Write a Book in 30 Days with NaNoWriMo

Write a Book in 30 Days with NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo!

Each year, writers from all over the world commit to writing a novel in 30 days. Even if you're not a fiction writer, you can still participate and write non-fiction or work on any project you'd like to dedicate your time to.

I participate in NaNoWriMo every year. For me, it's not about whether or not I finish the book. It's about setting the intention, dedicating myself to a project that's been dwelling in my heart, and getting started. It’s about allowing time to put myself first for a change and doing something that makes my soul happy. I cherish that one hour I set aside each day—my sacred writing time.

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Generate Passive Income with a Series of eBooks

Generate Passive Income with a Series of eBooks

If you are reading this, you probably already know that writing is a vehicle for sharing your unique voice, inspiring others and establishing yourself as an expert in your field.  But did you know that it can also provide a passive income stream? One way to generate residual monthly income is by creating a series of eBooks. While there are many online platforms on which you can publish eBooks, the focus of this article will be on Amazon’s publishing platform, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP).

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Three Ways an eBook Can Grow Your Business

Three Ways an eBook Can Grow Your Business

Writing and publishing eBooks for Kindle and other online retailers is not only a great way to get your writing published, it can also prove to be highly beneficial for your business, especially if you write a non-fiction book that highlights your area of expertise.

Here are three reasons why you need an eBook for your business:

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4 Simple Ways to Overcome Writer's Block

4 Simple Ways to Overcome Writer's Block

At one point or another, most writers will experience a form of “writer’s block.” Sometimes this is caused by fear, not knowing where to start, how to end, or the inability to stay focused due to outside circumstances.

Here are a few tips for overcoming writer’s block:

1. De-clutter your workspace. When your workspace is cluttered, your may find it hard to stay focused. Often our physical surroundings will affect us mentally. When our workspace is cluttered, our thoughts tend to follow. Keeping your space tidy and organized will allow your energy to flow more freely.

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3 Easy Ways to Get Your Writing Published

3 Easy Ways to Get Your Writing Published

Do you dream of having your writing published? Perhaps you desire to add this accomplishment to your bio, or maybe it’s a lifelong goal you strive to achieve?

The good news is, there are many ways to get published without having to write a full book. In fact, starting out with a smaller project is a nice way to get your feet wet in the world of publishing, while building your confidence for a larger project down the road.

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7 Must-Have Tools for Writers

7 Must-Have Tools for Writers

Whether you’re penning a novel or working on a smaller project such as an article for a blog, there are many online tools that can assist you, and best of all, many of them are free!

Here are a few of my favorite “must haves” from my writing toolbox:

Trello – Before you begin any writing project, it’s a good idea to start with a brainstorming session and a bit of outlining for organization. Trello makes it fun to do just that! Set up your free account with Trello and begin by creating a new board for your latest project. You can create lists, cards, checklists, assign tags and even invite others to collaborate on your board! This is a fun way to mind map and stay organized all at the same time.

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5 Ways to Build Your Author Empire

5 Ways to Build Your Author Empire

If you’re a published author, you probably know, your book alone is not likely to make you rich. Sure, it happens, but the truth is the majority of authors don’t make a living from their books alone, although your book is often the most important piece of the puzzle. It’s everything you create after publication, the empire you build based on the core concepts of your published work that is more lucrative.

Your book lends you credibility as an expert in your field and opens doors of opportunity, broadening the stage to reach your tribe and share your message. Now that you have a book, you can schedule speaking engagements, create companion products, develop mentoring and coaching programs, launch online courses—the high-end items that will become the basis of your business.

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Turning Your Book Into an Online Course (and vice versa!)

Turning Your Book Into an Online Course (and vice versa!)

If your book is non-fiction and teaches something of value, it’s pretty easy to break the chapters into sections and create an online course by repurposing the content. Perhaps you don’t have a book just yet? On the flip side, creating a book from your online course can make the task of writing a book all the more easier. With transcription services such as Rev and Trint, it’s easy to have our audios and videos transcribed into text, offering us plenty of content to work with when it comes time to write a book.

Why Online Courses are Ideal for Authors

Think about it, once you write your book, the content is created. Now, of course, you will expand upon the information from your book and add additional content, or else why would anyone join your course when they could just buy your book, right? But the foundation of your course can be crafted from your book, and then you add additional content, bonus materials, video tutorials, audio, tele-classes, Zoom sessions, a closed Facebook groups for support, and access to YOU on a more personal level. For your tribe, that’s priceless.

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A Few Marketing Lessons from the Masters

A Few Marketing Lessons from the Masters

If you’ve been following me on social media, then you know I just spent the last four days at Funnel Hacking Live 2018. You’re probably wondering what the heck that even means!

Funnel Hacking Live is an annual event put on by Russell Brunson, the founder of ClickFunnels, which is the software I use to run my entire business. Everything from my landing pages, sales pages, opt-ins, email management, membership sites, online courses, payment integration, and much more. A one-stop shop, if you will.

But ClickFunnels is so much more than a software company. It’s a community of some of the most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs in the world.

In fact, this year’s event held 3,500 marketers from all across the globe and brought in the best of the best speakers, including Tony Robbins! To say I left feeling inspired is an understatement.

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CreateSpace vs. IngramSpark: How to Choose the Best Print-on-Demand Option for Your Self-Published Book

CreateSpace vs. IngramSpark: How to Choose the Best Print-on-Demand Option for Your Self-Published Book

CreateSpace vs. IngramSpark

What’s the difference and how do you choose the best print-on-demand option for your self-published book?

First, you’ll need to understand how a print-on-demand printer works.

With print-on-demand, you can upload your book's interior and cover files, add the metadata, choose the categories and price, and once the files are approved, you can turn on distribution and have your book for sale with online retailers such as Amazon.com and BarensandNoble.com in a matter of days.

For those online sales, the printer has a relationship with the online retailers, so the printer fills those web orders and pays you royalties on the sales, which is directly deposited to your bank account each month. 

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Three Must-Join Social Media Platforms for Authors

Three Must-Join Social Media Platforms for Authors

With so many social media platforms to choose from, it’s hard to decide where to put our energy these days. If we were to create an online presence on each platform, we’d surely spread ourselves too thin and there wouldn’t be enough time for writing. So how then do we decide where to put our efforts when it comes to social media marketing?

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What Does it Mean to Write from the Heart?

What Does it Mean to Write from the Heart?

You’ve likely heard the phrase, write from the heart … but what does that truly mean?  

Years ago, when I set out to name my business, Write from the Heart LLC came so clearly to me. At the time, I was deeply connected to exploring my life’s purpose, and I had a calling to create programs for aspiring authors to get their voices heard. But not just aspiring authors, anyone with a message to share and a calling to share that message with the world. That was my mission, and I knew in my heart it was, and still is, my life’s work. 

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Let's Talk Publishing

Let's Talk Publishing

Let’s talk publishing, shall we? When it’s time to publish your book, you’ll have many options to choose from, and my goal is to educate you on those options so you can make the decision that’s best for you. I am not going to tell you my way is the best, because my publishing model isn’t a good fit for every author and I tell my clients that. My goal is to offer you an honest overview of your publishing options so you can make your own educated decision. I would encourage you to spend some time researching beyond what I teach, and put some thought into it before making your final decision.

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Honoring the Call to Write

Honoring the Call to Write

Do you often feel you have an important message to share with the world? Is there a calling inside you to tell your story in an attempt to encourage others? Perhaps you’ve overcome hardships or adversity in your life and you feel, by writing on these personal experiences, you can help others do the same?

As an author coach, this is precisely the type of person I tend to attract into my circle. Notice I didn’t say writer, I said person. The reason for that is because in my experience, those who are called to share their message do not necessarily consider themselves writers. In fact, it’s this very belief that they are not trained writers that holds many back from sharing their message in the first place.

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Four Steps to Developing Your Unique Author Brand

Four Steps to Developing Your Unique Author Brand

If you're an author or aspiring author, one thing you'll want to do is ensure you establish a brand for yourself, one that sets you apart from the competition. Your brand may evolve and change over time, and you should remain open to change as it comes, but for now, let’s be sure you have a solid foundation to begin building your brand. To do so, you’ll need to find your target audience and create your elevator pitch geared toward that specific audience.

In this article, we'll explore your passions and your gifts, scope out your ideal audience and create an elevator pitch, and develop your unique brand that sets you apart from your competition.

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My Audiobook Production Process

My Audiobook Production Process

Audiobooks are the fastest growing sector in the publishing industry, so you can bet that as soon as Authorpreneur was published in print and eBook, the next logical step was for me to have it available in audiobook. After all, I wrote about audiobooks in Authorpreneur as a way to generate additional income from your book!

Audiobooks are a nice way you can make additional income off the publication of your book. If you have a publisher, they will likely handle the creation of your eBook and audiobook, but if you’ve self-published you can also publish your book as an audiobook and make additional income from your already created content. Always be repurposing that content, boys and girls!

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How I Wrote My Book in 60 Days

How I Wrote My Book in 60 Days

As a publisher and author coach, one of the things I teach my clients and students is how to complete a book in a condensed time frame, and I suggest this method for two reasons:

1.  The obvious reason: so they can have their book published and out in the world to start building their empire!

2. More importantly: by setting a goal for a condensed time frame, they’ll create momentum and realize their goals much faster.

I’ll explain. Let’s say I set out to write my book over the course of a year. Chances are I would have worked on my book on the weekends, or when I felt “inspired,” and before long I probably would have become lackadaisical about writing my book, and one year would have turned into two, and so on….

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