EP 030 – Help!  I’m Stuck Writing My Book!

EP 030 – Help! I’m Stuck Writing My Book!

On the 30th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we are pushing you out of the mud and muck of supposed writer’s block to get your ideas flowing once more. So, let’s strap the chains on your tires and roll on down the road to break free of those writing ruts. Hilary is covering 13 reasons why–very different from the controversial Netflix series,  btw–you might wind up trapped in the confines of your own mind, unable to move forward due to self-doubt, confusion, overwhelm, and a bunch of other fun emotions!

Here are three different reasons why you might be stuck, and you don’t want to miss this episode because there are ten more!

  1. This is the book I have to write, not the book I want to write.
  2. I don’t know what step to take next.
  3. I’m afraid people will judge me.

Reasons that hold us back from doing what we truly want to do and what we dream of are actually excuses. We know you don’t want to let any of these reasons stop you from your progress on the road to becoming a writer. If it’s hard to move forward, you’ll need the keys to getting unstuck, the rationale behind the reasons you have for being stuck. You might need validation. You might need a shot of self-confidence. You might need to have the plan laid out a little more clearly for you. And sometimes, you might just have to get down and do the work. 

If any of this is ringing a bell, reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance. Go here → GBYPodcast.com.

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We’re closing this chapter until next week. In the meantime, write on!

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

EP 029 – Answering Your Questions About Book Covers

EP 029 – Answering Your Questions About Book Covers

On the 29th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we’re answering all your questions on book covers.

It’s always the goal to communicate information to you in a way that makes sense–especially when it comes to breaking down the big projects and turning them into smaller ones. That’s how Mats, our lead designer from theartcat.com, works with you–so it’s not as intimidating, and you feel like you are accomplishing something. And we think that is a trick when it comes to accessing true motivation and perseverance. For instance, Mats will ask you for the back cover copy, your condensed bio of max 75 words, and your headshot. That’s not so daunting, now, is it?

These three cover clues will get you started working on your cover. To complete it, reach out!

  1. If you are stuck on a title, keep working and don’t get hung up. You will find as you go through the process that the book will often name itself.
  2. Pick out and share with your book designer some of the covers that you like best. This gives them a place to start and a better shot at putting together what you will actually like.
  3. The width of the spine is predicated on the number of pages in the book.

Getting your cover right is important. This is the reader-facing advertisement that you are using for enticement to get people to crack open the book. That old saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” may be true because who knows what nuggets are nestled inside. But … if you have a crapola cover, you will not want to promote the book, and it may undermine all your hard work that is just a few pages away from a curious reader. So spend some time on the cover, and if you want to talk to the master himself, head to theartcat.com and get in touch with Mats. Tell him I sent you and then prepare to be blown away by his politeness 🙂

As always, reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance. Go here → GBYPodcast.com.

Thanks for tuning in! If you like what we have to say, please share this episode, and leave us a review—especially if it’s a nice one. And if you really liked this episode, subscribe and get updates on upcoming episodes, as well as read all the show notes. 

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

EP 028 – Writing Prompts To Wake Up Your Muse

EP 028 – Writing Prompts To Wake Up Your Muse

On the 28th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we are kicking your writing muse right in the keister with the use of writing prompts. These prompts will let loose all kinds of inspiration; they will shake up your doldrums and set you back on the path of creating.

These three prompts are just a sampling of the 40 total that Hilary shares on the show:

  1. Describe all the qualities of your favorite animal. 
  2. Write your obituary.
  3. Share the time when you received the best news of your life. 

The crazy creative, the orderly structured, and all the writers in between can benefit and take flight from this list. Writing is a craft that, like anything else, needs to be continually honed. When you are feeling a touch rusty and unmotivated, when you’re searching for the right word, when you want to take a walk on the wilder side of writing, try a writing prompt and see where it takes you. Hopefully, somewhere that’s a complete surprise as you see your mind opening up to new adventures.

As always, reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance. Go here → GBYPodcast.com.

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

EP 027 – Leveraging Literary Devices To Enrich Your Writing

EP 027 – Leveraging Literary Devices To Enrich Your Writing

On the 27th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we are digging deep, discovering the beauty of literary devices, the word helpers that expand, enrich, and allow us to extract the best out of word art.
We got totally nerdy this week and geeked out on some of the most well-known literary devices. We won’t bore you with the technical details but will say that these devices exist to help you reach new heights in your writing, so make sure you listen to learn. You just might shortcut that literary level up!

These three tips will help you understand how to use literary devices to pump up your words!

  1. The personification of inanimate objects. “That chair had arms like a fullback.” Doesn’t that make you want to read more? Can’t you envision a squat chair with overstuffed arms inviting you to plop down on its cushions?
  2. Dramatic irony. Many people have used the classic example of Romeo and Juliet, but you can use this literary device in your current works. Have you ever worked and worked to reach a target only to have that gold ring ripped away from you? That’s dramatic irony.
  3. Vignettes. When authors share experiences we can relate to, teaching moments, and supportive stories, they gift us with greater in-depth knowledge of their lives and their characters’ lives.

Hilary went over quite a few more of these devices to sharpen your tongue and pen. All you have to do is listen and apply what you’ve learned to your writing and see how hard you can push it. But don’t be afraid to play with your words. Sit and marinate in your thoughts and see where they will take you. It’ll be somewhere great.

As always, reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance. Go here → GBYPodcast.com.

Thanks for tuning in! If you like what we have to say, please share this episode, and leave us a review—especially if it’s a nice one. And if you really liked this episode, subscribe and get updates on upcoming episodes, as well as read all the show notes. 

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

EP 026 – Author Insights: Jessica Weaver – A Bestselling Book Downloaded From The Universe

EP 026 – Author Insights: Jessica Weaver – A Bestselling Book Downloaded From The Universe

On the 26th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, three time-bestselling author and media darling Jessica Weaver is sharing what sounds like a beautiful dream, her new, best-selling book, Confessions of a Money Queen, given to her by the universe.

Confessions of a Money Queen: 10 Money Moves to Claim Your Power and Prosperity shares what’s missing in your mindset to tap into the wealth that God, Spirit, and the Universe want you to have. Jess is breaking the stigma of what we believe we deserve, just like she did with her #pinkfix movement. As a woman helping other women find their truth, Hilary is tickled pink to share her advice on helping you uncover your truth, learning what ignites you, and the best ways to monetize your voice

Apply Jess’ three tips to improve your writing and push you closer to the finish line:

  1. Get very clear on what you want your message to be. When you answer any lingering questions, your brain flows.
  2. The book you want to write might make you uncomfortable. Write it anyway. Then watch how new people more in alignment with you are drawn to you. 
  3. Organization makes everything easier. Keep your docs in a central file you can easily access.

To come out on the right side of wealth and tap your potential to receive not just what you want but what you need, read Confessions of a Money Queen. Available on Amazon. To get in touch with Jess, visit her website: jessicaweaver.com.

As always, reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance. Go here → GBYPodcast.com.

Thanks for tuning in! If you like what we have to say, please share this episode, and leave us a review—especially if it’s a nice one. And if you really liked this episode, subscribe and get updates on upcoming episodes, as well as read all the show notes. 

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

EP 025 – Author Insights: Best-Selling Author Drewbie Wilson on Breaking Amazon

EP 025 – Author Insights: Best-Selling Author Drewbie Wilson on Breaking Amazon

On the 25th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we’re peeking inside the mind of best-selling author and Apex Entourage VP Drewbie Wilson. On his publication day, he sold so many books that Amazon stopped working for thirteen hours!

Crushing The Day: A Simple Guide to Success in Business and Life Through Service to Others is Drewbie’s best-selling ten-plus category book. Here are his first three tips to help you set your own PBPR (personal best publishing record):

  1. Before publishing, your team needs to know what’s coming as soon as your book is live. Make sure they are prepared to take action for you.
  2. Ensure you have at least 20 verified purchasers ready to post their reviews (send them preview copies).
  3. Staying on track is critical to ensuring you finish. Remain committed to your milestones. 

Adhering to your goals takes drive, grit, and a refusal to surrender your dream. Follow Drewbie’s example, and you will enjoy the accolades of being an author, too. Connect with him on Facebook to learn more about his process and his upcoming book: Millions from Memes: Understanding the Value of Social Trends and Leveraging Them to Build Your Multi-Million-Dollar Empire at https://facebook.com/DrewbieRides.

As always, reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance. Go here → GBYPodcast.com.

Thanks for tuning in! If you like what we have to say, please share this episode, and leave us a review—especially if it’s a nice one. And if you really liked this episode, subscribe and get updates on upcoming episodes, as well as read all the show notes. 

Don’t let intimidation stop you from becoming an author. We’re closing this chapter until next week. In the meantime, write on!

 

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/