“All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

You should find a local writing group that feels right and then you should join it! I am speaking now to the many readers of mine that are small business owners or coaches or consultants of some kind.  As I have talked about before, it is wonderful to have some product or service for sale that is yours and yours alone.  A product or service that you created, a product or service that adds credibility to your business, a product or service that you offer that makes you different than all of the others out there doing basically what you do; this is a critical piece in this highly competitive business market.

As I have also talked about before, I have never worked with a client that did not have at least one book or seminar or downloadable mp3 worth of unique knowledge.  In fact, after a few probing questions, most every one of my clients actually has a number of books worth of material rolling around in their heads!  How about you?

Now I am speaking to me.  I have gotten away with not having a book for sale for years.  I have gotten away with it because I am a great speaker.  I have gotten away with it because I am a great coach.  But have I really gotten away with it?  On reflection, I think I have been a semi-delusional idiot – at least in this area.  What I have done by not having a book for sale is lose vast amount of money – money that was waiting for me – money that people would have loved to have given me – if only I had taken the time to coherently put my unique knowledge and perspective down on paper.  Well, I am delusional no more!  This is the year that I get products for sale and it will transform my life.  How about you – ready for for self-transformation?

So, last night I attended a local writer’s group that I had found advertised in the local newspaper.  It was just a small group and yet I received so much for my small investment in time:  1) I got to meet other people, real people, that were struggling with the same issue that I struggle with – mainly how to carve out time to write.  This made me feel great!  I am not the only person who has trouble finding time!  2) I got to meet a published book author and hear the story of how he wrote his first book, the challenges he faced and how he eventually got the book published.  3) I found support and encouragement from people that didn’t even know me.  4) I found belief that if other’s could do it, real living and breathing people that I have just met could get a book published, then perhaps I could too!

I have some thank yous from last night.

Thanks to Jerry Hooten.  Jerry is a published author and the organizer of this writer’s group.  The group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm at Beaverdale Books and if you are in the Des Moines area, I encourage you to check it out.  You can find out more about the group and also sign up for Jerry’s very interesting newsletter here.

Thanks to Mike Manno.  Mike has sold 2 books and is the process of selling a third one – all while working a busy personal and professional life.  Mike writes in the mystery field and is a hoot.  He shared great information with all of us and I felt privileged to have met him.  You can read more about him at his website.

Thanks to Beaverdale Books.  They provide a very nice setting for this group to meet.  We were surrounded by beautiful books.  If you are a reader, and I hope you are, then go check out the beautiful new books that you can find at Beaverdale Books and feel great about supporting a local company.  You can find out more about Beaverdale Books at their website here.

Well, this was a longer than normal entry, but a fun one.  I got a real needed boost last night.  How about you?  Do you need a little, or a lot, of encouragement?  Then go find, or start, a writer’s group and begin to transform your life!

Till next time…Jack

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” ~Agatha Christie