How to write you book in a week.

by Julie Salisbury on March 13, 2017

Have you ever noticed when you are busy and overwhelmed that time flies by? We never seem to have enough time to complete our tasks and you are left wondering “where did the time go?”

Now think back to the last time you were on vacation. Did time fly by or did it slow down? Did you notice that because you gave yourself the gift of a vacation, that the days relaxing on the beach seemed to go on forever? Did you also notice that you were more inclined to be creative? By freeing your mind of the clutter and overwhelm, your creative mind has the space to “create.” Keeping a journal seems easy, the words just flow off the page.  Maybe poetry or that creative novel starts to act out as you lay back in the sun?

The truth is, we need to make time to be creative. Creativity only happens when you feel you are in a space conducive to creativity.  In the last 10 years as a publisher, the biggest obstacle that authors complain about is “lack of time” to work on their book.  This is not because the author has not carved the time to work on their book, but because they can not just “turn on” creativity at the assigned time.

I’ve come to the conclusion that we need to block off periods of time to allow creativity to flow.  The results I see when a writer decides to take themselves out of their busy routine life and commit to a writer’s retreat, is amazing. A book may take a year to create when you only write once a week for a few hours. If you write everyday for a week, you could write your book in a week! Does that sound too far fetched? Think about it, you can easily write 2-3 pages in a hour (approx. 1000 words) If you wrote for 6 hours a day, that is 6,000 words a day (approx. a chapter) and in 7 days you have a 42,000 word book.

What do you need to set yourself up for success to achieve this?

  1. Peace and quiet in an environment conducive to creativity with no distractions.
  2. Creative support, feedback and encouragement.
  3. A plan of where you are going with your book – chapter by chapter.

With these three ingredients, that project you’ve been promising yourself for years, will take just a week out of your life. Oh, and you get to enjoy the sun, beach and warm ocean at the same time!

Julie Salisbury is the Founder of Influence Publishing. She offers writer’s retreats in Turks and Caicos where she supports the writer on a daily basis to plan their book project and meet daily writing goals. She also provides daily feedback and review to keep the writer encouraged and motivated. The next retreat is being held April 25th– May 1st . The  cost of attending starts at just $1997 USD for a shared Queen suite. More information can be found at


Write your Book in 40 Days? It is possible!

by Julie Salisbury on January 10, 2017

Make 2017 the year you write, launch and become a Best Seller before the summer!  Really? How many “book coaches” tell you that is possible?  Maybe you have even attended some of those “Write your book in 30 days” webinars?  But did any of them tell you “how”?  Sure, it’s great to be motivated and inspired, but sitting down with pen in hand and actually “writing” is quite another thing!

Here are my top 3 tips “how” to get your first draft complete in 40 days:

Plan what you are going to write and for who. If you do not know who your readers are, what they want to know and what you intend to teach them in your book, how do you know what to write? You need to create a whole writing plan for your book – chapter by chapter.  One way to sort through the chaos is to mind map all your ideas for your book – but keep it centralized around the reader.  What do they want to know from your book?

My book was about my travels around the world for seven years.  I could have just published a travel guide of where I went and what I saw – but what my reader really wanted to know was “How did you do it?”  How did you afford to travel for 7 years? How did you find travelling alone as a woman?  Who did  you meet, what did you see that changed my life and the way you saw the world?

You need to know where you are going with your story and how to get there. Your book needs to flow and have a structure that the reader can follow easily. They want to know, what was your journey like and what did you learn? How can the reader take that information and use it in their life? From your mind map, start to create a plan how you are going to guide the reader through your journey – chapter by chapter – then divide those chapters into writing points.

Make a commitment to write 2-3 pages everyday for 40 days.  Once you know what you are going to write, and why, and for who, you can divide your chapters into daily writing goals. Aim for 1000 words a day. That is about 3 pages.  Think of your daily writing like a blog or a journal. For your first draft keep it real and flowing. Don’t keep re-reading and re-writing.  Your goal is to get your first draft written in 40 days.

Think about it – 1000 words a day equals 40,000 words in 40 days – that is a book!  Now you have the most difficult piece done, pass your work to an expert editor and allow them to put their expert eye on your flow, structure and sentence structure.  Your role is to tell your story – leave the grammar and sentence structure to the experts!

Listen to this series of videos to help you plan and structure your book to set yourself up for success.

Video #1: Overview –
Video #2: Three Day Workshop –
Video #3: Four Week Webinar –
Video #4: Sixteen Week Webinar –

If you are in the Vancouver area?  Claim your complimentary ticket (value $79) for the “How to get your book written and published” hosted by Julie Salisbury on Wednesday January 11th.

If you are not able to attend in person, you can listen to the recording of the last event.


Top 3 Tips to make 2017 the year you write your book

by Julie Salisbury on January 2, 2017

You’ve written your New Year Resolutions and Goals and once again, “Write and Publish my Book” is top of the list.   Why do so many dream of writing a book and yet procrastinate year after year to get started? Simple really, we get in our own way!  We tell ourselves myths like, “My writing and grammar are not good enough to write a book. “This stops us from carving out the time to get started.

Here are my Top 3 Tips to overcome these challenges and make 2017 the year you write and publish that book!

  1. Your job as an author is to tell a good story. It is the editors job to worry about grammar and sentence structure.  If you focus on the technical side of language you will hinder your creativity. I tell my authors to just let the creativity flow and to write from a place of authentic connection with your reader.  Write your story as if you are talking to your best friend and confiding in your inner most feelings and desires.  Your reader wants to connect with you and to do that she needs to feel what you are feeling as you tell your story.  Great story tellers have always connected with their audience by telling their story from an authentic place.  If you are worrying about sentence structure and grammar, your story will be strangled.  Focus on getting the first draft out by letting your writing flow, then seek help from an editor that can help you polish your raw story into a book.
  2. Get organized and focused before you start writing. If you don’t know who you are writing for and why you are writing your story, you have no clear focus on the angle of your story. You need to think about your reader. Who can you best help by sharing your story?  What do they want to know?  What will they learn? It is one thing to let your writing flow with no direction when you are doing creative writing, journaling, or blogging. It is quite another, when you want to tell a story to fill a book.  A book is a minimum of 40,000 words and 200 pages – that takes planning and strategy.  Get focused by asking yourself those questions about your reader and then mind map the answers to start planning your structure. If you don’t do this, your book will end up being a string of conscious thoughts going nowhere.
  3. Find someone to be accountable to. Writing a book takes discipline and creating a new habit to write everyday. If you are serious about writing a book you need to commit to 2-3 pages a day. Create a new habit to write to your plan, every day.  If you write 1000 words a day, that means it will only take you 40 days to write your first draft.  You are not going to do that unless you get organized and focused and remember that a good author is a good story teller. Get help to do this, then make sure you are kept accountable to those writing goals. This can be a friend, writers group or book coach. Do not try and do this alone!

Julie Salisbury is the founder of Influence Publishing and Inspire-A-Book publishing program.  The 16-week program helps you get focused and organized and creates a complete daily writing plan. You are kept accountable to your writing goals on a weekly basis until your first draft is complete.

More info can be found at Listen to the info-talk for more tips on getting organized.


Get REAL with your book!

December 10, 2016

This is what I hope for with all the authors I work with, an authentic connection with their story and their book, which in turn, truly benefits the reader. It is also one of the biggest challenges that many authors have, the willingness to be real, authentic and vulnerable, when sharing their story.  We can […]

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The Launch of Partner Publishing – The NEW Paradigm

November 29, 2016

Influence Publishing/InspireABook
Founder Julie Salisbury Hosts
The TRUTH about Publishing
Join us by the sea to celebrate our new direction, network with Influence published authors and new authors and enjoy some light appetizers and tappa’s (available for purchase from $5) and learn:

What you must know about your rights as an author
The pros and cons of traditional publishing […]

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Live an authentic life and find your true purpose: one woman’s story to finding her true purpose through writing a book

May 19, 2016

InspireABook started 10 years ago on Vancouver Island when Julie Salisbury ended her 7 year journey around the world.  That journey started when she left her cushy product development job in the UK to search for a higher purpose. When landing in Canada and deciding to call this beautiful country home she had one year […]

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Compelling Storytelling for Speakers and Authors

April 14, 2016

Women Speakers Association (WSA) President Gail Watson shared her worst fear about writing her book – a fear that came true! And she shared it live on our WSA Blab!

So many things stop us from taking that first step to share our story. For many writers, their biggest fear is “not being good enough” or […]

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The Top 3 Dangers of Self-Publishing

March 22, 2016

No.1 – A self-published book looks like a “do-it-yourself” job
Even an untrained eye can see the obvious differences between a self-published or vanity press book when next to a professionally trade-published book. When browsing through and buying books, people do judge books by their covers, and this is where self-published books suffer. If the book […]

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The Top 5 Reasons for Writing and Finishing Your Book

December 7, 2015

By Laura L. Bush, Ph.D.
If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
—Toni Morrison, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning author
My advice about why you should write and finish your book is brief. Why? Because I want you to get the benefits of finishing your […]

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Is it worth the time and cost to publish a book with a professional independent publisher?

October 30, 2015

Having a published book – especially a print copy you can visually see – sets you apart in business. It brings a credibility to your work. You are not just a (fill in the right word), you are the author of book on (fill in).  I was at a seminar recently where one very successful […]

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