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Self-Help Books For Writers

Hello, Dear Bloggites!  I am pleased to say the Women in Publishing Summit ended with a bang! 🙂  I have many new things and thoughts to take in and formulate understanding in my brain from what I thought I knew and what is the reality when it comes to writing books.

I was taught the different lengths of written work determines the “name” assigned to them: i.e. short story, poem, novella, novel, epic novel, chap books, etc.  However, during this Summit, I have learned that there are such a wide variety of book types between the genres and sub-genres.  Did you know that there is a sub-genre for “Books you can read in 45-minutes or less”?  BLEW MY MIND!!!!

While I continue to take in this new information I learned, there were several books the guest authors shared or wrote for writers and entrepreneurs alike.  Really, any person who owns their own business, no matter what it is, can dub themselves entrepreneurs.  So many people stick with “Small Business Owner” but really, you have an entrepreneur’s heart for business.  No matter what you call yourself, as long as you stay true to yourself and your beliefs, you are golden. 🙂

Okay, back to the authors and their books.  While, I want to purchase many more, there were three that I immediately had to have.  Below are the three books and what they are about, as well as, a brief reason why I wanted that specific book:

  1. The Four Types of Dogs Every Business Needs by Bella Vasta

The Four Types of Dogs Every Business Needs by Bella VastaDescription: Building a business was never meant to be done alone.  There are certain key players that every business needs in order to grow their business and have a balanced life.  Without the right team, business owners risk suffocating in their own efforts and ultimately throwing their entire life out of balance.  While using the metaphor of some of the most popular breeds, learn what dogs every business must have on their team so they can all play together having an enjoyable time in the dog eat dog world of business.

The reason I bought this book is two-fold: I love dogs (especially terriers, as you know, because I own one) and being a small business owner, I am constantly burning the candle at both ends and always wonder how these other business owners find the people to allow them the freedom of enjoying their hard work.  I have read this book, but for continuity, I will wait to give any reviews until I have read all three. 🙂

2.  The Artful Edit by Susan Bell

The Artful Edit by Susan BellDescription: The Artful Edit explores the many-faceted and often misunderstood-or simply overlooked-art of editing.  Brimming with examples, strategic tips, exercises, and a series of remarkable interviews with such writers as Michael Ondaatje and Ann Patchett, Susan Bell’s vigorous investigation into the history and meaning of the edit reminds us that editing is much more than a computer spell-check-it is an art.  Like The Elements of Style, The Artful Edit is a must-have companion for every writer.

The reason I bought this book is obvious: I need to learn to edit my written works smartly so that when it is sent to an editor or published, it will not have any errors (hopefully).  I own The Elements of Style and am very excited to read what this book has to say.

3. Mindset Switch! by Tonya Rineer

Mindset Switch of Tonya RineerDescription: Mindset Switch is the solution for anyone who wants more than average success, yet finds themselves stuck in a loop of negative self-talk, limiting beliefs, and self-doubt.  This book does what no other book on mindset does.  It highlights the holistic interplay between how thoughts and feelings become ingrained in us as disempowering beliefs, and how that cycle repeats itself, sabotaging us over and over again.  Citing existing mindset research, along with the Laws of Attraction and Vibration and introducing her own tried and true system for identifying triggers, Tonya’s book is for those who are new to mindset and personal development work as well as those who are already familiar with the basic concepts and are looking to advance their practice.

This book will help you ditch your limiting beliefs so you can, take control of what you want and create a life that, before now, you could barely imagine was possible.

The reason I bought this book is because, like most people, I live with constant self-doubt when it comes to things I am passionate about, such as writing.  We all live with that negative voice in our heads that sub-consciously set us up for failure before we even begin.  This book covers the triggers and gives advice on how to beat them before they do any damage plus change your negative mindset into a positive one.

Well, that is it for now.  I will be back with a review on all three books once I have read them all.  Also, look for first book review of the year in a little bit.  It is still a passion of mine to help all writers by providing reviews, so that is something I will always do on this blog.  Smooches!!!

~4-Ever, P

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Book Review: Rachael, Did You Know? by Veronica Sites

“There is no joy greater than to be part of an eternal life change.” ~Veronica Sites

“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” ~1 Peter 1:24-25

Rachael, Did You Know by Veronica SitesHello, Dear Bloggites! 🙂  I have a non-fiction book review for you.  This review is for the book Rachael, Did You Know? by Veronica Sites.  I have had the pleasure of spending some time with Veronica and experiencing a seminar or two.  One of the greatest enjoyments I received during these seminars is watching Veronica do what she loves best: sharing her love of Christ and helping make a difference in people’s lives.

Rachael, Did You Know? is about coping with the traumatic loss of a close relative and how turning toward Christ can help you through the grieving process.  Rachael is a young teenager that Veronica helped encourage and mentor at the time she lost her brother, Stephen, unexpectedly due to a car accident. The book is also Veronica’s testimony about how this young girl helped her find her calling in ministry as a chaplain.

Dealing with a traumatic loss of any type leaves a deep, painful hole in a person.  Each person grieves differently and this book is a great tool to help strengthen your faith in Christ or help you turn to Christ as your Savior.  Veronica Sites provides some great tools to use to help cope with your feelings of loss in Rachael, Did You Know?

One of the cool things I noticed while reading this book was each new chapter started with, “Did you know…” as if the author is speaking to Rachael or more specifically, the reader of the book.  It made me smile each time I read the titles because I could just imagine Veronica talking to Rachael saying those words.  You, Dear Bloggites, know me, and anything that helps get my imagination juices going is a true joy to read.

Throughout the book you will read many passages from the bible that the author wants you to reference in regards to the topic she is writing about as well as pages to do mini-exercises and journaling to help you cope with the loss you are feeling.  Each person has their own unique way of mourning but most have a hard time putting into words what they are feeling or figuring out the next step to cope with their emotions.  This book helps provide steps to cope with the different stages of grief with the underlying understanding that they will come out of their grief a better person and a future mentor for others that will cross their path.

I am always saying that “only you can be the best you out there and no other can come close.”  This book has that same context of being a special person with a purpose in life.  A purpose that is meant to be a light to all who have the pleasure of entering into his or her life, be it a short-term or long-term time.

No matter what your religious belief is, I promise you will find comforting passages and great tools in this book to help cope with whatever is troubling you.  Even though this book is mainly for coping with the loss of a loved one, it still has little pearls of wisdom that you can take and incorporate into all struggles you may have in life.

I give Rachael, Did You Know? 4 out of 5 Bookmarks.  For more information on Veronica Sites you can visit her websites at or

~4-Ever, P

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Book Review: Born To Win by Zig Ziglar & Tom Ziglar

“For it is out of our souls that our attitude flows; And your attitude will determine your altitude in life.  The depth of your spirit will determine the height of your success.” ~Zig Ziglar

Hello, Dear Bloggites! 🙂  I just finished a wonderful self-help book that I wanted to share with you.  I am all about self-help and working toward the next level of you.  Zig Ziglar thinks along those same lines but uses different words. 🙂

Born to Win by Zig Ziglar & Tom ZiglarThis book review is on Born to Win by Zig Ziglar & Tom Ziglar.  I love how Zig Ziglar writes his books.  When you are reading them it is like he is standing in front of you talking with a casual, heartfelt conversational tone.  This book is no different.  I like the fact that he partnered with his son, Tom Ziglar, on writing this book.  Tom has succeeded in growing into the big shoes his dad left when he passed away a couple of years ago.

Born to Win is a compilation of all the different teaching tools Zig has provided over the years as a motivational speaker.  It is a bang for the buck, if you will.  There is a lot of great tools within this book to help you plan your goals and reach them.  The information given can be added into your personal as well as business life and it is easy to begin.

Zig, and now Tom, have the ability to break things down into simple, concise steps that utilize the best tool you have in your box-YOU!  The book helps you breakdown all the demands in your life and rank them to see how balanced your life is (or isn’t).  Once you do your assessment on your “Wheel of Life” you are given steps to help each section reach its highest level to allow you to live a balanced life.

The quote above is a favorite of mine from the book.  I truly agree with what he says about the soul and attitude.  You want a more positive life view, surround yourself with positive people.  No one has time for negativity.  We get that enough from everything shown or read on TV and online.  You cannot control the media, but you can control your immediate environment with who you surround yourself with.

This fact is one of many great tools provided and explained in Born to Win.  If you like to improve yourself and strive to reach the next level of you, give this book a whirl.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

I give Born to Win 5 out of 5 Bookmarks.  Happy Reading, Dear Bloggites! 😀

~4-Ever, P