52 Writers, 52 Lessons

February 18, 2015

20150210_191202Our “Three Biggest Rules of Self-Publishing” seminar was a smashing success! 52 ambitious writers came out to learn about the self-publishing industry, have their questions answered, and receive the link to “6 Simple Steps to Successful Self-Publishing“.

All in all, a successful night that we’re going to repeat in various libraries and writers groups around the Greater Toronto Area. If you’d like self-publishing coach Richard Todd to bring his informative, fun-filled presentation to your group, email us today at richard@richard-todd.com!

See you out there!

Richard Todd,Editor's Desk,About Us,About The Editor's DeskRichard S. Todd is President at The Editor’s Desk, providing professional business copywriting services, as well as comprehensive manuscript editing and proofreading.


Join the Sock Patrol!

February 9, 2015

Hey everyone!

I’m the founder of Toronto Sock Patrol. We’re a group of caring individuals who deliver new socks and other items of warmth to the homeless and in-need folks in the Greater Toronto Area.

Please join us during our monthly campaigns to help others by helping in your own community! Thanks for your support!

See you out there!

Richard Todd,Editor's Desk,About Us,About The Editor's DeskRichard S. Todd is President at The Editor’s Desk, providing professional business copywriting services, as well as comprehensive manuscript editing and proofreading.


6 Simple Steps to Successful Self-Publishing pdf – FREE

February 4, 2015

self-publishing

Supercharge your self-publishing strategy with my “6 Simple Steps to Successful Self-Publishing” pdf, available NOW!

Thinking of self-publishing? Not sure how to go about it?

Then you need to download my pdf, “6 Simple Steps to Successful Self-Publishing”! You’ll find lots of handy, practical advice aimed at helping you reach your publishing goals.

Download it today and become a self-publishing success story!

See you out there!

 

Richard Todd,Editor's Desk,About Us,About The Editor's DeskRichard S. Todd is President at The Editor’s Desk, providing professional business copywriting services, as well as comprehensive manuscript editing and proofreading.


The Three Biggest Rules of Self-Publishing

January 7, 2015

self-publishingThinking about self-publishing?

You’re not alone. Thousands of writers self-publish their work every year. Unfortunately, many of them fall short of their goals because they don’t have the information they need to make sound buying decisions.

Before you self-publish, you need to know “The Three Biggest Rules of Self-Publishing“!

If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area, join me for this special FREE event on February 10 at 7 PM, at the Brentwood branch of the Toronto Public Library.

Click here for details. Hope to see you there!

Richard Todd,Editor's Desk,About Us,About The Editor's DeskRichard S. Todd is President at The Editor’s Desk, providing professional business copywriting services, as well as comprehensive manuscript editing and proofreading.


4 Moves to Avoid Repetitive Strain Injury!

December 15, 2014

Repetitive Strain InjuriesFor writers (or anyone spending several hours a day on the keyboard), there is a risk of incurring repetitive strain injury (RSI). The wrist, elbows and shoulders are areas commonly affected.

So how can you avoid the pain, inconvenience, and loss of productivity that’s associated with this condition?

Alex Teixeira, Owner and Head Trainer at Golden Fusion Fitness, has been generous enough to offer our readers some easy exercises to promote good health, balanced with a productive lifestyle.

Previously, he’s provided sound advice about neck and back stretches and working your core at your desk. This week, Alex offers four steps to help you avoid repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow tendonitis and frozen shoulder, all while staying productive at your computer!

Read this first: Perform the following exercises either as a warm up before working on the computer, or during a midday break. When you first try them, find a space near your desk that allows a three-foot radius.

Once you are comfortable with the moves, you can bring the exercises to your desk space. I suggest standing, however, as not only do you have the advantage of space to work with, but you should also notice your core becoming engaged as it compensates for those fluctuations in your hand.

1) Flying FingersIn this exercise, you simply open your hands, fully extending your fingers, and then close them into a loose fist.

First, perform this exercise quite slowly, holding your hands in front of you at shoulder height. Do 10 repetitions. Shake out your hands.

Repeat the exercise three more times, now opening and closing as rapidly as you can for about 30 seconds. Don’t cheat! Make sure your fingers are fully extended and flexed on each repetition.

You can also try these different positions: out in front of you, above your head, or out to your sides, with your palms either up or down.

2) Waving In and OutThis is another opening and closing exercise. This time, the fingers will move independently of each other, one flowing into the next.

To get the motion, think about finger tapping on a desk in which the pinky-tip strikes the surface first, followed by the ring, middle and index fingers. Begin with your hands extended in front with your palms turned up. Wave the fingers in while simultaneously flexing at the wrist and elbow, bringing the hands toward you.

Once you are fully flexed, allow your elbows to wing outwards to allow your hands to continue their circle down, and then away from you as the fingers wave back out to a fully extended position. Repeat 10 times.

3) Shoulder FliesIf you are familiar with the shoulder press, this movement is quite similar, except that you provide your own resistance!

Raise your hands above your head, with your fingers together and your thumbs out, creating an “L” shape. Bring the hands together at head height with your hands locked at the webbing between your thumbs.

Now, press your hands together as you extend them in an upward direction. Release at the top, allowing your hands to drop back to head height.

Repeat and alternate between locking positions (left hand in front, right hand in front). Start with 30 reps, and work up to 100.

4) Front & back-strokeReady to hit the pool?

Well, if you don’t have time to really go for a swim, we can pretend by finishing with this relaxing move.

As the name suggests, this is exactly the motion of a front and back stroke. Maintain a straight elbow, and reach to your utmost extreme positions to the front, above, and behind.

Try 20 front strokes and 20 back strokes with each hand. You can do one hand at a time, or alternate as if you were actually swimming!

Have fun and live well!

Alex Teixeira is the owner and head trainer at Golden Fusion Fitness.

Richard Todd,Editor's Desk,About Us,About The Editor's DeskRichard S. Todd is President at The Editor’s Desk, providing professional business copywriting services, as well as comprehensive manuscript editing and proofreading.


Warm it Up 2014 – Our Promotional Video

December 12, 2014

warm it upA few weeks ago, I posted about our community-based outreach initiative called “Warm it Up!” 

“Warm it Up” is a not-for-profit community outreach initiative dedicated to provide support to homeless and in-need individuals, through donations of coffee cards, gloves, hats, blankets, and other items. In 2013, 260 volunteers helped approximately 1,300 people in Toronto and across North America.

This year, we have over 460 participants!

Please join us this Wednesday, December 17th and help bring warmth to those most in need.

Thank you!

Richard Todd,Editor's Desk,About Us,About The Editor's DeskRichard S. Todd is President at The Editor’s Desk, providing professional business copywriting services, as well as comprehensive manuscript editing and proofreading.


Build a Strong Core without Leaving Your Desk!

December 9, 2014

strong core,writersOk writers, you might not get ripped abs typing away on your computer all day. But you can develop a strong core and improved wellness with these three simple moves.

Alex Teixeira, Owner and Head Trainer at Golden Fusion Fitness, has been generous enough to offer our readers some easy exercises to promote good health, balanced with a productive lifestyle.

This is part two of a five part series.

Last time, we touched on correct sitting posture. By focusing on this you’ve already begun to build that strong core! Just by keeping proper alignment while sitting, you are activating your postural muscles including the lumbar and abdominals.

So here are three more moves that can help with wellness, while being productive at work.

Belly Breathing: Our first exercise will take this correct sitting posture and add a type of belly breathing into the mix. Belly breathing is taught in dance, martial arts, singing, and other disciplines.

The majority of adults who have not been formally trained in belly breathing from one of these disciplines usually breathe using the expansion and contraction of the rib cage. This fills little more than the upper chambers of the lungs, just over a third capacity. To fill the rest of our lungs with vital oxygen we must consciously draw down our diaphragm by expanding your belly while inhaling.

To make the cleansing effect of our respiratory system extremely efficient, we must also come as close to completely emptying our lungs as possible when exhaling. To make this happen, simply flex those abdominals as you breath out until past the point you feel you have nothing left. Yes, this will help strengthen those stomach muscles. And what’s the wonderful side effect? How about increased blood flow to the brain even more rich in oxygen! Are alertness, thought power, and focus important to any of you?

Lounging: No, I don’t mean lunging. But lounging might not be quite as easy as it may sound either. More like edge-of-your-seat action!

First, shift forward in your seat so that your back is well away from the backrest. Now, slowly begin to lean back maintaining a straight spine. You should notice your abdominals are forced to flex, with the tension increasing the further you lean. Find a position that works for you and provides a sufficient challenge. Start with 30 seconds to test the waters, but you could potentially work to 20-30 minute stretches of this exercise rather quickly.

Knee Lifts: Alternating knee lifts will help you target your lower abdominals. Choose a time when you know you have a few minutes of reading or reflecting to do this exercise.

Push that keyboard drawer in and move back enough to give your knees some clearance. If you’re reading, adjust your monitor to make sure you are not straining your eyes in the process.

Now raise one knee towards your chest, as high as you can go before returning to the original position. Try to maintain a steady movement with a 3-4 count up and a 3-4 count down, consisting of about 10 reps each leg per set. You can alternate performing sets of the exercise by thrusting the knee as quickly and high as you can and gently returning it down.

WARNING: Do not throw your head and body forward to raise your knee higher! Keeping good posture throughout these exercises is paramount!

Bonus Move! Since the above exercise does require you to be slightly further from your desk, let’s look into another option you can even perform while writing!

You can also engage your core focusing on lower abdominals by extending your feet off the ground and away from you under the desk.

Begin by shifting forward until your sitting bones are close to the edge of your chair. When you hold your feet away from your centre, your core is forced to engage utilizing the lower fibres in order to counterbalance the weight. Your abdominals will receive a sustained isometric contraction building muscle tone and endurance.

Start with 10 second repetitions and work your way up. When you can maintain the hold for at least 30 seconds, try easing in some paddling with the feet (moving them up and down alternately).

A strong core will help you in your daily life, whether you’re lifting a child, carrying groceries, painting a wall, or delivering a presentation. Don’t neglect it!

Part Three coming soon!

Alex Teixeira is the owner and head trainer at Golden Fusion Fitness.

Richard Todd,Editor's Desk,About Us,About The Editor's DeskRichard S. Todd is President at The Editor’s Desk, providing professional business copywriting services, as well as comprehensive manuscript editing and proofreading.


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