Emily Pugliese Capstone

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For my capstone, I’ve decided that I’d like to put together a book. The theme of it is you are not alone. The goal is to have people understand that we are all in this together and hard times are often times part of the human experience. This being said, I will be having the help of co-authors to write this process. The book is called, I Am Not Alone. In its spine, holds stories of hardships that my co-authors have went through and how they were able to overcome them hardship. The idea of them sharing their story will hopefully influence and encourage the people around them to seek the desired help struggling people might need.


Jenkins, Jerry B. “How to Write a Book: A Proven 20-Step Guide from a 21-Time Bestseller.” Jerry Jenkins | Proven Writing Tips, Jerry Jenkins, 19 Dec. 2018, jerryjenkins.com/how-to-write-a-book/.

While searching for sources and answers to where to start in making this dream come true. I came across this site and the first sentence said, “Becoming an author can change your life—not to mention give you the ability to impact thousands, even millions, of people.” That right there was all I needed to keep reading, for the main purpose of my book is to encourage others. I found Jerry Jenkins Blog to be reliable because he is a famous author that has approximately 21 New York Times bestseller novels.

This specific site helps me understand that it’s okay to take not see the full picture of the final product at first. The author even encourage not to see it that way, for a good book doesn’t have to be measured by time well spent or how many pages it turns. A good book can be as simple as having a completed beginning, middle and end. And personally that's the most encouraging thing to read because that takes unneeded stress that I’ve placed in myself, off my shoulders. Because in the end, we all have different views.

Bryan. “How Much Does It Cost To Self-Publish a Book?” Become a Writer Today, 15 Sept. 2018, becomeawritertoday.com/cost-of-self-publishing/.

This website really helped me narrow down on how much money I will need to spend. It really opened my eyes to see how little I know about how to publish a book properly. Based on the website it showed me that I need to do more research on how much my typical story will be. I really didn’t like that the writer didn’t really specify how much it would be, they didn’t really give me a small range at all. This was a very informative read, however now I am left with many questions.

Swets, Paul W. The Art of Talking so That People Will Listen: Getting through to Family, Friends, and Business Associates. Simon & Schuster, 1992.

While reading through some of the chapters, I was sad to find that this source wasn’t as resourceful as I’d hope. Although it showed me how to be a more vocal person and stand strong when trying to speak to people. It didn’t really share much about writing so people will listen. However, some of the things that the book mentioned could be implemented in my book. Some may beg to differ, but the way I interpreted the writing was useful to an extent.

“How to Use Real People in Your Writing Without Ending Up in Court.” Helen Sedwick, 24 Aug. 2016, helensedwick.com/how-to-use-real-people-in-your-writing/.

This website was written by an attorney. Which I consider to be very reliable because out of all people, they’ll know the most about the ins and outs of writing a book that are similar to mine without getting sued. This site was very useful for me because it gave me hope that it is still possible to have my book officially published allowing people around the world that they aren’t alone in their tough situations and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. The site was a little confusing at first hand because the writer was trying to explain that no matter how you word specific things it's best that you don’t say it at all or that you change not only the characters names but also their characteristics and tweak some of their history.

Henneke. “5 Ways to Make Your Words More Powerful (and Get People to Listen).” Enchanting Marketing, 4 Aug. 2017, www.enchantingmarketing.com/how-to-make-words-more-powerful/

As a writer and person I always found it hard to share something with someone without them getting distracted or spacing out. I found this website very encouraging because it listed the things that I’m doing wrong. For example, the writer says that it is very unpleasant and unrealistic to read a really long sentence (run-on sentence) they encouraged to break it down. Instead of having a 43 word long single sentence break it down. That right there will be easier to read. Also the website helped me to understand how to word things properly. It gives a quote by Albert Einstein “If you can’t explain it to a 6 year old, you don’t understand it yourself.

Treasure, Julian. Ted, Ted, www.ted.com/talks/julian_treasure_how_to_speak_so_that_people_want_to_listen.

Like the book I read, this Ted talk was more about speaking to others in the present rather than writing. However the one thing that I felt was very intriguing about the Ted Talk was H.A.I.L At first I was very hesitant to follow through with the video but as I watched and listened I realized that HAIL should be applied to my stories so people find it more believable and relatable. H-honesty be clear and straightforward. Implying don’t go on a rant about one specific moment for 3 pages. A-authenticity be yourself. I-integrity be your word. L-love wish them well. Although Julian Treasure was directing it more to conversations between people, it can also be implied for stories.

“How to Publish a Book: An Overview of Traditional & Self-Publishing.” How To Publish a Book: An Overview of Traditional & Self-Publishing | WritersDigestShop, Writers Digests, www.writersdigestshop.com/how_to_get_published.

         This website opened my eyes to what the process of publishing will really look like. It taught me the difference between self publishing and having an agent. Though there is a major difference between the two, I never really thought that I could make money off of my project for that was not the point for it. However I was really hoping to be able to publish in some sort of way. From the article, my best option would have to be self publishing. Although that may cost some money, I am willing to either use my own cash or have fundraisers to help fund what I believe to be a good cause.

Bittner, Lauren "Best Ways People Tend to Relate." Personal interview. Jan. 2019.

         I believe that Lauren is a great source that is available to me because she has a masters degree in psychology and has recently started her own practice. Although she wasn’t allowed to share much about her patients specifically. Lauren was able to share with me things that worked and didn’t work with talking to some clients. She shared with me that people are coming to her in a vulnerable state. Hearing her say this reminds me that I also have to keep that in my mind while reading my co-authors stories. Not also them but those who might be reading my book as well because they will be coming to my book most likely looking for answers and support.

“Learning to Relate.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/irrelationship/201605/learning-relate.

Psychology today wasn’t as hopeful and informative that I hoped it would be. Although it did talk a lot about relating to people. It talked mostly on the foundations of relating and how it originated from when we were children. The site was talking about how we developed the skill of learning at young age due to our parents. Although it is a very interesting idea to learn about, it doesn’t actually help me with my developing project. I was expecting a lot from this sight however was slightly disappointed.

“Create, Publish and Sell Your Book for Free.” Journal of Camus Studies 2013 by Camus Society (Paperback) - Lulu, www.lulu.com/.

This website is a publishing sight. Although I might not necessarily use this site specifically. I found it interesting to look and scroll through for it informed me more about what I will be getting myself throughout the process of creating this book.