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Book Review Tuesday: Write by Cathy Presland

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It’s the first week in August, so it must be Book Review Tuesday! And yes, I know it’s Wednesday but it’s also the school holidays and if you missed it, my last post might explain why I’m 24 hours late in posting this.

This week, I’m reviewing Cathy Presland’s book, Write!. (I have the Kindle version, but it’s available in paperback too if you prefer flicking through actual pages).

tuesday book reviewCathy is a consultant and coach who helps people to write non-fiction books – to help them to reach a wider audience and promote their businesses.

I came across her a few years ago now when I first decided to write my own ebook but wasn’t really sure how to go about it. You can find more about Cathy here.

 


 

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Write! is a guide to help you to develop and write your own e-book. Taking you from finding an initial idea, right through to launching your book onto the market, this is a step by step guide that will walk you through the entire process.

STYLE

What I particularly like about Cathy’s writing is that she has a very practical writing style.

Each chapter deals with a specific aspect of writing an e-book – from brainstorming your original idea to the structuring your chapters to launching your book onto the market.

There are action points for you to carry out at the end of each section – so you can literally progress through your own writing as you read the book.

OUTLINE

The main premise of this book is that, if you’re a consultant, coach, or if you run a small business or freelance, writing a book is a good way of promoting your business, getting your name out there and reaching a new audience. And of course, it’s a good way of earning a passive income rather than selling your skills and knowledge in return for your own time.

At the start of Write!, there’s a section dedicated to brainstorming your book idea, so even if you like the idea of writing a book but have no inclination of what you might write about, you will get help in generating a few ideas.

Even if you already know what you’d like to write about, it’s worth reading this section to make sure that your idea has an audience. Writing an entire book only to discover no-one will actually buy it should be avoided at all costs!

Each section deals with the practical elements of writing a book. You will gain more of an insight into how to structure your book, different chapter styles you can use, and how to structure your book, as well as advice on how to launch your book and finding the time to write in the first place. There are examples of styles you can use, as well as practical exercises for you to work through.

In short, this is a workbook for anyone in the process of developing and writing a non-fiction book.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT

As you’ve probably noticed from the other books that I’ve reviewed so far, I like a book with a bit of a practical element to it – and Write! is bursting with practicality when it comes to writing an book. If you’ve never written a book before, and like to have some structure to follow, then you will love this too.

Like Ann Wilson and Marianne Cantwell, Cathy has also walked the talk, having written several non-fiction books – Write! obviously being one of these. And, as I said earlier, she runs a few courses on Udemy too. Cathy’s advice comes from someone who has learned themself through trial and error.

MAIN TAKEAWAY

Hopefully, the main takeaway that you will gain from Write! is a finished non-fiction book of your own.

Even if you don’t work through the exercises as you’re reading the book, at the very least, you will come away with a strong idea of how to create your own book – and reasons as to why you should. I felt motivated to write another ebook by the time I’d got to the end of Write! (watch this space…)

WHO SHOULD READ THIS

Even if you haven’t considered writing a non-fiction book before now, I’d recommend this book to anyone who runs their own business, freelances, or simply has knowledge or skills that they can pass on to others.

A book can put you in front of a whole new audience – as well as creating a passive income stream for your business. If you decide to go down the route of writing a book then this will help you to navigate the process easily.

Of course, there’s the whole area of which passive income stream is best for your business – ebooks, ecourses and so on  – but that’s for another post.

Cathy’s courses and books helped me to create my own ebook. I went from having a million and one ideas that I couldn’t tie down, to a finished product that has made – and continues to make – money for my business.

I’m not going to retire on the earnings any time soon, but it has made me far more than it cost to create – even with the cost of professional editing – and has brought me in front of an entirely new international audience.

If you’re interested in creating your own ebook, you can find Write! here.

And if you’re really serious about creating an ebook that will deliver an income for your business, then you should read this post from Boost Blog Traffic on 21 Dumb Mistakes to Avoid When Writing an Ebook. I definitely fell into a few of these on the way!

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Have you written your own non-fiction book – or are you tempted to? I’d love to hear from you about your experiences of writing a book – why you did it and if you found it worthwhile. Or if you’ve any questions about creating an ebook, pop them in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

Book Review Tuesday: The Wealth Chef

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It’s the first Tuesday of July so it must be…

Book Review Tuesday!

OK, I know this is only the second of these posts, but my aim is to feature my top recommended books each month that will help your freelance life run a bit more easily.

Last month I featured the fabulous Marianne Cantwell’s Be A Free Range Human, all about finding the life and work that you love – and that you were born to do.

This month, I’m focusing on money.

the wealth chef book reviewI’ve written in the past about how to save enough to quit your job and how to cut your costs when going freelance, and I have to say a huge amount of credit for all of this has to go to Ann Wilson, author of The Wealth Chef.

I first came across Ann via another website about 6 months ago. I started off by reading a free chapter of her (then online only) publication, The Wealth Chef, and from there on in, I was hooked. I’ve since subscribed to her emails and regularly read her blog. In fact, she featured in my recent Top 10 Recommended Small Business Blogs.

I now have the recently published print copy of the book and, it’s fair to say that I live my financial life according to Ann’s wealth recipes.


WHAT’S IT ABOUT

The Wealth Chef focuses on changing your attitude towards money by flipping the common perception that we work for money into money should work for us.

What I particularly like (and this probably says more about me than anything else!) is that, while Ann encourages you to cancel your debt, build your ‘wealth pots’ and create an income to give you the life that you want, she doesn’t say you have to deny yourself entirely of any pleasures.

In fact, she talks in the book about how being too frugal can sometimes backfire and result in a money ‘binge’ – or, worse still, not having your money work for you in the way that it really can.

STYLE

Ann shows you – through her down to earth writing style – how to set financial goals, how to pay off debt (with handy tools to fix your financial goals each month, quarter and year), how to set up investments and how to earn passive income.

She also turns some common perceptions on their head.

I have ALWAYS thought of my house as one of our assets. Ann shows just why that isn’t the case, particularly if it’s mortgaged.

As the title suggests, kitchen terms are used to refer to different ways of saving, spending, investing and blitzing debt. Ann talks of creating recipes for wealth and growing wealth pots and this approach really helps you to start to see how your money will work for – and against – you. In fact, I found the whole book really visual and appreciated the easy to follow guidance.

I’ve got a degree in Economics so I do understand a bit about the stock market – but you certainly don’t need a business degree to get the most out of this book. It’s easy to follow, and is completely jargon free.

OUTLINE

Like Marianne Cantwell in my last review, Ann Wilson has also walked the talk. She’s come from a background where she earned a good salary, before she came rocketing down to reality when her lifestyle came crashing around her ears.

Through trial and error, Ann has taught herself how to view money differently in order to create financial success, as well as teaching herself practical lessons in investing in the stock market and creating passive income streams.

The fundamentals of wealth cooking are introduced – assets, liabilities, income and expenses – in a way that is SO easy to understand, I wish my high school teachers had read this before coming to my class! You can see how and why money might not be working as successfully as you would like.

Ann also gets you to think big, to dream of a life that you want and create tangible goals for your wealth – so that you’re not just aiming to ‘be rich’ but instead have specific goals in mind when you start out on your journey.

And of course, the beauty of it is that your goals can be as different and as large or small compared to the next person, as you want them to be.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT

Aside from the practical, easy to follow advice, as someone who loves to plan and to see goals written down, I particularly like the downloads that you can access after reading the book.

Putting in to practice the lessons that you’ve just learned, and using your own financial situation, you can create monthly budgets, a balance sheet, and long term investment goals.

There is nothing more powerful than seeing your debt destroyed.

We didn’t have a huge amount of debt – but by determining which debt we wanted to blitz first, and assigning a monthly payment target, we were able to completely pay off our 2 main consumer debts within 4 months.

We still have our mortgage but it is diminishing through the overpayments we’ve managed to set up by following Ann’s advice and blitzing the other debts we had.

MAIN TAKEAWAY

Anyone can invest and take advantage of the real gains that are available in stocks and shares and the property market. Savings interest rates are so low at the moment, they are hardly worth bothering with and the only way to really make money is through longer term investment.

Once only available to the very wealthy or the very knowledgeable, investing in the stock market – and using investments to grow your wealth – is attainable for many of us.

WHO SHOULD READ THIS

Unless you are so rich that you already have an investment portfolio that is providing you with all of the wealth that you need, this book is a good read for anyone with a passing interest in improving their financial situation.

Even if you’re not interested in creating a stock market portfolio, there are lessons in everything from blitzing your debt, to paying off your mortgage early, and from reducing your monthly outgoings to creating passive income streams. Even if you only wanted to find out about one of those aspects, this book would be worth reading.

Ann gives you the whole picture about creating a secure financial future and – combined with the practical worksheets for you to plug your own figures into – I personally, found this book to be the one that I go back to again and again – to remind myself of key lessons or just get back on track with my overall financial goals.

This is a book written for anyone who wants to make money work FOR them, to create a lifestyle that they love, by harnessing the power of money to their own ends – rather than constantly chasing it.

You can get The Wealth Chef here.

Have you read it? Or do you have any other book recommendations for us – let me know in the comments below.