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5 Lessons I Learned from Writing a Book

My book – How to Cash In as a Blogger was written over a year ago. It was released February 2016 on Amazon and my second book is still under construction. The second book would be on an entirely different topic, so watch this space. It promises to be good!

So what did I learn from writing a book? I learned a lot. It could take me a day and a half to write all I learned from writing a book on here, so I will summarise the main lessons, and try to keep it as brief as possible.

 

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Lesson 1 – Writing an eBook was the smart way to go

I released only an e version of my book. There are no paperbacks and this was deliberate. I only read ebooks on my Amazon Kindle. I have not bought a paperback in years because I don’t have the space for them. I love reading. I read about 2 books a week easily. So imagine if they were all paperbacks? We won’t have a place to sit!

I also didn’t want to put myself under pressure to sell! Having the paperbacks would have been an issue if I couldn’t sell them quick. I was not prepared for that added pressure ย So you won’t be reading a paperback version of How to Cash In as a Blogger or any of my future books anytime soon.

 

Lesson 2 – Self-promotion is the only way up

This kind of took me by surprise. I thought all I had to do was to write a book worth reading and the buyers would come. I was so wrong. Self-promotion is the only way up! I am still working on this. I am very good at promoting blog posts and all, but I struggled to promote my book as much as I should for reasons I am not aware of. It just didn’t come natural to me.

Maybe because it is my first product. I guess I would have to wait to see if self-promoting my second book would be easier. Regardless of how hard I find the whole promotion process, it has to be done. So be ready to self-promote like crazy if you want to write a book.

 

Lesson 3 – Be ready for the attention

Writing a book brought myself and Fashion and Style Police a lot of attention. So it was a good thing I was ready for it. I expected some attention but as much as I got, especially in the early days. This attention can be a blessing and a curse at the same time, depending on your circumstances and how long you look at it.

The best way to handle this new found fame is to make sure your social media accounts and blog are looking the part. Also, remember to make the most of the attention.

 

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Lesson 4 – I can’t live on the sales of 1 book

This was never my intention but it is good I have experienced this first hand so I know. My book sales are less than 10% of my yearly income, so surviving on the sales would be impossible. I plan to write more books in future, and I don’t plan on surviving on the sales I make from those either, although it would be amazing if I could. Having said that, I have collaborated with many brands, in various ways because of my book. So I am living on some collaborations thanks to writing a book, if that makes sense.

 

Lesson 5 – The reviews or lack of them

Before I though of writing a book, I didn’t think about how many authors struggle to get their book buyers to leave reviews. Now this does not affect only authors, but all businesses. Reviews are like oxygen to a business owner, and we all need them. As I type this post, I have less than 10 reviews and I have had my book downloaded hundreds of times. So why do I have only 9 reviews? Big question that no one can answer. All I know is that book readers do not enjoy writing books reviews.

Now that I have written a book, I know how important book reviews are to an author so I make sure to leave a review, whether it is good or bad. If you have read my book, please leave a review. I need those reviews like I need air. If you have not read my book, you can download it here.

 

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely week.

 

 

 

 

 

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Why I Read Over 20 Blog Posts Every Day

I love reading. It is one hobby I truly enjoy, and as a Blogger and Freelance PR Consultant, I have to read as many blog posts as possible every day. Reading and writing is second nature to me, which is great because my job relies on it! So if I am not able to put on my Kindle because of a busy schedule, I can guarantee I would be able to read some blog posts during the day.

 

 

I read over 20 blog posts a day because there are so many amazing blogs around these days, it is so easy to read as many. I also comment on as many blog posts as I can.

Many bloggers underestimate the power of the blogosphere, and just instead stay busy publishing post after post on their blog without reading other blogs, which I find very funny. Except you are in the Mega Blogger Category (Is there such a category?), you should be reaching out to as many bloggers as possible, because the blogosphere world is really small, especially in the UK. We all need each other in a way.

The power of commenting on blogs is so underrated, that many bloggers don’t know the value of it. Apart from the fact that you are reading and gaining knowledge, you leaving a quality comment would probably put a smile on the blogger’s face, it would lead some traffic to your blog, which may lead to you having some loyal blog followers, brands/PRs could find your blog from a comment left on another blog, and so on. The benefits of reading and commenting on blogs you enjoy are too many to list.

 

 

I enjoy reading a variety of blogs from fashion and beauty, to lifestyle and even parenting. I also enjoy scrolling through food blogs. They usually make my mouth water and leave me hungry, but I gain so many recipe ideas from them, so I can’t be without reading them.

What sort of blogs do you enjoy reading?

 

 

 

 

A Good Writer is a Good Reader

Being a good writer means you are a good reader. You have to be able to read to write. Reading opens doors, horizons and develops the mind.

 

 

Don’t feel bad if you’ve not picked up a book or novel in the last few month, knowledge-packed blog posts make excellent reads too! The idea is to read something of quality everyday. And thanks to the E-readers, reading o the go has never been so easy. I can think of a book, and start reading it in few seconds if I like.

 

 

Reading does a lot to improve our writing, here are 4 significant ways it does that –

 

  1. Reading enhances your imagination

Reading challenges you to think about different possibilities. It pushes you to begin to explore taking your writing to amazing depths and perspectives.

 

  1. Reading gives you the facts upon which to base your writing

No matter what you write you need to lay a good foundation and research is the best place to start. Imagine writing a blog post. Reading exposes you to facts and information that will come in handy in your writing.

The facts build your references and will give you instances or real situations to mention in your writing. This makes your writing richer as it will become more informative, resourceful and useful to your readers.

 

  1. Reading opens you to different world views and perspectives

Whatever you write is always aimed at engaging your audience. To engage your audience you need to be able to understand them – what they like, what they believe in, what their problems are and how they have been dealing with their problems. This will help you write pieces that are of interest to your readers. Reading exposes you to other people’s way of thinking and when you reflect that in your writing, it helps you form a stronger connection with your audience.

 

  1. Reading helps you learn new words, phrases and modes of expression.

Every time you read something new you are bound to learn new words and meanings. These words will help improve your vocabulary and make your writing richer.

New words are not the only things you learn. You also learn how to use them effectively in your writing. Your writing becomes clearer and stronger. It helps you learn how to drive the message home. Although it will take a lot of practice, it is worth the time spent learning how to use those words and phrases.

 

Do you enjoy reading? I love reading and I am currently reading She Means Business by Carrie Green on my Amazon Kindle, which I am learning a lot from.

What are you reading at the moment?

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