HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING VIDEO 3 OF 6


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Generation Cherry Book Review By Sandra Bellamy Quirky Books


Generation Cherry Book Review

Generation Cherry is a cracking book for the 50+ generation. Being an avid reader and Author of self-help, how-to and Personal And professional development books, I can see how much time, effort, knowledge and skill, the writer has put into creating this book.

Essentially, this book is a well-written and crafted system for how to cope with your life after retirement, redundancy, or a change in circumstance, using the 4 autonomies to get your life in balance, keep it that way, and get a second bite of the cherry of life!

What is good about this book is it also covers how to deal with life when you have less money, in a productive and positive way, using Enlightened Thrift. So you have that feel good factor in your life, whatever the circumstances.

The use of quotes and references throughout the book adds to its helpfulness and I particularly enjoyed reading the play on Stephen Covey’s words “Seven Insidious Excuses Forcibly Rejected By Highly Effective people”.

If you are into NLP, A Coach, Entrepreneur, or New Lifer, this book is for you!

I would have given this book 5 Stars because I admire the Author’s work and have respect for him because of it. However, I am not the intended target audience, I am under 40 and did not like the remarks made about young people throughout the first half of the book. I felt they are stereotyped and as not knowing what they want and that they aren’t as successful in business as older people are. The Author managed to redeem himself in the latter half of the book, where he reveals having a young mindset is key to living a long and happy life, and that in his 70s, he adopts a young mindset and is still learning and looking forward to new adventures, while being a second biter of Generation Cherry!

Sandra Bellamy/Quirky Books

Author Of Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy To Get Back Into Work – An A-Z ‘How To’ Guide and How To Get Started With Twitter, Get Going And Get Growing, A Step-By-Step Guide.

Generation Cherry, is out on Amazon on 17th of January – 2017! And available for pre-order now!!

Generation Cherry
Generation Cherry

Author Interview With Tim Drake – Generation Cherry!


Author Interview With Tim Drake – Generation Cherry!

Today I am so excited to bring to you an exclusive interview with successful Author Tim Drake, whose next book, Generation Cherry, is now out on Amazon on 17th of January – 2017! And available for pre-order!!

Generation Cherry
Generation Cherry

In a nutshell, what is Generation Cherry and why give it that name?

I’m in my early seventies, and I became increasingly aware that my generation has been extremely lucky. We had free education – student loans were unheard of, a good health service, we could buy our own property which became more and more valuable as time went by. Jobs were plentiful – we could pick and choose. We had a cherry on life. In fact, we were Generation Cherry.

How did you come up with the idea for this book?

Things have become bleaker for all the generations – including Generation Cherry. Organisations have restructured, causing widespread redundancies – and good and valuable workers were rationalised out of jobs. Pension schemes were wound up – skinny, or no, pensions have become the order of the day. Our cherry had shriveled, and we like a lot of other people seemed to have lost control of our situations, and needed not only more income, but more self- belief, and self-confidence.

Who is the book for?

People of all ages who have insufficient income and are struggling to find a sense of purpose and a sense of pride

What problem does your book solve?

It addresses a sense of lack of control of your life, and importantly a lack of a plan to find a sense of meaning, fulfillment and enjoyment in life.

It states in your book that your journey began more than 20 years ago, so why choose now to write this book?

It took twenty years to learn how to cope effectively with the challenges of recovering from the loss of the company I had built with a partner, and having to create my own income, and my own sense of achievement and respect, outside the conventional job system.

How long did it take you to write this book? And what was your strategy for allocating time to do so?

Over a year. I got up early and did at least an hour before starting my normal work

For someone who is under 40 years old and not your target market, like me, why should they read your book and how will it help them?

Ironically, the book started out as a book for the young as well as the more mature in years. Many young people don’t have highly paid jobs, but they do find worthwhile and satisfying work, and this was the inspiration for the book. My daughters and their friends were cases in point (and, interestingly, have responded very positively to the book).

In your book you mention the 4 Autonomies, what prompted you to call them that?

The Four Autonomies are Earning, Learning, Giving and Recharging. They are the act of taking control (gaining autonomy) in your life. Earning, to give you income, and to keep you in touch with the real world; Learning to keep you plugged in, and growing, as a human being; Giving back, socially and financially, as it’s a win/win thing to do; and recharging, to make sure you are relaxed, stimulated, and full of energy. And the extra Autonomy is Enlightened Thrift, to ensure we value what we have, and are prepared, if necessary, to have less.

Enlightened Thrift

Practising Enlightened Thrift makes positive the challenges that go with a skinny pension, or little income. Enlightened Thrift gives us insight into the wealth we have beyond the financial – friends, family, sense of humour, positive mindset, enthusiasm, and gratitude for what we have etc . It also helps us to cut out the inessentials and to develop a profound appreciation of the riches we have.

From a writer’s perspective, what advice would you give to wannabe writer of non-fiction on how to get started writing a non-fiction book?

Find something you are passionate about, make sure you can add some new value or insight, from a fresh perspective, and then give it a go!

How should a wannabe writer of non-fiction go about structuring a non-fiction book to get it to sell? Is there a formula and would you share it with us?

I wish I knew. Serendipity, as in all things, plays a large role in the success or otherwise of non-fiction books.

What makes a good non-fiction book and how do you make it become a best seller?

It contains insight and wisdom. When you read it, it seems fresh, and then, within seconds you knew it all along! The truth contained is timeless, and just needs to be revealed for it to be apparent and obvious!

What was your biggest challenge in writing this book, both from a business and personal perspective? 

The biggest challenge was to hold to the centre of the message. There were so many cul-de-sacs – on demography, social and business trends etc, I would love to have explored, but had to keep coming back and deleting them.

What one piece of valuable advice would you give to any writer?

Keep strong the belief that someone, somewhere will discover you, and find real value and inspiration in what you have written.

One takeaway from the book

Redundancy and retirement may be challenging, but they give a chance to get a second bite of the cherry of life. Embracing the Four Autonomies, we can take back control of our lives. We are once more involved in life in a positive, relevant way. We know who we are, and we can live a life that is worthwhile, satisfying, contributes to society, and means we can feel good about ourselves.

The Four Autonomies give us our pride back.

Why should people buy the book?

It gives powerful strategies to survive and thrive, no matter how skinny your pension

Tim Drake is a consultant and mentor to leading companies and executives. Tim speaks and writes regularly about human motivation and change and is the Author of three successful books on personal development.

His other publications are:

  1. Wearing the Coat of Change
  2. How To Make a Difference – Kindle Edition 
  3. You Can be as Young as You Think

Generation Cherry is out on September 22nd 2016!! The publication date has now changed to January 19th 2017, due to an issue with the publishing schedule – but you can still pre-order now!! I thought the book was a great read – read my review on the 18th September!!

Buy on Amazon

Connect with Tim Drake:

Twitter: @thedraketeam

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thedraketeam/

Website: http://www.timdrake.co.uk

I hope you took some valuable insights from this interview, both about Generation Cherry and the Author, but also about how to become a better writer? Look out for my review of Tim’s book, this Sunday 18th of September – do not miss it!!

What do you think of my new Quirky Books look??

Stay quirky and write soon

Sandra xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Improve Your Writing – Video 2 of 6 Mini Training series – Last Chance for Generation Cherry!


In this video I will give you another top tip on how to improve your writing – as Tesco says, ‘Every Little Helps!’

Remember, there is just a little time left to grab yourself a free PDF review copy of Generation Cherry courtesy of RedDoor Publishing. I am so excited that next week I will be sharing my interview with the Author of this book Tim Drake, and you can read his answers here; on Monday 12th of September!! Tim Drake is a consultant and mentor to leading companies and executives. Tim speaks and writes regularly about human motivation and change and is the Author of three successful books on personal development.

His other publications are:

  1. Wearing the Coat of Change
  2. How To Make a Difference
  3. You Can be as Young as You Think

Generation Cherry is out on September 22nd 2016!!

Generation Cherry
Generation Cherry

To review the book, please contact Anna Burtt – details below! And tell her you saw this blog post!!

Anna Burtt
Senior Publishing Assistant
RedDoor
01444 240152
anna@reddoorpublishing.com
http://www.reddoorpublishing.com
@RedDoorBooks

Stay quirky and write soon

Sandra

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How To Improve Your Writing – Training Series – Video 1


How To Improve Your Writing – Video 1. To quote Brendon Burchard, ‘Common sense is not always common practice’. In this how to improve your writing training series, I will look at some of the ways to improve your writing. This is video one of 6.

I am off from my day job for 7 days to rest; recharge; to work on my Asexual Perspectives book and go to a small asexual meet-up that I organised; catch up on admin; and create a weekly schedule for my 7 business niches now I have decided to pursue my passion of creating an Ebook store full of my own books to help you in your own personal and professional development and go for gold where Kindle is concerned.

Always stay quirky and write soon

Sandra

How To Embrace Your Quirky To Be Your Authentic Self And Be Happy! – Podcast Interview With Sandra Bellamy


AoL 050: How to Embrace Your Quirky to Be Your Own Authentic Self with Sandra Bellamy

Here it is, the moment you have been waiting for all your quirky life. How to embrace your quirky in your life and business to be happy!

Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered who is looking back at you? Have you ever felt depressed? Lacked self-esteem or self-belief? If so, I can help you – listen to my podcast interview now on SoundCloud with New Inceptions!

You do not have to be signed-up to SoundCloud to hear my podcast! Just click on play and click on the ‘AoL 050: How To Embrace Your Quirky To’ image, to see the full article about my interview!

Enjoy, and please leave a comment below and tell me how you Embrace Your Quirky and what difficulties you are currently experiencing that I can help you with?

 

 

You Are My Angel!


Sandra and Angel Selfie
Sandra and new baby daughter furry kid Angel – Selfie!
Sandra's mum holding Angel
Sandra’s mum holding new arrival Angel
Sandra's Dad holding Angel.
Sandra’s Dad holding baby Angel
Sandra holding Angel for first time - still visibly upset after Snow!
Sandra holding Angel for the first time – looking upset around her eyes after the loss of Snow
Angel and Chestnut
Angel with Chestnut
Angel clinging to Chestnut
Angel clinging on to Chestnut
Angel squishing Chestnut a bit
Chestnut is a bit squished by Angel

So you have now met my Angel when she was 7 weeks old on 5th of August. She was part of a small little but her mother and father seemed normal size and her brother was a bit bigger – I saw them all! She is used to being outdoors so not used to living in and been trying to escape her waiting-to-be-cleaned-out box!

Yesterday, Angel and Chestnut were examined by the vet – teeth, tummy, heart and weight, are all good, and no sign of any mites after Chestnut finishing her treatment, so both of them can now live togther. – And I can breathe a sigh of relief that finally I have two healthy piggies right now! And I only have one cage to clean out again! Yipee! 

Once my own health has improved more, then I will be flying. I have neck pain and numbness in my hands today along with ear pain and feeling a bit outof it/dizzy, but it may be from lifting the top half of the cage and twisting it around to fix the platform with one of it’s stoppers that had come out. Although the hand numbness I have had on and off over the last couple of months, with some dizziness and lack of energy – not like me!

I have some exciting news! Tomorrow I am going to be featured on a USA Expert Business podcast called New Inceptions. It is a full-length interview that will be on ITunes and not to be missed! Watch this space tomorrow!

Stay Quirky and Write soon

Sandra

Fogot to mention that Angel does like the Celine Dion song – You are my Angel!