Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, in today's competitive marketplace it's a good idea to build buzz about your book as you write it. That way, readers will be anxious to buy your new book once it is released.
Here are some ways to start building buzz about your first (or next) book as you're writing it:
• Establish an online presence for yourself and your book. To do this, set up an author Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a blog. Some authors write their books, chapter by chapter, on their blog. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, simply write blog posts describing the book and the writing process. Each time you add new content about your book to your blog, get the word out on your Facebook page and Twitter account with a link to the new content on your blog.
• Find beta readers who will give you helpful feedback as you’re writing the book. You want to be sure you’re writing a book readers will want to read. The feedback you'll get from your beta readers can help you do this.
• Connect with other writers in your genre. Generally, people who write also read a great deal. And they usually read books in the same genre that they write. Start connecting with other authors in your genre. You may be able to cross promote each other’s books.
• Be interviewed on popular podcasts and Internet radio shows about your book. It’s a good idea to listen to a few of these podcasts and shows first to get a feel for how other authors promote their upcoming books. Look for shows that cater to your target market on blogtalkradio.com and RadioGuestList.com or do a Google search.
There are dozens of other ways to build buzz about your book. Just get started with a few, so you'll still have time to write your book.
Whether you're an aspiring author or a well-published author, here are 5 reasons to enter writing contests.
1. Focus. All writing contests have specific guidelines and a deadline. When you decide to enter a contest, you'll be focused on a specific writing goal with guidelines to follow and a deadline to meet.
2. Prizes. All writing contests have prizes. These prizes often include cash, publication, or other items of special interest to writers. You can go from "unpublished" to "published" writer automatically if you win a contest that includes publication as one of its prizes. And, you can earn significant income if you enter and win contests on a regular basis. Plus, you just have fun winning prizes like e-readers, iPads, or computer software.
3. Credibility. When you win a contest you are no longer just a writer or author, you're now an "award-winning writer" or an "award-winning author." This goes a long way in building or increasing your credibility as a writer.
4. Visibility. When publication is one of the prizes for winning a particular contest, more people will start to read your work.
5. Practice. When you write for contests you usually have time to write and revise your story, essay, or article several times before the contest deadline. By writing and rewriting, so you make your entry the best it can be, you'll gain valuable writing practice.
These are only a few of the many reasons to start entering writing contests on a regular basis.
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Something magical happens whenever you make the leap and become totally committed to whatever it is you are wanting to accomplish.
Until you make that leap, you tend to waste time second guessing yourself. You also start something but then just go halfway with it before pulling back. Is it any wonder you don't reach many of your goals this way?
You may THINK you're totally committed to your goals. But have you really made the big leap to TOTAL commitment? Here's how to tell.
If you've made the leap, suddenly things shift. Help arrives out of nowhere. Your struggling ends and everything becomes much easier.
You wake each morning with passion and excitement. You can't wait to get started on the day. You no longer worry about things working out. You EXPECT them to.
You go about your daily work with complete faith in yourself and all that you are doing.
If you haven't made the leap, what's holding you back? Go ahead – JUMP – and become totally committed to your goals! Once you've made the leap, you'll wonder why you ever waited so long to do it.
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Are you trying to write a novel within the next few weeks or months, but you just can't seem to stick to a regular writing schedule?
The following tips will work for anyone who wants to write a book within a short period of time:
1. Set up your writing time as a regular appointment with yourself.
Plan specific times you will write each week, then write down these times on a calendar or day planner, just the way you would any other appointment.
2. Break down your novel, short story, or article into small chunks.
If you're writing a novel, break down each chapter into scenes. Then schedule time to write just one scene at a time.
3. Give yourself some slack while you're committed to completing a big writing project, like writing a book.
Save some of your other writing for later. You want to plan, start and finish your book within a short period of time. You won't be able to do that if you also try to write a million other things.
4. Let your friends and family know you've made a major commitment to writing your book over the next few weeks or months.
If your friends and family know ahead of time that you won't be so available at specific times each week (because you'll be writing), they'll get used to it. Remember, we TEACH other people how to treat us. Teach your friends and family to value you as a writer!
5. Realize you will be more productive some weeks than you are during other weeks.
Some weeks a chapter or section of your book will seem to write itself. Other weeks you'll struggle to write a single sentence. Realize this and just go with the flow! A struggle is no reason to give up on your book! ALL writers struggle at some point in every book they write (some writers may say otherwise, but I think they're much like mothers. They tend to forget how difficult the birthing process was; otherwise every child would be an ONLY child, and every book would be the ONLY book any writer ever writes).
6. Limit distractions during your writing time.
You may need to get out of your own house in order to write because your kids or your spouse just can't understand that you're working when you're writing. If that's the case, go to the library or a bookstore or coffeeshop and write. But then, don't answer your cell phone every five minutes when you're there or get online and check your email or talk to other people. You must write!
7. Try to schedule your writing for your most creative times of the day.
Some writers are morning people, others are night owls. If you schedule your writing for YOUR most creative time of the day, the work will be much easier and faster.
8. Create a reasonable writing schedule for yourself.
You probably won't be able to write for hours every day, so don't even expect to do that. It would be much better to write for 15-30 minutes every day, or perhaps decide to write a chapter a week on one particular day each week. Figure out what will work best for you based on your family, your regular job, your writing style, etc.
Okay, now use these tips to set up your own writing schedule.
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