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We couldn’t be more thrilled or proud of Ron Kitchens, a Write Brilliant Alumni, whose book just released from Baker Book House: Uniquely You: Transform Your Organization By Becoming The Leader Only You Can Be.

We recently sat down with Ron to learn what he discovered in the writing and release of this incredible book.

Where did the idea for your book come from?

The pain I see in the leaders we coach and work with who are struggling to keep with an Instagram / Pinterest world of “perfect” that is not real and not their unique Journey.

What prevented you from writing your book sooner?

I lacked the clarity of how to tell and structure the journey for the readers.
What’s one big lesson you learned in the writing of your book that would help fellow writers?

There is no one, right way. Just start telling the story. Editing comes at the end.

What’s one big lesson you learned in the marketing of your book that would help fellow writers?

Unfortunately you do have to have your own following to serve as your launch pad of readers. I like a lot of writers felt insecure asking my friends to buy until I realized that the content is a gift I am giving to the reader, they are paying for the paper.

What’s the biggest joy for you in seeing your book published?

The stories that people share with me about their dreams and struggles that in many cases, it is the first time they have told anyone.

Anything you’d like to add?

The fear of sharing your story is real but so is the opportunity to change lives. According to the New York Times, 81% of people believe they have a book in them and yet less than 1% actually write one. Simply writing a book makes you a hero to the world.

If you haven’t ordered a copy of Uniquely You, we encourage you to pick up a copy today. It will show you how to transform your organization by becoming the leader you can be.

Click here to order today.

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Write Brilliant Live graduates have landed contracts with publishers including Harper Collins, Random House, Tyndale, Moody, Kregel, NavPress, and many more. Those who follow our tactics have had their posts go viral and seen a significant uptick in social media traffic as well as been featured in major news outlets.

Whether you’re a novice or veteran, our live events are designed to help you:

·  Identify your target audience
·  Develop a big idea and fuel your creative fire
·  Craft killer stories
·  Kick your writing up a notch with easy-to-implement tips and teaching
·  Grow your online platform
·  Get ahead through an insider’s look at the latest changes in the publishing industry
·  Network with other writers, bloggers, and speakers like you

Some of the standout features of Write Brilliant LIVE:

·  Practical teaching you can begin using immediately
·  Morning homework review hour with core team members
·  Move from daydreams to deadlines, from good intentions to concrete goals

Some of the most recent Write Brilliant graduates noted:

“At the end of the first day, I had already gotten my money’s worth–the content is incredible.”

“I had given up on writer’s conferences because they offer lots of inspiration but not much in how to improve my craft. This event is the best–and I’m grateful I came. Everyone who is serious about taking their writing to the next level needs to go through Write Brilliant.”

“Thanks to this event I now know how to write my story, grow my online presence, and become a better wordsmith–thanks Margaret and Jonathan. You changed my writing life.”

“This is the best investment I’ve made in my writing career.”  

We haven’t had an event for years, but if you want to attend one, we are hosting one in Houston, Texas, July 15-17. Click here for all the details!

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3 Ways to Ensure Your Book Dies A Slow, Painful Death

Whether you’re dreaming of writing a book, outlining your book, or about to release you’re book, I want to share a few ways you can ensure your book will die a slow, painful death.

Namely, so you don’t make these costly mistakes.

But if you want to cause your book to sink, here are some proven ways to make sure it happens….

1. Convince yourself you’re done the moment the manuscript is complete.

You’ve hit your word count, read through your chapters a second time, and you feel the thrill of accomplishment. You should! 70% or more of Americans believe they have a book in them, but few will ever write their story.

You are one of the few, the achieving, the accomplished.

The moment your manuscript is complete, stage two of the writing process begins. Sending your manuscript to friends to read and review and make suggestions. (Hint: Friends who say your book is perfect or great aren’t really helping you). Look for readers who are for you and have a critical eye for making your pacing, storytelling, and words sharper and more focused.

Plan to rework your manuscript multiple times and bring in the proofers to Quadro- and Octo-check your prose. You’ll be glad you did!

2. Wait until the book releases to tell people about your work. Remember to share your writing journey with potential readers.

Invite them into your struggles and triumphs. Share pictures online. Warm your audience to your writing and editing process long before the book releases.

You’ll not only garner cheerleaders and supporters, but also people who purchase and share your project once it’s back from the printer.

3. Give away promotional copies to friends and family.

People will tell you to get the book in as many hands as possible. And if the hands belong to celebrities, dignitaries, or big influencers, by all means send out the gratis copies.

As for friends, neighbors, family members, you need them to purchase the book. Why is this so important?

Consider that you’ve just spent the last six to 18 months or longer working on this project.

Consider the cost of purchasing the book is likely less than $18.

Consider that sometimes it’s those closest to you who will struggle with what you’ve known all along—you’re called and created to be a writer.

Consider that your work has value and meaning—not just because you do it—but because it’s worth paying to enjoy.

The biggest reason to ask people to buy your books—even if they share your last name—is that people are far more likely to read what they pay for!

My hope is that you won’t put off writing one more day!

Xoxo,
Margaret

 

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Have you ever tried to learn another language? Maybe you’re onto your third or fourth. Once you hit a certain age, linguists say that acquiring additional languages is difficult.

As in no bueno.

Okay, if we’re honest, our first language can be hard, too. We struggle to imagine what it’s like for those who are learning English as a second language. If that’s you, bravo!

The BBC’s Matthew Anderson helped us remember this when he shared a little-known “rule.”Read More

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On April 15, I scrolled through a tweet from Beth Moore regarding the “people of the brand.” Her words challenged me, but like others, left a pinch of confusion.

The tweet sparked a long twitter conversation, perhaps because it hit such a deep nerve.

Something we all see. We all feel. We all wrestle with.

Beth Moore responded with a full post on the subject, apologizing for her out-of-context tweet. She calls us Christward when she writes:Read More

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Hey! It’s Margaret here, and I’m excited to share a super-duper practical quick tip with you this week.

I made a big bad boo-boo a few years ago that taught me a tough lesson about when and how to use quotes.

Watch this so you don’t have to make the same mistake I did.

Check out the video below and I’ll share the easy rules I’ve learned to live by.

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After studying the Write Brilliant strategy, I have been lucky enough to have a few blog posts go viral. One post even attracted nearly a million views in 18 months.

Whether in written word, video, or still imagery, viral posts have the power to move people to laughter, to tears, and even to action. Deep down, each blogger and every author or creator of online content probably has dreams of virtually hitting it big.

Thrilled by the increase of traffic and expansion of your platform, it’s fun to see your content capture the hearts and eyes of new readers. My experience has taught me that you must take a few vital steps before that big moment arrives. Most writers miss them, and this is why their posts fall flat. Here are 3 mistakes that will prevent your posts from going viral:

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You’ve experienced a tragic loss or deep pain, but are you ready to write about it? How soon is too soon?

Five years after my daughter passed away, my literary agent asked me why I thought now was the time to publish my memoir about her death.

“I had to finish living my story first,” I replied. “I had to discover my ending.”

Though my grief won’t find its full ending until heaven, I knew I needed resolution with God before I had anything helpful to share with readers.Read More

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More than a decade ago, I considered calling it quits as a writer. I struggled to build a platform, and allure readers to my blog. Four book proposals had been rejected by every publisher in the industry. Each night, my hands pounded my keyboard long after the sun set, but my career felt glued to the pavement.

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Over the last six years, the online platform Pinterest exploded with new followers. Over 110 million users are actively engaged each month, spending an average of 98 minutes browsing content and clicking through to websites.

Many writers overlook this social media network at their own peril. Why? Because 88 percent of Pinterest users purchase a product that they pin. People aren’t just viewing Pinterest; they are engaging, clicking, and buying.Read More

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