Success in Four Steps

Like the nerd I am, today I read through my latest issue of The Costco Connection. On page eleven, I found this quote from Brian Tracy, the chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a training and personal development company:”All successful people do four things. They set clear goals, take risks beyond their comfort zones and accept feedback and self-correct. Above all, successful people never give up.”

How about if I unpack this a bit for all your writerly types?

  1. Set clear goals. What are your goals this year? What would you like to see happen in your writing career in the next five years? Ten? Over a lifetime? If you haven’t yet written them down, stop reading this post and do it. Of course, that means going to Jesus and asking Him to enlighten you to the best goals. Of course it means that He will supply the strength to accomplish those goals. I’ll share one of mine for the next five years: Learn to write a screenplay. Someday I want to see Watching the Tree Limbs on the silver screen.
  2. Take risks beyond your comfort zones. I think all writers intrinsically know this. We reach beyond our comfort zones every time we query or send a proposal or write in a genre we’re not familiar with. I certainly felt out of my element writing a memoir in the present tense, but I’m so glad I did it. I’m a better writer because of the risk, I believe. But let’s take it further to marketing. For some of you it means you’ll need to get past timidity to do a radio interview or book signing. It may mean you have to practice speaking in case you land on TV someday.
  3. Accept feedback and self-correct. Oh how true this is! All along the writing, marketing and publicity journey, we receive tons of feedback. It’s not easy on our egos to take it all, but it’s necessary. Self-correcting means we heed the well-seasoned advice of professionals and make alterations to our writing, speaking, and marketing campaigns. Every day we have the potential to get helpful feedback. And every day we have a choice to become bitter about it or better. Which will you choose?
  4. Never give up. I truly believe that the difference between those who get published and those who don’t is the never-giving-up factor. Keep at it. Slam into those brick walls if you must; then bandage your head, wait until your vision stops blurring, and keep writing. Write the next word, then the next. Write, write, write. Trust, trust, trust.

And through it all, write for God’s fame, not yours.

www.marydemuth.com, www.wannabepublished.blogspot.com, www.relevantblog.blogspot.com

What is a book mentor?

Someone asked me today what a book mentor does. I answered, “A book mentor is someone who shepherds you through the book writing and publishing process.” Basically, I help new writers polish their writing, understand the publishing business, mentor them through the process of submitting proposals and manuscripts, and applaud their successes. I am passionate about helping writers realize their publishing dreams.

One way I do this is give away my services every day on Wannabepublished. I also mentor clients for pay through the Writing Spa.

I’m the author of seven traditionally published books (parenting, novels and one memoir upcoming). You can find out more about my books here.

Click on this page to upload Queries Now–a free tutorial that’s been really helpful to those seeking publication. Enjoy!

Warmly,

Mary DeMuth