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What You Need To Do To Write That Book Proposal, Get that Agent & A Big Fat Advance

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

I know I’ve been a little M.I.A. on the blog the past couple weeks. I have a good reason. I have a great reason. I have just finished my first nonfiction book proposal…in only ONE WEEK! I found a bad ass bootcamp led by the big bad ass herself, Jen Sincero. I have worked with mentors and writing coaches in the past, but this was my first foray into a group coaching experience with a deadline that seriously had me living outside my comfort zone. However, since I promised myself I’d do big things like that this year, I rose to the challenge.

Well, by day three I knew I’d never settle for anything less from myself or a coaching experience again. Here’s my testimonial I did for Jen that day. I absolutely would do one every day if I wasn’t busy finishing my proposal. Here’s me, sans glamour, talking turkey about the bootcamp:

Here are the things I learned:

1. In Order to Live Big, You Must Act Big — Expect big things from yourself and those around you.

2. Declare Your Intent — Loudly and publicly.

3. Hold Yourself and Others Accountable — Set a deadline and stick to it. We used a private Facebook group and Twitter chats as part of the energy-lifting, tool sharing experience in addition to Jen’s intense and informative packets/workbooks and calls. They helped my A.D.D. ass stay on task and in the game.

4. If There’s a Book Inside You, Jen Can Get It Out — Jen’s energy, down-to-earth approach, ability to let herself and others use “colorful” vocabulary when no other words will do, use of mad tools both online and off are unprecedented. I now have at least three books arm wrestling their way out of me, and I can’t wait to share my journey of finding an agent and getting published with you…because I know I will. I own that.

I don’t get any kickbacks from promoting Jen or her amazing Book Proposal in a Week Bootcamp. What I do get — I get to share with you an amazing experience I had. You know you have a book in you. Let it out.

Tags: book advance, book agents, book proposals, bootcamp, nonfiction
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So a Maven, a Ninja and a Guru all walk into a bar…

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

We’ve all heard the thousands of terms used to describe social media “experts” – so what’s in a name? Here are 3 of the most popular terms and what they mean:

Maven (n.): “Maven” comes to us from the Hebrew, by way of Yiddish. In Hebrew, “mavin” means “he knows”. So a “maven” is someone in the know, a real expert, or maybe sometimes just a self-styled expert. – Sharon Ann
Typically – I reserve Maven for any woman who is a social media expert. This means she leads the way in developing new ways to do social, and stays on top of the new sites that are coming out.

Ninja (n.): a person who must assume many roles, navigate the darkness, and stay on the path of the true. – SocialMediaNinja.net

Ninjas are definitely new to the game. They’re more excited about new products and marketing ideas than either the Mavens or the Gurus. They also tend to be more prone to the work hard, play harder mentality! Additionally, they seem to be more about the “sneak attack;” surprising you when you least expect it. Definitely up and comers.

Guru (n.): an intellectual or spiritual guide or leader; any person who counsels or advises; mentor; a leader in a particular field – Dictionary.com

Gurus have been in the social media marketing game for 10+ years. They have the best understanding of what works and why. They also have a more traditional marketing mind-set.
What do you consider yourself? A maven, a ninja or a guru? Or perhaps I should introduce you to the term n00b?
Pictures from: Greg Verdino’s Blog, @SocialMediaNNJA, Wikipedia

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