Today we had some more inspirational authors speak with us. I must be feeling more comfortable today as I didn't notice as many irritants as yesterday. Maybe it was just that it was freezing in the room that took my attention.
Megan Dalla-Camina was the first and she was charismatic. She runs programs/courses for women in leadership. A lot of the women In leadership positions that I experienced in my 30 plus years in the public service had little to no empathy, no emotional intelligence, and certainly didn't inspire people under them to achieve greatness. They are too busy focussing on how they can enhance their own careers, they don't realise they will do that a lot easier if they get their people on board and it is their role to achieve that. You don't have to put others down to make yourself look better. Just think how much better something works when everyone is focused on the same result, understands how all the bits fit together, realise that all parts are important in the overall result and are empowered to look for improvements. The Public Service has so many restrictions placed on it resulting in clunky outdated processes. At times it felt like you needed a committee to determine if you needed a new pen, then another one to research what type of pen that should be, and yet another to determine if you were competent enough to use it. This process would be so long winded that it woul take months to resolve and you would have the naysayers lined up expressing their concerns about who is being consulted, the biased influences and how that all affects the end result. In one area I worked in, you also had to be in the in crowd to even think about a replacement pen. I started buying my own! I digress.
Next we had the mind gardeners, Susan Pearse and Martina Sheehan. Wow! Some time ago Stephen put me onto mind gym, which slowly but surely helped me to change my perspective and how I let things I had no control over affect me. What these ladies preach seems to be similar to that. They have a website and a book Get Wired for Success. Everyone can be happy across all aspects of their lives and be successful.
Then a lovely lady Jess Ainscough, who studied to be a journalist, was an editor with Dolly and had a life changing experience when she was diagnosed with a type of cancer. My understanding of her book Make Peace with your Plate is that it's about sustaining a diet that ensures a healthy mind and body.
Yesterday they asked us what type of book we were wanting to write and most said self help/inspirational or wellness/spiritual, a few poetry, and a few fiction. They have concentrated on the self help and inspirational. The information they are providing is pretty much the same for all types, Hay House mainly publish this type of book. For those of us wanting to write fiction, we will need to self publish or go through another publisher. We probably won't be in the running for the publishing "prize" they are giving away for being at this conference. The four women who spoke today were previous winners and they all seem to be going from strength to strength.
My story, temporarily named Ride the bull was going to be about office bullies, reflecting some of my experiences working in the Public Service. I don't think I can make it a self help book since I didn't handle these bullies very well at all. It would be more of an exposé, except I can't name names or Departments without running into legal issues.
If I took nothing else from this conference I understand that to be in any way successful as a writer/author I need to connect with people. Social media is a great way to do that so I need to find a niche. I also learnt that if you want to go through a publisher you really should make contact with them early so you can get into their schedule. I am pretty sure that they said Hay House already have their schedule for 2015, and if you submit a proposal to them now, outside the competition for the conference attendees, you will probably be looking at a release date in 2017. Self publishing is probably the way to go.