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The Amber Lilyestrom Show

Mar 19, 2019

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If there’s a book that’s on your heart but you just don’t know where to begin… today’s conversation is for YOU!

Kelly Notaras is a writer and book editor extraordinaire specializing in transformational nonfiction. After working in the editorial divisions at HarperCollins, Penguin, Hyperion Books and Sounds True, she founded kn literary arts, an editorial studio that has helped over 500 authors write, edit and market their books since 2013. Her first book, The Book You Were Born to Write: Everything You Need to (Finally) Get Your Wisdom Onto the Page and Into the World has just been published by Hay House.

We dive in to #allthethings on writing your first book; including how to structure it, where the inspiration should come from, and why you should stop believing the lie that you could ever get it wrong.

In This Episode:

  • Today’s guest, Kelly Notaras [ :40 ]

  • What lead Kelly to where she is today [ 3:50 ]

  • What helped Kelly move through the more challenging times in her life [ 9:36 ]

  • The process of writing your first book [ 16:55 ]

  • The 4 motivations for writing a book (for prescriptive nonfiction books) [ 22:00 ]

  • How to structure your book when you’re writing a memoir or a prescriptive book [ 33:05 ]

  • Common themes in authors that Kelly has seen over the years [ 42:22 ]

  • Kelly’s favorite authors and books [ 49:00 ]

  • What Kelly is most excited about right now [ 50:50 ]

Soul Shifting Quotes:

  • “Go within as deeply as you can… it’s there that you can really touch your bottom line.”

  • “Your first book may be written for your heart, or for your art- and that is what it should be written for.”

  • “Don’t be afraid to get it wrong.”

  • “Books are born on a schedule, and it might not be yours. You have to trust life around that.”

  • “When the time is right the book will arrive.”

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Learn more about Kelly at and be sure to follow her on Instagram: @kellynotaras

Tag me in your big shifts + takeaways: @amberlilyestrom

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