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Are These YOUR Five Excuses?

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The new year is just a month old, but what about your resolutions?  Are you sticking to them or do you have excuses why not? The less commitment you have to your resolution, the less likely you are to keep it. Are you really committed to write more – books, articles or blogs – and to establish your author platform and brand?  
Believe me:  it is do-able!  This is by chance my blog number 1,000 in 30 months. Sitting every day for an hour or two and write, 7 days a week, took me a couple of weeks or months to get used to, but soon it became a daily habit to write about a variety of topics – and have fun doing it : )
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Are These Your Excuses:

“I cannot find the time to write.”
Well, this is the truth: There’s no such thing as “finding time”. When you plan to write a book, you need to block out parts of your time to get it done. It might mean to avoid TV watching or to get up at 5am to write. Set up your writing as a priority! You have to create time focus on your project. If not, then forget about writing a book!
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“I don’t know where to start on my book …”
Make a layout, a frame of your novel, note details. Research, research, research… Where do you start?  Sitting in your chair every day at the same time. Start writing. Keep sitting. Write more. Your brain will come to expect it. Your mind will begin to loosen up, and cooperate.

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“I need to be inspired, in order to sit down and write.”
Truth: Inspiration often strikes while we write. So, sitting down and starting to write, or at least to make a layout, or write a short story is a great start to get into the “mood”. If you want to be a good writer, start by writing every day for at least a couple of hours

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“I don’t have time to market my book … I don’t know how or don’t want to do Social Media …” 
You can write as a hobby, no one forces you to sell your book!  And if you have lots of money, just buy advertising on TV or in magazines or hire a media publicist for thousands of dollars – even so they take on authors only, with huge amounts of followers on Social Media and lots of 5-star reviews for books.
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“I don’t have time to learn about the publishing business”
Why not just take on writing as a hobby – and forget about publishing!
Regardless of whether or not you work with a publishing consultant to learn about the business, it is something that MUST be done to ensure your book reaches the public. To have the most success: Before you write or at least before you finish your book.
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Starting a book (business) takes huge amounts of hard work and time, so you better enjoy doing it. Building a business is all about learning new subjects, you are eager to work on, or in hiring a bit professional help and together creating something you will be proud of.
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Psychologist Gary Foster, gives these tips for New Year’s resolutions:

  • Set small goals that are realistic, achievable and clearly defined.
  • Set specific plans that are simple, achievable and can lead to short-term success
  • Aim for and celebrate small short-term successes.
  • Build a simple and structured plan that answers the what, when, where and how questions.
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“Don’t let your New Year’s resolution flop (again). If you want to succeed, plan your goal in 12-week increments,” advise Brian Moran and Michael Lennington, co-authors of 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months.  “It is much more feasible to keep a commitment for 12 weeks than to keep it for 12 months. At the end of the 12 weeks you reassess your commitments and begin again,”
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Another consideration:  Are you a writer first? Or are you writing for money first? If you are writing for immediate income, writing that pays quicker, then choose writing for magazines, the internet or for newspapers, copy writing, resume writing, grant writing etc. which will provide much faster income.

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Best Wishes for 2014

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Happy-New-Year.

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It’s this time of the year … where most of us think about improvements in our daily lives, including professional ambitions.  Whatever resolutions might be for the new year: If you are an author, and want to publish professionally and to have eventually bestselling books, it would be smart to learn everything you can about publishing possibilities and professional book marketing.

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How Can You Learn All About Publishing?  
Most of it online. There are so many helpful blogs and articles for writers out there, where you can learn everything about writing and publishing, for example from:

John Kremer
Jonathan Gunson
David Gaughran
Dean Wesley Smith
Rachel Gardener

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Learn-about-publishing

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More Writing & Publishing Resources
They are right in front of you! http://SavvyBookWriters.wordpress.com, where we give tons of advice from our 30+ years of publishing and book marketing experience – for FREE in almost one thousand! articles, including several thousand links to detailed information. Just sign up and you will get them regularly to your mailbox.

With many years of coaching and consulting authors in seminars and over the internet / phone about e-publishing and book marketing we can help you to build your author brand and platform and advice you about any question you might have as writer and self-publisher.

Another option is to sign up for free to our valuable – monthly – newsletter. In the first week of every month you will get lots of book marketing and publishing tips. Just go to any of our websites where you find the opt-in form:
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Our Online Seminars
Learn more about the changing world of publishing and the promotional part for your books – as nowadays literary agents and publishers first question to a potential author is: “what is your platform” or “what are your plans to market your book?” Traditional publishers no longer provide the marketing for authors, who must promote themselves and market their books.

Learn how to take advantage of all the available opportunities and resources to promote your work and yourself as an author to publishers and to your readers.
Ask yourself
Are you as well known as you could be?
Are your books selling as well as they should do?
Do you know the difference between the top 3% of authors and everyone else?
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Find out how to navigate the modern publishing world, get hundreds of valuable marketing tips during our Weekend Seminars or the one-on-one Online Seminars – and learn how to promote your book without even spending money for it.
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Get practical hands-on tips to market your book:

  • Identify your target readers and their demographic
  • Find out how to reach these readers online and off-line
  • Create your own brand and your author platform
  • Choose the type of publishing that is right for you
  • Navigate the pre-publishing process
  • Market and publicize your book successfully on a budget
  • Leverage your books’ content into other markets
  • Prepare your next bestseller
  • find free book publishing funding sources,
  • Government grants and tax deductions

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Helpful Publishing Guide Books
The grand-daddy of independent publishing, Dan Poynter started decades ago to write about self-publishing print books and wrote in detail about the process, including distribution. His many books on this topic include e-publishing as well.
Aaron Shepard is an authority in “Aiming at Amazon” and “POD for Profit” and how to prepare your books for e-book formatting and print.
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Writing Contests
Being short-listed or winning a writing contest is a fantastic promotional tool for your book.  Find the latest writing contests for all genres. This invaluable free blog provides news & guides to literary magazines and other resources for authors.
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/how-to-use-these-7-writingpublishing-resources/
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And now:  Don’t forget to look in the rear mirror and pad yourself on the shoulder! Recognize where you have been successful and what you already achieved during the last twelve months!

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If you would like to get more support in all things publishing, have your book intensively promoted and learn how to navigate social media sites – or to learn how you can make yourself a name as an author through content writing: We offer all this and more for only $159 for three months! Learn more about this individual book marketing help: http://www.111Publishing.com/Seminars
Or visit http://www.e-book-pr.com/book-promo/
to advertise your new book, specials, your KDP Select Free Days or the new Kindle Countdown Deals.

Please check out all previous posts of this blog (there are more than 970 of them : ) if you haven’t already. Why not sign up to receive them regularly by email? Just click on “Follow” in the upper line on each page – and then on “LIKE” next to it. There is also the “SHARE” button underneath each article where you can submit the article to Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and StumpleUpon.
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5 Top New Years Resolutions for Authors

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With 2013 just around the corner, are you thinking of the changes you would like to make in your (writers) live?  What are your goals for 2013, besides writing your next book? Where do you want to be in twelve months?

If one of your goals is to have a platform as a writer and successfully market your book(s) then have a look at my suggestions to built a foundation and boost your and your books success. Don’t work harder next year – work smarter!
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1. Start writing a blog TODAY!
You are a writer and creating a 300 to 500 word blog post once or twice a week should be easy for you. This is a very important step for your author platform whether you have a book yet or not. It is your inventory to feed your social media sites. Start before your book comes out so you have already readers waiting for it. Show off your writing skills and write guest blogs for other successful bloggers to even multiply your visibility by linking back to your book sales page or website. Authors need bloggers almost as much as media to help promote their books. Popular bloggers have direct access to your book’s audience. Use your blog to “feed” you social media posts. Create a file to collect snippets from your blog, short sentences under 140 characters. And just copy and paste e.g. into tweets.

2. Use plug-ins to manage your time
Would you like to have SEVEN times! more people read your blog or visit your website? So, how do you get readers to share your posts or website content online? Make it easy for them to share
what you have written with their social networks, so that others can discover your content – and forward it to their followers and friends, and these also forward it to their friends and followers …. You get the idea! Take advantage of the “Share” function on WordPress to ping your blog to all your Social Media sites at one and install Social Media buttons on your website for your readers to spread the word

Increase your Social Media presence – automatically!
Being on five Social Media sites is the same “work” as being just on one single site! My suggestion is to be on Goodreads, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Facebook (in this order).  Plug-ins and ping buttons are not the only helpers in spreading your content. Almost all Social Media and even forums, such as Goodreads are connect-able.

Your blog post can be automatically transferred to Goodreads. But that’s not all: copy the URL of your blog post and paste into your Facebook page, in your Google+ page and on Chime.in just to name a few. It will be transformed automatically into a mini blog including an image of your blog post and a link. All this saves you time, quality time to interact with your followers and friends on Social Media. Don’t use these sites as sales bill boards – it’s about people!

4. Create a fabulous biography / avatar
Written once, it can be used on your books blurb, your Amazon / Goodreads author pages, on all social Media Sites, for pitches to publishers, on guest blogs …. you name it. Keep it related to you as an author or your books. And get a professional, high quality portrait!  It is a small investment for many uses and for many years to come.

5. Get help from peers
I mean not only your friends, including social media friends or family members to “LIKE”, “FOLLOW” or “FRIEND you and your books, but also professional help. Attend writers conferences, writing workshops and seminars in the coming year. You will learn, meet new friends and get new inspirations. You learn tips and tricks and you will get follow up and maybe friends for life.

Did you realize that these 5 suggestions for New Years resolutions are basics? No matter if you want to go with one of the big publishing houses or self-publish: Start your platform in a professional manner – for maximum success.

Let me know what your goals are for 2013.

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