Friday, January 28, 2011

Start With A Book Summary

One of the most challenging things for a writer? Getting started writing their book.

Often times a writer may have one main idea for their work, but a hundred ideas on how to write it. So getting to the point of putting pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard) can often feel overwhelming.

Probably one of the most useful exercises we have found to help authors write those first two chapters of their work is to write a basic summary of their book. Since all writings start with the basics (tense, person, genre, type, form, etc), we've found this basic template to be pretty useful (hey, simple is best):
    [Title] is a [tense][person][genre/type] about [summary]. This work is written to [intention].
Here's an example summary from one of our Author's books, "Over Coffee," by D.a. Thompson:
    "Over Coffee" is a past-tense, first-person narrative-fiction about a coffee-house conversation between the author and a small-town pastor concerning a gay church member who desires to be partnered in the church. This work is written to introduce the reader to a conservative, faith-based dialogue for providing room on the pew in today’s most conservative churches for gay partnered persons.
The point of writing the summary is to establish the construct, form, and structure. It's amazing to see how much easier the task of writing becomes, once these simple elements are laid. Well... easier may be an exageration. There's still the actual book to finish writing. (insert smiley face)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

BlueHead Signs Author, Shelley Hayes.

BlueHead Publishing is proud to announce the signing of author Shelley Hayes, and her book

As a professional leadership & life coach, author Shelley Hayes has witnessed powerful transformations in individuals taught to change their thinking and reframe past messages of limitations. Such lessons are especially effective when experienced at a young age.

A mother of two active boys, Shelley recognizes first-hand the limiting and often damaging effects of coaches/instructors who flippantly use derogatory verbiage to motivate. Hayes’ book, YOU THROW LIKE A GIRL is a middle-grade, picture-book narrative written with the intent of shedding light on the power of words and perception. Infused with thought-provoking dialog and equally compelling illustrations, YOU THROW LIKE A GIRL demonstrates the positive effects of embracing who you are.

Hayes’ book, and her own compassionate work, inspires children, as well as caring adults who also believe in equality and in positively motivating young people. In a fun story about neighborhood friends, Hayes offers a sweet story that invites the reader to embrace gender and self-expression with pride and a true sense of equality.

Shelley Hayes holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and Management as well as a Bachelors degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. She is a Certified Professional Coach and received certification from the International Coach Academy.

YOU THROW LIKE A GIRL will be released mid-June 2011 due to BlueHead Publishing’s unique 6-month book-to-market trajectory.

For more information, go to:

Press Contact: Jenée Arthur