Thursday, September 17, 2009

Koerner Shares The Belief Formula

Pete Koerner has a refreshing message on the power of prayer.

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Pete reminds us that prayer is the oldest form of problem-solving and healing, despite the fact it has been rendered marginally effective through years of ignorance and misunderstanding.  Pete recalls as a child in Tennessee how few people seemed to understand Biblical wisdom.  He remembers thinking that most adults just did not "get it," or grasp that everything is possible. 

His father worked for Delta Airlines, so Pete grew up around airports with a love for airplanes and anything that flew. Pete also grew up watching television shows about firefighters and other public safety action-adventures that fueled his imagination.  He recalls wonderful hours of pretending his big wheel was a fire truck or imagining how cool it would be to have a barber's chair in his room because it would have made an awesome helicopter.  His imagination was non-stop, always looking at how to make things more exciting and fun.  He was armed with his Biblical wisdom of "everything is possible" when he tried to copy his favorite actor on the TV show S.W.A.T. and burned his hands trying to rappel down a of the things he learned the hard way... So this was his quest in life; to make his dreams reality. 

Later in life Pete found the things he imagined as a child unfolding as realities in his life – becoming a public safety worker, firefighter and instructor as well as earning a pilot’s license and flying airplanes and helicopters. Whatever his heart desired, life would bring the opportunities and he only needed to say, “Yes,” and be willing to follow his instincts.  This is when he started to realize his gut and heart were “thinking-organs.” These “thinking-organs” would produce their own type of prayer life that gave life to his dreams if he simply followed their guidance.  They were his silent guides, leading him through life to the right opportunities with subtle feelings and impulses – and sometimes very clear “knowings.”

He questioned and questioned and in his journey the answers came, sometimes they weren't the answers he'd expect, but eventually he learned, “be careful what you ask for, you will get an answer!” He experienced his most profound "silent dream" coming to fruition in 2002 when he opened his mouth and out of nowhere his words said "I need a laptop." His wife, Jennifer, was stunned and asked, “Why?" 

"I am going to write some books." Pete answered. He had no idea where this compulsion came from.  He was as stunned as his wife.  So he went out and bought the laptop.  That evening, he found he had purchased a very expensive card game – not knowing what to do with the laptop other than play Solitaire.  But, after playing Solitaire for about three-days, he just sat down and started to type. Before he knew it he had typed 5,000-words.  He had no idea what he wrote, but it sounded good enough.  So, the next day this continued – and the next and the next.  Until eventually he had a number of lengthy essays. 

He had no idea what he had written or why he written it; it all flowed from his subconscious. Not knowing what to do with these essays – which turned out to be chapters of his book – he did what any good son would do; he gave them to his mom who encouraged him to keep writing.  In the end, it took him two weeks to write a book. Each time he would read the book he would become inspired to add to it. By the time he had read and re-read the book a few times, he had added another 10,000 – 20,000 words.  It took on a life of its own. 

The collective unconscious exists all around us, much like radio waves, and different frequencies of energy are all around us.  The collective unconscious has all knowledge in it; we can tap into this knowledge by tuning in the right frequency much like a TV or radio tunes-in to the right frequencies.  Desire becomes a practical tool to tune us into the right information.  Once we have connected to the right desire and information we now add the right amount of belief to achieve results. If you can clearly see what you want you will get it.  This is the science of prayer. This is where he came up with his Belief Formula.

Pete's life has been shaped by his openness to the word of the subconscious. It is through his openness to opportunity, that his gut and heart have taken him on impossible journeys. He never wanted to be a writer. As a matter of fact in high school he hated English class and was actually had to repeat it. But he did have big dreams that his writing and teaching have helped him accomplish. Because he said, “Yes,” to an impulse from his heart, an unlikely event led him to the realization of several dreams he otherwise may not have realized.

“Prayer is much older than any religion, and can be explained in such a way that it will become clear what a real and powerful tool we have access to in Prayer — ALL of us.
If you don’t pray because you think it is a religious thing, you should think again. Prayer is thought; thought is prayer. It is our thoughts that create our lives; we just need to learn what that means and start using what we learn. The greatest minds of all-time have always said thing like, “As a man thinketh, so it is done unto him.”
Prayer works the same way for everyone — the only difference between one person and another is their understanding of how such things operate. As a child, I knew I was supposed to be talking to God, but I had no real concept of how to make my wishes heard.”

After years of studying medicine, religion, religious history, physics, energy psychology, and the realm of the human mind and thought, it has become clear that we have simply been ignoring the obvious to our own detriment. We have a valuable and powerful tool in Prayer; we need only understand it and start using it constructively in our lives.

At times things might look scary, but if your heart says, "Yes!" you will achieve it.  People will look at a mountain, feel overwhelmed and never take the journey.  It is often believed it will be easier just to coast downhill. It usually turns out that coasting downhill can lead to a swamp; whereas the uphill journey leads to the top of the mountain and the best views of life. Your dreams need positive reinforcement from you; you have to believe to the point you know anything truly is possible.

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Pete Koerner with Tracy Redman, Karen Godfrey, Lorraine Haataia, Lynn Rix, and Frank Green.

As we can see, Pete has put the Belief Formula to the test throughout his life – flying airplanes, helicopters, driving fire trucks, scuba diving, mountain climbing, kayaking, and traveling to many parts of the world teaching the secrets of creating and loving your own life. Pete has successfully navigated the business and entrepreneurial world – starting several successful businesses – and he continues to explore new ideas for growth.
Pete is dedicated to helping humanity reach its highest potential by using ancient wisdom and cutting edge science to teach scientific prayer and techniques for personal growth and transformation. Pete conducts retreats and seminars, and speaks and writes on the subjects of healing, prayer, and philosophy. He has helped hundreds of individuals achieve better health and greater happiness with his transformational techniques and methods – helping them free themselves from limiting beliefs so they can achieve their hearts desires and live their dreams. For more information on what Pete is up to, or to read any of his hundreds of articles on the power of the human mind, natural health, weight-loss, success and relationship enhancement, just visit:

The link -- which is Pete’s blog site is an archived of his articles on the subjects of: Natural health and healing; Stress and Weight management; Relationship enhancement; Success; and the Power of the Human Mind (Prayer/Spirituality/etc...). There are hundreds of articles there; so, if you enjoyed The Belief Formula, or that concept, those articles offer that perspective on those subjects...

There's also a Free E-book available at that site. It teaches The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) -- a technique that Pete and his wife  Jennifer (and thousands of doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, life coaches, etc...) use in private practice to overcome stress, anxiety, fears, phobias, and even allergies and other medical problems.   Pete has planted his world to open up to you at his website.  You will leave there refreshed and encouraged.  I know we all felt refreshed and encouraged just to hear him speak.

by Tracy Redman, FCCW Treasurer

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Phillips Provides Copyright Basics for Writers

AT FCCW we have many members in different stages of the publishing journey.  We have many beginners as well as many accomplished authors. 

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Our latest speaker J. Winston Phillips, a retired physician, is currently working on two novels. The first, Making the South Beautiful One Procedure at a Time; Recollections of a Southern Plastic Surgeon, is told through the eyes of his main character, Bocephus Beauregard Beaumont, IV, MD as he recounts his life as a Plastic Surgeon in the fashionable Buckhead District of Atlanta, GA. His second novel, a medical-legal international thriller deals with human cloning and the legal issues surrounding the cloned individual.

Dr. Phillips has an extensive educational background which has contributed to his wide and varied interests both in fiction and in the business world. In addition, to an M.D. from the University of Louisville, Dr. Phillips also has an M.B.A. from Jacksonville University, a J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law and LL.M. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. While in law school Dr. Phillips took an upper level course in Intellectual Property, dealing in depth with copyrights and trademarks. It is this specific knowledge which is useful to the writer in protecting his writings.  Dr. Phillips hopes to educate doctors and writers with all his extension and knowledge in the field of law and business. It is this training that he shared with us.

A Copyright is a form of protection provided to authors of original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression which can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

The U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8, clause 8 provided Congress with the power to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Rights to their Respective Writing and Discoveries. In addition, clause 3 provided Congress with the additional power to regulate Commerce among the several states.

The Copyright Act of 1909 provided for a dual system of copyright protection. Unpublished works were protected by common law (state law), while published works were granted federal protection upon publication as long as copyright notice was in the 1) correct form, 2) correct place, and 3) on all copies of the work. Otherwise, copyright protection would be lost.

The Copyright Act of 1976 did away with the dual system of protection. Fixation in a tangible medium of expression, rather than publication denoted the time when Federal rights attached. The Act retained mandatory notice requirements for copyright.

The Berne Convention Amendment, effective March 1, 1989, eliminated the notice requirements to comply with the Convention. However, Act provided that if proper notice was attached, defendant could not claim innocent infringement in infringement case.

Copyright protects the following categories; 1) literary works, 2), musical works, 3) dramatic works, 4) pantomimes and choreographic works, 5) pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works, 6) motion pictures, and 7) architectural works.

Copyright does not protect works that have not been fixed in a tangible form of expression. In addition copyright does not protect titles, names, short phrases, slogans, ideas, works consisting of information that is common property and containing no original authorship and scenes a faire.

Copyright owners have the following exclusive rights; 1) to reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords, 2) to prepare derivative works based on the work (e.g. screenplays, translation into another language), 3) to distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, 4) to perform the works publicly, 5) to display the works public ally, and 6) in the case of sound recordings, to perform the work public ally by means of a digital audio transmission.

As a general rule, for works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. Joint works protection last for the life of the last surviving author plus 70 years. Anonymous works, pseudonymous works and works made for hire enjoy copyright protection for 95 years from first publication or 120 years from the year of first creation.

Copyright ownership rights can be assigned or transferred individually or in combination with other rights. Portions of an individual right can be transferred, e.g. assignment of right to perform work in New York City only while retaining rights to perform work all other locations.

Copyright protection is secured automatically when the work is created when the work is fixed in a copy or phonorecord for the first time. Although not required, one may place people on notice by placing on copies of the work the following three elements; 1) the symbol ©, or the word Copyright, or the abbreviation Copr., 2) the year of the first publication of the work, and 3) the name of the owner of the copyright in the work.

© 2009 J. Winston Phillips

Although the work is copyrighted when created and fixed, you are not able to bring an infringement suit in federal court unless you work is registered. Additionally, registration establishes a public record of the copyright claim.

Registration of a copyright is relatively simple and inexpensive. The website,, provides the necessary instructions for submission. Requirements include a completed application fee, a non-refundable filing fee of thirty-five dollars if filing online, and one complete copy of the work being registered if it is unpublished or two complete copies of the best edition of the work if it has been published.

by Tracy Redman
FCCW Treasurer

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Roberts Speaks About Children of Dreams

Lorilyn Roberts' first book, The Donkey and the King, had a second printing last year, and is a beautifully illustrated children's book published by Virtualbookworm.  

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In her latest book, Children of Dreams, the many pearls of suffering Lorilyn Roberts has experienced enable her to share deeply from the heart, and her writing, riveted with emotion, shows how God is able to restore dreams and bring redemption. Combined with her Biblical studies, she holds a unique perspective to write from a Christian worldview. 
Ms. Roberts is intimately familiar with adoption, having also been adopted as a child, and is able to present the spirit of adoption, as never before captured, in Children of Dreams.

As an author she shared her experiences with marketing her work.  She handed out packets to each member filled with information for Publishing and Marketing for the Unknown/New Author.  Less than a year ago Lorilyn knew nothing about marketing.  She took a seminar by Randy Ingermanson and she was off.  She meticulously kept a record of her trek through publishing and marketing. The packet contains resource after resource along with a mini critique about what she liked and what she didn't like.  "The hard part about being a writer is getting people to buy your book."  However, with new technology such as the Internet and Print on Demand publishing you can reach the world.  As Lorilyn puts it (Paraphrased) Here I am this unknown writer from Gainesville yet I had nearly two hundred hits to my website from people outside the US and over 8,230 hits here in the US.

She explained how she uses her website as a tool.  Her website sponsors have records of who comes to the website, how long they stay and what they are looking at.   Based on this information she can design a website that is more user friendly by adding more material that drive people to her site (such as pictures which account for 70% of the hits at her website).  Once she realized pictures were important to people on her website she added more pictures.  This has multiple benefits. 

1.    The more people that are drawn to her website the better she does in search results (like Google) Currently she comes up as the fourth entry on page one out of over a million results when you type in Adoption from Nepal ( this vary from day to day).  Since March 20, 2009 she has had 1,749 views at her website.

2.    Google Adwords, pays for clicks

3.    The more exposure she has for her book.

4.    Under Google images, she is the first ten results for videos of adoption from Nepal and adoption from Vietnam What an accomplishment! Again people see her name and book over and over again.  It adds credibility to her work and increases the opportunity people will buy her book.


Another way to come up in searches is to review other people's blogs.  If you do this, your review links to your own book and also brings your name or book up in a search result.

Reviews are important so you want to establish a social network to get reviews.  She gave us a list of resources on how and where to get reviews.  Also television or radio interviews are always great opportunities for the author to talk about their book.  But it also has the added benefit of linking to your website and adding to the audio visual component of your website.  As the statistics show, most people surfing the net are looking for visuals.  Video has an even higher rate.  Sites like Youtube offer another tool to get your name and your book out on the web.

This blog is just a snip-it of information that Lorilyn shared.  She has an amazing knack for research and organizing data.  She is a natural teacher in that, she saw value in every aspect of her journey to write.  In the end she became so much more than an author.  She became an inspiration to those going through the adoption process and a mentor for those going through the writing process.

by Tracy Redman
FCCW Treasurer