Author Resource Hunt, Day 4: Getting Published and Book Proposals

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Imagine signing a book deal with a publishing house! There is still plenty of opportunity for first time authors who take the time to learn the expectations of the marketplace. Yet, those who don’t learn the rules can decrease their chances of getting published or make success take much longer than it needs to. Your first tip: Study the requirements and expectations that agents and publishers have for a quality book proposal. This blog is full of many detailed posts about writing book proposals successfully. Use the “search” function to the right to read several of these posts. Point Value…  Read more

Author Resource Hunt, Day 3: Inspiration to Write

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The inspiration to write can come through looking at art, tasting a new spicy dish, taking your dog for a walk—the possibilities for sparking your imagination are limitless. Today, The Author Resource Hunt focuses on getting your creative writing juices flowing. Point Value Clues/Actions for Points Earned Points 20+ Imagine yourself as the person in the image on today’s blog post. Write a caption as a comment on this post. While you’re at it, share your score for today in your comment (including additional points for any of the actions listed below). 15+ Create 3 sizzling/enticing headlines for future inspiring…  Read more

Author Resource Hunt, Day 2: Develop Relationships

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Day 2 of our Author Resource Hunt is about Developing Community and Relationships with other authors and writers. Such relationships provide many mutual benefits – support, camaraderie, resource-sharing and colleagues to share ideas with. Encouragement from someone who knows the highs and lows on the path to success can motivate you during your creative journey. Learning about other authors’ experiences and hearing their insights can save you time, inspire you and offer peace of mind. And the community engagement you develop is an important ingredient for book sales, too. One great space to connect with colleagues and future readers is…  Read more

Top 10 Business Lessons from Mentors and Coaches

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Are you a mentor or coach to your readers? Writing books, especially how-to and self-help books, is a form of mentoring–of sharing both the expertise and wisdom you have been blessed with. And writing can also be a form of coaching–anticipating what your readers may be going through, offering them tools to help them achieve the results they seek, helping them feel capable that they can do it. Last week, I traveled to Manhattan where I was honored with receiving the Silver Stevie Award for “Mentor or Coach of the Year – Business – 2014.” Today, I reflected on many…  Read more

Author Resource Hunt, Day 1: How to Write a Book

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Many aspiring authors get stuck at the very beginning–they want to write a book, but feel unsure  how or where to start. Others may start out fine, but get a bit lost or stuck or overwhelmed if they don’t have a bit of a road map. So, I thought I’d start our hunt with some of the basics–how to write a book in 9 steps. It’s a bit of an overview and will help you get a sense of some of the crucial decisions that will dictate the steps you need to take to write a book. Plus, as you…  Read more