Watch this one until the very end. Well worth a watch and it will only take a few minutes. Things are changing in publishing, what with Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad with iPublishing. Opportunities and danger, like the old cliché about the Chinese word for crisis.

Done is the engine of more

February 16, 2010

I found this while reading Seth Godin’s new book Linchpin.

If you need a kick in your writer’s pants, here you go.

There are three states of being: Not Knowing, Action and Completion.
Accept that everything is a draft. It helps get things done.
Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
Failures count as done. So do mistakes.
Done is the engine of more.
– Bre Pettis

http://www.ingermanson.com/home/personal.php

Jane Friedman, my editor at Writer’s Digest for Write is a Verb, has compiled her best tough love reality slap for those of you who are really serious about being published writers. To paraphrase Betty Davis (who said Old age is not for sissies), writing and publishing are not for wimps.

Get some tough love from Jane and go get published if you (and you work) are up to it:

http://blog.writersdigest.com/norules/2009/10/06/TheSecretsToPublishingSuccessJanes2009ToughLoveGuide.aspx

Called a Vook. Check it out at:

http://promo.simonandschuster.com/vook/

Listen to and watch Seth Godin tell you about how things have changed and what succeeds now in publishing and why most traditional publishers are (mostly) in deep trouble.

http://toccon.blip.tv/file/970223?filename=Toolsofchange-SethGodin10BestsellersUsingNewMediaNewMarketingAndNew237.mp4

A year from now

July 13, 2009

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” —Karen Lamb

How many times have I had people tell me they want to write a book “someday?” Many. The only way to write a book is to write it. And the only way to write it is to start and finish it.

A year from now, will you still be saying to yourself and others that you want to write a book someday? If you start today, perhaps next year you could tell someone that you have written a book.

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