About Barbara Miller:
Barbara Miller, author, motivational speaker, and certified master life coach, is the founder of Barbara & Company International, Inc. Barbara studied Health & Wellness at Ashford University and also studied at Kendall College of Art & Design. Barbara earned her master life coaching certification through American University of NLP.
Barbara is the author of, How to Write a Book and Tell Your Story, Easy Steps to Write, Publish, and Promote Your Book. She also wrote, Dancing in Rhythm with the Universe, 10 Steps to Choreographing Your Best Life, and You Lost Your Marriage Not Your Life, How to Create the Life You Want Your Way. Barbara’s main goal is to empower her readers to lead their best life yet by creating balance mentally, physically, social-emotionally, and spiritually.
Barbara states, “No matter how carefully we plan our life there will always be changes that can interrupt the best of plans. The key is not to let the unexpected derail your goals, just readjust and continue.”
Barbara will inspire and motivate you to stay focused and on target to achieve your goals. Barbara teaches strategies for success in relationships and life.
What inspires you to write?
I get most of my inspiration while walking and sitting on the beach. I live in sunny Naples, Florida, and love to be out in nature. I read numerous books that help inspire and get my creative juices flowing to write my own. I believe that everyone has a book in them just waiting for the right spark to get them going. I find that writing is a way to take that story out of your head and get it down on paper. It is very rewarding for me to actually create words and turn them into a cohesive manuscript.
Tell us about your writing process.
I outline my book first with pen and paper. I do that the old fashion way and teach others to do the same. When we are writing out the outline, it creates a deeper thinking and engages the brain on a different level. I also instruct my students to use a three ring binder and place their chapter outlines in the binder. The beauty of this is that you can easily move pages or chapters around if they fit better elsewhere. Of course this can also be done in a Word Doc.
What advice would you give other writers?
I have so many people share how they started a book years and life interfered so they never finished it. I say, drag it out, dust it off, and finish it! There is never a perfect time to write you book, so just sit down and grab a pen and paper, or sit at your computer and begin. “As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are things you didn’t do.”–Zachary Scott, Actor. I think this is a perfect quote to remind my readers to get started the world is waiting for their books!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wrote my first book when self-publishing was just taking off. I did not attempt to promote my books to a main stream publisher as I did not want to wait forever. I did a lot of research and I had purchased Dan Poynter’s book, The Self-Publishing Manual, and that was what I followed to publish my first book. It was fairly easy after the first book and a lot has changed since 2006. I would tell new authors not to get discouraged if they are having problems finding a publisher as self-publishing on Amazon is a piece of cake.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I believe the future of book publishing is self-publishing. There are very few main stream publishing houses left and even famous authors have abandoned their publishers and self-published instead. Why receive twenty five cents in royalties when you can have it all? Well, Amazon does take a percentage, but tiny compared to the major publishing houses.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: I write self-help, however, I am actually working on a novel.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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