10 Things that Keep You from Writing Your Book… and What You Can do About It

Written by Patsi Krakoff and Denise Wakeman

9 out of 10 professionals and small business owners have at least one book or information product inside their head, but lackrepparttar time and organizational skills to get it out into digital or print form. You may cringe when you read this list of ten things keeping you from writing your book, because it rings too close to home for you. You may have already written a book or an e-book, or have come close to starting it. It’s hard, we know it, and we’ve been there too. But go ahead and read this list, see if you can identify, and let’s discuss a possible solution torepparttar 143746 book writing problem. 1. I can’t seem to findrepparttar 143747 time. 2. Every time I sit down to write I go blank. 3. I need an uninterrupted time period to immerse myself. 4. I need clarity on my message, but there’s no one to consult with. 5. I don’t know where to start or how to organize allrepparttar 143748 chapters. 6. I’m afraid of losing clients and having my business suffer if I take time away from it to write my book. 7. I agonize overrepparttar 143749 writing,repparttar 143750 grammar,repparttar 143751 sentence structure and punctuation. 8. I know what I have to say, just can’t put it into written form without losing clarity and impact. 9. I keep thinking about allrepparttar 143752 time involved in writingrepparttar 143753 book, and wonder if it will ever bring merepparttar 143754 results I want. 10. Once I get it written, I have no idea how to get it formatted, let alone marketed. Ok, you know why you haven't started writing your book. Do you know why you need to write a book? Why You Need to Publish a Book Here are a few reasons why writing and publishing a book is important to you as an independent professional, small business owner, or solo-preneur: 1. Having a book, whether in digital, soft-cover, or hard-cover establishes you as an expert in your field. 2. People buy from people they know and trust; reading your book is one step in creating client confidence and relationship. 3. Once people buy and read your book, they will want more of what you have to offer inrepparttar 143755 way of services and knowledge. Your book can attract readers into your sphere of potential clients; once they have bought your book, they are ready to buy other services from you. 4. Having a published book is a great marketing tool, and people will actually pay for your expertise. 5. Books are one ofrepparttar 143756 major sources of passive income for professionals; once it is published it can continue to generate sales for you, overrepparttar 143757 years and while you sleep. 6. If you don’t get a book out soon, your competitors will haverepparttar 143758 edge, because many of them already have one and even two books out. 7. If you are a speaker, they make great bonus gifts and back-of-the-room sales. 8. They provide a platform for you to expose your readers to your mind and your heart, showing not only what you know, but how much you care. You can reveal your deepest philosophies through your writing, as well as your personal stories. Three Solutions torepparttar 143759 Book-Writing Problem Of course, there is no problem if you’ve got a lot of money. You just hire a book writer. There are many of them listed at Elance.com. Some professionals do this, especially when they need to get something published fast and there are not a lot of complex issues to put forth. But is this really what you want to do as a professional who has an important message to convey?

10 Secrets to Writing Grants that Get Funded

Written by Cheryl Antier

1. Understandrepparttar needs ofrepparttar 143669 grantors. Behind every foundation grant is a philosophy, intention or basic principal. These principles not only determine how grants are funded, if you pay attention, they will also tell you how to approachrepparttar 143670 foundation and what areas of your proposal arerepparttar 143671 most important torepparttar 143672 foundation. Before you even start writingrepparttar 143673 grant, you need to: Find out aboutrepparttar 143674 granting organization and understandrepparttar 143675 reasons they are offering grants Determine what they want in return forrepparttar 143676 funds —positive publicity, leverage of funds, provide vehicle for in-house volunteers? Discover who actually will be reviewing your application — is itrepparttar 143677 director, a funding or grants committee, bureaucrats? Ifrepparttar 143678 information isn’t available on their Website, ask for examples of recently funded projects, and also for some that have been rejected.

2. Develop your proposal to fitrepparttar 143679 application. You have a great idea, you've identified a need, and you've gotrepparttar 143680 tools to make it work. And you have found a grantor who shares your goals. But you still have to make sure that your project matchesrepparttar 143681 funding guidelines of each potential funder. Make surerepparttar 143682 major budget items in your project are clearly eligible for funding. If only part of your project is relevant to a particular funding opportunity then find other way to fundrepparttar 143683 rest ofrepparttar 143684 project, and let them know (this not only shows them how resourceful you are, it will ensure that you have enough money to actually fund your project). Userepparttar 143685 restrictions and guidelines ofrepparttar 143686 grant opportunity to make sure that you’ve thought your project through and have planned for all contingencies. If you don’t understand whatrepparttar 143687 funder needs or wants,repparttar 143688 ASK — don’t make assumptions. Look at your project throughrepparttar 143689 eyes ofrepparttar 143690 grant reviewer. Where is your project weak? What are it’s strengths? Are you duplicating services? Do you haverepparttar 143691 capacity to carry outrepparttar 143692 work? If you’ve got any doubts, now’srepparttar 143693 time to address them. 3. Make sure that you understand and can comply withrepparttar 143694 eligibility requirements and regulations you must comply with. It's a waste of everyone’s time and resources to apply for grants whose requirements are beyond your resources. Be certain you understand what you’re getting into — including grant deadlines, scope of work, reports, etc. Can your organization commit torepparttar 143695 contract and other legal requirements? Ifrepparttar 143696 application process takes a long time and funding is not for six months to a year, will your project still be relevant and ready to go?

4. Get a second opinion, and ask for help when you need it. Often people don't flock to help with fundraising activities. (I don’t know why!). But, if you’re new to proposal writing and you’re taking onrepparttar 143697 grant writing job for your organization, once you’ve donerepparttar 143698 research and know what it’s going to take to put together a winning grants package, ask forrepparttar 143699 help you need from others in your organization. Get someone else to proofread your application, and make sure that it’s clear and compelling. A confusing application will end up inrepparttar 143700 discard pile. When possible, ask someone who knows little or nothing aboutrepparttar 143701 project, because if they can understandrepparttar 143702 need, urgency and goals ofrepparttar 143703 project, you have a better chance that so withrepparttar 143704 grant reviewer. The budget is one ofrepparttar 143705 most important parts of your application. If you don’t understand them, get help from your accountant or someone who does. Don’t be afraid to askrepparttar 143706 grantor for help. Don’t expect them to writerepparttar 143707 application, but they can answer specific questions and even help you to brainstorm ideas. 5. Bring your own resources torepparttar 143708 table. Even if you’re not applying for a “match grant” every funder wants to getrepparttar 143709 maximum “bang for their buck”. Identify partners, associated projects, volunteers, supporters, donors, resources, etc. You want to give themrepparttar 143710 sense that you are able to stretchrepparttar 143711 resources you receive torepparttar 143712 maximum amount. Provide documentation that you have more time, resources and expenditures invested intorepparttar 143713 project thanrepparttar 143714 amount you’re requesting funds for. Funders want to fund projects that are important and valuable. Show that you have resources from a variety of places;repparttar 143715 broaderrepparttar 143716 supportrepparttar 143717 better. This will demonstrate that you’re a good risk. 6. Showrepparttar 143718 public support for your project. Every project can benefit from grass-roots support and involvement. Documentrepparttar 143719 support. This can come from a record of volunteers, testimonials from clients, newspaper clippings, letters of support, etc. Go beyond support fromrepparttar 143720 “usual suspects”. Think outsiderepparttar 143721 box — who else inrepparttar 143722 community would benefit from your project, or support it? (Think of corporate volunteers, other organizations who are in a similar line of work, or who have similar issues, your local city council members or other politicians, youth or church groups, etc.) Provide ways for volunteers to help with your project, even inrepparttar 143723 beginning stages. Keep track ofrepparttar 143724 hours spent, take pictures, get letters of support.

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