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Every month on the first Monday, I host a free event that is near and dear to my heart, "Monday Night Readings." I love ...
11/30/2021

Every month on the first Monday, I host a free event that is near and dear to my heart, "Monday Night Readings." I love the power of a good story, how it can make you think, make you feel, and ultimately connect communities.

This next Monday Night Reading, December 6th at 7pm ET, features two of my workshop grads, Ida Rose Florez and Liz Long as well as my writing partner and dear friend, Mike Michalowicz. Each of them will share a story from a forthcoming book.

See you then! (Zoom link in comments)

Every month on the first Monday, I host a free event that is near and dear to my heart, "Monday Night Readings." I love the power of a good story, how it can make you think, make you feel, and ultimately connect communities.

This next Monday Night Reading, December 6th at 7pm ET, features two of my workshop grads, Ida Rose Florez and Liz Long as well as my writing partner and dear friend, Mike Michalowicz. Each of them will share a story from a forthcoming book.

See you then! (Zoom link in comments)

Delighted to be moderating this event with several of my wonderful workshop alums, centered on visibility strategies for...
11/15/2021

Delighted to be moderating this event with several of my wonderful workshop alums, centered on visibility strategies for authors and how their books helped them raise their own visibility.

You must register for this free event tonight at 7pm ET. (Link below in comments) See you tonight!

Delighted to be moderating this event with several of my wonderful workshop alums, centered on visibility strategies for authors and how their books helped them raise their own visibility.

You must register for this free event tonight at 7pm ET. (Link below in comments) See you tonight!

11/11/2021

When is it time to write the book you REALLY want to write, the one that speaks to your heart? Now. Right now. Mary Tess Rooney knows this for sure, because that's exactly what she did. She came into Top Three Book Workshop with a book in mind, and when she realized she wanted to write a different book with a very different message, she went for it.

Today, that book is out in the world. HEART VALUE: Feel Appreciated in Ways That Matter and Discover Your True Stride is for people who feel undervalued and overlooked and are looking for recognition and advancement. That path, though, often leads to success you don't actually want.

HEART VALUE empowers you to honor your truth as you make choices and take actions to elevate your value, relationships, fulfillment and joy.

Happy Book Birthday, Mary Tess! You did it!

(Link to get your copy in the comments.)

Our six a.m. sprint group is dedicated!This reminds me--have you signed up for the Writing Sprint Marathon this Saturday...
11/09/2021

Our six a.m. sprint group is dedicated!

This reminds me--have you signed up for the Writing Sprint Marathon this Saturday? It's a fun, free event I host three times a year. We get a ton of writing done, I answer questions about writing and publishing, and we give out prizes. (Registration link in the comments.)

Our six a.m. sprint group is dedicated!

This reminds me--have you signed up for the Writing Sprint Marathon this Saturday? It's a fun, free event I host three times a year. We get a ton of writing done, I answer questions about writing and publishing, and we give out prizes. (Registration link in the comments.)

11/02/2021

We have another book birthday here at Top Three Book Workshop. Today, Susan M Barber's brilliant book, THE VISIBILITY FACTOR is out in the world and already changing lives.

A book that PUBLISHERS WEEKLY called "A clear-eyed, persuasive, and encouraging guide to standing out for the better as a leader within a company," this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to move up at work but struggles with how to stand out in an authentic way.

So thrilled for you, Sue. Happy Book Birthday!

Link to get your own copies in the comments.

Mark your calendars! November 13th, 2021 is the return of my ALL-DAY WRITING SPRINT MARATHON, a free event on Zoom where...
10/18/2021

Mark your calendars! November 13th, 2021 is the return of my ALL-DAY WRITING SPRINT MARATHON, a free event on Zoom where you can write alongside me, my students, some published authors, and some first-time writers! Writing is a lonely endeavor without community. Join in with our supportive group and see just how much you can accomplish. We have breaks and Q&As scheduled, so be sure to register to get the unique Zoom location, the schedule and some writing prompts. Registration link in comments!

Mark your calendars! November 13th, 2021 is the return of my ALL-DAY WRITING SPRINT MARATHON, a free event on Zoom where you can write alongside me, my students, some published authors, and some first-time writers! Writing is a lonely endeavor without community. Join in with our supportive group and see just how much you can accomplish. We have breaks and Q&As scheduled, so be sure to register to get the unique Zoom location, the schedule and some writing prompts. Registration link in comments!

How many books do you want to sell? What is your goal?I got another wild hair, this time about how authors set themselve...
10/08/2021
I got a wild hair about marketing books...

How many books do you want to sell? What is your goal?

I got another wild hair, this time about how authors set themselves up for disappointment when they decide they're okay with "not making money off book sales." This is the first domino to fall in a sequence that only leads to heartbreak.

https://youtu.be/Ah069-C1kFI

Why go through the trouble of crafting an amazing book and then [trombone noise] the marketing?In my 14-week workshop, I'll teach you everything you need to ...

What a day!GET DIFFERENT is a Wall Street Journal bestseller!
10/01/2021

What a day!

GET DIFFERENT is a Wall Street Journal bestseller!

What a day!

GET DIFFERENT is a Wall Street Journal bestseller!

Our summer hiatus is over. Monday Night Readings are back!Fiction authors don't have a lock on storytelling. Nonfiction ...
09/27/2021

Our summer hiatus is over. Monday Night Readings are back!

Fiction authors don't have a lock on storytelling. Nonfiction authors write great stories, too!

Monday Night Readings showcase stories from upcoming books written by Top Three Book Workshop alums. On Monday, October 4th join us for readings by:

Linda Ugelow, author of DELIGHT IN THE LIMELIGHT
David Richter, author of PROFIT FIRST FOR REAL ESTATE INVESTORS
Lisa Hufford, author of WORK YOUR WAY

This is a free event, open to the public, and you don't have to register. Simply click on the link provided in the comments.

Our summer hiatus is over. Monday Night Readings are back!

Fiction authors don't have a lock on storytelling. Nonfiction authors write great stories, too!

Monday Night Readings showcase stories from upcoming books written by Top Three Book Workshop alums. On Monday, October 4th join us for readings by:

Linda Ugelow, author of DELIGHT IN THE LIMELIGHT
David Richter, author of PROFIT FIRST FOR REAL ESTATE INVESTORS
Lisa Hufford, author of WORK YOUR WAY

This is a free event, open to the public, and you don't have to register. Simply click on the link provided in the comments.

Penguin-Random House Isn’t Marketing the Book this Way, But I AmMaybe you heard the news—Mike Michalowicz and I just rel...
09/24/2021
Get Different

Penguin-Random House Isn’t Marketing the Book this Way, But I Am

Maybe you heard the news—Mike Michalowicz and I just released our eighth book, GET DIFFERENT: MARKETING THAT CAN’T BE IGNORED!

Eight books. I love all of them. Up until this release, my favorite book was PROFIT FIRST. Now, though, I have a new fave.

GET DIFFERENT is now #1 on my list of books I co-wrote with Mike for two reasons:

1. This is Mike’s marketing genius in a book. For years, he’s been asked to share hacks, his wild ideas, and his research with business owners—and even with our publisher, Penguin-Random House. They are still mystified how he sells so many books long after their pub date. This book is like getting an inside view on his brain.

2. For this book, Mike didn’t just use stories from his entrepreneurial journey. He also included examples from his life as an author. From the business of authorship. Inside its pages you’ll find story after story about how he sold “all of those books.” And you’ll see him use his GET DIFFERENT methods to work out how to sell even more books.

I’m partial to authors, as you know. And this is the first of our books that is 100% applicable to your needs as an author. Penguin isn’t marketing it as a book for authors, but I know it’s your secret weapon. Every year, an average of one million books are published. How are you going to stand out? How are going to reach your readers with your important message?

GET DIFFERENT will show you how. This is next-level stuff. This is so out-of-the-box, there is no box.

If you buy this weekend, you can get terrific BONUSES that will help you learn how to market your business, your product, your service, your BOOK in a way that commands attention, attracts the right people, and inspires them to take action.

https://gogetdifferent.com/multi/

I hope you’ll pick up a copy today. And let us know how you do, okay? We love hearing from you.

Onward!

My favorite author in the entire world @MikeMichalowicz just released his new book Get Different https://gogetdifferent.com

09/21/2021

Another Top Three Book Workshop Book Birthday! Linda Ugelow's book, DELIGHT IN THE LIMELIGHT: OVERCOME YOUR FEAR OF BEING SEEN AND REALIZE YOUR DREAMS is out today!

If you wan to grow--in your business, as a speaker or coach, or simply as a person--and you are afraid to be seen, this is the book you've been waiting for.

From the beginning of her journey, Linda has been committed to writing the best book possible and to provide a legit transformation for your readers. She has been thoughtful in her approach to writing and editing this book, testing core concepts again and again to ensure they are simple and doable. I have been so impressed with her commitment to her reader--and all of her efforts have paid off.

Happy Book Birthday, Linda! Congratulations!

Link to purchase in the comments.

#topthreebookworkshop #authorship #delightinthelimelight

09/20/2021

A belated Happy Book Birthday to Top Three Book Workshop alum, Don Khouri, author of the newly released book, WHEN TO SAY YES: 5 STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR TIME.

I'd hoped to do this unboxing last week, but I chose to "say yes" to dealing with some family health issues. Through his insightful, well-researched, game-changer of a book, he taught me a simple process to protect my time so I can focus on what matters most--and take care of who matters most.

I'm so proud of you, Don! Congrats!

Click on the link in the comments to get your copy today.

#topthreebookworkshop #authorcollective @whentosayyes @authorship

Here's what I found in my inbox this fine Monday morning:Three completed and edited manuscripts from Top Three Book Work...
08/30/2021

Here's what I found in my inbox this fine Monday morning:

Three completed and edited manuscripts from Top Three Book Workshop alums for my review. Not just any manuscripts--GOOD manuscripts. Manuscripts that will soon be must-read books. Two, I expected. One was a surprise.

This fall, five of my students have book releases. Four more will turn in manuscripts to their publishers. A few more are on track to finish their second drafts. Others will finish their first draft. A couple of them will start their agent submission process.

More important than these numbers: the quality of their work. My students care about their reader. In Workshop, they learned how to craft a truly transformational book, and then they do just that.

Top Three Book Workshop starts September 13th. I accept 15 students and I have five open slots. I'd love to see YOUR manuscript in my inbox later this year. See comments for links.

Here's what I found in my inbox this fine Monday morning:

Three completed and edited manuscripts from Top Three Book Workshop alums for my review. Not just any manuscripts--GOOD manuscripts. Manuscripts that will soon be must-read books. Two, I expected. One was a surprise.

This fall, five of my students have book releases. Four more will turn in manuscripts to their publishers. A few more are on track to finish their second drafts. Others will finish their first draft. A couple of them will start their agent submission process.

More important than these numbers: the quality of their work. My students care about their reader. In Workshop, they learned how to craft a truly transformational book, and then they do just that.

Top Three Book Workshop starts September 13th. I accept 15 students and I have five open slots. I'd love to see YOUR manuscript in my inbox later this year. See comments for links.

08/03/2021

Coming to you live from a cabin in Lake Superior, here's my Happy Book Birthday video for Lisa Hufford. Her book, WORK YOUR WAY (HarperCollins) is out today.

Lisa came into Top Three Book Workshop with a goal to write a truly transformational book and she knocked it out of the park. She pushed herself to write better stories, to go beyond the stellar practical advice she is known for, and deliver on her promise to readers. I'm so proud of you, Lisa. Congratulations on this major accomplishment!

Link to order in the comments.

07/19/2021

It's Kasey Compton's Book Birthday! Her game-changer of a book, FIX THIS NEXT FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS is available today!

Kasey is a model author--she dedicated herself to writing a truly transformational, must-read book. And she delivered. You have not read a business book like this. Her voice is truly unique and her practical approach to running a successful health care practice is powerful and doable.

Happy Book Birthday, Kasey!

(Link to get your own copy in comments.)

I get all choked up.Witnessing my Top Three Book Workshop authors learn how to write a truly transformational book, gain...
06/28/2021
Winter 2021 Cohort on T3BW Experience

I get all choked up.

Witnessing my Top Three Book Workshop authors learn how to write a truly transformational book, gain confidence and knowledge, and become the type of author they never thought possible brings me so much joy.

Here's a video highlighting the experiences of some of my Winter 2021 alums.

Remember, if you sign up for the Fall 2021 class, you'll get my Test Drive Your Content Course for free, as well as a recording of my StoryFinder Mastercraft class, where I teach you how to interview people to get great stories for your book. AND, if you pay in full by June 30th, you'll get three additional 1:1 sessions with me, which you can use over the summer to get a head start on your book.

https://youtu.be/hOU6lYnAKU4

Our Winter cohort speaks to their experience in the Top Three Book Workshop.Featured grads: Tricia Trimm, Carole Mahoney, Gena Cox, Michelle Bournstein, Kati...

It's Writing Sprint Marathon time! This Saturday, I'm hosting one of my deep-work writing sessions. This event is a fave...
06/14/2021

It's Writing Sprint Marathon time! This Saturday, I'm hosting one of my deep-work writing sessions. This event is a fave of my students and colleagues. It's also free and open to the public. If you want to knock out a writing project AND get answers to your questions about writing, editing, and publishing, come on down!

Saturday, June 19th
8:45am-4:00pm
Come for part or all of the event.
Win prizes!

Registration link in the comments.

It's Writing Sprint Marathon time! This Saturday, I'm hosting one of my deep-work writing sessions. This event is a fave of my students and colleagues. It's also free and open to the public. If you want to knock out a writing project AND get answers to your questions about writing, editing, and publishing, come on down!

Saturday, June 19th
8:45am-4:00pm
Come for part or all of the event.
Win prizes!

Registration link in the comments.

This month, Monday Night Readings is all about the guys. Please join us for our free reading of excerpts from new and fo...
06/02/2021

This month, Monday Night Readings is all about the guys. Please join us for our free reading of excerpts from new and forthcoming books from Joey Masiuk, Damon Yudichak, and Jeffrey Shaw. Wait until you hear their stories!

Monday, June 7th
7-8pm on Zoom

This event is free and open to the public--and so much fun! You don't have to register. Just click the link below.

This month, Monday Night Readings is all about the guys. Please join us for our free reading of excerpts from new and forthcoming books from Joey Masiuk, Damon Yudichak, and Jeffrey Shaw. Wait until you hear their stories!

Monday, June 7th
7-8pm on Zoom

This event is free and open to the public--and so much fun! You don't have to register. Just click the link below.

First round of edits, check.
06/01/2021

First round of edits, check.

First round of edits, check.

Heads up authors and aspiring authors…If you have considered joining Top Three Book Workshop, now is the time to sign up...
05/26/2021

Heads up authors and aspiring authors…

If you have considered joining Top Three Book Workshop, now is the time to sign up. I'm planning two big changes in 2022, and my Fall 2021 session will be the last time I offer the workshop at the current price.

My Top Three Book Workshop students and alums are having an amazing year so far, hard evidence that dedication to craft pays dividends. Here’s just a sample of their accomplishments:

Susanne Mariga, CPA not only received an excellent review from Kirkus, the toughest trade reviewer on the planet, Publishers Weekly also highlighted her book an Editor’s Pick.

Mike Ciavolino, and his book and podcast were featured in USA Today—and it doesn’t even have a release date yet.

Another alum is weighing which of the three notable agents pounding at her door she’ll choose to work with for her book. (I’ll leave her name out until she decides.)

So I can dedicate time to support my thriving alum community, I’ve decided to do two workshops next year, not three. In 2022 I will accept 30 new students in two workshops. After four years and many no-charge add-ons to the workshop, it's also time for a price increase, which will take effect in 2022.

As my students and the alums can testify, the author collective that has formed around the workshop is as valuable as the training they receive. We support, uplift, and encourage each other on this often-lonely journey to authorship. I give alums lifetime access to trainings and class, and even have alum-centric events to address their growing needs as published authors.

If you’d like to take the workshop and reap lifetime benefits in our author community at the current rate, I do have eleven open slots for fall.

And, if you pay in full by the end of June, you’ll get three one-on-ones with me—one in June, one in July, and one in August—to help you get a head start on your book over the summer.

You will also be given access to my video series Test Drive Your Content and my Mastercraft class, Story Finder: Interview and Craft Impactful Stories. Both of these mini courses will help you hit the ground running when class starts on September 13th.

The world deserves better books. I would love to show you how to write your must-read, a book that becomes a reader’s top three. Schedule a call with me to see if the workshop is the right fit.

Note: This pic is from one of our in-person Developmental Editing Retreats, pre-pandemic. These retreats are for alums only, one of the benefits of joining the workshop. And we're back with in-person retreats this year!

Heads up authors and aspiring authors…

If you have considered joining Top Three Book Workshop, now is the time to sign up. I'm planning two big changes in 2022, and my Fall 2021 session will be the last time I offer the workshop at the current price.

My Top Three Book Workshop students and alums are having an amazing year so far, hard evidence that dedication to craft pays dividends. Here’s just a sample of their accomplishments:

Susanne Mariga, CPA not only received an excellent review from Kirkus, the toughest trade reviewer on the planet, Publishers Weekly also highlighted her book an Editor’s Pick.

Mike Ciavolino, and his book and podcast were featured in USA Today—and it doesn’t even have a release date yet.

Another alum is weighing which of the three notable agents pounding at her door she’ll choose to work with for her book. (I’ll leave her name out until she decides.)

So I can dedicate time to support my thriving alum community, I’ve decided to do two workshops next year, not three. In 2022 I will accept 30 new students in two workshops. After four years and many no-charge add-ons to the workshop, it's also time for a price increase, which will take effect in 2022.

As my students and the alums can testify, the author collective that has formed around the workshop is as valuable as the training they receive. We support, uplift, and encourage each other on this often-lonely journey to authorship. I give alums lifetime access to trainings and class, and even have alum-centric events to address their growing needs as published authors.

If you’d like to take the workshop and reap lifetime benefits in our author community at the current rate, I do have eleven open slots for fall.

And, if you pay in full by the end of June, you’ll get three one-on-ones with me—one in June, one in July, and one in August—to help you get a head start on your book over the summer.

You will also be given access to my video series Test Drive Your Content and my Mastercraft class, Story Finder: Interview and Craft Impactful Stories. Both of these mini courses will help you hit the ground running when class starts on September 13th.

The world deserves better books. I would love to show you how to write your must-read, a book that becomes a reader’s top three. Schedule a call with me to see if the workshop is the right fit.

Note: This pic is from one of our in-person Developmental Editing Retreats, pre-pandemic. These retreats are for alums only, one of the benefits of joining the workshop. And we're back with in-person retreats this year!

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I’m at the office watching an “interviewing masterclass” as I’m gearing up for a book writing workshop with AJ Harper. 📕 Even though I’ve had countless friends and colleagues tell me how excited they are that I’m starting this project and have even been told they wish the book already existed…the closer I get to having to put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard) the more intimidated I feel. 📕 I know the term others throw around for this phenomenon - #impostersyndrome - and I suppose it is that at its core. Mainly, I just want to help others avoid the mistakes and burnout I faced. I want readers to experience the highs, without the lows. Although, as I’m have been reminded today, we rarely make a change unless there is a pivotal moment where we just want to drown our sorrows with chips, salsa and a margarita or two. 📕 What’s a time in your life where you had a super low moment but it actually turned into something better than expected? When did you have a pivotal change in your personal or professional life? What or who helped you the most to work through it?
What was the last book you read that changed your life? Wouldn't it be amazing to write a book like that? Lots of people would love to write a book but the truth is not everyone will do it. If writing a book has always been on your bucket list, listen up...Joining me is AJ Harper who is a publishing strategist, author and writing partner to business author, Mike Michalowicz. We're going to talk all about: - How to write a book that changes people's lives - How to navigate the publishing industry - And more! For more on how to organize yourself and put "write book" on your to-do list - check out my List-Making Starter Kit at http://www.paularizzo.com/lists #author #books #insidescoopwithpaularizzo
What was the last book you read that changed your life? Wouldn't it be amazing to write a book like that? Lots of people would love to write a book but the truth is not everyone will do it. If writing a book has always been on your bucket list, listen up...Joining me is AJ Harper who is a publishing strategist, author and writing partner to business author, Mike Michalowicz. We're going to talk all about: - How to write a book that changes people's lives - How to navigate the publishing industry - And more! For more on how to organize yourself and put "write book" on your to-do list - check out my List-Making Starter Kit at http://www.paularizzo.com/lists #author #books #insidescoopwithpaularizzo
Anyone with a vision of writing a book knows how hard it can be to turn that dream into a reality—which is why any aspiring writer needs someone like AJ Harper by their side. We are so thrilled to be working with AJ on her fall 2021 release, Write a Must-Read, in which she’ll share the method she developed and used for more than a decade to ghostwrite and edit bestselling books. We sat down with AJ to chat about the book, as well as her sources of inspiration in literature and life. 🌷 http://ow.ly/pHk350E6AK7 #writeamustread #amwriting #creativity #writerslife #writingadvice
New year, new book! Whether you're at the brainstorming or editing stage of writing your manuscript, you won't want to miss this FREE webinar with publishing expert AJ Harper. To learn more or to register, click here: http://ow.ly/JCbp50CYvsy
Today marks 100 days before the book launch! Pre-Order the book now, join my email list and follow me on social media for special bonus announcements! Shout out to AJ Harper Laura Stone Mike Michalowicz, and my team Dan, Amber, Nadia Oxana and Kristina
In today's edition of "my Summer Camp presenters are so incredible I have to pinch myself"... I'm talking with editor and publishing strategist AJ Harper, innovation consultant and speaker Susan Robertson, speaker, leadership coach and advocate Indrani Goradia, and Mom is in Control podcast host, mental health advocate and inspirational speaker Heather Chauvin. With this many powerhouse women joining forces, who knows what all we'll talk about - you won't want to miss these campfire chats!
Have you been contemplating writing a book and need direction on where to start? You’ve had a book in you, begging to be written into reality, yet you have no clue how to make it happen. If that sounds like you, then this live stream replay is calling your name! We answered questions you didn’t even know you wanted to ask! 🤩 Are you ready to conquer your fear of failure and get your book published?? If the answer is YES, then please comment below with your biggest fear and let's alleviate it now!👇👇 Here's a quick summary of the highlights from this epic live stream: 💣 Mike Michalowicz shared incredible tips on how he became a global speaker AND bestselling author 💣 AJ Harper shared her in-depth knowledge of navigating the publishing world and creating impactful content that will have your readers BEGGING for more! 👉👉 The best part is, we're NOT FINISHED. If you enjoyed this video, you'll definitely want to be LIVE at the next event scheduled for this Thursday, November 7th, 2019 at 4pm EST. More details on this event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/326738138193584/ Let's make your dreams of becoming a bestselling author a reality! See you on Thursday!
A quick reminder--Mike Michalowicz and I are sharing our behind-the-scenes writing and editing strategies in a free webinar today at 6:30pm EDT. We will reveal our process--from development to publication, and we'll have time for Q&A. Click the link to sign up. Hope to see you there!
Even though I'm on vacation, I'm still so excited about this upcoming webinar Mike and I are hosting next Monday at 6:30pm. I hope you'll join us! Click on the link to register, where you'll be sent the login for our FREE webinar. If you ever wanted to learn how to go from brainstorm to best-seller, how to get your readers engaged from the start, and more importantly, what's the next book, you won't want to miss this!
Hey, friends! This year, I launched Top Three Book Workshop, a comprehensive live course for authors who want to write a book that truly changes lives--including their own. I love this work so much, and I love my students more than I can express. Here's Tina Martin Forsyth sharing her experience. Top Three Book Workshop starts again again the week of January 22nd. I've added new classes about editing, and building two special 90-minute classes with Mike Michalowicz on marketing, and building a business around your book. I've also added weekly one-on-one sessions with me, for the duration of the course. The class is limited to 25, and I have 16 slots available. I'll be sharing more about the class over the coming weeks, but if you secure your slot before December 15th, you'll get two additional one-on-one sessions with me before class starts. Everything you need to know about the class can be found here: https://ajharper.com/top-three-book-workshop/ On that page, you can also schedule a call with me to learn more, and determine if the workshop would be a good fit for you. As I tell my students, onward! -AJ Harper