Dec. 3 ~ Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

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Founded by Jenny Milchman when her children were young, Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day is an opportunity to celebrate the joy of books with young readers. It is also an opportunity to support local booksellers, become active in the local reading community  and reinforce the importance of literacy.

This year’s celebration falls on December 3, 2016, the first Saturday of the month and, not by accident, the start of the holiday shopping season. Thanks to the support of bloggers, bookstores and book lovers, the event has grown each year. In 2015, more than 800 bookstores across 50 states and five continents participated in Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day.

For ideas on how to get involved, visit TakeYourChildToABookstore.org.

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Just Five Things – How authors can work smarter, not harder

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5Just Five Things, a list of simple actions that can enhance your publishing career. One tip for each day of the week related to every aspect of publishing from time management to marketing to writing.

1.  Track your word count and then calculate the average hourly rate. Knowing how long it takes you to write a book will allow you to create realistic deadlines.

2.  Batch similar tasks such as posting on social media or responding to emails, etc.

3.  Identify tasks that can be accomplished in short bursts of time or while away from your desk, such as editing pages, making phone calls, etc.

4. Disconnect from the internet to eliminate interruptions and the temptation to constantly check your email/social media. This makes it easier to focus 100 percent of your attention on the task at hand.

5.  Use a timer to keep you on schedule. Another focus enhancement strategy so you aren’t clock-watching or stressing about missing an appointment.

See you next week for another list of Just Five Things.

If you have a tip to share or need help with a challenge, email me at myauthorconcierge@gmail.com.

Just Five Things – Why authors need a website

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WhiteJust Five Things, a list of simple actions that can enhance your publishing career. One tip for each day of the week related to every aspect of publishing from time management to marketing to writing.

1.  Authors need a website (or blog or landing page) so readers can find them on the internet.

2.  A website serves as “Grand Central” for authors. All others resources, such as bookmarks, swag and social media, should redirect readers and fans back to your central hub (website).

3.  A well-organized website will provide information commonly needed by readers, fans, media and marketers: bio, book list, reading order of series, new releases, career accomplishments, etc.

4. Websites are the internet-version of business cards so they should include contact information and other online profiles, such as Facebook, Twitter and  YouTube.

5. Websites give authors autonomy over content vs. having to abide by the rules and regulations of social media sites or internet “real estate” owned by another individual/organization.

See you next week for another list of Just Five Things.

If you have a tip to share or need help with a challenge, email me at myauthorconcierge@gmail.com.

Just Five Things: How to network online

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5 2Just Five Things, a list of simple actions that can enhance your publishing career. One tip for each day of the week related to every aspect of publishing from time management to marketing to writing.

1.  Establish an engaging, interactive online presence that reflects your brand, service, product, business, etc.

2.  Identify  professionals peers who share your target audience and connect with them on social media.  Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, subscribe to their newsletters/blogs.

3.  Create a list of 10-20 most influential contacts and engage with them on a daily or weekly basis by making thoughtful comments and sharing their content.

4.  Send a personal email or message to individuals when you’ve found their information or expertise helpful. Be sure to include your credentials as a subtle invitation to cross-promote and/or network with you.

5.  Create profiles at social networking sites such as LinkedIn, but also those specific to your industry.

See you next week for another list of Just Five Things.

If you have a tip to share or need help with a challenge, email me at myauthorconcierge@gmail.com.

Just Five Things: How to overcome imposter syndrome

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5 1Just Five Things, a list of simple actions that can enhance your publishing career. One tip for each day of the week related to every aspect of publishing from time management to marketing to writing.

1.  Acknowledge your successes. It’s easy to focus on the negative so keep a gratitude journal or bulletin board where you can remind yourself of your achievements, accolades and progress.

2.  Stop comparing yourself to others. Each person’s journey is different, but equally vital.

3.  Just own it. Imposter syndrome sneaks in when we feel like we’re misrepresenting ourselves. Be honest about who you are and what you have to offer. No apologies, explanations or justification required.

4.  Be prepared to fail, lose, make mistakes, look foolish, and not know all the answers. No one wakes up one day an instant expert. Every obstacle you overcome, each new lesson or skill you learn, each experience you open yourself up to adds to your worth.

5.  Identify your imposter syndrome “hot buttons” (i.e. lack of experience or lack of education) and take action to improve in these areas.

See you next week for another list of Just Five Things.

If you have a tip to share or need help with a challenge, email me at myauthorconcierge@gmail.com.

 

 

Just Five Things: Best book marketing blogs

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number-5Just Five Things, a list of simple actions that can enhance your publishing career. One tip for each day of the week related to every aspect of publishing from time management to marketing to writing.

1.  BookMarketingBuzzBlog / Brian Feinblum

2.  The Creative Penn / Joanna Penn

3.  Savvy Book Marketer / Dana Lynn Smith

4.  Author Marketing Experts / Penny Sansevieri

5.  SMART Marketing for Authors / Chris Syme

See you next week for another list of Just Five Things.

If you have a tip to share or need help with a challenge, email me at myauthorconcierge@gmail.com.

Just Five Things: How to avoid writer burnout

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5Just Five Things, a list of simple actions that can enhance your publishing career. One tip for each day of the week related to every aspect of publishing from time management to marketing to writing.

1.  Familiarize yourself with the signs and  symptoms so you can take action as soon as you recognize you’re headed toward writer burnout.

2.  Take care of your physical health. Eat nutritious meals, avoid junk food, stay hydrated, manage stress, get up and move. Visit Writing and Wellness for articles on becoming a healthy writer.

3.  Step away from the desk. Writer are notorious for working 10, 12, 16 or more hours a day, but workaholic habits actually impair productivity and affect not only your mental and physical health, but relationships too. Each writer’s definition of work/life balance will differ, but the important thing is to set boundaries and make time for hobbies, friendships, recreation and other obligations.

4.  When planning your production schedule, allot more time than you estimate needing. It is not uncommon for projects to take longer than anticipated. “Padding” your timeline can reduce stress, allow for better quality output and even give you a chance to take advantage of unexpected opportunities.

5.  Be selective in how you spend your time, money, energy, creativity and other personal resources. If projects, conferences, relationships, etc. don’t contribute to your life or career in a relevant and positive manner, now may not be the time for them.

See you next week for another list of Just Five Things.

If you have a tip to share or need help with a challenge, email me at myauthorconcierge@gmail.com.