If you build it they will not come!

 

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I enjoyed an interview with Ryan Holiday today.  He talked about the creative process. We all love to create, but the marketing, not so much. Just because “you built it” doesn’t mean “they will come.”

His take is: Making the Work is 50% Marketing the work is 50%–Two separate marathons. 

When we choose the life of writing, we want to write. We have to write like we have to breathe. Marketing is a time-suck and we resent it. But when we become authors, we also become authorpreneurs. 

He quotes Elon Musk: Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death. 

Every day I sit down to write/market/blog/learn/improve my skills, I need to organize that day. I need to watch the time sucks–we all know what they are–FB, Twitter, Huffington Post, email. I write the schedule and set a timer to make sure I’m following it!

I’ve added a few more Elon Quotes.

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Do you agree?

Let me know what you think in the comments and feel free to share.

#amediting a JET-Reborn. New Release January 2018

 

 

 

Courage/Failure/Belief

 

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What would you do with your life if you believed that you would succeed?

It takes courage to find your purpose, align with it, and follow your heart and soul, to success. There’s a tremendous amount of information out there that can guide us, mentor us, but first, we have to make a decision. And making that decision for many is the hardest part.

I listen to Evan Carmichael and his #BELIEVE Nation almost every day. Evan achieved success at a young age by selling a tech concept for tons of cash. He went on to found something he is passionate about and #Believes in, mentoring entrepreneurs. We are all self-employed entrepreneurs–even though you might not yet realize it. Our business is finding and living our lives/purpose! Most mornings I receive an email in from Evan saying “click this link and listen to the Top 10 Rules for Success. He features someone different every day. All I can say is Just Do It! I’ll add the link for you at the bottom.

Right now let me share today’s top ten from LES BROWN. This is one of the most powerful top 10 interviews that I’ve ever listened too. And I particularly loved the bonus conversation at the end. If anything is relevant to you, please leave a comment. Thanks

  1. DON’T LOSE TIME
  2. FAIL YOUR WAY TO GREATNESS
  3. TELL YOUR STORY
  4. FIND YOUR DRIVE
  5. FIGHT FOR WHAT YOU WANT
  6. UPGRADE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
  7. DON’T DO IT FOR THE MONEY
  8. FIND MENTORS
  9. BE WILLING TO WORK
  10. BE ALIGNED WITH YOUR PURPOSE.

 

 

Here’s today’s the link.

 

And some of my thoughts on Healing, the power of belief, and alternative healing. Enjoy!

Why?

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I recently read an article for authors by Skye Warren, about Marketing…and the latest, newest ways of finding readers. I liked her approach to the subject, but I LOVED her attitude about writers. To sum it up, it’s all about the negative voids that author forums and writers can fall in to… It’s easy to allow yourself to wallow in life’s’ injustices. It’s even easier to lose focus, of your purpose as an author, and to waste precious time chatting or arguing on FB forums on the lack of reviews, scammers, woes of ‘running the business side of publishing.’

What many forget is being a self-published author is running your own business. All aspects of your business require focus, organization, support staff, excellent product, a marketplace and most important of all, a great attitude! All the motivational gurus that one listens to while working in sales or management of any kind, apply to authors and their business as well. We cannot afford to be mediocre in product or production. We need to learn it all and work to build to build our business–find our readers.

Ms. Warren put it very well:

The Point of it All:

It’s remembering that marketing, finding new readers for your books, is the reason why you hit publish in the first place. You don’t need to publish to write books. You can do that in a room by yourself, never reaching a single reader. There is a reader out there who needs your book. The hope of it, the distraction of it, the sexual awakening of it. Whatever you make readers feel this person needs it, and the only way they can is if you put it in front of them.
That’s the point of marketing.

If you are an author or entrepreneur, there will always be things about your business that you’d rather have done by someone else. Yes, I would prefer to spend all my time writing. But in any small business, you must do it all while you are building your reader base,  your audience. Then one day, you will be able to share those aspects of your business with assistants. Until that day, we learn from the pros, those who have made it and love to freely share their experience. Authors like Skye Warren–thank you!

 

http://mailchi.mp/skyewarren/the-point-of-it-all?e=369b2d7bad

 

 

Be Willing to DO IT AFRAID!

 

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YOUR JOB IS TO
Trust your intuition, your gut, your heart.

Lets’ take that chance… on …. following our passion!
We must ignore the chatter in our head, the doubt, worry, judgment, and fear.

Your intuition is pushing you forward, dance, sing, follow your passion even while your chatter says, what if I fail? Your brain is designed to keep you safe, it’s logical, but your INTUITION is that spark of passion, love, desire, that “I want to leave my fingerprint on this planet!”
That desire is found in your gut; you “feel it here, and here and here…”

Your job is not to turn down the doubt but to turn up the passion, the faith, the possibility… Follow the plan…. the brain likes a plan, do the details, set the plan in place….

Turn down the volume in your head–your fear–and turn up the volume of your intuition. Follow your heart.

Make Big decisions with your heart/gut, and the small decisions with your head.

PLAY BIG.

DREAM A DREAM that MAKES YOU NERVOUS–3/5/10 years out.  IF IT DOESN’T MAKE YOU NERVOUS, IT’S NOT BIG ENOUGH! IF You know HOW you’re going to get there, you’re not playing big enough….

 

Watch Lisa Nichols’s 10 Rules of Success    at  Evan Carmichael

 

What’s the most important thing you’re working on right now, and how are you making it happen? Q

 

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I’m working on two projects. The first is a manuscript, working title: SEX for MONEY—Rent-a-boys in Mexico. I wrote this story a few years ago and put it aside. I’m editing now and being brutal on my edits.

A freelance writer moves to Puerto Vallarta to pursue her curiosity about the male sex trade—what type of men sell themselves and why women pay for it. Through a series of interviews and sexual experiences, she finds herself on a dark journey into her own beliefs on sexuality and love.

It’s deeply personal and highly sexual. It’s a different write for me but in the editing, I’ve come across sections that take my breath away.

If I’m ever discouraged about the long road to success in writing books, I go to Amazon and read my reviews. After all, it’s about the pleasure my readers get when they read, right?

The second project is a series of shorter books on Women: sexuality after 50, successful living, creativity and spiritual/soul development. I love these non-fiction subjects that I touched upon in my extremely well-received Memoir/Self-help book LOVE The Beat Goes On. I wanted to delve deeper in the hopes that women know they are not alone in their journey of self-development. We are all in this together.

Yes, I’m busy and at times question myself, my work and the direction life is taking me. We all have self-doubts but the key to success for me is

  1. making a plan—Schedule the writing/editing/cover etc.
  2. doing the work—reading & deleting my rambling babies
  3. writing one page after another even when I’d rather watch Netflix
  4. keeping myself motivated by listening to other authors, their challenges and how they kept on doing the work rejection after rejection
  5. keep my eye on the vision board
  6. and never, ever giving up

Fuel Your Joy!

Robin Sharma’s TOP TEN RULES FOR BUSINESS AND SUCCESS:

 

 

Rule #1: Have Eccentric Vision

Rule #2: #Believe In Yourself

Rule #3: Do One Thing Well

Rule #4: Act Now

Rule #5: Rise To Mastery

Rule #6: Over-Deliver!

Rule #7: Be Yourself

Rule #8: Don’t Get Stuck In Victim-Hood

Rule #9: Develop Good Morning Routine

Rule #10: Stay Connected To Your Mortality

 

One will resonate above all others for you.

In my case, I underlined three.

1- #Believe In Yourself–which happens to be Evan Carmichaels ONE WORD #Believe#LOVE is my ONE WORD that best describes who I am and what I stand for.

2- Do One Thing Well.

3- This is a belief shared by most successful people–Develop Good Morning Routine. 

Watch the entire interview and read Evan Carmichaels notes at http://www.evancarmichael.com/robin-sharma-top-10-rules-business-success/

Evan Carmichael: thanks for your amazing site http://www.evancarmichael.com and for your work at  Entrepreneurship, Business, Success #Believe

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Iconic… Oprah & JK Rowlings

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The world’s first billionaire author.

“This was a children’s book. It shouldn’t have happened. I’d been turned down so many times. I was told it was not very commercial.”

“The truth was, there were times when I was barely holding on by a thread.”

The voice said to me “The difficult thing will be to get published. If you get it published, it will be huge.”

“I’m very frustrated by the fear of imagination.

12 publishers rejected her first book.

“You’ll never make money writing children’s books.”

She still worries about money. OMG! “I’m talking rubbish, aren’t I???”

“No I never told my mother I was writing before she died. But her death is on at least every other page. Death, the journey, what it means to die. It’s all there.”

Rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. It’s impossible to live without failing at something. Unless you’ve lived so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.” Harvard 2008

Be ready, you know Oprah interviews better than anyone else in the world.

 

 

“An overnight success is 10 years in the making.” Tom Clancy

Think Long Term. Create A Body Of Work.

This is an excerpt from The Successful Author Mindset. Out now in ebook, print, workbook and audiobook formats by Joanna Penn.

When we see stories in the media about a particular author who made it big, who seemed to come from nowhere, there are usually years of hard work behind the book that went stratospheric.

There are also plenty of authors making a decent living who you have never heard of. Of course, there are always lightning strikes when an author hits a zeitgeist, but that’s not something to base a business plan on.

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2016/07/14/create-a-body-of-work/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialWarfare