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Monthly Archives: November 2015

8 Tips For Writing a Self-Help Book

by Nikki Woods on Monday, November 30, 2015

How often do people come to you for advice or even to complete a task for them because they trust in your ability to get the job done right? If the answer is frequently that may be a sign that others could benefit from your expertise as well! Here are some tips on writing a self-help book:

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1. Establish your credibility.

Writing a book is no easy task, especially a self-help book. In writing a [...]

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Slow Down and Count Your Blessings

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

If you’re out and about during the holidays you inevitably will spend a certain amount of time waiting. Whether it’s traffic, long lines at the grocery store or standing in queue to get to your hands on a Black Friday sale gem we can either take those opportunities to gripe about the time we are wasting or to count our blessings, reflect on all the good things that have happened, and the ways in which we can make someone’s life [...]

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How To Build a Social Media Strategy

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Someone once said to achieve success without a strategy is luck. It may happen once but it won’t happen on a consistent basis. Everyone loves a big windfall, but at the end of the day many of us would prefer a steady, consistent flow of triumphs week after week, month after month. There are strategies for everything from battling military threats to clipping grocery store coupons. To be strategic means setting and following an organized plan that leads to a [...]

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When Is Your Draft Ready To Submit?

by Nikki Woods on Monday, November 23, 2015

Haste and careful work never go together, so the Greek Proverb goes.

As writers, we often live and die by deadlines, but if the draft we submit leaves a lot of unanswered questions, fragmented sentences and over all sloppiness, we could lose out on opportunities to get published. On the other hand, holding on to a draft too long is also problematic because it may mean you are striving for perfection. Finding a happy medium is the key, so here are [...]

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Should You Have a Writing Partner?

by Nikki Woods on Friday, November 20, 2015

Should you have a writing partner is a question almost as volatile as should you lend money to friends. The answer is almost always no, but that doesn’t mean it can’t work. It does mean that it is a partnership you should enter carefully, consider all sides of the equation and recognize that it can test the strength of your relationship. But when it works, it’s one of the best partnerships you will ever have! Here are some ways a [...]

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5 Tips For Creating a Writing Vision Board

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What dreams do you have for the coming year? And more importantly, what skills do you have that will help you achieve them? There’s nothing wrong with putting houses, cars and your kids’ college fund on your vision board. But how about a board that includes what vehicle you will need to pay for your fabulous lifestyle? A successful career as an author can be very lucrative, especially if you’re strategic about your objectives. Here are some tips for creating [...]

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Brand Like a Diva: What Authors Can Learn From Patti LaBelle Pies

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thanks to the viral comedic genius of James Wright Chanel, R&B powerhouse Patti LaBelle saw tremendous sales with her new line of sweet potato pies at Walmart. So if you’re an author or entrepreneur you may want to take more than just cooking tips from mama Patti! Here are some golden nuggets from Patti pies that you should implement into your branding NOW.

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1. Word of mouth still works.

One man’s opinion helped skyrocket [...]

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7 Steps To Writing a Business Plan

by Nikki Woods on Monday, November 16, 2015

Some people wind down this time of year, but if you want to have a great 2016 this is the time to really ramp up and be ready to go. So how is your business looking? What are your goals? You may need a business plan to show to potential investors or to get a clear focus of the direction you’re headed. Here are some tips for writing a business plan.

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5 Reasons Self-Publishing Might Be A Better Option

by Nikki Woods on Friday, November 13, 2015

If you think Self-Publishing is a step below having your book published the traditional way, you may need to think again. Self-publishing is more accepted than ever before and has become the “industry’s fastest growing segment” according to a report made by the Independent Book Publishers Association last year.

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Here are five reasons self-publishing might be a better option for you:

1. You can build your platform with more ease.

With the help of [...]

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7 Great Ways To Build Your Writing Routine

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, November 12, 2015

Some routines require no thought at all. If you’re employed at a 9 to 5 you probably wake up the same time each morning, shower, brush your teeth, and do your hair and make up without missing a beat. But if you’re a writer, it may be your side job or a gig that allows you to choose your own start and stop times, and that makes building a routine a little more challenging. Here are some tips for making [...]

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