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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  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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8 Ways to Train your Brain to Write Everyday

As a freelancer, writing forms a major part of my work activity. To keep Fashion and Style Police up and running, I need to make sure that there is a steady flow of content everyday or almost everyday. I also have to do a good amount of writing for my clients, so I am always writing.

 

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What has helped me in creating content consistently is my habit of writing. Let’s face it. No matter what medium you use in your business, writing will always form an important place in your life. This is a skill that does not come by chance. The greatest bloggers or freelancers we have now are diligent writers. They make it a point of duty to write everyday.

If you’ve not been the type who writes consistently, then this post is just for you. Here are 8 ways you can train yourself to be a real content machine.

 

Set aside a specific time everyday to start writing

Sometimes it is only when you have a specific time of the day to write that your creative juice flows. If you are the type who wakes up early in the morning, then let writing be the first thing you do before anything else. The same goes for if you are a night person. Or you can get super specific by setting a particular time in the day like 2pm everyday.

 

Keep your writing materials near by

You may have the desire to write everyday, but when you know that you have to walk a distance before you can write something down, there’s a high possibility that it will cool you off completely.

Keep your writing materials close to you so that you can be more motivated to write. Put a notebook and a pen near your bed or make use of the notepad on your phone, that is what I use 90% of the time.

 

Get an accountability partner

Having someone who can keep you accountable will help you write more often. Tell a friend who can keep you accountable and check on your progress everyday. This will keep you on your toes everyday. You wouldn’t want to disappoint that friend of yours, would you?

 

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Come up with a list of things everyday

I heard about this tip and it’s quite effective. Come up with a list of 10 things everyday. For example, “10 ways to sleep well” or “10 travel ideas you can try out”. These lists will help you push your mind to build content around your ideas. No matter how long or how short your list is, it will get you in the mood of writing.

 

Keep a journal

A journal is where you write events that happen to you on a daily basis. What better way to get in the writing mode than by keeping a journal? Write something about what happened during the day. It’s not always a must to be able to write something relating to your business everyday. It could be on personal things. The idea is to keep writing.

 

Have 30-day challenge

Challenges get you in the competitive spirit. The idea is to be able meet a target. What makes this effective is, if you could make your 30-day writing challenge public. Share your progress everyday with your friends on Facebook or Twitter and even on Instagram. When you share your progress with your audience, it keeps you publicly accountable.

 

Mark your calendar

This is an easy exercise that will keep you going in your writing efforts. Have a spare calendar. Each time you write something, take a red marker to put a big X on the day. Try this the next day and then the next. The aim is to not break the chain of red Xs. Since you do not want to break the chain you will be more eager to write. It works!

 

Aim to write a certain number of words everyday

Start with 100 words a day. 100 words a day should take you less than 15 minutes to write. Train yourself to write 100 words everyday. Do this for 30 days. Before you know it, it will be a part of you. The day you skip this exercise, roll it over to the next day. For example, when you miss one day, that means you will have to write 200 words the next day. That will serve as punishment whenever you miss a day.

 

Do you write everyday? How do you train yourself to write?

Creative Writing Course NCC Home Learning

I am always eager to learn something new. Knowledge is never too much, so I make a conscious effort to learn something new each day. I recently had the opportunity to study a Creative Writing Course with NCC Home Learning, and I am loving it so far.

NCC Home Learning has over 350 distance learning courses available to study from home, at your own pace and time, which is great! I only just started my Creative Writing Course, I completed the first module – Creative writing and you, and I know for a fact that I am going to gain a lot from this course.

This first module had me searching myself and my love for writing. It made me think of the reasons why I write, when I discovered my love for writing, when and where I like to write, and my writing journey in general.

 

 

I discovered my love for reading and writing before my tenth birthday. I discovered I was more into reading and writing than my peers, and that I truly enjoyed it. I wrote a bit of that in my book – How to Cash In as a Blogger, so go have a read if you have not done so already.

I am interested in this creative writing course because I would want to improve my writing, I believe there is always room for improvement, even if you are J. K. Rowling. I would also love to discover new writing techniques and ideas, and explore other writing genres. I am currently only interested in reading and writing non-fiction, but back in the day, I was only interested in fiction books, I remember being so into romance novels when I was younger, and I even wrote a few short stories myself. But now, I have lost all interest in reading and writing fiction, which I find so weird, so I am hoping this online course would spark my interest in the fiction genre again.

I will be keeping you all updated on my progress, and I will be writing a more in-depth review once I am done with the course in the next few months. Wish me luck. Thanks for stopping by.

 

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