Authors Expand Your Network

Authors Expand Your Network   Authors, I will be the first to admit, I used to Love The Comfort Zone.  Can we all agree we like being comfortable? But being comfortable won’t sell books. There are times we must actually step out expand and network with others. In this blog, there are 4 quick tips that you can implement immediately. Here are 4 tips that can help you expand your network: Join Local Author Groups – There are numerous reading and writing groups. By visiting and/or joining a group, it allows you an opportunity to expand your circle and connect with other authors/writers closer to your home. Book Tour – We all have friends and family that live out of state. They should all know that you are an author and that you have a book. A book tour is a great way to visit them. Ask your family & friends for assistance, let me know you will be coming to their city/state for a book tour and would love their help. Author Showcase at your local library – Libraries love to showcase local authors. They usually host an author showcase a couple times a year. Connect with your library and let me know you are an author and you would love to be a part of their showcase, and you would love to have a book signing there. Live Videos – One of the best ways to connect with people globally is video. The most consumed content is Video. Do you really want to grab the audience attention? Live Video for authors is a great way for your...

Authors on Social Media

Authors on Social Media Authors on Social Media used to sound so far-fetched. But, there are multiple authors that are on social media, the question is whether they are active.  I recently did a survey asking authors if they were on social media, most said yes, but when asked if they are active the answer was kinda or sortof..lol. That meant I share my book on social media from time to time, but I am not really active. Some authors think that social media is time-consuming, so they don’t really care to engage. By becoming active on social media, it opens the door for a line of communication for readers. Most readers are pretty active on social media and always looking for new books to read. Think of your time on social media as time well spent. Don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to social media?  There are a couple options for you, schedule your posts or pay a social media manager to handle your social media for you. But if you are a DIY (Do It Yourself) type of person, try one platform, look around and share excerpts from your book. Help people understand why they should purchase your book. Do not post spam or tell people to buy your book on every post. Are you an Author on Social Media? Share your thoughts with me. Share...

Simple Hacks for Authors

Are there really any simple hacks for authors? Well, I want to share some research that I’ve come across since I’ve become an author. As an author of 3 books, I like to connect with fellow authors to learn and grow as an author. In this blog post, I share a couple simple author hacks, for aspiring and new authors to remember on the journey of being an author. When I speak with authors, I am always interested to find out where their books can be purchased. Surprisingly most authors have their book available in 1 or 2 places, their website, and Amazon. Other than those 2 places they haven’t’ even considered having their books available for purchase any place else. When we chat about the quality of books that it is thoroughly important that the book is of good quality. The book should have a flow and readable.  Most authors state that have a large and active email list, but for the most part, they continue to keep growing and selling their books because of word of mouth, vendor events and book signings. A large number of authors I spoke with, informed me that they do connect with other authors and that joining an association or writing club is the perfect thing to do as an author. Finally, if someone asked you to what your book is about, you want to be able to speak eloquently about what your book is about. Readers will be out there, so you should have a book elevator speech to explain what your book is about and where it can be found. There are many more...

Establishing yourself on Social Media

  When it comes to Social Media, people have an overwhelming sense that, this is just too much for me. So first off, I will tell you…there is no need for you to be on every platform. But what I will tell you is pick at least two platforms. If you are a new business owner or established business owner the best way is to figure out which platforms your audience, or ideal clients hang out at is to evaluate the social media platforms. Facebook would be one of the platforms that you can evaluate. Most people go with Facebook first it is easy to access and your friends and family already there. When you pick your next platform, you will need to evaluate your market, where does your idea client hang out at? Facebook would be one of the platforms that you can evaluate. Most people go with Facebook first, because it is easy to access and your friends and family already there. When you pick your next platform, you will need to evaluate your market, where does your idea client hang out at? Next, you will need to figure out what your strategy is? How do you want to share your content? Since you are sharing your content on Social Media, two good choices are written or video marketing. Finally,  figure out how often do you plan to post on these platforms? These are a couple simple tips to get you started if you would like more information go to my contact page and let’s chat about your needs.         Share...

Accessing the Power of Gratitude

Accessing the Power of Gratitude The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery. But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. We are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time. That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing. Remember that gratitude is more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope. There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves,  friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, the ability to read, roses, our health. What’s on your list? Some Ways to Practice Gratitude Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new...

Relax, Unwind & Soar in 22 Days

Relax, Unwind & Soar in 22 Days  Five years ago, I used to spend a lot of time writing down thoughts. Once I really started thinking of putting this to a book, I knew I needed to cut this book down, because there were approximately 100 chapters, but after reviewing my work, I felt that 22 chapters would be sufficient for this book. I am sure fellow authors will appreciate my feeling, finishing my current book is tough. So many things get into the way, you have your everyday duties, family, work & business, but my goal was to write every day for 15 minutes. We all know that, writing daily can be a challenge. How many people have written books, but never published them? Most still have their book written out in a journal book. Originally, I  started writing in a journal, eventually switching from the journal book to a computer. Then imagine trying to recover your book, after your computer has crashed.  Guess what, that was me many years ago luckily,  I was able to recover it. Well, of course soon after this happened,  I decided to start saving my work on a flash drive. So here are more details about the book, I’ve been holding onto for a couple years. Relax, Unwind & Soar is an inspirational, motivational and thought provoking short read. With note taking space, after each chapter in case someone wants to take notes, and jot down their thoughts. The short chapters are simple, thought provoking and an enjoyable. You can grab the book, right here on my this site under the books...