Commandment#5 Thou shalt not dig thy well whilst thou art thirst

Commandment#5 Thou shalt not dig thy well whilst thou art thirst

  • Pace Yourself
  • Create a Budget
  • Get a Job

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Commandment #1 Love thy reader as you love thy book.

If you want readers to care about your book, you need to care about readers.

  • Know Thy Reader
  • Listen to Thy Reader
  • Serve thy Reader

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Commandment #3 Thou shalt persist in thy craft.

Training in the craft of writing is not easier than training for the Olympics. While learning to write well involves less sweat, it may require more tears, as any successful author will tell you.

  • Read Books on Craft
  • Submit Your Writing to Expert Feedback
  • Read Good Books
  • Keep writing!

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Commandment #8 Thou shalt surround thyself with savvy authors.

So, why is it so hard to make author friends?

  • Reason #1 Artifice
  • Reason #2 Pride
  • Reason #3 Envy

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Commandment #9 Thou shalt not publish thy first book first.

Do yourself a favor, and don’t publish your first book first. Let that first book be the learning experience it was meant to be, and then write the next book. You are a writer! Writing is what you do. So write the next book.

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Commandment #2 Thou shalt write for thy reader, not for thyself.

Write the Back Cover Copy First

“Are you willing to put your readers’ enjoyment of reading your book over your enjoyment in writing your book? If not, you are not ready for publishing success.”

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Commandment #4 Thou shalt measure thy marketing.

How do you find your way through the marketing advice smog?

  • Track thy time.
  • Track thy money.
  • Track thine efforts.

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Commandment #6 Thou shalt own thine own platform.

Build your platform on land you own. You you own your digital land when you can move without consequences.

  • Own Your Website
  • Own Your Email List

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Commandment #10 Thou shalt not be false to thine own brand.

Your brand is not a photo, logo, genre, or collection of fonts. It is the story you tell about yourself. More importantly, it is the story others tell about you.

You can grow your brand, but it grows where it is planted. Plant your brand in a place you are willing to live for the rest of your career.

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First, think about how you might explain a topic to your friend:

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  • What tidbits or examples would you lean on to get your point across?

For example, instead of writing, “Here are six homemade dog treat recipes,” you could say, “Let’s look at six different homemade dog treat recipes because, let’s be honest, our four-legged friends deserve a variety of treats.”

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The hardest part of a writer's job is sitting down to do the work. Writing happens in three phases.

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  • Founded by Zeno, Stoicism states that our emotions get their wings by our thoughts, while our feelings are based on our beliefs. The key to living is to be virtuous and move in harmony with nature. Bad things will keep happening, just don't’ get so hung up by that.
  • Marcus Aurelius, a great Stoic thinker, wrote that if we are pained by an external factor, our own judgement about that is the problem. It is in our own hands to change our judgement.
  • Psychotherapy, or paying attention to ourselves and the wellbeing of our souls was suggested by Socrates, while he was facing execution.

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