Today’s flow of posts goes from preparing to working to publicizing to selling to, just for fun, how NOT to present. Off we go!
- I’m not a journal-keeper. Never have been, probably never will be. That “stuff” just isn’t me. But Michael Hyatt (@MichaelHyatt) makes a strong case for doing so in The 7 Benefits of Keeping a Daily Journal. Not included in his 7 benefits is his point about the difference between “trying” and “doing.” That’s important far beyond the subject of journaling.
- Once it’s time to sit down at the computer or the notepad, we all know we have our own “best” way of doing things. Rachelle Gardner (@RachelleGardner) introduces an interesting wrinkle in her article Interval Training for Writers and Professionals. Yes, this is an idea similar to what serious athletes, professional or amateur, do to improve strength and endurance, except here the muscle being exercised is your brain. Central concept: 90 minutes of focused, concentrated, no-interruptions work, followed by relaxation and light work or non-work, then repeat no more than twice.
- Speaking of “doing,” Crystal Patriarche (@booksparkspr) and her family recently took a vacation that involved taking rides down a zip-line. From that experience came her Writer Unboxed post, How Book Publicity Is Like a Zip Line. It turns out Crystal’s a publicist herself, so the topic isn’t a surprise. Her main point is that everyone approaches both zip-lining and book publicity differently (check out the photo of her hubby zip-lining upside down!), so a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t going to work. To be effective, your publicity campaign needs to fit with your personality.
- Joe Konrath’s (@jakonrath) short-for-him post on self-publishing today makes the case that self-publishing and e-books are not a Zero Sum game, that lower prices (to a point, obviously) can result in more, not fewer, sales and larger, not smaller, income for the author.
- And finally, and mostly for fun, but pointed fun, if you’ve ever sat through a painfully inept government, business, or classroom presentation (and who hasn’t?) or worse yet, given one, the short video on Michael Hyatt’s blog, How Not to Make a Presentation, is for you.