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5 Steps To Psych Yourself Up For Writing In the New Year.

There’s a wise saying: “Planning will not guarantee success, but it certainly increases the probability of succeeding”.

We’re all not linear writers, but the writing process is so much easier if you put a plan of action in place. Let’s first start with 5 steps to psych you up in preparation for writing your book in the New Year.

Prepare your mind for the actual task of writing – think about all the things that you know will lead you to distraction and start weaning yourself off. For example, if you know you’re tempted to check your emails every 5 minutes. Remind yourself that you are giving others, who are probably already successful, your attention, thereby, leaving you behind from becoming successful. That does the trick for me every time.

Review your daily schedule and revise it to allow you time to write. Some of you might only be able to allot fifteen minutes, or half hour increments because time is an issue. In spite of this, you can accomplish your writing goal if you’re serious about getting your book done. Make it a priority and commit to it.

Plan your writing area. If it’s the kitchen table, or home office, get it prepared for when you are ready to write. Let those around you know that, that area will be off limits for the time you’ve set. If a bustling atmosphere, like a café is your thing and helps with your creativity, that’s okay, too. Whatever works for you. The important thing is that you’re comfortable. If you’re not, you will obviously be distracted.

Plan how you will approach writing your book. Will you write an outline? This may sound basic, but as noted above, we’re all not linear writers and many of us are either not used to working with an outline, or feel that it will dampen our creative spontaneity. I advocate having an outline. It doesn’t have to be set in stone, it’s common to tweak as you go along. However, it will serve as a starting point when you sit down to write. If you don’t have a plan of sorts, when you write, the content will most likely be disorganized, leading to extensive rewrites that is unnecessarily labour intensive. So, plant the seed in your head that you will begin with an outline, no matter how brief. Your writing experience will be better for it.

Plan to market your book. Yes, I know, marketing equals selling and you don’t like to sell. But here’s the thing, if you don’t market your book, how will people know it’s out there? You may be thinking that if you publish your book via the traditional route, the publisher will do all the marketing. That is not so. The fact is publishers expect authors to already have an established platform. You don’t have to do it alone, there are tools and services to help you, but you also have to take a level of responsibility, so prep your mind for the role of marketing your book.

Write It, Work It, Publish it™

© 2012 Cherry-Ann Carew

Cherry-Ann Carew, aka The Power Writing Coach, Developmental Editor, Amazon best-selling author and Founder of Writetastic Solutions is passionate about helping aspiring fiction and non-fiction writers bring out their creative expression to write their books. Learn how her coaching and editing services can help you Write It, Work It and Publish It™ at: http://www.writetasticsolutions.com.

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Information Marketing for Authors/Make Money With Your Message

https://i2.wp.com/i943.photobucket.com/albums/ad278/cheri06/ImageforInformationMarketingforAuthorsArticle.jpgInformation marketing for authors has become extremely popular, and it does not require a lot to get started. Internet marketing is not for everyone, though. Authors considering this type of job need to be creative, unique, and willing to overcome obstacles. Information marketing for authors is a field of occupation that can be positive, whereby you can make money with your message, as well as target your niche to create products, design websites, web copy, subscription forms etc.

Ultimately, information marketing is writing content and, or, creating product(s) for a given niche. You have to do some legwork first, however, meaning you should have a solid understanding of the product and subject you intend to write about. Nothing is more fruitless than spending hours upon hours writing something that no one will use or buy. Information need to be unique, not something that has been regurgitated repeatedly numerous times on other sites. If you are successful in providing quality information in your specific niche, then you could also benefit from both traffic and advertising profits.

Companies are constantly creating new products and they need advertisers. This is an area where you can help. If you are willing to write articles, blog posts, forums posts and more, then these companies want you. By you writing articles for them, they do not have to use their resources to market their product as much, and many of them will pay you decent commissions for each referral that you send them.
It’s important to be a quality provider versus a blast provider, though. Blast providers send out whatever they believe will get them instant cash. Internet marketing is not instant cash. Quality providers on the other hand, take their time, are known for providing excellent information and they make a solid income from their efforts.

When a company or a niche needs content, they use Internet marketing. For marketers, this is a great opportunity to make money in a relatively short space of time. In addition, you do not have to create your own products if you don’t want to, as there are a lot of companies willing to use your services. However, if you are able to create and market your own product, then your ability to make even more money increases exponentially.

It is in your best interest as an Internet marketer to ensure that your content is not plagiarized for a few reasons.

  • One, you can be sued for plagiarism.
  • Two, search engines do not like duplicated content and will most likely penalize you, and
  • Three, people will ignore your content because they’ve seen it before; there’s no freshness and as such, bears no value to them.

It’s not worth wasting your time copying other people’s work. So, is information marketing for authors the way to go? If you are:

  • Creative
  • Unique
  • Have decent writing skill
  • Have a strong perseverance

Then you most likely could succeed in Internet marketing.

Now, here is the challenging part … you have to start writing or creating something if you want to be successful. I know it seems pointless for me to say it, but truthfully, that is why so many people fail – they fail to get going, because they are spending time trying to create ‘perfect’ content.
The trick is to get started. The sooner you do, you will make the lives of those whom you are serving better and you will also start making money with your message. So, go on, get started.

Write It, Work It, Publish it™

© 2012 Cherry-Ann Carew

Cherry-Ann Carew, aka The Power Writing Coach, Editor, Amazon best-selling author and Founder of Writetastic Solutions is passionate about helping aspiring fiction and non-fiction writers bring out their creative expression to write their books. Learn how her coaching and editing services can help you Write It, Work It and Publish It™ at: http://www.writetasticsolutions.com.

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How To Increase Your Chances Of Becoming An Author

There is an abundance of writing opportunities to gain the experience you will need in order to make your dream of writing come true, whether it’s to write a fiction or non-fiction book, write articles for your favourite publication, blogs, or even grants to name a few, the number of writing opportunities are boundless.

The best course of action is to first start by assessing what your goals and desires are and what writing experience you currently have. Next, ascertain what you want to accomplish in the writing world. There are a myriad of ways to express your written words. Research online directories, resources and online book stores, such as Amazon.com. Such places will give you information into the types of writing that are grasping people’s attention, and you will find ideas that you otherwise might never have thought of.

Once you’ve defined what area you will enjoy writing, the next step is to determine how you will gain the experience necessary in order to thrive as a writer. In most cases, you will simply start at the bottom and work your way up, improving your skills as you go. This type of progress is helpful, since you will grow and learn as a writer. The skills gained during this time are invaluable and the most important thing is that you should keep writing every day, if possible, to make you a more proficient writer.

If you are interested in contributing an article to a publication, research the specific publication’s annual calendar to find out what they are seeking. Most publications generally set a theme two to three months in advance. Unless you are a subscriber to a specific magazine and you’re familiar with its content, tone, style and topic, it is in your best interest to review at least six months back copies. Analyze them with a fine teeth comb noting such things as the type of content they print. Is it a Women’s magazine, Christian and so forth? Check, too, to see who writes for them. Some magazines like O Magazine do not work with freelance writers. They already have in-house staff writers and one is generally invited to contribute.

Conversely, writing about what topics are in demand can help elevate your writing more quickly and you will gain more attention. You may want to express your own views, reviews, or commentary about a certain subject, if so, opinion columns is a great starting point.

Submitting material to contests and competitions is another great way to get started. You can find contests promoted through libraries, literary art centers and online. Many of these organizations are usually scouting to find local writing talent in their community.

Furthermore, there are a number of writing courses and writing workshops that can help you hone your writing skills. Such courses can include spending some time at writing retreats, where you work with fellow writers to overcome obstacles and learn how to use elements to write compelling and engaging stories.

These are but a few of the writing opportunities that you can take advantage of, but it all starts with you putting pen to paper or, fingers to keys, because becoming a writer doesn’t happen overnight – it takes effort, practice and dedication to the craft, as well as practice.

Writing is a lifetime course; the more you write, however, and read, the better your writing will become. All the research and planning will mean very little until you put that information together and begin to write.

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PS. I’d love to hear your views on How To Increase Your Chances Of Becoming An Author. Please do leave a comment.

© 2012 Cherry-Ann Carew

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Cherry-Ann Carew, aka The Power Writing Coach, Editor, Award Finalist, Best-selling author and Founder of Writetastic Solutions is passionate about helping aspiring fiction and non-fiction writers bring out their creative expression to write their books. Learn how her coaching and editing services can help you at www.writetasticsolutions.com.

How Authors Can Benefit From Relationship Marketing

A good way for you as an author to get help to increase your writing business is to develop relationship marketing. This form of relationship building derived from direct response marketing campaigns that focused on client and customer retention, rather than sales.

Since this trend expanded into the writing world, it has proved to be a tried and true way of increasing readership base to gain access to new opportunities, when advertising efforts are applied as part of relationship marketing.

Relationship marketing is essentially pulling your resources together with other authors to help learn, grow and develop your base of ideas and opportunities. Perhaps the most difficult concept for most authors to grasp is that all of your work, no matter how well written is not going to do you any good if no one reads it.

Developing a relationship strategy starts with researching Online sites, where other authors gather for the same purpose to pool their resources and ideas that will generate more publicity for their work. This type of relationship marketing for authors typically is founded on a standard website, but can extend into social networking, blogs, groups and forums.

Indeed, according to Wikipedia: “With the growth of the Internet and mobile platforms, relationship marketing has continued to evolve and move forward as technology opens more collaborative and social communication channels.”

Picture it like you would the fans of a particular series gathering to discuss and promote their favorite TV show. Such an analogy is fairly close to the social structure of working with other authors.

The ultimate goal of relationship marketing for authors is to expand reader engagement. To let your work be known outside your core group and vice versa so that everyone can benefit from having their writings seen by as broad a base of readers as possible.

Forming marketing strategies is fairly straightforward. It is exposing your work to the general author community and linking other works similar to yours on your website or online publication. Such cooperative efforts can yield effective results, as a broader audience base gets to see your work when they otherwise might not.

The social networking aspect of relationship marketing for authors gets into the tips, strategies and other inside information that can help you shape and improve your work. Having a business relationship with other authors is important to know where you stand, and what you can do to improve. Such improvement generally leads to more success outside the inner workings of your collective marketing strategy, because when readers see your advancement; this increases the chances of them recommending your writings to others.

Blogs, groups and forums are a wonderful way to keep communication lines open with other authors, see new trends in the field and even share tips and secrets that can help you improve what you are doing. Plus, social media is growing at an exponential rate, which means you can meet more talented authors to work with and new avenues emerge to connect with readers as well.

Relationship marketing for authors is an essential means of generating more support for your work. As you help other authors, the relationship will go beyond just the promotion of your work, to improving what you do and, ultimately help you to achieve your goals as a writer, which is more exposure for your books.

Write It, Work It, Publish it!

PS. I’d love to hear your views on Relationship Marketing. Please do leave a comment.

© 2012 Cherry-Ann Carew

WOULD YOU LIKE TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE, NEWSLETTER, MAGAZINE, BLOG OR WEBSITE? Please do, but ensure you include this complete resource box:

Cherry-Ann Carew, aka The Power Writing Coach, Editor, Award Finalist, Best-selling author and Founder of Writetastic Solutions is passionate about helping aspiring fiction and non-fiction writers bring out their creative expression to write their books. Learn how her coaching and editing services can help you at www.writetasticsolutions.com

My NaNoWriMo Journey-Day 9…every success must begin with a dream

I was checking out a few forums on the NaNoWriMo site and was disconcerted to see a few, in fact, quite a few people doubting and questioning themselves as to whether they will realize their dream of becoming a published author. Some commented that those close to them think their pursuit is a pie-in-the-sky dream.

I say, go after your dream. Writing is a lonely pursuit, there’s no running away from it. There are moments when you feel like no one understands not only what you are going through, but also they don’t understand why you are doing what you do.

Because of this lack of understanding, there are those who are filled with baskets full of advice, even though they don’t have the slightest clue about what it takes to be a writer.  Let’s not forget the naysayers who constantly tell you not to leave your day job, because you will never make it as a professional writer.

Don’t let these negative talks make you question your pursuit. Not everyone is going to understand your dream and not everyone is going to want to see you succeed. Some of those whiners probably don’t have a dream; hence, they have nothing to motivate them. Stay away from them and surround yourself with positive like-minded people who have similar dreams and visions, and appreciate your writing efforts.

Dreams are wonderful, though they can sometimes be frightening, but they make you stop to think and you can learn, recognize and or discover ideas, beliefs and inspirations you didn’t even know you had buried in your subconscious.

These pop into your head at any time: while you’re at the mall, lunching with a friend, lounging in the bathtub, or even while you are brainstorming with you, yourself and you—this quiet time is recommended by experts. It doesn’t matter; visualize in your mind what you want and where you want to be. You’ll be surprised where it takes you.

By exploring and working toward your dreams, you are telling yourself and the Universe what you want. Making that conscious choice to dream creates the right mental atmosphere for you to write.

Work with them at the forefront of your mind on a regular basis and it will help you through any blockages and negative talk from those who don’t have a dream, or those who don’t want to see you succeed. It works for me.

My brain is fried tonight, so I’ll be skipping writing, but I had to write some words of wisdom to my fellow peers and I’ll leave you with this inspirational quote.

“…every success must begin with a dream. Without a dream, there is no purpose, because there is nothing to motivate you to set a goal. Without a dream, you will be like a ship with no destination. A ship would not get out of the harbour if it has nowhere to go, and if it does set out from the harbour at all, without a destination, it would only flounder in the waves of uncertainty—Napoleon Hill and Clement Stone.

Whisper of Lies (my Novel) Showcased in the London Met Alumni Quarterly

 

Alumna Cherry Ann Carew talks about her latest book, Whisper of Lies and invites you to “Immerse yourself in a tale, where you travel through years, geography, parents, elders, children and men.”

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An Author’s Love Affair with Writing – Cherry-Ann Carew is Author of the Month

Author Of The Month

“An Author’s Love Affair with Writing” ~ Author Cherry-Ann Carew

As a passionate author, writer, and reader, one could call Cherry-Ann Carew’s relationship with writing a long lasting love affair, not to mention an intense passion between herself and reading. It’s been one passionate rollercoaster after the next and she hasn’t stopped yet to take a breather.

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