Blechner because I believe that through her company Conscious Dreams Publishing, she has done a great job of inspiring would-be writers to take the leap into publishing their books.”

 

Monday, March 27, 2017 – “I know Daniella has long and hard for all that she has achieved. Strong and determined in the face of adversity. Having the self-belief and fortitude to self-publish and using that experience to inspire and mentor many budding authors to have the confidence to see their own work come to fruition!”

 

Monday, March 27, 2017 – “I am currently enrolled in Daniella’s ‘Power of your Story’ course and therefore have had the pleasure of meeting and working with her each week. I would nominate Daniella based on her story of being self -made and dedicated in excellence and writing from such a young age. I would also nominate Daniella because her workshops, publishing brand and books are evidence of her excellence and she has a beautiful way of drawing out the excellence in others and their stories. Within the media and our publishing world there is an under-representation of certain minority groups. Daniella has an excellent way of engaging with these groups and her courses and publishing company are very inclusive and keen to empower writers as well as minority writers so that our voices and stories are echoed in everyday literature. I have a disability myself, yet Daniella has been very supportive on my book journey and the way she delivers her programmes and mentoring is so different from anything I have ever seen or experienced. They are holistic hearty and empowering and I fear if I had not met Daniella I wouldn’t believe my story would ever have a platform .” Michelle

 

Monday, March 27, 2017 – “Fantastic lady, helped me a lot with my book righting and business. Courses are arranged at the highest standards and after support in great. I think she should win because she has achieved so much and helped so many others.”

 

Monday, March 27, 2017 – “Danni is a genuine and honest person who shows character and integrity. She is concerned about helping others in their journey and she does it with sincerity and passion. She is a good example for many young women and buffing authors.”

 

Monday, March 27, 2017 – “Daniella is DRIVEN! She is so passionate about women expressing their truth and by doing so help others to change their lives. She also changes the lives of her clients when they go through her programme to put those stories in a book and raise their profile to become an author, an authority on their truth. Daniella is also a published author herself, which she has self-published and can now help other women do the same. For someone so young she has the maturity and grit of a seasoned sage. I love her energy and determination to get her own message out that we are all special and deserve to have a platform to be heard because we are amazing. “

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017 – “She is awesome!”

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – “Driven, hard – working, productive”

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – “Danni is so hard working and innovative. She is consistent and her enthusiasm is contagious. “

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – “She’s dedicated to using her talents to enable others. That’s truly inspirational.”

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – “I think she’s a great motivator and deserves to win”

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – “Excellent delivery to her services. An individual with a heart and soul. Caring and supportive.”

 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – “Daniella Blechner and Conscious Dreams Publishing is the real deal offering budding authors guidance, actionable real strategies, and confidence for the book writing, publishing and marketing journey. Having sat under her mentorship, I can attest that my understanding of my own book journey really skyrocketed from zero to becoming not just a best selling author but also a publishing brand in my own right. Her commitment to detail and excellence really shines through as does her infectious passion for books and working with authors to draw their message out. Daniella definitely deserves to win this amazing award and has my vote.”

 

Monday, March 13, 2017 – “Daniella has done a great job at supporting new and budding writers. I am happy to nominate her for the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award.”

 

Friday, March 10, 2017 – “I Believe that Conscious Dreams Daniella Blechner deserve this Award, for helping others reach their potential through writing.”

 

Friday, March 10, 2017 – “Great author and publisher. Friendly and knowledgeable. Has a heart to help people get to where they want to be through her coaching. I highly recommend for this award. “

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017 – “I have nominated Danni the founder of Conscious Dreams Publishing because she is making a big difference to a lot of women’s lives. Danni is not about just making money but about helping new authors make their dreams come true and realising there full potential. I feel Blessed to know her and work with her.”

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017 – “Very helpful and useful workshop”

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017 – “Danni is not only a wonderful woman, she is very inspiring and loves helping others. Her strength and all that she does is encouraging to others who would like to succeed too. I hope Danni wins as she is the best candidate for this award.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “A caring, talented and forward thinking young woman. She is an amazing author, publisher and events organizer. She has a heart for the community. She deserves to be acknowledged and rewarded for all her hard work. “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniella Blechner is a positive role model, who is driven, and focused. She is a bestselling author and a Book Journey Mentor, very passionate about her goals and influences others to gain success. A strong and inspiring woman who is the founder of Conscious Dreams Publishing and should be commended for the work she has delivered through this company. “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “She is offering a great service to people who want to get their stories to the masses. She delivers great content and is willing to help and go that extra mile. She also does things for charity too so gives back to those less fortunate. “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Danni has worked hard to provide a platform for women to share their stories. She has gone on to inspire and empower many authors to tell their story that will leave a legacy for the next generation. She is passionate, dedicated and always looking to grow so that the authors get the best. She deserves this award.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Well deserved! Daniella’s determination and entrepreneurship is second to none, she is highly productive, personable and professional. A strong nominee! “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniella Blechner is very hard working person and very dedicated to what she is doing. Conscious Dreams Publishing deserves this award.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniella has inspired many of us to get our stories out there and to fulfill our dreams of becoming quality authors. Really glad that she’s been nominated.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “I have followed Daniella’s journey and I am completely inspired by her.”

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “A dynamic individual who enables women to tell their story by having their own published book. Professional and patient and well versed in providing compassionate support and allowing others to tap into their creativity.”

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Provides helpful and useful support to everyone and still manages to make the time to see each person individually. She has refueled my passion for writing by getting me to consider alternatives. Her workshops give people the opportunity to network and to date we are connected. “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniella has taken risks and also set back, but kept on preserving, shown excellent communication and helping others and making her mentees grow and flourish themselves, not only that but also help the community and even the world be a better place. As I have had the pleasure of working with Daniella, on her short film ‘Hair We Are’ doing the animation scene as well as illustrating for her book ‘Mr. Wrong’. As an illustrator and animator, I can say it’s been a pleasure and am part of the Conscious Dream team. “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Danni is a champion for voices which otherwise might not be heard. She works tirelessly to promote the work of people she feels need to have a platform in society. She is articulate, passionate and inspiring and these are just some of the valid reasons she richly deserves this award. “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Danni is a totally inspirational person who helps people from all backgrounds, ages and races to get their books published and their messages out to the world. She motivates and empowers people to write and she supports and helps people who lack confidence and need that guiding hand to enable them to achieve things they did not think were possible alone. She really deserves this award and national recognition. She has also created a wonderful community through her regular workshop The Power of Your Story and she is inclusive, generous and gives valuable help to people on social media as well. Thank you @WendyBookCoach.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Has made an amazing contribution “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniella has made her dream come true and I am very proud to have witnessed it unfold! She is truly passionate about what she does and I believe deserves this award for her dedication and hard work to that went into her company. I have personally experienced the fruits of this company and can testify that Daniella doesn’t just “talk the talk” she has and continue to “walk the walk”. Daniella is a worthy nominee but would be the perfect winning for this award! “

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniella is my mentor and my inspiration. I love her style of writing and I love the way she encourages everyone to believe, know and understand that they can achieve anything they want in life. Danni keeps it real. Nothing is sugar coated. Danni works hard and shares her knowledge, wisdom, and advice so freely and openly. Danielle does so much to help and support others, she truly deserves this award.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniella has a work ethic that is enviable, the determination she has shown in publishing her own book while overcoming personal obstacles makes her an inspiration to so many others. She has helped countless people to overcome their own demons by reinforcing the message of positivity in their own lives.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Attended the course and it has set me on the road to writing my book. From the first session, she got me to focus on my who and my what which has made my book have an earnest drive of its own. As well as providing a great course she also gas continued to motivate and support through a WhatsApp group, post course webinar catch-up. Daniella is truly awesome.”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Self-publishing with Daniella’s company allowed me to become their youngest bestselling author on the date I published. As my mentor Daniella allowed me to create my vision trusting that we had enough time which we did. Daniella has been thoughtful and bared in mind that as a 15-year old I am preparing for my GCSEs throughout this journey. Lastly, she boosts my confidence by continuously supporting me by sharing posts and encouraging my ideas we even donated to a charity for a sentimental purpose!”

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – “Daniela has to be one of the most kindest, thoughtful human beings I have ever met, she really is as passionate about helping people succeed. I attended her power of your story workshop and was so impressed with her skill and enthusiasm. She had pushed me and encouraged me to share my story and believed in me. Without Daniela I wouldn’t be publishing my book and I wouldn’t be the woman I am today because she does see the potential in people and she brings that out in people, so thank you, Daniela, most definitely this award goes to you!”

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “Daniella works tirelessly to provide aspiring authors to publish their books. She makes what seems like impossible become possible, encouraging her audience to follow her 7 steps to publishing and the other services she has available. I have done my research and I believe that nobody offers what Daniella does in the way she does it. Most importantly, she has integrity and this shows in all aspects of her business and personal brand.”

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “Daniella Blechner has helped me to publish my book. She is an accomplished author, Book Mentor. Daniella is passionate about what she does and happy to assist and encourage women to publish their stories. “

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “Daniella is a loyal, focused and committed to the success of her clients. She’s a portfolio woman one who has so much to give upon so many levels. “

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “She has helped me with a direction to writing out my manuscript with a clear deadline and structure. A well-deserved candidate. Daniella Blechner.”

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “Danni is a true inspiration leading from the front. She has built a success with her self-publishing company and now inspires other to achieve the same success. Through her work coaching, mentoring connecting people she is driving others young and old to realise their dreams of seeing their work in print. She is a really amazing individual. “

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “I love her work and what she does with authors, helping them to publish their books in style and on time. She helps them become no 1 bestseller eve on launch day which is amazing. She works with honesty and integrity. “

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “This amazing woman has shown how to be a true entrepreneur growing from strength whilst helping others. The content she shares os commendable and she is outstanding to me more importantly for the pace at which she has grown.”

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – “I believe Daniella is an inspiration to those who have a dream and a vision to show their creativity but have been afraid to do so. She has fired me up to take my dream to the next level and look forward to attending her workshop and living out that vision”

 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – “Daniella has followed her passion and living her purpose by inspiring and empowering young women and girls to be the greatest version of themselves. Daniella has mentored and helped so many authors to get their stories out there and self-publish their books. So inspiring!!!”

 

VOTE HERE!

 

5 Ways to Promote Your Books #aski2m

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  • How can you tell more people about your role as an author or your book?
  • What do you need to do to get noticed as an author?
  • How can you encourage book sales – without being a pushy sales person?

 

Having a book can certainly raise your profile, however, you need to know HOW promotion of your book can support this and build your personal brand as an author too.

 

There are many ways that you can promote your book and this article will look at 5 of these. Now, assuming that you already have your book written up, edited and cover designed etc., you’ve possibly already been advised of the basics – what I call Text Book marketing! So beyond, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, let’s look at some ideas which will help you to build awareness of your book and in turn, raise your profile and help generate even more PR and book sales!

 

Start using Video

You can use YouTube, Instagram Stories and Facebook Lives (as examples) of platforms. You may want to do a reading a week, which was what one of my clients did ahead of her book launch.

  • Consider ideas for your video
  • Think about who will watch your video, what will be of interest to them
  • Content may include reference to your book (page readings, videos to promote why you wrote the book, themes in your book, chapters etc.)
  • Once your video is created, consider how you can promote your video across multiple platforms.

 

Use Email

Do you have an existing email list? Can you contact them? Do you have people who have shown interest and signed up for details of your next book (or first book?) Pre warn them that the book is coming.

 

Online is a cost-effective tactic and in most cases, although you are using you or your staff time, you only need to have access to wifi. Get onto Mailchimp or Dotmailer or Constant Contact. They will be able to set you up nicely and get your emails underway!

 

A few tips for you on online/email:

  • Work on building your list, clean it up if you haven’t in a while
  • Recruit new mailing list members, suggest they sign up for your book updates/ launch info
  • Decide on frequency of emails and stick to that
  • Think about what you will include in your emails
  • Include a call to action of Buy Now button (even for pre-orders) to get people hooked before your book is even ready
  • Include social sharing icons on your emails, so people can share your email with friends and family

Email is cheap to execute and also useful for monitoring. Remember you can use email to monitor who opens your email and who clicks Buy Now too.

 

Organise your web page or website

You will probably want a website for yourself as a brand, to promote your book. This is most likely if you don’t already have a product or service.

 

If you don’t have a website, consider the platforms to host your content online. Aside from having a Facebook Business page or YouTube channel, landing pages also work really well for capturing leads – so – for example –  you may offer a downloadable chapter of your book or your complete book in eBook format. The landing page is basically a webpage where people can exchange their email for that chapter or eBook. This landing page (or web page) can then be promoted across your communication channels, via your email mailing list, journalists, potential customers etc. Key here is design of your landing page and also how you promote it. Targeting is important in marketing.

 

Use the right social media channels

Get onto social media but before you set up profiles think about which social media platforms you want to use and why. Decide on what channels work best for your potential customer. Be where your potential customers are and where you are most comfortable; you don’t need to be on all of the social networks! Whether you are already on social media or not, here are some important points to consider:

  • Your ‘About page’ or ‘Bio’ should be consistent
  • Check who you are following and who is following you. Connect with the right people
  • Use a photo of yourself for the actual profile photo and then consider using your book cover (or a related image) for the cover photos/headers
  • Provide a contact info (of your agent if you have one and/or publishing house)
  • Include details related to how to order your book, on your About Pages
  • If you have a really long web link, shorten it using Bit.ly
  • Remember to consistent when you post, or schedule posts using Buffer and Hootsuite. Read my article on scheduling here

11 Reasons to Start Scheduling Social Media

 

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Events and exhibitions

Beyond asking friends and family to write reviews, consider engaging with press, writing press releases and hosting/exhibiting at exhibitions.

 

Have you thought about what publicity you could attract from the characters or themes in your book? What about the events you could participate in, or put on to build awareness of your book?

  • Host a launch event
  • Coordinate a few book readings at several locations
  • Organise a private event for journalists and bloggers.

 

Finally, consider submitting your book to a few free sites too (check if submission guidelines may apply):

Author Marketing Club

I hope these 5 tips are useful with promoting your book, remember to allocate your time and resources and monitor success of your activities. If you need any more tips email aski2m@insight2marketing.com

 

Vee Roberts

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Vee Roberts is a multi-award winning Brand and Marketing Coach, Trainer and Consultant. She is a mum of four, who decided to take a leap – after being made redundant – to start her own business several years ago. And she has never looked back. Prior to becoming her own boss, she had worked for over 15+ years as a Senior Marketer and Team Leader, within public, private and third sectors, for companies which included BT and NHS.

Having successfully escaped the Corporate world to become her own boss, Vee now uses her 4 years of studying and 19+ years of ‘hands on’ experience in marketing planning, coordination and delivery, to educate and empower other business owners – with great success. Her clients come from a range of sectors including Commercial, Not-for-profit, Healthcare, Arts & Entertainment, Fashion, Hair & Beauty, Education and Tourism.

Her passion and proven success is in increasing sales, leads and visibility, as a direct result of effective integrated marketing campaigns. She enables businesses to refocus their marketing efforts in a way that will save both time and money. Many of the businesses she works with have seen a drastic improvement in their bottom line and also reported improved perception, better customer retention and increased sales.

Vee is all about serving people and amongst her 6 awards received to date, she has received 2 awards from the Global Entrepreneurship Campaign because of her commitment and contribution to other business owners. She gets her buzz seeing businesses flourish and this is why she launched InspireUrBiz™ networking and workshop events in 2014 – with a focus on personal and business development.

With her wealth of knowledge in branding, marketing and social media, Vee is often invited to speak at conferences and events. Her next big project will be announced soon!

What is a Book Journey Mentor and Why Have One?

Conscious Dreams Publishing

If you are reading this, I imagine you are a writer or an aspiring author.  I imagine you have a story inside; one that is powerful and impactful. Alternatively, perhaps you have a message that will assist others in their journey. Perhaps you have your message written on scraps of paper or the beginnings of a manuscript typed up on your PC or mac waiting to be completed. Maybe you have your entire manuscript completed but hidden away from the world collecting dust. Unread. Stuck. Uncertain.

Why many stop at 1st Draft?

According to the Huffington Post, 84% of people want to publish a book. Out of that 84%, only 5% go on to fulfill their dream. That is 79% of stories untold, messages, and voices unheard. Ones that could have transformed one life, two lives, a collection of lives or maybe even the planet.  Our belief at Conscious…

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