I am writing my new book now Superhero of Love: Heal Your Broken Hear & Then Go Save the World. I have a good second draft now. It's nowhere near "cooked" but it was time to stop and write my book proposal.
The last time I wrote a book proposal was over 10 years ago. Judie and I sent out 12 copies and got 4 offers which was pretty amazing. After our book came out I actually did classes on how to write a book proposal and had so much fun inspiring people to really kick ass and make their great ideas into a book reality.
But I had no idea if the world of book proposals had changed so I hooked up for a brief meeting with Linda Sivertsen to check in with publishing reality. I cannot more highly recommend Linda, aka the Book Mama, as someone who will help you nurture your book and bring you to your highest heights as a writer. Check her -- and her amazing writing retreats -- out at bookmama.com.
Almost everyone I meet who I tell I am writing a book (usually as an excuse as to why I can't do ANYTHING else for the next few months!) the instant retort is "I have a book I'm going to write." Most people have a book in them, some have one busting to be born. Wherever you are with the book inside you, I urge you to get Linda and Danielle LaPorte's Your Big Beautiful Book Plan.
I have just spent the better part of the last two days with my YBBBP and it has been a blast. As I always said in my courses, when you write your book proposal, you will learn things about the book you are writing. It's like the baby gestating in your womb grows more and more into the genius form that will be birthed...toes forming, brain maturing, baby ears popping.
As always, my book will be better because of this proposal. You need the proposal no matter what to go to publishers and agents. And, it doesn't hurt to do a draft no matter where you are -- even if your book baby is just a mere idea. YBBBP makes it really fun to explore all the possibilities of all that your book can be.
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Monday, May 27, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
I was just pondering how my dad turned me onto Castor Oil many years ago when I was battling pneumonia. He told me to make a castor oil pack by putting the oil on a clean soft cloth, lay it on my chest, cover it with plastic wrap and apply heat (heating pad). It absolutely sped up the clearing of my lungs. I hadn't thought of this remedy for years, and have missed many opportunities to share this tip with others battling pneumonia, including giving it back to my dad, who battled many lung issues which often led to his lungs filling up.
Last year when dealing with perimenopausal hormone dumps which caused me to have the very typical side effect of a toxic liver (symptom: itchy skin, angry, low energy), I used the trick and within two days I was better.
Recently I had taped an episode of Dr. Oz for some reason and within it was a tip from a woman who had successfully used Castor Oil on her face to reduce wrinkles. I don't have a huge wrinkle issue yet, but I do have the normal wrinkle lines on my forehead and around my mouth. These lines are greatly reduced after just three weeks. I wish I had done before/after shots. They did them on Dr. Oz. My results are just like hers: visibly reduced lines.
I had remembered hearing about what a magical remedy it is for the hair so, as I write, I am "stewing" my hair, having rubbed about a tablespoon through it. We'll see. Writing about Castor Oil inspired me to try it even though putting oil INTO my hair feels counter-intuitive!
I also have a big scratch on my arm from a run in with a rose bush while gardening yesterday. I found out that it's good for wounds too, so I tried it. The raised/swollen skin is down and it is far less red within just an hour (perhaps less, I only just now looked).
My torn knee ligament needs ice right now but as soon as I can move to heat i'll be putting a castor oil pack on it. Castor oil reduces inflammation and draws out toxins. We've all got one of those, eh?
How can any of it hurt? And, with visible results across the board, it's hard to say no to Castor Oil.
Google it. Try it. Once you have just one result you'll start believing. It's inexpensive and unbelievably easy. Therefore it's a truly LAZY solution!