Connection. The bonding that glues humanity together. How is it done? It is always done through the power of a good story. Stories can drill a hole into our hearts and drain our love like the color off our checks. Or they can plug the hole with grit and perseverance and fill our soul with fire that ignites others. Stories have true power. Stories are the connection for all of humanity.
As an author, you’ve probably started a blog to promote your book or at least considered doing so. However, you’ve probably found that it’s difficult to build a blog readership
It’s happened to all of us. You set a writing goal you felt was realistic—maybe 500 or 1,000 words per day—but somehow, life got in the way. Someone got sick, there might have been a death in the family, or maybe you’re simply exhausted from working too many hours at your day job. Anything can happen in life to throw you off track, but one thing is still true—you have a dream of being a successful author and finishing that first book! So, what can you do?
For beginning fiction authors, one of the most important—and hardest—techniques to master is how to show the story through action and dialogue rather than telling the story through internal thoughts and emotions. While the latter isn’t inherently bad or forbidden, we can engage our readers much more by pulling them into the story directly by showing them what’s going on rather than telling them about it. That gives them something they can see, imagine, and experience, which will inspire them to keep that book in their hands. And that’s exactly what we want to do with our fiction!
I had the vision to create an elite group of ghostwriters after I had to turn down several requests for my services as a ghostwriter. I no longer consider myself a ghostwriter because my current business focus doesn’t offer me the bandwidth. After all, in 2014, I started a publishing company: Author Academy Elite. We’ve published hundreds and hundreds of books written by authors all around the world.
Is there such a thing as a key that can unlock your future? Sure, but it’s not a magic bean or a Holy Grail. And it’s not 1 key; it’s actually 4 of them. Back in 2012, while still stuck in my day job, I stood on the threshold of my future with a ton of uncertainty.
Why Focus on Six Figures? Though it might surprise you, it’s not about the money. Let me tell you my author journey to show you what I mean... I published my first book in 2004, The Journey Toward Relevance. The truth is, I didn’t know what I was doing. No one had mentored me on the finer details of writing, publishing, or marketing. Naively, I thought I’d sell a million books and make a million dollars, and I realized many other writers have made that false assumption as well.
At any given moment in time, it’s estimated that between 80% and 90% of the population wants to write a book. Ironically, an astounding 99% of those people never publish the book they are so passionate about writing. So, what happens to that majority?