I’ve been soaking up opportunities and experiences this year. It is my year of abundance – a marriage, a house, a new job, a holiday (or two, or three!), and two awesome opportunities to meet with publishers, with authors, and with equally inspired writers and wannabe authors.
The first opportunity for such an experience was at an Outback Writers Centre weekend workshop in May 2014 where I met and learned from Irina Dunn, Louise Thurtell from Allen and Unwin, and Alison Green, CEO and co-founder of Pantera Press. It was an incredible opportunity to pitch my book to publishers and gain some very valuable feedback.
The second opportunity to meet publishers and published authors was at a Hay House writers workshop earlier this month. If there was an X Factor for publishers, Hay House would get my vote. I’m all about what Hay House is about. The more I read from Hay House-published authors the more I think, “Wow, so many more people are on my wavelength!” My family fondly says I’m “unique”, but there are many out there like me :)
When a friend alerted me that Hay House was presenting its writers workshop in Australia for the first time, I knew I had to be there. I learnt so much.
The greatest thing about the Hay House writers workshop was that it brought together a bunch of Hay House-published authors to share their writing and publication journeys and lessons they learned along the way; people like Jess Ainscough (the Wellness Warrior certainly inspired me), Susan Pearse and Martina Sheehan (aka the Mind Gardners), and number 1 New York Times best-selling author Pam Grout. I was not be preached to about a distant dream, but I actually had the opportunity to converse with the people who have been in my shoes.
The team at Hay House, including President and CEO Reid Tracy and Leon Nacson also, of course, had some incredible and very valuable insight to share, which will be very handy when I come to submit my book proposal by 5 December 2014 – everyone who attended the workshop has the opportunity to win an international publishing contract with Hay House and a $5000 advance!
So if you missed the Hay House writers workshop in Sydney on 13 – 14 September 2014, and you want to be a Hay House-published author, this is what you missed
but really must know.
10 tips from Hay House-published authors
- Live your purpose
- Write regularly and “bake it in” to your routine
- Be a secretary for the universe
- Everybody’s qualified to write a book if they’re called to do so
- Look at books you like to read. How are they structured?
- Use your story
- Trust your vision
- Find your tribe
- Talk about what you’re writing about
- Don’t write what you think other people want to hear – write what you know.
10 tips from the Hay House team
- Make your reader feel different
- Write something you’ want your children to remember you by
- Build a platform
- If you remember you’re writing to help people – to change lives – you’ll be successful
- In the non-fiction world, you won’t make money by publishing a book – you have to teach/speak/share what you’re writing about
- If you self-publish and gain success, the more publishers will want to publish you
- A lot of the best teachers teach what they most need to learn
- Become a star in your own backyard
- Make a cover before you’re ready
- Get an editor.