Write a Non-Fiction Book First to Sell More Than You Ever Dreamed!

Why do people buy non-fiction books? Most readers buy books to solve problems or help with fulfilling a need. For example, when I started speaking for a fee I went out and bought a couple of popular books about speaking. Browsing in the bookstore, I was attracted to Lilyan Wilder’s book “7 Steps to Fearless Speaking” I read the back cover. I noticed she could help with 7 easy steps. I skimmed the table of contents, read a few lines and immediately liked her easy to read style. It went in my purchase basket.

Because I wanted to hear from several authorities on the subject, I picked up another book by Nido R. Qubein, “How to Be a Great Communicator: In Person on Paper, and on the Podium.” His cover design was white with clean lines and a personable picture of him on the front. His style of writing was not as easy to read but it still went in my purchase basket as well. Which brings us back to my original point; people buy non-fiction books to solve problems. To identify your targeted market, pinpoint a problem they have and the solution of course.

Problems come in all shapes and sizes. Usually a general category problem applies to all types of markets.

oHobbies. Is your tennis game, golf game, bridge game as good as you’d like? Are you considering taking up horse-back riding? Want to improve your computer skills? What ever the case may be, your desire to improve or change your level of performance is considered the problem.

oHealth. The first thing you do when your doctor diagnose your cholesterol is high and you need to lose 20 pounds. You go look for a book that will walk you through step by step to lose weight or lower cholesterol. You turn to someone that has solved the problem to learn from their experience.

oMental State. Are you feeling stressful about the economy? Are you noticing unexplained physical symptoms possibly related to stress? Once again, you have a problem and you are looking for a solution in book form. Someone who has outlined easy steps or ways to de-stress in our society.

oPersonal Finance. Worried about lay-offs, down-sizing, retirement? Books that offer financial solutions to economic problems during shaky times are guaranteed to succeed.

oMarketing. We live in a competitive society. Small business owners and managers everywhere need a growing database of customers and clients. Therefore, they seek out how to books that offers solutions on improving their advertising copy, improving their business image or their website.

Each of the problem categories describes a problem and a need for a solution. The main goal of your marketing plan is to identify the problem your book solves and then present the solution. The more intense the problem and the easier you can make your solution, the more readers will seek out your book.

Your task becomes to re-structure your knowledge into bite-size reader solutions. Appeal to the masses, by letting them know what’s in it for them and how easy the solution is with your book. For example, let’s consider the book title I mentioned earlier about speaking. The title could have been: “How to Overcome Your Fear of Speaking” instead of “7 Steps to Fearless Speaking” The latter is more appealing because it alludes to only 7 steps to my solution.

Don’t put it off any longer. If you wait, you can be this time next year without fulfilling your  dream  of writing a successful  book . You have the solution. Now write it down. While you’re at use the tips above and write a book that sells well. Make it different. Make it count. Make it yours.

Literature and Dream Interpretation – Proof of God’s Existence

It is a honor for me to be the one who will prove that God really exists and we can see His actions daily by interpreting our dreams and the facts of our daily reality according to the scientific method of dream interpretation discovered by the psychiatrist and psychologist Carl Jung. I improved Carl Jung’s method; I am a writer who wrote a book full of dream symbols with very important meanings, after suffering a terrible accident and becoming an atheist.

The truth is that I discovered indubitable proof of God’s existence by interpreting my own literature according to the method of dream interpretation discovered by Jung. He interpreted the symbolic meaning in the literary works of several writers, indicating the influence of the unconscious in a few writers’ style.

I clearly understood that I was this type of writer, since I was a kid. I started writing poems when I was 7 and at the age of 8, my poems already revealed a very developed spirituality. I had a great talent that everyone observed by reading my works.

I couldn’t understand how I could write such wise poems and stories, and often, I understood the meaning of my words only after reading them several times. This phenomenon can be explained by the strong influence of the unconscious on my literature. The magic inspiration the unconscious sends me is what helps me write my poems and stories.

When I was 15, I suffered a terrible car accident in which my friend Marina, who was only 22, died instantly, and after her, I was the most seriously injured. I had trauma to my head and I lost my memory and coordination. I was in a coma for 3 days after which I could only recognize no one my mother, my father and my boyfriend. My other friends would come to the hospital and visit me, but I could not remember them. After a while, I started remembering a few of my best friends but I could not understand several things and I could not pay attention to what someone was telling me for too long.

Soon, my eyes would turn to another direction and I would stay paralyzed, isolated, without listening to what other people were telling me, lost in my own thoughts.

I remember many tragic incidents after this terrible accident and I only really regained my intelligence and personality a year after this terrible car accident.

I lost my faith and I started attacking the nuns at my Catholic school. I became very aggressive and I was sarcastic with everyone…

At that time, I started writing a book in which the central hero was a beggar. He was an old beggar who was frustrated with mankind. However, he wanted to bring peace and abundance to Earth, so that everyone would be able to live happily in our planet.

This book was like psychotherapy for me, as it helped me conserve my moral principles and overcome my atheism. It was a complicated book with strange and difficult words, but the dialogues were written in poetry and it had a beautiful rhythm. A few friends who read it felt it was too sad and too complicated for the Brazilian readers. It was never published because I finished writing it when I left Brazil and I would have to pay for publication. I simply kept the book in a drawer and forgot about it. I was living in Greece and had many other adventures. I stopped writing when I got married, my son was born and I had other interests in life.

I became very depressed, nervous and insecure because my young cousin who was only 18 died when I was in the sixth month of my pregnancy and three days after her, my beloved mother-in-law passed away as well. Their death in the same week, while I was pregnant, was pure hell for me … Everything was so tragic that I lost my happiness because I was waiting for my baby and I was constantly thinking: who can guarantee me that my baby is going to grow up and live?

In my despair, I started caring for my dreams and studying many books. When I followed Carl Jung’s method and I verified that he was correct, I abandoned all the other methods and followed him precisely, as a very good student. I’m the perfect student when I like the subject.

Some day, I remembered the book I wrote after the car accident and I started interpreting its symbolic meaning.

I discovered that it had three meanings: literary, psychological and universal.

The literary meaning showed to the world that only a beggar and a poor child could understand that we live in an invisible war and we have to give an end to poverty if we want to live peacefully and happily on Earth.

The psychological meaning revealed that I was a dictator. I would become schizophrenic and impose my absurd ideas to everyone, provoking many wars.

The universal meaning revealed to the word that humanity needs sensitivity, piety and goodness in order to be cured from the craziness it inherits in its psyche, because the human being is a violent monster and rationalism cannot solve the basic problems of existence.

This is why I accepted to obey to the wise unconscious, so that I would be cured from craziness before it is too late.

I wrote this book after the car accident over a span of 6 and a half years, while traveling to the USA and Greece. I was a complete atheist at this time. The significant revelations upon translating this book clearly prove that the unconscious is really wise and saintly and it is also a real doctor that cures the a priori crazy human being by using many methods.

I analyzed the most important symbols found in my literary work “The philanthropic beggar” in my ebook Craziness Prevention and in my free report Craziness and Logic.

“The philanthropic beggar” is a true revelation! This book is wholly symbolic and all heroes have a very important meaning. Due to the interpretation of two basic symbols in this literary work I could decipher the mystery existent in a very important dream that Jung mentioned but could not translate and many things more.

The information and psychotherapy I received in this book could have only been given to me by a genius. The translation of the symbolic meaning of this literary work clearly proves the existence of God, since only a superior brain could present the truth so clearly in this strange romance, even though it was given in a symbolic form. We can clearly see the existence of this symbolic meaning, behind the literary meaning, and that the meaning has a personal and a general character at the same time.

In “The philanthropic beggar” (written in Portuguese) I found all the answers I needed in order to completely understand how to translate the symbolic meaning of dream images and literary works. Further, I could also understand how serious my psychological disease was and how much I really needed the psychotherapy that the wise unconscious was providing me in my own dreams.

I also understood that I received a blessing, since I had the opportunity to be cured from the craziness inherent in my psyche before it would completely destroy my human conscience.

Dream of 1000-acre park at Lake Kapowsin dying; developer envisions homes on lake's west side – The News Tribune

A Seattle businessman and rowing enthusiast who devoted some 30 years to a dream of creating a world-class rowing course and a 1,000-acre park on Pierce County’s Lake Kapowsin says he’s halting that quest.

In a letter to supporters of a regional park on the lake, William Pickard said he feared his proposal was undermining community debate on the state Department of Natural Resources plan to declare the lake the state’s first freshwater aquatic reserve. That designation, which would have prevented Pickard from building a rowing course, could pre-empt local management of the 515-acre lake.

Pickard’s decision came in the wake of a community meeting last month attended by nearly 100 people. Those who attended said no clear majority appeared to favor Pickard’s plan or that of the Department of Natural Resources.

“Having slept on it, I believe the right thing to do is to suspend any discussion of a park or rowing, and for me to go away,” he said. “That leaves the field clear for cooler heads who want to guide the debate back to a discussion of local control vs. the aquatic reserve.”

Pickard’s proposal had called for creating a rowing course in the center of the lake for national, regional and international rowing competitions and youth training programs, and a large regional park encircling the lake for hiking, biking and other activities.

The idea faces another possible hurdle from a Texas-based company, which is exploring creating a large-lot subdivision on about 100 acres on the lake’s western shore. Sherwood Forest LLC has hired a Chehalis-based surveying company to lay out proposed lots and to begin the permitting process to allow lot sales.

If the Texas company carries out its plan, about 400 acres of uplands would remain for a park. Other land around the lake is owned by Tacoma Public Utilities, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and a large timber company.

But the state and the county don’t have the money to buy the land yet, and Pickard’s plan, which relied on the rowing activity to generate income and donations, wouldn’t work if the aquatic reserve were established.

DNR’s aquatic reserve plan and the rowing course are mutually exclusive because the aquatic reserve would preserve hundreds of submerged trees left when a volcanic mudflow swept down from Mount Rainier 500 years ago, killing the forest, blocking Kapowsin Creek and forming the lake.

Pickard and his allies proposed removing enough of those trees to clear a channel for rowing. Those trees would be relocated to other parts of the lake, where thousands more snags would remain.

DNR wants the lake to remain as a living laboratory and history book of the ancient eruption. Pickard says the lake has already been significantly altered by man. Early settlers chopped off the tops of those trees that were then extending above the water, and logging left thousands of logs littering the bottom of the lake.

Pickard, who was an intercollegiate rower and coach, said the lake has unusual properties that would make it a superior rowing course. The lake is largely sheltered from the wind and, at 2.5 miles long, is large enough to host several lanes of rowing.

Pickard’s proposal had attracted political support from the Pierce County Council and from several legislators. The park proposal had been included in the formal Graham Community Plan.

County Councilman Jim McCune, whose district includes the lake, said he thought the park was a good idea.

“It was a nice opportunity to use a private partnership to build a public park,” he said. But without Pickard, the idea could lose momentum. “Whatever happens, happens,” McCune said.

Pickard said he fears that without a source of money to buy the uplands, the shoreline could become dotted with homes and commercial developments.

According to preliminary plans submitted to Pierce County, Sherwood Forest LLC would divide its property into 10 lots. Most of the lots would be 10 acres with a central site of some 56 acres.

Sherwood Forest did not return calls seeking comment on their plans. County planners said the limited liability company has yet to schedule a conference to discuss its preliminary ideas for the property.

A lakeshore park could be possible under the Department of Natural Resources plan. The aquatic reserve designation would control activities only on the lake, not on the surrounding land. The state has said it would continue to allow fishing on the lake.

But Pickard says that the money to support the park will come from the on-water activities it supports, and an aquatic reserve would curtail those uses.

“The lake and the uplands can still — someday — be an awesome park,” he wrote to supporters. “… It may take many years — but at least without an aquatic reserve, the possibility will remain.”

DNR spokesman Joe Smillie said the state agency is scheduling further public hearings June 8 and June 29 to answer questions from residents about the aquatic reserve program. Locations and times for the hearings have yet to be set.

“There were a number of questions from the last meeting that we would like to answer,” he said.

A Review of Listen to My Dream by Debi Pearl

The  book  Listen To My  Dream , a children’s story about Martin Luther King, Jr, was published in December, 2009. The publisher is Pearl Books, LLC.

The book covers the life of King from childhood through his death in 1968 and is written as a narrative poem. It opens with King asking his mother why he was black and wasn’t treated like others. Later, his teacher encouraged him to  dream  big  dreams  to help others. He set his mind to do that very thing.

As a ‘colored man’ (a term for Negroes at the time), he didn’t have the same privileges in the south that whites had. Then when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person and was arrested, King organized a boycott of the Montgomery bus system until blacks were treated the same as others. Eventually in 1956 the Supreme Court ruled that such discrimination was against the law.

The children’s part of the book is written as a poem, emphasizing the importance of setting goals and sticking to them. It ends after King’s funeral following his murder on April 4, 1968.

Listen To My  Dream  is a 40 page  book  written in two parts. The first poetic part, as mentioned above, outlines King’s life and influence in bringing about racial equality. Part two gives more details about the civil rights movement and how King influenced it; this part is written as a narrative and has no pictures.

Debi and Michael Pearl drew all the illustrations for the first part of the book. At times the poem only hints at something and then, a detail is given on the picture. An example of this is the statement that it was his teacher, Miss Lemon from Oglethorpe Elementary who prodded him on to have a  dream  and believe in it.

The focus of the  book  Listen To My  Dream  is on King’s part in bringing about civil rights. In that Martin Luther King should be recognized and remembered.

Book Review For "Dreams From My Father"

“Dreams From My Father,” is a moving story about President Obama’s early years. It focuses on race and its inheritance. It’s the journey of a young man searching to discover himself in his roots. Along the way there are friends and challenges to stimulate him. “Dreams From My Father” is an elegant and compelling read.

Composed in 1996, Barak Obama reveals his roots, their discoveries, and the impressions left on him. The book starts with Obama as a young boy living in Hawaii with his mother and her parents. He has no memories of his father, only stories that his mother and grandparents tell. Obama comes from a mixed heritage – a white mother and a black father who lives in Kenya. His mother is open minded, idealistic, naïve in one sense, world-wise in another. His grandparents love him unconditionally. As a young boy, his mother marries a man from Indonesia and they go to live there. Obama speaks fondly of his step-father, and learns several life lessons from him, but unfortunately his mother’s relationship with his step-father doesn’t last. His mother send s him back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents so he can attend a prestigious Hawaiian school. Soon, his mother and sister go back to Hawaii, but he stays with his grandparents which give him a sense of consistency. He learns his grandfather’s strengths and weaknesses, but never really comes to see him as the father figure he’s seeking.

Obama has one encounter with his father when he’s ten in Hawaii. Obama is a little in awe, a little overwhelmed. His father’s visit isn’t long and leaves Obama with more questions than answers.

The book then moves on to cover Obama’s life in Chicago as a community organizer. It’s challenging work that is rarely rewarding, but Obama gives it his all. Then a relative from Kenya calls to tell him his father has died, but Obama’s not quite sure how to feel about that or how to react. Several weeks later, his Kenyan half-sister, Auma, makes contact with him. Auma gives him a peek into his father’s life in Kenya. Obama is intrigued by the life Auma leads and wants to learn more about their father. Before he leaves community organizing to go to Harvard Law School, he makes arrangements to visit Auma in Kenya.

In Kenya, Obama discovers a family he didn’t even know. His father had at least four wives, and Obama has a slew of brothers and sisters who are living in their father’s shadow. Obama and Auma visit with one their grandfather’s wives, “Granny.” She tells Obama’s father and grandfather stories to him. It’s a riveting tale of two people and it helps to define those aspect of Obama’s self and his heritage he was seeking.

“Dreams From My Father,” is an engrossing read. Verbose at times, Obama’s personal stories are heartwarming and easily connect with readers. The book defines the “mettle” behind a man – and a president.

Book Review for “Dreams From My Father”

Written by: Barack Obama

3 Rivers Press

ISBN: 978-1-4000-8277-3

442 pages


4.5 Stars

Chelsea Wolfe's Sleepless Nights Led to 'Abyss' – Village Voice

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 1:45 p.m.

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If you had to pick a reason why Chelsea Wolfe’s songs are so spellbinding, the inspiration behind her most recent record would be a great place to start. The dream-focused narratives on Abyss intertwine historically distant but philosophically related ways of understanding the human psyche: Greek mythology and Carl Jung. Since her debut LP, The Grime and the Glow, Wolfe’s fascination with sleep has manifested into a thematic collision between the realm of myth and psychology, and a consistent production style — ambient reverb, brooding bass, and haunting vocals — make her songs feel like many instances of the same recurring dream.

For Wolfe, solace is found in the dark. “To be honest, it’s not so much that I was inspired by Jungian theory, [as much I was by] a book by Carl Jung that became the catalyst for the album’s title and themes,” she explains. The text that influenced her earliest songwriting sessions for Abyss was Jung’s autobiography, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, published posthumously in 1962. The book surveys everything from Jung’s daily experiences to in-depth self-analyses of his fantasies and dreams. “I picked it up after I decided to start researching sleep and dreams more,” says Wolfe. “I’d had issues my whole life within that realm and had recently learned that there was a name for one of the things I experienced: sleep paralysis.”

The condition, in which a person becomes physically paralyzed while falling asleep or waking up, has been suggested as the explanation for a number of sleep-related mythologies from succubi to alien abduction. Coming to understand it spurred Wolfe to use it as the genesis for Abyss. “[In the book] there’s a dream Jung recalls experimenting with [and] the first line of the section is ‘I let myself drop’ ” says Wolfe. “That became the goal of my writing sessions: to drop into deep parts of myself I’d been avoiding. I was thinking about the mind as an abyss; as something very internal.” That sensation of descent and the psychosomatic aftermath of sleep paralysis is woven throughout the record, and listening to it feels sometimes like lucid dreaming, each song bleeding into the next.

Abyss was recorded on the Sargent House Farm, a music compound owned by Wolfe’s label and situated an hour outside Los Angeles, between the mountains and the desert. Holed up in a steel barn on the edge of the property, Wolf found inspiration in the unusual environment. “It was great to sing in that space as it felt very isolated and private so I could get free, but also it carried sound with a great natural reverb,” she recalls. It was a crucial break from her then-home of Los Angeles and had specific influence on the record — the beat for “Feral Love” and “Fight Light Gods” mimics the sound of the helicopters she heard nightly outside her window.

“The area I was living in before that was a chaotic, noisy neighborhood in a big old house with a lot of housemates,” she says. “My sleep paralysis got [really] bad in that living situation, but it also inspired me. Once I moved out to the middle of nowhere, [my mind] was finally quiet and the sleep paralysis stopped happening [as] much…. Then I was ready to fill all that quiet space with loud songs.”

As the frequency of Wolfe’s sleep paralysis episodes lessened, she turned her writing to Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep, who became the namesake of the album’s B side. “‘Hypnos’ was written for Abyss and record[ed] during the same session, but in the end it didn’t quite fit the flow of the album,” says Wolfe. “It’s a dream within a dream…about being willing to take on the burden of someone else’s darkness — a child, or a lover.” 

Released this past March, the seven-inch’s title track sounds almost like a lullaby. Although dark, its atmospheric reverb and crisp chords illuminate Wolfe’s lyricism. Paired with “Flame,” “Hypnos” mirrors her own experience with false awakenings and recurrent dreams, which she considers the source of her fascination with oneirology.

“When I was a kid I had this recurring nightmare-dream that was just a white room, and there would be an object in the middle of the room, like a telephone or a notebook, and the object would grow really, really large and fill the room, and then shrink extremely small, over and over like some Alice in Wonderland shit,” she explains. “It drove me mad. But maybe that’s where that perspective comes from.”

Chelsea Wolfe plays Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 8. Click here for tickets and more info. 

God Speaks Through Our Dreams

Everybody dreams, but most people forget their dreams soon after they wake up, not realizing that some of their dreams might be a direct means God is using to communicate to them. Author Manny Dean Fernandez has written Wake Up – God’s Talking to You, an inspiring guide designed to help people remember their dreams and interpret them, to discover what God might be trying to tell them.

Wake Up – God’s Talking to You is not a regular sort of dream interpretation book in which dreams can potentially mean any number of fanciful things; rather, it is a look at the importance of dreams in an entirely different light. Dreams can be viewed as one of the many ways God attempts to convey meaning to the lives of His creation, as Fernandez does in his enlightening book.

Separated into entertaining and instructive chapters, with subjects ranging from one called “Remembering Your Dreams,” to one called “How to Interpret Your Dreams,” and another called “Ask, See, and Find,” this book will be a useful and important aid to finding out the significance dreams can have in each of our lives.

Manny Dean Fernandez has had a lot of diverse experiences in his life, and he relates them in Wake Up – God’s Talking to You. He was not always a person who lived the straight and narrow, and placed God first in his life. He relates a past in which he drank and knew friends that took drugs, among other activities. Manny even writes about his being caught “drinking in a country western bar” costing him “three students in my Sunday school class.”

But, he recounts how he turned his life around and the huge role his wife, Shar, played in that and many other aspects of his life. Fernandez is an accountant, but he and his wife also like to “flip” businesses and get them back to being profitable. He writes in the book that he has a “God-given talent to make a business succeed.”

That is all just to give readers an idea about the background of the author of Wake Up: God’s Talking to You. Fernandez packs his book full of information about dreams he has had, and his interpretations of them. He provides useful tips to enable readers of the book to start to recall more and more of their dreams, and to find the relevant and inspirational meaning in them and apply this knowledge to their own lives.

Fernandez writes that “the most important factor for interpreting your dream” is to try to figure out what they mean right then, “as soon as I wake up.” He states that he does not “wait until later in the day,” but goes with his “first impression” of the meaning of the dream as soon as he wakes up.

Why do we sometimes repeat the same dream a few nights in a row? According to Fernandez, we have recurring dreams because God is trying to tell us “Resolve this issue and/or discover this dream and then we’ll move on to the next..”

In Wake Up – God’s Talking to You, Manny Dean Fernandez stresses that people should not stop placing their primary emphasis, when it comes to religion, on things like Bible study, praying and attending church. They should think of learning how to interpret dreams and find out what God is telling us more as a supplemental way to gain knowledge about God and find inspiration in their lives. This is a great book for everyone who has ever wondered what their dreams truly mean, and who want to find out what, if anything, God is trying to tell us with the dreams we all have.

Inspirational book helps Hannan's Abbey Daniel settle nerves, win Division II girls state tournament – The Advocate

YOUNGSVILLE — With two holes standing between her and a state title, Archbishop Hannan freshman Abbey Daniel reached into her bag for some quiet inspiration before hitting her tee shot on the par 3 17th hole at Les Vieux Chenes golf course.

She’d just seen her lead dwindle to three strokes from six after her close friend Julia Johnson of East Iberville — who had won three consecutive Division II individual titles entering this year’s tournament— birdied two straight holes. Daniel was feeling the pressure, so she pulled out a red leather notebook with the word “dream” embossed in gold script on the front cover.

“ ‘I need to calm down, I need to focus, I can still do this,’ ” Daniel recalled thinking to herself. “I was reassuring myself.”

As Johnson and Loyola Prep’s Alden Wallace hit their tee shots to the green, Daniel stood off to the side and read the inspirational quotes she’d written in various colors of Sharpie. She calmed herself, strode to the tee box and knocked her shot onto the green.

Two calm pars later, the 14-year-old Daniel capped off a 1-under 71 to claim her first state championship.

When she holed out a short putt on 18, Johnson sprinted over and doused her with a bottle of water to celebrate, followed with a bear hug and words of congratulations.

“We don’t get to pour Gatorade on the coach or anything, so if you ever win anything big, you kind of hope your friends are about to dump water on you,” Johnson said.

Daniel finished the second and final round with a 1-under 72, giving her two consecutive days in the red after she finished with a tournament-best 5-under 67 in the first round. She beat Johnson, the runner-up, by four strokes.

But Johnson wouldn’t make it easy for Daniel.

After clipping tree branches on back-to-back approach shots on the par 5 15th, Johnson holed out a greenside chip for birdie to pick up a stroke on Daniel.

On No. 16, Daniel’s approach shot drifted left of the green, and she was unable to get up and down to save par. She carded her first bogey of the day as Johnson holed out a birdie putt.

The three-stroke swing in two holes prompted Daniel to bust out her dream book on No. 17. But she still had work left to do.

Though she landed her tee shot on the green, she still had about 40 feet left to the hole. Her birdie attempt raced past the cup, leaving her a little less than 10 feet to save par.

Daniel stared down the putt for a long time, backing away at least once to gauge the speed and break again.

“That was nerve-wracking,” Daniel said.

She went back in her mind to the advice her book offered.

“One of the quotes I read was, ‘It’s not whether you’re sinking putts, it’s whether your thoughts are allowing you to sink putts,’ ” Daniel said. “That was one of the big things. I just had to reassure myself that I’m going to make this.”

Daniel drained the putt to keep her lead at three strokes, then made another clutch shot on No. 18, chipping to within a few feet from behind the green, to win the championship.

“I’m really proud of her, she finished really strong,” Johnson said. “She played really clutch today, she definitely deserves it.”

Daniel said the title “state champion” has a nice ring to it, but that wasn’t her main takeaway from a tournament where she shot 6-under.

“It was how I played this weekend which will really have an impact on my attitude in future tournaments,” Daniel said. “Before, I’d gone low, but I’d never gone as low as I did the first day. Now that I know that I can, hopefully I can start doing it consistently.”

Daniel was the only new champion on a day full of repeat winners.

Hammond Magnet junior Mary Frances Chauvin came back from a one-shot deficit to win her second straight state title with a 1-over 73 in the final round.

Sulphur (16-over 304) and Notre Dame (41-over 329) took home the Divisions I and II team titles for the second straight year as well.

How to Write a Book in 100 Days Or Less

What if you discovered there was one little word that stood between your   book   dream  being realized in the next 100 days or not? Would you want to know that one word? Yes, great! Before I tell you, think about this. There are thousands of people that die each year with their  book   dream  never realized. You may wonder, what’s the difference between the ones that die with a book inside them and the ones that put pen to paper to write a book?

Some say book authors have more smarts and more time. Perhaps they have a bigger brain or were born with a silver spoon in their mouth. None of the above is true. In fact, there’s very little difference between the two groups. That little difference can be boiled down to one word, ACTION.

Both groups receive great ideas and inspired messages. One group receives the idea but never ACTS on it. They never develop it and it eventually fades away. The group that fulfills their  dream  of becoming an author receives the idea, ACTS on it, develops it and completes it. Won’t you join the group that acts on their ideas? Here are 7 tips that will help you write a book in the next 100 days or less:

1. Move your  book   dream  up to the top 3 priorities. No, you don’t have to sell your soul anymore to write a saleable book. Use the cumulative effect of doing a little bit at a time. Even so, unless you want it to take years to write, you must schedule writing time each week. For example, you could write 2 pages a day and have a short book in weeks.

Develop a regular writing schedule. Think about your priorities right now. Can you fit 7-10 hours a week in? If you have to let something go that is not high on your priority list, do it. Now is your time. Next year is not better. Set yourself up for a successfully written book in the next 100 days by making your book goal a top priority.

2. Stump out the fear of failure. Many writers tremble in their tracks with fear that their book won’t sell. Don’t be afraid. Your book will sell if its presents useful information, answers important readers questions, and impacts people for the good. If it presents entertaining or humorous information it could go farther than you imagined.

If it creates a deeper understanding of humanity, animals of this world its worth reading. With one to three of these elements your book is worth writing. More than three, it has potential of making great sales -even to best seller status. Go ahead, write your book and make the world a better place.

3. Avoid re-inventing the wheel. Use the information you already have. Your audience is looking for solutions to their problems. They are looking to you for encouragement to overcome their challenges. Mine your background, your files, and your speeches for the gold called your knowledge. Use speedy book writing techniques and finish your book faster to sell sooner. Stay with what you know.

You’re the expert. To have the best chance to get your book done in the next 100 days, use what you have already written. Use your speeches, your seminars, your notes and experiences. Fill your book with your stories, case studies and examples.

4. Choose your target audience. Then write your book for them. When you give your book a target, it will resonate with your audience. To be honest, your book will not interest everyone. When you target one audience at a time, each tip, each story or how-to will be more effective. Aim your message and you will have a competitive edge on most book writers.

For many just shoot their message out into the dark and hope it connects with someone. When targeting your potential readers, create an audience profile. Are your potential readers male or female? How old are they? Are they interested in self-help, mystery, romance, how-to books? What problems do they face? Are they business people or professionals? Are they techies or non-techies? Are they willing to spend $15-30 on your book?

5. Make an educated choice about your publishing options before you write your book. Will you self-publish or shop for a traditional publish? There are serious pros and cons for either method. Find out the differences so you can make an educated choice that suits you. If you are self-publishing, consider the POD technology for your book. There are lots of good choices that will publish your book for you at an affordable price.

If you are opting for a traditional publisher, get an agent and a contract before writing the book. Then shop agents and publishers with 2 chapters and a knock-out book proposal. Invest in one of the current market guides and research the best fit for your work. It raises your chances considerably if you know what kind of manuscripts a particular company is looking for.

Don’t let one word keep you from realizing your  book   dream  in less than 100 days. Act now; you can do it. Remember to put your book writing in the top 3 priorities of your life, stump out fear of failure, avoid re-inventing the wheel, choose your target audience and make an educated choice about your publishing options. Using the above simple tips you can easily write and complete your book in a 100 days or less. Act now and use your ideas before they fade. Here’s to your best success as Author.

Reese Witherspoon invites Patriots rookie receiver to join her book club – FOXSports.com

The NFL Draft produces many plenty of great stories every year, and many have nothing to do with football. We learned that once again this year when the touching background of new Patriot Malcolm Mitchell was discussed during the draft process.

For those who aren’t aware, Mitchell is a fantastic receiver on the field (he caught 58 balls last year for Georgia), but off the field he’s a coach’s dream as well. Malcolm actually struggled academically at the beginning of his career, but began to take school seriously, and by the end of his time in Athens, was actually a published author. His book, “The Magician’s Hat” is now available online.  

It’s an incredible story, one that was told, and retold throughout the draft process, and caught the attention of one, major celebrity in particular.

That would be Reese Witherspoon, who offered up an invite to Mitchell to join her book club a few days back.

Mitchell accepted, and from there, a friendship appears to have blossomed.