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Everybody is strapped for time. Between the normal hassles of life and the energy-sucking force of Internet distractions, it sometimes feels impossible to get anything accomplished. Putting time into your marketing never feels urgent, but it’s extremely important for building a writing career.

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen Covey wrote about the importance of doing non-urgent but important activities. These are the types of actions that allow you to grow both personally and professionally. If you only ever spend your time on the most urgent tasks, you’ll miss out on the opportunity to make giant leaps forward as an author. These tasks don’t always take a long time, but they do require that you put in a little bit of effort every day for many weeks, months, or years.

Here are five non-urgent items to put on your daily to-do list that can help you to sell more books in the long run.

Direct download: 5ways15minday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT

What a difference a few hundred years makes. If you were a wannabe writer in the time of Jane Austin or Charles Dickens, your chances of meeting them and asking writing-related questions would be practically nonexistent. The advent of writers’ conventions has given aspiring authors the chance to connect with bestselling scribes from every genre.

In the last few years, the wall between full-time authors and authors-in-training has gotten even more transparent. Blog posts, podcasts, and social media give you the opportunity to chat with successful authors on a daily basis. Once you get an author’s attention, however, it’s very important that you use your time wisely.

If you’ve ever been to a conference or a live Google+ Hangout with a successful author, you’ve probably seen similar questions pop up in every session. How do I find an agent? Should I seek a publisher or self publish? Where do you come up with your ideas? While these kinds of questions present themselves in most open discussions, that doesn’t mean they’re a valuable use of your face time. If you’re serious about being a successful author yourself, then you need to ask questions that have actionable answers. It’s not worth asking a question if you’re unable to use the information that you’ll receive in return.

Here are five questions that will provide you with much more useful answers.

Direct download: 5questionsaskauthors.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm EDT

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