Gain a Writing Momentum
Never before did I receive such a boost to my writing momentum than 1-1/2 years ago when I blogged once a day, posted at least 1x a day to each of my main social sites, and sent out my ezine email once a week.
It was a healthy exercise, which at the time I thought was mostly time-consuming, but I reaped benefits.
* there’s something healthy about writing or journaling every day
* you create connection, conversation and ties to people in your network
* you bring attention to You, your brand
#1 Big Benefit
But, honestly, I think the biggest benefit to me while doing it was the gift of a writing momentum. And somehow, it makes one a little fearless too.
It’s said, writer’s block is non-existent for prolific working writers — that as a job one goes to every day, the writer just sits down and writes. They just do it. But it’s not that easy for me, and maybe other writers. When I wrote every day, I had the momentum, but when I stopped, I loss the momentum.
How to Become a Fearlessness Skilled Writer
So to make a long story short — the way to keep a clip, a momentum, a fearlessness and to gain skill as a writer is to write every day. I mean that’s not a new idea really.
The skill comes with the practice. You’ll find yourself writing clearer, better — and it will be easier.
The fearless part, I believe, is sharing that writing. The writing must be more than just notes to oneself. There needs to be a form of accountability and public-ness about it as well.
I believe there’s some kind of alchemy that happens when we put one foot, or in this case our hands and fingers, in front of the other – and just do it!
So, I am going to just do it — and I suggest you do the same if you want to build momentum and become a better writer too.
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The Holidays Online and Beyond
A busy time as we enter Q4 2014.
Tax time today and tomorrow.
Pinterest marketing for Amazon.
An eBook gig, I’m on the home stretch for for a client.
Vitamin D in sunshine – eating good food, fish, good fermentation and lots of vegetables — personal interest.
Friends of the Library local book sales.
Selling used books on Amazon.
Some of my interests and activities entering the holiday season 2014.
Focus on Amazon and Ecommerce
Today’s blog and a few in the upcoming series ARE NOT and I repeat ARE NOT focused on the copywriting business.
But as a person first, a copywriter second, and an ecommerce business person close behind — the ecommerce and Amazon used book selling deserves attention during this season.
I do sell a lot of good used books on Amazon, and have been doing so since 2002.
The Business of Buying and Selling Used Books
Those of us who deal with used books and Amazon, love books, or we wouldn’t do this kind of work.
It’s a fun job, sometimes a dirty job, a heavy-lifting job — takes a fair amount of time, involves labor, some smarts — databases, listing and posting, and navigating Amazon and Amazon pages.
And we often use technology and scanners for better buying decisions.
A few used book sellers on Amazon do this as their only source of income.
Personally, I do not know any individual online book sellers who are getting rich. Hmmmm ….. well, there may be one or two.
But we’ll get to that story a little later.
Economics and Other Work of a Book Seller
I know sellers who started with books and still mostly do books, but because they’ve branched out into a lot of other categories on Amazon — beauty, computer accessories, clothing, toys and games, food – and some of them sell their e-commerce coaching — they’re making more than a shabby living too.
But most of us sellers — never get rich at just books.
Although we can and do get to the point where that Amazon income pays the mortgage or rent, the car payment and upkeep, food and most of our bills.
Once in awhile a seller manages to buy a house and do some traveling — even overseas, primarily on the book income. But we’ll get into case studies and such in future blogs.
Personally, I’ve branched out on Amazon into children’s toys and games, beauty, even food. Books have not been quite enough.
Science tutoring for young people has been a small side business since 2001. Writing-copywriting is my vocation. But I still sell a lot of used books on Amazon.
Blog Series on Book Sellers, Friends of the Library Sales and Amazon
The next 5 to 10 blogs, if I keep focused, will address a particular point of interest to Amazon used book sellers and Friends of the Library — and that is Friends of the Library book sales.
Donated Books and Helping the Libraries
A lot of donations are made by the public to the libraries — and we’re looking for engagement and ideas on how we can handle this valuable precious commodity as better stewards — make more money, on especially once pricey donated books, for the library, and get these donated books in the hands of more people who come to shop at the book sales..
Friends of the Library through book sales earn money for extra equipment, children’s programs and activities, wooden book shelves and displays, automatic glass doors, landscaping, nice outdoors benches and a lot of nice things for the libraries.
The local Amazon Book Seller and All about Friends Library Sales
But in this blog we will be delving into a particular point of interest in books sales more from the perspective of the book seller in our city. I’m going to talk about:
* book sale set ups
* who views the books before sales
* how the books are displayed on the tables
* pre-sales open to Friends’ members only
* Friends selling books online for the library
* shopping before the doors open – a no, no right. You’d think so … but this may surprise you
* who sorts, organizes and prices books
Now, those of us who buy and sell books to pay our bills– most of us know how to find books to sell at yard sales, thrift stores, estate sales — thru ads on craigslist.
But the easiest and best way — you might think — would be at Friends Book Sales.
This is a topic we will discuss at greater length in future blogs.
If you have ideas and input on this topic, leave a comment. A new blog on this topic will be posted 1x a week.
Stay tuned! It should be fun and interesting.
Calling for Comments
And yes, comment, comment, comment — want to hear what you think here in San Antonio, Houston, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and every small and large town and city throughout the U.S.!
P.S. Times continue to get exciting online with blogs, ezines, social networking and marketing continuing to make such a Splash.
P.S.S. Ecommerce sales increase every year on Amazon. Pinterest is proving to be great for ecommerce retail.
P.S.S.S. Return for more shop talk, fun and comments on Amazon, online marketing, social networking … but especially selling online thru the holidays!
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The most prolific writers write the way they speak. Easy, no fancy-wancy English teacher rules of topic sentences prefacing each paragraph — of an intro, say what you’re going to say, say it, say what you said. Simply write clearly, as you would say it.
I’m writing an ebook for a professional — “do you want to finish it in two weeks, three, four weeks, six, eight?” I was asked. It’s my writing in my voice — not too hard.
Writing or Helping to Write for an Expert
But what do we do when, a professional, an expert approaches us and asks us about writing an ebook with them. “With them.” See, they are the expert — they want the book in their voice. They’re the authority.
And how do I write prolifically as I speak in…… whose voice, theirs!! OMG.
Yes, yes it’s called ghostwriting. Many people can do it. But working one-on-one with an expert, I have not found it to work well. Too many fingers in ‘the paint pots” of the writing.
No, can’t do that — and be prolific. Or at least not for me.
Shortcut to Writing for Someone Else
But I’ve figured it out. Just do an Interview. I know easy-peasy. But really …. can you think of anything easier or faster? That way, it’s in the expert’s voice. No need to mess with it. Just do a little editing and polishing up of grammar and the way things look. Fast. It could be super fast.
That’s my bright idea for the evening. I’m sure I’m not the first person who’s ever thought of it.