Every week I receive emails from new authors ready to publish their books and they want to know how they can stand out and get noticed, and, well, sell a crap load of copies of their books.
That’s a tough question, and the answer is even tougher.
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It gives me great pleasure to announce the publication of my latest book, Inspired Writer: How to Create Magic with Your Words. It’s dedicated to you: The Writer. It’s a fight song. It’s about letting go and becoming inspired to write what you’re called to write.
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Bad news first. It would be wonderful to say you can love to hate your inner editor, but really, we just have to hate to hate them. No matter how skilled we are as writers, no matter how much experience we’ve had, no matter anything, they will always be there on some level.
That’s the scary, hard truth. But there’s good news!
The good ol’ rejection letter. At its best, a rejection tells us we’re close but not quite—so we keep trying. At its worst, rejection forces us into a cavernous pit of humiliation and defeat, and we vow to never write again. (Until the next day, that is.)
Back in January, I had the privilege of interviewing Jerry B. Jenkins for Positive Writer. After the interview, I asked if he wouldn’t mind sending me a signed copy of his book Writing for the Soul. Well, guess what...
Jerry sent me an autographed copy of his awesome book on writing, but he didn’t stop there! No, when I opened the heavier than expected package I discovered that he included two more signed hardbacks for Positive Writer readers, and now I get to give them away to two lucky readers.
For the love of your writing and your sanity, stop taking the advice from the know-it-all’s as gospel.
Seriously, that’s the best advice I’ve ever received and I’m willing to bet, at least by the end of this post, you’ll agree it really is the best advice for all of us.
Note: This is a guest post by Mike Loomis. Mike helps people launch their dream projects and books. He’s a strategic partner to entrepreneurs, authors, publishers, and nonprofits. Mike is the author of Your Brand Is Calling. He and his wife live in the mountains of Colorado. www.MikeLoomis.CO
Are you stressed about growing your platform? (Your email list and the number of followers on social media) More like obsessed, right?
Since starting Positive Writer and publishing Writer’s Doubt, I’ve received thousands of emails from readers from all over the world asking for more guidance and specific writing exercises they can do to beat the living hell out of their fears and doubts.
The emails have also proven to be tremendously beneficial, in that I’ve learned firsthand from fellow writers in the trenches just how much, and why, their fears and doubts were crippling them, but the #1 most consistent and crippling issue was something so obvious, and yet, we all seem to underestimate it.
On to the 1st Place Winning essay…
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