My Strategies for Writing an Amazon Best Seller- Part 2

Posted July 13th, 2014 by Dr. Laureen Wishom and filed in Career Business Life
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In part 1 of My Strategies for Writing an Amazon Best Seller, I shared my first five strategies.  Below are the last five for writing a best seller:

6. Take at least one rest day each week to step My strategies for writing an amazon best seller part 2 My Strategies for Writing an Amazon Best Seller  Part 2away from your writing and let your mind rest. Sometimes, taking a break can help you think clearly and write more powerfully.

If you schedule your breaks in advance you won’t feel guilty when you enjoy a day off.

7. Find a place other than where you normally write to enjoy a “date” with your book. If you handwrite your book (by the way I strongly recommend this) or use a laptop, you can work on your book at a coffee shop, in the mall or even in the park on a beautiful day.

When writing my best seller, I scheduled at least one outing every two weeks to make my writing experience more interesting, and I found extra inspiration by writing at different venues. Sunday afternoons was my regularly scheduled writing day.

8. Make a list of the research you will need to do for your book. Plan at least

one day a week in the beginning to spend researching and planning your

book. When you get closer to completing your book (and your research is complete) use this time to edit your work.

9. Plan to work on your book related matters at least once every two weeks. Book related matters include the back cover copy, author’s biography, dedications, acknowledgements, etc.

10. At least one time a month, go back over your written words and rewrite for more power and interest. Once you have stepped back from your work for a while it is usually easier to see what could be improved.

By rewriting every month instead of when your book is completely finished, will produce a better quality book, and you won’t feel so overwhelmed when it’s time to edit.

I can tell you that one of the biggest mistakes many writers make is trying to write a book without an outline or advance planning. Often times many books are never completed simply for a lack of good time management skills and a structured outline.

I also had a calendar that identified my writing goals and deadlines.  I lived by my calendar throughout the writing process.

Oh by the way, my Amazon best seller is entitled: Fit, Fine & Fabulous In Career, Business & Life.

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My Strategies for Writing an Amazon Best Seller- Part 1

Posted July 11th, 2014 by Dr. Laureen Wishom and filed in Career Business Life
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As I was wrapping up my workshop entitled: “The Double E – How to Transition from Employee to Entrepreneur (with ease and My Strategies for Writing an Amazon Best Seller  Part 1 My Strategies for Writing an Amazon Best Seller  Part 1cash in the bank)” at the PNC Conference in Dallas, Texas, I was asked by one of the attendees: “What strategies did I implement to end up as an Amazon Best Seller.”

Here are the strategies that I shared:

1. Make sure you take your professional photo headshot to use in your book promotion as well as on your back cover. You should also use the photo with your manuscript, bookmarks, posters, business cards, and postcards.

2. Decide on the date you want your book to be completed and ready to publish. You will use this target date to establish all the goals you will be setting for your writing process.

3. Decide on the date you want your first draft to be completed and ready for review by an editor, colleague(s), other authors, family, or friends – those you trust to give you constructive criticisms and feedback to help you improve your writing style.

4. Organize your files, research documents, and writing area every week.  Many authors waste time looking for misplaced documents and valuable

information (I was one of them at the beginning of my writing career). Take time at the end of every week to prepare yourself for the following week. When you get back to writing after a day or two of not writing, you will appreciate the clean organized work environment.

5. Set your writing goals for production. How many words or chapters do you want to have completed each day, each week, and each month? This will keep you on track for reaching your target completion date. Write these goals directly on your calendar so that you have a visual encouragement to help you push forward.

In my next post, I will share part 2 of my next five strategies for writing an Amazon Best Seller.

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From Fit & Fine to Fabulous Tip #7 – Strategies for Game-Changing, High-Achieving Women

Posted June 29th, 2014 by Dr. Laureen Wishom and filed in Personal Best
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In a previous post, I discussed the importance of consistency. When I discovered that I had built up consistency, From Fit and Fine to Fabulous Tip 7 From Fit & Fine to Fabulous Tip #7 – Strategies for  Game Changing, High Achieving WomenI knew it was time to quit waiting for the next big thing to come along before I was ready start—I realized that I was the next big thing and I am a masterpiece.

I learned to accept that I am masterpiece based on my gifts and talents – then I started to celebrate who I was and what I have achieved.

The lesson I learned: Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what! Get started now!.

I know that with each consistent step I take, I will grow stronger, more skilled, and have more self-confidence.

Remember… the way to get ahead is to start now. If you start now, you will know a lot more next year than you do now – especially if you don’t wait until next year to start.

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Career Lessons from the Writer/Executive Producer of Scandal (TV Series)

Posted June 24th, 2014 by Dr. Laureen Wishom and filed in Career Business Life
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In a previous post, I shared one career lesson each from Sheryl Sandberg and Shonda Rhimes. In this post, I will share four more of Rhimes’ career lessons.

Early in her career, she worked multiple jobs ranging from Career Lessons from the Writer Executive Producer of Scandal TV Series Career Lessons from the Writer/Executive Producer of Scandal (TV Series)office administration to career counselor.  Her early employment helped cover the monthly bills and allowed her the time to work on small research-based films on the side.

At that time, she was what I call an Employedpreneur  - but today she is the first African-American woman to create and executive-produce a Top 10 network series – Grey’s Anatomy.

Oh by the way, she is now considered a household name in the industry with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal bringing in a combined $300 million in ad revenue per season.

I recently read an article where she discussed four career lessons that she learned along her journey to success.  Below are the excerpts from that article:

1.    Don’t give up. While she has had many successes in Hollywood, Rhimes has also had her share of rejections including failed TV series and scripts that weren’t picked up. In fact in 2011, medical drama she wrote, Off The Map, was cancelled the same year.

2.    Know when it’s time to part ways. Katherine Heigl, who portrayed Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy, won an Emmy for that role in 2007. After her name was submitted again for Emmy consideration, she withdrew her name. She stated: “I don’t believe I have been given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination”.

Rhimes replied, “When people show you who they are, believe them. I carry that with me a lot. It has served me well.”  Heigl was released from her contract in 2010.

3.    Using social media to garner a fan base. Every week during the brand new episodes of her hit series, Rhimes and the stars hold live Twitter chats with their viewers and fans.

 Engaging your fans (or “gladiators”) keeps them involved, thus keeping them watching the show.

4.     You can have a booming career and a family. Not only is Rhimes a working mom, she is a single working mom. She adopted two girls and had a third daughter via gestational surrogacy.

The night she announced the arrival of her third daughter, she tweeted, “Life is good #2shows3kids”. Rhimes continued achievements prove that although being a working mom may be difficult, it can be done.

If you are an Employedpreneur, Seasoned or Start-up Business Owner, or Career Professional – isn’t it time to (1) stop giving up; (2) let go of those people or situations that no longer work; (3) use some form of social media to advance your career or business and (4) know that you can have a successful career, business and life.

As a game-changing, high-achieving business woman myself and the author of the Amazon best seller: Fit, Fine & Fabulous in Career, Business & Life, I share the process for achieving success in these three areas in this best seller.

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