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Are Kindle SIngles Authors Making Money?

There are so many ways to publish a book today. Kindle Singles may be Amazon's best kept secret for authors. There are just over 300 titles published to date, and, as you'll see from the story below, some authors are making big bucks on these 99 cents or $1.00 short-to-medium-length books.

“All of this stands in evidence that in its Kindle Singles brand, Amazon is investing in a serious business model behind a quality editorial product. We all -- readers and writers alike -- stand to benefit from that combination.”   in “Authors of Kindle Singles Raking in Tens of Thousands of Dollars” (see below)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.


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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Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

#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


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, 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


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

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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

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Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the free Awakened Author


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



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.


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.


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.”

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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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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


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


bolts strike hard,


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.



(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?

Follow your bliss!

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.

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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






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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Ronda Del Boccio, the Story lady

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

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

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly SYstem

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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'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.

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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


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.


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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!

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

Creator of the 30 Day Awakened Author Challenge!


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.