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Powerhouse Writer , Issue #004 -- Visualize Your Book
April 05, 2007
Hello Powerhouse Writer,

Visualize Your Book and It Can Become a Reality

Visualize your book every day, believe it, and your book can become a reality. Visualization has been around for thousands of years: way before the amazing video “The Secret.” Human beings do it all the time. Think about the last time you really, really wanted something.

Some of the most common examples are when you want a car or a house. First thing you do is think, “I want a new car.” Then you pick up the newspaper and start searching for the kind of car you want. A photo or illustration of your dream car is even better because then you can SEE it. Or you go down to you local car sales shop and view all the cars until you see what you want. Then you go home and set up a plan on how you can buy your dream car, unless you are independently wealthy and buy the car on the spot. You might even cut out and pin your dream car photo to the wall so you can see it every day. That is the epitome of visualization: Think, visualize, dream, picture, plan, and do.

Visualize your book

You can do the same thing while you are writing your book—even before you write one word. When I began writing my book, “Top 10 Traits of Silicon Valley Dynamos,” in the year 2000 my publishing consultant gave me the name of three book cover designers to check out. He said now is the time to pick my cover even though I had only written a couple of chapters of my book. So I viewed each designers website and picked the one I felt could do the kind of design job I wanted.

After giving him my ideas and colors I wanted he came up with 10 designs. I chose one and we tweaked it and, voila!, I had my cover design. I taped the cover to my wall near my computer and my book became more of a reality each day as I looked at that cover.

Write your back cover

Don’t forget the back cover: That is your promotional side. Think about it. When you view books in the bookstore the first thing you do is see the book spine and if the title is interesting then you read the front cover and then the backside. If it still perks your interest then you will open it up and start viewing the inside of the book. The back cover is your marketing tool. It is the side that makes the reader decide to look inside the book or not.

Here is what you can do now. Look at the backside of other books and notice that they have some testimonials from well-known people or leaders on the topic. For example on my book is this quote, “This book was ‘right on’ describing the principles of most of the traits it takes a person to be successful in business.”

What if I took that quote and some others I like and make them my own for my next book? I would type up the quotes I like and put an imaginary person’s name on it, or the name of the real person I want to give me a testimonial for my book.

Here is what it would look like. I made up some fun names to go on these quotes.
“This book was ‘right on’ describing the tips and techniques to use to write your book.” -- Socrates
“For entrepreneurs, Joan Clout-Kruse is the top book writing coach to show you tips and techniques to write a problem solving book to help your clients.” – Benjamin Franklin

I can make up lots of great quotes and then tack them to the wall next to my front book cover design.

Design the front and back of your book cover

Now it’s your turn. Draw your book cover. Get out the crayons, colorful marking pens and be a kindergartner again. Or if you know Photoshop® or your favorite design tool use it to create your cover.

If you have small children at home this is a FUN activity to do with them. Ask them to help draw your book cover. You can post their covers along with yours. You will be surprised at your child's interest in your book after this activity. They now have a vested interest in your book because you made them a part of it. What fun!

Once you are done tack it to your wall where you do your writing. Now tackle the backside of the cover giving yourself some terrific quotes about your book. Put the quotes next to your book cover. Be creative and have FUN.

Visualization is a powerful tool that you can use for anything you want. Use it. Practice it. Kids use it all the time. How many times have you heard a child tell mom, dad or Santa, “I want a bike.” Isn’t it time you bring the kid out of you again and visualize your book and make your dreams come true by acting upon it? Remember to visualize, post your drawings and keep on writing.

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Here are some links for your information:

To see the cover design of my book mentioned above:

To download a fr-ee audio on Are You Ready To Write Your Great Book?

The 2-week Jumpstart Powerhouse Writing Program can give you the blueprint for your book and helps you finish your book in 90 days or less. Coach Joan can be reached at 650 759-2042.

Coming in October 1-6 the First Write My Biz Book Retreat in the beautiful Russian River area amidst the giant Redwood trees in Northern California. It is limited to 10 people. Watch for details at the end of April in this newsletter.

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Powerhouse Writer is designed for the entrepreneur, coach and speaker who is an expert at solving problems for their clients. Joan Clout-Kruse, America’s Book Coach, helps entrepreneurs and writers write a book in 90 days or less.

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