Award Winning Novelist Colleen M. Story Honored with Multiple Literary Awards for her Self-Help Book for Writers

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“Overwhelmed Writer Rescue” is the recipient of three Reader Views 2017-2018 Reviewer’s Choice Awards, obtaining First Place for Writing and Publishing, Second Place for Self-Help, and the Book by Book Pub Award for Best Writing/Publishing Book.

Being an author in today’s world involves a lot more than just writing books – it’s a full-time business. With so many authors carving the time outside of their traditional jobs to maintain their brand and market their own work, it’s easy to see how many are inundated by the never-ending “to-do” list. In “Overwhelmed Writer Rescue,” award-winning author Colleen M. Story shares her vast experience in a comprehensive, easy-to-read guide that steers new and veteran authors through different ways of boosting productivity and improving the quality of their writing time by prioritizing what is important and resetting the creative mindset.

Story’s work is receiving high praise from novelists, reporters, and editors, along with other creative enthusiasts. Sheri Hoyte with Reader Views says, “I discovered more than a handful of items about myself and my practices that hinder my ability to be my best creative self. I recommend taking your time going through each chapter and section of the book. If there is a survey - take it, if there is an activity or writing prompt/assignment - do it! They are well worth the time! Though geared toward writers, I believe this book would be a successful tool for anyone wanting to learn how to overcome procrastination and your natural productivity obstacles to increase motivation and free up more time for doing the things you love.”

Reporter and editor Beth Castrodale applauds “Overwhelmed Writer Rescue” noting, “I have completed several of the ‘Time Treasure’ exercises at the end of each chapter, and they have been really useful in helping me to, among other things, identify barriers to productivity with my writing and also come up with solutions. Finally, I really appreciated the friendly, conversational tone of the book. Reading it, I felt coached, not preached to.”

Colleen M. Story is the definition of creativity, from writing her own novels to ghostwriting for others to developing marketing materials and more. She’s also a musician and plays the French horn in several local symphonies, and has taught private music lessons for over 25 years. Story enjoys helping others achieve the creative lives they desire, often leading workshops and providing inspiration as a motivational speaker and through her Writing and Wellness website.

“I’m a person who thrives as a creative,” says Story of her active lifestyle, “and I love working to help other creative people make their dreams come true. Sometimes all we need is to give ourselves permission to pursue the goals in our hearts, and it’s amazing the results we can achieve.”

Story is excited about the feedback on “Overwhelmed Writer Rescue,” and says her best reward is hearing from readers: “When I get a message from someone saying the book helped them improve their lives, build their confidence, or find more ways to honor their unique creative gifts, that makes my day.”

To meet Colleen in person, attend one of the following writer’s conferences where she will be speaking in 2018:

  •     Idaho Writer’s Conference, Boise, ID: May 4th, 2018
  •     Storymakers Conference, Provo, UT: May 5th, 2018
  •     West Texas A&M University’s Writer’s Academy, Canyon, TX: June 4-5, 2018
  •     Dallas/Fort-Worth Writer’s Conference, Hurst, TX: June 9-10, 2018

About the Author

Colleen M. Story is on a mission to inspire people from all walks of life to overcome modern-day challenges and find creative fulfillment. Her latest release, “Overwhelmed Writer Rescue,” is full of practical, personalized solutions to help writers and other creative artists escape the tyranny of the to-do list and nurture the genius within.

With over 20 years as a professional in the creative industry, Colleen has authored thousands of articles for publications like “Healthline” and “Women’s Health;” worked with high-profile clients like Gerber Baby Products and Kellogg’s; and ghostwritten books on back pain, nutrition, and cancer recovery. Her literary novel, “Loreena’s Gift,” was an Idaho Author Awards first place winner, New Apple Solo Medalist winner, and Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, among others.

“Overwhelmed Writer Rescue” (ISBN 9780999099100, Midchannel Press 2018) is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Nook and iBooks. For more information or for publicity inquiries please see,, and Review copies available to the media upon request.

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