• Community,  Motivation,  Self Talk

    #Top Ten Ways To Beat Insecurity As A Writer (At Least Temporarily) By Katharine Grubb

      We are insecure for a lot of reasons. We’re insecure because we probably have artistic temperaments that makes us feel deeply. We overthink and over analyze. We find it’s easier to dwell on what it negative in our life rather than what is positive. We may have lived in environments in which confidence and boldness was discouraged and despair was fertilized with lies and fear. We may lack skills. We may fear failure. We may long for approval and we know it’s hard to achieve it anywhere, much less in this field. We’ve been burned before. The last person who read our work was mean or hateful or didn’t…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  #SellingMySoul,  Community,  Self Talk

    The Real Reasons You May Hate Marketing And What You Can Do About It

      The reasons you hate marketing may have to do with real fears and anxieties. But you can overcome them.  You poor, poor writers. You pour your heart and soul into your books. You create these magical worlds, these vibrant, three dimensional characters, these intricate plots, these thrilling stories that culminate in an figurative or literal explosion of action and dialogue that leaves your readers breathless, weepy and ready to plunk down more dough for the next installment. And if your reader is going to read it, you have get it in front of the public eye. The truth? We’d rather not let it be seen. We’d rather hide behind our computer…

  • Marketing,  Self-Publishing,  Social Media,  Twitter

    Three Things You’re Telling The World When You Attempt A Hard Sell

    Why Is Marketing Such A Dirty Word For Writers? If you’ve met a writer of nearly any kind of book, you’ve probably met someone who loves the idea of sitting alone at their desk, hiding from the world, creating their lush stories with only their cat for company. You’ve probably met someone who is nervous in crowds, has trouble presenting themselves at all and would absolutely die if they had to “promote” or “market” their stories in any way. It’s bad enough that these poor writers have to leave their laptops and solitary existences and venture out into daylight, but to have them become salesmen? It’s enough to make them want to…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  #SellingMySoul,  Marketing,  Publishing,  Self Talk,  Self-Publishing

    Top 10 Signs You Aren’t Ready To Market Your Book

        For the last two-ish years, I’ve had books to sell. I’ve learned a lot about, but certainly not everything, about marketing. I’ve made plenty of mistakes. I think a good marketing author is always prepared to talk about their books, but timing is everything. You may not be ready to market. These are the top 10 signs you need to put your marketing plan on hold for a little while. 1. Your book may not be that good. Do not assume that because you got it on paper that it deserves to have readers. If you have put shoddy work on the marketplace you are being disrespectful of…

  • Perils of a Mom Writer,  Self Talk,  What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me

    What It Means To Be A 10 Minute Novelist

    A 10 Minute Novelist is a time-crunched writer with big, big dreams. I’ve been a 10 Minute Novelist for nine years now. Despite having five children, homeschooling, baking my own bread and doing ridiculous amounts of laundry, I know what being a 10 Minute Novelist means.  You Don’t Have High Expectations If you had high expectations, then you’d be in a cabin in the woods or have hours to yourself or even a locked door. Nope. You’re a 10 Minute Novelist. That means that you get what writing time you can, when you can.   Your Daily Results Are Messy  While you try to keep the story straight with all…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Self Talk

    #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Things You Should Be Saying To Yourself That Will Help Make You More Successful

    In February, I posted, Top 10 Things You Could Be Saying To Yourself That Will Guarantee Your Failure As A Writer  Today I want to do the opposite! 1. Everybody Makes Mistakes.  This is huge! You need to be reminded that every successful writer has a team behind them of editors, agents and publishers that help them make their book the best it can be. Don’t freak out over the errors in your manuscript. Just fix them and move on! 2. Tomorrow Is Another Day. Plan on making every single day the best you can to pursue your goals, but be realistic. Some days, you’re not going to get your words in,…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Self Talk

    The Single Best Writing Advice (Too Bad I Don’t Always Follow It)

    We’ve heard it before, write what you know. Or, write every day. Or, READ! READ! READ! And while that is all very good advice, and you should follow it fervently, it’s still not the best.One of the best pieces of advice I was given in college was this: Never compare yourself to others.  If you do, you’ll compare their strengths to your weaknesses, and you’ll always be the loser. When I compare myself to other writers, it doesn’t do me a bit of good. I either pick up some frothy bonnet romance and throw it across the room, puffing myself up with thoughts of superiority. My books will have more meaning! I will be more…

  • Self Talk

    How To Love Yourself When You’re Weak (A List For SuperMom Types Who Get Sick)

    No one is as hard on me as me. The context of this idea came to me 13 days into an illness. It wasn’t the flu, a sinus infection, an ear infection or bronchitis.  I didn’t have the fever to warrant antibiotics and I didn’t have enough symptoms to make even a trip to the ER worth it. I knew they’d say, “yup, your ears are stuffed up”.  I knew that the treatment would be a combination of Mucinex and Benadryl and Motrin for pain and rest. Lots of fluids. You know when you’re playing Wii Golf and you hit the ball way to hard? That was the noise I…

  • Motivation,  Self Talk

    The Nine Things You Say To Yourself That Could Change Everything

    What does it mean to Love Ourselves? I have  a very wise friend that I meet with on a regular basis. This friend, Melissa, has caught me being very hard on myself and saying aloud things like, I’m not very good at that. Or, I got it wrong again. Or, this means that I’m not good enough.  She’s challenged me to pay attention to those negative thoughts. She even asked me what the ratio was, the good, encouraging things compared to the negative things. I didn’t know what she meant. I was going to say, “Ratio? Is that math?  I’m not very good at math!” But then she explained. For every single…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Motivation

    #Top10 Tuesday Top Ten Things I Did Right In 2014 That Made This My Happiest Year Ever

    2011 was a sucky year for me personally. Then 2012 got worse. Then, 2013 became the Papa Bear of bad years for me and my family. I was pretty happy that by the end of it, I had a new home, a new town, a new job for my husband, a houseful of new furniture and a chance to start over. I decided that I wanted to do things the right way for 2014. If anything the previous three years taught me that many of our circumstances can’t be helped, so I decided that my attitudes  and actions — what I could control for the new year — would be completely…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Inspiration,  Marketing

    Why I Will Not Fail In My Marketing Attempts This Year

    In 2015, failure, especially when it comes to my personal book marketing, is not going to exist. I have two books to release this year, one fiction, one nonfiction; one is traditionally published one is self-published. One will have some publicity generated through the publishing house, one I’m going solo for. Both are gambles. I have no idea how well they will do. I have a lengthy and ambitious plan to market them — and I don’t have a ton of marketing experience. But I believe I will not fail. Why? I’ve just decided that FAILURE isn’t a word that’s going to be allowed in my vocabulary. It’s going to…

  • #InspirationWeekend,  Inspiration

    Resolving to Change in the New Year – Again and Again

    Carolyn Astfalk, a 10 Minute Novelist, greets us this New Year with some wise words.  Our lives are marked by repetitive cycles: hours in the day, days of the week, months of the year, seasons, holidays, and anniversaries. Routine provides structure and comfort. It can increase productivity and satisfaction. It can also provide complacency. Or the opportunity to start over. Again, and again, and again. OUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED The older I get, the more conscious I am that our beginnings are numbered. I may not have all the time that I think I have. The Bible reminds us, “Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the…

  • Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    Lost But Not Afraid A Guest Post By Writer Keisha Page

      Something happens to a woman when she turns forty. I’m sure things happen to men, too, but since I’m not a man I can’t really speak to that. Turning forty didn’t freak me out or send me into this existential crisis that I halfway expected. I had heard things, you see. I had been working for a few years as a freelance writer, but unable to really justify the time spent writing, because, in the end, it might not make me any money. I felt like I needed to be spending my efforts either on earning a paycheck or with my family. Freelancing is a fickle business, and it’s…

  • Motivation,  Observation,  Self Talk

    Five Questions To Ask Yourself When You Get All Contemplative This Time of Year

    Asking writers to analyze themselves is like asking a cat to be aloof, shed fur and practice a condescension while sleeping on your face. It’s just what we do. This time of year is often a time when everyone is reflecting, summarizing or evaluating what has happened in the last year. It’s not a bad practice if we truly learn from the past. I’m not convinced that society as a whole does, but writers can and should.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself at this time of year, when you’re reflecting on how 2014 treated you as a writer and how you treated yourself. 1. Did I become…