During our 4th Annual Writers’ Conference & Book Expo, I was scheduled to present a session on my “15 Pearls” of Literature on Marketing, Blogging, Community, and Support. As it has worked out in the past (but won’t be the case anymore), I wasn’t able to get this session up in time but did get it done eventually – just not published. Those who registered for that session will be getting 3 new sessions FREE during our upcoming WC&BE in August!
This session on my “PEARLS…” will be shared here for all our members, in hopes that it will help in our quest to become successful in these areas. These will be posted under our posting schedule of Mondays & Thursdays each week, in separate parts.
Often times we think that to become a successful author, all we need to do is publish a book, but, that is so far from the truth. To be successful in this business, you must learn and master the tricks of the trade in the marketing arena, blogging arena, support arena, and you must be aligned with, and have a strong sense of community – self, and others.
All of the pearls that I will be sharing are integral to our success. I believe so strongly in these pearls, that I’m happy to share them with you!
Welcome to Part 1!
ALIGN YOURSELF WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE
When you became an author, did you imagine that you would have everything in common with all the other folks who wore the same title? Did you think it would be easy simply because you were in the company (virtually, so to speak) of other writers?
When I became a published author, I was initially met with more resistance than offers to connect or offers of assistance. These people were clearly only out for their own best interests and had absolutely no desire to help a newbie author who was just getting started in this business.
Then, I met a friend, and as we connected, we not only felt that we were walking the same road, experiencing the same challenges and successes equally, but it became apparent to us that we were also headed in the very same direction. She and I began referring to each other as “SUCCESS PARTNERS.” We emailed each other daily our top 5 things that we needed to get done that day, and we encouraged each other to stay the course of our goals. It was clear early on that we were of like-mind. We were two moms, both published authors, who battled daily the challenges of our personal lives as well as the struggles of getting our books marketed and sold. I understood her highs and lows and she understood mine.
It’s so important to align yourself with people you have shared values with and those who share your ideals on success and support, you know…the ones who are going to lift you up and not try to tear you down. The ones that you’re able to call on, lean on and garner support from when you need it most, are the kinds of individuals you want to be aligned with and always in the company of.
There are tons of communities all around the world and thanks to the World Wide Web, we’re all just a keystroke away. Just make sure that you are aligned with the ones that feel like the right fit for you and what you are trying to accomplish. Just because they appear to be “sweet” via their tweets, doesn’t mean they are, so be careful, and just as is true in the real world, choose your friends carefully and wisely – we are always judged by the company we keep … even online.
Are you aligning yourself with like-minded individuals online and off? Have you found a community that builds you up? We’d love to hear about it!