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Should You Enter Our 2016 Platinum Awards?

As we come into the last month for entering your natural products and services into our Janey Loves 2016 Platinum Awards, here’s a few testimonials from brands who have had great success from the Awards in the past.

“We were lucky enough to win Janey’s Platinum Awards for our Kefir and Kefir skincare and it was really then that our adventure began…”

Shann Nix Jones, Chuckling Goat

 

 

So don’t miss this opportunity if you have a Natural, Organic, Eco products or service or practice Alternative Treatments and Therapies, this is the chance for you to get brand exposure. With a combined social media reach of over 100,000 the Awards continue to bring the best of the best in natural products and services into the mainstream.

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In association with UK Health Radio, selected award winners will be featured in Health Triangle Magazine and over social networking channels, that’s a combined social media reach of 100,000+ Twitter followers and 5,600+ Facebook fans. Health Triangle Magazine boasts a readership of between 100, 000 and 120, 000 per month, with a 24/7 Health Radio show that has around 200, 000 unique listeners per month.

This year for the first time we have a category for Therapists, Coaches and Practitioners which is sponsored by the Taymount Digestive Health Clinics who are recognized across the world as leading the way with FMT (Faecal Microbiota Transplant) procedures for the replacement of good and healthy intestinal bacteria in situations where unbalanced gut bacteria are thought to play a significant part. You can read more about them here>

There’s also a category for authors who have written books on natural health and wellbeing / spirituality and this is sponsored by AuthorCraft, the professional network for authors, a member of the National Association of Writers Groups and which is very much about supporting writers whether they self-publish or are with a mainstream publishing company. You can read further about them here>

 

An important and exciting announcement ….

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We’re delighted to announce that overall category winners will be invited to a prestigious press breakfast and UK Health Radio launch in central London in late September at The Grand Connaught Rooms, London.

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We have an exciting, esteemed panel of judges alongside Janey, including TV and Radio personality Zoe Ball, TV presenter and ‘voice coach to the stars’ Carrie Grant, entrepreneur and beloved Organic living guru Jo Wood, best-selling author and researcher Lynne McTaggart and UK’s leading expert in women’s nutritional health Dr Marilyn Glenville.

Don’t miss out… entry in these coveted prestigious annual awards offers you a superb marketing opportunity for expanding your business visibility! It’s easy to enter, go here to start your entry process now.

 

Your Book Writing

Writing A Book – Your Calling Card

If you’ve heard me speak you will know one of my strategic 4 ‘C’s is Content Creation (the others are Clarity, Confidence and Connections) and in addition to encouraging experts, entrepreneurs and small business owners to create great informative content to connect with their potential clients and customers, I also talk about the fact that writing a book in order to share your message and promote your work can be a brilliant calling card.

I usually give the example of working in a newsroom or TV production office where when an expert is needed to comment on a specific topic, if no-one immediately springs to mind they would then start googling authors who have written on the subject – the assumption is that if you have written a book you are an expert on the topic.

Add three letters to the word Author and you become an Authority…  

AUTHOR + ITY = Authority

Sometimes in order to get you going all you need is some encouragement and support. I’m thrilled that one of our sponsors in the Platinum Awards is AuthorCraft, a network founded by Chris Day, which is very much about supporting writers whether they self-publish or are with a mainstream publishing company.

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AuthorCraft is the professional network for authors and is a member of the National Association of Writers Groups. At its monthly meetings in the Institute of Directors, London, it recognises the achievements of its members by holding book launches and provides independent and impartial advice on all aspects of origination, production, publishing, marketing and social media. 

Chris Day gives his top tips for would be authors ….

  1. Don’t start writing until you have complete clarity of who you are writing for – and what benefit they will get from your book.
  2. Be clear as to what potential readers are searching for online – for which your book has the answer. What key words will your book need to have for it to be found in these searches?
  3. Always work with a writing coach or an editor to help bring out the best in you – and get your manuscript well-polished and ‘oven-ready’.
  4. Never do your own proof reading or rely on a relative who was once a teacher. Proofreading is a professional job, don’t cut corners or spend the rest of your life apologising for typos!
  5. Unless you’re a qualified designer, don’t design you own book cover. People can spot a ‘self-published book’ from two streets away. A professional design is essential.
  6. The most important thing on your book cover is not the picture, but the heading, the title and the strapline. These three need to tell an unambiguous story.
  7. Choose your book category with care. Look at other books similar to yours and see what categories they are in. If you’re after the same readers, be where they are looking!
  8. Never fill you garage with boxes of books. These days you don’t need to as you can print to order. But buy well. For your book to make you a profit the raw print price has to be below 20% of the cover price. You just need to shop around.
  9. A book publicist is a great investment. Their personal contacts in the media will get you coverage that no general press release will ever achieve (ahem …Janey Lee Grace?)
  10. Every new book is a start-up business and needs to be treated just like any other new business. Your business start-up costs need to be spread over your first year. Make sure you make a profit from every book you sell.
  11. Become known on social media as a go-to expert in your field. You would not believe the difference to your standing in the marketplace that becoming a published author will achieve.

Contact AuthorCraft and attend one their monthly meetings, first time visitors can attend for free.  www.authorcraft.co.uk

If you want help getting clarity on the book you want to write, get in touch, and it goes without saying if you want help promoting your book let me know www.janeyleegrace.com

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GRIT

Do You Have Grit?

We interviewed a fascinating woman on the Steve Wright show recently, Dr Angela Duckworth is an American psychologist and public speaker who gave a highly acclaimed TED talk which has been viewed over 8 million times.

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Her new book is called ‘Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance’ which looks at why people with talent can sometimes fail to make it while other less talented people can achieve amazing things.

It comes down to grit, determination and passion and she says people with grit are often very stubborn, they don’t give up easily.  There is of course a theory that says many hours are needed to become an expert at anything, but Angela believes it’s not only about working hard, it’s also important to have hope, passion, effort and prioritisation.

Angela sites examples of those with true grit, The Queen, Tom Daley, Sir Richard Branson, and Leicester Football Club. When it comes to the latter, I found it interesting to read that the manager Claudio Raniari, in addition to working the team hard and instilling a great team spirit, also ensured that they had fun, that they felt inspired and hopeful. It worked in their case!

So the question to ask yourself is, do you have grit? Do you have what it takes to stay the course, be willing to pick yourself up and start again if at first you don’t succeed…are you willing to try and try again?

My two penneth to add to Angela’s thesis is that you do need absolute clarity on what you want at any one time, undoubtedly Leicester City were focused on that Premiership title.  Richard Branson will give his ultimate commitment and focus to whatever his current project and goal.

So ask yourself, what do you really want? Start with one big goal or dream, and be realistic about the steps you need to begin to make that happen, then ask yourself if you really have the passion and the perseverance to see it through.

If you know what you want, you know you have the skills and talent needed, it’s authentically you, you have the grit, determination, passion and perseverance, then the one big question left is – Have you made a start?

Remember the saying…you don’t have to get it right; you do have to get it going

‘Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance’ is published by Vermilion.