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The Million Other Things Involved with Writing a Book

As you all know, I’m currently in the process of writing my first book. The title of it is Rock Bottom: Rise from the Ashes. Rejuvenate your life. After spending some time doing some research about writing and publishing a book. I realized that there is a lot more to writing a book than at first glance.

It’s not just about writing a book then calling it a day. The process is a lot more involved than that. Besides creating content, editing and formatting your finished work. That’s just the beginning.

Okay so maybe there isn’t a million different things but there is more than meets the eye. The first main point is publishing. Whether to go the traditional route or self publish your book.

Traditional publishing entails you going to a publisher or publishing house with your book. They do all of the work for you in terms of marketing, printing, etc… In return you sign a contract with that publisher, essentially giving away the rights to your book. You are paid a royalty for your book sales.

Self publishing is where you are the publisher for your book. A popular way of doing this is using Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) program. There you can upload your book for free. Amazon takes a royalty for each sale, depending on the price of your book. You keep the rights to your book.

I plan on going the self published route when I finish my book. When going the self published route, you are going to be in charge of everything else that comes with publishing a book. Mostly marketing your book.

In the digital age we live in it is crucial to have an online presence as an upcoming author. This is all about promoting your book and building a community with your readers. Having social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to name a few. Joining groups and conversations as well as giving potential readers insights into your book.

Marketing doesn’t stop with just social media.

It also helps to start a blog. Giving your readers a place to go to learn more about you and your book. This doesn’t mean that you have to post something everyday. Once a week can be sufficient. Make your blog an extension of your book. Giving your readers value and having them fall in love with your work.

Going back to amazon, it is important that you price your book right. Price it too high and no one will buy your book. Take the time to look at the prices of other books in your genre. It is also about having the proper keyword strings for your book so that people can find your book on amazon. Creating a great book description that will entice people to buy. Creating an author page on amazon so that potential buyers can learn more about you. Getting those who read your book to write thoughtful reviews to boost visibility.

Advertising and giveaways are other avenues when it comes to promoting your book. Using Facebook ads or amazon to promote your book so that more people will see it. For giveaways, Goodreads allows you to have a giveaway for your book. It is a great way to get more people interested.

So this may not be a million things but writing a book does have a lot to it. Especially when doing a self published book.

Hopefully this does not deter you from writing that book. There are options you can have for aspects you find less appealing. Hiring a professional for your book cover or having someone write out your book description on amazon. Or any of the marketing aspect. It might cost some money but if you don’t have the time it will help you.

Happy Writing! I hope that your book becomes a bestseller!

Upcoming Content

Hey everyone!

I thought that I would take a moment and share with you some of the upcoming content that I have planned for the blog. When I started this blog my posts were randomized with various subjects on helping you live a better life. For me the posts seemed a little too unfocused.

My goal every single time I post something new is to give you my absolute best as a writer. Something that I’m still improving on. Also I want to give you valuable insight into living your best life possible. I personally felt that I wasn’t doing my best in delivering these two points.

I’ve been working on a blogging calendar and I thought that I would share it with you so that you could see what content will be posted on what days. Each day will be something different and each day will be part of a series that will be on a given day. I feel that this will not only help me as a writer but also give you more value on how to live a better life.

Here is a preview of what’s to come:

  • Monday: Question of the week
  • Tuesday: Rock Bottom Series
  • Wednesday: Journey of a self-help author
  • Thursday: Finding your purpose series
  • Friday: Poetry or creative writing
  • Saturday: Book review or topic of choice
  • Sunday: Fireside Chats

I’ll explain these in a bit more detail.

Question of the week: I will post a question that will aid you in getting to know yourself on a deeper level. The more you know about yourself the more you will find strengths, weaknesses, hidden talents and new insights that you may not have known previously. The key is to really think about it and answer honestly. You will only improve from getting to know yourself.

Rock Bottom Series: I will post topics about rock bottom. Rock bottom meaning that you are at a low point in your life, are unhappy or want more out of life than you currently possess. We learn more about ourselves in the down times than the heights of success. My goal is to help you find that guiding light that will get you out of the depths of darkness. Where there is a negative, a positive can be found. You just have to be strong and search for it.

Journey of a Self-Help Author: My ultimate goal is to publish my book. Here I will give you weekly insights into my book, progress being made and things that I’ve learned along the way.

Finding Your Purpose Series: We all want to find our purpose in life. Our purpose is the reason why we are put on this earth. Once its found, it gives us a deep sense of fulfillment for our lives. My goal is to help you find your purpose in life.

Poetry or Creative Writing: This is a way for me to express myself outside of my conventional posts. I would like to share this with you. I feel that it is good to change things up to continue to improve upon writing. The prompts will be totally random and I would love for you to give me prompts for future posts.

Book Review or topic of choice: I’m not just a writer. I’m also an avid reader. My favorite genre? You’ll never guess. Self-help literature. Here I will share with you some of the books that have changed my life and made me who I am today. Hopefully they may help you as well. Also I will talk about any new books that I am reading or any book that may be of value to you. If I’m not writing a book review I will be posting a topic of choice that I feel would give you some value to your life.

Fireside Chats: Since the week is coming to an end I want to have a sit-down with you the reader. These will be talks on various subjects that will give you insights and motivation for the upcoming week. This is a more personalized post as if I am talking with a dear friend.

I will be posting a couple inspirational/motivational quotes throughout the week. I love quotes. Who doesn’t?

I will also be making different posts for topics that I can about. So you might have 2 posts a day. The reason for this is so you the reader can gain more motivation and knowledge to help you live your best life. Also to help you rejuvenate your imagination in creative ways.

Now I am going to be completely honest with you. For now this schedule is set in stone but may change if I feel it is necessary. I want to give you something to look forward to every day. My hope is that you will gain valuable knowledge and insight into who you are and how you can live your best life.

Thank you for supporting this blog in one way or another. You’re awesome!

The Little Things Matter

Life moves at a incredibly rapid pace. Days seem to just fly by. What we often fail to recognize is that each day is a gift that can’t be taken for granted. We are surrounded by such immense beauty in our everyday lives.

So today let’s find 3 good things about our day. It doesn’t matter if they are big or small. Life is beautiful and we can always find something good in every situation. Because when we see the good in life, life will bring more good things for us to experience.

Faith In The Future

The power of prayer is a magical force. When we pray in a spirit of absolute faith we immediately use our conscious minds to deliver our message to the subconscious mind. From the subconscious our message is delivered to a higher power with a tremendous amount of energy.

You don’t have to be a religious person to experience the powerful emotion of faith. It could be faith in yourself, faith in others or faith in the dreams that you have for your life.

Once you begin to live your life as if your prayers are already answered then that faith you have will move you in the right direction to make it a reality.

Using Visualization To Your Advantage

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Visualize your dream life. It’s free and will give you insight and motivation to make them a reality

As humans we are constantly processing images in our minds. A massive compilation of pictures in a seemingly endless storage within the mind. A neurological firestorm of visual people, places, and things that can be recalled at any point in our lives within a split second. The mind is truly a powerful tool.

Now with all that said you can use the powerful tool of the mind to your advantage. How? By taking a few moments to visualize the future that you want to have for your life. Take some time to think about it. What do you want you life to look like in a year? 5 years? 10 years? Really think about it.

Think about the details. What kind of car do you want? What type of house? What type of career will you be in? What type of things will you have? How will your relationships be with family and friends? Be specific. The more details the better. There is a reason for this.

As you are doing this visualization exercise already feel as if these people, events and things were already in your life. How would you feel? Begin to feel those emotions of happiness, love, faith, prosperity and gratitude. Really FEEL them. Because the more positive emotion you put into the visualization the more power it has.

That future of yours seems bright doesn’t it? That’s good! That vision that you have is important to you because it is the ideal picture of what you want your life to look like. Make sure to repeat that vision when you wake up, before bed and a several times throughout your day. Why? It is because the more you hold that vision in your mind the more real it becomes to you. That is where you can use it to your advantage.

Here are the advantages of visualizing regularly:

Clarity

The more you visualize the more clear it becomes to you. If you aren’t able to visualize everything you want in precise detail that’s okay. It may take some practice but it will develop when you constantly exercise it. Getting crystal clear clarity is essential because the universe reacts with precision.

Once you get that clear picture in your mind of what you want. The universe will begin to move these people, circumstances and things to you through nature’s laws. Once you have the clarity of vision for your life the next advantage is just as crucial.

Reinforcement of Positive Emotions

You have to have positive emotions when you visualize. When you have true positive emotions, you are emitting positive energy to the universe. That energy builds in power the more visualization is practiced. It is a meditation for your dream life. You feel incredible during the process and it shifts your state of mind into one that desires these visions.

You must truly feel as if you already possess everything that you want. Express gratitude for receiving it, allowing that joy and love to fill your heart. It is the emotions that you desire most. When you reinforce those positive emotions a shift begins to occur. Which leads you to the final advantage.

Insights to Action

When you begin to believe that you already have what you envision for your life, the universe begins to deliver on your thoughts. Especially when backed by strong, positive emotion. These “insights” often come in the form of ideas, opportunities or experiences. Be on the lookout for them. It is a sign for you to take action.

Don’t hesitate when this comes along. You’ll know if it is right. The crucial part is to take action. Begin immediately and never give up. The universe is abundant with its resources for those who know exactly what they want. You will be lead on a journey where more ideas, opportunities and experiences will come your way. The end result being you in your end destination. The vision that you would in your mind right now.

Take some time every day to visualize. For those things are what you desire most in life. Your dreams and aspirations of living your life to the fullest.

Abundance

Abundance is a mindset that is a goldmine that never depletes is resources. That is just what abundance is. A mindset. We can either focus on what we have or what we lack. Focus is the key word. For what we focus on we manifest within the realities of our lives.

Take a few minutes and think about what you are focusing on. Are your thoughts of abundance or of lack? You may not have everything that you want in your life. That’s fine because the future always has something in store for us. It’s our attitude towards the things we do not have that determines the mindset of abundance.

  • Do you have faith in receiving the thing that you desire?
  • Are you actively working towards attaining this thing?
  • Are you expressing gratitude for this thing as if you already received it?
  • Are your thoughts positive or negative?

Answer these questions truthfully for yourself. They will provide insight on whether you have an abundant or scarcity mindset. If you have the latter mindset then know one thing. You can change that about yourself. You just need to change your thoughts.

Easier said then done right? It doesn’t have to be a rapid change overnight. But you can make a simple decision to change right now and take the first small step in the right direction. Let’s say this affirmation for ourselves.

I live in a plentiful world. Abundance is everywhere around me and inside of me. I believe that life will provide me with everything I desire and I shall live abundantly in all aspects of my life

Really FEEL the abundance as you say those words to yourself. Begin the process of slowly changing your thoughts from that of scarcity to abundance. Do it enthusiastically because your future depends on it. We live in an abundant world. It’s time for you to give and receive in this world because this world has more than enough for all.

Why I Write

The main reason why I write is because inside of me there is something inside of me that truly believes that I must express and share my ideas with others. To inspire others that they can live their dreams and live a happy life of their own vision. Writing is something I never truly enjoyed until my senior year of high school where I took a creative writing class. There is where I learned the true joys of writing. With no real syllabus and the ability to allow my imagination to run wild I discovered that writing was something that gave me a sense of fulfillment.

As the years went on I lost touch with this enjoyment for others dreams and ambitions that I was chasing for my life. When I was getting ready to quit my job and take the leap to start my own company I took a week off. During that week an idea hit me. I desired to write a book. I began to write a few paragraphs here and there but it was must on the shelf because of my new business.

Fast forward to now I was searching for my passion in life. I wasn’t satisfied with where I was and wanted to find something that would make me feel alive again. One night the universe decided to hand me a gift. It was a book that I found on amazon prime reading. Find your passion: 25 questions you must ask yourself by Henri Junttila. I was intrigued so I began immediately to read it. There was one question to ask yourself and the book recommended that you write out each of your answers. About halfway through the book I rediscovered my joy for writing. I made the decision that I would find a way to make it my life’s calling.

I dug out my old book notes that I had from years before and began to organize them into what I believe would be the best way to write the story. As I write this post I am currently in the process of continuing my work on that book and plan to publish it sometime next year. I have to say that I’m loving every minute that I work on it. It is such a release of positive energy and expression for something that I truly believe in my heart.

My personal reason for starting this blog was to share my ideas and insights that I’ve learned over the years. I love the genre of self-help and it has had a major impact upon the person that I am today. I was try to write from the deepest chambers of my heart and make sure to convey my message in the best way possible. I want to spark something within my readers to make them take action in the dreams they have within their minds. Dreams that cry for their realization. Life is just too short not to live your dreams and do something that you love to do.

I will admit that I am a bit rusty in my writing but I’m happy for that. It gives me room for growth and the ability to hone in on my writing style. As well as create a sharper focus for the message I want to deliver to my readers. The essence of life is growth and when we grow that is when we feel alive.

If you are a blogger or an author reading this I would like to know your reason for why you write. The beautiful thing about life is that we all have a story to tell and I would love to hear yours.