How to Be Miserable As an Author

If you are an author, you have “up” days and “down” days. Unfortunately sometimes the “down” days tend to overwhelm us and as most authors will confess, myself included, there are days when we wonder why we do what we do. It’s easy to be discouraged when we dwell on these things. Here is a practical little list of things NOT TO do as an author.

How to Feel Miserable as an Author

(Or, what not to do as an author. Underline any that currently apply.)

1. Constantly compare yourself to other authors.

2. Talk to your family and friends constantly about what you do and expect them to cheer you on.

3. Base the success of your entire writing career on one book.

4. Base the success of your entire writing career on book sales.

5. Undervalue your expertise.

6. Let money dictate what you do.

7. Fret over any negative reviews and rejection letters.

8. Bow to societal pressures and write what the world wants instead of what God wants.

9. Stop writing.

10. Set unachievable/overwhelming goals, to be accomplished by tomorrow.

Conversely here are some practical suggestions on what you should do as an author to remain encouraged and positive.

1. Network with other authors. It is important to network as much as possible with new and seasoned authors alike so you can learn from their successes as well as their failures.

2. Spend time with your family and friends. Don’t sequester yourself in your office, or in front of your computer screen all the time. Live life!

3. Read. Read a lot. Enjoy spending some time immersed in a good book. If you are a Christian, spend time in studying and reading the Bible. It’s nice to take the focus off of your own writing projects once in while.

4. Think of practical ways you could bless someone with your writing. Write a card, email, or a note to someone, or leave a positive comment on someone else’s blog saying how much you enjoyed their posting.

5. Give yourself away for a day. Speak in a classroom, go to a library and offer to read an excerpt out of your book. Encourage another writer.

6. Bless someone with a free gift of your book/e-book.

7. Focus only on the positive, not negative reviews. Take your best book review, photocopy it, frame it and keep it handy for encouragement.

8. Stay focused on God. Remember He is in control. Pray, and seek His will in everything you do.

9. Write!…

10. But don’t push yourself beyond your limits. It’s okay to take some “you time” to rest, relax, and refresh yourself. The emails can wait, and the deadlines can wait (for a few days anyway).

 

How To Write An Article – 5 Types

Most people who gets into article marketing are facing the same problem, they don’t know where to start. If you are reading this article you are probably in that situation, and you must be wondering “how to write an article that will keep the readers reading?” the answer is by choosing the right type of article for your targeted audience. In this article I will introduce to you 6 different types of articles, so let’s take a look.

1- Tips Article

The tips Article is without a doubt, one of the most popular type of article, it provides the reader with useful information on a particular topic. Like tips to learn to play guitar easily or tips lose weight naturally. This type of article is usually formated either in a numbered list, or a bulleted list, and the title usually includes the number of tips given in the article.

2- Story Article

The story article, as its name says, tells a story that may or may not be the writer’s personal experience. It may be fiction or it may be true, but most of the time it will be about somebody else. The important thing is to keep the reader reading and not to know who the story is about.

3- Personal Experience Article

The personal experience article is very similar to the story article, because it tells a story but this time, it is the writer’s own experience related to his niche. For example, if your niche is weight loss and your article title is “how I lost 30 pounds in two months”, all you have to do is tell the reader your story about how you successfully lost 30 pounds in two months.

4- Fact Article

The fact article is an informative article, that affirm something, based on proven facts. for example, “What the sun does to your skin” Would be a fact article, because you can easily provide proof from researches made by dermatologists.

5- Recommendation Article

Since the recommendation article is often used to promote a product, you must be careful when using it, because the content of the article must still be informative. For example, if you are recommending weight loss capsules, the readers must not feel that you are trying to sell them something.

Remember, it is not the article that sells it’s the author’s bio box. The article’s main purpose is to inform. For example, you might discuss a problem of stomach ache with such weight loss capsules and use your own experience as a fact to show that these particular capsules doesn’t cause the stomach ache that others do.

It’s important to wisely choose the type of article to you write, while a list article like the tips article can be easier to write, it may not be appropriate to all situations like weight loss, where emotional triggers are needed. I hope it makes things clearer about how to write an article for your targeted audience.

How To Write Articles That Generate Clicks

The main reason why people gets into article marketing, is to get more traffic to their website, squeeze page or affiliate offer. It’s no secret that the best way to achieve great results is by having optimized articles.

When I say optimized, I don’t mean just keyword optimized, I mean, well written and well formated articles. In the next paragraph, I will show you what to do to best optimized your articles.

I will break this section into each part of the anatomy of an article so that, it’s easier for you to grab all the information.

The title:
1- Must Grab the interest or pick the curiosity of the reader.
2- Must contain your keyword in the beginning.
3- Must be very specific about your topic in the second part.

The introductory paragraph:
1- Write 1-3 sentences introducing your topic.
2- Write 1-2 sentences explaining what the article will cover.
3- Write a sentence that leads to the body of the article.

The body of the article:
1- You must pick 3-4 key points related to your title or topic.
2- Either write paragraph for each key point or list each idea in a numbered or bulleted list.
3- To make your article keyword rich, begin each point with your keyword.

Concluding paragraph:
One of the best way to get the reader wanting for more, is to exclude to concluding paragraph. where the reader is expecting the conclusion, instead, he/she gets your bio box that you can start with something like this:

If you found this article useful, check out my new report. You can get it for free here: put your link here.

Author Bio Box:

Immediately after the body of the article, while the reader is still fresh from reading your article, give him/her a good reason to go to your website or squeeze page.

Example:

To download my new free report on (your topic here), click here:
To take a look at more articles just like this one, click here:
To read my free ebook (name of your ebook), click here:
To subscribe to my free mini-course (name of your mini-course), click here:

Writing and formating:

It’s usually easier to write the introduction, if you write the body of the article first, because you can be more specific when explaining what will be covered in the article.

Formating is also very important, because it can highly improve the readability of the article. What you can do is break paragraphs after 4 lines of text. it makes it a lot easier to read.