Write your book in one week

7-12 October 2020, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Join me on the island of Koh Phangan, Thailand, to write your book. Grant yourself 6 days to realize that long sought-after dream. Whatever stage your book is at (half-an-idea or half-finished) you will leave the island with a much-improved version, a clear book idea, a back cover, an outline, possibly a designed cover or even the final version of your book.

Work -and focus- together with others who face the same challenge. Get practical tips, feedback and inspiration from someone who’s (co)authored 25 books and has helped over 400 entrepreneurs write and publish their books. See their results here.
And as a nice bonus, get a taste of island life on Koh Phangan and -for those escaping the European winter- a week of sunshine… It’s the perfect ‘working vacation’… The trip is tax deductible and results are guaranteed.

All inclusive: The price of the writing retreat includes an a/c room on the beach, all meals, daily workshops, personal coaching, all activities on the program, fresh coconuts and even a scooter! Only your flight, transport to the villa and any extra drinks are not included.

Private room: €3500
Early bird deal till June 30th: €2495

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Shared room: €2500 p.p.
Early bird deal till June 30th: €1950 p.p.

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‘Local offer’ (only workshops & lunch): €1950
Early Bird deal till June 30th: €1250

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“I came here with a great idea. I was stuck. To really turn it into reality I needed Esther. Sharp, creative and practical.”

Anneke Veenendaal

“Just being close to Esther makes you believe in yourself. She shares her knowledge with energy, enthusiasm and humor.”

Barbara Sevenstern

“And then, all of a sudden, there was a second book!”

Nienke Bloem

“It is great to be part of a group that is eager to deliver results”

Uwe Allgäuer

“It is amazing to work with Esther. She understands what you need and she is very open. Working with her makes you feel that everything is easy!”

Madeleine Muller

“The publisher said ‘yes’ after Esther helped me with my back cover!”

Jolanda Pikaart

“I also learned a lot about social media.”

Nicole Bekking

“I came here with a great idea. I was stuck. To really turn it into reality I needed Esther. Sharp, creative and practical.”

Anneke Veenendaal

“Esther is a writing and marketing wizard! She knows exactly what to write and where to position it on your website and in social media.”

Madeleine Muller

“I learned a lot and became very inspired, even infected, by Esther’s energy and confidence.”

Inge Vuijk

“It’s not about the book. It’s about the writing: organizing, processing. I found my voice…”

Selma van der Heiden

“Lots of value, great location, very reasonable price.”

Madeleine Muller

1 week to focus on your book

Many people would like to write a book, few actually do it, even less finish it and only very few actually publish their book. The biggest mistake is to just start writing: it will feel good at first, but at some point, you’ll get stuck and have to go back and re-write a part. That is when most people stop: re-writing is not fun.

My approach is to start with the back cover of your book: this is a summary, marketing material, a promise to your readers. It helps you to define what your book is really about, how you are going to structure it and what you will deliver, for whom. The back cover leads to the outline, and we’ll spend quite some time outlining; until everything feels complete, in the right place and ready to go. Even if you spend 4 out of those 6 days on your back cover and outline, this is time spent wisely, helping you tremendously in your writing process further on.

Schedule

We start each day at 10.00AM with a check-in and an interactive workshop on a particular theme. The rest of the day you spend writing, with personal guidance and feedback.

This proven setup will help you get through the creation/structuring/writing/ promotion/publishing process in logical steps that address everything, so you don’t have to go back and change things later. Themes covered:

  1. Start at the end: the back cover
  2. Outlining and structuring your book before you start writing
  3. Get your cover designed while you are writing
  4. Pro tips for the writing process
  5. Self-publishing and Amazon tips
  6. Start selling your book before it’s ready
  7. Promotion and launch ideas

After the workshop it’s up to you: you decide your working times, lunch break and social time. Most people stay in the central workspace in the writing villa, not only because of the spectacular view, but also because we create a wonderful ‘focus’ energy there and help each other through the creation process hick-ups.

During the afternoon we’ll catch up 1 on 1 to go over your book idea, back cover and outline.

At the end of the afternoon we’ll have a short check-in to see where everybody is up to and to plan the next day. Then we’ll go on a short excursion or have a swim at a nice beach before dinner.

Breakfast and 1 other meal (lunch or dinner) are provided in or close to the villa so that you can continue working. The other meal (lunch or dinner) is integrated as much as possible with activities, such as a visit to a beach or a mini scooter excursion. This combination gives you both a lot of writing time and you get an impression of the island. The perfect ‘working vacation …

Language

The workshops and meet-ups will be in English. You can write in any language you want. I also speak Dutch, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese and understand several other languages, so I can help you even if you are writing in your native language that isn’t English.

Our dream location

Our wonderful  writing villa provides a central workspace that provides a quiet space for our daily workshops and to focus, learn and work. The villa is literally ON the beach and provides breath taking views, especially around sunset. The palmtrees in front of the veranda provide shade, there is usually a nice breeze and of course we also have fans to keep you comfortable while you are writing.

You have the freedom to write in any location you choose. There are various cafe’s and restaurants around, you may work from your own room. The central workspace will provide writing inspiration, focus, good internet and there’s is always somebody to help you out when you get stuck.

Details and registration

For whom? For everyone who wants to make good progress on their book on a relaxing tropical island.

See you there?  One week of book-writing, promotion and publishing workshops, personal guidance, a central workspace with fast internet and like-minded people to focus with.

About Esther

I am (co)author of 25 books and have helped about 400 entrepreneurs write and publish theirs.

I would be delighted to contribute my experience and some practical tips

If you are already on the island and don’t mind arranging your own accommodation, transport and food, then this ‘locals deal’ is for you.

I designed it so that finances should not get in the way for those with a tighter budget who still want to write their book.

The basics are provided: all the rest you take care of yourself:

You join us at the writers villa every day at 10AM for the workshop. You can work in our central space till late in the afternoon or in your own accommodation. Lunch is included, but breakfast, dinner, snacks, drinks and excursions are for your own expense.

Watch more testimonials about Esther’s writing method and her writing retreats

“Just being close to Esther makes you believe in yourself. She shares her knowledge with energy, enthusiasm and humor.”
Barbara Sevenstern

“And then, all of a sudden, there was a second book!”
Nienke Bloem

“It is great to be part of a group that is eager to deliver results”
Uwe Allgäuer

“It is amazing to work with Esther. She understands what you need and she is very open. Working with her makes you feel that everything is easy!” – Madeleine Muller

“The publisher said ‘yes’ after Esther helped me with my back cover!”
Jolanda Pikaart

“I also learned a lot about social media.”
Nicole Bekking

“I came here with a great idea. I was stuck. To really turn it into reality I needed Esther. Sharp, creative and practical.”
Anneke Veenendaal

“Esther is a writing and marketing wizard! She knows exactly what to write and where to position it on your website and in social media.” – Madeleine Muller

“I learned a lot and became very inspired, even infected, by Esther’s energy and confidence.”
Inge Vuijk

“It’s not about the book. It’s about the writing: organizing, processing. I found my voice…”
Selma van der Heiden

“Lots of value, great location, very reasonable price.” – Madeleine Muller

Are you serious about writing your book? I am the author and co-author of more than 25 books and I have helped more than 400 CEO’s and entrepreneurs to write and publish their books. Writing and (self)publishing your book is easier than you think, with my 7 step ‘Reverse Writing’ method. Here are some options to get you on track with your writing and publishing:

Reverse Writing? – Avoid the mistake most writers make: start at the end of your book, not at the beginning. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it really works. Find out more about ‘Reverse Writing’.

Free resources – Find inspiration and tips in my blogs. Sign up for my ‘interested in writing’ list to receive “10 ideas for a successful non-fiction book” as well as more tips and inspiration.

Read the book – Learn the 7 step approach, with lots of tips and examples, in my (recently updated) guide ‘Write your book in 1 week’

eCourse – Learn the 7 step approach in my eCourse ‘How to write a book in 1 week’. It builds on the concepts in the book and is presented in with lots of examples and exercises on writing, promotion and self-publishing of your book on Amazon.

Workshop – Get a taste of ‘Reverse Writing’, be inspired, get practical tips, get personal feedback on your back cover; make a start during a half-day ‘From idea to book’ workshop.

Writing retreats – Spend one week in an exotic environment with other writers. Attend a different workshop every day to help you progress with your book. Get personal guidance and feedback. Join one of my writing retreats this year in  Curaçao, Mallorca and Thailand

1 on 1 support– Maybe you’d prefer a 1 on 1 RESULTant session or even private writing coaching to have my undivided attention and full support in writing your book?

FROM IDEA TO BOOK IN 6 MONTHS – If you are really serious about writing and publishing your book, I can recommend my Writers Mastermind: I will personally help you with every step, so your book can be ready 6 months from now!

Results – My method really works: check out the books my clients have already published. Check out their lessons learned and their testimonials on YouTube.

5 tips  – Check out my 5 most important tips for writing your book in this video: