Writing? Sure! Promotion? Well, hmm.

Last Update: June 13, 2019

I love to write. Wrote my first dog story when I was eight and have scarcely stopped since. It's because of all my journaling through the decades that I can now in my 70s write memoirs telling stories from long ago, some funny, some tragic, some romantic, some adventurous.

Promotion has never been my strong suit. Of the eight or ten books I've written and self-published, the most successful one was about llamas, back in the 1980s when llamas were popular and often profitable. People loved my book but week after week I would postpone tasks like making phone calls to book distributors. That was before email, which admittedly has made promotion easier.

So a couple of years ago I started my series of memoirs and I've got the first two up on Amazon. Have got the third one almost finished. My excuse to not promote the first two until the third one is done isn't going to hold water much longer. My reasoning was that the third one will interest more people and I do think that is true, but I confess that it was less reasoning than procrastination.

As I have also written websites, I wandered into WA about two months ago. I've learned things, I've shared things, and I've been inspired. And now I ask for your advice about doing things you don't want to do! Any tips? Not about how to promote books (I have a to-do list all ready) but about motivating yourself?

Thanks!

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Twack Premium
It's bit like asking someone to pick your lottery numbers. Everyone will choose different ones for their own reasons. My main protagonist is 'self-promoting'. As I write now (As in this reply) I have just had a thought as to why and it goes all the way back to my childhood, never really had reason to ask the 'why' before. Anyhoo, that aside. Whenever I am having bouts of procrastination I try to think about how I will feel 'after' the fact has been completed. For me, that sense of satisfaction (and relief) is always greater than if it was just another run-of-the-mill task.
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RosanaHart Premium
Let's see, a good lottery number would be 13-28-13. No that's my combination lock for when I goto water aerobics.

How I will feel when done? AHHHH! Good tip!
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accad Premium
In my venture in the online world, I see myself discovering all the things that could really help my audience and me as an entrepreneur. I see and feel that my goal is too far and it makes me sick when I only have the exact blessings in order to live.

For three years in WA, I still have to find that system to funnel in my account the dollars. My comfort is that I now have a website, I understand about affiliate marketing, I know I have to do my own part.

That makes me stay and feel the joy of being in the online world.
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RosanaHart Premium
Thanks. You hit something here... I am always motivated by helping others and my books DO help others in a variety of ways even if they aren't the obvious how-to. For example, my second book is one about a summer I spent in Sierra Leone, West Africa, on a workcamp. People who read it would benefit by seeing more clearly how we are all one. And also they could learn how much joy the people had there.
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accad Premium
Do you have that online?
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EdwinBernard Premium
Rosana, you've covered a lot of ground in your writing that makes it more challenging to find new inspiration.

Try meditating. Not about writing but about what new experiences you would like to achieve. Then write about that if you haven't already.

Congrats on all the writing you have already done. I find that incredible!

Cheers.

Edwin
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RosanaHart Premium
Bingo! I haven't written much about what it would be like for my books to reach a lot more people. Will do asap!
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Wdcope Premium
Writing a to do list is easy, and motivation is harder for sure. I read encouraging things about how others were always consistent. this motivated them because consistency provided success, and success provides motivation to keep going forward.
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RosanaHart Premium
If I'm not always consistent now (which I am not), I don't know if that will become a characteristic at my age. BUT hey even as I type this I realize I am quite consistent about planning my days and weeks! Just gotta include success-yielding promotion...
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Brenda63 Premium
Gee, thats a hard one. The motivation is the kicker. What helps me is reading motivation books. There are things that I don't want to do them but I do the tasks anyway. The sooner I do it, the better. I write down small goals. I use a Passion Planner. That planner works. I need to use it more often, sometimes I slack off.
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RosanaHart Premium
Thanks -- I signed up for the Passion Planner email list and also I bought some good PLR from Alice Seba, a bunch of motivational worksheets. have a couple open now on my laptop and will do them today!
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Brenda63 Premium
Sounds like a good plan.
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