Rise of the Gig Leaders by Neil Grant

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Neil Grant is taking his latest book Rise of the Gig Leaders: Why Interim Leaders Are Vital In Today’s Organizations, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Neil to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Neil’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Neil was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Rise of the Gig Leaders: Why Interim Leaders Are Vital In Today’s Organizations.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Rise of the Gig Leaders. What is it about?

Neil: Change is constant. Organizations are facing a crisis of leading ever-increasing change projects as well as tackling day-to-day operations. Asking internal leaders to take charge of these projects is challenging — they are a finite resource. Consultancies don’t necessarily have the industry or specialist experience to tackle complex change programs. Interim leaders are senior leaders who have held senior leadership roles and who are adept at leading change. An interim leader has no interest in a permanent career with a client organization, but is focused on delivery, pace, and excellence.

Gig Leaders provides a contemporary and thorough review of interim leadership with specific insight into its focus, business case, and potential. The book discusses the context of the gig economy, features testimonials from interim leaders as well as executives who have engaged interim services and provides numerous examples of interim leadership in action. A model is described which articulates interim leadership, competencies are defined which characterize how interims operate, and the distinctive value of interim leaders is featured.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Neil: I have been an interim leader for 17 years. There is a real need for senior leaders to understand the potential of interim leadership as a vital component in their leadership resourcing strategy. Other books on interim leadership are showing their age, and do not provide such a comprehensive analysis of this type of leadership resource for leading change.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Neil: I self-published the book through Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Neil: All organizational leaders (business and non-profit), HR leaders, change leaders, and interim leaders both present and aspiring.

OP: What is special about your book?

Neil: Interim leadership is set in the context of the booming gig economy. The SCILL model© of interim leadership defines the DNA of an interim leader — this gives real insight into the motivation, potential, contribution, and character of an interim leader.

OP: What differentiates your book?

Neil: No other book on interim leadership provides a model that defines the DNA of an interim leader. Gig Leaders incorporates feedback from executives and interim leaders to show both sides of successful relationships. The book provides practical help with the recruitment of interim leaders as well an assessment for leaders to consider their suitability for an interim leadership career.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Neil: No, I have not.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Neil: Possibly

OP: Thanks for your time, Neil! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Neil Grant is the owner of Focal Leadership LLC, specializing in global interim and consulting services in strategic leadership and organizational development. With experience in numerous industry sectors around the world, he is a leading authority on interim leadership to fuel organizational growth and transformation. He delivers critical leadership development projects for clients, as well as workshops and conference talks.

Visit www.focalleadership.com or contact Neil directly, Neil@focalleadership.com.

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A Testimonial by Author Doc Morris

Author E.J. Morris, also known to many as Doc Morris, knew what he wanted from the self-publishing experience … and he wanted outstanding customer service, a straightforward and easy-to-navigate publishing process, and a high-quality finished product. We at Outskirts Press had the privilege of publishing his book, The Modern Day Mr. Mom, in May of 2018. The book, which takes inspiration for its title and theme from John Hughes’ screenplay for the 1983 classic film Mr. Mom, chronicles the sum total of Morris’ experiences as well as the lived experiences of stay-at-home fathers everywhere. While there is no “how-to” template for successfully managing life as a parent and homemaker, The Modern Day Mr. Mom sets out to provide a toolkit for those who maybe need just a little bit of extra encouragement in navigating our busy world and its multitudes of demands.

Morris, who was inspired to write this book by the words and wisdom of his own late father, continued to provide support and encouragement even after the book’s publication in a letter he wrote to thank his Outskirts Press Author Representative, Jamie Rath, and his Publishing Consultant, Kirsten Ringer, for their work on his behalf in ensuring he had the best possible self-publishing experience. With his permission, we are providing the full text of his letter here for you to read, as we believe it represents the best of what Outskirts Press has to offer: an unmatched, personalized, deeply human publishing service.


My Author Representative and Publishing Consultant had gone the extra uphill mile(s) to ensure that my what ifs and oh by the ways were always answered in a timely manner to meet the timelines for my revised review(s) process with a mountain of patience. Needless to say, I never felt as if I were wearing out my welcome. My manuscript from the digital author galley days to the end was “smooth” as a handoff from quarterback Vince Ferragamo to Hall of Famer running back Eric Dickerson. The end product as well, from the official release on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, was also seamlessly coordinated like a baton handoff in the changeover box in the track-and-field one-mile relay world, thanks to Jamie’s attention to detail.

Jamie and Kirsten, on the aforementioned dates, spearheaded what started out as a joke with my bedridden father one day when he asked, while I was taking care of him, “So what do you have going on today?” After a few minutes of running down my laundry list of tasks, appointments, and what I was planning on cooking for my four boys and wife for dinner, he gave me the time-out signal and wrote on his whiteboard: “Information overload, quit.” Although he passed away on Veterans Day in 2015, I kept to my end of the bargain and wrote a book about overcoming a mountain of challenges and tasks once I retired from the U.S. Navy, in a more modern arena as I took the role of Mr. Mom. Five days before he passed away, my father mouthed the words: “Finish that book ….” This was the least I could do after my wife had towed the line raising our four boys alone while I was forward deployed multiple times, eleven years in total away throughout my twenty-year career in the military.

Jamie even quarterbacked some questions that arose while my wife was in the hospital on one occasion. I will never forget that! This ideology of her enthusiasm is what motivated me to press on during the process, even when time was thin. Patience is what builds character, right?

Once Kirsten reassured me my manuscript had a chance with a targeted audience (the modern-day domesticated homemaker), and with Jamie’s assurances as a multitasking Mom herself, I immediately felt more confident that my stories would spark those stay-at-home dads to “get off their rear and volunteer.” Whether helping grade papers for their kids’ school, chaperoning field trips, or just playing tetherball during recess with the other kids, all I was trying to drive home was that in a short few hours out of a dad’s schedule, we all have multiple hats to wear throughout the day. I was able to write about all the variables I overcame with four boys — two of which are living at home while attending college, and two of which have special needs — and being a husband, all the while being a Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) Chairman for my sons’ school district, comprised of twenty-three elementary and middle schools and is combined with the PTA Executive Board.

Though I was skeptical of being a newbie author, Kristen Ringer lightened the load over the time it took to get to my Author Representative, Jamie Rath … and Jamie flawlessly choreographed the next sequence of events in that she always treated me like a person, with genuine dedication and not like a “herd” of cattle, quarterbacking from afar. This was like a mile relay with the handoff of the baton being swiftly executed in the exchange zone, or what we call in the track and field community, the “changeover box.” The changeover box is where the next leg or runner has ten meters to build up speed to take the baton onto the next relay. Kirsten and Jamie did just that. The epitome of Five-Star Platinum Customer Service is at the tip of its spear in Kirsten’s and Jamie’s work ethic and bottom line. They should be the trainers in their industry that others should emulate.

Phone calls and email follow ups … who does that nowadays? Who actually cares to see the end product succeed to the next evolution and in this case to print? Kirsten and Jamie do care, bottom line, no bravo sierra. They are your “real deal” and the epitome of what we hold close to our chest in my community of Warriors: Honor, Courage, and Commitment, hands-down. Only because of their compassion and unwavering genuine determination to assist a new writer, much like a clutch quarterback navigates the football field, would I possibly write a sequel in the future.

Please recognize Jamie Rath and Kristen Ringer at your next board meeting or Outskirts Press function; they unequivocally deserve it. Best regards and thank you for your time.

Very respectfully,

E. J. Morris, U.S. Navy (Ret)


We agree that Jamie and Kirsten deserves great appreciation for the work they do — and so too do all of our Author Representatives, Publishing Consultants, and other expert staff, all of whom work tirelessly on behalf of our Outskirts Press authors to produce the best possible experience and finished products: beautifully designed and marketed books that reflect each author’s voice and desire. And while we all eagerly await a sequel from Doc Morris, we hope that you too will consider publishing a work with us.

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Congratulations to the Outskirts Press Top 10 Best Sellers!

Every month, Outskirts Press reviews book sales to identify the bestselling works! This impressive list showcases the wide range of genres and readership that our authors reach.

Los Chimayosos: A Community History by Victor Dan Jaramillo

“This is a community history that contains lasting value, that uses the voices and traditional values and knowledge of the people who have lived there for centuries. This is a story that should be read by native Chimayosos and all New Mexicans and must be passed onto future generations for a true understanding of Chimayó and this region of Rio Arriba.” – B. Michael Miller / / “Dan has spent much of his life studying the history and traditions of Chimayo. He began interviewing old-timers in Chimayo in 1984 and has quietly compiled a rich archive of oral history and reminiscences that is a valuable and irreplaceable record. In addition to this wealth of oral history, he has studied almost every available document, book, article, map or photograph having any relevance to his subject. He has thoughtfully woven all this material together in this book to present a full picture of the history and traditions of a community that is only partially known by the outside world.” – William Wroth

East Brother: History of an Island Light Station by Thomas K. Butt and Frank Perry

Popular history book on rebirth of East Brother Lighthouse updated East Brother Island is the location of one of America’s best-preserved Victorian-style light stations. First lighted in 1874, the lighthouse still guides mariners across San Francisco Bay. Since 1980 the lighthouse has been open to the public, both for day visits and as a bed and breakfast inn. This book traces the fascinating history of East Brother from the 1870s to the present. In part it is a story of changing lighthouse technology. But more importantly, it is a story of people: from the faithful keepers and their families who lived on the island through the many years, to the many volunteers who more recently helped restore the station after ten years of neglect. At first publication, the author had been studying the history of California’s lighthouses for six years. This was his third book, the second on the history of a lighthouse.

My Winning Seasons: Discovering the Champion Within by Joe Crochet

A Legendary Season with a Legendary Team. My Winning Seasons is Joe Crochet’s compulsively readable memoir about his experience as a cadet-student-athlete at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. From the rigorous challenges of the exhausting first year to the exaltation of being part of the team that took Citadel football to the next level, Joe paints a portrait not only of what it takes to succeed at The Citadel, but what it takes to win in life: vision, dedication, determination, focus—and the will to win. Inspiring and entertaining, this book is a compelling read not just for college football fans, but for anyone who wants an example of how to succeed.

The Legend of the Icelandic Yule Lads by Heidi Herman

This modernized version of the Icelandic Yule Lad tale brings new life to this very old story. After accidentally being seen by a human, Stekkjastaur finds he must rely on a young Shepherd boy to keep his secret. He gives a gift just to protect his troll reputation, but the little boy’s happiness made him happy as well. He learns that one of the greatest gifts you can receive is the joy in giving to someone else. One by one, the Yule Lads each take a break from his own mischief, and each one learns the happiness gained from gift-giving. Even from a source as unlikely as a troll, a selfish act wrapped up in the Christmas spirit can grow into something wonderful.

The Foot Soldier by John DeFoore

John’s other books are titled INTIMACY, MYSTERY OF MARRIAGE, MILES AND SMILES, ECHOES ACROSS THE RIVER and others. THE FOOT SOLDIER is the story of John’s six years of military service.

Daily Brew: A 365-Day Guided Journal by Maria Pita, BA, Morgan DeSimone, BA and Gary Robinson, LMHC

Have you ever started a personal journal only to give up because you didn’t know what to write about? Have you ever wanted to keep a journal but didn’t know how to start? Well, The Daily Brew Journal might be just the thing for you! The authors have painstakingly created a 365-day template for writing about your thoughts and feelings as well as a nice mix of active, hands-on exercises to keep it interesting and to help you avoid “journal fatigue.” So, find a comfy chair, grab your favorite hot beverage, a good pen and start journaling!

A Joyful Journey Through Advent: Daily Devotional and Activity Journal for Young Families by Debby Morris

The word advent means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event and as Christian, it means the coming of THE most notable person in our lives: Jesus. As a Christian mother and now grandmother, Debby wants to encourage parents and grandparents to pass to the next generation traditions to celebrate this season of advent, Jesus’ birthday.

An Uncommon Journey: Leadership Lessons From a Preschool Teacher Who Became A University President by Shirley Raines

Dr. Shirley Raines, now a much sought-after speaker, consultant, and author, earned her way from a humble farm in Tennessee to the office of the President of the University of Memphis as the first woman president of that institution. In this frank and heartfelt volume, Dr. Raines shares how this unlikely journey transpired. She describes challenges she faced and lessons she learned along the way that may encourage other young women to pursue careers as leaders, whatever the leadership title. She tells us about how special, loving people in her life guided and supported her along the way, including the touching story of how a professor saved her from giving up on her college education before she even got started. The narrative shows how Dr. Raines starting as a young woman prepared for every opportunity by doing her homework. Those around her who came to respect her described her as “spunky” and labeled her a “steel magnolia.” Read how Dr. Raines developed successful relationships with famous and powerful people in every walk of life including other university presidents, high profile celebrities, state governors, and wealthy philanthropists. At the same time, discover how she never forgot the working men and women who served in support roles and kept the gears turning. This is a must-read for people, especially women, considering or pursuing a leadership role in education or related fields. And an enjoyable read for the rest.

Living Life to the Fullest with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome by Kevin Muldowney, PT

How To Take Your Life Back From Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome. This book was written to teach people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) how to systematically progress through an exercise program to allow their muscles to support many joint subluxations commonly associated with this genetic disorder. This will allow people living with EDS to have less pain throughout their body. The exercise protocol outlined in this book was developed by a physical therapist from Rhode Island, Kevin Muldowney, MSPT, who has been treating people with EDS since 2005. Kevin has lectured to numerous EDS support groups, as well as, at the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation Learning Conference. He currently owns two physical therapy clinics in Rhode Island that specialize in treating people with EDS. All of the physical therapists at Kevin’s clinics were trained by him to use specific manual therapy techniques and the exercise program outlined in this book to guide people, living with EDS, to decrease their pain and increase their function of daily life. Hopefully this book will serve as a guide for you to live a better quality of life while having EDS.

Vertical Stories for Horizontal People by Mitch Rapoport

PUT THIS BOOK DOWN… Unless you want to be totally entertained! The most compelling feature of this sweeping variety of short stories, some memoir, some fiction, by author Mitch Rapoport, is that each paint infinitely detailed pictures that breathe life into them. The Molly Chair saga spans over 100 years and follows the path of Solomon’s finely hand-crafted gift for his wife, as it travels down through the generations, and carries with it a trail of triumphs, loss, and memories. Another tale is of the widow, Estelle, whose lifetime is indelibly tainted by a thread of shocking and catastrophic tragedies for the men who share her life. There is the touching story of a man whose profound, but unrequited love, is for a woman above his station, and from it, he provides the world with an astonishing spectacle. The story of Mortimer Barnes, an ineffectual and modest man, will fill you with foreboding when a nightmare turns into a gruesome and bizarre end. You’ll meet Celeste, whose unrepentant miserly existence alienates the world around her. You’ll recognize the contemporary irony in the amusing tale of a man who finds humor in the appalling side effects of drugs advertised on television. You might recognize yourself in the coming-of-age true sagas of a 13-year old’s first experience with physical love and the hilarious account of 2 mischievous young boys who nearly drive their gentle grandfather mad!

Outskirts Press wishes to congratulate these successful authors for the dedication to craft that produced these amazing books, and to the dogged marketing efforts that led them to selling success. These titles and many others are available from major online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powells, Books-A-Million and elsewhere-not to mention, through the Outskirts Press Bookstore at a considerable discount. To learn more about our products and services, as well as upcoming and current promotions, visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com!

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Quest of the Staff and the Sword, II: Quoin Ataraxis

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T.K. Kohl’s “Quest of the Staff and the Sword, II: Quoin Ataraxis.” In this compelling second installment of the young adult Quest of the Staff and the Sword saga, the balance of power tilts toward darkness. Luke manipulates the world’s media with deceit and is able to convince the world that they are in danger from “the hooded man.” He will attempt to use his power not only to destroy the hooded man but also to immobilize the people of the world. Luke’s darkness grows in him, and the fate of the world trembles in the balance. Meanwhile, can “the hooded man” protect the Jedidiah family and can he inspire them to join him on his quest? Can ‘the hooded man” establish the foundation of peace, save those who wish to be saved, and assure those around him that all will be well?

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One Self-Publishing Author Will Win a New Laptop Computer in the annual Outskirts Press “Show Us Your Love” Contest

We are excited to hear from our authors at all times, of course, but we are extra-excited to invite you to join us in sharing those experiences during our Annual “Show Us Your Love” social media event and image/video contest. All you have to do to be eligible for a win is count the ways you love Outskirts Press and your published book!

The annual event, appropriately enough, takes place around Valentine’s Day, and we’re spreading the self-publishing love to you with a fabulous grand prize: a brand-new laptop computer. Please note, previous Show Us Your Love contest winners are not eligible to enter the contest within three years with the same book. The deadline to enter “Show Us Your Love” is Friday, February 15th.

Showing your love is easy. Here’s how the contest works:

  • Record a brief video between 1 and 3 minutes long that demonstrates your deep and abiding love for your book, your publishing experience and Outskirts Press. The more creative, the better.
  • Or alternatively, take a fantastic photo commemorating your love for your Outskirts Press publication. Creativity counts!
  • Email your video file in an .mp4 or .mov format or your image in a .jpg or .png format to love@outskirtspress.com. The contest is open through February 15th.
  • Outskirts Press will share your video or image(s) on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and, if applicable, Instagram, increasing exposure for you and your book. (Please Note: By submitting a video or photograph(s) for this contest, authors grant Outskirts Press permission to post said videos or photograph(s) to its social media platforms for promotional purposes.)
  • The three finalists who receive the most “likes” on Facebook for their entries will be selected for a public vote on the Outskirts Press blog from February 18th — February 23rd to determine the winner. Be sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere so you can “like” your favorite videos or images and visit our blog to vote!
  • The winner of the laptop computer will be announced via the blog on February 28.

Submit your video or photo(s) as early as you can! The sooner your submission goes live, the more exposure you’ll receive and the more “likes” you can collect. Share the link to your submission once we post it to our Facebook page with all of your friends, family members, fans, and social media followers! (And of course, don’t forget to “like” your own submission on our social media accounts.) Contests such as this one serve as valuable—and free! —promotion for your book, so we hope you have a chance to sit down and whip up a great video or photograph(s) in the days to come!

And that’s all the information you need to get started. We’ll be standing by to receive and share your submissions, as well as to answer any questions you might have. Swing on by our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OutskirtsPress or our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/OutskirtsPress to get a glimpse of some spectacular self-publishing love!

 

Product Description – HP 15.6″ Touch Screen Laptop
Size: Intel CPU+8GB RAM
Notable in every way. From its souped-up performance to its spacious display, the affordable HP Notebook 15 is set to be your go-to laptop. It combines a 7th Gen Intel Core i3 processor with 8GB of memory and a huge 1TB hard drive for excellent multitasking and multimedia capabilities. The Notebook 15 delivers great portability, too, with a weight that’s just 4.6 pounds and slim profile under an inch thin. With 8GB of memory, the Notebook 15 handles multitasking with ease while a 1TB hard drive has the space you need for storing volumes of files. A roomy 15.6-inch HD touchscreen provides a large canvas for work and play, and is excellent for kicking back with a movie. The 7th Gen Intel Core i3 delivers the most responsive performance to date with features like built-in security and 4K resolution support. DTS Studio Sound delivers deep, rich bass and crystal-clear highs, creating a pitch-perfect listening experience for music, videos, and games. A total of three USB ports (1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0) are perfect for connecting and charging peripherals, while HDMI delivers big-screen sharing and entertainment.

Author John Dukes raises awareness, opens hearts to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author John Dukes is changing lives. His son, John Jr., passed away in 2016 after living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In his latest book, Dadders, Can I Pet the Whales?, Dukes takes readers on an emotional journey through the story of his family and the story of his son, whose take on life and the world is both powerful and life-changing. We interviewed Dukes as his book began to receive public recognition.

Q: Tell me a little about your book.

JD: The book is about how a child with Autism can affect a whole family and people surrounding him. I starting writing the book when I took a trip to SeaWorld® with just John and myself. I had finished the book and had it on the back burner until my son John died from septic shock from a gallbladder infection. That’s when I decided to finish the book.

Q: This clearly has enormous personal significance to you, not just as in terms of the finished project, but in terms of content. The subject of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one which has long been poorly understood. What was important to you about exploring this subject, with all of its personal implications, in the form of a book?

JD: This question has a lot of answers. First of all, Autism affects 1 in every 57 families. That means 1 in every 57 children are diagnosed with some type of Autism. My wife and I knew something was different about our son John but couldn’t put our finger on it. Once he was diagnosed with PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder), which comes under the Autism umbrella, that’s when we started with research and reaching out to others in the same circumstance.

My book is to let you know if you have a child with Autism you are not alone. The one thing I learned about myself is how much patience you need to deal with a child with Autism, and not just Autism but all children with special needs. God only gives you what you can handle. I learned what unconditional love is. John didn’t know the seven deadly sins. He only knew love, and his smile was awesome. The writing of my book was therapeutic for me. It helped me get through a tough time in my life. When my book was published, it made me feel like I was complete and John would live forever through the book. Everyone that reads the book gets to know John and my family.

Q: We’ve already seen some incredible community engagement surrounding your book. Could you describe how it has been received by your community, the attention you’ve been getting, and what you hope to be the result of this engagement?

JD: The book has been received exceptional by the community. I have received accolades not only from every person that read the book but I also received a Proclamation from Delaware County Council for Autism Awareness.

I have received recognition from State Senators and State Representatives. My book has touched the hearts of the people that read it. They either knew us or know someone with an Autistic child. It shows some of the difficulties families go through with children that have disabilities.

[Interviewer’s note: Since the interview itself, John’s book has also been covered in the Delaware Valley Magazine’s September 2018 issue, and his first book signing on August 1 raised $2,207 for charity. All proceeds from the book go to the District 19 Challenger League and the National Autism Society. John’s book is moving people all over the country.]

Q: What did the average day spent writing look like for you, and what writerly habits helped you along the way?

JD: On average I spent each day writing and rewriting page after page to make sure my words came across the way I wanted them to, in order to portray me and my family. My writing habits were simple: from my earliest education about writing to my college days, I always wrote from the heart. I don’t believe in fluff. Tell it like it is and keep it short and to the point.

Q: What’s next for you and your family? Are there more books in store?

JD: My amazing son John passed away on July 21, 2016. I was lucky enough to have John with us for 25 years and 2 days. I was blessed to have him for that long. John died from septic shock from an infected gallbladder.

I don’t know what’s next for me. I thought about another book related to John and my family and I am in the process of writing, but if it turns into a book only time will tell. If enough people show interest in it maybe I will publish it. The only thing all proceeds from my book go to the Challenger League which John played baseball for and the National Autism Society.

Visit Outskirts Press for more information on John Dukes and to purchase Dadders, Can I Pet the Whales.

 

7 Tips on How to Ditch Bad Habits and Start Good Ones in the New Year

Habits, once formed, never go away. They are the outcome of old decisions, and they can be changed, but only through new decisions and choices. Habits aren’t necessarily bad; they make our lives easier and more predictable by removing the necessity of thinking about every detail of our daily existence. They let us execute our actions efficiently, freeing up our prefrontal cortex to express itself creatively and intellectually.

But sometimes bad habits can creep in and good habits can be so very difficult to cultivate. As we start out a new year with fresh resolutions, it seems the appropriate time to get advice on keeping those resolutions by forming healthy and productive habits.

Enter self-published Outskirts Press author Dr. Sylvie Heyman.

Although initially Dr. Heyman specialized in weight management and life style changes, she has expanded her area of expertise to other habits that affect body, mind and spirit. Here, she offers other writers and self-publishing authors like herself advice on how to stay on track in the new year. This information and much more is available in her book, Make It a HABIT!

How do habits form? A habit cue or trigger could be a specific time of day, a location, other people, emotions or other things that lead to a predictable response, or reward. With repetition, our responses to triggers become automatic and a habit is born. Motivation may get us started, but habit keeps us going.

If your resolution in the new year is to get published, Dr. Sylvie can help with these seven tips for identifying habits that might be holding you back, or establishing new ones that will move you forward:

  1. Be aware and mindful. We can’t change what we don’t acknowledge, right? Observe your habits, good and bad — write them down if that helps. Be honest with yourself about your habits, good and bad.
  2. Assess yourself. Ask yourself which habit you want to change or acquire first and why you want it. Think about how the habit you wish to change (or the one you wish to acquire) affects or will affect you and others.
  3. Be accountable. Share your habit change with someone. This makes you accountable for that change until you can ingrain new habits or break bad ones. Confide in another writer, a spouse, coworker or another reliable and honest confident.
  4. Make small changes, one at a time. Concentrate on establishing small habits until they become second nature, then move onto the next small change. If your habit is to get distracted when you’re supposed to be writing, first change the habit of turning on the TV or radio. Once you’ve broken that habit, move on to, say, writing for just 10 minutes straight to get the feel for focusing.
  5. Test your willpower — but not too much! When willpower is applied in small increments at a time, when you are energetic and ready to take on a little challenge, willpower becomes stronger. Practice willpower in small steps until it becomes a habit — until it’s automatic.
  6. Trick your triggers. Practice breaking the associations between bad habits and their triggers. The aforementioned habit of letting media distract you is a good example. Break the association between writing and watching TV by moving to a different room or chair during your writing session.
  7. Give it time. There are many theories about how long it takes to form or break a habit, ranging from a few weeks to years! Use 30 days as a guidepost, but know that some deeply ingrained habits will take much longer to break, and new habits without awareness, accountability and practice will take some time to take hold.

MORE ABOUT THE BOOK: Make It a HABIT!

Want to learn more? In Make It a HABIT! Dr. Sylvie Heyman provides a different perspective on how habits can affect your body, mind and spirit. Through personal stories, case studies and a compilation of best practices for change, you can learn how to get rid of habits that are sabotaging your health, job, relationships and overall happiness.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Sylvie Heyman has extensive background in traditional and non- traditional healthcare practices and has incorporated health coaching in all her careers. She specialized in Obstetrics and later on headed the Open Heart Surgery Unit at prestigious St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York. She earned her Doctor of Chiropractic in 1989 and her degree in Acupuncture in 1998. She served 12 years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Chiropractic College and delivered a Commencement address during that period. Dr. Heyman is a certified Feng Shui Consultant, a certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant (AFPA), a certified Senior Fitness Specialist (NASM) and Silver Sneakers Instructor.