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3 Key Ways to Successfully Grow Your Audience

Many writers expressed in the survey I sent out last year that learning how to grow their audience topped their concerns. With the hundreds of thousands of books published each year (some estimate more than one million), authors have reason to be concerned.

I’ve addressed this discoverability issue head on in my blog posts, my free Amazon success email course, and in my Targeting Genre for Big Sales course.

This is a very personal issue for me because, once I got published, I thought my novels would jettison to the top of the best-seller lists. From all the great reviews and comments from agents and publishers and readers, I was confident I would see sales of millions of copies of my novels. Silly me.

I didn’t know then what I know now. Continue Reading…

Changing This Can Help You Become a Productive Writer

When it comes to being a super-productive writer, your mind-set is the key.

You can’t be your own enemy, because then you’ll just argue and fight with yourself and never get anywhere. Ever try to lose weight? If so, you know what I mean. I am always trying to lose ten pounds. It’s the story of my life. It’s a fight every step of the way. I try meanness, bribery, encouragement—all kinds of methods to psyche myself into not eating that chocolate bar. I am always in an adversarial position with myself when it comes to dieting, and I usually lose because of it.

However, on those rare occasions when I’ve change my attitude to a positive one (“You can do it. See, you went all day without cheating!”), I’ve seen success.

No one’s saying this is easy. Habits and deeply ingrained attitudes about self are very hard to change. But the first step toward change is in looking at the way we talk to ourselves. And then changing the negative talk into positive talk. Continue Reading…

5 Freelancing Tips That Will Help You Write That Novel

Today’s guest post is by Rob Blair.

Thank the Gods of Writing that I’m no longer a full-time freelancer.

Those six years of writing to pay the bills very nearly killed my passion for the craft. What’s more, my productivity on creative projects came to a dead halt. The last thing I wanted to do after a stressful day of writing was write some more.

Still, despite all the harm those years did to my writing life, they also helped me become more productive and effective. My current creative output—about twenty-five pages a week on my main novel project—is far higher than it was prior to my freelance experience.

I’d like to share five of the most valuable lessons I learned during my freelance career that I believe will help you be more productive in your novel writing. Continue Reading…