How could an eBook boost your business?

How could an ebook set you apart from your competition?

And should you write one yourself, or would it be a better use of your time and other resources to pay a skilled and enthusiastic ghostwriter to write one for you?

Have you ever written an ebook to offer potential clients or customers to get them more interested in your brand? Maybe you have, but you haven’t seen any increase in sales or sign-ups.

Time for an editor with a good sense of what will grab and hold onto your customer’s attention, imprinting your brand on their minds.

Or maybe you’ve thought an ebook would be a great thing to have, but you don’t want to write it yourself? Or you don’t have the time.

Time for a ghostwriter with that same sense, who also happens to love writing eBooks — especially those that share valuable information that your clients or customers will love.

As Captain America has said (among other things that are now etched in my memory), “I could do this all day!”

Why an eBook?

For most industries, eBooks are more appropriate than white papers.

In general, they’re also written using less formal language. The goal is to invite potential customers or clients to read, enjoy, and share the eBook — and to remember who provided it.

If your ideal customer or client downloads your eBook and joins your email list, you can then send other incentives to consider your product or service — keeping you in the minds of those who’ve downloaded and (hopefully) enjoyed your eBook.

The more often your potential clients or customers remember you and what you’ve done for them, the better.

Aren’t eBooks overused?

No. In some cases (many, actually), they’re poorly conceived, poorly-written, poorly-edited, or all of the above.

What we can learn from that is the fact that just having an eBook for your customers or clients to download won’t necessarily cause an exponential increase in your products or services.

The same goes for free e-courses or online video courses. If your e-course doesn’t teach your potential clients something new that helps them in some measurable or memorable way, they won’t have a reason to think your product or service will help them reach their goals.

EBooks also have the advantage of being delivered all at once — which makes it all the more necessary to cut any content that doesn’t help your reader in some way.

And if designed by someone who knows what your customer/client wants, your eBook stands an excellent chance of getting the kind of attention you want for your product or service.

Once you have an ebook, you can easily create a promo image like this one using MagicMockups.com, DIYBookCovers.com/3Dmockups, or PlaceIt.net.

Where do I begin?

If you’d like to write one yourself, you can start by making a list of eBook ideas that would interest your customers or clients.

Make yourself think up ten possible eBook ideas. Don’t censor yourself. Let the ideas flow until you have at least ten listed. Then, if you need help narrowing down your ideas, create a poll on social media and ask the people in your network to help you choose.

To get the most helpful results, choose the social media channel/s where more of your ideal customers or clients hang out.

For example, if you run a soup and sandwiches shop, you could write an eBook on the best soup and sandwich pairings and the nutritional information for each. It could also include any interesting information on the ingredients you use for your sandwiches and soups.

For your gluten-sensitive customers, you could devote a section of your eBook to soup/sandwich pairings just for them, with detailed information on the ingredients and how you prepare gluten-free menu items to prevent gluten contamination from other foods.

Or if you’re a freelance writing coach, you might write an eBook on the coaching services you provide and on how good coaching has made a difference for other freelance writers (based on their own testimony).

If you have glowing testimonials from your own clients, so much the better!

At the end of your eBook, you could invite the reader to click on a link to answer a brief survey where they tell you exactly what they need help with — so you can contact them with more specific information and invite them to chat with you about how you could help them meet their goals.

SurveyMonkey will let you create a survey for potential clients and customers. It doesn’t have to be a long one. In fact, it’s better to keep it short and sweet.

Check out the 3-question survey I just created at no cost (I’m testing the waters with this one, too).

Apparently, there are several ways to share the survey once you create it on their website. I chose to create a weblink, for starters — which you can easily use to create a hyperlinked survey invitation at the end of your eBook.

You can also embed the survey on your website, invite your email subscribers to take it, or share the survey on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter. There are other options, as you can see in this image.

Need help brainstorming an idea for your eBook? Send me an email at sarahlentzwriter@gmail.com or chat me up on Facebook or Twitter. Let me know if there’s anything I can help with.

And happy creating!

How Miracle Morning & Neurogym have changed my life for the better

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I owe my beginning as a published author to one book written by three authors: Hal Elrod, Honoree Corder, and Steve Scott.

Maybe you’ve heard of it: The Miracle Morning for Writers

Because of that book, I joined Self Publishing School in July of 2016 and finally wrote and published my first book, The Hypothyroid Writer.

But somewhere along the way, I started slipping with my morning routine. One change led to another, and while I still kept most of the Life S.A.V.E.R.S., I did them differently.

And somehow, self-defeating thoughts and behaviors crept to the surface and changed the way I performed even those habits.

Because of those thoughts, I was still more reactive than proactive.

Because of those thoughts, I convinced myself that I could only go so far as a writer — and that was okay.

It wasn’t okay. It still isn’t okay.

So, today I went over my copy of Miracle Morning for Writers and compared the original routine to what I’ve been doing.

Silence…. check. Do I meditate? Not always. But I do take time to breathe and get my mind right — thinking about what I’m grateful for (which I’ll write about soon in my daily Google doc).

Affirmations… check — but now I do them while journaling in my daily Google doc.

Visualization…. check — but now I also do this while journaling in my daily Google doc (as a “Mind movie”).

Exercise…. <gulp> Next? (I know, right? What happened to those squats I used to do while reheating my coffee? Walk of shame!)

Reading…. check! Phew. But I don’t always read in the morning, anymore, unless I run across an article that interests me.

Scribing…. check! And, you may have guessed, I do this first of all in my daily Google doc.

Stealth negativity

The thoughts that crept in weren’t overwhelmingly negative. I’d be writing an affirmation and think, “Well, that’s not realistic!” and replace it with something more… attainable… for someone like me.

After all, I’d decided that I was going to create my next book all by myself. It would be my first self-edited and self-formatted book with a self-designed book cover. And by golly, it was going to be amazing!

But would it sell ten copies a day? Yeah… probably not. That seemed unlikely.

My first book wasn’t selling that well, after all, and it had a professionally-designed cover. Plus there was a huge market for it (if only I could get their attention).

My second book? It appealed to those who wanted to create their own journals and workbooks using Canva (not Photoshop), but… I still didn’t have a handle on book marketing, and my sales stats were depressing.

So, I thought, what was the point of creating affirmations based on what I wanted to happen if it had nothing to do with reality and I had no idea how to change that?

Knowing the “how to” isn’t enough

I wanted to earn a full-time income with my writing. But I didn’t know where to start or what to focus on. Beyond that, I thought that repeating affirmations to myself about living the life I wanted to live — which seemed impossible — was just cruel.

“If I don’t have a plan,” I thought, “how am I going to make that happen?”

I’d convinced myself that I had to make my writing business work somehow without help — because as soon as I needed help, I would be told, “Well, see, you can’t do this after all. You should just get a ‘real job.'”

But even when I knew what to do — and I did it — the results I wanted stayed out of reach. Because, underneath it all, I expected them to.

So, because I spent much of the past two years reacting to perceived slights instead of thinking and behaving proactively, I’ve only accomplished what I allowed myself to — the minimum “attainable for someone like me.”

Wake-up Call

And then Marc Guberti interviewed me for his Breakthrough Success Podcast. And I felt even more like a fraud when I remembered and recounted how the Miracle Morning for Writers had changed everything for me.

That book has still made me a better writer. But I’m far from being the representative it deserves.

Only recently have I confronted the stealth negativity that rendered my affirmations useless. And only recently have I created new ones that energize me every morning with radical hope and grateful expectation.

What Miracle Morning began, Neurogym and the DreamBuilder program have refined, exposing and purging the negative thoughts and encouraging me to actively and confidently create the life I want for myself and my family.

Write it down…

Before joining those programs, I would experience some success by simply writing about what I would love to do and to have in my life — and in my kids’ lives.

Books like Honoree Corder’s Prosperity for Writers and Henrietta Anne Klauser’s Write It Down, Make It Happen encouraged me to do this.

I let myself daydream on paper, and it was liking taking a mini-vacation each time. Only it made me want even more to turn those dreams into reality.

I’m not talking about exploring the world or living in a mansion or becoming president — though there’s nothing wrong with wanting any of these things. And I’d honestly love to travel more and to have a better living arrangement for my family.

Oh, and I’d love to live in Oregon — my native state.

The missing link

While I had a fantastic new morning routine that set me on the right track each day, I didn’t go deep enough. I hadn’t yet addressed the old beliefs and habits that still held me back.

It took Neurogym to get me started on changing that. Working through the DreamBuilder program with Mary Morrissey (a program Neurogym led me to) has also helped.

They’ve been the one-two punch to the old habits of thinking that have sabotaged every step I’ve taken toward my goals.

I also needed someone to encourage me to write down exactly what I’d like to accomplish — an actual number for monthly earnings, for example, or a detailed description of the place I’d love to live in (and its location). I needed someone to tell me, “Don’t try to make your dreams more ‘realistic’; just be honest with yourself about what you would love!”

So, that’s what I do — writing detailed mind movies based on those answers and focusing on the good in my life instead of past hurts and obstacles.

I no longer tell myself, “That’s not realistic,” because those words only mean that my dream or affirmation doesn’t reflect my past experience.

And yes, I still slip sometimes into writing about things from my past (both distant and recent) that still bother me. But lately, it’s been easier to pull out of that dive, level off, and continue the upward climb. Because I no longer feel stuck with those things; they no longer feel inescapable.

Yes, they happened. And yes, they were hard to get through. And yes, I still remember them — especially the things are also part of my present.

But they don’t get to hold me back, anymore. They don’t get to decide how far I can go, how much I can earn, or what I can accomplish.

If that sounds ridiculously optimistic, I’m okay with that. I began to adopt this more optimistic outlook on life when I had my first Miracle Morning. But I didn’t really do it justice until I went deeper and addressed the thoughts and habits that were still working behind the scenes to hold me back and keep me under.

“How” is on the outside

So, now I’m doing a Miracle Morning reboot. And I’m wondering, as I write this, if you’re also a Miracle Morning person and what, if any, modifications have you made since making it part of your every day.

It’s one thing to made adjustments to make the Miracle Morning uniquely yours, without diluting it.

It’s another to do as I did and hold back a bit when implementing some of the Life S.A.V.E.R.S. or change them to make them seem more “realistic.”

I don’t recommend the second thing.

But it pays to know — as I now do — that it’s not enough to know the “how to” of making your morning better, the “how to” of writing and self-publishing a book all by yourself (after spending hours and hours learning how to do all the things well enough that your book doesn’t look terrible), or the “how to” of making friends whose perspective on life is much brighter than the one you’re used to hearing every day.

The “how to” is external. It needs to connect to the internal to be learned and fully implemented. But there’s a difference between learning how to follow the steps involved in writing, editing, formatting, and publishing a book and learning how to create a book that becomes everything you want it to be. In the first case, the result is a finished product (like the result of following a recipe or assembly instructions) — in the second, the result is a living part of you that transcends paper and digital media.

It’s a product of love, and it doesn’t grow in a vacuum. And it tends to involve more than one person.

The same goes for relationships. You can learn how to go through the motions of talking to people, but if you’re not fully present and if the necessary connections aren’t made, the conversation will be forgotten or it won’t accomplish any end other than being able to check the box for “”Socialize with another human today.”

You can learn the “how to” of creating a morning routine that makes it easier to get a lot more done each day. But unless you address the deeper thoughts and habits that hold you back from the results you want, you can have the most impressive morning routine and still make little if any progress toward your goals.

The Miracle Morning routine has enough in it to transform anyone’s day — and anyone’s life — for the better. But even though it did that for me, I held onto the idea that I had to make everything happen with as little help as possible.

I had to do it alone — and I had to learn to do it well.

Because I still had this idea that if I couldn’t do it myself, I couldn’t do it. It wouldn’t really be mine, and there would always be this lingering doubt that I contributed anything of value.

As a mother, I should know better.

I thought being more “realistic” would help. It hasn’t. Because it was never really about what was real, anyway. It was about what I’d gotten used to.

Life can be so much better than that. And it should be.

Upwork and Onward

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I spent about a month on Upwork. And then they kicked me out.

“Why?” you ask.

Because I didn’t read the fine print about using their money gauntlet, and I received a small one-time payment directly through PayPal. And, not knowing that it was not cool with Upwork, when my client asked how she could pay me for the sample I wrote for her (she decided to go with someone whose rate was lower), I told her — through Upwork’s messaging app — that she could pay me directly through PayPal. And I gave her my PayPal email address.

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Yes, that was probably dumb. But hear me out.

Every time I offered my email address on Upwork’s messaging app, I was warned to “stay safe” and use Upwork’s messaging app for client communications.

But sometimes I used my email, anyway — without consequences.

And when I so much as typed the word PayPal, the Upwork fairies again warned me to “stay safe” by using Upwork’s payment process. I call it their “money gauntlet,” because they take a 20% cut from every scrap of income that goes through it.

And it hurts. It really does.

And yes, I know…. fine print… terms and conditions…. I should have read it all. Every word. But I didn’t.

So, here I am writing a blog post about why I’m glad I joined Upwork and why I’m also glad they kicked me out.

Curious? Read on.

Reasons I’m glad I joined Upwork:

  • I developed the habit of submitting at least one proposal a day for any interesting jobs I found — and to use all my “connects” every month. I even upgraded to the $10/month plan to get more connects.
  • The more proposals I wrote and submitted, the more confident I became, and my proposals improved with practice.
  • With my new confidence, I wasn’t afraid to ask for a higher rate (one that was still reasonable), and found clients willing to pay it.
  • My response rate improved week by week.
  • I found new clients who have been great to work with.

Why I’m glad Upwork kicked me out:

  • My new habit of writing and submitting proposals — using clear, client-focused, and confident language — prepared me for finally writing a query to a creative organization for which I wanted to write, edit, and format books.
  • While it took the wind out of me to suddenly have my account deactivated and to be accused of dishonesty, I pivoted and decided to go for something I’d wanted but had hesitated to go after. Instead of mourning the loss of that income stream, I became more determined to find a better one.
  • The confidence I’d gained from getting positive responses to my Upwork proposals motivated me to take the risk and send carefully-crafted letters of introduction (LOI) to new potential clients and collaborators.
  • One of my Upwork clients still wants to work with me, and she’s more than happy to pay directly through PayPal.
  • And I won’t be at all surprised if the paths now open before me help me reach my writing goals more quickly than Upwork would have.

There’s a little more to this story, because I was about to (possibly) get my first major ghostwriting project on Upwork — writing an ebook on a subject of interest. So, yeah… I was disappointed. And slightly panicked. And I won’t repeat everything that came out of my mouth.

But after indulging in a little profanity, I realized I had the tools I needed to go after something better. So, that’s what I decided to do on the very first day of October, 2018 — almost two years after publishing and launching my first book.

Yes, it’s taken me a while to get here. I’ve made plenty of missteps along the way. One of those was to spend precious time reacting to perceived slights instead of defining and going after what I really wanted.

I’ve accomplished more in the past month than in the several before it. Because mindset does matter. And there are a lot of supportive people in the writing community whose words have helped me switch out my old perspective for one that is changing everything for the better.

It’s not comfortable. Certainty is comfortable. I’m not certain of much anymore. But I’m alive, and I’m moving in a better direction.

And I’ll take that over being comfortable any day.

[Note to comfort: I still love you. But we probably shouldn’t hang out as much. It’s not you…. ]

The (sometimes) fun consequences of identifying with your characters

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Have you ever so identified with one of your story characters that you found yourself doing something that particular character would do — more readily than you normally would?

Maybe you did something your character would do (or has done in your story), because you admire your character’s bravery. Maybe this character cares less than you do about what people think.

Maybe you took a risk you wouldn’t ordinarily take — because your character would take that risk without hesitating.

Have any of your story characters been whispering in your ear, urging you to do or say things you haven’t dared do or say before?

If any of the above resonates, did you feel more alive or more like the person you were made to be when you did what a character urged you to do?

Did you ever find yourself grateful to the character — who is, after all, an extension of your own creative energy — for giving you that extra push? 

Did you ever wonder if you created that character precisely because you wanted to be braver or more assertive or more outspoken or more something else?

In my case, I was working on book two of my lunch lady cozy mystery series, and I decided my main character would get her hair cut short and add some color streaks to it. The more I thought about the reason why she did this, the more I realized I wanted to do the same thing.

So, I did.

Stepping into character

First, I took my husband’s hair cutter, snapped on the longest hair setting (1″), and ran it all over my head to erase the evidence of the amateur trim I’d given myself a few days before that. The plus side? I won’t need a hairdryer for months.

[As a side note, I always planned for my character to go to an actual salon for both the cut and the color.]

Next, I set up an appointment at a local salon and went in for a partial foil in dark red (a shade that worked well with the dark brown and gray I already have, since it would coexist with both). Now my hair has this multi-color look that I love. Next time, though — when my hair is a bit longer —  I might go with a bolder color. Maybe a reddish purple or even a vivid blue.

Research and Relief

On my own lunch lady front, I’ve got some shifts lined up for the first week of school, and it’s in a brand new kitchen. Might give me some ideas for Books Two and Three.

Plus, it’ll get me out of the house, and I’ll get paid to get some exercise and interact with other humans.

My main character, Livian Alder, who has black hair with some grays already showing (she’s 30), will probably get some purple streaks added to her freshly-chopped mane. And she’ll love it.

It probably won’t be as short as mine, because she’s a bit self-conscious about her ears and will probably go for a short bob with at least some wispy strands up front (some of them streaked with purple).

Reactions from the other characters will be mixed — as I expected the case to be for me. So far, though, the feedback has been positive.

Below is a recent picture of me with a paperback copy of the first novel in my series. The webcam didn’t exactly do it justice, but you get the idea (There’s a better image of the cover posted on my Author page).

Real motivation

What really drove me to make the change (however small) was the thought that I wanted my hair to remind me of the creativity and courage I want to display in at least five different ways every day. At least five.

It’s something I see every time I look in the mirror. And, unlike flowers, it doesn’t make my husband sneeze.

It’s not much of a change, I know. But for me, it represents a notable departure from the way I’d seen myself for many years.

To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with just letting hair go gray — just as there’s nothing wrong with coloring all of it. This isn’t about what way is best. It’s about the mental blocks that have stood in my way for too long.

I begin each day differently, now. I still have coffee, but I approach the day and its potential (and mine) in a different way — expressing gratitude for at least three things I already have (usually more than three) and enumerating five things I want to do that day to get me closer to my goals.

It doesn’t sound like much, but I usually don’t stop with five. Even if I do, though, that’s five things I’ve done that have gotten me closer to my goals. Five new things to be grateful for — on top of all the good things I already have in my life.  And it doesn’t take long to get me started on a list of those. It’s a good thing I’m a fast typist.

Changes (new and coming)

A month ago, I wouldn’t have even considered going to a salon for a color treatment. So, what changed?

For me, it was a combination of joining a new program with Neurogym and working on Book Two of my cozy mystery series. Book Two ventures into new territory, and I’m not just talking about my mc’s new hairdo.

(No, not erotica. No zombies, either.)

What has changed for you since you started creating characters you love?

Ghostwriting is more than a gig

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Ghostwriting is a calling. No, really. It’s serious business taking someone else’s words, listening to the messages hidden in them, and putting it all into a book that makes the client look at you and say something like, “How did you do this? How did you put my thoughts into words better than I could?”

It’s magic.

If I take someone else’s words and the subtext together into my head, and out comes something that cries out, “Mama!” to the original source of those thoughts, it makes me a sort of surrogate — but without the need for doctor visits. That and it generally takes way less than nine months’ time to finish.

I’m not writing this to diminish all that real mothers — surrogate or otherwise — go through. I’m a mother (four times) myself. I know how it works.

It’s worth pointing out, though, that ghostwriting a book for someone isn’t just writing from dictation. It takes more than transcription skills. Anyone who has struggled to articulate their thoughts in writing — for a book, for an academic paper, for a story — knows the relief of finally seeing their thoughts expressed in prose that dances to their own unique rhythm, communicating not only the essence of their message or story, but also their voice.

No AI copywriter can do that. It takes a human mind with a heart behind it. It takes a spirit that can connect with others on a sub-social level. Only a living person can work this magic.

And this magic is essential for both fiction and nonfiction books. Writing without this magic has about as much life in it as an instruction manual or the pithy phrases written on Dove chocolate wrappers (why do I even look?).

If you’re looking to hire a ghostwriter to create a book you can be proud to share with others (including those who know you), you need a writer who will be as passionate about birthing your book as you are. You need a surrogate book mama. Maybe that sounds silly right now, but there’s magic in it, and it’s worth exploring — if you’re ready.

 

Final Note: In using this analogy, I don’t mean to imply that men are less capable of ghostwriting than women are. I use the analogy that resonates most with me. I don’t suspect the ghostwriter calling is partial to a specific gender. Its reach goes deeper.

 

 

 

Tropes, tightropes, and my first cozy mystery

Before the Wedding_lunch lady cozy mystery by Sarah Lentz

When does a cozy mystery mutate into something less cozy? At what point does it cross the line and become something that’s too different from what most cozy mystery lovers have come to expect?

My first cozy mystery does involve a love interest, but there’s enough reason to suspect that the relationship is not on the fast track to marriage.

It also has some course language: an f-bomb or two (maybe more–I forget), an a$$hole, and some other words that justify not classifying it as YA.

No cats, though. No pets at all, really. It’s in the main character’s apartment lease. Not saying the character won’t get a pet sometime in the future. Not saying she will, either.

It’s not a romance, though it has some romantic scenes thrown in. No erotica. No gratuitous sex of any kind. But there are references to shenanigans of an adult nature. No front row seats, though. Not sorry.

I do have a recipe at the end. It’s a dinner thing, though — not a baked item.

I have an on-again, off-again relationship with cozy mysteries. The first ones I read are Betty Hechtman‘s Crochet Mysteries with Molly Pink. Since reading most of those, I’ve tried reading several others but haven’t found another author whose cozy mysteries I enjoy as much. Still open to finding more. But after sampling a dozen or so and backing out of them (out of boredom, mostly), I usually end up gravitating toward psychological thrillers (Dean Koontz, et al), fantasy, and less-cozy mysteries. I’m also a fan of Liane Moriarty‘s novels and others like them.

So, why on earth did I decide to write a cozy mystery of my own? And why am I deviating from some of the tropes I’ve seen in so many of the cozy mysteries I’ve read — or tried to read? Simply put, I’m trying to write the kind of story I’d want to read.

But at some point, I have to ask myself, “Is this still a ‘cozy mystery’? Or is it just a ‘mystery’?”

And is it worth making changes to my book to make it more “cozy” — just so I won’t have to remove that word from my book’s subtitle and book description?

Thoughts? Share them below or leave a comment on Facebook or Twitter. 🙂 

DIY Book Creation: Basic Formatting vs. Interior Book Design

The product of basic formatting may not be the prettiest book you’ve ever seen, but it should be easy to read — without any misplaced hard returns or inconsistent line spacing (among other obvious formatting errors). You’ve no doubt run across ebooks that look as though the formatter basically uploaded a Word doc and didn’t bother to check how it looked on the Kindle Previewer.

We’re not doing that. Repeat after me: readers have a right to expect better (it’s easier to relate to this if you’re a reader, too). Besides, it’s really not hard to make your book look clean and orderly. It’s not. It takes a few steps, which I’ll show you in the free download.

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But what if you want it to be more than “clean”? What if you’re aiming for something higher than “not ugly/unreadable”?

And what on earth is the difference between basic book formatting and “interior book design”?

Put simply, interior book design makes your book look prettier and more professional. It makes it look like you hired someone to make your book look as good on the inside as a traditionally-published book.

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So, can a DIY book formatter easily learn the latter as well as the former?

Yes. Yes, we can.

Download this free guide to get started, and let me know if you run into any snags. I’m here to help. As someone who firmly supports the DIY approach to self-publishing (even if you’re not broke or deep in debt — or both), I’m all for finding and sharing resources to help fellow writers become published authors of books they can be proud of.

The Caveat

The DIY route takes longer, it’s true. To do it right, you have to learn how to self-edit your book, how to format it for ebook and print, and how to create a book cover that doesn’t scream “amateur.” It takes time and a willingness to learn what it takes to make your book shine. It’s not the easy route. And your unwillingness — or inability — to hire an expert to get your book ready for publication is nothing to be ashamed of. 

To put it another way, I’m fed up with authors who shame fellow authors who don’t spend hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars on editing, formatting, book cover design, etc. to “give their book its best chance.” One such author actually opened a rant with “Don’t be a cheap-a$$ mother-f***er!” to shame those who refused to pony up the cash for experts to make their books worthy of publication. Who are the self-appointed gatekeepers, now?

So, you’ll excuse me if I roll my eyes and get back to work. As I said before, some of us really do have more time than money to spare — even if not much more.

Some of us, to put it blunt, are flat f***ing broke for about 2/3 of each month. So, shaming us for not spending or charging that kind of money — or for daring to self-publish when we can’t afford to do that — is just as elitist, short-sighted, and shallow as shaming indie authors for not being traditionally published.

Rant over. Back to work.

(Yes, this is what I do for fun — and, sometimes, money.)

 

 

 

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  • social media graphics with compelling copy
  • web copy
  • book descriptions (with HTML formatting)

Let me know how I can help you earn more in less time – and connect with more of your target audience. I write well-researched books, articles, reports, and blog posts and will post samples on this site soon. Until then, if you need well-researched, persuasive copy as soon as possible, contact me and let me know what I can do for you.

I also design book covers and book interiors — going beyond basic book formatting to make your book look professional and pleasing to the eye inside and out.

Need more visual marketing for your book or blog? I also create social media graphics — for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Google+. I’ll work with you to boost your interaction on your favorite social media sites and get more traffic to your site or book’s sales page.

For more information, check out the page or pages that most closely address your current need.

Guest blogging example: “How is this normal? Diagnosed with hypothyroidism at age five”