The Soulful Book Sessions

Do you know the best way for you to make a permanent and lasting difference in the lives of thousands, maybe even millions of people?

Here’s what I think it is…. a book – YOUR BOOK! Write a Book. Change Someone's Life

Think about it. What brought you to coaching? What led you to the source of your own healing? I’m going to bet at least one book played a big role. For me the first book that really shifted my world was Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love. From Marianne I found Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Caroline Myss, Iyanla, Martha Beck, Brooke Castillo, Byron Katie, and so many others. I am so grateful to the authors who fought there “who am I to write this book” lizards and showed up to write a book that made me a better, happier, more fulfilled person. Did a book play a role in your career, relationship, or personal happiness? Has a book changed your life?


There is nothing more amazing than the feeling of holding your book in your hands. So why is it that most people who want to write a book fail to complete it?

  • So many good ideas and not enough time to execute them all
  • Fear of being exposed as a hack thinker or writer
  • Inability to marry the required creative (right brain) parts of being an author with the practical but necessary (left brain) organizational aspects.

That’s where I come in. I help coaches implement their brilliance so they can change the world with their words.

This program honors your gut instincts, desires, and creativity about writing what you’re passion about while offering you a systematic approach to getting it all laid out and getting you that much closer to having your book in your hot little hands.

I know you can stay true to your most creative, intuitive self AND still have an organized, systematic approach to researching, writing, and publishing your book. When you do, your book is more likely to get finished and make a big impact in the world. Plus you’ll:

  • Feel confident that you can start AND finish this project.
  • Know your book will change lives and leave a legacy of all your hard-won lessons.
  • Connect on a deep level with the book you’re meant to write and the readers who are meant to read it.

Here’s what some of my students have said about this program:

“I had a book swirling in my head for so many years. Every time I tried to attempt writing one, I’d wind up frustrated, not clear on who would ever read this book, and it’d wind up tossed aside in one of my piles of spiral bound notebooks. Out of the blue, Angela offered me this class and it was a do or die, last minute, take the class in a group format or miss out feeling I had. I plunged and took the class, not knowing what to expect.

In just the first class, my book took form in reality that I never thought possible. By the end of the class, the book’s message changed and I felt more aligned with the vision for the message that I want to share with the world, the target audience, and I have an outline that is like a map… I know exactly where I’m at at all times when I’m working on putting the book together and writing. I feel that this book is already here as I’m bringing it to life now.”

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“Angela’s class is worth way more than she’s charging. She gets you deep into yourself to believe you can write that book, then helps you take those “turtle steps” to get ideas out of your head and heart and into print. She really makes you believe you can do this thing!!!”

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“I highly recommend The Soulful Book Sessions if you want to write a self-help, how-to or memoir book. I now have a plan and a process, where before the class I had nothing and got stuck every time I sat down to write. Thanks to Angela and her process, I now have several books planned and feel I’m meant to write them, should write them, and CAN write them. I don’t feel intimidated by the process anymore, or have the “who am I to write this book” thought stopping me. Thank you!”

 

My personal mission is to work with coaches who write self-help, memoir, and how-to books that touch 1,000,000 lives this year and to reach that goal, I need you. I seriously believe if you found this page it’s because you have something powerful to teach the world. I know I can help you get your book out of your head and into your hands. Which is why I am so excited to invite you to join The Soulful Book Sessions.


What are The Soulful Book Sessions? Book Writing calendarThe Soulful Book Sessions are a 6-week teleclass, delivered live during the (Northern Hemisphere) Summer of 2012.

In these sessions you will learn how to defeat the blank page by creating a book idea to reach your ideal client and then use tools to get organized and stay on track to complete your book. We’ll work together to help you find your voice. Develop your ideas. And get your book published so the world can see it. You never know… maybe one person—or maybe a million people—could be changed by your words. The world needs your inspiration.

Sessions meet on Thursdays, July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, Aug 2nd, Aug 9th, and Aug 16th from 12:30 – 1:45pm Eastern/9:30-10:45am Pacific.

Sessions will be delivered via 6 live webinars. All calls will be recorded and available the next day, if you happen to miss the live sessions.

Depending on which level of commitment you make, the sessions may also include 1 or 4 private one-on-one sessions with me to fuel your book journey.


Who are The Soulful Book Sessions for?

  • Book Writing MatchLife Coaches, Healers, and Magicians who KNOW they need to write a book.
  • Consultants with a burning desire to use what they have learned to change the world.
  • Anyone who aspires to be a New York Times Best Seller or a TED Talk presenter.
  • Soulful Solopreneurs who want to
    • Build their business and get more clients
    • Increase your credibility
    • Get “earned media” and free publicity
    • More easily book speaking engagements
    • Gain instant recognition as an expert
    • Develop a differentiation from others so it’s easier for your people to find you
    • Create a good reason to increase your rates and fees

Course Outline: Week One: July 12 – Getting to Know Your Ideal ReaderGreat books speak directly to the reader and are written as if the author is speaking directly to you. One technique to make your book irresistible, is to write the book for one person. In this session, you will learn:

  • How to write a book that people can’t put down
  • How to write your book to one person but make it apply to a wide audience. At the same time!
  • How to “call in” your readers and know for sure, in your heart, your book is going to help people

Week Two: July 19 – Building Content for Your Book (with ease and fun)Some authors have lots of ideas for their books and it’s hard to know what to include and what to leave out. The problem is they are trying to make decisions like an English teacher instead of a Soul Whisperer. In this session, you will tap into your deepest truths to find the write content for your book. We’ll work on:

  • How to create a formal or informal ritual for quickly connecting with your book when you have time to work on it
  • How to build content for your book without much effort and ensuring the content will meet the needs of your ideal reader
  • How to identify and tell a stories that will drive your points home
  • How and find stats and academic data to include and know when to use it effectively and when your reader will glaze over

Week Three: July 26 – Cooking Up Your Secret SauceWhat will set your book apart and make you the world’s greatest expert on a topic? In this session, you will learn how to cook up your super secret special sauce.

  • What makes a book stand out in the crowd
  • How to leverage your past, present and future writing time
  • 3 small tweeks that prevent anyone from competing with you

Week Four: August 2 – Benefits BonanzaMost people are naturally wired to describe features. Here’s what my book is about, here’s what it includes, here’s why I wrote it, here are my credentials…. But learning to speak in benefits is one of the central keys to getting your soulful manuscript into the world. In this session, you will learn:

  • How to get into the conversation already going in your ideal reader’s head
  • How to turn the features of your book into benefits – without rewrites or rework
  • Tips for using your benefits to land a publishing deal and/or craft killer back cover/inside flap copy

Week Five: August 9 – The UNoutlineFew words strike more fear in the hearts of writers than the word “outline”. In this session, you’ll watch your outline write itself. It’s so easy, I call it an UNoutline. You’ll see:

  • How to use an UNoutline to make the completion of your book inevitable
  • Why people hate outlines and how an UNoutline flips the model on its head
  • When to cling to structures and how to know if it’s time to let it go

Session Six: August 16 – Rituals for WritersI grew up Catholic and that experience taught me to love rituals. Rituals can make the important holy and can take an idea (even a crazy one like, oh, I don’t know, let’s pretend this cracker is the actual body of Christ) into a reality. In this session we leverage a few thousand years of history and turn the spilled blood of sacrifice into a platform for success. In this session you will:

  • Find the spiritual center of your project (atheists and agnostics welcome)
  • Create empowering rituals to move your book from an idea to a reality
  • Learn how to tame your monkey mind and find your genius hour for writing your Soulful Book.


Bonus: The “Hey! That’s a Great Idea!” Book Challenge

Win the Great Idea Book Challenge

All Soulful Book students are invited to participate in the “Hey! That’s a Great Idea!” Book Challenge. Participants will need to submit a brief (5-minute) video presentation to the class FB group with your Book Idea.

  • All current and prior students who are members of the class FB group will be invited to review the videos and VOTE.
  • The winner will receive a publishing contract with Journey Grrrl Publishing, a $1,000 credit with Journey Grrrl, a copy of The Media School for Coaches, and a copy of my forthcoming book: “If I’m So Smart, Why Can’t I Write a Book?
  • All participants will get a surprise gift just for submitting their video.


Connect with Classmates and Meet Your Predestined Book BuddyBook Writing Buddy

In addition to our private Facebook group where you can connect with current and former students, share ideas, ask questions and request feedback; you will be assigned a book buddy who was predestined to help you make your book dream a reality.


Why trust me with your “baby”?

Angela Lauria, Book DoulaI have been helping to birth books since (OMG I’m old) 1994!

The first book I worked on was with my mentor and first employer, New York Times bestselling author David Wise. Since then I have researched; written; edited; fact checked; and/or published 67 books. And I’ve loved every moment of it! (Well, maybe not every moment… but most of them!)

I have Bachelors and Masters in Journalism from The George Washington University. And in 2004, I received a PhD (magna cum laude, I might add!)in Communications from the European Graduate School. (Feel free to call me “Dr. Lauria” – LOL.) My dissertation “From Medea to Media: Live Performance as a Vehicle for Social Change” was published by ATRPOS PRESS as part of the Think Media Philosophy Series.

In 2009, I was certified as a Life Coach from International Institute of Coaching Studies (IICS). In 2011, the IICS named me their Empowerment Coach of the Year.

Most importantly, I love coaches and I love books! I own and treasure over 5,000 books. They are separated by genre and sorted alphabetically. I have read every book I own – it doesn’t go on the shelf until I’ve read it. At some point in the last couple years I realized that alone was an accomplishment worth celebrating. I have taken my “expert reader” status and used it to create a system for writing a book that deeply connects with readers.

I have been lucky enough to be coached by some of the best including Brooke Castillo, Martha Beck, Koelle Simpson, Diane Hunter, Byron Katie, Jeanette Maw, Judy Klipin, Michele Woodward, Anna Kunnecke, Melani Marx, Susan Hyatt, Bridgette Boudreau, Jane Bernard, Gretchen Pisano, Lisa Cavallaro, Alissa Gauger, Cindy Roman, Jeanette Eleff, Alina Frank, and Barbara Kenyon. Their work inspires and influences me.

My mission is to work on soulful, inspiring, positive books that touch 100,000,000 lives… (one hundred million lives!) in my life time.

Most books only sell 250 copies. But books I have worked on with coaches are averaging closer to 5,000 copies and are still selling! Teaching you how to write an amazing book that sells thousands of copies and changes lives is at the core of my mission.

Here are some of my favorite things forthcoming authors have said about me:

Angela makes you believe you can do it. That it is just a process, and anyone with a good idea can get through it.”

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“Love the way Angela naturally spill out the wealth of information she has in her head. It seems relaxed and informal, which relaxes me and helps in my own creative process. While being relaxed, she holds the space professionally.”

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“I loved it. Angela is joyful, encouraging, and knowledgeable. It met more than my expectations. I came to the class open to whatever it, Angela, and the universe had to offer. It was spectacular and it kept me more engaged in my book and the developmental process.”

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“Angela changed the way I feel about my book in a more loving way and gentle way. She validated me, my work, experience, and a gift that I seem to have that I did not realize was a gift at all. She acknowledged that I indeed could help others and that they could benefit greatly by it. In addition, I feel gentler with myself and at peace with my process of writing the book and that it will be completed in a quality manner.”

 

The Soulful Book Sessions Firecracker Package Book Writing Firecracker

When you sign up as a Firecracker, you’ll get:

  • 6 live workshop-style sessions where you will learn how to select a book idea and structure it so you are 100% ready to start writing your book. Each session is 75 minutes and will include recordings and homework
  • An invitation to participate in the “Hey! That’s a Great Idea” Book challenge, with a grand prize publishing contract with Journey Grrrl Publishing, a $1,000 credit with Journey Grrrl, a copy of The Media School for Coaches, and a copy of my forthcoming book: “If I’m So Smart, Why Can’t I Write a Book?
  • Participation in Private Group on Facebook with feedback from Angela, your personal book buddy, and classmates
  • The information you need to decide whether to self-publish or create a proposal to try to get an agent and/or publisher
  • A personal email consultation when your manuscript is complete
  • Free marketing of your book in the Journey Grrrl Publishing digital library

Commitment: $97


Sign up here:

Enrollment closes on Wednesday, July 11.


The Soulful Book Sessions Sparkler Package (Enrollment Limited)

Book Writing Sparkler

When you sign up as a Sparkler, you’ll get:

  • 6 live workshop-style sessions where you will learn how to select a book idea and structure it so you are 100% ready to start writing your book. Each session is 75 minutes and will include recordings and homework
  • An invitation to participate in the “Hey! That’s a Great Idea” Book challenge, with a grand prize publishing contract with Journey Grrrl Publishing, a $1,000 credit with Journey Grrrl, a copy of The Media School for Coaches, and a copy of my forthcoming book: “If I’m So Smart, Why Can’t I Write a Book?
  • Participation in Private Group on Facebook with feedback from Angela, your personal book buddy, and classmates
  • The information you need to decide whether to self-publish or create a proposal to try to get an agent and/or publisher
  • A personal email consultation when your manuscript is complete
  • Free marketing of your book in the Journey Grrrl Publishing digital library

And … A Sparkle-y hour of one-on-one time with moi!

A 60 minute private, individual phone or in-person coaching session with me, where I will 1) review all your homework and any writing samples you’d like to share in detail before the call, 2) spend 30 minutes giving you feedback and coaching on your book, and 3) be available for 30 additional minutes to answer any questions you have or provide any guidance you would like.

Commitment: $297

Savings: $47


Sign up here:

Enrollment closes on Wednesday, July 11.


The Soulful Book Sessions Sky Rocket Package (Enrollment Limited)

Book Writing Skyrocket

When you sign up as a Sky Rocket, you’ll get:

  • 6 live workshop-style sessions where you will learn how to select a book idea and structure it so you are 100% ready to start writing your book. Each session is 75 minutes and will include recordings and homework
  • An invitation to participate in the “Hey! That’s a Great Idea” Book challenge, with a grand prize publishing contract with Journey Grrrl Publishing, a $1,000 credit with Journey Grrrl, a copy of The Media School for Coaches, and a copy of my forthcoming book: “If I’m So Smart, Why Can’t I Write a Book?
  • Participation in Private Group on Facebook with feedback from Angela, your personal book buddy, and classmates
  • The information you need to decide whether to self-publish or create a proposal to try to get an agent and/or publisher
  • A personal email consultation when your manuscript is complete
  • Free marketing of your book in the Journey Grrrl Publishing digital library And …

4 soulful one-on-one sessions to propel your rise Four (4) 60 minute private, individual phone or in-person coaching session with me, where I will 1) review all your homework and any writing samples you’d like to share in detail before the call, 2) give you feedback and coaching on your book, and 3) be available to answer any questions you have or provide any guidance you would like.

 

Commitment: $797

Savings: $297

Sign up here:

Enrollment closes on Friday, June 1. Frequently asked questions

  1. Do I have to already have a refined book idea to get the most benefit from the class? No. All you need to know is that you want to write a book. I recommend choosing your genre, topic, and the structure of your book during the class. However, if you already have a topic picked out the class will help you take it to the next level.
  2. What if I am not sure I’m a good enough writer? My aim is to give you a structure to organize content and plan your book that will make the thought of writing it less daunting. I will teach you some techniques that help even the least experienced writer get a great book in their hands.
  3. How do I know which packet to pick? The same information is available to Firecrackers, Sparklers, and Sky Rockets. The only difference is the speed at which you want to accomplish your goal. You will all have direct access to ask me questions live on the calls and in Facebook. What happens with the Sparkler and Sky Rocket packages is that you will move more quickly because we will work together to crank through your homework and move you on to the next step. If you are dipping your toe in the book writing water, sign up as a Firecracker. Ready to project your light into the sky 100 or 200 feet? You are a Sky Rocket. Feeling somewhere in the middle? Light up the night sky sparkler… let’s see your sparkles shimmer and shine.

Still undecided? Try this. Stop for a minute. Feel your feet beneath you. Ground yourself in the present moment. Take a few deep breaths and then and picture yourself standing by your mailbox and reaching in to pull out one of those familiar folded cardboard Amazon boxes. As you hold it in your hands, knowing that inside is your book, how do you feel?

Does your heart start to race?

Do you get chills?

Do you tear open the package or quietly and methodically, pull the tab?

When you take the book out of the packaging, you can see the spine and there is your name. You hold your book in your hand—KNOWING what’s inside has the potential to change thousands of lives and KNOWING in your bones that at least one person will crack this book open and his or her heart will crack open, too.

How does that make you feel?

Is it worth the time and financial investment to have a guide help you reach that moment?

If so, I would love to work with you on the book you were clearly meant to write.

 

If this feels good to you, if you are ready to write your book, let’s light the sky up together,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. I asked my students what they would say to a friend who was thinking of investing in Book Writing 101 – but wasn’t sure if it was the right next step for them? All the answers were positive, but I love how this one is worded because it almost perfectly mirrors my intention for all my students.

“Take it, just take it. It is one of the best things you could do if you are seriously considering writing a book go for it. You will come out with more great feelings than when you came into it and it can lift any doubt that you may be having about writing a book.”

 

 

___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Refund Policy If you aren’t completely satisfied, you get your money back. I want you to be super-crazy-thrilled and recommend my stuff to everyone you know. If you buy something from me and it feels like it’s not a fit, please let me know so I can give you your money back. It’s icky and weird for me to think of someone feeling yucky or stressed out about having bought something from me and not being happy with it.




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