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Have you ever wished you could peer inside the mind of one of the greatest writers in the world and find out exactly what makes them tick? Well… here’s your chance. Stephen King has published 57 novels, all of them bestsellers. He has sold more than 350 million copies of his works. According to Forbes, he earns approximately $40 million per year, making him one of the riches ...
A troubling thought, isn’t it? You’re slaving away at your blog, but you can’t help wondering if you have a shot in hell of getting anyone to read it. What makes you any different from the millions of other bloggers hoping for attention? You’re all doing the same stuff. Cranking out posts, messing around on Twitter and Facebook, leaving comments on popular blogs — you know, the usual.
Admit it. You have several half-read writing books stacked up on your nightstand, several more squirreled away in a desk drawer and a dozen more on your Amazon wish list. You scrutinize all the books that “customers also bought” looking for those one-of-a-kind books that will transform you into a great writer.
Will it all be worth it? You can’t help wondering sometimes. Every spare minute, you’re glued to your computer, reading, writing, doing all you can to grow your blog and build your audience — all on the shaky promise that someday your efforts will pay off. But sometimes, that someday feels far out of reach.
You’d love to learn how to write a bestselling book, right? Problem is, it’s scary. You’re not even sure what goes into writing a book, let alone a bestselling one. The good news? Below you’ll find 31 fantastic resources to help you write a bestselling book. (If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by how many there are, just commit to reading one each day for a month!) ...
Come on, fess up! You’ve done the unthinkable. You’ve let your beloved blog wither in the shadows of neglect. Once a thriving haven of ideas and wisdom for your adoring readers, your blog is now just a wasteland of stale posts. You’re bugged by the numbing guilt that you’ve let yourself down, and even worse, that you’ve let your readers down.
Hands up if you’ve ever seen headlines like these: “Why I Quit My Job to Travel the World” “Man Who Quit 9-to-5 Job Makes $1 Million While Traveling the World” “3 Ways to Quit Your Job and Travel the World Without Going Broke” My guess is that you have, because I see these headlines around everywhere. I’ve even written a few of them (hint: the last one).
What the heck happened? You had a brilliant idea for your blog. You spent days (or even weeks!) bringing your idea to life — editing, tweaking, and perfecting every syllable. You used every promotion strategy and technique in your arsenal to ensure the world would know about your blogging masterpiece.
Blogging is a battle. A war to get your ideas the attention they deserve. Your enemy? The dizzying array of online distractions that devour your readers. This battle is not for the faint of heart. There are so many learning curves. Plugins you’ll need to install. Social networks you’ll need to employ. Marketing techniques you’ll need to try.
Note from Glen: I’m delighted to introduce Smart Blogger’s new Associate Editor, Robert van Tongeren. Robert’s been behind the scenes for a couple of years now, most recently as the lead instructor and editor for our Guest Blogging program. But this month he’s taking over editorial responsibilities on the blog – congratulations Robert! I’ll be focusing on running the business, ...
Yesssss! The schedule gods have given you a break, and you have a rare hour to actually sit down and write. You could produce an entire blog post! An article! Maybe even a short book chapter! Your research is all done, so all you need to do now is write. You apply ass to seat, fire up your laptop, start typing … … and it’s like watching a video in slo-mo.
Writing tips are like beer nuts. They’re addictive. No matter how many you have, you always want more. But do you ever get the feeling that the writing “experts” who are dispensing the tips barely have more experience than you? Which usually means their advice is either second-hand or second-rate.
Ugh, it happened again. Another week or month has passed, and you’ve made zero progress on your writing goals. Deep down you know your writing is important, but you can’t take consistent action. What’s really going on here? The truth is, you don’t feel inspired. You can’t help but marvel at other writers who do persist, and have a large body of work you can’t even fathom achieving.
Tugs at your soul, doesn’t it? You love to write. You always have. But honestly — who has the time? Not only do you have a job and family and friends, but there are a gazillion tiny distractions popping up on your cell phone 24 hours a day, all interesting, all seemingly important, all keeping you from what you were born to do: Write. The good news? 2017 is your year.
Let’s talk about that holy grail of bloggers everywhere — Making money while you sleep. This is how you imagine it’ll work… You’ll launch a blog, get some readers, and sell them stuff. People will snatch up your cool offers, and before you know it you’ll be retiring to an island retreat somewhere. Because that’s how blogging works, right? Well, maybe.
Strange feeling, isn’t it? Both exciting and terrifying at the same time. But that’s what it’s like, starting an online business. On the one hand, you know you were meant to do more with your life than being stuck in a job you hate. On the other, starting a new business is risky — and the thought of failing and crawling to your boss to beg for your old job back paralyzes you with fear.
It’s the holy grail of the blogosphere — highly sought after but rarely achieved. We’re talking, of course, about “epic” content. Creating it, though, feels like an impossible mission for many bloggers — beyond the reach of all but the most elite writers. But in reality, you don’t need epic skills to create truly remarkable content, just a reliable process.
Editor’s note: You’ll certainly have heard the following advice, commonly given to bloggers — “write for your ideal reader.” But the truth is, your most valuable readers won’t have identical needs. And if you ignore one important group, your blog growth could stall. Pamela Wilson’s new book is not just a must-read for content marketers; it’s invaluable for bloggers too.
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