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...]