Louisville Author Fyock pens book
about writing your book
The speaking coach and writer to appear
at writer's conference
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 2015) –Cathy Fyock has a talent for helping others. She can see the potential in people and help would-be authors reach their goals within six short weeks.
“I’ve written five books in over 20 years,” said Fyock, 60. “So many people want to write a book now. Writing a book is on their bucket list.”
After spending years as a Human Resource consultant and speaker, Fyock was asked to present a program for the local chapter of the National Speaker Association, of which she is a member. After coaching a few chapter members and admitting that she had written a book in less than six weeks, they told her, ‘You could do this for a living.’
Pondering their words, she decided she “needed to write a book about helping others,” said Fyock. The result was “On Your Mark: From First World to First Draft in Six Weeks,” a book she co-authored with her nephew, Kevin Williamson. She self-published the book through Telemachus Press, a press based in Florida.
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“I knew he was a good writer,” said Fyock of Williamson, who at the time had just graduated from William and Mary College and was waiting tables. “I wanted to write the book from the perspective of a first-time author.”
Fyock wrote a draft of the book and Williamson applied his writing skills as well. The success of the book has helped him launch a career in social media as the CEO of Williamson Media Group.
“I love creative work of any sort, but my forte is writing,” said Williamson. “I believe in the sanctity of the written word, and I feel at home in print. That applies whether I’m doing a fun project from the beginning or simply circling errors on an old manuscript; it’s all important to me.”
Fyock will be one of two featured speakers at a one-day workshop for aspiring authors, Writing and Publishing York Book: From A to Z. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, March 14, with registration at 8:30 a.m., at the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel, 12301 Alliant Court near Sam’s Club at the I-64 and Blankenbaker Parkway Exit 17.
The second keynote speaker will be award-winning writer Peggy DeKay. This writer’s conference will consist of two parts: Getting Your Book Written, and Getting Your Book Published. Cost for the workshop is $147.
After spending years as a consultant and speaker, Fyock has now launched her own business, Cathy Fyock LLC, and works full-time as a book coach. She released the book at the beginning of the year and now has more than 30 clients who are benefiting from her book coaching skills.
Fyock, a Louisville native, said people want to write books for many compelling reasons, including the desire to leave a legacy or start a new business. One of the main points she stresses is for aspiring authors to be clear from the beginning on why they are writing the book. “Do they want to tell a story, launch a business, hope to write a best seller?” said Fyock.
She then instructs clients on how to write a book, once their motive is clear. A beneficial exercise Fyock has them do is to take a look at what obstacles might be getting in the way, such as a lack of time or not knowing where to start.
“It’s important to have a clear thesis,” she said. Writers can then move on to creating a clear content outline.
She also discusses “tips and tricks to create momentum, to help you get in the flow of writing.” She helps readers understand how and when they write best, as well as discovering their style of writing.
“On Your Mark: From First World to First Draft in Six Weeks,” is available at Amazon and major online sellers. In addition, she offers a complimentary strategy session for writers to determine if “they actually have a book in them.”
Fyock said she definitely plans to write more books in the future. She is a member of a writer’s group, Women Who Write, with whom she shares her creative writing ideas. Fyock has written poetry in the past and said it is any ones guess as to what genre her future writing will take.
For Fyock, writing has been “a wonderful business tool. It’s a means to an end.” Especially since she never had her sights set on becoming a writer in the first place.
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