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Personal Branding: Where Creativity Meets Entrepreneurship

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By Danny Avershal, Content Creator at Ink Wordsmiths

If you’re an aspiring author, chances are you’re willing to go above and beyond traditional sales methods to get your book read. The internet has changed the way content creators interact with their fans, mostly by means of social media. Gone are the days when a publisher would shell out the better part of their PR budget to promote an author. Publishers now look to the author to complete his or her branding since everyone has the ability to create an internet platform.

To purists who view their writing as more art and less commodity, there is room for both in your life. Branding is something everyone must do, even if it’s minimal. Just because you have the desire to build an audience and sell books, it doesn’t mean you’re not an artist. In fact, positioning yourself as a marketable writer people recognize through your work is an art form in itself.

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Consider Stephen King. He’s one of the most famous authors of all time with an incredible array of novels, yet when you’re reading his work, you know it’s Stephen King because of his specific style and brand aesthetic. King decided at a certain point in his career he would sacrifice some time and energy branding to facilitate opportunities for future books to be sold. He’s still an artist. Yet, he’s also a best-selling brand.

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With InstaFreebie, you can release your book on the internet to a wider audience. Such reach can create a deeper connection with your existing fans as you cultivate a broader following, gaining future customers for upcoming projects. You’ll start to see that mailing list grow, as well as interest in you as an author, when you begin to build a personal writing brand.

Taking your book to the internet rather than utilizing a conventional marketing strategy can be intimidating at first. However, think of it as an investment in future sales of books you have yet to write. Ultimately, what you sacrifice in direct sales has the potential to pay off in the form of greater readership down the line. Before, people might have only found your book through the bookstore or a google search, whereas using InstaFreebie potential audiences can search social media platforms, as well as online recommendation engines to find your book. In short, you’re giving up a little profit at the outset so you can sell more books to more future readers. InstaFreebie is simply a means of bringing literary consumption to the 21st century.

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The Five Mistakes Fiction Writers Make and How to Avoid Them

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People often ask me if writing is hard. My answer is always this: “Yes, but it doesn’t have to be.”

Writing a novel, whether it’s a fantasy involving new worlds or a romance containing scintillating love scenes, can be a challenge. The key to not being overwhelmed when authoring your book is preparation and perseverance.

Here are five common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Mistake #1 Plunging into the Actual Writing with No Outline

Take it from someone who made the mistake (more than once!) of not creating an outline, you should ALWAYS structure one before beginning any writing. The rationale is analogous to building a home. It would be foolish not to draft a blueprint before initiating construction. The same mindset applies to writing a book. “Winging it” is a recipe for disaster.

Mistake #2 Not Thinking Through the Plot at the Outset

Similar to the preparations involved in outlining, you want to know where your story is going throughout. The more you map out each chapter before writing, the better prepared you will be to tackle the actual scenes you will eventually write. A good idea is to consider which character will be in each scene, the setting, and what each character will want as well as their obstacle(s).

Mistake #3 Creating Unsympathetic or Two-Dimensional Characters

Fiction readers want to fall in love with the characters they read about in books. Even the villains. It’s crucial to take the time to make your characters’ qualities as specific as possible so they feel real. Find reasons for your audience to empathize with your creations. Give them strengths, but don’t be hesitant to make them flawed too. Perfect characters are boring.

Mistake #4 Procrastination

Once you begin writing, don’t take time off. Breaks for more than a day or two at a time are detrimental to your success. Inertia can be a powerful force. Don’t put off your writing. Even if you hate every second of it, force yourself to do a certain amount every day until the work is done. You’ll feel incredibly satisfied when your book is finally complete!

Mistake #5 Failing to Follow a Consistent Writing Schedule

This relates to #4. Establishing daily goals is key. Set a quota, such a word, page or timer count and follow through with your program no matter what. Little milestones matter to your overall mental health. So long as you feel productive, you will stay productive. Even if you don’t think your work is outstanding yet, continue to make your quota. The most important thing is to get all the ideas out of your head and onto the page. You will have plenty of time to revise the material later. Once your first draft is finished, rewrite and rewrite it until it is perfect.

Then rewrite it again.

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