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write your light

a book writing workshop  

for entrepreneurs, personal brand builders, coaches, teachers, healers, and change makers

get your message out to the world in a bigger way...

build your platform and profile...

grow your community...

shine your light by writing your book!

do you have a dream of writing a book?

i would love to help you turn that dream into reality... i would love to help you bring your book to life!

one year ago i finished a successful kickstarter campaign to self-publish my book lighthouse revolution. i wrote my book in 24 days in november 2015, and then i had to figure out the rest of the steps to get my book out to the world! on march 29th 2016 i launched the kickstarter campaign and nearly doubled my goal with $9200 raised in 4 weeks! i self-published my book book in may... shipping out 150 copies of the book in the first print run! in september i published the kindle ebook version of lighthouse revolution, and in my 5 day FREE ebook promotion, 1520 copies of the book were downloaded: the book was amazon's #1 free self-help book, and #8 on the overall free books list. 

so you can see, i am proof that it can be done! at exactly this time last year i was waiting, impatiently, for my book book to arrive on my doorstep... and i have to tell you that moment was one of the best moments of my life. i think the deliver guy was shocked to receive a huge hug by a crazy dancing lady when he knocked on the door!

writing a book book was never one of my life long goals... if you had asked me even 5 years ago if i would publish an actual book i would have laughed. at the time i was content with creating workbooks and guide books and helpful 'how to' books for women in biz... in total i had written 12 ebooks which i successfully sold as PDFs from my website, with 1000s of downloads. so it was truly not on my radar to write a book book... like a real life book that you could hold in your hands.

but then i started the lighthouse revolution... my purpose became something much bigger than i once thought it was... i felt called to help more people in even deeper ways... my mission grew and grew... and i could see that it mattered. my book book started tapping me on the shoulder... eventually i had to get over my own fear and resistance and inertia, eventually i had to figure out how to write and edit and publish and launch and fund and promote and sell the book that i wanted to share with the world! 

it was a lot of work (physically, mentally, and emotionally!)... not gonna lie... but that is why i am so passionate about helping others to write their book... because i can share everything i have learnt along the way to make it easier for others without the pain and frustration (and fear!) that so many of us feel. it's actually completely doable to bring a book to life!

it was also one of the most incredible experiences in my life. pushing through the mindset challenges and building visibility and promoting my socks off... all to share something that i believed in to the depth of my core... something that mattered... well, there is nothing else in my journey that compares to what i learned and gained and experienced by writing a book book.

and that is also why i am so passionate about helping you WRITE your LIGHT - your stories matter, your message matters, your mission matters, your ideas matter... they are worth sharing, the world is waiting on you! it's time to add your voice to the conversation... it's time to add your book to the library.

(ps. there will never be a perfect time to write your book. trust me, i tried and tried to wait for the perfect time. what i realized was the best time is right now. start today. if it takes you a month, six months, a year, two years... it doesn't matter. start today. you will be one day closer to bringing your book to life!)

Thank you Karen for putting together such a practical, fun and interactive workshop. My favourite parts of WRITE your LIGHT were learning how to deal with the negative self-talk when feeling blocked, how to see ourselves as authors, and learning the steps to the book’s launch. I didn’t expect to receive so much encouragement from you and from the other members and the list of the resources you openly shared with us to get the book written, edited, published and promoted. You were the teacher that magically appeared in my life at the perfect timing, thank you!
— Vesna Cavic

with this online workshop you will...

  • hone in on your compelling, engaging book topic
  • create the outline & map out the content for your book
  • create a plan to get the book written, and start writing right away 
  • overcome any blocks, resistance, fears, or doubts holding you back from getting the book written, published, and launched (because mindset is at least 50% of making this happen!)
  • work out the details for self-publishing, editing, formatting, ebook publication, cover design and more - all of the jobs that need doing besides writing!
  • plan a successful launch for your book - including information on using kickstarter (or similar platforms), having a kindle ebook launch, and longer term plans to market your book.

here's how it works:

this is a 4 week workshop... each week you will get 90 minutes of instruction - via online teaching, PDF class notes, homework assignments, links to resources/tools, and Q & A time in our group to get the specific help that you need. all teaching sessions are recorded in both video & audio formats and can be watched at any time... plus you can ask questions at any time in the group... so you can fit this workshop in whenever it is most convenient to you.

week 1 - prepare: get clear on your book topic, type, style; get focused on your audience; get ready physically, mentally, and emotionally to get this book out to the world with success and ease

week 2 - plan: create the outline for your book, map out the entire content plan for your book, and create your personalized writing plan so that you can start writing your book right away

week 3 - publish: map out the process for the rest of the book: editing, preparation, self-publishing (print book, ebook, audio book); includes full checklist of jobs and discussion of costs 

week 4 - promote: start creating the plans for marketing, launching, and selling the book. while this may not be on your radar yet, you can start preparing and building buzz now!

plus i have bonuses for you...

what to do after you launch:  how to keep the momentum with your book, how to keep selling books after the initial launch, and how to build the book into your biz/brand plans. i will be asking successful self-published authors (just like me & you) what works for them and what mistakes they've made along the way, ready to share as many examples as i can in this webinar! (date & time for this webinar will be set in our group.)

a way through every (writer's) block: practical ideas & strategies to help with some of the common blocks, resistance, stuckness, fear that you may experience on this book journey... such as: self-doubt, unworthiness, not good enough (and all the other kinds of not enoughness), self-belief, confidence, inner critic, imposter complex, why bothers, comparison, jealousy, fear of criticism/judgement/attach, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of visibility, self-sabotage, overwhelm, procrastination, excuses, avoidance, perfectionism, action-taking, no flow/obstacles... 

crowdfunding your book: for anyone who is thinking of doing a crowdfunding launch for your book (such as kickstarter) this recording walks you through everything you need to know in order to make it happen. i am sharing what worked for my successful kickstarter, as well as all the mistakes i made (so you don't have to make them!)

amazon kindle launch: want to do a free ebook promo on amazon kindle? i am sharing my entire kindle ebook launch plan with you! this webinar will teach you everything you need to know about getting your book onto kindle and out to a wide audience.

by the end this workshop you will have...

  • a complete outline and content map for your book along with the plan to get the writing done,
  • confidence & belief in yourself as an author: ready to take action and make this book happen,
  • and a complete checklist & plan to publish, launch, promote your book with ease and success.

i joined WRITE your LIGHT because i was in need of book writing guidance… i had no idea where to begin or how to structure a book! i was drawn to this workshop because i admired the wonderful social media presence Karen had during her entire book campaign… she is totally my ‘go to’ book writer’s guide. i loved the style of this workshop with both group support and open ended access to the content… it suits the length of time it will take me to write my book. the biggest shift i experienced from this workshop is the total belief that my book will manifest. i think WRITE your LIGHT is perfect for anyone who wants to nut out their book ideas, get amongst other like-minded people working on their books, and have a safe place to work on the mindset stuff too.
— linda grainger

join us! workshop options listed below.

WRITE your LIGHT self study

want the content but want to just work through it in your own time? this option is for you. you get access to the password protected workshop site... you go through the content whenever/however you like. 

*cost: $295

write your light live group workshop

will next take place in october 2017

get the VIP 1:1 book writing package

don't want to join a group workshop.... just want some focused help on getting your book out to the world, no matter what stage you're at? we'll start with an intensive 3 hour "unpacking your book" session, followed up by a series of 3 x 75 minute sessions so that you have support during the entire book writing process. you will also receive the write your light workshop recordings & library so that you have those resources at your fingertips. (note, the total value for this 1:1 coaching is $1495)

*cost: $1195 or pay in 4 payments of $325


*please note: all prices in AUD. 10% GST will added on at the check out for australian residents only. payments are invoiced monthly from the date of first payment. 

I found Karen on Pinterest several years ago, and began following her work, because I appreciated her level of creativity in how she presented her own business, and her full transparency in what she was doing. I joined the writing intensive primarily because I knew she had just completed her first book, and I was interested in the process. She has created a very structured (yet flexible) approach to writing that helps to keep you motivated as you write, and helps to get you over the bumps and blocks that you’ll inevitably hit throughout the writing process. I highly recommend the write your light!
— Marcy Tanniru


this workshop is focused on self-publishing a non-fiction book. if you have another type of book you want to self-publish as part of your personal brand, your business, or your mission, you are still very welcome in WRITE your LIGHT... just please note that i will not be teaching how to write fiction, children's stories, fables, etc. 

if you have already started writing your book - you are still very welcome to join write your light. you will still get so much out of this workshop: you can work on finishing your book, get it published, plan your successful launch, start building buzz right away, and most importantly perhaps, you will be able to apply all of the mindset & unstucking strategies to actually getting your book out into the world! 

you set the pace of your learning... all workshop content will be stored on a password protected page, which you can access at any time. you can take as much time as you like to access the content - focus on getting your book written and then come back later for the promo info if you'd like...  or jump ahead to learn about self-publishing if that is what you need right now. it's completely up to you how you use the information and how much time you spend each week on the workshop.