Monday, November 14, 2011

Seizing Opportunities!


My very special guest today is fellow Dancing Lemur Press author, Charlette Denise Sutton. I’ve known Denise for many years and she’s an accomplished author and songwriter. Her Ebook, Seizing Opportunities That Propel You Forward, officially comes out Tuesday. I asked Denise what led to the creation of this book. (And it’s a wonderful read if you’re in need of some inspiration!)

My first love has always been poetry because I have always believed that something introduced in rhyme is more memorable.  However, after publishing two books of poetry and going to workshops and book signings with other writers, I found that I was the only one that wrote just poetry. I soon found that most writers concentrate on different genres of writing to increase their exposure.  So I decided to expand the type of writing that I would promote in order to reach a larger audience. I briefly considered fiction but soon found out that coming up with plots and endings did not interest me. I did remember, though, that I had a great love for empowering and motivating others and thus came up with the ideas behind Seizing Opportunities That Propel You Forward.

Every day, I meet people who seem to be frustrated because they do not know what their talent or "calling" is, or in other scenarios, know what their talent is, but don't know how to use it to get the most potential out of it.  That is when I decided to write a book to encourage people to stop just looking for big events that may take years to occur and search for small things that could make their dreams explode into reality over time. As I began gathering material, I became more aware of how often even I have passed up small opportunities that could have been a large breakthrough in disguise.  I often remember the words of wisdom that tell us to not look down on humble beginnings, for they often lead to great things. Constantly putting in place the principles that I teach has led me to "think outside of the box" and grow in my own creativity and I feel that it could do the same for others.  Sharing this knowledge is truly an exciting  and rewarding experience.

About Denise:
Author, Speaker, Songwriter
Writing poetry since grade school, she discovered at an early age how comforting words can be in lifting people out of despair and pushing them towards achievement. Each word she writes is carefully chosen to bring meaning and relevance to others. Denise often compares herself to the greeting card magnate, Helen Steiner Rice, as she strives to capture the feeling one gets when they find the right phrase for the right occasion! She has published two books of inspirational poetry, My Words and Me and Do You Know Him? and one motivational book, Seizing Opportunities That Propel You Forward. She has also co-produced several CD's, one titled "Words Can't Tell." She loves to share her words of inspiration and prides herself in being a musician, songwriter, and inspirational speaker.

And Blogger is being fussy, so could not insert hyperlinks to her sites, but they are:



Seizing Opportunities That Propel You Forward
By Charlette Denise Sutton
Self-help/inspirational (SEL021000)
$2.99 eBook ISBN 978-0-9827139-7-6
Available in all eBook formats on November 15, 2011

Seizing Opportunities That Propel You Forward, stresses the importance of finding powerful opportunities to make a difference in everyday living.  Instead of becoming discouraged from not encountering those envisioned "big breaks", readers are encouraged to watch for those "little instances" that could profoundly affect their lives and forever change their destiny. Many people overlook the challenge of finding creative and almost hidden ways to make their skills, knowledge, and connections work for them. This book focuses on preparing yourself daily to take full advantage of every situation that comes your way! One of her favorite excerpts from the book include:

“Looking high, looking low…
How much farther do I need to go?
It took a while, but now I understand
The ‘opportunity’ I was searching for was right in my hand!”


Available now at Amazon, Smashwords, and Dancing Lemur Press. Ready for some inspiration?


What led you on your chosen writing path?

28 comments:

Clarissa Draper said...

What a great idea for a book. It's true, many wonder what they should do with their lives. This book will be really helpful.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Interesting. I, too, first started writing poetry. It was my first love but then I discovered a knack for writing fiction. It's what I love more than anything. Now if there was just a way to make it pay.... Regardless of the money, it sure is nice to be doing what you love.

Jennifer Shirk said...

This is great. Sometimes people just need that extra "push". :)

Stephen Tremp said...

Great to meet Charlette. Best wishes to her and the success of Seizing Opportunities!

Helen Ginger said...

Great advice! I admit, I'm guilty of overlooking small opportunities because I'm focused on looking for the big ones.

Talli Roland said...

That's a fantastic topic which I'm sure will help many people! Funnily enough, I've blogged today about seizing my opportunity for writing.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Yvonne, she definitely writes what she loves.

Her book is wonderful and I hope everyone has a chance to read it.

cd sutton said...

Thanks everyone. I enjoyed coming up with the concepts for this book. I hope these ideas really catch on!.....

Lydia Kang said...

Nice meeting you Charette! The books looks so helpful. :)

LD Masterson said...

Thanks, Diane, for introducing us to Charlette.

Robyn Campbell said...

What a truly helpful book! It is lovely to meet you Charlette. What a beautiful spelling of your name.

Thanks Diane for this introduction to Charlette.

M Pax said...

Wow, Charlene is a busy person. Very interesting book idea. Wishes for all success!

cd sutton said...

Thank you everyone. I'm really excited about seeing how far this concept will go. As for you, don't miss those opportunities!!!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. Congrats on taking the chance to try different tupes of writing.

Ann Best said...

This looks like a very good and helpful book. I'm putting it on my list!
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

Beth Blair said...

How inspiring! I'm adding Seizing Opportunities That Propel You Forward to my list, too!

cd sutton said...

Thank you all for your comments. This inspires me. Encouraging others comes naturally when you have a great teacher, aka Spunk on a Stick! Of the time I have known her, she has always been a go-getter...
Thanks Diane for introducing me to these writers and potential readers.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Sounds like an inspirational book!

I started writing when I was really little. but it wasn't until a few years ago I even considered actually publishing it. I have no idea what propelled me, to be honest. Maybe I finally felt confident enough.

LynNerdKelley said...

Congratulations on your book, Denise. It takes a special person to inspire others. I bet your book does well. Fiction is a harder sell than Nonfiction. Best of luck to you!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

My first poem was when I lost my 16 yrs old dog.......never written before. Then 7 yrs later wrote a poem on the birth of our first grandchild Josh. Little did I think that ten days later mum would have left me and husband diagnosed with terminal cancer.
After his passing two months after mum I put all my thoughts dreams and memories into poems that was 13 yrs ago.That's what inspired me to write.

Yvonne.

cd sutton said...

Writing can be great therapy. That is why I encourage everyone that writes to keep that pen flowing!...

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Wonderful post. I think you have to seize the opportunity when it arises, you can't just sit back and hope it happens.

Your books sounds great.

Southpaw said...

Sounds like a good book and helpful too.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Denise, hope you book is a big hit today!

Nicki Elson said...

This sounds like an intriguing book - on that can apply to everyone. Thanks for bringing it to our attention, and good luck on opening day!

cd sutton said...

Yes, one never knows whether or not an opportunity will present itself more than once, so never just let it pass you by!.... What I love about the ideas in this book is that they are not new but just friendly reminders of how to succeed more in life.

Arlee Bird said...

I've missed many opportunities in my life because I didn't open myself up to them. Success comes from overcoming one's mistakes and learning from them. You're on a great mission and I congratulate for what you're doing and the lives you are touching.

Poetry is more than just verse. There is poetry in words, actions, and everything that surrounds us. It's up to us to catch the rhythm of our worlds.

Lee
Best selling author Lani Diane Rich visits
Tossing It Out
Wednesday November 16th.

Donna Shields said...

Very interesting. It was nice to meet you.