606, 2017

Blog Your Book in 10 Manageable Steps

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You’ve been blogging for a while and you have a lot of great content, right? Your readers love what you’re sharing and they want more. Why not turn all your words into a book that informs, inspires, or entertains your readers? Why not sprinkle a little magic dust on your hard work and make the transformation into an author? Why not blog your book?

If you already have a blog or a series of articles and want to turn it into a book, this post will get you to the heart of it.

Turning your blog into a book is both easier and more challenging than starting from scratch. It’s easier because you already have lots of content written which can save you tons of time. It’s harder because you’re trying to […]

1110, 2016

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Blogging Your Book

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There are a lot of bloggers out there eager to take their writing to the next level. It’s logical that they are poised to become the next authors in their area of expertise. Unfortunately, many fail to make a successful transition because it’s not a perfect translation between blog and book. There are two ways to approach blogging your book:

  • Take your blog posts and compile the posts into a book
  • Outline a book and write blog posts as you are writing

I’ll tackle the former because this tends to trip people up the most. Here are the 7 most common mistakes by bloggers making the transition to writing a book.

  1. No clear purpose for the book
  2. Failure to target a specific audience
  3. Unclear value-added proposition for the reader
  4. Lack of structure
  5. Reads […]
803, 2016

Creating an Author Website: Part 3

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In Author Website: Part 1, we discussed the essential elements of a website. In Author Website: Part 2, we took a dive into maximizing SEO for your site. This installment will help you make the website work for you – how to encourage social engagement and get readers to share your content.

Encourage social engagement

There are many ways to get people to share your content. The first (and best) way is to write valuable information. By valuable, I mean you write what your readers want and need. Some readers want to be entertained. Others want to know they aren’t alone in their thoughts or struggles. There are sites that gather people together with a shared interest, like boating or mystery writing. Many want to become more informed about a […]

1201, 2016

Do You Have a Grip on Your Sales?

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With limited time in every day and every week, business professionals of all stripes find it difficult to prioritize all that needs to be done. Getting paying customers is paramount to surviving and thriving as a business. Whether you are selling books, consulting, coaching or something else, what is most important in ushering a potential customer through the sales cycle? Find out if your activities are balanced to keep a constant flow of customers coming your way.

Get noticed

Be the go-to resource to solve your target customer’s problems. Provide free, quality content consistently to engage, delight or entertain for your followers.  While that doesn’t have to mean every day, it does mean you need to plan and schedule content. Planning content ensures that you deliver the best resources with the least amount […]

101, 2016

New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

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As we turn the page to another year and shake off the late night festivities, it’s time to look ahead to your goals, large and small, for the new year. Besides the perennial lose weight, go to the gym, and save the world resolutions, make this the year you break out as a writer. Make room in your life for what you have on your heart. Make room for these writing resolutions this year.

Make a writing schedule

Like making a doctor’s appointment or picking your kids up from school, scheduling time for writing ensures or at least makes room for writing. You aren’t making it the gym if you only went when you felt like it. The same goes for writing. Something always comes up to steal time unless you hold it […]

3009, 2015

How to Use Facebook Notes

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What are Facebook Notes?

Facebook recently transformed a little used tab on a Page into a more powerful blog-like tool with Facebook Notes. Meant for longer posts and complete thoughts, Facebook Notes offers an interesting alternative to blogging or an addition to your regular posts to attract new customers and keep existing fans more engaged. Perfect? No. But, it is worth checking out for yourself. Here are some pros and cons for using Facebook Notes.

The Good

If you are new to blogging and want to give it a test run or don’t want to go through the trouble of setting up a blog (on WordPress or Blogger), lack the technical know-how or have trouble generating enough content to warrant a dedicated blog, Notes might be a […]

3112, 2014

29 Reasons You Know You Are Ready to Write a Book

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Write a bookHow do you know if writing a book is for you? Here are some clues.

1. You have a blog.
2. You go to book signings with filled with envy.
3. You keep a journal.
4. You own a business.
5. You watch a movie and think, “I wish I had thought of that.”
6. You like to review other books.
7. You read a lot.
8. You like to make people laugh.
9. You know a lot about a particular subject.
10. You find yourself correcting mistakes in books you read.
11. You experienced something traumatic and want to help others dealing with the same thing.
12. You love to read or tell stories to children.
13. You have read almost all of the books in your favorite genre.
14. You are […]

2012, 2014

How to get tons of comments on your blog

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Blog about writing and self-publishingIn my quest to find out how successful bloggers get tons of comments on their blogs, there were some common threads. I went to the blog experts and explored their blogs and blog tactics including hints on how they get so much feedback from readers.

Controversy Works – Most agree that taking a stand stirs passion in people to the point where they comment.

Build Community – Writing won’t necessarily get you readers. Reading and commenting on other blogs will attract active people.

Write Great Stuff – If your writing doesn’t compel people to read to the end of your post, they aren’t going to stay long enough to comment.

Make it easy for readers to comment – Jeni Elliot, in […]

412, 2014

How to Put Your Writing First

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writing tipsDoes writing always seem to come last on your list of things to do? Try these strategies for putting your writing first.

Set specific writing goals

Create a schedule. Write often enough to be in the flow. It could be 15 minutes a day, 1 hour every Tuesday and Thursday, 4 hours on Saturday, or whatever works with your schedule. Then, set a deadline or word count goal. Setting a long-term goal then defining it through easily attainable short-term steps helps to keep you motivated. Be realistic. Nothing kills momentum faster than failing to live up to bloated expectations.

Determine what you have to change

Life is busy. You may have to squeeze in time to write or just make it a priority. In […]

1502, 2014

10 Ways to Make Your Blog Post Stand Out

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How to write a great blog post

With the thousands of blog posts written each day, we need an edge to get readers to notice. Here are 10 ways to make your blog post stand out.

1. Title

Numbers are a great way to grab readers’ attention like 10 Choices…7 Mistakes…3 Funny…5 Ways to Avoid… Use phrases that make readers curious: What Every Writer Needs to Know, Lessons My Babysitter Never Told Me, How to Not Be Her, etc.

2. Pictures

Pictures grab attention. A good picture will make you curious, laugh, or at least trust the author. It can add to the story, complete the story, or compel people to read your post. If you include a description in the Alt Text box, it can […]