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Writing Resolutions for 2014

It’s been said that it takes 31 days of consistent actions to create a new habit. What if you made a New Year’s resolution to write every day for 31 days? What could you accomplish?2014 color

I believe you could develop a great writing habit first of all. If you write everyday it helps you get your mental writing muscle in shape by making it easier to start from where you left off the day before. And just think, if you wrote for 15, 20 or 30 minutes a day how many words could you produce? That would be a great start on that book you want to write or the one you’re trying to finish.

Start right now and get out your calendar and schedule “your” writing time every day for 31 days. Be reasonable about the time of day and just how much time you can devote. You want this to be a good experience not another to-do on your list. A minimum of 15 minutes, 30 would be awesome but you can shoot for somewhere in between.

A few tips:

  • Try to schedule for the same time of day each day, it’s just easier to get into a habit if it’s consistent
  • Turn off or remove yourself from distractions like your phone, emails, texts, Facebook, Twitter, TV, etc. Focus on writing and only writing.
  • If you use your computer think about saving your work to the “cloud” so you can access it in the future, just in case you find a spare minute or two to write or read over what you’ve written. Inspiration comes at the oddest times.

Start now, baby steps, and at the end of the 31 days add up the number of words/pages you’ve written. This will give you inspiration to write on! (Pun intended)


I thought I would share some insightful and motivational blog posts about Writer’s Resolutions for 2014. My hope is that these posts will help you as write forward in 2014!

New Year Resolutions for Self-published Writers

1. Write more, promote less

2. Self-publish in 2014

3. Find a balance between work (day job) and my writing

4. Write!!!

5. Publish three books this year

6. Promote new book better than the other ones

7. Develop my craft

8. Publish my book as ebook

9. Complete my novel

10. Get serious

13 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

Realistic New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

Top 10 Resolutions for Writers

The Four Most Common Stumbling Blocks for Writers: How to Overcome Them and Keep that New Year’s Resolution to Write Your Novel

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January 5, 2014 · 10:41 am

The Business of Book Writing

I sat in on a webinar yesterday where book experts from various fields spoke about authors and book marketing. These experts were a book coach, website designer, book seller (for lack of a better term) and book marketer. The overriding message from each of these experts was the fact that most authors don’t know what it takes to get a book published nor do authors know that their book becomes a business and they need to treat it as such.

What Business?

The author invests his/her blood, sweat, tears, soul and time to produce a good book. It takes money to make a book great. Money for professionals. Professional editor, professional graphic designer for the book cover and professional interior designer for the heart of the book, both print and ebook. All of these professionals cost money and thus they are an investment in the overall success of the book.
But it doesn’t stop with just the printing or the ebook and getting both on Amazon.com. There’s the promotion, the social media, the website, the press releases, the book reviews, the blog tours, the article marketing, the book signings, the readings, the speaking engagements . . . and so on.

It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

– Judith Briles of AuthorU and The Book Shepard

Authors need to understand that their book becomes a business and they need to treat it like one. They need a plan. They need to be an advocate for their book and themselves.

Their book needs a platform to sell from. Their book needs a marketing plan. They need to define their niche audience just as they would create a character profile for their novel. They need to have the money to invest in the marketing and even pay for some of the marketing or someone to help them implement the plan. They need to stay focused on their plan.

As with any business you won’t see results over night or even in 30 days most likely. But if you have the vision to create an 18-month marketing plan you will achieve your goals – creating buzz and selling books.

Writing a book is a creative act.
A finished book is a product.
Selling a book is a business.
From Successful Nonfiction by Dan Poynter

 

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October 2, 2013 · 9:32 am

How Committed Are You To Writing Your Book?

Seriously, how committed are you to writing your book?

You have the idea, you’ve done the research, you’ve scheduled time on your calendar to write – but do you write?

Common thoughts that keep us from actually writing –

1. What if readers don’t like my writing?

2. What if my book doesn’t sell?

3. What if my book gets bad reviews?

And list goes on.

Here is an acronym for F.E.A.R. that I love!

False

Events

Appearing

Real

We make up so many reasons to procrastinate, to not write because we dream up scenarios of failure and disaster. Honestly, if we could just put this creative energy to good use in writing we’d have a few books written by now!

Okay, so today vow to re-up your commitment to writing. Set a few simple but attainable goals for the month and track your progress. Make writing a priority on your to-do list and write every single day. Even if you can only devote 5 minutes, just write.

Good Luck!

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October 1, 2013 · 1:22 pm

What Social Media Accounts Should An Author Have?

Social media is the best, quickest and cheapest (totally free most of the time) way to promote your book, your brand and build your readership. I totally agree. Unfortunately I see authors who have accounts for everySocial-Media-Icons conceivable social media venue there is, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, BookBuzzr, WordPress blog, YouTube, Google +, etc. But “should” you have an account set up with every new social media venue that pops up? Not necessarily.

I understand the need to promote your book and brand and to build a readership but as with the old marketing tactic of sending a physical letter to an unvalidated list, this is the new concept of “shotgun marketing”. Just hit as many social media sites as possible and hope for the best!

Then there is the question of time, do you have the “time” to keep up each site so that you maximize your investment? Most likely no. Here I would defer to “quality over quantity”. Give your precious time to a few sites by providing quality information and building meaningful relationships with your readers. Your readers will jump in and help you promote your book and brand by word of mouth marketing, still the best way to market anything.

Social Media Venues for Authors –

I strongly believe that you can as little as 3 or 4 social media accounts and reap great rewards. Facebook has so many options and opportunities for authors through Fan pages and event notifications that it’s truly worth the time it takes. Plus Facebook integrates with blogs and a host of other social media venues quite easily.

Social Media Musts –

  1. Facebook (author page and book Fan page)
  2. Blog (WordPress is easiest)
  3. Twitter
  4. Google + (this is growing quickly, easy to use and similar to Facebook)

Set up a system where you can maintain each site for only minutes each day. With a little planning and an account at HootSuite.com you can save a lot of time and still connect with your readers.

If you need assistance, then hire an author’s assistant to help you keep your social media accounts current.

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September 10, 2013 · 12:44 pm

Author’s Assistant or Publisher?

What is the difference?

I am not a publisher. I will not ask you to pay me a one-time package price to get your book published.

I am an author’s assistant. I will help you navigate the self-publishing journey through my experience, advice and assistance.

Why is this a good thing?

It’s a great thing for self-published authors who want to maintain complete control over their books and their publishing process.

It has been my experience that the majority of self-published authors are employed either full or part-time and writing is their passion but they need the steady income to support their lifestyle and families. As an author’s assistant I can help them with tasks and projects they don’t have the time or skills to do themselves.

For example, helping build the author’s platform for a new author I can create:

  • A new Facebook Fan Page
  • Set up a Twitter account
  • A LinkedIn account
  • Design a WordPress website or blog
  • Connect all of the above for automatic updating and notifications

An author’s assistant can research for the perfect editor, gather permissions for quotes or other excerpts, work with the graphic designer to finalize the book cover, etc.

The author has complete control of the tasks the author’s assistant does and to what extent the author’s assistant is involved. The author can create a budget for these tasks and the author’s assistant can make sure the entire book publishing process is kept on track and completed on time.

 

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Writing Resolutions

As I do every year I make a slew of resolutions. Some actually stick, some just dissolve instantly. My biggest goal this year to make my writing a priority. I have had a hiatus of sorts last year due to circumstances that got out of control (that’s another blog post). So this year I’m back on track, blogging, Tweeting and sharing my knowledge with authors once again.

I have kept a journal since 1973 so writing has been an integral part of my daily life. I have missed it so. I’ve begun to get back into daily writing slowly but now it’s time to set some goals. My overall resolution for writing in 2013 is “Just Do It!” and below are my goals to achieve this:

  • Make time every day in my schedule, note it on my calendar, to write. Not just for 5 minutes here or there, but a substantial time commitment of 60 minutes all in one sitting.
  • Always carry a notebook and pen with me (or my tablet or use EverNote from my phone, tablet or laptop) to capture those musings that come flashing through every now and again.
  • To write seriously, meaning not just blog posts, lengthy emails, clever Tweets or Facebook statuses. Something serious like articles for a newsletter, meaty blog posts full of information to share.
  • Set specific goals such as one article per week to share via social media.
  • READ! This has fell by the way last year. I find that if I read I write. I love self-help books, business books, reading new author’s books, even a novel now and then. Anything that gets my keyboard clacking!

By actually carving out time to write, just sitting down and writing anything sometimes, I move closer to creating something meaningful and useful to share.

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