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When should you give up? The difference between “hustle” and “failure”

the difference between hustle and failure

  I started this post years ago, but the topic came up again recently at a business conference in Saigon. The speaker, John Logan of Consulting Unleashed, said something like this: Why would you want to grind or hustle? Don’t force it if it’s not working. There was a lot of confusion in the room, because entrepreneurs are familiar with …

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Do you have what it takes to be a writer?

  There are generally two places when writers quit. The first is after their first, second or third book. They expected everything to be easy and found out that publishing is hard. They assumed their book would be successful on its own merits, despite having an unprofessional cover, blurb and website. They thought it would connect with readers even though …

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Is my writing good enough? How to tell if you have what it takes to be a writer.

If you’re thinking about becoming a writer, you might be asking yourself whether you’re “Good Enough” to go professional. The short answer is YES, because quality doesn’t matter. Let me explain: Readers read for content, not quality.  Yes, it needs to be clean and edited enough not to be distracting. I shoot for less than 1 typo in 10,000 words …

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15 author website examples and critique

author website samples and critique

It’s really hard to describe how to make a great author website, so I made a video critiquing 15 real-life examples. These aren’t *perfect* author websites, but they are representative of the type of websites most authors have. If you watch the whole video, you’ll learn a lot about setting up a website for authors. However: None of it really matters …

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Testing Forms

  Optin Monster Form [thrive_2step id=’11978′]Thrive Leads Form[/thrive_2step] Sumo Forms   Want to make a living doing what you love? Join over 20,000 passionate creatives and turn your vision into a profitable business. My FREE manifesto and email series will help discover your source of genius and create work that matters, so you can make a living with your art or …

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Not all marketing is spam (and not all spam is marketing)

This week a few issues have brought up an issue that needs mentioning. I think there’s a reluctance in high-brow literary circles towards money, or marketing, or sales. Many indie authors talk about craft or quality but hate the idea of marketing their books. “Profit” is not the intended result of writing and publishing, for many authors, even traditionally published …

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Digital nomad hotspots of 2018 (the best places to live cheap while you’re building your business)

My wife and I have been travelling full time for the last 5 years, and I’ve been living abroad since the early 2000’s.  One of the most important factors in our travel plans is connecting with friends in the digital nomad community; lifestyle satisfaction and productivity improves when I can meetup and talk business with like-minded individuals (people who love …

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