Thursday, 19 August 2010

How to Become a Million Dollar Author

Secrets Of The Millionaire Mind - Mastering The Inner Game Of WealthThe interview with T. Harv Eker, author of Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, was the best one so far in the Successful Author Secrets series.

Remember, this series is not just for writers, it's for entrepreneurs who plan to become bestselling authors.

Like many of the authors in this series, he stressed that in order to have success in the world, we first need to work on our inner success.

His book was No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. No. 2 was of no interest to him.

Most people won’t go for number 1 because they think they are going to fail.

Your intention determines everything.

He also emphasised that getting onto the bestseller list requires a lot of pre-planning. To make the bestseller list requires a certain number of book sales within one week. All sales have to take place within that week. So he gathered orders in advance but did not process them until one particular week. This was obviously a lot of work.

He remained on the bestseller list for two years, and to do this he gave away more than $2 million to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. He would have made more money through direct sales, but it was worth it to give the money away in order to maintain his bestseller status.

I really enjoyed listening to this interview because T. Harv's enthusiasm comes through. He is very entertaining and very honest.

The other reason I enjoyed it so much was that I have been writing about similar things for years, in Success Strategies for Black People and The Key to Everything.

In order to bring about changes in our lives, we first need to change our habits and patterns of thought, feeling and behaviour.

He talks about changing our financial blueprint, our financial programming. I couldn't agree more.

To read more, see Making a Quantum Leap.

He said, "I spell publisher P-R-I-N-T-E-R.

The publisher does not sell the book. You have to sell the book".

Click here to listen to the Successful Author Secrets series

See also: Successful Author Secrets: Creating Your Inner Author Platform

Getting Started with Writing

Monday, 16 August 2010

Getting Started with Writng

Click here for the most recent recording of Successful Author Secrets - Getting Your Book out of Your Head and onto the Page.

Some people have an idea for a book for months or years before they finally start writing it and get it done.

If you have a perfectionist streak, this can undermine your efforts and plans to finish your book. This is something I talk about in Write Your Book in Two Days. This book contains lots of strategies for getting started, overcoming procrastination and tapping into your creative energy.

To listen to an audio interview about this, see Tapping into the Natural Flow of Your Creativity.

These Successful Author Secrets are being broadcast every day in August. Each one is free for 24 hours - scroll down the page to hear the next day's broadcast.

Happy writing!

Monday, 9 August 2010

Successful Author Secrets - Creating Your Inner Author Platform

The Heart of Marketing: Love Your Customers and They Will Love You BackJudith and Jim - Judith Sherven and Jim Sniechowski, authors of The Heart of Marketing - emphasise that just because you have a book, that doesn't mean you will be successful.

We all know, don't we, that as an author, you need to have a platform? That is, an audience who will buy your next book. In this interview, Judith and Jim talk about building your inner platform.

Writing a book is a process of personal development and self-discovery. I talk about this a lot in my book, Write Your Book in Two Days.

When you are clear about what changes you want people to be able to make in their lives, and how your book will help them make these changes, you will know how to market your book.

Click here to listen to this fascinating interview.

See also:

Successful Author Secrets: When Dreaming of Your Book, Dream Big

Successful Author Secrets: Interview with Kathleen Gage.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Successful Author Secrets - When Dreaming of Your Book, Dream Big

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About ItI've just been listening to this interview with Michael Gerber, author of The Most Successful Small Business in the World: The Ten Principles and 13 other books including The E-Myth.

Michael has sold more than five million books worldwide. The key success tip he offers is to let go of your expectations.

You have to transcend your expectations and get down to the heart of what is really going on.

You need to be a dreamer. What are you bringing to the world? And you need to allow your dream to unfold. Don't think you have all the answers. Don't think you need to have it all worked out.

I talk about this more in the section on "How to Make a Quantum Leap" in The Higher Self. Click here to read it.

He wanted to know: Why do 90% of all small businesses fail?

He learned as he went along, and went on to found the first-ever business coaching company.

Michael Gerber did not become a successful author by wanting to be an author. He did it by wanting to solve the problem of small business failure, and transform small businesses all over the world.

He is saying that you have to be willing to stretch yourself, open yourself, write what is in your heart, and never settle for anything less.

Want to know how to have a big impact on the world as an author? Click here to listen.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Successful Author Secrets - Becoming a Thought Leader

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Andrea J. Lee, author of Multiple Streams of Coaching Income, suggests you stop thinking about yourself as "just" an author, and think of yourself as a "thought leader".

I'm not sure what a "thought leader" is.

She emphasises the importance of having something new and fresh to share, so that you are not creating "info crap".

Well, we've all seen "info crap", haven't we? We've had our mailboxes stuffed with stuff we really do not want.

She says to see what's out there already, then create something different.

But I think that if you are authentic, if you are true to yourself, you will always create products that are unique. You have a unique message to share, so honour that.

Click here to listen to the interview with Andrea J. Lee

Click here for the 3-Step Success Formula.