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5 Ways to Cultivate a Creative Mindset as a Conscious Writer

July 5, 2016

artwork-1443191_640As writers, we all know how important it is to hone the skills of our craft. However sharply we pitch our work to magazine editors, agents or publishers, the words on the page are ultimately where the rubber meets the road.

Yet as Conscious Writers, we also discover the unquantifiable value of cultivating a creative mindset.

This includes both the thoughts and feelings we have about ourselves as writers and the value of our writing.

Both have a significant impact on the success we experience, however we choose to define that. In fact, unless we have our creative mindset fully charged, our words may never reach the page at all!

The bottom line is that our thoughts and feelings need to be in alignment to free up the deepest levels of creative expression. When we think about writing but doubt the worth of our ability or the validity of our contribution, it doesn’t take long for our creative impulse to dry up.

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Filed under: Articles — Julia @ 3:43 pm

7 Timeless Tips for Conscious Writing Success

January 5, 2015

electricity-505869_640A few years ago I wrote an article on how to create a New Year strategy for success and inject a fresh burst of energy into your plans for writing and publishing your book. We republished it last year and received a positive reaction from writers who found it inspiring and helpful.

This year, while my focus is on completing the writing of my new book ready for delivery to Hay House in February, I’ve decided to share these timeless tips with you one more time.

So if you’re ready to follow through on your impulse to write what you are here to write in 2015, bring these tips to life by taking action within the next seven days. Then keep the momentum going by connecting with other Conscious Writers who are doing the same. Enjoy!

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Filed under: Articles — Julia @ 5:16 pm

Conscious Completing for Creative Writers

July 10, 2014

Commitment_TickoverRedCircle_250I’ve just finished writing a big section of my book, and it feels exciting to have reached this point! There is a sense of joy and satisfaction in this kind of completion which echoes wholeness for me in a heart-warming way.

There are many more sections still to write, but I’m happy to have crossed this particular threshold of completion. In fact, I feel even more enthusiastic about continuing my Conscious Writing process now that this section is “in the bag”.

With a big project like writing a book, it’s important to celebrate the minor completions along the way. This helps to keep our momentum going until we reach the major completions such as finishing the first draft of our manuscript or completing our whole submission package ready to send to agents or publishers.

Is it Creative Resistance or a Stepping Stone?

Some people shy away from any kind of completion and begin multiple creative writing projects which all lie half finished in drawers and cupboards. Do you recognize that at all?

Sometimes unfinished work-in-progress acts like a stepping stone to ideas which are seen through to completion, and this is a valid way to develop new possibilities. However, if not finishing projects is a recurring pattern, it usually indicates some form of creative resistance at work.

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Filed under: Articles — Julia @ 8:30 am

How to Write the Ultimate Book Proposal Home Study Masterclass

October 12, 2012

5 Steps to Book Proposal Mastery

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through the process of writing your ultimate book proposal.

We are delighted to offer a 50% introductory discount for the How to Write the Ultimate Book Proposal Home Study Masterclass which is for both fiction and non-fiction writers.

This Home Study Masterclass takes you step-by-step through the process of writing your ultimate book proposal. By the end, you will have the first draft of your book proposal complete!

Having spent many years working in-house as a publisher receiving countless book proposals from aspiring authors, and making publishing decisions based on those proposals, I am able to teach this topic from firsthand experience.

I know the inside story of what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to writing book proposals. And if you want to succeed as a traditionally published author, your book proposal represents the most important tool in your writer’s tool kit.

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Filed under: IACCW Announcements — Tags: , , , , , — Julia @ 12:36 pm

How Authors Can Benefit From Visiting Book Fairs

April 16, 2012

LondonBookFairHere in the UK, the London Book Fair begins today and continues for the next three days (16th to 18th April).

It is described as a “global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. With over 400 seminars and events, 1,500 international exhibiting companies and 24,500 publishing professionals, The London Book Fair encompasses the broad spectrum of the publishing industry.”

It is one of the main book fairs which take place each year for professionals in the book trade alongside Book Expo America, the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. There are also many smaller yet worthwhile book fairs and exhibitions internationally.

Many authors wonder if it is worth attending these trade fairs and many commentators say that it isn’t. My view is that it can be a valuable experience if you approach it with the right mindset. You also need to plan your visit well in advance and wear sensible shoes in the knowledge that you’ll be on your feet for most of the day!

It is important to be realistic when thinking through a book fair visit, especially if you have a vision of meeting agents and editors to present your book to them. Most publishing professionals will have filled their schedule of 30 minute meetings well in advance of the fair taking place.

Having said that, serendipity can, and does, occur at book fairs.

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5 Ways to Support Your Creative Mindset as a Writer

November 28, 2011

think and dream bigIt is naturally a high priority for all writers to hone the skills of the writing craft.

However sharply you pitch your book, the words on the page are where the rubber hits the road in terms of success with agents, publishers and readers.

Yet this represents the tip of the writing iceberg. As an author, your preparation for writing also needs to include cultivating a creative mindset.

Unless you have your creative mindset fully charged, your words may never reach the page.

Your mindset includes both the thoughts you have about your writing and the feelings you have about yourself as a writer. Both will have a significant impact on your success – or otherwise – as an author.

Your thoughts and feelings need to be clear and in alignment to support your creative expression. Whether or not you believe that thoughts create your reality, when you doubt the value of your ability or your contribution, the creative impulse dries up.

Here are 5 ways to support your creative mindset as a writer:

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Filed under: Articles — Julia @ 12:55 pm

Book Proposal Professional Review – the final few

September 30, 2011

Submission_guidelines_laptop_envelopesA professional review of your book proposal before it is sent out to agents and publishers “for real” provides peace of mind that everything which can be done, has been done to ensure the best possible chance of success.

I’ve been offering this service and supporting writers to write first-class book proposals for many years and there have been hundreds of successes during that time (read some of the success stories here). This is because I know exactly what is required from my years spent on the publisher’s side of the desk.

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“My wonderful, life-changing journey with Julia started with her Book Proposal Review and ended with my signing a contract with a key UK Mind, Body, Spirit publisher, Findhorn Press. Following her expert and precise feedback on my book proposal, I decided to go on to work with Julia on her one-to-one mentoring scheme.

What Julia brings is a potent combination of sheer, undiluted professionalism along with a receptive ability to listen, to truly hear and tune in. Our travels together gave me the confidence to know that I was approaching publishers with a book proposal that was the strongest, most professional it could possibly be.”

CatherineLucas150Catherine G Lucas is Founder of the UK Spiritual Crisis Network and a Mindfulness Trainer. She is author of In Case of Spiritual Emergency: Moving Successfully Through Your Awakening (Findhorn Press 2011). To register for the‘virtual’ book launch on 10 October, when Catherine will be joined by special guests, including Carol Shaw from Findhorn Press, see www.AcademyWisdom.co.uk.

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Moving On

However it is time for me to move on. So I have decided to withdraw the Book Proposal Review Package that I currently offer.

If you would like me to review your draft book proposal and give you my professional opinion on whether it’s working – and if not, what to do about it – now is the moment to take action. Read more about what my professional review package includes by clicking here.

If you aren’t quite ready to submit your work just yet, you can still take advantage of the final few professional reviews I will ever do. Book your package now and arrange to submit your material to me at a later stage to give yourself time to write or complete your draft proposal.

Deadlines

  • The booking deadline is Monday 31 October.
  • The deadline for submitting your draft proposal is Monday 14 November.

UBPOMSpecial Offer

Should you choose to work through the online masterclass course on How to Write the Ultimate Book Proposal first, you can benefit from 20% discount on the Book Proposal Review Package.

Once you have purchased the How to Write the Ultimate Book Proposal here, simply send an email to Julia@JuliaMcCutchen.com and we will send you a 20% discount code to apply to the Book Proposal Review Package.

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to let me know. I’ll look forward to working with you on your book proposal if this opportunity has come along at the right time for you.

To your conscious & creative success!

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Click here to read more and watch a short video on my Book Proposal Review Package

Filed under: IACCW Announcements — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Julia @ 2:23 pm

10 Tips for Creating An Authentic Author Platform

August 8, 2011

Spotlight_Platform_BeingSeenAn author platform is about being visible in the world so that people who are interested in all that you have to offer know you exist. This potentially includes agents, publishers and the media as well as readers, writers and other like-minded souls.

There’s a great deal of information available now on how to build an author platform. Blog posts, courses and classes teach the elements of what a platform includes and the mechanics of how to take action.

Cultivating the right mindset is perhaps one of the most important ingredients for success. It enables you to develop meaningful relationships with people and take authentic action right from the start.

Here are 10 tips to support you to build an authentic author platform:

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How to Create Your New Year Writing Success Strategy

January 10, 2011

2011The New Year is a fabulous time to inject a fresh burst of energy into your plans for writing your book for publication.

So here are 7 tips to help you have your best writing year yet:

1. Identify what’s really important to you about your writing. So many people today live in the fast lane. As a result, it is easy to lose sight of what really matters.

With your writing, being consciously connected to what is really important enables you to give yourself permission to prioritise your writing time. This means that you will get your writing done and feel more creatively satisfied as a result.

So start this year by taking time to re-connect to the source of your inspiration to write. Then write about that in your journal to refer back to in the coming months.

2. Clarify your vision. With that connection in place to keep you grounded, the next step is to sharpen your focus on where you are heading. Being clear about your vision will inspire and motivate you to maintain your progress.

One of the most powerful ways of bringing your vision to life is to create a Vision Board. This involves making a collage of images to represent yourself as an author and what you want to achieve with your writing.

If you have already made one, the turn of the year is a wonderful opportunity to add new images which feel appropriate for this year.

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Filed under: Articles — Julia @ 11:42 am

How to Choose Between Traditional & Self Publishing

December 13, 2010

Publish_wordThe publishing landscape continues to change at a rapid pace. Advances in technology have led to an abundance of new possibilities to print, publish, market and sell books effectively. In this series of articles on contemporary publishing options, we’re exploring what’s on offer for conscious and creative writers to make informed decisions about the right way forwards.

When faced with an abundance of unfamiliar choices, many people feel overwhelmed and end up not doing anything at all. Decisions are left unmade, and as a result, potential is left unfulfilled.

One of the choices facing writers today is whether to approach traditional publishers, either directly or through an agent, or whether to explore the many possibilities now available to self publish.

For some writers, a combined approach proves to be the right solution as certain books work best when handled by publishing professionals and others are perfect candidates for self publishing.

So how do you choose between traditional and self publishing for your book?

Here are five criteria to take into account when considering this question to help you make the right choice for your book:

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