#015: How Do I Overcome Writing Challenges Like Writers Block? Awakened Author Adventure Writing Podcast Episode 15

Episode 15 Awakened Author Adventure

#015: How Do I Overcome Writing Challenges Like Writers Block? Awakened Author Adventure Writing Podcast Episode 15

Do you ever feel you get stuck – or get in yoru own way –  or get “writers block”? This episode helps you get free of these habits forever.

The suggested solution is simple to do, and it is merely an act of practice to master it.  that's what you get in today's episode.

Listen to This Week’s Episode

This week's show helps you open yourself up to share your life-changing message with ease.

Episode 15 Awakened Author Adventure

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Resources from This Week's Episode

This Week’s Cool Tool

As an author-entrepreneur, you want to keep track of various things, including:

  • Who's saying what about you
  • Your name
  • Your competitors
  • Your niche/industry
  • key phrases you / your market use

Google Alerts is a free tool that lets you do just that!  Read this tutorial – How to Use Google Alerts

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Building Your Author Platform: How Can I Build Relationships with Journalists? 1. Google Alerts

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Building Your Author Platform: How Can I Build Relationships with Journalists? 1. Google Alerts

When it comes to building your author platform – your presence both offline and online –  being a recognized expert on a topic is a good thing. Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, you can still be a media resource.

Here's an example:

Multi New York Times Bestselling author Dan Brown is a symbology expert who has been interviewed on all major networks and even National Public Radio. Here is part of the NPR interview.

He says he is fascinated by Freemasonry because of its message through the ages.

"We live in a world where people kill each other every day over whose definition of God is correct," Brown says. "And here is a worldwide organization that, at its core, will bring people together from many, many different religions, and ask only that you believe in a god, and they'll all stand in the same room and proclaim their reverence for a god. ... And it seems like a perfect blueprint for universal spirituality."

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As you can see, one important aspect of a strong author platform is  being a media resource.

That means building relationships with journalists. Google Alerts is a great tool for doing this.

Google Alerts –  a Powerful Tool for Authors

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First, you may not be familiar with Google Alerts. All you do is enter a search string and your alerts will arrive in your inbox on the schedule you choose.

Here's what Google says about Google Alerts on its homepage:

Monitor the Web for interesting new content

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries.

Enter a search query you wish to monitor. You will see a preview of the type of results you'll receive. Some handy uses of Google Alerts include:

  • monitoring a developing news story
  • keeping current on a competitor or industry
  • getting the latest on a celebrity or event
  • keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams

Google Alerts Tips.:

  1. Put your phrase in quotes “Awakened Author Adventure” not Awakened Author Adventure
  2. Be sure to get an alert for your name (in quotes of course) to monitor what is being said about you.
  3. Monitor your “competitors'.
  4. Monitor the keyword phrases you are using.

Now, here is some great information about building relationships with journalists using Google Alerts.

Use Google Alerts to form relationships with journalists and get valuable free publicity

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You probably already know how to use Google Alerts to discover stories that have been written about you or your topic.

But do you know how to take the next important step that will practically force journalists to pay attention to you?

It’s fairly easy. And Mark Amtower does it regularly.

Let Google Do the Heavy Lifting

He has created Google Alerts for his area of expertise, which is how small business owners can sell more to the government.

Google Alerts sends related articles into his Inbox almost daily. When Mark reads a story he likes, he sends the reporter who wrote it a short email saying he enjoyed the article.

Trust me. When journalists see emails like that, they pay attention! I sure did when I worked as a reporter because most of the people who contacted wanted me wanted something.

Within the email, Mark mentions his website, GovernmentMarketingBestPractices.com, to reinforce his expertise and credibility.

If the journalist replies and thanks him for his comments, Mark offers to send a free copy of his book and….here’s the important part…offers to be a resource for other stories on the same topic.

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Now you know how to use Google Alerts!

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#014 What Do I Need on My Author Website? Awakened Author Adventure Episode 14

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#014 What Do I Need on My Author Website? Awakened Author Adventure Episode 14

Welcome to the Awakened Author Adventure, where visionaries like you come for inspiration, resources and direction to write, publish, and share your life-changing book.

This episode helps you set yourself up for success with your author platform and website..

5 Keys to Author Success

Being an author is about more than merely how to write a book. There are 5 key systems to your success, and each week the Awakened Author Adventure Podcast.yo'’ll gain insights into one of them, and this week it’s all about Sharing your message and Serving your audience..

BLISS Butterfly - Follow your bliss - Follow Your B.L.I.S.S. - Celebrity Author Mentor - Book Marketing Coach - Ronda Del Boccio

S for SERVE Your Audience from the B.L.I.S.S. Butterfly Author Success System

his Week’s Cool Tool

As an author-entrepreneur, you will no doubt need to “host” (have a holding tank for) audios and/or videos. You'll use them for recording web events, products, podcasts, testimonials, and more. This week's cool tool provides everything you need at a much more affordable rate than, say, Amazon S3.

Begin your 30-Day free trial Audio Acrobat service

This week’s cool tool is Audio Acrobat, my very favorite tool that I use every single day in my business. You can get started with a free month by clicking www.WriteOnPurpose.com/acrobat.

Thanks to This Week’s Featured 5-Star Reviewer

Many thanks go this week to “Chris the Man Really”  for giving Awakened Author Adventure writing podcast a 5-star rating and review. Yeah, weird itunes screen name.

Thanks to all listeners, especially those who 5-star and review this show. Because of your continued listening, Awakened Author Adventure is in iTunes New and Noteworthy – not just all 3 major categories, but the OVERALL BIG N&N!

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This week you'll discover why your website is the heart of your presence and how to easily set it up as a WordPress blog. You'll also find out how to pick the best domain name and why using yourname.com is NOT a good idea.

If you don't have a domain name, you'll need one that's:

  • Easy to remember
  • Easily repeatable
  • not a made up word
  • not your name
  • Not too long.

You DO want to buy yourname.com to reserve it so nobody else will use it for evil, but build your author platform and business around something that is not your name.

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Resources from This Week's Episode

  • Get a domain name.
  • Put a WordPress blog on it (self hosted, not WordPress.com)
  • Create your About page with your story.
  • Write blog posts on a regular schedule.
  • A good post format: Catchy title –  story –  teaching –  action step you want reader to take.
  • Download Effortless Blogging Formula for more blogging help, including WordPress tutorials, search engine optimization help, a powerful blog post format and more.

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What’s your most burning question about writing, publishing, blogging, social media, book marketing, mindset, storytelling, product creation – ANY aspect of being an author?

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How to Write a Book: How Do I Find My Expert Voice in My Book?

How to Write a Book: How Do I Find My Expert Voice in My Book?

[nonmember]This week's Premium Member audio messages guide you deeper into the Awakened Author CHALLENGE 30 day course, where you write, publish & start marketing a book in 30 days.

The 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge is a complete A-Z course on how to write and publish a book AND begin to market it in only a month. You can start from nothing and follow the course to develop your book and even begin to fit your book into your big picture in this time.

How do you find your expert voice?

  • Stand in yuor power.
  • Speak your truth.
  • Write from your experience.
  • Develop good storytelling techniques
  • Share STORIES first and tell 'em what to do later.

One thing Premium Members do this week is write and publish a special report to Kindle. I recommend downloading at least the free preview portion of Instant Author Formula: 6 Simple Recipes for How to Write a Book Fast by yours truly. See what I do at the beginning and use it as a model for your books, whether mini or full length.

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INSIDER TIP:

You'll notice that I give the bonus details and information right at the front of the book, even though those who take the free sample didn't buy. Learn from this!

Here is what you get in this week's messages:

Awakened Author Challenge Day 6, Module 3: Setting Yourself up for Success:This module helps you start planning beyond the book and getting to know who your ideal reader is so you can find her. You also find out how to  establish your blog-website, craft the "about" page and start blogging.

Day 7:  is a "betweener" day with no new listen, but you gain more insights into why having a blog VS a static website is so powerful and why you want one. This is also Check-in day, which you will complete on the Day 7 page (Login and see what to do below.)

Day 8, Module 4: Develop Your Expert Voice & Publish a Mini Book on Kindle: Discover the 7 qualities of an expert & measure yourself to see where you are weak and strong, then discover how to publish a book on Kindle. This will be a "minibook" or special report that is short and laser-focused on a meaningful solution.

Day 9 "betweener": This short message helps you understand how to read a Kindle book without a Kindle reader (using the free Kindle apps) and teaches the power of experiencing what it is to read a Kindle book rather than just publishing without paying attention to what experience your reader will have.

Day 10, Module 5: Knowing What People Buy: This module helps you understand how to know what people are buying, which helps you know what to write about and much more. If you don't write the kind of book people want, expect low sales!

Listen to what bestselling author Jason Oman says about the system you're learning in this course:

http://InstantCredibilityBook.com Jason Oman, #q1 bestselling author of conversations with millionaires, called my hotline to leave his thoughts about the Instant VIp system for how to write a book that explodes your business. Jason Oman, best selling author, Ronda Del Boccio, the Story lady, Instant VIP, how to write a book

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Blogging Advice: Storytelling Techniques and Ideas and MORE on Premium Member Call July 25 2013

Blogging Advice: Storytelling Techniques and Ideas and MORE on Premium Member Call July 25 2013

It's really easy to get caught up in writing blog posts that sound more like you're showing off your expertise than connecting with your ideal reader. That's usually the intent or desire, but so much of blogging comes across like, “I'm wonderful; let me convince you” than of solving problems.

What's the difference?

Storytelling is a big one! Find out why when you listen to this week's Premium Member call!

Lots of blogging advice today on the Premium Member call!

  • Help with:
  • Blog categories
  • Backing up your blog
  • storytelling techniques in blog posts

Also some great conversation about workflow and being strategic.

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#013 How to Stay on Track to Write a Book in 30 Days: Awakened Author Adventure Writing Podcast Episode 13

#13 How to Stay on Track to Write a Book in 30 Days: Awakened Author Adventure Writing Podcast Episode 13

Do either of these people remind you of YOU?

  • Patricia has been "working on" her book since 1983.
  • Arleen has been wanting to write a book since the early 1970s

Think of all the people who are missing out getting real help with their problems while Patricia and Arleen think about and work on (ha) writing their books! All the suffering that could be avoided if these bright, talented, heart-centered women had their books in print and were serving people!

This episode of the Awakened Author Adventure writing podcast empowers you to get yourself in motion.

Why might you decide it's time to set yourself a dream with a deadline and write a book and get it published in 30 days?

There are numerous reasons that may be great motivators for you:

  • Complete a bucket list item.
  • Stop procrastinating.
  • Get past perfectionism to completion.
  • Build a legacy.
  • Generate customers for your business.
  • Support a cherished charity.
  • and of course many more.

Is it possible to go from no book to published author in 30 days? Certainly it is...however --

You need

  • a big WHY
  • a deadline
  • a plan.

This episode is the beginning of the 30 Day Awakened Author CHALLENGE complete course on how to write and publish a book in 30 days. Today you get

  • Help with setting a goal -
  • How to keep yourself on track -
  • Why you want to write a book NOW not someday.

Here are the resources from today's episode:

This Week's Cool Tool

Have you ever seen those cool photos with fun or inspiring phrases on them? Make them right from your phone with Phonto.

Here is 1 of the ones I've created:

Picture of Molly Flagtail sleeping on an unmade bed with the caption: You don't need to make the bed

Another Cool Tool

DUring the teaching, I talk about keeping yourself on track and organized with Simpleology, which is a great simple system for mastering your time, energy and resources.

Thanks to This Week’s Featured 5-Star Reviewer

As a thank you to action-taking listeners, each week 1 featured 5-star reviewer gets a mention on the show plus a link back to your site if I know/can figure out where to find you.

Thanks to Barbara of GenkiMasters.com for your 5-star rating and review!

Thanks to all listeners, especially those who 5-star and review this show. Because of your continued listening, Awakened Author Adventure is in iTunes New and Noteworthy – not just all 3 major categories, but the OVERALL BIG N&N!  THANK  YOU!

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 Next Week Sneak Peek

Next week you’ll get Module 3 of the 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge Course on How to Write a Book. You won’t get the full course unless you’re a Premium Member, but you’ll get a few episodes along the way.

Module 3 is about setting yourself up for success, including determining who is your ideal reader and setting up your website.

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Storytelling Techniques: How Can I Find and Use Stories in Your Life to Teach My Audience?

 

having storytelling techniques at your fingertips can provide tremendous inspiration for blogging, videos, and more.

When feeding my flock of chickens one day, they were clambering all over me and the food trying to get at it, and I realized what a fantastic demonstration of “feed your hungry market” they had created, so I made a video!

Watch the video now..

You don't have to be talking exclusively about your topic or expertise in order to teach something valuable to your audience. Metaphorical examples are among the best storytelling techniques, because you're connecting the dots for the reader in a way that tends to bypass resistance.

Where to find storytelling ideas

Story ideas are absolutely EVERYWHERE. Just pay attention while you're off living life. Here is an example I love.

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What raising chickens has taught me about pitching (articles)

by Garrett Heath

Growing tired of the hefty price for organic, free-range eggs, I began keeping chickens in my San Antonio backyard.

I watched my feathered flock of Ruby, Tallahassee, and Shiloh grow from little chirping fuzzballs to sizeable clucking hens.

Though it appeared that they might never start laying, the past two weeks I have had my fill of farm-fresh eggs. I have found a lot of similarities between raising chickens and pitching stories and news for placement:

Do your research.

Prior to getting chickens, I did a lot of research into raising them. I gathered information on everything I could—from the best breed of chicken for my climate to how long chicks should stay under a heat lamp.

As you begin pitching stories, you have to go through a similar style of research. Subscribe to RSS feeds and look at what content does well on the sites you want to place content on. Do research into the editors and creators of the site. Share their stories on Twitter, or comment on Facebook. A little preparation can go a long way.

Baby chicks need gentle hands.

Baby chicks are delicate. They must have either the warmth of a heat lamp or a mother hen because it’s easy for chicks to get cold.

There is medicated chick feed to prevent Cocciodosis, a parasite to which chicks are particularly susceptible. Because they are smaller and more fragile, you have to be gentler in handling a chick than a full-grown hen.

Approaching an outlet you have never written for is different from approaching one you have a relationship with. Emails with a familiar editor can be more casual, but you’d be wise to approach correspondence with a new person more carefully.

Grapes are different from broccoli.

As my chickens began to develop, moving out from under the heat lamp and into the backyard, I found they loved treats—something different from the usual feed I scatter for them.

They have discerning taste, though. Tomatoes, strawberries, and grapes (their favorite) will bring them running, but foods such as cucumbers or broccoli warrant only mild interest before they turn their beaks away in disgust.

Knowing not only what types of content, but also the tone in which they should be written, is key to ensuring the outlet you pitch to is receptive. After all, no one likes broccoli. Not even chickens.

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An egg—finally (have a carton ready).

I thought my chickens would never lay eggs. I put a lot of effort into raising them from fluffy chicks to adult hens, from making sure they had a cozy coop, to waking up early (and I am not a morning person) to feed and water them.

I grew disillusioned as I checked the nesting box; it evolved from being something I looked forward to with anticipation of that first egg to a perfunctory task. Then it happened: On one of those routine checks I got an egg—and I kept getting eggs, multiple eggs, every day, allowing me to enjoy farm fresh, organic, free-range omelets and quiche whenever I got the craving.

Placing articles takes the same dogged determination, but when you find an outlet receptive to your stories you can build a trusting, professional relationship. Stories get pitched, your news appears on the site, omelets get made.

Garrett Heath blogs for Rackspace and has experience as a technical project manager in the cloud. Read his personal blog on restaurants and culture in San Antonio, or follow him on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and App Dot Net @gmh.

What can you learn from these examples?

1. Be present to what is happening in life.

2. Notice where you can draw a connection between the event and your customers/readers.

3. Keep something on which to take notes handy. (phone, notepad, etc.)

4. use these stories to teach your audience.

For more help with storytelling, get a fun yet intensive storytelling workshop on the Story Power storytelling techniques training, which you can get.as a download or DVD from Amazon. Get it right now.

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

 

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#009 Deciding What to Write Your Book About: Awakened Author Adventure Writing Podcast Episode 9

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#009 Deciding What to Write Your Book About: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 9

Welcome to Episode 9 of the Awakened Author Adventure, where visionaries like you come for inspiration, resources and direction to write, publish and share life-changing books.

Your guide is bestselling author, speaker and mentor Ronda Del Boccio, The Story Lady – namely ME. I'm PASSIONATE about turning world-changers into bestselling authors with grace, ease and joy!

This week's show is all about the L for Legacy in the B.L.I.S.S. Butterfly Author success System.

Being an author is about more than merely how to write a book. There are 5 key systems to your success, and each week the Awakened Author Adventure Podcast.you'll gain insights into one of them, and this week it's all about writing your book.

Premium Members cycle through each area of author success every single week!

LEGACY - Follow Your BLISS Poster - BLISS Butterfly - Write on Purpose

Today's quote

"Write a book that solves a problem for the reader and makes life better." - Ronda Del Boccio

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Listen to Today's Episode

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Here's this week's episode.

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Resources & Links from today’s show:

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I'm so HONORED that YOU are keeping Awakened Author adventure in the iTunes bestselller list, New & Noteworthy, in Arts, Education, and even Business! THANKS mucho!

Listen weekly to master the 5 keys for author success in the BLISS Butterfly System, including entrepreneur mindset, how to write and publish a book, book marketing ideas, and more.

Come back next week!

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

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Whats 1 of the Sexiest Methods for How to Write a Book? TIPS

Write a Tips Book

 Whats 1 of the Sexiest Methods for How to Write a Book?

If you don't think writing a little ol' tips book is good enough, think again. Check out this quote:

“A one-time leader in the consumer mail order catalog business generated a documented 13 percent sales increase of products in their catalog that they traced directly back to offering a tips booklet as a gift with any purchase in one edition of their catalog. That 13 percent increase represented millions of dollars in catalog sales.”

The tips book is one of the 6 simple recipes for how to write a book I show you in the bestselling Kindle book Instant Author Formula: 6 Simple Recipes for How to Write a Book Fast 

After you check out the info below, I'll share one of my most successful Awakened Authors, who has produced a tips book in both English and the same book in Spanish! He is a member of the international best seller book list with both!

Write a Tips Book

Here's a great article on the power of writing a tips book! I have put some portions in bold red to draw your attention.

YES, Tips Booklets ARE Sexy ... and Here's Why

By Paulette Ensign May 13, 2013

So you think that how-to tips booklets are way down the food chain when it comes to publishing? They are if you’re thinking New York Times Best-Seller List. However, that’s not the purpose of a tips booklet. It’s created for different reasons than a book.

Think about the highly successful study guides that have been published over the years, whether it was the Cliff Notes (are you old enough to remember those?) or other laminated 8.5” x 11” 2-sided guides currently on the market — all of which were how-to tips and notes about full-length books that were classics in some cases.

The study guides were created to introduce the reader to the topic and to ease into a more in-depth treatment of the subject. Sometimes that was all the student ever wanted or needed to accomplish the end result of an overview and/or to pass the test. Other times it whet the appetite to want more.

The same is true with Executive Summary products that exist today for full-length business books. The summaries may be written or delivered as audio recordings, printed or downloadable. These also serve the same purpose as the study guides do for high school students.

The full-length books were written, in many cases, with the goal of commercial critical success — New York Times Best-Seller List stuff. The summaries were also created for commercial success, just without the goal of public awards and acknowledgements for their writing style or for the number of units sold.

In both cases, the guides often generated more sales than those of the books they summarized, yet not always. After all, textbook sales were based on a decision made by someone other than the end-user. The book sale is already a done deal.

Tips booklets often prompt sales of whole books that are also written by the same author as the person who wrote the tips booklet. The tips booklets often trigger sales of other products and services the author creates, and sales for companies and organizations who use the tips booklets as marketing tools for their own products, services, and causes.

A one-time leader in the consumer mail order catalog business generated a documented 13 percent sales increase of products in their catalog that they traced directly back to offering a tips booklet as a gift with any purchase in one edition of their catalog. That 13 percent increase represented millions of dollars in catalog sales.

The booklet author licensed specific written rights to the company to use the booklet content, in exchange for a 5-digit licensing fee and lots of additional business because the author’s contact information was included in the booklet.

Still think a tips booklet isn’t sexy?

Who cared if the tips booklet got public recognition? The purpose of the booklet was solely to generate sales — sales of the booklet and sales of other products and services.

This is not to say the same couldn’t be done with full-length books, to use them to generate sales of other products and services. In fact, in some situations, a 200-page book is a better match for a particular campaign for a company. It depends on what the perceived value is of the product or service offer and the bonus attached to it.

Think of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) model. There are different size bonus packages available at many programs they produce, providing something for everyone, at different price levels. The booklet can be the ideal match at one level of PBS donation, and the book, bundled with an audio or video of the program can be appropriate for a higher donation amount.

How would you feel about selling over a million copies of a tips booklet, which then prompted sales of thousands or millions of units of other products or services you have? Starting to look a bit different now, isn’t it? Yes, much sexier!

The tips booklet is not the great American novel, and was never intended to be. Its purpose is a marketing tool and/or a direct source of income. Yes, the booklet and the book are both words that are distributed to teach the reader something. In this case, it’s about learning how to use booklets and books as powerful tools for your business and the businesses who purchase your booklet from you.

© 2013 Paulette Ensign –  see original article source here.

Paulette Ensign, Founder and Owner of Tips Products International, had no idea she would sell well over a million copies of her 16-page tips booklet, 110 Ideas for Organizing Your Business Life, when she wrote it in 1991. Or that she would do so in four languages and various formats without spending a penny on advertising. Nothing in her background prepared her for that. Yet her can-do attitude triggered and supported those results. She has made a handsome living and a cross-country move from New York to San Diego by recycling the same 3500 words since 1991.,

5 Ways to Benefit from Writing a Tips book

Here are some ways YOU can benefit from writing a tips book:

  • Save your reader time and trouble – You as the expert look like such a genius in the eyes of your reader when you fix their painful problem. Often it's the littlest thing that makes the biggest difference.
  • Lead the reader to the next logical step – Remember to invite the reader to opt in for something juicy and wonderful. Your opt-in is a BUYER when they've bought your book!
  • Generate customer leads VS freebie-seeker leads – Someone who has opened their wallet and paid even a dollar for something is 10 times more valuable as a lead than a frreebie seeker.
  • Include excerpt of another book/product – Your tips whet the reader's appetite and demonstrate you know your stuff. Why not add a short excerpt from another book, or perhaps an info product?
  • Take the angst out of writing a book by publishing a tips book! – People get more caught up in head stuff about writing a book. This method truly takes the pain out of authoring.

A Great Example of a Successful Lead-Generating Tips Book

101 Video Marketing Tips & Strategies for Small Business by Lasse Rouhiainen

101 Video Marketing Tips & Strategies for Small Businesses by Lasse Rouhiainen

This book is in the top sellers in several categories months after its release (English version). The Spanish Version is new as of this writing and is already an international bestseller the first day it released.

This book generates leads all day long for Lasse, and that's what can happen for YOU!

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Market Research: How Can Amazon Help You Know Your Ideal Customer Better?

Market Research: How Can Amazon Help You Know Your Ideal Customer

So many people get confused about market research. What do search results really mean, and how is that different from searches? And is Google always the right place to look?

One often overlooked aspect of how to write a book is knowing your customer's needs so well that she is nodding her way through your book - "This author GETS ME."

This conversation will help you understand:

"WOW! There are 5 MILLION searches! Jim exclaimed.

Actually he was looking at search RESULTS in Google. NOT number of people acrtively searching."Search Wars" image depicting the struggle people feel with market research

I asked him, "Do you know the difference between supply and demand?"

"Of course," he replied, as if I had asked the world's stupidest question. I was not convinced.

There is much to say about this, but for now, reply was, "Supply relates to all the people putting out content about a topic, but demand means how many people are actively searching for it."

Why do so many people look to Google as the Ultimate Authority? It sure has a valuable place, but what if you knew what your ideal customer is actually likely to buy? Wouldn't that make life easier?

Because there were so many questions about searches and demand and knowing your ideal customer, the Premium Member Call

was all about helping members know what your customer buys.

For that, you need a marketplace, not a search engine. Amazon.com.

How can Amazon help me understand my Ideal Customer? you ask..

Here are 3 examples:

  • Reviews: Reading reviews, especially the highest and lowest, reveals what people love and despise about a book or product. Take heed. Take NOTES!
  • Predictive Search: Type a base word like "stress" and see what words Amazon thinks may go with it.
  • People Also Searched/Bought: Any page shows you what customers searched and what they bought. Very revealing.

Remember, people go to Amazon with their wallet open, ready to buy (if not today, soon).

Jim can use Amazon to find what people are buying. And so can you.

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#006 What Stops You from Writing and or Publishing a Book? John Lee Dumas Review Awakened Author Adventure Episode 6

What Stops You from Writing and or Publishing a Book? Awakened Author Adventure Episode 6

Welcome to the Awakened Author Adventure, where visionaries like you come for inspiration, resources and direction to write, publish and share life-changing books.

Your guide is bestselling author, speaker and mentor Ronda Del Boccio, The Story Lady – namely ME

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Here's what to expect during this episode:

Bright, busy people such as yourself can find a million reasons why it's not the right time to write your book. You'll discover 6 common stoppers in this episode and see why none of the issues you think are the problem are actually the problem!

Only 6 inches separate you from what you want! (Your MIND!! Do you have a poverty mindset or a successful author /  entrepreneur mindset?

The RIGHT time to WRITE and publish your book is NOW!

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#005 How to Make Your Reader Know Like and Trust You in Your Book: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 5

How to Make Your Reader Know Like and Trust You in Your Book: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 5

Welcome to the Awakened Author Adventure, where visionaries like you come for inspiration, resources and direction to write, publish and share life-changing books.

Your guide is bestselling author, speaker and mentor Ronda Del Boccio, The Story Lady – namely ME

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Welcome to today's show!

Being the author of a book brings many advantages, including:

  • lead generator
  • VIP status
  • media attention

How to write a book is about more than what to write. It's also about the elements that need to go inside your book so you can gain the best possible position as an author.

Being the author of a book is also a great way to build relationships, because when you've done your job well, the reader begins to know, like and trust you right from inside the book.

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#003 Web Event Special Invitation to Broadcast Louder as a Published Book Author: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 3

The Awakened Author Adventure at www.WriteOnPurpose.com/adventure provides inspiration, direction and resources to help visionaries write, publish and promote life-changing books. Find the free podcast on iTunes and join the Premium Awakened Author Adventure membership for more help and tools at www.WriteOnPurpose.com/adventure. Your guide on this adventure is bestselling author, speaker and mentor Ronda Del Boccio, The Story Lady. She turns world-changers like YOU into bestselling authors with joy, grace and ease so that you truly follow your BLISS to author success. These are the areas about which you will learn on YOUR Awakened Author Adventure: entrepreneur mindset, #AuthorMentor, how to write a book, how to publish a book, publish a book on Kindle, digital publishing services, Amazon publishing, digital publishing, ebook publishing, writing advice, writing prompts, book marketing coach, book marketing help, inspirational thoughts, inspirational quotes, inspirational stories, writing courses, creative writing course, online writing courses, writing tips, business writing help, writing challenges, BLISS Butterfly Author Success System

Awakened Author Adventure Episode 3: Special Invitation to Broadcast Louder as a Published Book Author

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This is a special invitation to take action on writing your book.

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How to Write a Book: Who Is Your Ideal Reader?

How to Write a Book: Who Is Your Ideal Reader?

(This article was originally posted to the National Association of Baby Boomer Women, to which I am a Contributing Associate.

Proud Associate of NABBW - National Association of Baby Boomer Women

As an author mentor, I attract poetry and fiction authors as well as nonfiction authors. Truly, any author needs to think like an entrepreneur and develop an entrepreneur mindset, because there is more to writing the book than simply writing and publishing.

The big question of how to write a book is bigger than writing!

One of the biggest stumbling blocks that causes my students to fall and skin their knees is getting to know your ideal reader.

Who is your ideal reader?

Knowing your audience is key. Here are just a few questions to get you thinking. These work no matter what you write (fiction, poetry, nonfiction):

  • Who is my ideal reader?
  • Where does she live (not only city VS rural, but what kind of dwelling, with whom)?
  • What are her hopes and fears?
  • Where does she hang out?
  • What motivates her?
  • What does she crave?

I started my own journey as a fiction writer. Creating a character sketch is something I brought into my entrepreneurial world from fiction writing. I'm really a fantasy author at heart!

Character Sketch

Doing a character sketch for your ideal reader is the same ideas as crafting one for a character in a novel or story. Simply a different application.

Here is how well cozy mystery novelist Susan Santangelo knows her audience: These quotes are all from an article she wrote for a blog tour, posted on the National Association of Baby Boomer Women blog. See the original article source.

The subtitle for all the book titles is: “Every Wife Has A Story.”

I write about situations that thousands of Boomers, especially women, identify with.

At least, that’s what my readers tell me.

Many women have contacted me to say that I’m writing their lives, and wonder when I’ve met their husband. Hmm. Gotta think about that one.

She clearly writes directly to the understanding of that perfect reader, a boomer wife.

MCBM

Susan writes a Baby Boomer mystery series, which thus far has these books:

Another important aspect of Susan's ideal reader is she is a dog lover. She knows this and incorporates it into the series. Here is what Susan says about her dog:

You’ll see my muse and partner in crime, Boomer (get it?), my three-year-old very spoiled English cocker spaniel, who’s the cover model for the books.

In the series, Carol and Jim Andrews have two English cocker spaniels, Lucy and Ethel. Boomer doesn’t like posing as girls, but he works cheap. A few dog biscuits and he’s a happy guy.

Boomer

If you are a boomer man or a college student, these books may not be as appealing to you, and that's fine. They're written for boomers.

Hanging out with your ideal audience can inspire! Here's how Susan found her latest book idea:

I recently attended my high school reunion. Had a great time. And as I looked around at my classmates, I wondered what secrets they were all hiding. And if any of those secrets could lead to…murder.

And I decided to write the next book in my series about a high school reunion. None of the book’s characters are based on anyone in my class. Honestly.

* * *

Oh sure…right! (wink)

True confession from Ronda: While I don't duplicate real people, I have to admit that some people who have annoyed me have lived up to a saying on a shirt I own:

“Careful or you'll be a villain in my next story!”

But I digress.

When you get it right, you will receive comments like the ones Susan says she gets so often: “Many women have contacted me to say that I’m writing their lives, and wonder when I’ve met their husband.”

More Help Knowing Your Ideal Reader

Need more help understanding your ideal reader?

The free 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge is a complete course on how to write a book, publish it, and sell at least one copy.

You'll also get help on researching and understanding your ideal reader (Module 5 and 6).

Being an author is more than writing. It's the way for you to follow your BLISS.

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Will YOU be the next boomer to follow your BLISS? I sure hope so!

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady -Entrepreneurial Authoring Associate

#1 bestselling nonfiction and fantasy author * Celebrity Author Mentor * Transformational Speaker

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Inspirational Thoughts on Knowing Your Value: Would You Do This For Nothing?

Inspirational Thoughts on Knowing Your Value: Would You Do This For Nothing?

by Ronda Del Boccio

A recent conversation inspired me to share these thoughts on value.

Value yourself - Miracle Mindshift Month

Please do this  –  but we won't pay you.

A friend of mine asked me if I would run the webinar technology for a highly successful entrepreneur he knows.

He didn't want my expertise as an author, mentor, speaker, or entrepreneur. He did not want me to facilitate the conversation or interview the panel of experts.

The webinar in question has nothing to do with the focus of my business, or with my life purpose. (My business is perfectly aligned with my purpose.)

He only wanted me to be there to do a task I would hire out rather than do myself. My thought was to outsource this to a reliable friend I know who does such things.

And heaping yet more insult, the businessman facilitating the call didn't want to pay for the skill of having someone run the tech, even though he can well afford a few bucks to hire the help.

I was actually FURIOUS!

Running a webinar panel is indeed a skill. And even if I were to be the laborer for this, why should I not be compensated? I've long since paid my dues and learned how to steward my time and skills.

Why would I spend 2 hours volunteering my time to a high income earner who can afford to pay rather than doing something that would make me money or otherwise please me?

No. I have skills. I have value. You do not have permission to use or abuse me.

How does this relate to you?

This encounter made me think of YOU, because all too often, I see my mentoring students do things outside your skills and comfort just because someone asked.

Sure, I love bartering, and I love helping a friend, but I am really sick and tired of people trying to take advantage and get something for nothing.

After that, this same person suggested I offer coaching (which I don't do since I'm an author mentor, not a coach) for a ridiculously low rate.

I was so insulted. It's clear I've had a major SHIFT !

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Taking yourself off-purpose serves neither you, nor the world, nor Divinity.

Never let yourself be used. Be true to who you are and why you are here.

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

#1 bestselling author and mentor

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the Awakened Author Challenge

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Mark Twain Inspirational Quotes for Authors: Write for Critical Acclaim or for My Ideal Readers?

Mark Twain Inspirational Quotes for Authors: Write for Critical Acclaim or for Readers?

Some advice is ageless and timeless. Mark Twain has some inspirational quotes that can help the authors of today.

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Any author considering how to write a book can get caught up in seeking the prestige of critical praise for your book, such as being featured in prestigious lists, praised in a newspaper review, or touted as one of the best books of the year.

I found an excellent “on this day” post on The Writers Almanac with Garrison Keillor that made me think of you.

Because on this day in 1864, one of Mark Twain's most famous book was published, and the major newspapers of the time were not at all pleased with it. I never knew it was even banned by one library.

Mark Twain's experience with his book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn provides an excellent example of who your REAL critic needs to be.

Please read this short passage from The Writers Almanac :

Although it was a big seller and got great reviews in England, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn got poor reviews in America.

A San Francisco paper said that it was dreary, and "nor is it [a book] that most parents who want a future of promise for their young folks would select without some hesitation."

  • A Boston paper said that it was "so flat, as well as coarse, that nobody wants to read it";
  • another that it was "pitched in one key, and that is the key of a vulgar and abhorrent life";
  • and a New York paper that it was "cheap and pernicious stuff."
  • In 1885, it was banned by the public library of Concord, Massachusetts, and Louisa May Alcott explained, "If Mr. Clemens cannot think of something better to tell our pure-minded lads and lasses, he had best stop writing for them."

But Twain said, "The public is the only critic whose judgment is worth anything at all."

Three months after Huck Finn was published, in early May of 1864, Webster had sold 51,000 copies of the book, and as of today, an estimated 20 million copies have been sold.

(See original source for this quotation)

What can I learn from the Mark Twain inspirational quotes?

I hope you will write your book with these things in mind:

  • What does my reader desire?
  • What will make my reader's life better?
  • How can I give my reader an amazing experience?

When you do that well, your reader will share how much better her life is, or how awesome the story was with all her friends.

THAT is what you truly want, because people who matter –  your ideal readers –  telling their friends and contacts how awesome your advice or your story is will carry your message into many more hearts and lives than a few reviews.

Share your message - follow your B.L.I.S.S!:

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

#1 bestselling author, mentor and speaker

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge

 

 

 

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How Can Guest Blogging Help Me Develop My Author Voice?

How Can Guest Blogging Help Me Develop My Author Voice?

by Ronda Del Boccio

Blogging on your own site is important, yet it's not always easy. Sometimes a blogger may feel stumped for new ideas or stuck in a rut.

Another important aspect of writing in whatever format is developing your author's voice.

Developing your voice comes from DOING –

Creating materials

  • writing –  including flyers, articles, emails, social posts, and ultimately books
  • speaking – such as videos, interviews speaking engagements

Interacting with prospects and readers/customers

  • answering questions – whether written or spoken
  • conversations – with readers and prospects

Are you speaking into empty space?

Being a book author is about much more than simply writing and publishing a book.

An expert in energy, whom I will call Justin, said, “I want to be a speaker.” He wrote a book and published it. He began marketing the book. He looked for speaking engagements, yet he found few organizations who wanted him.

Where did Justin go wrong?

He had put out his book “in a vacuum.”

  • He did not research who is the ideal reader/customer for him.
  • He did not solve a specific problem in h is nonfiction book.
  • He spoke to his passions but not to a need.

If justin knew more about his ideal reader and the questions and problems this person wanted solved, he would make better progress.

One way to get to know your ideal readers is to ENGAGE with them. This is much easier done where there is already a conversation happening.

How Guest Blogging Helps Develop Your VOICE

Guest blogging is an excellent way to develop your voice because you are:

  • writing for an already-established audience (that of the blog on which you are a guest blogger)
  • writing for your ideal reader (assuming you have chosen the right blogs)
  • speaking to issues or concerns those readers have (based on your post being requested and approved)
  • developing your style, metaphors, and language

Back to Justin, if he had been getting to know his audience by interacting with them and by guest blogging, he would be better able to speak to what they want to hear and develop his voice as a writer (and public speaker)

How can you find guest blogging opportunities?.

MyBlogGuest is an easy way to get started as a guest blogger. There are sites seeking articles, and you can pitch blog owners as well.

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Follow your BLISS!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story lady

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge

Original Article Source on WriteOnPurpose.com

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How to Write a Book: Do Your Chapter Titles Sizzle or Stink?

How to Write a Book: Do Your Chapter Titles Sizzle or Stink?

by Ronda Del Boccio

When someone is one of my mentoring students, I ask to look through their book before they publish. I'm looking  for things like:

  • book title
  • book subtitle
  • cover
  • back cover material
  • endorsements and testimonials
  • stories
  • book structure
  • optin
  • call to action

My observation is that the chapter titles are the orphan children of the book. The author gets caught up in the content of the book, but forgets that before a potential buyer reads a word, she's likely to first read the table of contents.

I remember helping my friend and student Lasse Rouhiainen with his first book, Smart Social Media. He said, “I never thought much about the chapter titles until you pointed them out to me.” Most of his did their job well, but I helped him add some hot sauce to a few.

It's ok to have boring chapter titles ONLY to keep them as placeholders. Go back and spice them up before you publish.

Copywriters often spend a large amount of time on headlines and subheads, which are their equivalent of the book title and chapter titles.

Model your own chapter titles after successful books. The 4–Hour Workweek is one excellent example. Here is an image showing some of the chapter titles from the book:

Three Things NOT to Do when Crafting Chapter Titles

Here's some helpful guidance about chapter titles from another article.

How to Write a Book: Writing Chapter Titles that Turn Browsers into Buyers

by Ronda Del Boccio, NABBW's Entrepreneurial Authoring Expert

One of the most neglected considerations for how to write a book is the chapter titles. Yet perusing chapter titles is a critical step a book browser makes when deciding whether or not to buy a book.

If the front and back cover (or cover and book description online) make the browser look inside the book, guess what they’ll see first?

That’s right, the chapter titles!

So here are 3 things NOT TO DO as you write your chapter titles.

  1. DO NOT overlook the importance of the chapter titles. A potential buyer takes 4 steps before making their decision: front cover, back cover, chapter titles, and a peek inside.
  2. DO NOT be boring. “The ABCs of design” is a boring title. Even a chapter title should make you want to know what the chapter will convey.
  3. DO NOT shrink. Be bold. Write captivating titles that arrest the reader’s attention.

Three Things TO Do when Crafting Chapter Titles

  1. Look at the table of contents' of books and make note of those which ignite your curiosity. Another excellent model for chapter titles is YES by Robert Cialdini.
  2. Think like a copywriter. Take inspiration from Prevention magazine or The National Inquirer. .They KNOW how to grab attention.
  3. Sell the Sizzle. Titles should make you want to read more. Fascinate the reader and she'll click the buy now button.

This video shows the principles in action, using The 4–Hour Workweek as an example:

Watch the video now.

Put some spark into your chapter titles and you can turn browsers into buyers.

Putting Your Book in Context

Writing a book is only 1 of 5 key aspects of your journey as an author.

Before you write a word, it's important to get clear on your bigger purpose.

The system I teach is called e BLISS Butterfly Plan, and you'll l earn all about it as a FREE participant in the 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge.

Share your message - follow your B.L.I.S.S!:

want more help with how to write a book? The FREE 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge walks you through everything from identifying your purpose and vision to writing, publishing and promoting your book.

Become a free member now at www.WriteOnPurpose.com/challenge, and be sure to watch for a chance to get ongoing help from me when you upgrade to Level 2 GOLD Member at a very low tuition.

Will you be the next author to follow your BLISS? I hope so!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

#1 bestselling nonfiction and fantasy author and Celebrity Author Mentor

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the Awakened Author Challenge

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What Can Jeff Foxworthy Teach Authors about Storytelling Techniques and Ideas?

What  Can Jeff Foxworthy Teach Authors about Storytelling Techniques and Ideas?

by Ronda Del Boccio

It seems people don't truly believe me when I say there are storytelling ideas everywhere. Comedians and country singers know this well.

storytelling techniques

Entrepreneurs come to me for help with how to write a book; One of the key elements that belongs in every chapter of a nonfiction book is a story.

The story may come from:

  • a customer success story
  • a restaurant visit
  • a conversation
  • a news story
  • something overheard
  • any life experience

Storytelling ideas are everywhere,

Recently, Kara asked, “How can I find a story for every chapter? I'm not a good storyteller.”

Before addressing the storytelling issue, pause and look at the mindset. as Kara repeats she's not good at something, she demonstrates storytelling techniques used to hold her back.

She probably has a whole narrative around not being a good storyteller and not being able to find good ideas. It becomes a well-worn pathway of the mind.

Looking for inspiration

Kara can find storytelling ideas anywhere in her life. Fiction authors know this well, because any event or person can inspire a story element.

as a fantasy author, I personally have used bits of conversation, people, and real life experiences as fodder for stories.

Why is nonfiction any different? It isn't!

Jeff Foxworthy finds his inspiration in everyday life. He is a master storyteller.

Watch this Jeff Foxworthy video.and see if you can find some inspiration for yourself.

Here are a few of the situations that inspired him for this comedy routine:

  • a wedding rehearsal dinner
  • lawn ornaments
  • hunting
  • visiting relatives
  • rednecks (of course!)

3 elements of storytelling

  1. Content – the “what happened”: Most people stop here and merely repeat “this happened, then that, then the next thing.” This makes for a boring story.
  2.  Context – the “fit” or relevance to the reader/listener: This is why the story matters to your audience.
  3. Connection – the “why this matters” emotion. The story needs to matter to your audience on an emotional level, whether the story is humorous or serious.

What can Jeff Foxworthy teach about good storytelling techniques?

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Can Storytelling Techniques Help Develop a Powerful Mindset?

Can Storytelling Techniques Help Develop a Powerful Mindset?

Check out storytelling techniques in action by remembering the thoughts that run around inside your head. These might be thoughts about:

  • The economy
  • Business
  • Your love life
  • Your kids
  • Your partner
  • The job market
  • Losing weight
  • Breaking a bad habit

Whatever thoughts run around inside your head are your own storytelling techniques in action!

People are constantly telling themselves stories about the day. A musician just complained to me that he is having a hard times getting gigs (jobs) because of the current leader of his country. What the  WHAT???

Catch yourself telling stories about your life.

What story do you tell yourself about things that happen?

Imagine you have a day in which these things happen:

  • the delivery boy throws your newspaper into the bushes; plus the sprinkler is on. Your paper is drenched and unreadable.
  • A computer virus wipes out your entire hard drive.
  • Your tire blows out on the way to a big meeting and you have to walk miles. And it's raining hard.
  • Your child continues to give you the silent treatment for no apparent reason.

The typical response one might imagine for each of these is some version of “oh NO!” (with or without cuss words).

Eeyore (from the Winnie the Pooh series) comes to mind. He complains that things like that always happen to him. Here's one of the great Eeyore quotes:

Nobody tells me. Nobody keeps me informed. I make it 17 days come Friday since anyone spoke to me.

A series of orange juice commercials catches my ear, because they are a fantastic mindset lesson.

When the person who is going to have a series of “bad” things happen in a day, his or her response is “perfect!” (said with enthusiasm, not sarcasm)  rather than dread.

Here is one of those orange juice commercials:

Watch the video now.

Perception Shapes Reality

There is no “set response” to a thing happening.

Here is my version of responding to a “bad day” with positive expectancy and a great mindset:

Imagine I'm looking into a crystal ball that predicts my day…

Crystal Ball: “Your website will be down for six hours.

Me: “Excellent! Right after I send my customers a special coupon?”

Crystal Ball: “Yep.”

Me: “Perfect! Anything else?”

Crystal Ball: “The order button link will not work for no apparent reason.”

Me: “Great! And I'll spend several hours trying to track down the problem, right?”

Crystal Ball: “Sure will.”

Me “Good thing I had my mindshift!”

Use storytelling techniques to aft a powerful story

1. Catch your typical story running in your mind.

2. Decide the more positive, profitable story you wish to tell yourself.

3. Write down that new beneficial story

4. Rehearse saying it often.

5. Join the Miracle Mindshift Month and transform your mindset in just 31 days.

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Will you practice storytelling techniques that move you toward your goals? I sure hope so!

Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story lady

#1 bestselling nonfiction and fantasy author * Celebrity Author Mentor

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the Awakened Author Challenge

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Entrepreneur Mindset for Authors: Ready for Adventure?

Entrepreneur Mindset for Authors: Ready for Adventure?

by Ronda Del Boccio

Once I had a dream that a company in Minneapolis offered me a job paying $150 thousand per year with excellent benefits. Although this is much more than many people make, I turned down the offer.

I told my mother and her husband about this dream. He said, “You should have taken it. Why would you turn that down? You're crazy!”

Funny how he got so emotionally invested in my decision in a dream.

When is a dream a nightmare?

A cushy salary and benefits sounds like a good thing, right? But there are trade-offs with any decision.

I would have to work 60+ hours and would have nothing like what I would consider quality of life.

  • Why have money and no time to spend it?
  • Why have to ask “how high?” when someone else says “JUMP”?
  • Why give up freedom just for supposed comfort?

For me, a cushy salary and benefits would not be comfortable if I had to work for someone else. I truly have an entrepreneur mindset!

Like my guinea hens in this picture, I am ready for adventure. Are you?

Entrepreneur Mindset: Ready for Adventure?

Why develop an entrepreneur mindset?

Here are some reasons why you as an author of any format may find it beneficial to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.

  • Just writing does not get your work out into the world.
  • Just publishing a book is not a success guarantee.
  • There is more to being a successful author than posting about your book in social networks.
  • You are not likely to find a salaried position with benefits as an author.
  • You're probably a free spirit anyway!

How to Develop an Entrepreneur Mindset

Here are some actions you can take to become more business minded without selling your writer's soul.

  1. Set lifelines (most people call them deadlines) for yourself even though nobody is looking over your shoulder.
  2. Reward yourself for reaching your lifelines and for making great progress.
  3. Celebrate every success –  whether that is the sale of an article, surpassing a goal, winning an award, the completion of a chapter, or your first book sale.
  4. Expect a miracle! Things don't have to happen slowly or in stepwise progression.  Open yourself to be AMAZED on a daily basis, and you will discover your mind, heart and spirit opening to bigger ideas and greater BLISS!

Jumpstart Your Entrepreneur Mindset in 30 days!

I've been sharing my own experiences in a transformational program called the Miracle Mindshift Month. Though I am already a creative person, I have found myself taking more productive actions with my writing and with my business –  and getting better results –  as a consequence of participating in the mindshift.

My dear friend and #1 bestselling author Chris Downs also participated in the Miracle Mindshift Month. In his video , he talks about how the mindshift helped him gain clarity and focus for h is business.

Chris has been making huge miraculous leaps in his business, including being an expert on a prodigious site in his niche. And he has continued go, as he says, “grow a new heart.”

As someone who was supposed to need a heart transplant, in the past 12 months, he has no need of a new heart.

Will you be the next person to declare: “SHIFT Happens”?

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Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

#1 bestselling author –  Celebrity Author Mentor -.transformational speaker

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly SYstem

Original article source on WriteOnPurpose.com

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How Can the BLISS Butterfly Help You Write a Book?

Are you focusing your attention on everything that will make you and your book a success?

So often, a budding or published author will come to me with concerns ONLY about how to write a book or ONLY about how to publish a book on Kindle.

It's a little bit like only caring what your kitchen sink looks like without hooking up the plumbing! I bet you never thought of it that way!

Have a peek at the BLISS Butterfly below and you'll get a good feel both for the 5 key areas of focus for you as an author AND the way we'll work together when you come for author mentoring.Awakened Author Challenge BLISS Butterfly

Follow Your BLISS - The 5 Keys to Author Success.

Imagine a butterfly with a body and 4 wings

The body of the butterfly is the core without which no flight would be possible.

The core is the B of Bliss and stands for BEING on purpose! This means being true to you and knowing your story.

The wings on one side of the butterfly are your LEGACY and IMPRINTING your book upon the world. This is where you give your core message wings.

Yet if you have "just a book" and nothing more, your butterfly cannot fly - cannot even take off! So that means you need the other wing...

SHARING your message means telling those who need what you offer about the benefit of working with you. At this point you have crafted your story and you have a book written, published and launched, but you're still missing a wing...

SERVING your audience means besides your book, you need other products, programs and services to offer your audience. This is not simply because you need to make money...it's because in order to truly SERVE them and meet their deepest needs and desires, they need more of you than your book!

Ready to stop crawling and start flying?

The best way to get started is to join the FREE 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge, w hich helps you create and launch your fully formed BLISS butterfly.

Following the lessons in the Challenge, you will determine your WHY for your book and beyond, discover how to write a book, get it published, launch it and make at least one other information product to get you started.

Be sure to watch for an amazing deal on the Gold Upgrade, which will get you into a live weekly call and a private Q&A group.

Become AWAKENED now at www.WriteOnPurpose.com/challenge.

Will you be the next awakened author I help?

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

Creator of the free Awakened Author Challenge

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Writing Skills Help: How Can You Improve Your Writing WITHOUT Writing?

Writing a good book worth reading is more than how you write the book. Other skills come into play, including copywriting and persuasion.

If this seems confusing or irrelevant, consider the power of these aspects of a book:

  • Title
  • Subtitle
  • Back cover content
  • Book description on Amazon or other bookseller sites
  • Content on author's site/blog about the book

Every author needs to either develop copywriting skills or hire it done, and hiring a good copywriter can be an expensive venture for someone just starting out with your book and platform.

This article by David Deutsch teaches how to become a better copywriter before you begin writing:

Improve Your Copywriting—without Writing a Word by David Deutsch Copywriting is about being persuasive

 

So if you want to get better at copywriting, practice being persuasive. In person as well as in print.

 

Practice convincing your friends, family and business associates to try a particular food, accompany you somewhere, watch a certain show, or just to do “A” rather than “B”.

 

Notice what works.  Notice what doesn’t.  How do you deal with objections? How do you lay the groundwork for persuasion (bonding, getting them into an agreeable mood)? How do you “close the sale”?

 

Not doing too well? Read up on salesmanship and persuasion.

 

If you’re really serious about copywriting and you’ve never done it before, get a second job for a week or two in a telemarketing center, selling door-to-door, helping out in a retail store, or selling anything face-to-face.

 

When have a copywriting assignment, practice “selling” people on the product or service you’re writing about.

Can you get them interested in it? Interested enough to buy it?

 

Keep refining your ability to “sell” the product or service in person and you’ll be far more able to sell it on the page.

And your copywriting skills will soar.

 

Click the Original article source.

 

One way to get help with your own persuasion skills is to join the free 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge – and while learning how to write a book and get it published, you will discover what will help your ideal reader CRAVE your book and everything else you do.

Join the free challenge now at www.WriteOnPurpose.com/challenge!

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

Creator of the 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge!

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Writing Prompts: What Story Can You Tell in 100 Words? #microflash

Writing Prompts to Spark Creativity: What Story Can You Tell in 100 Words? #microflash

Writing prompts can get your writing juices flowing. Since the project is short, it won't take you away from your book. You may find that writing something in 100 words is just what you need to wake up the creativity within you.

Hen In Snow

Talons

by Ronda Del Boccio

We instinctively feel the danger. We cackle and run under the nearest bush, tree or shelter where death cannot take us. From my hiding place, I look at the empty yard. Relief! Nobody will die today.

Peeping in the tall grass. The babies! I rush toward them, cover them with my body and wings.

Hawk soars down, down, down. Big sharp talons stretched to kill. I will give my life for the babies.

Heavy weight lands on me, flies away. I feel a harsh prick. Stunned, I cannot move. Peeping from below rouses me.

I live! Hawk hunts.

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For me, writing fiction is great fun. Your story can be fiction or nonfiction. Whatever pleases YOU and serves you.

LIFE itself provides wonderful fodder for creativity. Your own consciousness richly provides you with plenty of material.

Want to open yourself to greater creativity, self expression & even problem solving? The Write On Purpose Package provides a number of specially chosen journal writing prompts that give you insights into your life and emotions, plus a fabulous audio and guide.

Chief Robert TallTree and his wife Terri TallTree talked with me about the power of writing as a tool of stress relief and self expression that helps you in every aspect of life.

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6 Word Memoirs Writing Prompts: What Is Your Best Advice in 6 Words?

I've just discovered 6 word memoirs this week and I'm enthralled! Why?

Because writing prompts can be a really fun and USEFUL way to get creative juices flowing, I'm entering a writing contest that asks for 6 word memoirs on several topics relevant to writing.

inspiration: 6 word memoirs writing prompts

What I love about 6 word memoirs as writing prompts is that you aren't spending a lot of time writing something you feel may be a 'waste of time" (even though I personally believe NO writing is a waste of time!)

Writing Prompts Play Time!

Even busy people can take a minute to write 6 words, so let's have it! Give your BEST advice you would share with your readers/customers in your book - in just 6 words. Add it as a comment below.

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