Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

I Got It! #31 Coping With Change?

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

How does one transition from a job they love to a new stage in life? That question has been circulating in my head for the past two years. Today I go public with my thoughts. I am no longer accepting new speaking and workshop opportunities. I am happily fulfilling the obligations I have for the 2012 year and passing my work to a talented woman who will bring her wealth of experience, knowledge and  sensitivity to the role.

It is a strange feeling to be declining work and not actively seeking more. For those of you who run your own business you will understand. We never know when the next opportunity will arise so to to say no or talk about change to clients, who you trust and enjoy working with, is scary!   And while it is sometimes daunting, it also feels right to me.

What will I do? Once a writer, always a writer so I will write and look for new ways to promote my book Got It! What will I write? So many ideas… to settle on one right now is impossible. Will it is be a book? Probably not in the form of my others. What form? Humm…good question.

Why now? Why not! So over the next months I will write about “the change.”  It just might help me crystallize  “what next.”


I Got It! #19 looking For A Book Club Idea?

Monday, April 18th, 2011

When you write a book you can never guess who will contact you or what parts resonate with readers.

I just had a phone call from a woman who used my just released book Got It! as her selection for the discussion. She said it was perfect because of the questions at the end of each chapter plus it only took her two hours to read. A couple of members hadn’t read it but could still participate as they could skim a couple of chapters quickly.

Each member had chosen a favourite chapter. The one that most chose was the one about authentic people and their favourite question to answer was “Who makes you exhausted and why?”  The next favourite was “Box Up Your Worries.”

Do you have a book club? What kinds of books do you enjoy?

I Got It! #18 Want To Be Inspired?

Monday, April 11th, 2011

I just chatted with a fellow writer Erica Jefferson. She was interviewing me for one of her upcoming shows. She was delightful. Her voice was animated and full of life and I loved her accent. Funny thing, she asked me where I was from as she could hear my accent too! Made me think how quickly we draw impressions, even when we can’t see a person.

What message are we giving off when we speak to someone? Are we enthusiastic and engaged? Are we good listeners or are we waiting for our turn to talk? Interesting thoughts for a Monday.

If you would like to learn more about Erica you can go to her website at

Happy Monday!

I Got It! #17 Want Some Quick Book Marketing Tips?

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Getting your books into as many libraries as possible is a great way to build momentum. Most public libraries will buy more than one copy so it just makes sense to make sure they know about your latest offering.  In Canada there are over 21,000 libraries so think about sales if each one bought 10 books.

  1. First ask your friends and colleagues to recommend your book at their local library. Provide them with the ISBN #, Title, Author, Publication Date and Publisher name and contact.
  1. While you can approach Canadian libraries separately, you might like to ensure that your book is available for purchase through all of the following:

Library Bound Inc
Library Services Centre
Whitehots Canadian Library Services

I’m sure there are compatible lists in the United States and as soon as I research it I will let you know the links. Good luck!

Just in case you want to recommend my book here is what you need:

Title: Got It! 21 Communiation Tips for Busy, Impateint People

Author: Joan Craven

ISBN: 978-1-60976-690-0

Publisher:Eloquent Books (January 2011)

Pubisher: Strategic BOok Group


The book is also available in the Kindle form.

Thanks for your help in getting the word out! :)


I Got It! #15 Why Do Bad Things Happen – Reframe!

Friday, March 25th, 2011

One of my favourite coaching clients recently lamented “Why do these things always happen to me?” We both smiled and she said “Okay I know you are going to tell me to “reframe and carry on.” Bad things happen to us all and we are the only ones who can say “this too shall pass,” or “in the scheme of things will it matter in 5 minutes or 5 months.” “I must simply build a bridge and get over it. ”


I Got It! #14 What’s Happening in Writing and Publishing Today?

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Yesterday I attended a thought-provoking workshop called Secure Footing in a Changing Literary Landscape. Some interesting tidbits I learned from writers and speakers Betsy Warland ( and Kelly Duffin included:

  • The future for writers is fantastic because we are now free to create our own books, forge innovative collaborates to produce books, promote our passion for our subject in unlimited ways and continually reinvent ourselves
  • We will need gumption and adaptability to learn this new way of writing
  • Many publishers are checking with big box wholesalers before they accept your manuscript . Saleability is what it is all about.
  • Over the next 10 -15 years there will be a 10-12 million drop in readers as post- baby boomers pass away
  • The average adolescent texts over 40,000 words per month
  • I need to change the photo on my website because crossed arms means I’m not to be trusted :)
  • One of the most trusted sources on the web are personal BLOGS

The Writers Union of Canada ( is running these workshops and I’m glad I attended. Made me think about new ways to market Got It!