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Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013
A New Year
By Jess Kennedy Williams
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 11:12

I am embarrassed to say that it has been almost a year since my last blog post.  Can time really go by that fast?  Sadly, it does go by that fast.  I have been so busy getting ready for the launch of the local chapters and the re-design of the logo and website, that I have not had much time for chatting.  There are some very exciting things getting ready to explode here within the next couple of weeks.  The big re-launch party will be on February 11th, and after that I will have more time to interact and get to know all the new members, which I am really looking forward to.  Please be patient with me for the next few weeks.  I promise it will be worth it.

We have changed the entire look that we will reveal next week.  We have a new logo, new colors, new motto, new theme song, new pledge, new resources, more celebrity advisors, local chapters, special memberships, and more.

Our new motto is Gambaru! which is a Japanese word that means never, ever give up.  What a perfect motto for aspiring authors.  You will see Gambaru! around here a lot.  It's a reminder to never, ever give up, no matter how frustrated or discouraged you might get.  You will make it through the tough part and become a success story.

Thank you for voting for your favorite logo.  The overwhelming winner was 2.  It includes a book and a globe.  The book has pages that remind me of a seagull and every time I see it I am reminded of the song, I Believe I Can Fly.  That is very motivational to me.  We had chosen the song, Unwritten as our theme song, but we might have to have two theme songs.

Back to the year going by so fast.  Is this the year you are going to finally write and/or publish your book?  We are going to do everything in our power to help you make that happen this year.  This is your year!  Thank you for letting us be a part of it.  Gambaru!  Jess


Monday, Feb 09, 2009
By Jess Kennedy Williams
Monday, Feb 09, 2009 11:00
I have had many success stories with my author coaching clients. The new system I created called Pyro-Writing has made it easy for an aspiring author to write the first draft of a non-fiction book in less than three hours. Some aspiring authors think that it takes months or years to write a book. It does not take that long to write a book.

What it takes is discipline to sit down and do it. That's it. Most of my coaching clients have been trying to write a book for a long time. And then, within a few one hour sessions, they get their first draft finished, and they can hardly believe it. It is good to have accountability. Things get done when there are deadlines, and when you have someone to answer to. If you say you are going to do something by next Friday, it's easy to blow it off, if you only promised it to yourself. But, if you have someone to hold you accountable, you are more likely to get your project finished.

A friend of mine, Ken Donaldson, Author of Marry Yourself First, talks about having an accountability partner. A friend or relative that will hold you accountable for doing what you say you are going to do, when you are going to do it. I recommend that everyone gets an accountability partner and set a schedule to write and finish your book.

Let me know when it is finished, because I want to post you on the site as a success story. I love success stories!

Sunday, Dec 21, 2008
Counting Blessings
By Jess Kennedy Williams
Sunday, Dec 21, 2008 09:26
I have had one of the best weeks ever. Everything is falling into place in all areas of my life, and for that I am extremely grateful. Friends and family are very important to me, and I consider you all in that category. I would like everyone here to feel like family.

Everytime I send a tip of the week, I get emails telling me how much you appreciate what I am doing. That motivates me to do even better things in the future. I have some wonderful things in store for this association for 2009, and I can't wait to share them with you.

I want you all to know how much I appreciate you, and I look forward to hearing your success story when your book is published. Keep up the great work! You are the best!

Monday, Nov 17, 2008
By Jess Kennedy Williams
Monday, Nov 17, 2008 03:11
On Friday, I won the Best Table Topics Speaker Award at Toastmasters. That may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but those of you who know me, know what a big deal it is to me.

I am a big chicken when it comes to public speaking...huge chicken. I get through it, and no one can usually tell that I am nervous, but before I get up to speak I get unbelievably nervous and I look for the door. I just want to run away as fast as I can...that terrible fight or flight feeling.

They say that public speaking is the number one fear. So, I assume a lot of members reading this will know the feeling I am talking about.

If you are going to be an author, you have to do public speaking. You are going to be doing book signings and speaking to groups to promote your book.

If you are like me, and are afraid of public speaking, I would suggest you attend Toastmasters meetings in your area. Your confidence will grow with each speaking experience, and will be surprised at how quickly your fear will start to give way to excitement.

I honestly don't know if I will ever get over the fear completely, but at least I can now leave my running shoes at home.

Thursday, Oct 23, 2008
By Jess Kennedy Williams
Thursday, Oct 23, 2008 10:23
I just discovered Twitter. Well, I should say, I just "got it." Back in June, Warren Whitlock recommended that if anyone did not have a Twitter account, to go there immediately and sign I did.

I didn't spend a whole lot of time there, just enough to get the impression that it was kinda lame.

Then, I was reading the new magazine from the Stompernet guys, and read an article about how to use Twitter by Paul Colligan. The light bulb went off. I went back on Twitter and finally realized what all the fuss is about.

If you do not have a Twitter account, go sign up. It is a great way to follow what people are up to. For business, you can follow the people you would like to learn from, and you can post your website address and links to articles and your blog. Great for driving traffic to your sites.

Follow Warren Whitlock. He has written a couple of books on how to use Twitter. If you follow him, you can learn a lot. He also teaches authors how to market their book.

Check it out...


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