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“Work is love made visible.” -- Kahlil Gibran
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I’d like to send a heartfelt “thank you” to all my clients, past and present, for the honor and pleasure of working with you to help you tell your stories. In his book The Prophet, poet Kahlil Gibran asked:
“And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.
It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,
And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.”
I shared this excerpt from Gibran’s poem with a networking group a few weeks ago, when I was asked to talk about why I do the work that I do. It struck me that it seems relevant on this day when we celebrate love. When I collaborate with clients on book projects, the work is indeed love made visible. The photo with this post is a selection of client books (arranged more or less in the shape of a heart). Each of those books is the result of the author’s passionate desire to share their expertise and ideas with the world, and it’s my delight to help them make that happen.
When I work with clients on their blogs, journal articles, and email newsletters, that too is work in which love is made visible (albeit in digital rather than physical form). Again, there is the client’s desire to communicate in a polished, effective way with a particular audience, and I love putting my editing, writing, and content development skills to work in the service of that goal.
So a special Valentine’s Day thank you to my clients, collaborators, and friends of Blue Pencil Consulting. Maybe your story is the one I’ll have the privilege of working on next...
Interested in learning more about how more than 50 New England authors have gotten published? Come to the New England Authors Expo and Holiday Book Sale on Sunday, November 11, from 1 PM to 7 PM at the Danversport Yacht Club (Route 62, Danvers, MA). Meet authors, buy holiday gifts for all the book lovers on your list, and chat with a number of small publishers and publishing services firms. Admission is free.
Blue Pencil Consulting is one of the exhibitors -- I’ll be there, ready to chat with people interested in the process of taking a idea and turning it into a published book. I’ll be sharing a table with Lisa McKenna of Curious Marie LLC; Lisa is a talented graphic designer who worked with me on one client’s new book, and who is also developing iOS apps.
At our table, I’ll have copies of some client books available for sale.
If there’s a harried mom on your gift list, here’s a terrific choice: Julie McGrath’s brand-new book, Joy-Worthy: A Mother’s Guide to More Joy, Less Stress and No Guilt.
(If you can’t attend the Expo, both books are available via Amazon.)
For more information on the Expo, click here. Hope to see you there!
“Books are no longer simply books, they are branding devices and credibility signals -- not to mention the reason their authors command large speaking or consulting fees.” So says Ryan Holiday, in a column today on the Fast Company website. His point is that authors of non-fiction books are increasingly diversifying their income streams, with many making “substantially more money through new business generated by a book, rather than from it.”
This is a trend that’s been building for some time; I’ve seen it reflected in my own work with clients. Discussions about non-fiction book projects go beyond content and audience to encompass ideas about what the book can do for the author and the author’s business. Smart thought leaders think of their non-fiction books as multi-purpose tools. Books can be a calling card for the author’s business, a demonstration and confirmation of his or her expertise, a vehicle for sharing new ideas and valuable content, and a way to build additional revenue streams from consulting and/or speaking engagements. For a concise take on how this works, see my colleague Ken Lizotte’s excellent book, The Expert’s Edge.
If you are in the Boston area on September 27 (please note date correction!) and are interested in learning more about how a book can help your business, attend “Publish and Flourish! Got a Book in You? Let’s Get It Out!” This networking event features an expert panel (including yours truly) and breakout discussions on the process of creating, publishing, and promoting your book. For more information, visit Boston Women Connect. If you can’t attend but have an idea for a book that could promote your business, contact me (email@example.com) to schedule a no-obligation chat about how we might work together to make that happen.
For the many ways we can share ideas and words.
Thank you to all my clients, supporters, and friends who make it such a pleasure to work with words every day.