Kick Procrastination’s Behind

by Mac Bogert "Something there is that doesn’t love a wall" begins Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall.” Something there is that doesn’t love accomplishment describes procrastination. Whether it’s getting in shape, losing weight, starting our tax returns, emptying the dishwasher, or w-r-i-t-i-n-g, inertia holds us prisoner. Yet inertia works both ways. Once we put a few simple ideas into practice, inertia moves us forward instead of holding us … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Beat the “Yah-But” Syndrome by Pam Fitros

How many times have you thought you wanted to do something new or different only to pelt yourself with a volley of Yah-Buts? Yah-but I’m too… old young scared of failing scared of succeeding worried about what others would say short of time short of energy short of funds convinced I’ll never finish How many times have you listened to the critical voice inside your head come up with an objection for every idea, every … [Read more...]

Recommended Resource: The Simple Pinning Guide – Sara F. Hathaway

Learn More with Sara: The Simple Pinning Guide: Your guide to getting started and getting results marketing with Pinterest, is your key to quickly jump start your visibility on Pinterest. This guide teaches you how to navigate and use Pinterest while providing you with hot tips to make your efforts worthwhile. You will learn how to easily create eye popping graphics that will help you easily find and connect with your niche. Watch your … [Read more...]

Clear Your Mind and Clear Your Desk with an Author Brain Dump Exercise

(Productivity Challenge Members - Thank you for Completing This Week's Questionnaire. Please scroll down and "join in the conversation!") One of my favorite organizing activities is what I call a "brain dump" exercise. When I first participated in this exercise, in around 2008, I was working many hours, but I was not earning "many dollars." After participating in the brain dump exercise, my business exploded. Within six months of filling out … [Read more...]

How Authors Can Reach 20 Million Readers on Goodreads by Frances Caballo

by Frances Caballo I often find myself talking with other writers about Goodreads. Most published authors know that they need to be on it yet at its core, Goodreads is all about the reader, not about hawking our books. And I say Hooray! Because where would writer be without readers? Goodreads members tend to read voraciously, blog about books, recommend books, and form book clubs and online book groups. Readers consume books of every … [Read more...]

Week Four Summit Recap: Share Your Voice by Connie Dunn

by Connie Dunn If you are like me, you may be sorry to see this wonderful Summit coming to a close. The good news is that D’vorah is offering a a 30 Day Productivity Challenge. To get more information go to: www.ReachMoreReaders.com/productive Here's a Recap of Our Fourth and Final Week of the Reach More Readers Virtual Summit Eamonn O’Brien spoke on the topic of “How to Make Powerful Speeches.” If the word “speech” sounds scary, keep … [Read more...]

Replay and a Collection of Productivity Tips from Our Author Community

Becoming more productive and organized will allow us to accomplish more and make time for the things that we need to do and those that we want to do. The following tips are from our author community, in response to a recent survey. Thank you all for sharing your brilliance! D'vorah Another way you can learn more about becoming more productive is to listen in to the replay from our Productivity Workshop! In this workshop D'vorah shares her … [Read more...]

Building the Perfect Reader by Donna K. Fitch

by Donna K. Fitch Who are your readers? How do you know? What difference does it make? Cultivating relationships with your readers is a wonderful way to extend your reach and gain new followers. Have you ever considered, though, who those readers are? Personas Creating personas is a technique used in web design and user experience to represent user groups, reminding the owner of the purpose of the site and what reasons people might … [Read more...]

Putting on the Blinders to go Straight Down the Writing Road

by Elaine Cougler Did you ever notice those leather harness bits that all but cover up a horse’s eyes? They feel a little cruel to me, an attitude left over from my childhood thoughts when all I could see was how the patches practically blinded the poor horse. How could it see where it was going? Of course, now I know they actually help the horse maintain focus and stay on track. As writers, we need to do that, too. Writing and publishing a … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger: Sara F. Hathaway – Your Invitation to Reach More Readers and Sell More Books

by Sara F. Hathaway Writing a book takes a lot of work. All that research and writing takes a lot of time and energy. As an author you pour your heart and soul into your work and finally the manuscript is done! Then it’s on to publishing. There are so many options. The editing process can be long and grueling. Designing the perfect title and the perfect cover can take months of decisions and hard work. Once the book is done and ready for … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Podcasting by Doug Foresta

by Doug Foresta There are many benefits of podcasting, but one benefit that is often overlooked is the ability of a podcast to boost your book. If you have a book, or are thinking of writing a book, here are some ways in which a podcast can be of benefit to you: 1) Create more engagement with your readers: A podcast allows you to use your voice to create a deeper level of engagement. When readers can hear your passion for your material it … [Read more...]

What Are the Top Tools You Use to Reach More Readers?

There seems to be a great deal of interest around online tools and resources. With this in mind, we'd love to know what online tools you are using and loving, and what tasks you are working on or looking to accomplish. Here is One of Our Favorite Online Tools (What Are Yours? Scroll Down to Join in the Conversation) Infographics - www.Canva.com - Infographics are photographs with an overlay of text, or a series of graphics that illustrate a … [Read more...]

Episode 010: Jane Tabachnick: How to Gain Media Visibility for Your Podcast

Episode 010: Jane Tabachnick with Your Host: D'vorah Lansky Description of Today's Episode: My guest today is Jane Tabachnick, author of Publicity for Introverts and the creator of “Easy Author One Sheets”. In this episode you will learn ways that online speakers can tap into the media to get publicity for podcasts. Jane shows us how to get publicity from our hosts when we appear on the podcasts of others and how to get our guests to promote … [Read more...]

What would it mean to you to be able to reach more readers?

Welcome to Reach More Readers! Scroll down to join in the conversation and to access the Virtual Summit infographic. Are you actively taking steps towards expanding your reach? Do you have questions or success stories you'd like to share? Scroll down to "chime in!" This will provide you, and our author community, with a way to: Share your thoughts and/or your favorite strategy for reaching more readers Ask your most burning question … [Read more...]

Book Marketing Round Up – Virtual Book Tour Articles and Success Tips

by D'vorah Lansky A virtual book tour is much like an in-person book tour except you "travel" from blog to blog or site to site, across the Internet, versus venue to venue geographically. In this month's book marketing round up you have access to a collection of virtual book tour articles and success tips! Enjoy and feel free to share your thoughts and post your questions. Guest blogging is where you "travel" to a blog and share an article … [Read more...]

5 Must Know Tips to Marketing Your Virtual Book Tour

by Sara Hathaway Virtual Book Tours are an essential way for new authors to gain traction in the marketplace. So, what is a Virtual Book Tour? Just a decade ago, when an author wanted to show off their latest piece of work to an interested audience they would have to pack up their bags and boxes of books and travel around the country from book store to book store to try to find them. Nowadays with the explosion of technology and information … [Read more...]

Go On the Road, Virtually, to Promote Your Book

by Connie Dunn Not too long ago, when you wrote a book and got a publisher, you would take a tour of bookstores and other venues that the publisher set up for you. Sounds nice, right? Well, number one those publishers are traditional publishers and they are harder to come by these days. The other thing is that the publishers actually look to you, the author, to see if you have the skills to market your own book, because the days of setting … [Read more...]

Streamlining Your Blog: Lessons Learned During the Blog Hop

by D'vorah Lansky During our community wide Blog Hop we had 78 authors submit their posts. This was a celebration to share what each author learned during our Book Marketing Challenge, and how they would be applying these strategies to their books. By writing the articles the authors were able to see, in writing, how much they had learned and retained and by reading the posts by other authors, everyone was able to absorb even more. During the … [Read more...]