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6 Tips for Honestly Asking for What You Need

Imagine how much less complicated life could be if no one has to guess what you want, including you. Live the life you want and ask for what you need to make that happen. Be courageous. Be direct and clear. I am certain that improving our ability to ask can enhance every aspect of our lives – our marriages, careers and our personal lives. I share some helpful steps you can take to get clear on what you want and … Read More

How to Be Confident at Work Without Appearing Arrogant

Originally appeared on Inc.  I heard someone say once that there is a fine line between arrogance and confidence and I immediately thought: That’s not true. There’s a huge difference. I feel some people exemplify the difference perfectly. Malala Yousafzai is confident enough to talk with world leaders and ask them to change their policies. Yet she never seems arrogant. Why is this important? It’s an important distinction because we like working with confident people, but we don’t like engaging with arrogant … Read More

Digital Branding for Authors: When to start, What to do and Why it’s important

Authors, do you know your readers? If you know your readers well and can answer this question in detail, you could be on your way to publishing a successful book. I’ve worked in the book publishing industry my whole career and there’s one thing where we all (agents, publishers and publicists) can agree: the time to start building a relationship with your readers and listening to your audience is long before your book is published. You might think the most … Read More

7 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

People fear public speaking more than death. No one wants to make an embarrassing mistake—especially with rows of faces watching. Sure it can get your heart racing and your palms sweaty, but that doesn’t mean your fear has to stop you. As author Brene Brown says, Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen. It may be difficult to overcome your fear of public speaking, but isn’t it worth it if you can help people by sharing your … Read More

5 Ways to Live Fearlessly in the New Year

I love Theodore Roosevelt’s quote about the man in the arena. “It’s not the critic who counts.The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood. If we want to truly live, we have to get into the arena. We have to take risks, strive, stumble, sweat, and dare greatly.  Living fearlessly isn’t living without any fear; it’s just not letting your fears call the shots. Here are … Read More

The Age of the Specialists

Get specific. Those two little words mean so much. Get specific is a great writing tip, and a great way to write a To Do list. When you get specific in conversation, people know precisely what you are talking about. As a business owner, I’ve learned that you can provide the most value to your customers and clients when you are a specialist and not a generalist. The old saying that you can’t be all things to all people is … Read More

Why Every Author Needs a Digital Marketing Advisor

Today, every author needs a digital marketing advisor, or at least an experienced marketing advocate to protect their interests. This can be an agent, a marketing savvy friend or a digital marketing consultant, but the need is unquestionable and the development of your digital brand is essential for your book’s success. I have put together a list of aspects of your marketing plan and the type of advice you need to market your book successfully. If you are a marketing … Read More

Fauzia’s Radio Show Interview

Listen to Fauzia’s great interview with Kristin Hiemstra, from The Art of Potential Radio Show to learn about marketing books on-line,  how the publishing industry has changed and the best way to build an on-line following. From the Chapelboro site: Fauzia Burke is sought after by America’s top authors like Sue Grafton for her expertise in internet book marketing. With experience launching more than 2000 books she knows what she is talking about. Fauzia shares with us what it takes … Read More

5 Reasons Authors Should Blog

Writing blogs can be distracting, can be a time sink, can be unproductive, and can be a waste of time. There, I listed most of the arguments against blogging. Now let me make my case. Being an author in 2013 is like being a small business owner. You need a marketing strategy or you will go out of business. If people can’t find you, they can’t buy your book. You have many choices when it comes to marketing. Here are … Read More

How to End Every Day with Zero Emails

Email has taken over our business day as well as nights and weekends. I made a promise to myself at the start of this year to end everyday with 0 emails in my in-box. At first I thought it was impossible, but as time went on I not only learned to manage email more efficiently, I took charge on my day and got a lot more done. So in case you are looking to free yourself from the in-box overload, … Read More