Writer’s Block

July 14, 2010 by  
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Have you ever cleared your schedule and sat down for a planned session of writing only to find you had writer’s block? It happens to everyone and it’s very challenging. What do you suppose stops someone from being able to write when they want to write? Is it the pressure of having a deadline or having to perform?
The reason isn’t as important as the solution, but when you know the reason, you are able to find a solution to overcome it and not have it stopping you when you’re all primed to write!
I am the quintessential info junkie and consummate knowledge seeker!
I took a few Akihito classes over the years and in one of the classes the instructor talked about reversing the control of the left or right brain. Typically every reverses which side of their brain is dominant about every 90 minutes. But if you’re writing a creative piece and you’re in your left brain, you can’t write creatively when your in your left brain.
As well as, you can’t write a logical piece if you are in your right brain.
So the way you can control this is first, hold your index finger against the right nostril. Then blow out freely. Make a note as to the amount of air that is flowing. Then, hold index finger against the left nostril. Whichever has the most free air is the opposite side of the brain that is dominant at the moment. If the right nostril has more free air, you are now in your left brain or analytical brain. If the left nostril has more free air, you are now in your right brain or creative brain.
To switch to the other side, locate the gland about halfway across your collar bone, you’ll recognize it when you apply pressure and feel slight discomfort or tenderness. It doesn’t matter which side you use, but apply your thumb and in a circular motion starting at 12 o’clock or straight up, rotate towards your left shoulder, then down and then towards the right shoulder. Continue for about a minute.
Then recheck to see if the airflow has switched to the other side. Now you know how to control which side of your brain is dominant.
Of course if you have a cold, sinuses or need to have nose surgery, this won’t work but maybe you could try it on someone else! LOL

Radio Interviews

July 6, 2010 by  
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One of the best ways to get your book out into the world is through radio interviews. As part of the CIP authors program, I’ve included about 1,500 radio talk shows, the producers names, who will decide whether to book you on the show or not, the wattage of the station and the city they’re located.

I typically listen to the program one to three times prior to calling in so I know their format will be ideal for my books, a business book won’t sell very well on a Law of Attraction venue, so it’s best to keep the programming direction in mind.

I have an “On Line Media Room” tab on my books websites and I direct the producer to the website. On that web page I have copies of previous interviews, press releases, my picture, the “Hook” (show promotion) and the questions and answers with the length of time each answer will take up.

I do everything I can to make it easy for the talk show host to sound like they’ve read the book when there is a possibility of being able to read five books a week.

I’m often asked if the assistant can make the call to book the interviews, but the producer is less likely to book you because it’s their job to make sure you are going to be entertaining on the interview, and an assistant won’t be able to portray your personality. Even with copies of previous interviews, you are more likely to get the booking by calling in yourself.

When I first started doing interviews about ten years ago, I would sell an average of ten books a show. I even had interviews where I didn’t sell a single copy. But I hired a coach and learned what makes an audience pick up the phone to buy the book.