Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Promote that Book with a Short Story or Article

Promote that Book with a Short Story or Article

         An author toils and stresses to write a book. Every scene, every chapter links together to create the whole. If an artist paints a masterpiece, would he give pieces of it away? Then why should an author give parts of their masterpiece to people? Sure, people love things for free: I do. But, I don't want to give away bits and pieces of my books. Therefore, I write a short story that links to my novel or an article that links to my book and give those away.

         My first step for a short story to promote my newest novel, Burnt Offering, meant I had to pick which minor characters from the novel to use as main characters in the story. I chose two couples, parents and their son and his wife, who experience an event from the novel. Their experiences and perspective differ from that of the other characters even though they all are part of a devastating event. .

         In the 8th Century BC, King Ahaz offered one or more of his children to be burnt alive as an offering to the idol Moleck. His nobles and others in the kingdom followed his lead. The screams of babies and children, the stench of burning flesh, and the drums of priests trying to drown out the cries filled the Judean air on sacrifice days.

         In my novel the residents of Bethlehem refused to allow a statue of Moleck in their town, so the king had one built out of sight. One day, one the king's advisors and supporter of Moleck brought forces to Bethlehem to take children to be sacrificed. The novel shows some of the main characters who came to town for market caught and hiding but able to see and hear the horror. In the short story, characters who appear later, are also in town and observe the same horror.

          After the end of the story, I have information about the novel so that if readers are interested, they can find it.

         I printed copies to give at book events, to leave in libraries and bookstores, and to hand out at meetings. I give links on social media to allow people to download the story.

Short story, "Sacrafice," to promote novel Burnt Offering.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Writing Success - Do You Really Have the Power?

The question in the title has been asked for hundreds, probably thousands of years.

The simple truth of the matter is you have the power. You are in control of whether you become successful or not. Most of it has to do with your thought process.

Zig Ziglar said, “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”

These two men were giants in the business world and they knew the power of positive thinking.

So, it’s easy to see that what you think has tremendous power over you and what you can accomplish.

But, how do you change your thought process?

The Fix

To get on the right track, you have to stop making excuses and playing the ‘woe is me’ card. Stop thinking and saying, “I can’t do it.”

It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, you have the ability to learn what you need to learn to do what you need to do to be successful.

Maybe you want to be a working freelance writer who actually gets gigs and earns a good living.

Maybe you want to be an author of an award-winning book and make money from that book, or use it to make money from opportunities that arise from writing a great book.

Maybe you want to have a successful business with 5, 10, 100, or 1000 employees.

Whatever you want to do . . . whatever you REALLY want to do . . . is possible to do.

But, there is a second part to the success process.

German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

Ah ha!

Are lights blinking and bells chiming?

You can wake up every morning and say I’m going to make $500 today, but if you don’t work toward that goal, you won’t make a penny.

It’s your thoughts in collaboration with your actions that will give you the ability to succeed.

Below is the two-part success process broken into eight bite-size steps.

8 Steps Towards Success

1. Decide what you really what to become or do.
2. Find out what’s needed to accomplish what you want.
3. Believe you can do it.
4. Learn whatever you need to learn to get started and move forward.
5. Take it a step further and become an expert in one particular niche or industry.
6. Prepare a detailed business plan with short and long term goals, along with actionable steps to accomplish those goals.
7. Work, work, work.
8. If you need help, get it.

Start your success process today and take your positive thoughts into the NEW year with you.

Karen Cioffi is an award-winning children’s author, successful children’s ghostwriter, and online platform instructor with WOW! Women on Writing. For must-know writing and marketing tips, get free access to The Writing World.