I had plenty of take-aways from Judith Briles Book Publishing Unplugged last week. Some old, some new.
Yes, it was three intensive days for 47 of us.
Yes, it was loaded with plenty of new, hands-on info and author and book marketing tools.
Yes, it was an over-load of material and how-tos.
Yes, there was lots of laughing, eating, playing, working. Each came away with a detailed Judith Briles Book Publishing Unplugged Workbook that supported in detail all the …
Would you rather go for a root canal at the dentist? Or schedule a colonoscopy? How about avoid the author elephant in the room—book marketing? Get over it. The most common phrase out of too many authors is: I can’t market my books. Or, I don’t want to market my books. I just want to write. Get over it.
You have to market your books—your product. Oh please, get over your resistance. The reality is, YES …
I need a “professional” to market my book is what too many authors think and say. That usually follows—I just want to write … I don’t want to market. Or, an I don’t know how to do any type of marketing.
Reframe your thinking and your marketing strategies. Whoever start the myth that you had to hire a “professional book marketer” is full of baloney … and I suspect other things. The belief is utter …
Leave it to Mark Twain to remind us, “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.”
One of the most common snafus I come across in editing a manuscript is the confusion of same sounding words. Partly from, auto-corrections, dictation of copy and just not knowing the correct spelling.
All authors stumble here—yes, ALL. Oh, you’ve spelled the word correctly … BUT, is it the right word with the right meaning? …
Everyone has the answer … at least their answer … to the question: How does an author become successful? In this season of overwhelming places to be at and things to do, here’s my answer in a few seconds in FOUR words:
Perspiration. Persistence. Perseverance.
I have just finished watching Netflix’s The Crown (highly recommended). It reminded me of Winston Churchill’s remarks made at the school he attended years prior to “his success” … a school he came close to …
You Can’t Be an Eeyore When It Comes to Your Book!
Let’s be real … what successful author do you know who just limps along? Who is blah and so-so when it comes to his or her book? Who really doesn’t seem to care which way things go? Or has just plain lost enthusiasm for the entire project? Nothing works, everything is the pits … there’s always a problem … the book life is a bummer …
A special request and ask of you …
AuthorU-Your Guide to Book Publishing that I host on the Toginet Radio Network has been broadcasting for three years now. Its audience is robust. All shows are fresh and woven with content to advance you and your book’s success in publishing and marketing. Starting with a handful of listeners, it now has hundreds of thousands of live and downloads each month. The last two were essentials in building …
I’m always the amused when authors to be jump the gun to become an author. Don’t, there’s lots you need to learn in the very fast whirlwind of publishing that if not, can paralyze your book. And you.
Avoid the RTP Syndrome … Rush to Publish. Too many authors rush into publishing without understanding the many hurdles and obstacles. Breathe and start learning. You are on a marathon, not a sprint.
Start hanging out … meaning that …