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From Sad News, a Bit of Book Inspiration

July 16, 2011 by · 5 Comments 

I hope this finds you well and enjoying your summer. You haven’t heard from me in a few weeks. That’s because I’ve been dealing with a very sad family event and, honestly, I wasn’t sure if I had the strength to share it with you. But something happened that changed my mind…

Last month one of my sisters, my sister Theo, passed away. It was unexpected, and the grief and shock are still reverberating throughout my being. We were very close in age–in fact this week we would have been the same age until my birthday this month. These past few weeks have been like a black hole. I lost all sense of time as my family and I went to Ohio, where we grew up, and did the things that needed to be done when a loved one is lost.

Every so often I would think about my October book publishing workshop and wonder, “Can I still do this? How can I put my heart into it when it feels like my heart is broken?” I really didn’t know.

Then I got my answer.

In the month before Theo died I had given her a copy of The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews. She read it quickly and we spent many phone conversations talking about the book and how we wanted to use the “7 Decisions” it describes. It’s an amazing book and I was glad that my sister “got it”.

After she passed I went to her house to go through her belongings and prepare for the memorial service. I noticed that The Traveler’s Gift wasn’t among her things and I thought that strange, but didn’t think anymore about it because I was so distracted.

A few days later, at my sister’s workplace, I was given a box of possessions from her office. Inside was a brown envelope with my name on it. When I opened it I found the book and a note from one of Theo’s colleagues:

“Dearest Sophfronia, I’m returning Theo’s book, The Traveler’s Gift to you. I noticed your special note to Theo in the front of the book.”

She went on to say she was experiencing some challenges in her life and my sister had recently given her the book. “She told me how much she liked it. Theo wanted me to read it for help with my journey. I will get my own copy and while I am reading it, I’ll be thinking of our precious Theo and you and your family.”

Standing there in my sister’s office reading this note, I broke down and cried. She only had the book a couple of weeks, but Theo already felt it could help someone else so she passed it on. I didn’t realize it before, but my sister believed what I believed: books can change lives. In one swoop she sent me my answer and some loving inspiration.

I will move forward.

So in my sister’s honor I invite you to join me.

“How to Write & Publish Books That Change Lives”


October 15, 2011

Stamford, Connecticut

I’ve planned a full day of high quality content designed to help you conceive your idea, write your book, and then publish and market it for your ultimate success. I’m proud of what this workshop will be and honored that so many speakers have signed on to join me in this effort.

Now, because I haven’t been around to tell you about all this, and you may have missed the earlier preview calls, I’m going to give you new chances to attend in a way that will make it easiest for you.

Here are three things you need to know right now to help you attend:

1.) We’re extending the Early Bird Deadline! You now have until AUGUST 15 to save $100 on your workshop investment.

2.) We’re now offering a payment plan: You can pay in 3 easy payments until JULY 31.

3.) We have added two dynamic new speakers to our super-expert roster! Read about them now at:

I’m posting this today (Saturday) because I want you to be able to take some time this weekend to think about how a book changed your life. Then I want you to think about how the book you want to write can change the lives of others. If you can see this vision clearly, then I encourage you to join us in October. Your book is needed. I know now, more than ever, that none of us is guaranteed another day on this earth. If you can do something to make a difference, I urge you–don’t waste another day. Do it.

Take care, hug your loved ones, and I hope to see you soon.

Best Wishes,

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Sophfronia Scott
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5 Responses to “From Sad News, a Bit of Book Inspiration”
  1. Hi Sophfronia,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. I did notice that I hadn’t seen much of you or Darryl on the interwebs recently, but I had no idea that you were going through this.

    You are so right that books change lives. You knew that, and your sister knew that. How generous of her to pass on that book to someone else whose journey may be affected – or even uplifted – with just one simple phrase. All it takes is an idea to spark someone else’s life, and books help us connect to that collective unconscious of wisdom.

    I could be going through something that I thought that I couldn’t handle. But I can read someone else’s words and receive the wisdom that I lacked, but desperately needed. At other times, something I read in a book could inspire a new song or business idea.

    The work that you do enables others to get their ideas out into the world, to possibly transform the lives of many others. I do believe that your sister would want you to continue your mission of bringing books to life. I know that I do! ;-)

    Take as much time as you need to heal. Your workshop can also be a force of your own transformation as well. I wish you all the best.


  2. Dearest Sophfronia ~ I love Theo’s big heart…she truly is a Woman on Fire. And, the workshop is going to be extra amazing because we have Theo cheering us on! Thank you for writing this tender and beautiful post.

  3. Jodi says:

    Dear Sophronia,
    I am so disappointed I will miss this workshop for many reasons, including that I want to write my book and that I want to support you. That weekend, Oct. 15-16, I will be walking in the AVON Walk for Breast Cancer. I started walking five years ago when my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and I am committed to walking until there is a cure. I will be thinking of you and your sister as I walk in honor of my sister.

    Thinking of you,

  4. Thank you Carla Lynne, Debbie and Jodi! And Jodi, I totally understand. In a way, we’ll both be standing up for our sisters. Let me know how it goes!



  5. WoW! Thank you very much for that enlightening article

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