The Book Shepherd … Practical Advice, Strategies and Resources for Authors and Books

Decluttering for Authors … the Swedes Call It “Death Cleaning”

Decluttering for Authors …  the Swedes Call It “Death Cleaning”

I came across a new phrase to me last week—a grouping of two words: death cleaning.

It’s a common phrase in Sweden; in fact, books are written on it. The premise is that if your family and close friends don’t want “it” while you are alive (whatever “it” is), why would they want it if you are dead? It’s a good question.
Think about it. We’ve all got “stuff” … stuff in the house, maybe storage units, stuff …

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Author Tip: Learn How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech on Book!

Author Tip: Learn How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech on Book!

Would you like to create a speech that delivers over $1,000,000 based on your words, your expertise … your book?

Would you like to turn the book you have or are creating into a money machine that cements your expertise and authoring success?
Would you like to know how powerful you, your book and experiences are and how they can influence and change others one word at a time?

You can … and I’ll show you how …

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Yes … Cry for Puerto Rico!

Yes … Cry for Puerto Rico!

Puerto Rico is one of my favorite places in the world. On September 20th, Hurricane Maria made landfall with winds of 155 miles an hour, leaving it on brink of a humanitarian crisis. The storm left 80 percent of crop value destroyed, 60 percent of the island without water and almost the entire island without power, as observed in the nighttime satellite images. Puerto Rico is a mess and its residents need our help.
Here’s what you should …

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How Would You Like to Come on the Publishing at Sea Cruise at a Discount?

How Would You Like to Come on the Publishing at Sea Cruise at a Discount?

 
This is a different blog today. It has an opportunity for you and your book in a quasi-far away place.

I’m a firm believer in getting away to learn. To merge with others of “like-minded” … away from home, from the office, from everyday “noise” and I do it at least once a year.
Sometimes it’s a learning conference just for me. Sometimes, it’s a writing retreat where the phone, the staff, the doorbell, the anything that …

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The Dollars … Cents … and Sense of Publishing

The Dollars … Cents … and Sense of Publishing

This past week, an article … a kind of “pity me” article … appeared in an edition of the Atlantic magazine. 
The author shared how she had been pitching to traditional publishers and agents for a decade; how she had several novels and other unpublished works on her computer; and how she is going to hold out for a traditional publishing contract.
I got tired of her whine and what she was writing and eventually posted my …

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The Author Success Formula Revisited …

The Author Success Formula Revisited …

A few weeks ago, I did a blog about the differences of “click” online events only and “brick” in person events. The pros and cons of each. 
After attending last week’s annual AuthorU Extravaganza in Denver, Colorado, I firmly believe that to maximize your growth and success quotient, you have got to show up … as in attending events and conferences in person.

The Author Success Formula requires relationships. Relationships that may be have been seeded online, …

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Is Your Book in the Limp-Along Merry-Go-Round?

Is Your Book in the Limp-Along Merry-Go-Round?

It’s reality check time … are you feeling a tad bummed as an author? Look in the mirror and ask: Are you disappointed with the flow of your book sales?
So … why do some authors fail … and merely limp along with their book sales?
Here are my top 10 reasons “why your book could be nose-diving” and caught on a book limp along merry-go-round.
1 Not understanding why minimal editing by a non-professional could be the …

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What’s More Beneficial for Authors … Clicking or Bricking?

What’s More Beneficial for Authors … Clicking or Bricking?

 
Do you love the ability and ease to “click” quickly and get info for marketing, publishing or “whatever” you are seeking? Most of us do. But what about the other way … the “brick” approach? Brick meaning “in person.” Showing up.
I get it… the “click” method is fast. Register, be there when it begins. Or, wait for the replay to be sent to you. Easy peasy. Bricking it takes a commitment. That “show up” thing …

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