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4 Strategic Actions for a Productive Writing Year

At the end of every year, I blog about planning. The new year is looming on the horizon, and to many it feels like the chance at a fresh start. We can say good riddance to 2020—for so many reasons, to be sure. But I also hope you spent some time writing and improving your writing chops.

Some people have been too busy and stressed to focus on their writing, but my hope is that in the coming months, space will open up, and the writing will flow.

If writing is more than a hobby for you—or you hope that will be the case this next year—you should already be starting to think about your career strategy. If you don’t have my strategic planning guide (you can get it by subscribing to my blog, on the side bar), grab it and start working in it!

Many writers work hard on their marketing plans and book launches, but they haven’t taken the time to lay out a vision for the long-term. A career isn’t about writing and publishing one book. Though, if that’s all you want to do, that’s fine.

However, even with one book published, you still want to present yourself as a professional author and build a reader base and get notoriety and great sales. Who know? Maybe if your book generates a lot of interest, it may inspire you to write more books. I hope so! Continue Reading…

Pay It Forward in Community to Reap Blessings

 Today’s guest post is from Melissa Foster, founder of the World Literary Café community. We’ve been delving into the concept of being a part of a community (or communities) in order to not just promote and sell our own books but to find joy, significance, and fellowship on this oftentimes grueling life journey as a writer. Listen to what Melissa has to say. She’s founded a thriving, successful community that has great results in promotion and sales, and she’s dedicated to helping writers find a place for their books in the face of changing publishing trends. Much of what her community does involves mutual cross-promoting.

Are you part of a community? If so, what does community mean to you? What do you gain? What do you give back? These questions are what’s sailing through my mind as I write this post, and I hope, after reading, that you’ll take the time to share your thoughts with me and Susanne. Continue Reading…

No Writer Is an Island

Writing for Your Life is all about being part of a tribe or community of other authors who want to find true success, develop 1,000 true fans (at least), and feel a deep sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. But I’m going to share something you may find strange, and maybe it’s because my own spiritual journey has brought me to this undeniable conclusion—that if you just focus on yourself and yourself alone and striving to attain your goals, you will never be truly happy.

Did I just say that? Do I believe that? Continue Reading…

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