It’s that time of the year … you’ve just completed the Holidays; you have good intentions pouring from everything cell of your being; and then, January progresses to February. The diet ends; the New Year’s resolutions start to tank; and you are back doing the same thing as you’ve always done.
Here are four questions to ask yourself as your kick-start your authoring and publishing year:
Over the next three months, I will be at seven live events. Meeting hundreds, actually thousands of authors, but meeting new experts. Their expertise expands my learning and my connections. It benefits me professionally; it benefits me mentally; and it benefits my publishing clients. That’s a win-win-win.
There are six key options for author learning:
attend live publishing and book marketing related events;
attend online publishing and book marketing events;
become a DIYer and learn by the school of …
Oh yes … I’ve heard … you’ve heard … we have ALL heard about the author who starts up chatter in the book world. Out of the blue, one hits the bookselling lottery. A gazillion copies are sold. The media is all over the place. The buzz is, well, the buzz.
Authoring … what a journey. Highs and lows. Hopes and fears. Tears and joy. And a journey that requires perseverance. It’s the magic word that …
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Book publishing is complex. It can be confusing. And it’s not uncommon for authors to be hustle by publishing predators. To avoid the maze of potholes and pitfalls, AuthorYOU has …
Not a week goes by that I don’t get an email or a call from an author asking how to get an endorsement or a Foreword.
Here’s my response …
1. Who would be a magnet for your target audience?
2. Who would they recognize and has credibility?
3. Do you know who the “whos” are?
4. Do you know anyone who does?
5. What do you have to show them …
Do You Use Your Author Voice
at Book Signings?
This past weekend, several authors signed books at the American Library Association’s MidWinter event. They also participated in a Facebook Live interview and were featured in the catalog that was created and will be sent out this week to the 300 plus names collected plus they will get the librarian names and emails to do their own follow-upFor those who participate, it was a “sell-out” of …
Thirty plus years ago, one of my author friends coined one of my favorite book titles: Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers. It’s all about change and slashing through the things that continually hold people and companies back. Fast forward 20 years. I ran into the author Bob Kriegel at a conference we were both speaking at. He was still talking about burgers and he reminded me of a story he told me long ago …
This is the final blog from AuthorU.org … beginning, next month, your feed will be coming from AuthorYOU and The Book Shepherd as we combine our resources that were outlined in the October 31 blog.
December is always the month that has too, too much packed into it. There’s the year-end “I’ve got to get this done NOW” push. Then there’s the more events, parties and gatherings to attend and host not to mention the shopping …
A December truism: the colors, the festivities, the gatherings and the changes of pace the Holiday season brings can stimulate or exhaust you.
It’s a wonderful time of “togetherness” with family and friends; and, a time of reflection on the past year … and think forward. Next week sets the stage for the beginning of 2018. As we get ready to launch Author YOU. And your continuation or creation of YOUR AUTHOR SUCCESS.
Here are some big questions …
Book Editors & Book Publishing Are Like Peanut Butter and Jelly
Why so many authors think that their friend who teaches literature at the local college, or their sister who
loves everything they write and do is the perfect editor for their work is beyond me.
Your editor can make or break your work—she can shape and shore it up … or, put in some commas and check your spelling. There are now more self and independent …