But it won’t lead anywhere if you don’t dare to ask.
When you’re an aspiring audiobook narrator (me) and your book is reviewed by an experienced audiobook narrator (Ben).
“This book is a phenomenal little nugget to help push you in the right direction if you’re doubting your ability to follow — whatever your dream may be.”
But then there was this:
“Your book is great & I enjoyed it, but unless you’re able to fix x & y, I’m going to be forced to leave a lousy review.”
Ben wrote to me to tell me about some errors in…
We say these things to ourselves but there’s, of course, a chance that:
Let’s back up.
One of my titles is certainly:
I speak (and write) to motivate others. It’s just in my blood.
However, I also do it for myself.
I motivate myself.
Part of that comes through motivating others.
But is “everything” attainable? Is it all figure-out-able?
Sure. But are you going to actually get there? How high have you set your goals? How realistic are they? …
Here’s what happened.
She was heading passed the apples when she saw me, stopped, then came towards me.
We embraced, smiled, and jumped into conversation. Talked for 15 minutes and only stopped because I had to get home (to a hot Catan game!).
The “other woman” saw me, kinda maybe moved in a way that was going to get her down another aisle but she saw that I saw her so she stopped, smiled lightly, waved, and moved along down the aisle.
How does this relate to book marketing? My “reader avatar” and target audience?
Not everyone likes you.
This is an excerpt from “ Dare,” book #3 in the Repossible series.
“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”
- Albert Einstein
I have a clear vision of the word escape. Maybe it’s because I’m an author, a fan of words, a lover of turns of phrase.
But I’m also terribly visual. To a fault. I “see” things in line charts, in IMAX-quality visions, and I do my best to describe them in words-if we’re in a book, which we are here.
It’s often a room or a conference center or something like a concert hall. There…
If you’re an audiobook author and you’ve ever tried to get reviews for those reviews and would love some help with:
As I look back on 7 years and see that poor sap struggling on Day 1, I feel sorry for him.
But I’m also thankful for him because without him, without his struggles and battles to get through all of those days, I wouldn’t be who I am today.
Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.
- W. Clement Stone
Niche down. Focus. Niche again. Narrow your reach. Ready. Aim. Fire.
Or just shotgun it and hope you hit something.
Sure, there are occasions when that makes sense (where you are now, play-by-play of a process) but when it comes to a more “transformational” story wait until that wound has healed to a scar.
Only when you’re done, when you’re through the “hard part” or the deepest valley of despair can you look back and see what you’ve learned.
Now-and only now-can you share your experience with others who are perhaps in the depths of the pain in a way that they can see the light at the end of the tunnel as you are standing…
I’m working on one of my next books called “ Ask.”
Asking can be difficult. (I don’t usually write books about things that are EASY! ;-))
To ask means you’re coming out of yourself, you’re admitting defeat or lack of knowledge or at least that you’re missing something and looking to fill it. Fill in your own blank as to what you’re asking for.
It might be big stuff:
OK, so those were maybe too big. What if we tone it down a little.
There’s usually a choice. It’s usually yours.