Becoming a published author is not an easy task. I’m sure you’re already aware of that… While writing may seem like the hard part, you have to think about how to design and format the book, find a publisher, secure endorsements, market the book, and promote it when the writing and editing is done.
You’ll probably even have a moment or two where you consider giving up.
Keep reading for tips on how you can dig in and persevere through the hardest parts of being an author.
Forget About Your Comfort Zone
Bob Parsons, GoDaddy founder, has a list of 16 “rules for survival,” many of which can be applied to surviving and thriving as an author.
His first rule is to “get and stay out of your comfort zone.”
(You can read the rest of his rules here.)
Writing, publishing and marketing a book isn’t an easy process. If you’re unwilling to step out of your comfort zone, achieving your goals can be much more difficult than it needs to be.
The truth is, things rarely get done while you’re safe and warm in your comfort zone.
Don’t Even Think About Giving Up
Bob Parsons’s second rule of survival is to “never give up.” Many authors decide to call it quits when they’re only a step away from reaching their goal. If only they’d hung on!
Tell yourself that giving up is not an option. Go ahead. Say it out loud. Giving up is not an option.
If you’re stuck during the writing process or having trouble finding a publisher, try going about it a different way. Just because something isn’t working right doesn’t mean it never will.
Take it Slow
Don’t weigh yourself down by continually thinking about the future. Take things slow and focus your attention on the matters at hand, not those issues that might come up tomorrow or the next day.
Getting ahead of yourself can cause unneeded stress and negativity, which can hamper the writing process, making things more difficult for you in the long run. If your current task is book promotion, take it one day at a time until it’s been accomplished. Keep up this living-in-the-moment type of thinking for each step of your journey.
Bob Parsons’s seventh rule is to keep moving forward. Just because you’re taking things one day at a time doesn’t mean you need to stop moving altogether. It doesn’t matter if you’re currently writing, promoting yourself or your book, securing a publisher, looking for endorsements. The point is to keep doing something every day that helps you accomplish your goal of becoming a successful author.
Working on author promotion? Take a look at what your competitors are doing, but remember to focus the majority of the attention on yourself. If you can solve your own problems instead of relying on others to do it for you, you get a leg up on the competition. If things aren’t looking up, find a way to make it better.
Bob Parsons’s 16 rules for survival can be used for just about any situation. Although I’ve only covered a few here, take a look at the full list.
Becoming a successful author doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but if you’re willing to put in the time, you already have an advantage over the competition.
Remember, most people quit when they’re only seconds away from success. Get out of your comfort zone, don’t give up, and focus on the task at hand. Perseverance is the key to success.
What motivates you to persevere? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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