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Your someday is now- How to Become the Author You're Dreaming About!

Many people think of writing a book someday. Even if they've never considered themselves a writer. Maybe you've jotted down some ideas or maybe if you're like my you have journals full of ideas and more than one book started on your laptop. The task of writing can be freeing but many find it daunting. I have felt both. When I started with an idea and no direction it was daunting. I would freely write page after page, but then I felt like I had a bunch of pages that had no order. Finding out how to structure my book was so important. I am thankful for coming across the My Book Blueprint program.

Not only did it help me with my book's structure, it opened the door to a community of authors and an amazing mentor. Now that I am writing away, I am trying not to get overwhelmed by what's to come. I want my book to be successful because I want to honor my grandmother, (it was her idea to begin with) and I want to impact the lives of my readers.

Some people just want to publish a book to see their name on Amazon or on a cover. I actually already have that. I was part of an anthology, Texas Tidbits in 2012. While it was very exciting to see my name on the back cover, and I even signed a few books, the editing was disappointing. Not all of my edits made it through to the final print. I only shared the book with immediate family. I was disappointed to say the least.

This experience taught me some great lessons in the world of writing:

  1. Make sure you have control over your final edited copy (obviously)
  2. I want to write to make an impact not just to be published
  3. I am a good writer with integrity
  4. Good writers need good editors
  5. To reach people with your book you need to learn how to market it
  6. My someday is now!

Thankfully, my mentor, believes in helping people. He has helped me tremendously and now he is offering this webinar designed to help authors and aspiring authors create more influence, impact and income from their books.

3 Author Secrets I'm excited to learn:

  1. How to get your book into Barnes & Noble and other bookstores
  2. How to spike your book sales with killer trailer and launch party
  3. How to get 50 or more Amazon reviews in 1 day

So now what? How do you get it? Simple.  1.Click the picture in the top of the post. 2. Tell me  about the book in your heart in the comments!

The best thing about this webinar besides that it's FREE, there is nothing to buy at the end! You can learn, even if your not quite ready for these steps. Keep the tools in you writer's tool box and ease you mind about what's to come. The less your mind is worrying about what's going to happen after you're done writing, the freer it is to write!

 

Note: Some links lead to affiliate products or services, meaning if you buy them, I get a commission at no extra cost to you. Please know that I have personal experience with all of the following resources, which is why I recommend them.

Stop Making The Biggest Grammar Mistake

Even the best writers and bloggers can make this grammar mistake. You may know the difference between there, their, and they're, but you're writing so quickly, you don't realize you just typed the wrong word for the whole world to see!

The English language is a tricky one! The most common grammar mistake is a homophone.

The #1 Writing Tool grammar mistake

ho·mo·phoneˈhäməˌfōn,ˈhōməˌfōn/ noun

noun: homophone; plural noun: homophones

each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling, e.g., new and knew.

Commonly misused words (homophones):

write, right, rite

your, you're

bear, bare

to, too, two

flower, flour

conscious, conscience

hear, here

affect, effect

which, witch

then, than

our, are

buy, by

accept, except

weather, whether

one, won

break, brake

compliment, complement

allowed, aloud

its, it's

capital, capitol

principal, principle

no, know

new, knew

If it's been a while since you've been in an English class, you might not recall where exactly a comma goes either, or what about apostrophes?

I stumbled upon this awesome new app that everyone needs! Please, people, save the English language! This app is free to download! I have it on my Firefox browser and it is amazing!!! It even corrects my Facebook messages! Then, I installed it on my mac and it corrects anything I type!!! As a writer, it has been amazing to have my proofreading automatically done for me as I type! My editor will be so impressed!

So if you type anything, a Facebook post, a blog, a term paper, working on a book, a resume, you name it...you need to install this today!

stop making this grammar mistake, blog like a pro
stop making this grammar mistake, blog like a pro

I must confess, homophones are not my only grammar issues. I misuse punctuation, I am one of the worst spellers I know, but now thanks to this little app, no one will have to know! What is your biggest grammar mistake?

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Note: Some links lead to affiliate products or services, meaning if you buy them, I get a commission at no extra cost to you. Please know that I have personal experience with all of the following resources, which is why I recommend them.

Turn Your Mess Into A Message That Makes You Money

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Has anyone ever told you, "you should write a book about that?"

Have you ever felt like you have a message that needs to be heard? 

If the answer to either of those is yes, you are in the right place!

My answer was yes, too! In 2003, I managed to put together some not so good manuscripts and take them to a writer's conference where I was set to meet with a publisher. A group of aspiring authors sat around a large conference table and pitched our ideas. It was exciting and heartbreaking all at the same time. The publishing agent told me that he loved both of the concepts I submitted, but that I was basically a nobody. He told me to self-publish, and after I'd sold a thousand copies to reach out to him again.

WHAT? I thought to myself if I can sell a thousand copies on my own, what do I need you for? Of course, I have learned a ton since then and understand the reach a traditional publisher has, but I also understand the limitations and time restrictions that come with that reach.

Thinking self-publishing was my only option, I studied everything I could on the subject, but was left feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. I felt very alone and unsure of myself in regards to writing. Questioning if I should even be a writer, I knew I had a message that I had to get out, but struggled to get it written much less published.

Thankfully, God confirmed that I should write! The full story is in Save the Butter Tubs: Discover Your Worth in a Disposable World. For now, let's just say I am thrilled to be plugged into a community of fellow authors and mentors. No questions go unanswered! I feel connected and motivated like never before. The best part is that I now have the tools to do the job!

When I came across this webinar, I felt like I had finally found someone who understood where I was and where I wanted to go! Now, Save the Butter Tubs: Discover Your Worth in a Disposable World is schedule for release October 2018! Join my VIP Launch Team now!

Don't just sit back and watch me. If you have a message you need to get out, join me on the journey! The first step is simple, watch the webinar. It's free and it could change your life like it did mine!

DURING THIS FREE WEBINAR YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Why today is the best time in history to publish a book and how to do it.
  • New publishing secrets that give you the most control, profit, and support.
  • How to make your book a 6-figure business, not just a $16 business card.
  • How to get your book attention and engagement without having a big platform.
  • PLUS another 75 minutes of insider tips, tools, and more.
Turn your mess into a message that makes you money
Turn your mess into a message that makes you money

Note: Some links lead to affiliate products or services, meaning if you buy them, I get a commission at no extra cost to you. Please know that I have personal experience with all of the following resources, which is why I recommend them.

4 Favorite Podcasts for Writers

Follow my blog with BloglovinHeadphonesWhat are you listening to? I was late to the podcast scene. I kept hearing about them and once listened to Matt Chandler's series on Habakkuk, which was great but I never started following anyone. That was before I had a smartphone with podcasts at my fingertips. Back in the day, I would listen to cassettes of Joyce Meyer that would be the equivalent of podcasts today.

Now that I've finally tried the podcast app that came installed on my smartphone, I'm hooked. You can search for podcasts by putting in keywords. Then you can listen to an individual podcast and if you like it you can subscribe. Subscribing basically downloads the latest podcasts from the castors you follow. Most castors I follow post once a week. So as I am ready to listen, I can click on my podcasts and either select one or just go down the list of unplayed. I enjoy listening to talks, sermons, etc. I usually listen while getting dressed in the morning, or working out. I especially love the longer shows for my drives to San Antonio. The worst part about listening while driving is you can't take notes!

Lately, I've been listening to all kinds of podcasts from sermons to different themes. Here are my current favs on the topic of writing. If you're not a writer, share this with someone you know that is! In my experience writing from home, it can get lonely. Having some podcastors that you listen to on a regular basis gives you that sense of connection. Not to mention the advice, ideas and inspiration are priceless...literally as well, these four podcasts are free!

  1. Kary Oberbrunner's Igniting Souls
  2. Jeff Goins' Portfolio Life
  3. The Author Hangout: Book Marketing Tips for Indie and Self-Published Authors
  4. The Creative Penn Podcast

So let me ask you again, what are you listening to? Leave the link to your favorite podcast or if your a castor leave your link! (clean material only, all others will be deleted)

4 Favorite Podcasts for Writers

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The Step-by-Step Guide to Launch Your Own Blog in Less Than 15 Minutes!

It's easier than you think! Launch your blog today!

I know wondering where to start setting up a blog can be intimidating. There is a ton of information and options out there. Here is what I did. I don't have any computer background training. I don't know code (computer language). I DO KNOW how to read, point and click! It really easy that easy. I've been asked several times since launching my new blog, if I could show you how to launch your own or walk you through it, so I created this guide to help you. Yes, there are affiliate links here, meaning if you click them and use the services my Bluehost provides, I get paid at NO cost to you. If you appreciate the information I've given, I would appreciate you using my affiliate link.

Why Bluehost? I have used other hosting providers in the past. I enjoy Bluehost because it is fast, simple and inexpensive. It also does the work for you when it comes to using Wordpress. Wordpress is the software you will use to actually structure your website and blog. Don't worry, I walk you through that below, as well! Let's get to the point, if you have considered starting a blog or website, now is your time. For roughly $50 a year, you can have a site similar to mine! No need to pay someone thousands of dollars to design something you won't have control of. You have full control here so let's get started.

Get started now:

1.  Click the picture below to go to my Bluehost affiliate page.

2. Click on "get started now."

how to launch a blog 3. Select your plan!

how to launch a blog4. You get a FREE domain name (i.g. BrendaHaire.com) through my affiliate link with even the basic plan! If you don't already have a domain name, enter your choice in the "new domain" box and click next. If you do already have one through another hosting company you want to direct to this new blog, enter it in the "I have a domain name" box and click next.

how to launch a blog5. Enter your account information, select your package information, enter billing information, and click submit.launch your blog todaylaunch your blog today6. After you submit, there will be some other options you can add if you'd like. You don't need them to start and can add them later if you decide. Then click, complete.

7. Click create your password. Make sure to write it down so you don't forget.

8. Click submit after creating your password.

launch your blog today9. Log into Bluehost with your new password.launch your blog today10. Click on the orange icon, "Install WordPress."

launch your blog today11. Click start.

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12. Select your domain to install.

launch your blog today13. Complete the last step (make sure you write down your login information, this is different from your Bluehost login information)and click "install now."

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launch your blog today14. Click View Credentials and log in to WordPress.

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15. Once in WordPress, you will see a menu on the left-hand side of your screen. Select "Appearance," then, "Themes." Here you will select what you want your new blog to look like, a template, if you will. There are many choices, some free and some paid. I use a free theme called Olsen Light. Whichever theme you go with, make sure that it is "responsive," which means it will adjust for any mobile device or computer screen size. You can do a search for "responsive" themes.

16. Once you select a theme click install and then activate. You are now ready to customize your blog! You can view your blog anytime by clicking on the house in the top left corner. Most themes will walk you through customizing. If you don't have a clue what a widget is, get my FREE Basic Info to Help You Build Your Extraordinary Website PDF by signing up below.

Launch your blog in less that 15 minutes

Post your new blog in the comments so we can see what you are working on!

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4 Writer's Tools You'll Love

Writer's Tools You'll LoveLearning from some great mentors, I recently put some great writer's tools on my Christmas list. This year my son and I came up with the idea to use our Amazon wish lists as shopping lists for each other. Knowing I need some tools to help launch my book this year, I opted for those this Christmas. Big thank you to my children for my book related gifts! What can I say?  This girl is on a mission! As always I want to help you reach your dreams as well.

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Here are four writer's tools that I am currently using:

A Microphone to record my book's audible version.

Remote Control Tripod to hold my iPhone while I create videos. I love the remote control feature because I can start it with a smile on my face and not have to edit out that awkward moving away from the camera moment.

Evernote: It's free and my absolute favorite new writer's tool. A must have for ever writer as far as I am concerned. It's an app for your phone that you can set up with the projects you are working on. You can:

  • Save notes to project files
  • Save pictures to project files
  • Add reminders
  • Access the app from your computer to add your notes and such to your book project

I never thought I would change to an app. I have always been a pen and journal girl but this app has changed my world. I love that when I have a thought that needs to go into my book, I can open the app on my phone, click my microphone button and record my thought. Then when I sit down to work on my book, it's all there waiting for me on my laptop. Amazing!

This app has so many uses! I have a file for blog posts, each of my book projects, twitter posts, and so much more. Makes it so much easier than flipping through my journal to look for that one thought.

I do still use a journal to take notes and free write. If, when doing so I come across a thought or idea that fits into one of my files, I take a picture of my journal and save a picture in the appropriate file. This app is a writer's new bestie! I've heard some pod-castors say that it is too complicated but that hasn't been my experience. I love it!

This is one of the bulking tools I speak about in my free Legacy Calendar Model, the best model for successfully completing your projects. You can sign up for your free copy and get the five step model in your inbox today!

My longtime favorite tool for bulking is Hootsuite.  This tool allows you to schedule posts on your social media. There is a slew of reason for doing this. If you know you have an upcoming event that will keep you from being live, you don't have to worry, just schedule some posts. You can still server your tribe! I love it because I can bulk task all my social media. I can sit down for an hour and write posts for the entire week.

I still check my social media accounts to interact with my followers on a regular basis. If I think of something or want to share on the spot, I still post outside of Hootsuite as well.

I use the free version of both Evernote and Hootsuite. These are not affiliates. I don't get paid for telling you how awesome they are. I just think they are awesome and think you should know about them. It's all about creating a better life, a simpler life.

Four Writer's Tools You'll Love

If you've found any of these writer's tools helpful or have questions, I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.

 

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