Topic: Personal Smarts

Tips for Revisiting and Refocusing Author Success

Tips for Revisiting and Refocusing Author Success

Do you have repeating things that you start your day with? As in a “ritual” of some sorts?
I do. Several of them. On the second Saturday of every month, my day with people–that’s authors at all stages–starts a few minutes before 9–it’s the AuthorYOU Salons. This month, 20 authors filled my front room with questions, laughter and just being “them.” I love these mornings.

Whether it’s an “event” day like the Salons, or my weekly Friday …

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When Authors Are Through Changing … It’s an Oh-OH!

When Authors Are Through Changing … It’s an Oh-OH!

How’s your authordom been — calm, serene, laid back, tranquil . . . or maybe, a tad hectic? If the latter, the change factor is most likely the creator. You have a choice. Get on the change train, or get run over. You might say, “I’ll stop writing for a while … or even find something else to do. Either way, you won’t avoid change.

Change — the breeder of resistance for most. It involves identifying …

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Creativity Juice for Writing … 100 Years Ago

Creativity Juice for Writing … 100 Years Ago

Authors and Writers look for ideas to create “juice” for their writing. Consider looking back to look forward. What was happening 50 years ago? 100 years ago?  In the good old days … will how good were they? Would you like to revert back to them? Here’s what was happening across a broad spectrum in 1915 …

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for the car was sold in drug stores only. 

Only …

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Book Publishing: It’s Not a Fad … It’s a Trend-Skipping NY

Book Publishing: It’s Not a Fad … It’s a Trend-Skipping NY

A distinct trend has surfaced with book shepherding clients I’ve worked with this past year. These successful, traditionally published authors are choosing to bypass New York. Yes, if they offered their ideas, their manuscripts to the traditional publishing community via their agents, the odds were extremely high that they would receive a hefty offer to publish the new book. Yet, these authors chose not to. Why?

Got Book? … Take Advantage of Seasonal Selling Now

Got Book? … Take Advantage of Seasonal Selling Now

Book Publishing … Take Advantage of Seasonal Selling Now

If your book is ideal for a gift (and it’s a rare one that is not), seasonal celebrations are ideal to reach out to your followers … why not your book as the gift? This month, of course December is hot. But so will January … for the “how-to” crowd, this is the high GOYA month—Get Off Your Ass—and get started (or re-started).

Gimmicks, Gadgets & the Buzz Factor

Gimmicks, Gadgets & the Buzz Factor

At a recent three-day convention, I was slated to present the opening keynote for the next day and a workshop on communication the third day. It has always been my practice when time permitted, to come in a day early so I could hear other speakers, feel the energy of the group and if there is another main speaker, to make sure that I hear him or her.