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Book Coach to Best Sellers™ Kim O’Hara loves writers of all kinds. She also is a writer, and finds there are endless conversations to be had about the craft and psychology of writing. Join her each episode as she talks with a variety of writers - comedians, authors, coaches, speakers, songwriters, TV writers, to name a few - about their craft. The conversations can get personal in nature, as writing is truly an exploration of self. To learn more about Kim O'Hara as a Book Coach, go to kimohara.com or sign up for the latest on her books at kimoharabooks.com.

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You Should Write A Book About That‪™‬ Kim O'Hara

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Book Coach to Best Sellers™ Kim O’Hara loves writers of all kinds. She also is a writer, and finds there are endless conversations to be had about the craft and psychology of writing. Join her each episode as she talks with a variety of writers - comedians, authors, coaches, speakers, songwriters, TV writers, to name a few - about their craft. The conversations can get personal in nature, as writing is truly an exploration of self. To learn more about Kim O'Hara as a Book Coach, go to kimohara.com or sign up for the latest on her books at kimoharabooks.com.

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    Eroticism is the secret sauce to wellness

    Eroticism is the secret sauce to wellness

    What would you think if I told you EROTICISM is the SECRET sauce to wellness? Would you buy a book written on that topic? I know I would, and while she hasn’t written the book yet, that is the position of Tina Koopersmith MD, who after 30 years as a fertility specialist is focused on prioritizing Pleasure to remind our nervous system that we are safe in our bodies. I am sure many of our listeners are going through fertility-issues, or have questions about late in life motherhood, or like me, are abuse survivors with the body trauma, so this is going to be a fantastic conversation for you but also for everyone, looking at a deeper relationship to our bodies and sexuality.

    So why hasn’t she written her book yet? On today’s episode we talk about the headspin many people come to me with –” I think I have four books, I can’t decide which book to write, I want to do the book more aligned with my coaching practice, but I feel more called to this other book…”

    As a Coach, Tina’s mission is to guide women to nourish all 4 of our bodies: the mind body, the heart body, the physical body and the energetic body because we are ALL worthy of self-care, self-acceptance and self-love. Join us as we find out where she is in the writing process, her many experiences with patients in infertility and amazing tools for happy healthy sexuality.

    You can learn more about Tina at womensreproduction.com

    If you enjoyed this show, may we suggest other similar episodes you may like? Check out recent episodes with my book client Angie Wisdom who wrote the  book The Non-Negotiable You and talks about coming to writing as a complete newcomer. Or perhaps listen to Alisa Zipursky, an author who has written a frank self-help book on Healing Honestly from sexual abuse. There is always a guest for everyone at every stage in their writing journey so subscribe to not miss any upcoming guests. If you liked this episode, I would love a review! It’s the lifeblood of podcasts.

    I have written a  book!  Check out No Longer Denying Sexual Abuse: Making The Choices That Can Change Your Life. I also have a 21 week series Abused No Longer. 


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    • 33 min
    Author Angie Wisdom and the Non-Negotiable You

    Author Angie Wisdom and the Non-Negotiable You

    Life & Business Coach Angie Wisdom came to me to write a book because it was something she didn’t think she could do… which made it very appealing! A high achiever who brings her clients to find a life they love, Angie endeavored to write about how critical it is to trust yourself and be authentic in all you do.

    She had to overcome some perfectionism to write the first draft of the book. Wanting every line and idea to resonate wasn’t helping her forward momentum. She soon learned we would craft the book into the vision she saw in drafts two and three.  Now she is releasing this incredible book The Non-Negotiable You in June 2023 and already has a best-selling companion journal Start With You.

    I personally did three rounds of the Start With You Journal, tracking every day what my intentions were, and was shocked at how clear and directed my life became. Her book is an extension of the journal, diving deeper into some of the concepts of values and purpose.

    From this episode, you will walk away with a deeper insight into the book writing process from a novice (who now knows not only how to write a book but publish one with her marketing partners), as well as hear a highly sought coach talk about core concepts that can make you see how you focusing on you first can enhance your life.

    She also stresses it’s up to you to choose your seat, and create a meaningful success and a life you love.

    You can learn more about Angie at

    https://angiewisdom.com/

    If you enjoyed this show, may we suggest other similar episodes you may like? Check out recent episodes with Alisa Zipursky who talks about the magnificent messy process of writing about childhood sexual abuse, or one of my great book clients Joy McManigal who has written a book for young adults called The Good Life. Subscribe to not miss any upcoming guests, and if you liked this episode, I would love a review! It’s the lifeblood of podcasts.

    I have written a  book!  Check out No Longer Denying Sexual Abuse: Making The Choices That Can Change Your Life. I also have a 21 week series Abused No Longer. 


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit igiveyoupermission.substack.com

    • 31 min
    The Messy and Magnificent Writing of “Healing Honestly”

    The Messy and Magnificent Writing of “Healing Honestly”

    Since 2016, Author Alisa Zipursky has been blogging about her experiences as a millennial woman trying to live a full life while healing from her abuse. As many of you know, I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and I am thrilled that Alisa is my first guest who has written a book about her healing. She wrote Healing Honestly: The Messy and Magnificent Path to Overcoming Self-Blame and Self-Shame to put a book out in the world that honestly addressed the balance of trauma recovery and living a happy life. Going out in the world and trying to be practical or rational about your abuse story to make others less uncomfortable is just b******t, and she takes that head on as an effort to show how it can ultimately combat shame. 

    She is a beautiful writer and on today’s show, we get deep into the balance of personal narrative and research in her book, as well as who connected with her when she first started the writing process online. When she got public in her survivorship, the first survivor who connected with her was from India, but she also heard from people in her social circle that they were affected by abuse. She realized it was all around her in this seemingly perfect community in Bethesda, Maryland. The truth is, we are all surrounded by survivors. 

    We chat about:

    *Her grandmother was Alisa’s biggest champion through the early process of her writing her blog (which eventually led to the book.)

    * How she at first felt that just body memories were not enough to be a legit survivor only to discover this was one of the biggest areas where people connected with her story.

    * When she shared about a niche experience in her process of facing abuse that she never thought anyone would connect with, that it was exactly what people needed to hear.

    As writers in recovery we are tasked with writing about what goes on inside us, even if we think we will be stigmatized as angry feminists as abuse survivors (which may be on some levels true, but not so binary). Our job is to show that it is not black and white thinking for healing where you are either thriving or victimized. We get to have many layers and stages of our recovery and it is ever changing.

    She offers practical strategies for survivors of sex abuse to support themselves in living full and vibrant lives. 

    You can find Alisa at - Founder HealingHonestly.com

    Author of Healing Honestly: The Messy and Magnificent Path to Overcoming Self-Blame and Self-Shame (June) pre-order now!

    If you enjoyed this show, may we suggest other episodes you may like with Book Client/Authors of Kim’s? Check out recent episodes with Joy McManigal, Author of The Good You or Matthew Brownstein, founder of the Institute of Interpersonal Hypnotherapy. Subscribe to not miss any upcoming guests, and if you liked this episode, I would love a review! It’s the lifeblood of podcasts.  My podcast is also connected to my 3x weekly column Inner Circle so be sure to subscribe!

    I have written a  book!  Check out No Longer Denying Sexual Abuse: Making The Choices That Can Change Your Life. I also have a 21 week series Abused No Longer. 


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit igiveyoupermission.substack.com

    • 31 min
    A Book That Helps Young Adults Live a Good Life

    A Book That Helps Young Adults Live a Good Life

    Book client Joy McManigal has led a varied life from owning a pub in Ireland, working in​​ the movie business, facing bankruptcy, and raising four daughters with celebrity Giancarlo Esposito. All of her life’s twists and turns landed her on the decision to write a book that would help young people dodge some of the pitfalls she encountered. Young adults have a lot to overcome and learn, including doubting themselves in today’s hyper critical society on social media. Their path will be one of a Good Life if they can discern their values, mission and purpose - tools rarely taught in high school or even college. Her new book, The Good You, was written to press the concept of Help not Hurt out in the world for young adults. She gives four key pillars to look at why you are motivated to make choices in your young life.

    We talk about the creative process she went through and how exhilarating it feels to write a book. Her moment when she knew she had to write this book came in a dinner conversation when friends were expressing they were struggling with their kids and they asked her, “Why are your kids not so messed up?’ She understood all her capacities as a mentor, teacher and coach combined provided her kids the tools they needed from her mothering perspective. The book started as a guide for mothers to not raise kids who are not screwed up, and it morphed into a book focused on how to be a good person in a simple non-complicated way.

    We chat about:

    * Writing a true vernacular and terminology for young readers as a midlife writer.

    * When she realized her self-help book needed her story so the readers could invest in her as an author.

    * Writing five drafts and how the vision has changed of the book.

    Her advice to any writer starting the process is to be clear about your motivation for writing a book. Remember why you initially started which anchors you on days you are staring at a half-baked book. She also suggests a writer to be flexible with their book as it evolves. 

    Joy is in the process of shopping her book and so we are rooting for her to land an agent to get this amazing book in bookstores all over America! What a great graduation gift! 

    If you enjoyed this show, may we suggest other episodes you may like with Book Client/Authors of Kim’s? Check out recent episodes with Matthew Brownstein, founder of the Interpersonal Hypnotherapy Institute or Amy Powers talking about network marketing from an Ivy League perspective. Subscribe to not miss any upcoming guests, and if you liked this episode, I would love a review! It’s the lifeblood of podcasts.  My podcast is also connected to my 3x weekly column Inner Circle so be sure to subscribe!

    I have written a  book!  Check out No Longer Denying Sexual Abuse: Making The Choices That Can Change Your Life. I also have a 21 week series Abused No Longer. 


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit igiveyoupermission.substack.com

    • 24 min
    What Does It Really Mean To Be Enlightened with Book Client Matthew Brownstein

    What Does It Really Mean To Be Enlightened with Book Client Matthew Brownstein

    Book client Matthew Brownstein didn’t originally come to me to write a book. He was looking to better promote his five already written books. I convinced him to re-write his book on hypnotherapy, and today the book emulates a curriculum for his state-licensed Institute of Hypnotherapy. He acknowledges how he had to let Spirit guide him to let the words come through and be okay if the words didn’t come. He appreciated the structure I provided to him and had to be in the spiritual flow of knowledge and wisdom. He speaks of rewriting the introduction three times, and being okay with being patient in the process. 

    Matthew as a young person was your average middle class kid, headed to a liberal arts college, until he had a moment of enlightenment. This affected everything about his life, and he felt the desire to meditate all the time and connect to the mystical branches of the world religions. His desire was to connect to love’s presence and live in a monastery. He went on a journey to understand oneness. 

    When Matthew and I met, we connected from a mutual respect for the author Michael Singer (The Untethered Soul). He lived on and off in his Temple of the Universe, where Michael would talk about blockages (“sankars”). So Matthew first went to school for acupuncture to remove blockages for people but the higher wiser voice told him he was going to go to Hypnotherapy school. He was quickly blown away by the power of the mind. He found with Hypnotherapy he could remove the blocks. 

    Interpersonal Therapy is his unique brand. It came from him asking the higher wiser voice, what is the spirituality of hypnotherapy? He heard, interpersonal is the answer. The word is about the sacred nature of transformational relationships. Profound, right?

    Listen in to hear more lessons and insights from Matthew who has dedicated his life to healing people in the body and mind from his lifetime work. 

    We chat about:

    -What is at the root of negative belief systems

    -What is at the core of the negative memories?

    -How we can discover an unforgiven relationship and release it

    With his school, and books, Matthew hopes to encourage more people to either learn how to use hypnotherapy for their own healing, or explore hypnotherapy as a profession. 

    You can learn more about Matthew at

    https://www.instituteofhypnotherapy.com/

    If you enjoyed this show, may we suggest other similar episodes you may like? Check out recent episodes with Jenna Dillon, a results-driven Executive Coach or one of my great book clients Jae Wu talking about happiness and moving through after coming to this country from Korea. Subscribe to not miss any upcoming guests, and if you liked this episode, I would love a review! It’s the lifeblood of podcasts.

    I have written a  book!  Check out No Longer Denying Sexual Abuse: Making The Choices That Can Change Your Life. I also have a 21 week series Abused No Longer. 


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit igiveyoupermission.substack.com

    • 32 min
    Finding Sobriety & Self Love with Sophie McCallum

    Finding Sobriety & Self Love with Sophie McCallum

    Sophie McCallum has first and foremost on her website the question, “Are you ready to love being you?” This is over her looking very chic riding an escalator up from the NYC Subway. She emulates strength and grace in mid life, but that hasn’t always been the case. She tells about hitting herself repeatedly in the head with a brush when she looked in the mirror or biting her arm so hard it bled when she was a young girl. When she met her husband and had her boys, she became a super mom… until that fell apart and after divorce came shared custody, and then the terrible bouts of drinking. Sophie hit her bottom. I can relate as a sober woman who used to drink my feelings of low self-worth and emotions away! When she became sober, she was able to look within and find and understand long trapped emotions that held her back from knowing her true self.

    So why hasn’t she written her book yet? On today’s episode we get real and honest about our journeys as moms and also as rock star women (she actually plays in a band), as well as my needling her about why she hasn’t yet written the book and why.

    I chat with her about:

    Don’t write the introduction first 

    Understand her reader avatar

    As a Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner and School of Life Participant, Sophie’s mission is to guide women to their strongest position: Self-Love. Join us as we find out where she is in the writing process, her many relapses with alcohol and amazing tools for self-love.

    You can learn more about Sophie at https://selflovepeddler.com/meet-sophie

    If you enjoyed this show, may we suggest other similar episodes you may like? Check out recent episodes with Sarah Sperry, a Wellness Coach who works with women about burnout, or one of my great book clients Ethan Bach talking about his five psychotic breaks. Subscribe to not miss any upcoming guests, and if you liked this episode, I would love a review! It’s the lifeblood of podcasts.

    I have written a  book!  Check out No Longer Denying Sexual Abuse: Making The Choices That Can Change Your Life. I also have a 21 week series Abused No Longer. 



    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit igiveyoupermission.substack.com

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

rebwhitman ,

Helping the Writer in You come Out!

Kim shares simple tips, tools and strategies to give you the courage to get your book 📕 published! She makes it tangible and compelling!!! I will keep listening!!!

Diann Wingert ,

The art of storytelling

Think you have a book in you but have no idea how to get it into the world? This podcast is a great place to start! Kim demonstrates the kind of curiosity, vulnerability and connection that lead to meaningful conversations and really relatable interviews.

jessgersh ,

Coach, Cheerleader, but not a spotlight stealer

Kim is the real deal. Her insights and perspective are fresh and inviting. It takes a confident coach to not own the clients’ wins! A must listen!

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