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    27 Ways To Become A Boss Author

    Become an amazing author of books with these 27 tips!

    1. "You never want to disappoint your fans."

    The best part is interacting with wonderful readers who love and relate to your characters and worlds. This is a double-edged sword, though, because it’s also the worst part in that you never want to disappoint your fans. But writers need to spread their wings and challenge themselves, which means the audience that liked one book may not like the next.

    -A.G. Howard, author of young adult retellings and adaptations

    2. "You need the right [book] cover."

    Writing my book was my saving grace. It transformed my life. I rediscovered myself in my writing. I never expected to become a best selling author. I wrote for my own personal healing. I promise you that the book you write will change your life.

    -Megan Fenyoe, author and host of The Blonde Bombshell Podcast

    3. "Build your author platform early."

    Once I’ve made a decision that I am going to do something, I don’t wait for a better day or the timing to be right, I just start taking steps toward my goal. It really is as simple as deciding and then doing.

    -Julie Broad, author, entrepreneur and real estate investor

    4. "Find your niche."

    I think it’s having the discipline to keep persevering even when you feel deflated. I think when you are super passionate about what you do its impossible to give up. Getting a book deal is incredibly difficult and then selling the books is equally tough.

    -Jennifer Cohen, author, performance coach, fitness and wellness entrepreneur

    5. "Expect it to blow up."

    Don’t just write a book, hit publish, and expect it to blow up. Go knocking on doors if you have to. Get copies printed and sell it with lemonade on the street corner. But, if you expect it to fall in your lap, you have already lost.

    -Celeste Rains-Turk, author, online fitness coach and self-love, confidence, and mindset mentor

    6. "Never get married."

    Never get married. Seriously. What they don’t tell writers is that copyright will be viewed as marital property should you ever divorce and personally, I think that is hogwash.

    -Sherrilyn Kenyon, author of over 80 novels

    7. "Get a good editor."

    Get a good editor. Watch how you spend your money and who to trust. I failed into success wasting valuable time and money on ‘nothing’ great at all. I could remodeled my bathroom for the money that went down the toilet.

    -April Kirkwood, author, therapist, and public speaker

    8. "Don’t take things personally."

    Don’t take things personally. The first few times I read a negative review I cried.

    -Lori Lite, author and founder of Stress Free Kids

    9. "Don’t orphan your book!"

    Plan the growth. Let’s expand on the baby metaphor; don’t orphan your book! Many authors get super fired up around their launch and then three months later they are on to the next thing. If you want your book to be successful, you need a long term promotional plan.

    -JJ Virgin, cookbook author and television nutrition expert

    10. "Your book sales are your responsibility."

    At the end of the day, your book sales are your responsibility.

    This means that even if you have the best publisher and the best PR agency in the world representing you, you should never stop promoting yourself. You are the best person to drive your book because it is your passion that created it.

    -Amy Riolo, cookbook author, chef, and TV personality

    11. "Take time to enjoy the accolades."

    I guess the challenge I have learned the most from in my writing career is to take time to enjoy the accolades. I am always doing my best to improve, setting goals and accomplishing them that I rarely take the time to look at my accomplishments.

    -Vid Lamonté Buggs Jr., athlete, speaker, and author

    12. “It will feel really vulnerable to write a book. Do it anyway.”

    It will feel really vulnerable to write a book. Do it anyway. If I moved forward with this project based only on my comfort level, then quite frankly, this book would never have been written. I don’t think I realized how vulnerable it would feel at times, but I’m sure glad I stuck with it. My own personal growth process has deeply benefited from this whole experience.

    -Amy Lombardo, author, spiritually-focused entrepreneur, and personal growth expert

    13. "Not everyone will love your book."

    Books are built into our society and psyche to be tomes of knowledge, and they are. There’s a reason there’s the phrase “wrote the book on it.” They encompass manifestos, dissertations, and the culmination of our best ideas and art. That’s something you’re not going to associate with something like a video.

    -Jessica Mehta, author, poet, and founder of MehtaFor, a writing services company

    14. “Be unafraid.”

    It’s critical for writers to be unafraid; to be relentless and to not take “no” for an answer. Think outside the box and make certain your message travels nationwide and is heard loud and clear.

    -Dean Tong, author, trial consultant and expert who concentrates in false and unfounded child abuse/domestic abuse court cases

    15. "Write from where your magic is.”

    Align yourself with your truth! This lets you write from deep within you — where your magic IS.

    -Jacqueline Pirtle, holistic practitioner, a healing arts teacher/mentor, and author

    16. “Write what you know.”

    Write what you know. I was able to take life lessons learned from my career and my own experiences and put them all together in my book. What unique experiences have you had that you can share with others?

    -Mike Brodsky, author, former television news producer, and financial advisor

    17. “Don’t be bitter, get better.”

    Don’t be bitter, get better. I have a folder in my email called rejections for every literary agent, publisher, and influencer that has given me feedback or mentioned I just wasn’t a good fit for them. At first, I used to be bitter and complain and become grumpy with myself on all the reasons why it’s their loss but then I said; Alicia seriously get it together. No one is going to always like your cup of tea no matter how sweet it is you need to find your tribe and use the No towards getting better at what’s important and what you can change.

    -Alicia Sanchez, entrepreneur, podcast host, and published writer

    18. "Education is key."

    I believe education is key. I love to study books. You can never think of it as a waste of time. Another thing to look at is practice. It’s hard to think you’ll get something right the first time.

    -A. C. Zito, author

    19. "Let your haters propel you."

    Keep putting one foot in front of the other! Let your haters propel you.

    -Michelle Thielen, Yoga Pastor, Trauma Specialist, and author

    20. "Be respectful of the reader's time."

    I am most challenged when it comes to knowing when to edit my work. It’s easy for authors, including me, to go overboard and test the patience of readers. To combat this, I remind myself to be respectful of the reader’s time. Every sentence I write I ask myself, is this important information for me to be writing about right now?

    -Joy Loverde, media spokesperson, blogger, and author

    21. "[Put] your heart and soul out into the world."

    The truth is, as a writer you are going to be putting your heart and soul out to the world. Not everyone is going to think you did something amazing.

    -Kimberly King, educator, author, and certified sexual abuse prevention specialist

    22. "Listen to your gut, not other people."

    Numerous people told me how difficult it would be to find an agent, to get the book published, and, even if I got a publisher, how the book might never make its advance back. They were all wrong. Listen to your gut, not other people.

    -Allen Klein, speaker, humor and positivity author, and “Jollytologist”

    23. "Success depends on timing."

    When evaluating a project, I’ve learned to look beyond the author or topic and think about how a book fits into the current cultural landscape. So much of a book’s success depends on timing. Some of my books have benefitted from that, and others have suffered. From the ones that have suffered, I’ve learned to look at the bigger picture before getting attached.

    -Jodi Lipper, author and writer who partners with experts and celebrities to garner major publishing deals and translate their experiences into books

    24. "Find someone who understands your pain."

    To be able to feel that someone else in the world, i.e., the author or the stories being shared in the book, can relate and connect with the pain or the happiness of the reader is a powerful connection. To find someone who understands your pain and who can help you through it is the most powerful connection you can find.

    -Dashama Konah, happiness expert, author, United Nations speaker, life, and business strategist

    25. "Don’t let your other interests fall by the wayside."

    Don’t let your other interests fall by the wayside while you write the book. I got away from some things I really enjoy doing during some of the heavy writing times and I regret that. For instance, I really enjoy working out and I cut way back on that during that time and I shouldn’t have.

    -Dr. Michael G. Goldsby, author, entrepreneur, and professor

    26. "Let your mind run wild."

    You have to take time to let your mind run wild, but you also need to make sure to capture your thoughts, ideas, and key concepts. You can continue to make sense of it all and put it all together later, but ideation is a critical piece of the writing process.

    -Dr. Rob Mathews, author, Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Ball State University, and co-founder of Mind2Momentum

    27. “Empathy is the antidote to everything.”

    Be clear about what your goals are in writing your book. For me, it was the decision to focus my novel on specific issues surrounding race, ones that I particularly wanted to illuminate with the intention of provoking thought, stimulating empathy and awareness, and, hopefully, awakening a new level of authentic understanding.

    -Lorraine Devon Wilke, author, blogger, essayist, and screen play writer

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