The Magic of Talent

“Genius gives birth, talent delivers. What Rembrandt or Van Gogh saw in the night can never be seen again.” –Jack Kerouac

Talent is a gift—something you’re born with, or so many people believe. Those who do almost always cite Mozart as proof. After all, wasn’t he a child prodigy who later wrote exquisite music directly onto a blank page with no corrections or erasures? Or at least, that’s what Antonio Salieri said in the play Amadeus.

There are some who disagree that talent is innate; they argue that the truth behind appearing gifted is practice, practice, and more practice. This is a little like the nature-nurture debate: Neither side has been yet been declared a winner. Read more ›

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Clients’ Books

Clients’ Books

  • Amazing Journey: Metamorphosis of a Hidden Child by Felicia Graber
  • Beyond the Ice Cream Cone: The Whole Scoop on Food at the 1904 World’s Fair by Pamela J. Vacarro
  • The BS of my MS: Making sense of a disease that doesn’t make sense by Lauri L. Wolf
  • Celebrating Lincoln’s Legacy: Reflections by Twentieth-Century Newsmakers by Kevin G. Abney
  • Crash & Burn: The Bureaupathology of the Federal Aviation Administration by Robert M. Misic
  • Dream Wedding on a Dime: 7 secrets for the budget-savvy bride by Bobette Kyle
  • Dressing Nifty After Fifty: The Definitive Guide to a Simple, Stylish Wardrobe by Corinne Richardson
  • Elizabeth: Learning to dress myself from the inside out by Mary Elizabeth Moloney
  • Expatriate Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets: Ten Success Stories from Argentina by David English
  • For the Love of Cancer: A passionate pursuit to understand life, death and spirituality by Julie Davis
  • From Red Star to Spangled Banner: My journey to become a true American by Dale Attila Fogarasi
  • Healing the Soul: Unexpected Stories of Courage, Hope, and the Power of Mind by Bhupendra O. Khatri, MD
  • Healing the Physician: America’s Healthcare System in Crisis by Bhupendra O. Khatri, MD (in progress, due out Fall 2017)
  • Imbalance of Power: Exploitation of Women by Catholic Priests by Patricia Bond with Bobbi Linkemer
  • It’s Your Life Choose Well: Thoughts on Living a Happier, Healthier, Saner Life Now—Not Someday by Kathleen Keller Passanisi
  • Leaders are Made Not Born: 40 Simple Skills to Make You the Leader You Want to Be by Michael J. Farlow, PhD
  • Mood Blitz—Bipolar Disorder: An Onslaught of Mania and Depression by Marti Markley
  • Motherhood Calling: Experience God in Everyday Family Life by Linda Anderson-Little
  • My Life Matters: Personal Planner for Women by Bobette Kyle, Laura Thake, & Cecilia George
  • On Becoming Exceptional: SSM Health Care’s Journey to Baldrige and Beyond by Sister Mary Jean Ryan, FSM
  • Our Father’s Voice: A Holocaust Memoir by Felicia Graber and Dr. Leon Bialecki
  • Ready Set Counsel: A Practical Guide to Being a School Counselor in the Real World by Joan Hoffmann, EdD
  • Rock Your City: 5 Steps to Becoming the Biggest Band in Town by John Michalak with Dan Cull
  • The Leadership Forge: 50 Fire-tested insights to solve your toughest problems, care for your people, and get great results by Joe Scherrer
  • Who Do You Think You Are: A Fairytale for All Ages by Rick Nichols


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Books on Other Topics by Bobbi Linkemer

Books on Other Topics

  • Contacts Connections Collaboration: Building Your Business Through Relationships (co-authored with Karen S. Hoffman)
  • The Secretary’s Secret Weapon: Arm Yourself With 7 Essential Communication Skills
    • Revised and republished as Shoptalk: 6 ways to get your message across at work (now an e-book)
    • Portuguese translation: Secretária Eficiente: Prepare-se para o successo Desenvolva as sete habilidades essenciais de communicação
  • Dealing with Difficult People
    • Published in the U.S. as Solving People Problems
  • Polish Your People Skills
  • Get Organized (co-authored with René Richards)
  • Planning and Running Effective Meetings (a self-study course)
  • How to Write an Effective Resume
  • Polish Your Professional Image
  • How to Run a Meeting
  • Let’s Talk: People With Developmental Disabilities Speak Out
  • Change is Good! Stories of Community Inclusion


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Books on Writing by Bobbi Linkemer

Bobbi Linkemer’s Books on Writing:

  1. Write Your Book Now! A handbook for writers, authors, and self-publishers (due out in July 2017)
  2. How to Write a Nonfiction Book: From planning to promotion in 6 simple steps (7th edition)
  3. How to Write a Nonfiction Book: From concept to completion in 6 months (6th edition)
  4. Going Solo: How to survive and thrive as a freelance writer
  5. Words to Live By: Reflections on the writing life from a 40-year veteran
  6. The Savvy Ghostwriter: Confessions of an Invisible Author (an e-book)
  7. How to Write an Online Course: From concept to completion one step at a time (an e-book)
  8. The Book of Five: Everything authors need to know about nonfiction books (an e-book)
  9. The Skillful Writer: What separates the pros from the amateurs (an e-book)
  10. The Prosperous Author: The business side of writing books (an e-book)
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How to Run Your Business From Home

Working out of your home is a good news-bad news scenario. The good news is that you don’t have to rent an outside office, furnish it, and pay utilities. You don’t have to drive anywhere, which prolongs the life of your car. You can wear anything you want to work, including “bunny slippers.” And you can deduct a certain portion of your home on income tax. Having a home office is convenient; snacks and coffee an, doesn’t it?

BUT there is the other side of the coin. You do have to set aside a room in your house to use as an office and only as an office. The dining room table or a desk in your bedroom doesn’t count in the eyes of the IRS. You are going to spend a lot of time in this room, so a certain amount of appealing decor is important. While, at first, it seems delightful to visit the refrigerator whenever you take a break, for many at-home workers, this can turn into a fattening habit. Read more ›

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Searching For the Right Word

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ― Mark TwainThe Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

Words are a writer’s tools. Every word is appropriate for a particular job, and it’s important to use the right tool for the right job. If you have a half-empty toolbox, you’re going to run into trouble when you need a certain word and you don’t have it, or you use the same word over and over because it’s the only one you have. That is probably what prompted British scholar and physician Peter Mark Roget to write the first thesaurus in 1852. Read more ›

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26 Ways to Stay Motivated Through Publishing & Promoting Your Book

It has been a long road from your decision to write a book to this point in the journey. You now know first-hand what it takes to plan and write a book and to work with experts who brought their special talents to the process. you may be surprised to learn that, after all that work,  you are only halfway to your destination. Now that your book is written, it is time to make it tangible and let the world know all about it.  Here are 26 ways to stay motivated through publishing and promoting your book.

  1. Focus on the good news that you will soon be a published author. Your book will be between covers, printed on paper, converted to digital format for e-book devices, and available to all those readers who have been waiting for it. Read more ›
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16 Ways to Stay Motivated When You Work With Experts

You’ve probably heard this before: No one write a book alone. It takes a team of experts in various disciplines to help you bring your idea to fruition. Who are these experts, and how do you find them? Which experts do you need? How do you manage the ones you choose? The whole process of writing a book and coordinating the efforts of several independent contractors can wear you out and wear you down. Here are 16 ways to stay motivated when you work with experts. Read more ›

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The Inspiration Enigma

“Inspiration usually comes during work, not before it.” – Madeleine L’Engle

“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at 9 am every morning.” – Peter DeVries

 Which is it? Does inspiration show up after you’ve started writing or before? Can you create it, control it, turn it on and off; or does it have a mind of its own? Do you wait to be inspired before you start writing or just figure it will either make an appearance or it won’t.

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How to Stay Motivated As You Write Your Book

writer at work“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at 9 a.m. every morning.” —Peter DeVies

Let’s face it. You started writing your book like a runaway train. So much to say, so little time.

Your muse was sitting on your shoulder, urging you on, and you were turning out page after page of amazing prose … until … you came to a screeching halt.  What happened? Read more ›

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