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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Tired of Working From Home? Check Out Collaborative Workspaces

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

If you hit the snooze alarm three or more times when it goes off, dread sitting in traffic or spend a large chunk of your check for day care for either a child or an aging parent, chances are you’ve considered working from home.  

About 13 million people in the U.S, currently commute from their bedrooms to a workspace at home but is it as ideal as they thought it would be? 

RELATED CONTENT:  4 Steps To Writing Success

One of the [...]

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10 Tips for Writing Press Releases

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Suppose you threw a party and no one came.  You would have to wonder whether the right people heard about it, if the details were clear and most importantly, if your invited guests were even interested in your event. 

The same considerations should be made when you send out a press release.  Editors and producers should have all the information presented in a way that engages them and keeps them interested.

RELATED CONTENT:  4 Steps To Writing Success

If your last press release [...]

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4 Steps To Writing Success

by Nikki Woods on Monday, September 28, 2015

Have you ever wondered how successful writers are able to continue the cycle writing one best seller after the next?

There’s a popular saying that “Success Breeds Success.  The theory is success has almost nothing to do with luck, but that it’s something that can be taught and mastered.

 

RELATED CONTENT: 10 Better Ways To Write A Collaborative Book

Here are four tips on you can achieve more success as a writer:

Be Persistent:  Aspiring authors will frequently hear the word no.   But that never [...]

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10 Better Ways To Write A Collaborative Book

by Nikki Woods on Friday, September 25, 2015

Writing, it is often said, is a solitary pursuit. Like many sayings, however, it’s only partially true. Few books are actually produced by one person in isolation.

Co-authors, editors, proofreaders, translators, designers and a host of other people contribute their expertise and, without them, books would certainly be lesser.

RELATED CONTENT: Nikki Woods’ Keys to Success: Build Your Brand and Become a Legacy

Most people don’t think about writing as a [...]

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Nikki Woods’ Keys to Success: Build Your Brand and Become a Legacy

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, September 24, 2015

I had the extreme pleasure of talking with Marquita Miller of Black Enterprise Magazine.  I am still amazed at how I am able to balance being the Senior Producer of the TJMS,  the CEO at Nikki Woods Media and mother to two amazing sons!

Balance between the two is a result of recognizing the value-add both teams give each other.  The sons are another matter entirely!

Nikki Woods Media was birthed 7 years ago, when businesses truly began to develop platforms on [...]

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What Writing Software Should I Use? 6 Options to Choose From.

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

If you had been a writer in another era your major investments would have been in fountain pens & paper, typewriters & ribbons or word processors & floppy disks.

But today, the most important tools for a writer include computers & software and much of the software is available for free.

RELATED CONTENT: Point of View: Should My Book Be Written in First, Second or Third Person?

Here are some tips for choosing which software will work best for you:

1. Scrivner

Scrivener, probably [...]

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Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, former wrestler “The Rock,” and Elmo are three celebrities known for speaking about themselves in the third person.

They may be the only three who can get away with it without being called obnoxious. The rest of us are much better off using good old first person when we’re speaking about ourselves.

RELATED CONTENT: 10 Ways To Market Your Book Online Successfully

The rules get a little more complicated, however when we’re writing. Here are some tips that [...]

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Do I Need a Manager and an Agent? A Few Things To Know.

by Nikki Woods on Friday, September 18, 2015

Some differences are very subtle.

For example can you really distinguish between eggshell and cream or an alligator and a crocodile? How about an agent and a manager?

The first two might not matter to your career but if you’re an aspiring writer or author, understanding business representation is key to helping you advance your career.

RELATED CONTENT: The 4 Best Strategies For Savvy Self-Publishers

An agent or manager can press your business forward but which one do you need? Here’s what you [...]

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10 Ways To Market Your Book Online Successfully

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, September 17, 2015

Have you ever put on an event without getting an estimate of how many people would be attending, their food preferences, their interests or any of the things that would help you prepare? How did that work out for you?

That’s what happens when you market your book online without doing the research. It would be so much more successful if you would figure out what your audience needs and how you can provide it.

 

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The 4 Best Strategies For Savvy Self-Publishers

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My 12-year-old son has crowned himself King of the Checker Board. When you face him you have to be ready because he is always a step ahead of his competition.

I think about him before I launch each project because I’m reminded of how important it is to be strategic if I plan to be successful.

RELATED CONTENT: 4 Reasons You Need A Business Plan For Your Book

If you’re planning on making your self-publishing experience far above average, here are four strategies [...]

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