So you decided to finally get going on that novel that you’ve always wanted to write by participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and you’ve succeeded! You created a NaNoWriMo account, attended in-person writing events, joined the online community to receive encouragement, and wrote 50,000 words during the month of November. Even better, you are pleased with the result and think that it’s a story that’s worth sharing! While writing those 50,000 words might have been challenging, when it comes to publishing a novel, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Your piece isn’t just going to magically turn into a sellable novel. Just as important as the work you put into writing the novel are the next steps that must happen for the book to be successful. Continue reading
There’s no doubt that writing a book is a huge undertaking. Whether you are a full time author or are writing a book as a hobby in your spare time, it’s essential to be organized in order to keep all components of the book project on track.
Here are 5 things that will help you keep your book project organized and on track:
Project Management Schedule
A project management schedule is planned out ahead of time and lists deadlines for when certain project deliverables are due. This of course needs to be realistic, but you should also challenge yourself. It could outline when you should have a certain number of pages or chapters written. As you move along in your book project you may need to make tweaks to the project management schedule but it serves as an overall guide for when specific activities should be completed. Continue reading
NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month, happens each year during the month of November. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was established in 1999 that encourages participants to begin writing a 50,000 word novel on November 1st to be completed by 11:59 p.m. on November 30th. NaNoWriMo welcomes anyone who has ever considered writing a novel to join them during the month of November.
National Novel Writing Month, formerly known as the Office of Letters and Light, operates an office in Berkeley, CA and National Novel Writing Month is its main program. NaNoWriMo is the biggest writing event in the world and it’s expected that 500,000 novelists will participate in the event this year. Continue reading
Q: Why did you write Past Tense?
Shawn: In the book’s 365 stories (a page per day!), Past Tense offers quick and practical solutions to life’s most common stressors, including daily life challenges, environmental stressors, life changes and workplace problems. The book is broken down into 24 sections touching on stresses across the spectrum. It incorporates wisdom from the ancients as well as modern sages, plus Biblical quote and teachings from major religions and philosophers. We like to think the book offers down-to-earth advice for people of all ages and from all walks of life. We’ll likely never be rid of stress completely, but in my own small way, I’m trying!
Ron: My goal is not only to improve myself, but to help others improve their own well-being as they fight drug addiction. We know that the growth process can be painful and challenging, and can create stresses of all kinds along the way. Past Tense can be a wonderful tool for managing those stresses. And given that everyone on the planet deals with stress, it can help anyone get through their own daily trials, no matter what their situations. Helping in this way inspires me to write.
Q: Was there any research involved?
Shawn: I love to research and once I have all the facts, the writing is easy for me. In addition to my experience at American Screening Corporation, I read extensively in philosophy texts – both modern and traditional – to inform this book, which makes it different from other self-help books available on the market today.
Ron: Much of the research for this book was practical experience gained in our roles as owners of one of the largest drug-screening equipment companies in the world.
Q: What has the reaction been to the book so far?
Our initial audience is the existing customers of American Screening Corporation, but there are many people from a variety of industries that would benefit from reading a self-help book like ours.
Q: Do you have any other books planned?
Shawn: A Big Book of Virtues which I originally drafted in just two days!
Ron: Right now, writing is a hobby for me. But we have over 55 published books published through our publishing company, American Screening Corporation. Check out our website to find books on stress, drug and alcohol abuse awareness and education for teens and parents. The website is http://www.americanscreeningcorp.com .
We own and operate one of the largest medical device companies in the world. ASC is exploding! A typical day for us is a top-down approach, checking on each department and developing new products as they are needed. We also have 3 children, ages 2, 5, and 10, so we stay very busy.