LIST LOVE Introduction to List Building

These days I’m too busy for “just in case learning” so just in time resources like Jennifer Maker’s List Love is PERFECT for my busy schedule.

LIST LOVE Introduction to List Building

List Love: Introduction to List Building

Because I’m obsessed with all things platform, growing my email list is something I’m focusing on. Sure, social media vanity metrics feel good and make my friends jealous but when push comes to shove I know my time is better spent elsewhere.

In less than 12 months, craft blogger Jennifer Maker grew her email list to 20,000 subscribers. At the time she didn’t know she was doing anything extraordinary but when her friends and fellow bloggers started asking her for her secrets she knew she was on to something. That’s where this short (free) ebook came from: her willingness to share what works for her with her community.

Because I’m not really into crafting I haven’t heard of this maven before this year but I’m so glad I have now! I’ve read two of her ebooks and taken one of her courses and am impressed with her openness to share her tactics, metrics and strategies.

I hope when I start publishing books I can be just like Jennifer Maker.

By the way, did I mention this awesome little ebook is free? Grab your copy with my affiliate link here and if you purchase anything from then I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. It’s an excellent, quick read and I know you’ll take something away you can implement today.

These days I'm too busy for "just in case learning" so resources like Jennifer Maker's List Love is PERFECT for my busy schedule.

List Love By Jennifer Maker Synopsis

So you’ve heard you need a mailing list for your blog, but you’re not sure how to start one? Or maybe you already have a mailing list, but you’re really struggling to get people to sign up for it? 

I can help!

I grew my mailing list to 20,000 subscribers in less than a year on a new blog domain. My mailing list alone was responsible for earning more than $12,000 on my very first product launch, less than a year after launching my blog. And it’s earned me thousands of dollars in affiliate revenue in my first year as well! Best of all, I have built a solid audience of devoted fans that I can connect with at any time without worrying about social media algorithms.

My LIST LOVE mini e-book is the perfect introduction to list building. It’s packed with real information and helpful tips, including real-life examples from my blog and my mailing list.

In this FREE e-book, you’ll learn:

  • Why you need a mailing list for your blog
  • Why it’s so important to start your mailing list as soon as you can
  • How a mailing list can have a tremendous impact on your blog’s success and earning potential
  • Why emailing your people is so powerful
  • How to sign up for the best mail service for your needs
  • How to get started building your list

PLUS you’ll see real results from my mailing list that have earned me significant income in my first year of blogging!

Get the free ebook here.


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Seven Steps to Confident Writing by Alan Gelb

It may surprise you to learn that confident writing has little to do with natural talent. In fact, most of what makes writers confident (and competent) boils down to mastering the basics.

Seven Steps to Confident Writing by Alan Gelb

Seven Steps to Confident Writing

Author, coach and communications consultant Alan Gelb teaches his students that writing is not something to get right or wrong. Instead, it’s something to work at. In his book Seven Steps to Confident Writing, he organizes his proven coaching into sections, teaching skills such as:

  • Writing to an audience
  • Clarity and brevity
  • Sentence structure
  • Tone

The seven steps include seeing the big picture, gearing up and revelling in the amazing, expandable, elastic, evolving sentence. Gelb takes readers on a journey from shifting the way they think about writing, through key grammar, word usage and writing rules and finishes with polishing (what he calls lapidary work). He uses examples from his own career to help readers understand how mastering the basics can lead to a career as a writer.

Entering the world of copywriting turned out to be a great thing for me, not just because it provided a good steady income, but also because it helped me become a far more precise writer.

Alan Gelb, Seven Steps to Confident Writing

Gelb has been a writer for more than four decades and uses common examples from his students’ (and his own) work throughout Seven Steps to Confident Writing. However, he never comes across as condescending or superior. You get the sense he genuinely wants you to become a confident writer.

Filled with helpful case studies, templates and samples, Seven Steps to Confident Writing is an inviting, encouraging read. Are you ready to become a confident writer?

Seven Steps to Confident Writing synopsis

Not everyone is a natural writer. In fact, most people don’t think that much about writing until they’re called upon to write something like an office memo or a wedding speech and find themselves paralyzed with self-doubt. Author and writing coach Alan Gelb specializes in helping anxious writers find their voice, drawing upon techniques that can improve anyone’s writing, sometimes in a matter of days. His compact and easy-to-use guide demystifies the writing process and shows readers how to sculpt concise sentences, shape well-structured paragraphs, polish a final draft, and combat procrastination. Best of all, readers will see for themselves that writing is not an inborn talent but a skill that can be mastered with a bit of patience and perseverance.

Seven Steps to Confident Writing was published on March 12, 2019 by New World Library.

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Write Your Book in a Flash [book review]

If you are looking for a systemized approach to writing a book, Write Your Book in a Flash by Dan Janal is a practical resource you’ll enjoy.

Write Your Book in a Flash

Write Your Book in a Flash: The Paint-by-Numbers System to Write the Book of Your Dreams—FAST!

This is one of those prescriptive non-fiction books that is all business, in a good way. If you’re ready to write a book but are a bit stuck you’ll appreciate Janal’s jump-right-in approach.

Covering topics like overcoming blank canvas syndrome, framing your message and the secret to writing your book fast, Write Your Book in a Flash takes readers from wondering what you can write a book about to outlining and planning in 21 chapters.

There’s nothing fancy about this book. It’s a quick read, to the point and filled with tips and case studies. I’ll also note it was definitely written in a flash and not 100 per cent polished. That said, if you’re looking for a prosey literary piece on publishing then I don’t think you’d be interested in this book anyway.

So. If you’re ready to strap in and write but you’re wondering where to start, this is a great option.


Write Your Book in a Flash Synopsis

Do You Want to Know the Secret to Writing a Non-Fiction Business Book Without Wasting Time or Money?

Write Your Book in a Flash shows business executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders how to get focused fast, so you can write your book without tearing your hair out.

Most people dream of writing a book, but they get stopped in their tracks because of a fatal flaw. Without a clear system for writing a book, nothing gets finished.

The secret to completing a book quickly is to have a system. Unlike books that show you why you should write a book, this book actually shows you how to write a book! You’ll discover:

  • How to write a simple outline that makes the writing process faster and easier
  • How to research interesting ideas, stories, and facts so you never run out of ideas or information
  • Overcoming “The Imposter Syndrome” and other limiting beliefs that stifle nearly every would-be author
  • Clear examples that show you what to do (and what not to do)
  • Empowering exercises that show you how to write better and faster
  • Simple how-to steps anyone can follow to write a book

You’re about to learn a simple and proven system for writing a book that matters.

Even if you hated writing in the past, you’ll finally feel good about writing your book. Most importantly, you’ll have all the tools you need to get the job done!

A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Your Book

This is the perfect book to read if you are a thought leader, entrepreneur or business executive who wants to write a business book to build your personal brand, open doors to new opportunities, and leave a legacy of wisdom to future generations. Business leaders who write books get more clients at higher fees, have more impact, develop more credibility, and have more influence where it matters most: in front of clients, customers, and prospects.

Unlike other books on writing, Write Your Book in a Flash doesn’t debate the pros and cons of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. Instead, it shows how to use your own work style and personal strengths, preferences, and personality, so you can write the book you were meant to share with the world.

Dan Janal has written more than a dozen books that help businesses build their brands, including seven books for publishing giant Wiley. He is an award-winning, daily newspaper reporter and business newspaper editor. As a publicity and marketing expert, he has helped more than ten thousand authors and experts build their platforms over the past sixteen years. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University’s famed Medill School of Journalism.

Dan’s journalism awards include the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Award for Excellence in News Writing, the Florida National Education Association’s Newsmaker Award for distinguished news coverage of public education in Florida, and the Greater Orlando Press Club’s Investigative Reporting award.

Write Your Book In a Flash is published by TCK Publishing.

If you are looking for a systemized approach to write your book, Write Your Book in a Flash by Dan Janal is a practical resource you'll enjoy.

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Love You S’more (The Campfire Series Book 3)

Love You S’More by Beth Merlin gives readers joy, freedom and excitement they found at summer camp. But she also adds in the life experience, and reality, of adulthood.

Love You S'More Book Review

Love You S’more

We begin this sweet tale in an English castle. Ahh. Gigi and her fiance Gideon are busy preparing to open the family home to the public. It’s all things quaint and romantic with a touch of elegance. I loved reading about Badgley Hall and thought it would make an ideal getaway. Is it real? Can I visit?

For the past four months, Gigi hid from her life and responsibilities. Because, you see, she was waiting for a vicious media storm of drama and intrigue to pass. Gigi was the victim of a scandalous photograph that went viral. It was with a former flame who just happened to be one of New York’s hottest commodities. Unfortunately for Gigi, she must return to New York to fulfil a commitment. This also means she must deal with her past.

My one issue

Despite knowing Love You S’More was the THIRD in author Beth Merlin’s campfire series, at some point I forgot. I was confused every time summer camp was referenced once Gigi returned to her friends and family in New York. I wondered, “Why is everyone so obsessed with summer camp?” (As if I’m any better.) I also couldn’t connect the S’more reference in title.

But it makes complete sense when you look at it as a whole, and eventually I put the pieces together. The majority of the story doesn’t require you to have read the first two in the series. Although it would give you more context into just why Gigi is so freaked out to return to New York. It will also put you better in touch with just how much drama there is in her life.

Love You S’More is a great little read about facing your past, telling the truth and pursuing your future with courage. If you’re looking for some clean romantic comedy, this will be your jam.

Love You S’more Synopsis

Having successfully designed the wedding gown of the century, Gigi Goldstein is on top of the world –that is until it all suddenly comes crashing down around her. When the paparazzi captures her and Perry Gillman in a compromising moment the night of the royal wedding, she finds herself entangled in a scandal of global proportion. Convinced her carelessness has ruined every relationship in her life, she’s surprised and moved by her boyfriend, Gideon’s, sudden proposal of marriage and accepts it without a second thought.

Four months later, Gigi’s living at Badgley Hall contemplating an entirely new kind of life while guilt, regret, and obligation keep calling her back to her old one. Will Gigi stay in South Gloucestershire, marry Gideon, and become the Countess of Harronsby?

Or, will unfinished opportunities and an old flame bring her back across the pond to confront her past and reclaim her future? 

The Campfire Series
1. One S’more Summer 
2. S’more to Lose 
3. Love You S’more – Released Summer 2018!

Love You S'More is a great little read about facing your past, telling the truth and pursuing your future with courage. If you're looking for some clean romantic comedy, this will be your jam.

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Jeff Herman’s Guide To Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents

If you want a lighthearted yet no-nonsense guide to traditional publishing, look no further than Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents.

No, really.

Jeff Herman's Guide To Book Publishers

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents, 28th edition: Who They Are, What They Want, How to Win Them Over

I love writers and publishers guides. They’re on my Christmas list every year. But this is the first one I’ve read cover to cover and come back for more. And that’s saying something.

Laid out like any other writers guide, there are essays and articles on writing advice, publishing information, and an introduction to planet literary agent before getting to the good stuff. The listings. Who’s buying, who’s selling, who’s looking for what and when. It’s all good stuff, and I can’t get enough.

Jeff Herman has a wonderful sense of humour, which helps make typical writing and publishing advice come alive and keeps the reader engaged. The listings follow an interesting format, with the agency or agent answering a series of questions. It gives you a good sense of who they are and what they do and each get equal space in the book.

Agent Questions

  • Describe the kinds of works you want to represent
  • Describe what you definitely don’t want to represent
  • How do you want writers to pitch to you?
  • Describe your education and professional history
  • How did you become an agent?
  • Knowing what you do now, would you do it again? If not, what might you do instead?
  • Do you charge fees? If yes, please explain
  • When and where were you born, and where have you lived?
  • What do you like to do when you’re not working?
  • List some of the titles you have recently placed with publishers
  • Describe your personality
  • What do you like reading/watching/listening to on your own time?
  • Do you think the business has changed a lot over the past few years? If yes, please explain
  • What do the “Big 5” mean to you?
  • How do you feel about independent/small presses?
  • What are your feelings about self-publishing?
  • Do you think Amazon is good or bad—or both—for the book business?
  • What do you like and dislike about your job?
  • What are ways prospective clients can impress you, and what are ways they can turn you off?
  • How would you describe the “writer from hell”?
  • Describe a book you would like to write
  • Do you believe in a higher and/or lower “power”?

Thorough, right?

There’s also a section dedicated to Canadian publishers, which I heart.

Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents, 28th edition: Who They Are, What They Want, How to Win Them Over is available now from Amazon, Chapters, jeffherman.com and anywhere else you buy books.


Jeff Herman’s Guide To Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents synopsis

The Writer’s Best Friend and Bible!

Writers, agents, and editors all agree that Jeff Herman’s Guide is the must have, go-to reference for everyone who writes. This book will get you past the slush piles and into the hands of the people who have the power to publish.

Description

With Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents you will learn the names and contact information for hundreds of agents and editors, and will be given the “code” for how to win them over. More comprehensive than ever, this 21st edition will give you all the insider information you need to get published, including how to write knockout pitch letters and proposals, as well as an expanded Canadian section.

If you want a lighthearted yet no-nonsense guide to publishing, look no further than Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents.

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