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How to write a book fast!

 Our popular course featuring our Fast-Start/
Strong-Finish Method is now available on demand
so you can watch and learn at your convenience.

We’ve brought all that we know to our concentrated book-writing course Catapult into Your Book – How to write a book fast!  This comprehensive course includes six webinar sessions that lead you through our Fast-start, Strong-finish Method, the same approach that has helped our clients land book deals from Simon & Schuster, Warner Books, and McGraw-Hill, to name a few, and that has helped other clients successfully self-publish.
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Why this course is so valuable

Did you know that 80 percent of Americans say they want to write a book, but only 2 percent ever do? While many consultants, speakers, business owners, trainers, and health care professionals know they need to write a book to boost their businesses, most never do.

People who normally breeze through a blog or article find they freeze when faced with the challenge of 200+ pages in a book. Confidence in book writers is like self-control in 3-year-olds: it’s often missing. Catapult into Your Book boosts confidence with insider information and tricks of the trade that help you:

  • Find the time and motivation to start—and finish—your book
  • Understand today’s readers and what they look for in books
  • Use scientifically proven techniques that grab readers’ attention
  • Tell stories to create strong, memorable messages

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So, what’s holding you back?

I followed your plan & wrote a book! I not only started, but I finished
my how-to book on garden crafts. Thanks for all your great tips!
— Cindi LeRoy, author of The Twisted Garden

At The Book Catalysts, we’ve experienced the thrill of publishing—and the struggles getting there. We know all about letting manuscripts gather dust in a desk drawer. We understand what it’s like to have random notes or even a beautifully organized outline languishing in a computer file boldly named MY BOOK.

Does that sound familiar? Now think about what it’s costing you to not write your book, to not have this essential 21st-century business card to give you the credibility you’ve earned. From what we’ve experienced—and now see in our clients—hectic schedules and wavering confidence stop most people from finishing their books—or even getting started.

But you’re not most people.

We can show you how to reach your goals and fulfill your dream of writing and publishing one or more books and reap the exciting—and concrete—rewards once you:

  • Become a published author, instantly garnering new respect and prestige for your business/careerWrite books and get published
  • Get your book into the hands of potential clients, appreciative readers, and important media.
  • Make a contribution to your field—and be of service to others
  • Create new opportunities to expand your speaking, training, and teaching
  • Start commanding higher fees and enjoying greater financial rewards as a recognized expert

We’ve developed a proven Fast-Start/Strong-Finish Method that beats the time crunch, builds confidence, and gives you the results you’re after. We’re two career writers, and between us we’ve written more 125 books and 1500 articles. We’ve honed strategies to break through the hard times when already crammed schedules threaten the long-term goal to write—or finally finish—a book. We know how to plunge in and keep momentum flowing.

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I am really enjoying and benefiting from what Lynda and Virginia do.
The combination of information, inspiration, and setting realistic
standards and goals is very powerful. Rock on!
— Dr. Terry “Doc” Dockery
Have more fun. Make more money. Do more good. SM
www.businesspsychology.com

What Catapult into Your Book includes

We hope you’ll join us for this creative journey. This isn’t your average workshop; it’s a powerful experience. You might say it’s a “happening,” to use a colorful phrase from our past. It’s a special time, a creative environment in which you’ll make great things happen.

When we work together, you’ll discover how to:

  • Carve out time, even with your hectic schedule, to write your books and e-books
  • Take easy steps to prevent blocks to productivity before they derail your project
  • Create your draft fast without losing your job, family, or mind!
  • Engage your subconscious—the best writing partner you’ll ever have
  • Practice brainstorming techniques to keep ideas flowing (but only if you know how to use them correctly—and most people don’t)
  • Use creative techniques to keep readers engaged (most nonfiction writers skip these)
  • Finish strong with polish and pizzazz

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Catapult into Your Book is so affordable!

Don’t worry if you can’t afford a $5,000 book package. Most aspiring authors can’t! We find that many book-writing courses are often five or six times the cost of Catapult into Your Book.

Get your book published
For a fraction of that, we’ll guide you through the steps you need to create book magic. When you take the classes and write between sessions, you’ll finish your book fast! We’ll also show you how to review your manuscript so you can self-publish this year or confidently send your proposal package to literary agents and/or publishers.

What you’ll receive in our Catapult into Your Book package:M

 

  1. Six recorded video sessions you can listen to at your convenience over a 10-week period
    (designed so you write, write, write your first draft between sessions)
  2. Six customized checklists (one for each session) to keep you moving forward between sessions
  3. Dozens of Creativity Challenges to inspire you to go deeper into that marvelous brain of yours
  4. Dozens of accountability and motivational check-ins to keep your writing flowing
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Complete package with bonuses is only $147




Register now and receive these bonuses:

Quick-Start Guide to Writing Your Book: We’ve pulled together some of our best resources in this seven-day kick-start program. Even before our first class you can begin to set important goals and become a more powerful writer and author! $49 value

Thoughts on the Creative Life, a collection of essays by Virginia McCullough that share the wisdom and wit garnered from her 25-year career as a writer and author. $12 value

Words at Work, Lynda McDaniel’s award-winning book packed with inspiration and information to give you the confidence and know-how to write a successful book. $10 value

 

book coaching


Virginia has helped me write twelve books, and to say I couldn’t have done it without her is
an understatement. Plus, she’s as good with people as she is with words.

Alan R. Hirsch, M.D. Neurological Director,
Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation

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There’s no madness in our method!

We take the pain out of writing books—and offer nurture, motivation, and excitement. Our Fast-start, Strong-finish Method shows you how to:

  • Avoid the biggest writing error (almost) everyone makes every day
  • Pick up your writing speed to save timeand increase creativity
  • Tap into powerful ideas and solutions you didn’t even know you had
  • Imitate to innovate—deconstruct writers you love to achieve your own successful book
  • Get out of Dodge! We’ll share fun ways to boost both productivity and creativity

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Who are The Book Catalysts?

The Book Catalysts are accomplished writers, editors, and coaches. We’ve worked with major clients from Microsoft and Visa to The Boeing Company and Institute of Management Consultants, and we’ve helped well-known professionals (like Alan Hirsch, M.D., the neurologist who created Sensa®, the popular weight loss system) write and publish their books.

Our clients have received book deals with (among others):

 

 

Our clients have appeared on:

 

We love sharing the expertise we’ve gained over our long, creative careers and give you the support you need to get your book started—and finished—fast!

Questions? E-mail us at info@bookcatalysts.comhow to write a book or call 707-827-3872

 

Lynda, you are the best friend a writer ever had. Thank you for your
skilled guidance.
I truly could not have [written this book] without you!

-  John D. Hughes

Catapult into Your Book


1.
Get Off to a Fast Start

  • Make room for writing books—even with a hectic schedule.  Create productivity targets to ensure your progress—and success
  • Try five ways to double your writing speed
  • Practice “Imitate to Innovate” to discover your ideal book
  • Explore the value of a book proposal—even if self-publishing
  • Identify good places to plunge in and start your book
  • Get out of Dodge!
  • Write in your sleep!
  • Fast Start Checklist and Creativity Challenges
  • Accountability and motivational check-ins to keep your writing flowing

 

2. Craft Your Book Proposal (We all need one!)

  • Explore the pros and cons of both independent and conventional publishing
  • Develop your book proposal sections–even if you’re self-publishing
  • Learn the protocols and effective strategies to approach literary agents and/or publishers
  • Create a bang-up bio for your proposal and book promotion
  • Brainstorm your promotion plan for your book
  • Identify primary readers and the too often overlooked secondary markets
  • Book Proposal Checklist and Creativity Challenges
  • Accountability check-ins to keep your writing flowing

 

3. Have Fun with Time-Tested Tricks of the Trade

  • Create magic with your premise and promise
  • Turn your Table of Contents into your GPS
  • Create hooks to begin each chapterand develop powerful endings
  • Break up your content into manageable chunks
  • Develop chapter templates to make your life easier
  • Fill information and research gaps
  • Brainstorm to tap into creative ideas you didn’t even know you had
  • Tricks of the Trade Checklist and Creativity Challenges
  • Accountability and motivational check-ins to keep your writing flowing

 

4. Unleash Your Inner Storyteller

  • Hook your readers with stories
  • Tell stories that activate memories and trigger emotions—where we buy and buy in
  • Choose stories that engage the head and the heart
  • Make your book unique with your stories (and anecdotes and case studies)
  • Tell stories in stages for more impact
  • Create a story inventory to capture stories for easy reference
  • Use other story-like approaches such as similes, scenarios, and what-ifs
  • Tell Successful Stories Checklist and Creativity Challenges
  • Accountability and motivational check-ins to keep your writing flowing

 

5. Go from Boring to Brilliant

  • Create attention-grabbing titles, chapter titles, and subheads
  • Introduce time-tested techniques to make your writing soar
  • Develop detail to draw in readers keep them engaged
  • Discover how words that rhyme add to the memorability of your message
  • Add verve with vivid verbs
  • Explore the right tone for your book
  • Reveal your voice as you write to your readers, not at them
  • Creativity Checklist and Creativity Challenges
  • Accountability and motivational check-ins to keep your writing flowing


6. Add Polish & Pizzazz for a Strong Finish

  • Invite your inner editor to roll up its sleeves
  • Discover what to cut, catch, and correct to avoid sabotaging your success
  • Review the six C’s of editing to ensure a strong manuscript
  • Identify remaining gaps or unanswered questions
  • Read your book out loud and listen for clarity and flow
  • Explore marketing tips and resources for your book
  • Edit for Success Checklist and Creativity Challenges
  • Accountability and motivational check-ins to keep your writing flowing

 

What you’ll receive in our Catapult into Your Book package:

  1. Six video sessions you can listen to at your convenience over a 10-week period
    (designed so you write, write, write your first draft between sessions)
  2. Six customized checklists (one for each session) to keep you moving forward between sessions
  3. Dozens of Creativity Challenges to inspire you to go deeper into that marvelous brain of yours
  4. Dozens of accountability and motivational check-ins to keep your writing flowing

 

Complete package with bonuses is only $147




Register now and receive these bonuses:

Quick-Start Guide to Writing Your Book: We’ve pulled together our best resources to create this seven-day kick-start program. Even before our first class you can begin to set important goals and become a more powerful writer and author!  $49 value

Thoughts on the Creative Life, a collection of essays by Virginia McCullough that share the wisdom and wit garnered from her 25-year career as a writer and author.  $12 value

Words at Work, Lynda McDaniel’s award-winning book packed with inspiration and information to give you the confidence and know-how to write a successful book. $10 value

 

Questions?  Contact us by phone or e-mail here.

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More kudos from our clients:
 “Virginia helped me create my book proposal and within one week I landed my dream agent. A few weeks ago I signed a contract with a publisher high on my dream list! Virginia gently guided me through the process of reworking my proposal into a more focused, powerful, and convincing piece. I’m looking forward to working with her again.” - Karen Lacey, author
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“I signed up with you because I love (and trust) your trust of the subconscious and its role in creativity. I knew I wanted to work with you based both on the depth of both your experience, as well as your philosophic approach. – Such great advice! THANK YOU to both of you!”
- Guila Muir, author and training expert at Train the Trainer

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“As I wrote my book, I found Virginia’s comments and suggestions indicative of an extremely thoughtful and dedicated individual. She weaves her tremendous writing skill with a great deal of understanding and patience. I’ll not write another book without her.”   – Kay Potetz, Ph.D.