8 Steps to Business Success

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There are a few things that are a definite step toward success. Whether you are a small business just getting started or a larger corporation, these basic steps will lead you to a successful business.

1. Personal branding is a must for the new entrepreneur.  People need to know what your company or business is all about. Personal branding could be a logo design, trademark, a set of business guidelines, website or place where others come to learn about you.

2. Stay active.  Seems pretty easy and self-explanatory but most often businesses give up before they become successful.  They work hard for the first few months but give up due to lack of resources, time, energy and faith.  Authors need to write some every day in order to accomplish their goals.

3. Research and Take Rapid Action. What this means is that you can do some research about your product.  Find out what sells, who the buyer is, what a good price for your product and then take immediate action. Whatever you need to do to accomplish your end goal is what you need to do.  Don’t wait for someone else to help you, don’t wait for the economy to get better, take swift action now.

4. Market and Advertise your business.  Whatever product or service your business provides, you need to have a marketing plan in place.  Look at a business plan and write down certain marketing actions that will help you promote your business and then follow them.

5. Stay motivated.  Nothing kills a business more than lack of determination. Don’t give up so easily.  Every business will have stumbling blocks in the way. Your job is to find a way around those.

6. Continue to Expand- Most companies are continually adding new products and services.  Just like any business, a writer must continue to put out books in order to stay successful.

7. Set a Budget- Establishing a set amount of money for marketing should be in your budget.  Write down how much you need for each expense, such as: Overhead, office expense, utilities, travel, food, supplies, etc…

8. Engage the Customer- Any business needs to interact with their customers, either by face to face interaction or through emails or online support. A writer might set up speaking engagements, book signings or attend book seminars.

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Crucial Strategies for Building a Better Business Website | Social Media Today

A Website should reflect your style, brand and contain information about your products; not forgetting to include your contact information.  It should clearly define what your website is all about and be attractive to the reader’s eye.  SEO Key Words should be on the main page to bring in potential clients from major search engines.  Direct links to products should be easily available from the main page.  Pictures should be attractive and visually stimulating.

More helpful tips can be found at http://writingcoach.wix.com/fullspeedahead

Discovering the World of Book Publishing

10 Crucial Strategies for Building a Better Business Website | Social Media Today.

The simple fact is Appearance brings interest. So without a website that is visually pleasing, the customer loses interest rather quickly. Who says “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover?” Same principle applies with websites. If it too cluttered or lacks depth, the viewer moves on.  Then sharing that site to the world by using social media connections is crucial. Some great tips in this previous post.  Anyone that has a business website should look this article over.

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Steps To: How to Write a Book- Post Three

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After deciding on your topic, writing an outline and doing your research, it is now time to start writing. In the last post, you were told to write your first sentence. The main sentence of the whole manuscript is the first one. It tells the reader what the book will be about to some point and then it will draw them in.

Begin writing your first paragraph by using your thesis sentence. Then work on one paragraph at a time. Don’t tell everything that will happen in your first paragraph. Leave the reader guessing what will happen next. Don’t go into a full head-on discussion about each character. That is what dialogue is for, to bring in more information about the characters and their reactions to things. To learn more about dialogue, visit this link: https://tracykauffman.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/differences-in-narrative-and-dialogue-writing/.

Word upon word, line upon line, here a little and there a little. Then before long you will have a full manuscript. Don’t expect to finish your first book in a month or less. It usually doesn’t work this fast; unless you plan on staying awake without sleeping, working or resting. Don’t worry about editing at this point. Editing should come after you have completed the entire manuscript.

To learn more about editing, visit these two post.

1. https://tracykauffman.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/why-editing-is-necessary/

2. https://tracykauffman.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/how-editing-can-make-a-story-better/

Good luck and get started! Prepare an area where you can write without too many distractions. Put your answering machine on and relax. It will come to you if you have done your research and followed the previous two posts that I wrote.

Check out my website at: http://tracykauffman.com

A writing contest you might want to consider entering: http://kgbookspub.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/short-story-writing-contest/

Ways to Improve your Writing Skills

Many authors question their writing ability and wonder if it is truly worthy of being read by readers. They are always seeking ways to improve on their writing skills. A writer enjoys writing but often refuses to let others read their work. They might beleive that it is simply not good enough. Here are a few ways that I have found that might help you to improve your writing.

1. Write a blog- Nothing can help you more than writing itself. A blog has to be added to on a continous basis. One has to search out new content to be added that might engage the reader’s interest.

2. Read websites or blogs about Writing. One can find useful information about writing, writers tips, writers block, good grammar and punctuation tips, how to get published or write a synopsis, writers’ habits and how to improve on writing. Here are some interesting websites and blogs about writing that I have found.

a. http://www.writingforward.com/
b. http://www.dailywritingtips.com/
c. http://www.travel-writers-exchange.com/
d. http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/
e. http://www.badlanguage.net/
f. http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents

3. Join a writing contest. There are several sites that you can join that offer contests. Here are some that I found recently.
a. http://www.writers-village.org/
b. http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/?gclid=CMftu5ai_7UCFQWxnQodYkwAcw
c. http://www.pw.org/grants?sort=asc&order=field_deadline_value&apage=*&perpage=*
d. http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/writing-competitions
e. http://www.fanstory.com/page/writing_contest/writing_contest.jsp

3. Read! Nothing helps more than to read someone else’s work. It might bring you insight on what you are not doing. Or give you pointers on how to write your story. Lastly, it might show you how to tie together your dialogue, characters, plots,etc…

I hope this helps you with your quest to become a better writer. A true writer always strives to improve their writing skills and embarks on new challenges daily.- Tracy Kauffman

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