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FEATURED ARTICLE                                                                                                                                          NOVEMBER 2012

All You Need Is the Message

by Laura Orsini                                            

I recently met a lovely man from Gambia who has a number of book ideas. Yet he faces the same obstacle many would-be authors deal with: the belief that he's not a "good enough" writer to actually author a book.

I reassured my new friend the same way I reassure many clients: Don't get hung Put on your big boy pants and start writing.up on the writing, the editing, the book design, or even the marketing. All of those are the easy parts. You can surely find someone to guide you through them. The message, however — that's your place to excel. I can help you with almost every part of writing, publishing, and marketing a high-qualitybook, but I cannot give you the contents, the story, or the message.

It's always been my opinion that a person needs to be able to answer three questions as they sit down to write their book:
  1. What, specifically, is my message?
  2. Who are the precise people needing to hear this message?
  3. Why am I the best person to share this message?
Once you know the answers to those questions without doubt or hesitation, you're more than likely ready to write that first draft. ■

NEXT MONTH: Your Book Marketing Must Begin with the First Word You Type

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Clients we're supporting...

Jenn Laurent's fantastic book on conscious parenting will launch November 27. Click the image above to check her site for details!
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Blogs we're following...

The Book Designer is full of practical advice to help you build better books. Click the link above to explore it for yourself.
Sites we're using...

GotPrint.com offers high-quality print products at extremely affordable prices.
Karen Gridley
Resources we're recommending...

Karen Gridley, the Excuse Removal Expert, is a fantastic coach who will help you achieve the success you're seeking.
Desert Nights Writers Conference
Conferences upcoming...

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference. Writing popular fiction: mystery, thriller, fantasy, science fiction, and youth. Feb 22-24, 2013 at the Virginia Piper Writing Center on the ASU campus in Tempe, Arizona. Click the image above for further info.
Independent Publisher Book Awards
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The 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards are now open. Click the image above for more details.
What to Do Before Your Book Launch
Books we're reading...

Though we've launched books to #1, we believe you can always learn something new to boost your success. Click the image to learn more.
Movies we're watching...

Damn if Ben Affleck isn't developing into a really good director! Excellent film - you know how it ends and are still on the edge of your seat.
Author Networking Made Easy
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Download a free copy of Author Networking Made Easy. Click the image above and use the coupon code XA99Z.
eBook Basics with Laura Orsini
Places Laura's speaking...

eBook Basics | ABWA Valley of the Sun Express Network | Tuesday, November 20th,
430-6 p.m. | Dillon's on Top of Central, 8525 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix 85020 | Register: ABWAValleyoftheSun.org

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And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. 
Sylvia Plath

Empowering Women Writers

Mark your calendar for January 15, 2013, as the new 52-week,
self-paced program for women authors launches.

If you’ve been thinking about writing a book for some time now, you probably have lots of very good excuses for why you haven’t done it yet. Time. “Who has time to sit down and write a book!??” Skill. You may have a great idea … but lack confidence when it comes to actually writing a book. Planning. You have a great idea, but you have no idea how to get the ideas out of your head. Panic. There’s just too much to know and you’re not sure you’ll ever be able to pull all the pieces together to write your book.

Courses cover specific topics in the areas of:

  •  HONING YOUR WRITING SKILLEmpowering Women Writers
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