Not with his writing, but with publishing his book.
He’d gone on a vacation road trip with iPad only, because ‘it can do everything.’
Only he found that it can’t.
At least not easily.
And not always correctly when it comes to what Amazon needs.
Yes, they’re handy in a pinch. And while they do some things great, other things are emergency only.
A professional might have a multitool handy, but they still pull out the right tool when it’s time to get serious.
And way more than you should, because, hey, it’s just a video chat.
My wife and I have been using Zoom, Skype, and other video messaging apps, for well over ten years now.
In fact, the first few years of our relationship were very long-distance, via Skype.
You think your Zoom meetings are long? Sometimes we’d turn on Skype and leave it on all day long.
Because we were so familiar, it’s no surprise that we also started coaching people long-distance using these tools, so we’ve had a long time to get used to it.
Over time we figured out…
This is a slightly edited email in response to a fellow author who was going through some stuff.
Hey, thanks for writing. And solidarity.
While I never expected to have a King Lear on my hands, I also didn’t expect to feel so un-creative. AND more panicked to work on things that bring in money right now vs my novels, which might never… you know.
One thing that helped me was finding a wider range of authors to hang with. i.e., not just those who are just like me.
I joined some groups for my genre, where I found a…
I’ve been collecting and curating news and tips for Bryan Cohen, H. Claire Taylor, and Jim Kukral’s Sell More Books Show podcast for over a year.
Other authors send me a lot of leads. Leads I can rarely use.
I end up finding a lot of the content myself, because the tips and news people send me are often wrong, misleading, or too hard to translate into short and sweet snippets that can be read ‘on air.’
Whether you want your blog post, podcast, or video shared with the show OR just want other authors and readers to share it…
The War of Art, by novelist Steven Pressfield, teaches us that what we let stand in the way of us writing the books we want to write is called ‘Resistance.’
His book, as the back cover says, “identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.”
“What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do?” - The War of Art
Readers of the book will recognize that staring at a blank page, scrolling on social media instead…
The job of your author site is to let readers find YOU so you can keep in touch with THEM.
Don’t let a reader who found you slip through the cracks.
They probably won’t find you again.
At minimum, put up a one-pager to collect email address and tell people where to find you on social media.
Most email platforms (like MailerLite) have landing pages that will do the job for free until you build your dream author website.
“Don’t let perfection be the enemy of your author progress.” — to paraphrase Churchill
Here’s one example of a free author…
In February of 2020 I went to a writers’ retreat with some good author friends.
It was a great time, some writing was done, we ate really bad food, watched movies at night, and lots of new bonds were formed.
We even made our own short ‘film’ (a tongue-cheek book trailer) for fun, which I’m sure is still better than WW84!
You’re doing it wrong
If that’s the lesson you took from “learning from your mistakes,” you’re doing it wrong.
You might have heard of the “sunk cost fallacy,” but the opposite, but still unnamed fallacy can be even worse.
The sunk cost fallacy is where you continue to spend more time or money because of… reasons.
“I can’t quit now.”
“I paid good money for this.”
The opposite is worse, because it means never getting what you want or need, and all because you already feel like you spent too much time or money on it before.
Self-sabotage is when we do something, consciously, subconsciously, passively, or activity to prevent ourselves from reaching our goals.
Everyone can do it, and sometimes it takes something big to snap you out of it.
You don’t have to wait for something big, though.
There are signs right in front of you.
Next time something happens to stop you from achieving something, look for the signs.
Are you an author looking to improve your writing focus, have less brain fog, and greater productivity?
Then my upcoming book is for you!
That’s just the working title, of course. 😋
The book is done and in the final stages before publishing, but in the meantime, I want to share something I do with all my books — give my readers a quick win to keep them motivated and energized as they read and begin to implement the plan in the book.
I call it a kickstart, and here’s an excerpt from that very chapter of my upcoming book.
Write better. Write faster. Write more of what you love.