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Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

Helena, Montana

Sarah is a keynote speaker, podcast host, and Gallup certified Strengths coach. Her clients are diverse, including science and higher education non-profits, medical professionals and more.

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Sarah is a keynote speaker, Gallup certified Strengths coach, and has been hosting a successful podcast for nearly two years. Her keynote and coaching clients are diverse, including science and higher education non-profits, medical professionals, startup teams, and local, state, and Federal agencies. She is described as "down to Earth" and as having a "practical approach to stories as a communication tool."

Sarah is founder and host of the No Longer Virtual conference, an annual event to connect beyond the keyboard with people from all over the world, who have met online through LinkedIn and want to take their professional relationships to a deeper level of trust and support. The conference was honored in Forbes online as one of the "Top 6 Can't Miss Conferences for Entrepreneurs" in 2017 and 2018.
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Success! Your Stories Don't Define You. sold 235 pre-orders by Sept. 22, 2019, was pitched to 28 publishers, and will be published by Koehler Books.
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$20 Story Lover

96 readers

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- 1 printed copy
- 1 free Ebook (PDF, ePUB, MOBI)

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$38 Storyteller

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$80 Story Sharer

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- One email per week during 30 days for direct Q&A from Sarah Elkins

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$250 Story Believer

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- 30 min webinar for Q&A with Sarah Elkins (under availability) - Name acknowledged in the book
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$500 Story Maker

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- 1 hr one-to-one via Zoom storytelling session (available in person within 2h of Helena, Montana)
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$1000 Story Champion

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- 1 hr one-to-one via Zoom storytelling session (available in person within 2h of Helena, Montana)
- 1 hr webinar via Zoom provided for employees of your company (up to 12 people & available in person within 2h of Helena, Montana)
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Your Stories Don't Define You.

How You Tell Them Will.

The stories you choose to tell, and how you choose to tell them, shape your internal messages and the perceptions of the people around you. If you’re ready to uncover personal stories to improve communication in all aspects of your life, this book is for you.

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Personal Growth & Self-Improvement
40,000 words
50% complete
8 publishers interested

Synopsis

"Your Stories Don’t Define You, How You Tell Them Will" helps people identify which personal stories to share, and when to share them. It dives into the sociological and psychological aspects of how the stories we tell actually shape our perceptions of ourselves (our internal messages), and the perceptions others have of us (our personal brand.)

While offering some research to understand the stories we tell and why, the book comes around quickly to application and strategy – guiding readers to create a story portfolio, and reviewing it to better understand their patterns. When we understand our patterns, we see where we are contributing to our own successes and challenges.

The intention of this book is to improve self-reflection, and improve relationships as a result.

We share stories for many reasons, to persuade, to entertain, and to connect. What we sometimes forget is the impact of the stories we tell ourselves. Whether you’re sharing personal stories or business stories, how you share them makes a difference in how you remember them, and in how you’re perceived by the people you’re interacting with.

While reading this book, you’ll start to create your own story portfolio to help you improve relationships through the stories you share. You’ll read stories that will resonate with you, you’ll nod your head in understanding, remembering similar situations from your own life, and then we’ll dig into the lessons from each of those situations.

Why support this book?

  • Foreword by Cheryl Snapp Connor, founder and CEO of SnappConnor PR, Forbes and Inc Contributor, Author and Speaker, 14,000 Twitt
  • Sarah has an engaged and supportive LinkedIn network, as proven through the success of her conference, No Longer Virtual.
  • Search #storytelling on Instagram, see 3.8M posts, but people don't know why their personal stories matter or how to tell them.
  • Sarah Elkins has a successful weekly podcast that has reached over 1,000 listeners in a month.
  • This book will appeal to those who want to improve their storytelling as a way to improve themselves and their careers.

Similar titles

  • "Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling" by Matthew Dicks, New World Library, 2018. Matthew offers great tools for telling a story in any environment; while the book proposed helps guide a reader to creating their story portfolio. A reader will have a solid place to begin to craft those stories after reading the proposed book, and will have opportunities to self-reflect by reviewing the collected personal stories and identifying patterns in their lives.
  • "Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence" by Lisa Cron, Ten Speed Press, 2012. This book is geared toward writers; it is a great tool to help writers identify the key points to grab an audience’s attention. It is different from the proposed book in that it doesn’t help a writer identify which stories to share, and isn’t geared toward helping the reader see stories as a relationship building communication tool.
  • "Long Story Short, The Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need" by Margot Leitman, Sasquatch Books, 2015. Margot focuses on the reader’s identity, while the proposed book focuses on the reader’s pivot points in life - those moments that significantly changed the way they view themselves and their place in the world. Margot’s book doesn’t touch on aspects of self-reflection like the proposed book, which helps the reader see patterns in their stories in order to improve communication in all relationships.

Audience

People who want to improve their storytelling techniques, and identify the patterns in their lives that are limiting their success in relationships.

Advance praise

Whitney Johnson, Founder and CEO of WLJ Advisors, Author of Disrupt Yourself.
"Sarah Elkins’ podcast, Your Stories Don’t Define You, dives into the sociological and psychological impact our stories have on our internal messages and our personal brand. Being able to draw those stories out is a huge part of personal development. I can’t wait to get my hands on her book, and I know it will help readers discover their own stories and dive deeply into them to motivate personal growth, proactively disrupt themselves, and improve their relationships and careers."

8 publishers interested
Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc. logo Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.

250 copies • Completed manuscript.
Atlantic Publishing has been providing millions of readers information to jumpstart their careers, start businesses, manage employees, invest, plan for retirement, learn technologies, build relationships, and live rewarding, fulfilling lives. Our award-winning authors and publication staff strive to make our products the best and most up-to-date available. We go further than most publishers to get our customers the best products.

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Cranthorpe Millner logo Cranthorpe Millner

250 copies • Partial manuscript.
Cranthorpe Millner operates a hybrid publishing model. This means, should an author pass our editors’ strict filtering system, we can offer different kinds of agreements depending on the author and the manuscript. With some authors, we work under a ‘traditional’ model, whereby we cover the full cost of publication and the author is offered industry-standard royalties (8-10%). To some authors, we offer what we call a partnership or contributory agreement, whereby the author is asked for a financial contribution so that we may share the risk and enter into a partnership together to publish the author’s book. In this case, the author receives around 60-75% royalties.

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100 copies • Completed manuscript.
eBooks2go, Inc. was founded in 2011 to provide the missing link for all your publishing needs. Our end-to-end solutions provide the guidance and support that enable publishers and independent authors to pursue their passions. To date, we have helped more than 750 authors and 100 publishers worldwide. We offer an array of simple and affordable solutions to assist self-publishing authors at every stage of the book publishing process. Our comprehensive service offering includes editing, print and eBook production, book marketing, cover designs, ISBN registration, and even website designs. We are a single source for all of your publishing needs.

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Children Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mind & Body, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, YA Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Business & Money, Career & Success, Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Journalism, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Politics & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Society & Culture, Sports & Outdoors, Technology & the Future, Travel

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Emerald Lake Books logo Emerald Lake Books

500 copies • Completed manuscript.
Emerald Lake Books is a hybrid publishing company that provides a unique blend of business coaching with publishing to help its authors succeed, whether it’s their first book or their fiftieth! Emerald Lake Books specializes in working with positive people who have an engaging, exciting, or entertaining message to share with the world. Using a unique, goal-oriented approach to publishing, we combine our business and publishing knowledge to help our authors set and attain goals for their readers, their brands, and their books. And many of those books have gone on to win international awards and recognition.

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1106 Design, LLC logo 1106 Design, LLC

500 copies • Completed manuscript.
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In our model, distribution accounts are set up in your name. When a book is sold, the retailer takes a cut, the printing cost is deducted, and the balance is deposited directly into your bank account, never ours first. The difference can amount to several more dollars per book in net revenue to you. Our most popular package for non-fiction books, 50,000 words and under, including copyediting, cover design, interior layout, proofreading, eBook formatting, and distribution set up in your name is just $7,353. Fiction titles are slightly lower, $6,488.

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Atmosphere Press logo Atmosphere Press

250 copies • Partial manuscript.
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Authors Unite logo Authors Unite

250 copies • Completed manuscript.
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100 copies • Partial manuscript.
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  • Anonymous
    on Jan. 16, 2020, 3:16 p.m.

    Wonderful progress Sarah! Big hugs :) Mary Riitano xo