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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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Here's this week's episode.

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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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Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

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#008 Connect with Something BIGGER: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 8

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#008 Connect Your Book with Something BIGGER: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 8

Welcome to Episode 8 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! 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.

This week's show is all about the B for Being on purpose in the BLISS Butterfly Author success System.

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

This whole week, Premium Members will follow the same example I'm using today through the BLISS System. The example is the book Unbreakable Resilience, which is a book of inspirational stories of people who became quadriplegic in high school sports and ultimately overcame their challenges to inspire thousands. Any author benefits from connecting y our book with something BIGGER. What people want more than anything is to be part of something bigger, and when you do this with YOUR book, you'll not only feel more fulfilled,

but you'll get better results as well."What people want more than anything is to be part of something bigger." Ronda Del Boccio inspirational quotes from Awakened Author Adventure Episode 8

Listen to Today's Episode

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Questions to ask yourself before writing your book?

During the episode, I mentioned some questions to ask yourself before writing the book (or as soon as possible! Here they are:

  • What are your goals and intentions for YOU yourself?
  • What are your goals and intentions for THE READER? thinking of your reader will ultimately get you better results.

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#007 The UGLY Truth about Publishing, Royalties and Book Marketing: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 7

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The UGLY Truth about Publishing, Royalties & Book Marketing: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 7

The Awakened Author Adventure made it to New & Noteworthy in iTunes in only 5 days! Thank YOU, dear listener, for making this possible!

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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

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

And join WriteOnPurpose.com/free to sign up for free training, show reminders and more

Here's what to expect during this episode:

Being an author is the adventure of a lifetime for sure! There is so much that is WONDERFUL about the experience. AND it is also true that there are some “ugly truths” about writing, publishing, and book marketing.

Knowing the reality empowers you to make things work FOR you not against, once you know what is happening and how to overcome the dark side.

Here are a couple of examples you'll h ear during the show:

  • 98% of books only sell 99 copies or less. So being a triple-digit seller makes you a superstar among authors.
  • There are 1 million new books published a year, so your new book is literally 1 in a million.
  • No publisher will do book marketing for you.
  • Sell more books alone does not equate to long-term success.

Stick with me and I'll show you how to follow your B.L.I.S.S. every single day as a successful author who changes lives!

Inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs / authors from today's show

"Your book should make the reader CRAVE more of you." -

Ronda Del Boccio inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs & authors

"Your book should make the reader CRAVE more of you." - Ronda Del Boccio inspirational quotes from Episode 7 Awakened Author Adventure Podcast http://writeonnpurpose.com/7

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First - a BIG thank you to Linda Feinholz of www.BreakthroughByDesign.com, who gave Awakened Author Adventure a 5-star rating and the following review:

Ronda Del Boccio's new podcast –  Awakened Author Adventure – is a wonderful light and inspiration to authors. She has such wonderful, engaging energy! I look forward to each of her next episodes. Can't wait to share it with others!

Linda Feinholz

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Want more adventures? Premium Members enjoy all kinds of goodies you free listeners don’t get. Dash over to www.WriteonPurpose.com/adventure  to begin your 7-day free trial now! See you inside…and as always – Follow Your Bliss!

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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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#006a Gratitude and Appreciation Special Episode: Awakened Author Adventure in ITunes New and Noteworthy in Business, Arts and Education after Only 5 Days on iTunes!

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Gratitude and Appreciation Special Episode: Awakened Author Adventure in ITunes New and Noteworthy in Business, Arts and Education after Only 5 Days on iTunes!

Welcome to this special edition of the Awakened Author Adventure!

My heart is so full of gratitude and appreciation for YOU, dear listener! Because of YOU, this blind woman in Missouri is now - after only 5 days - in iTunes TOP new podcast listing, which is called New and Noteworthy!

Better still - Awakened Author Adventure is in New and Noteworthy in ALL 3 CATEGORIES:

  • Business
  • Arts
  • Education

WOOHOO!!

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As my way of saying thank-you - claim my bestselling book Instant Author Formula: 6 Simple Recipes for How to Write a Book FAST for only 99 cents (limited time offer)

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Instant Author Formula makes the big question of how to write a book so simple!

I've put the book on ale for only 99 cents ONLY for the next few days, so claim your copy right now. You can read it instantly on your free Kindle app or Kindle device.

First get the app. Then get the book.

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Go to www.WriteOnPurpose.com/itunes

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When iTunes opens up, click SUBSCRIBE.

Click RATE & click the furthest right star (I hope!)

Click "Write a Review.

Write your review & click SUBMIT.

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Follow Your Bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio

PS the next true episode of the show - Episode 7 - is Friday!

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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!

Listen to today's episode

First - a BIG thank you to John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire (Podcast), who gave Awakened Author Adventure a 5-star rating and the following review:

Great content and inspiration!

by EntrepreneurOnFire.com -

This is a great listen and I highly recommend you subscribe, rate, and review this podcast!

John Lee Dumas

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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

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

And come over to WriteOnPurpose.com/free to sign up for  free training, show updates and more.

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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You can leave a 5-star rating and review wile you’re there! Thanks in advance for that.

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#004 If You Build it RIGHT, They Will COme: awakened Author Adventure Episode 4

If You Build it RIGHT, They Will Come: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 4

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

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, and more.

And come over to WriteOnPurpose.com/free to sign up for  free training, show updates and more.

Let’s GO!

Today's Awakened Author Adventure!

Today's episode is the start of a training about the power of being an author. You'll discover the power of a plan and hear great inspirational quotes from Susan Newman of BroadcastLouder.com, where I was offering the training.

“If you build it RIGHT, they will come.”

Susan Newman inspirational quotes

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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

Welcome to a short but sweet edition of the Awakened Author Adventure free Podcast!

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

BIG NEWS - You can now SUBSCRIBE IN iTUNES!

Awakened Author  Adventure is now in ITunes! Subscribe free now at www.Writeonpurpose.com/itunes!

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Why most book authors fail to reach their goals and how to be sure YOU reach YOURS.

• The most important question to ask yourself before beginning to write your book.

• The 5 keys to author success.

AND don't worry if you " missed it" because I'll tell you how to listen anytime after the event is over!

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#002 5 Keys to Author Success Help You Fly Life on Free Wings: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 2

Awakened Author Adventure Episode 2:  5 Keys to Author Success - Fly Life on Free Wings and Sing to Its Glory

Today's show is all about the 5 keys to author success.

It's not just about how to write a book. It's not just about book marketing ideas.

Enjoying the results you desire as an author involves 5 systems represented by the BLISS Butterfly Author Success System:

Listen to Episode 2

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Show Notes from Episode 2

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

Being on purpose.

Living your legacy.

Imprinting your message.

Sharing that message.

Serving your audience.

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You'll get a deeper understanding of each system in the next few episodes.

Inspirational Quotes

 "Fly life on free wings and sing to its glory."

Jonathan Lockwood Huie inspirational quotes

Awakened Author Adventure Episode 2: 5 Keys to Author Success: "Fly life on free wings and sing to its glory."

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#001 The Astonishing Light of Your Own Being: Awakened Author Adventure Episode 1

Awakened Author Adventure Episode 1

Awakened Author Adventure Episode 1: The Astonishing Light of Your Own Being

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

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, and more.

Let’s GO!

LISTEN to Episode 1 now

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Show Notes - Links & Resources from Today's Episode

This episode tells you a bit more about me, why this podcast, and most important of all - the benefit to YOU!

This show is for messengers - for visionaries who have a strong desire to bring your message into the world and create a legacy.

My Story in brief

I am mostly blind, so audio is the PERFECT medium for me to reach YOU!

As a young child, I made up skits and stories with my toys. As a lover of stories, I began writing stories and plays.

While in high school, a friend introduced me to Dr. Who, and I've been HOOKED ever since! (and yes, high school was quite a few years ago!)

As a natural wordsmith and teacher, thinking like an entrepreneur did NOT come naturally to me, so I had to learn. AND when I learned the ropes, I HAD to make things fun and easy for visionaries like YOU.

Inspirational Quotes on Your Being

When I recorded this week's inspirational quotes from the Persian mystic Hafiz, I cried. Yes - you will hear me being choked up on the show.

Because this quote so much expresses my intention with all my spirit work. Here it is:

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"I wish I could show you, When you are lonely or in darkness, The astonishing light of your own being." - Hafiz

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What People are Saying about the Awakened Author Adventure!

Awakened Author Adventure Testimonial from Kris Gilbertson

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Awakened Author ADVENTURE Podcast Success Story

What's in Episode 2?

Episode 2 reveals the 5 KEY systems for author success, which I call the BLISS Butterfly System for Author Success!

Watch for the next episode June 3, then every Friday! I HOPE to be in iTunes by then!

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#000 Tony Robbins Inspirational Quotes on Gratitude Give Authors a Nudge: Awakened Author adventure Episode 0

Tony Robbins inspirational quotes for authors in Awakened Author Adventure Episode 0

Awakened Author adventure Episode 0: Tony Robbins Inspirational Quotes on Gratitude Give Authors a Nudge

Welcome to the prequel episode 0 of the Awakened Author Adventure - where visionaries like YOU com for inspiration, resources and direction to help you write, publish and share YOUR life-changing message.

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

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, and more.

And in the sidebar on WriteOnPurpose.com you can sign up for free training, show updates and more.

LISTEN to Awakened Author Adventure Episode 0 now!

Enjoy your Adventure!

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What to expect from the Awakened Author Adventure podcast: You will receive the first episodes close together so I can get into iTunes - then you'll receive a weekly dose of inspiration, resources & guidance.

There will be inspirational quotes in each episode.

Today's quote, Tony Robbins Inspirational Quotes on gratitude: "When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears."

Awakened Author Adventure Episode 0 Prequel with Tony Robbins Inspirational Quotes on Gratitude

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Book Marketing Coach: How Can I List My Book in Amazon Kindle Free Books?

Book Marketing Coach: How Can I List My Book in Amazon Kindle free Books?

As an author mentor and book marketing coach, I teach authors that including your book among Amazon Kindle free books (for a limited time of course) is a great way to grow a following and potentially hit the bestselling books list.

Kindle books on tablet showing the power of Amazon Kindle free books in the book marketing coach category

Chris' Story

Chris Downs became a #1 bestselling author with his book How to Grow Great Heirloom Tomatoes, and he attracted the attention of Grit Magazine, which is a top publication in the area of farming. His bestseller status was a big reason why they asked him to be a regular contributor to their site.

How to offer YOUR Kindle book for free.

1. a Kindle Book

Another Awakened Author Success Story: Chris Downs, bestselling author & contributor to Grit Magazine - wanna be next?

The first thing you need is to have in order to do a free Kindle book promotion is –  well –  a Kindle book. You can have the full DIY method for free at KDP.Amazon.com or let me help you with a book publishing template, insider tips  and all your questions answered in 1 place with the Effortless Digital Publishing Package.

2. Enroll in KDP Select

You will enroll your book in KDP Select, which gives Amazon an exclusive on your book and gives you the supreme privilege of offering your book for FREE for up to 5 days in a 90 day period.

3. Promote Your Book Like Crazy!

This is a great article with 14 free/affordable places to advertise your Amazon free Kindle books:

There are lots of places to promote your book that you can find with a simple search.

Help to Publish a Book on Kindle

There are a couple of considerations around how to publish a book on Kindle. The first is that while publishing is free, you may want some hand-holding through the journey. Why spend more time than  you need to spend?

The second is the book marketing coach part. Simply  having a book up on Amazon doesn't mean you'll get a stampede of buyers devouring your every word.

You will want to promote your book (both during its free run and beyond), or it won't sell. There's no shortcut.

Go ahead and sign up with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). You'll do that anyway. It's such a fabulous program that frees you to be in charge of your own publishing.

Get help with everything from navigating KDP to formatting your book to Amazon Kindle free books promotions inside the Effortless Digital Publishing program.

You'll get a book template to help make formatting easier, all the resources in one place, a Q&A call, a HUGE list of places to post your Amazon Kindle free books promotion and more.

Download Effortless Digital Publishing now and become a published author within as little as a couple of days!

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

Bestselling nonfiction and fantasy author

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly.System for author success

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Book Marketing Coach: Can I Build Buzz for My Book While Still Writing?

Book Marketing coach Shares How to Buzz Your Work in Progress!

Far too many authors think that the time to build anticipation and buzz for your book is AFTER it's published.

NO –  the time to start building anticipation and buzz is while you're still writing it! The following article makes an excellent point, and I hope you will take heed AND take action!

Book Marketing Coach providing writing advice, book marketing tips

Building Buzz Before You Publish

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Mar 11, 2013 5:09:04 AM

Do you have an idea for your next book? If not an idea, maybe you just have that itch to start writing another book. Either way, idea or itch, now is the time to start talking about it online. This is your opportunity to build buzz and anticipation.

Writing a book is a gut-wrenching, life-affirming, tear-producing, spine-tingling, smile-launching struggle. It's a process that can leave you feeling elated on Tuesday and bring you crashing back to reality on Thursday. That it will have its ups and downs is as sure as the sunrise.

But that process gives authors an opportunity to breathe life into a book before it's published. It makes the book more than a book; it makes it a journey. You can take that journey with your readers by talking about the ups and downs on your website, blog, or social media.

Those who follow your path likely will be anxious to reach the destination and read the published product. Plus, the journey might be something they share with their friends and family, which can lead to even more readers awaiting your book.

I'm not talking about revealing plot points and twists or any other essential story elements. Talk about the story in broad strokes. This is more about the creative process as a whole.

I've even seen authors put out technical questions about science and history that are crucial to their stories. They involved the readers in the actual creation process.

Keep in mind, however, that there is a danger of saturating your readers with too much inside information, so you want to be careful and not bury them with details. Give them just enough to keep them interested.

For the most part, you want to give them a peek inside without giving them a full-fledged tour.

Don't miss this opportunity to build pre-publication buzz. Take your readers with you on your writing journey!

-Richard

 

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor. See original article source

The best point in the article

They involved the readers in the actual creation process.

The more a reader is involved, the more she is engaged and invested in the journey, and the more likely she is to buy the book.

Expand Your Reach

One of my favorite tools helps an author expand your reach. When you write an article on your blog, you want people to read it. And not just the people who already know and love you, but people who are your ideal reader but don't know you yet!

Social Buzz Club has a free level that empowers you to share good stuff with your network from other people and also to have them share yours.

It's a great community, and I've gained new readers, new friends and loads of good shares by being involved.

I upgraded so I can share directly to my Facebook page.

Join Social Buzz Club Free now at www.asktsl.com/buzz  It makes book marketing so much easier!

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Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

book marketing coach, bestselling author and author mentor

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How can the Send to Kindle Button Help Me Spread My Message?

Amazon now has added a new way for content publishers to serve your audience: the send to Kindle button.

You have probably been in this situation before: You see a great post on a blog and you want to read it later. Maybe you even save the link in your bookmarks, but later…what site was that? Where did I put that link?

the send to Kindle button in action

Now, you can serve your readers and share your message by adding a handy button to your site or self-hosted WordPress blog. Here's the news straight from the Kindle Blog

The Send to Kindle Button

by Kindle Editors on 03/19/2013

Sending web content to Kindle is now easier than ever.

We are excited to announce the "Send to Kindle Button", a convenient new way to send content directly from a website to your Kindle.  Customers can check out the Send to Kindle Button today on The Washington Post, TIME, and the popular blog Boing Boing.

Have you ever encountered news, blogs, articles and other content on the web that you want to read but don't have time to do so immediately? The Send to Kindle Button lets you easily send that content to your Kindle to read later, at your convenience. Just send once and read everywhere on any of your Kindle devices or free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad and Android phones or tablets. No more hunting around for that website or blog that caught your eye -- just open your Kindle and all the content you sent is right there.

The Send to Kindle Button is also great for those who want to collect content from the web to use in work projects, school assignments, or hobbies.

The Send to Kindle Button is part of a family of Send to Kindle applications that make it easy for customers to send personal documents and web content to read on their Kindle. To find out more about other Send to Kindle applications for PC, Mac, Chrome, and Firefox, please visit www.amazon.com/sendtokindle.

If you happen to own a website and want to add the Send to Kindle Button, you can get it for free at www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle/developers/button or at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/send-to-kindle/ for WordPress bloggers.

Installing the Send to Kindle Button on Your WordPress Blog

It's so simple to install the send to Kindle button!

1. Login to the admin panel of your blog.

2. Go to “add plugin” under Plugins.

3. Put “send to Kindle” in the search box and click enter. The first result should be right.

4. Click “install.”

5. Look down the left column for Send to Kindle and click it. (It should be below Settings).

6. Adjust the look and placement of the button. You can add it to post, pages, archive or homepage (any or all), and adjust the size, font and color (well…light or dark at least).

7. CLICK SAVE when you're done! (I have to say that or you may forget!).

That's it!

For more help with your book, I recommend you pick up “instant Author Formula. You'll discover 6 super simple methods for how to write a book, plus get more help with writing and publishing a book, including a 30 day course. Start reading Instant Author Formula in under a minute on your Kindle device or any of the free Kindle apps.

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Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

Bestselling nonfiction and fantasy author, Celebrity Author Mentor

Hashtag #AwakenedAuthor on Twitter.

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly

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How Can Publishing a Book, Top Authors, and Goodreads Bring More Readers?

How Can Publishing a Book, Top Authors, and Goodreads Bring More Readers?

Publishing a book – whether self publishing, going through a small press or having a big house publisher –  means a lot of “leg work” for any author.

Part of publishing is developing relationships with your audience and with big players in your niche. It's hard to separate the key aspects of writing, publishing, and promoting your book.

consider the power of connecting with the top name authors serving your same audience.

Here's an interesting top authors list from a bestselling business author, Dave Kerpen  As you see these authors, consider who you feel are the top authors in your niche.

11 Must-Read Authors For Every Professional

Dave Kerpenby Dave Kerpen:

Dave Kerpen is CEO, Likeable Local, NY Times Best-Selling Author & Keynote Speaker

Great authors teach us, motivate us, inspire us, and make us think. For professionals, great authors can change the way we work, help us realize new opportunities, build a business, and lead others.

My recent post, 9 Business Books That Will Change Your Life, led to over 1,200 comments from readers agreeing or disagreeing with the list, and adding their own favorites. So I've followed up that post with this list of prolific, impactful authors, each of which has written at least three business books. Below are my 11 must-read authors, along with six more up-and-coming authors worth reading:

1. Seth Godin

Godin is my favorite author and has been an inspiration to me as a writer, marketer, entrepreneur and thinker. Permission Marketing is my favorite Godin book, but I've enjoyed so many of them, as Godin always challenges readers to think about things in a new way. Other must-read books of his include Purple Cow, Tribes, Linchpin, and Poke The Box. His latest and boldest, The Icarus Deception, calls on people to look at their work as an artist does.

2. Patrick Lencioni

Lencioni is the owner of a management consulting firm and a prolific author and speaker, having written ten books to date. He writes simple, well-told fables, all with leadership and management lessons to take away. His most famous book is The Five Dysfunctions of a Team - and that is a great one, as are The Advantage, Death by Meeting, and Getting Naked. But my favorite is The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family, because it addresses not only business, but leading a family, something most important to me.

3. Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell is a longtime writer for The New Yorker magazine and the author of four uber-successful, thoughtful books which stimulate not only business professionals, but all of his readers, to think about things in a new way. Named by Time Magazine in 2005 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Gladwell's works include The Tipping Point, Outliers, Blink and What the Dog Saw.

4. Jim Collins

Collins is both a teacher and a student of great companies - having devoted the better part of his life to studying, analyzing and writing about the differences between good companies and great ones - companies that perish and those that endure. His books are all thoroughly researched and his theses are data-driven. Collins' works include Good to Great, Built to Last, How the Mighty Fall and Great by Choice.

5. Daniel Pink

Pink is truly one of the great business minds of our time. Having now authored four provocative books, Pink was named one of the Top 50 business thinkers of the world by Harvard Business Review in 2011. His most recent book, To Sell is Human, is particularly appropriate for salespeople. But Pink's previous Drive and A Whole New Mind are classics as well.

6. Tim Ferriss

Ferriss is an incredibly successful author and speaker, despite apparently not working on any one thing more than four hours a week. The ultimate "work smart over work hard" guy, Ferriss's first book, The Four Hour Workweek, has sold many millions of copies and been translated to 35 languages. The concept for professionals has proved so popular that Ferriss followed up Workweek with The Four Hour Body and The Four Hour Chef.

7. Ken Blanchard

Blanchard is a long-time writer, speaker and consultant and one of the top leadership experts in the world. Like Lencioni, he writes using stories and simple, easy-to-understand language. Three of his many books, the One Minute Manager, Raving Fans, and The One Minute Entrepreneur all deeply influenced the way I've run our businesses and helped clients grow their businesses.

8. Stephen Covey

Covey wrote a plethora of excellent leadership and inspirational books, but the one you've likely heard of is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book single-handedly changed the way millions of people live their lives, at work and beyond. The SPEED of Trust and The Leader in Me are two more good ones. Covey's books are excellent reads if you're looking for inspiration beyond your job. Sadly, Covey passed away last year.

9. Peter Drucker

Drucker, the 2nd posthumous member of this list, passed away in 2005, but he was considered the management expert of the 20th century, authoring over 25 books. The teacher, reporter, philosopher and consultant was perhaps best known for mentoring longtime General Electric CEO Jack Welch. His books included The Effective Executive, Managing the Nonprofit Organization, and The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization.

10. Jeffrey Gitomer

Gitomer may have been a college dropout, but his books have helped many a salesperson make an incredible living. His books are small, easy to read, and packed full of both inspiration and practical advice. My favorite is the Little Red Book Of Selling, but others include Customer Satisfactions Is Worthless, Customer Loyalty is Priceless, Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude, and The Sales Bible.

11. John Maxwell

Maxwell is a longtime leadership expert, speaker and coach who has sold a remarkable 19 million books. His books inspire better leadership skills and communication skills. My favorite is The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership; other noteworthy books include The 5 Levels of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, How Successful People Think, The 360 Degree Leader, and Everyone Communicates, Few Connect.


The above 11 are all must-read authors for professionals.
Their many books have stood the test of time and continue to sell millions of copies. As I looked for great business authors, though, I was devastated by the dearth of women authors - plus I wanted to introduce you to a few great authors you may not have read yet. Here, then, are six more terrific authors worth reading, including three awesome female authors:

1. Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg, the famous and at times controversial Chief Operating Officer of Facebook just launched her first book: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. The guaranteed bestseller has already created a lot of buzz, and is worth a read, whether you're a woman or a man.

2. Guy Kawasaki

I am proud to call Kawasaki a mentor, and he easily could have made the list above. His latest work, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur is a must-read for all authors and wanna-be authors. Other excellent books include The Art of the Start, Enchantment, Rules for Revolutionaries, and Reality Check.

3. Ekaterina Walter

Walter is a new author and a long time speaker and social strategist for Intel. Her first book, Think Like Zuck, inspired me so much I bought copies for my staff at Likeable. I have a strong feeling there's more to come.

4. Erik Qualman

You may not have heard of Qualman yet, but you may be amongst the 5 million people who have seen his "Socialnomics" videos on YouTube. Qualman's first book of the same name, Socialnomics, is an excellent read, as is his newest, Digital Leader.

5. Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

Hirschberg is the wife of Stonyfield CEO Gary Hirshberg, and writes extensively for INC Magazine on entrepreneurship and family. I whole-heartedly recommend her first book, For Better Or For Work, not only for entrepreneurs but for their spouses and families.

6. Michael Maddock

Maddock is an entrepreneur, inventor and innovation expert. My favorite of his three books is Free The Idea Monkey, which is great for both the idea people and the operators who help make those ideas actually happen.

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Those are 17 of my favorite authors- although I've read dozens more I've loved. I'm also an author of course, and I've written a couple of books that I hope have inspired people- Likeable Social Media, about the role of social media in today's society and how organizations can best leverage it, and, recently, Likeable Business, about how to leverage 11 simple principles of customer-centric, staff-centric leadership to succeed in today's social-business world.

Now, I'd love to know YOUR favorite business authors. Which of these authors have you read? What other authors of business books have changed YOUR lives? What authors belong on this list, who have inspired YOU to become a better business person, leader and human being? Let me know in the comments here - and happy reading!

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Who's On Your List –  & What Should You Do About It?

No matter what you write or what industry you're in, consider who are the top authors in your arena. When you are self publishing, this is extremely important, because you can forge alliances and make meaningful connections with those serving the same readers you serve.

  • read their books
  • Read their blog
  • Look for a win-win-win where the audience an both parties win.
  • Connect on social media
  • Connect on Goodreads
  • Reach out to them
  • Get acquainted
  • Share their work with your audience
  • They may also share your work with their audience!

GoodReads Power

Goodreads is a social platform for authors of all genres that encourages interaction with authors and readers. It is first and foremost a way for book lovers to see each others' bookshelves and talk about books.

And it is a place for authors to interact with readers.

Join Goodreads free first as a reader. Then you can upgrade (free) to be a Goodreads author.

Connect with me on Goodreads now

All authors need to connect with your readers, and in this social age, being present and available is important. When you are self publishing a book, building up an audience while you're writing the book is key. Goodreads gives you a way to accomplish this.

These are my books on Goodreads (The ones I have connected so far:

The Impact Factor: How Small Actions Change the World
The Impact Factor: How Small Actions Change the World

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#1 bestselling nonfiction and fantasy author

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the Awakened Author Challenge.

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Does Self Publishing a Book Mean I Will Never Get a Major Publishing Deal?

Does Self Publishing a Book Mean I Will Never Get a Major Publishing Deal?

Would-be authors sometimes express fear about self publishing a book. “Doesn't that mean I will never get a publishing deal?”

Whether or not you will ever get a major publishing deal is not for me to say. My crystal ball has a mind of its own, and she tends to show me things happening on other planets.

Here is an example of how self publishing a book paid off big-time for one author. Stick with me afterwards for some helpful hints for YOU.

Stay Tuned: A Self-Published Book About TV Gets a Major Publishing Pick-Up

By DAVE ITZKOFF

In the course of chronicling the modern-day history of television, the author Alan Sepinwall has made a bit of history himself, becoming the rare self-published author to be picked up by a major press. On Wednesday, it was announced that the Touchstone imprint of Simon & Schuster had acquired his well-regarded book “The Revolution Was Televised,” which Mr. Sepinwall put out late last year.

In this book (which is subtitled “The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever”) Mr. Sepinwall, a television critic for the Web site hitfix.com, looks at the impact that shows like “The Sopranos” and “Mad Men” and show runners like David Chase and Matthew Weiner have had in reinvigorating the hour-long dramatic format.

Reviewing “The Revolution Was Televised” for The New York Times in December, Michiko Kakutani wrote that Mr. Sepinwall combined “smart, fair-minded assessments meant to provoke discussion” and interviews with creative talent, producers and executives to provide “a terrific book”; she also named it one of her 10 favorite books of 2012.

As with many of the TV success stories he writes about, Mr. Sepinwall encountered several “no”s before he finally heard “yes.”

Mr. Sepinwall said in a telephone interview on Wednesday that Touchstone had been one of the publishers he met with when he was shopping his proposal for “The Revolution Was Televised” about a year ago, though the project was turned down then.

“The proposal wound up being a little bit different from the book I wrote, and so I don’t necessarily blame them for passing at the time,” said Mr. Sepinwall, who planned to draw mostly from reporting he had already done on his site.

“When I got mostly rejections and one sort-of offer that I wasn’t crazy about it, I decided I’m going to go this route,” he said, referring to his strategy to self-publish the book. “The next thing I knew, I was doing fresh interviews with everybody – I’m not exactly sure how I had time to do that.”

After his book was reviewed in The Times and elsewhere, Mr. Sepinwall said he was contacted again by Touchstone, which was now interested in acquiring it.

“I like the idea that the book could exist in brick-and-mortar stores, could be on college syllabi,” he said. “I was pleased with the idea of being able to go back to the very beginning of the project.” He declined to provide exact sales figures for the book’s self-published release but said they were “well beyond my wildest expectations.”

Lauren Spiegel, an editor at Touchstone who acquired “The Revolution Was Televised” for the imprint, said of Mr. Sepinwall, “I was already in the bag for him, and have been such a fan for a long time.”

Touchstone is planning its release of “The Revolution Was Televised” “as soon as we can,” she said, with a paperback edition planned for the early spring and an e-book edition possibly coming earlier.

A version of this article appeared in print on 01/04/2013, on page C2 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Self-Published Book Gets a Major Deal.

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Authors, Share Your Book with Millions of Readers

Tips for independent (self) publishing authors from Ronda

1. SERVE your audience.

2. Write a good book worth reading

3. Use the world's biggest publishers rather than some obscure guy who wants to take your firstborn child in exchange for publishing.

4. Put your book in its proper place. You need other offerings, such as courses, services or workshops, besides your book.

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

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Is Self Publishing Dominating the Publishing Industry?

Is Self Publishing Dominating the Publishing Industry?

Self publishing has grown up. No longer whispered about and treated with all the respect one might show a drug addict, today, self publishing is a respectable and much more accessible alternative to its snobby big brother, New York publishing.

I'll Push You Steer book on the shelves at Barnes & Noble

Following are some amazing statistics about the growth of self publishing from a leading researcher. I have made some slight formatting changes and underlined key points to help you get the most from this information.:

Self-Publishing Sees Triple-Digit Growth in Just Five Years, Says Bowker®

CreateSpace, Smashwords and Author Solutions dominate infrastructure landscape

New Providence, NJ - October 24, 2012 - The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006, and now tallies more than 235,000 print and “e” titles, according to a new analysis of data from Bowker® Books In Print and Bowker® Identifier Services.

The research explores the dramatic U.S. growth of an area once relegated to the fringes of publishing. It finds that while production increases are occurring in both print and e-book formats, the latter is driving the greatest percentage gains. It also shows that while self-publishing may seem like a cottage industry, it is dominated by large firms that offer publishing services to individual authors.

Self-publishing is now supported by a sophisticated and highly accessible support structure,” said Beat Barblan, Director of Identifier Services for Bowker, an affiliate of information powerhouse ProQuest.

“It’s provided everyone who has a story to tell with a method for sharing it and leveled the playing field to an unprecedented degree. This is no longer just vanity presses at work – self-publishing is out of the dark corners and making its way into the mainstream.

Notable success stories include a number of self-published authors landing their titles onto the prestigious New York Times bestseller list for ebook fiction.

Bowker’s research into self-publishing was prompted by an earlier study that showed 2011’s 148,424 self-published print books represented about 43 percent of that year’s total traditional print output and contributed to the first significant expansion in print production since 2007.

While print accounts for 63 percent of self-published books, e-books are gaining fast.

E-book production in 2011 was 87,201, up 129 percent over 2010. Print grew 33 percent in the same period.

While self-publishing is a DIY undertaking, Bowker’s analysis shows its infrastructure is made up of a handful of large firms. In 2011,

  • CreateSpace dominated the print segment, supporting the creation of 58,412 titles (39 percent of self-published print books).
  • Smashwords topped the e-book producers with 40,608 titles (nearly 47 percent of total self-published e-books).
  • The combined divisions of Author Solutions (part of Penguin Group) produced a total of 47,094 titles and
  • Lulu Enterprises checks in with 38,005 titles.
  • The Bowker analysis shows that beyond these four players, no company has more than 10 percent of market share.
  • Small presses, a category that is defined as publishers who have produced 10 or fewer books, accounted for 34,107 self-published titles -- 21,256 print and 12,851 e-books -- in 2011.

Print book production by small presses increased more than 74 percent between 2006 and 2011 -- hearty growth that’s dwarfed by CreateSpace’s 1702 percent increase during the same period.

While marketing their works remains the next great hurdle for self-published authors, Bowker research points to major influencers within their control.

Bowker surveys of book consumer habits show that authors can effectively reach more readers with online excerpts, retailer recommendations and customer reviews.

Bowker is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories. The Books In Print® database derives a valuable portion of its information from these ISBN assignments, providing the nation’s most comprehensive view of book production. The Self-Publishing Report and other Bowker® Market Research studies that illuminate the business of books are available at www.bookconsumer.com/

Learn More about Bowker® (www.bowker.com)

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Authors, Share Your Book with Millions of Readers

What these numbers mean to YOU

You don't hneed to try to get a book published by a New York Publisher. It's very hard, and the system is broken.

Now, you can self-publish in any of several affordable and respectable ways.

What to consider

Your book is about more than your book.

  • What are your goals and plans?
  • What else do you have to offer?
  • Is your website ready with an “optin page” (a way for people to get something great from you when they give contact info)?
  • Do you have a way for people to continue their journey with you by purchasing other products, services or programs?

More help with your book

The BLISS Butterfly system I teach walks you through everything from vision to written book to published, to launching to serving your audience.

right click to download the BLISS Butterfly poster

Get details at www.WriteOnPurpose.com/bliss.

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, The Story Lady

#1 bestselling author and mentor

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the free Awakened Author

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Writers, What’s Stopping You from Self Publishing Your Book?

I remember when I first started thinking about publishing a book about 7 years ago. The rampant feeling then was, "if you can't get a REAL publisher to publish your book, it must not be worth anything."

The times, they are a-changin'!

Now, for most authors who come to me for mentoring, I highly recommend independent publishing (self publishing).

Paul LaR oche, Founder Of Brule, Receiving the book The Peace Seed from Ronda Del Boccio On His Birthday in Branson, Missouri

For one thing, it's not just "vanity presses" like there used to be. There are nice, legitimate, affordable (even FREE) ways to publish a book.

Examples of print publishers:

  • CreateSpace
  • LuLu

Examples of digital publishing services:

Those are just examples. There are many more.

Oh, how I love guest blogging! Nice way to bring fresh voices. Here's a guest post by Alessandra Macaluso to inspire you to publish a book now.

Writers: What's Stopping You?

Guest post by Alessandra Macaluso

Writers: do you have an idea for a book in mind? Have you already finished it? Maybe you’ve sent your manuscript out into the black hole of publishing companies, waiting to hear an answer – any answer – even it if is the dreaded “Thank you for your inquiry; however we are not accepting new author’s at this time.” Or maybe you are toying around with the idea of self-publishing your work.

There are no shortages of examples of self-publishing success. For instance, “50 Shades of Gray” was self-published. You don’t need me to convey the success of that series to make the point that not only is it possible to self-publish, but that you can actually pioneer your writing career with this method.

According to a Bowker Report published in October of 2012, “The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006, and now tallies more than 235,000 print and ‘e’ titles.”

When it comes to deciding between a large publishing company, and self-publishing, the writing is on the wall.

And guess what? Even if your book is picked up by a large publishing house, you are still expect to hit the ground running and do your own promotional legwork. If you are going to have to do it anyway, why not own the rights to your work and make a larger profit from your sales?

Other Things to Consider

The downside to self-publishing is that you are on your own financially until you can start profiting from your book sales. Large publishers often pay authors an “advance” to get the book started. But in the case of self-publishing, there are no advances. But you do have tools at your disposal.

For example, there is Kickstarter, the online “crowd funding” tool that allows you to create a campaign for your project and have others fund it for you. Some have been able to quit their day jobs and devote their undivided time and energy this way, getting a project off the ground before any profits come rolling in.

Or, you can do things the old fashioned way: come home from your day job, put a large pot of coffee on, and burn the midnight oil for months on end until your story makes its way onto paper. It takes a unique blend of time, passion, and a little bit of crazy to write a book. And my hunch is that if you are truly a passionate writer, you’ll choose the latter.

In short, you no longer need access to a large publishing house to publish your book. Now, all you need is an idea, some time, and a computer to get your writing down. With the endless options to explore to self-publish your book, there is literally no one stopping you. So I just have one question: what are you waiting for?

This article was written by Alessandra Macaluso.  Alessandra is an Author, Blogger, Writer and DIY addict who loves to share lifestyle tips and recipes on her personal blog.


Authors, Share Your Book with Millions of Readers

More on Self Publishing from Ronda

Know how the book will help you follow your bliss. Writing and publishing a book isn't just about the book.

  1. Start with the end in mind. What are your ultimate goals for your book and beyond?
  2. Write a GOOD book worth reading.
  3. Hire a good editor. NOBODY can edit your own work.
  4. BUild relationships as you share your book and its message.
  5. Serve your audience well.

That's the BLISS system in brief!

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

 I highly regard CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing. .

They're easy, free, and linked to the world's best known marketplace.

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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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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Join free NOW at www.ProfitableStorytelling.com/nabbw.

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

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

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Inspirational Poems: Lightning’s Gift

Inspirational poems nourish the spirit.

Everything in life has a gift for you, even things that seem destructive. Enjoy one of my inspirational poems, “Lightning's Gift”

Lightning's Gift

Ronda Del Boccio

inspirational poems - Lightning's Gift
Flash!

Lightning

bolts strike hard,

sulfur-smelling,

Grandfather Oak wrent.

Shredded trunk and branches,

Centuries torn asumder.

Insides out and outsides under,

Bearing his secrets, sharing his truth

Even in death, Oak has more to bestow.

Storm’s bequest ensured in devastation

Wind-born treasures carried in the squall

Alight to grow in death's embrace

Sky fire strike, a death to one.

Keeps the circle going.

Next generations,

Nurtured in ash,

Arise strong.

Lightning's

Gift.

(c) 2013 by Ronda Del Boccio You are welcome to share this with my attribution intact.

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What inspires me most is when I write on purpose and do anything else that lets me be true to who I am.

Do you write inspirational poems or stories?

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Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

bestselling author, mentor and speaker

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the Awakened Author Challenge

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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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Stay ON Purpose

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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