How to publish a book in 30 days? Like this

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 12 Aug, 2017

A public diary on how I'm beating procrastination and finally writing ( and publish) a book - Day 1

Ok here we go: I have never written a diary in my life but yesterday I announced on Instagram ( and Facebook) that I am finally getting on with writing THAT book that has been in my mind so long but I have procrastinated long enough that it now feels like War & Peace ( in my mind, I do have a fertile imagination). 

I didn't just declare I am going to write a book but I also released the publishing date ( 22 September 2017)... now if I don't do it I am going to look like a p****.
What possessed me to make such a public declaration? To quote Steve Harvey " I got tired of being sick and tired....."

So I looked for people who have written books before  in a short period of time and here I am.
Why a short period of time? In the 4 Hour Work Week Tim Ferris talks about Pareto Law ( the 80/20 rule) and the Parkinson's Law - “A task will swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in relation to the time allotted for its completion.” These two laws are synergistic: only do the 20% to shorten time, and shorten time so you focus on the 20%.

So with this principles in mind I looked amongst people who have done it before, but closer to home so to speak, real examples with real people and I liked Simon Coulson  ( I have met him at The Business Show and been to one of his training workshop) who researched and wrote his first book in 60 hours ( around 2 weeks) and Matt Lloyd ( MOBE).
I particularly like 2 examples from Matt on how he produced his first information product and then how he wrote his book Limitless ( his podcast about procrastination and holding yourself accountable is brilliant); so what did he do?

He declared to the world and put out for sale a 7 days webinar , with dates, but wait.... without having written a slide. The webinar started selling like crazy and he found himself writing the slides for the first day 1 hour before the webinar was meant to go live ( Parkinson's law in action) and the same happened each night. At the end of the 7 days, voila , he had his first information product ready.

Even better, when he wanted to write his book, he booked himself in an hotel for a weekend, asked for NO WiFi, and wrote for 30 hours straight in 1 hour batches and that's how Limitless was born.

I found that I operate the same, when deadlines are looming, that's  where I produce my best and effortless work, if I have more time I'm bored. The Law of Attraction says that when inspiration strikes you need to follow it and I did; I booked a weekend in an hotel in London and doing "a Matt".
Sounds crazy as I live in London but, you know how it is, at home there are endless interruptions, distractions  and coffee after coffee the day has gone by and you have written NOTHING.

Today is the first day of this "Publishing Diary" from the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes Hotel   ( review coming out soon) and feeling very much like a writer ( don't laugh...) and will continue and record this journey of writing and publishing my first book up to launch day .
Follow me and comment/feedback/like/share, your help is very much appreciated :-)

#HoldMeAccountable #Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling

And now to work, the book is not going to write itself ;-)



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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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