Cathy Fyock’s Hall of Fame
Come meet all of Cathy’s successful graduates! They’ve written books on all different subjects with all different styles, but they’ve all been finished and their authors are off to the races. Have a look to get ideas for yourself, and to remind yourself that, yes, you can do it!
- Book More Business by Lois Creamer
Book More Business is the definitive guide on the business of speaking. In the pages of this book, you’ll find everything you need to know for jump-starting your speaking business or taking an already-successful speaking business to the next level. At the core of these lessons is the imperative to make money speaking.
I’ve been in the speaking industry 20 years and have met several professionals who help authors. When I met Cathy I knew I wanted her expertise to guide me along the way. She was helpful in every aspect of this book, and she held my feet to the fire to make sure it got done! I highly recommend her.
- Sell Yourself Without Saying a Word by Russell Trahan
Get Your Expertise in Front of Your Target Market! When your expertise—in the form of an article—is in print or online, readers can save the magazines, tear out the page, bookmark the URL, download a copy, or e-mail a link to a friend. This gives them the ability to react to your message the next week, the next month, or even the next year. Studies have shown that business owners, executives, entrepreneurs, and C-suite level decision makers read their industry publications and association magazines cover-to- cover every month—more often than they read an entire edition of The Wall Street Journal or an entire issue of Entrepreneur. To sell yourself without saying a word you need the third-party credibility of your content in print and online; this book shows you the proven ways to make it happen.
Cathy Fyock is the best I’ve worked with! Her accountability calls are invaluable to keep your writing on track, plus, you have the added bonus of her knowledge and experience to draw upon when you need helpful suggestions from someone once-removed from the project. You can count on Cathy to make your writing better!
- Presenting for Humans by Lisa Braithwaite
Lisa Braithwaite’s brain is wired to take everyday encounters and experiences and turn them into insights on public speaking, from wine tastings and tattoo artists to the Oscars and drag queens. All become examples or analogies designed to teach a public speaking lesson. Through short, engaging essays and reflection questions, Lisa challenges your preconceived notions about speaking and encourages you to create meaningful and memorable experiences from every presentation. For anyone looking to make a major impact on audiences and offer them a transformative growth experience, this book is the resource to get you there.
- I Remember by Author Vanessa Williams-Harvey
I REMEMBER tells the story of one family’s journey as their matriarch struggles through the effects of dementia caused by Alzheimer’s. The candid, captivating book explores how the crisis pushes a once-solid family to the verge of destruction and jeopardizes everything their mother had spent a lifetime building. Every family faced with a crisis is challenged and tested in ways that exposes vulnerabilities. Just when all hope seems to fade, family members learn to accept one another, respect one another and forgive one another. Readers will discover how family discord and failure to communicate can eat at the core of any support system—and how loved ones in crisis can rally together to move from victims to victory. The ultimate lesson: The fate of the traditional family begins with each of us.
I was wandering aimlessly down a dark path searching for direction. When I reached out for help, I was pointed to Cathy Fyock. When I met Cathy, she quickly turned me around got me back on track. Cathy provided me with countless tools, engaging resources and professional connections that empowered me to move from “I want” to “I have!” She will be the soft voice with the infectious laugh that gives you the confidence to put the stamp of approval on your next book! I am so glad I had Cathy to help me along in this process and I recommend an experienced, well-connected and well-respected professional anytime I want something completed that I can be proud of and put my signature on it!
– Vanessa K. Williams-Harvey
- Five Wars by Fred Johnson
FIVE WARS: A Soldier’s Journey to Peace is the memoir of a 29-year Army veteran with two tours in Iraq and one each in Afghanistan and Bosnia. Johnson weaves stories over his lifetime — from basketball player growing up in southern Illinois to Army Colonel and combat leader — and finally, to husband and father who failed to see how war had changed him until it was almost too late.
For those of us who desperately want to tell our story, Cathy Fyock helps make our dreams come true.
- In Sickness and In Health: A Baby Boomer’s Guide to Caring for Your Spouse During a Terminal Illness by John Rawlins
You might walk “in health” with your spouse for a lifetime, but there are unique challenges at the end of that path. In Sickness presents the advice one Baby Boomer gathered over the six years of his wife’s terminal illness on diverse subjects.
Working with Cathy was a very positive experience. Cathy’s knowledge and experience helps guide you through the process of writing a book from conception to publication and all steps in between. You can have a great story, but you’re going to need Cathy to help you make it into a book.
–John C. Rawlins, Jr.
- Cultivating Culture
The culture of an organization is an abstract, immaterial thing–yet culture is very real, and it’s monumentally important for that organization’s health, happiness, and success. An organization’s culture is important for employee satisfaction and other “soft” factors, but it also makes a difference on the bottom line and quarterly reports–and in ways both more specific and more significant than you might imagine.
In this Red Letter Publishing Professional Series anthology, our authors offer their measured suggestions for how you can cultivate a healthy, forward-thinking culture in your own organization. Like any matter of value, a good culture requires time and investment–but it needn’t be as complex as brain surgery.
Authors include: Dawn Cacciotti, Adam Calli, Teri Cirillo, Jen Hamilton, Michael Harper, Jill Heineck, Cindy Hines, Mark Leonardi, Nicole Price, Cheryl Schofield, Leslie Schreiber, Cynthia Schuler, Ken Silay, and April Taylor.
This was an incredibly rewarding experience writing with talented authors across multiple industries.
– Cynthia Schuler
- The Business of Confidence and The Act of Confidence by Jennifer Bartlett-Phelps
The Business of Confidence is a candid look inside one photographers journey into boudoir. An often misunderstood genre of photography, boudoir is sensual portraiture that often takes place in lingerie. The sexy end product is appealing to many women, though they often feel unsure about it. The boudoir journey is an uplifting experience which everyone deserves to encounter. Follow the author as her journey unfolds and she strips away the layers to find what so many seek: confidence and a celebration of self like no other.
“Cathy was a joy to work with! She really made a point of understanding my subject and my goals, and kept me on track to keep from losing sight of those goals. I would definitely recommend working with her!”
– Jennifer Bartlett-Phelps, Alter Ego Imaging, Owner/Photographer
- Evolution of Human Resources
Human Resources is an essential arm of any company in the 21st century–but its place, purpose, and future have never been more uncertain. In this anthology, we consider what lies ahead in the evolution of Human Resources: how it will need to grow and change to succeed, but also, what we must do as professionals, practitioners, and experts to drive that evolution.
Authors include: Angela Bailey, Whitney Bishop, Teresa Cofield, Karen Dahlem, Michele Fantt Harris, Paula Harvey, Dawn Holzer, Eric Huber, Olivet Jones, Whitney Martin, Robert Price, Sandy Ringer, Linda Smith, Cassandra Tembo, Trasee Whitaker, Patricia Keene Williams, Lisa Withers.
Cathy nurtured my dream of becoming a writer and being published and turned it into a reality. From start to finish, the process was seamless and met all of my expectations.
– Eric Huber
Even though I don’t consider myself a writer, Cathy’s process of coaching made organizing my ideas and writing the book extremely easy and thought-provoking.
– Sandy Ringer
- 21 Ways To Love Your Leader by John Bencsics
How would you like to create an environment where your employees think of themselves as the company? Where they understand brand and brand equity and how they can impact it? Where they are valued as an equal and respected for their thoughts and ideas? An environment that creates success?
Once you have an environment where your people care about you, you have created a place where they show up at work believing in themselves and truly caring about your company. You have created a place where they succeed. You have created a place where your company succeeds.
No matter where you are with the development of your book, Cathy’s coaching can provide value to helping you achieve your goal.
- It’s Fun to be Catholic by Gary Montgomery
What a joy working with Cathy Fyock, she is a great book coach. I was writing my second book and felt comfortable I knew what I was doing. But I got stuck and contacted Cathy. I wish I had connected with her earlier in the process. She coached me in writing and creating the book, all the while keeping me motivated as I moved toward completion. Motivation is a key in writing a book and having Cathy keeping me on task was beneficial. In addition to the assistance she gave me in creating the book she also advised me on how to have a super book launch and ways to get the best out of marketing the book. I am still working, and learning from her experience as a writer, creator and marketer. Cathy helped make my book a success.
- Unleash the Beast by Mark Rucker
At his heaviest, Mark Rucker weighed 386 pounds. Despite his efforts, he never managed to lose weight and keep it off, instead falling back into old habits. One fateful afternoon, he visited a theme park with his family and found he couldn’t fit on the roller coasters–and couldn’t share that experience with his daughter. Armed with new motivation, Mark set out to change his life: to lose the weight, regain his health, and earn back the chance to live his fullest life.
What began as a journey back to health became a campaign to complete one of the most grueling athletic feats in the world: the Ironman Triathlon, a day-long race covering nearly 150 miles by water, bicycle, and foot. In 2013, a few short years after struggling to walk a mile, Mark completed Ironman Louisville.
I have to give a HUGE shout out to this amazing woman. Thank you Cathy Dorton Fyock for not just being my writing coach, but for all of your guidance, wisdom, and support over the past 8 months. I know that at times you had to pull me kicking and screaming toward the finish line, and for that I am forever grateful. My dream of writing a book would never have been realized without you.
– Mark Rucker
- Moving From Broken to Beautiful through Forgiveness by Yvonne Ortega
Since we don’t have alligator skin and a heart of stone, people will hurt us especially those closest to us. We also make mistakes in life and hurt others. Yvonne uses personal anecdotes and the timeless truths of God to help women trade shame and guilt for God’s grace to forgive themselves, to overcome anger and bitterness and with God’s power forgive others, to break free from the prison of the past, and gain the peace and freedom of forgiveness. With forgiveness comes living life to the fullest. This is book three in the series, Moving from Broken to Beautiful®.
Thank you so much, Cathy, for your support and encouragement!
- Making Meetings Matter by Jim Ware
It is common to feel that corporate meetings are a waste of time. Time that could be better spent getting “real work” done. But it doesn’t have to be this way. This book is dedicated to the proposition that meetings can be meaningful, productive, and even fun—all at the same time.
We need to bring business meetings into the digital age in the same way that we have reinvented business planning and written communication. The current form of corporate meetings is bent and broken; it just doesn’t fit the realities of the global, technology-rich world that we live in today.
This book is all about reinventing the business meeting. It offers advice and guidance for streamlining and strengthening all kinds of corporate conversations; but it focuses where it should, on the formal meetings that fill up over 50 percent of most managers’ calendars.
Cathy calls herself an accountability partner, and she is. But she is much, much more. Cathy knows the writing process, and the writing experience, inside out. She knows just when to hold your hand, when to pat you on the head, and when to kick your butt. I would never have finished my book without her guidance, feedback, encouragement, and pushback, each delivered exactly when I needed it.
— Jim Ware, Ph.D.
- Lessons in Leadership
This entry in the Red Letter Publishing Professional Series is the work of sixteen leaders in business, ministry, education, law, and public life. They seek answers to a simple question: what does true leadership require, and what insights or experiences have caused them to arrive at their conclusions?
Authors include: Teri Cirillo, Angie Fleitz, Terry Gehrke, Elizabeth George, Angela Greer, Chandra Goforth Irvin, Marigrace McKay, Wendy Nepute, Lesa Nichols, Mitzi Pendergrass, Carlene Reid, Karen Schreyer, Ph.D., Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D., Lora Tucker, Debra Walton Wells, Jovian Zayne.
Cathy and Kevin are a tremendous team that together make the experience of publishing fun, easy, and timely! Whether this is a first publishing experience for you or you are a seasoned author that needs a boost, this is the team for you.
– Lora Tucker
Writing my chapter was one of the hardest things I’ve done. There were many moments when I thought it couldn’t be done, but then it became an incredible miracle and my name is on the cover!
– Angie Fleitz
Working as author with Cathy Fyock and Kevin Williamson has been a great experience. Together they provided just the structure and flexibility, competence and care, and ideas and curiosity to make the process of writing easy. I appreciated Cathy’s fresh approach and Kevin’s suggestions to be really on point. Further, they not only knew how to provide feedback but receive and integrate it. They know how to get it done — professionally and with grace. Bottom line — Kevin and Cathy made a complex process simple and it was very pleasant working with this great team!
– Chandra Irvin
Being part of the anthology series, Lessons in Leadership, was an invaluable experience. Working with Cathy Fyock and Kevin Williamson helped me build confidence as a writer and gave me the courage to move forward with writing another book. The experience was easy, encouraging and enjoyable throughout.
– Elizabeth George
- Rethinking Human Resources
This entry in the Red Letter Publishing Professional Series is the work of sixteen authors, all distinguished members of the Human Resources community. At the core of their work in this anthology is a simple question: how can we rethink Human Resources in ways that make it smarter, more effective, and better-suited to chart the course of the future?
Authors include: Rebecca Barnes-Hogg, Teri Cirillo, Nichole Cobb, Jocelyn Davis, Kristin Dunlevy, JC Gibson, Sherri Harbsmeier, Michele Fantt Harris, Emily Hosea, Nikki R. Jackson, Cheryl Jekiel, Maurie McGarvey, Jeff Nally, Dave Phillips, Laura Hlavacek
Rabideau, and Bob Smith.
Working with Cathy to write a book was the right decision. Authors have many avenues to choose from when it comes to writing and publishing. Where Cathy truly stands out is that she cares deeply about her authors and does everything she can to help them succeed. Her support throughout the writing process is outstanding and she doesn’t stop there. After your book is published Cathy continues to support her authors with opportunities to market their book through speaking opportunities, articles, and events. Cathy is the person who will get your book out of your head and on paper and support you every step of the way.
– Rebecca Barnes-Hogg, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Cathy’s tagline “Your Possibility Partner” could not be more accurate and appropriate. I have known Cathy since 2011 and she has always been a tireless advocate of progressive HR. She is so well thought of, so astute and has an incredible international brand as an HR professional. She is also an extraordinary writer. So, when I shared with her that I had interests in writing someday, little did I know that about a year later my interest would manifest into a published anthology. Cathy is a great encourager and coach. She understands the impediments to writing and she works with her contributing authors to remedy them. I very much enjoyed writing with her and learning from her. I am thrilled to now regard myself as a published author and I have Cathy to thank for that.
– Nikki Jackson
This writing experience helped to crystalize several professional thoughts but, even more than the content of the chapter, it helped me to rise a little above the day-to-day fire fights to live a little of the dream to do more than just work. (Warning, it did NOT help me not to write run on sentences…)
– JC Gibson
- FuelForward by Vivian Blade
If you are looking for a road map that will show you how to jump-start your career, this is the book for you. Leadership consultant Vivian Blade has written the definitive guide on how to take your career to new levels. Follow Vivian’s proven FuelForward System that will show you how to gain control of your career and move it along faster than you thought possible. Learn from executives at the highest levels about how they made it to the top. Recognize the gaps in the PIE (Performance, Image, Exposure) model and how the misconceptions about PIE are holding you back. Acquire often unknown, high impact strategies to transform your career success.
Cathy was the exact resource I needed to help me write my first book. She was there every step of the way for guidance, support and encouragement.
–Vivian Hairston Blade, MBB, MBA, PMP
- Hiring Made Easy as PIE by Alonzo Johnson, Ph.D.
Do you want to increase your probability of hiring the right person for the job? Hiring best-fit employees is a critical task but it doesn’t need to be daunting or complex. In this how-to guide for hiring, Dr. Alonzo Johnson presents his perspective on best-fit hiring using PIE as an acronym-Prepare, Interview and Evaluate. This straightforward approach is based on his extensive research on hiring practices and years of hiring experience in the business world. He has synthesized his knowledge into essential learnings for anyone who needs to hire someone to fill a position. Dr. Johnson’s hiring approach is easily learned and applied as an effective and structured process. The book offers sample interview questions, ready-to-use forms and other hiring tools. With this book as your guide, hiring can be Easy as PIE.
I had made progress writing my book before I was introduced to On Your Mark by a friend. After reading Cathy’s book, I realized I had been rudderless and needed to refocus my writing. The strategies presented in her book showed me how to refocus and finish my manuscript on schedule. Then Cathy stepped in to personally coach me through the maze of publishing. Cathy’s coaching helped me cross the finish line and made the journey fun!
-Alonzo Johnson, Ph.D.
- The Comfort Zone Illusion by Susan Neustrom, Ed.D.
What is this place called the comfort zone? Where does the comfort zone exist? Why is stepping outside of the comfort zone so frightening? The Comfort Zone Illusion answers those questions by taking you on a journey of discovery to uncover the mystery of the very personal space we call our comfort zone. It is an exploration through the stages of change, beginning with the very first step outside of the comfort zone to exposing the five walls of fear that create barriers to change. This book looks beyond the illusion of comfort to the stark reality of the discomfort of change, and offers strategies to transform fear to energy, break down the brick walls of fear, develop movement habits, and create success enablers. Every breakthrough exercise provides a reflective understanding of your comfort zone, and although the exercises have a specific purpose, each offers a chance to reveal an “a-ha” moment. One of those moments is the turning point, the awakening to move you out of being stuck in the comfort of where you are to where you are meant to be.
Having Cathy Fyock as my book coach changed my longtime dream of writing a book, an idea I envisioned since 2009, into a completed 30,000 word manuscript. Cathy’s ‘just get it done’ approach was the gentle, reassuring nudge that I needed to get the book I held inside of me for so long on to paper. Her knowledge, resources, and advice were true gifts that helped me move beyond perfection to accomplishment.”
– Susan Neustrom, Ed.D.
- Nine Little Words to Change your Results by Lin Schussler-Williams
This book will fit in your pocket or bag and, in a lighthearted, sincere manner, support you in releasing your old patterns of self-sabotage and building momentum toward your goals! This book is not theory, but a manual for making change, and making it with results that stick.
Cathy Fyock is the woman to get your book DONE! She’ll help you conceptualize what it will mean to your career or business to have a book and become a recognized thought leader. Run to Cathy’s Complimentary Strategy Session to find out how you can work with her!
- Gwen Walters
I am so appreciative for the online writing class that you facilitated as it was the shove I needed to move forward with my desire to write a personal letter of encouragement, which turned into a book to my nephew.
In addition to all that I learned during this six-week class, your personal commitment, insight, enthusiasm and encouragement not give up on your writings and dreams had the most impact.
Thanks again for your support and I look forward to discussing my next manuscript in a couple of months and perhaps our books will meet on the best-selling list.
- The Inclusion Revolution Is Now by Maura Robinson
Take an innovative approach to a climate of change within your workplace or organization with this guidebook on diversity and inclusion.
Your workshop really helped me to get my book in gear, and inspired me not to be afraid to finish it. Your suggestion of getting an accountability partner made the difference in my work. You also made my day, month and year!
– Maura G. Robinson
- Turning Around Turnaround Schools by Frank DeSensi, Robert Knight, and Joe DeSensi
TURNING AROUND TURNAROUND SCHOOLS is a book that explains a practical approach for helping struggling schools in today’s educational environment of high stakes testing and accountability. It describes the efforts of a group of educators to deal with the changes caused by the standards-based reform of the early 1990s. The book chronicles the changes in perceptions, practices and assumptions made by these educators during their 20 years of working with “turnaround schools.” The authors focus on areas that produced the greatest leverage in changing schools (e.g., identifying all of the learnings and learner characteristics required by standards or developing causal data streams) and on some of the barriers that made these high leverage strategies difficult to implement (e.g., compliance cultures or entrenched programs). The book develops a new approach to the idea of intentional education, to educating the whole child and to the process of using data to inform instruction. A major emphasis of the book is that change must be rooted in “output” not “input.” Many of the early failures of conventional wisdom could be traced back to the fact that leaders were trying to change adult work, strategies or materials without first defining the output that was expected from the students or identifying the causes of off level performance. The authors don’t present their approach as a magic bullet to solve all turnaround school problems. Rather, they document how they had to address the fact that preconceived realities and assumptions limited their ability to move schools in a way that would predictably improve student performance. Their hope is that this book will stimulate a similar reevaluation in the readers so that they can come to grips with personal assumptions and deal with the barriers that they will face as they come to grips and try to change practice in their schools.
As the writers of Turning Around Turnaround Schools, we had been working on our book for some time and were stuck in the mud. We all read On Your Mark, went through the exercises, and now we have a voice, a target audience and a thesis statement for what we want the book to be. Thanks to Cathy and her coaching, our new book is a reality!
- What’s Next in Human Resources
Cathy partnered with 17 authors in human resources and Greyden Press to create What’s Next in HR, a new anthology. The authors each wrote a chapter on a topic of their personal and professional interest, and they tackle a variety of topics, from talent management to office culture, with their own unique twists ranging from pop culture and television to data and modern science.
As a national speaker, my credibility (and number of bookings) skyrocketed once I added the official ‘author’ status to my bio and started sending copies to my prospects. Meeting planners throw away flyers. They don’t throw away books!
– Cara Silletto
It was a very rewarding experience to participate in the HR Anthology project. Cathy had us organized with specific timelines and webinars so that we stayed on track. I plan to use it as my calling card when I pursue new opportunities. It has opened my eyes to capturing my thoughts in writing with new or unusual work and life experiences. I doubt that I would have pursued being a published author on my own if it had not been for Cathy Fyock.
– Cindy Hines
Have you ever wanted to get published? I recently participated in writing a chapter in What’s Next in Human Resources and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Not only did Cathy Fyock do a good job coaching us through the process, but her advice on how to use the book as a tool for obtaining business, getting speaking opportunities, and building self esteem was invaluable. In addition, I learned a lot about different writing styles and techniques which will help me when writing my next book. If you’ve ever wanted to write, go for it! Even if you never write the great American Novel, the experience will improve your writing abilities.
– Betty McHale
Participating was completely ‘painless’ and helped me focus my thoughts toward launching the next phase of my career. And it was fast! I particularly liked the many marketing extras Cathy provided. A great experience.
– Susan Harmansky, SPHR
After 30+ years in human resource management I knew I had a story to tell and writing the chapter for What’s Next in Human Resources was the springboard I needed to get my book started. Thanks to Cathy for the opportunity and thanks to my husband, Harold, for the encouragement.
– Lynn Ingmire
The experience of contributing to the HR anthology was more rewarding than I expected in many ways. The published book was much richer than any book I could have written by myself! I am proud to forward the book to all my prospects as there is a chapter that will enlighten or inspire them. In fact, one prospect said he was requiring everyone in his leadership team to read it. Thank you Cathy for the opportunity to connect and collaborate with such a phenomenal group of professionals!
– Kristin Dunlvey
- It’s Personal Not Personnel with Rob CampbellI am a seasoned combat veteran and experienced senior Army leader. But I’m an amateur at writing books. Cathy Fyock helped me navigate the abyss by sharing her vast experience. She boosted my confidence and helped me overcome obstacles. I found Cathy professional, responsive and very positive. Similar to the old American Express Credit Card adage, “don’t write a book without her”. I’m glad I didn’t.Rob Campbell Colonel, US Army RetiredAuthor, It’s Personal not Personnel: Leadership Lessons for the Battlefield and the Boardroom