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Intuition – A Trusted Ally for Conscious Writers

July 15, 2017

Before the technical revolution began the process of redrafting the landscape, I learned the business of publishing from the ground up.

Inspired by the mission of communicating perennial wisdom to a contemporary international audience, I quickly realized that commissioning books for publication was more of an art than a science.

This was especially the case in the world of independent publishing, where breaking new ground and working at the cutting edge were the norm.

Working Intuitively

I hadn’t planned to develop my intuition as part of my work. Yet it wasn’t long before I experienced the limitations of decisions made on facts and figures alone.

Introducing timeless knowledge to a rapidly developing marketplace required greater insight than the study of past success provided.

Add to that the publishing reality of working one or two years ahead of the moment readers would discover the end results in printed form, and it became clear that a sixth sense” would be extremely valuable.

The Difference that Makes the Difference

Looking back, I now see that making a conscious choice to develop my intuition at an early stage of my publishing career was the difference that made the difference – not just to my work, but to all areas of my life.

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IACCW Member Event: Do You Need a Literary Agent?

January 26, 2017

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Over the last few years, the world of publishing has changed dramatically. A whole range of publishing solutions are now available for writers who feel inspired to share their ideas, insights and stories with the world at large.

Empowering though this may be for aspiring authors and those who are already working on their second or third books; it’s also a double-edge sword as it raises important questions about what the best route to market actually is. It also requires informed decisions to be made about which professionals to work with.

In this interview, experienced literary agent Susan Mears will bring you up-to-date with the latest developments in publishing and explain:

  • How to decide on self-publishing or traditional publishing for your book(s)
  • What level of marketing is right for you whichever publishing option you choose
  • If you need a literary agent and what the benefits are from working with one
  • How to find and approach an agent professionally and with confidence
  • How the market is evolving and what to focus on to succeed as an author today

Susan Mears trained in publishing at Random House and worked as a Senior Editor in three other publishers before founding the Susan Mears Literary Agency in 1993. Since then she has worked internationally representing her authors to the major publishing houses and also to her extensive contacts in the fields of film and television. Her main base is in London but she also maintains a presence in Dubai and New York. Her agency has a tremendous reputation for discovering new talent and has taken a number of authors from start up author to international bestseller status. For more information visit http://www.susanmears.com/

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IACCW Member Event: How to Craft Compelling Online Courses from Your Creative Content

June 30, 2016

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Most of us who write understand that earning an abundant living exclusively from writing books is the exception rather than the rule. This is the case even when our books are published and promoted by traditional publishers (or not as the case may be!) and we’re actively engaged in building our platform to connect directly with our readers.

The reality is that the bulk of our income as authors is likely to come from the related activities we create to share our ideas, insights and stories. There are multiple possibilities for doing so such as speaking engagements, leading workshops and retreats, offering mentoring and more.

One of the most popular options today, particularly for appealing to an international audience, is to develop online courses – taught live and through audio or video – to share the material from any body of work we’ve created, including books.

In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • See your content with fresh eyes and understand what participants will need
  • Extract material from what you already have and add practical details to craft your course
  • Turn one book or body of work into several different online courses
  • Identify the best way to teach your course – live and/or through video and audio
  • Decide whether to offer your course exclusively to your own audience or partner with others for a broader reach

Mark Matousek is the award-winning author of five books, a featured blogger for Psychology Today, Purple Clover, and Huffington Post, and contributor to numerous anthologies and publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine (contributing editor), The New York Times Magazine, and many others. A popular lecturer and writing teacher, he is on the faculty of the New York Open Center, The Omega Institute, The Mandala Center, Kripalu, and Esalen, amongst others, and is the Creative Director of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls. His latest book is Ethical Wisdom for Friends. For more information see www.markmatousek.com

The Transformative Value of a Conscious and Creative Reboot

March 8, 2016

fire-1021224_640The last year has been a massive reality check for me with regard to the sheer volume of time, energy and effort that is required to see a book through from manuscript completion to successful publication.

Looking back it feels like the conscious writing process to craft the body of work that became my book was the easy part, although it didn’t always feel like that at the time!

Fortunately, my daily practice of yoga, meditation and more largely enabled me to remain present to what ‘is’ through the roller coaster ride of the publishing process. It was a high priority for me to be connected to inner stillness amidst the array of outer activities, all of which involved absolute deadlines.

Yet as the months passed, the more fatigued I felt, the harder it became to maintain the fullness of my balanced perspective. Finally, the moment came when all the major projects were completed, the launch momentum settled and I was able to stop for more than a brief interlude.

Taking time off to recharge was an extremely welcome immersion in the bliss of stillness, silence, space and the restorative energy of the natural world. I subsequently felt prompted to write a short piece to share my experience and encourage you to remember the importance of what I lovingly call a conscious and creative reboot.

Here it is…

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A Conscious Approach to the Alchemy of Authorship

November 2, 2015

drop-of-water-862316_640Two months on from the publication of my book Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice Through Mindfulness and More (Hay House), I’m surfacing from what has been an extremely intense experience.

It’s been exciting, joyful and filled with the sense of purpose and dedication that comes from feeling totally on track with being and doing what I’m here to be and do in this particular Now.

Yet simultaneously it has challenged and stretched me beyond my comfort zone as I’ve expanded into new areas that are unfamiliar like creating and filming videos, presenting at press events, media interviews and more.

Despite my background in publishing, the sheer volume of projects and tasks associated with writing and launching a book that nearly all run concurrently to absolute deadlines took me by surprise. And of course this all happens alongside regular business and personal commitments. ‘Intense’ indeed!

Fortunately my regular yoga and spiritual practice have enabled me to remain largely present to the unfolding dream and still at the centre of the dynamic whirlwind (most of the time!). Now as I step back and review everything from the perspective of having ‘birthed’ this book into the world in the best way I’m able to at this time, I realize just how much alchemy is involved in authorship.

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IACCW Member Discount for Hay House Writer’s Workshop 16 & 17 May

May 5, 2015

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This weekend workshop will give you the combined wisdom of more than 50 years of writing and publishing experience in four information-packed sessions, including workshops with Hay House President/CEO Reid Tracy and Hay House authors Lynne McTaggart and Michael Neill.

All attendees of the workshop are eligible to submit a manuscript to us and one will be selected to win a publishing contract with Hay House and £3000 advance.

You’ll learn:

  • How to organize your thoughts into a book
  • How to rewrite and refine your work
  • How to manifest the determination to publish your book
  • How to get a publisher’s attention
  • How to write a book proposal
  • How to make a business out of being a writer/author
  • And more!

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3 Ways to Plan for Success as a Published Author

April 8, 2015

Female rock climber reaching the summit.Completing the final draft of a manuscript is a major threshold for any writer to cross, and is certainly worth celebrating as a significant achievement in its own right.

Once we have surfaced from whatever degree of conscious and creative recharge we require, a whole new level of our progress towards successful published authorship begins.

Naturally, we need to plan ahead to ensure that we stay on track with our intentions to reach our readers with our message and stories.

Yet as Conscious Writers, we are mindful of remaining present in the moment with all aspects of ourselves in alignment despite the future focus. This is how we retain congruence between our head and our heart to guide us as we make important decisions along the way.

Whether we are working with a traditional publisher or choosing the indie self-publishing route, planning for success as a published author means that in addition to our writing, our attention is required for many other activities.

So what are the main areas we need to focus on to give our book the best possible chance of success in the world?

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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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What’s new this month?

December 10, 2014

JuliaMcCutchen_darkpurple150Hi Conscious & Creative Writers!

It’s a cold and frosty December morning as I write this last newsletter for 2014. The winter sunshine is pouring through the window and I feel inspired to reflect on the year as it draws to a close.

Conscious Writing Retreat

In January we opened the doors to the first group Conscious Writing Retreat which took place at the end of May. Places sold out within a matter of weeks and the response from participants was phenomenal! I fell in love with leading retreats so we’re offering the same experience next year. Early Bird tickets will be available in January.

Scholarship

In February we offered the 2nd Conscious Writing Scholarship and three writers were awarded free and discounted places for six months of mentoring. I am humbled by the outstanding progress that has been made, and we will be offering this opportunity again in 2015.

Events

Each month we have shared wisdom and insight on conscious & creative topics from a range of fabulous speakers for our Member Events. We have continued to grow our international membership and our favourite conversations will become the “Best of 2014 Interviews” audio CD collection.

Conscious Writing Community

We also re-launched the IACCW Facebook page and are continuing to post regular tips and inspiration to build and support of our Conscious Writing community. Please join us there and “Like” the page if you haven’t already. We love connecting with you directly and warmly welcome your posts and comments!

Individually Guided Retreats

These were created for writers who prefer one to one guidance and individually tailored coaching support. The incredible benefits of this deep immersion away from the usual commitments of everyday life were richly rewarding for all concerned.

Personal Progress

The contribution I make through all of our IACCW offerings arises from my personal practice. As a result, this year my work has reached a whole new level. Hay House will be publishing my new book called Conscious Writing: How to Write from the Heart with the Voice of Your Soul in September 2015. I am delighted to be partnering with such an innovative publisher to spread the word about this holistic approach to deep creative writing.

I am also honoured to have been named by WE Magazine as one of the Top 100 Women in Ecommerce Class of 2014. It didn’t occur to me that I would ever see my face on the cover of a magazine but it just goes to show that you never know what’s around the next corner when you commit to living your truth!

There are always challenges along the way, yet being fully present to all that is, shows us the way to remain in integrity and take skilful action.

On that note, I wish you a fabulous festive season and will look forward to catching up with you again in 2015!

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PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

A Conscious Approach to the 5 Stages of Writing

December 8, 2014

five-elementsOpinions vary regarding the number of stages involved in the process of writing and range from three to a dozen depending on the way the contents of each stage are distributed.

In Conscious Writing we place a great deal of emphasis on the importance of inner preparation before any outer action is taken so it is no surprise to discover that this is the first of five stages we go through as Conscious Writers:

  1. Preparation
  2. Inspiration
  3. First draft
  4. Refine and revise
  5. Edit and complete

These stages do not necessarily follow a neat linear progression. The initial preparation leads to inspiration and first draft writing although during the early phases of inspiration we may dip regularly back into preparation before a single word meets the page.

The first draft will always require refinement and revision yet this may end up being more of a dance to and fro than a clear cut boundary between one and the other. A great deal depends on the nature of the content, the relationship we have with it, and discovering our optimum way of working.

For our purposes here, exploring each stage in the typical order enables us to appreciate the subtlety and detail of the creative framework as well as the potential contribution a conscious approach can make.

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