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Where Can You Improve?

6 Jan

003And here we are in the year 2015, and I just have the feeling this is going to be a dynamic year for many of us as writers.  I’ll hold off on any personal predictions about personal lives, but many of you have paid your dues as writers and the good times are right around the corner.  Ride the positive vibes train with me and enjoy the journey.

Still, we need to keep growing, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today….continued growth.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Intelligent, successful, attractive people can be intimidating. They force us to hold a mirror to ourselves; we can be disappointed, jealous or inspired toward personal growth.

Ian K. Smith

 

THOUGHT OF THE DAY

I still haven’t found an agent for my novel “Resurrecting Tobias.”  I’ve been sending out query letters for a couple months now, but so far nothing.  I did get a very nice nibble from one recently, but after reading the entire manuscript she decided to pass on it.  However, she sent a note along encouraging me to contact her with my next novel.  She said I have talent and she would be very interested in my next work.

I mention that, not as a pat on my own back, but instead to point out that I still have growing to do.  I’m not there yet.  Do I like “Resurrecting Tobias?”  Most definitely!  Am I proud of it?  Again, most definitely!  Can I do better?  You bet your butt I can, and I will, but only if I continue to grow as a writer.

TIP OF THE DAY

Sit down this week and pinpoint one area of your writing where you need to improve.  It may be marketing.  It may be introductions.  It may be voice or writing character descriptions or whatever.  I want you to name one thing and then decide how you are going to improve on that.  Draw up a plan for growth.

CONTEST OF THE DAY

Writer’s Digest has a short story contest going on now.  Maximum words…..1,500.  First prize….$3,000.  You can read about the submission guidelines here.

WRITER OF THE DAY

Many of you already know Ruby from HP, but if you don’t, take a moment to stop by and support this very loyal and supportive friend of mine.  I promise you that you’ll be glad you did.  You can find Ruby by following this link.

PROMOTIONAL SITE OF THE DAY

If you want some extra promotion for your ebook, take a look at BookBub.  This site charges a fee to recommend your book to hundreds of thousands of readers.  It is, at the very least, worth taking a look at.  You can find it here.

RESOURCE OF THE DAY

I’m going to give you a tip, and you would be wise to take it and run with it.  One of the very pleasant surprises of 2014, for me, was meeting Iris Draak.  This is a woman who was born to motivate and coach, and I’ll tell you a secret that will not remain a secret for long:  she is one hell of a writer.

I urge you to follow her blog by following this link.  If you desire to improve as a writer, and you have visions of actually making money at some point in your writing career, then Iris is one person you’ll want to meet and form a working relationship with.

The other person I urge you to follow is Heidi Thorne. She is a marketing guru and if you need answers about “how to get the word out” that you are a writer, then Heidi can be your own personal fountain of knowledge.  You can find Heidi by following this link.

YOU HAVE YOUR MARCHING PAPERS

I’ve given you some great resources today, and a homework assignment I hope you complete.  Good luck with it all.  Let’s make 2015 the best year of writing any of us have experienced.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”