It’s All About The Feeling That It Creates

When it comes to manifesting, there’s one really key thing you need: feeling. It’s all well and good to know what you want and visualize it as done and write your intentions down in your journal every day.

But if there’s no feeling behind it or you’re not emotionally connected to your intentions, you won’t be able to manifest them.

Feeling is EVERYTHING when it comes to creating what you want in your writing life and life in general. Without the feeling, there’s no reason to even bother.

Because the feeling is what creates the energy and vibration. And like attracts like. So if you’re writing down that you’re a New York Times Best-Selling Author, but you’re not emotionally conected to that goal–there’s no feeling in it for you, it’s just words on the page–then you can’t make the dream come to life.

The emotion, the feeling, that’s what will help you bring it to life.

Now if there’s a goal you want to make happen, but you’re not really emotionally connected to it or it’s not something that you deeply desire to have, you’re better off putting that goal on hold or setting it aside and focusing on a goal that does hold an emotional charge for you.

For many years I wanted to be a best seller on Amazon. I wanted to see my book at #1 in the Authorship category. But that goal didn’t have feeling around it.

Because I had no idea how to do it and I didn’t totally believe that it was possible for me. It felt like one of those goals that other people achieve, but not me.

And, really, that had a very distinct feeling around it: it felt bad. It felt unachievable. It felt impossible.

Those kind of feelings will only attract more of the same… bad, unachievable, impossible. So I couldn’t actually make my goal of hitting #1 in Authorship happen until I changed the feeling around it.

That didn’t happen for me until Februray 2016, when I met an author who has written and published 47 books–46 of which have hit #1 on Amazon. When I met her, a person I considered to be an amped up version of me, it finally hit me: if she can do it 46 times, surely I can do it once.

And that was the moment that shifted my feelings around hitting #1 on Amazon. Suddenly it felt possible for me. It felt like, duh! Of course I can make it happen!

That changed everything. Because now there was a supercharged feeling behind my goal of hitting #1 on Amazon.

So it’s not at all surprising that I had one of my books hit #1 on Amazon in the Authorship category less than three months later.

The feeling was everything. Changing how I felt about being #1 on Amazon changed what was possible for me.

Before the feeling changed, being #1 on Amazon in Authorship wasn’t possible for me. It was possible, yes, because all things are. But it wasn’t possible for me.

Because I wasn’t open to it. I wasn’t willing to receive it. And so I pushed it away with my bad feelings and attitude about Amazon “not counting” and “not being something I cared about.”

The truth is, it’s not nearly as easy to hit #1 on Amazon for paid books. It takes strategy and doing the work.

But just because it’s not easy, doesn’t mean it has to feel hard. Once I shifted my mindset around being #1 on Amazon and then made the decision that 2016 was the year it was going to happen, it was DONE. All I needed to do was call it in with my intentions and actions.

Everything I did after that point felt divinely guided and totally with ease and flow.

I was finally taking the right actions and doing the things that were aligned with me being a best seller on Amazon. So when it actually happened I was surprised, but not all that surprised, because that’s how manifestation works.

You want something. You decide that it’s done. You put a feeling behind it. And then you take action. What you want manifests in your life. Simple.

It’s us who gets in the way and makes achieving our goals so much fucking harder than it needs to be.

The Universe does everything with ease and flow. And it has unlimited possibilities and ways to bring its magic into your life.

But it can only work for you if you’re working for it.

So figure out what you really, really want, put a feeling of “I already have it” behind it, act as if you already do, and you’ll manifest it so fast your head will explode.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

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What’s A Writing Empire and Why Do You Need One?

I love that phrase: writing empire. It sounds so awesome, doesn’t it?

Having an empire that you created with your writing at the center of everything.

Usually when you think of an “empire,” you imagine someone like Martha Stewart or Kim Kardashian or some other celebrity brand. But writers can have empires too.

Remember the other day when I talked about diversifying? That’s what building an empire is. It’s finding ways to diversify in your writing life so that you’ve got streams of income coming in from different things.

Freelance. Copywriting. Nonfiction books. Novels. Workshops. Virtual events. Live events. Digital products. Writing services. Coaching services. Editing.

There are tons of ways for you to diversify and build your writing empire. And here’s the best part: you get to create it however you want it.

If you hate doing live stuff, you can be 100% virtual. If you love live events, you can build those into your brand. Whatever you love to do, that’s what you should focus on and build your writing empire around.

I love teaching, I love writing, I love speaking, so that’s what I’m building my writing empire around. I have books, digital products, live virtual workshops, live events (more live events coming in 2017!), coaching, writing and self-publishing services.

The other thing about an empire is that it’s also a legacy. It’s the legacy of the person who it’s built around.

An empire will live on long after you do.

So really think about that for a second. What do you want your legacy to be?

I want to be known for changing the way writers think. For showing writers what’s possible when you set your mind to it. For being a living example of the power of combining practical physical actions with energetic mindset actions.

That is my legacy–the one I’m creating.

These are all things you’ve gotta think about if you want to be an authorpreneur. Not just a writer who publishes a couple books, but someone who builds a business around being who you are and doing what you love.

That is the true power of taking control of your writing destiny.

And you can absolutely do it. It’s yours to create, exactly as you want it.

For some examples of legacy and what a writing empire looks like, check out:

Robert McKee
Larry Brooks
Joanna Penn

These are writers who have diversified. They’ve found what they’re awesome at and they’ve built a business around those things.

If you want to make a living as a writer, this is the best way to do it. Yes, you could just write books, but you’re limiting so many things when you do that, including growth, reaching additional audiences and, of course, the money you can make.

Diversifying is where it’s at. And while you’re at it, you may as well build an empire and create a legacy that lives on.

And speaking of empire… I wanted to introduce you to my new 1-1 coaching program:

Build Your Writing Empire

This program is your springboard to making a living as a writer.

For 6 weeks we will work together to:

Map out your writing empire, including all the things you love to do
Start setting up and implementing the systems and structures you need to support your empire (including an author website, if you don’t already have one)
Overhaul your writing life so you’re aligned with and set up for the success you want to create
Get your nonfiction eBook written and published (at least one, but possibly more than one, if you’re up for it)
Grow your following
Sell more books

You will walk away with a published nonfiction eBook, a blueprint for your writing empire–including what to focus on and in what order–and feeling confident and ready to continue growing your audience and your author brand.

With this program you get:

> Six 1-1 calls with me via phone or Skype (up to 60 mins each)
> Unlimited email support between calls
> Feedback, edits, guidance on everything you create while in the program, including your eBook

And as a BONUS, you get a FREE 1-YEAR MEMBERSHIP in the Bestselling Author Mastermind group (a $348+ value). [This is extra-awesome because I’m going to soon be announcing some major changes to BAM that include giving the group access to pretty much everything I’ve created (and the price is going up).]

This program is PERFECT for you if you:

> Have lots of ideas for books you want to write and just need help getting started/organized/productive/etc
> Want to build a writing empire and legacy with your author brand
> Are someone who takes action and follows through
> Are ready to get your damn writing career off the ground
> Want to finally get your first (or next) nonfiction eBook written and published

This program is for writers who are action takers and willing to put in the work.

Program investment: $997 (payment plans available)

Interested? Email me or send me a PM on Facebook.

How To Create Your Visual Author Brand

I’m in the process of reworking my author brand right now, and so I had a photoshoot yesterday with my good friend who is an amazing photographer. And as I’ve been thinking about how to communicate my message through visuals, I decided to break down the process for you.

Because when it comes to creating an author brand, you have to represent it in both words and pictures.

So here’s a breakdown of what I do to create my author brand through visuals:

1. Choose Your Words

You’ll want to choose 3-5 words that represent who you are and what you stand for.

Here are the words I chose for my brand:

  • Badass
  • Magical
  • Free

Those words absolutely represent me, what I believe in and what I stand for.

What words represent you? 

2. Think About Your Author Message

Your author message is the core thread that ties everything together–yourself, your books, your products/services, your content. Your author message is essentially what you believe the world most needs to know/hear.

All authors need a message, fiction and nonfiction included.

An example: my author message is “you can create anything you set your mind to.” This is a deeper-layer message from the one I had prior, which is “take control of your writing destiny.” Both represent me, my brand and what I stand for.

What do you stand for? What do you believe? What message do you feel the world most needs to hear? 

3. Brainstorm Visuals

Now that you know the words and your message, you’re going to use to represent your author brand, you can brainstorm ideas for how to show them visually.

So when I think about how to show my words visually, here are some examples of what I come up with:

  • Outfits that make me feel and look like a badass, such as ripped jeans and a shirt with studs (badass)
  • Sparkles, on my shoes and shirt (’cause sparkles look like “magic” to me)
  • Writing on my laptop in the middle of nature (freedom)

And then, of course, the location where you shoot your photos also plays into creating the visual brand.

How can you visually represent your brand? Brainstorm some ideas in your journal. 

4. Choose Your Props

Props are a big part of communicating through visuals. If you see a picture of a guy holding a guitar, there’s a pretty good chance he’s a musician, right? The guitar communicates the message of “musician.”

Here are the props I’ve picked out for my photoshoot:

  • My dog, Weiland (’cause he’s my brand mascot)
  • MacBook
  • Moleskine
  • Kindle
  • Stack of my books

Those props will easily communicate “writer” and “author.”

What props can you use to communicate who you are? 

5. Hire A Good Photographer

Be sure to hire a good photographer who actually knows what they’re doing. A good photographer will be able to come up with a whole bunch of ideas for how to communicate your words through the pictures.

You can find a good photographer by:

  • Asking around
  • Asking someone you know whose work is awesome
  • Checking out portfolios
  • Looking for photographer-for-hire ads on Craig’s List or other service-based websites
  • Googling “photographer” plus “your city”

A good photographer will be the icing on the cake.

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Manifestation Marketing: What It Is, How To Use It

Something that has become so powerful for me in my writing life is combining practical, physical actions, with energetic, spiritual-type actions. I’d even go so far as to say it’s the thing that has changed the game for me.

It’s the thing that’s helped me to become a multi-book, multi-category best selling author on Amazon and sell more than a thousand books in a month and more than 500 books in one day. It’s the thing that’s made my writing career TAKE OFF.

But I didn’t have a name for it. I didn’t know what to call it, the combination of practical and energetic.

Until today. Today, I have a name for it.

It came to me this morning, like a bolt of lightning, when I was chatting with a member of my Bestselling Author Mastermind. He was asking about getting support on writing and selling more books. And I was thinking about how best I could help him with this.

And then it hit me… the name for what I do: Manifestation Marketing. The combination of taking practical actions along with energetic actions is how you use the power of manifestation to make your marketing efforts a success.

Of course, this also comes down to mindset. Mindset is everything. And mindset is a huge part of manifestation.

So mindset + manifestation marketing = insanely awesome blow-your-mind totally amazing results.

BOOM!

And just like that, a whole new shift in perspective and focus in my writing business.

How To Do Manifestation Marketing

If you’re still reading this, that means you’re someone who believes in the law of attraction (though I’d argue not believing in it doesn’t change the fact that it exists. But I digress…). And the law of attraction is an extremely powerful universal law. Like gravity and momentum.

With your belief in this law, you can use energetic actions to make your practical physical actions–things like writing your book, revising your book, marketing your book–work even better and feel a whole lot easier.

Something I’ve realized as I’ve gone through my journey this year so far is that everything has felt so fucking easy. I mean, yes, I’ve been working my ass off.

But it hasn’t felt like I’ve been. I’ve felt in flow and like things are just happening with ease.

This, of course, is all because of my mindset and what I’m actively choosing to focus on. But the point is, I always thought that achieving the things I’ve achieved this year would be so hard. Yet when I started combining the practical and energetic actions, it’s made everything a breeze.

Again, let me point out, that I am doing a lot of work. I’m taking massive action, on the daily, writing my ass off, creating my ass off, doing more mindset work than ever before… and it’s all paying off. I’ve truly taken control of my reality and began creating exactly what I want for my writing life.

And you can too.

Here’s an example of how you combine practical and energetic actions. In June, when I found out I was less than 50 books away from having sold 1,000 books for the month, I sprung into action and I:

  • Sent an email to my community, letting them know what was going on and asking them to buy one of my books
  • Got on social media and spread the word about my mission to hit 1,000 book sales by 11:59 p.m. that day
  • Made social media posts throughout the night, updating people on my numbers and asking them to buy one of my books
  • Told everyone I knew (or everyone I’m friends with on Facebook anyhow) to check out my books and buy one if they were interested
  • Shot quick videos for Instagram and Facebook, telling people what was going on and asking them to help me out by checking out my books and buying one if something looked good to them

BUT, I didn’t just do the practical actions. I also:

  • Decided it was a done deal
  • Set my mind to it
  • Visualized it happening
  • Wrote my reality–in my journal I wrote out, specifically, what I wanted to see happen
  • Committed to keep going no matter what my current reality looked like
  • Trusted that by doing whatever practical and energetic actions I could think of, the Universe would show up and deliver the result I was asking for

Those are the energetic actions that, when combined with the practical ones, make magic happen. 

Manifestation Marketing, in a nutshell. The art of combining practical physical actions with energetic actions to create book marketing magic.

BOOM.

And the best part is, this works with anything: marketing, writing your book, doing the edits, revising, the professional self-publishing process and more. Take action on this, and your writing life will never be the same again.

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How To Become An Amazon Best Selling Author, Write 9 Books In One Year and Take Control of Your Writing Destiny

Today, my new eBook, The 15-Minute Writer: How To Write Your Book In Only 15 Minutes A Day, became a multi-category best seller on Amazon.

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And not only that.

Today, three of my books were in the top 6 best sellers in the Authorship category.

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This is a BIG deal. Not only because I’m a self-published author, but also because authorship is what I’ve spent the last 8+ years of my life writing about. Since the first day I started my blog back in 2008, I’ve been writing about how to be a productive writer.

To have it pay off like this is just so awesome. And the thing is, NONE of this would’ve happen if I hadn’t done two really important things.

But before I tell you what those things are…

Two years ago I stopped trusting myself. I don’t know what happened. My entire life I’ve always followed my heart and trusted my inner guidance.

But for some reason, two years ago, I stopped trusting it. I started thinking that the answers were all outside me, so I spent months investing in workshops, courses, programs and coaches. All trying to figure out what it was that I was missing. What I hadn’t figured out yet.

That magic bullet that would finally make everything work.

Except I never found it. I found some really great workshops, courses, programs and coaches. But I never found what was missing.

Until a few months ago when I heard a voice that whispered to me, “it’s time.”

It’s time to step up. Time to stop looking outside yourself for the answers. Time to turn fully inward and find the answers there.

That voice was strong and persistent. And for the first time in two years, I decided I was going to listen to it. I wasn’t going to question it, I was just going to listen and act on what it was telling me to do.

It said that I needed to step up and GO BIG. So I decided I’m going to write and publish 9 books in 2016

And I was going to keep listening to that inner guidance. No matter what.

It’s my inner guidance that has led me to every book I’ve written so far this year. It was my inner guidance that told me to keep going, to trust that it would all work as long as I continued taking massive action.

And things have just been fucking magic ever since.

So far I’ve written and published three books. Two have become multi-category best sellers on Amazon. I’ve sold more than 1,000 books in a 30-day period. Today, I sold more than 500 books (512 as of this writing!).

Magic.

Which brings me back to my original point… the two things that changed everything for me:

  1. Trusting myself and my intuition
  2. Getting my mind in the game

It all really comes down to those two things. Because I’m honestly not doing anything different, other than writing more books. Why did the 5 books I’d published before the ones this year not make this big of a splash?

Because I wasn’t ready for it. My mind wasn’t there yet. I didn’t believe it was possible.

When I made the decision to write and publish 9 books this year, it was on the tail end of finally overhauling my writing habits, my beliefs and my mindset. And it was that decision–and then stepping up to take massive action on the daily–that caused the rest of what’s unfolded. 

The truth is, you’ll never get anywhere in your writing career–other than spinning your wheels and feeling constantly disappointed–if you don’t get your mind in the game. If you don’t figure out what you want and then set your mind to making it happen.

The truth is, you can have anything you set your mind to. ANYTHING.

But you’ve gotta decide it and you’ve gotta follow those intuitive nudges when you get them.

We’re at a disadvantage, because we aren’t taught to follow our intuition. We’re taught to be realistic and solve problems by looking to the outside.

But none of that will help you create the writing life you’ve been dreaming of. The only thing that will is trusting your gut, taking massive action and up-leveling your mindset. 

Another example, I got an intuitive nudge to write a guest post for Huffington Post, talking about Why I’m Writing and Publishing 9 Books This Year. And I got a commenter who had this to say:

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Now there are two ways I could’ve taken this comment. The first is to freak out and get defensive. To worry that he might be right and second-guess myself and the actions I’m taking.

The second is to realize that this person’s fears and limitations belong to him, and not to me. And rather than engage with it, I needed to see it as a sign to keep going. 

I chose option two.

But being able to make that choice stems from the decision I made a few months ago, to step up and be the writer and author I dream of being. And getting my mindset in the right place.

Without those two things, I’d have wasted time arguing with this commenter, trying to prove the point that if I was someone well-known, like Steven Pressfield or J.K. Rowling, he wouldn’t even be questioning me. But I didn’t. I just wished him good luck too and moved on with my day (and, of course, I wrote about it and made a video about it, because that’s what I do).

With those two things, I’m empowered. Empowered to choose. To keep going. To believe that what I’m doing is exactly right for me.

And to know that I’ve fully taken control of my writing destiny.

You want to be a bestselling author, write 9 books in a year and take control of YOUR writing destiny? Start taking massive action every day, follow your gut and get your mind where it needs to be.

And if you do that, your writing career will be, as my Fame and Manifestation buddy, Megan Kopp, always says: Boom. Done. Handled. 

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Explode Your Following By Doing These 7 Things

Something every emerging author needs to know how to do is build a following. And that’s because without an audience (aka: people following you), it’s pretty hard to sell books.

Of course, you can always run paid advertising and reach them that way. Or go the traditional publishing route (can we say, waste of time?).

Or you can do the free (or nearly free) version: build your following organically.

Now depending on how you do it, the organic way can take awhile. It took me 8 years to get to where I’m at right now. But I’d argue I could’ve gotten here in half the time (or less) if I had just stopped worrying about everything and just consistently took massive action.

That’s why I’m going to give you the secret 7-step plan for building a following online and creating raving fans who buy all of your books.

It took me 8+ years and six-figures+ investing in my writing career to learn all of what I’m divulging here. So you better listen up, because this is the golden ticket to exploding your fanbase.

1. Say What You Really Think

The world is full of people who are PC and who people-please and say things just to make everyone happy and comfortable. But here’s the thing, vanilla doesn’t sell books.

That’s why you have to be someone who says what you really think. Who stakes a claim and takes a stand on the topics that are important to your industry and/or genre.

Share your opinion on the stuff that matters. Don’t be afraid to tell-it-like-it-is.

The world needs more people like that. Funnily enough, they’re few and far between, which is why when an author stands up and speaks their truth, people listen.

That’s why authors like, J.K. Rowling and Chuck Wendig and Jenna Moreci have such huge followings. Because people know they will always hear them say what they really think.

It’s refreshing.

So be that author too. Be an author who says what you really think and takes a stand on the issues and topics that are important to you and to your industry and/or genre.

2. Jump Off the Fence

This one goes with number one. You’ve gotta jump off the fence and stop toeing the line. You’ve gotta pick a stance and stick with it (and if you change it later–which is totally fine, people’s opinions do change sometimes–you can justify it by sharing how or why you can to this new conclusion).

Authors who are on the fence, in general, do not build massive followings. The authors with massive followings have created them based on taking a stand for something that’s important to them. And their audience almost always knows exactly how they feel about that issue. 

For example, you now know how I stand on the matter of self-publishing. I’m crystal clear on it. There’s no more wondering how I feel. You know.

Same goes for you. What issues or topics are there in your industry and/or genre that you can get off the fence about?

It’s especially good to choose at least one issue or topic that’s controversial. Controversial topics are always more popular.

Which brings me to…

3. Piss People Off

Sounds harsh, right? We should all just play nice and get along.

Maybe. If you want to create an online following that resembles a child’s daycare center. All roses and nice-nice.

But if you want to build a massive following of raving fans who read all your stuff and buy all your books, you can’t play nice and try to make everyone like you. You have to talk directly to your target readers and say things that no one else is willing to say, but that people need to hear.

Make an opinion–one that your target readers agree with (unless, of course, your opinion is opposite your target readers. Don’t lie to them… but at the same time, why would you target readers who don’t believe what you believe or think like you think? Think about that one.) This will cause them to resonate with you more.

I piss people off all the time when I use swear words (especially FUCK) in my writing and also when I say things I believe to be true but that others don’t agree with (like you control your own destiny and everything that happens to you is of your own design).

But doing this is what tightens my tribe. It’s what makes people who aren’t my true tribe leave and unsubscribe, and what makes my true tribe called in.

Your true tribe–the people you resonate with and who love who you are and what you do–will not be able to find you if you’re always playing nice. Because they won’t be able to relate to you.

When you say state your opinion and piss people off, your tribe can find you, because all the people who don’t resonate with what you’re saying will go away, and the ones who are left will be your true tribe.

Think of it like this, in a room full of 100 people, it’s hard to know which ones like pizza and which ones don’t. The only way to find out, is to shout out to the group, “Pizza is the best food that exists! Who’s with me?!”

The people who love pizza will start to cheer and will agree with you and move in your direction, where you can all gather to talk about how much you love pizza…and how much you don’t understand people who don’t. Meanwhile the people who hate pizza will leave the room or tune you out completely, making more room for the pizza lovers.

Get it?

4. Give Massive Value

This is a tough one for most writers. In fact, this is what really separates the authors with a following from the authors no one cares about.

The authors with a following give massive value to their audience, in whatever way makes sense for them. Value comes in all forms.

But the two biggest things people are looking for online is: education and entertainment.

So you’ve either got to educate your audience, entertain them, or–and this is the best one–both. You have to be interesting or you have to present things to them in an interesting way.

They want to be inspired and motivated. They want to feel the love and know they’re not alone. They want to connect with other human beings who are just like they are.

The best way to give massive value is to create content, lots and lots of content. Content that your target audience will LOVE.

Here are some examples of what counts as content:

  • Blog post
  • Video
  • Meme
  • Photo
  • Short blip (Snap Chat, anyone?)
  • Article
  • Guest post
  • eBook
  • Print book
  • Audio recording
  • Whatever else you can think of

You have to focus on the kind of content you enjoy creating and that your target audience enjoys as well.

For example, don’t force yourself to make videos if you hate videos (although I will say that video is pretty important in the digital age, so you should probably just get over yourself and do it anyhow).

Once you’re giving enough value, you’ll start to see your following skyrocket.

5. Be Who You Are–And Show It

Whoever you are in real life, that’s who you need to be online. People will connect more with you if they know you’re human just like they are.

A lot of authors think they have to sell the dream life or that all people want to see is the good stuff. But giving your audience a highlight reel of your life isn’t the best way to connect with them.

It’s humanity that makes you real. It’s your vulnerability that will resonate with them.

A few months ago I made a video talking about the worst hater situation I’ve encountered since I started my blog (back in ’08). The guy was a true asshole and crossed the line several times in his comments. It was ugly.

And I could’ve chosen to not ever mention it to anyone. To not ever bring it up and just act like everyone loves me and life is all roses.

But that wouldn’t be authentic, and people totally see through that. No one’s life is perfect. So don’t pretend like yours is for the sake of trying to build a following. Doing that will cost you your following.

So I talked about it. I talk about the haters and I talk about the negative stuff that goes on behind the scenes. Because I want you to know exactly what to expect on your journey to being the writer and author you dream of being.

If I didn’t do those things, I wouldn’t be being me. I’d be covering up who I really am, which is someone who tells-it-like-it-is.

Be who you are. Embrace it and fly your “freak flag,” because the world is waiting for more authentic people to show up and lead.

6. Be Accessible

In a world where customer service is mostly talking to a recording and people just want to automate everything, there’s something to be said for being accessible. For giving people access to you and not just hiding out.

I have serious respect for the big-name people in the writing world (and the world, in general) who still run their own social media accounts. This is a task so easily passed off to someone else or pre-set up using a scheduling software.

So to be an author who actually posts live and responds to people’s comments and engages is HUGE. It’s really huge.

A lot of people say they love my Facebook group more than any other out there because I’m accessible. I check in DAILY and I respond to pretty much everything (sometimes I’m miss stuff, but overall I try to respond to everything).

This shows people that I actually give a fuck about them and about the group, and I’m not just trying to automate or be at an arm’s length from them.

I let people into my world. I give them a behind-the-scenes look at my writing life (even more so for the members of my Bestselling Author Mastermind group–they get an all-access pass). I show them exactly what I do and exactly how I do it.

I’m accessible. And you should be too if you want to build a following.

7. Set Your Mind To It

It wouldn’t be an article by me if I didn’t mention something about mindset. So here it is, number seven. The thing that makes everything else on this list work ten million times better.

If you want to build a following, you’ve first gotta set your mind to it. You’ve gotta decide that you’re going to build a following and grow your audience and you’re gonna do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, until it takes…and then keep going.

That’s the key. That’s everything right there. In setting your mind to it, you’ve just brought yourself 90 percent of the way.

The final 10 percent is taking massive actions that are aligned with your goal (whatever it may be).

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Are You Letting the “How” Stop You?

I talk to a lot of writers on a daily basis, and a common thing I’ve noticed is, they all have big, huge dreams for their writing lives. They want the bestselling novel and the movie deal and to be a household name in the reading world.

Problem is most of them will never get it. And it’s NOT because they don’t have what it takes to get it (well, maybe some of them don’t).

It’s because they’re either:

  • Not allowing themselves to truly want what they really want
  • Not taking action
  • Not taking enough action
  • Not taking consistent action

And all of these non-allowing and non-actions stem from one thing: not knowing HOW something is going to happen or HOW it could happen… and using that as a reason not to start (or continue). 

And here’s the truth: the HOW doesn’t even matter. It doesn’t matter!

You never, ever need to know how you’re going to do something or make something all happen. All you need to know is what you want and be committed to making it happen, regardless of what the how ends up being.

I read a lot of books about manifestation and creating your dream life, and something that has been repeated over and over in lots of different ways in these books is this: just moving in the general direction of your dreams is enough. 

You don’t have to do everything, you don’t have to go into debt (unless you can afford to pay it off), you don’t have to sell your soul or sacrifice everything you own. You just have to, as bestselling author, Mike Dooley says, “do what you can, with what you’ve got from where you’re at.”

And what that means is, start from where you are. Take whatever action you can take, right now, today, and don’t worry about the rest. 

By taking that action, you are signaling to the Universe that you’re ready for more and you’re ready for your dream writing life. You don’t have to know the HOW. You don’t even have to take linear actions. You just have to take action, period.

And sure, some days it may feel like you’re throwing darts randomly, with no idea where they’re gonna stick or even if they will. But as the late Steve Jobs always said (and I’m paraphrasing here): the pieces don’t add up ’til you look backwards at them.

So right now it may feel like you’re just doing random things that aren’t really adding up, but when your dream writing life begins to manifest in your reality, you’ll be able to look back at all the seemingly random things you did over the years and see they were actually amazingly perfect stepping stones to where you wanted to be.

The Universe always knows the fastest, easiest way to get us where we want to go–because the how is up to the Universe. So as long as you don’t muddle in the hows or worry about the specifics of how you’ll make something happen, and instead just know what you want, focus on it and then take whatever actions you can think of from where you are with what you have right now, you can trust that the dots will be connected and it will lead exactly where you want to go (or somewhere even better!).

Now this is all a lot of woo-woo stuff, which I’m into. But I also like to ground it out with examples.

An Example of Not Messing With the Hows

Let’s say you want to be a bestselling author. That’s the goal you’re focusing on. Now at this point, you have no idea how you’ll make that happen, but you’re going to trust that as long as you do what you can with what you’ve got from where you’re at, that the Universe will show up for you and connect all the dots.

With that in mind, what actions could you take right now, from where you are? Here are some ideas…

  • Write a book–your chances of being a bestselling author increase when you actually write something
  • Publish your book–your chances increase exponentially when you actually publish the book and put it out in the world where other people can find it and buy it
  • Get started writing and publishing another book–because your chances of being a bestseller will increase even more when you don’t get attached to any one book being the bestseller, and just stay focused on being a bestselling author
  • Work on your mindset–this is super important, because when your mind is in the right place, your reality will follow
  • Intend what you want–do this over and over again. Intend not only what you want–to be a bestselling author–but intend it like it has already happened: I am a bestselling author, all of my books hit #1.

This is what it looks like to take action in the direction of your dreams without messing with HOW you’re going to make that specific dream happen.

An Example of Messing With the Hows

I wanted to show you this example too, because this is the version that most people do. Most people try to mess with how something is going to happen, instead of just taking action in its general direction.

With that in mind, here are some examples of what it looks like to mess with the Hows (and therefore get frustrated and pissed off when things aren’t working out, and then possibly even give up or quit, which is worse):

  • Coming up with a book idea, deciding this book is going to be your bestseller and then writing it–great, step one is obviously to write a book, but what’s going wrong in this action is the “deciding this book is going to be your bestseller.” That’s messing with the hows of becoming a bestselling author. That’s trying to tell the Universe how to make something happen, instead of just letting the Universe figure it out
  • Publishing the book you’ve decided is going to be your bestseller and then spending weeks, months, maybe even years marketing it–maybe to some degree of success and maybe not. The idea isn’t to pick a book you want to have become a bestseller and then turn it into one. It’s to write lots of books and trust that as you do, one of them will be the one that tips the scales in your favor.
  • Refusing to write or even focus on another book until the one you’ve already published is a success–rather than just writing and publishing and then writing and publishing again, you’re focused on this one specific book being successful. That is, again, messing with the hows. It’s not up to you to decide this will be the book that makes you a bestseller. It’s up to you to stay focused on being a bestselling author, and a bestselling author doesn’t just write and publish one book, right?

By being so attached to this specific book being the one that makes you a bestseller, you are limiting all other options and possibilities. That’s messing with the hows. Don’t do that.

An Example from My Real Life

And one final example, this time from my real life. So in February this year, I met my current mentor, Kat Loterzo, who is the author of 47 books (46 of which have been bestsellers on Amazon). Before I met her, being a bestselling author was something I wanted, but it wasn’t something I was allowing myself to be open to.

And why? Because I couldn’t see HOW it would happen!

But when I met Kat, it finally dawned on me: I don’t have to worry about how it will happen. I just need to trust that by being open to the possibility of becoming a bestselling author, and doing the work, the how will take care of itself.

So I wrote down that I am a bestselling author. I declared it and I decided to be open to it. Soon after I got the idea for a 30-day “align your writing habits to success” challenge that I would do to help clean up my writing habits and get aligned with being the bestselling author I wanted to be. Then I invited my community to participate with me and more than 100 people signed up to join in.

When the month was over, my writing habits were completely overhauled and I was inspired to share the challenge with more writers. I decided to turn the challenge content into a multimedia, interactive eBook.

I put that book together in 15-minute daily sessions over the course of 30 days and then published it. During that time I also committed publicly that I’m going to write and publish one eBook a month for the rest of the year. I had a book idea in my mind that I was going to write after I published the writing habits book.

In my mind, this new book was it. It was going to be my bestseller. It’s a book the writing world has needed for a long time now. So I just put the Align Your Writing Habits to Success eBook out there with minimal promotion or even attention paid to the launch, because I was ready to move on to the next eBook.

And then I discovered the day it launched that it was at #3 in its category! And a thought hit me: what if this is the one? Could I get it to #1? 

I jumped in and actively started telling people about it, sharing the book, making short teaser videos for Instagram and telling my friends and family on my personal Facebook page about it (which I don’t always do). And this time I told them I wanted to hit #1 and I asked them to buy the book.

And then it happened. My book, Align Your Writing Habits to Success, hit #1 on Amazon in the authorship category, stayed there for a day and a half, and then went back to #1 a few days later. 

I didn’t even have one shred of a thought that this book would be the one to make me a bestselling author…until I saw it at #3 and realized, with some effort, I could pull it off.

Now yes, I did a lot of work to make this happen, but looking back, all of the HOW came directly from the Universe–everything from the inspiration to create the 30-day challenge to the desire to turn it into an eBook to spread the message further to randomly thinking of checking in on launch day to see where the book was at in the rankings (which, to be honest, is something I never really do. But now I will be!). 

That was the HOW for me becoming a bestselling author. But in order for it to happen, I had to do my part, which was to jump on the inspiration I received back a few months ago when I created the challenge. It was to take action from where I was at.

I could’ve instead tried to figure out which book I needed to write to become a bestseller, I could’ve gotten attached to it being one book over another… but instead, I just focused on what I wanted: to become an Amazon bestselling author, and then I acted from where I was with what I had.

Magic can happen when you let go of the hows and focus instead on what you want and then taking action in its general direction.

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And speaking of the book I originally thought was going to be my bestseller, it’s called The Pro Writer Mindset and it comes out on June 14! Get on the waitlist here so you’re the first to know when it’s live.

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