THE PUBLISHED AUTHOR BLOG

Resources to help entrepreneurs write, publish, and leverage their book to grow their business.

THREE THINGS SUCCESSFUL AUTHORS TELL THEMSELVES

mindset Oct 05, 2020

"YOU CAN DO THIS AND DO IT WELL"

Don’t doubt yourself, but if you doubt yourself then don’t doubt me when I tell you—you can do this, and you can do a great job. Yes, writing a book is hard, but you can do hard things. When something is hard, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

However, if it’s going to get done, it’s up to you. Nobody is going to write this book for you or force you to write it.

If you want to be successful, you have to take 100% responsibility for everything that you experience in your life. – Jack Canfield

You already took responsibility when you opened this workbook. You’ll continue to take responsibility every...

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THERE IS NO PERFECT BOOK

mindset Oct 05, 2020

There’s no such thing as a perfect book, and if you try and write one you will never finish it. – David Gaughran

I’m not sure there is all that much more to be said on this topic at this point, but this relevant Churchill quote is also good for a chuckle:

Writing a book is an adventure to begin with, it is a toy and an amusement, then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public. – Winston Churchill

You’ll never be perfectly satisfied with your book, so spend your efforts on the 20% that will...

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER LIST & REALITY

mindset Oct 05, 2020

What do you do when your 14-year-old, 5’2” daughter, tells you she wants to play professional basketball? Of course, you don’t want to crush her dreams (after all, Spud Webb made it to the NBA and won a professional slam dunk contest, and he was only 5’7”), but at the same time, you’d feel some responsibility to wake her up to how hard it will be because it’s hard enough to make it at professional basketball even if you win the genetic lottery.

Likewise, if you believe your book is going to sell a million copies or skyrocket to the top of The New York Times Best Seller list then we need to have a little heart-to-heart because, in all likelihood,...

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