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Turning Your Writing Passion into a Clear Vision for Success

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at excerpts from popular past posts on Live Write Thrive.

From Sell Your Passion without Selling Your Soul by Matthew Turner:

You’ve just written “The End.” Quite possibly it’s the most poetic part of your entire novel. You’ve written 80,000 words, drafted scenes, character profiles, and emptied your brain of every last drop of inspiration. You’re done–both in terms of your story and your sanity.

This, simply put, is your baby. You want to protect it. You want to make sure people love it as much as you do. However, you also want to sell millions of copies. You want people to read your masterpiece, write glowing reviews, and look to you in awe. You want your art–your passion–to touch souls and help people.

Does this sound like you? If it does, you know there’s one giant problem. Continue Reading…

Self-Published Authors Share 5 Things They Learned in 2012 ~ Part 9

Today’s guest post continues the 12-part series I’ve launched in this new year: asking self-published authors what are the top 5 things they’ve learned in the last year. Last year I featured numerous guest posts from indie authors who’d been successful, and I noted the diversity of reasons for their success—some completely in contradiction to another’s—so I thought it would be helpful to have more authors give their insights into the most valuable lessons they’ve learned. Hopefully it will help you navigate the convoluted and confusing maze of indie publishing and give you ideas on how best to spend your time so that it produces the results you desire in your writing career.

Today’s guest post is from Matthew Turner:

2012: what a crazy, insane, amazing, lovable, and heart-wrenching year you have been. I finished writing Beyond Parallel (after six-years!), edited it with my editor, perfected it, read it, cried over it, and eventually, at some point, published it via Amazon. This all happened as I developed my blog, social media, guest posts, and general knowledge of the publishing industry. Continue Reading…

Sell Your Passion without Selling Your Soul

Today’s guest post is by Matthew Turner, marketing consultant and author, and he has some great insights to share about merging your passion for writing with the practical business side of marketing your book.

You’ve just written “The End.” Quite possibly it’s the most poetic part of your entire novel. You’ve written 80,000 words, drafted scenes, character profiles, and emptied your brain of every last drop of inspiration. You’re done–both in terms of your story and your sanity.

This, simply put, is your baby. You want to protect it. You want to make sure people love it as much as you do. However, you also want to sell millions of copies. You want people to read your masterpiece, write glowing reviews, and look to you in awe. You want your art–your passion–to touch souls and help people.

Does this sound like you? If it does, you know there’s one giant problem. Continue Reading…