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2013 imageThere has never been a better time to be an author so if you have a manuscript you have been working on, 2013 is the year you can get published.  Here are five simple tips to help you make sure you get to your goal.

  1. Pick a date when you want to hold a copy of your book. Writing is a process, but publishing is a goal so you need a deadline. And I have found the authors who are successful in self publishing, set a date when they want to hold a copy of their book. Sounds simple, but it is really important.
  2. Decide when is the best time for you to write and make that your routine.  I have talked to hundreds of authors and the ones who get to the goal have a discipline about their writing. Most have a better time in the day when they write most productively. What is your best time to write? Do you know when it is? Have you marked out that time on your calendar everyday or most everyday.
  3. Make yourself accountable to help you stay on track. No secret here. Most goals are reached because we have others who help us get there. Find someone to provide encouragement as you write. This could be a friend, a relative or maybe a member of a local or online writers’ group. The Author Learning Center has tools and an online Author Circle that can help.

    The ALC has tools and an online Author Circle to help you get to your publishing goal.

    The ALC has tools and an online Author Circle to help you get to your publishing goal.

  4. Select the best publishing path based on your goals, budget and time and talent you have to invest. The Four Paths to Publishing whitepaper can help you understand and evaluate your options. You can download a free copy here.
  5. Plan your book launch event. Just like setting a deadline for holding your book, you want to set a date for a book launch party. Becoming a published author is quite an accomplishment and it is cause for celebration. Be creative. Think about holding it somewhere other an book store. Sell copies of your book and ask those who buy them to go online and write reviews. It will help you build your platform and get word of mouth started.

What are your publishing plans for 2013? Do you have a book you plan to get into the hands of readers this year?  Leave a comment with your plans and let me know when you publish your book. I will use this blog to help announce your accomplishment.

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Reiner ContestCarl Reiner, the highly respected comic genius has launched a unique writing contest in conjunction with the release of his new book, I Remember Me.  Reiner has started a novel, but doesn’t know if  he will have time to finish it because of so many other projects he has in the works. So he did something really cool. He is giving other writers an opportunity to finish the story and get published.  Here are the details on the contest:

Distinguished actor, film director, producer, writer, and comedian Carl Reiner has written the beginning of an intriguing story. How it ends will be up to you.

He, together with AuthorHouse Publishing, is giving aspiring writers the opportunity to become a published author. If you write the best story to his Adolf Meistermann beginning, you stand to win a publishing package from AuthorHouse. Reiner will handpick the winning manuscript and write the foreword to your new book.

To read the start of the story and get the full contest rules, visit the Novel Beginnings Writing Contest site.

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Jerry Seinfeld, Mel Brooks and Jay Leno are just some of the renowned comedians who have praised the new book from Carl Reiner, titled, I Remember Me.  Now 90 yearsCarl Reiner, I Remember Me old, Reiner’s work as a comedian, actor, director, TV writer and author has garnered numerous accolades, including twelve Emmy wins and one Grammy award.  With such a resume, certainly Mr. Reiner could have a secured a traditional publishing contract, but because of the speed to market advantages of self publishing and desire to make sure his story got told his way, he self-published his new book with AuthorHouse.

In this book, Reiner shares ninety years of love and laughter, highs and lows, mistakes and triumphs. Told with a warm heart and an occasional touch of nostalgia, he draws from decades of family, friends and fun to illuminate his life and career as one of America’s most loved and memorable figures. Stories range from hilarious to touching.  For example, there’s a chapter dedicated to Rinnie the dog who unfortunately mistakes a skunk for a cat and a heart wrenching recollection describing the day of his wife’s passing, plus much more.  It may sound cliche, but at times you will laugh. At times, you will tear up.

If you have a gift card, or e-reader, spend some time with I Remember Me. It will brighten your holiday.

Mr. Reiner could have a secured a traditional publishing contract, but because of the speed to market advantages of self publishing and desire to make sure his story got told his way, he self-published his new book with AuthorHouse.

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