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Is Finishing Your Book Your New Years
Resolution?

Submitted by Judy Cullins  l  December 26 2005  l  Viewings: 5742

 
Think of the resolution "I'm going to to lose weight this year"--a statement that doesn't show intention because it's vague. Talk is cheap. So are you still talking about your book, yet don't really want to finish because it's too much work, too much money, and has too many steps?

For some of you the reality is you won't finish. And the longer you "work" on your book, the more time gets between you and publishing time to make a difference in other people's lives. For 5% of you who will do what it takes, this reminder is for you.

Don't wait any longer to write your book. Now is the best time to get it out. When you ponder and linger, you lose interest and motivation. That's why I like the idea of the "Fast-Forward Writing Technique," that produces consistently well organized chapters that hook your reader and motivate in each paragraph so your readers finish and recommend your book to others. .

Remember the benefits of writing a book. It gets your unique word out to help others to a better life. It brings solutions to your readers' challenges. It can "brand" your business-much stronger than a business card. It makes you known as the expert in your field. If writing fiction, it entertains and educates. Finally, like me it can make half of your monthly income that goes on indefinitely.

Remember you can add marketing pizzazz to each and every chapter in its title, its introduction and its conclusion. Apply the "Essential Nine Hot-Selling Points" before you finish and your book will sell so much better when published.

To manifest your book dream this year, make sure you make it real.

1. visualize your book finished and a great success. See the checks and credit card orders coming in each day.

2. Save money in a special bank account so you'll have enough to get some coaching through teleclasses and writing groups and a small amount for copies printed. (You don't need 1000 printed at first)

3. Know it will cost some money. If you book is so important, don't be too cheap as to what you invest in it to get it finished.

4. Honor High Level Activities each day. Spend real writing time on your chapters, your introduction and your back cover. Aim for 1-2 hours each day or divide to suit your schedule.

5. Stop writing without feedback from peers or a qualified bookcoach. You don't realize that even if you are a professional, you don't know all that makes a chapter sizzle. Old writing habits such as using "is, was" or other passives mar your style, and make it long and unweildy so your reader will yawn and turn away. You need to keep your reader engaged.on each page.

6. Don't give up. Your project may take some time. I recommend writing a short book first so you can finish fast.

7. Consider self-publishing because the traditional path takes far too long and even if you are chosen, you'll find the time and energy you put there will not pay off nearly as much as when you learn a few promotion tips to do implement yourself. The sad truth is that the publishers won't give you much in promotion time.

8. Write your print and eBook at the same time. Service your online audience as well as the audience at your talks. They love and buy books. They want information on all kinds of topics. They have money to spend. Promoting to this audience is far easier, cheaper and productive than other methods.

Finally, put your book project in the top three priorities of your life. Business, Family, Friends, Book! If you don't include it in these, it just won't happen.

TOO TOUGHSome people may say, "This is the year I meet and marry my soul mate." That's a lot to wish for. What makes more sense is to come up with some simple steps to put yourself in a position to make this happen. How can you put yourself in the path of the person you hope to meet? Think big, but also set up some small action items you can take to guide your daily decisions about how you spend your time and the things you will DO to make your dream a reality.

TOO ONE-DIMENSIONALMany people would prefer their homes and offices to be more organizedand vow to do so each year. "This spring I really will clean up the clutter," they will say. Yet, in spite of a bit of spring cleaning, the clutter continues to pile up throughout the year. For many, seeing is believing. Maybe the motivation you need is a photograph of your ideal office or a clutter-free home. Put it up where you can see it. Go to an open house or two and marvel at how neat and clean a home can be. Create a "Dream Board" with images of what you want your ideal environment to look (and feel) like and put them up where you will see them.

Now we know why most people fail to stick to their New Year's resolutions. The solution to making lasting changes in your life is to engage all of your senses and use both sides of your brain in the planning process. When you know exactly what you wantwhat it looks like, feels like, sounds like and you can picture and describe it in amazing detailyou are much closer to getting it. Also, by breaking down the dream into small micromovements you can do on a daily basis, you can make it happen one day at a time. Using this approach to your resolutions guarantees a great year in 2006.

If you are serious about your success you will find The Whole-Brain Goal Planner by Lee Silber extremely helpful in planning your year. Included is everything you need to set yourself up for your best year yet. To get a goal planner send $49.95 to Lee Silber, 822 Redondo Court, San Diego, CA 92109. We will also include The Ultimate Day Planner Pad for free (a $10.00 value).

Judy Cullins, 20-year Book and Internet Marketing Coach works with small business people who want to make a difference in people's lives, build their credibility and clients, and make a consistent life-long income. Author of Write Your eBook or Other Short Book Fast and 10 others, she offers free help through her 2 monthly ezines, "The Book Coach Says. . .," and "Business Tip of the Month." at http://www.bookcoaching.com. Email her at Judy@bookcoaching.com or Cullinsbks@aol.com Phone: 619/466-0622 -- Orders: 866/200-9743

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