Do you worry that your book won’t get finished soon? Do you wonder what path to take in writing your new book?
“Just write, and don’t worry about mistakes.” I was told back in the day. “You can get them edited later.” As Dr. Phil says, “How’s that working for you?
Since the 1980’s I’ve thought that if we writers did some upfront work for our books, we wouldn’t have to edit 10 times and spend all that time and money. My idea is to pay attention to your book’s foundation first.
Foundation? What does that mean?
I didn’t know it all right away. It took years of research and practice to pull it all together. And now, here’s some short tips to make sure your book is financially successful.
1. Let go of all that doesn’t serve you.
Maybe your negative beliefs. Maybe negative friends or family. For example, one negative thought, “I’m so slow and am afraid I won’t finish my book” leads to certain actions. And those actions give you your reality or results. In this case, they may include watching long hours of TV. Or, eating the whole ice cream carton. Or sleeping way too many hours.
If I have some past baggage, I write a forgiveness in my journal. For example, “I, Judy, forgive my mom completely.” Or “I, Judy, forgive (name a friend) for her criticism.” I write one at a time for 5-10 times. When I feel harmonious, I then turn to another one and write the same practice.
I also write favorite affirmations daily. One of my favorites is, “I let go of all that doesn’t serve me.” So much noise out there, so much drama and trauma. They don’t serve our best selves. Universal Mind, the vast love energy that surrounds us notices these statements, and says, “Yes!” It’s only our Monkey Mind or Little Self that says no.
One suggestion is to get out of your own way. Practice this every day. You will get out of your way when you incorporate all the Mindset Exercises suggested.
2. Take 2-5 actions a day to reach out and connect with thought leaders and professionals in your book’s niche or genre.
You waste a lot of days when you spend time on other people’s agenda. I’m thinking Facebook or Twitter. I’m thinking endless emails that pitch programs. A few are OK, but you’ll get more of your book done if you balance out these activities. I call these forward motion actions High Level Activities (HLAs). Every day in your action journal, write specific activities that move your book to the finish line. For example, on election day, I wrote, HLA 1: “Finish 2 blogs to promote 3 session program, “The 3 Secrets to Finish a Book Your Audience Will Love” and HLA 2: Promote to affiliates a graphic to put on Facebook to promote my upcoming programs.
If you want your audience to know, like and trust you, you need to keep your name in front of them.
3. Practice personal growth exercises daily.
In the morning and at night. For me, I write my affirmations in my journal.
For example, “I’m a top book coach who gives my clients what they want.” I also write my gratitudes daily for at least 5 people and the good weather (sun) etc. Would you guess I live in San Diego, California?
4. Build your book’s foundation by knowing and applying my 10 Essential Hot Selling Points before you write much.
The most important 3 of them are knowing and finding your ideal audience, writing bullet points of 5-7 benefits to your audiences, and testimonials that convert.
These tips make you aware of your mental, emotional part in your book project.
Now, which ones do you plan to take action on this week? Share with us and we’ll applaud you!
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