“Diane, where has Your Book Publishing Coach been?”

Some who have followed me for some time have wondered why they haven’t heard from me for a while.

There have been a number of reasons for that, the chief one being, I now have so many clients, mostly as a Healing Codes Coach-Practitioner, that I’ve had little time for keeping up with publishing and writing.

(You can read more about “my story” at http://www.DianeEble.com if you are interested.)

But I don’t want to leave you hanging without some good coaching on publishing matters.

I still feel the same passion I always did to keep any author or aspiring author from the many traps out there designed to prey on your desire to become an author, yet that only cost you money, time, and heartache.

Therefore,

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How do you get inspired to write?

One of my subscribers sent me a link to an article on the unique writing rituals of 20 acclaimed authors, and it got me thinking about whether I have any rituals myself.

Though I don’t do it just before writing, I write “morning pages” every single morning, as a way to both “mind dump” and “prime the pump.”  I believe this practice of writing morning pages is one of the reasons why I never have writer’s block. Ever.

The other reasons I don’t have writer’s block stem from a couple of other techniques I learned years ago. I talked about them all in my class, “Writing Secrets Revealed.” You can learn more here. If you too took up these simple practices, I believe you will come to find writing about as natural as breathing. (And even more enjoyable.)

Share your own “writing rituals” or ways you overcome writer’s block below, please.

Have you written a book … or want to someday?

Perhaps your goal is to share your message and positively impact the lives of others.

Maybe you want to create new income streams or position yourself as an expert to attract more customers as well as media coverage, speaking and consulting engagements.

No matter your goals, nobody’s more qualified to show you how to become a successful author than Jack Canfield.

Co-creator of the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ series and other books, Jack has launched 47 New York Times bestsellers with over 500 million copies in print worldwide.

Jack recently teamed up with Steve Harrison, who has helped more than 12,000 authors promote
their books, to create several free training videos.

Here’s some of what you’ll discover on the free training video:

  • 8 critical things you need to know to become a successful author.
  • How to get started writing your book (and the common mistake that causes many authors to take forever getting it finished). Read More→

Seth Godin makes an excellent point in his post, Piracy? You wish. Publishers are hot and bothered about DRM on ebooks. But, quoting Tim O’Reilly, Seth points out that books don’t have a piracy problem. They have an obscurity problem.

Music has a piracy problem. People want to listen to as much music as possible, all day. Most people aren’t reading much at all, let alone reading your book. Seth Godin says, “I’ve written several free ebooks (here’s one) and even when I want unlimited piracy, it doesn’t happen.)

What is it you really want? Isn’t it for people to read your book?

Sure, you want to sell it and make a lot of money. But if that’s your primary goal, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed. Most books just don’t make you a lot of money. Also, if you’re paranoid that other people might steal your content, again you’ll be disappointed.

Few people will go to the trouble of stealing your content outright. And if they really want to, they will find a way.

What people who love your content will do is share it. Yes, they may do so in a way that robs you of a few cents.

The question is, would you rather be read, or safe in obscurity?

If you’re publishing with Westbow, CrossBooks Publishing, Abbot, Inspired Voices, Balboa, iUniverse, Trafford, Author House, or X-Libris, you need to read the discussions about Author Solutions going on at the Publisher’s Weekly blog and Terry Whalin’s The Writing Life blog.

Make sure you read the comments on the PW article.

Find out the truth about whom you’re dealing with. Buyer beware!

One of the most common questions I get is, “How can I get a publisher to publish my book?”

Answer: “You have to write a book proposal an editor will read and say yes to.”

How do you do that?

You get “inside information” from someone who knows the publishing business.

My friend, Terry Whalin, has been in the publishing business for over 25 years. One of the keys (which no one controls) is making the right connection with the right person at the right time and the right place.

While you can’t control that element, you CAN be actively working to learn all that you can about how to make the best possible pitch.

Within the publishing community, the devil is in the details. For example, several years ago when he was a fiction acquisitions editor, he could only acquire a few novels each year. One of the key rejection tools that Terry used was the word count. If the writer didn’t tell him their word count,  the proposal was rejected. If their word count was outside of the typical range for novels, it was rejected. The writers received a polite “thanks but no thank you” rejection letter and never knew they had missed the mark. It wasn’t Terry’s task to inform them of what was missing.

Terry wants to help deepen your understanding of how editors and agents REALLY make their decisions about your proposals and pitches. Remember editors and agents don’t read manuscripts. They read book proposals.

He has developed a 12-week training course on how to write a book proposal. It is at
http://BookProposalsThatSell.com.

You can get the first lesson and start training today.

On Thursday, February 2nd at 8 p.m. EST or 5 p.m. PST, Terry is going to be answering your questions in a free 70-minute teleseminar. You can sign up and ask him any question about proposal creation and proposal marketing here.

In addition, Terry has created a special free Ebook for everyone who signs up at the teleseminar:  BOOK PROPOSAL BASICS. You can get this  24-page Ebook packed with content when you sign up.

If you can’t make the time of the call, please go ahead and sign up anyway. The entire teleseminar will be recorded and EVERYONE  who signs up will receive an email with the replay link. Also if you sign up, you will be able to download the FREE special report right away. This report is loaded with valuable advice. So sign up and learn from the publishing insider who has rejected–and accepted–hundreds of proposals and knows what sells!

There’s an interesting discussion about whether E-books are bad for you, here.

While I’m always wary of corporations controlling things, seems like the security of DRM is a good thing for authors. I’m ALWAYS for protecting intellectual property rights. We authors get so little as it is, and it’s still too easy to rip us off.

Digital books are here to stay. So are printed books. I’m encouraged by the comments that some people read more than ever because of E-book readers. As an author, I want my book out in as many formats as possible.

What’s your take? Comment below.

Seth Godin makes a very good point in his post about “Marketing to Strangers“:

You can see the marketing problem of every business just by glancing at the plight of the typical author.

Once a year, once every other year, he has to come out of his university office/hovel/apartment/rural enclave and go on the road. He has to do Leonard Lopate and the Today show, a spate of blogs, book readings, Tedx appearances and sleep on whatever couch he can find, use whatever media will have him.

Why?

To reach strangers. To reach people who, if they only knew about the book, would gladly buy it, read it, share it, listen to it, download it.

Selling a book to friends is a totally different story. You send an email to your fans and you’re done. You blog it on your blog or tweet about it once or twice and you’re done.

Selling [a book] to strangers… that’s getting harder and harder and less effective every day.

The old model of marketing books is what Seth describes. Still, mainstream publishers are doing it–though less and less often.

It truly IS easier to sell to friends. So, where should you put your book marketing efforts?

(Hint: It’s one word, and something else I learned from Seth Godin, that I mention here.)

A friend of mine has been shopping her book proposal around to several publishers.

“How’s it gong?” I asked the other day.

“Oh, publishers want to know how many followers I already have. They’re basically suggesting I self-publish and if I’m successful, they’ll take another look.”

“Yes, and then you won’t need them,” I observed.

Publishers care about how many followers you have. They call that your “platform.”

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Let’s face a couple of facts:

1. Writing a book (or publishing or promoting it)  will take a chunk of time and energy.

2. Your life is already full, and you have no extra time.

Given these two facts of life for most people nowadays, how can you make the time to write the book you have inside your head, the book that’s been calling to you to write for months or even years?

1. First, get in touch with that deep desire within you to write and publish a book. Envision as clearly as you can what it will be like to have a finished, published book in your hands. The title encapsulates just what you want the world to know. You name is on that book. It is bound, with a beautiful cover, and a publisher’s name on the spine, along with your own.

You’re a published author. What is this going to do for you? Win you the respect and admiration of friends, colleagues, and family? Increase your business by your new position as expert? Allow you to approach people you never could before, by sending them your book? Enable you to name a much higher fee the next time you’re asked to speak, and to have something to sell in the back of the room?

Whatever you want from your book, imagine it vividly. Then write it down. This is a most important pre-writing exercise. This desire is what will fuel your ability to keep on going even when the going gets tough. Review this document any time you feel your motivation sagging. Or, better yet, review it every day.

2. Prune and prioritize. You may have to make some tough decisions. If your life is already full, what will you cut out in order to harvest the time and energy to write your book?

Look at the chores you already do that take up chunks of time. Can you hire someone to clean your house or do your yard work so you can spend that time writing instead? How much television do you watch? Can you forego that time to write your book? Or to go to bed earlier and get up earlier and write before you go off to work? Can you set a timer to limit your online activities and use that time to write?

3. Set a time and stick to it. A regular habit of writing, even if it’s only for 20 minutes, can do wonders. Learn to write in smaller chunks. (For more help with this, see www.writingsecretsrevealed.com). Remember my motto: ” A little is better than nothing.” Steady progress is the goal!

For more help on time management, I have a free 7-day minicourse. Sign up to the right.  You might also want to check out my favorite piece of software, the Action Machine, at www.authortimetips.com. It’s a fun tool, but it also really helps me be productive and stay on track.