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 […]

1605, 2017

Are you tenacious enough to write a book?

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For those of you who know me or have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am also a professional juggler. For those who don’t know me…yes, really. In addition to bringing the joy of authorship to writers, I also perform for young and old on stages large and small. The HAPPY in The Happy Self-Publisher stems from the joy I get performing (with my husband) and bringing smiles to children and their families for 25 years.

Aside from performing as a juggler, I also speak about my experiences and my unusual life choice. The following is an excerpt from my talk, “Juggling Fire and Other Life Lessons.” I connect the past to present from learning to juggle to succeeding in other areas of life. The things […]

501, 2016

Planning for Your Writing Business

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It’s a new year and you are excited to jump right in and get started, right? Not so fast. In another post, we explored the importance of setting writing goals for the year. Let’s take one step back. Our writing is in service to our business, so let’s take time to examine our writing business goals.

Start with WHY

You are armed with more information this year than last. You know more about your business and yourself, how you tick and the business climate that surrounds you. Why you are in business this year? What makes you want to get up every morning and put in the long hours and hard work? As Napoleon Hill asks us to discover, what is your Burning Desire? If it has changed from last year, […]

1911, 2015

S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Writers

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When setting goals of any kind, it is wise to start with S.M.A.R.T.  goals. You may have encountered this goal-setting paradigm for your company or even your personal life. It is also a valuable way of ensuring the best possible results while you are writing your book and success once your book is published. By creating goals for the end product, you define how you write it, the timing of the publication and how you market it to customers you have and those that are waiting to benefit from what you offer. Setting goals is among the most important part of a successful book project and deserves your time and attention before you put pen to paper, so to speak.


If your goal is “simply” to write a book, […]

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 […]