Calling All Authors … Get Off the Excuse Train …

Your writing, your book, or about-to-be-book, should be planning its next step. Completion, publishing, marketing … Summer is here. Is your writing HOT, or are you stalled? Your writing, your book, or about-to-be-book can’t be created, or survive, if the Excuse Train is in motion.  

Don’t we all get stuck at some time? The list is endless with the number or reasons, and gulp, yes, excuses as to why we can’t … or won’t do things. It’s the excuse rut. The perfect scapegoat as to why we don’t move on and out.

How many times have you heard someone say …

#1  I don’t have time … to write my book …

#2  I don’t have time … to market my book …

#3  I don’t know where to start … on my book …

#4  I don’t know how to … or don’t want to … do social media …

#5  I don’t … have time to learn about the publishing business …

#6  I don’t … ?

How many times have you said any fraction of the above? And what is your excuse for not going forth, for not getting something done that is important to you and/or your book?



It's easy to fall

As we are in the midst of summer, another gulp, quarter of the year, it’s reality-check time. Start with time—yours. There are only so many hours in the day. You need some sleep. You may have a full-time job. Most likely, you take a little time to eat. And let’s face it, summertime is fabulous-outdoors, play, vacation beckons. I know, I know, you want to play a bit.

The hours slip away. If there aren’t enough hours in the day—you need to do an assessment … just how many of them do you kiss off? As in, really kiss off? And how much time do you put into doing something that is part of your Vision Factor for your book after you have your book?

For non-fiction authors—how many of you really, really, really follow your own advice? Or are you so OD’d with other obligations that you end up putting yourself on the bottom of the list—any list? I have a new book birthing, Author YOU: Creating and Building the Author and Book Platforms. After finally getting the layout tweaked and sending it to print last month, I looked closely at the process that I do for the creation for my own books—and the reason why I’ve pumped out 31 to date.

The fun part was the “aha” moment, the breaking through and out-of the Excuse Abuse scenario that is so easy to slip into—even with me and some of the things I do within my office space. It brought me back to my own basics. As a result, we’ve implemented some changes in my office—and oh boy, we are slicing and dicing—from files to set-ups to personnel. It’s all very cool—kind of like spring cleaning in the fall.

What I love about what I do as The Book Shepherd is that I am an author—I relate to the writers I mentor. I know the OD that comes with the publication of a book; I understand the overwhelm that comes and the tsunami of things that marketing creates. I know that money and time are huge issues. And I get … but enough about me. You’ve got a book. It needs your attention if success is the goal in your Game Plan. What is holding you back? What do you need to slice and dice and get back on track? Start the list … do a reality check … get myopic … and as client and bestselling, multi-award-winning and now with 3 books out, Lynn Hellerstein, says, “Ta-dah!”

It will come your way.





Judith Briles is known as The Book Shepherd a book publishing expert and coach. She is the Founder of Author U,  a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 31 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms, Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers  and a speaker at publishing conferences.

Become part of her inner circle by joining the Author’s Ark and exclusive monthly webinar and coaching event. Her audio and workbook series, Creating Your Book and Author Platform is now available. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing on the Toginet Network at . Follow @AuthorU and @MyBookShepherd on Twitter and do a “Like” at AuthorU and TheBookShepherd on Facebook.  If you want to create a book that has no regrets, contact Judith at



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