As a Writer and Author, I often feel like some of the books I write are my bestest friends, because just like a best friendship, I spend so long working on them and with them. My books know my secrets, and sometimes they even pass some of those onto others, but there are many secrets and parts of my life that they never share, because of the difficult experiences I went through when I wrote them that are personal to me. My books helped me to get through those difficult times, without revealing to the public what happened. They listen to me and raise me up when I am at my worst and they educate me when they speak of their own free will of expression. My Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy book took me two and a half years to write and it really got me through some difficult times in my life and I will always be very thankful and grateful to it for that.
I sometimes think that books are the magic of life and I still think that, but I believe you can create your own magic in life and you can make dreams come true! I know I have made a lot of my own dreams come true in life, and I still strive to do that every single day of my life! If you want to be in a horse drawn carriage, you can hire one! If you want to have your own castle, you can build one. If you want to be a princess or prince, you can be the prince or princess of your own life, you can buy the outfit, learn out how act like one or be a quirky prince or princess, and even change your name to include prince or princess! (You’re tempted, I know). I have a dress that I call my princess dress, because I feel like it is one, and I feel like a Disney Princess in it!
Have you ever felt that the books you write or read are your best friends?
How do you create magic in your own life?
Which quote do you resonate with the most?
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As always, stay quirky! Oh and www.sandrabellamy.com got a complete redesign – check it out if you dare!!!! And let me know what you think?
After having problems with the typesetting of my Asexual Perspectives book, and not being able to edit the work of the original typesetter because he had used a programme called Latex, which you need to know how to code to use it; and being left with a PDF that was unpublishable due to the incorrect Prologue being in the book (it was omitted when it shouldn’t have been; and the wrong one added back in), and the TOC numbered incorrectly in two places and faulty source files with incorrect gaps throughout – after a few tearing out my hair sessions, I finally found a free PDF to word converter, here it is if you should need to use it https://smallpdf.com/pdf-to-word so I could work on editing a previous version, without the gaps and correcting the mistakes, including a few grammar and spelling errors on my part too.
After painstaking months of working with the typesetter since January, and another 3 nights last week, working on all the issues, I am relieved that I could finally print this final 560 page book proof, before ordering a copy to check from Amazon, and then hitting the publish button to the world. It must have been edited well over 15 times, considering all the editing I did prior to the typesetting, and it has gone through a final proof read and edit these past two days, and I am doing the typing up of those as we speak. I love writing but all the book formatting stuff is tough!! I want to get back to my soul love of writing – yes, I said soul – because without writing in my life, my soul feels like it has a part of it missing. But I am also going to start doing online training courses too.
I have not tried Facebook Ads before, but I am going to with this book, when I have a copy in my hands and it is published. If you are a writer, have you ever tried Facebook Ads before? I did a high level marketing course last year, so going to use what I learnt in that for the AD. I feel a lot more confident doing this, as I am also a registered publisher under Quirky Books!
Making a full-time living out of writing, is my dream, and I really want to write more books for asexuals, as this is my huge specialist niche, so please wish me luck and a lot of sales with the AD!! With 560 pages of insights into asexuality and how asexuals survive in a sexualised world; and busting through many asexual myths and stereotypes about love, live and sex, including arousal and masturbation, it will be an intriguing read for both asexuals and non-asexuals alike!! It is told in the voices of 46 different asexuals around the globe and my own, and took me almost a year to interview for it and write it, so the readers are getting more book for their buck!! And an educational, humorous, journey too!!
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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!!
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.
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.
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!!
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!!
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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:
Wearing the Coat of Change
How To Make a Difference
You Can be as Young as You Think
Generation Cherry is out on September 22nd 2016!!
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