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Do you have a book inside you? This is a podcast about how to write and self-publish your inspirational, life-changing, non-fiction book - especially if you are a Coach, Healer, Hypnotherapist, or expert in EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques), Matrix Reimprinting. Or simply a heart-centered Entrepreneur. Your book will help you stand out like a “Sparkling Unicorn in a sea of sameness.” Host Caryl Westmore, the world’s first “Tapping Book Coach” is a multi-published self-help author an ...
 
It’s time to UNLOCK your creative potential! It’s been on your heart to write and self-publish a book. Maybe…You’re an entrepreneur or coach who wants a new lead generation tool…Or, you want to become a published author…Or, you want to leave a timeless legacy…Or, you have a story on your heart that is begging to be told…Writing a book is POSSIBLE. It’s simpler than you think to become a published author. After decades of having a first draft and finding myself stuck thinking, “How will I do ...
 
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You’ve got this first draft done, and you know the next big step is publishing. You want to feel your book in your hands. You want to smell the pages. But how do turn your draft manuscript into an actual book? How do you go from first draft to first book? You’ve already done the hard yards of writing and editing your book. Now it’s time to see your…
 
An interview from the archives with Sue William Silverman about her memoir, The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo Saxon Jew (University of Nebraska). This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to write about a fantasized, imagined or real relationship with a star. From Pat Boone to David Cassidy, Britney Spears to Timothee Chalamet, heart thro…
 
EPISODE 281I Today's guest is Olivia Bowser, founder and CEO of Liberate, the first mental fitness studio. Liv explains to us how Liberate began and what it offers to help people develop and maintain mental wellness. The great thing about Liberate is that they work with both individuals and companies, in person and online. Check out their offerings…
 
Your first book draft is done. In the moments between life’s obligations, you feel the call to publish your book. To be an author. But how? When? How much does it really cost? How long will it take? If you’re done with the endless research and struggling to make your published book dreams happen, sign up for The Unlocked Author course. In The Unloc…
 
You’re ready to self-publish your book. You’re wondering how the whole book cover design thing works. The hard truth: everyone judges a book by its cover. If you want your book cover design to shine, so your book entices and connects with your readers, this is the episode for you! In The Unlocked Author course you will learn how to self-publish you…
 
If you’re ready to publish your first book, have you thought about typesetting? If this is the first time you’ve heard about typesetting, don’t worry! In today’s episode we're going through what typesetting is and how to typeset your book. This is just one part of the self publishing process, but in The Unlocked Author course you’ll get the templat…
 
You’ve been through a lot to get your words down on paper. But now you’ve got it, the rough diamond that is your first book draft. Your job is to cut and polish it. It’s time to edit your book. This is one of the most emotional parts of creating a book, so buckle up! If you want me to show you how to edit, sign up for the waitlist to The Unlocked A…
 
Happy New Year! It’s 2022 and since it’s the start of the new year, what better time to map out your schedule to become a published author! And I’m talking before 2023. We’re talking big picture here because some of you will be further along the self-publishing path than others. But if you’ve got your draft manuscript ready and you’ve at least done…
 
We’re at the cusp of 2022 and you’re ready to write and publish your first book. Or maybe you’ve already got your manuscript ready to go. What if you made 2022 the year that you said YES to your dream to write? Can you imagine this time next year, reflecting on 2022 as the year you published your book? Imagine it! It’s time to dream about your futu…
 
A conversation from the archives with Vermont children’s author Elizabeth Bluemle, about her picture book, TAP TAP, BOOM BOOM (Candlewick Press). My son and I once experienced a hurricane in Florida. Those of you who know storms might remember Charlie, in 2004. We stayed in a motel in Winter Park–a second-story room with an outside entry that looke…
 
Interview from the archives with award-winning author Joshua Ferris on his novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Little Brown and Company). This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to write about a visit to the dentist. Your scene, story or poem might involve the patient’s perspective, that of the dentist, the hygienist. Maybe you write about the wait…
 
You’ve got your first book draft ready to go. You feel that calling to publish your book. But as a busy working Mumma, you’re juggling so much that you’re not sure you can do it. Well, I’m living proof that you absolutely can publish your book as a busy working Mum. Imagine if you could free yourself from overwhelm, follow a simple plan, and finall…
 
EPISODE 280I Today's guest is Lynn Bohart, writing teacher and author of the cozy mystery series, Old Maids of Mercer Island. Lynn shares her experiences on many of the ways she leveraged her writing skills to get more work and make money quicker while she continued writing her book series. Great ideas that will spark your imagination for things yo…
 
Have you reviewed your year yet? It’s nearly Christmas, and it can be hard to find time to rest in stillness and reflect. So I thought that’s what we could do today. I’m doing a year end recap, because I’m sharing just how I managed to accomplish my goals of writing, self-publishing, changing jobs three times, while staying … present-ish. Sign up f…
 
You want to write a book, but you feel like it’s not time yet. You’re waiting for the stars to align. Come and play two truths and a lie, to work out whether it’s time for you to write your book. If you decide it IS time to finish your first book draft, sign up for The Writer Unlocked course at theunlockedcreative.com/courses and choose 'The Writer…
 
EPISODE 279I Today's guest is Sarah Santacroce, author of Marketing Like We're Human and Selling Like We're Human, and host of the Humane Marketing podcast. As a ‘Hippie turned Business Coach’, Sarah works with heart-centered entrepreneurs to question their assumptions when it comes to marketing and give them permission to market their business the…
 
Vermont Author Joy Cohen, whose debut novel is 37 (Guernica Editions). This week's Write the Book Prompt was generously offered by my guest Joy Cohen during our conversation. She suggests making two lists: the first, a list of 10 characters. They can be actual people in your life, such as your mom or dad, your best friend, the pharmacist, the mail …
 
You want to write a book, but you don’t have the time. Well today I’m bringing you five time management and productivity hacks you need to finish your first book draft in 3-6 months. To get you writing and finish your first book draft, sign up to The Writer Unlocked course. In the course you’ll get the time management strategies you need to integra…
 
We all have people in our lives who try and place their unwanted expectations of who they think you should be on you. It’s hard enough to try and determine who we think we are, let alone seeing someone else tell us who they think we are. In today’s episode, we’re going to unpack what it means to truly discover who you are, how to ward off those unw…
 
EPISODE 278E In this month's Encouraging Words episode, I talk about how I've been looking at Susan May Warren's Values-Based Planning from episode 276 to decide on my priorities for 2022. After struggling with the idea that I don't want to stop doing things I love and am good at, I finally decided that I needed to let some things go - at least for…
 
Have you been sitting on the fence, wondering whether a first draft is for you? Should you write a book? I'm giving you three questions to ask yourself to find out if a first draft is in your future. If you’re thinking you’d love to write and finish your first book draft, sign up now for The Writer Unlocked course! If you want to get unstuck, write…
 
Taking the Magical Path to success in life and writing your book is the theme of this interview with Marc Allen. 5 Book Hook Tips: Free Checklist: https://www.writethebookinsideyou.com/freegift Marc Allen, world-famous Author of 18 books, and head of New World Library, publishers of 650 books, including The Power of Now by Eckhard Tolle, shared wit…
 
EPISODE 277I Today's guest is mystery writer Amy S. Peele talking to us about writing her medical murder mysteries, Cut and Match. Amy tells us the advice that mystery writer Michael Connelly gave her that moved her career forward, and she shares with us her journey -- and tips! -- as she began writing while still working a very demanding career wi…
 
What is ghostwriting anyway? My guest today helps unmask the mysterious world of ghostwriters. If you want to find out more about ghostwriting, or if you’re an entrepreneur who is wondering about hiring a ghostwriter to help you write your business book, this one’s for you! We covered What ghostwriting really is The qualities of a ghostwriter The i…
 
Poet A.E. Hines, whose debut collection is Any Dumb Animal (Main Street Rag). A new prompt for the week comes from A.E. Hines, and touches on something we discussed during the interview you just heard: Write a poem that explores duality, by comparing and contrasting two topics that are generally considered opposites. For example: Where is the light…
 
A new interview with Swiss Author Peter Stamm, whose latest story collection is It's Getting Dark (Other Press). Peter Stamm generously suggested a Write the Book Prompt for today’s show. Go to the cemetery and see what the stones tell you about the people who are buried there. You’ll learn from the stones themselves, but also from their names and …
 
While you’re writing a book, poems, or enjoying your journaling practice, have you ever thought about the benefits of writing? Not just from an academic perspective. But from a soul and body perspective. Today we’re covering 5 ways writing is good for you! Starting to write and making it a habit is challenging. But if you’re ready to pursue your wr…
 
EPISODE 276I Bestselling author Susan May Warren joins us again to help writers and other creatives understand how to plan a new year of accomplishments in a way that works best for each one of us, individually. She tells us how she developed My Brilliant Writing Planner and explains the many ways we can use it to have a more creative and productiv…
 
Wendy Sanford, author, editor, and a founding member of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective. Her debut memoir is These Walls Between Us: A Memoir of Friendship Across Race and Class (SheWrites Press). On Wendy Sanford’s website you can go to a page titled Meet Mary Norman: Leading the way for women in New Jersey corrections work 1968-1993. On…
 
Are you the kind of person who notices words? Have you ever had a favourite word, and wanted to keep using it, or sneak it into documents as an inside joke with people who know you? Today we’re having some fun with weird word obsessions, because I know I’m not the only one! What are your word obsessions? Have you ever tried to put your weird words …
 
Have you ever thought to yourself that there aren’t enough hours in the day, or felt overwhelmed at the tasks facing you? If you have, this podcast episode can help you! I open up about how I handle my time management and offer some of my favorite tips to helping you take your leadership to the next level by showing what I do on a daily basis in my…
 
You’re in the middle of writing a story and you’re stuck. You know that all you need to do is talk it through with someone and the answer will appear! But let’s be honest. Your spouse, your friend, your colleague – they're not going to get this. So, do you need a writing community? Tune in to find out! And if you want supportive community for write…
 
EPISODE 275I Author Natalie Walters returns to the show today to talk about how she finds ways to use some of the material that ends up being cut from a book, or reuse characters she created that never ended up in a published book. Natalie's new book, Lights Out, is a romantic suspense novel about a CIA analyst who brings together intelligence offi…
 
Do you have unfinished writing business? Are you constantly getting the urge to write other stories or start other projects, never quite finishing your manuscript? Find out how to put this recurring situation behind you and keep writing to the end! I'd love for you to try one of the steps and tell me how it went for you! Email us at hello@theunlock…
 
You relish jotting down your thoughts in a beautiful journal. You love spending time reflecting on what you’ve put down on the page. Lately you’ve been thinking about writing something else - maybe a book. But you’re wondering if journaling is classified as ‘writing’. Really, the question is: are you a real writer? Get your honest answer in today's…
 
5 MIN FRIDAY: Finding Your Ikigai is a way to boost your life and writing enjoyment in 5 steps based on the Japanese concept of Ikigai . "iki" means to live and "gai" means reason. Ultimately Ikigai shows where you find your passion, joy, purpose, and meaning in life - what matters to you. Japanese neuroscientist Ken Mogi cites 5 Ways to find your …
 
EPISODE 274I Today's guest is Dr Sunil Raheja, author of Dancing with Wisdom: A Sacred Quest to Restore Meaning, Purpose and Fun to Your Life and Work. He's also the host of the Dancing with Wisdom podcast, and a psychiatrist and executive coach. "For the really important decisions in life, there’s no textbook that’s going to give you the answers,"…
 
Do you cringe when you think about marketing and selling your book? You know that promoting your book is a must if you want it in the hands of your readers. But how can you feel good while doing it? Our guest today believes there is a way. After years running a successful LinkedIn consulting business, Sarah Santacroce encourages people to bring mor…
 
Author and Journalist Jonah Lehrer, whose new book is Mystery: A Seduction, A Strategy, A Solution (Avid Reader Press). This week’s Write the Book Prompt was suggested by my guest, Jonah Lehrer: Read a detective story and look for the false clues planted in the first five pages, or in Act I, depending on the work. In a Poe story or a Conan Doyle, t…
 
You used to write with passion, but somewhere along the line, writing sort of faded out. Well, get your heart ready because today we’re exploring how to bring that passion back. You want to feel the flow of your pen on the page, the falling away of everything except your story. Find out how to fan the flame of your writing passion no matter how muc…
 
A conversation from the archives with the author Anne Lamott about her book Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son (Riverhead), which concerns being a grandparent. I myself became a Nana (again) last week, and so I've uploaded this interview without re-recording the intro and outro. Please excuse this lapse. I'm busy helping out. T…
 
EPISODE 273I Today's guest is attorney Kathryn Goldman, founder of Creative Law Center online. This is a fascinating and informative look into copyright, copyright registration, fair use, public domain, the difference between giving credit and getting permission when using someone else's work, and so much more. Soon Kathryn also pointed listeners t…
 
You want to write your story, but along with everything else you’re doing, writing seems impossible. If you’re honest, you feel like anything you write would be lacklustre. Your energy just isn’t there. There are two key scenarios that could be playing out here. In this episode we cover three ways you can find energy to write! And if you want more …
 
You’ve decided today is the day to write the story that’s calling you. But as you look at the cursor blinking at you, your heart sinks. What on earth do you write about? Listen in! In this episode we're looking at how to find story ideas and write. We go much deeper on how to get unstuck in The Writer Unlocked course. In The Writer Unlocked you wil…
 
EPISODE 272E In this Encouraging Words episode, I talk about the fun benefits you can get out of writing during National Novel Writing Month and using the NaNoWriMo.org website. I also mention Rachel Aaron's fabulous book for writing faster, 2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love, and other tips I've used to wr…
 
In today's FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY, I ask: Do you want to be happier now? Tips from two best-selling books I'm currently reading could make your week much happier or change your life for good. The two books I'm referring to are The Gap and the Gain by Dan Sullivan, coauthored with Dr. Benjamin Hardy, and from Mel Robbins, The High Five Habit. They're bo…
 
EPISODE 272E Today's guest is Betsy St. Amant, the funny author of the new romantic comedy, Tacos For Two. In addition to talking about writing food into stories, Betsy shares how she works with her critique partner, ways she's found to increase reader engagement, how she thinks about planning her books, and much more. A fun and informative intervi…
 
If you’re feeling called to write, this episode is for you. And if you have that book already but want to get the confidence to promote it, it’s also for you! Our special guest today is Stefanie Gass, host of the top 25 ranked podcasts for Christian Entrepreneurs, The Stefanie Gass Show, who helps women to uncover their God-led calling and create t…
 
Award-Winning Nigerian Author Uwem Akpan, whose debut novel is New York, My Village (Norton). This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to write about a time that your own success or advancement was stymied by bureaucracy, as visitors to America can be stymied by the process of trying to get a visa. Was your experience further complicated by some kind o…
 
You’re working. You're caring. Finally, when that bra comes off, you're done for the day. Except that you want to write, and you’re not writing. What if you could make writing a sanctuary? What if the writing itself wasn’t a thing 'to do' but a place to go, to restore your being? Find out how to stop putting writing on your to do list and figure ou…
 
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