5 Ways to Spark Marketing Success

Where do unique marketing ideas come from? How does a terrific idea for selling books, or any product, suddenly appear? I have one word for you…Random. 5 Ways to Spark Marketing Success (And story ideas for your books!) 5 Magazines Purchase 5 random magazines, or go to the library and pick 5 random magazines. For example, you may choose People, Better Homes, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and Seventeen. Skim over the … [Read more...]

Exchange This for That!

It’s amazing to think that little changes in your approach to your author career can be just what you need. Try this for 90 days and propel to the next level! Exchange This for That! Most authors spend over 7 hours a day in front of the computer, cell phone, and television. Brian Tracey states, “Your television set can make you rich or poor. If you watch it all the time, it will make you poor.” Being in front of a screen lowers your … [Read more...]

Authors going from Poor to Wealthy

No author is better than you. If there’s an author making more money, selling more books, getting their stories adapted to film, and has a terrific ancillary product line to go along with the books, then the difference is that author has learned how other successful authors are doing things. Let that sink in for a moment. “A wealthy author has learned how to do things that other wealthy authors are doing.” Here’s another way to look at … [Read more...]

Authors Overcoming Odds

Most bestsellers are written by authors who went through humbling experiences. Read these examples and think about them whenever you have doubts. * She was persuaded by her sister to send the manuscript to a literary agent. The story she wrote was from a silly dream, causing doubts on why anyone would want to read her boo. Despite that, she wrote it and sent it out. After many rejections, Stephanie Meyer was signed by Jodi Reamer and went … [Read more...]

Author Horoscope: Aries

If you're an author born between March 21st and April 19th, you will conquer the challenge of using your gift to write for a living. And wow…I feel sorry for anyone that stands in your way! You have strength, courage, and confidence in your abilities. You're not sold on any one path for success and not afraid to speak your mind when someone disrupts your writing. In fact, you have a “Bring it on” attitude and willing to fight for your … [Read more...]

Author Horoscope: Taurus

If you're an author born between April 20th and May 21st, you are patient, with endless stamina and inner strength. However, being an author can be difficult for you, because of the uncertainty for success. When self-doubt enters your mind, you stay calm and rarely panic. Your books are soothing to the reader. In fact, readers enjoy your books because they can forget about their problems. The financial aspect of being an author and long … [Read more...]

Author Horoscope: Leo

If you're an author born between July 23rd and August 22nd, you have an abundance of self-assurance, affection, and optimism with your writing. In fact, most authors struggle to come up with characters as fascinating as you write them. The author spotlight is important to you, along with becoming bigger than any other author on the planet. You thrive on improving all aspects of being an author, which includes reading, writing, mechanics, … [Read more...]

Author Horoscope: Gemini

If you're an author born between May 22nd and June 21st, your curiosity and probing to life’s questions are what drive you forward. You have the talent to market yourself using social media with more success than most authors. The research for new plots and characters is what excites you the most. You are an avid reader and study just about any topic or theme. You have excellent communication skills to back your extensive research. Being a … [Read more...]

Untraditional Publishing is Born!

(This was my very first blog, back in Oct of 2009. See if it relates, now 6 and half years later.) Do you remember the days when authors used to write a book, do several redrafts, research literary agents, write query letters, write a synopsis of the book, write an outline, and write chapter samples? By this time, the author’s book was polished. This process also helped the author discover their market. A polished book and established market is … [Read more...]

Author Horoscope: Virgo

If you are an author born between August 23rd and September 22nd, then your books are exploratory, detailed, and you expect perfection from your writing, which means you have many redrafts. This carries over to your marketing plans, which are efficient, productive, and you analyze every element. You make the most of every opportunity and you're the master of efficiency. When it comes to being an author, you're a workaholic. Your mind does … [Read more...]