2301, 2018

Interview with Author Frank Ingraham

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This week’s blog features Frank Ingraham, the author of Your HR Goal Achievement Pocket Guide: Practical Guide for New Managers and Small Businesses, written to elevate personal and professional journeys of successful achievement to the next level of accomplishment. Frank culminated his writing, self-publishing his work in June 2017.

In the interview below, Frank shares insight related to his writing and publishing journey, including a few thoughts specifically for those just beginning to write. As you follow along Frank’s journey, take the time to reflect upon your own. Included below are reflection questions to guide you through stages of writing and marketing. If you feel uncertain where to begin, this a great place to start! If you feel stuck and overwhelmed, be […]

1701, 2018

The Story of Your Life

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“Not ready to tell the story of your life??  Perhaps you believe you have nothing important to say, or that no one is interested, or you don’t write very well, or that you are too busy, or there may be other reasons.

But you may be overlooking something that is very important. Unless you are famous or notorious, no one can even begin to tell the story of your life. Only you can do that. Look at it this way: You have lived, and are living a life that is totally unique. No one has ever lived a life just like yours. Never.  At the same time, there will never ever be another person born whose life on this earth will be like yours! And so, if your story of your life is not preserved, it will vanish. […]

901, 2018

Growth through Ghostwriting

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This week, we’ll hear from freelance writer, Ashley Wagner with her experiences as a ghostwriter. 

A generation of information offers no shortage of opportunities to grow as a writer. From lengthy passages on Instagram (you have those friends, too!), to more concisely written tweets, to Facebook updates and blog posting – you can create and post in seconds!

But.

What if you want to grow as a writer without exposing all to the world? Maybe you question if writing is a true fit for […]

1912, 2017

Making time for writing during the holidays

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Shopping. Cooking. Decorating. Wrapping. Visiting. Hosting. Celebrating. Yikes!

Who has time for writing?

Maybe you can’t hole away for hours at a time with the excitement and commotion at this time of year, but you can use this time to advance your writing. Here are just a few ideas to take you through this holiday season and come out on the other side more prepared, more productive, and more inspired.

Engage family, friends, and colleagues.

Cultivate a core fan base. Your friends, family, and fellow journeymen are the center of your outreach effort. Book promotion is most effective if you begin the moment you start writing a book. Spread the word about your current writing project. Share your excitement about your topic, research, or your writing life. Ask for stories to use in your […]

512, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions: Write Book

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New Year’s resolutions: write book

You may be asking the question, “Did she neglect to edit her own blog title?” Not quite. My intention for this post is to challenge you to keep Write Book off your New Year’s resolutions list this year.

Without challenge, there is no change. Keep your New Year’s resolutions writing-free by making the commitment now. Human tendency craves a qualifying life event prior to a significant life change. Have you heard yourself or others quote phrases such as the ones below? 

I’ll get serious about long-term savings after the next vacation. 

I’ll lose weight after the holiday season. 

I’ll finish painting the house after binge-watching every season of HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

Welcome to Unproductivity 5.0, the art of linking goal setting to procrastination. You know what you […]

2011, 2017

Be Thankful for Writing

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The upcoming holiday season brings gratitude, joy and an opportunity to celebrate life with those you love. It is the time of year to express our thankfulness for family, friends, opportunities, progress, and yes, writing. As a blogger, writer, or author, you love to write! So, you should always be thankful for writing, right?

Many business and entrepreneurial articles correlate thankfulness with success, often portraying thankfulness as a “secret ingredient” in goal progression.

Daily routine: Get up. Get dressed. Be thankful.

Simply expressing thankfulness as a tool for success minimizes what it means to truly be thankful. Being thankful is not solely an item on your to-do list or a pathway to success, but it can be a means of refocusing our thoughts and a powerful […]

2410, 2017

Believing These 9 Myths About Book Cover Design Keep You From Selling

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This guest post is from book cover designer Joshua Jadon.

Have you thought about what might be holding you back as an author? Well, there are actually several things that it could be. The one that you might not even be thinking about is the book cover design. Who hasn’t heard that judging a book based on its cover is wrong? But who actually listens to it? You’re probably guilty of this too, and your readers may be, as well.

But what should you be doing to improve your book cover design? These tips will help you figure out how to get it right the first time.

Myth #1: Your name should be front and center

If you’re famous, like J.K. Rowling or Stephen King, then […]

2809, 2017

Top 21 reasons it’s worth the effort to write a book

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Here are my top 21 reasons it’s worth the effort to write a book.

1. Earn passive income

Whether you publish a physical book or ebook, or you hawk your book online or off, there is money to be made from book sales. The exact amount depends on a lot of factors including the topic, quality of the writing and production, and your promotion efforts. While most people think about the income from the sale of the book as a driving force for writing it, it’s clearly not the only reason (and shouldn’t be) for writing a book.

2. Feel a sense of accomplishment

It’s hard to describe the feeling of pressing the publish button or holding your book in your hands for the first time. Joy, elation, relief, pride, over the […]

1509, 2017

Adventures in Writing Nonfiction Launch!

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It’s launch week for my online writing course, Adventures in Writing Nonfiction: A roadmap for writing a book people want to read!

I began working on this project in January – writing, editing, filming, and finally sending it into video production to create a course that would help YOU realize your dream of becoming an author.

And just like the exhilarating feeling I’m experiencing now with launching my course, you’ll feel that when you publish your book. Let me tell you, it feels great!

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What’s included in the course:

10 modules containing 41 high-quality video lessons

Downloadable audio of each lesson, if you prefer learning on the go

708, 2017

Do writers need a Facebook Page?

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If your readers are on Facebook, you need to be on Facebook.

If you are new to writing or if you are an established writer trying to build a fan base, this is the perfect time to set up a Facebook page. You might be thinking you already have a personal profile. Isn’t that enough? I would argue that you need both.

Why you need a Facebook Page?

There are many advantages to having a Facebook Page in addition to a personal profile. The first and main distinction is separating your personal and writing life. Although your writing may intersect with your everyday existence, as you build your fan base, they may not want to hear about Aunt Sally’s knee replacement or your dog’s latest fascination with Game of Thrones.

But that’s not […]