What’s Fear Got to Do With it?

My new mantra / prayer / countdown to action, “What Would I Do (in this or that situation) if I Wasn’t Afraid?”

I’ve invited so many people to work with me in getting their books written, in setting and fulfilling their desires. Registrations to my programs is open right now and out of ALL of the people I’ve asked over the last five years…there have only been four who have trusted me, trusted my processes, and kicked their fears in the butt. They published their first books or started working on building the life of their dreams.

Fear has stopped me A LOT since I shaved my head (sigh) so I know how it feels. I also know that my processes for getting what I want, despite my fear, work every time. It is NOT easy, but as Mr. Smith says in the video, “Fear stops you from seeing beauty”, and if I may paraphrase another quote, I’d rather die than let fear stop me anymore.So, are you with me? NowataPressLLC.com – For Readers, For Writers, For Life

From Blank Page to Published – On Line

Ready to hold your published book in your hands by April 2019? Through a series of live calls, emails, and assignments, I’ll walk you through each step in the process over the course of six months beginning in October.

This live course is $99 and comes with free one-on-one sessions, deep discounts on editing and book formatting, all culminating in your book being PUBLISHED by April 2019.

Click HERE to register.

Real Life Living – New Year Prep Program

We all have responsibilities; those things we “have” to do in order to eat, live in doors; we do what we must in order to feel some semblance of safety, security, belonging, and acceptance. If what you’re doing to satisfy these basic needs feels as if you’re selling out, then you’ve come to the right place.

Let me introduce you to The Next Chapter and my signature program, “Real Life Living.”  It’s a non-traditional program in that:

  • It works within your current day to day lifestyle.
  • It fits within the average budget.

“Real Life Living” is a way by which my clients learn to articulate and authenticate their TRUE desires, and then figure out how to integrate healthy, budget conscious, and lifestyle friendly ways of obtaining them.  I strive to get my clients to a minimum of a 66% completion rate of the goals they set for the year, all in ways that fit easily into the ebb and flow of their REAL lives.

Program Details

We meet once a week in a group setting so I may easily share that week’s concept, resources, and materials. There’ll be time for questions and answers as well as relaxing activities.  The group meet-ups are to provide an opportunity to share ideas and solutions.

There is a private coaching component as well because some things aren’t meant to be shared in a group. Our one-on-one sessions give you  a sacred space and time when we can talk and strategize privately.

And finally, as a course graduate, you’re invited to join the mastermind group where we continue to share resources, network, enjoy each others successes, and support each other through our lessons.

Click HERE to register.

Will this be the time you confront your fear?

Sending Love and Light,

Dana

 

Come Meet “the Press”

Nowata Press Publishing & Consulting, LLC, that is.

In case you didn’t know, lol. I’m officially ‘open for business’ with Nowata Press Publishing & Consulting, LLC. I’ve done a few introductions here and there since the grand opening, but meh – I wanted to do something BIG. Alas, as a new business, the budget for BIG is rather limited so…

I’m hosting a mini-webinar to introduce Nowata Press Publishing & Consulting to the world. Please join me 11 am on Monday, September 3rd (yes, Labor Day for us in the US, lol – I’m fitting this in between bar-b-ques), for a live Q&A where I’m going to explain what Nowata Press Publishing & Consulting, LLC is, what I do, and how I hope to be of service to you (and the world).

There are several options for connecting – choose which one works best for you. I’ll keep the call short so you can be sure to get back to enjoying your day.

Time: Sep 3, 2018 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/973775485

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16465588665,,973775485# or +14086380986,,973775485#

Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 558 8665 or +1 408 638 0986
Meeting ID: 973 775 485
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ekeWjdn4q

Feel free to share this with friends and family who may be interested, we’ve got room for up to 100 participants!

Thank you for your time, and I hope to “see” you on Monday, September 3rd.

It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye

I’m going “Pro” y’all and that means I’ll be producing exclusive content for my email subscribers and posting less and less on this and my other WordPress dot com sites.

I’ll still come by to read your posts; I’ll still drop a comment or two, but if you want to keep up with my inconsistent ramblings, then please, stop by my website and join one, or all of my groups (For Readers, For Writers, For Life).  There’s free downloadables, discounts on a variety of products and services, as well as the occasional email just to say hi.

‘Occasional’ being the operative word. I’m not about to blow up any body’s inbox with a deluge of missives or sales pitches.

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I’ve enjoyed almost 8 years on WordPress dot com; I’ve enjoyed the creative community here tremendously, but it’s time to get out in the world and build my empire!

Hope you’ll join me on my info call (more info on that coming up in a week) as well as become a member of one or all three of my business groups.

Sending love and light!

Dana

 

FREE – Beta Test my Signature Course

Learn how to write and publish your novel in six months or less from the privacy of your own home.

You’ll receive an email once a week for seven weeks. Each email will contain key information, instruction and a written exercise. By the end of the course, you’ll not only have a step by step guide on how to write and self-publish, you’ll have a list of resources and be so many words towards the completion of your first manuscript!

Since this is the Beta version of my virtual course, I’m offering it for FREE! Registration will be open until June 30th.
Click HERE for more information and to register for the course.
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I’m Curious…

about your lovin’…

HA…no, sorry. I’ve got song lyrics on the brain this morning.

I am curious, but not about your romantic side. No, this morning, I’m doing a little market research. You see, I’m coming up on my 10 year anniversary of being in business and, well, in case it wasn’t obvious, up to now, I’ve not been as business-y as I’d like to be.

In order to take my offerings to the next level, I’m wanting to know what it is potential clients want…you know, what they (you see where I’m going right?)…really, really, want.

HA!! Man, that still cracks me up.

Anyway, whew. For real, if you’ve ever wanted to be a published author,

A. did you want to do it yourself,

B. contract with a publishing company, or

C. both?

If you answered  A or C, then please, click HERE and take a couple of minutes to answer five quick questions for me.  This isn’t click bait – there won’t be any email gathering, no spamming you with newsletters and such.

I want to make my next 10 years in business my best and I can only do that by providing clients with services that actually meet their needs.

So thank you in advance for helping me. I now return you to your regularly scheduled day.

Nowata Press Client Profile: W. Owens

We’ve worked with over 75 people so far in workshops and one-on-ones. We’ve had three who chose us to help turn their publishing dreams into reality. We’d like to introduce to one of them. Ms. W. Owens, the first client we had to follow our program, From Blank Page to Published in Six Months or Less! 

Tell a little about your background.

After graduating in 1998 from Aurora Central High school, I attended Metropolitan State College of Denver for four years, studying Business Administration and Computer Information Systems. In 2007, I attended the Institute of Children’s Literature and focused on Children’s Short Stories, obtaining a certificate.

What drew you to writing?

Writing became an outlet for me. Because of the hostile environment during my parent’s separation when I was in middle school, and the constant moving around, the friends I had became pretty scarce. They didn’t know what I was going through and I was too shy to speak of it. So, I began to write in journals as if I were talking to a best friend. I still remember imagining someone sitting in front of me as I explained my day. My sister was three years younger than me and though I knew she understood most of what had been going on, I felt like I could express all my feelings down, no holds barred if you will. I was 14 and felt like the paper was the friend that would always be there.

What genre do you write and what led you in that direction?

I read all genres but suspense and drama are typically the ones that stick in my head the most when I paint a story. I love plot twists, and the ‘what would you do’ scenarios; the stories that make you question all the time.

What is your writing process? Do you write every day? If so, for how long?

I have tried all sorts of ways to begin a project, from waiting until the house is asleep, (night owl hours lasting until 4am) to having scraps of paper and notebooks all over the place every time a thought comes through my head. Lately, when I start, I think about if this is a project I want to be aggressive with and complete quickly, or take my time with no set end date. In the beginning of my work, I normally write everyday for an hour or two. It then dwindles once I get my draft done as I’m cleaning up the work and rearranging, filling in gaps of context.

How do you manage writing with the rest of your life / roles and responsibilities?

I set a manageable timeline of completion based on what is going on personally (kids’ practices, work, other projects). I have found lately that my best time to write is at work on my lunch break. When I’m in the zone, I take my laptop every day to work, get a half hour to an hour in and then spend about that same amount of time once I get home writing. In just that short amount of time in the day I can get pages completed, especially when a full scene is playing out like movie in my mind. My husband and kids know when ‘Mamas writing’ and tend to not really bother me, however, as a mom, there are tons of distractions at home.

Since you’ve dedicated yourself to writing, what is the best advice you’ve ever received from another writer?

The best advice I have ever received was to ‘just write’. “Don’t think about formatting and spelling and placement, just write. Your first draft is supposed to be ugly, just write.” 😊 (Thanks Dana – Nowata Press)

Is this your first book? How long did it take you to get your first book finished? How did you feel once it was complete / published / in your hands?

This is my third book. My first book took six months to complete, which people that I talked to thought I was crazy, but I wanted to see if I could do it, and I did. I felt so overwhelmed with excitement because I stuck to what I wanted and didn’t give up when I felt discouraged or came to a roadblock. When that book was in my hands for the first time, I thought about how I accomplished another chapter in my life. Also, that my boys could see what hard work and determination can give you.

What qualities do you believe a writer must possess to be successful?

I think all writers need to have that drive, that vision to want to paint a picture, a masterpiece. One that is vivid and beautiful and tells a story. There’s a difference between reading a story and telling a story, if you can distinguish that, you are on your way.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers who want to self-publish?

Research and talk to people. You never know who has information that may be beneficial if you don’t inquire. There are so many workshops out there that writers don’t know about that help with self-publishing its unbelievable. I’m still finding new outlets to help myself and I can’t tell you how much its guided me. I learn something new all the time, whether big or small.

How much time have you invested in learning how to market your works and what has and hasn’t worked for you so far?

I have invested a day or two a month which is way less than what I initially wanted but some things have shifted in my personal life which will allow me to dedicate more time (once a week) to marketing. I have had book launch parties that have been successful and I have also reached out to local bookstores for exposure. My website hasn’t done that much as far as sales but I believe its due to not putting a lot of time into really throwing the site out there (social media, word of mouth)

Are there one or two writing books that you recommend over all others?

How to Write and Publish in 6 Months* is my number one go to reference anytime I began new work. Even when I plan to take my time on writing, it still guides me, structure to completion.

What are you working on now?

I’m excited to say that I am currently working on my third book, which is a sequel to the very first book I self-published, In Safe Arms. I have had a good amount of people ask after my first book when the sequel would come out that was the encouragement I needed that I did something that consumers want to read.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your writing?

I’m mostly proud that I can write what I see. What I mean is that I imagine a scene and literally write it down vividly then have someone come to me and say, “Wow, I could see all that I read in my mind. Like I’m watching a movie.”

How can readers and other writers reach you?

Facebook : Willmetta Owens
Via Email at: wowensw6@gmail.com

What is one thing you would like us to know about you and your writing?

I’m always reading or listening to an audiobook, almost constantly. Lately, I’ve been straying off of my regular go-to authors and finding new ones. This is happening even when I’m writing my own. Keeps my mind fresh with ideas and I find myself a lot of times rewriting a scene in my mind that I read or heard.

Paperback Books Available at: Fantabulous Words at Square Marketplace                E-Version of Naomi’s Tide Available on: Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble dot Com

It was a pleasure working with Ms. Owens and sharing in her excitement. Be on the lookout for our reviews of her first two books.

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*Nowata Press’ premiere writer’s workbook.


 

If you’ve decided it’s your turn to bring your writing dreams into reality, then click the services tab above and book your initial consultation with Nowata Press!

Thank you.

Registration is now OPEN!

ATL based writers, now’s a good time to get in on Nowata Press’ premier workshop, From Blank Page to Published (normally $300). Through our partnership with the Marietta Community School, we’re offering our signature program at a deep discount – just $69 for six weeks of tips, tools, tricks, and resources (not to mention structured writing time) that will take your ‘novel’ idea from start to published.

From Blank Page to Published
Step-by-step process on how to go from blank page to self-published in 6 months. Or, if you’re like me, maybe a few months more. Hi, I’m Dana Ellington, owner and principal author with Nowata Press Publishing and Consulting. Join me as I partner with Marietta Community School to offer my 6 week coaching package (normally $300), to new writers. This program is great for writers of any genre, ages 16 and up. Learn all the tools I’ve used to successfully produce and publish my own work since 2008. Join us for the tips, tricks, and tools you’ll need to write, edit, and publish a full-length novel by the end of this year.

COURSE #: W18284 FEE: $ 69
Location: 368 Wright Street Marietta, GA 30064
7:00pm-8:00pm (Jan 16-Mar 6) (7 Tue) Skipping 2/20


Also this year, we’re introducing a new program, Getting the Word out – Marketing 101.

Getting the Word Out – Indie Book Marketing 101
You’ve written your first ever novel…now what? Join me, Dana Ellington – self-published indie author since 2008; owner of Nowata Press Publishing & Consulting – as I walk you through a simple Marketing Plan you can begin using immediately to build buzz around your upcoming book release. Most of the techniques are free to very low-cost and work with the technology you already have and are suitable for anyone who is ready to launch their journey toward national best seller status.

COURSE #: W18283 FEE: $ 69
Location: 368 Wright Street Marietta, GA 30064
7:00pm-8:00pm (Jan 18-Mar 8) (7 Thu) Skipping 2/22


Click the highlighted course titles above to register.

Let’s get published!

We Can Help You Turn Your ‘Messy’ NaNo Draft into a Published Work of Art

Whew! Did you cross the finish line with 50,000 words or more, or did you find yourself hitting the wall around 30,000 and calling it a day? Say you barely did 10K words before the desire just wasn’t there?

No worries. Nowata Press is here to help you get from blank page (or where ever you find yourself after NaNo) to published.

Let’s schedule your free, one hour consultation.  There we’ll answer your questions on how we can best help you achieve your writing and publishing goals.

In Support of an Indie Author (and a book series we love)

Echo 1 is FREE for five days, and Echo 2 & 3 are $0.99 for seven days! Tell your family and friends! 😀 (I’ll be publishing a variant of this message morning and afternoon until 11/16 when the sale ends, so I apologize if it gets a little repetitive). Get Echo Vol. 1 on Kindle here: Vol. […]

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The Countdown to NaNoWriMo 2017 Continues…

Will this be the year you write that first draft?  You’ll read that a lot in the coming days as writers the world over are gearing up to meet this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge.  What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of NaNo?

Well, Nowata Press to the rescue.

From their site,

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

So, if you’ve been harboring a secret desire to write a novel, here’s your chance to join a world-wide community of word smiths as they power through thirty days of noveling frenzy.

I see the doubt in your eyes.  You’re wondering if it really can be done. Well, I’ve successfully drafted 50K or more words for three of my published novels.

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Our first and so far best known publishing client, W. Owens (you can read a bit about her here) earned her first badge in 2016 and went on to utilize our coaching and production management services to have her first ever published book in her hands six months later.

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If you’ve always wanted to write – fiction or non, now is the time to get set to make that dream come true.  For an extra boost, sign up for an hour consultation with Nowata Press. We can coach you through setting up your novel and how to fit writing time into your already busy schedule. Click here for more information!

Only 8 days until the words fly, will you make this the year?  :-).

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